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move to the back of the bus, fred great represented her in front of the courtroom. just as he did for martin luther king jr. and countless marchers for justice. risking his own safety, he helped secure voting rights, desegregate schools, and win other battles for the soul of our nation. a patriarch of the family and a movement, fred gray is a lawyer by trade, and a preacher at heart who follows the command to hate evil, love good and establish justice. >> [applause] >> [applause >> [applause]
>> accepting on behalf of steve jobs. >> [applause] >> few people in history embody the american spirit of innovation like steve jobs. the adopted son of high school educated parents, he redeemed soda bottles to pay for his meals after dropping out of college. at every turn of life he dared to think different. is the cofounder of apple he created one of the most important companies in history. bringing computing in the home and phones and revolutionizing our way of life. a true visionary, a beloved husband and father, steve jobs embodied that most american question, what is next? >> [applause]
>> alexander karloutsos. >> [applause] >> the former vicar general of the greek orthodox archdiocese of america, father alexander karloutsos is a humble servant of god and the embodiment of the ancient idea that binds two great nations, democracy. more than 50 years of service with moral clarity, love of family and pride in the greek american community, the man known simply as father alex to president and parishioners alike inspires us to believe in we the people. >> [applause]
a brilliant lawyer, he watched their three sons follow their american dream. including their middle son army captain who enlisted during the -- during college and pay the ultimate sacrifice. the father of a goldstar family he turned pain into purpose to become our foremost defender of the ideals of our constitution and the embodiment of its highest ideals. >> [applause] >> [applause >> sandra lindsay. >> [applause]
>> an immigrant from jamaica, sandra lindsay is a nurse in queens, new york in the first america to be vaccinated in covid-19 outside of clinical trials. she directed a team of nurses as they worked tirelessly to save patients well risking their own lives. during the covid-19 vaccine, she was a ray of light in our nation's dark hour and continues to champion vaccinations and mental health for healthcare workers. she represents the best of america. >> [applause]
>> [applause >> cindy mccain accepting on behalf of john mccain. >> [applause] >> john was a giant among americans from a family of patriots. a genuine hero who endured unspeakable torture as a prisoner in the war in vietnam. a true public servant elected twice to the us house of representatives and six times to the u.s. senate by the people of arizona, and nominated for the presidency by the republican party. respected around the world, he was an eternal optimist who believed in consensus, character and putting country first.'s legacy continues to challenge us to cherish integrity and serve with courage and conviction. >> [applause]
>> diane nash. >> [applause] >> a fearless leader of the freedom rides and national city movements, diane nash was a fierce light in darkness. she did more than dream of better america, she helped build one. as a founder of the student nonviolent coordinating committee in the 1960s, she led some of the most important 20th-century civil rights campaigns that inspire activism around the world to this day.
of america's great athletes. known for her creative play and leadership, she also leads with eight fierce wheel off the field. champion protecting the rights of fellow lgbtqi+ americans. perhaps the most dominant of any team in the sport in their successful fight for equal pay. megan rapinoe challenges and inspires millions of people who believe in themselves and the possibilities of our nation. >> [applause] possibilities of our nation. >> [applause
>> alan simpson. >> [applause] >> >> an army veteran and public servant, alan simpson served with conviction and integrity for 18 years as a republican u.s. senate or from his beloved state of wyoming. despite increasing polarization, he brought people together with wit and wisdom to make progress and find common ground. never afraid to stand up for what he felt was right, he worked on pressing issues like campaign-finance reform and
of a coal miner, he followed his father into the minds to become the president of the united mine workers and president of the afl-cio. he never forgot where he came from and always fought for the dignity of working people. he built worker power by speaking truth of power. knowing that the middle class built america and unions built the middle-class. no one did more in the last half-century to build unions then richard did. a beloved husband, father and grandfather, he was the american worker. >>[applause] >> wilma vaught. >> [applause]
>> retired air force brigadier general wilma vaught is one of the most decorated women in the history of the us military. enlisting in the 1950s, over the 28 years she would serve in vietnam, europe and across america. continually rising in rank to become the first woman to hold every job she ever had. she was awarded the legion of merit bronze star and more. in retirement she spearheaded the nation's first major national memorial honoring the nearly 3 million women who have served in uniform further cementing her place in american history. >> [applause]
>> born to a mexican-american family in the san juan valley, raul yzaguirre saw a better world beyond a life in segregated south texas. after serving in the air force, he became one of our nations preeminent civil rights leaders as resident of the national council of la raza. over 30 years he has forged in measurable progress on voting rights, education, and more, to deliver the promise of america to the millions in service to our nation, he has helped ensure america remains the land of possibilities. >> [applause] land
>> folks, this concludes this event. we have a reception. we hope you stay and enjoy it. again, thank you, thank you, thank you all. >> ladies and gentlemen please remain in your seats as a president and vice president, second gentlemen and analysts depart the east room. thank you. >> ♪ >> ♪ >> you have been watching president biden awarded the medal of freedom, the country's highest civilian honor to 17 recipients. the president is on his way out of the room.
not quite audible what he said but we will find out in a second. a moment to celebrate luminaries in the world of sports and culture and civil rights. we are joined by presidential historian michael. and by sportswriter and correspondent and hbo's real sports with bryant gumbel. at a time and things are so heavy, i imagine this is a much welcome later moment for president i'm -- biden and the white house. >> these are events the president relishes and enjoys. it brings along bipartisanship, there are republican members of congress, for instance, liz cheney, in the audience. is a time for the president to reflect on his own values and honor people he feels have contributed enormously to the american public. and, so we saw a couple of
scenes through the nominees that the president give the awards to, people fighting for things like civil rights, equality, breaking gender barriers. and things like that. and politicians were known for bipartisanship, the president posthumously awarding this to alan simpson and john mccain. in talking about simpson saying this is somebody who spirit needs to be more in the current congress. so, there were a number of famous individuals, people who are well known, athletes, simone biles the president noted was the youngest recipient of the medal of freedom. and won was absent, denzel washington tested positive for bid and was unable to make it. the presence that he would give the award at a later time. but there were also people who were afternoon. we heard the president honor the nurse who was the first critical care nurse from new
york, the first american to receive the covid-19 vaccine. a brigadier general woman who is decorated, female members of the military. we saw them salute each other. it was really a time and these events are a time for the president to show what he values to honor people that he feels have made significant contributions. one thing worth noting is that president biden is the recipient of this award himself. president obama gave that to him, the medal of freedom, before leaving office in january 2017. that is a little unique position for him there but clearly the president, this is something he enjoys doing and he took quite a bit of time to enjoy this moment and to talk about all of these individuals. 17 of them. one of which was not there, as we noted, denzel washington, and the work of others awarded posthumously, steve jobs, senator john mccain. >> this was a big moment for
women in sports. have to share with viewers, you saw megan rapinoe wearing a white pantsuit getting her award. she had embroidered the initials bg. greiner. which ties into a huge headline today, greiner pleading guilty. others including megan rapinoe making a public push to get the biden administration to do more to get her released. >> i want to make two points about these two incredible women, simone biles and megan rapinoe, not only are they incredibly accomplish on the field and on the mat as we know, but we talk about athletes using their platform, these are two women who have done that, so incredibly impactfully. not just, you mentioned megan rapinoe wearing brittney
griner's initials and her lapel, each woman has brought about actionable change. equal pay to women soccer, it was a really incredible precedent to be setting. and simone biles became, unfortunately, the face of a major institutional sexual assault scandal. she was the most famous person to come forward against larry nassar. and, she has been a vocal proponent of mental health for women, for black women and for athletes. so, the impact of these two women, extends far beyond the field and it's the reason they are not just great women, they are great americans. >> michael, talk to us about the history of this event and how the recipients of it into this tradition. >> this stemmed from 1963 when john kennedy was president and thankfully at least at that point still alive, he planned of the first medal of honor ceremony to be for early december 1963. of course tragically that turned out to be a couple of
weeks after his assassination. lyndon johnson, the new president was the one who presided instead. and in a very fitting moment he decided to add to some of the choices that kennedy had made two names. one was pope john xxiii, kennedy had not given to him posthumously because he died the previous summer because he believed in the separation of church and state. and the other was given to president kennedy, the founder of these awards. i just loved what you said at the beginning after the last couple of weeks in this country and some of the things that have happened to all of us, it is so nice to see a happy occasion like this with great choices. and one i would like to single out, not above the others, but just as one example. diane nash. civil rights, human rights champion. worked with martin luther king. freedom writer in 1961.
she risked her life to bring human rights to her fellow americans. that was 61 years ago. that was only one quarter of american history. we are a young country and sadly, we are still dealing with some of the struggles we were dealing with in 1961 and also in 1776. >> well put. thank you for being with us. thanks to the both of you as well. will take a quick break. up next a critical few days for the january 6 committee as we get news on the final hearings and what we could learn from them. also, as you heard president biden asked on his way out the door, boris johnson stepping aside. who is stepping in and what does it mean for the u.s.? we are live in london. we are keeping an eye on this federal courtroom in st. paul minnesota. paul paul minnesota. support. boost® high protein.
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you saw it happen live on the air at the end of the medal of freedom ceremony, president biden as he was leaving asked if he was having any reactions to the resignation of boris johnson. the president responded no, it's part of a process. after days of speculation and mass resignations, saying today he is going to step down from his party's leadership. it's a big deal. president biden in a statement said "the special relationship between our people remains strong and enduring. i look forward to continuing our close cooperation with the government of the united kingdom." you may be thinking, what did it for boris johnson ultimately after a string of scandals? the most recent one involved allegations of sexual misconduct against someone in the administration. the process of the tories for selecting a new p.m. and johnson plans to stay in his seat. i'm joined by kelly in london
and a presenter on obesity. good to see both of you. let me start with you, right now you have this crisis in government happening in the united kingdom. this total reshuffling of power inside parliament, government, what does it mean for the united states? and for washington beyond? and that special relationship? >> i think president biden said it quite well, the relationship between the two countries is strong it provides many changers in leadership over the years and decades and what we are looking at here is not a change in party or policy, it's a change in the person at the head of the conservative party. not expecting any big change in terms of ukraine policy in relation to the u.s., there are a lot of unanswered issues of this government that have to get on with it. that is the big question going
forward. how are things like the economy, trade, post brexit and all these other issues that need to be taken care of, how are they going to be dealt with over the next 6-8 weeks, possibly longer while the party chooses another leader? but just in terms of the relationship between the u.s. and great britain, there isn't expected to be really much of a change going forward. not with the conservative party still in power. >> who will replace boris johnson? lay it out. as kelly pointed out they have to cobble together a short list of members who they think should take the role the johnson is leaving. who would be here that would cause the white house to celebrate, who would we hear that might be a headache for the white house, if you will? >> this is going to be a nascar rally of candidates to try to get this job. you're going to see 20, 25 maybe
put their hat in the ring. to be honest there aren't many that should give the american administration cause for alarm, because as you say, the policy towards america, that relationship will stay strong. what's fascinating with biden if he doesn't mention johnson at all. one wonders whether the relationship between the two men personally was all that strong. i think the biggest thing that would potentially change in relation with the u.s. depending on who gets the job is over brexit and what to do about the situation with northern island and therefore impacting ireland in the eu which causes concern. look at people like jeremy hunt previously the foreign secretary who voted for a different take on what should be done regarding the brexit deal. you have people at the former chancellor who has a different view of what the economy should look like boris johnson. you have all of these people who have similar outlook on foreign policy, very different
economic views. of course they have to find a way of delivering brexit that isn't harming relations with the u.s. >> so, do you expect at this point the sort of mass resignations to stop now that boris johnson has announced he will step down? and what lessons do you think conservatives may learn from this whole thing? >> i have to say, tonight we are in a critical situation where ministers who resigned from the government 24 hours ago thing they couldn't trust what was coming out of downing street and the prime minister, are being reappointed in their old jobs to prop up boris johnson in office for the remaining time he has got. this really has never happened before. last night boris johnson took britain to the very brink of constitutional crisis by refusing to resign despite half his cabinet telling him he has to go. i guess in your terms, were he to of been a president, which in to be honest i think he is best
he thinks he is, impeachment proceedings would have begun. he is used to squatting in downing street right now. >> thank you for the story. we will continue to follow in the hours and days to come. developing news. former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin is back in court. federal charges, a single federal charge of violating george floyd's civil rights during the may 2020 arrest that as you know sparked outrage, this reckoning across the country on racial issues. he's facing up to 25 years for kneeling on the neck of floyd. who became unresponsive and died. remember derek chauvin is serving more than two decades in prison, on state charges because he was convicted of murder. a story widely covered last year. federal prosecutors have asked for the two sentences state and
federal to run at the same time. it was my understanding we were expecting to see him in court today. >> yes, he is in court and at this moment we are hearing impact statements from first george floyd's brother, george floyd's girlfriend, and we heard from derek chauvin's mother. and now his defense attorney. i am watching a transcript of this come forward. very emotional testimony as you might expect from george floyd's brother. who said, again, that he lives his brother's death every day. his life was ripped him and his family. he hasn't had a good night sleep since the death in may 2020. and that floyd's daughter, he will never have the chance to walk her down the aisle. we also heard from a man who is 18 now and he was 14 when he also encountered derek chauvin
as a police officer. derek chauvin is charged with violating his civil rights as well by kneeling his neck and hitting with a flashlight causing him to be unconscious during an arrest some time ago when he was 14. there's that case as well. but the essence of today is about this plea deal. a plea deal where derek chauvin will be sentenced to either 20- 25 years in federal prison, a sentence that will run concurrent with the state to sentence he is serving now. for derek chauvin, this avoids the chance of being convicted and sentenced to life if you were convicted of the civil rights charges. also for a former police officer, it is believed and probably very true that a federal prison is a much safer environment than a state prison where he is likely to perhaps run into people he has arrested or investigated and just being a police officer, particularly one of such fame and infamy it would be dangerous for him his
lawyers have argued. so they want him to be in a federal prison. given the sentencing guidelines and time served and so on and so forth, if he is sentenced to 25 years in federal prison, it is likely that he will serve about 15 years or so in prison, then have a supervised release period. he is 46 years old which means he could be released from prison sometime in his early 60s. that is was lawyers hoping for. we heard from his mother crying thing essentially he is a good man, not a racist, caring individual and that he didn't decide to go up that day and kill someone. we are hearing impact statements. that will go on for some time. the judge will issue his ruling. again, we expected to be some period between 20 and 25 years for derek chauvin. >> thank you very much for being on top of that. coming up, new details
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the irs calling for a watchdog investigation. the ascot comes one day after new york times reports for fbi officials faced rare and rigorous audits of the finances. pete, what are you watching for? >> the irs says it was the commissioner virus who personally asked for the investigation by the treasury department inspector general for tax administration. the irs said earlier in response to the new york times story said the decision on the audit is made by career people, not political people. the irs says it's ludicrous and untrue to suggest that senior irs officials somehow targeted specific individuals for these
very intensive audits. for me's taxes in 2017 and 2019, these are very rarely done. one out of every something like 19,000 taxpayers. so the idea the both the director and then the man who followed him as acting director of the fbi during the time donald trump was under investigation would both be audited seemed like something of an astonishing coincidence at the very least. in any event the irs now says there will be an inspector general instigation of how this happened. >> thank you for that reporting. turning to weather hill with a january 6 committee in final prep mode. it's going to be an important next few days. tomorrow they are sent to interview pat. that is not something we're going to see publicly. it's going to happen behind closed doors. it will be transcribed and
videotaped but it's certainly possible, not out of the realm of possibility we could hear about it at the future hearing. keep in mind the committee has played the video clip for interviews from others before. it could happen before tuesday. the folks at punchbowl news reporting there will be a second hearing next thursday. one week from today. nbc news has not yet confirmed that. it's always a moving target. i am bringing a capitol hill correspondent, jake, with the scoop i will start with you. two hearings based in your reporting next week. >> that is right. >> that would make the last one on thursday, correct? if the timing is right, presumably that big finale hearing is thursday. >> that is what we are made to understand. i've been cautioned this is very much a moving target. the committee could do what it
wants, he could at hearings, it could change from thursday to friday. but at this point from what we understand, thursday will be the last hearing and will be in prime time. what i have been told, it will chronicle the attack on the capital in detail. the interview is going to be critical in determining not only the tone of the substance of the tuesday and thursday hearing. i think that's going to be a very important interview. it's not going to be life, we can't see it live but that doesn't much matter. we're going to see clips assuredly, of what is going on, what pat cipollone said behind closed doors. there waiting at this point for what reporting tells us, a lot more about this, there waiting to lay out what's going to happen in those hearings until after the deposition or
interview tomorrow. tomorrow is a big day and tuesday and thursday of next week are big days. >> let's focus in in chronological order about this testimony. what else can you tell us? >> we found out yesterday that this testimony, we know it's being recorded, transcribed -- he was the former top lawyer at the white house, technically the former president was his client. during his testimony, there will be some things that attorney privilege and executive privilege doesn't cover. delete more information. when you think about prerecorded clips -- former white house counsel, these are
people that also had executive privilege claims as well. there are things that can divulge >> great reporting. thank you to both of you. we will be looking for that edition first thing tomorrow morning. we appreciate it. what you're about to see is wnba legend brittney griner. she and her lawyers are now calling on the government to do anything that can or step it up to try to get her home.
it's possible she will be in a prison in -- the kremlin might want to swap for victor booth serving a 25 year sentence. remember brittney griner was arrested in february at the airport in moscow. russian officials said she had vape cartridges with cannabis oil in the. help us understand the story. specifically why she pleaded guilty. >> what most russian experts say, this will speed up the process. the russians said today they would not even talk about a prisoner swap until after the trial. the trial could take weeks, even months. it will almost certainly lead to a conviction. 99% of those who go on trial get convicted. no one is ever acquitted.
she was going to get convicted anyway. facing a long sentence in trial, her friends and family are worried about her physical condition in jail. this might really speed up the process and get the russians to finally negotiate. >> there is also been conflict between families of detainees currently who have said, i am paraphrasing, hey, we want to get our people home too. and yet it seems like the biden administration is doing a lot for brittney griner and not enough for them. >> there is another american who's been convicted 14 years for bringing medical marijuana in. and then there's american businessman, there since 2018, i talked with his family last night. very upset. there is a group of 66 american families being held in iran and turkey, countries around the
world. 56 americans and they are saying, why not us ask where we not getting the attention? the president is caught in a bind because there is political pressure. brittney griner is a superstar, an enormous celebrity. that. 1100 black women leaders wrote to the president on her behalf, and so the whelans are saying, why not us? he's been there four years already and so the possibility in talking to people who really know the russian system, hallie is if there is a trade for victor boot down the road, he's of very high value. he's close to putin. put everybody -- put, you know, this man -- don't just trade him for brittney griner, get all of the americans out, there is precedent for that. >> andrea mitchell on top of the story for us. in highland park just outside of chicago the memorials are getting bigger on central avenue. the scene of the parade attack
that ended the lives of seven people with the shooter hurting more than a dozen others. dozens, plural. for the first time since the mass shooting we're hearing from the police chief who spoke with stephan holt. watch? >> shortly into the parade you heard the unmistakable sound of gun fire. there was no question when you heard it what it was. [ shots fired ] >> you could aren't pinpoint it because it was bouncing between the buildings and really the only way that we could try to identify where the person was, i can see people running away from a certain area and police officers running to a certain area. >> the suspect is behind bars without bail after police say he confessed in detail to the shooting. shaquille brewster is in highland park. bring us up-to-date on the investigation as you've heard from some of the survivors, right? >> that's exactly right. i will touch on the investigation and i was in the past couple of moments i was in a press conference via zoom with
one of the victims still in the hospital and i'm talking about 8-year-old cooper roberts and he's an 8-year-old in critical condition in the hospital in chicago and we are learning he was shot in the chest and has a severed spinal cord and has several injuries and the family says he's currently sedated and on a ventilator and the concern is he may be paralyzed and they're asking for prayers and they've started a go fund me page for 8-year-old cooper. cooper was at the parade with his mother. his mother keelie roberts was shot and she had surgery, but according to the family spokesperson -- that was a fire truck that went by, according to the family spokesperson, after she heard that her son had a severed spine she told doctors after her doctors it was either time to discharge her or she would walk out on her own, so she is tending to her son right now and cooper's twin brother is
also in the hospital. all of this we are just learning who was also shot and recovering back loam. all of this we are just learning. we heard new details there and we heard from the father of the suspect for the first time via "the new york post," an interview that he did with "the new york post." he said he was devastated by the shooting and floored by it, but he said he is not responsible for it. we did hear from authorities yesterday who did not say that he was culpable criminally, but that he would likely be open to civil litigation. a lot of new updates there and the thoughts and prayers are being asked for family of 8-year-old cooper roberts. >> a lot of people thinking about cooper, the little boy who just showed up to the parade to have fun with his family. >> abortion rights, of course and the abortion clinic at the center of the supreme court case that overturned roe versus wade is now officially closed.
nbc news correspondent antonia hilton is at jackson hills women's organization in jackson, mississippi. antonia, good afternoon. >> hi, hallie. this is really a critical moment here for women who have been fighting against this clinic's opening and access, who are on the side of anti-abortion advocacy. today is a major win been some of those advocates were here this morning essentially cheering and celebrating, but for women who have or were hoping to take advantage of abortion services here in the state of mississippi, there is mourning, and now the landscape here looks like this. abortion is virtually completely banned except in the cases of a threat to the life of the mother or in a rape that has been reported to law enforcement. for women here who may need to access those services in the future they either need to reach out to organizations and find out about access to abortion pills or cross state line, but in mississippi they're a bit
isolated here. for example, the owner of this clinic who is having his final day today is opening a new site in las cruces, new mexico. that's a 16-hour drive from here. the doctors who work here say they're worried their patients simply aren't going to be able to access abortions at all. take a listen to one of the doctors who operated here. >> it's terrible. it's terrible. i would say a lot of these women are not going to be able to leave this state and having another child is going to put them further into poverty. >> to put some of this in perspective, this morning they were doing some check-ups, but abortions ended yesterday, but still two different women showed up thinking that they had abortion appointments today and they had not heard that roe v. wade had been overturned. so in addition to just the challenges and the hoops that future patients may need to jump through, there is an educational
hurdle that many of the providers, former volunteers are now concerned they're going to have to be working here just to make sure that women in mississippi are aware of the new landscape, hallie. >> antonia live in jackson. thanks to all of you for watching this hour, another busy one on this thursday afternoon. we'll post the highlights on twitter @halleonmsnbc and new reporting. as always, you can find us on msnbc news now in one hour for show number two. "deadline: white house" with nicole wallace starts right after the break. house" with house" with nicole wallace after the break.
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♪♪ ♪♪ hi there, everyone. it's 4:00 in new york. it has been almost exactly 18 months since the deadly insurrection at the u.s. capitol, and there are signs that the country may be at a critical inflexion point in terms of our understanding of january 6th and what was an unprecedented attempt by a sitting president to disrupt the hallmark of our democracy. the peaceful transfer of power. the january 6th select committee is set to continue to tell the story of the capitol insurrection with the public hearing set next week reportedly focused on the role of far-right extremist groups like the proud boys and the oath keepers in that attack on the capitol as well as any possible links between these groups and the ex-president and his innermost circle.