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that does it for us. follow us @mitchell reports. here is ali velshi and stephanie ruhle for "velshi & ruhle." >> coming up, a new impeachment report accuses president trump of multiple federal crimes. it comes as lawmakers are expected to vote on impeachment in the house this week. we'll talk to senator michael bennett of what happens after that vote. >> president trump and senator mcconnell are seating judges. there is no sign of letting up either. we have more on the push to reshape the judiciary. something that impacts every aspect of our lives and our nbc news exclusive.
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federal food inspectors sounding alarm, unsafe pork could make it to your dinner table under the new inspection rules. what they are saying - >> 24 hours on the big day of capitol hill. house democrats are preparing for their next step in the impeachment fight. the house rules committee will meet to set the parameters for the debate process and finalize any proposed changes which lays out two articles of impeachment, abusive of power and obstruction of congress. on wednesday, it is the big day. the house is expected to debate those articles of impeachment followed by an official full floor vote. on friday, marks the last scheduled day of house votes before congress departs for holiday recess. new fighting in democrats, jeff van drew is abandoning his party
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and moving over to the gop. >> geoff bennett, there is a lot to go through. let's talk about the house judiciary report. it was released after midnight of hundreds of pages. what's the biggest take away. >> reporter: some light reading dropped in our laps after midnight. the report breaks into four parts, the legal justification for moving forward with impeachment and what the articles are. the first part explains the process by which the house intelligence committee conducted the investigation, the second part lays out the standards and constitution impeachment and obstruction of congress. it reaches this on collusion. president trump has realized the founders' worst nightmare. he abused his power and soliciti soliciting and pressuring a vulnerable foreign nation to
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corrupt the next united states presidential election. this is a box checking exercise. the committee had to release this to set up a floor debate and vote that's set for wednesday, guys. >> chuck schumer is pushing mitch mcconnell to negotiate how this trial is going to go in the senate. schumer is laying out his own plan for the impeachment trial, what's the difference what schumer wants to happen and what mcconnell indicated is likely to happen. >> and does mcconnell care what schumer wants. >> here is the deal. the timing here is key. you have chuck schumer going on offense at a time mitch mcconnell signalled what kind of trial he wants to see. he wants something that's fast and focus. the first week you would have the white house or the house managers or prosecutors present the case. the second week, you would have the white house present the rebuttal and at some point, mcconnell thinks you would have
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51 senators then. we heard enough, let's vote up or down. that would be the end of impeachment. you never had any witnesses cross the threshold. what you are hearing from schumer, from the last two or three months, you have been complaining how this process is rushed and we have not heard from witnesses. he's calling them bluff here. if you believe that, let's bring testimonies for folks who had something to say like mulvaney and bolton and a couple of officials from the white house's budget office. schumer is calling for a month's long process. even though this letter is addressed to mitch mcconnell and named, the letter is a strategy to pick off a handful of vulnerables or moderate senate republicans. the negotiatsenate as you know,d 67 votes to remove president trump from office via impeachment. you need 51 majority to
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establish the rules of the road. republicans have a thin majority, schumer is thinking he can pick off just enough to have the kind of free and fair trial that he envisions. >> i didn't know tabout that. >> i just heard it today. geoff bennett at the capitol. thank you. >> sure. >> we are keeping a tab on what americans are thinking of impeachment. the president says impeachment has been great for him and he's looking at poll numbers raised through the roof. i have not seen those numbers. >> there are different polls and different sides can look at and you can sort of tell. three new polls coming out in the last day or so asking versions of the question, should trump be impeached or removed from office. there was a fox news poll showing 50% in support of impeachment and removal of the
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president there, a majority support. there was a usa today showing 51% opposing that different sides that are going to promote different sides. look at the average of all the polls that are out there on this question. let me show you where that stands radioiight now and basic dead even. 6.0 of a point. yes, tit is hovering 46 and 47 and no is catching yes today in the average. basically, very, very little has changed since the impeachment process was initiated. >> can you help us understand, you used to cover new jersey politics. help us understand what jeff van drew is doing. it is a win for republicans
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because they're saying look, nobody wants the impeachment but they're not going to welcome this guy with opened arms and democrats are not happy. >> he's interesting. he spent the last two weeks asking prominent democrats in new jersey to come out and publicly back him for a second term. they basically all declined to do so. take a look at this district here, second district of new jersey. you think of new jersey a lot or the suburbs of philly. this is southern new jersey here, cumberland county. this is blue collar trump territory. trump won this district by five points and 2018 when van drew ran. let me tell you something the name you see there, seth grossman. the national republican party denounced him, walked away from
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h him, withdrew money. >> he still got 45%. >> he came to congress, yes, there is a freshman democrat. that would have to make him nervous of the under lying party in that district. >> steve. >> these are phillies and eagles fans, as oppose to us giants and yankees fans. >> that's the distinction i was about to made but you made it first. >> tomorrow. see, sometimes you learn something here steve. something you did not want to know. steve cornacki, thank you. tomorrow house rules committee is going to meet to set the rules for the house debate. joining us now, jim mcgovern of massachusetts. good to see you and thank you for being with us. this is something that most people who are watching us never should have got involved in how this happens.
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it becomes remarkably important. we have talked about it before. you are at the center of the impeachment process. give us a preview of what tomorrow meaning is going to look like, what does the debate of rules look like coming up? the rules can be a little tomorrow and put forward the process so the articles of impeachment can be brought to the floor and hopefully on wednesday to be debated in a respectful fashion. this is a big deal. and we are going to remind people as well what this is all about. we are meeting to bring these articles forward because of the president of the united states. he's the guy that tries to shake down a foreign country to help him cheat in the upcoming election. this is a serious matter. it is brought up before the full house on wednesday. >> take us behind the scenes, you have been spending the last few weeks trying to show the american people what the president did or what you
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believe he did, we got jeff van drew planning to switch to the republican party over impeachment. how is this affecting the process behind the scenes? >> jeff van drew has a campaign crisis. he did a poll and found out majority of democrats would not vote for him because he came out against impeachment. contrast that a conservative republican who left the republican party because he was more f horrified because he could not bring himself to criticize the behavior. so look, this is a vote of conscious and members will have to make up their own mind. what this president did was wrong. i think you know he's making a mockery of the constitution. when i get elected to congress, i took an oath, preserve and protect and defend the
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constitution of the united states. we have a president that wants to throw the constitution in a paper shredder and we'll do everything we can to make sure it does not happen. >> if the house does vote for impeachment, is there a scenario? we keep on hearing it debated and it passes the house but the house delays it into the resolution for various purposes. how does it work? does that fall into your hand or nancy pelosi. >> it is up to nancy pelosi and she will make that decision. that's out of our purview. >> how soon do you expect to see this impeachment vote gets wrapped up in the house. >> i am hoping we'll finish our work in the rules of committee tomorrow. we'll debate the rules on wednesday and move right into the impeachment proceedings and i hope it is done by wednesday. again, we want to move it forward orderly and in respe respectfully fashion. we want to make sure we protect the process but my expectation is that wednesday will be the
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day. congressman, good to see you. thank you. >> the conversation continues when we come back with democratic senator michael bennett who's also running for president. he joins us next. president trump and senate majority leader mitch mcconnell seated a stunning number of judge in the last three years. they are on track to seating more. shaping the courts for years to come. you need to pay attention this. you are watching "velshi & ruhle," right here on msnbc. tch& ruhle," right here on msnbc. -well, audrey's expecting... -twins! grandparents! we want to put money aside for them, so...change in plans. alright, let's see what we can adjust. ♪ we'd be closer to the twins. change in plans. okay. mom, are you painting again? you could sell these. lemme guess, change in plans? at fidelity, a change in plans is always part of the plan.
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the trump administration have done more to shape the courts in just one term than any president in recent history. it is a strategy that'll affect the laws of the land for years to come. let me show you a little bit about this. since taking office, president trump nominated a whopping 234 federal judges. 174 confirmed. these confirmations are broken down by u.s. district courts, u.s. court of appeals and the supreme court. while the president has two supreme court nominations under his belt, justice neil gorsuch and brett kavanaugh. right now according to the federal initial center, more than more than one quarter of active in the united states are trump's appointees. president trump named a total of 50 judges to appeal courts, compares to president obama a total of 55 judges to the
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appeals court in the entire eight years at the white house. at this point, he confirmed 24 federal appeal judge courts. why does it mall? there are 13 appellate courts that sit below scotus. the decision made by appeal judges are usually the final word of the case. these judges serve lifetime appointments so their tenure could last for decades. his appointee will still hold the power to push a conservative agenda. joining us now is the author of "the federalist society," our attorney danielle mclaughlin. >> great to be back. >> it is extraordinary.
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many people say it is the greatest achievement of mitch mcconnell or president trump. do they have a counter to the federal county machine. as we know, president trump had a list of approved nominees. he went around and told people these are the people that he wants to put on courts. that's what he had done. but, for the life of me, i can't figure out what democrats are hoping. they're hoping ruth bader ginsburg survives and does not get reelected. >> ruth bader ginsburg as important as that seat is, is just one seat. those are lifetime appointments. >> the supreme court gets a lot of the noise and the big amendment cases.
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this is where we hear the big abortion cases. they only get there -- my concern and this is working out his appointees of younger than obama appointees. this is how you get to the supreme court, a circuit split. if we have a lot of conservatives in those appellate courts, maybe we'll not have a split. # 7,000 or so, actually -- the appellate court called the policymaking courts because they really decide what the law is. >> you are right. we don't cover as much. >> let's talk about the vacancies. as of december 2nd, there are 98 vacancies in the judiciary. are there always a large number? >> no, this goes back to the historic actions of mitch
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mcconnell and the president obama presidency. the idea that you used to have a super majority to approve a federal judge or a appellate judge. we saw what happens with mayor garland and of course gorsuch and another thing that matters is kennedy is gone. the swing vote is justice john roberts. the center court drifted to the right. they're on the opposite side of 5-4 decision 50 times. >> it is impossible to over state how much influence mitch mcconnell has on all of this. on fox news, he was boasting about how he blocked president obama's judicial appointments for years. let's watch.
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>> the most important decision i made in my entire political career was not fulfill the supreme court of justice scalia passed away. that was the beginning. now we got the exclamation point here. >> i was shocked that former president obama left so many vacancies and did not try to fill those positions. >> i was in charge of what we did the last two years of the obama administration. >> i will give you full credit for that. take a bow. that was a good one. >> he gets the honesty prize for that one. historically that's not the case. typically the senate took a responsibility of approving a judge as determining whether they would qualify. there are some sense that the president nominates the people they get appointed unless there is some flaw in the qualifications. >> right, there are two things going on. the first is we don't have the blue slip anymore. we are able to veto the federal
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court nominee on the idea they know they are home judges and know what their states need and set a personal relationship. which is problematic. i talked about the fact that we don't have the super majority climate anymore. we still have for the supreme court and this idea that republicans take some gleeful measure mixing up with the system. really exercising the power that's given out of the constitution. they did not bring mayor garland out for a vote. they are advising a consent, a power that the senate has. they did not exercise it. i think for all they talk about and all that have been -- as it relates to president obama especially. they did not do what the constitution wanted them to do. >> good to see you. we always learn a great deal
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welcome back to "velshi & ruhle." elizabeth warren is campaigning across important state of iowa to make her case to voters. warren sat down this weekend with john harwood in clinton, iowa, to talk about her medicare plan and how it is different from her rivals. >> didn't you move in the declaration of obama's view when you offered the two-stage medicare for all proposal. first year you would do what biden and pete buttigieg were talking about on healthcare and defer the bigger program for the third year. >> actually what others are offering is not what i am offering. i am offering the most help to
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the greatest number of people in the quickest way possible. so i am offering full healthcare coverage to 135 million people who can get it for free. they can opt in, others can buy it for a modest price, offering them to lower the age of medicare down to 50 and anyone if they want to can buy in. so people can experience what full healthcare coverage feels like. >> now, saturday seven democratic candidate participated in the first ever nationally televised forum on public education. more than a thousand educators and public school advocates watched the candidate discussed their policies and lay out their division and improve schools and make education assessable for all. >> i believe that it is our responsibility as a nation and will be my responsibility as president of the united states to make certain that every
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public school is an excellent public school. >> our schools were designed hundred of years ago and it is unfair to expect we are going to be able to succeed in the 201st century if we imagine what it looks like. >> more women drop out of college because of sexually assault and being victimized in any other reasons. not academically. universal free prek is a requirement. >> as we look at the anniversary of sandy hook and i know you pointed out earlier, the thought of that teacher and the school aid in the closet with the little boys with their arms around them where they are both shot dead. that should not be happening. >> there is not enough conversation going on about apprenticeship, internship and cte so that you can prosper whether you went to college or
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not. there is no question we got to keep track every kid in this country to make sure that he or she is reading and doing math well. but, there are better ways to do it than standardized testing. >> joining us now, presidential candidate, michael bennett, of colorado who was a school superintendent in colorado. you really connected to the audience. it was a room full of educators and teachers and people who worked in the school system. hoar is here is a problem, senator, this is important to everybody. it does not make it to the top of the list. how do a guy like you make this a top priority so people can engage and hear what you got to offer. >> it was great that you guys did the forum, here we are months in the election, in a single debate, we are living in
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a country where our education system is reenforcing incumbent equality that we have. this may not show up on tv but it shows up in every single town hall that i had in iowa and new hampshire and south carolina and south colorado. we have to address it in the country. we right laare living in the 21 century. something is desperately wrong with the democracy. by the way, it is not just this issue that's getting credited. we have spent so much time on this medicare for all that it is never going to be the law of the land. and instead of focusing on things like my proposal and cut childhood poverty in america by 40% in the first year i am elected president. this is not the agenda that i have constructed over the years that would be an answer to people in the country who would say we can't afford healthcare and housing and early education
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even though we are working very hard. we can't afford the middle class life. that's the agenda democrats should be running. you told our colleague that other candidates have stolen your ideas on healthcare. why do you think your message has not been breaking through? >> i am less known than other candidates. joe biden came up in the context, accusing pete buttigieg stealing his healthcare idea. listen, i am the guy that wrote the damn bill so they're all stealing my idea. i am not well-known and i am continuing to chip away. i think we need a new generation of leadership in this country. the failure of data and the complete lack of accountability that we have had. 20 years of war in iraq, it is
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time to turn the page and we need a new generation of leadership that can win purple states in this country or we'll lose again in donald trump. it will be a disaster for the kids i used to work for in public schools. >> president trump slammed the fbi and the justice department, inspector general over the report last week saying the fbi caused to open the russia investigation into the trump campaign. the former director of the fbi and cia, william webster wrote in t"the new york times" saying that the president's thinly veiled suggestion that the director, christopher wray could be on the chopping block disturbs me greatly. >> talk to me about the way the
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president is handling this. >> it is important. at a time american history where there are politician who is are willing to repeat putin's talking point and say ukraine interfered with the 2016 election when that's absolutely false, i can tell you. it is refreshing to have an fbi director who tells the truth which is no. there is no bases that says the ukrainians interfered. it was the russians that interfered. we should be forcing mcconnell to put this protection legislation on the floor so we can protect america in line with what the fbi director has said. so i mean i think that does not mean the fbi is perfect and it is clear that they screwed up some stuff with their application but there was no political motivation based on their investigation. just because donald trump continues to make it so does not
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mean it is true. just when donald trump said i didn't try to extort ukraine for my political advantage, that does not make it true. >> the impeachment hearing have not moved a needle in terms of the american public pushing for impeachment. you spent the last year or so traveling the country, what can you tell us about the mindset of the american people that they're watching testimony after testimony and not changing their tune? >> i think the american people are frustrated with the partisan politics in d.c. they are frustrated with the government that has brought us the two 20 years awards that i have talked about and frustrated of the economy that does not work well for them and their kids. i would expect impeachment in the polling to go up and down between now and election day which is critical for us. those of us believes the president needs to be held accountable here is for us to behave in accordance to the rule
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of law to make sure people understand why it is so important. i think in the end, we are going to have to beat donald trump at the polls. there is no getting around that. that's what it is going to happen. mcconnell has told us he's not going to convict president trump. we better nominate somebody that takes on donald trump and nominate somebody who could win these purple states. in fact, i saw a poll today that says 76% of democrats are still unsure. that's what i am hearing as i travel. >> senator, good to see you. thank you for joining us on the education forum as well. >> thank you for having me there. i really enjoyed it. it was really important that you do it. thank you. >> senator michael bennett of colorado. >> at least 100,000 people could not enroll due to glitches in the system, what is being done
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including this ad featuring a same-sex couple kissing at their wedding. 1 million moms urged the network not to air the ad. the group is part of the american family association which has been labeled as an an anti- lbgtq hate group. last night, hallmark wrote out this. "the crown media team has been agonizing over this decision as we've seen the hurt it has intentionally caused." joining us now. the president of the lbgtq advocacy group.
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sarah ellis. >> thank you for having me. >> what do you make of this, stuff our viewers did not think it is controversial and suddenly it is controversial in the initial response and what happens afterwards. >> it was surprising. hallmark channel has had a good record on lbgtq movement. so to take a base of 1 million moms that does not have 5,000 twitter followers was surprising. it was a big surprise. i think reversing course quickly was the right move. it sent the right message to the lbgtq community and the right message to 1 million moms which is they don't have the power they're trying to have and the influence they're trying to to have. >> before hallmark made this reversal. zola put out a statement saying they no longer be advertising with walmart no matter what
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happens. now hallmark has said come on back, we'll reair it. what should they do? >> i think hallmark is doing the right thing. we are working with hallmark to hold them accountable moving forward. if they want to go back and advertise them, that's their audience. there are a lot of lbgtq people who watched hathe hallmark channel. i think it is okay to watch back. our job is to monitor and watch this and we'll be. we'll be working with them to make sure there will be more inclusive moving forward. there will be a lot of people in -- they want to know how to handle this in the future. 1 million moms, however many moms are in this group will continue to do what they are doing. what should a company, a major company with a major brand do when they encounter this sort of thing. i guess companies protest all
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the time. how should they be handling it? >> that was one of the first things we did. we showed them who 1 million moms really was. i don't think they had done the background work on that. they did not know that. they had the petition of 25,000 signatures and they felt that was significant until the backlash they saw this weekend which led far beyond that. i think i recommend and we work with a lot of fortune 500 companies and a lot of content creators. that's our job to help inform them and give them competency around the lbgtq community. call me before you make any decisions like that. we can help you navigate them. we have done it with big companies, we have worked with pg&e advertisements and we have worked with delta, some movies got pulled in flight. we help to navigate that.
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we are here as a resource. >> i want to read you something. >> can i ask one quick question though? >> yes. >> one million moms sound like a million moms. how does one actually know? >> heterosexual relationships mean 2 million kids or nothing like that. >> who is this group? > >> it is a smart way they position themselves because right out of the gate you are thinking there is this massive group. >> 25,000 signatures and one million moms. >> yes. this is the front for a larger anti-lbgtq group , that's designated as a hate group in america txdoday. they always try to target lbgtq people. >> we should call the show something else.
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>> it is going to be the number one tv show. >> it will do it. i am open to meeting with the women who runs this monocica co. we have not heard from her. my wife and i had to sit down and explain this to our twins, why is this ad being pulled. ill like to introduce her to my family and see where she could go from there. >> hopefully she watches because this is the number one tv show in the world. i am sure she's watching right now. sarah ellis, thank you for joining us on the number one tv show in the world. >> nbc news exclusive. inspector sounding the alarm over what can end up in your meat. >> it is all because of sexual organs and toenails and bladders. >> all the above. it is all because of changes in the rules surrounding pork inspection, food inspector could
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welcome back to "velshi & ruhle." moments ago the centers for medicare and medicaid services announced extending open
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enrollment for after website outages prevent thousands of people for signing up for open enrollment before last night's deadline. >> they said, quote, to accommodate consumers who attempted to enroll in coverage during the final hours but who may have experienced issues starting at 3:00 p.m. eastern today, december 16th, we are extending the deadline to sign up for january 1st coverage until 3:00 a.m. eastern december 18th. all right this month, the usda is enacting the largest change in the way our food is inspected in more than 50 years. we sat down with inspectors and they're speaking out on camera for the very first time and say the pork you may eat might not be as safe as you think. >> toenails, hair, sexual organs, bladers. >> all the above. >> reporter: that's what's potentially in your pork, according to some of america's federal inspectors, speaking out
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for the first time in an nbc exclusive. usda inspectors jill mauer and anthony va loan are sounding the alarm. >> do you feed your children or your families this pork? >> i don't eat from this plant. >> you don't eat from the same plant where you work? >> correct. >> no. >> reporter: they say the meat you eat may soon be less safe than you think thanks to a change in rules for pork inspection, now set to roll out nationwide under the trump administration. >> the consumer is being duped to believe that it actually is getting federally inspected when there's no one there to even watch or do anything about anything. >> reporter: both inspectors work at a pork plant in the midwest, one of the first to adopt the pilot program. they say the changes have been dramatic. in traditional plant, as many as seven federal inspectors check the animals for defects like contaminants or sign of disease. under the new system, that number goes down to two or three more experienced federal inspectors. but now the plant's own
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employees will be checking and sorting with no federal training required with inspectors verifying their work. >> there's not enough time to react to situations that arise. you have 2.6 inspected. >> so inspect the entire hog? >> yes. you can't see much in that time. there's a lot of contamination headed out the door. >> reporter: they say there's no set limit on how fast the meat can go by. >> as long as they feel like they can get away with it, they will. >> reporter: the usda declined to do an on-camera interview for this story but said via email that inspectors have the authority to slow and stop the line so ensure food safety inspection is achieved, adding, they will conduct 100% carcass by carcass inspection. while these federal inspectors say that's true, in practice they say the potential for unsafe food to pass inspection will be much higher, a concern
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six current and former federal inspectors have shared through sworn affidavits to federal regulators. >> what you open up is going to be a mystery. >> what are pathogens? >> the things that make you sick like e. coli and salmonella. >> and those things could potentially enter into our food? >> correct. >> reporter: the pilot program is currently in five plants across the country with plans to expand next year. combined, those 40 plants process more than 90% of america's pork. cdc records show there have been no food illness outbreaks since the first one started in 2000 but food safety advocates argue the risk will be much greater once it expands. >> sorters, inspectors, whatever you want to call them for the companies are doing the work that public servant inspectors used to do. it's all being done at a much
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higher rate. you're bound to make mistakes, and if you make mistakes, it's the public that is harmed. >>. >> reporter: so as americans head to the kitchen, these federal inspectors say they should also be looking to washington. >> mostly contaminated product enters commerce. when will it stop? when someone dies. >> nbc contacted all five plants in the north american media institute which shared this statement, after more than 15 years of experience with the successful pilot program, a voluntary system still requires usda inspectors to inspect every animal before harvest and every carcass after harvest to ensure the product is wholesome and the usda has authority to affect an establishment's line speed. one of the five plants also responded saying this in part, smithfield foods' success as a
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global food company depends on us upholding the highest levels of food safety and quality every single day. >> nbc news asked to interview inspectors at all of the five pilot plants but the usda declined to make them available for interview. the trump administration is looking to make these same changes for beef processing. as the decade comes to a close, we want to know what you think the biggest story of 2010 was. go to nbc slash decade stories and tell us what you think. you're watching "velshi & ruhle" live on msnbc. think. you're watching "velshi & ruhle" live on msnbc. ♪oh there's no place like home for the holidays.♪
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thank you for watching "velshi & ruhle." i'm going to see you back here at 3:00 p.m. eastern. >> i will see you back here at 9:00 a.m. eastern. right now our dear friend katy tur picks up coverage. >> good afternoon. it's 11:00 a.m. at west and 2:00 p.m. in washington where on capitol hill the house is preparing for an historic vote on the impeachment of donald trump. we're days away even as the senate seems determined to quit the president no matter what. it is day 84 of the impeachment inquiry and here's what's happening. in a 658-page report released overnight, democrats on the house judiciary committee argued the president has, quote, placed his personal, political interests above our national security, our free and fair elections and our system of checks and balances. he has engaged in a pattern of misconduct that will continue


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