tv The 11th Hour With Brian Williams MSNBC October 5, 2018 11:00pm-12:00am PDT
>> good evening, here on day 624 of the trump's administration. just like that they say it is all over, brett kavanaugh appears to be poised to be the next justice of the supreme court. on this front, we have some breaking news from the "new york times" tonight. we're standing by to talk to one of the reporters breaking the story in just a moment. about today, we may now have a new benchmark for the division in our country. in one of the more dramatic days ever witnessed in washington, the nation watched as the senate voted to move his nomination to a final vote. his confirmation is expected to be approved tomorrow. we saw two key senators who have been publicly undecided until today came out and say how they'll vote on kavanaugh. this is obviously a huge win for the president. we'll begin with the look of how the day unfolded on capitol hill. >> senator grassley, do you know how this vote is going to go today?
>> i think it will be very successful. >> what left wing groups and their democratic allies have done to judge kavanaugh is nothing short monstrous. i hope we can say no to mob rule by voting to confirm judge kavanaugh. >> miss murkowski. >> murkowski is a no. i am being told she's not voting to move forward. >> on this vote, the yeas are 51, the noes are 49. the motion is agreed to. >> i did not come to a decision on this until walking into the floor this morning. i believe brett kavanaugh is a good man. i believe he's a good man. it just may be that in my view he's not the right man for the court at this time. >> you are planning to vote yes tomorrow?
>> unless something big changed. i don't see what would. but this is a difficult decision for everybody. it really is. so anyway, did our best. >> do you think he'll get confirmed tomorrow? >> i would think so. >> the facts presented do not mean that professor ford was not sexually assaulted that night or at some other time but they do lead me to conclude that the allegations failed to meet the more likely than not standard. therefore, i do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent judge kavanaugh from serving on the court. mr. president, i will vote to confirm judge kavanaugh. >> so shortly after senator collins announced her long awaited decision, the soul remaining undecided, joe
manchin announced his intention to vote yes to putting kavanaugh on the high court. that's shame is, you can hear the protesters yelling in the backgrounds. senator lisa murkowski says while she's a no vote tomorrow, she's going to be marked present when the vote happens. this is procedural. it means that republican senator steve daines of montana will not have to leave his daughter's wedding in montana tomorrow to be the 51st vote to put it over the top. the white house is waiting to put out any sort of response to today's an apparent victory. however our colleagues in washington report tonight the mood inside the west wing was one of "euphoria and relief." and hen tonight, as we mentioned this brand-new reporting from "the new york times" which adds to what we already knew that the scope of the investigation was
limited from the start. but there's more here. the paper says that "don mcgahn according to people familiar with the conversation, told the president that even though the white house was facing a storm of condemnation for limiting the fbi background collect nook sexual misconduct allegations against judge brett kavanaugh, a wide-ranging inquiry like some democrats were demanding and mr. trump was suggesting would be potentially disastrous for judge kavanaugh's chances of confirmation to the supreme court." this is a three biline piece of reporting tonight. one of the three is standing bibi telephone to join us. that would be pulitzer prize winning washington correspondent michael submit. we know the investigation was lip nid scope because there are anywhere from 28 to 40 individuals out there who wanted or expected or both to be contacted by the fbi. we know that dr. ford and judge
kavanaugh were never contacted. but you add to it by telling us how this went down and i will ask you to go ahead and retell the story. >> what we're trying to do here ser explain how a background check investigation works. it is not the same thing as a full-blown fbi investigation where agents have subpoenas and execute search warrants. it's very limited. they have to take their directions from their client. their client in this case is the white house. that's what's gave the white house a lot of say over what could be done. trump saw the political pressure and he saw others saying look, this is a narrow thing. he says to mcgahn, let the fbi do whatever they want about kavanaugh and mcgahn says look, legally we can't do that. we can't let the fbi run free and just dig through whatever it wants. they have to be directed. what we'll do is tell them on these particular issues we have
asked them to look into accusations from three women, they can interview whomever they want to. >> this piece kind of paints mcgahn agreining in even his boss the president's desire to open this up. >> yes, the president. it is interesting. we have seen the president interact with so many different ways with the justice department. in this case, he wants to use the fbi as a way of giving him political coverage. look, i don't think they'll find anything. let them take a look at whatever they want. mcgahn saying look, we can't do that. legally that's not possible. we're far more contained than that. we can direct than to different issues. we can have them check back with us and report back to us but we can't just say hey guys, take a look at what's in the newspaper take a look at every lead you have and see what you can come up with. there was no evidence of a
crime being committed at least in the eyes of the white house. the democrats would say ta kavanaugh committed perjury but in the white house's eyes there was no criminal thing to be investigated and it was obviously a political thing, something that coons and flake had created this seven-day short investigation. >> final question. i'm thinking about a guy like jeff flake who has been so publicly tortured, a brow that has been. furrow mode for days. let's say your piece of journalism is one of several that drop over the next 12 to 24 hours. let's say at sum total is something less than a stellar effort by the white house, doj, fbi, something just north of malpractice. the vote hasn't taken place yet. is it possible that journalism and leaks could still affect the outcome? >> i am not sure what could affect the outcome at this
point. what we do know is in any investigation, when you put an time on it it, you're limiting what you can find and what you can really get to the bottom of. there is a reason why when bob mueller was appointed the special counsel he didn't say hey, i'll be done with my investigation six months to a year. obviously this was a political thing. >> mike schmidt has been kind enough to join us late on a friday night at the end of a very long week. mike, thank you very much. we commend your piece of reporting obviously to all those watching tonight. with that, let's bring in our leadoff panel on a friday night, shannon pettypiece white house correspondent for bloomberg, jonathan allen, nbc news political reporter and our own correspondence on the hill garrett haake. welcome to you all. welcome to you all. let's see here, i would start
with garret because you were next to these figures that were making history today. genuine surprise on the part of collins, not so much from the part of mansion from where you sat or was that inaccurate? >> i think that's pretty fair farks brian. collins was fascinating because she did not come out like jeff flake and say she was a yes vote and appear conflicted about it. collins came out and said he was a yes vote and made a full throated endorsement of kavanaugh in a scene that looked staged with two other female republicans behind her. that's not a normal configuration in the u.s. senate. that was done for a reason. susan collins did not just say she was voting yes for judge kavanaugh. she gave the closing argument and if you are mitch mcconnell have asked for a much better argument for a woman who stood up to the president on the health care vote coming back and
defending kavanaugh on his jurisprudence and on the charges against him over the last week or so every dr. ford and others. such a strong closing argument and then to have joe manchin who was probably going to find to be on the winning side of this wish come out and be the lone democrat to make this endorsement of judge kavanaugh allows republicans to say this is bipartisan with just one senator. her endorsements of kavanaugh answers the question you put to michael schmidt. even if there was huge story that came out overnight, maybe you could turn flake into a no vote. you're not turning susan collins back at this point. >> shan -- it's interesting the left leaning media are finding ways not to question how schumer lost one of his flock as the conservative meed xwra are trying not to point out that mcconnell lost one of his.
what is the white house reaction as far as your reporting goes? >> well, and i know you guys have had this reporting, too. a lot of relief and excitement in the white house. in the past, i guess 19, 20 months, it's been now, there's really been few good days in this administration for the people who work there. there's a lot of days where it's endless crisis, it's one surprise coming after another. this was one of those rare few good days that people had where they could be relieved and feel like they had a win and not just a win but that they went 0 war. they went to battle with the democrats and they feel like they won. so this is going to put a lot of wind in the sails of the white house. this is really going to boost people's morale a lot until i guess the next crisis comes along and probably drags everything back nook disarray and demoralized, exhausted employees which is the sense you get from a lot of people there
today. going forward now, there's a lot of look to the midterms. this was a big boost in helping energize republicans. it's only going to energize them so long. it was something that was needed to bake a lot of that republican apathy. now it's just about getting over the finish line at the midterms. a lot of rallies between now and then trying to keep the president on the road and hoping they can do as much battling off the democrats again in the midterms. >> yaupth allen, we'll talk about media coverage a little bit at the end of the broadcast. after all this coverage of the independence minded could go either way senior senator from maine, talk about susan collins, scores the game-winning touchdown for her president, her majority leader, her party, and this nominee. >> garrett nailed it. she was the closer and she closed hard. she went out there, she made the case for brett kavanaugh. she took many of the things that people on the left were saying, raised them up and knocked them
down or at least used a republican argument to knock them down. she ignored the kavanaugh outburst, the one he essentially came a little short of apologizing for but backtracked in the "wall street journal" overnight beak saying had he gone too far in his senate testimony. she ignored all of that. i think the two the most takeaways are there. she had a line in there where she said that dr. blasey ford's allegations failed to meet the likelier han not test. and therefore, the judge couldn't be stopped from going to the high court. the implicit thinging thering is that had she believed christine blasey ford, it would have been disqualifying for kavanaugh. you didn't hear a lot of republicans actually say that. the explicit thing there was she didn't believe dr. blasey ford. she didn't think it was likelier than not that brett kavanaugh
attempted to rape dr. ford. another thing that a lot of republicans were hesitant to say. that way she made a much more forceful argument than even president trump. his shot at dr. ford was to ridicule her from a stage in mississippi. what senator collins said on the floor was certainly moral measured in terms of tone and temperament. >> shannon, trump has a rally in kansas tomorrow night. how is this entire thing likely to change his public utterances? >> the actual vote will likely be taking place while he's on air force one flying to that rally. at least one white house aide told me to look for the rally tomorrow night to be a victory rally for kavanaugh and to fit in the bigger message they're trying to sell to republicans about if you keep us in power, we will carry through with our promises. of course, that fires up democrats too because they hate all the promises that the trump
administration has made but for republicans, it gives the president a selling point. keep us in there, get out there and vote and we will continue to delivering on their promises. also this whole thing has reminded republicans too far this idea what they're fighting against. they did not like seeing the way the democrats handled this. they bought into this idea it was a plot cooked up by the democrats to bring down kavanaugh at the last minute. and it fed into this deeper cultural undercurrent that trump has been tapping into from the very beginning of the disadvantaged white male, the attack on the white male. and that is something resonating with his supporters, too. i think it's going to be a big kavanaugh rally tomorrow. of course, they're going to start to have to think what is the next topic that will fire up republicans and get them out to the polls in november.
>> garrett, covering these guys majority and minority leaders are like australian shepherds. their job is to deliver account entire herd when the job is done. both of these guys had members peel off. they both could not deliver their entire caucuses. that's going to be interesting. >> i think it is, brian. joe manchin is in a tough re-election fight. chuck schumer has given him a lot more leeway. vote the way he needs to vote to keep his constituents happy in west virginia. i don't think there's going to be a clapback against joe manchin from the democratic party. it's part of the reason he tried so hard to make sure he wasn't the deciding vote on this. lisa muir cow skill is a woman who lost a republican primary in 2010 and won as a write-in candidate with a name like murkowski. he's politically powerful as a local figuring in alaska. also the republicans' only
female committee chairman in the senate of i've major committee. collins chairs a standing committee on aiming. lisa is a powerful figure within the republican and i don't see her being punished for this. she made a gracious move toward steve daines tonight saying she would vote present to do what's called a pairing essentially to allow steve daine subpoena to stay away. she wanted it to be a big statement about how these nominations should be handled with more grace and class. >> jonathan, you get the quick last word. i know you love redictions. who benefits the most from this in 30 or so days at the midterms? >> the republicans definitely benefit on the substance of having the guy on the supreme court. as far as the energy goes, i think it's going to be hard for republicans 0 sustain this. i think democrats will be angry.
there is no issue that republicans can pivot to as unifying it for this one for them. it got curve on board. immigration is not like that. maybe tax cuts would be like that, but they've done a big tax cut. i think republicans have to figure out a way to try to sustain that energy. >> reminders to all the tvs weren't on in the mueller offices today where they remained at work. can't thank you at the end of another long week. how brett kavanaugh's will impact the court. judicial temperament and later what this confirmation has done to both parties and where all that energy, all that anger goes now. we're just getting started on this aforementioned friday night.
just after susan collins quoted the american bar association, today the aba announced its the reopening its evaluation of judge brett kavanaugh based on his temperament a topic even kavanaugh himself has talked about in the past. >> to be a good judge and a good umpire, it's important to have the proper demeanor. no, no, no, i'm going to talk about my -- no, i'm going to talk about my high school record if you're going to sit here and mock me. >> it's very important for a judge at the outset for a judge to be an umpire to avoid any semblance of that partisanship.
>> this whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit. fueled with an apparent pent up anger about president trump and the 2016 election, revenge on behalf of the clintons. >> two faces of brett kavanaugh separated by three years and with us tonight to talk about it our former u.s. attorney joyce vance who spent 25 years as a former prosecutor and mick cag eoyang, a former staffer for the house intelligence and armed services committees. welcome back to both of you. joyce, i have a two-part question. number one, your reaction to what transpired today. people know that you were appointed to office as a u.s. attorney by president barack obama. your reaction to what happened today and secondly, to the documents like the one we were handed tonight that are probably going to keep coming out. this is another friend of dr. ford's talking about how and
when they were told about her accusation, her past. >> so i think the answer actually to both parts of your question comes down to the same ball of wax. this is the price that we will likely continue to pay both the court as an institution and the judges on the court themselves for what was at best a hurriedly executed perhaps slipshod fbi investigation. if judge kavanaugh is blameless in this entire scenario, he would have been much better served and the court much better served by an fbi investigation that was permitted to look into all of the nooks and crannies the fbi would be have normally explored in a background situation like this. unfortunately what we now face i think will be this ongoing sort of slowly unwinding series of stories, people coming period to talk about what they would have
said had they been interviewed. it will certainly distract from the court this term. hopefully it won't have long lasting effects on integrity of the court. this has been an unusual confirmation battle and it may linger. >> a lot of people on the political left are aggrieved parties tonight. there are also other people between 28 and 41 people who said i wanted to talk about this with investigators. >> yeah, i think joy is right of the perception ha this is that this is a rushed investigation that the fbi was not allowed to go thoroughly into asking questions of judge kavanaugh's background whether or not he's telling the truth today, puts the court in a place that we have never seen before. it is the biggest crisis of the integrity of the court that they very ever faced. i think that the chief justice has a real challenge on his hands, not just with these
questions about judge kavanaugh and whether or not he was truthful or not and whether we would hear about these concerns going forward. also, the judge's testimony what goes around comes around raises his ability to be impartial. we know the chief justice tries to seek broader consensus to protect the integrity of the court. will kavanaugh go along withing that or be the angry vi it up rememberrative person we saw at the hearings. >> joy, it is a first. to my knowledge we've never had someone say what goes around comes around. also a first was how many topics and grievances this guy touched on. does that mean we're looking at more potential recusal grounds if he is to reach the bench as we believe? >> the supreme court, sorry,
that was pore joyce. >> sorry, mika. the supreme court doesn't have recusal rules that stem from policies that are imposed upon them. supreme court justices are in fact, free to recuse when had he believe it's appropriate. this will be largely if he becomes justice kavanaugh in his hands to decide whether he and under what circumstances he would have to recuse. of course, that in and of itself can become a problem. with justice scalia there were allegationed he should have recused and chose not to. for justice kavanaugh every one of these inquiries will be inundated with value sorts of judgments that will be made that will have the potential to diminish the integrity of the court. >> mieke, i wanted to ask you about the process. it's fashionable for everyone in this hole to say it's broken.
how do you gee gin to fix it? >> i think this is a real challenge and will come down to how judge kavanaugh conducts himself if the court actually confirms tomorrow. that will be, is he ruling in ways that are partisan, is he siding with a narrow 5-4 majority, is he issuing these kinds of blistering dissents or is he behaving the way that justice kennedy and i think the chief justice would want him to behave, looking out for the integrity of the entire court, ruling in the best interests of america. once he's no longer beholden to the president the question is which brett kavanaugh will show up on the court. >> joyce vance, mick cag eoyang for joining us tonight. coming up for us, the confirmation of brett cab anyhow isn't expected to put an end to
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protesters outside his office. the outrage spilled into the streets. it will no doubt be a driving force in this election and the next. as the cook political report put it today, what we don't know the is where all the energy we're seeing on the right and the left goes once the nomination fight is over. and then in a day that was already filled with its own remarkable moments, we wanted to bring you this from republican judiciary committee chairman tkachuk grassley. >> do you have the sense now that you want to see a woman on the committee on the republican side? >> we can't do anything about that. you've got to have a desire to serve. >> they don't want to be on the committee? >> well, it's a lot of work. compared to a lot of committee meetings, we have executive every thursday. it's a lot of work. maybe they don't want to do it. >> as they say that happened today. and with us tonight, mara gay, a
member of "the new york times" editorial board, josh gerstein white house reporter for politico. both our msnbc contributors. mara, we have that and we have the sum total of today. you this week wrote a poignant personal piece in the opinion section of "the new york times" about your life experience. what could we do about the entire community of american women who look at a dr. ford, look at a mara gay and say yes, you, that story, that's me? >> it's a really -- first of all, it's a sad day. should be a sad day for all-americans. it's very difficult for those of us who are sexual survivors. i think there's a real rick here ha people become so despairing that they don't participate and they feel as though their vote doesn't count and they don't
show up to the polls. so my immediate thought was okay, let's not despair. let's not linger in that. let's actually organize and channel that into you know, wins at the polling booth. the other thing i would say is that i've been thinking a lot about my dad and his experience you know, my father is black, my mother is white. but my dad grew up in segregated detroit and then segregated south carolina. he drank from a black only water fountain. and so i think when you compare the experience of black americans to what's going on today with the me, too movement you think about it as a long-term game. and really that's kind of where we are right now. i think there's a lot of frustration about it's been a year since the me, too movement started. what do we have to show for it? today was a huge blow but there are seeds being sown every time
a woman tells her story or in some cases a man. we need to keep that perspective of you live to fight another day. this is a long battle. just i thinking about endurance is important here. and just settling in for a long fight. >> thank you for that. josh, did you find any profiles in courage today on capitol hill? was it harder for a heitkamp to vote no? was it harder for a mansion to vote yes? that kind of thing? >> i think, brian, the heitkamp vote is one that could cost her although she seems to be down a little bit in the polls. so she may be in some trouble already. i think claire mccaskill is another person in missouri who could suffer for her vote here. but i do wonder if at least in the short to medium term maybe we're making a little too much of this. it is a generational potential
shift in the court even without the blasey ford allegations that came up. we're talking about a potentially a tectonic shift in the court that could affect it one or two generations. i wonder if maybe it's not even measured in election cycles but in news cycles. there's oech noise, so much cal cough nil that comes from this white house within a matter of a couple weeks, this issue might be overtaken in the public mind by the president's latest insult directed at somebody on the campaign trail or some other controversy about an insider turning on the president. it's really hard to measure. and these things always seem searing and kind of apocalyptic in the moment. >> mara, speaking of generational and tectonic changes, do you think the optics of the republicans on the judiciary committee might change in the next congress to quote chairman grassley i'm wondering if there will be women senators,
it's very hard work. will they be willing to step up and do the hard work. >> you really couldn't write better campaign literature for democrats. so let's see how the party is able to capitalize on that. this seems to bring out you know, the republicans inner cave man. i'm not quite sure where they're going with this. none of that will be helpful in november. you know, it does hinge on turnout at this point. i do think that we'll see a demographic shift in those who are in power and i had i there are a lot of very angry women. i was actually out just on the street yesterday in new york city. >> in the wild. >> in the wild. i bumped into a group of you know, very passionate protesters. anti-kavanaugh protesters making their way from times square to trump tower. and i've seen a lot of protests. i was a reporter for a very long time. boy, i've seen a lot of protests
and haven't felt the anger as viscerally as i felt it yesterday. if people are in the streets in our experience, i'm sure -- had effective they usually show up to the polls. i do expect we're going to emore women in office. >> josh, i'm sorry i have to limit you to a brief closing note. do you see any of that out in the wild in the wilds of dc, something organically starting up? think of the explosion of the women's march after inauguration. >> yeah, i think we do live in an era where reaction seems very, very strong and very capable of delivering people to the polls. that's been the lesson of the last few elections. in fact, of donald trump's election. many people would see that as a force of reaction. so the question is whether the anger on that side of the equation among democrats among women in particular is going to prove to be a more motivating force than the sort of you know unity that the republicans took
away from this fight which was a significant you know development on their side. maybe mot one that's as big as having that anger ha gets you to the polls on election day. >> josh, as we look at the picture of you on capitol hill in washington to our viewers just directing your eyes to the upper left, those of you with flat screen hdtv, that is the light over the capitol indicating they're in session tonight. indeed they are debating leading up to the vote which we haven't had. you see senator merkley has the floor right now. with that our thanks to mara gay, josh gerstein. coming up after another week marked by high emotions partisan acrimony, we happen to have a pulitzer prize winning historian standing by to help us sum up what just happened and what might happen. that's where we continue. um up what might happen. that's where we continue.
toeflt confirm judge kavanaugh. >> that was the windup line to susan collins' long speech in the well of the senate today. here to talk about just what we have witnessed all day long, author and presidential historian, jon meacham. his latest book appropriately titled "the soul of america, the battle for our better angels oixts there sure was a battle today. jon, i was watching your live coverage when collins stopped, you said on the air that you thought she moved this nominee to the center. she kind of made him a moderate on the fly. explain. >> if you look at the first opening section of the speech, she walks through issues in which she turned judge cavanaugh into a susan collins republican about roe versus wade, about gay rights. a whole host of issues. almost as though she were
talking herself into the candidate she wanted to vote for. and the irony here, the tension is the energy behind this appointment was that he is in fact a strong judicial conservative. he's not a judicial moderate. in many ways this nomination was the fruition because it is the swing vote of a judicial strategy that's been born i would argue in the mid-1950s when republicans realized that they had not gotten what they really wanted from the eisenhower's appointment of earl warren. so the cry for decades has been not to be fooled again. and then nixon did from '6to '74. he appointed four justices, only one of whom turned out to be as conservative as the right had hoped. it was a nixon appointee who wrote the decision in roe versus wade. then you cut to george herbert walker bush who appointed david
souter, yet another example of why conservatives believed they had to have an absolutely pure conservative to put on the court. and what senator collins seemed to be doing is saying you know what? ignore all that. he's not that conservative. he's actually a centrist. that's who i'm going to vote for. question for all of us now because 40 years of american jurisprudence just got shaped today going forward. is which kavanaugh is going to show up and be a supreme court justice. is it the collins one or the federalist society one. >> this is a collection of human beings. it's a living breathing body full of living breathing bodies. stranger things have happened than to have a john roberts the chief justice move himself even more into the center. >> john roberts has become the most important person in america to some extent. roberts is now the swing vote. so the chief is now what justice
kennedy was. and it will be a fascinating drama to watch. the battle is over over justice soon to be justice kavanaugh. the war goes on. and i think what's going to be fascinating watch is to what extent is the cavanaugh who shows up and goes to work at the supreme court, is that the kavanaugh that susan collins was talking about and to what extent the cavanaugh who said what goes around comes around. so defiant and so partisan he felt compelled to write an op-ed on the eve of the confirmation vote to clean it up. >> speaking of things we'd never seen before. we're going to take a break. we'll continue our conversation right after this.
we're going to get to jon meacham in just a minute -- she got to visit washington and spend two hours with one of her heroes, margaret chase smith. among other things, senator smith was one of the first public officials to turn against joe mccarthy almost 70 years ago. susan collins now representing senator smith's seat in the state representing maine. so, it was a canny and cagey move when mcconnell dropped her political hero knowing collins was listening. >> in 1950 it, character assassination and uncorroborated allegations were being utilized in a very different debate in that era. that's when a distinguished senator from maine, margaret chase smith, an icon from the
great state of our colleague senator collins went to the senate floor to say enough was enough. someone should remind him senator king is also from maine. john, i'm duty-bound to point out, marge xwret chase smith voted for new deal legislation in her time in the senate. there she is. >> yeah. and the timing of that speech that senator mcconnell was talking about is quite remarkable. it was very early in the mccarthy drama. mccarthy gave that speech on lincoln's birthday, where he had the names of 205 communists that wandered down to 57 and ultimately down to zero. she called it the declaration of conscience. she got six co-signers from her caucus. mccarthy dismissed them as snow white and the six dwarves.
but it was a pretty brilliant maneuver on mcconnell's part who are take margaret chase smith shorthand for defying your party to push collins into standing with her party. >> any profiles in courage today? you have 30 seconds. >> i don't think so. perhaps senator murkowski gets credit. i think it's a fascinating partisan moment. partisanship won today. and i think one of the reasons that happened, as president kennedy once remarked, there's a reason "profiles in courage," was just one volume. >> john, always a pleasure. thank you for joining us tonight. when we come back, why a whole lot of people have a whole lot of explaining to do. lot of explaining to do. when "the 11th hour" continues.e
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last thing before we go here tonight. from the looks of social media and the sound of the commenting class on cable, a lot of people have a lot of explaining to do. starting with us. it was asked repeatedly whether late today whether it isn't time for the news media to cease the heart stopping coverage of susan collins as some sort of maverick moderate independent senator after the role she played today, a strict adherent of mcconnell rule in the senate. folks are saying there's still time to change the name plate from flake to murkowski. chuck schumer will have to answer for why as democratic leader he couldn't deliver all the democratic votes. mcconnell lost one, too. and speaking of joe manchin, people were asking if he needs
to pick one political party and if he's okay be with the fact after he gave trump his vote on kavanaugh he was then trolled and bullied by connie injury on twitter. i bet he had another press release to go if collins want the other day. don junior says to vote for manchin's opponent. tonight there is much discussion on the left that mirrors the headline we saw in the "washington post." did michael avenatti help doom the case against brett cavanaugh. about the only humor to break the tension came when our friends at the oven be mitch mcconnell inflates throw the pouch in show of dominance. there was in this week from the l. a. times, it feels like only
a few years ago that the new york sometimes accused the president of tax fraud. that's it for tonight. good night from nbc headquarters here in new york. tonight on "all in." >> don't put a liar on the court. >> republicans have the votes to confirm brett kavanaugh. >> we're going to plow right through it. >> tonight, the backlash to manchin, flake and collins with senator mazie hirono. >> i gave my reasons for my decision.
>> the lasting damage to the supreme court with sherrilyn ifill and nancy girtner. >> this was not a search for the truth. >> how we move forward after a nightmare week were survivors. >> indelible in the hipaa campus is the laughter. >> when "all in" starts right now. good evening from new york, i'm chris hayes. well, in the words of mitch mcconnell they plowed right through, ignoring testimony from christine blasey ford that even they themselves said was credible and compelling. as well as evidence that brett kavanaugh repeatedly lied under oath, senators from the party of trump today moved to give kavanaugh a lifetime appointment on the supreme court. final vote is expected tomorrow, but the fight appears to be over. one republican, senator lisa murkowski of alaska voted no today, a decision she said she made at the last minute after