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parts of the country that are the most vaccinated also getting the most freaked out. right? you have this weird sort of cycle. i'm worried about that as we get into the winter. i want people to recognize that the vaccine really does offer tremendous protection. >> it really, really does. there's something interesting in what you said. we see this in the misinformation data as well, the people who are unvaccinated are more likely to believe the misinformation. many of them are -- they tilt toward those unvaccinated. >> thank you so much. that's "all in." rachel maddox now. thanks for joining us. when there's a lot of focus on washington in the news, sometimes we like to do a thing where we look at -- look beyond the beltway, the front pages of local newspapers around the country to see how the national news is playing around the
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actual nation and not just in the capital. that's something we try to do frequently here on the show. we have done it on covid a number of times. we have done it around big political developments, on impeachment, for example. i find it to be a helpful reset. it's a little slice of the news world that gets you out of the beltway mindset for a minute. today, house speaker nancy pelosi's staff, they seemed to have had a similar kind of idea. pelosi staffers sent out snapshots of front pages around the country, front pages from local newspapers around the country in terms of how they are covering the trillion dollar infrastructure bill that just passed through congress and that president biden is about to sign. the headlines about that bill are great. particularly about the local impact it's expected to have in states and communities around the country. also the reason i'm guessing the speaker's office started
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circulating front page snapshots like this today is because as good as the news is about the infrastructure bill for all these states around the country, it's bad news for members of congress from those states who voted against it. i will show you what i mean. south dakota, front page headline, state gets $2.8 billion from infrastructure bill. that's a huge amount of money coming to south dakota for roads and bridges and broadband to rural areas. also, repairs to airports. new school buses, drinking water systems, making the electric grid better. $2.8 billion coming to south dakota alone. what's the subheadline under that? right there on the front page,
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senators oppose it. both thune and rounds voted no against the infrastructure bill. south dakota has so few people in it, it has one member of the house. that's dusty johnson. he also voted no on the infrastructure bill. there's the front page above the fold headline in one of the biggest papers in the state highlighting how awesome it is for south dakota and our congressional delegation voted against it. that's south dakota today. head to north dakota. this time the bad news about the republicans who voted no on the infrastructure bill is right there in the main headline. armstrong votes against $1 trillion package. armstrong in this case is kelly armstrong who is north dakota's one solitary member of the house. kelly armstrong voted no on the infrastructure bill.
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there's one of the biggest papers in the state gushing on the front page about all the bill is going to do and about how he was no help. he voted no. there's the description on the front page. many have been interested in what it could mean for local airports, highway interchanges and underpasses. it's going to do a lot for those things. headlining north dakota about all of those things, we have a republican congressman here and he voted against us getting this. i should mention they have two republican senators and they both voted no, too. down to louisiana. the same story in two different louisiana papers today. the top of page one across all the columns. louisiana to receive over $7 billion from infrastructure bill. up in shreveport, state to get
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$7 billion so far from biden bill, infrastructure passage, a major victory for louisiana. then again, there on the front page, the republicans who voted against it. louisiana's lone democrat in the house, congressman troy carter of new orleans, was the only member of the state delegation to vote for the bill. this is a transformational moment for the people of louisiana carter said in a statement. in louisiana, we have learned the hard way what it means to have failing roads, bridges and flood control systems. louisiana will get billions from the federal government to repair and update roads, bridges, sue suesewage and water systems and so much more. that statement from troy carter, the democratic congressman from louisiana who voted for it. here is the next line. still on the front page. all five louisiana house
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republicans all voted against the bill. you get the celebratory statement about all this will do attributed to the democrat who voted yes. big headline. $7 billion for louisiana. here is all the republicans who voted no. head down to miami. billions of dollars coming to florida when biden's infrastructure bill is law. on the front page there, who gets credit? south florida's four democrats in congress. republicans all voted against it. democrats voted for it. republicans voted against it. billions coming to florida to fix our infrastructure. here is the local officials who voted against it. they are republicans. put that on the front page.
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you can see why speaker pelosi's staff is sending around local paper snapshots how this is playing. i think this is probably also meant to be insurance against the inevitable next step here. right? which is that republicans who voted against the infrastructure bill will nevertheless show up at the ribbon cuttings and they will send out press releases about all the new stuff that's coming to their district, that's coming to their state, that's getting funds and they will send out tweets as if they had something to do with it when they voted no. we know that's coming. this is meant to be insurance against that. if you voted no against the infrastructure bill, you will be famous for that no vote. the democrats will not let you forget it. your hometown papers aren't either. that said, there were a handful of republican members of the house who did vote for the
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infrastructure bill. there were 13 of them to be exact. these are they. the punch bowl news service reports as punishment for that sin, punishment against them for voting for infrastructure funding, quote, republican leadership is bracing for rank and file lawmakers to attempt to strip committee assignments from the 13 republicans lawmakers who voted for the trillion dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill. several of the lawmakers are ranking members, the top republicans on various committees. those positions could be at risk, too. the situation in the republican party has created a sort of difficult dynamic for its members in congress. if you are a republican who voted no on the infrastructure bill, you voted no on this incredibly popular legislation that will have a big impact on nuts and bolts issues in every state in the country, the republicans who voted no on it
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are getting named and shamed on the front pages of local newspapers across the country because they didn't vote to help their home states. their home states are psyched to be getting this funding for this stuff that everybody wants. the republican members of congress said, no, we don't want it. the handful of republicans who voted yes, well, they are facing the wrath of being stripped from committee assignments, exiled from the republican party. as if they did something terrible. as if they threatened to kill someone or something. wait. actually, there is a sitting republican member of congress who just threatened to kill someone. arizona republican congressman paul gosar just in past few days posted an online video, a kr toon video of himself showing him as a cartoon character kill killing aoc. posted a murder fantasy about killing one of his colleagues in
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the house. nancy pelosi has called on the ethics committee, even outside law enforcement to take action in response to this threat that he is going to kill his colleague. she has suggested that perhaps at least the republican party in congress, in the house might take action to, i don't know, do something in response to that. remove him from his committees? no sign that congressman gosar will face that punishment or anything like it for what he did in threatening to kill a fellow member of congress. if you are a republican who committed the grave crime of voting for a bill to fund road repairs and internet access to small towns, that grave crime is enough to potentially end your career in the republican party. that's the kind of sin you might actually pay for.
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today the investigation into the january 6 attack on the u.s. capitol produced another ten subpoenas. demanding records and documents and ultimately testimony from ten different people close to and who worked closely with former president trump around the time of the attack and leading up to it. the list includes trump's former white house press secretary mcenany, his body man, a weird term, but the guy who hired to carry the president's papers and physically move him around, point him toward the right door and stuff, that body man was johnny mcentee. hired as body man and when everybody else started quitting, trump put him in charge of white house personnel. he was subpoenaed today. jonathan karl's book, says
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mcentee was the deputy president of the united states, being deputy president to trump. in fact, running white house in the final weeks of the administration. he was hired to carry the papers and open the doors. the book describes him as playing a direct role, a previously unknown but reportedly direct role in pressuring vice president mike pence that he needed to subvert the count of the electoral votes and throw out the election results on january 6. mr. mcentee reportedly participated in that pressure campaign against mike pence directly. that was unknown before the book. it's unknown whether the january 6 committee wants to talk to him about that specifically. he did get subpoenaed today. vice president pence's national security advisor was subpoenaed as well as trump advisor stephen miller. he will be remembered in history for being the architect of the
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policy that arranged for the u.s. government to take little kids away from their moms and dads indefinitely. he has been subpoenaed to testify about his efforts to spread false information about the election results and to persuade states to overthrow those results and proclaim trum trump the winner. a number of other people who are accused of participated in that pressure campaign targeting republican controlled state legislatures in states that trump lost, telling length lay tors they should send electoral slates to washington as if trump won even though he lost. number of people who allegedly participated in those efforts. the white house deputy chief of staff. trump's person a the white house deputy chief of staff. trump's personl assistant. they got subpoenas today. each passing day, of course, is more proverbially pregnant with
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the question of whether the justice department is actually going to see to it that these subpoenas are enforced. the justice department is still currently mulling whether they're going to bring a prosecution, a contempt prosecution against any trump aides who defy the subpoenas. there was a criminal referral made to the u.s. justice department over steve bannon defying his subpoena from the january 6 investigation. the justice department has received that criminal referral. but they have not acted on it one way or the other. we don't know whether or not this investigation will effectively be allowed to proceed. more trump folks get subpoenas. six yesterday. ten today. they all upon receiving these subpoenas, they all decide whether or not they will comply with them. that justice department decision about whether or not steve bannon will be prosecuted for contempt, for defying that subpoena, that decision may well be determining in terms of whether this investigation actually really has the power to investigate anything.
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is this whole process optional for witnesses who don't feel like dealing with it? the justice department has been prosecuting people who went into the capitol, rioters, people who looted and broke stuff and hurt cops and people on january 6. arrested hundreds of people. those are working their way through the courts. the justice department appears to have done nothing in terms of the organizers of the january 6 event. the people who invited the january 6 rioters to come to washington. it would be wild. they were promoting this theory that mike pence could be pressured, could even be physically stopped from counting the electoral votes and that would undo the results. the justice department is letting that slide. they appear to not be investigating that. they're going for the foot soldiers. the people investigating the organizers are congress. this congressional committee.
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if all these trump folks start defying the subpoenas and say we consider this to be optional it will be up to the justice department to decide whether that gets prosecuted as contempt, whether the subpoenas are in fact going to be affectuated. that remains and that proceeds with each passing day as that investigation gets more intense. the questions become more and more fraught and more constitutionally pungent. the dance card in washington is full. here is something i want to show you on a lighter note. we have exclusively. this is going to start airing broadly tomorrow. there's significant ad buy behind it. you will likely see it circulating tomorrow. i say that with surprise, because to be honest, we had to triple check with the lawyers to see if we were even allowed to play this ad on tv. turns out, we are allowed to play it.
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i'm going to show it to you. it's coming out broadly tomorrow. we have it here exclusively tonight. it's not gory or swearing or upsetting or anything. it's a little edgy. i think that's the right word. see what you think. watch. >> is your democracy flaccid. trouble maintainin a strong coalition. tired of the parade of disappointing performances you might be one of the 330 million americans suffering from electile dysfunction. >> the debate gets hot and heated. >> when we are about to achieve a joint resolution, bam. >> total government shutdown. >> premature capitulation. >> maybe this will by different.
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>> it doesn't makeny feel good. >> it's embarrassing. >> fortunately, there's the freedom to vote act. >> what's the freedom to vote act? >> the freedom to vote act? >> the freedom to vote act ends your tired, saggy, flopping reaction. >> now my election is rock solid. it works everywhere. >> it works everywhere. >> it's safe. >> it used to take forever to find the location. to vote. >> with the ftva we have all day to get to the polls. >> it only takes two minutes. >> which i prefer, honestly. >> she really does. >> it's for democrat says healthy enough for electoral
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action. if you experience voting lines that last over four hours, call your senator. talk to your senator about the freedom to vote act and demand safer and more satisfying elections today. >> that's very well done. represent us is a good government group. they are anti-corruption. my favorite parts are the sad twizzler. i will never eat one again without laughing at it. i don't know if you noticed, but subtitles are funny. must be 18 years or older to vote. a peaceful transition of power is necessary.
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that one they don't read. runs across the bottom. side effects may include, civic satisfaction, ordinances established, faith renewed and post election clarity. talk to your representative if you are experiencing greased palms, dictators or other pre-existing conditions. you may not be healthy enough for passing the freedom to vote act. it's very good. going life tomorrow. trying to keep the pressure on to pass the freedom to vote act. to protect the freedom to vote. that said, the freedom to vote act is not going to pass. without democratic senator joe manchin, for example, deciding that it matters enough for him to make it happen. democrats in the senate would have to change filibuster. because republicans will not help them.
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they did just pass this infrastructure bill. check your local paper to see if your local member of congress helped or hurt that. it's a very big deal. now that they have done that, they actually have to do an impossible number of things over the next few days. by next week, they need to vote to fund the government. they need to vote to raise the debt ceiling. they need to vote to pass the must pass bill to fund the military. by the way, they need to pass through the house and senate the build back better bill. it's supposed to be infrastructure and the build back better bill together. the build back better bill is the big one. it's the home for the bulk of president biden's economic agenda. this is the bill that they were promised would pass. they were promised it would pass
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next week in exchange for their votes on infrastructure this past friday. how is that promise holding up? how likely is this all to come together in the end? joining us now is washington congresswoman jayapal. >> great to see you. >> what happened with the passage of this bill on friday? we have been talking for weeks if not months -- i think weeks about you wanting to pass -- you and the progressive caucus wanting to pass these together. one went without the other in exchange for a promise. how strong is that promise? >> well, first of all, five weeks ago there was no build back better bill. there was no negotiated agreement between the two senators that you mentioned, manchin and sinema and the white
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house and the house. there was no text. there was no vote to move the bill forward before the final vote at the end. as you know, the progressive caucus stood up strong, not once, but twice, to make sure that didn't -- that we didn't pass the infrastructure bill without the build back better bill. we made a tremendous amount of progress. what happened on friday is that we were all set to pass both bills. at the last minute, there were six democrats who said that they needed more fiscal information from the congressional budget office and that they needed a little bit more time. i will tell you, our members of the progressive caucus were so strong, they were willing to continue to hold it up. but we had a caucus-wide discussion. we decided that what we needed to do was to show momentum by passing the infrastructure bill but if and only if we got an absolute rock solid agreement
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from the six they would vote for this bill as soon as the congressional budget office got that information to them, but to later than next week. that is the agreement that we finally agreed to. i believe -- they made a commitment to me one on one. they made a written statement. they also made a commitment to the president that they did not believe that any information would change substantially electric what had been provided and we would pass the bill next week. negotiation is always tough. but there's a moment where you just have to decide whether it is going to get you close enough to what the original prize was. what was the original prize? it was to pass the build back better act through the house and to actually get universal childcare, universal pre-k, big of the investment in housing, a half a trillion dollar investment in taking on climate change, making sure we protect our immigrants. these are all the major things,
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health care, medicare expansion, lowering the cost of prescription drugs. these are in the build back better act. we will get it passed next week. that wouldn't have happened six weeks ago, five weeks ago, if the progressive caucus hadn't stood up strong to say, this is what we are going to do. no one left behind. >> those members who said they wouldn't vote until they got information about the cost, is their decision on whether or not to vote for it dependent on what the cbo says the cost is? if it says the cost is y instead of x, is that justification for them to not vote for bill and leave you sort of stranded? >> the really good news is that we got a lot of fiscal information from the joint committee on taxation and from the white house that actually mapped out and said, this is how much it costs, this is what the investments are, this is what the revenue will be. what they said is, we just want a few more tables from the cbo
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verifying this information that we got. what our written agreement says is that -- the written statement says as long as it turns out to be approximately ballpark what the white house has given us, that they will be fine. if there is a discrepancy, they will work to fix that. the president committed that if there was a discrepancy, he would work quickly with us to fix it and to make sure we raise the revenue. everyone i have talked -- i don't think we would have made this deal if we thought there was going to be a discrepancy. everyone we talked to said that the -- whatever the tables are that we are going to get are going to be the same as what the white house has represented the costs and revenue to be. i feel confident. let me say we asked the white house multiple times, are you sure that these numbers are going to match up?
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they did say, yes, we are very certain of that. i think we're going to be fine. i think that at the end of the day, sometimes you just need to make sure that you are not getting so stuck in your promise that you don't see that actually this is now a $2.1 trillion bill and we are going to have every single one but perhaps we will lose one, i'm not sure about one of the members, voting for this bill which means we get a very strong vote from across the democratic caucus on this bill to send to the senate. again, with all of our progressive priorities that we had articulated almost six months ago. >> washington congresswoman jayapal, still very much in the thick of this. in suspended animation between these two bills. thank you for helping us understand tonight. thanks very much. >> thank you. more ahead tonight. stay with us. more ahead tonight stay with us
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the call came into the vermont secretary of state's office on december 1, four weeks after election day last year. the man on the phone was fixated on one of the election conspiracy theories. this conspiracy theory that voting machines from dominion had been rigged to flip millions of votes from trump to biden. they had stolen the election. this caller to the vermont secretary of state was very, very, very angry about this conspiracy theory. i'm going to play you the audio of the voicemail that he left there. it's unpleasant. it's disturbing. it's a little scary. that's not the thing you want to hear right now, this is your chance to mute. we will play it. it lasts about 40 seconds. here it is.
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>> that was one of three threatening messages like that left for vermont election officials in november and december of last year. all left by the same man. we know that from reporting from reuters. state police in vermont determined that the number this guy was calling from was, quote,
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essentially untraceable. the reporters write, police didn't pursue a case on the grounds the caller didn't threaten a specific person or indicate an imminent plan to act. state police never spoke with the caller. reuters did. reporters connected with him in september on the phone number police had called untraceable in five conversations over four days spanning more than three hours. the man acknowledging threatening officials and described his thinking. they tracked down and interviewed nine different people responsible for making threatening communications targeting elections officials, six of them across four states. all of the nine people reuters tracked down owned up to having left the threats. most were unrepentant. this is a new piece of remarkable reporting from
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reuters. it's the latest in a series they have done highlighting the increasing extreme harassment and threats of violence at low level elections officials since last year's presidential election. in june, reuters published a report on the threats directed at workers. the headline on that episode in this series was, "trump-inspired death threats are terrorizing election workers." election officials and their families are living with threats of hanging, firing squad, torture and bomb blasts. the campaign of fear sparked by trump's voter fraud falsehoods threatens the u.s. electoral system. that was the first in the series. reuters is now documented nearly 800 intimidating messages to elections officials in 12 states, including more than 100 that legal experts say could
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warrant prosecution because they could put a reasonable person in fear of body harm or death. troublingly, this latest instance of reuters reporting on this issue, including the fact that law enforcement's response to this very widespread and intense campaign of intimidation has been anemic. the reporters decided that they would track down some of the callers themselves. in large part because the police seem to have never bothered. one part-time lyft driver in arizona became convinced that obama had packed ballot boxes with fake ballots from china. he left messages for arizona's secretary of state saying she would hang from a tree. a man left a voicemail telling
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the election director that he had better run because he would be hung or he would face firing squads. a 42-year-old night staffer who worked at a youth treatment center, he says his anger boiled over after he watched an event hosted by the my pillow guy. this man, the one who works at the youth treatment center, he messaged an election official and said, i know where you sleep, i see you sleeping, be afraid, be very afraid, i hope you die. that was sent by a real person who is traceable. reuters spoke with nine of these folks. all but one were happy to go on the record by name admitting, saying they believe they hadn't done anything. the elections officials deserve these threats. most of the people reuters spoke to, part of the reason they will so cocky is because there's been no consequences.
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most have never heard from the police about what they did. even though elections officials alerted law enforcement about the messages and forwarded them the information that reuters was able to use to find these people. for the vermont guy, the one whose voicemail we played, who reuters contacted on the phone number police said was untraceable, he said that thousands of fake ballot were cast in arizona. he referred to the dominion conspiracy theory. he said members of the media would be executed. perpetrators of election fraud would be sent to military prison. he started threatening the journalists. he left them a new threatening voicemail with the vermont secretary of state's office. he said some election staffers and the two reporters were, quote, about to get f-ing popped. he didn't say f-ing.
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you would think there must be some kind of investigation now after all the earlier calls from this guy and the police saying this guy is untraceable, reuters were able to trace him, even after they talked to him, he started up the threats again and started threatening the reporters as well. it's documented. reporters know who the guy is. they have been able to find him. no sense in which his phone was untraceable. vermont state police declined to investigate. the fbi won't say whether they are looking into it. the bureau did tell reuters it takes such acts seriously. they work with other law enforcement agencies to, quote, identify and stop any potential threats to public safety. and investigate any and all federal violations to the fullest. a nice general statement of purpose. this reporting from reuters, it's been a series over the last
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few months, one that will be an award-winning series, i'm sure. it has tipped over into the people who they have found who waged these campaigns of harassment and intimidation against elections officials. the folks have turned on the reporters as well. it seems in part because of their belief that they will never have any consequences for what they're doing. one of the reporters who broke this story will join us live here next. stay tuned for that. t. stay tuned for that. to help keep the gum sealed tight. parodontax active gum repair toothpaste is struggling to manage your type 2 diabetes knocking you out of your zone? lowering your a1c with once-weekly ozempic® can help you get back in it. oh, oh, oh, ozempic®! my zone... lowering my a1c, cv risk, and losing some weight... now, back to the game! ozempic® is proven to lower a1c. most people who took ozempic® reached an a1c under 7 and maintained it.
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a play in three acts. first, june. this groundbreaking and blood curdling piece from reuters. a few months later, this. u.s. election workers get little help from law enforcement as terror threats mount. now today, act three, reuters unmasks trump supporters who terrified u.s. election officials. law enforcement has taken little
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action as backers of trump aim threats at election officials. reuters tracked down nine of them. most were unrepentant. it's remarkable. these reporters tracked down and spoke to nine people responsible for quite acutely threatening communications delivered to six elections officials across four states. most of the nine people they made contact with didn't seem to care that they had been found in particular. most of them the cops never bothered to speak to. most of them are fairly unrepentant. it means there's nothing to top them from continuing to do this. joining us is jason zep who reported this story along with his colleague. thank you for joining us and congratulations on this reporting. >> thank you for having me. >> my sense from your reporting is that there hasn't been much
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law enforcement response to the threats to election officials, even when officials have documented them and handed everything over in a careful way. you outline this serious case in vermont where the state police seem to be completely disinterested. it seems like that's a pattern that you and your colleagues have been able to discover. >> yeah. it surprised us. first, it june, the doj launched a task force to gather election threats from across -- from secretary of state offices and local election offices across the country. we did the same thing. we went out and gathered threats from election officials across the country, particularly in the battleground states. we went through them. we looked at the severity of them. we gathered about 800. we looked at the severity of them. we narrowed down and doubled down around the most severe, the kind that legal experts said could be prosecuted in court.
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then we went out and set out to track down the people who were making the threats. we wanted to understand their motivation, try to understand their thinking. when we spoke to them, we were really surprised that none of them had any contact at all with law enforcement. >> in terms of the gentleman in vermont with whom you spoke, we played a voicemail he left. very threatening. you and your colleagues delay the way that state police explained why they didn't follow that up. specifically laid out in your reporting that the police said basically that they couldn't find him, they found that his phone number was untraceable and that they couldn't locate him. that seemed to be part of their initial explanation for why they weren't pursuing this, despite how threatening it was and haw alarmed the officials were
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whether they receiwhen they received these threats. did you do any magic wizardry to find this guy? do you know why the state police believed he was untraceable? >> you know, when we did the records question, this gave us the threats, the voicemails. with that, they gave us the phone number. we really -- all we did was call the number. the individual when we first contacted him, he was -- he hung up. he swore at us. then we called again and again and again. it was the second time that we called him he started opening up to us. then over the course of a number of days, we spoke with him in multiple interviews that went on for i think in total over three hours. we talked with him. got a sense of -- he wouldn't reveal his identity.
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but we got a good sense of what was driving him. he admitted to making the threats. at a certain point, as we discussed in the story, he turned on us as well. >> jason, thank you very much for your time tonight. you hope you and your colleague will keep reporting on this. i'm sorry it ended up with you two getting threatened by these folks as well. this is really crucially important reporting. nobody is doing it to the level of detail you are. it's a real service. thank you. >> thank you. >> we will be right back. stay with us. >> we will be right back stay with us ...is her reality. nexium 24hr stops acid before it starts, for all-day, all-night protection. can you imagine 24 hours without heartburn? feel stuck with alstudent loan debt?. (phone chimes) ♪ ♪ ♪ i jump up on the stage ♪ move your student loan debt to sofi. earn a $500 bonus when you refi...
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january 6th investigation that holds on to hold documents aiming to prevent the national archives from handing over trump documents to the investigation. the suit argued those documents were protected by executive privilege and must be shielded from the investigators. well, in reality, the person who actually gets to assert something is protected by executive privilege is not a former president but the current president and president biden's white house counsel office reviewed the documents in question and said no, these are not privileged at all, they can be given to the investigation. within the past few minutes, the federal judge issued her ruling on the lawsuit and rejected donald trump's attempt to shield these documents from the january 6th investigation in congress. the judge writes quote, the plaintiff does not acknowledge the deference owed and his
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position he may over ride the pressed will appears to be his executive power exists in perpetuity but presidents are not kings and plaintiff is not president. the judge writes in this ruling tonight it is well within the public's interest congress gets to review the documents. the court holds permitting the combined will of the legislative and executive branch to study the events and led to and occurred on january 6th and prevent such events from occurring again. again, this ruling says trump's assertion of privilege is bogus and there is a strong and legitimate public interest in the documents being given to the investigation and so they shall go. the documents requested by the investigation include white house call logs and draft documents prepared for trump, handwritten notes from his chief of staff also included in the request which i find very
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intriguing was supposedly an executive order that was drafted about election integrity, trump was going to try to issue some sort of executive order about the election. what was that? as was expected, trump has filed a notice he intends to appeal the ruling to the d.c. appeals court but barring any movement on that with this ruling from this judge tonight, all those documents, all the documents that the investigation is seeking are now expected to be turned over to the january 6th investigation by the end of this week. by friday. we'll see. we'll be right back. by friday. we'll see. we'll be rightac bk. cough cough sneeze sneeze... [ sneezing ] needs, plop plop fizz fizz. alka seltzer plus cold relief. dissolves quickly. instantly ready to start working. so you can bounce back fast with alka-seltzer plus. now available for fast sinus relief.
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that's going to do it for us now. recapping the news that just broke in the last 30 minutes. a federal judge ruled emphatically that former president donald trump cannot block the january 6th investigation from getting his white house documents and records around the january 6th attack on the capitol. he tried to assert executive privilege. the judge rejected that and he tried to claim the demand was over broad and unrelated to the public interest. the judge shot that down, as well. this ruling coming down just this hour. we will have more ahead undoubtedly but no time for "the last word" with lawrence o'donnell. >> i hope you'd take another 30 seconds so i could read another page. >> it's a well written ruling that reads like a novel. >> i started reading it on my phone as i was

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