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the russian citizen charged as acting as a secret agent to target the republican party. manafort's trial will start the following day on wednesday. so hydrate this weekend, right? eat your fiber. rest up. take good care. i will be spending part of my weekend in my own very special happy place with my friend joy reed. i will be with joy reed on a.m. joy. i hope i see you there. see you again on monday. i'll see you again tomorrow. then i'll see you on monday. now it is time for the last word. >> rachel, that's the stuff that we know about. let's not forget there is always breaking news and something pops up that we have no idea. rest, hydrate, sleep, drink a lot, whatever you got to do to get through the weekend to prepare yourself for next week. >> because the craziness never ends. >> it does not. >> america!
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>> have fun with joy tomorrow. >> thanks so much. i'm in for lawrence tonight. in this hour we're taking a special look of what may have been donald trump's worst week as president. the week started with the high stakes summit with vladimir putin and questions whether the russian president was making a secret recording of the meeting and ending with secret recordings of a much different variety. news of the president's fixer secretly recorded at least one conversation with his boss. tonight we will examine what the trump tapes could mean for the robert mueller probe and if the one tape actually might lead to criminal charges. also, this dramatic week has brought incredibly serious questions about putin's hold over president trump. a republican congress and former cia agent drawing the conclusion president putin is, in fact, manipulating the president of
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the united states. a republican congressman, i should say. and after this week, what about donald trm's hold on the republican party in general? has this week else uproar finally triggered what one trump supporter called the rising tide of trump regret. so much to talk about it tonight with our guests. and we start tonight with the trump tape or maybe it is trump tapes. fbi agents raided the home office and hotel room of donald trump's fixer michael cohen in april, a worried trump adviser told the washington post, quote, we heard he had proclivity to make tapes. now we're wondering who did he tape? today we got the answer when "the new york times" posted this headline. michael cohen secretly taped trump discussing payment to playboy model. president trump's long-time
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lawyer michael cohen secretly recorded a conversation with mr. trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former playboy model who said she had an afifair with mr. trump. the fbi seized the tapes during a raid on mr. cohen's office. that would seem to contradict trump's denial that he had any knowledge of the payment before the 2016 election that kept her from talking about her alleged yearlong affair with donald trump between 2006 and 2007. >> a source familiar with the president's legal strategy confirmed that the president did not know michael cohen was recording him on that tape and cnn reports, one source told them, when informed about the recording, trump said i can't believe michael would do this to me. donald trump's lawyer, rudy
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giuliani, clachled the recording is a good inning. he said it is powerful evidence. rudy giuliani says it is less than two minutes long and proves he did not know about the payment before his conversation with michael cohen. michael cohen's lawyer disagrees tweeting when the recording is heard, it will not hurt mr. cohen. any attempt at spin cannot change what is on the tape. >> amid is back and forth rachel maddow has just broken a major piece of news about the trump tape. we know michael cohen's lawyers have argued in court that some of the items seized should not be handed over to prosecutors because of attorney-client privilege. tonight, the vanity affair reporter told rachel this. >> one person familiar with the situation told me this evening that this was deemed privileged by the special master, but that
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the president's attorneys waived the privilege. i just spoke with rudy giuliani who said he wasn't sure if it was deemed privileged or not, but effectively they waived privilege today by speaking about what was on the tape. >> it is all very confusing and it raises bigger worries for the president. what if there are more tapes. what if robert mueller gets tapes and what would the recordings mean? a person familiar with the president's legal strategy told nbc news the president's legal team is not aware of any other quote, substantive tapes, but michael cohen's friends told me this. >> michael cohen recording calls, is this the only one? >> with donald trump? >> yeah. >> i doubt it. i think michael recorded a lot of calls. that is always something if you talked to michael there are people that would say don't go into michael's office. he might be recording everything. >> joining us is the attorney
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for stormy daniels. you tweeted this today. there is a reason why i use the term i did and demanded the release of the trump tapes as opposed to the trump tapes. now too much is at stake. michael, what other tapes are there? what else do you know about? >> there is multiple tapes and, you know, nearly two months ago i coined the phrase trump tapes on the steps of that courthouse, and i demanded their release. that was nearly two months ago. this is not the only recording between michael cohen and the president. i can assure you of that. there are multiple recordings and the problem for the president is that michael cohen will go down as one of the great horders of evidence in modern times. i mean, this is a guy that did not throw documents away. he kept text messages, e-mails, old cell phones, made it a point to record conversations unbeknownst to the other parties on the phone, all of which does
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not bode well for the president. >> how do you know there are more tapes? >> well, i know it the same way i have known everything that i have commented on other the last six months. my record is beyond -- >> how is that you have known everything? >> i'm active in the case. this is what i do for a live sglg you're not active in this case, though. >> i am representing my client in a whole host of cases. people share information with me. i'm the one that has broken a lot of information, in fact, most of the information in connection with these cases because i'm one of the few people willing to go on the record and speak publically about it. if i'm wrong about it, if there is only one tape, then let the other people involved in the case come forward and contradict me. you are not going to hear it. you are going to hear crickets. >> break something on this show tonight. what else do you have? >> i am not in a position to break something here tonight. two months ago i disclosed the fact these tapes existed and i demanded their release and now "the new york times" publishes
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this article today relating to the single recording. >> the washington post had it very early on that michael cohen had a tendency to record people. that was out there. i mean, you have posted pictures of a dvd. we have never found out what is on that dvd or cd. do you want to tell us what that is? >> hold on a minute. if people look at this, i have an exceptional track record relating to the information that i have disclosed in connection with this case. i have disclosed banking transactions. i have been the repository of information that has been forthcoming in connection with this case, period. >> who does this help, this tape? does this help michael cohen? could it help the president by distracting from the helsinki meet something. >> there is no question that it cuts against the president. evidently, he didn't even know he was being recorded in connection with this particular
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conversation. i think all of this cuts against him. i don't know ultimately whether it will assist michael cohen or not. i know that rudy giuliani's comments about it being else cull p tois nonsense. >> emily fox is reporting this because privileged, but that the president's team waived the privilege. does that make sense to you? >> i don't know what she means by that. it does not appear the privilege was waived prior to its release. i don't know ultimately whether it would have been found to be privileged, frankly, because i don't know that the communication was in the course of providing legal advice as opposed to some other advice. so i'm not exactly sure what she means by a waiver of the privilege unless what she's speaking about, katie, is the subsequent communications by
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rudy giuliani relating to the content, in which case there could have been a waiver. but at that point it occurs to me that the disclosure of the tape had already occurred. >> if it is in the public record now, does that mean the prosecutors will be able to use it? is it still privileged if we all know about it? >> no. generally you can't put the horse back in the barn or the geni back in the bottle. the privilege would be negated at that point and it would be fair game. >> are you sure you don't want to tell us anything else? >> not tonight. >> thank you. let's bring in jason johnson. also joining us is joyce vance. both are msnbc contributors. joyce, i do want to start with you. can you help us understand this idea that it could have been privileged and then waived and where that means this evidence stands now for prosecutors?
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>> so the context for this evidence coming to light was the search of michael cohen, which produced a lot of documentary evidence. and he was the first one to raise this idea that some of it was privileged because he was a lawyer and that trump as the client would have attorney-client privilege to atert, too. both trump and cohen's lawyers went through the documents and designated certain items as privilege. that was subject to review by a retired mag strait judge who the district judge brought in. the reason all of that background matters, katie, is because somehow we have shifted from this process where trump and cohen were asserting that these documents were protected by the attorney-client privilege to this point where we're told tonight, they decided we'll go ahead and waive it and put it out there even though the judge found in our favor. that doesn't really make sense to me. i feel like there must be
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something more here we don't know about yet. >> there may be a campaign finance issue with this, joyce. but at the very least, this does catch the president and his team in another lie. here was the original denial from the trump campaign spokeswoman when "the wall street journal" first reported the payment. we have no knowledge of any of this. she said her claim was totally untrue. this reporting from the times has this promonths before the election which means donald trump knew about it. they have it on tape. how many legal problems does this pose for the president for -- to be caught in another boldfaced lie? >> you know, legal problems will depend on whether or not there is all of the elements of this crime of campaign finance met. there is a lot of specific intent you would have to be able to prove as a prosecutor. it will depend in large part on transactions and very specific
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details. as for telling another lie about women, i almost think that this sort of a problem is already baked into the president's poll numbers and the reaction that his base has to him and they will shrug it off as just another woman and just another lie. >> politically speaking, is this a better topic for the president than the helsinki meet something. >> it is all problems for the president. his base thinks that he walks on gold and that he's magical and nothing he ever does is wrong and that obama is hiding in a closet recording all this information. but the rest of the country gets tired of it. the issue that trump has always had is whether it's russia, whether it is an affair, whether it is not draining the swamp, whether it is saying something offensive or racist or jailing children at the border of the united states, eventually it just makes americans think what is this guy actually doing? is he really lowering my taxes? that hurts the president with independence.
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that's where it is going to end up being an issue this fall. if independent voters think the republican party and trump aren't getting anything done, they will vote democratic and they will be part of the blue wave. >> what about michael cohen? it seems like he is more willing to talk to prosecutors than he was a few months ago. now he's telling al sharpton that his family comes first and being a patriot comes first. >> yeah, yeah. not going to jail comes first for michael cohen. it is amazing to me to watch so many of the members of trump's team realize what an unloyal and for worthless guy he is to try to take a bullet for him. people are saying, oh, yeah, he's dirty. michael cohen recognizes that donald trump will not help him or back him and he has to release whatever information it is that he can to get himself out of trouble. this is also important to remember with what giuliani said. the trump administration has
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consistently lied about information. every time there is a report from the u.s. senate committee in intelligence, trump says there is no collusion. giuliani says every bit of information, oh, this proves trump didn't do anything wrong. they're liars. if they are opening their mouths, this is something dangerous they are trying to spin. >> jason and joyce, thank you very much. coming up, what does this new tape of donald trump mean for the many investigations into the president's actions? and later, a republican member of congress from texas now says president trump is being manipulated by vladimir putin, and he's asking what america should do about it. i'm ray and i quit smoking with chantix. i tried cold turkey, i tried the patch. they didn't work for me. i didn't think anything was going to work for me until i tried chantix. chantix, along with support, helps you quit smoking. chantix reduced my urge to smoke. i needed that to quit. when you try to quit smoking,
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tamp down embarrassing news stories about trump in the 2016 election. as "the new york times" reports, prosecutors want to know whether that violated campaign finance laws and any conversation with mr. trump about those payments would be of keen interest to them. legal experts have told the washington post that michael cohen's recordings could be a gold mine for federal investigators. joining us now is harry lipman. and back with us joyce vance. a gold mine. could they potentially be that? >> yeah. first in general, tapes are always the strongest kind of evidence. to actually hear the president being contradicted from his public statements on tape really matter. but, look, here the crime is the cover-up. and in order to effectuate it, they needed other people to -- other people's help. and you can just ask yourself who was fooled?
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who was defrauded here. there is the federal election commission. there is the possibility of campaign finance problems. but also karen mcdoogle, certainly, was hood winked here my cohen, probably by her lawyer, probably with the knowledge or possibly with the knowledge of the president. it's possible there were banks that were used here and that cohen was not completely truthful to them. these could give rise to wire fraud and bank frauds charges and if there is an agreement here, there could be the possibility of conspiracy, including with the national inquirer and david pecker, who did this very remarkable thing of just smothering a story and telling karen mcdoogle she was going to have a writing contract really intending that the story never see the light of day. that's fraud and it is possibility criminal. >> so there is competing explanations right now about
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what is said on the tape. some people, rudy giuliani are saying that donald trump discussed cutting a check to pay for this, which would mean there is a paper trail. there are folks around michael cohen it is reported that is saying, no, that's michael cohen saying that and maybe they would buy it back from american media and david pecker. here is what giuliani told "the new york times." the men discussed a piemt from trump to ms. mcgoogle. later he said that mr. trump and mr. cohen had actually discussed buying the rights to her story from the even quirer, a move that would have reimbursed the newspaper for its payments to her. are there problems for her. if so, what are they? >> these tapes will speak for themselves. once prosecutors looked at them, prosecutors will know what they say and what they mean.
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and that's really all that matters here. we're seeing rudy giuliani coming out again in public like he has with many other developments in this case, trying to put a public spin on this, hoping perhaps to persuade the public so that if impeachment proceedings begin, they won't go very far. prosecutors don't care about any of that. they just care about the hard enough. and these tapes which have already been made say whatever they say. at some point the government will evaluate whether that is part of the evidence that they might use to prove a federal crime. perhaps they will ask mr. cohen to cooperate with the government and provide evidence. perhaps not. but this is already a decided issue. and what's so odd here is giuliani going out trying to make the evidence be something that it really isn't. >> we'll talk about that, harry. why is he trying to claim it is evidence? >> first of all, i totally agree with joyce.
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there is something we don't quite fully understand about the context here. it makes no sense they wanted this out. that they released it on a friday afternoon to somehow help him. there is more to come to the story there. but my surmise is when we actually get the transcript, there will be this minor detail in passing where trump says something about a check. by the way, we're supposed to think that's a good thing instead of using cash. like that's the big show of virtue. exactly. but my best guess is that that is a sort of stray detail that giuliani is reaching for now when we hear the transcript it will be tro the real block buster, which is trump's knowledge and the attempt to hush her up and that giuliani is trying to spin out this point about using a check. if he used a check, it is the same consultant's scheme as potentially comes up in stormy
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daniels. but we're told that they consider doing this but actually in the end no check, no cash, no payment was made. >> these payments to women, although, this is an sdny case, these payments to women have come up in mueller's questioning. they came up in questioning when mueller's team was interviewing him in front of a grand jury. joyce? >> yeah. well, here's one of the reasons that they could come up. this could all be part of a campaign finance sort of scenario and perhaps that could bleed over into mueller's investigation. but this all happened with karen after the access hollywood tape was released, probably at the most fragile point in trump's campaign there clearly would have been concern that another story like this coming from someone as incredible as her could have been more damaging if not fatal to the campaign. so this sort of evidentiary
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picture around these occurrences that tends to let credibility to the idea that these payments were being contemplated to influence the election, that's a very strong line of developing information. and there will be a question that will compare lel to e para. one could see how that would easily merge with some of the inquiry that mr. mueller has undertaken. >> thank you very much. and coming up, the president's very bad week began with the president fawning over vladimir putin. and now a republican member of congress thinks it is now time to act to protect the country. what about him? let's do it. ♪
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this right here may be the worst thing that happened during what may be trump's worst week ever. the dam is breaking. that is what a republican senate predicted the day after trump capitulated the day after the meeting with putin. >> it fells like the dam is breaking and i was glad to see people on both sides of the aisle condemning what happened yesterday. i am glad to see people speaking out forcefully. some have been doing it all along. but, look, yesterday was uncalled for, unacceptable. >> the dam he refers to is the solid line of defense from the republican party trump has been able to rely on so far. we are seeing more evidence of that dam breaking. now a republican from texas and a member of the house intelligence committee. he has written an op ed for "the
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new york times" saying trump is being manipulated by putin. what should he do? he says, quote, over the course of my career as an undercover officer in the cia, i saw russian intelligence manipulate many people. i never thought i would see the day when an american president would be one of them. specifically heard right, the president's failure to defend the united states intelligence communities unanimous conclusions of russian meddling in the 2016 election and condemn russian covert campaigns and his standing idol on the word stage while a russian dictator spouted lies confused many, but should concern all americans. by playing into vladimir putin's hands, the leader of the free world actively participated in a russian disinformation campaign that legitimized russian denial and weakened the credibility of the united states to both our
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friends and foes abroad. those are some pretty strong words from a member of the republican -- of the president's own party. and a former cia officer. and joining us now to talk about this is malcolm nance, counter terrorism and intelligence analyst and author of "the appellate to destroy democracy." that is a lot from congressman herd, malcolm. when you hear him say that, do you think he's going too far? >> no. i know will herd, and i have spoken with him before. he is a proud republican from texas. he is also a proud cia officer, former cia officer. he's been pretty much tracking along with the president for many things. so it was quite surprising to see that op ed. but you have to understand something. intelligence professionals and those who were formerly in the
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community, they work for a higher purpose. they work for the constitution of the united states. when they see something is wrong, they say that something is wrong. and will herd has finally seen enough. that was the president of the united states in helsinki technically embarrassing himself and making the united states almost a junior partner to an ex-kgb officer. for a cia officer who has seen how they do their duties, that had to be painful. >> it is not just will herd or bob corker that said the dam is breaking, it is donald trump's own intelligence community. listen to what dan coats as dni said to andrea mitchell about that first trump-putin meeting on monday, just yesterday. >> you're right. i don't know what happened in that meeting. i think as time goes by and the president has already mentioned some things that happened in that meeting, i think we will
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learn more. but that is the president's prerogative. he had asked me how that ought to be conducted, i would have suggested a different way. but that's not my role. that's not my job. so it is what it is. >> and malcolm, as you know, that's just one part of that interview. later in the interview, she broke the news to him, to the dni that donald trump invited putin to washington. are you seeing a difference in the way that people like dan coats are willing to speak so publically about how their blunt assessment of what the president is doing? >> well, no. in fact, we have seen dan coats and others speak out. but what we consider speaking out is them just speaking the truth which is the mandate of their job. i mean, we have seen director ray of the fbi state things exactly as they are, that the russians are active in these
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operations and they won't take back any of their assessments. dan coats, miake pompeo is the same. but what we're seeing now is a different context. we are seeing it with the president of the united states literally almost -- let me retract that. almost groveling at the feet of vladimir putin. and now these professionals are finally saying, hey, wait a minute, all that stuff they have been saying for the last two years that's suspicious is starting to look suspicious to us. if you look at trump's base, they don't believe a word of it. many of them, if you go to some of the more extreme places like breitbart and other places, they think whatever the president says is great. >> and how dangerous is that? >> it is extremely dangerous because we have to live in a grounded reality. and the men and women of the intelligence community and law enforcement in the united states, their job as part of the civil service is to give us that reality. and if we have a third of the
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population who flat-out no longer believe the news media, no longer believe anyone except one man that we are in an extremely dangerous situation. and i wrote about this extensively in my book that this is a manipulation that the russians were well aware of, that they planned, they strat y strategized and manage to hack one-third of the american public. it is a war victory without firing a shot. >> it is not just dan coats. it is rod rosenstein. it is fbi director christopher wrey. if you have a president that when he tried to walk it back this faith he didn't have in the intelligence community, he not only tried to change one word but then he said i have total faith in my intelligence community that russia meddled. oh, it could be other people also. so who knows? malco malcolm, thank you so much.
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he just said it is not russia. i will say this. i don't see any reason why it would be. >> well, the president tried to walk back these comments the next day. the damage had already been done. as much as trump insists he has never colluded with the russian government, the events of this week led some republicans to question the president's approach to foreign policy. his corruption and aversion to telling the truth. senate john mccain offered harsh criticism, calling it one of the most disgraceful performances by an american president in history. and they rebuked trump for considering forming michael mcfall and others over to putin for questioning. this week has taken a toll on trump supporters as well with just under 100 days until the midterm elections. in a piece for salon, a serving member and a state republican
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party organization said i have had it. there is some blank -- i won't say the word, but you can guess what is it. i will not eat. i am done apologizing for donald j. trump. done. he went on to right this sudden skepticism and those i talked to has its roots in trump's performance, which was either a gross display of international domination or something more sinister. >> president trump's approval rating has suffered after the events of this week. according to a new poll, only 44% of likely voters approve of president trump's job performance, compared to 55% that disapprove. and in more bad news, four democrats, democrats are in a light advantage going into the midterm elections. a new poll of the congressional ballot shows 45% of voters backed the democratic candidate. 37% backed the republican. four million new voters will be eligible this november and
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let me be totally clear in saying that, and i have said this many times, i accept our intelligence community's conclusion that russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place. could be other people also. there's a lot of people out there. >> there's a lot of people out there indeed. joining us now, the white house correspondent for the pbs news hour and an independent presidential candidate in 2016. he was a former cia operative and co-founder of standup
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republic. a lot of people out there, guys. but not a lot of people the intelligence community is determined to have attack our elections. they just came up with one, and that was russia. what i find so interesting is that bob corker said the dam is breaking. while i think that might be going a little too far from what we have seen so far, we are seeing some republicans we don't normally see coming out and distances themselves or criticizing the president. take peter king, for instance, peter king has been very fawning about the president of late, most especially. think about what he said to fox news after that putin-trump summit. >> first of all, to take the word of a former kgb agent and a liar like putin over dan coats, a dedicated patriot who is appointed by the president himself, to me and to do that on a world stage is to me indefensible. >> it is not just peter king or jeff flake or the democrats that
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say that. it is also mike turner, a republican from ohio. listen to this. >> i think what's important, though, in this is that we really wanted our president at this time because of the nerve agent attack that's happened in london, the invasion of ukraine, the meddling in u.s. elections, the indictment by the u.s. department of justice to stand up for president putin and to make very strong statements. >> when the american president does it it weakens us over all. >> why this? why now? >> i think president trump's inability to strongly say that russia meddled in the election, followed in the orders and following the orders of president putin has really put republicans in a position where they are motivated to push back on the president in a way that nothing else has. i know we're talking about this being the worst week the president had, but let's remember there was a family separation week where he was
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separating hundreds of children, small children from their families and had to change the policy because it was so terrible. then you had charlottesville where he was saying that nazis who killed a young woman were on the same moral playing field as protesters there to protest racism. there is this idea that republicans have watched this president do all sorts of things. but because he is siding with someone who literally ordered the elections to be hacked and for political opponents of the president to be hacked that this was the thing that republicans could not take mainly because there is the onptics where vladimir putin was smiling and smirking most of the time. >> evan, what do you think? >> look, i think that this is going to cause an incremental shift or weakening of trump's support base. but if we're looking for a great shift or a great weakening of that base, i just don't think
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we're going to see it. i sort of look at this situation of much like the access hollywood tape where it's so egregious and so terrible that members of congress, for example, have to come out and say something. but within a couple of weeks they have they say wlook, i'm doing this because it it needs to be done. but i'm also thinking about ree lection and i'm not going to be able to keep doing it. his support base, just one thing, the support base h it republican party is still 71 to 79% supportive of the way he's handling russia, which is incredible. that's lower than his approval rating with the party. >> i think we forget just how bard r bad the access hollywood tape was. 50 current republican law makers said they weren't going to vote for him or they just not going
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to vote at all. but do we make too much out of just the donald trump supporters? afterall, he won with very narrow margins in tea koubties because of independents and some soft democratss who wanted to take a chance on something new. >> the soft democrats are gone the independents aren't really feeling don kald trump. this is why he got 46/47 of them dropping out, deciding not to run again. donald trump has no coat tails. republicanss still like him. they think he's great, interesting, acomplishing things. but that does not trickle down to republicans. whenever donald trump blows his nose, everybody gets a cold. it's only his worst week until
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his next worst week and it's just going to be a political groundhog day for republicans and they're going to be in trouble. >> will it? or will it be like he has a stain on his shirt and he's just stained his entire shirt with more mustered and ketchup to the point where you say wow, that shirt's supposed to look like that. >> i think the fact that he's throwing issue after issue on the wall and some of them are are sticking but they're not all sticking, shows you that he has this methed to overwhelm the news cycle, democrats. to overwhelm political appointments in republicans. that nothing is really sticking to him. he calls himself had it stable genius. if there is anything politically genius, is that he does so much that people forget how he works. . >> advisorer to mccain and
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romney wrote an opedtitled "how i missed barack obama." which is crazy for somebody like max boot to write that. you mention obama's mandel a aspeech over the week. "it can be depressing to thing it about our current predicament under a president whose loyalty to america is suspect but whose racism and kpeen phobia -- and obama's speech gave me optimism. can you believe it was so recently that we had a president whom we could disagree without ever doubting his fitness to lead. we can have one again. >> you think back to the presidents we've had in the past and their policy disagreements from one side to the other. no one is perfect.
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but we've had presidents where we haven't had to wonder if they're actually to the country. i think what was made clear to most people who are following this is that we do have a presidents now who is not fit within that framework. this is a president who in my view and in the view of many now i think is accurately not a loyal -- is not performing his duties in a loyal way, if i can be diplomatic and say it that way. but that is the situation we're in and i pray to god we get back to a situation in which no matter what party controls the white house we trust their leadership. >> this week's performance made it it perfectly reasonable to ask does russia have compromise on donald trump? guys, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> thank you.
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time for tonight's last word on this crazy week which goes to the late night comedian. >> so just to recap trump blamed for aggression, took putin's side on election meddling, attacked hillary clinton with putin standing next to him and
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said putin was strong and powerful. can you imagine what their private meeting was like. >> i accept the intelligence community's conclusion that russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place. could be other people also. there's a lot of people out there. >> no. no. you shanked even that. you either accept it it was russia or say it could be other people. you can't do both. i donald, take you melania to be my lawfully wedded wife, although i could take other people too. there's a lot of people out there. >> trump said he wanted to have a second meeting with him. he said there were things they didn't get around to screwing up in the first one. much worse. >> everybody around trump has spent their entire week trying to put distance between trump and putin.
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so this whole sorted thing could be behind us and they could go back to the people's business of caging toddlers. >> that is tonight's last word. "the 11th hour with bryan williams" starts right now. tonight trump on tape. the new york times breaks a story discussing a payment to a former playboy model. the question tonight who wanted this throughout and why also this evening. 18 months into it it. it it may include the damaging single week in the presidency. it's because of what happened in helsinki and we hear the experts who have determined something once unthinkable. and it took going somewhere else to make the world seem a bit smaller. we'll see what happened on a night just like this one that changed the world forever as "the 11th hour kwaetsz gets underway on a friday night. goodng