tv Jose Diaz- Balart Reports MSNBC June 21, 2022 7:00am-8:00am PDT
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discuss piece arrendondo, after we're hearing stunning reports of law enforcement just outside the classroom. and on nbc news, a top kremlin official broke russia's silence on the two u.s. veterans captured in ukraine. we'll get the latest from moscow. primary elections in virginia and washington, d.c. with runoffs in three other states. steve kornacki will break down what you need to know. and we are just three hours away from another key hearing by the house january 6th committee. the panel plans to lay out an elaborate effort by former president donald trump and his allies to pressure state lawmakers and election officials into defying the will of the voters. and overturning the election he lost. today, we'll be hearing from arizona house speaker rusty
bowers who resisted the pressure from trump and his allies and georgia secretary of state brad raffensperger who trump tried to push to find votes just days after the attack on the capitol. moments ago nbc news learned that the committee subpoenaed alex holder who had access to the former president before and after january 6th this comes a day after abc news/ipsos poll shows 6 in 10 voters feel trump should be charged with the attack. and two people familiar with the matter, "rolling stone" trump has told people close to him that he sees no reason to publicly defend john eastman. and trump and rolling stone did not respond to the comment. joining us ali vitali. "the new york times" katie
vetter and haley weinstein, a former prosecutor in new york. both are contributors. ali, what does the committee hope to learn from alex holder? >> reporter: our sources are confirming to us in just the last few minutes that alex holder, a documentarian, who went time with trump in days before the insurrection as well as after has been subpoenaed by the january 6 committee. that subpoena came last week. and it requests things like raw footage, as well as conversations that may exist with trump as well as his children, don, eric and ivanka and his son-in-law jared kushner. we've seen people like ivanka and jared have their video deposition used as part of the commission hearings so far. but that being said when we talk about new materials that the committee might come across, this is another really good example of footage that we did not know existed that the committee is now trying to get
its hands on. we're today, though, that this person alex holder is going to comply. that he's going to be doing his deposition here in d.c. later this week. what it sets up is these two parallel tracks that you and i have been talking about, the committee moving forward on the public hearings, while also on that separate parallel track continuing to track down new information and material, whether from the documentarian or from people. >> alex, what can we expect to see from the hearing later today? >> you laid out who we're hearing from, people in arizona, as well as georgia. these election officials who were at the center of the pressure campaign in those state as the former president and his allies including rudy giuliani tried to pressure them to overturn the election results that had joe biden winning those states. and thusly, all of the electoral college votes that go with them. we're going to dig into today the false slate of strategies that people like john eastman
and other conservative lawyers were trying to push. each of these officials is going to detail what they felt in the days and weeks and trump and his allies are trying to pressure them. what's new for the audience as many have heard what happened in georgia is from arizona house speaker rusty bowers, who is going to detail the pressure that he felt. and what he said and thought with people in conversations like giuliani, it's the first time that the committee tells us that bowers is telling the story in his own words. and of course, arizona and georgia were central to this. we're also going to hear about other states like michigan and pennsylvania. key election officials in those states have also talked to the committee. we know if you talk to the committee and given a deposition, you don't have to appear in real life as being a witness, and someone who is important in telling the narrative in the room. we expect that today. >> and katie, attorney general merrick garland said last week he and prosecutors handling the january 6 riots are closely
watching the hearings. just how closely are they watching? >> i mean, they're looking to see what the witnesses are saying because they are conducting their own parallel investigations. this is important for a few reasons. one, they want to know what they told the committee because they're going to compare it to what they may or may not have told prosecutors. and also the scope of what the january 6 committee has put together. and we will not know what the justice accident actually doing until we see either evidence because of subpoenas, because of witnesses being called in to testify and talk about it. or because of indictments. so this is really -- i don't want to speculate about what the justice department is doing, but they have a keen interest especially if the committee lays out more and more evidence isn't points to potential criminal behavior, by people close to donald trump, particularly around pressuring state election officials and wanting to send false slate to the federal government. >> and it feels like prosecutors were investigating the riot and
what led to it. how are you viewing the hearings? >> to me, the hearings to me are actually the most interesting from the perspective of prosecutor. and particularly, the evidence that we're going to hear regarding georgia. because of all of the potential criminal charges against the former president that we've heard about, not just through the hearings, but really in the last year, it seems to me that he has the most exposure when it comes to georgia. for two reasons, one is the strength of the evidence, as we all know now, there was a tape about finding votes. generally when you hear a target on tape, that's the best evidence that you can really ever use, as a prosecutor. but also because unlike the situation with the department of justice, where we don't really know where they're at in their process and what they're doing, here, the committee is happening after a robust investigation seems to be really under way in
georgia, a special garage was impanelled there in may. the secretary of state of georgia, raf who whose testimony we're going to see today in is the hearings already testified in front of that panel. so that's an interest that's pretty far along. and we're learning sort of in a different order, we're seeing things in front of the january 6 committee that are already the subject of active prosecution for violations of state law. >> tali, the committee has not said if it will make a criminal referral. isn't the committee doing that essentially by laying out what it has learned so far? >> did you say ali or tali? excuse me? >> tali, i'm sorry. >> i knew that was going to happen eventually. the committee will not make a criminal referral to a state prosecutor. and that's the investigation that is actively going on in georgia, for violations of state
election law. and state racketeering law which is quite similar in this case, the federal racketeering law. but i think you're right, jose, that effectively, what they are doing is making a criminal referral at large. because they are airing out what very well may be evidence of crimes, or at least evidence that should trigger further investigation from those who can bring charges in various systems. whether state or federal. >> so, katie, there's been some friction apparently between the justice regarding cooperation. where do things stand in the relationship to the committee and the doj? >> i think that friction is in large part because the committee kept on saying publicly we want the justice department to act. but in the same time in the background was not giving the justice department evidence that it felt it needed to act. however, i think some of that tension will ease. we've seen the committee take over transcripts of the
interviews to the justice department as soon as next month. these are extremely important because you really cannot bring charges to anybody unless you have the full scope of what they told government, what they told congress. so this should help the justice department investigation speed up which would probably make the committee much happier. >> katie, we just saw that attorney general merrick garland is in ukraine. what's the purpose of the trip? >> sure, garland is meeting his counterpart in ukraine. it was an unannounced official. general austin was just there. what he's trying to do is help the ukrainian government figure out how to prosecute more crimes that we're just starting to see emerge from the russian war in ukraine. we've seen atrocities out of kyiv, bodies found, mass graves. clearly what the justice department and the international committee want to do, help create, gather as much evidence, in case there's a war crime
tribunal down the road. the justice department has been helpful to other governments in the past and want to be helpful. >> katie, tali and ali -- i've got to get this right, it's very easy to confuse. thank you very much for being with us this morning. appreciate it. make sure you stay with msnbc for special coverage of the january 6 hearing. it's led by andrea mitchell, katie tur and hallie jackson. today, the youngest children can get their covid vaccine, as the cdc approved the vaccine for children as young as 6 months olds. the brave children are getting a dose in d.c. this afternoon, president biden is going to address the vaccination clinic and the milestone. with us is kavita patel, doctor,
great seeing you. there's some differences between pfizer and moderna vaccines when it comes to kids. >> yeah. i want to try to do this as quickly as i can, but parents deserve a long explanation. the higher number with pfizer, moderna in the 30 to 50 range. all that means, think of them as apples and oranges done at different times. i think the other consideration parents should give, moderna is a two-dose vaccine, pfizer is a three-dose vaccine of a slightly lower dose than adults get. pfizer is also a lower dose than adults get. what we see is fevers and swollen lymph nodes, especially in the underarm area. that can be normal do not panic. that does have parents consider pfizer. as you can see, complicated. the good news, both vaccines
cover severe hospitalization and death. >> on moderna two and the pfizer three, what's the period between the one shot and the other? >> yeah, so the fda and the cdc did something that i think was smart, they solved it with the children, and with the adults saying if we space the vaccines a little more than recommended we might get more efficacy, more durability. they recommend doses one and two for nicer, anywhere from three to eight weeks. the doses one and two for moderna anywhere from four to eight weeks. i think parents should bring that up, to ask when should my child get the second dose. and the third dose for pfizer also following eight weeks. that can be spaced out a little longer. that might be a consideration parents talk about with pediatricians if their child has been infected. because they might want to delay the first and second doses but do not skip vaccinating. compelling data show even
children previously infected with omicron are subject to reinfection and other problems that come with infection like long covid or possible hospitalizations, jose. >> so important to talk to parents who are considering having issues with it. this is a really important thing that we have for our children? >> yeah it is. it's a milestone i think in the entire approach to me covid. never before could i have said, everybody, everybody has access to a vaccine. it really is now about the conversation. how, when, what. i think, honestly, jose, we call these first world problems because there's still a lot of countries that don't have anywhere near the access we have. so, it's a blessing overall. >> important you that said that. so important, we have this incredible privilege of access to something that really can be life changing and life-saving. dr. patel, a pleasure to see you. thank you for being with us. coming up, disturbing new details about the uvalde school shooting as we get our first
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uvalde school chief pete arrendondo testimony will be behind closed doors. this is a stunning new report. austin statesman and the texas tribune, new footage, of law enforcement inside the cool. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the latest. >> good morning, jose, according to that report, it appears officers at the scene had heavier fire power and more protective equipment than previously known. and no clear orders. and the investigation is set to be presented at a public texas senate hearing today. this is the first look inside robb elementary during the uvalde massacre. the still image comes from surveillance video reviewed by the "austin american-statesman,"
showing armed officers with long rifles and at least one ballistic shield. >> investigators really believe at this point, based on my understanding that that was certainly enough fire power to try to take on the gunman. >> reporter: so why did officers wait nearly another hour to storm the classroom? >> whether you have the equipment or not, you just go in. and that never happened here. >> reporter: separately, the "texas tribune" released a detailed time line overnight based on footage and investigative materials obtained by nbc news. according to that report, the shooter opened fire closest to classrooms 111 and 112. several minutes later, the school district reports that pete arrendondo reports into the police. requesting more fire power.
we all have pistols and this guy's got a rifle. >> the question of not going in. and who should have gone in, i think that is a question that state and local are focusing on. >> reporter: victims' families requesting accountability in uvalde, including the daughter of eva garcia killed and joe garcia died of a heart attack. >> i need you to know the horrifying murder in which our mother was taken from us completely shattered our hearts that made my dad's stop. the pain of losing the love of his life, his high school sweetheart was too much for him to bear. >> community members also called for embattled school police chief pete arrendondo to resign. earlier this month, he responded to criticism saying he did not instruct police to avoid a breach. and never considered himself the scene's incident commander.
the uvaldedy city council is expected to consider whether later today whether to grant him a leave of absence from future council meetings, back to you. >> gabe, thank you very much. joining us with more on this is matt watkins, managing editor for news and politics at texas tribune and cedric alexander, former president of the national organization of black law enforcement and public safety director of dekalb county, georgia. matt, let's talk about the article that is so detailed really, it's important that we all read it. there's so many questions that arise, as to the time line. and the fact that it was very clear that these officers were heavily armed and there were some shields there. kind of early on. and yet, and yet, there was no movement for more than an hour, matt. >> that's right. that picture on the right from the "texas tribune" that was taken 45 minutes before the officers actually breached the
classroom. i think the big question people are still trying to figure out including law enforcement investigating this why did it take so long. chief arrendondo tells us it's because the door was locked. but law enforcement officials have questioned even that. they saw the gunman go in and out that door several times without seeming to struggle with the lock. now, they wonder whether anyone actually tested the door to see whether it was in fact locked. >> and, matt, there are a few issues in that article, including one of the officers that was there early on. had his daughter inside that room. >> that's right. so, an officer whose daughter was in the room. there was another officer speaking on the phone with his wife who was in that room saying she was essentially dying. there were police officers at times kind of urging people to go in. but the answer is we don't have that order. people asking who is in charge. that again is another main question. who is actually in control of that situation. and why were they making the decisions they were. >> you know, these pictures.
i'm looking at the one on the right that you just mentioned from "texas tribune" i'm seeing four officers, two shields. one, two, three, four -- five long weapons, m-4, m-5, ar-14s, ar-15s maybe. now, you're telling me this is 45 minutes before the shooter was taken down? >> that's right. 45 minutes before. and they, you know, were lined up. of course, the shooter had an automatic weapon as well. they believed him to be dare caded in the room. what chief arrendondo told us earlier this month is that they viewed this as a hostage situation, less than an active shooter situation which might be give insight into why they waited so long to enter the door. >> yeah. cedric, let's talk about the details coming in. is there any scenario in which police that were reportedly armed to the degree that we're seeing in that picture would
have been today, or planned to stay back for 45 minutes, waiting for another team to come in? >> you know, jose, the more we learn about this incident, even at this point in the investigation and now having these still pictures and what else -- whatever else will come after this, this really just defines to me, from my experience, the catastrophic failure of command and control. and when you have that amount of fire power that is on the scene. and it's evident that within a matter of minutes, it was on the scene. but still there was a delay, in terms of getting through that door. and it has been reported that a device from the fire department had been retrieved in order to get through that door. when you don't have this type of command and control as to who's on first and who is on second, this is a failure. but here again, i think that
this -- as this investigation continues on until its conclusion, i don't think that families there or the american public is going to have a real clear view as to what actually occurred in those moments. but what we do know, at this point, as this investigation continued to evolve, the skill and the time lines that we're seeing is frustrating, it makes me angry. and it makes people want to learn more about what occurred. and let me touch on this also, jose. during this investigation, or this local, state, whomever, i think any police on the scene that day their statements need to be taken. but the real investigators in this need to be an outside source which in this case, we understand it's the justice department. because they don't have any involvement being there on that scene. and i think what is going to be believed and considered is only
going to come from an agency that was not on that scene that day. and do not have anything to do, but to find out what the true facts of this case were. because from the beginning information was coming out to the public that had to be walked back. and it continues to be walked back. and that's problematic when you don't have that type of legitimacy. >> yeah. and again, these two stills that we've been saying are just a still from video, right? from actually moving video picture. but both -- cedric, both seem to show that the officers were perpendicular to that door. they weren't directly in front of that door. look at that wide shot on the left. so, it seems as though you have a shield -- i guess you're just there, in case he comes out, but there's absolutely nothing, and maybe they went closer to the door, maybe they went, you know, parallel to the door. but it seems like all of this is
from a distance, perpendicular from the door. and they were extremely well armed. the only thing they're missing are the helmets. but look at those weapons, cedric. look at the shield. >> oh, yeah. you don't have to convince me. we all see it. and that is what's perplexing here. and even with the evidence in this still shot, it's saying to the american public, the people in that community, you did have the equipment you that needed in order to breach that door. those children inside have nothing. no helmets, no doing. so that is the question that is being asked, as to why they did not approach that door, do everything that they could, and i've been saying this for the last several weeks, you got to tear the hinges off that door and bust through brick walls. you get on the other side of that wall, with that fire
towards you so that you can take a position of hopefully taking this target out as quickly as possible. and that's the issue here that people are asking. can this be -- you know, these still images are bringing this question even more to bear. and i think we have to get to a point here where we have to decide, or this investigation will determine, i should say, as to what really occurred. because, clearly, clearly, from these still images action appears to should have been taken in that immediate moment. and it's going to be hard to tell people anything other than that. >> cedric alexander, matt watkins, thank you very much. great work, matt. i appreciate it. turning now to capitol hill where an agreement on addressing gun violence could happen any day. could be the writing could be published today. three sources tell nbc news that the team negotiating the bill hit over the weekend to try and hammer out the deal as the discussions have reportedly been moving in the right direction.
joining us with the very late jake sherman co-founder of punchbowl and msnbc contributor. jake, good to see you. on capitol hill, the team says the deal is 98% done. what do you hear? >> reporter: your capitol hill team is excellent, and you're right, the deal is very, very close. there's a couple of things to keep in mind. number one, time is of the essence. they want to get it done before the july 4 recess. if we accountant to see text today, tomorrow, somewhere in that time frame, we're headed into a weekend session on capitol hill or next week. those things are possible. although the leadership would like to avoid it. they might not be able to. number two, there are odds and ends that need to be tied up. number one, we reported in punchbowl news, and there's some disagreement over the hite amendment.
it prevents that into a gun bill. when that comes up at the end of the debate that usually means they're close because they have that argument for every single bill and there's not many issues left over. last week, the bill teamed like it was teetering. this week, it's close once again, we could, could, if all goes well, could see the bill head to the president's desk before the july 4th recess. >> that would be extraordinarily -- you know, there hasn't been anything on weapons since clinton. >> reporter: yeah, 30 years. >> and gore murphy the lead negotiator for democrats said one of the major sticking points is closing the boyfriend loophole. >> reporter: that's right. >> the bill that prevents a person committed domestic violence. what's that agreement? >> reporter: basically chris murphy -- senator cornyn, the chief republican negotiator wanted to say, essentially, that you can't lodge complaints, you
can't prevent a former partner from obtaining a weapon, if it's a partner from many years ago, if you went on his word, if you went on one date several decades ago. chris murphy's retort and we spoke to him as well, you it beat your partner, your dating partner, and you're convicted of a crime you should not be able to obtain a weapon. so they're just trying to tighten that language how to define relationships. but it's amazing. if you asked me two weeks ago whether there would be language on the boyfriend loophole on this bill, i would have said absolutely not. but you'll hear republicans over the next couple of days talk about all of the things that democrats wanted that they didn't get in the bill. thaments the way of nullifying the right, high-capacity magazines, assault weapons, all of those big weapons that they were not able to get in the package. but the key for murphy, he was able to keep this narrow and tight. that's why it's going to get done. >> jake sherman, thank you very
much. we have news out of the supreme court, nbc's pete williams is here with more. pete. >> well, jose, yeah, we're waiting for supreme court decisions today. we've got one more yet to come. but the supreme court has just given a very interesting ruling on a case involving freedom of religion. this was a case from maine. has an unusual program. in order to let children who live in rural areas attend high school. they give money to parents who then can use that for tuition to send their children to either public or private schools. but the state has a law that says that money can't be used to send the children to what are called sectarian schools. the supreme court has previously ruled that when states have sort of a scholarship program like this, they can't discriminate against schools that have religious affiliation, that are just run by a religious group. this ruling takes it a step further and says if the states are going to give money for this kind of support, it also has to
give to parents who can send their children to schools that offer a religious education. not just religious affiliation, but explicitly offer a religious education. the premium court said it would violate religious freedom not to allow parents use the money to send their children to religiously oriented schools. and it also says to an extent a circuit breaker here because the money doesn't go directly to the schools, it goes to the parents who then decide where to send their children. so it's another step in you might say lowering the wall of celebration between church and state. the court saying if the state's going to have this kind of tuition program that has to allow the money to go to schools that offer religious education, so that state support for a religious education. and it's a 6-3 decision with the conservatives and liberals dividing. we've got one more decision to come today, jose. we don't know what that case will be, but we'll let you know.
and then we're going to get decisions again on thursday. so far, the supreme court has 14 decisions yet to go, jose. >> pete williams, standing by with you always. i appreciate that, sir. thank you. >> you bet. up next, new details about the dedense of wnba star brittney griner in russia. and in an nbc news exclusive what putin's spokesman is saying about why she's still in custody. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports." you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports. in real time and that's... how you collect coins. your money never stops working for you with merrill, a bank of america company.
37 past the hour, new today, we are now hearing from the wife of w nba star brittney griner who has been detained in russia since february. her wife telling the associated press that for two weeks she had a phone call scheduled through the u.s. embassy, with her detained wife for their anniversary. but they were not able to speak on saturday because the phone line that was supposed to connect them at the embassy, the u.s. embassy in moscow, was not staffed. the state department apologizing for that mistake. here's what her wife had to say about it. >> i find it unacceptable, from our embassy. and all the government personnel
that keeps telling me that my wife is a priority. how can she be a priority, when in the same breath, you're telling me that you're also not checking something as simple as the fact that we scheduled a phone call on a nonbusiness day. it's ridiculous. it makes me hopeless in the fact that the state department is doing anything to get my wife back home. >> in an exclusive interview with keir simmons, putin's spokesman dmitry peskov addressed the detention of brittney griner. >> she was coming to take part in sport in russia, effectively trying to build bridges in sport. it's a terrible message, isn't it, that she should be forbidden? >> it's also persecuted by russian laws. >> joining me is nbc news senior correspondent keir simmons.
we should say that russia is cracking down on journalists and limiting what journalists can say with threat of imprisonment. kier, what else is peskov tell you? >> reporter: well, jose, he spoke quite extensively about brittney griner, and i'm afraid that the difficult news for brittney griner's family there there's no sign in what peskov had to say to release her. she's going through the process. i said surely she was arriving at the airport, you could have just turned her around and sent her back. so, he didn't really answer that question. to be perfectly honest, he really did just sit back on that stand. and the response you hear from russian officials in cases like this, to just say there is the law. and the law will see the law through. and then in terms of the two americans that have been held in ukraine, again, he didn't
giveaway very many details. but what he did say, again, will be worrying for their families. take a listen. >> two british fighters have been sentence to death by the so-called donetsk people's republic. can you guarantee that these americans will not face the same fate? >> no, i cannot guarantee anything. it depends on the investigation. they were taking part in the battlefield activities. they will be punished. they should be punished. they have committed crimes. >> what crimes, mr. peskov? >> we don't yet. >> but you know very well this has potential to escalate tensions with the u.s.? >> they're treated properly but you have to understand those guys on the battlefield were firing at our military guys. they were endangering their lives. >> there's a third american missing, do you have any news of that person? >> no, no i don't have any
information about that. >> reporter: and dmitry peskov is telling me that the men, though, will not be in russia's view protected by the geneva conventions as prisoners of war. and that does have serious implications for the prospects, i'm afraid. so, pretty bleak comments for all of those american families. it was an extensive interview. we did cover a wide range of topics, including, i asked him about the question about the shortage of food caused by the crisis in ukraine. he denied that russia had any responsibility in that. or that russia's actions in ukraine was fuelling inflation in the u.s. and in the western europe. clearly, leaders like president biden would disagree. >> keir simmons in moscow, thank you so very much. still ahead, soaring inflation is changing the way people spend their money.
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airports were last month. car sales down 4%. existing home sales have now contracted. we just sped up this morning for the fourth straight month. it's not just consumers, jose, it's also business owners. i'm joined by diana hernandez who owns -- co-owner of 20 different barbershops in miami. diana, how are you seeing inflation impacting your customer habits if anything at all? >> if anything, we're seeing the customers reduce the frequency from getting a haircut from coming weekly, biweekly to a month. that's one of the biggest changes. >> reporter: so one used to come to this chair every single week comes every two weeks or a month. the bottom line, they're coming less frequently. >> yes, that for sure impacted our business. >> reporter: and you saw costs, like shampoos, you were offering three different shampoos to one. wax is more expensive. does that get passed down to your customers?
or are you absorbing the price increases? >> for the moment, we haven't had a price increase. we're absorbing the costs, sharp shampoo and wax, everything. >> reporter: men's cut here is a little bit lower than maybe new york or california. you've kept it stable hoping that people come to the doors. >> 100%. we want to stay within the margins and still be affordable because everything else is going up. >> reporter: it is the story of the times right now, thank you so much diana. jose, you would think a haircut say necessity but disposable income, strained for everyone. >> indeed it is, sam brock, thank you so much. thank you, diane, for being with us as well. voters head to the polls in several states, steve kornacki is here with the gop's pledge to take back the house. there is steve. good to see you steve. we'll be right back. steve. we'll be right back.
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wave. you' see it in virginia, one could be the second district around the virginia beach area. this is a seat currently held by a democratic, elaine luria, the big anti-trump democratic wave. she held it in 2020. this district, like the west of virginia swung hard in 2021 toward glenn youngkin, the republican who won the governorship of virginia last year. this is the republican primary tonight. we'll keep a close eye on how this one goes. state senator general kiggans endorsed by national republicans. they believe she's their best bet to flip the seat in november. we'll also be keeping a close eye on the seventh district of virginia in november, again, abigail spanberger, a democrat flipped the seat in 2018, held it in 2020. it's a district that voted for glenn youngkin. there's a lot of different dime
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