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them. instead, what donald trump did was make it very, very clear to his audience that he's perfectly okay with anyone in his audience shouting that they want to shoot people at the southern border. that is what the president of the united states did last night. and that is not a joke. that's tonight's last word. the 11th hour with brian williams starts now. tonight the president's frustration comes into plain view over the subpoena for don junior and now republicans are going after one of their own, senate intel chair richard bur for making it happen. plus james comey on the two-year anniversary of his firing says tonight trump would be charged with obstruction were he not president but also says we're not in a constitutional crisis. and the backdrop to all of this, two more missiles launched by
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north korea and saber rattling from kim jong-un, the 11th hour on a thursday night starts right now. good evening once again from our nbc news head quarters here in new york. i'm steve kornacki in for brian williams. day 8 40 of the trump administration and the legal and political challenges facing this white house are multiplying. it has been six weeks now since the special counsel robert mueller ended his investigation which had loomed as a potential giant threat to the trump presidency. now the drum beat from democrats is getting louder for mueller to appear before congress and to testify about his report. the question? whether trump and the white house will try to stop him from doing so. here's what the president had to say about that today. >> will you allow robert mueller to testify? >> well, i'm going to leave that up to our very great attorney
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general, and he'll make a decision on that. bob mueller's no friend of mine. i had conflicts with him. we had somebody that is in love with james comey. he liked james comey. they were good friends. >> this is a potential reversal from one he wrote mueller should not testify. earlier this evening james comey who was fired exactly two years ago today had this to say about mueller and about trump's remarks. >> i respect him. i don't think we have that kind of relationship. >> you think mueller should testify? >> of course. and explain his thinking. the president says this report is a complete exoneration of him. why wouldn't the special counsel be permitted to testify? >> tonight trump is also coming to the defense of his son, donald trump junior who is now facing a subpoena from the senate intelligence committee which is carrying out its own investigation of russian interference in the 2016
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campaign. two sources tell nbc news the subpoena was served in mid april, several weeks ago but they would not say when or if there's a deadline for the president's son to respond. trump junior gave testimony to the judiciary committee in 2017 and senate committees. it's been reported the intel committee wants to question him again about the trump tower meeting back in 2016, and about the trump tower moscow project. the president says he was caught off guard by the subpoena. >> i was very surprised. my son's a very good person. he works very hard. he's now testified for 20 hours or something. a massive amount of time. the mueller report came out. that's the bible, the mueller report came out. and they said he did nothing wrong. >> should he fight that subpoena? >> we'll see what happens. >> and tonight trump junior's sister-in-law offered a more forceful defense. >> this is over.
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the mueller report is complete. this is harassment of our family, harassment of the president. >> and the white house acting chief of staff meanwhile mick mulvaney says the senate intel committee should have issued a warning to the administration. >> to subpoena the president of the united states' son and not get a heads up i thought was bad form. >> the senate intel committee is led by a republican, richard burr of north carolina. he's facing a backlash from many in his own party for the subpoena of the president's son. john cornyn of texas sits on the intel committee gave voice today to that criticism. >> i think we now know everything we're going to know about that, especially now after the mueller report has been concluded. this smacks of politics, and i think we have an important job to do to try to keep the intelligence committee out of politics. >> this afternoon the committee's vice chairman, a democrat, mark warner from
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virginia defended the subpoena and burr. >> there's been plenty of times the chairman has been under pressure to shut down the investigation before we finish. we're going to go about our business and making sure that we get the kind of responses we need in making sure we continue to just follow the facts. >> according to another republican senator on the intelligence committee roy blunt of missouri, burr explained the reasoning for the subpoena at a closed door lunch today with fellow republicans. burr apparently walked them through the process of deciding to issue the subpoena and the efforts to get trump junior to return to testify. blunt said that majority leader mitch mcconnell was among those in attendance and that the committee expects to finish his investigation near the end of august. on the other side of the capital, house democrats are not backing down from their standoff with the white house over efforts to access mueller's full unredacted report as well as other documents and witnesses. today house speaker nancy pelosi
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summed up her battle with the administration. >> do you agree with chairman nadler that the country is currently in a constitutional crisis? >> yes. i do agree with chairman nadler. impeach or nothing? it's not that. it's a path that is producing results and gathering information, and some of that information is that this administration wants to have a constitutional crisis because they do not respect the oath of office that they take. >> and tonight james comey offered his own assessment of the health of the republic. >> are we in a constitutional crisis as nadler and house speaker pelosi say we are? >> i don't think so. i think we're in a time where our constitutional design, the genius of our founders is going
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to be tested, and i think it's up for it. >> and here for our leadoff discussion on a thursday night, phillip rucker, annie carny, matt zapatoski, and jeffrey kramer. thanks to all of you for being with us. let me start on the mixed signals we've been receiving from the president and the white house in terms of how they plan to approach this standoff with congress. you've had the president saying over the weekend as we mentioned tweeting over the weekend that he does not think that mueller, the special prosecutor, should be testifying. then today seeming to change his public tone on that. you've had the president saying he believes there should be no cooperation from the administration on these investigations that democrats have initiated but now you have
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this report. i can read from it tonight from the new york times saying behind the scenes trump has asked some confidants why they should not reveal everything in the report, he has also said he wants everyone to move on so he can concentrate on a presidential agenda. a sentiment he expressed on twitter throughout last weekend. it's interesting reporting there an annie, because it suggests for all the public posture maybe there's some uncertainty about the strategy. >> well, i think there is definitely uncertainty about the strategy. i think for trump it likely comes from the fact that he's going mostly off of media reports and how things are playing than having actually read the entire document himself. in terms of his flip today and saying he's going to leave it up to barr to decide whether or not mueller should testify. it was a reversal of his weekend position. i was told there was talking him
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down, and there is a sense there could be a legal argument for barr to make that mueller did not choose to prosecute the president. therefore, he shouldn't say another word, and the president's lawyers think that could be a winning argument for barr to say no. there's another school of thought that maybe mueller testifying isn't a slam dunk and the show would go on for trump. this comes back to also the dichotomy of if he thinks he was totally exonerated and mueller did his job and is an american hero or if he thinks it's not that. he keeps going back and forth between victim and victor. it's all part of the same big split in his thinking about what happened here. >> and phil, that report from the new york times that i was quoting from there suggests that perhaps the white house's attitude here is to be provocative with the democrats in congress to essentially call the question, move forward with impeachment or move on from the whole thing. do you have a sense that the
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white house is trying to either trigger something on the impeachment front or try somehow to get it off the table? >> i think j steve, we're mistake ton think there's a grand strategy at play. and what annie laid out is right. the president's reacting to news coverage and the sense every day of whether he's winning or losing. what's missing is entek chul consistency. he knows it's not what the report said in full, and that hours of testimony on camera by mueller would be not only an extraordinary block buster moment in washington but could be politically damaging for the president. it would air a lot of bad behavior that's documented in the report but in a compelling sort of live way on video for americans back home to watch and consume and take note of. >> matt, it's interesting. one of the things democrats in
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congress as they pursue the investigations as the subpoenas start flying, one of the things they seem to be coming up against are replies from the investigation saying what you're looking for, there's no obvious legislative purpose for it. therefore, not going to be any cooperation that's forthcoming here. that equation as i understand it could potentially change if the house were to open a formal impeachment inquiry there. latitude for pursuing information and pursuing testimony, documents from the administration would greatly increase. is the argument to open an inquiry for that purpose to get cooperation, to compel cooperation for the administration it's currently lacking. is that gaining steam among democrats? >> it seems like the leadership is still opposed to impeachment talk. i mean, you said at the top that nancy pelosi believes we're in the midst of a constitutional crisis, but she's still sort of stopping short of saying and i
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think we're headed to impeachment or let's open impeachment proceedings. and of course, she would be the critical voice on that topic. it's hard to see for me how we could be in a constitutional crisis and not be at the point of impeachment like what's the point past constitutional crisis that would spark impeachment? but leadership among democrats has so far been very reluctant to go full boar into the impeachment. there seems to be a swell among the further left side of the party toward impeachment. and as you say yarks that gives some better foundation to these requests for documents and things the democrats are making. but a lot of these are just murky and undecided legal questions. it's not a guaranty that if you initiate impeachment proceedings you overcome concerns. i think we'll see a year's long battle in the courts probably starting with this contempt over bill barr turning over the full
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mueller report and underlying documents and extending to witnesses like mcgahn and other people. >> you heard in the clip we played james comey weighing in on the question of whether as jerry nadler and others are saying we're in a constitutional crisis. he's saying he doesn't think so. i wonder. the counterargument to the claim that this is a constitutional crisis is okay, well, congress has made requests and put subpoenas out. the administration has indicated its objections. now it does quick off a potentially lengthy, potential for court proceedings. does that put us in a constitutional crisis? >> no, it doesn't. i think jim comey was measured in his response. the process is there. congress has requested certain documents. they're now requesting certain witnesses. if the administration says no or refuses, it goes to the courts. the system is working as it was intended. but i think his other comment was also spot on. it's going to be tested.
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we haven't been tested like this in quite some time, and these are obviously very unusual situations. so a crisis, no, but unusual and testing of the system? yes. but what i think i agree with what was just said is the process itself is certainly going to be lengthy. there might be some things truncated such as mcgahn testifying or some documents but there could be lengthy process that certainly goes well into 2020. >> there's also this issue now we mentioned it, the subpoena from the senate intelligence committee with a republican chairman from north carolina of donald trump junior. we heard the president reacting to that today. annie, do you have a sense formally. the president was noncommittal on what action he was going to take. he wasn't pleased by it. in terms of how trump is going to handle it, do we have a sense of the strategy? >> i think his advisers are telling people he's not going to come in person. they'd like to plead the fifth
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and maybe offer a written statement of some sort. what we've seen so far unfold is very ugly. we've seen anonymous attacks from people close to don junior attacking bur. we've seen very -- we've seen a split in the republican party with lawmakers who are up for reelection who can't afford to alienate the trump base attacking burr. burr is not up for reelection. he's thinking about his place in history and his legacy and standing firm. this is really -- this move has opened up a real split, and we've seen people like tillis come under pressure, and that's one thing i heard, trump was privately saying that if tillis didn't say something and speak out, he would fire up twitter and attack him for not doing so. he has a primary challenger on his right in his race, and trump could have offered him support. so it's just coming now to politics and who needs trump's base and who doesn't need him.
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it's the first fissure in the republican party opening up in an ugly way. >> it's interesting. rand paul, thom tillis, john cornyn. a number of republicans up for reelection. some navigating the potential for primary challenges. i wonder the significance of this subpoena that we now know it went out in the middle of april. it went out a couple weeks ago. it went out before mitch mcconnell took to the senate floor yesterday and said case closed. does -- is there a potential here at all that burr and how he handles this going forward might change given the political developments that have taken place after the subpoena went out? >> certainly there's potential for that. i mean, burr could presumably come under pressure from mitch mcconnell and others in the senate. we saw the senate's number two or high ranking senator from texas john cornyn speak out very aggressively about this. but we should remember what's at
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issue. it's not a criminal investigation like the mueller probe was. this is a sort of fact finding mission investigation by the senate into the russian interference in the 2016 election. they're not trying to drag don junior to testify in order to arrest him or send him to jail. they're trying to get information about the interference campaign to try to improve the u.s. intelligence systems to prevent that kind of interference in the future and bringing back witnesses for a second round of interviews is a natural part of this investigative process. jared kushner, don junior's brother-in-law, what came back for a second interview in march. there's a practice of this happening and it's i think why burr probably figured he would get some cooperation from don junior. >> on the exples it legal questions, if you're a lawyer for donald trump junior looking at this, phil is saying a fact finding mission. no legal exposure. is that how they should be thinking about it?
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>> it's an accurate statement. if you're he or his defense lawyer, there's always jeopardy. you're going to walk in and talk about the trump moscow project. we're already on record saying you didn't know much about it. that contradicts what other witnesses have said. you want to be very careful. any lawyer would have him be any careful walking into that scenario, and if you can, have your father as a shield, play the card as best you can. i think the last place don junior wants to be is before anyone answering any questions about trump moscow on the record. >> we're going to squeeze in a quick break. coming up a deeper look at the extremely consequential day. it happened exactly two years ago today when james comey was fired. we'll read you the termination letter that president trump never sent. and later, brand new polling from the first in the nation primaries tonight. we'll dive into the numbers
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the president today fired the man in charge of the investigation into the trump campaign. our pete williams reports fbi director james comey found out he was fired while in the command center at the fbi field office in los angeles. the news flashing on the tv screen around the same time people got either a phone call or an email or a text telling them the news in the room.
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>> two years ago today james comey abruptly lost his job. the firing of the fbi director sent political shock waves through washington and they're still being felt to this day. in our series uncovered we dive deep into parts of the mueller report that have not received wide coverage. tonight more on what the report says about a termination letter first drafted by the president and his adviser in the days before comey's formal dismissal. this letter was not the one released when comey was actually fired on may 9th of 2017. according to mueller report this letter reads dear director comey, while i greatly appreciate your informing me on three separate occasions that i am not under investigation concerning the fabricated and politically motivated allegations of a trump russia relationship with respect to the 2016 election, please be informed that i along with
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members of both political parties and most importantly the american public have lost faith in you as the director of the fbi and you are hereby terminated. it goes onto question his conduct. his handling of the clinton email investigation and his failure to hold leakers accountable. when comey finally learned of his firing the letter sent by the president had been revised but still did include a thank you to comey for informing trump he was not under investigation. still with us phillip rucker, annie carny. matt, two years ago today that firing, the ripple effect. remind folks again the chain reaction that that decision by trump to fire comey two years ago today, the immediate reaction that set off. >> so i think that was the most consequential decision of the trump presidency. if you think about it at that
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moment, the russia investigation is ongoing. trump isn't personally targeted. there's no obstruction investigation. we don't have a special counsel. that triggers everything. comey is fired. the fbi comes to distrust the department of justice rod rosenstein and the number two at the justice department had written a letter supporting trump's decision even though he knew what it was sort of about. in the days that followed trump would go on tv and even though his ultimate letter wasn't exactly what you read, he would reveal on live television yeah, i was thinking about the russia investigation when i fired jim comey. rod rosenstein is backed into a corner. the public thinks there's a crisis at the defendant. the justice department is worried the fbi might do something crazy because they lost their leader. that moment the firing of comey kicks off everything. it ends with mueller's
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appointment. that brings calm, but that also kind of gives president trump the two years we just saw. >> i mean, is there an alternate universe where the president doesn't fire comey and mueller is never introduced and the last two years play out differently than they did? >> yes. i agree with matt. that was the turning point. the firing of comey set off a chain of events that led us here. we don't know what the special counsel report concluded. the reason trump acted the way he did was because he was frustrated comey wouldn't publicly say he wasn't under investigation. let's play out a scenario where comey continues to say i'm not going to do that, mr. president, and trump keeps pressuring him and loyalty dinners and other ways of kind of trying to pressure the fbi, would this have untraveled in some other way that eventually led to a
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special counsel -- there would have been an fbi investigation into russian interference in the campaign. so we could have ended up in the similar place. it would have taken a long time. it's kind of like chutes and ladders. the firing of comey was a quick chute to the special counsel square on the board. and that led us here. but there could have been other pressure and other tension between comey and trump that wouldn't have gone away if he had stayed. >> and phil the mueller report also makes mention of trump's reaction to finding out that there was going to be a special counsel robert mueller appointed. and his reaction about the broader political threat that posed to his presidency just having a special counsel, having that intrusiveness. having the cloud over the presidency. he reacted very negatively to that. is there any sense in the white house that trump looks back and regrets the decision on those grounds to fire comey? >> well, there's reconsideration of the political calculus that
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the president ended up making to fire comey. he spent those few days before executing the decision to fire comey debating this with a close circle of advisers. jared kushner was among those arguing to the president that firing comey could actually be received with bipartisan acclaim. many democrats on capitol hill were frustrated and angry with the way comey had handled the hillary clinton email investigation. that, of course, didn't pan out the way they calculated. but -- so there was a reconsideration of that certainly. but look, the president from the moment that mueller was named appointed to become the special counsel knew that this would be a very dangerous period for his presidency. in fact, he said something along the lines of this may be the end of my presidency. he was as furious as his advisers had seen him and has been stewing over this for the two years since. >> and you can see james comey being in the spotlight today
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caught the president's attention. he tweeted this. he said james comey is a disgrace to the fbi and will go down as the worst director in the long and once proud history. he brought the fbi down almost all republicans and democrats thought he should be fired. but the fbi will regain greatness because of the great men and women who work there again. that's the president within the last few minutes. jeff, there's always been this question from the beginning and certainly the mueller report brings that to the fore of how to interpret the president's decision to fire the fbi director. his rationale for it. the president, his defenders say he has the right as president, the constitutional authority to fire him for any reason he wants. when you start getting into different reasons, others raise the question of can you find an obstructive intent there? >> you're right. it comes to intent. and the president does have the right to fire anyone. he wants any time. he can do it on a whim. he can do it for any reason. however, i think all reasonable people would say there are limits. we couldn't want the president
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taking a bribe to commit certain acts. certainly that would be seen as criminal if the president could be indicted which is entirely separate conversation. i think just by extension, you have to look at his intent. that's a hard one with jim comey and the firing. he could have fired him because it was politically embarrassing or it was the easiest way out politically. that's within his pursue. i think the other obstructive items that mueller report identified, ten of them, there's some that are more e lust rative. the conversations with mcgahn, trying to get his white house counsel to fire mueller. that gets to intent a little more. as you see the pattern, prosecutors look at a pattern, one instance hard to prove. two possibly. four? seven, ten? at some point you see a pattern of activity. but i think that horse has left the gate. there's not going to be a criminal prosecution by the feds with respect to obstruction.
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we're now into the congressional political realm and then possibly a state attorney general or two. >> all right. jeffr jeffrey -- our thanks to all of you. coming up, drama in washington and a brewing crisis abroad when the 11th hour continues. the 11th hour continues. it's probably gonna be dinner and drinks. discover. hi, what's this social security alert? it's a free alert if we find your social security number on the dark web. good, cuz i'm a little worried about my information getting out. oh, why's that? [bird speaking] my social security number is... 8- 7- 5 dash
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the north korea missile,
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what message do you take from them? >> we're looking at it seriously. they were smaller missiles, short range missiles. nobody is happy about it. the relationship continues but we'll see what happens. i know they want to negotiate. they're talking about negotiating, but i don't think they're ready to negotiate. >> president trump seeming to down play another north korean missile launch even as tensions continue to rise. this is the second time in less than a week that kim jong-un has personally overseen a missile launch. "the washington post" reporting tonight that it is part of a cal prated escalation -- calibrated escalation on washington and south korea says kim is discontented with the unraveling of the hanoi summit without a deal. president trump cut the nuclear negotiations short back in february. the u.s. also announced today for the first time that it seized a north korean ship for violating sanctions. "the washington post" sums up the state of play this way, quote, the return of tit for tat
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provocations demonstrated the limits of the personal relationship between kim and trump the president touted as key to overcoming decades of mistrust. here for more, kourtney cube we and gordon chang. gordon, the president's public posture, you heard him right there seeming to sort of down play the significance of this. the president still seems committed to trying to pursue a friendly relationship with kim jong-un here. is this an indication what north korea is doing right now, that's a dead end? >> it certainly looks like a dead end. got to remember that nobody, not the russians, not the chinese, not the south koreans and certainly not us have been able to entice the kim family into good behavior, at least over the long run, and clearly president trump tried this with his june summit last year. his really holding off on a number of measures that the u.s. could have imposed. and so this looks like the
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diplomacy is failing. by the way, when president trump said that these are just short range missiles we got to remember they can reach u.s. forces in south korea. and that is, of course, a concern to us. >> well, kourtney, what happens within the administration right now? there are some folks with a different view of this who are around trump. john bolton comes to mind. there are hawks to would like a more aggressive posture when it comes to sanctions and all sorts of things toward north korea. is there any expectation they'll have more influence with the president going forward? >> i think you've explained the trump administration with the mixed messages. on iran as well. you're right on north korea. there's one message out of president trump. i was struck today when he talked about those missiles at the white house, he wasn't as optimistic as we usually hear when he's talking about his relationship with kim jong-un. gordon knows this as well as
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anyone else. these are short range missiles but it may represent a new technology for north korea. we've seen them launch solid fuel rockets before, solid fuel missiles but the pentagon and the white house have been very tight lipped about specifically what we're seeing here. because there is some concern among analysts this might be a new kind of technology and might be something that's similar to a russian missile that has the ability to actually change course in air. so this is -- while these were short range, while it may not violate the spirit of what was agreed to in singapore last year, it still may represent a slight, an escalation by north korea. >> yeah. and gordon, you mention here that kim is frustrated, that there wasn't a deal from the summit. what did he expect he was going to get out of that? what did he think he could get out of that summit that he didn't get? >> i guess he thought he could
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get sanctions relief. as the proposal was described by u.s. officials basically they wanted the relief from most sanctions for doing only one thing, closing one facility. a nuclear complex. as important as it was, it wasn't worth the relief from all of the sanctions. you know, the kim regime thought they could push and push, and in fact, they've done that for quite some time. you know, and clearly they just crossed a line. here is i think a problem in that we've got a mismatch in perceptions and trump to going to have to change his posture to something for provacative. if he didn't, kim will continue to do things we don't like. >> kourtney, you mentioned a minute ago there are tensions rising as well with iran right now. that subject came up when the president was speaking with reporters earlier today. he used it to work in an attack on john kerry, the former secretary of state. listen to that. >> what i'd like to see with iran, i'd like to see them call me. john kerry speaks to them a lot.
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john kerry tells them not to call. that's a vital of the logan act. and frankly, he should be prosecuted on that. >> the president making that accusation, a kerry spokesperson responding. everything president trump said today is simply wrong, end of story. he's wrong about the facts. wrong about the law, and sadly he's been wrong about how to use diplomacy to keep america safe. kourtney, take us through the accusation that the president is leveling there. he mentions the logan act. we've heard that come up a few times the last few years. what exactly is he accusing john kerry of? >> he was saying john kerry continues to talk to his counterparts and people in iran who he developed a relationship with during his time at the state department and that he, john kerry is encouraging the iranians not to talk to president trump and the united states, a charge which both john kerry and the iranians denied today. i mean, what's interesting about this is there is -- it is not a
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violation to continue to talk to people for an american, a former american official, someone like john kerry or former secretaries of defense to maintain a relationship with the former foreign dignitaries who they had a relationship with in that time, but what president trump is specifically saying that john kerry actually did here or is continuing to do is to encourage iran and iranian officials in how to deal with the united states. a charge, again, which john kerry denies. >> okay. kourtney and gordon, thank you to both of you. >> thank you. new hampshire voters have nine months to make up their minds before the first in the nation primary, but we have a brand new poll. it shows a clear front runner on the democratic side and some very interesting numbers about age. we're going to show them to you when the 11th hour comes right back.
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the biden bounce. we've been talking about it for about a week now. since joe biden got in the democratic race for president officially we've seen a number of national polls that show him surging nationally. but the key question remember is we don't have a national primary. we go state by state and the key is how is he doing in the early states? the first states, the ones that win know the field and can change everything? and today a readout from new hampshire, home of the first in the nation primary. this is biden's first time running for president. he has yet to make it to a new hampshire primary. 1988 ended in the fall of '87. 2008 campaign dropped out after losing badly in iowa. he's never made it to new hampshire. right now look at this. another biden bounce. this is a poll just out today. this is the best joe biden has been doing in a new hampshire poll. he is doubling up bernie sanders. remember, bernie sanders is a
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next door neighbor in new hampshire from vermont. bernie sanders got 60%. a little bit more than 60% of the vote in new hampshire in 2016. now he is being doubled up in the poll by joe biden. you see the rest of the field there. elizabeth warren, by the way, another neighboring state senator. massachusetts' candidates have typically done well in new hampshire. trouble for warren if she doesn't. inside the numbers we've been talking about this nationally. an age divide on the democratic said. in every age group surveyed biden and sanders were first and second place. but check this out. as you work through the age groups the youngest set of voters, anybody under 50, 18 to 49 on the democratic side, widen is in second place. bernie sanders is in first with 27%. bide within 20 %. then you go older. 50 to 64. total change. biden goes up to 36%. sanders drops to 19 %. the oldest group 65 plus and
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check this out. holy smokes. 53 to 9 biden over sanders. this is the thing. so much attention. people say is the democratic party changed too much for joe biden? so much of the attention is often in younger voters you see in the media, but overall more than half the electorate is in the older crowd. that's why biden is ahead by so much even though he's losing in new hampshire 18-49. one other question. basically they're asking democratic voters do you want a candidate you agree with on the issues but against president trump it would be shaky? maybe the candidate wins or doesn't? 25% said that. 68% said no, i'd rather have a candidate i disagree with on the issues but who can beat trump. they're basically asking democrats do you feel like taking a chance here? their answer is no, let's beat trump. e lexability.
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yes, please. >> will you allow robert mueller to testify in congress? >> well, i'm going to leave that up to our very great attorney general and he'll make a decision on that, but i will say this, look, the mueller report came out, it was done at -- i guess i'm hearing numbers now close to $40 million. with 17 or 18 very angry democrats who hated donald trump. >> that was the president today at a white house event and those comments about the team of supposedly angry democrats working for mueller has been a constant refrain of the president's throughout the russia investigation. now, for what it's worth, several fact checks have disputed trump's claims about
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the alleged conflicts of interest by members of mueller's team, but that hasn't stopped the president from repeating the same claim about the angry democrats over and over again. the one thing that has changed, though, the number of so-called angry democrats under the special counsel's employ. take a look. >> after $35 million. >> two years, almost $40 million. >> i know that he put 13 highly conflicted and, you know, very angry -- i call them angry democrats in. >> a group of i call them angry democrats. >> i call them the 13 angry democrats. >> these were angry democrats. >> these were 13 angry people with hatred toward me. >> they are angry people. >> the problem we have is that you have 13 people, they're all democrats and they're real democrats, they're angry democrats. >> so as i call them, 13 angry democrats. >> he puts on his staff almost all democrats, many of whom
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contributed to hillary clinton, none of them contributed to me, that i can tell you, and it started out at 13 and went to 18. >> 13 or 14 or 17. >> five more were added. >> with 13 increased to 18 angry democrats. >> 18 aingry people that hated you. >> really 18 angry democrats that hate president trump. they hate him with a passion. >> you got up to 18, 19, 20, they're all democrats. >> people that truly hated donald trump. truly hated trump. >> hate him with a passion. >> 20 trump haters, democrats. i call them angry democrats. >> and coming up, how the white house struck out with america's pastime today when "the 11th hour" continues. 11th hour" continues.
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controversy. several red sox players declined to attend today's event. the "boston globe" reports "trump's push for a border wall with mexico, his disparaging comments about hispanics, his condemnation of nfl players who kneel during the najt to protest racial disparities and his administration's must criticized response to hurricane maria's devastation in puerto rico led to some high-profile no-shows thursday. nearly all the team's black and hispanic players skipped the event including mookie mets, xander bogaerts, david price and jackie bradley jr. the most notable absentee, acore who who was born and puerto rico and said this week it would be tough to celebrate at the white house when so many people continue to suffer on the island. controversy wasn't mentioned at the event." sox was spelled s-o-c-k-s, not the s-o-x spelling the team has
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used for more than a century. it has since been corrected. "the globe" points out that wasn't the only error when the white house released a transcript of the president's remarks. read remarks read welcoming the world cup champion series. the red sox of course won the world series. despite the controversy and the errors, the white house celebrated the team in proper fashion with the marine corps band playing "sweet caroline" following the president's remarks. what's a visit to the white house these days without the president's personal tour of the lincoln bedroom? >> you know, they never get to see the lincoln bedroom. it's like sort of -- you're not supposed to be showing it. so if the press, the media doesn't report me for this, i'm going to take them up and show them the lincoln bedroom. they wanted to see the lincoln bedroom so i'm going to give the tour myself, okay? thank you all for being here. it's a tremendous honor to have you in the white house and we're going to look at the lincoln
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bedroom. thank you. >> and that is our broadcast for tonight. thank you for being with us and good night from nbc news headquarters in new york. today i learned that president trump's campaign chairman is a lawyer, or at least he was a lawyer until today. you are forgiven if you never really thought of paul manafort as a real legal eagle, but today i learned he was a lawyer when he was formally disbarred in the district of colombia because of his multiple felony convictions for crimes quote involving moral turpitude. paul manafort turns out had been admitted to the d.c. bar in 1979. he was sentenced earlier this year to


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