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we reached the top of the hour which means i'm out of time. i'm alex witt and i'll see you tomorrow. but up next is kendris gibson. take it away my friend. >> it is apagz how four hours of your day flies by. >> no comment. >> good day, i'm kendris gibson at new york city. president trump -- on the state visit to japan. and back at home, his feud with the speaker of the house continues to escalate and now another republican is calling for impeachment. i'll talk to him ahead in this hour. plus rescue in paradise. a woman missing for two weeks in
the forest of hawaii discovered alive. the amazing story of survival and the emotional reunion with her family. i'll speak with a family friend later in the show. but we are going to begin overseas. the president in tokyo. he arrived this morning for a four-day state visit. there will be a lot of glitzy events scheduled. but tensions with north korea, iran and of course with the trade war with china will be the focus of discussions. today the president addressed business leaders at the u.s. ambassador residence in tokyo. the trip providing an opportunity for him to revel in a different kind of atmosphere, far, far away from the escalating feud in washington with speaker pelosi. the drama between them going from meeting walk-outs to sharing a doctored video and personal insults about each other's temperament and mental fitness for office. kristen welker is traveling with the president joining us there
in beautiful tokyo. and kristin, what is the goal for the trip for the president besides getting a nice tan on the golf course today? >> reporter: well obviously trade is going to be front and center as you talked about, kendis, the president engaged in a major trade standoff and a trade war with china. he wants to get a bilateral trade deal with japan. will he be able to do it? it is going to be very difficult and in part because there are parliamenty elections next month but a number of sticking points. the u.s. accuses japan of having a $56.8 billion trade surplus. the president frequently accused japan for having chronic trade surpluses. take a listen on what he had to say on that point today when he spoke to the business leaders. >> as you know the united states and japan are hard at work negotiating a bilatter trade agreement to benefit both of our countries.
i would say japan has had a substantial edge for many, many years, but that's okay. maybe that is why you like us so much. but we'll get it a little more fair. with this deal we hope to address the trade imbalance, remove barriers to united states exports, and ensure fairness and reciprocity in our relationship. and we're getting closer. >> reporter: worth noting, kendis, the japanese officials downplayed the prospects for guesting a broader deal. you talked about the point that there are other foreign policy issues that are looming very large here. north korea of course front and center. the national security adviser john bolton acknowledging the u.s. believes that north korea violated u.n. security resolutions which it tested missiles this month. and iran another major flash point for the u.s. it comes as president trump just yesterday announced that he is sending 1500 troops to the region, sort of a warning to iran as tensions mount over that country's nuclear program.
so a lot on the plate here. but also a lot of pomp and pageantry because president trump is set to play a round of golf with the prime minister tomorrow and then attend a sumo wrestling match. kendis. >> so a lot of things on his agenda. but let's talk about that other tension that he left back here at home with speaker pelosi. of course it was like a 20-hour flight over there. did he make any mentions at all about pelosi and his battle with the congress? >> reporter: so far he hasn't talked about house speaker pelosi upon arriving here in tokyo but yet another issue loomed large for this president. the domestic turbulence that you talked about that was so prevalent over the white house all of last week escalated with the meeting between the president and democratic leaders blowing up and then the president and speaker pelosi traded barbs taking aim over the other's mental accruity. he was asked about speaker
pelosi just before he left washington. take a listen to what he had to say there. >> did you hear what she said about me long before i went after her? did you hear? she made horrible statements, she knows they're not true. she said terrible things. so i just responded in kind. look, you think nancy is the same as she was? she's not. maybe we can all say that. >> reporter: all of this comes as democrats have been intensifying their calls for the house speaker to begin impeachment proceedings. but the house speaker so far has resisted, kendis. she believes it is too soon for that even show she's used very sharp language of her own accusing the president of impeachable offenses and a cover-up. kendis. >> well something else looming large there in tokyo. the tokyo tower in the background of kristen welker's live shot. thanks to you. let's bring in charlie savage, "new york times" and correspondent and msnbc contributor and adrian elron
senior adviser to hillary clinton campaign and brendon buck former communications adviser to former house speaker paul ryan and former press secretary to former house speaker john boehner as well. welcome to you. so does it seem as if pelosi and trump's relationship is at a tipping point right now? >> well, no, i think this is not a change. this is just going be how it is and continues to be for the next year and a half. you think back to the state of the union with that arc aftic hand clap that became such an iconic image. nancy pelosi knows how to bait him and poke him out and this is another cycle in that. >> and you have worked with two former speakers as i was mentioning. you see this back and forth that is going on between trump and pelosi. what do you make of the way that pelosi has been handling this president? >> well it certainly helps her within her own caucus. there are few things that will
unite her people behind her more than going to war with the president and it was the same thing for us when i was working for john boehner when we were going toe-to-toe with obama that rallied our troops behind us and at t at the same time i question whether this benefits pelosi and democrats in the long run because it does drag her down to his level and plays into his message which is all they do is fight against me and they're not actually getting anything done. and i think that he's on to something when he talks about that. >> and i want to pick up on that quickly, because you did work with the two previous speakers, ryan and with boehner. is this as ugly as it has been in more than a decade. >> this past week was pretty ugly. it is a whole different ball game these days. there is no comparing president trump to any president previously. and anybody who gets close to him at this point really does get drawn into his game. and they are fighting on his turf. and i know that she probably believes she's scoring some points by taking shots at him and she probably is within her
own caucus. but ultimately i think all people are seeing when they turn on the news is democrats fighting with trump and not actually solving any problems. >> and adrian, in the meantime president trump shared that video, the controversial edited video of nancy pelosi making it seem like she was stuttering and hillary clinton was targeted by fake videos in 2016. here is what she had to say. >> the president and his cronies have been running around spreading a doctored video of nancy pelosi. now it is sexist trash -- [ cheering and applause ] >> but it is also a sign that trump is running scared. >> running scared. the secretary said. what do you make of clinton's comments and is that what we could expect going forward into 2020, these fake videos? >> well, look, i think a lot of americans out there would not --
would prefer to have a debate about the issues as opposed to having the sitting president of the united states tweet a doctored video in a hillary clinton apply called sexist trash about leader pelosi. but i think people want to have a debate about the issues. he's starting this and with all due respect to my friend brendan beck, leader pelosi is going back at trump the best way that anybody could effectively do which is to -- she's not singing to his level -- sinking to his level but calling him out for exactly what he's doing and we're watching this publicly and he's becoming more so unhinged and i had a difficult time and i saw this in 2016 when a powerful woman smarter than him and outmaneuvering him in every way and that is what we're seeing and he's unleashing and latch -- and lashing out and this might rile up the 33% or 34% of people excited about him but it wouldn't expand his base and if
he doesn't he will not but re-elected president. >> do you think it is an accident that two powerful women have been adacked in this way with fake videos. >> i don't think it is an accident at all. these are the two most powerful women that trump ever dealt with. sp is the most powerful woman ever in american politics in terms of the speaker of the house twice. i think he has a difficult time with that and he knows she's smarter than him and could bring the democrat caucus together far better than he could have his caucus together. >> and what are you hearing there in washington as far as the battle over impeachment and pelosi trying to keep her caucus at bay? >> that is right. well, so more and more democrats in her caucus, especially now at the house judiciary committee are pushing for the idea of opening the impeachment inquiry. they think that would strengthen their hand at least optically in
coming court bottles. it would give them another reason to say this whole argument that -- that the demand for information have no legislative purpose because they can't be linked to a -- directly to a law that congress is thinking about passing could be deterred because we have a separate purpose which is deciding whether or not to impeach. pelosi sees that and as a political error and thinks that impeachable offenses have been committed but knows it is extremely unlikely that at the end of the day enough republicans in the senate would vote to remove him and so the end result would be trump vindicated or at least he would portray an acquittal in the senate that way. and so she's trying to keep that process from even getting going. and pointing to early victories in the courts to say we don't need it. we could move on with the existing tools we have. >> in the meantime, do you get a sense the big republican red wall is kind of cracking for trump? you have the congressman amash from michigan last week calling for impeachment and i'll be talking with former congressman
tom coleman this hour also calling for impeachment. is it cracking? >> no. it is not. justin amash has been sort of an outlier within the conference. he has a very unique sort of libertarian style and long been a critic probably the most vocal critic of the president within the conference and i don't think you could expect to see anybody outside of him talk about it. if you look back to what mitt romney did when the mueller report came out, he made a relatively benign statement about how he was disturbed by what was in there but said it was time to move on. and he got hammered from the right for it. there is just very little political incentive to step out and justin amash has proven that with the way that he's been getting a beating coming from trump and his supporters too. so i don't expect anything else to come. >> we'll find out what the former congressman tom coleman thinks and why he decided to speak out as well later. charlie savage, adrian elrod and brendan buck.
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the one of the more powerful congressman. house judiciary leader jerry nadler had a small health scare, nearly passing out during an event hosted by 2020 democratic presidential candidate bill de blasio. he was rushed to the hospital. he said he was dehydrated but feeling better after receiving fluids and before his health care nadler revealing for the first time that robert mueller wants to talk to congress, but under one condition. >> that the previous generations have not moved to save them. proud of their scientific literacy and unwilling to permit the slow unraveling of the climate upon which earth depends. this is a -- >> obviously the wrong sound right there. but democrats are stepping up their calls for a public testimony in response to attorney general bill bar investigation into the origins of the russia probe. president trump has now given
barr broad authority to declassify government secrets from 16 federal agencies. now this means the special counsel most vocal critic could have complete control over what information the public sees. unless mueller himself sets the record straight. joining me now are frank figliuzzi and national security analyst and former assistant director for counter trillion dollars and the fbi and justin report from "the new york times." yesterday you contributed to a "new york times" report that warned that the justice department could clash with the cia over which secrets barr chooses to declassify. what did you mean? >> sure. so when bill bar said he wanted a review of the origins of the russia investigation and whether the trump campaign was unlawfully spied on, that does involve other agencies including the cia. he has had meetings with -- personally had meetings with the heads of the intelligence agencies and he has felt that he
hasn't gotten answers to basic questions about how did this start and how do we make the leap of logic from looking at russia to looking at the trump campaign. so in this order, he has now given power -- essentially over the cia to decide whether or not information that would normally be kept secret through classification could be made public and examined by he and other people. this is a huge, huge issue for the cia. it is main power is the ability to keep information secret. it is the fact that it can use human intelligence sources and it could use people who interview and then bring information -- who conduct interviews and bring information secretly back to the united states to help secure or government and to take that power away from gina haspel the director of the cia and to have that power over the intelligence community is a huge deal. >> many people are saying it is a very, very troubling development. frank, the former cia director don brennan said barr's new power over the russia probe is a national security risk. take a listen to the warning. >> now watching mr. trump expose
all of this information to try to keep him safe from the appropriate investigations that are underway, i really am concerned this is going to harm our national security in a manner that we have not seen before. >> frank, you know this business. what sort of national security implications could we face? how big of a deal is this? >> yeah, we're putting the power in one man, the attorney general of the united states, to see all of the nation's secret throughout the intelligence community and decide what it is he wants to release to the public and even perhaps equally dangerously whatever it is that he can't release to the public but wished to interpret himself publicly in the favor of the president. so what does that do to our intelligence collectors? it said to them we don't have your back any more. you may tell us this is classified and you may tell us even the loss of life could occur or singular sources and methods could be exposed but right now we're in the business of protecting the president, so we're going to do what we need
to do and here is what that does not only to the intelligence collectors who are trying to recruit sources in sensitive places, and promise them assurances that their identity won't be exposed but sends a message to allies thinking do we share this very sensitive intelligence collection with the united states or are we concerned that it is going to be exposed by the president and the attorney general and i think that harms our security as well. >> those are conversations probably having -- happening behind the scenes. the director of national intelligence, dan coats said that he's confident that barr will protected highly sensitive classified information that could jeopardize the national security. so, frank, really quickly on this, why is coats deferring to barr when it comes to declassifying this? >> here is what i think is going on with coats. i think he's being hopeful and trying to set expectations and publicly set that expectation so that barr now can't cross that line of unreasonableness when he decides to release something
publicly. think that is -- i think that is what coats is doing. i have high expectations and crossing my fingers but i don't have that same trust in this attorney general. he's already misinterpreted to the public the results of the mueller report and why won't he do it again. he's signaled where the investigation is going and said he doesn't like what he's seeing and said rules might have to change and we should never use opposition research to predicate an investigation. that tells me he's figured out where he wants this thing to go. >> and katie, this week trump said he believes four former fbi officials committed treason. how is the justice department reacting to the president's comments. >> the justice department historically has not reacted strongly to some of the comments that trump has made particularly when trump has made mistakes on points of law or points of statute. certainly the crime of treason would mean to either raise an army and do battle with the government and try to -- to
raise an insurrection or to aid a foreign power to harm the government. i don't any that any of the fbi officials who trump has named have ever been accused of doing either of those things in any way so there is not a lot of response from the rest of the cabinet. >> they do have the former fbi director james comey who is questioning trump's treason allegations and barr sweeping new power. he is concerned about its impact on fbi agents as well as anna lifts and is asking -- and analysts and asking who will stand up. again, frank, you know this business. who is do going to stand newspaper? dan coats, cia director? >> it is time for the heads of our intelligence agencies during this period where they're intelligence could be exploited for political persons -- purposes and damage future collection of intelligence, it is time to stand up and defend what they need to do for a living. intelligence is either professional or political but it can't be both. and throughout history we've seen leaders rally a population
against a common enemy but never in my 25 years of government service did i think that we'd see a president rally the american public against our own intelligence community and that is what this president is doing. >> we live in unchartered territory here and times. frank figliuzzi and katie brenner. thank you. up next, a woman found alive after more than two weeks in the forest of hawaii. i'll speak with the family friend about her rescue and emotional reunion with her loved ones. th her loved ones it's tough to quit smoking
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we're back now with a so-called miracle in maui. a woman who disappeared for two weeks after going hiking in hawaii has been found alive. nbc's molly hunter tells us about her incredible story of survival. >> she's alive! hallelujah! >> reporter: a miracle in maui. >> it's just unbelievable. i'm so incredibly happy to have my girl back. >> reporter: this morning a woman who was missing since she set off an a hike more than two weeks ago is safe and sound, reuniteid with her friends and family.
35-year-old amanda eller a yoga instructor and physical therapist disappeared on may 8th after going on a walk in the woods. when she didn't come home, her boyfriend called police fearing the worst. >> i'm hoping that she did not arrive i knew something was wrong. >> reporter: police found her white suv with a wallet and phone inside in maui. but after 72 hours police called off the search. still her friends and family didn't give up and her family offered up $50,000 for her return. search parties combed the area by land and air. >> we felt strongly she was in the forest from the get-go. >> reporter: and late friday they spotted her deep in the forest as they flew over maui in a helicopter. >> we're all looking down at the same time and at the same time we all did a double take. there is a hiker. >> it was amanding waving her arms at the team in the sky and stuck between two waterfalls but able to stand and walk and talk. her friends and family saying they never lost hope. >> she's strong girl.
spiritually and emotionally strong. >> if anybody will make it through this, it will be her and she did. >> thanks to molly hunter there. friends and family members never gave up searching, one friend sarah haines is joining me now. and you were involved in the search and rescue efforts. how is amanda doing now. >> she's doing great. and i just got off the phone with her father who is in her room and she looked like she's going to get out of the hospital today. it is a really happy day over here. >> we do say that you guys never lost hope. but you had to have thought, as two weeks went on, that this might not necessarily end the way it did. >> right. we were very much in reality but at the same time we couldn't tell everybody everything going on so people were asking why aren't they investigating people in a certain car or what have you. and we were -- we were heavily
investigating an abduction but we felt strongly she was in the forest. we know that her typical habits, people found it odd that her cell phone was in the car. we didn't. she went for a run and she didn't want to carry stuff. and so we've always stuck with our impression of her and how she would be behave in this situation and it all matched up. when we unearthed footage of her driving through town toward the forest, or in the forest area, by her self and her car, we felt strongly that she probably took herself there and got lost. of course, there is the horrific thoughts in your head of somebody being up there and harming her or somebody abducting her from the parking lot but it is a pretty public place and we had to look at everything. one hour before we found her i was dos a press conference saying that we're upping the reward from $10,000 to $50,000
if you have information leading to her abduction. >> describe that emotional moment when she was found. >> it is amazing. i'm doing a press conference and her father call and is like, we've got her. we've got her. she's alive! and i said, are you kidding me? and he was like, no, come to the hospital now. and they were airlifting her out. he called me -- she was on the phone with him from helicopter saying, daddy, it is really me and i'm here and i'm alive. so it was hard to even talk about. so really, really exciting day. >> that is great. >> i want to say that we thank the maui community and really the whole world. we were in a private helicopter which we funded with our gofundme page. >> congrats. >> so anybody else watching this, you brought that helicopter and you brought her home. and we appreciate it. >> we're happy for you guys and all of you. and just hearing that she was able to survive out there for two weeks -- >> 17 days.
>> we'll get -- we'll start yoga. because i'm sure that kind of helped. thank you to sarah haines there. thank you. well still ahead here, the growing chorus of republicans calling for the president's impeachment. i'll ask a former republican congressman why he's breaking ranks with his party and calling the president illegitimate. ng the president illegitimate ♪
prominent republican making headlines. in a recent op-ed former missouri republican congressman tom coleman said while mueller did not find sufficient evidence that trump or his campaign had violated the criminal statute, that effect was that the trump campaign encouraged a foreign adversary to use and misrepresent stolen information on social media platforms to defraud the u.s. voters. because the presidency was won in this way the election brought forth nothing less than an illegitimate presidency. and that is strong words and tom coleman is joining me now. welcome and thank you for being here. >> thank you for the invitation, kendis. >> and why do you believe that president trump has an illegitimate presidency. >> you said my words. it is obvious when you take into your confidence russian operatives intelligence assets
as paul manafort the chairman of the trump campaign did, providing polling information from the campaign as well as as a strategic document how to win the midwest and share that with that person and that is how trump won the election in the u.s. i feel he's illegitimate not only because he's illegitimate, i think the vice president is too because they ran as a team and the russians wanted the team to win. >> how long have you felt this way? i know that you've called this presidency an administration a national nightmare. how long have you felt this way about -- >> well, to tell you the truth, in this very studio back in the campaign of 2016 i said that the candidate trump was mentally unfit and emotionally unfit to be president and he's proven me right every day he's been in office. the chaos, the abuse of power, the lying, the constant lying,
it's just -- there are so many impeachable offenses in the mueller report that it took 400 pages to relate it and that is why congress has to go into action and hold public hearings where the public can watch on television and learn what actually went on and be fully informed. once the public is informed, i think you'll see some of the republicans senators especially become concerned about their own future politically and maybe the majority in the senate to be held in this next year's election. so that is why i'm supporting impeachment not like going to vote on it tomorrow, but start the hearings as soon as possible and then make them public. so everybody knows what the facts are. >> you're saying it is similar to watergate. you want the impeachment process to begin. there are polling that shows many americans do not want it to take place. 48% of those polled believe congress shouldn't begin impeachment hearings. you are calling it -- for it to
begin. what is the reaction from your party to you coming out and saying this. >> let me respond to the polls. i think at this point in time members of congress have not -- have to go blindly following polling. they need to follow the facts and their conscious. i'm concerned about the future of our democracy under this president. and they should be well, too. they should look at the constitution and see what their role is to protect our democracy. so polls, shmols and i think they need to go forward and the polls will change just like they did in watergate and the republican senators who walked down to the whougs -- white house and told president nixon he to go and they quickly saw the light. >> and what is the reaction from people in your party? >> i haven't gotten any reaction. i've gotten reaction from people are not -- are not public officials. i've had people -- and i'm certain i could disclose who
they are, that have worked with republican party and have been members of the republican party and who know well what i say and they thank me for speaking up and i will continue to do so because i want to protect my grandchildren and all of the country's grandchildren so they could live in a democracy and freedom. that is why i'm doing this. >> well i thank you for being here, congressman tom coleman who served missouri for nearly two decades. thank you. well still ahead, bernie's bad month. the vermont senate slipping in polls and is he losing support from democratic supporters or are his opponents gaining ground. we'll go live to his home state where he's stumping today. home where he's stumping today. we're working together to do just that. bringing you more great tasting beverages with less sugar or no sugar at all. smaller portion sizes, clear calorie labels and reminders to think balance.
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news conference on capitol hill. going from nothing to the number two democrat in the 2016 cycle. the bigger problem for sanders and this crowd here today is well over a thousand people in the town of only about thousand, he could still pull crowds but how does he expand on the base of the support from 2016 and that is not something i've been able to answer or his campaign has been able to answer in a significant way when i've covered him in the other cities you run into the same problem, people are skmited to sanders but i don't think he's getting the benefit of those shopping around. he has to figure out how to expand beyond that 2016 base or another second place finish may be all he could expect. >> it does seem he's had a rough patch lately. since joe biden entered the race. he's dropped i believe about five points in numbers there and while biden's numbers continue to grow. are they fretting a little bit there with the sanders campaign. >> reporter: well you could pick
your survey but they all show roughly the same thing. joe biden expanding his lead over sanders and the rest of the field and a number of other candidates creeping into the second place spot. that is likely to be more concerning for the sanders campaign than biden out in front. this campaign is built to go the long way. they are not raising money from big donors in the same way that other campaigns are and from small donors and they have the committed base. if you are bernie sanders, you know that you're going to be probably the liberal alternative to somebody down the line. what they need to see for this campaign to be successful is for all of the folks supporting the other candidates to coalesce around him as the liberal alternative to joe biden. if the progressives turn to somebody else, he is in a problem. he needs to be in the last two to have a chance and people behind him who are the bigger cerb concern at this early stage. >> garrett haake in montpelier,
vermont. and the speaker system is working fine there for the sanders came. thank you. appreciate it. and jackialemmeny and haujor and noah rothman associate editor and msnbc contributor. and jack, we'll start with you and biden and the commanding double-digit lead over sanders, his nearest competitor as we saw in the can we expect this to kind of translate into an overall trend or what is going on here. >> well, me and the rest of the world -- but it is still really early. and joe biden does benefit from 100% name i.d. he's been around forever, as has bernie sanders. these numbers are really -- are solid in terms of both of them that have been around for long enough and voters do -- are pretty familiar with both of their positions. however, biden has come in and
cut into bernie sanders' poll numbers. that is something that people were anticipating and really looking for who would biden affect the most, would it be beto o'rourke or sanders or pete buttigieg and we are seeing it affect bernie. but if you go deeper, what is interesting is bernie is still commanding a lead on voters under 50. there is a generational divide and that speaks to an overall trend that is that older voters who i think are more interested in voting trump out of the office are just simply more comfortable with biden. whereas younger voters who are sick of the status quo, in favor of more progressive policies, green new deal supporters, medicare for all kinds of types, universal health care -- >> that's mazing that the oldest candidate is getting the younger crowd. >> it is interesting and that could be problematic for biden in the long run. >> pick up on that. the biden effect.
is that what is behind him dropping in the polls, bernie dropping in the poll. >> it is possible. we don't know for sure. but it does look like senators elizabeth warren and kamala harris have been sort of gaining the support as bernie is dropping and it is not a perfect transferen transference before you bernie sanders faces more competition in 2020 than in 2016 to own the progressive space. lanes are a bad way to think about this but he's competing with other competitors to represent the progressive wing of this party. joe biden really isn't. he has faced steve bullock, maybe pete buttigieg if a tonal way but not in policy. he really owns that space and it represents 35% to 40% of the democratic party. >> and you did bring up elizabeth warren and kamala harris. the monmouth polling suggested the recent bumps by the female candidates could be related to recent efforts to restrict abortion access across the country. what do you make of that?
>> it is entirely possible. the abortion bills have certainly gone too far and that is not my view. that is apparently institutional view of the republican party. you have literally the press secretary for the rnc saying -- or the chairwoman saying this. so, yes, they anticipate this is going to energize candidates on the left and democratic candidates who are female are well positions to mobilize and position around these issues. it didn't surprise me. my question is whether or not that will last. and this is a news cycle. i don't anticipate that it will. >> will it last for elizabeth warren and kamala harris? >> that is a tough question. but i do think that noah is exactly right in that the female candidates have taken the lead here and joe biden in his first major shift really since becoming a candidate said that he finally was in favor of repealing the hyde amendment which poses federal funding for abortions. and so i think when voters see more of a consistency and maybe
potentially trust female candidates to protect reproductive rights over someone like biden, that is an advantage for them. >> thank you. appreciate it. jackie and noah. we're counting down to the first presidential debate. as you know, 2020 election cycle, miami the prime time event will be broadcast live on june 26th and 27th across nbc news and msnbc and telemundo and screening on nbc news digital as well. also on the campaign trail this week, a number of contenders jurped -- jumped into the fight over minimum wage among them julian castro who joined mcdonald's workers and a reverend also marched at that event and joins me now from rally, north carolina. welcome, reverend. >> thank you so much. how are you doing. >> doing great. glad to have you with us. tell us about the thursday event and the events and what is behind this protest.
>> well, it was a powerful workers -- workers fight for poor people's campaign and clergy and other people including presidential candidates are starting with workers and saying it is high time for $15 and a union. a living wage. roosevelt said 90 years ago that any business that didn't pay people a living wage had no right to exist in this country and today we have 140 million poor people and 62 million people who work every day without a living wage. there is not a county in this country where you could afford a two-bedroom apartment on a basic minimum wage and most of the states that refuse to do living wage also refuse to expand health care and engage in systemic racist, voter suppression. so the issues are triangulated and workers are standing up together to say to candidates, if you want us to stand with you, then you must stand with us. we have a trump administration that enables in congress they would rather investigate lies to keep the constitution from
working rather than invest in workers and pay them a living wage. >> and as you know, there are many candidates standing up with them. bernie sanders, cory booker, julian castro, among the candidates who are taking part in the protest. do you get a sense this is a winning issue in the long run in 2020? >> well, somewhere in the neighborhood of 75% to 80% of americans want this. you have to understand, the minimum wage, if it kept with inflation would be $20 an hour. most states people work in a minimum wage job have to work over 80 hours, over 80 hours just to afford a basic two-bedroom apartment. that is not america. it should not be america. that is not the establishment of justice. that is the establishment of injustice and it seems that corporations and politicians in their pockets have rigged the system against workers. people are working and still having to get public assistance while you have the same people denying living wages also want to deny public assistance and
that is wrong and it is immoral and contrary to our deepest religious and constitutional values and in addition to that, on thursday the workers also hooked up with the me-too movement to connect the kind of sexual harassment at places like mcdonald's and other dangers. so not only are people not making a living wage, they're working environment is dangerous because they do not have a living wage and they don't have a union. and that is why this fight is so important and must be at the center. >> but how important is it for the american people? this is not -- minimum wage is not among the top three issues for the american voters. >> well, it is not among the top three issues because too many times we have campaigns that do not make these the issues. it is sad that for instance in 2016 we had a 26 debate and not one of them talked about dealing with systemic racism and voter suppression and focussed on
living wages. if the candidate and the people would push more, it pushes it at the center. 80% of people in lever day lives want a living wage. too often what we get caught up in is inu endo and other crazy things and tweets rather than the real issues that impact people's lives every 43.5% of this country are poor and low income and that is almost 50% of the country. poverty and low wealth is essential to america. >> reverend will barber with the facts fast and furious on this saturday. thanks to you. >> thank you so much. here on msnbc live, it is gotten very personal between speaker pelosi and the president. the speaker has been called a lot of names this week. well, coming up, i'll speak with someone who calls her another name. mom. name m.
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good afternoon, i'm kendis gibson at msnbc headquarters in new york. president trump's problems following him overseas. the president is in japan for a state visit. i'll talk with the dnc vice chair christy pelosi about the president's very public and very personal feud with her mother. house speaker nancy pelosi. plugs a fight over state secrets, bill bar wants access to classified cia fails. it is all part of the quest to investigate the investigators. is it setting up a battle with the intel community.
and making history at west point. today is graduation day at the military academy. it is the most diverse west point class in history. we'll speak with some of them. but we start with president trump overseas right now in japan arriving this morning for a four-day state visit where he spoke about american trade and investment upon arrival as possible trade rifts with china and tensions with north korea and iran looms in the background. now this inaugural trip to japan coming on the heels of a power struggle between him and speaker pelosi and nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker joins me now from tokyo. so it is 4:00 a.m. there. what does the president have planned on his agenda today? >> reporter: well, when president trump gets up today, he's going to play a round of golf with the prime minister. he's also going to attend a sumo wrestling match so a lot of pomp and pageantry but there is policy at the forefront as well. he's seeking a major trade deal
with japan. he's long accused japan of trade surpluses. it is going to be tough to get one done. but underscoring the level of priority, president trump did speak to business leaders, that was his first stop upon landing here in tokyo. and he talked about trade. take a listen to what he had to say. >> as you know, the united states and japan are hard at work negotiating a bilateral trade agreement which will benefit both of our countries. i would say that japan has had a substantial edge for many, many years. but that's okay, maybe that is why you like us so much. >> now of course the back grop to all of this, the president engaged in a trade war with china. mounting tensions with north korea over its nuclear program and just yesterday president trump announced he's sending 1500 troops to the middle east. really as a warning to iran as iran has been flexing its muscles as well. so all of that is going to be at play here.
but wouse officials acknowledge that this trip is going to be largely about fortifying ties between the u.s. and japan. don't expect a major policy announcement. the other purpose of this trip is that president trump is going to become the first world leader to meet the new emperor here. >> that new emperor just got there. a couple of weeks ago -- or a month ago i believe. in the meantime, you're there at the white house and you follow this administration every day. trump and pelosi have been in this heated exchange all week long. i get a sense it is highing an all-time low. >> reporter: it may be, kendis. it certainly has been escalating throughout the week. there is no doubt about that. president trump blew up his meeting with house speaker nancy pelosi and chuck schumer to talk about infrastructure and he said i won't sit down and talk with you about anything until you lift the investigations that have been looming large over me. of course, democrats say they
have an oversight responsibility. they want to do their own investigations into russia's meddling in the 2016 election. so all of that really fuelling tensions between president trump and house speaker nancy pelosi and of course calls have grown louder among democrats to begin an impeachment inquiry. now nancy pelosi so far has held firm but she's had some really tough language throughout the weekend as she's accused president trump of a cover-up, of impeachable offenses. so president trump enraged and has accused nancy pelosi of essentially not having the mental acuity that she once had to lead. so tensions are mounting. what is going to happen next? that is anyone's guess. but the big question is can they legislative or get something done in washington? it is not clear that is going to happen, particularly with the 2020 election looming large. >> and they do have so many things that they have to work on this year alone. kristen welker there in tokyo. thank you. we're going to follow up on
this now with a important guest, i'm bringing in christine pelosi, the dnc vice chair and california democratic party woman's caucus chair. thank you so much for being here. just a guttural reaction to that video that the president tweeted out of your mother and the house speaker. >> well, nancy pelosi is at the top of her game. i would never, ever underestimate her. she is winning in court. she is winning in legislation and i think that the best thing the white house can do is encourage the president to have that infrastructure meeting but also sign the legislation she just sent him this week repealing the kitty tax, that taxes survivors of military people who have been killed in combat, especially given that it is memorial day weekend. so i would -- i wouldn't advise against it. >> you saw the video. just for a -- from a daughter standpoint and from a grand kid standpoint, watching their grandmother and mother portrayed in that light, in that video, what was your guttural reaction
to that? >> trash. it is absolute trash and it is designed to do two things. one, obviously, insult the leader of the congress, but second, it is designed to do voter depression. we saw them do this to hillary clinton in 2016. we've seen them try to do this for years to speaker pelosi to no avail. what they're trying to do is number one to weaken her and insult her as a person and number two to get her supporters so depressed about it that we'll spend our time blocking trump trolls and not promoting a positive agenda but block as fast as they control and we continue to move forward in a positive way and also to say to facebook, to say to twitter, this is why people want to break up big tech and to have uniform regulations. youtube took it down because they saw it was sleazy and it was cruel. there is obviously a difference between my 10-year-old's daughter tick tock account and the president of the united
states tweeting out a vicious, sleazy trashy lie. and so what we have to do is make sure that everybody is playing by the same set of rules -- >> and -- >> and any candidate for office should know if the president of the united states could do this to the speaker of the house, anyone could do this to you. so we have to stand together on this regardless of party and say, take the video down. >> and clearly you're doubling down on that. you tweeted about it earlier today saying that facebook and twitter should stop enabling the defamatory deflection for their profit. you feel as if social media is doing speaker pelosi and others wrong here? >> think that they're doing anybody wrong if you have an obviously doctored video that is designed to defame somebody and you keep it up on your platform, there are two sets of people making money. the people who own the platform and the people who are circumstan -- circulating the trash and trying to get hits and likes and people to sign up and then that adds to their market value and the ability to charge more for ads on their own website.
so i've been seeing this garbage for years. what i hadn't seen until this week was the office of the presidency used to advance it. and that is where i think there needs to be people who step in and say we need to pull this back, the white house speaks for the entire country. all of the people of the united states of america. so we need to have a different set of values expressed there in that twitter feed but also the social media platforms have a choice. and i guarantee you if there was a trash like this that would sent out about the owners of twitter, or the owners and operators of facebook, it would already have been removed, so that is why we need uniform standards for everyone. because it could happen -- if they could do it to nancy pelosi, they could do it to anybody, republican or democrat. and we have to get to the issues that -- the public cares about and what they care about is -- they care about the fact that people think they're losing ground and their kids will not do as well as their parents
generation and people are concerned about losing health care and concerned about the abortion bans that these gag rules against people getting health care. these new rules coming out that -- >> and there -- christine, in the meantime, about impeachment, do you support as the vice chair of the dnc do you support starting impeachment proceedings against trump? >> well, on the executive committee of the dnc and vice chair of the veterans and military family council which is why, again, the first thing i suggested is something we do for our military family this is weekend is the president sign the military kiddy tax repeal. what concerned the president the most and sit this in motion is that it is not a debate between donald trump and nancy pelosi, it is a debate between the evidence and the house of representatives and the judiciary branch. when judge meta said in his ruling three days ago, four days ago now that the congress can investigate regardless of whether there is impeachment
proceedings or not, i think that is what had the president shook and has had him change his tactics in the past week. the fact is the evidence is very, very strong as a former prosecutor i always like to get my evidence first and not comment on it until it is been in -- braut in before a jury so i think at this stage we continue the investigation, the judges are on our side -- >> and i -- >> and whether it is the emoluments or whether it is other bits of malfeasance, that evidence will come before the american people and wee see it once and for all. >> and i appreciate you getting your word in. really quickly here. speaker pelosi called the president on wells -- and said that basically let jesus take the wheel and she'll pray for him and hope for an intervention. a lot of people think she's referring to the president's mental health. what do you think she's referring to. >> you've seen published reports that his family from time to time have tried to -- to
encourage him to take a calmer path. a lot of presidents get into the white house and they get angry and upset and they don't want to be investigated or congress or the courts to tell them what to do but it takes cooler heads to prevail and say, look, you're one of three co-equal banch -- branches of government. >> so it wasn't a mental health thing. >> we could all use some more prayer in that because really it is -- it is unseamly to take on the leader of another branch of government in that way. we really need -- is we want the president to do well over in japan. we want him to be working more with internationallys and certainly when he comes home sign the bipartisan legislation sent to you and figure out a way to get things done for american people, that is a prayer we could all use this weekend. >> she was in essence saying jesus take the wheel. christine pelosi thanks for joining us from san francisco. appreciate it. let's bring in julie
manhattan and serrage housemy from the washington examiner. and julie, with all that is happening this week, how are people perceiving the president's week? >> think the people are perceiving the president's week as rather chaotic. we've seen the president really approach this issue with house democrats just very interestingly. infrastructure is a point where democrats and republicans can really come together and you would think that from the president's point of view that by working with democrats on this, this could be a plus one for him by reaching his hand across the aisle while at the same time the same caucus is accept shall -- is investigating various aspects of his life and we saw him walk out of the meeting and continued to go on twitter and slam nancy pelosi and we saw his own personal lawyer rudy giuliani was provoted that video that was sliced together to make nancy pelosi appear like she was drunk
or unwell. so i don't think a lot of americans looking in on this are exactly perceiving president trump's behavior as positive. and the same goes for the house democrats as well. i think americans are very frustrated that democrats and republicans can't get together to fix something that needs to be fixed like our country's infrastructure. >> and i should mention, julie, that rudy giuliani also did send out tweet this is week that were in incoherent and questionable in the meantime. and serrage, do you get a sense that president trump fell into a trap set by pelosi? >> possibly. this week is all been been who is cementing power here in washington whether it is trump or pelosi and delving into the personal attacks make tds brazenly clear that -- that whether you are republican or democrat, if you engage in the public attacks you are not putting the american people first and president trump not engaging with speaker pelosi on infrastructure, a lot of conservatives would probably say
that infrastructure is -- isn't a priority or a pet project for a lot of republicans and democrats to spend federal money in ways that don't actually benefit infrastructure. so many conservatives will argue that bailing on the infrastructure meeting was a good thing. but obviously the doctored video and going into the personal attacks, whether trump is mentally unstable or pelosi is being quote/unquote crazy as the president said, it is not benefiting anybody. >> and julie, to get to the last word here on this, because you've been covering capitol hill for a bit now. it did get a sense this week that we reached a tipping point and that is it is really outright war. what is the sense there in washington? >> yeah, i mean i think we've been approaching a tipping point for a while but i think the -- the release of this video, the attacks back and forth are just really ratcheting up tensions and would you say that particularly for a lot of democrats on the house judiciary committee and progressive democrats since this is going to
give them more am un -- ammunition and to call for holding william barr in contempt and that will make the job for nancy pelosi much more difficult but in the past she's overcome the hushdles and whip her caucus together so only time will tell how she approaches this but there is growing tension within the democratic caucus amed the attacks from president trump. >> julie, i should mention that you take some important time from your vacation to meet up with us. it is still 92 and sunny in orlando. >> it is. it is beautiful. >> plenty of time. and serrage, thank you. >> thank you. coming up, right here, digging in, the attorney general gets the green light to declassify sensitive intel secrets. why democrats say it is a dangerous precedent. dangerous precedent. at carvana, no matter what car you buy from us,
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everything that they need is declassified. and they'll be able to see how this hoax -- how the hoax or witch hunt started and why it started. it was a -- an attempted coup or an attempted takedown of the president of the united states. >> some heavy loaded words there from the president. in an unprecedented move to weaponize the justice department the president has now given attorney general bill barr sweeping new powers to investigate what trump has been calling a russian hoax. barr could now declassify highly
sensitive information from 16 government agencies for his own investigation into the russia probe and democrats are hoping testimony from robert mueller would stop barr from possibly misleading congress and the public. but the house judiciary chair jerry nadler said mueller wants to speak in private. for more on this, katie phang, legal contributor and joyce vance and msnbc contributor. joyce, as an american and former u.s. attorney of barr's new powers? >> it is absolutely unprecedented, kendis. and i know we have outrage fatigue but this is truly something to be outraged about. the whole stock and trade of the intelligence community is that they can keep secrets. and now we live in a new world where the attorney general, who has proven himself thoroughly in the president's corner, has the authority and ability to selectively use the secrets for the president's benefit. it is not a good place for us to
be. in fact it is very dangerous. >> we kind of knew that it was coming, joyce, but when you heard it thursday night, what did you think? >> so i've sat in these conversations with the intelligence community whereas a prosecutor you want information declassified so you could use it as evidence. and, look, people don't agree. sometimes i want evidence but they have equities where they need to keep their secrets. and we all try to be respectful of each other's equities. it seems to me that one of those meetings took place where the attorney general asked the intelligence community to declassify and they declined to. likely for very good reason. and so he then went to the president and said that he needed the power to exert. we have reporting that said he requested this. so he could trump the intelligence community's time honored practices. >> and there are reports that dni coats and the cia director and chris wray, fbi director, didn't even know this was
happening until it took place. katie, in the meantime, a few weeks ago barr told fox news he'll look into the so-called steele dossier in the russia probe. here is what he said to say. >> it is a very unusual situation to have opposition research like that. to use that to -- to conduct counterintelligence against an american political position is a strange development. i think there were very strange developments during that period. that is one of the things we want to look into. >> a couple of things to note. steele dossier was not the reason the fbi began the counterintelligence investigation into trump and we know this. but is barr correct, could the bureau face legal implications for using opposition research? >> so barr is kind of like the kid who thought he was bullied who now wants to become the bully and as joyce just aptly noted he's given the tools by the president of the united
states to be able to do things like look into what happened to the counterintelligence investigation that was the precursor into the russia investigation that the mueller team did. and i this what is problematic is that when you end up having this level of second guessing at the level of the attorney general of the united states and to the actions that were taken prior to the election in 2016, post election in 2016, and you end up invading and you destroy current institutional norms where there are reasons why the norms have been in place for decades if not longer. you create a situation where in you may develop or accuse liability for people and entities and institutions that would never have had it. and so i think what you're doing is empowering and emboldening something line attorney general barr to basically with no background and no experience in these particular areas to start calling balls and strikes and that is not his job and it never was.
>> and the troubling thing we're hearing from "the washington post" and this is interesting and i want to get you both to weigh in on this, "the washington post" reporting that barr had been calling for an investigation into the origins of the russia probe as early as 2017. that is way before conservative pundits began circumstan-- circ fbi solely relying on the steele dossier on the surveillance of carter page. what do you make that? that he starts this thinking back in 2017? >> you know, we don't know yet, kendis, if he's ground zero for this sort of thinking. this conspiracy theory. we don't know whether that animated the president's decision to hire him as attorney general. but the real problem for the attorney general is that there are already oversight investigations underway. the doj -- inspector general is making sure nothing improper happened when the investigation was opened. u.s. attorney john hebber in utah had been looking at other aspects of this for at least
several months now. and so the idea that the attorney general feels the need to open a third investigation with no articulated predication for it, i think that is something to pay close attention, to especially now that we have this new troubling news about his involvement as far back in 2017 as what looks like the origin of this conspiracy. >> katie, quickly, does it surprise you that he started to look into think being this back then? >> no. and i agree that i think that this was part of his interview to be able to apply for the job of attorney general. i think it underscored the importance as to why we need to hear publicly from robert mueller. i respect robert mueller for wanting to nonpoliticize what is happening in terms of his testimony and i appreciate the public statement would be made prior to private testimony as we've heard from chairman nadler but when you have the attorney general and the president with no legal basis accusing people of treason and when you have the fact that mueller could actually refute this with his own facts and evidence, it is really
important to have mueller come forward and testify publicly for the american public. >> we'll leave it there. katie phang and joyce vance, thank you for joining us. still ahead, the weather danger facing millions of american this is holiday weekend. plus el chapo's escape plan. the excuse he tried to use to get some fresh air. and it is a holiday weekend. but the presidential candidates are out on the stump. that is a live picture of senator bernie sanders holding a rally in his home state of vermont. we're on the campaign trail next. n trail ne this is the story of john smith.
welcome back, everybody and it is time for today's roundup. a federal judge blocked mississippi new fetal heartbeat anti-abortion law. the judge writing, here we go again. while declaring the law infringes on a woman's right to choose. it is expected to set off a chain after peels that could end up before the supreme court. the law would have outlawed abortions as early as six week news pregnancy. and escape artist el chapo at if again. federal prosecutors say the kingpin's request for an outdoor exercise may have been part of a
plot to scape. he hasn't been allowed outside in the two years that he's been detained. now the federal facility in manhattan where he's being held does have a rooftop exercise area. where prosecutors noetded that the facility was a target of a jail break attempt back in 1981. now in that case the suspects tried to hijack a sightseeing helicopter to break their friends out of the jail. well severe storms across the great plains are threatening major flooding. nine people are dead following a week's worth of heavy rain and tornados in the central u.s. with more rain expected to push river beds to the brink. millions are seeking higher ground right now. nbc meteorologist jenessa webb has an update. >> we're off to a slow start with a strong finish. we already have storms starting to pop up across southern plains here, tornado warning just issued for lubbock and that is headed to oklahoma city. the next 24 hours, torrential
rain and high flooding and a straight line winds with gusts up to at least 60 miles per hour. we're watching the updates on the weather. >> dangerous time this holiday weekend. and how is this for irony? the owners of a replica of know'sa -- of noah's arc for flood damage. let me repeat, noah's arc had flood damage. and it is a tourist attraction outside of lexington, kentd. the owners want the insurance company to pay a million dollars in property damage after heavy rains caused a landslide. that said, i should mention that the rain didn't damage the arc itself. just an important access road at the site. still, quite an interesting headline, don't you think? so four of the two dozen democrats are stumping today and where we find our road warrior ali vitale in the hawkeye state. how are voters responded to the candidates? >> reporter: kendis, in iowa
falls today we've seen kirsten gillibrand at the coffee shop behind me and in a little while amy klobuchar will talk to voters here and over the course of the past few months as i've been out here there is only one thing consistent hitting the early voting states and there are too many candidates to pars through. i talked to that with one women this morning and listen to what she had to say. >> we have fortunate to have a large group to pick from. it is difficult. i can't tell you right now who i will come up with at the end. but i'm so happy i have a chance to actually meet these people and be inspired like this. >> reporter: and candis, that is the interesting thing. so many voters feel thankful about the size of the field and caliber of the candidates but at the same too it does leave a big question when we talk to candidates how are they going to stand out. kirsten gillibrand here this morning attempting to do just that by pushing what she would call a family bill of rights
about bringing for example more medical care to rural areas for expecting mothers here in iowa falls. >> and speaking of the senators, elizabeth warren is among those in iowa today and it does appear as if she's gaining momentum with kamala harris in the polls. what could we expect from her? she's out there with you in iowa today. >> reporter: yeah, look, elizabeth warren has seen a steady climb upwards over the course of the last few weeks. her campaign has done a good job, i think, of kind of staying away from the horse race side of this and implementing the strategy that they say they've wanted to implement from the beginning. here today i'm expecting that she'll stick largely to her stump speech when is introducing herself to voters and i know that it feels like we've been in this race for a long time. but for a lot of people, this is the first time that they're tuning in. and so what they're likely to hear from elizabeth warren is who shis -- she is as a candidate and the policy that she's known for and she'll talk about the flooding happening
near had iowa and while the senate did pass a disaster funding relief bill the house did not and that is likely going to get time from elizabeth warren as she kicked off a stump here. >> and the reason that kamala harris would stay back in washington, d.c. instead of campaigning in iowa today. ali vitale in the hawk sigh state, thank you. and joining me now scott levinson and amy tarkanian, a republican strategist. welcome to you both. scott you know the recent polls that show joe biden with a double-digit lead. a lot of that is name recognition but does it seem as if the voters are just going to stick with these guys for now and then when the debates come decide really what they want to do? >> it is interesting, there are a lot of people critiquing the democratic leadership speaking from both sides of its mouth and some calling for impeachment and some not. but i think what we're really seeing out there is what is reflecting in democratic
party -- cocktail party circuits. there is an -- >> the people in new hampshire and iowa, they're talking the issues. >> well there is a whole bunch of people that are part of the activist base who want this guy out and the same folks talking about health care reform and infrastructure and health care and student loans and all of those issues moving the activist democratic base. but then there are core democratic traditional voters who just want a democratic new white house. those folks are more sober about impeachment. more careful, more patient. and that is reflecting a long time democratic traditional base. >> in the meantime, amy, "vanity fair" is reporting on the republican's effort to take down joe biden. take a look at the article here. it said that 2020 candidate most feared by donald trump and the republican insiders working to re-elect him is joe. you get a sense that is a wise strategy or is that right on point? >> i think it's on point to a
degree whereas you have soft republicans or independents who aren't so pleased with the president's personality but maybe they're really happy with the policies but can't quite get over the way that he tweets or the verbiage that he chooses, then joe biden, yes, is a threat for republicans. joe biden is more of the candidate that they elike to say if you would like to have a beer with, you could do so. however, he does flip flop on a number of issues. he's been there for -- >> but in -- don't you agree no one will move voters than the justin amash -- >> no, justin amash is a grandstander. >> and call the president out for the illegal acts he's committed. >> no. >> isn't that what will move the republican base to the democrats? >> no. not at all. justin amash is a grandstander and he's doing this -- >> but he's only the first --
he's not going to be the last. there are more congress members again and again calling for impeachment and you know it will happen. what is the republican party -- >> it is flot going to happen. the nather majority of the republican party is thrilled with the unemployment numbers being as low as they are. >> okay. you can't be -- with justin amash calling for the impeachment -- >> no, absolutely not. >> he's still -- >> you'll have the globalists and justin amash could throw himself in. not with the globalists or the establishment category but with the self-centered category. he's in it for himself. >> let's get back on the track because we're talking about democrats and talking about the election. and the primary right now, let's talk about kamala harris and the new polls. pop up the polls if you don't mind that shows biden up on top. and he's up since april. sanders down 5% and mayor buttigieg is losing steam. but the key thing there, harris
and warren are both up significantly. amy, i do want to start with you on this because many people are saying and many of the polling directors are saying that that is because of the -- all of the anti-abortion bills pass add cross the country. >> sure. i think that has something to do with it. i'm pro-life but i do know that there are a number of people out there who are actually extremely concerned that this option is going to be removed. so -- >> well clearly this is another attempt to -- to energize the democrat democratic base. >> if you would let me finish. >> and then we have to wrap. >> there are people who do vote solely on maybe one or two issues. and being pro-choice, this will be one of those issues. that will bring people out to the polls. >> amy, we'll have to leave it there. and scott as well. thank you. we do have to get to breaking news right now. nbc news has now confirmed the president's lawyers have reached
an agreement with the house intelligence and financial services panels to stay the subpoenas of the trump's financial records from deutsche bank and capital one. we're getting this word right now from kristen welker traveling with the president. good morning. >> reporter: gm to you. let me tell you the latest. this is the latest twist in the back and forth between the president and his legal teams and of course democrats on capitol hill. they say they have an oversight role. the president has called this overreach. but right now it does seem as though the subpoenas for his financial documents from deutsche bank and capital one have been stayed. let me read you the state from jay sekulow, the president's outside attorney who told me moments ago, quote, i can confirm that an agreement has been reached with the house regarding a stay of the subpoenas pebtding appeal and it is timed with the court and he tells me this is in return for an agreement to have an expedited appeal.
however, it was important he said to stress the fact that ultimately the court is going to set the schedule here. so again, this is the latest twist in this ongoing bitter back and forth between the president and between house democrats as they escalate their oversight of this president. you recall that president trump blew up talks with democratic leaders last week. he said i'm not going to negotiate with you on any legislation on infrastructure or trade or anything else until you lift all of the these investigations. democrats aren't going to do this. still, this is something that will undoubtedly be welcome news to president trump as he continues with his four-day diplomatic trip here in japan. >> and kristin, any idea why the democrats in the house and congress would go along with this? i thought this was part of the court fight, they wanted to get -- to the records soon. >> reporter: really important question, kendis and we have reached out to democrats on
capitol hill to try to get a reaction from them, to try to get a little bit more about that. but they think they're winning in the courts so the fact that the president's attorneys have agreed to this expedited schedule, i think is something that they see as a concession on the part of the president and his legal team at the same time you're absolutely right, they want to get these documents, they're not pulling back in their request for the documents one inch and so ultimately they think they'll prevail and win and that may be why they've agreed to this. but again we're anticipating reaction from capitol hill as soon as we have that we'll get that to you. >> thanks to kristen well we are and we'll continue to monitor here and over in tokyo. thank you. still ahead, if you think politics here in the u.s. is messy, take a look at london. british government in chaos after the prime minister announced his resignation and
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a matter of deep regret to me that i have not been able to deliver brexit. >> well the country has been bitterly divided since the referendum in 2016 that saw people voting to leave the european union, may's last day in office will be june 7th. >> it will be for my successor to seek a way forward that honors the result of the referendum. to succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in parliament where i have not. such a consensus could only be reached if those on all sides of the debate are willing to compromise. >> compromise being the key. but can they? joining us now from london is nbc correspondent steve patterson and joe rubin, former deputy secretary of state and president of the washington strategy group. welcome to both of you. steve, i do want to start with you. we saw the newspaper headlines there in london today. give me a sense of the mood there in the city and the country. >> well i'm glad you showed
them, kend is, because that is the mood in the countries. this is front page news plastered all over every paper across the country right now. it is been a bit brutal. you're talking about a country in which public life you have a certain veneer of austerity and this cold, cool leadership and that is the image that she will leave with. she's leaving with kind of this aura of disaster unlike few have experienced, shrouded in this fight over brexit. this political monster that is now ended the premiership of two prime ministers since the fateful 2016 referendum was confirmed her legacy hinged on brexit and she's seen entirely unable to make a compromise between the hard-line brexit-ears and her exit was predicted almost a foregone conclusion that before she stepped down her own part way preparing a vote to change their
own rules to have another vote of no confidence to get her out of office. i think people saw this as her in -- between a rock and hard place. there was sympathy for her but i'm not sure that history will be kind to her time as prime minister, kendis. >> and so many of the headlines putting her in tears there on the front page. our thanks to steve patterson. joe, i want to bring you into this conversation right now. because what happens next? in terms of selection. >> kendis, in terms of the process, she'll be caretaker for a couple of weeks and then they'll have a new election. but as steve points out, this is a disaster. brexit is a disaster. let's be blunt about this. it is not a winnable policy. britain will suffer and the rise of right-wing politics across europe and russia and italy, germany and to a certain extent hungary, right wing nationalists and xenophobic parties are messing with the policies of these countries. >> why should we care about it?
besides the fact we look and say, there is somebody more of a hot mess than our government right now, why should us as americans care about what is happening there? >> so there are two ways to look at this. first and foremost, and foremosa major ally in europe, pulling it out, ripping it out of the heart of the european union will have some political shockwaves across europe. and they have spent seven decades nearly building it up in unity after world war ii. so that is significant. and part two is the signal it sends. that xenophobia, et know send terrorism, retreating to our corners, that that is the way forward. and it is not. multilateralism have wrought security and economic ia and ma are pushing against that. and president trump supports that as well. >> and of course president trump
sent to go to england for a state visit in about a week or so. how awkward will that be with this prime minister who is still in office and then she leaves two days later? nice knowing ya. >> that's right. it's been awkward many times for him there and it will continue to be. he is not a popular figure in london. and he will be there and who knows? maybe he will endorse one of the candidates. boris johnson just to throw another grenade into british politics. >> he has endorsed johnson in the past. so thanks to you. historic day at west point, the number of black women graduating is a new high. we'll look at the new generation of army officers next. when you shop for your home at wayfair, you'll find just
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