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stolen. that is essentially been the litmus test. but i truly think that a lot of people have moved on. michelle goldberg, greg blue, seen thank you both. that is all in on this tuesday night, the rachel model shows right now, good evening rachel. >> good evening, chris. thanks my friend. much appreciated. thank you all for joining us this hour. happy to have you here. it's been an intense news day. president biden, today, use the word genocide for the first time to describe vladimir putin's aims in his war in ukraine. that is a hefty charge for an american president to make. but president biden said that today. the head of usaid, the head of the country's most eloquent, a diplomatic heavyweights, samantha power, is going to be here live tonight as our guest to talk about that and more. today, the lieutenant governor of new york state resigned after he was arrested this morning and charged with multiple felony --
from this morning of the new york city subway. but he is apparently listed as the person who rented this u-haul vehicle which the nypd recovered in brooklyn earlier tonight. a key for that u-haul rental was apparently found at the scene of the shooting. again, this man, frank james, is apparently the person who rented that vehicle. again, he is only described as a person of interest at this time. they are not describing him explicitly as a suspect. then why pd is asking anybody with knowledge of his whereabouts to please come forward with that information. the nypd is also said that this man, mr. james, made some concerning posts on social media prior to the attack, posts that were about new york city. some of which apparently focus on new york city's mayor, eric adams. we don't know exactly what he said about the mare, but his remarks about the mayor were described as concerning and the nypd responded to the comments on social media by the man
described as a portion of interest, they have, they said, tighten demers security detail tonight out of caution. eric adams will join us live in just a moment. but as i said, this is still a very live investigation. a shooter still at large, there's still a lot we do not know. weber told by police and by reporting from the scene is that it was just before a 20 4 am this morning. it was manhattan bound subway train in brooklyn, just before the train was about to enter a station at 36 street in the neighborhood of sunset park, brooklyn. an individual who is on board the train, put on with the nypd appeared to be what was a gas mask. the suspect then tossed to smoke grenades which filled the train car would smoke. to senior law officials told msnbc that those bags and the contents are believed to be tied to the suspect. you can see some of what appears to be fireworks there, these bags contain more smoke grenades that were not
detonated, commercial grade fireworks and some fuses. again, these are thought to be linked to the suspect, they were recovered at the scene. according to police after he put on a gas mask and he threw those smoke grenades, the suspect then started shooting. he fired a glock semiautomatic handgun at least 33 times. 33 times, because 33 discharge shell casings were found at the scene, along with a nine millimeter pistol which appears to have gems and high capacity magazines, including one that was inserted in the gun when they found it. you can see from the cell phone video during the attack that during the shooting the door between cars, you see the car -- the door in the distance there at the end of the car, it appears to have been locked. but the door to get out of the car was also locked, it trap the people you see here close to the shooter and the smoke.
it's horrifying to think about. the new york city fire department hired the emergency medical response this morning, 23 people were injured, ten of those people were shot. 13 or otherwise injured including by smoke inhalation and various other injuries. amazingly, nobodies injuries are considered life-threatening from this attack, which is just astonishing given what we have seen from the scene. and why you like in hospital says that 16 patients they treated related to this attack have been discharged already. they have five patients remaining in their care who they say are in stable condition. new york presbyterian say that they are still treating three people from the attack. they are all considered to be in stable condition. again, it's a miracle that nobody's injuries from this attack are considered to be life-threatening. the police say they have not started investigating this incident as an act of terrorism, they say they do not have any indication about potential
motivations for the shooter. they say they are not -- they don't have any information, they don't have enough information to ascribe any sort of motive. regardless of the motive, this act definitely did terrorize the people of new york today. joining us now is new york city mayor eric adams. he joins us live from gracie mansion. mister mayor, thank you so much for making time to be here, i know this is an intense time. >> thank you, rachel. and you are right, although we have not made an official determination of the motive of these horrific act, it's clear that there was a intention to bring terror into our subway system, and terrorize the lives of those new yorkers who are just carrying out their daily business in the city. and we will catch this person, as i stated this person this morning, and i want to thank the competition for cities state federal agencies that are
collaborating, information sharing, and zooming in on it. >> within the past couple of hours, we have had the police named a person of interest that they have identified, it's a 62-year-old man who apparently rented this u-haul vehicle into philadelphia. he has addresses in philadelphia and wisconsin. it's not known if he has any link to new york. but they also described that he may have made social media postings including some that were concerning postings about you. can you tell us -- can you shed any further light on that if you know anything about the suspect or about his connection to the case, his potential threats to yourself, mister mayor? >> this moment, we have an investigation, this young and you -- there are two goals here that we do not want to interfere with. number one is to apprehend him and that is why the police department made the decision to release a name and an image because he is a person of interest.
number two, not to danger the prosecution if this is the person, we do not want to do anything and release evidence or information that is going to hurt the prosecution of the person responsible for the shootings. it is crucial to us that we move at a very methodical level, the police department is excellent in carrying out this function. so at this time, all the information at the police department released is something that they want public, and the rest, they want to hold on to to make sure this person is apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. >> mister mayor, i think that one of the things that went through a lot of people's minds who know new york city enough to know about the neighborhood in which this happened, particularly because of hate crimes, particularly because of anti asian hate crimes, this neighborhood, where this happen, sunset park is a heavily immigrant neighborhood, large asian population, a lot of other immigrant populations in
that neighborhood. as you know, brooklyn is perhaps the most ethnically and nationally racially diverse place in the entire world. is there any indication, or can you tell us anything, anywhere is this might have been ethnically motivated, might have been a target of hate crime, or hate motivated attack? i think people surmise that that might be a possibility given the location of this, but we don't have anything to go on. >> one thing about this city is, it's difficult to go into any neighborhood that you're not gonna find a level of diversity. particularly in brooklyn. as a former brooklyn -- it was a number that i often talked about, 47% a brooklyn speak another in language other than english at home. this is something that you will see all over new york city for those who are not familiar with the city. we do not see any evident, thus far, of that -- that the perpetrator was attempting to flee carry out his act based on immigrant
population. again, this investigation is new. and we are going to be thorough to look at all possibilities to determine exactly what motivated this sick act on innocent people. >> are you frustrated, mister mayor, that there does not appear to have been any surveillance footage from the station, that there doesn't seem to appear any working surveillance cameras at the site of the shooting? we also know that there are no transit police officers in the station where this happened. those factors, obviously, are a hindrance to the investigation. they may have been a hindrance to stopping the crime before it got as bad as it did. are you frustrated by those factors, that have emerged today since the crime happened? >> no, there's no level of frustration that has settled in. we are communicating with the mta who the agency is in charge of the camera's. we are communicating with them
to identify what happened, what are the sole purposes for having cameras in the subway system is to identify acts like this, and we are getting to a point -- they have been extremely cooperative. the transit police personnel, they have been very covering the system. since january 6th to this weekend, we have conducted over 265,000 subways inspections, complementing the patrol, and having also done inspections. really zooming in on -- assuring the omnipresence the best needed throughout the entire system. >> new york city mayor, eric adams. mister mayor, first, i know that you are in isolation at gracie mentioned because your recent covid diagnosis. we wish you the best, you see well sir, and i hope that you are well, and recover quickly.
i'm good luck with the investigation as they intend to find this person of interest and solve this crime. thank you, sir. >> thank you. >> all right. as i mentioned there at the top, the basics are that the new york police have identified a person of interest, not a suspect, but a person of interest in conjunction with this mass shooting on a new york city subway. ten people were shot, more than a dozen other people injured in other ways in this attack. they are searching for the perpetrator still tonight. we will get you more information on this as we know more. obviously, and alive and developing situation like this, you never know when developments are going to arise, but we will let you know when we have them. in the meantime, we have a lot to get here to tonight. as i mentioned, the director of usaid, samantha power, one of the nations eloquent, long-standing, we're in terms of being hard nosed about human rights and war crimes and the threat of genocide, samantha power, one of the nation's most
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calm, authoritative voice with no snark, and no attitude, and everybody agreed, it was just the facts. that's as far as it went. you hear that kind of facile cliché about what the news used to be. here too. you hear very smart people this are that that was true, that the media and the good old days, can we just go back to that? the problem with that is that if you actually go back and listen to what the news was like, in the good old days, it blows that thesis out of the water almost instantly. take for example the dripping sarcasm in this news reel from the a four mentioned good old days. >> peaceful finland, that just a northern country of lakes and fjords, of sailing ships and summer bathing beaches, has been invaded and bombed. long crisis of apparently if you're telling negotiation with moscow ended with an attack of overwhelming power. the reason for this, the soviet,
the nation of some 18 million, has been threatened by the for millions in finland. the huge russian air force, probably the biggest in the world, fears for its very existence. and the red feet is no doubt being menaced by finland's three votes. but are the real facts? >> the good old days of voice of god authoritative news with no snark, right? the massive russian navy -- what does he say? greatly menaced by finland's two or three warships. the 180 million soviet people, gravely threatened by the 4 million people who live in finland. the gigantic soviet army, the largest air force in the world, threatened to its core by the tiny nation next door, a nation that didn't have any air force at all. that was a 1939 british news real. just dripping with sarcasm. as to why on earth the soviet union felt like it could convince anybody that the
reason it needed to invade the neighboring nation of finland was because it was a threat to it, when obviously finland was no threat. i mean, the soviet union, it just like what putin is claiming about right now, the soviet union claim that they were in mortal danger from the much, much smaller country on the border. a country that was doing nothing at all to menace its much larger neighbor to the east. just like what putin is saying about ukraine, the eu soviet union said the same thing about finland in 1939. but the soviet army didn't bag finland, in late 1939. and it appears that their plan was to topple the government in finland. just in a matter of few days. they thought it would not be hard. the soviet military went in by land, by sea, and by air. they used about 100,000 troops, which was huge. their military just dwarfed the military force that the fans had to defend themselves. and their plan was their soviet
union but basically just take finland. and stall their own puppet, pro soviet government, or maybe just even just annex finland, make fun of part of the ussr. erase it as a sovereign country. again, they didn't think that it would be hard. they think it would take a few days. it did not work that way. the fins, in 1939, fought them off furiously. i mean, at the time, there were 4 million -- less than 4 million people in finland. 180 million people in the soviet union. and proportionate militaries to those populations. the fans were outnumbered, they were wildly outgunned. but they were also resourceful, they were fighting on their home turf, and there were more motivated than you could possibly imagine. they were defending their homes. that was called the winter war. it started when the soviets invaded in late 1939. i'm sure stalin thought his forces would be home for the new year. instead, it stretched on into
1940. the fins were this remarkable white winter come flush. they fought on skis and snowshoes. and they just cut down the invading soviet forces. finland, in fact, didn't have its own air force. at all. but they still managed to shoot down dozens of soviet air planes. one famous battle in central finland, it was 6000 finished troops versus more than 20,000 soviet troops. and the fence just rounded them. despite it being outnumbered to such a massive extent. the soviets suffered huge casualties. hundreds of thousands of casualties ultimately. in their finland invasion. the western world was shocked. the western world have thought that the soviets would've won in just a few days to. when the soviets thought that. everyone else looking in thought that. when the fence put up this unexpected and incredibly effective resistance, they
became a cause celeb all over the united states. even though the government didn't send them as much practical help as much they wanted, we still cheered them on. in the end, although it didn't go the way he expected to in the beginning, stalin regrouped, he sent in not another hundred thousand soviet troops, but more like half 1 million soviet troops to get the job done. the population of finland was less than 4 million people in the whole country. stumbling had to fund send in half 1 million troops to finish the invasion in the end. but the fans still fought. they held their ground for weeks, even after the half million soviet troops arrived in that second wave of the invasion. the fans were able to hold on, ultimately, for more than 100 days. and in the end, it didn't. the finnish government was not toppled. they negotiated a peace with the soviets. and then negotiated settlement was bad for finland, but it was nowhere near as bad as what
stalin had intended for when he invaded in the first place. he thought he would run roughshod over the place. and the negotiation settlement of the winter war, finland did have to seat about 10% of its territory to the soviets, which is bad. but, they state finland. they kept their independence as a nation. they kept their sovereignty, they kept their way of government. the even got to keep their army. they got to stay who they are. and they also never forgot it. and that history is here to help now. that history is newly relevant now. not just because it echoes. not just because the fins holding off the soviet invading force feels like history, cheering from 83 years back for the ukrainians today holding off the russian invading forces. i mean it's prevalent today not only because of those historical echoes. it's also directly evident because finland has not stopped
preparing for russia to invade them again. and because russia invaded ukraine, support has spiked in finland and also in neighboring sweden. for those two countries to now join nato. they never wanted to before. but now they do. one of the million different contradictory justifications putin's given to why he needed to invade ukraine, when you often hear pirated in this country apologizing for biden, is this idea that putin felt cramped by nato. too many countries to the west of russia had join nato, they were too close to russian borders. so he had to invade ukraine to ensure that ukraine would never join nato. he's met this case that the reason for the war, one reason for this invasion, is that putin can stand the feeling of having any nato countries right up against russia's borders. well, congratulations, mr. putin. guess what you got for invading ukraine? even a finland alone joins nato, you will just norm then double
the russian border with nato countries. well done. sweden's ruling party, the social democrats, have always been against sweden joining nato, as has the sweetest public. but now both the swedish public and that ruling party in sweden have changed their minds. russia's adventures in invading ukraine have shown, without a doubt, that putin feels free to invade his neighbor's that are not nato countries. so and make sure -- it makes sense that russia's neighbors want to join nato to protect themselves. it's, reading the social democratic party put out a statement yesterday that said, quote, when russia invaded ukraine, sweden security position changed fundamentally. so even though they have always been opposed to sweden joining nato, they are now expected to favorite and the swedish government is expected to decide on applying for nato membership as soon as the summer. even sooner than that. it seems like finland is going
to make its request to join. and nato will say yes when these countries ask. one recent poll in finland shows that even though, just a couple of years ago, a majority of the finished public did not want their country to join nato, since putin invaded ukraine, they are sure in favor of it now. they are 68% in favor of joining it, and that is -- if the finish government studies the issue and decides to recommend it. next, week the finish government is going to present a security review on this issue to their parliament. a recent survey of members of the finish parliament says that of the 200 mps, they have the 200 members of parliament, 194 are in favor of nato -- finna joining nato. that's 194 in favor, six against. which means the finish government is going to recommend that they join nato. and the finish public is going to support them. and it is going to pass.
and it is going to pass soon, apparently. a former prime minister of finland tells the afp this week that it is a foregone conclusion that finland will request nato membership, and the requests will happen within the next few weeks. it will happen in time for the next nato summit in june. now, russia has responded by threatening that there's going to be consequences of that happens. consequences, including military consequences, if tunisians join nato. but these aren't just two countries. particularly finland. since the winter war in 1940, finland has been getting ready for those kinds of threats from this country that invaded them before. and at least now is implicitly threatening that they might do it again. finland is actually remarkably ready for those threats. in finland, the country maintain secure stockpiles of at least a six month supply of all major food grains, things like oats, and wheat, they also maintain a six month stockpile
of all major fuel supplies. they require all pharmaceutical companies and finland to keep secure stockpiles of several months worth of all major imported drugs. every building above a certain size and finland is required to have a bomb shelter. that is on top of a national plan that repurposes underground parking garage, ice rinks, and pools into civilian shelters in the event of an invasion. and the country's capital, in helsinki, they have built 10 million square meters of underground space, underneath helsinki proper. it includes -- it's not just like shelters and subway stations. it's an art museum, and a church, and a huge swimming complex, and amal, and a go carting track! you know, you might need it! a huge drinking water reservoir. all underground, all beneath the capital city of helsinki. for safety. one former defense minister newfoundland telling the
financial times this week how, quote, detailed planning is in place for how to handle an invasion, including the deployment of fighter jets to remote roads around the country, the laying of mines in key shipping lanes, the preparation of land defenses such as blowing up bridges. he says, quote, all armed forces headquarters are located in hillsides under 30 to 40 meters of granite. so they are ready. and here we have russia failing in ukraine. they thought they would run roughshod over ukraine, they thought they would take kyiv within days. they thought they would decapitate the ukrainian government and take over the country in less than a week. it is now 47 thing days after this, there continue to pound away having failed in all of their efforts thus far. their new efforts or that they are trying to kill as many civilians as possible, trying to destroy as much civilian infrastructure in the country as they can while trying to
salvage something that they can tell their own people was them. at one level, this is all supposedly because putin is so sensitive about having nato get so close to russia's borders. in the next few weeks, it is very likely that russia is about to get a new country in nato with which it shares an 830 mile long border. finland is a country that humiliated the soviet union. in wartime before. finland spent the subsequent 80 plus years making themselves phenomenally resilient for any future russian threat and preparing to repulse the next russian attack, which they fully fully expect. how is that going to work out? and again, this is gonna come to fruition, this is all gonna come to a head within the next few weeks. united states is the leading military force in nato. how should the united states be preparing for these eventuality?
today, the united states president for the first time said that would putin is trying to do in ukraine's commit genocide against the ukrainian people. it means that he has accused vladimir putin of trying to wipe out the ukrainian people as a people. that is a huge statement from the american president, especially because that kind of determination from the u.s. government brings with it some very serious responsibilities to respond. last night, we reported here the russian opposition figure volodymyr kara-murza had been arrested in russia after doing an interview with ali velshi here on almost nbc, and another with cnn about the russian war in ukraine. as of last night, as we reported, vladimir cormorants's whereabouts were unknown. today, the authorities say they are holding him for a 15 days for disobeying police commands. many people expecting to see him and 15 days, but that is what the russian authorities are saying they're going to do. today, is the second day since
unconfirmed reports surfaced in ukraine that russian forces had used a chemical of some come and then attack on ukrainian forces and civilians in the city of mariupol. those reports remain unconfirmed today, but even those unconfirmed reports are prompting new questions for the united states and other allies of ukraine hostilities wants will be of those reports are confirmed. or if russia otherwise does make some sort of moved to start using chemical or biological agents as their traditional military efforts. again, they have failed. samantha power started her career as a journalist and a war correspondent. she won the pulitzer prize for their reporting on genocide, which he called a problem from hell. she then became a senior adviser to candidate obama, and then president obama. present a bomb of the names where america's ambassador to the united nations. samantha power now serves president biden as the head of you as a i.d., which is the part of the u.s. government that administer simply either
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president biden speaking this afternoon. it's the first time he's use that word, genocide, describe the war in ukraine. the president of the united states calling something a genocide is a big deal. last, year he may remember president biden making huge headlines when he became the first u.s. president to recognize the armenian genocide more than a century after it happened one of the people who's been intimately involved in those kind of decisions about those kind of important issues is samantha power. in 2002, she wrote a pulitzer prize-winning book called a problem from, how america on the age of genocide. by 2013, president biden named her the ambassador to the united nations when president biden took office, he shows or to lead u.s. a i.d.. which is the part of the u.s. government against assistance this woman populations who need help overseas. samantha power, and that role, who's just returned from her third trip to the ukrainian border since the war started. she was just and moldova and
slovakia where she's been assisting with the ongoing refugee crisis on the ground there. she joins us live now. madam administrator, thank you for being here, it's nice to see you >> good to see you, rachel. >> so, president biden did use the word genocide when describing the situation in ukraine. use that word for the first time today. on to get your perspective on what that means for u.s. president to use that word. does that change the u.s. posture in this conflict? does it change our perceives responsibilities? >> well, let me just say that from the beginning of the war, we've seen two things extraordinary brutality, and i say that somebody as you said to a studied mass atrocities and genocide overtime. i don't think i was capable of being shocked by the actions of violent, brutal, leaders, and their coldness to human life.
but, even though we warned that a lot of this was coming when you see mothers digging their sons out of wells, or you see bodies being burned to hide evidence, or just destroy the will of families who have to watch it happen, it is searing what is happening. it is grotesque, and horrific. at the same time, from the very beginning of the war, in part because putin projected at least some of his intentions in terms of launching the military invasion and being willing to target civilians and leaders and journalists and professionals, we've been working with the ukrainians to help documents the atrocities on the, way we started on the women we they began hitting residential areas and hospitals and the like. so, in terms of the formal legal determination, inevitably that's going to occur.
courtroom, or throw an elaborate legal process, we gather testimonies, combined with intelligence where we can show intend to destroy a national ethnic or religious group. in this case, and national group of the president said. that will come, but i think with the president is speaking to is what we all see in their own eyes, is that it is intentionally trying to wipe out ukrainians because they are ukrainians. and i think that was why the determination by him most maids. but he was the first to say, look, we have a process, we're building toward the un commission inquiry that's been setup. the international come renal court has announced its opening an investigation. so there will be plenty of venues together. everything on place. and went through this. but the facts of what we see every day, and above all, but their gains are experiencing every day at this point. >> given the overall point of this war vladimir putin, the invasion itself, the shifting
justifications he's given. explanations is given of why he's doing what he's doing, and the way he's carried out, do you honestly think that he cares about being accused of war crimes? that he sees any realistic threat of being held accountable for some type of warfare that might be described as criminal, as opposed to the war itself which arguably as criminal as a whole? it feels like almost an academic determination at this point, especially for a dictator who doesn't ever plan on leaving power. >> you know, it's a fair question, for sure. because we see the kind of culture of impunity that he's embedded themself and for a very long time. and we see the long table and the yes men and the sycophants, and anybody who raises a voice of dissent, but they're on tv, or in his inner circle, we don't see them again. so, i hear you. but i just offer a personal
reflection on that question, which is, i got my start in bosnia as a kid reporter documenting some of these crimes on the ground. not with an eye to legal determinations, but just as a simple freelance worker correspondent. and i can say, having interacted with the big guys at that time, the brutal war criminals of the time. e names that people aren't talking about anymore. they carried themselves in the same way. they sat at those long tables. they cut people off the air who offered dissenting views. they only surround themselves with eastman, oh you're so smart, you're so, this year so that. and i never dreamed that history would turn. and that these three individuals would end up in the hague, north of the victims of their atrocities. so it isn't to say that inevitably history will repeat
itself, but it is to say that history is long and sadly, this war every day that it goes on, seven weeks, every day that the circle of economic consequences combined with the prospect of the sort of democrats in the legal sense judicial accountability sense. every day that that doesn't impact putin's calculus in the here and now is one day too many. so, we all understand that, but i think that just because he's out a long table now and looking like he's standing immune to the consequences of this brutality, i think that could prove shortsighted. >> oh let me ask you about what we just heard from the ukrainian military. i know that you came back from the moldova from -- the ukrainian military this we gave and non usual warning about mulled about, they believe that russia may be able to do something in moldova that they're going to blame on ukraine. to justify russia expanding the
war and invading that country too. basically they are warning that russia's looking for a fake justification to expand the war in neighboring countries. what do you make of the threat that putin doesn't plan on containing this in ukraine, despite the damage he's done there? >> again, one would never wish to underestimate either putin's brutality or the counterproductive decisions that he will make to setback his own war effort. he hasn't handled this well and created a theater when his troops are not managing in the theater that they are in, committing atrocities. you can't rule that out. but i will tell you the same thing i told the moldovan president and president biden, and everyone on the team, at this point, we see no evidence of plans of that nature. and we are watching very
carefully if you are moldovan, and you're in a small country of under 3 million people, already part of your country has been occupied by russian forces, unjustly, your sovereignty has been undermined. you should know your led by an amazing pair of female president and prime minister to technocrat anti corruption, reformers who want to integrate melvin to europe, putin haze that, of course. and they have taken great strides to fight oligarchs and corruption, putin hates that too. so there's a jitteriness, understandably, in moldova. and we can't rule anything like that out given that putin clearly has ambitions to recreate some world that no longer exists anymore and to impede progress toward european integration for young people and others who want the democratic rule of law that so many of us cherish.
can't rule it out, not seeing it at the moment, certainly work with the moldovan government right now is aimed, focusing on their economic security and stability because they have lost export markets, import markets, they're fuel prices are up 360% since the war started. this is a government that is doing all the right things and already the impact of this war, while on a part of any new military dimension to it is really jeopardizing an incredibly important journey that they are on toward democratic progress. >> >> samantha power, ahead of the units -- former ambassador to the united nations. it's amazing you took your time to be here, especially with the intensity of your work here. thank you for being here. >> of course. thank you, rachel. >> we have more news ahead tonight is. stay with us. stay with us “you have cancer.”
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