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yes!! and once in a lifetime moments. two tickets to nascar! yes! find rewards like these and so many more in the xfinity app. good evening. thanks for joining us. when the house january 6th select committee reconvenes tomorrow afternoon, the focus will be on pressure mike pence may have been under from the former president to do his bidding on january 6th. we begin with a new photo of him from that day under immediate threat from the mob calling for
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his hanging. the photo was obtained by abc news. it was taken in his ceremonial office just moments after he and his family were evacuated from the senate chamber, according to abc. along with the former vice president, you see his brother, congressman greg pence, his daughter charlotte and his wife karen who is closing the curtains. according to abc, the photo was taken after the attackers had already taken the capitol, some of them chanting "hang mike pence." this comes a day before the select committee is to focus on mike pence weighing in on whether some in the january 6th crowd were aided by tours they got from house members. the allegation there were reconnaissance tours is not, repeat not yet substantiated. but today the committee released a video of the tour of the capital georgia republican congressman barry lauder milk gave on the 5th of january. in the video, one man is seen snapping pictures of security checkpoints, staircases and hallways, which in the words of
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bennie thompson are not typical of interest to tourists. this comes just two days after the chief of capitol police said in a letter to republican lawmakers, and i'm quoting now from that letter, we do not consider any of the activities we observed as suspicious. congressman lauder milk referred to the letter when asked about it today. >> there is nothing there. the there is nothing suspicious. when visitors come, they take pictures. >> in moments we'll be joined by a former police officer who was badly injured in the january 6th attack for his thoughts. first, though, i want to play you another clip from the committee from january 6th. the voice you hear the committee says was the one on congressman l lauder milk's tour taking the photographs. >> there is no scape, pelosi, schumer. nadler. we're coming for you. we're coming in like white on
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rice for pelosi, nadler, schumer. even you, aoc. we're coming to take you out. we'll pull you out by your hairs. >> congressman loudermilk who has refused to meet with the committee says he does not know that man who, again, the committee says is the same one who is taking the photos in question. when asked by cnn about him, congressman loudermilk said he was taking photos of the trains that run beneath the capitol, a golden eagle sconce in the stairwell. he did not, however, address the part we just showed of a man photographing a security checkpoint. and we should add that the committee has not provided evidence that he entered the capitol on the 6th, only that he was in the crowd marching toward the capitol. nor has the committee explicitly accused the congressman of lead a regular con sans tour. it did voluntarily answer questions about what's seen on the video. joining us former d.c. police officer mike fanone, who
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defended the capitol on january 6th and was badly hurt. we just saw this video of congressman loudermilk giving a day before the insurrection. as you know, the capitol police are now saying there is no evidence he led a reconnaissance tour with trump supporters. i'm wondering what your view is of this? >> anderson, i read the letter that was manger, and i found it incredibly irresponsible. to me the letter reeked of outside pressure. in the insurrection on january 6th. the lead investigative agency is the fbi and the department of justice. so at the very least the expectation would be they would defer any questions to the fbi and the department of justice. but they didn't do that, they chose to answer. when i went through it line by line, it looks to me like chief manger was engaging in a game of
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semantics. you know, he first refers to the fact they didn't enter the capitol building when in fact they entered the capitol complex. the canon and the long worth house buildings are connected to the capitol building. the fact that you have an individual who's being guided by a representative of congress who's photographing infrastructure, things like stairwells, hallways, and security checkpoints, i mean, that absolutely is suspicious activity. it's suspicious activity on january 5th and on january 6th knowing what we know now, it's alarming. it just doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever and i think it was an embarrassing misstep in a line of missteps by capitol police.
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command staff. >> we also have seen this video purportedly in which you'll hear one of the men on the tour outside of the capitol walking toward the capitol during the attack shouting threats to speaker pelosi, talking about pulling them out by their hairs as well as other lawmakers. the foot -- i mean, he's also just taking photos of weird places. i mean, a stairwell. the congressman says there's a golden eagle somewhere in the stairwell, but the stairwell, the security checkpoints, it seems odd photographs to be taking. >> agreed. i mean, like i said, it's absolutely suspicious behavior. it most certainly warranted some type of investigative follow-up and then again knowing what we know now, that one of these individuals who was pictured there as part of this group was then seen on january 6th making threats against members of congress, brandishing a, you know, homemade weapon, a spear
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at the end of a flag pole, i mean, had i been a beat cop, i would have arrested that individual for threats. whether or not it gets prosecuted, i don't know, but you know, is that probable cause? hell, yes, it is. >> congressman loudermilk denied knowing the man which contradicts the congressman's earlier statements. how do you think capitol police reached -- you don't think that -- i mean, you said you think this letter that there was influence on it. why would that be? >> i mean, listen, you know, u.s. capitol police has the very difficult job of being a police department and in charge of the physical security of the united states capitol and interacting with politicians on both sides of the political aisle at a time when our politics are extremely polarized. i don't envy chief manger's job,
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but he's the one that took it. so, you know, he has a responsibility to, you know, not engage in any type of partisanship and to me that's what this letter reeked of. >> michael fanone, thank you. >> thank you. the house select committee says tomorrow's installment of their january 6th hearings will focus on what committee vice chair liz cheney called the former president's relentless effort to pressure former vice president pence, being seen here being hustled to safety, to refuse to count electoral votes. committee aides telling cnn how the former president drove that pressure campaign despite being told by white house lawyers that the former vice president did not have the authority to unilaterally subvert the election results. joining us now pete aguilar who will be handling much of the questioning tomorrow. congressman, i appreciate you joining us. congressman, i want to ask you about a question from "the washington post." it says your committee, quote,
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obtained email correspondence from virginia ginny thomas and lawyer john eastman who played a key role in efforts to block the certification of president biden's victory, and that the emails show that thomas' efforts to overturn the election were more extensive than previously known, end quote. can you confirm that? >> no, i'm not going to talk about specific individuals, but what i can tell you generally is that the metric that we used when we solicit more information from individuals is a standard barometer as to what they have to share with the committee, whether it's relevant to the committee work, and so that's the metric by which we reach out and talk to individuals about january 6th and the lead up to that. >> before we move on, i do want to ask one more question on this. this "washington post" report says the committee members are debating whether or not to spend time on ginny thomas on her role or alleged role in any attempt
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to overturn the 2020 election. do you believe the committee should spend time on her? >> well, the committee will devote a lot of time to the hearings as well as to continued investigative efforts and conversations with people who know information, including the letter that we re-sent to barry loudermilk that you talked about previously. the committee won't be shy about seeking additional information from people that have information relevant to the investigation. we're not talking about specifics, but these hearings are pretty well firm and locked in and we look forward to piecing this puzzle together for the american public and sharing what we know to date. >> so the capitol police investigated this tour by congressman loudermilk, or they released a letter yesterday that concluded we do not consider any of the activities we observed as suspicious. i'm wondering why the committee released this video now? do you have anymore evidence you're planning on presenting regarding this tour or the
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persons in it? >> well, i think it was important to release that information because chief manger offered a letter that i think was incredibly ill-timed and clearly didn't have as much information as the committee had gathered. so we felt it was important to release that information, but more importantly, to resend that letter to congressman loudermilk. my colleague on the house administration committee. anderson, it's been frustrating to follow the story here. first they said there were no tours. there were no maga hats. they were very upset about that. clearly we know there were tours, there were maga hats. i'm not sure what to believe when republicans in congress are talking about tours on january 5th. >> why do you think the capitol police issued that letter? do you think they're flat out wrong about their conclusion at >> well, i have respect for all of the men and women of the u.s. capitol police.
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i'm entrusted with my colleagues in the house committee to provide oversight to them. but i do have more questions about the timing of this letter and the conclusions that they gathered and whether they had automatic of the information that we have when they issued this letter. >> lastly on congressman loudermilk, in regards to the committee asking him to testify, he told cnn today, quote, they never sent me a letter asking me, never called me. is that accurate? >> i don't believe that's accurate. multiple members of congress. ureceived letters. as members of congress we receive letters all the time. i guess we could always say someone received the letter and didn't see it buff i don't think that negates the fact that his office was deliver and received the letter. >> so you're saying his office was sent a letter? >> my understanding is his office was sent the letter. >> congressman aguilar, appreciate your time tonight. thank you. >> thank you. coming up next, the fiance and mother of one of two americans who volunteered to train people and fight in
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i'm investing in my dog's health and happiness. ♪ get started at new development in russia's attack in ukraine. families of two americans who went to ukraine to aid in fight tonight say their loved ones have been missing for weeks, and may have been captured by the russians. alexander john robert druke was andrew nguyen were last seen june 9th. the ukrainian unit they were with was fighting in a town outside of kharkiv where the fighting has been intense. they both went missing during a battle and search missions failed to find any remains. the russian social media channel says they have captured the two men. that has not been confirmed. the white house says they're aware of the reports but can't confirm them. joining me now for an exclusive interview, fiance and the
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mother of jean-robert druke. joy, what do you know about when and where your fiance andy and bunny's son alexander were last seen? >> as far as i know, it was thursday. i think that was the 9th. and it was during an operation in the kharkiv region of ukraine near a town i think it's called izbitske. i could be pronouncing that incorrectly. it's around there. >> bunny, both your son and andy are military veterans. did alexander talk to you about why he wanted to go to travel to ukraine and fight? >> oh, yes. we talked about it for about a month before he made the final decision. he felt very strongly. he -- first, he's one of the most loyal americans you would ever hope to meet and he was proud to serve his country. he said, mom, i really need to go and help fight in ukraine.
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because if putin is not stopped there, he's not going to be satisfied. he'll become emboldened and eventually americans will be threatened and he needs to be stopped now. alex didn't go to fight. he said, i have the skills to help train ukrainian soldiers and help them learn how to use the weapons that america was sending over there. >> joy, when was the last time you spoke with andy? >> it was also a text message on june 8th. we had been kind of having a normal conversation, a little bit about food and then he told me he loved me very much and that he would be unavailable for two to three days. >> did he talk to you about what he had been experiencing so far? >> i think he was trying not to worry me so he didn't really tell me when he was doing things like that. all i knew is when he was joining and things like that. >> bunny, i understand you've
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been in contact with the u.s. embassy. if you can, what are they telling you about where alexander and andy might be? >> they are telling me that they are doing everything possible to locate them, that they had nothing verified yet and for me to -- for joy and me to remain encouraged and know that they are doing things behind the scenes day and night, 24/7. they're going to find them. >> joy, you're being told the same thing? >> pretty much. i haven't had direct phone conversations with the embassy but all of the official channels i've gone through have pretty much said the same thing. they've all been very supportive and very helpful and they're all taking it really seriously and i really appreciate it. >> bunny, how are you holding up? >> well, i'm trying to remain strong and calm because getting upset won't help alex at all.
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but hearing joy for the first time, this is difficult because -- because i feel for her. most of the time i'm really strong because that's what alex would want. >> you're both really strong. i know this is impossibly hard. joy, you and andy are engaged. what do you want people to know about him? >> he's just so strong and he has such a big heart. he didn't go there for selfish reasons or anything. he really had this gnawing at his heart and this big burden on him to go and serve the people however he can. and, just, i know it's not a great situation, but i'm still very proud of him. i just want to see him back safely. >> bunny, is there anything else
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you want people to know? >> i want everyone to know first of all if they're together, andy and alex, we don't want one to come home without the other. they were best buddies there and we want everybody to remember that it's not just one person there. and the second thing is for them to know that it was not -- alex did not go there as a representative of the u.s. military, he went there as a civilian with military training. he went there on his own. he was not sent there by our government. >> joy, anything else you want to say? >> andy, too. what she just said as well. he went there to volunteer. and he wasn't -- he wasn't -- he knew he wasn't doing what was easy but he was doing what was right and what he truly felt called by the lord to do and he just -- sorry. >> joy and bunny, i'm so sorry for what you both are going
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three weeks to the day since a gunman took 21 lives at robb elementary school in uvalde, texas, three weeks and a day, but still no questions to questions why police did not storm the classroom with an active shooter inside and students calling 911 pleading for help. i want you to meet one of the fathers. jackie casares. her dad was one of the people outside the school begging police to go in. javier, in the three weeks since your daughter, jackie, was killed at robb elementary, you said you want to hold people accountable for their actions on that day. after all the changing stories from public officials and all the stuff families like yours still don't know, we don't know, do you trust what's being said publicly about the law enforcement response that day?
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>> it's been really aggravating. no, i don't believe anything they have too say at this moment. i mean, it's sad to say but, no, i don't trust anybody. >> that day, that horrific day, you were at the school. you argued with the authorities outside saying they should go in. you said law enforcement didn't do their jobs, they should have gone in faster. do you still believe that? >> 100%. yeah, they should have gone in as soon as they heard gunshots, you know? the point where i was at, you know, i was a good 45 yards away and i heard three or four gunshots at that time. all they did was move back, move back, do your job, go in. what are you fighting us for? go do your job. and that was the thing. it's sad to say. they didn't go in like they said they did. they painted a pretty picture at the press conference with
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governor abbott. they said they went in swift and took this gunman out and that was totally false. and being there, i saw it all. not just me, a lot of the parents there saw it firsthand. they didn't do what they said they did. >> some of those gunshots that you heard i'm assuming were the gunshots that took place not in the initial minutes after the gunman got into the classroom, it was in the more than hour -- in the hour or so -- 45 minutes to an hour that the gunman was in there. there was still shooting -- according to the police there was still shooting going on throughout all that time. >> yes, sir. i roughly estimated around 12, 15 around that area. not 100% accurate but from the time i arrived to when i was there at the school, i heard it. that's when they started -- not physically pushing us back but holding us back. that was around 12:15, 12:20.
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more or less, you know. like i said, don't quote me on that exactly, but it was in that area. no, they didn't go in like they said they went in. >> uvalde unified school police chief pete arredondo, he hadn't spoken to anybody. he said he was going to wait for the families to stop grieving, in his words. he finally spoke to the texas tribune about his actions that day. some of what he said he left his police radios behind on purpose, he felt they were slowing down. he didn't believe he was the commander in charge. even though that's what texas officials called him. the reason he waited they couldn't find the right key to the door to gain access. when you heard what he's saying now, i'm wondering what you thought of that? >> the first part was he said, you know, he was going to do whatever he could after we quit grieving. that's not going to happen. we can't quit grieving. our babies are dead. they're gone. there's no way to stop grieving. so that, again, is b.s. we can't stop.
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as far as him saying, you know, he left his -- for -- he left his radio out there, that's total lack of tactics for one. when do you see military men going in and out of combat without no coms. if that's the case, there would be friendly fire all the time. that could have been clipped on. they have these other type of radios where you clip on and have the wire. there's different ways. he could have had that and put it down before breach. there's no excuse for that, no excuse. >> your daughter jackie, she would have had her 10th birthday last week. i understand you're told she still had a pulse when law enforcement finally did go inside. do you believe -- and this is a hard question to ask. but do you think a faster response would have made a difference for jackie?
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>> in her -- as far as talking about jaclyn, no. i mean, she did -- my baby was fine for a while, yes, but that wouldn't have made a difference. i mean, i think it would have taken a miracle just where she was shot and it was a pretty bad area. as far as other people, you know, other victims, you know, they could have had a fighting chance if they would have gone in a lot sooner. >> why do you think more people aren't speaking out like you are, more families? because there is a sense that, you know, there's a lot of people in the community, a tight knit community, a lot of law enforcement families in the community. why do you think more people aren't at least speaking out about their concerns? >> my opinion, you know, uvalde, a close knit community. there's a lot of hush hush. what happens with the school,
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the school things that happened. even the police department, they tend to cover their behinds on certain things. and i'm not the only one. i wish more people would say it, speak up, you know? i'm not the one to stay silent. i'm hoping people will come up. whether they're afraid of losing their jobs, having the type of backlash. you know, i'm okay with having that target on my back, you know? i'm not afraid of them. i'm fighting for my daughter and for the rest of the families, you know, babies that were killed. the two teachers. my voice will be spoken. my little daughter's name is going to be remembered. if they're afraid of talking, i'll talk for them. >> jackie's teacher is still in the hospital recovering from his wounds. he called law enforcement some cowards for waiting 77 minutes to go inside. what do you think of that? >> that's 100% true and then some. you know, they should have done
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their jobs. you know, they -- you know, for whatever reasons, you know, they held back whether it had been orders or just being afraid. you know, i mean, i don't know. yeah, honestly i do think they were cowards. they had more than one way to go in. you know, there's -- there was 19 guys in the hallway. did they bother to go into the other door. you have 30 feet of windows. was there anybody on that side tactically that should have been there seeing what's happening? they asked for a sniper. the sniper didn't get there until 30 minutes later. the lack of training, the lack of courage. that was -- i submit that. i didn't see none of that. yeah. cowards, yes, they were. i believe so. >> tomorrow the state investigative committee into the shooting at robb elementary,
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they're meeting uvalde in law enforcement and meeting with law enforcement and witnesses that day. do you think you will ever hear the full truth at what happened? do you think there will be a minute-by-minute, second-by-second account by authorities? >> the way uvalde is, no. i'm hoping somebody else, i don't think so. whether it be texas rangers or fbi, those are the ones i feel will speak out. uvalde won't. i'm hoping -- >> i'm so sorry for your loss, javier. >> appreciate that. appreciate your time and speaking with us. much appreciated. like i said, i'm doing this for my daughter and all the other victims, you know, because their voices have to be heard. >> javier, thank you. we'll continue to be in touch. thank you. >> thank you, sir. coming up, two house republicans both from south carolina fighting for their political survival. both angered the former president with the votes they took in the wake of the january 6th riot.
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as the january 6th committee does its work, the party that supports the lie that the 2020 election was stolen is gaining a hold on tuesday's primary contest. big wins for the backers of the former president. including defeat of one of the ten republican house members who voted to impeach. harry enten, our favorite and only senior data reporter joins us now. so how bad did congressman rice lose, or badly i guess. >> how badly did he lose? look, i failed seven grammar quizes in eighth grade. forget it. look, i don't know about you, but my friends are spreadsheets and coke zero. we decided to do a little work earlier and we went in and i believe we've found something historical. tom rice getting less than 25% of the vote was the worst for an incumbent in a primary this entire century. >> really? >> really. really. it was really the worst. the closest was i think william
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jefferson in louisiana in 2008. >> when you say this century, you're talking about this century and the last century? >> no, i'm talking about the 21st century. >> okay. >> this century. >> yes, yes, yes, yes. >> william jefferson who was a convicted felon or was going to be, but tom rice by far basically the worst performance for an incumbent. now this isn't really surprising to me, right? if you look at the polling and say should republicans -- you ask them, should the party be accepting of those who voted to impeach donald trump? the vast majority say, no, this party should not. and this i think is the result you essentially see which is rice going down to a truly historic defeat. >> so let's go to wyoming and congresswoman cheney. how do things look for her? >> if you watched south carolina, not particularly good. >> was that your south carolina good? >> i don't know. anything that's off of new york. sometimes i sound like i'm from minnesota. i say chicago.
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that's also an accent. i play around with it. whatever. >> i say manhattan because i can't say two ts together. button, manhattan. >> i say some things strangely. sometimes i can't say quinnipiac university. any event, on cheney, if you go over to wyoming, look at her disapproval rating. essentially what you see, it has doubled, more than doubled, gone up by 40 points before she voted to impeach donald trump to after voting to impeach donald trump. >> that is amazing. >> the betting odds, whether or not she'll win re-election, only a 10% chance she'll win. according to the betting markets at this point. >> given the political dynasty she's from, the roots in the state, that's incredible. >> it's incredibly low. it just shows the power of trump. circumstances that an indication of how prevalent those beliefs are, the beliefs on the big lie are in the republican party? >> absolutely. the vast majority of republicans believe this garbage that is the
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big lie. we've seen it in poll after poll after poll. more than 60% believe that the election was a fraud, which obviously we know is not the case. and if you look at the elections that have been held so far this year, who are the gop nominating? they're nominating a ton of people who tried to undermine the 202010 election both for congress and in state legislative races in key states like texas, in pennsylvania and north carolina. so to me, donald trump, the power of trump is very much in the republican party right now. >> harry enten, i appreciate. >> i think i made the slides pretty clear. my girlfriend will be very proud of me. thank you. >> former campaign strategist to the former president and david axelrod who served as senior adviser to president obama. david axlerod, if you were advising congresswoman cheney in her campaign and you had until august, what would you be recommending they do? is there anything? >> well, honestly, every time she speaks at these hearings she's probably making her task
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even more difficult. i think the one hope they have is that democrats reregister and cross over in record numbers to support her. honestly, you heard harry's over caffeinated analysis, but accurate one. she's in a world of hurt and no sensible person in politics would bet on her renomination at this point. >> david urban. it's fascinating to me, just her story being now rejected by her own party, the party of her father was loyal to for decades for refusing to go along with this idea that the election was stolen. >> so, anderson, just remember, right? republican primaries are dominated just like democratic primaries are dominated by activists in the party, right? so there are a very small
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number -- not a small number, i shouldn't say a small number but a very vocal number of republican primary voters who embrace this and are out there fervently supporting of the opponents of congressman rice and congresswoman cheney in these matters. but, you know, look at the states like in pennsylvania, in past states where there are multiple candidates running. for example, in pennsylvania, the governor, the republican governor's nominee there couldn't get the majority of the votes still amongst the republican primary voters. i wouldn't go too far and say all republicans believe this. there is a strong portion of it. that believes very strongly. >> let me just show you the graphic here. do you believe -- the question was asked, do you believe joe biden won the 2020 election? only 30% said fair and square. 61% would say due to voter fraud. >> i don't buy that analysis.
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that doesn't mean they buy into everything president trump is saying and they don't believe he is the duly elected president and on and on. look, rice got blown out, as harry said, unprecedented. i don't know who those 10% of people that are going to bet for cheney's reelection. she's toast. it's over. it's no small miracle that any of these people stayed in the run of the ten that voted for impeachment. they all got smoked. nancy mace hung on because she was in a very different district last night. she didn't vote for impeachment. she voted just to certify the election. if you crossed the president on this one, i think you're going down. there was no doubt. >> david axelrod, how big a concern is this, should this be to everybody that people who believe the election was fraudulent, who believe the lies that the former president is telling are now running to be in positions where they will oversee elections in their states?
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>> listen, i think this is a hugely important issue. just last night in nevada, we saw a candidate for secretary of state win, and he ran on the platform that the election was stolen. he is amplifying those lies and essentially signaling he would govern the election process there with those conspiracy theories in mind. and we're seeing that replicated in many other battleground states. in arizona, wisconsin, in michigan. in pennsylvania the gubernatorial candidate that dave mentions has the ability to appoint the secretary of state, and he is the most vociferous trafficker of the big lie, maybe in american politics. and by the way, you know, while david says he represents the fringes of the republican party or the activist base of the republican party, there was a poll out today that showed him running within four points of the democratic nominee. this is a huge problem.
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>> david irvin, does it concern you? the same question i asked axlerod. >> of course it does, anderson. we want -- i think everybody believes in election integrity. we all want election integrity. you know, what does that mean? in pennsylvania, right, i participated in this recount, right? when you get down to the county levels you see just how our elections are run. i don't think there's nefarious activity. actors here. it's more politics is messy. government is messy. it doesn't work as nicely as you'd like to see it happen. i think there are lots of things we can do to improve our elections. people deserve when they go to the polls -- >> be there is not widespread voter fraud? >> no, no. i agree with you 100%. but what are we doing that people in america believe this? why do people think that they can -- why -- they go to their atm and deposit their paychecks without pause, but they're afraid to vote on a machine? something is going on in america. we need to get to the bottom of it so that people feel they're
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comfortable going to vote. >> right. but the president of the united states is now telling people that their atms are out to screw them and is lying to them. >> exactly. >> it makes a difference. >> you don't have to be sherlock holmes on this one. you don't have to be sherlock holmes on this one, dave. the president's told him this, and he has made it stick. and it is now a pandemic of mistrust within the republican party. and it's infecting our elections right now. >> we need the republicans to show up. we need the republicans to vote by absentee. we noeed all the people to turn 80 like we saw in that georgia senate election. when the president causes us to discard, it corpses the election. >> thank you. thousands of visitors forced out of yellowstone national park. details ahead. ruby's a1c is down with rybelsus®. my a1c wasn't at goal, now i'm down with rybelsus®. mom's a1c is down with rybelsus®. (♪ ♪)
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extreme temperatures put nearly 100 million in america under heat warnings and advisories. extreme flooding is tearing up one of america's greatest national great parks, yellowstone. bridges, roads, homes being washed away, as you see right
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there, one of the most popular tourist destinations. parts of the park could be closed for the season. nick watt joins us from gardner, montana. what are we learning about how long these closures in yellowstone could last? >> reporter: anderson, the good news is the southern part of the park might open to some visitors maybe next week. officials are just trying to figure out how they avoid that part of the park just being overwhelmed by tourists. the north, it's a very different story. it is going to be the entire summer, probably longer, before the gate here opens. >> that is insane. >> reporter: this was a home for park employees obliterated by the yellowstone river, as was the one and only road in from
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the north entrance. the oldest national park on earth is now closed. >> i've heard this a thousand-year event, whatever that means. these days they seem to be happening more and more frequently. >> reporter: bridges washed out, houses washed away, others balanced on the brink. julia vargas jones shot these exclusive pictures from a helicopter carrying out a law enforcement shift change in the park has to be by air when there isn't a road left. >> a lot of the roads and access points to these communities have been cut off. so, the sheriff's office is also taking this opportunity to take a look at what needs to be repaired. >> reporter: the montana national guard has rescued nearly 100 people. all this caused by an unusual late heavy snowfall, then unusually high temperatures melting that snow, plus a lot of rain combining to cut off this gem of the american west. more than 2 million acres, 1,000 miles of trails, 500 geysers,
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bears, birds. as much as three months worth of water barrelled down this valley in three days, breaking record high river levels set over 100 years ago. overwhelming infrastructure built for what was normal last century not for the extreme and unpredictable that is becoming normal in this. for the benefit and enjoyment of the people, says the grand old gate, not right now. this northern entrance likely will not open again this summer because that one road in will take months to fix. >> there's nobody here. there's one hotel that's actually shutting down, told all its employees to go home. >> you were booked. >> we were booked. we were booked solid for a year. we were booked for a year. >> reporter: gardner, gateway to the park, now a ghost town, probably will be for months. >> it's a yellowstone town, and it lives and dies by tourism. >> reporter: there should be more than 10,000 people in the
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park on a summer's day. today just a few hikers left in the back country. and all this might not be over. there's still 12 inches of snow pack up there and high temperatures are forecast for the weekend. more snow might melt, and the yellowstone river might rise again. so, just in the past few seconds, we've seen portions of that bank fall into the river. the owners of that house, we know are concerned that they are very, very close to the water. now, anderson, the u.s. geological survey basically predicted last year that this would happen. they published a report saying that there will be increased precipitation here. there will be earlier snow melt. and that is going to continue, they say, for the foreseeable future. >> wow. >> for decades. anderson? >> incredible images what's happening there. nick watt, appreciate it. thanks. on the eve of the third public committee hearing
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