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good morning. 10:00 a.m. eastern, 7:00 a.m. pacific. i'm jose diaz-balart. this morning frustrations for millions of americans coping with rising food costs, high gas prices, and now headaches at airports. is there any relief in sight? also this morning, what we can expect at tomorrow's house january 6 committee hearing and now that the cdc has recommended the covid vaccine for the youngest children, we'll ask a top doctor about what parents need to know. plus, later this hour, a major blow to french president macron who failed to win an absolute majority in the legislature after winning re-election. we'll talk to one of his former
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advisers about what that means for him next. this morning many americans are on edge over the economy, coping with the rising cost of food and other goods including high gas prices. the average price for regular gas sits at $4.98. aggravation over traveling extended to the airport this weekend. folks facing a nightmare, to us of flights canceled. on sunday alone, yesterday, nearly 1,000 flights were canceled as airlines struggle with increased demand, bad weather and staffing shortages. the white house trying to tackle concerns about the economy and inflation as americans begin to feel the fallout from the federal reserve raising interest rates. janet yellen touting optimism, echoing president biden by saying a recession is not inevitable and even suggesting
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that a federal gas tax holiday is worth considering. joining us now nbc news white house correspondent and nbc news correspondent at newark liberty airport, the dean of the clinton school of public service at the university of arkansas, an msnbc contributor, and david ignatius, columnist at the "washington post" and also an msnbc contributor. emily, what are some of the challenges people are facing today as they're trying to get home? >> reporter: well, there's quite a few. good morning to you, jose. you can see some of the summer travel boom playing out behind me as i was driving into newark liberty. i saw cars inching along trying to get to the airport. we saw more than 3,000 flights nixed across the country since friday. this, unfortunately, feels like
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a bit of deja vu. here is more from some frustrated travelers. take a listen. >> look at the line. i mean, welcome to 2022, i guess. >> my sister is getting married and the reception was tomorrow but we're not going to make it. >> i get here to the airport just for our flight to be delayed, delayed, delayed. at about 11:30 last night the flight was canceled. >> reporter: and this summer airlines will continue to contend with bad weather, staffing shortages, and exorbitant jet fuel prices, one of the driving factors in what's making the cost of travel so high right now. the average roundtrip flight costs nearly $400 for the month of june. still, it's not stopping demand. we saw some 2.4 million passengers take to the skies on friday alone. tsa says that is a record for the year of 2022 and just shy of a pandemic high. the transportation secretary met with industry leaders last week
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to address the widespread disruptions we continue to see. he pushed for -- pete buttigieg pushed for increasing the number of customer service representatives. we see long lines at baggage claim, customer service desks, and hour long wait times. the idea the federal government could potentially take action against airlines who fail to meet sort of a consumer standard. that could happen later this year. if it does, jose, here is hoping the july 4th weekend goes a little bit smoother. >> emilie, i tried to reach an airline on a deal about a flight that was canceled and i think it was a six-hour waiting period to speak to someone. meanwhile, what are you hearing about the impact of high gas prices on summer plans? >> reporter: i think that people are still -- there's still this pent-up energy to get out and make something work, but we are
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hearing, people are adjusting, perhaps the length of their road trip because of the high prices. the average gallon of gas is costing -- still hovering around $5 a gallon. that's up more than 60% compared to this time last year. another really jarring statistic within a recent week's period we saw 10 cent increase, at least, in ten states. so a lot of people still seeing these exorbitant gas prices and it's influencing, jose, how people are traveling this summer. >> and, mike, what's the level of concern at the white house about all of this? >> reporter: well, it's significant, jose. just about every poll you look at shows that americans are saying that inflation and the economy overall is the number one voting issue this fall. and just about every poll you look at shows that americans are giving president biden very low marks for his handling of the economy and inflation, lower even than his already low approval rating overall which is hovering just around 40%. and so this question of what to
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do about it has been all consuming at the white house. you see that on the domestic policy front as you had energy secretary grant holm talking about a range including a gas tax holiday. it's also impacting their foreign policy. there's no doubt that president biden's decision to travel to saudi arabia, yes, they're saying the focus is on mideast peace, but we know saudi arabia and opec more broadly has a big role to play in the supply of oil which could potentially bring costs down as well. and you have it affecting the political frame as we head into an election year and that's one reason why president biden is increasingly pointing the finger elsewhere. we've heard for some time him ascribing as putin's price hike. of course the war in ukraine a significant destabilizing event for the energy markets but you increasingly have the focus on republicans. the white house pointed out, yes, energy prices, food prices, inflation accounts for a significant psychological factor but as a part of the overall
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budget for americans, it's only 20% and the president saying republicans have been standing in the way of president biden's efforts to lower other costs for everyday americans, things like prescription drugs, health care, and that's increasingly what we're hearing from the white house, an effort to point the finger at republicans for not doing their part for what is essentially a national emergency at this point. >> and, david, to what extent is russia's invasion of ukraine and other things playing a role in this crisis? emilie was just mentioning the cost of gasoline has gone up 60% from this time a year ago. that's before the invasion of ukraine and so much more. >> jose, russia's invasion has had an affect on energy prices, housing market instability, the anxiety about future supplies. i think that is a factor in president biden's decision to go
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to saudi arabia to meet there with crown prince bin salmon. whether that will significantly lower the price of gasoline consumers buy, i'm told is unlikely. we're going to see these prices most economists think, begin to come down. although the fed is really hitting the brakes hard, many of the causes of inflation aren't traditional factors that the fed can affect through interest rates. certainly the war in ukraine is not something the fed can effect, the supply chain associated with the pandemic, is not something the federal reserve policy can effect. this is president biden's summer of discontent in so many ways, so many things the administration hoped would be going right or wrong, but for now i think letting the fed do
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its work, letting the fed show its credibility really is the only option the administration has. >> and, victoria, how does this play out politically? >> we know inflation is the top issue of concern for all americans, but i think in terms of how exactly it plays out it depends on who we're talking about because inflation is going to affect different people differently, and those who are most vulnerable, those who earn the least, are going to be the most impacted. and here we're looking at our communities of color in particular but also low-income white americans. the other demographic that hit by inflation as we've seen in the data young folks, more specifically individuals under 40 and individuals under 40 who have families, who have kids. how do you put food on the table when you're having to pay these high prices, and you may not have a job that allows you to make ends meet?
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looking at these demographics is going to be important for both parties and figuring out how do we message leading up to the 2022 midterm. the other issue is talking about midterms, they're traditionally low turnout elections. people don't tend to turn out as much so the question is, is inflation going to be a motivating factor on the democratic side because folks are angry or on the republican side because maybe they want to try something new and there's going to be some crossover. so at the end of the day it is inflation but we need to go below the surface in figuring out how it will affect different folks differently. >> and, david, i'm wondering, the world is so connected, right, and certainly our economy in the united states has a lot to do with the economies of some of the other countries around the world that we are so related to. david, i'm just wondering, foreign policy and how much the
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united states can play a factor in things like the economies of other countries that we're so dependent on getting better as well? >> i think one reason that it's important for the federal reserve to take inflation seriously is the federal reserve is unquestionably the dominant force in the global economy. we saw that when the covid pandemic first hit, the fed made money suddenly very easy in the united states, every other central bank followed immediately. there was a similar response after the crash of 2007-2008, the fed was the unquestioned leader of the global system and that's a huge importance to the united states in its trading, economic relations. interestingly at a time when we have so many problems the dollar
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continues to be very strong. it's a measure of global confidence that in this time of uncertainty the u.s. economy remains stronger than any other people want to invest in our assets and dollars so that financial credibility is immeasurable. our ability to reach down in the individual economies is limited but our ability to affect the broad macro picture is as strong as it ever was through the fed. >> interesting about the strength of the dollar being unchanged. >> the special election in texas' 34th district which used to be -- it is solidly blue and more than 85% latino. what should parties take away from her wing? >> this one is a complicated one. this is a district that is going to change for the next election
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because of redistricting. the republican party put a lot of time, money and energy into her winning the district. republicans say this as a win but when we look at what the lines look like it's, i think, plus 12 points for democrats. so i think the democrats are probably going to be safe in that district come november, if i were a betting woman. the bigger picture is looking at the effort that republicans are putting into south texas. i don't think democrats should disregard that even though mita might lose in november they're putting in an investment across the region and obviously across the state. for the short term they will be okay. for the medium to long term they need to keep their eye on what the gop is doing in investing in latino. >> i think that redistricting
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will take the district from plus biden so it will have an impact on that specific. thank you all. i appreciate you being with us. up next georgia's top election officials trying to testify at tomorrow's january 6th hearing. what should we expect to hear from them? and the youngest children in the country should start getting covid vaccines as early as tomorrow. what we're hearing from parents next. eari fngrom parents next r world. your why. what drives you? what do you want to leave behind? what do you want to give back? what do you want to be remembered for? that's your why. it's your purpose, and we will work with you every step of the way to achieve it. at pnc private bank,
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17 past the hour. just in, a group of senators could release full text today. joining us is ali vitaly. where do things stand now? >> reporter: when we left last week there was a lot of frustration over two specific sticking points in crafting this gun package on reforming the gun system. background checks to red flag laws. the two sticking points were ways to incentivize states not just with red flag programs but early intervention programs and the over sticking point on the boyfriend loophole about domestic violence and how to
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define what a boyfriend is effectively. how to define the nontraditional partnerships that aren't just a marriage. that's where negotiations were last week. people still trying to figure out the details as they craft the bill text. we're told by sources over the weekend those conversations happened. those issues were, in the words of one source familiar with these negotiations to me, resolved. and now we expect we could get bill text from this senate group as early as today. the reason that's important, jose, they've set their own time line on this saying they want to be able to pass this legislation by july 4th when folks leave town again. that could happen if they stay on this time line releasing bill text today and working through it this week, potentially putting it on the floor next week. they don't have that many days left to play with. what one source said to me they are 98% of the way there. that's a good sign and markedly different when the lead
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republican was leaving town saying he was frustrated. this thing looks like it's finally coming together. >> thank you so very much. tomorrow the january 6th committee on capitol hill there is expected to present evidence of former president trump's efforts to pressure state lawmakers and officials in his attempt to change the results of the 2020 election. georgia's secretary of state, brad raffensperger and his debty gabe sterling are expected to testify about trump's campaign to alter the election. remember back in january of last year trump called raffensperger and other officials urging them to find enough votes to declare him the winner. here is part of the phone call. >> i just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. because we won the state.
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>> joining us now a political reporter at the atlanta journal constitution. he is also the author of "flipped: how georgia turned purple and broke the monopoly on republican power." an msnbc political contributor. greg, we've known about trump's phone call over a year now. what new could we be learning about tomorrow's hearing? >> you are exactly right. millions of people have heard snippets of the phone call. brad raffensperger has even written a book about that interaction. what's less clear are the actions taken to pressure the united states including pressure from senator lindsey graham of south carolina to toss mail-in ballots and there could be other revelations and there's value, frankly, in reminding people of the phone call, putting that part of a broader package that the investigators are putting together to show that the effort
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of donald trump to overturn georgia's election. >> and the broader package is what we will be seeing tomorrow. what about the attempts on state officials? >> they're not just interested, of course, in his pressure campaign against mike pence, which they laid out in very minute detail last week, but they are looking to explain to people this was a nationwide effort, it targeted a whole host of officials and something not just trump himself but many close allies were involved in. we've seen the justice department now bring charges against peter navarro who was a senior adviser to president trump. one of the things the select committee wanted to talk to navarro about, a huge basket of topics is a phone call that would then involve scores of
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state legislators from all around the country that the white house, trump and navarro participated in as they were trying to foster support for this effort to overturn the election. the other angle we expect to be emphasizing in coming weeks many of the people who were involved in trump's efforts are still undeterred, looking for ways to expand their political power to make it harder for people to vote and to increase administrative control over elections in states and jurisdictions. the select committee sees this as capturing history but also forward looking. >> and, greg, raffensperger and other officials faced threats. how has 2020 impacted these officials? >> there's intimidation, coercion, death threats.
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gabe sterling, who is also going to be testifying, he's talked extensively about the threats local officials have faced. these are not name brand people, people who ran for public office of high power. they faced death threats for carrying out their duties. efforts to intimidate lower level election officials in states like georgia and arizona and others that go after the heroes of democracy, who make our elections work, who are unfairly targeted by trump's lies and a lot of them aren't active in this world anymore. they felt they had to quit their jobs and move on to other tasks because they face such intimidation, such threats in 2020. >> the january 6th committee says it's cooperating with the justice department's request to share transcripts of their witness interviews.
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how could this impact the doj's investigations? >> one big thing the justice department will be looking for are inconsistencies and contradictions with what they were told in grand jury interviews versus what the same people told capitol hill investigators if there are examples of lies and people who could have lied face increased criminal exposure and, remember, capitol hill, the select committee has interviewed more than 1,000 people. that's a huge number of folks who participated in the probe who maybe would be much less comfortable and likely it would be a lot quicker for doj if capitol hill cooperated fast to just go through the transcripts congress has rather than replicating those interviews themselves.
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it's a big deal they finally agreed in the last couple of days to start sharing those transcripts with the department. >> thank you very much for being with us this morning. as americans celebrate pride month this yuan we're seeing a rise in threats against the lgbtq plus community, targeting events for transgender rights and drag performances. we see pride events targeted throughout our country. 31 members of patriot front arrested from a pride festival, armed with riot gear including riot shields, shinguards and at least one smoke grenade. joining me now nbc news senior reporter ben collins. ben, what's driving the rise in these threats to the lgbtq plus groups? >> if you talk to people who have been targeted with the things they say it's a part of what they call far right
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machine. now that machine was previously trained on things like critical race theory but now they've turned their sites during pride month to anti-trans events they are hosting or trying to take over trans rights events. they are seeing these pride protests or pride rallies and are zeroing in on them. it was a drag queen story hour in california, a specific state senator targeted in california. another trans rights event. these were within 12, 14 hours after this specific event. not that big bust of people in a u-haul. these are still happening throughout the country. >> ben collins, thank you very much. important that we bring that up. up next, parents of babies,
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parents of young kids are breathing a sigh of relief after cdc director walensky signed off on covid vaccines for kids under 5:00. that endorsement means pediatric doses of pfizer and moderna will be available beginning this week for millions of children across the country. they are preparing to vaccinate kids as young as 6 months old. with us a physician and founder of advancing health equity. parents can begin to schedule vaccines for their kids right now. >> reporter: we're not expecting the demand weep saw in earlier phases of the pandemic. they have online appointments opening up but the clinic tells me they're not looking at the crush of requests that we've seen at other phases and that tracks with the survey about 40%
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of parents are taking a wait and see approach so we're not looking at people rushing out the door in the same levels but i want to take you because this is a moment us moment so this is the security cage, the fencing, and inside the special freezers since late 2020 images for much of the past two years, places where the vaccines have been stored and been kept safe before their shots in arms. the clinic says this freezer is going to hold vaccine doses for those youngest children between 6 months old and 4 years old for the pfizer shots which will be stored here and one parent talked about this giving his family finally a chance to get back to some of the more normal activities they've been april voiding. >> we're really excited to get them vaccinated. i understand people being
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hesitant. we're making decisions for our kids than for our self, i think. we're lucky to have an awesome pediatrician who has been guiding us through it. for us it's just weighing the benefits versus the risk. >> reporter: and just another reminder, jose, even as more and more of us have returned to some sense of normalcy as we felt safer going out and doing things again there are many families that have continued to hold back because not everyone in their household has had that extra layer of protection from a vaccination and now the cdc says close to 20 million more children will be able to get that vaccine should their families choose to do so, jose. >> and those freezers that are behind you there, one has to remember both moderna and pfizer need to be kept extremely cold, right? >> reporter: yes, and so we've talk with some folks from pfizer as well as here at the cleveland
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clinic. they will have pfizer here and you can see on the wall it says negative 70 degrees celsius. there has been an evolution of how the vaccines are stored and the requirements that were in place in the early days have changed a little bit. bottom line them do still use the freezers for the pfizer vaccine so it continues to be that complex process and obviously we've been seeing the freezers for close to two years now. some gets lost as many of us have moved on and get going again. a lot of families continue to wait for the vials with the needles for the tiny arms to be going in here and finally that is happening. >> jesse, thank you. dr. blackstock, we know there are a lot of parents who are hesitant right now but in the latest -- and jesse was just referencing it in the latest
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poll from april 18% of parents said they were planning to vaccinate right away. 38% said they would wait and see. we see this hesitancy even among parents who, they themselves, may have been vaccinated especially latino and black families. what's your advice to parents? >> one thing i worried about the rollout for children more affluent families, more white families would be willing to be in the 20% to vaccinate their children right away. i think this is an opportunity for pediatricians in communities -- community based organization to really take this opportunity to engage with families around their concerns and questions that they have about the vaccine. yes, it was expected parents in this age group would be less likely, less willing to vaccinate their children. we need to explain they have been shown to be both safe and
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effective, that covid-19 was in the top five cause of death for children 0 to 4 in the last omicron wave and this vaccine can help to protect your child. >> speaking to parents myself over the week, one was telling me, boy, i got so hit with the shot when i got it, i was out for three days. i felt miserable. is this something i want for my 6-month-old or 2-year-old? >> the fact is the majority of people will have very minor side effects. they may have injection site pain. they may feel fatigued. we're seeing with the moderna vaccine children are more likely to have receivers with that. again, as we said, that is worth the protection against hospitalization and death. >> so important. if a child already has had covid is there a waiting period
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different than if they haven't? >> great question, jose. basically what we're telling parents is that as long as the child has fully recovered they can be vaccinated. initially earlier in the pandemic people were given about 90 days. we're seeing with the omicron variant that it's very easy to be reinfected, even earlier than three months. and so we definitely want children to get vaccinated as soon as they are symptom free and fully recovered from their course of covid. >> i'm seeing more and more people showing up in the test sites to get tested. doctor, how do things stand in the fight against this virus in our country? >> i would say definitely with this news of the children's vaccine it feels very anti-climactic. as was said earlier it feels like a lot of people have moved on. i do think we need to remember that congressional funding is
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still so incredibly important and that the fight against covid requires multilayered strategy. vaccines are important. therapeutics are important, but so is personal protective equipment and so is testing. we still have a large number of people hospitalized. i think it's so hard for viewers to actually see what happens behind the walls within hospitals and so covid is still taking lives and still harming people. we have to make sure that we put that pressure on our elected officials to get that funding out there so we can have the layers of safety that we need to protect ourselves. >> it's great seeing you again. thank you for being with us. >> thank you, jose. always great to see you. >> thanks. up next we'll take a look at some of the headlines beyond our borders. i'll talk to a former adviser to french president emmanuel macron about how yesterday's elections dealt a major blow to his agenda and why it's important for us. you're watching "jose
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43 past the hour. let's take a look at the headlines beyond our borders this morning and dig into major elections that took place over the weekend. voters in colombia on sunday elected gustavo petro former guerrilla. his running mate marquez will be colombia's first black vice president. meanwhile french voters dealt a blow to macron after the newly re-elected president failed to win a majority in parliament. a journalist and former adviser to the macron campaign, it's great seeing you. this is the first time in decades we've seen something like this happen. put this in perspective for us. how will him losing the majority help him shape his next term? >> i'm telling you in france you
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have the french like in the united states after two months the presidential election. macron won in may but yesterday he lost the parliament. so basically he has to do anything to be able to do something you need the majority of the french parliament meaning you need 289 people elected from your party to support your reforms, and yesterday the french president needed 245 parliament to be elected. what's interesting, jose, you have the far left, someone who is comparing himself to someone who is extremely important in the french parliament. you have the far right with 89
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elected people in the french parliament. so, again, it's really a political problem no one knows what will happen. a lot of french ministers forced to resign because they were not elected yesterday. >> and that's interesting. i was just looking at, like, for example, elections in spain over the weekend where the pp got a substantial growth in their support, the conservative party there. is the politics of france changing as far as nationally is concerned? >> reporter: yes, because manuel macron's campaign said was most important thing was to do with the reform. in france at 62 at this moment
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you have to retire. you have to go to the beach. you have worked enough according to the french to deserve to go on vacation and to retire for the rest of your life. and emmanuel macron was saying, no, i don't want that. i want to make sure the french people are going to retire at 65 years old, but it's going to be completely -- already the far left is saying they don't want that. they're saying the french are working really hard and that it's good for them to retire at 62 years old. so anything emmanuel macron wants to do will be impossible. again, nobody knows what will happen in the next days. it's a total for the french political system and is a big failure for the french president. >> laura haim, thank you for being with us. i appreciate your time. >> reporter: you're welcome. up next, i'll talk to the author of a children's book
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across the entire region. we'll bring you the very latest. and uvalde, texas. we'll speak with state senator gutierrez about where things stand in the investigation into the massacre at robb elementary school that left 19 children and two teachers dead. as nbc news learns, a bipartisan deal on a new gun bill is 98% done, and the full text could be released as early as today. we begin with the latest from the committee investigating the january 6th attack on the capitol. tomorrow the committee is expected to present evidence of former president trump's efforts to pressure state lawmakers and officials in his attempt to change the results of the 2020 election. georgia's secretary of state, brad raffensperger expected to testify about trump's campaign
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to overturn president biden's victory there. congressman adam schiff, a member of the committee, says they want to hear from ginni thomas, wife of supreme court justice clarence thomas, about her role in trying to overturn the 2020 election. here's what congressman schiff had to say about ginni thomas over the weekend -- >> we want to know what she knows, what her involvement was in this plot to overturn the election. she has said that she is willing to come in and testify voluntarily. we're glad to hear that. >> joining us, nbc's ali vitali, vaughan hilliard live in illinois. jacqueline alemany reporter and msnbc contributor and former democratic senator doug jones of alabama. ali, what more can you tell us about what we expect to take place in tomorrow's hearing? >> reporter: tomorrow is going to be a hearing led by congressman adam schiff, the man who you saw there talking before. he's going to lead in the same way that we've seen other congresswomen and men lead


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