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that you have with policies to remedy the excesses and heal the damage, that's what's really caused this tremendous unrest. and so a demagogue comes in and says, we're going to return to the past, everything's going to be fine. that has an understandable appeal. it's not working, because it was never based on reality. >> all right. vice president al gore, it's great to have you. the movie is called "an inconvenient sequel: truth to power." >> thank you very much, chris. >> and that is "all in" for this evening. catch us every week night at 8:00 right here on msnbc. good morning. i'm dara brown in new york at msnbc world headquarters. it's 7:00 in the east, 4:00 out west. on day 198 of the trump administration, crack down on leakers, how it is happening and what can come of it. new phase, multiple grand juries working on the russia probe. what the mood is right now inside the white house. repair job, the reason why the president is spending his working vacation in new jersey. new this morning, we have a
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live news from the white house. this amid calls from right wing critics to fire h.r. mcmaster. late last night, the white house release hadded a statement from president trump which says general mcmaster and i have working very well together. he is a good man and very pro israel. i am grateful for the work he continues to do for our country. meanwhile, robert mueller's team asked the white house to turn over documents related to ousted mike flynn. the request was not a formal subpoena ask marks the first known instance of such a request. here is what democratic congresswoman maxine waters told my colleague, chris hayes, last night about the russia investigation. >>. >> mueller is going to win, drip by drip. people are finding out that there's more to this than maybe some poout people thought. and, of course, there's a lot of smoke and even now i think
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people are believing that there's some fire. they are going to put their had team together, the right wingers, and they're going to roll out every day with a new accusation, but it's not going to hold. >> meanwhile, another critic of president trump is weighing in on where the republican party stands in the first six months of his presidency. sheer what congressman charlie denn told my colleague, chuck todd, last night. >> the litmus test has always been, there was a battle between i'll say the purists versus the pragmatists. now that donald trump is the president, i can the issue is a bit different. it really comes down to how loyal are you to the president? that's how you're being judged. some will consider you an infidel or a traitor. on the other side, i'll tell you if you agree with the president on an issue or two, they'll say you sold out. >> the russia investigation has tracked down on leaks and there are two huge issues taking the trump administration's
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attention. >> the trump the administration escalating its war on leakers with the doj saying they're pursuing. >> i have this warning for would-be leakers, don't do it. >> attorney general jeff sessions who endured criticism from the president himself now doing the one thing the president is demanding, cracking down, creating a new unit inside the fbi to find leakers and even ordering a review of the department's policy on subpoenaing records from reporters. >> anyone who engages in these criminal ants acts is betraying the intelligence community and the american people. >> the announcement against leakers has been long planned, but comes a day after "the washington post" published transcripts of the president's phone calls with two foreign leaders. mr. trump is also aim to go shift focus away from the russia probe, which is now entering a new take his. >> we didn't win because of russia. we won because of you.
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>> nbc news has confirmed special counsel robert mueller has multiple grand juries working on the investigation, including in washington, d.c. and virginia. the president's legal team insisting they haven't been made aware of the grand jury and say he's not under investigation. >> is there any concern that that has changed, that the president could be under investigation? >> he's not been told that. he's not been informed that. his lawyer, ty cobb, specifically said we learned of the grand jury investigation, everyone did yesterday, and that he has not been asked to produce any information at this time. >> former watergate prosecutor nick ackerman. >> he is clearly within the purview of this grand jury's investigation, whether it's for obstruction of justice or whether it's for actually violating laws in connection with the trump campaign colluding with the russians. >> the president in fight mode. >> the russia story is a total fabrication. >> even reviving one of his most
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popular lines from the campaign. >> what the prosecutor should be looking at are hillary clinton's 33,0 33,000 deleted e-mails. >> mr. trump's tirade came in front of a fired up west virginia crowd where he won almost 70% of the vote. >> are there any russians here tonight? any russians? >> that was kristen welker reporting. for more on today's political headlines, let's bring in azi and gabby. great to have you both here this morning. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> so azi, is this focus on leakers legitimate or is this a distraction? >> whenever an administration says they're going to crack down on leakers, you have to take it seriously. there are real consequences that could happen. legal bills, subpoenas. but remember, the reason for this was they said people's lives were at risk. this is coming from a president who literally stood in front of cops and said don't be too nice
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to people in your custody, which had to get rebuked by law enforcement officials. this is from a person who, as a candidate, incited violence against protesters. so when he says reports are putting people's lives at risk, they haven't identified a specific story that they did. now, what they are embarrassed about stories that have revealed a contradiction between what trump said publicly and what he said privately, there is a problem with coming out and if you can't have the president speaking to foreign leaders woet the transcript being leaked, that's problematic. but there sa difference between being embarrassed and in danger. >> and gabby, the attorney general said yesterday that leakers are putting lives at risk, like azi was talking about, but is that what's going on here or are they just embarrassing the administration? >> i think the administration is really concerned about what azi was saying. that they can no longer have these conversations without fear that somehow it's going to end up in the press, that the president -- that this will have a chilling effect, ultimately,
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on what he says during his phone calls and discussions with foreign leaders. we've now seen two transcripts with phone calls with different heads of states leaked. we saw a meeting with the russian ambassador this year leaked to the media. there have been several other leaks that have targeted the president, but conversations that took place between his aides and justice department officials and other agencies. so i think that's really where they're concerned about. i think certainly they are probably embarrassed about some of the content that has been in these leaks, but ultimately, i do think that jeff sessions and attorneys general before him have said that, you know, this is not only a threat to national security to have sensitive information like this, whether it's classified or not, just to have, you know, information at the top level of government like this leaked to the press. but it's also -- it will have a chilling effect on the administration and the way that the president operates. >> and overnight, the "new york times" reported that special counsel robert mueller asked the
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white house for documents on former security adviser michael flynn. azi, put this into context for us. how big of a deal this? >> this is significant. initially, the problem with flim flynn was he did not fill out paperwork and he left out information when he was coming into the administration about work he did with foreign governments and he just said it was an oversight, i'm sorry about that. this records request, not a subpoena, shows that mueller has expanded that scope. he is looking at something much more complicated. and if that is a signal as to what mueller is doing, he's taking a broader view of this scope. and if you're donald trump, if you're the administration that wants to put this story behind, you don't want mueller expanding the view of what you're looking at. >> and gabby, the white house, what has been the reaction to this grand jury news? >> well, look, i think they thought had all along that mike flynn has been a person of interest in this investigation. so i would push back on this idea that they're expandsing this. he's always been somebody that the special counsel has been looking into, not only for his
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ties to turkish businessmen and his acceptance of payments from the turkish company, but also for, you know, fail to go disclose money that was paid to him by a russian news site. so i don't think that the white house is alarmed by the mike flynn news, but certainly the grand jury and the fact that robert mueller is now looking into some of president trump's financial dealings is of concern and there are certain aids that really think that, you know, what if they come after me? is there going to be a war within the white house among aides who don't want to get others in trouble, but also want to save themselves. and so i think that's something that's really creating tension that's going to cause the administration a headache going forward. >> azi, the president has taken a lot of heat this week for spending so much time at the golf course, some much ado the about nothing? >> part of the criticism is coming from the fact that the president himself said obama was
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spending too much time golfing and this was inappropriate for the approximated and if i was elected, i would never take a day off. >> which he said several times. >> so it creates this conflict between what he said and what he does. that is always a story of interest. he's obviously going to have some meetings. but when his own aides are are refuse to go say whether or not he's golfing and pictures of him golfing appear and it creates a conflict between what he does and what he says and that's always a story. >> and gabby, for someone who seems to concerned about his image, the president seems to not realize or not care about the optics of him being on the golf course, as azi was talking with about, while north korea is launching missiles. how much damage is this doing to the president? >> it's not a good look. certainly something that he lom bafted president trump for repeatedly not just through the campaign, but years before that
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repeatedly not just through the campaign, but years before that. whether it's down in florida or up in new jersey or even here out in virginia. i do think this is optically very bad for the president, but he insists that he's getting work done, that he's continuing to taking meetings, that he's in touch with his aides, with his advisers while he's there. and the white house has said the same. as long as his fans stand by him, which they seem to be doing, i think that he'll continue to take these weekend vacations and these longer trips and not think much of it. >> gabby, looking ahead from a policy standpoint, now that everyone is on recess, is health care reform dead? >> that's what it seems to be the case. i know that they have shifted their attention to tax reform, that that is what the with senate is focused on right now. that the committees are working on, you know, shifting their focus to what they can do to consolidate and reform our tax system. it seems like health care might not get another go around nl until next year now that it has
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failed rebeatedly in the senate the. >> how much can he really do? is this a good approach? >> presidents get blamed for when things go right on their watch. whether they had direct impact on it. he would have been criticized if the economy didn't have an upsurge right now. what is lead to go this surge on wall street? regulations are going to get rolled back. that is driving a big chunk of this. it has yet to fully, i think, been materialized. but what the president will benefit from is the timing. this is order of in response to him saying we're going to roll back and have the tax cuts that gabby was talking about. is that sustainable for four years? we'll see. >> that was my next question.
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has been very upset and critical about leaks that have come out of his administration. and this comes at a time when the cabinet officer who has taken the most public heat from the president is now making leaks a big issue. and as we get under way here in new jersey, this is day two of what will be 17 days of what advisers call a working vacation. air force one returned to new jersey friday. for the president in grandfather mode, this visit will be different. 17 days away from washington, the longest stretch since he took office. nos just a summer vacation at his bed minister golf club, the white house is undergoing major repairs that include replacing the west wing's 27-year-old heating and cooling system and repairing the south portco steps for the first time in a decade. but escaping washington's political heat is not so easy. >> as the russia investigations
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progress, nbc news has confirmed special counsel robert mueller has gone to multiple grand juries in washington, d.c. and virginia. under his skin, the president is trying to get his supporters to doubt the investigation. >> are there any russians here tonight? >> after the president belittled his attorney general as weak for recusing himself for oversight of the russia investigation, jeff sessions got tough on leaks of classified information. >> i have this warning for would-be leakers. don't do it. >> sessions said friday government employees who leak sensitive information threaten national security. the crackdown may include changes for protocols for seeking reports' records. >> we are taking a stand. this culture of leaking must stop. >> another sign of change. sean spicer passed the twitter baton, announcing i'm turning
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now a check of the weather headlines. heavy rains in the las vegas area caused flooding & that shut down a highway yesterday. one person was killed as a result of the flooding. at least six others were
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rescued. the vegas strip got almost a half inch of rain yesterday, which is the highest ever recorded there. now for a look at today's stormy weather outlook, we go to jack jackie areais. >> probably hearing some thunder out there in parts of the northeast between new york city and hartford. temperatures into the 80s. we're in the upper 80s across the south, but a cold front is definitely dropping on through and that's dropping the humidity at least for some folks across the mid south, including nashville. today, we are concerned about severe storms on the plains and even flash flooding. that will be a threat for a place like kansas city. we're expecting so much rainfall right there, perhaps as much as 3 to 5 inches of rain and possibly even more than that localized. so 5 to 8 inches can't be ruled out and that's why we have the flash flood watches in effect through tomorrow morning. here is a look at the forecast high pore today. the other story, the heat in the pacific northwest. not as bad as it was, but still
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above average. seattle and port left hand side, 84 jegs for los angeles. 80 in chicago. >> thank you so much for that. happening now, secretary of state rex tillerson arrives in the philippines this morning attending a regional forum led by southeastern asian nation necessary manila. 27 nations are represent and had the focus this year is north korea. nbc's chief global correspondent b bill neely is in the southern part of the island. bill, what can we expect? >> yes, good morning, dara. this is a summit that will be dominated by the issue of security. basically, 26 of those countries will try to pressure the other one, north korea, on its missile and nuclear ram.
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the other issue of security at the summit is isis and its moves into southeast asia. but let's start with north korea. the u.s. is here in the shape of secretary of state rex tillerson to try to pile on the pressure of north korea after two more long range north korean nuclear missile tests. this year, 134 tests altogether, two nuclear missile tests last year. the u.s. says enough is enough. it's trying to isolate north korea, b the already isolated nation even further. ideally, it would like to punish north korea by suspending it from thissing organization altogether. but china, north korea's only ally, won't allow that. and north korea will be at this summit saying, look, we're only building up our missile program because the united states, south korea and japan are our enemies. so north korea will say its bit. this is, as you say, the first
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time that the u.s. and north korea, its foreign ministers will have a chance to speak to each other face-to-face. but the other big issue here is isis and the takeover of a -- not far from here has spent the last two days there watching the philippines air force attack helicopters and fixed wing aircraft try to bomb those in malawi. they've held part of that city now against sustained attacks by more than 3,000 philippines troops. so that's an embarrassment for president duterte of the pill fifteens. the other issue just under the surface is u.s. relations with china and russia. with china, he said china doesn't do anything for us on north korea and that has to stop. so this is a summit with plenty of talk, not much action
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probably on north korea. don't expect any sanctions to be leveled against north korea. that's already happened. but that was at the united nations. dara. bill neely, thank you so much for that report. that will do it for me. i'm dara brown. catch hugh lieuit's interview with general mcmaster here this morning. up next, "your business." ♪ hey, is this our turn? honey...our turn? yeah, we go left right here. (woman vo) great adventures are still out there. we'll find them in our subaru outback. (avo) love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. get 0% apr financing for 63 months on all new 2017 subaru outback models. now through august 31. rethink your allergy pills. flonase sensimist allergy relief helps block 6 key inflammatory substances with a gentle mist. most allergy pills only block one. and 6 is greater than one. flonase sensimist. ♪
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