tv The 11th Hour With Brian Williams MSNBC August 16, 2018 1:00am-2:00am PDT
>> tonight anything to change from omarosa's recording. rudy giuliani tells the washington post he's almost finished his rebuttal on a potential subpoena fight and the trump's legal team is ready to go to the supreme court. just hours away now in the case of paul manafort, the first big test of the mueller era as "the 11th hour" gets away. day 583 of the trump administration. today we saw the rare hybrid in the short history of this white house. a big shiny object, a giant political attraction distracting
the attention away from omarosa's book. an action under lining the subject. today president trump evoke the security clearance of john brennan. we should point out these days is a senior national security analyst for nbc and msnbc is also a consistent and critic of this president. he was also one of the first officials to sound the alarm on russians meddling in the 2016 election. here is the president tonight quoting one of the supporters who appeared on fox news. john brennan is a stain on our country. we deserve better than this. here is how the white house press secretary laid out the reasons for stripping brennan's
clearance while threatening to take similar actions against other trump critics. >> any related to mr. brennan are posted by his erratic behavior. i am evaluating actions with respect to the following individual, james clapper, james comey and michael hayden and salley yates, peter strzok and lisa page. >> not only are they all trump critics, some of those under evaluations are closely ties to the investigation. dan coates was not aware in advance of today's announcement >> not only are they all trump critics, some of those under evaluations are closely ties to the investigation. dan coates was not aware in advance of today's announcement nor were other senior intelligence officials. the white house was asked for
evidence that john brennan had actually somehow abused his clearance but declined to provide any. >> does this administration have any reasons to believe or evidence suggest that brennan has used misuse classified information? >> i laid out the reasons that was made in this particular instance. we'll continue to review it. >> you did not say anything, you did not find any evidence. >> i am telling you what the decision was based on in this case. >> the today's statement pulling brennan's security clearance was dated july 26. it was a big indicator standing by ton skid and ready for weeks and pulled out and ready today. john brennan is one of the stone cold faces in the photo taken on
the night osama bin laden was killed. finding osama bin laden was a huge part of his job of 9/11. brennan made his posting much of a clandestine, cia station chief in saudi arabia and cia chief of staff and director of terrorist threat integration center and white house homeland security adviser and briefed three presidents. >> brennan himself spoke by phone with our nicole wallace. >> i believe that mr. trump decided to take this action and he has done with others try to intimidate or suppress of any criticism of him or his administration. he broke my security clearances is his way of trying to get back at me and this is not going to deter me at all. i am going to continue to speak out. he fears individuals who could
damage him, damage his branding from the american people. look at the way he's been referring to rob mueller. mueller is an icon and doing his best to investigate in the investigation and mueller's team is reprehenceable. mr. trump is getting more concerned and more and more desperate and frighten as closer and closer magnification of those around him had been involved in. >> two other intel chiefs whose clearances are under reviewed and also spoke out. >> if you stand up and say things that upsets the president
or which he disagrees, he'll punish you. that's a horrible message to be sending to folks who are there to tell you objective truth. the bigger issue here, chris, to me is what this implies, the implications of this for the first amendment and the other question i have is you know where does this end? >> both of those two gentlemen have 50 plus years experience. let's bring in our lead off panel for a busy wednesday night. andrea mitchell, our
correspondent, host of "andrea mitchell reports" weekdays on this network. clint is with us as well, a member of the joint terrorism task force. welcome to you both and good evening andrea, you get to define this. is this a giant, shiny object or an action of deep consequences or both? >> it is both. and you recognize a bright shiny object, the timing clearly this was dated july 26th or at least today of a distraction of omarosa and all the rest of reality tv show that the white house have become. there are real implications o f this, first amendment as jim clapper suggested and mike cayden says not just outside commentators, they are tough and they can make their own decisions of what to do but the intelligence community who are also tough. they have to stand up to this president now that they see the repercussions. one of those is possible futures security clearances. that was enough to put him on
the list. it is really remarkable and unprecedented and the irony here sadly is that the whole reason that mike hayden helped establish the president, the former cia director would keep their clearances, is to help new administrations to be able quickly talk to their predecessors and find out if something is unusual or if you know alarming or something in pakistan or saudi arabia. that's the whole point that they are able to quickly without having to go through a long clearance process talk to someone like john brennan and what about this guy that we just picked up or what about his relatives or what should we be alert to or what you think happened in saudis? >> peter baker, there is reasons to believe that the president has pulled a lester holt and here is what i mean by that. we have his famous comment as lester looked at and of course he was going to fire comey.
well, tonight in an interview with the wall street journal, the president says he was going to do this last week but it was too hectic and forgetting he was on vacation and there is this. "i call it a rigged witch hunt, it is a sham. mr. trump said in an interview. something needs to be done," does that blow any process or rigger that they tried to underscore today in the briefing room. >> he makes it clear that the criteria that people start investigations on him and people that are out to get him. this is not obviously concern of tl use of classified information, they don't have any evidence that they made public about any misused or classified information. they may have handled john
brennan in a different way. this is not about that. it is about the list. one after other people that president trump made clear he considers to be his enemy. he went after them on twitter and public settings in all sorts of way. this is a list of people he wants punished. >> clint, we have by my account of 50 minutes remaining in today, east coast time, so knowing we still have 50 minutes and i will say this andrisks, if today in america, it is a day of free terrorist attack in this country. it stands to reason that you would want all of these officials who devoted their lives and careers to the intel business to all have their security clearances so they can be of counsel to the people taking on that enormous burden. >> correct?
>> it is correct. >> it is called eligible for access. i doubt the president understand the distinction. you read on different topics. >> you are not at home following all the intel so you can be right in. >> once you are right in you have access to intelligence. that's what they do at former, they put them eligible for access. this allows them to come back in. let's say you are negotiating where you have sanctions coming up and nuclear options that you are trying to restrict. you would want to bring back people that have been talking to these characters, the state department or whoever they are talking so they can interphase and get some understanding.
a lot of the formers intel officials or law enforcement officials, some of them have gone into the private sector. you hear them talking about oh, they're trying to profit from their clearance, no, that's key for public private partnerships. it is one of the most critical dimensions right now in cyber security. there is only a few people in the private sector that can interphase with the government on cyber security. they have been in valuable the past few years. these linkages are credible for the good of our security. >> i am thinking the former fbi official we have on the air, he is in the web business privately and if they need him back, they know he's reputable and serve his country if they need to read him in on a problem. >> not only that but he understands all the participants and the procedures. >> shawn henry. >> he knows how the government
works. this is a keydistinction. it is not good for our national security and not good for america. >> andrea mitchell, nicole wallace was in the white house talked about the fight like cats and dogs over the iraq war but no one ended up having their security clearance pulled as punishment or consequence and it is probably not a good marker, you are reporting the dni coats were not aware of this. >> not only the codes. no one in the intelligence community knew, i am told that no one in the press knew. i don't know if i don't know bolton knew himself and that's what it is shocking about this. the fact that they would be cut out. they're the ones that is supposed to be approved or disapprove these clearances and find the grounds for r revoking them. the president has the power to do this certainly. for him to do it, it is a
political decision and not a national security. they had no reason, first of all, they did not cite a reason or disclose any classified information. he never gone back for a briefing or asked for one. he only used that clearance in order to access his files when he was going to testify or check his own record. the fact that they did this today makes it seems everything -- everything more political. the bottom line is really robert mueller. this is the russia probe, brennan and clapper and comey were the three men who briefed the president-elect on the dossier. he was only suspicious of them, comey took the head first but brennan a day after helsinki tweeted it was nothing sort of treasonous for the president of the united states going against putin.
putin acknowledged the news conference is done to help donald trump. >> peter baker, all of these folks that andrea just mentioned have become long time especially on fox news but what part of the strata of the trump's base or constituency does this speak to? >> a witch hunt as he calls the investigation to trip them up and misled the courts and biassed according to the texts they sent each other and so forth. it fits into this larger conspiracy that the president has both promoted and it is a way to get into his base and something else to pay attention to than what you are hearing about his own actions and that's to say, there may be americans
who voted for donald trump who are concerned of the things they are hearing of possible obstruction of justice or collusion or what have you. he's giving them something else to focus on. another target in effect and another enemy, that's the people who are out to get him. traditional politics in a sense but he takes it much further than other politicians in the past have. >> can i not, clint, you get the will this have what we call a chilling effect on men and women in your line of work in the intelligence profession, let's say nsa or cia, 36,000 people in the fbi, how do they continue to try to keep their heads down? >> i don't think any of them are that concerned of whether they are their clearance after retirement. that concerned of whether they are their clearance after retirement. that's not really of
consequence, what does send a message that not only the president of the united states denied the intelligence that he's being received from you but now he's going after your former bosses. now, you are seeing pa former fbi director and two former cia directors who are now targeted by the president either in terms of administrative actions or firing. this sends an awful and chilling effect on the entire community. why would you want to serve in these organizations if you are not allowed to produce intelligence or if you are not allowed to be objective but you instead have to tell the president what he wants and all day long and every single day.
that's trump's first and not america's first. >> and mitchell and clint watts and peter baker, can't thank you enough for starting our conversation. >> coming up, when jurors return tomorrow in the courthouse, they'll have manafort's case and his faith in their hands. "the 11th hour" is just getting started on the feet of the abraham lincoln on a wednesday night. this wi-fi is fast.
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recording from "the washington post." the trump team is still waiting for the special counsel to respond to the interview. in the meantime, trump's lawyers are prepared to oppose a potential subpoena from mueller for a trump sit-down. that news comes from rudy giuliani trying to pressure mueller to wrap this investigation up before the midterms. rudy giuliani told bloomberg today, if he does not get it done in the next two weeks or three, we'll unload it on him as a load of brick. the president could not resist weighing in and employed some of the classic. the rigged russian witch hunt goes on and on as the originator s and founders of this scam continue to be fired and demoted their corrupt and illegal activity. the mueller investigation resulted in 35 indictments. here with us tonight to talk about all of us, robert costa and moderator of washington week on pbs. mimi rocka is back with us. >> bob, i would like to begin with you, you spoke with mayor rudy giuliani earlier today, what is his state of mind and what did he infer of the state of play?
>> he's watching the clock, brian, he knows a week ago he and jay sekulow sent a letter to mueller and refusing an interview by the president that had anything to do with questions of obstruction of justice, they're waiting for mueller to respond. they're trying to see if mueller is going to issue a subpoena for the president and preparing for that scenario writing a rebuttal >> bob, i would like to begin with you, you spoke with mayor rudy giuliani earlier today, what is his state of mind and what did he infer of the state of play? >> he's watching the clock, brian, he knows a week ago he and jay sekulow sent a letter to mueller and refusing an
interview by the president that had anything to do with questions of obstruction of justice, they're waiting for mueller to respond. they're trying to see if mueller is going to issue a subpoena for the president and preparing for that scenario writing a rebuttal now so it is ready so they can issue immediately to start a court fight and tight at the district court level and ultimately at the supreme court level. >> counselor, where is this leverage coming from of rudy giuliani appears to be when they say things like we'll come down on you like a ton of brick. where are they getting that? >> he has no leverage and hearing rudy giuliani talk about
that to mueller, he reminds me of a mobster. people in the u.s. attorney office and criminal defense bar likes to say your reputation is everything because unless you go onto new cases, you carry with you the case that you did before and what lawyer you dealt with. rudy giuliani has given up on his reputation and his credibility. former u.s. attorney to talk like that to and about robert mueller who whatever he may think or want to say about this investigation has led this life of public service and dedicated to his country is really shameful and it is borderline unethical and his latest statement really again borderline obstruction. >> mueller does not necessarily need trump one-on-one. >> right, i don't think that -- mueller has far more experience than i do. he'll decide if he needs him. if it were me, i would think part of this was giving trump the opportunity to come in and explain himself so if and when there are charges or report that are unfavorable to him, he can't say he didn't get a chance to do that. mueller has given him the opportunity and he should go
ahead without it and not let them run out the clock the way they are trying to by this pretend negotiations over an interview and we are going to fight over the subpoena. legally mueller would win that court battle if that's how it plays out. it will mussel out rudy giuliani. a judge is not going to let rudy giuliani talk like this. i don't think mueller needs it. i would just go ahead without it. >> robert, this is out of balance like all the passengers on a plane moving to one side, all we hear is the rudy giuliani/trump's side. mueller never speaks. he thinks they're waiting to see if guilty or innocent, is that real? >> it is real to a point but i think the previous point about how mueller could issue a report any moment in my conversation tonight with mayor rudy giuliani, that stood out because >> it is real to a point but i
think the previous point about how mueller could issue a report any moment in my conversation tonight with mayor rudy giuliani, that stood out because he acknowledged bluntly that is a possibility that mueller could decide enough of the games between the trump's team and mueller and all this back and forth and the letters sending of the interview, the longer mueller holds off on a letter back to the trump's legal team, the more it becomes a possibility. rudy giuliani says this is as possibility. mueller drops the report on an update of the investigation and gives it to the department of justice and rosenstein say it is your decision on how you want top handle this or you want to upgrade congress and what progress is being made. >> a great nugget there from robert costa and thanks to mimi rocah, terrific conversation tonight. coming up, the manafort's case, they'll begin tomorrow morning, more on what they'll say and deciding on when we come back. jurors in the manafort's
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financial of personal gain. manafort's defense attorney argued the government have not met its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. they argued that manafort had other people handling as finances including not limited to rick gates. beginning tomorrow morning, the jury considers these 18 felony charges including bank fraud tax evasion that manafort is facing, if he's found guilty, the chairman could spend the rest of his days on earth in jail. with us chad day, he was in the courtroom today foreclosing arguments. counselor rocah stays with us here in new york. chad, what is the mood and the at attitude. the only group we care about now are among those 12 jurors. >> they were taking notes when ever prosecutions were going through their case. the jury paid attention to a heavy case. it is a complex financial fraud
trial. prosecutors were walking through each one of these types of counts that manafort were facing. they were taking copious notes and paid attention to that. for the defense, we saw not as much of reaction but the arguments were a lot moresier to grasp. it was the blame rick gates defense so the jury did not have to stretch very much to understand what they were saying. >> mimi, interesting today, prosecution said in their closing that the star witness is the do you means, of course, they had this unpopular actual human star witness named rick gates. they tried the make the point that paper does not lie, speaking of paper, 388, photos and e-mails and documents, 27 witnesses just instructing the jury took 90 minutes. what do you think? >> look, these cases are time intensive and they are labor intensive and going to the documents but because the star witness documents, i thought it was a great line that prosecutors used. there is not much debate about. i think the prosecution did a great job of not focusing on gates and then when the defense got up and spent so much time, you should not believe gates. then they're back in rebuttal,
well, we are not asking you to. why are they trying to get you to focus on gates when that's not what we are asking you to rely onto convict. they want you to focus on gates to distract you from this mountain of evidence that we just went through. focus back on that. that's really what the jury has to do here if they do that. it should be a reasonably fast but not long deliberation. it should be a conviction. >> our friend chuck rosenberg says of something of five to ten days. >> the mountain of evidence, most people are going to say should we take a straw poll to see where we stand. >> a lot of jury do start out that way, i think jurors do pay attention and they are careful, i have seen some very fast verdict in a couple of hours, i don't expect that here. even when they are not agreeing but they still have to take some time and go back. i am going to go with a friday verdict. >> something interesting first for me when he was giving his instructions. i am going to give you a copy of
this and you can take your instruction back to the jury room. he gave it orally and now their only amendment to rewind is to listen it again to his audio recording of his instruction to the jury. this is kind of ellis being ellis. we have seen his personality as a judge coming out of this case. he made a point of saying i am not going to send back a sheet of paper where you can refer back to throughout when you are making these decisions. it was closer to an hour and 50 minutes today so they have to listen back to that tape if they want to go back to the instructions. so it is just kind of part of ellis being the type of judge he is. he made that decision and i think he's going to stick with it. >> sorry chad, i know it felt every minute of an hour of 50 minutes to be sitting there and listening to the jury instructions, chad day, and mimi
rocah, can't thank you enough. >> after a couple of noisy headlines making days, omarosa was quiet today. people in the white house are awaiting what will be her inevitable next move. it is obvious to me that this is the white house that feels under sieged because of the campaign manager's trial and some of the issues with his former staffer, omarosa. this woman is attempted to distract the american public from those items that this white house faces on a daily basis. >> that was mark warner, democratic of virginia. because of the omarosa's book and the effect on the trump white house. that's what's behind his belief, the shiny object, an opportunity to change subject. all the accusations and secret recordings from manigault-newman. despite reports that advisers and allies urged trump to hold his fire on this one. came this early this morning on "fox and friends," the co-host suggested that the president was playing right into omarosa's hand. this is interesting when the president sedom misses a
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to change subject. all the accusations and secret recordings from manigault-newman. despite reports that advisers and allies urged trump to hold his fire on this one. came this early this morning on "fox and friends," the co-host suggested that the president was playing right into omarosa's hand. this is interesting when the president sedom misses a syllable on "fox and friends." >> she seems to out smart the president who taken the bait and gone out and tweeted right after it. >> joining us now our white house reporter, she's in our studio in capitol hill, jill, nothing is said by mistakes by "fox and friends," they have one viewer who they are concerned at most >> they are speaking often time to an audience of one and you saw it was not just brian
kilmee. mr. president, this is not serving you well, you are taking the bait. omarosa learns it from the best and she learns from you and show knows how to play this public speaking game and all you are doing is fallen into her trap. >> jill, you cover the play everyday, how universal was the feeling, something that'll have consequences, this was a shine any object. >> any minute that the announcement was made by sarah sanders came out with the briefing today. this was a threat that the president had been making for a number of weeks now and it sort of dies down and refused to give us any update. it is clear and anybody watching the situation that they used this as a tool to distract from
omarosa, they did not want another day of non-stop various allegations from her book. critics side were extraordinary affected. >> it was not her cause that we learned tonight the president's interview with the wall street journal, he says because of the russia investigation. >> the president made a number of astounding claims in it and he's saying out right this is the reason why he did it because he was mad at these people as he describes as a witch hunt and the president in there talks >> it was not her cause that we learned tonight the president's interview with the wall street journal, he says because of the russia investigation. >> the president made a number of astounding claims in it and he's saying out right this is the reason why he did it because he was mad at these people as he describes as a witch hunt and the president in there talks about how, they have a statement ready and could have done it
last week and decided not to because too much is going on. i was with the president in new jersey where he spent a lot of time at the golf course and having dinner with his friends and famous people. there is no practical reasons why they can't put it out then. when the white house first sent the statement out to the press, the date on it was july 26th, they quickly tried to fix their mistake by putting the second version without a date on it. there was a lot of skepticism whether they were telling the truth. >> jill, omarosa spent her day today of the book signing. >> we'll get a press recording of someone's voice that we don't know what to expect tonight. what kind of level of fears? >> there is no concern of the white house of these tapes. everyone is so scared of what omarosa is going to reveal about them. they think some of those errors reports are a little bit hypolee. omarosa was close to the president for decade and she was
during the campaign and the transition and the white house when there was much at times kind of a bunker mentality of everyone sticking together so there is much feel of betray of the fact that she's on television and you don't want to flip on the channel tomorrow and seeing wall to wall coverage of omarosa. jill colvin, i appreciate you joining us late tonight. >> coming up to us, a comment from the new york governor that has done the impossible, united democrats and republicans. television and you don't want to flip on the channel tomorrow and seeing wall to wall coverage of omarosa. jill colvin, i appreciate you joining us late tonight. >> coming up to us, a comment from the new york governor that has done the impossible, united democrats and republicans. members of both parties are
make america great again. the american dreams. look at all those hats, red ones and white ones, make america great again. only to be replaced by keep america great. make america great again. maybe the greatest slogan ever. >> people forget he's a long time marketer and the president continues to get a good ride from that campaign slogan from hashtag to hats. well, a 30-point lead in his run for re-election to a third term decided to take issue with the slogan and its premise and as you'll hear from the reaction of the crowd who remember are supporters of his didn't go over well. >> we're not going to make america great again. it was never that great. we have not reached greatness. we will reach greatness when every american is fully engaged. >> so that's how that went today. the governor has to get past a
primary challenger cynthia nixon of "sex and the city" fame. before he can go on to a general election a republican named mark mol narrow who said america with its imperfections has always been great. tonight cuomo is defending his remarks saying he was referring to women's equality and the evolution of legislation to help all americans. admittedly, did he make both of those points before saying we were never that great. >> what was the great time that you want to take us back to? when america was great? before the environmental protection movement? before marriage equality when it was just a man and a woman? before these new immigrants started to come across the border? and before the women's equality movement? that's when america was great in his head. he wants to take us back to that point. >> and we have to show you this for context. it is possible that his fellow new yorker donald trump got under cuomo's skin and in his mind earlier this week when he publicly discussed a phone call recently between the two men. >> cuomo wants to take away your second amendment.
now, he called me and said i'll never run for president against you. but maybe he wants to. please, do it. please. please. he did say that. he did. maybe he meant it. the one thing we know and they do say, anybody that runs against trump suffers. >> and, of course, there is a tweet. late tonight the president wrote about cuomo, can you believe this is the governor of the highest taxed state in the u.s.? andrew cuomo having a total meltdown? and cuomo has answered donald trump what you say would be great again would not be great at all. we will not go back to discrimination, segregation, sexism, isolationism, racism or the kkk. like new york's motto says excelsior. before we get to a break, the trump administration corrected a flub we brought to you last night. we mentioned it during the course of our update about the 559 migrant children still separated from their families
because of the trump administration's so-called zero tolerance policy at the border. we further told that you federal officials have been unable to connect five of those children to any known parents. that figure came from the trump administration and today, they issued a correction of their own math. it turns out there are 26 migrant children in u.s. custody for whom the government has been unable to connect in any way with the parents or family members who might have brought them here. now, another break. when we come back, what we learned today about ongoing u.s. efforts to hit back in the midst of an ongoing and nonstop active electronic warfare. last thing before we go tonight, a serious note to end on. these are serious times even in the dog days of august. our final story underscores the consequences of being president especially at a time when our country's involved in actives a symmetrical often invisible warfare. we should add it's warfare we're a target of electronically and warfare we are participants in. this story is about the latter. here we go. here's the headline from the "wall street journal" from a few
hours ago. trump seeking to relax rules on u.s. cyber attacks reverses obama directive. the article by dustin volz begins this way. president trump reversed an obama era memorandum governing how and when the u.s. government can deploy cyber weapons against adversaries in an effort to loosen restrictions on such operations according to people it turns out there are 26 migrant children in u.s. custody for whom the government has been unable to connect in any way with the parents or family members who might have brought them here. now, another break. when we come back, what we learned today about ongoing u.s. efforts to hit back in the midst of an ongoing and nonstop active electronic warfare. oh!
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we should add it's warfare we're a target of electronically and warfare we are participants in. this story is about the latter. here we go. here's the headline from the "wall street journal" from a few hours ago. trump seeking to relax rules on u.s. cyber attacks reverses obama directive. the article by dustin volz begins this way. president trump reversed an obama era memorandum governing how and when the u.s. government can deploy cyber weapons against adversaries in an effort to loosen restrictions on such operations according to people familiar with the action. mr. trump signed an order on wednesday reversing the classified rules, stay with us here, known as presidential policy directive 20 that had mapped out an elaborate interagency process that must be followed before u.s. use of cyber attacks particularly those geared at foreign adversaries. in other words, it has to go up and down the chain in government. there is important of course, because of the attack on our last presidential election. because of the need to protect our electric grid, banking system, air traffic control systems from hacking.
and because of these scattered early reports that hackers have taken up positions inside some of our state electoral systems. many americans want to know we're protected. a good number of americans want to know that we're giving as good as we're getting on this front. on that, the article goes on. "it wasn't clear what rules trump is adopting to replace the obama directive and further several u.s. officials familiar with the obama era rules conceded it had flaws but said rescinding them could create more problems especially because it was unclear what mr. trump would use to replace the rules." again, all of that from the "wall street journal" tonight. indeed, it is the trump that now gets to decide how we defend ourselves and importantly how we hit back, who we hit when and how. all of it filed under the
heading elections have consequences. that's our broadcast on a wednesday night. well this morning fallout after president trump decides to revoke the security clearance of former cia director john brennan. the president is accusing him of abusing his access, without offering any evidence. it is up to the jury now. deliberations are set to begin this morning in the fraud trial of former trump campaign chairman paul manafort. with 82 days until the midterm leaks new polling showing democrats have the advantage in the race for congress. breaking down all the new numbers for you. good morning. it is thursday, august 16th. i'm richard lui alongside frances rivera. we're going to start with this. president trump has revoked the