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narrative going forward. >> the fbi is still investigating this case, so there could be more on it at the federal level. thank you both very much for joining us tonight. that is tonight's "last word." "the 11th hour with brian williams" starts now. and good evening once again. day 119 of the biden administration, tamdz breaking news we are covering tonight is about the former president. the new york state attorney general has now joined the manhattan prosecutor's criminal investigation into donald trump's businesses. tonight, the new york a.g. issued a statement that reads -- >> much more on this development and what it might mean just
ahead. also tonight, nearly five months taf deadly capitol riot, republican house leaders are now openly opposing a bipartisan commission to investigate the riot. tonight on the eve of the house vote to create the 9/11-style commission, the leadership sent members of their party telling them to vote no. the main objection cited was -- >> an easy answer would be, well, yes, it was the only violent riot at the capitol that we know of in the modern era. house minority leader kevin mccarthy set the stage when he came out with his open statement against the commission, noting its scope was too narrow and should include other acts of
political violence. earlier tonight he defended his position during an appearance on fox news. >> remember on good friday, an officer was killed at the capitol. we don't need to investigate that. what about all the riots that have led up throughout the summer, that the unrest from blm, antifa and others, no, you can't investigate that. this is driven solely by politics and nancy pelosi, but we should not be a part of that. >> mccarthy's what aboutism, and his objections come after several republicans, including their top member on the house homeland security committee, indeed endorsed the formation of the commission. this morning, speaker pelosi was blunt in her reaction. >> even if this bill passes along party lines in the house, it will need 60 votes, meaning
ten republicans would have to cross the aisle in order for it to clear the senate. it's far from certain that those votes are there, even though the senate majority leader is determined to bring the bill to the floor. >> i will put the january 6 commission legislation on the floor of the senate for a vote, period. republicans can let their constituents know, are they on the side of truth or do they want to cover up for the rioters and for donald trump? >> i'm safe in characterizing our conference as willing to listen to the arguments about whether such a commission is needed. we are under decided about the way forward at this point. we want to read the fine print. >> meanwhile, axios reporting tonight that mcconnell told his fellow republicans during a closed door caucus lunch today that he can't support the 1/6 commission in its current form.
as all of this unfolds on the hill, the president is facing growing calls to make a more public and forceful demand for a cease-fire in israel. fighting between hamas and the israeli military has continued into its ninth day, and shows no immediate sign of letting up. hundreds of people have been killed now, and there is a deepening humanitarian crisis in gaza. the ap reporting that biden and white house officials have urged netanyahu to "wind down military operations." nbc news confirmed the "new york times" reporting that the president took a tougher stance with netanyahu during their private phone call yesterday, but that's not likely to satisfy biden's critics, who want him to ditch the strategy of what the white house has called "quiet but intense diplomacy in favor of public backing of a cease-fire." >> i hope that the administration might lean in
heavier, but whether they do or don't, i'm on the armed services and foreign relations committee, and i want to say loudly there needs to be a cease-fire. >> today, a senior adviser to netanyahu had this response to the possibility of an immediate cease-fire. >> we're acting to defend our people. if we do a premature cessation of violence, that just plays into hamas' hands. that works for them. they can have a time-out to regroup, recharge their batteries and we'll have missiles on tel aviv next week that's not a solution. we have to come out of this with a sustained period of peace and quiet, that's good fors and frankly that's good for palestinians, too. >> with that, let's bring in our leadoff guests on this tuesday night. phillip rucker, senior white house spomt for the california post. a.b. stoddard, associate columnist for real clear
politics. and neal is back with us, former acting solicitor general during the obama administration. he's argued dozens of cases before the u.s. supreme court. and indeed, counselor, we must begin with you given the breaking news. what does this change, this development mean that the trump organization is now under a criminal investigation, what must have been discovered or unearthed to lead to this categorical change? >> so i think for the last 120 plus days, we have forgotten about the constant lurches in the news cycle every day and night with donald trump. but it's back now with this letter. this letter is not like ordinary politics. it's not some statement from nancy pelosi or joe biden or kamala harris. it's not even a supreme court loss, which trump had many, or civil fine which trump paid many. this is a letter talking about
jail time. to give you a sense how significant it is, if you go on the trump organization website, this is a picture of the trump organization's website right now. and you will see the very first thing, our story, donald trump. and the leadership eric and donald trump, jr., are the two people listed. so now look, i suppose donald trump can pull a ted cruz and blame his kids here or something like that. but absent that, what this letter is saying is that prosecutors believe that there is, you know, a strong reason to think that the trump organization committed various crimes. and remember, the prosecutors hereto have trump's tax returns. trump lost a battle 9-0. very bad news for him. >> so neal, let me take a second whack at this. this is new york city and state.
are there any limits on their scope or powers? can they prosecute for good reason anybody for anything at any time? >> they've got to be crimes, of course. but the new york attorney general, the state prosecutor is involved is very significant for two reasons. number one, before this, this was largely fought by the manhattan d.a., cy vance, who is retiring. second, more importantly, the new york prosecutors, the state prosecutors, have a suite of powers, which is just about the most extensive, anti-fraud criminal law of any state in the country. it gives them sweeping powers. so what this means in practical terms is that prosecutors are going to do everything they can with their new powers to flip various people in the trump organization. we've already had many reports that the cfo, allen wiseleberg,
has been the subject of those flips. they've even gone after his family and kids, and indeed, jennifer wiseleberg at one point said "they, the trump organization, control people by compensaing you." so already someone has come forward that has said this is operating more like what a mob organization or something like that looks like. we've heard this, you know, bandied about in the newspapers, by commentators and the like. but it's a really different thing when you have criminal prosecutors saying, look, we any there's something serious here, and we're warning you. >> a.b. stoddard, let's talk about a simpler time. earlier today, before we understood the trump organization was under criminal investigation, when it looked like the biggest worry the former president had was this 1/6 commission.
to say he tweeted a statement but he can't do that. i guess he's faxing these. but here it is any way. >> a.b., mcconnell at least must get tired of being told to genuflect. what's trump's worry on this matter? >> oh, well, president trump -- former president trump on january 6, at the end of that day, he said we will remember this day forever. since then, he has learned that
this would be a very uncomfortable thing to go through if he is called to testify, and that kevin mccarthy is a facts witness. he had this very dramatic phone call with the president that day, begging him to step in, quell the violence, stop the siege, send reinforcements, and then because it was such a negative conversation with kevin mccarthy literally shouting, he relayed this to other members, many of them, and they are the ones who spoke about it in subsequent days. he is not a very shrewd leader. he free thr throws his rank and under the bus. and he thought dispatching liz cheney last week would take care of this. now he's thrown john katko under the bus, someone who negotiated
this 1/6 commission, and once they were met by the democrats, he panicked. so now a vote of conscience has turned into, you know, we're recommending and we're watching you that you vote against us. a bunch of republicans in the house are going to vote for it, because he doesn't lead and they're not following. the problem for mccarthy tonight is once again, when he throws his own members under the bus, he still gets thrown under the bus by president trump. someone he hoped if he hung with would help him become speaker next year. we all know how loyal donald trump is. so it's going to be a very interesting day tomorrow. but this is a mess, and largely of kevin mccarthy's making. he doesn't want to testify about that phone call, even though he's told many people about it, and it's now part of the history, and obviously he's doing his best to protect trump from the commission, as well.
>> phil, a.b. raises such a good point. it is possible to want something so badly that you prevent yourself from getting it. we're not stupid. we heard mccarthy at one point say that donald trump bears responsibility for what happened on 1/6. we've seen the trip to mar-a-lago. we can imagine the communications between the two. we see how beholden the republican leader is to the thrall for donald trump. and the problem for mccarthy is, he's going to lose members of his own caucus, correct? >> yeah. it simply appears that way, brian. a number of house republicans are likely to support this january 6 commission, including the house republican as a.b. was just mentioning, who was tapped by mccarthy to negotiate on behalf of the republicans in setting up the compromise language for how that commission would be governed and how it would take shape. keep in mind, this is only
june -- not june, it's actually may of 2021. there are now 18 months before the midterm elections. that is a long time for kevin mccarthy to play this dance with donald trump before he'll find out if he becomes the house speaker. it's a very treacherous thing that the house republican leadership is doing here, and trying to please former president trump and trying to not get cross wise with him and discovering that the former president is putting out that the loyalty doesn't go both ways. so it's tricky here, but i would expect the number of house republicans would vote for this commission, and we're hearing that a number of republican senators are likely to vote for it, first and foremost being mitt romney. >> but neal, back to you and sorry for ping-ponging, but another legal question people may be asking. how can new york state reach into another jurisdiction, trump is a florida man now, having
left new york behind. how does that work? >> it works pretty simply. the constitution itself has a clause in it that says if you commit a crime and you go to another state, that other state is obligated to turn you over. in 1793, congress passed a law affecting that. so, you know, governor desantis has been kind of auditions and trying to be trump's guy, and trump has even floated the idea that governor desantis will be his vice president in 2024. it's beyond me why that's attractive for anyone. that's like being the drummer for spinal tap. but that's what desantis is signaling. it won't work. if the governor tries to protect donald trump from a prosecution, we don't have a formal prosecution yet of him, but if there is one, if the governor tries, it will be stopped in court every day of the week. >> a.b., a question about the party.
early-to-bed republicans are going to wake up in the morning and see that the trump organization is under criminal investigation, and donald trump is still going to be their northstar come wednesday morning. how long can the party exist without ideas, thoughts, policies, initiatives of its own? >> well, they're not actually as unified as the commentary would lead you to believe from the last week, that liz cheney and mitt romney are alone on a leaky boat. i think they are, but it's interesting, as phil mentioned, to hear that they need the 1/6 commission and that other extremist groups who rioted in other places had nothing to do with an attempted coup on our government on january 6. so i think that there is a chorus of people running for president. if you hear that sound tonight, it's the sound of exalting by josh hawley and nikki haley and
mike pompeo and ted cruz and others who are hoping, of course, the former president gets indieted, so they can run for president and he doesn't big foot the 2024 field. but on the house side, if you're in a red district and your base doesn't believe in the insurrection and believes only in donald trump, you cannot support the commission and you will continue to defend him through any kind of trials, investigations, et cetera. >> phil, one last question on an overseas matter that we're about to examine in our next segment. how much movement is there inside the west wing on this question of israel, i get the feeling that policy is moving and migrating. >> it certainly feels that way, brian. if you look at the public statements that joe biden has been making the last few days, but more importantly, look at the reporting that's come out
tonight from "the new york times" and elsewhere about joe biden adopting a tougher tone in his private conversations with bb netten that hue, to try to signal to the israelis it's time to stop here. he's not called for the cease-fire publicly, but other democrats in his coalition would like biden to do, but he seems to be inching in that direction. i imagine over the next couple of days we'll see further movement. it's a real political puzzle for the president. keep in mind, when biden was in the senate has dealt with this decade for issues of middle east politics, and he has a traditional democratic view of that, but the momentum within the progressive base has been moving more and more to the side of the palestinians. and biden is grappling with that in realtime as democratic congress members who have big voices in washington, are trying
to liken this to the black lives matter movement and the racial justice protests we have here in the united states. so we're seeing joe biden start to respond to some of that pressure within his west wing. >> it's indeed busy for a tuesday night in may. but these three guests got us to the finish line. my thanks to you. greatly appreciate the confidence to you tonight and the answers. coming up for us, the explosive situation we've been discussing in the middle east. here at home, the president feeling the pressure from his own party, among others. veteran diplomat richard haass standing by to tell us what he thinks our country should do next. later, they chanted "hang mike pence" but tonight, one member of congress claims it's the capitol rioters who are
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yet another tense day and night in the middle east. france now supporting a resolution at the u.n. security council calling for an end to the fighting between israeli and palestinian militants. back with us tonight, richard haass, veteran diplomat under multiple u.s. presidents, long-time president of the council on foreign relations, author of multiple books. his most recent work "the world, a brief introduction." it is now available in paperback. richard, we're thrilled to have you with us. we're sorry about the subject matter, and here we go. i mean not to diminish any of the suffering or loss of life when i say this, but there is a saneness to this cycle, as there has been in the past. the rockets look the same, though there's over 3,000 of them. the israelis then hit back with what they swear are precision strikes, though we've seen them
level entire high rises and kill innocent families. what is different is a new generation has come up, asking different questions. wondering why gaza appears to be a prison for 2 million souls, who, if they're lucky, get electric power four hours a day. the new generation does not have that reflexsive israel at all cost policy that so many of before them had. i know you're sensing this, and i'm wondering how this new attitude will affect the disposition of this fighting. >> brian, good to be with you. you're exactly right. we've seen this before, and will happen is, at some point, there will be a cease-fire, by which point israel will have diminished hamas' capabilities, killed a lot of hamas leaders.
hamas will gradually rearm, and even more worrisome, the alienation of a younger generation that doesn't see israel as the necessary country to protect jews, but rather sees israel more as goliath than david. and i would think what's happening internally. that there's 2 million israelis who are not jewish. and there's 2 million israelis who are arab. what we're seeing is a growing alienation, almost a civil rights like movement. a radicalization. so hamas is emerging more and more as the spokesperson or the group that represents palestinians wherever they live, and we're seeing a growing rupture within israeli society. and that is really dangerous for the jewish state. >> richard, what should, in your view, what should the u.s. do?
it was striking to see the resolution brought up by france before the security council. do we have leverage that we have almost forgotten we've had, right on down to the iron dome missile defense system that is keeping most of the ground population in israel safe? >> i think the united states should support a resolution. better yet, i would introduce a resolution. that way we have much more influence over the text. it would be both symbolically and i think diplomatically smart. i would not ban any arms sales to israel, because israel faces all sorts of threats, brian, from hamas, from hezbollah, from iran. what i would do, though, is quietly reach some understandings with the israelis about a cease-fire, about how american supplied arms would be used. i would also, rather than launch any new peace process, i would press the israeli government hard, to not take steps that would close off options down the
road if and when the peace for diplomatic problem would line up. no annexation, stop some of the seizure. essentially to try to protect possibilities for the future, understanding that we're not in a position now to move ahead diplomatically. >> and richard, how does the free world of civilized nations answer for the conditions prior to this, but certainly now post these air strikes inside gaza? >> well, again, it puts us in the position of, look, how can we be a voice for human rights and protection of individuals around the world when we're not acting with the dispatch we ought to. again, hamas does the palestinian people no favor, brian, by what it does. indeed, the palestinians have been cursed over the decades by a leadership that is either
unable or unwilling to make peace. so now we have a terrible situation where we have an israeli government that is not willing to meet the palestinians halfway, and the palestinians who are not willing to meet the israelis halfway, that exactly explains where you began this report. why, from time to time violence breaks out. things come to cease-fire, but there's no forward movement. >> it is a mess there. there are a few more thoughtful voices in the world on this mess, however, than our guest tonight, richard haass. richard, we always appreciate when you come on and take our questions. thank you very much. >> thank you, sir. coming up for us, as we continue, one party is now actively trying to stop an investigation into what we watched on 1/6. what are the republicans so afraid of? turns out quite a bit, including a retiree in florida. it's a dark, lonely place. this is art inspired by real stories of people
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pennsylvania democratic congresswoman, madeleine dean, as one of the house managers from the second impeachment, the one where trump was charged with inciting an insurrection. kevin mccarthy now does not want that investigated. back with us, don calloway, democratic strategist, happens to be ceo and founder of pine street strategies, a d.c. based lobbying firm. and there's bill cristol. bill, because of your briar association with this party, you get to go first. first of all, there's the line that insults our intelligence. there's two members from georgia for starters, mtg saying it's the rioters who have been abused. congressman clyde saying those
rioters looked much more like everyday tourists to him. but now on top of that, republicans, as i said earlier, are going to wake up tomorrow morning to a former president, his organization now under criminal investigation. it is going to matter to all these people who wake up every day and obey a retiree in florida? >> you know, for months, i would say for years to be honest, i kept thinking finally it's going matter. at some point i realized the reality, which is it wasn't going to matter. i don't know, there might be 30 votes tomorrow for the commission, which for the sake of the country we need to have this commission. but for kevin mccarthy and most republicans, the less said about january 6 the better. anything that is said will expose what donald trump didn't do on the 6th. what he did in the run-up to the 6th, what other republicans did, the phone call with trump and
mccarthy. mccarthy who said he was happy about the benghazi investigation, because it done some damage to hillary clinton's approval ratings. so it's all politics. for mccarthy, it's all about winning the house and keeping trump on board and without offending too many people. the degree to which liz cheney, who had been swallow hard and got along with trump for a year and then said no after january 6, the degree to which he's turned out to be an outlier, one of a few honorable republicans not, unfortunately, a voice they're listening to at this point, is really striking and i'm afraid we will see that form. we might get 30 votes for the commission, but that's a small number out of 210 house republicans. >> don, something else i've said earlier. we've all known people who wanted something so badly and have been so craven and willing to do anything to get it, that in the end, the tragedy is, the
charlie brown effect comes in, it is robbed of them. what do you think mccarthy is afraid of if some of his peers look into just how and why it was that our capitol was overtaken and looted on that day in january? >> well, elections are won in the middle. i'm going to be -- vote democrat, a whole lot of people are going to vote republicans. i would imagine that kevin mccarthy is afraid of losing that 4% to 6% of independents and those who vote with their wallets. whether or not they feel like they've been fairly taxed or how the economy is going. i imagine that that's what he is worried about losing, and certainly an insurrection investigation would show that republicans in power, from the president's office on down, knew about this, certainly turned a blind eye at best.
or helped encourage it at worse. and you lose that middle percentage who could vote in either given way, depending on the last best ad they saw, or how their wallets feel on a given day. an investigation into the insurrection -- on part of members of the republican leadership. >> bill, we're down to limited time because of the breaking news tonight. bill, you've made the point before that quote unquote traditional tax cut conservatives in the republican party have found their own way to hold their nose and vote republican on a ticket featuring donald trump. do you see anything moving that kind of quiet part of the base? >> nothing has changed yet, i'm afraid. it's interesting, don mentioned trump and the republicans how
close they are. donald trump's white house political director now works for kevin mccarthy. the notion that trump is an outlier, they keep him at arm's length. they want to publicly, but trump and his operatives are working hand in glove with the house republican congressional committee, with the senate, with all the candidates scattered around the country. so it is trump's party, not just in the sense that they're scared of trump in mar-a-lago, but there are trump loyalists throughout the ranks. they have done much more of that than people realized, which is another reason why there's not much willingness to cross him. >> don, we're out of time. i owe you one for your next appearance when i expect yet another hbcu sweater or sweatshirt. we appreciate the representation around here. don galloway, bill kristol, thank you both. coming up, the motto of the
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find yours, on loopnet. our friend carol is out with a stunning new book on the many serious problems inside the u.s. secret service. the ones they have faced secretly over the years, including during the past administration. in "zero fail, the rise and fall of the secret service," carol details the concern about agents who had become loyal to donald trump writing --
>> with us for more is the author of the book, our friend carol leonnig, report we are "the washington post." i'm duty bound to point out one of carol's pulitzers was awarded to her for her coverage of the secret service back in 2015. carol, magnificent book, magnificent work. is the -- is the holding about the modern era, the trump administration, the reaction to 1/6, that may be the bro culture which you catalog inside the u.s. secret service, and which
is -- has been with them as long as they've been around, and the maga culture meshed a little bit too easily together. >> you know, you said that pretty well. you want to go on the book tour with me? i feel like that -- >> i'm good. >> that explains a lot, brian. there is a culture alpha male in this dna of this agency, which basically resists admitting weakness, admitting failure, and it airs on the side of covering up what's really going on behind the scenes, including serial screw-ups and mistakes and security gaps, and misconduct. and in this instance, under donald trump, right when the secret service needed help the most to recover and rebuild, this president deployed this, you know, noble agency with a wonderful reputation, as a
political tool or his own gain. that is the way he treated most government agencies in the executive. something that would help him personally. and especially help him get re-elected. so it is not a shock to agents in that wonderful agency that many members of the president's detail were judged on their loyalty and they became very loyal to president trump. to the point that they supported his forceable removal of peaceable protestors outside the white house on june 1, when people were protesting the death of george floyd. and the leadership of the secret service supported allowing a senior executive who used to run the president's detail to become a politicaled a vitzer and deputy white house chief of staff in donald trump's white house. the person who was in charge of getting his political message out, helping him in his
campaign, staging his image, and also this clearing of the white house that you are seeing on the camera now. >> your book, the reporting is so powerful, the director of the secret service has said in a statement tonight, the american people can rest assured that the u.s. secret service is an apolitical and nonpartisan agency. our focus is not on politics but uncompromising xe lens and continual improvement protecting national and world leaders stand security of our nation's financial system. two things are true. i think the american people have unquestioned faith in this organization and what they do, and i know it is true that the secret service certainly enjoys the first word in their title, and that is being secret largely all these years. their budgets are constantly blacked out on capitol hill, as constantly as they have been approved over the years.
but with that statement from the director having been read, the question to you is, can the american people, based on all you know and have found out, rest assured tonight that the top of our government is protected to the very best of our ability as a nation? >> i'm really depressed to tell you they cannot. and i want to stress something, brian, tonight which is i wrote this book because i'm ringing an alarm bell for the agents who risk their careers and jobs to tell these truths that the agency leadership did not want told, which is basically that they are relying on luck more than ever before in protecting the president. their mission is too large. we all think that their number one mission is protecting the president. that's the most important thing they do, but they have a ton of other assignments and not enough tools to do them. they had a jumper get into the
white house and sit on the ground uninterrupted for 15 minutes, jiggle a door on the east side of the mansion, and was allowed to wander around so long because the alarms, the fence sensors, the radios, the cameras were all on the fritz. and allowed this person to wander around. a person without a plan, didn't have an assassination strategy, but what if they did? and that is not enough. america should not be satisfied with that, and we owe the agents who dedicate their lives to this, who give and sacrifice so much of their own personal lives for this mission, we owe them more. we deserve, they deserve to have the tools they need to do this job and deliver on the zero fail mission. that's why i wrote the book, because agents, as dedicated as they are, are afraid of
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we are back. carol leonnig is with us. she wrote this book about the u.s. secret service. carol, i'm just going to put some pictures on the screen that are by now burned into everyone's memory. a covid positive president of the united states chooses to take a victory lap and wave to his people as he put it outside walter reed.
inside the rather cramped, still, and airless suv, his agents were forced to ride with him, looking for all the world like they were going to be exposed to plutonium. talk briefly about the rallies, the denialism, and the covid positive president who put his agents at risk. >> brian, as the president realized internally and privately that his poll numbers were sinking, that the american people were distrustful of the way he had handled a crisis like no other, he got more and more desperate about getting out on the road and campaigning. despite the fact that covid was spiking, in many of the places, red state where is he wanted to travel. unfortunately, 300 secret service officers and agents contracted covid or were exposed to a co-worker who was infected so they had to be quarantined. as a result of those summer
rallies that the president insisted on. this moment that you are showing now in october was sort of the creme de la creme of the president's indifference to how covid spreads and the people that serve him and could be hurt. now, i want to stress the two agents this that car, the driver and his detailed leader, are wearing a lot of medical gear, so their chances are relatively small of contracting it in that car. but there are a lot of steps on the way to that car from the hospital bed. it was a question for many agents i interviewed, why this risk? why do this for ten minutes of a joyride to make the president feel strong, to make him feel like he was showing people that he was hardy? wasn't there a safer way to do this than expose employees, including agents, along the way? >> there is news in here on the kennedy assassination that people haven't heard before.
there's news in here from the clinton administration that people haven't heard. and detail of the unfolding of the 9/11 attacks and the reaction to it inside the bush white house traveling and stationary. it is every bit as gripping as it was in realtime. once again, the book is "zero fail, the rise and fall of the secret service." as i said, it came out today. it's already number one on amazon. the author carol leonnig has been our guest tonight. thanks so much for coming on. >> thank you, brian. >> appreciate it. coming up for us, the young man who believes what new york state really needs is a governor named giuliani. rma-karma chamel♪ ♪ you come and go ♪ ♪ you come and go-o-o ♪
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i will faithfully discharge the duties -- >> and that i will faithfully discharge the duties -- >> of the office of mayor of the city of new york. >> the office of city of the mayor of new york. >> last thing before we go tonight, that was rudy giuliani's inauguration as new york city mayor 27 years and one reputation ago. no one remembers the speech, only the behavior of his son, andrew. parents watching cut the lad some slack, we figured who are we to judge? but then "saturday night live," including chris farley, decided let's go ahead and judge.
>> when my grandfather came here with $20 in his pocket, he dreamed life could be better for himself and his children. today, i ask you to dream of a city that can be better than it is now. everyone wants to come to new york -- >> oh, yeah. >> for the fashion and cultural institutions are the best in the world. >> well, fast forward till now. andrew is all agreed up and he's decided to run for governor of new york as one does when one's father is under federal investigation. he's been trying to get free media attention. naturally he did an interview with russian television last week. again, as one does. he's also made a campaign ad in which he does the josh hawley raised fist thing in a near empty times square at night. and today, he formally announced
his candidacy and here's a preview. it didn't go well. >> okay. well, my fellow new yorkers, it's a great honor to be here with you today to announce my candidacy to become the 57th governor of our great state of new york. which one people should be vaccinated. i'm not vaccinated but i continually get tested. with the antibodies, new york is truly that shining state on the hill. >> with thanks to our friends at the recount, that was just day one of the giuliani for governor campaign and that was our broadcast for tuesday night with our thanks for being here with us on behalf of all our colleagues at the networks of nbc news. good night. >>