tv The Last Word With Lawrence O Donnell MSNBC September 30, 2019 7:00pm-8:01pm PDT
it was one of the bluntest and most shocking and it will come to an end tomorrow when congressman collins walks into court and pleads guilty. that's going to do it for us tonight. again, thanks to everybody for being so nice about my new book which comes out in a couple hours. it's caught "blowout." i'll be book touring starting later this week. there is one location on the book tour for which tickets are still available and that's atlanta. if you're within reaching distance of laptop, hope to see you there i'll talk more about what's in the book over the course of this week. i'm so freaking exhausted and postadrenalined about putting it out there in the world. i don't think i can speak about it yet. see you again tomorrow. time for "the last word" with lawrence o'donnell. >> tickets are available for friday night on this show when you're talking about your book. i got my amazon notice today
that the book is on the way to me. >> that's very nice. >> i tweeted it to alert "the last word" book club. it's going to arrive tomorrow and i told everyone blowo"blowos on the way and you'll discuss it on this program, on my show friday night. and so "the last word" book club assignment for the week is get the book tomorrow, read it by 10:00 p.m. friday night, and then participate in the chat with rachel. >> you are very kind. you know what? it's a long book, but it has a good index. if people want to cheat, you can just read it via the index to the good parts up the to get to. >> no cheating in the last word book club. >> well done. thank you for having me, lawrence. >> mitch mcconnell said today with certainty that donald trump will be put on trial in the united states senate if he's impeached by the house of representatives, which is becoming more certain by the day. donald trump's jury in that trial will be the 100 members of the united states senate.
the trial will begin with all 100 jurors raising their right hand and taking an oath as jurors that has not been administered in the u.s. senate since the last impeachment trial in 1999. six of the jurors in the trump impeachment trial will be candidates for president. what will they do? will they suspend their campaigns? will they be able to fairly consider the evidence against the person they're running against for president? we have never seen anything like this. no united states senator has ever taken office anticipating this. no candidate for president has ever had to think about this. until now. one of those candidates for president who will be a juror in the trump impeachment trial will join us at the end of this hour, senator cory booker will tell us how he will handle his duties if he is sworn in as a juror in the impeachment trial of donald j. trump in the united states senate. also tonight, david pluff from
barack obama's campaign will join us tonight with his look at the intersection of impeachment and the presidential campaign. new polling now shows that a solid majority of americans support the impeachment investigation of president trump. on the day when two of his cabinet members became deeply implicated in the presidential impeachment investigation by the house of representatives, donald trump tweeted that one of the chairmen conducting the impeachment investigation, congressman adam schiff, should be arrested for treason. but the president did that in his typically cowardly way of putting a question mark at the end of the trump thought, arrest for treason, question mark. the one thing in this life that we are now guaranteed is that for as long as twitter exists and donald trump exists, donald trump will be tweeting a treason accusation at someone. and it is time for america to take a deep breath about treason, okay? get ready.
no one has committed treason. donald trump has not committed treason, and no one donald trump has accused of committing treason has committed treason because they cannot commit treason. the law defines treason as making war on the united states or giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the united states. enemies is a legal word. the courts have interpreted the word enemies to legally mean only the countries that are declared enemies in a congressional declaration of war. since the united states has not had a congressional declaration of war since world war ii, we also have not had a successful treason prosecution since world war ii. so it is in effect legally impossible to commit treason these days involving russia or any other country, but there are other laws you can violate as president trump appears to in his phone call with the president of ukraine where he's
asking for help in his re-election campaign. it is a crime to lost campaisoln a campaign from a foreign country. in a tweet he said, again, the president of ukraine said there was no, zero, pressure put on him by me, case closed, exclamation point. as i'm sure i will have to repeat for the rest of the year, the law doesn't use the word pressure. the law uses the word "solicit." it is a crime just to ask for the help, even if you ask very politely. much of the news media has fallen into the trap of using pressure as being legally relevant, but it is not. as you follow the coverage of the impeachment of donald j. trump for the rest of this year, remember, no one involved is ever going to be charged with treason by congress or prosecutors. so you can get the word treason out of our head and you can get the word pressure out of your head because it's irrelevant to the presidential phone call in
which donald trump solicited help from ukraine for his re-election campaign. and pressure is irrelevant to the new case revealed today of donald trump soliciting help from australia in his re-election campaign. but the most important news of the night remains centered on what we can now be sure will be article 1 in the articles of impeachment, the phone call with the president of ukraine. donald trump is never going to stop telling the lie that the whistle-blower's report of that phone call is not accurate, even though it has proved accurate in every detail so far. new information gathered about the case since the whistle-blower's report has been released has only been more damning to donald trump and his cabinet than the whistle-blower's report is. the one huge new fact we learned today that is not specifically referenced in the whistle-blower's report is that secretary of state mike pompeo was listening in on the phone call that donald trump had with the president of ukraine. the whistle-blower did not know
that. the whistle-blower's report says that approximately a dozen white house officials listened to the call. the whistle-blower listed one state department official by name who also listened in on the call. and now we know mike pompeo was listening in on the call, which means that the reality of the call is even worse than what the whistle-blower described with the evidence that the whistle-blower was able to collect. "the wall street journal" broke the news today that mike pompeo is now a direct witness to the most important evidence in the impeachment investigation. he listened in on the phone call with zelensky, a senior state department official said monday. nbc news also confirmed mike pompeo was listening to that phone call according to a senior state department official. so whistles are being blown everywhere now. a senior state department official exposed the secretary
of state today as a direct witness to the presidential phone call, which means a senior state department official has exposed the full dimensions of the deceit in mike pompeo's answer about the whistle-blower complaint and the phone call last week after the official record of the phone call had been made public and after the whistle-blower's complaint had been made public. here is what mike pompeo said last thursday. >> the whistle-blower complaint does not appear to suggest any allegation of impropriety from people in the state department, is that correct? are you confident that none of your staff that you or your staff did anything improper in this whole situation? thank you. >> i haven't had a chance to actually read the whistle-blower complaint yet. i read the first couple of paragraphs and then got busy today.
but i'll ultimately have a chance. if i understand it, it's from someone who had second-hand knowledge. >> he got busy today. second-hand knowledge. mike pompeo standing there had first-hand knowledge. mike pompeo heard that presidential phone call. if he had any intention of ever revealing that he was on that phone call, mike pompeo could have said right then and there, i have first-hand knowledge of the phone call. i listened to that phone call and donald trump did not say or do anything wrong in that phone call, but mike pompeo did not defend the phone call that he listened to. was mike pompeo still hoping as of thursday of last week that he could get away with pretending he wasn't on the phone call? when mike pompeo was hit the next day with subpoenas from the house committees for all of the state department documents about that phone call, did mike pompeo still think that he was going to be able to get away with pretending he was not on that phone call? was mike pompeo planning to defy
those subpoenas? did the state department official who blew the whistle on mike pompeo today know that mike pompeo was planning to defy those subpoenas? mike pompeo was part of what nancy pelosi has called the coverup about that phone call. mike pompeo didn't blow the whistle on that phone call after listening to it, but today a senior state department official blew the whistle on mike pompeo. the whistles are not going to stop in the trump administration. every trump enabler should fear the sound of the next whistle. when president nixon was forced to resign, when a democratic congress was still investigating his criminality, president nixon wasn't the only one destroyed by that impeachment investigation. president nixon's attorney general went to prison. president nixon's white house chief of staff went to prison,
48 officials were found guilty of crimes. tonight mike pompeo needs a criminal defense lawyer. the secretary of state needs his own privately paid for criminal defense aurora to advise him on how to handle his response to the impeachment investigation. mike pompeo has no attorney/client privilege with state department lawyers or trump administration lawyers. the same goes for attorney general william barr. like richard nixon's attorney general, william barr needs to hire his own personal privately paid for criminal defense lawyer because william barr does not have attorney/client privilege with anyone in the trump administration. and now william barr could be as deeply implicated in what nancy pelosi called the trump coverup as nixon's attorney general was in the nixon coverup. "the new york times" broke the story today that william barr convinced president trump to call the prime minister of australia to get australia's help in the trump re-election campaign by asking him to help
william barr undermine the mueller investigation. "the new york times" reports in making the request, one of many at mr. barr's behest, mr. trump was in effect asking the australian government to investigate itself. fbi counterintelligence investigators began examining any trump ties to russia's 2016 election interference after australian officials told the bureau that russian intermediaries made overtures to trump advisers about releasing political damaging information about hillary clinton. australia's top diplomat in britain had met in london in may 2016 with papadopoulos, who revealed the russian offer of dirt on mrs. clinton. the "new york times" sources for this story are, quote, two american officials. so two american officials are blowing the whistle on william barr and donald trump. the whistle-blowers are everywhere now.
the same "times" "times" story also reports that william barr flew to italy last week and met with officials on friday the justice department refuses to say where weather the attorney general discussed the mueller investigation with italian officials. no attorney general of the united states has been implicated in an impeachment investigation since richard nixon's attorneys general, two of whom were actually convicted of crimes in that investigation. tonight the attorney general of the united states once again needs his own personally paid for criminal defense lawyer who might soon become the only person william barr can safely talk to in washington. leading off our discussion tonight, our democratic congressman andre carson, member of the house intelligence committee. matt miller, msnbc creditor. and nick loss christophe, columnist for "the new york
times" who has written on foreign affairs. congressman carson, i want to start with you and the new revelations today about the trump administration's reach to australia now in addition to ukraine, looking for help in rehabilitating donald trump's campaign image in relation to the mueller investigation. >> well, thank you for having me, lawrence. i think it's very unfortunate. australia is one of our critical 5i partners and the australian government is wiser than other governments and they don't have the same needs as other governments. again, we have a phenomenal intelligence-sharing partnership, and we've had a great partnership throughout the decades. i think what's important to note is that the global community understands that donald trump is out of control. he's a tyrant, he presents himself as a mobster. he's certainly a toxic leader. and i think what he is doing is
more than an embarrassment to our country. >> will you be subpoenaing mike pompeo now as a witness in the impeachment investigation? you already subpoenaed documents from him, but now that you know he heard the phone call, does he become a material witness? >> with respect to my chairman, schiff hiff, and my friend adam schiff, that's the question best directed toward adam. >> matt miller, i want your reaction to the attorney general's conduct having worked for an attorney general yourself. >> you know, i think everything about this probe he's launched is deeply troubling. the revelations just add to it. you have to go back to the beginning of this investigation and realize this investigation looks nothing like a normal doj probe. it is not a criminal investigation because there's no credible evidence of criminal wrongdoing. you can't just start investigations for no reason. it's not an ig investigation. it's the attorney general operating outside the normal doj channels to kind of roam around the world, roam around the intelligence community looking for ways to smear the people the president sees as his political opponents, the intelligence
community and the fbi. when you add the way the attorney general is spending so much time personally involved in this, i attended dozens of meetings with attorney general holder. he never once flew to a country to pressure them on one specific investigation as attorney general barr did this week. when the underlying investigation relates to the president's conduct, the president shouldn't be anywhere near this investigation. you add these up and i think there are reasons to be deeply concerned about the independence of the justice department when you see an investigation not operating the way investigations are usually operated at doj, that usually means there's something wrong at the bottom. >> nick, we saw republican senators last week days after the record of the phone call came out, and then also days after the whistle-blower's report came out, running down the hallways in washington i haven't read it.
there's mike pompeo pretending he doesn't know anything about this, and we now know he was listening to the call. >> i found this staggering because it wasn't only in that one interview that he said that. this was his line repeatedly. look, what's important is not only that he was dissembling, but it underscores the my impression that mike pompeo was complicit in this larger pattern for months in essentially the privatetizing of our policy toward ukraine to make it a trump personal policy of extortion toward president zelensky. really overlapping with the russian aim, both of cooling american policy toward ukraine and also cutting off military aid which also benefits russia. but i think also the importance of pompeo participating in the call is it underscores this wasn't just some routine phone
call. look, a secretary of state not normally a party to a call like that. that suggests this phone call was really something the administration regarded as very important effort by the trump administration to, i think, you know, to twist zelensky's arm. so in both dimensions i think it's an incredibly important milestone and it reflects a sense that this is growing and growing. bill barr and mike pompeo today and, lawrence, my guess is it's going to drag in mike pence as well. mike pence was so involved in ukraine policy from may on. as you know -- >> canceled a trip there. >> exactly. so he was supposed to attend the zelensky inauguration. that was canceled as a way of putting pressure on ukraine. i mean, he must have known has the trip was canceled. he must have known the reason why. on september 1st he met with
president zelensky. surely zelensky raised the question of why military aid had been suspended. what did he say in response to that? then he spoke by phone with zelensky on september 18th. clearly there must have been some discussion of that military assistance. i would really like to know what pompeo told him. >> congressman carson, the question of what pompeo knew, when did he know it, who did he tell, as nick just mentioned, that seems to be coming an increasingly important question. you might get a lot of information in these depositions that you now have scheduled with members of the state department who've been involved in this. former ambassador to ukraine, for example, and those are coming up fairly quickly. >> absolutely. we have a very capable staff of former prosecutors and members of the intelligence community who will be a part of that line of questioning. there are those of us who are representatives scheduled to have our own hearing on friday
and more to come. during this recess, lawrence, i think it's very important to note that the american people are looking to congress to do the right thing. the founding fathers were implicated, as we know, but they were very brilliant in setting up three separate but equal branches of government. i've been urging everyone to urge their represents to do the right thing and hold this administration accountable. >> we have reports, "the washington post" saying barr already made overtures to the british intelligence officials last week. the attorney general traveled to italy. so now we have trying to get help from britain, italy and australia. and the inevitable report that the trump phone call with australia's prime minister was also, the rough transcript of that was also put in the highly
restricted locked-up spot in the white house for what they did with the ukrainian call. >> you see the president trying to israel what he was doing. after the trying to conceal what the president was doing. you saw the attorney general's staff trying to conceal his trip to italy. every time the attorney general leaves the country, the justice department traditionally announces it to the press. we did that in the obama administration. it's been the practice for years. up until now, until last week it was the practice of this administration. something about this trip made them decide that they wanted to keep it secret and not tell the press. now we find out it was because he was on this campaign with the italians, the english, the australians to convince them to smear the intelligence community and the fbi. when you worry about the damage that can be done here, intelligence officials know what the president wants to hear. they know what the attorney general wants to hear. when you see the way the president has retaliated against the ukrainian government when they didn't initially launch the
investigation he wanted, you have to wonder if these officials are going to produce something to make the president happy or if they see interference whether they're going to hold it back and not come forward, and that's deeply concerning. >> i'm stunned by the behavior of mike pompeo and william barr, especially where it is in the calendar. we're possibly 18 months away from a new justice department run by a democratic attorney general who's empowered to investigate everything they've been doing. for anyone who lived through the nixon experience, the idea that an attorney general would go near to the edges of this kind of behavior or a secretary of state is just stunning but i have the same sensation. i remember in high school, you know, being glued to the watergate hearings. it's the same sense of an administration that is just -- has no sense of accountability, has no sense there's ever going
to be scrutiny. the zelensky call trump made from the private living quarters. and i think what is finally happening is, indeed, that things are catching up. so we're seeing that with barr and with pompeo, as i said, i think pence may be next. >> the next whibls might be aimed at mike pence. we will see.
congress andre carson, nichols christophe, matt miller, thank you for starting us off tonight. when we come back, what is mitch mcconnell up to? first he agrees last week with chuck schumer's unanimous consent request to release the whistle-blower's complaint. now he decides today is a good day to promise the country an impeachment trial in the senate if donald trump is impeached just as impeachment is looking ever more likely. he didn't have to say that today. he could have been invasieinvas.
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private ties. mr. president, do you now know who the whistle-blower is, sir? >> we're trying to find out about a whistle-blower. when you have a whistle-blower that reports things that are incorrect. >> he's lying, of course. joining us is an opinion writer for "the washington post." rick stengel, undersecretary of
state in the obama administration, msnbc political analyst. and rick, the whistle-blower so far has not been incorrect about anything except the when their did not know that mike pompeo was listening in on the phone call. >> first of all, the whistle-blower law is designed to protect the identity of the whistle-blower. the president of the united states saying we're looking into who it is is on its face an abuse of power just like that. it is amazing, though, as you mentioned that the whistle-blower did not realize that mike pompeo was listening into that callful it's unusual to have a secretary of state listen into a phone call between a president of the united states and another head of state. with trump it's a little bit like he's a mafia don they don't want to say incriminate everyone. come with me because you'll be incriminal nated when you listen to this call. and mike pompeo certainly understood there was a quid pro quo going on. >> e.j. it's entirely possible
that no one new at the time that mike pompeo was on that phone call, so the whistle-blower who we know was gathering information from people who were troubled by the call, those people seem to be giving the whistle-blower everything they can find, but they might not have known that. >> no. i think that's very possible. and i think just on rick's point about trump trying to get everybody soiled by this, he's also made comments about mike pence, suggesting mike pence was involved in this. why might he do that? helmeted do that because he doesn't want republicans thinking that is mike pence would be a great alternative. he's actually tried to sell the idea that, well, if he and pence both went down, then nancy pelosi would become president, which is actually true. so i think that what we're seeing here is that once a dam breaks, information comes out. you did it in terms of whistles
being blown everywhere. what we're learning about pompeo and what we're learning about barr is feeding a story that has moved the country, according to the polls, toward impeachment to a degree they have never been at before. >> . aj. let me go to this question of what mitch mcconnell might be up to because it's fascinating the way you're isolating donald trump's willingness to deflect some of this attention toward mike pence, of course, because he does want to communicate to republicans, not just democrats, switching over the pence might not be that easy. it may be that mitch mcconnell's cooperation with chuck schumer last week, mitch mcconnell's unnecessary statement today that absolutely he will have an impeachment trial in the senate if the house sends him a bill of impeachment. that could all be part of mitch mcconnell thinking right now
that they might need a different nominee who is not donald trump or mike pence by the time they get to next summer. >> it does seem that mcconnell has gone out of his way to distance himself a little bit. i mean, mcconnell loves trump's judges and tax cut. he doesn't really like donald trump that much, but he also has senate rules to deal with, and mcconnell will ride rough shod over all kinds of norms but it's hard to get around senate rules that say he absolutely has to have an impeachment trial, but he did leave himself a way out. he noted that there's nothing in the rules that tells him how long impeachment has to be on the floor. so i think mcconnell is keeping all his options open. >> rick, to no one's surprise, john bolton is letting it be known, nbc news is reporting,
that john bolton argued against trump even making the phone call to the ukrainian president, and certainly would have argued against the contents of that phone call. he is reportedly not someone who heard the phone call because he was at that point on the outs enough that he wasn't even allowed to. >> yeah. this situation we have is that as people leave the administration, they're never replaced by a better actor or people who have even the beginning of understanding. i mean, bolton is now distinguishing himself, basically being a normative political science figure saying, sir, you can't do that. >> at least procedurally. >> you can't do that. this is suborning a foreign power, this is interfering in the election. i hope bolton doesn't wait until he does his book to speak out and he speaks out right now and all along this process like some people haven't done that would be really important. >> in your experience in the state department, doesn't it indicate now that if you were
allowed on the call with donald trump, you are the kind of person in that administration who doesn't argue with him about anything. >> i guess that's right. he wants to include them to incriminate them but include them so they pat it on the back. >> rick and e.j. thank you for joining us tonight. former republican senator is now urging fellow republicans to save their souls. and not go down with donald trump.
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the constitution and laws, so help me god. joining us now is one of the senators who will take that oath if the house of representatives impeaches the president, new jersey democratic senator cory booker is a member of the senate judiciary committee and the senate foreign relations committee and is now a candidate for president of the united states. so nobody saw this coming as presidential candidates, but you could peend up as a juror in th impeachment trial of the person you're running against us. >> yes. >> could take that oath that i just read and then fairly play your role as a juror in the senate? >> absolutely. this is a sobering thing and it should be a separate and apart of. i'm confident in our ability to take down donald trump. i wouldn't run if i didn't think i could beat him. those are for political reasons. this is separate. did he or did he not betray his oath and create potential
treason and put his own interests from our national security interests. those questions could be held independently. he could still be a bad person, all the things and the reason i'm running but to be independent from this, we have to at this time. all should be sober, 535 congresspeople, should be sober. this is a sad time that we should be putting patriotism before partisanship. we have an oath to put the constitution ahead of our political agendas for the future. >> have you talked to any of the other presidential candidates, the five others who are senators and may be potential jurors in this about how you will all approach this? >> i've got good friendships amongst the senators that are there and have had brief conversations leading into this recess we're in now. all of us, i think, had a similar feeling when we were down in iowa for the iowa steak
fry, which is a great thing for a vegan to say. but we all were saying sort of the same sentiment of we thought he could not shock us anymore, but when this stuff was breaking, it was still pretty damn shocking. >> would you suspend your campaign and stay in the impeachment trial. i think if the impeachment trial should go on, i have an obligation to be there. it's one of the more solemn obligations of this office should it ever come to impeachment to sit in that juror trial and do what you have to do. >> this actually goes in a certain kind of way to the incentive of the jurors. would you as a candidate, as the nominee of the democratic party, would you prefer to be running against donald trump as the nominee of the republican party than any other possible republican nominee? >> let me make this clear. as much as i find what donald trump does is deeply distasteful, deeply hurting and wounding to our nation, to our character, he commits moral vandalism every day, i would prefer us not to be where we are
today. i would prefer it not to be a point where we need impeachment proceedings because this is a sad day for america that we should have a president that would engage in such behavior to necessitate an impeachment. so i wish this was not going on. i wish we were going towards what will be the showdown about 13 months from now. bill prepared to beat him. i took a lot of pleasure in going up against him. but that's a fight that i will take one way or another whether he's there or not. so this is something i'm hoping -- all of us who really want him gone will step back and understand that our constitution is at stake here. there are principles far deeper than our partisan beliefs or our political ambitions. that is moment we should look at with sober eyes and deal with the facts and evidence where it leads. >> you remember judiciary jurisdiction over the justice department, you discovered something about the heads of
both of those departments today. the secretary of state pompeo was listening to the call. attorney general barr is trying to get help for donald trump from other countries in his re-election campaign. >> they both are implicated now and they both have to answer a lot of questions. where were they, what did they know, what did they do with what they knew? we've seen evidence of coverups. were they involved in that? many times a coverup can be as bad or worse than the crime. this is an administration that seems to be rotting from the core andfecting a lot of people around. i'm happy to see that there are more than one whistle-blower it seems of people that are willing to tell the truth or talk about what's going on. so there's a lot of investigation to do. i hope we do it quickly as possible. but this things as yet to begin. we are in the foothills in understanding the misappropriate of challenges of the potential violations that are going to be coming out. >> senator cory booker thank you so much for joining us. when we come back, our next
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new poll showing increasing support for impeachment. a cbs poll shows 55% support an impeachment inquiry by the house of representatives. a quinnipiac poll shows 47% support impeachment and removal from office president trump. 47% oppose impeachment and removal from office. just last week the same poll showed only 37% support for impeachment and removal from office. joining us now a polling expert david plouffe the campaign manager for senator barack obama's 2008 presidential campaign and white house senior adviser for president barack obama. he is also the host of the new podcast from cadence 13 called "campaign hq" which takes you inside presidential campaigns. no one knows more about that than david plouffe. thank you very much for joining us tonight. i want to get your reaction to this huge swing in the quinnipiac poll on impeachment.
it was 37% in favor just a week ago. now that is up to 47%. an incredible flip. >> lawrence, thanks for having me. i think as citizens and voters learn more about the goings-on we learn now australia is dragged into the conspiracy. i think they believe an inquiry is appropriate. donald trump and his campaign will try to leverage this for maximum impact, too. they are running ads, very effective ads, trying to find new supporters, register new voters. we don't know what is going to happen over the coming weeks. it may be the numbers get worse for the president or we stay basically where we are. make no mistake trump on the other side will try to leverage this for full impact. this wasn't part of his playbook to the extent he has one heading into election under threat of impeachment but they'll try to make the best of it. >> this isn't something you've had to deal with as a campaign strategist the opposing
candidate possibly being impeached. how do you handle that -- how do the democrats handle that in a presidential campaign? >> nixon and clinton are the two most recent examples in their second term. it's hard to draw lessons. first of all we have a bunch of candidates trying to win the nomination. my suspicion is that impeachment is not going to drive our primary. i think folks are going to be looking for who can beat donald trump because i don't think we should expect he'll be removed by conviction or by resignation by election. who can beat him? who would be a good president? we do have a bunch of senators who may be, if this heads to trial, obviously in the spotlight and maybe will have a great moment but at the end of the day when we get to iowa and new hampshire and south carolina i don't think it is going to really drive who our voters pick to be the nominee. it could have a big effect on the general election. >> the most interesting thing i heard about what you were just saying is on your podcast with
senator warren's chief strategist who was talking about how her message on impeachment, which was that she simply read the mueller report, made a decision, and this is where she is, was very much a part of the total fabric of the way she approaches issues. she takes in the information, the analytical information, the best information she can get, makes her decision. so he was arguing it seemed to me on your podcast that impeachment actually is part of the entire warren message. >> i think in terms of the way she takes information and makes a decision, there is a decisiveness that the chief strategist was talking about. also, she is not alone in this but has been talking quite a bit about corruption throughout the entire campaign but has intensified that recently. i think that is going to be something that trump is vulnerable to. whether it's ukraine, but, also, the family corruption, the
grifting, benefiting of the trump family, voters don't like that, right? i think just as i think we have to make a better case about the job loss under trump, by the way, two states in the country with the biggest manufacturing job loss over the last year, wisconsin and pennsylvania. this is very important information. you don't like the tweeting. you don't like the distractions. you're losing jobs in your back yard and your hometown and you're dealing with really unprecedented corruption. i'd imagine even before impeachment corruption was going to be center stage in the argument against donald trump in the battleground states and i think it will intensify now. >> when we come back i want to ask you this difficult question about how joe biden as a presidential candidate should be handling the way he and his family have been dragged into this presidential phone call with the president of ukraine that is now the subject of an impeachment investigation.
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back with us president obama's former campaign strategist david plouffe. how should joe biden and the campaign handle joe biden and his family being dragged into that phone call by president trump, president of ukraine, a phone call that is now the subject of an impeachment investigation? >> well, as outrageous as it is, and you know trump's got guiliani kind of, who i think comes across more like a lunatic figure these days than the former mayor of new york city, and all his hench men trying to drag joe biden into this i would use that obsession to your benefit. obviously, lawrence, your show, any show, any podcast, local or national, would have joe biden on and i would use that obsession donald trump seems to have with joe biden and be out there. i know you'll get tough questions but that is what i would view as the best alternative here is really go out there and aggressively fill
the space and basically for a period of time anyway become donald trump's general election opponent here in september and october. >> what we have seen are candidates like beto o'rourke stepping up defending joe biden very strongly, very decisively. that's kind of an interesting campaign dynamic if you're the biden campaign. do we just let them do it? >> i think we'll see more candidates do that. this is a very crowded field and you're running against donald trump, for all of his faults, he wants to dominate the oxygen. this is an opportunity think to go face to face with him. but i think this is an example of what, whoever is our nominee is going to deal with this. what we saw in 2016 is going to be gentle by comparison. this is going to be brutal. it is going to be absolutely brutal. that's why i think we need to see how our candidates deal with these tough situations through the rest of this year, early part of this year. how they deal with adversity,
challenge. even unfair things like this. we need someone who cannot just win debates on policy points, raise more money than donald trump. we need somebody who can really go toe to toe with him and, you know, he is clearly trying to enlist foreign governments all over the world to help him on this. i'm sure we'll see more of that. >> david plouffe, president obama's winning campaign manager now the host of the new podcast campaign hq. thank you very much for joining us tonight. really appreciate it. >> thanks, lawrence. >> that is tonight's "last word." "the 11th hour with brian williams" starts now. >> breaking gnaws started today and never really stopped. guiliani subpoenaed by congress. then came "the wall street journal" reporting our secretary of state was on the call when donald trump asked the president of ukraine for a favor. then came the report from the "new york times" that trump pushed australia's leader for help in an effort to hit back after the mueller investigation at attorney general bill barr's