Skip to main content

tv   The 11th Hour With Brian Williams  MSNBC  July 2, 2019 11:00pm-12:00am PDT

11:00 pm
supreme court and beat trump in the supreme court but can't stop the trump tweets. neal katyal, thank you for joining us tonight. that is tonight's "last word." "the 11th hour with brian williams" starts now. tonight, haunting images of the crisis unfolding inside u.s. detention center. a scene described as a ticking time bomb. we'll speak to a member of congress just back tonight from tours inside these facilities. plus $2.5 million newly set aside by the park service as washington prepares for trump's fourth of july bash. and democrats sue the irs and treasury for access to trump's taxes. and kamala harris catapults higher in a new poll, within striking distance of joe biden. all of it as "the 11th hour" gets under way on a tuesday night.
11:01 pm
good evening once again from our nbc news headquarters here in new york. i'm ali velshi in for brian williams. day 894 of the trump administration. and we now have shocking new images of the extent of the humanitarian crisis at the border, released today by the department of homeland security's own internal watchdog. the government provided these images from facilities for migrants in texas' rio grande valley. this photograph shows families packed into an area called pod 2. in laredo, children laying on concrete benches, on top of each other, with what appears to be one water cooler, some wearing masks over their mouths. in ft. brown station, one man holds up a sign that says, "help, 40 day here." the office of the inspector general surveyed those rio
11:02 pm
grande detention facilities last month. the report describes, quote, serious overcrowding and prolonged detention of unaccompanied alien children, families, and single adults that require immediate attention. senior managers at several facilities raised security concerns. one called the situation a ticking time bomb. children at three of the five border patrol facilities were visited and had no access to showers. two facilities had not provided children access to hot meals. tonight a new cnn poll shows nearly three-quarters of americans say the situation at the southern border with mexico is a crisis. a number of house democrats toured migrant facilities in texas yesterday in florida. today they and party leaders are speaking out about the conditions and about the white house's response. >> we came today to say we will shut this down if we have to. and because this does not have to be this way.
11:03 pm
>> all the people in the administration who have done this, who have permitted it, are guilty of child abuse, which is a crime. we ought to prosecute. >> as soon as we went to the el paso border station, we insisted on talking to these groups of women. tears were rolling down their faces as they talked about their conditions. they said that they had no idea when they were going to leave. they have been there over 50 days. they said that they had been separated from their children. >> just ahead, we're going to have more on this with democratic congresswoman madeleine dean of pennsylvania, seen here, who was at the centers in texas and florida and has seen the conditions up close. in the wake of all this, house oversight committee chairman elijah cummings announced this afternoon that his committee wants to hold hearings with the administration's border chiefs next week, and issued a statement saying, quote, the trump administration's actions at the southern border are grotesque and dehumanizing.
11:04 pm
also today the president's attempt to have a citizen ship question added to the census appears to have collapsed. the census will be printed. without that question. days after the supreme court blocked that decision. just yesterday trump had said he was still looking at delaying the census. trump is also facing an escalating fight to get his tax returns. the house is suing the irs to get copies of the returns which the administration refuses to release. even amid the crisis at the border, the challenges to his policy goals and the outright battles with congress, trump remains defiant. this morning he sent this out. quote, robert mueller is being asked to testify yet again. he said he could only stick to the report and that is what he would and must do. this witch hunt must now end. no more do-overs. earlier this evening, trump's campaign also announced a rally in north carolina on july 17th,
11:05 pm
the same day mueller testifies to congress. trump also made sure to get this out, quote, the economy is the best it has ever been. and there was also this. big fourth of july in d.c. salute to america. the pentagon and our freight military leaders are thrilled to be doing this incredible flyovers and biggest ever fireworks. tanks are being moved into position for thursday's events. two defense officials familiar with the planning tell nbc news there will be a variety of military aircraft involved and that air force one may be included. "the washington post" reports that tickets are being given to republican donors. and to staff and their family and friends. earlier today, nbc news' peter alexander asked the administration about the
11:06 pm
distribution of those tickets. >> reporter: why is the republican national committee giving out ticket to supporters of the president? >> this is -- this is a public event. it's open to the public. the public is welcome to come and celebrate our great country, the greatest democracy. the constitution, all the amendments, not just the first amendment that seems to only interest you only, the second amendment, all the others, but really just the birth of this country, the greatest democracy that ever lived. i'm not going to allow you to politicize it. >> wow. okay. here for our lead-off discussion on a tuesday night, kimberly atkins, senior washington correspondent for boston's npr station. phillip rucker, "washington post" bureau chief, and jill colvin, white house reporter for the associated press. the administration has been defending what is coming out about the conditions at these migrant centers. i want to listen to the deputy customs and border patrol commissioner robert perez on "fox & friends." >> everyone in our custody, at all of our facilities, have
11:07 pm
ready access to fresh water. they have access to consumables. and the standards that we apply to make sure that on a recurring and very timed basis, that not only they have access to the types of consumables and fresh water that they would need, but even in between if they make those requests, our agents and officers are at the ready to provide those types of requests to them. >> phil, that stands in sharp contrast to what we've seen from a department of homeland security inspector general report, what we've seen from lawsuits that have been filed, what we've heard from reporters, our own reporter who have been outside these facilities, and what we are now hearing from members of congress who have gotten as close access as they can get. what's the real situation here as far as we can tell? >> well, the situation is very dire indeed. and you're right, that that statement that you just played is not in keeping with what we're hearing in our reporting and what we're seeing with the images that are coming out from
11:08 pm
some of these facilities thanks to some of the members of congress who have been there. it's a real crisis for the trump administration. they have been struggling for the last several months to contain the situation at the border, where there had been a surge in migrants. the numbers of border crossings have actually declined over the last few weeks and the number of detainees has started to decline, although it remains at a very serious crisis level. but the administration has not provided the kind of transparency that certainly democrats are demanding, nor has there been much accountability. part of what's going on here is a political story. the president is eager to have headlines about immigration. he sees this as a winning issue for him politically speaking. his campaign advisers told my colleagues at "the washington post" today that they want to be talking about this every day between now and the 2020 election. so as it becomes such a core sort of emotionally charged issue in the democratic debate, you're seeing the president and
11:09 pm
his allies trying to make it politically advantageous to them as well. >> kimberly, that may be a road that is fraught with peril, because as we saw from the earlier poll released tonight by cnn, a majority of this country thinks the humanitarian situation is the crisis. the president tries to portray the numbers people coming over the border as the crisis that he wanted to declare a national emergency over. but the president is not getting pushback from gop members of congress. >> right. i mean, i guess crisis is in the eye of the beholder politically in this case. republican strategists believe immigration is the number one winning issue for them in 2020. the president seems to think so as well, and he is eager to talk about this as much as he possibly can, and republicans are, as you said, largely falling in line even as more and more democrats, almost entirely democrats, entirely democrats, members of congress are going
11:10 pm
and viewing this, these facilities, going there firsthand. keep in mind, this is several of the lawmakers describe that some of these folks had been moved in the last 24 hours before they arrived. they surmise that this was an attempt to sort of sterilize as much as they could the conditions before lawmakers could come see them and talk about them, and they were still that bad, where people did not have access to facilities, to water. but as you said, immigration is a sparking point before an election, even when there are visuals of people actively suffering in u.s. custody. >> so jill, the issue here is that between the competing narratives, the administration's narratives through the dhs and the various branches of the dhs that deal with immigration, and then the other narrative that is largely coming from democratic members of congress, but others, where is the public in this? we are starting to see movement
11:11 pm
in terms of people feeling it's an emergency and a crisis. but at this point, that backlash could find its way to the white house. >> yeah, absolutely. look, this has been something that's been going on for month and months, i remember reading reports several months back talking about overcrowding at the border patrol facilities, border patrol agents not knowing what to do, how to handle families coming in, people coming in needing medical care, children separated from their parents because their parents were taken to the hospital. i remember one scene of this border patrol officer trying to process people coming in as a 2-year-old was sitting on a stool next to him going through his ipad, trying to keep him entertained. nobody knowing how to deal with the situation because the government wasn't giving them the resources that they needed. but i think when the ball really started to shift and the public really started to pay attention here and to express some outrage is when we started seeing these images coming out. we've got members of congress, especially democrats who are running for president right now,
11:12 pm
who are going to those facilities every day, taking tours, putting out pictures, describing the conditions that we're seeing. there was that very just heartbreaking, devastating photograph of that father and his daughter who died as they tried to make the journey across the rio grande, pointing to how dangerous that that journey is, people are desperate as they try to make their way to the u.s. only to face the kind of conditions they're facing here. and as this becomes politicized, as the president's team continues to believe this is a winning issue, and as the democrats running believe this is an issue they can win on and score points against the president on, i imagine it's going to stay very much in the forefront. >> kimberly, we're two days away from the fourth of july, a matter that the president has been remarkably concerned with. we hear tonight that there are logistical issues about getting these tanks that the president wants into washington, into position. you heard kellyanne conway saying to the reporter, i'm not going to let you politicize
11:13 pm
this, the criticism of the white house, including some of it from the military, says the president is politicizing it. there's a quote from politico that says, this looks like it's becoming much more of a republican party event, a political event about the president than a national celebration of the fourth of july. it's unfortunate to have the military smack dab in the middle of that, said a retired general who commanded troops in afghanistan under george w. bush. your thoughts? >> yes, we've seen this president express admiration for military-style parades since he saw one on bastille day in france. we've seen him express, you know, affection for authoritarian leaders like kim jong-un and vladimir putin in places where you see shows of force, military equipment rolling through the streets of one's own country. that tends not to happen here in the united states. but it's exactly what donald trump wants. and as you mention right now, my
11:14 pm
twitter feed is full of video of tanks being transported through d.c. trying to figure out how to get them in place for this with money that has been diverted in part from national parks entry fees that are meant to maintain our national parks, being transferred to do this. at the same time, you have folks saying they don't have the resources at these border facilities to care for young people. still the president thinks that this is a winning message. he's making this about him, not about the fourth of july. and why not have vip tickets available for his donors? this is in line with what the president has always done. he sees the united states, the celebration of the united states, the white house, and the celebration of himself, as one and the same. >> jill, the president -- it's hard to keep track of all the topics we need to cover because they move with such speed. the president has reminded us again about the government's loss at the supreme court with respect to the census question. donald trump has tweeted, a very
11:15 pm
sad time when the supreme court won't allow a question, is this person a citizen of the united states, to be asked on the 2020 census. i have asked the department of commerce and the department of justice to do whatever is necessary to bring this most vital of questions and this very important case to a successful conclusion. usa, usa, usa. jill, the president has lost his battle for the time being because the census questionnaires are now being printed. >> yeah, that's what's so interesting about this tweet from him tonight. the department of commerce, the trump administration admitted defeat. they were overruled here, the supreme court decided that their argument was just not legitimate, not sufficient. and the census department is now printing those surveys that are going to be mailed to every household across this country. yet the president refused to admit defeat, insisting there that he's going to direct the commerce department, he's going to direct doj to do something, anything to put that question on
11:16 pm
a questionnaire that is already being printed. there's no evidence at all that doj or commerce have taken any steps to try and go along with his will, but he still wants to try to spin to the american people, he still wants to spin to his supporters that he's won here. >> phil, not that we can figure out many of the president's tweets, but this one is, to jill's point, quite unusual, given that for whatever reason, this one is settled for the time being. >> yeah, and what you have here is a president who's not on the same page as his own government, because earlier this week, the president was saying that he wanted to delay the census beyond 2020 for an undetermined period of time in order to appeal the supreme court decision and to bring evidence to the supreme court that would somehow convince the justices on the bench, the high court, to change their minds on this issue. meanwhile, the department of justice and the commerce department, which oversees the
11:17 pm
census, has been moving to near to the law and to follow the ruling of the court which the president refuses to acknowledge. and this is in keeping, butt -- by the way way, with his general sort of inability, really, to admit a defeat or show any signs of weakness, even when one is at hand. he wants to project to his supporters that he's going to be defiant and digging in and fighting on. >> up is down and down is up, some of these days. thank you to the three of you. the upcoming legal battle over donald trump's tax returns. when if ever could we see them? and what could they reveal about the president? and later, if you're a democrat, it's a good week to be on team harris. the senator surges ahead in yet another poll to a virtual tie with joe biden. "the 11th hour" just getting started on a tuesday night. [ giggling ] let's play dress-up.
11:18 pm
11:19 pm
11:20 pm
♪ [ doorbell ] [ slap ] your nails! xfinity home... cameras. xfinity home... disarm the system. door's open. morning... welcome to the neighborhood. do you like my work? secure your home with x1 voice control. and rest easy knowing you have professional monitoring backing you up. awarded "top pick" by cnet. demo at an xfinity store, call or go online today. xfinity home. simple. easy. awesome.
11:21 pm
another major escalation today in the oversight battle between congress and the white house. house ways and means committee chairman richard neal filed a lawsuit against the irs and the treasury department, seeking access to president trump's tax returns. now, neal had originally requested six years of trump's returns back in april. in may, treasury secretary steve mnuchin rejected a subpoena from democrats for trump's returns. today's lawsuit says the defendants have, quote, mounted an extraordinary attack on the authority of congress to obtain information needed to conduct
11:22 pm
oversight of treasury, the irs, and the tax laws on behalf of the american people who participate in the nation's voluntary tax system. and "the new york times" points out, quote, the case may ultimately go to the supreme court, and the outcome is likely to determine whether financial information that mr. trump has kept closely guarded in spite of longstanding presidential tradition will be viewed by congress and ultimately the public. president trump's attorney jay sekulow reacted to the lawsuit with a statement that reads, we will respond to this latest presidential harassment in court. david farenthold of "the washington post" and mimi rocah, former assistant u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york, now a distinguished fellow of criminal justice at the pace university law school. thank you to both of you for being here. david, you and i have talked about this for so long that one would be forgiven for not understanding, after all we know about donald trump, what we
11:23 pm
could possibly learn now from seeing a few years of his tax returns. >> he don't know until we see them. obviously trump, he runs his entire business, his large, sprawling business through his personal tax returns. if you saw his personal tax returns, you would see a lot about how his business worked, about how he was using his businesses to evade or not evade tax law. "the new york times" has done a lot of great stories about how trump basically built his entire from the beginning by relying on dubious tax schemes by his father. there's probably a lot in there. we won't really know until we see them. >> mimi, what are we talking about in terms of timeline? we're 16 months from an election. this is the kind of thing that might work its way up to the supreme court. >> it might, although, look, i think what's likely to happen is the district court will rule in favor of congress because the law is very clear. it says "shall furnish the tax returns." "shall" is "must."
11:24 pm
and then the administration will appeal to the circuit, the d.c. circuit. that can be expedited. even an expedited appeal to a circuit court -- i mean, first you have the whole district court and then the expedited appeal to the circuit court. it's not going to be done by the election. i would be surprised. i am not as sure as others that it's going to go to the supreme court. there is not a split. you know, if there is a good opinion by a circuit court that says how clear this law is, there's really a reason that the supreme court should take it. even putting that aside, it's going to take a while for this to play out. >> why, david, did congress delay in pursuing this? >> that's a great question. this obviously is one of the most important documents that congress could get to understand president trump and his relationship with the tax laws. and for some reason they've moved the slowest, even though it is so important. it's taken this long just to file a lawsuit, when this has been the obvious outcome we've been heading for all along. of course the trump
11:25 pm
administration wasn't going to give this up voluntarily. of course they were going to have to sue. yet it took six months to get here. meanwhile the new york state legislature just passed a law to let congress see the president's new york state tax returns. richard neal, the congressman from massachusetts who is the head of ways and means, has said he doesn't want to see them because he thinks it would somehow taint his motivations in this other lawsuit. it's puzzling how slow they've moved. >> mimi, this comes down to the ways and means committee saying we have this law, they're pointing to this 1924 law that says they shall furnish these returns to the house ways and means committee. it's meant to be house oversight. the white house feels it's up to them to say no. the legal battle depends on whether or not the white house has the right to say no or whether this is something that congress has the legal right to it. >> yeah, look. it's very simple. if i were writing a brief on
11:26 pm
this to a court i would say, point one, the law is clear, there's no exception here, "shall" means "shall," "shall" means "must," not may, not if. even if we need a good reason to be doing this, we have one here. we have to see if this whole irs mandatory under the regulations review of, audit of presidential tax returns is working. and guess what? the president himself is claiming it's not working. he's complaining about it, saying he's been targeted because of his religion. and congress is saying, okay, let's look at it. so your original question to david was, you know, what more can we learn. we don't know. but trump sure seems to think we're going to learn something because he's still trying to keep them -- he could voluntarily disclose them as every past president has done. so why isn't he? there's something he still doesn't want us to know. >> david, the argument that the administration makes is that
11:27 pm
this is politicized and if you give the house ways and means committee the right to demand somebody's tax returns through the treasury department, it's the same argument the treasury secretary has made, somebody can do that to all of us one day. >> if you don't like that, change the law. as mimi said, that's the law. it's not a very well-used law, but the law is clear. if the ways and means committee wants anyone's tax returns, they will get them from the irs. if republicans thought it was improi improper and gave congress too much power. they could have changed the law. >> thank you to both of you for giving us some clarity on this. david farenthold and mimi rocah. four weeks ago, joe biden had a 23-point lead over kamala harris. today that number is 2. two of the best campaign reporters are coming here next. "the 11th hour" is back after this. (danny) let me get this straight.
11:28 pm
after a long day of hard work... have to do more work? (vo) automatically sort your expenses and save over 40 hours a month. (danny) every day you're nearly fried to a crisp, professionally! (vo) you earned it, we're here to make sure you get it. quickbooks. backing you.
11:29 pm
11:30 pm
11:31 pm
california senator kamala harris is riding a wave of post-debate momentum. two new polls out today show her leapfrogging into second place. in the early caucus state of iowa she is trailing frontrunner joe biden by 8 points. of note, elizabeth warren also moved ahead of bernie sanders there. but what's raising the most eyebrows is this new national quinnipiac poll, where harris is essentially tied with biden. she's trailing by 2 points, which is within the margin error. beth fouhy and jeremy peters join us.
11:32 pm
>> what does this mean. this is an indication of momentum on the part of kamala harris and slowing on the part of the joe biden. is this meaningful to you? >> it's 16 months out, ali, these don't tell us much about what the nominee will be. what they do tell us are about the respective weaknesses and strengths of the people we assumed were going to be the leading candidates. kamala harris really rocketed to the top of the field after puncturing two assumptions that we had about the race, one, that biden had this aura of strength, dominance in the field. and two, what a general election debate challenger to president trump could look like. and she really i think performed at a level that would make
11:33 pm
americans comfortable, seeing her side by side against president trump, she could be a very nimble debate competitor. let's not forget, television is very important to this president. his performance in these settings is a big reason why he's president of the united states today. and if he can go up against somebody who can knock him back on his heels, and i really think kamala harris has thrown him for a loop. we did a report over the weekend, my colleague andy carney and i, about how trump doesn't really know how to engage her. he can belittle elizabeth warren and call her pocahontas and goofy, he can say things about biden, sleepy joe, crazy bernie, he has these diminutive nicknames for all this rivals. he hasn't settled on one for kamala harris, she's a lot harder to attack, a lot harder to ridiculous. -- ridicule. that's a problem for him and i think's disoriented him. >> beth, who worries more about kamala harris' ascendancy, is it the biden camp or the trump camp? >> great question.
11:34 pm
initially it's going to be biden. but harris' rise in these polls speaks to biden's fragile positioning more than specifically her strength. kamala harris is very good at moments, seizing and creating a moment. she had a moment when she got into the race initially, back in oakland, she had that huge rally. she had a moment when she was grilling brett kavanaugh in his supreme court hearings. and briling bill barr about the mueller report. the problem is kamala harris is she tends to have the moments and everything sort of drops away. she doesn't know how to keep that momentum going. she's definitely stolen the spotlight. she showed how biden has got perhaps a glass jaw in a lot of ways, particularly around issues of race and kind of what things were like back in the '70s when he seems to sort of feel nostalgic about the past. but does that then sort of become a source of strength for her, that she's going to go to iowa tomorrow, for example she's kicking off an iowa swing, will she be out there bringing up policy positions that she's
11:35 pm
going to promote? is she going to announce any new plans that she has in her arsenal? is she going to take what she got out of that significant piece of momentum and bring it forward in a way that's meaningful? >> jeremy, to the extent that the jump campaign has really focused most of its fire on joe biden, with kamala harris polling this way, have they got a plan for her despite, you know, what you've already said, that he doesn't have a name for her, a nickname for her, have they got a larger strategy around kamala harris, maybe keeping this strong showing for a while? >> yes and no. i think what harris does for republicans, for the trump campaign, she fits easily into this caricature that they've created of the democratic party, of the left, as radical, socialist. she will have some problems there. she walked it back but she was one of the candidates who raised their hand on the stage when asked whether or not was there anybody up there who wanted to abolish private health insurance. that's not something that
11:36 pm
americans support. she is going to have issues defending her comments like saying that we ought to look at whether or not terrorists like those serving time for the boston bombing should be able to vote. these are things that are easily plucked out by the president, by republicans from her record, and ridiculed. i think, though, on closer inspection of her record as a prosecutor, as a senator, she's not as easily caricatured as some of the others like bernie sanders or elizabeth warren, who really do kind of lend themselves to this socialist critique, although i think that the critique is highly misleading in an awful lot of ways. that's the playbook, ali. the republicans and the trump campaign are going to make this the nastiest, most brutal campaign probably that we have ever seen by denigrating and wearing down the democratic
11:37 pm
nominee before there is a democratic nominee, but trying to portray them as a bunch of looney tunes. >> jeremy, stick around. coming up, the number on the republican side that could spell trouble for democrats. we're back after this.
11:38 pm
11:39 pm
11:40 pm
president donald trump is posting blockbuster fundraising totals. his reelection campaign announced a $105 million fundraising haul in the last five months. three months. that's far more than any of his democratic challengers. "the new york times" said the small donor enthusiasm for trump was something unprecedented in republican politics and noted that for the first time ever, the rnc attracted a larger share of donations under $200 than the democratic national committee. back again for round two, beth fouhy and jeremy peters. beth, give me context on this
11:41 pm
fundraising haul, $105 million for president trump. >> it's a lot bigger than any democrats this time. we've had pete buttigieg with almost $25 million for the quarter, obviously a quarter of the way the president has. here's a couple of different ways to look at this. president trump is the incumbent president, the incumbent president has a built-in advantage. president trump has been in this race. he declared his presidency for president the day he was inaugurated the first time around. >> which is unusual. >> very unusual. so he had quite a large head start over the rest of the field. that's one thing. the other is we have 20 plus candidates on the democratic side. right now all that money is being spread out among a gigantic field. once that field consolidates a little bit, once we have a better idea of who the likely finalists are going into iowa and new hampshire next year, you'll see that change and you'll see those candidates start to raise much more money than we're seeing right now.
11:42 pm
>> jeremy, in terms of fundraising, in terms of anything, what do you see at this point being the biggest challenge to democrats in the face of this? >> well, right now, to give you a perfect example, they're being outspent six, seven to one on facebook and google. the trump campaign and his allies at the super pac are spending up to a million dollars a week advertising on facebook and google, and that's just extraordinary. he's getting his message out there where it needs to be. it's a real challenge for democrats, until they have a nominee. and guess what, trump is spending all of that money making the democratic party out to be a bunch of radical socialist democrats. and that's the message that voters in these swing states like florida are going to hear. that's the message that latino voters in florida are hearing right this minute from these facebook ads, from donald trump's campaign, where he's running this campaign about venezuela and he's done to stand
11:43 pm
up to the socialist regime there. so there's that kind of common thread. i think that the issue, though, is the ground game. trump is going to have a long time and a lot of money building up an infrastructure, a list, people that they know they can go out and reach and hammer again and again with messages and drive them out to the polls. the rnc has already spent $20 million building out its list of potential voters, because donald trump can't win unless he finds new votes. his coalition has shrunk. he's bled support since he's become president. what does he need to do? he needs to go out and find new people. that's very expensive, but they have a lot of money to do that with. >> jeremy peters, beth fouhy, thanks for joining us tonight. coming up, a member of congress who has seen the border with their own eyes just today. "the 11th hour" is back after this. finding dental and vision insurance plans
11:44 pm
can be confusing. confusing like why am i sitting here in a hospital gown waiting to get my eyes checked? ready? absolutely not. see, having the wrong coverage can mean you get the wrong care, or you're paying more than you have to. that's why i love healthmarkets, your insurance marketplace. they make sure you have the right coverage, health insurance, medicare and, yes, dental and vision too. wow, think that's painful? wait until he gets the bill. a cavity can cost as much as $350, and a root canal, whoa. but with healthmarkets, for less than a dollar a day, you can save a bundle every time you go to the dentist. exams, cleanings, and x-rays? those are covered at 100%. that sounds free to me. plus, healthmarkets has plans with coverage for fillings, crowns, dentures, even root canals. with over 200,000 dental providers to choose from, it's easy to get the care you need. heck, there's even options with no waiting periods. call today and you can save tomorrow.
11:45 pm
now that will keep you smiling. can you read what that says? hon, i've already taken my meds. no, can you see the letters? i've told you a thousand times, i do not like your sister better. healthmarkets has plans for vision and hearing, too. plans with free exams, huge discounts, and allowances on glasses and contacts, hearing aid coverage, even discounts on lasik. wow, that sounds great. and get this, healthmarkets guarantees the lowest price on the plans they offer. want to know how much they can save you? call healthmarkets. they make finding insurance fast and easy because they know you have better things to do. ♪ your insurance marketplace, healthmarkets. ♪ you can save now on dental and vision plans with healthmarkets. call the number on your screen. call healthmarkets now.
11:46 pm
11:47 pm
they are spending weeks and even months in detention conditions that are tantamount to living under house arrest. >> do you realize that these children get 15 minutes to eat? in prison they get 30 minutes. >> i was shocked at how little we saw of the children, how little we saw of any kind of educational value. >> house democrats were floored today by what they saw at a children's detention center in homestead, florida. their trip comes just one day after democratic lawmakers also stopped by a facility in clint, texas. it was at that location that members of congress said one woman told them she was ordered to drink water from the toilet. nbc news has not verified that woman's story. but tonight, "the new york times" reports, quote, at a news conference on tuesday, doctors in texas who care for children released from the facilities said they were surprised more had not died.
11:48 pm
they described children having lifesaving medication taken away, or released with serious ailments but without any medical records from the time they were detained. with us for more, one of the members of congress who had seen all of this firsthand, today. congresswoman madeleine dean of pennsylvania. congresswoman, thank you for being with us. please tell us what you saw in your visits to texas and florida. >> thank you for covering this, ali. i was on both trips. i was yesterday in texas. it was actually at el paso border station 1. >> i'm sorry. >> not at all, it's confusing. i was among colleagues and we visited there where there were adult women held in a cell. the border patrol had no interest in us speaking and told us not to speak to any detainees. but we did not mind that. so we went into that -- half a dozen of us went into a cell, a
11:49 pm
very cold concrete cinder block cell holding 15 women and spoke to them. they were seated on the floor or lying on the floor, quite resigned, most tearful, some sobbing. and they talked to us and told us, many were from cuba, that they had been held there for 56 days, that just yesterday they had come inside. that was their first day inside in what they called a refrigerator, this cold cell. if they laid side by side, there would be no floor space. >> when you say the first time they were inside, do you mean they were living outside, they were sleeping outside? >> they were in some temporary outside shelters. they did not have blankets. they had those thin metal aluminum things you've seen, in fact they gave me one that i have in my suitcase, i brought home. they were lying there with sleeping bags that they said they had only recently received. they had been outside with just
11:50 pm
the metal blankets, no pads, no cots. and by "outside" i mean temporary shelter. they came inside to this location. we looked past a little partition wall and saw they had for the 15 of them a metal stainless steel toilet with no seat. a prison toilet. a sink not operational. and when we asked the guards what about drinking water the women said to us they told us we can drink out of the toilet. that water is clean. >> i want to play for you. >> it had been the habit. >> a comment -- i'm sorry to interrupt. by kellyanne conway about that reference. about drinking from the toilet. >> alexandria ocasio-cortez, going down to one of the facilities and making this claim that a woman is drinking from a toilet. which everybody who has control over the facility for the border patrol has said it's not true. they haven't heard of this. >> anybody who has control of
11:51 pm
the facility or control from the border patrol said it's not true. here's the problem. we have just heard from the department of homeland security inspector general things that stand in stark contrast to what we have heard from department of homeland security officials and this administration. we're left with the situation where we have reports from members of congress and reports for the administration and clash with each other. >> we heard from the women themselves. they were fearful to tell us what was going on. the practice of drinking from the toilet didn't start with housing in that one location yesterday. that was common before. guard stood there and denied it. i had tell you that. the women in communication with us with members of congress explained that was the case. the women said to us whispered they were fearful. this would be retribution because they talked to. two women have epilepsy. they're worried about their
11:52 pm
conditions. another woman asked me to touch her back. there's a large lump and she's told she'll need a biopsy. it will not happen there. two were sobbing and their adult daughters had been separated and they were not in communication. i asked a guard and a woman who worked there. can you guarantee there will be no retribution that the women spoke up and told us of the conditions? the woman lawyer said to me of course when you leave they can report to us. if there's any retribution. i pointed out the strange notion of that. they're worried with sikx membes of congress within this cell. when we leave will they feel more free? it's your obligation to protect their rights. they have rights as detainees and human rights and legal rights. they did assure me they would protect their safety. and there would be no retribution. the women feared of taking a
11:53 pm
snack. they showed me a snack in a backpack. in their sleeping bag. it was just grievance. >> i thank you for -- i know you got off the plane and rushed to talk to us. we appreciate it. >> i'd love to tell you sometime about the children. >> we'll talk about it. thank you congresswoman. coming up. with all that we covered tonight it is but a drop in the bucket. a reminder of all wf seen from the administration in just the past month and how far from normal we have come. when the "the 11th hour" continues. month and how far froe have come. when the "the 11th hour" continues. past month and how fa normal we have come. when the "the 11th hour" continues. normal we have come. when the "the 11th hour" continues. past month and how fa normal we have come. when the "the 11th hour" continues. normal we have come. when the "the 11th hour" continues. en the "the 11th hour" continues. they use print discounted postage for any letter any package any time right from your computer
11:54 pm
all the amazing services of the post office only cheaper get our special tv offer a 4-week trial plus postage and a digital scale go to and never go to the post office again!
11:55 pm
11:56 pm
in one week, in one week, the president of the united states has had a credible rape charge against him.
11:57 pm
and that didn't make the front page of the "new york times." when it came out. a typical week five or six things like this. the fence to democracy. offenses to the truth. it's all done cynically and remember the word we all used to use? we have to be careful of normalizing donald trump. mission accomplished. >> the last thing before we go tonight. reminder of the context to what happened today. it's place in the history of a nation about to celebrate its 243rd birthday. the trump presidency creates a daily avalanche of news break lg norm after norm. so before we go tonight. reminder of this past month. the president began june with a state visit to the united kingdom denying he called meghan markle nasty. and calling the mayor terrible. and a stone cold loser. he claimed thousands in london
11:58 pm
streets protesting him were actually there to support him. the president went to france and sitting in a cemetery of americas fallen heros he attacked mueller and added this about nancy pelosi. >> i think she's a disgrace. a nasty horrible person. nancy pelosi is a disaster. she is a terrible person. i'll tell you, her name is nervous nancy. >> back in washington june 12. he spoke skb said this when asked about potentially taking political dirt from a foreign power. during the 2020 election. >> if somebody called, from a country, norway, we have information on your opponent. i think i want to hear it. >> you want that interference in the election? >> it's not. i have information. i'd take it. >> trump launched his reelection campaign the third week of june. that friday in a high stakes
11:59 pm
show down with iran over a u.s. drone being shot down. the pentagon was reportedly within minutes of launching a military assault before the president changed his mind. the president of the united states. was also accused of sexual assault by a writer e. jean carroll and responded he never met her despite this photograph. lawyers have characterized the attack as rape. trump told reporters she's not my type. and facing allegations of kids at the border he blames democrats for lack of funding and obama for creating his own family separation policy. ending with a trip to the summit. where trump smiled while telling vladimir putin not to interfere in the 2020 election. he tweeted an invitation to kim jong un to meet him for a handshake. and then went there, shook his hand and stepped onto noort
12:00 am
korea soil. in just one month. of donald trump presidency. that is our broadcast for tonight. thank you for being with us. good night from headquarters in new york. tonight on "all in" -- >> they should be given water. they should be given basic access to human rights. >> horrific conditions in "e detention camps amid new reporting on a secret border patrol group joking about migrant deaths. >> there are many within cbp who become desensitized to the point of being dangerous to the migrants in their care. >> my guests tonight, the reporter who broke that story and one of the members of congress who actually tore detention facilities today. then -- >> you hear the power of that voice, nobody's heard that voic before.


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on