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it's wednesday october 2nd. i'm ayman mohyeldin alongside yasmin vossoughian. congressional sources well nbc news that the state department's inspector general has asked to hold an urgent briefing from staffers from several house senate committees today. it comes as secretary of state mike pompeo resists efforts by house democrats to interview five current or former state department officials as part of their impeachment inquiry centering on a scandal. writing i am concerned with aspects of your request that can be understood only to attempt to intimidate bully the distinguished part professionals of the department of state. he went on, let me be clear, i will not tolerate such tactics and i will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals. and nbc news confirmed monday
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that the secretary of state was on that call, in his letter, pompeo acknowledged that he had received the subpoena and would respond by friday. >> meanwhile, the chairman of the house foreign affairs oversight committees hit back with their own letters. in the letter, the chairman argued that pompeo should not be making any decisions about witness testimony bus he is now a witness himself in the impeachment inquiry. and appears to have a conflict of interest. the chairman writes this, given the secretary's own potential rule and reports of other state department officials being involved in or knowledgeable of the events under investigation, the committee may infer that he is trying to cover up illicit activity and misconduct including by the president. this would be a blatant cover-up and clear abuse of power. the chairman released a statement that said in part, any effort to intimidate witnesses to prevent them from talking to congress including state department employees is illegal
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and will constitute evidence of on instruction. >> the president is ramping up his impeachment inquiry rhetoric as well, first that it was treason then indicated it would cause a civil war-like fracture in the country. now he claim what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a coup. the notion that democrats are trying to violently overthrow the president is not new in far right circles but it has been used by congressional aides and allies to describe the impeachment push. >> make no mistake about this, this is nothing less than an attempted coup d'etat and a run around the ballot box. >> this is an attempted coup by the intelligence community. >> well, it is worth noting that a coup refers to the illegal and at times violent overthrow of a leader. impeach is the legal process for removing the president as laid out in the constitution. new polls show that support for impeachment continues to
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grow a week after speaker nancy pelosi announced the democrats' probe, 44% of americans feel that president trump should be impeached and removed from office. according to the latest monmouth poll, up nine points since august. it's dropped to 52%. meanwhile, americans are divided on whether congress should hold impeachment hearings against the president. the 44 to 47% split is within the poll's almost four-point margin of errors. the cnbc poll found that president trump's lob approval has fallen to its lowest level of his presidency, hitting 37%, down three points since may. down two points since his previous low in june and september of 2017. joining us from washington, politics from bloomberg anna edgerton. anna, thank you for joining us. appreciate it. talk to us about the polls. what do you make of it? obviously showing an increased interest in impeachment and lower approval rating for the president overall.
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>> absolutely. and that's something that democrats are going to be watching very closely. their tank this week especially while congress is at recess an at home, is to talk to constituents to find out where the center of gravity is amongst the american people. and trying to figure out whether or not this has popular support to go forward. nancy pelosi, the house speaker has resisted in the past. and she had an interesting line back when herstfirst elected fo speaker. she said you should not impeach for political reasons but you should not impeach for political reasons as well. she made the decision along with house members. we've gotten to the point that the offenses of the president are so grave that you can't not impeach him at this point. it is part of her constitutional duty to defend the constitution and go forward with this process. now, the task faults to her and her members to sell this to the american people as exactly that, as defending the constitution.
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>> let me ask you about mike pompeo's comments as secretary of state, essentially stone walling the documents. where does it go from here, in determines of what democrats have to obtain the documents they've subpoenaed? >> this is not a new problem for the committee, as well as the house judiciary committee. they're going to fight to protect the subpoenas in the court system. and they're going to try to force these witnesses to testify. you did bring up a very interesting point in your intro that pompeo is a witness in this, and that's one that has made this case so difficult to pursue. it's that the people who control the levers of control at these requests are themselves implicated. if the secretary of state was on the call, then working with the state department to fullfy these requests is a complicated issue. same thing when it getting to attorney general william barr. if you're going to involve the
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justice department but the attorney general himself as complicated that gets to the problems with the committees. >> talk to us to the thoughts on escalating on rhetoric that the president is using by calling the inquiry a coup. >> it's not necessarily surprising that the president is definitely in a defensive crouch. he has echoed the comments used on fox news. i think the first person to use this yesterday was newt gingrich. a bit rich looking at his role in the bill clinton impeachment. but he is trying to cast this aasen illegal process, as not a legitimate part of the way the constitution is set up. and the more doubt he can cast on the process, the better that is for his defense and for him trying to win over the american people to his side as well. >> so to that point, do you think that we're going to see the president hit the campaign trail more, if you want to use that, he loves to hold these types of rallies? but is that his safest place to kind of go on the offensive and try to frame the narrative of what is happening in congress? >> oh, absolutely.
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that is where the president is at his most comfortable and it was interesting to see his speech at the united nations last week on the very day that nancy pelosi announced this impeachment inquiry. he was very kind of low energy, actually to quote the president. you could tell he was not in his most natural environment. but when he gets to these rallies, you can tell that he just kind of lights up and feeds on the crowd energy. and that's where you're going to see the true president trump come out. and you're going to see what he actually thinks of the process. and how he thinks the american people should understand it. >> anna, thank you so much. we'll talk to you again. >> thanks. and former vice president joe biden has a 20-point lead in south carolina that is according to a new early state poll. biden sits at 37% in the latest winthrop university poll. he's head of massachusetts senator elizabeth warren at 17%. and vermont senator bernie sanders who rounds off the top three, he comes in at 8%. however, over half of south
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carolina democratic voters said they may change their minds for the upcoming primary. a third, 34% has said they have made their choice. johnson & johnson has reached a $20 million settlement. it's agreed to pay health care and cuyahoga county in cash to nonprofits for opioid-related programs in those counties. johnson and johnson did not admit wrongdoing, and the pharmaceutical responsible for the opioid products have said it accounted for less than 1% of opioid prescriptions in the united states overall. however, they did release a statement saying it reached a settlement to avoid the research demands and the meaningful address of the crisis. and a former dallas police
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officer who shot and killed an unarmed neighbor inside his own home has been found guilty of murder. a jury returned a verdict against amber guyger after six hours of deliberations. she skikilled 26-year-old botha jean last year. she said she mistook it for her own apartment and thought she was an intruder. the sentencing phase begins, she faces 5 and 99 years in prison. jean was killed 20 days before his 27th birthday. >> still ahead, house democrats say president trump may have lied to robert mueller during the russia probe. we'll talk about what that could mean for the escalating legal push with legal analyst danny cevallos. and later, the president's personal attorney, rudy giuliani, gets his own lawyer. those stories and more and a check of weather when we come back. unpredictable crohn's symptoms following you?
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welcome back. lawyers for the u.s. house say president trump may have lied about his knowledge of contacts between wikileaks and his 2016 presidential campaign. first reported by politico, the accusation is included in a court filing obtained by nbc news that is related to the house judiciary committee's legal bid to obtain classified grand jury material from the mueller probe. in the filing, the lawyers write, quote, that not only could those materials demonstrate the president's motives for obstructing the special counsel's investigation, they also could reveal that trump was aware of his campaign's context with wikileaks. house chair said paul manafort's testimony showed that he, quote, recalled the president asked to be updated about wikileaks' efforts. the lawyers write this, the text redacted and any under lying evidence to which it may point are critical to the committee's investigation. those materials therefore have direct bearing on whether the president was untruthful.
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and further obstructed the special counsel's investigation when in providing written responses to the special counsel's questions, he denied being aware of any communications between his campaign and wikileaks. >> all right. so with us here on set nbc legal analyst danny cevallos. danny, in your thought, in terms of trying to establish if the president potentially lied in those letters submitted to bob mueller's office if it is proven to be true. what legal implication does this have for the president of the united states and impeachment inquiry? >> there are two major issues, and this is something that came up during the mueller investigation, ands, number one, did the president and his team work with wikileaks in some way to obtain damaging material about an an opponent. and separate from that, did the president lie to the mueller team about his involvement? because as distasteful as it is,
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there is a situation where receiving information in a passive way from wikileaks may not be a crime. if he simply was made aware of the information in wikileaks, as many people were, that may not be a crime. but no matter what, even if it's not a crime, deceiving the mueller team about it suedly becomes a crime. so there are two different very independent grounds for inquiry here when it comes to the wikileaks. >> if he did lie to mueller, i think that is the question, what does that mean for the president if he did lie to mueller, to lie to a special investigator? >> anyone who lies, intentionally lies to a government agent or government investigation is immediately guilty of a special crime, an obstruction of justice-type crime called false statements. so, anytime you have the president if he committed false statements which, by the way, is a very commonly charged crime. because there's some weird human instinct when fbi agents show up at your door everyone tries to
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talk their way out of trouble. i have to tell you, they already know the answers to the questions, most of them, that they're asking you, so don't try to deserve them. so, you can see it happens at all levels from high on down to low, people try to deserve government investigators, and it's a crime. >> considering how long the mueller inquiry went on for, around two years or something, isn't this something that mueller would have rooted out at one point or another? do you think it's smart to be pursuing this line now? >> it is -- to the extent there's still information not known to congress -- >> because it's not known to the grand jury? >> that's the key. grand jury materials are ordinarily kept secret for good reason. but there are exceptions. and the house is arguing that one of the big exceptions is an impeachment inquiry. that's a judicial-type proceeding. it's been released in other situations like bar disciplinary hearings for lawyers. so it certainly follows that an
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impeachment inquiry is within the exceptions to keeping grand jury material absolutely secret. it doesn't mean it has to be kept secret forever. >> i just quickly want to get your take on whether or not you think it is smart to pursue these two separate lines of questioning. you have the impeachment inquiry relating to the ukraine call. and then you also have them pursuing, obviously, things relating to the mueller investigation. do you think it's smart for the house to continue these two separate investigations? >> it's so interesting, the question is whether or not are they overextending themselves. and arguably, are they clouding the issues by expanding their inquire so much? when the genesis of the recent furor is the recent ukraine call and then expand it out to the mueller investigation and who may have lied in the mueller investigation. i understand the house trying to collect as much evidence as it possibly can but at the same time, everyone has limited resources, the house has no
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exception. >> who makes a decision on the grand jury decision if it gets handeds over? >> probably the d.c. circuit, probably the superior court but the d.c. circuit. >> one more question -- >> we're hanging out. >> always a pleasure. thank you very much. let's switch gears and bring in nbc meteorologist bill karins with a quick check of weather. >> good morning, the weather headlines, it's the temperatures. it's incredible, unusual, historic, whatever you want to call it. we had over a dozen, at least two dozen all-time records broken record. that means the warmest temperature ever recorded in that spot in october, ever. so, today, we're going to have another 200 record highs likely. we'll probably see more all-time highs. yesterday was 101 in montgomery, alabama. they've never been 101 in october. and guess what, they're going to do it again today. two days in a row of 100
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degrees. atlanta, 95, richmond, 98 degrees. a lot of these are temperatures we've never seen in october before. louisville, 98 degrees. new york city, the worst you've been in october, 90. even that's a close call. it's not that it gets any cooler. the northeast does. but on thursday, we're still in the 90s throughout all of the areas of the south. it will get cooler in the ohio valley by friday. but the deep south has to wait to monday or tuesday to finally get cooler air. how rare is this october heat? well, in new york, the last time it was 90 degrees in october was 1941. washington, d.c., you have a chance of being 96 today. the last time you were 96 was 1941. so 75 years is how long it's been since it was this warm in the i-95 corridor. and atlanta, we figure 96. you've never hit 100. there is an outside shot today. i think you guys get the picture. the temperature forecast is beyond disbelief. i've had one person tell me in
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welcome back, everybody. i'm yasmin vossoughian alongside ayman mohyeldin. it is the bottom of the hour. let's start with the morning's top stories. kurt volker, the special u.s. envoy to ukraine who resigned last week after his name appeared in the whistle-blower complaint about president trump's dealing with ukraine will testify tomorrow in house democrats' impeachment inquiry. the daily beast insists that volcker was pushed from his post from secretary of state mike pompeo. the quote begins, the beginning to the end for volker started when giuliani outed the ukraine. as the government learned more about him, pompeo became convinced that scapegoating the representative would leave the state department in a better place politically especially
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with congress racheting up its investigation into giuliani and trump's efforts. now telling the daily beast, he should never have been let go in the first place expressing concern with frustration over the ukraine without him. and president trump's personal attorney rudy giuliani has hired his own lawyer to help him in the impeachment probe. he's tapped his longtime present jon sale. sale was known for his work during the watergate investigation. the move comes after giuliani was subpoenaed by lawmakers seeking documents relating to his and congress' efforts to get the u.s. government to investigate the biden family. in an interview, sale wouldn't say whether or not his client would comply with that subpoena. appearing on fox news last night, giuliani raised the idea of filing a lawsuit over democrats over the house investigation. >> i had a couple of talking
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with civil rights lawyers and constitutional lawyers today. and here's what they recommended. that we should bring a lawsuit on behalf of the president and several people in the administration, even myself as a lawyer, against members of congress, individually for violating constitutional rights, violating civil rights. they're doing extraordinary things. >> as congressional democrats turn up the pressure on rudy giuliani, the former attorney general continues to debuck theo debunk theories. giuliani took to twitter to show pictures of it with the younger biden. giuliani says this photo disputes the former vice president's claim that he never discussed his work overseas, including his bid to oust ukraine's former prosecutor viktor shokin with his son.
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but the investigations into barisma. and calling him a top executive as giuliani in his tweet is factually imcorrect. and he says while the photo is from 2015 when he joined the board saying that shokin did not start until 2016. at the time time he's shoved his investigation into barisma and its owner. >> president trump is demanding to interview the person who has lodged the investigation. trump tweeted in part this, why aren't we entitled to interview and learn everything about the whistle-blower, and also the person who gave all of the false information to him. in fact, a presidential policy added to the whistle-blower protection act back in 2012
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states that it is the sitting president's duty to protect a whistle-blower's identity and prohibit retaliation against them which has made this distinct situation so unprecedented. speaking about the whistle-blower, the top republican has broken with party ranks to defend him. chuck grassley of iowa argued, quote, this person appears to have followed whistle-blower laws and ought to be heard out and protected. while the chairman who is also a mesh. judiciary committee did not exclusively mention president trump's repeated claims, he adds no one should be making judgments or pronouncements without hearing from the whistle-blower first. and adding that it's counterproductive and does not serve the country. earlier in the week, grassley turn to the attorney general for the right wing talking point that attempted to question the whistle-blower's heavily vetted
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and second hand information. after that claim was discredited. grassley asserted, quote, when it comes to whether someone qualifies as a whistle-blower, the distinctions between drawn between first and second hand knowledge aren't legal ones. more than 50 usa ambassadors call on president trump administration to protect the administration mirai jovanovic. members say that trump's comments to the ukrainian president during that phone call, quote, demean and threaten yovanovitch. and adds this, this appears about a threat of retaliation for political reasons which is both shocking and inappropriate. in that call, the president refers to the ambassador who was suddenly called months earlier as, quote, the woman, and,
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quote, bad news. yovanovitch was scheduled for a joint investigation today however it's been pushed back to october 11th. >> joining us wednesday again from washington, d.c., politics editor in bloomberg anna edgerton. anna, great to have you back. what is your top reaction to coming on to the whistle-blower as forcefully as he did. although he didn't mention president trump by name, he certainly took a swipe at all politicians including one that would be the president. >> it was an unexpected statement and not one looking for something like this from chuck grassley. he's the chairman of the whistle-blower caucus. there is a caucus for everything. so he does speak with some authority on this issue. he does make the distinction in how the whistle-blower gets his or her information. he made a specific point that it doesn't matter if the whistle-blower has first or second-hand information. but this person still deserves
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protections. that's very different from what we've heard from president trump's closest allies in congress such as lindsey graham and house minority leader kevin mccarthy. they've kind of latched on to this conspiracy theory, like you said, since the whistle-blower had second-hand information that it's hearsay. that this is not worthy of protection and that this person doesn't count as a whistle-blower. however, the transcript we have of the call and a lot of the details that have come out since then actually corroborate what this person has said. and we have seen democrats really coming to his person's defense and raising alarms about the president's rhetoric towards this person. >> what do you hear going to be discussed among with kurt volker. what are you expecting to hear as democrats try to gain more information from him? >> kurt volker has a long career in the foreign service so he is a person who has a lot of experience. he was an envoy, ambassador to
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nato under president bush. he's taken this position to ukraine to help president trump handle a relationship with a smaller country but one that is very important, especially when you consider aggression from russia and how ukraine has to deal with that. so his testimony, especially since he's left that position could be very dangerous to the trump administration. since he's left his career in the foreign service, he's now worried about his legacy, in making sure that he is a person on the right side of this story to kind of explain exactly what happened and what is his role in the investigation. >> and i want to get your thoughts really quickly on new reporting that you guys have at bloomberg about intelligence committee chairman adam schiff. he's obviously been in the cross hairs of the republican party over the ukraine saga that he's spearheading at least from an investigative point of view. what more are you learning about those efforts? >> adam schiff is in a really delicate position right now. he's now the frontman for the
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impeachment inquiry. it's that he handles this job very well. he cannot come across as partisan. this cannot be seen as a one-sided vendetta against the president. he has to present his has a constitutional duty. we've already seen republicans kind of pounce on his opening statement in an open hearing last week when he kind of tried to parody the president's call. that turns out to not be a good strategy because republicans have accused him of lying. >> anna, thank you so much. still ahead, the new data that's raising concerns about the state of the u.s. economy and the impact of president trump's trade war. plus, more on johnson and johnson reaching a multi million dollar settlement. your "first look" at "morning joe" back in a moment.
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a gauge of u.s. manufacturing showed the lowest reading in more than a decade as experts dive into escalating trade war with china. u.s. manufacturers managing index from the institute of management came in at nearly 48% in september, marking the second consecutive month of contraction. the report raised fears of recession and hit the stock market, as you can imagine. the dow jones industrial average took a dramatic plunge losing more than 200 points on the news in trading. johnson & johnson reached a $20.4 million settlement. cnbc's joumanna bercetche is joining us. talk to us. >> it's $20.4 million ahead of the company accused of sparking the opioid crisis in two ohio county. a $10 million cash payment $5
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million of reimburse meant and 5.2 in nonprofits of opioid related nonprofits. it's the fourth company to come to a settlement. others include melecon and allegan. another story, libra, which is facebook potential venture. remember, they announced back in july, they were planning on the launching their own version of cryptocurrency. well, looks like they're running into problems there. some key partners, i'm talking visa, mastercard and other institutions that originally said they would partner with facebook are getting cold feet and saying they're reconsidering their investments.
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this is according to "the wall street journal." is this coming not just from european officials but also officials like jerome powell saying talking about his reticence about fully endorse libra with facebook. coca-cola upping its caffeine offing with the addition of a new energy drink. what more can you tell us about that? when are we getting our samples on set? >> you know, i thought of you guys when i read this story. especially if you need an energy drink when you wake up at 2:00 in the morning. as of now, they're selling it in 25 countries including germany and the uk. this could be coca-cola's first venture is into the energy drink. it has a 43% market share out of
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total and energy drinks but c l coca-cola has an 18% stake in monster energy. they won a lawsuit so when it came to that, so 2020, you can be expecting this now coca-cola energy drink. when it comes to flavors, coke zero, original sugar cherry and cherry. >> when we get our first can of coca-cola energy. >> i think i'll be the good old-fashioned come of coffee. joumanna bercetche, thank you so much. still ahead, the new report on highly questionable tactics that president trump reportedly suggested his administration take to crack down on a legal boarding crossing. >> and robert mueller returns to the legal sector. and bill karins with a check on your forecast, when we come back.
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you know, they said we needed to triple the border patrol. well, now, they're going to say we need to quadruple the border patrol. or they'll want a higher fence. maybe they'll need a moat. maybe they'll want alligators in the moat. >> so that was president barack
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obama back in 2011 with an apparently -- >> still nonprediction. >> in an upcoming wars inside trump's assault. in an article at that particular timed from the bo-- president t talked about fortifying a border wall with a water filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. he wanted the wall elect the ri fied with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. after publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president then backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. later in a meeting, aides recalled he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. that's not allowed either. >> i feel like it's a throwback
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to medieval times. >> with the mote and the gate lowering. >> a guy with a torch. >> but now it's 2019. >> after 675 days, 2,800 subpoenas issued, 34 people and three companies indicted, former special counsel robert mueller has returned to the private sector after concluding his investigation of the president back in march. mueller rejoined wilmer hail, a law firm known for recruiting former high level government officials. he has worked for the firm since 2014 before taking on the special counsel's role in 2017. mueller will most likely resume his work conducting internal investigations for large corporations. he intends to hold public speaking events and teach. mueller released a press release to mark the start of his return saying quote it was an honor to serve as special counsel. now i look forward to resuming my private practice alongside the talented lawyers at the firm. with that let's switch gears bring in nbc meteorologist bill
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karins. >> just to give some people a heads-up, things have changed in areas of the great lakes. it's not as hot. the fall has finally rooid thar there. chicago, milwaukee, all the way through much of michigan have the umbrella with you. today should be the peak of the heat wave in many areas. all of these locations are going to break their record highs for today, and most of these locations broke the record highs yesterday. some of the highlights, the warmest spot in the country yesterday, often it's like death valley or phoenix, sometimes south florida. the hottest spot in the country yesterday, montgomery, alabama was 101 degrees. that doesn't happen that often. today even areas of the northeast are going to get up there. d.c. record high is 89. you're going to break it by noon today. somewhere in the mid-90s. connecticut will get a record high out of this, ohio, pittsburgh will be there, too our friends in west virginia. so chicago north wards you have finally cooled off. the cooler air does move in.
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baltimore, philly, new york, and boston be ready for it on thursday. highs only in the 50s, and there will be some light rain around. it's going to be a complete shock to the system. it's been so sunny and dry. it's going to be a very unusual situation. for our friends in the south, here's your october outlook. we just got done with our hottest september ever, and now we're still expecting a warmer than average temperatures for the month of october. it will cool off starting monday and futuesday. it doesn't look like we're going to get a lot of wet weather. we do have a drought. we are looking for drier conditions for areas in the south. for today's forecast, anywhere from dallas, to atlanta, d.c., new york city. record highs across the board. this will wrap it up for the northeast for summer. we'll return to the 90s in june or july of next year. the trump administration goes into lockdown mode amid
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democrats' impeachment inquiry. >> more on mike pompeo's attempts to push back as the department's inspector general looks to hold an urgent briefing. joaquin castro will discuss his party's impeachment strategy and why he says the president is, quote, on the verge of bringing harm to the ukraine whistle-blower. filmmaker michael moore joins the conversation and why he says the democrats have trump on the run. "morning joe," everyone, just moments away. the only thing better than horsepower... more horsepower. (engines rev) if we were for everyone, we'd be for no one. with dodge power dollars, more power means more cash allowance. purchase now and get $10 per horsepower. that's $7,970 on the srt challenger hellcat redeye.
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welcome back, everyone. thousands in florida came together yesterday to pay their final respects to one army veteran. the sendoff came after it was revealed the man had no known family. the story now from nbc's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: a military funeral for an old soldier, but not a forgotten one. >> no comrade should ever be left behind. >> reporter: when 80-year-old edward pearson passed in nape ls, florida, no family could be found. his obituary was brief. this veteran has no immediate family. all are welcome to attend. in the 1960s, pearson was an
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army private first class. he lived alone in a hurricane-battered home. news of the solitary funeral quickly spread, his military family mobilized. >> all veterans should be honored every day. >> he will be remembered for now and ever more. >> reporter: some 1,500 gathered, veterans, citizens from near and far. >> what a tribute, as it should be. >> reporter: as taps played, pfc edward pearson moved on with respect and dignity. kevin tibbles, nbc news. >> it's always incredible to see a community come together, especially when there is someone who served this country. >> yeah, it's a powerful reminder as well of twitter and the power of social media to bring a community together like you said. let's switch gears here. yesterday white house reporters stumbled upon a story that sent the press briefing room into a
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frenzy. it wasn't the impeachment. it was a mouse falling from the ceiling. nbc news white house correspondent peter alexander tweeted that a mouse fell out of the ceiling onto his lap. reporters eventually lost track of the mouse. oh, there it is. >> tiny little fella, come on guys. >> it seems as if this isn't the first time the white house has had a mouse issue. caroline harrison, the first lady to 23rd president benjamin harrison wrote this, the rats have nearly taken the building. they have become so numerous and bold that they get up on the table and subsequently fall on people's laps like peter alexander yesterday. he's probably having nightmares about it as we speak. last year, washington, d.c. allocated $906,000, a very specific number, to handle the city's rat problem. donald trump also lamented in 2017 that he spends so much time away from the white house because it is a quote real dump,
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which white house officials deny. that does it for us on this wednesday morning, i'm yasmin vossoughian along side ayman mohyeldin. "morning joe" starts right now. >> you know, if it wasn't your show, they would destroy him absolutely. you're the difference between donald j. trump and richard nixon. in nixon's case if he had someone that stuck up for him, he wouldn't have been, you know, motivated to cover up that burglary. >> donald trump -- >> wait, wait, hold on. was that a compliment? you know, if al capone had had someone like you, sean, come on. are you kidding me? if mussolini, you know where we're going here. her ral doe was the same guy -- didn't he say he wanted to punch


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