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will do it for us tonight. i'll see you tomorrow night. now it's time for lawrence o'donnell. i'm sorry, i'm in your real estate. >> i was very glad to see amy klobuchar in your hour. i want history to record that amy klobuchar was the last presidential candidate to appear on this program at approximately 10:30 p.m. the night before new hampshire voted. so i think what we saw was the last word bump. what else is that? what else explains that?
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>> i was going to say, you should market it but it does kind of sound like a weird pregnancy line. the last word bump coffee cup. >> she did a solid eight minutes and that might be it. you discussed with amy klobuchar this issue that we, i've heard about on a lot of television talk about politics. the electability of a woman. does a woman have a particular challenge? and i thought you dealt with that pretty wisely, obviously. that discussion is during repeatedly. >> yeah. >> and i for one, and i don't watch every minute of cable news, but i've not heard one discussion of the electability of a gay man. i have not heard one discussion of the electability of a jewish man. why is it that women, and apparently at this time, women alone are left to have to fight for the notion that they can
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actually win? >> yeah. i mean, i think what's going on, you do hear some discussion about age, for example. and whether or not age is a limiting factor for some of the older candidates in the field. you heard that particularly when there are questions about whether or not vice president biden would get in. and whether or not his age might be a limiting factor and the rebuttal to that is that there were already candidates discuio voters is inescapebly about who can beat trump. so every little worry that everybody has about what might be something that might interrupt a person's otherwise promising trajectory to beat trump ends up open for discussion. i think if pete buttigieg continues to overporp to expectations, having done so well in iowa and new hampshire, some of those discussions about him being the first openly gay presidential candidate will surface. every electability issue will be discuss ad thousand times. >> i hope the other things i mentioned, i hope the good news
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is that we are as a country past the point where people will even care about whether a candidate is jewish and we're past the point where a majority of people care whether a candidate is gay. i hope that's the case. i find this discussion about the women's electability to just be maddening. >> and the maddening thing is for all these factors, you never talk to anybody who says, yeah. my issue is that she's a woman. my issue is that he's old. or my issue is that he's -- it's always worry by proxy. asking for a friend. >> that's right. >> they're concerned but i'm not. that's how you know how disingenuous some of these discussions are. i think some of these discussions are inescapable. we've never seen anything like it. and for once, i'm not saying that about the trump administration. we have never seen anything like this. democratic presidential primary campaign. iowa and new hampshire have now
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created more confusion about the state of race with the front-runner before iowa, joe biden, now running at the back of the pack and amy klobuchar coming from out of nowhere to overtake elizabeth warren in new hampshire. but elizabeth warren is still third in total delegates. and no one can tell what you will happen next. but there has been some important stability in all of this. some important campaign factors that have remained stable throughout all of the shifting standings of the democratic candidates. and what has remained stable in this campaign is very, very good news for the democrats. and it is very bad news, terrible news for donald trump. i'll discuss all of that in tonight's last word at the end of this hour. we must begin twonlt the crisis in washington this week that has been overshadowed by campaign reporting yesterday. we will be joined by senator richard blumenthal who is now
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calling for the resignation of the attorney general of the united states in the midst of this crisis. and an inspector general's investigation of presidential interference at the justice department. the trump barr justice department now has its first principled resignation. jonathan in had is no longer a federal prosecutor. he quit yesterday after serving under three presidents. bush, obama and trump. donald trump made working in the justice department unbearable because they have allowed it to be unbearable. donald trump didn't knock down the wall of ethics that is supposed to exist between the white house and the justice department. william barr did that. donald trump obviously wanted to knock down that wall from day one. he needed an attorney general who was as eager to knock down the wall as donald trump was. donald trump said early in his presidency that he needed his roy cohen.
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roy cohen was the disgraced criminal lawyer who ended up disbarred and convicted of crimes himself. he was donald trump's lawyer early in donald trump's career and donald trump wanted that kind of lawyer at the justice department. he wanted the kind of attorney general who would do anything for donald trump. anything. and that apparently is what donald trump seeps to have now. after tweeting his objections to federal prosecutors, just the recommendation in the roger stone case, william barr's justice department then changed the recommendation and lowered the sentencing for donald trump's friend, roger stone. that was enough for jonathan kravis who was one of the prosecutors. he notified the court that he would no longer be involved in the case and he then quit his job. at the justice department. three other prosecutors working on the roger stone case.
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aaron zelinsky, adam jed and mike marando notified that they would no longer be working on the case and in effected following donald trump's orders. so william barr signs new prosecutors for the sentencing phase. a phase that is now clearly meaningless, isn't it? because donald trump in his way today let us know, let roger stone know, that roger stone has nothing to worry about. >> i don't want to say that yet. but people were hurt viciously and badly by these corrupt people. >> are you considering a pardon? i don't want to say that yet. that means that he's considering a pardon for roger stone. that means he's saying that corrupt people prosecuted roger stone. so the president is already saying that a pardon for roger
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stone is completely justifiable. roger stone will be sentenced next week. on thursday by a federal judge, amy berman jackson who was appointed by barack obama. judge jackson can completely ignore the justice department's lowered recommendation of a sentence. but what we will be surely reporting next thursday night is that donald trump thinks the sentence judge jackson has given roger stone is vicious and unfair, and that she did it because she was appointed by a president not named donald trump. if donald trump does that, what you can be sure of is that the attorney general of the united states will not say one word of it as donald trump has done before. attorney general william barr is now scheduled to testify to the house judiciary xhoe on march 31st. by that time, the attorney general might be answering questions about the trump pardon
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of roger stone. leading off our discussion. democratic congressman sean patrick maloney. sherylin is with us, the director counsel of the naacp legal defense and education fund, and glen kishner, former federal prosecutor and msnbc legal analyst. >> i want to get your reaction. what do you see happening next? >> two things. we've seen ordinary people step forward and sacrifice for the greater good. these four prosecutors join the ranks of ambassador yovanovitch and he alexander vindman. the second point is we're corrr
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institutions because mike pompeo will do whatever he wants and won't defend his ambassadors. if we've lost main justice and bill barr will do whatever the president wants him to do for a friend. throw a prosecution for a political favor. then i'm very worried about what any more time of donald trump will mean for institutions like the pentagon. if you start corrupting these agencies with people who will bend to the president's whim, then there is no defense against the president wanting a third term. or claiming a second one when he didn't win it. this is a crisis and it is up to the rest of to us make sure they don't get away with it. >> donald trump then tweeted his congratulations to william barr for taking over the sentencing phase of the roger stone case, as donald trump basically begged him to do publicly by tweet. today president trump said i never called the justice department and asked for it.
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it seems to be that donald trump believes when he crosses these lines, he should do it in public. in that same way that he walked out in the driveway and asked china to also investigate the bidens and he did it on television. you didn't impeach him for what he did in the driveway for what did he on television. you impeached him for what he did, what he thought he was doing on private in the phone with president zelensky. it seems in this behavior, donald trump thinks, if i make it all public, they cannot come after me. >> i think it is worse. they want to look you in the eye and say they're flouting the law. they want to tell you a lie and have you stay silent and make you pretend that it is the truthful that's real power. when everybody knows you're breaking the law, everybody knows you're telling a lie and everybody stays quiet. that's terrifying to me. do you know who is responsible
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for this? susan collins and tom tillis and he have one of those republican senators who took a dive. when they come out and say share the concerned, i hope people understand, they are covering their butts. when they gave up the chance, when they had it to hold him accountable. it will be up to the rest of us. good public servants are paying the price with their careers for the misconduct of those senators who failed to act. >> you were in the courtroom for the roger stone trial. you watched the prosecutors at work. you know jonathan kravis. you worked with him when you were a federal prosecutor. tell us about jonathan kravis about, this decision to not do the presses's bidding in a sentencing hearing. to say, that's it.
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i am gun the william barr, donald trump justice department. >> knowing john kravis, it doesn't surprise me one bit that he made the difficult decision and it seems like he made it immediately. when he saw an injustice going on in a case that he worked, that he tried, that he brought home. when he saw the outrageous violation, violence to the rule of law and to equal justice perpetrated by bill barr, he took a stand. and that stand was, i remove myself from this case that has consumed the last year of my life. and i resign from the department of justice. that is a difficult thing for a family man to do. john is the kind of guy when i worked with him in the homicide section, aef strong but silent,
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circumstan circumspect, he came in and did his work, presenting the people of the district of columbia every day. he then left the office to go to the public integrity section of the department of justice. main justice, as we called it. he distinguished himself over there. then he returned and brought the skill set back to the u.s. attorney's office. back to the people of the district of columbia. and for him to have his legs cut out from under him, together with his three fellow prosecutors by bill barr who really doesn't give a wit about equal justice under the law is about as upsetting as gets for former prosecutors. >> are there any limitations on
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jonathan kravis speaking publicly now about this? is there anything that follows him out of justice department that can control what he's allowed to say? >> no. we don't really work in the national security arena typically as fert prosecutors. so the only constraints he might have is he can't share information about grand jury protected material. so i think we'll leave it up to him to say if he wants to now go public with what he has just experienced, of course, what will the president do? perhaps label him a traitor and say you know what we used to do with traitors. i think john will have to take some time to work through with his family whether he now wants to come out and talk publicly about what he has just experienced. >> so this is just a sentencing recommendation by federal prosecutors. it is something the judges weigh
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to whatever degree they want to. i've seen judges read them and you can tell they're justm of s donald trump have risked all of this over just a sentencing recommendation which now fuse judge jackson to decide what to do. you mentioned the president's comment about, i haven't decided yet whether i will pardon him. if you put all these pieces together, you're on the money about president trump saying these publicly. we skipped over one thing. last week the president said, when that he had big room full of people applauding him and he did his bit for an hour. he kept saying with attorney general barr in front, we're going to fix this. we'll make sure this never happened again. what did attorney general barr do? he issued a letter and he said that only he could sign off
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personally on investigations into the president, into the vice president, into senators, into house members, in the election, and into any foreign donation to elections. and heish pud to the department of justice. if you or i thought something improper happened, the letter says they couldn't even do a preliminary investigation without him personally signing off on it. so he closed off that door. then we come to this week. and mitch mcconnell will not allow the election protection bills to a vote. we put this all together. we have a process in which the president is impeached, he is acquitted. we know his intention to continue to engage in that behavior. he came right out and. china, why don't you have at it. and then you have the attorney general saying, if anyone wants to report misconduct and start an investigation, i have to personally sign off on it. he basically takes full control of the fbi. and then you have the senators
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who will notss these election s bills that have been sitting on mitch mcconnell's desk since last fall. from my perspective, what i'm most worried about is the protection of our election in 2020 which i think is in serious peril. every united states senator who voted against conviction of the president. they said we think what did he was inappropriate. these should be the people who are protecting us from foreign interference but they won't do it. think about marco rubio. he said this last year in a bill that he co-sponsored. he said it is a common sense measure that seeks to protect our elections from foreign interference. hostile foreign act attempted to disrupt our election and attack our democracy and our intelligence community continues to warn of this threat. this bipartisan bill would make an important step in ensuring hostile foreign entities are not able to take ownership and stake
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in copies crucial to our election process. that's marco rubio march 14, 2019. he has not said a word since the impeachment. you have to put the pressure on. you have to pressure mitch mcconnell. we need to protect these 2020 elections and bill barr won't do it and president trump won't do it. >> carson maloney, what do you expect is possible within the justice department? can congress get an inspector gentle's investigation of this? >> we can certainly demand it. i'm hopeful there is an inspector general. we're seeing these cronies. there is still a beating heart of professional people at the justice department. the southern district of new york continues to do great work. and there are people like
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michael atkinson who brought the whole ukraine scandal to life when they tried to deep six it. again, bill barr's handy work. so i think there are people in there fighting and it is our job on the hill to back them up. the fact is that this president has not learned his lesson. so it is going to be the voters, ultimately, that remind susan collins and those senators, that reminds these house members who are had in the tank for the president, who the boss is and what we really care about. man, this is a bull horn warning all of us, if we thought we had to get involved, we need double whatever we're going to do. get up and fight this year because it is all on the line. >> at the sentencing, is it likely that the judge would actually send roger stone directly to prison or would there be a 30-day stay?
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a scheduled delivery to prison? >> he ought to go right to prison. i suspect judge amy jackson will do just that. i was a little surprised after the prosecutors asked that he be confined, she gave him a break and let him stay out pending sentencing. i suspect she will impose a period of incarceration and he will go directly to jail. >> so the trent pardon may be issued as soon as the judge acts. >> thank you you a. i really appreciate it. >> when we come back, senator blumenthal is joining us. he is calling for the resignation of attorney general barr and an inspector general's investigation in the roger stone case. we'll ask if he can get that inspector general's investigation at least. ector ge investigation at least ♪
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here's senator richard blumenthal today. >> attorney general barr has no choice but to follow these dedicated prosecutors out the door. he's acting simply as a hengeman of the president who has always want him to be his roy cohen, his personal attorney. >> senator blumenthal today sent a letter. with jurisdiction over the justice department. requesting the chairman open an investigation into quote, the repulsive disregard for the rule of law of the senator graham today defended the department of justice's lighter sentencing rep dags for roger stone and said this about president trump . >> yeah, i don't think any of us should tweet about an ongoing case.
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having said that, i appreciate the department of justice making sure that their recommendations to the court are, seek justice, consistent with the law as it is written. >> should the president stay out of cases? absolutely. he should not be commenting on cases in the system. i've said that a bunch. if i thought he had done something that had changed the outcome inappropriately, i would be the first to say. >> joining us now, senator richard blumenthal, a member of the senate judiciary committee. before being elected to the united states senate, he served as the attorney general of the state of connecticut. he also served as the u.s. attorney for connecticut. i mentioned your prosecutorial work. it is so relevant to what you're watching here. what would you have done if at the stent sentencing stage, days before the sentencing session, the word came through that the recommendation you've already
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issued must be taken down? >> i hope what i would have done is what those four prosecutors do, namely resign in protest. i am so angry. what we have here is a perfect storm for american justice. a president who is corrupting the department of justice with utter contempt for the rule of law and an attorney general who is his political henchman. a republican majority in the united states senate who is completely spineless morally. so i think we need not only the resignation but an independent investigation by the inspector general, and i hope the judge in this case asks for a full explanation before the sentencing to give those brave prosecutors a forum to express why they resigned.
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>> can the inspector general initiate this on his own? does he have the authority to do that? >> he certainly has the authority to do with it a complaint from congress. and he has done with it an assertiveness that i think is important. i think we need to consider other options like the power of the purse which both the house and the senate have. there is no sugar coating this crisis. we are in the minority. what we need is a majority of senators who have a respect for the rule of law. the ultimate court of appeals is at the ballot box. >> we have some breaking news about the president's condition, you might call it. it says trump simmering with rage, fixated on exacting revenge against those he feels betrayed him and insulated by a
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compliant republican party, is increasingly comfortable doing so to the point of feeling untouchable, according to the presses's advisers and allies. indicating the president is indulging his anger. including the mueller case. >> it is almost impossible to exaggerate this. simmering rage from a president who is unleashed and untethered to the law. on the morning joe program. joe scarborough asked, if the president can investigate any journalists, could he arrest us tomorrow? and the truth is, every american is potentially in danger of this kind of retribution and revenge. if the president uses the justice system as a tool of political or personal vengeance.
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and that kind of crisis is deeply dangerous. it is ugly. it violates the ethos of the department of justice for the attorney general to be the president's political henchman. >> senator richard blumenthal, thank you for joining us tonight. we really appreciate it. >> thank you. coming up next, what changed for the presidential candidates last night in new hampshire? and what happens if three or more candidates continue to split the delegate count and the democratic convention has to decide who their none 93 is? [ distant band playing ]
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with exquisite by bad timing, a poll of the candidates came out yesterday while new hampshire was voting and making that poll utterly useless because of how new hampshire voters may have changed the country's perspective on the candidates last night. the only number in yesterday's
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he monmouth national poll that voters agreed with is 26%. for bernie sanders at the top of that national poll. that is exactly what bernie sanders got in hamp last night. 25.8%. that was enough to win in new hampshire but voters sharply disagreed. they gave elizabeth warren and joe biden. less support than in the poll and they gave klobuchar and buttigieg much more. so the final line last night was bernie sanders at 25.8. for much of the news media, elizabeth warren has become the forgotten woman so it might come as a surprise to some that she is still in third in the delegate count thanks to her strong third place finish in
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iowa. the delegate count is now the pete buttigieg, 23, bernie sanders, 21, elizabeth warren, 8, amy klobuchar, 7, joe biden, 6. the next big event in the campaign is a debate in. >> one week from tonight. in the meantime we patiently await national polls taken after the new hampshire primary that might tell us how much the new hampshire vote has affected the national numbers. joining us, gene sperling from the national economic councils for obama and clinton. and from the and professor of politics and media at morgan state university. also an msnbc political analyst. and professor johnson, now that you've had 24 hours of contemplation of these new hampshire results, i need guidance. i am lost. i am just guessing about what happens next. what is your guess? >> so lawrence, for once, we
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have a 1 and a 1a. you have your 1 which is bernie sanders. by every single measure, right? bernie sanders is now the front-runner. he had a clear victory in new hampshire. he is winning the national polls. but mayor pete is 1a because he is actually leading the delegate count which is what will make you the none 93. there haven't been that many degs who have come out. we have to see what happens in nevada and south carolina. like in college football, if you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterback. since we have two front-runners, we don't have any front-runners. anyone who claims we know how this race will play out doesn't really know yet. i think what is happening in nevada right now, especially with the culinary union coming out and saying no to bernie sanders, on there is an opening for joe biden to go. we haven't seen any polls in new hampshire. so i think this race is still
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open. you still have mike bloomberg out there. >> you've been on many presidential campaigns. you've come out with winners, with people who did not win. talk about those he candidates who had disappointing showings. what do they have to do when they lead with those. disappointment? >> i think you're right. one, can bernie sanders continue to get majorities if the lane narrows on the more moderate, progressive competitors? two, do buttigieg and klobuchar's good performance, does it actually transflight minority voters and the super tuesday states where they're not as organized? i think the third big question is, are warren and biden out of this or can either be the comeback kid? biden is still claiming, trying comfort his supporters, i go
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still do okay in south carolina. there is an opening in nevada. what warren is saying is, if you're worried about civil war among democrats, hey, look to me. i'm the one who can unite the base. i'm the one who can be the bridge. and don't you the passion for a woman president denied perhaps unfairly by donald trump? so i think the biden and warren issue is quite big. and each can make a case. don't count me out yet. but there is a lot of pressure on both of them to continue in the next two contests. >> when we come back, i want to talk about what's going on with the delegate count, and if these candidates ten to split delegates among three or more candidates, does that mean no one can actually win this nomination through primaries?
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if the delegates continue to be split among three or more in the primaries, no one will win enough delegates to secure the nomination before the convention and we will suddenly fall back 52 years to the last time the democratic convention decided the democratic nominee. senators eugene mccarthy and bobby kennedy competed in the primaries in 1968. they each won some. they each lost some. and i'm going to need a sip of water. there we go. bobby kennedy was assassinated on the night he won the california primary. and gene mccarthy went only to watch vice president hubert humphrey secure on the firstsil. i want to go back to jason
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johnson and gene sperling here. the party is very different now. they don't have that kind of control over a convention of the super degs, just 16% of the convention. they range from joe manchin to alexandria cortez. last night in new hampshire, the delegate count, nine for bernie, nine for buttigieg, six for klobuchar. that kind of newspapers, you don't get a nominee out of this. >> yeah. and people will start asking, did we design this democratic primary process right? think of it this way. here's my sample math. if you have 33% of the delegates after super tuesday, you still need on win 60% of the rest to get a majority. if there is a two-person race, that doesn't seem hard. the reason i said rule of three. you start getting three or four,
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that becomes very, very difficult. that mean that's we're battling all the way to july with each other instead of having a nominee who is trained solely on donald trump. so i think that people are just starting to really get their arms and mind around the math here and the possibility. the other thing, they don't have a majority but they have a commanding plurality. they have 45%. or is it a jumble? three people all around 30%? those two scenarios would play out very differently. >> when you go back to 2008, it was not quite as big a field. hillary clinton and barack obama, way outperformed the rest. there wasn't really the amy klobuchar. john edwards played that role a little bit. but hillary clinton won 39% in
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new hampshire to obama, almost 36% in new hampshire. they were performing much higher than these candidates are. >> yeah. and i want to make this clea thibl and i think 2008 was a perfect example. long primary fights are good. ever candidates are competing, they're going into states and setting up campaign infrastructure that otherwise wouldn't exist. there is a reason that obama did reasonably well in places like kansas. he wasn't going to win but towed campaign there for the primaries. that's important to remember. if we get tow a contested convention, political scientists like me, we dream of this nerd fest. who ends up being the person that can bring everybody together? elizabeth warren has been saying, i'm that person. i don't have stop and frisk. i didn't vote for the crime bill. she has an argument that can be made to minority voters that she's the best of both worlds or multiple worlds. what will michael bloomberg say?
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we don't know. the sanders campaign can't complain, if he goes in with say, the majority of degs but not enough to claim a 56th rirgs he can't claim will it was rigged. his support taken was involved in claiminging the democratic rules this time of you can't change the rules and then say you changed the rules and still couldn't win. so i think it will be a long extended fight west still may not have anybody by the type we get to convention but everybody had a as fight. >> thank you both very much for joining us tonight. really appreciate it. >> when we come back, i'll have a last word about some very important points of stability in this somewhat confusing presidential campaign. these points of stability are very very good news for democrats in november. y are very very good news for democrats in november. or psoriatic arthritis, little things, can become your big moment. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not an injection or a cream...
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we have arrived at the william goldman moment. >> you tell me what you know and i'll confirm. i'll keep you in the right direction if i can, but that's all. just follow the money. >> william goldman won an oscar for that line, "follow the money." and all the rest of the lines in the screenplay "all the president's men." he also won an oscar for the screenplay of "butch cassidy and the sundance kid." many of you have william goldman lines memorized from "princess bride" and other films. but "follow the money" is probably the most famous william goldman line. you've heard it repeated countless times during the investigations of donald trump. but within show business william goldman has an equally famous line that appeared in one of his
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books, and it defines the moment we are now in in the presidential campaign, and that line is "nobody knows anything." in a wonderful must-read book about show business entitled "adventures in the screen trade" william goldman wrote, "nobody knows anything. not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for certainty what's going to work. every time out it's a guess and, if you're lucky, an educated one." so tonight's william goldman lesson is nobody knows anything, not one person in the entire political field, knows for a certainty what's going to happen. and every time we predict something it's a guess. and if you're lucky an educated one. no amount of political education has prepared us for the moment we are in now. too much of this is new. a front-runner for the democratic presidential nomination who is not a democrat. bernie sanders is an
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independent. and while we're at it, he would be the first jewish president in history. another front-runner for the nomination, who actually has the most delegates right now, is a gay candidate who would be the youngest president in history, pete buttigieg is only three years older than the constitutional eligibility age of 35. two women senators are running for president, and they are third and fourth in the delegate count. and a former vice president who was once the front-runner in this campaign is now at the bottom of the delegate count. and on top of all of that the richest man in the history of american politics has changed parties to run as a democrat and is moving up in the polls thanks to massive advertising spending. but mike bloomberg's name has not appeared on a ballot yet. politics is like meteorology. we only know what we're looking at if wve seen it before.
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we have no idea how to track this hurricane. but one thing has remained stable. the numbers for the trump re-election campaign are just terrible. in the final nbc news/"wall street journal" poll before the congressional elections of 2018, 54% of voters said the country was on the wrong track. 38% of voters. only 38. said the country was on the right track. now even worse. now fewer voters say the country is on the right track. only 34% say the country is on the right track. 53% of voters say the country is on the wrong track. and that wrong track is the trump track. in the final poll before the democratic landslide victory in the 2018 congressional elections
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voters said that they preferred a democratic-controlled congress over a republican-controlled congress by 50% to 43%. that is exactly what they voted for and what they got, a democratic-controlled congress. and that identical number, 50 to 43, is in the latest one-on-one poll of democratic candidates against donald trump. joe biden gets 50% to donald trump's 43%. bernie sanders does even better at 51% to donald trump's 43%. and mike bloomberg does a bit better than that at 51% to 42% for donald trump. amy klobuchar, elizabeth warren, pete buttigieg, all also poll ahead of donald trump in one-on-one polling. and so no one knows who the democratic nominee is going to be, but we do know it's going to
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be someone who is currently polling ahead of donald trump in one-on-one polls. and we also know that a decisive majority of american voters believe that the trump track is the wrong track for this country. those voters took the house of representatives away from republicans in the last election and as of now, as of tonight, that majority of voters appears ready and appears even eager to take the white house and air force one away from donald trump and put this country on what they think is the right track. that is tonight's "last word." "the 11th hour" with brian williams starts now. tonight donald trump and the power of his presidency. today he thanked his attorney general for intervening to reduce the recommended federal
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prison sentence for trump's friend of 30 years, roger stone. it was enough to make four federal prosecutors walk away. and remember, it's only been a week since the senate voted not guilty. plus bernie and pete get to slug it out for the future direction of the democrats, at least near term. the race only further confused when klobuchar came up so big and biden finished way out of the money, as south carolina and nevada now loom. and the topic bloomberg and trump once agreed on, that bloomberg would now very much like to put behind him. all of it as "the 11th hour" gets under way on this wednesday night. well, good evening once again from our nbc n


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