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22nd. and needing to disturb in his future, which was scheduled to take place this past saturday has been the delight. you all the school officials have not confront when that meeting will be rescheduled. yesterday, marked two months since that mass murder. that is tonight's last word. i am ayman mohyeldin. thanks for watching. the 11th hour with stephanie ruhle starts right now. >> watching. tonight -- still more compelling evidence in the house january 6th investigation, including proof of trump's reluctance to condemn the rioters. and new testimonies signaling new progress in the justice department investigation into the insurrection. then, are those cracks and cozy relationship between the former guy and conservative media? blas, as gas prices drop, the president predicts no recession. whether there is or not, will americans ever by with their
selling? we will ask a member of his administration, as the 11th hour gets this underway on this monday night. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> good evening once again. i'm stephanie ruhle. a top trump white house insider has now officially appeared under oath, before the federal grand jury investigating the capitol riot. tonight, we learned marc short, chief of staff to former vice president mike pence, has cooperated with the justice department's investigation into the attack. >> i can confirm that i did receive a subpoena for the federal grand jury, and i comply with that subpoena. that was my only appearance before the grand jury. >> nbc news reports, sort testified on friday. he would be the highest ranking, former trump official, known to have testified before the grand jury. short was by pence's side as the mob overran the capital, and called to the vice president himself to be hanged. short also testified before the
jen six committee earlier this year. the wall street journal and new york times reporting, vance's top legal adviser, greg jacob, has also spoken to the grand jury. he was also a witness at the january six hearing back in june. and today, the january six committee is out with new evidence. you remember last week, the panel released video of trump, the day after the riot, refusing to say that the election was over. well, today, a committee member, elaine luria, released previously unseen evidence of trump's resistance to condemn the rioters. >> do you recognize what this is? >> it looks like a copy of the draft of the remarks for that day. >> okay. and as you can see throughout the document, there are lines crossed out. there are some words added in. do you recognize the handwriting? >> it looks like my father's
handwriting. >> it looks like, here, he crossed out that he was directing the department of justice to ensure all lawbreakers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. we must send a clear message, not with mercy, but with justice. legal consequences must be swift and firm. do you know why he wanted that crossed out? >> i don't know. >> earlier this evening, gloria spoke about the significance of this new information. >> this gave additional detail, you know, what went into the speech. really, it was a lightning to me the parts that he crossed out. and we wanted to make sure that we got that information, because it provides amplifying details on what we shared at the hearing. >> meanwhile, the 18 reports, the committee wants to interview more trump cabinet members, and then they are also preparing to subpoena the wife of supreme court justice clarence thomas. ginni thomas, as you, recall is
under scrutiny for her role in pushing to overturn the 2020 elections results. >> you and i have a voluntary conversation, just come on in, i she said someone in the media that she was able to talk the committee. that's it. come in, with stocks, we need to subpoena, we will. but we prefer, obviously, to just find out what she knows. >> as for trump, he has not been in washington since departing on january 20th, 2021. tomorrow, he returns to our nation's capital, to speak to the america first agenda summit. with that, let's get smarter tonight with the help of our lead off panel. yamiche alcindor joins us. nbc news correspondent and moderator of washington week on pbs. neal katyal, department of justice veteran, and former acting solicitor general during the obama administration. he has argued dozens of cases before the u.s. supreme court. and robert gibbs is here, former obama campaign senior adviser, and white house press secretary. mr. cattle, i've got to go to
you first. what do you make of this new testimony? it's not to the january six committee. it is to the grand jury. >> it's a big deal to me, so the grand jury subpoena means that there is evidence relevant to a criminal investigation. and they have called in top white house officials, two of them, not random insurrectionists or anything like that. and it's a subpoena. it's not some nice request from prosecutors, stephanie. it's more than that. and these subpoenas, to, me are very strong indications that the justice department probe is not dancing. and merrick garland has been moving slowly and investigation. but this does show movement, and let's hope that this shows the garland is gonna basically prove to us, slow and steady does when the race. and why this is different from the past? we've known that there is a grandeur interest occasion going into the fake electors plot in the arizona. we know that there is a grand jury investigation into
insurrectionists at the capitol, those with relatively low level people. but what this is, it's a request about stuff going on in the white house around january 6th. and both marc short and greg jacobs have given testimony before the january six committee. we all saw it. it was live, a lot of that testimony, about just how crazy this plot was, and trump's aiding and abetting and encouragement of it. so all that is now being tied up, presumably, to the grand jury. it's a very big deal, you know, in ordinary times, the idea that a white house official would be brought before a grand jury's big, huge news. we are learning of it a little bit, just because we are hearing so much of trump's wrongdoing, and so much. but this is a very substantial step. >> yamiche, you've covered the former guy for quite some time. and we've seen it, time again, when someone speaks out against him was part of a circle, you always says, they are our coffee by, i don't know them. they were irrelevant.
short and jacobs, how significant are they? how senior were they, at least in mike pence were? >> they were incredibly significant, and incredibly senior in the trump white house. of course mark short was chief of staff to vice president mike pence. before, that was devastated for the trump white house. so, he was the face of the trump white house going to congress, negotiating with lawmakers. so, this is someone who is very familiar with the former president. president trump could not begin to even try to live up the back, as he doesn't know marc short. and mark short was incredibly important meetings. i think what's important about who marc short is in the world that is coming from is, that the vice president's office and mark short himself, we have not wanted to talk about january six too much. they have not wanted to sort of focus on it, because mark mike pence has been talking about inflation, but when you asked pence people, and i am including marc short, about january six, they don't hold back. marc short has been very clear and i talked to him last week
out of the january 6th hearing. personally, he's been very clear that the january six, that the capitol riot was a shameful, shameful moment, that it was wrong, that the vice president had never had any sort of power to overturn the 2020 election. and he literally understands the danger that mike pence is under, and what it meant for a crowd that's already chanting, hang mike pence, to then get to 2:24, tweet from trump on january 6th saying he was criticizing mike pence again while he was being evacuated. so, apart from the sort of knowing what the danger that mike pence was in, he is gonna be very familiar with the pressure campaign that former president trump was putting on mike pence, because he would've been not only in those rooms, but you also would have been, along with greg jacobs, they would've been the people who were counseling mike pence, and really, understanding the sort of position that the vice president was in. and they came late, thinking that it wasn't tenuous, and that it was with president trump was asking mike pence to do, it was simply illegal.
and that's something that he can do. >> mister gibbs, let's talk indications that impact. we know there is a huge interest in these hearings. we look at the viewership numbers from last week. but this new video that was just released tonight, clearly, the committee is trying to keep public interest up. do you think it's working? >> oh, absolutely. i think the hearings have become must-see tv. to your point, stephen, each and every day, something new comes out. i think a lot of us, myself included, were worried we knew most of what we are going to know about the days leading up to, and that day of january the 6th. they kept the tension going, by entering new evidence, new witnesses into this discussion. and look, they announced that as the hearing concluded last thursday, they already announced more hearings, which means more people coming forward, more people testifying, more people telling stories. so, if you are thinking about this as a tv show, and not that
donald trump is, the season, the plot thickens. the season goes on. and there is no doubt, we are learning more. they are learning more. and it's creating, again, must ctv for people to watch throughout the fall. >> and, we are watching with the committee is finding. we cannot see whether department of justice is doing. and that's where the real impact is. i'm neal, our friend andrew weizmann tweeted this. trump false statement on january 7th, quote, i immediately deploy the national guard in federal law enforcement to secure the building and expelled intruders. proof positive that he had zero intent to stop the insurrection, as he was all for it succeeding. these are andrew's words there. do you think he's right? >> yeah, i think that that, by itself, maybe not enough. but in conjunction with so much other evidence, absolutely. i, mean the federal judge has already looked at this and said, it's more likely than not that donald trump is committed to
felonies on january 6th. and then, the evidence today, that you referred to at the top of your show, stephanie, about senator laureate showing that donald trump struck out of the speech on that day, january 7th, lying about how the rioters will be prosecuted, and struck out a line where trump would have said that the rioters did not represent him, or his movement. they wanted that out too. and if you take a step back, it's really startling to think about trump, just 24 hours after this violent mob stormed the capitol, is sitting in the white house, editing a speech, and he is not trying to find the words to mend our country or our democracy. he's just trying to make sure he doesn't offend the right tours, the rioters. you know, trump's dedicated more time to editing his speech, to appease the rioters that he did to sue the country. and so, i do think all of that is relevant, if that question of criminal intent, which no
doubt the justice department is starting to think about. >> but he didn't pardon any of them, which is forever interesting to me. yamiche, president biden said something today that we don't often hear. he called out trump for lacking the courage to act on january 6th. and some are rare for the president. he doesn't talk much about january 6th. he leaves it to the committee and others. but here we are, trump is showing up in d.c. tomorrow for an event. and biden is calling him out. are we can expect more there? >> well, i think we are gonna expect from president biden is to really i think bring home the point, that he believes former president trump is a danger to our democracy, that he failed to act on january six. in fact, that he supported gasoline on a hot burning fire that became a deadly fire, in which people were killed during the capitol attack. president biden, when i talk to white house officials, really trying to have a balancing act here, right? he wants to make sure people understand that he is as angry as most americans, that see
former president trump as problematic and dangerous. but you also once, of course, to be seen as someone who's focused on the issues of the day, including inflation, and abortion, politics, and the pandemic, and so many others things that he has to deal with. so i think it's a rare moment for him to call a president trump, but it also shows that he understands that in this moment, as millions of americans are watching this hearing, and learning new information that he wants his voice to be part of that. so, based on my conversation with white house officials, i don't think we're ever gonna hear from him say this every week, but yet you can imagine that this will not be the last time that we hear biden calling out trump on january six. >> you know, i cannot let you go on as we talk a bit about the secret service controversy. anna showed committee member so we love green said earlier today. >> i'll tell you, i have a concern about the inspector general as well. why did he wait months and months and months and months, before telling us some of this, that these texts were -- >> secret service lawyers.
what did the committee do next, neal? >> i think they've got to call in all of these other secret service top officials they've evidently lawyered up with private lawyers. they're not comfortable with justice department who's representing them, which to me, is a pretty scary sign. i, normally, use the justice department lawyers, when you are a former official, usually, don't use them. because the real reason not to, using them because you're gonna to tell the justice department something that you don't want to tell them. so, there is something that is going on here, that's really bad. and current congresswoman lofgren is referring to the inspector general, also looking like part of the problem. his ig knew about this starting in february. that person is supposed to be independent watchdog, not someone who needs a cover-up. now, maybe the ag has some legitimate reason for it, but that's not exactly that kind of stop that the committees got a whole of the ig before them, under oath, right now, and get to the bottom of this, because
this is part of a pattern, you know, secret service isn't telling the truth, something different to trump people are telling the truth, or afraid, steve bannon was just prosecuted for being afraid to go and testify under oath and the like. so, it is the constant ammo of this administration, past administration, the secret service right now feels like part of it. >> but then, if the secret server, or a several members of the secret service aren't going to use the department of justice lawyers, and they are gonna hire their own private outside counsel, who pays for that? the taxpayers? or the secret service members? >> it's usually, it's usually, if you do it, it's usually on your own expense, so they often have legal defense funds, and you know, crowdsourcing. sometimes, the justice department will pay for, it but that's usually when the justice department itself concludes, we can't defend for a particular reason. here, it looks like this is all driven by the secret service, not by the department. >> robert, should the current white house be taking a more
aggressive stance, and the secret service controversy? i mean, at the very least, it's usually damaging to the reputation of the agency. >> yes, stephanie, no doubt. it's damaging. i think this white house is in a particular interesting situation as the secret service continues to operate in and around the white house, and protect the president. i agree with neal, they have got to call in the senior members. they've got a call and the leader of the secret service. remember too, there is federal records protection involved in this regardless, whether they got a text that said, hey, we are switching your phones, so protect your texts. we went through a whole presidential campaign around federal records. so, i think everybody is pretty clear about what happens and what has to be preserved. the notion that somehow, you should only be preserved because they were told to preserve them, is silly. there's plenty of federal protections around these records, and people have to answer questions as to what
happened, why they disappeared. to neal's point, why did it take so long for us to understand this? all of us as we, all of this is really crucial because they didn't just have to be missing these few days, i think it's a little rich, even for washington. >> a little which indeed. yamiche alcindor, neal katyal, robert gibbs, thank you all for joining tonight. i appreciate it. >> when we come back, capitol police officer harry dunn is here on the so-called party of law and order. and stunning revelations from the january six committee. and later, as gas prices drop, the president says, we are going to avoid a recession. we will ask top white house official what that actually means for americans right now? and what to expect in the months ahead? the 11th hour just getting underway on this very busy monday night. ♪ ♪ ♪ getting underway on this very busy
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former president of the united states watched it all happen as he sat in the comfortable as the private office in the oval office. while he was doing that brave law enforcement officers subject to the media hill for three hours. it can't be pro insurrection and pro cop. >> law enforcement officers are still struggling with what happened on january six. here is a reminder of some of what we heard from capitol police officer, harry dunn,
almost one year ago today. >> it's within a sentiment that says, everybody is trying to make january six political. well, it's not a secret that it was political. they literally were there to stop the steal. telling the truth shouldn't be hard. fighting on january six, that was hard! >> i now have the honor and privilege of welcoming capitol police officer, harry dunn, joining us tonight. officer dunn, thank you so much for being here. you have been inside the room where the hearings are happening. you've heard the testimony, you've heard the evidence. what does justice look like to you for january six? >> well, first of all, thank you for having me on. it's great to be on the program. justice, what does justice look
like? i have to answer that question a lot. and often i struggle with answering it because i don't -- mansour changes selfishly, i want everybody to go to jail and no matter who it is, even if it's all the way up to the former president. but, realistically, we need to do something. the justice department needs to do something to prevent this, to send a message that this is unacceptable. that this won't happen. we need to figure out something that this cannot happen again. that is what justice looks like to me. >> you are still a capital police officer. and i know you're not a political person. but, traditionally, republicans and the former president himself, trump, they called themselves the party of law and order. and, traditionally, they've had a lot of support from law enforcement. do you think that has changed because of january six? >> i mean, you know, yes. i'm a police officer.
but i am also a human being with an opinion. i vote, i'm an american citizen to. so i'm very invested in this democracy to. but as far as the slogans and these rhetoric that go with the pro police and party of law and order, i mean, we hear from both sides. defund the police! all that stuff. everybody has these cliché sings and these cool things that look good in a headline or on a camping slogan, you know black and blue and all of that stuff. but when it comes down to, it it's all about your actions. we don't have time for all of this rhetoric. what are you doing to show that your words are actually meaningful and not just a slogan or a talking point? >> well, it has been more than a year and a half since the ride. how have you and your colleagues been recovering after everything you've experienced? you go to work, day in and day out. >> no, i work with an amazing group of men and women who are
able to do their job no matter what. they've been supportive for us. they spoke gas on the mission of their job. and we keep the member of state, no matter what party, no matter what affiliation, no matter what rhetoric comes under, we are able to look at the bigger picture which is -- it's a big we -- forgive me for losing the word. but we are able to look at just the bigger picture. it's very important for us to do our job. and that is integrity. that is patriotism. that is definitive democracy. not these people around here just running around with this rhetoric. it's infuriating. forgive me. i get worked up when i heard this. the black and blue, we defend you. what's the current president set is right. we cannot support insurrectionists. and you cannot be a patriot. you cannot back the blue and
support insurrectionists. it is infuriating. but, you have to remain focused on the issue of doing your job and being able to do it no matter who is in that seat. because it represents democracy. not an individual. >> do you feel betrayed? do you feel betrayed by members of our government, potentially members of the secret service when you watched these hearings? and suddenly, people aren't willing to testify. or suddenly, you have missing text messages on maybe two of the most important days when these men and women were on the job. >> you know, until they come forward and give their testimony under oath, then it is all just, like i said talking. they have a responsibility to do that. and, if the committee subpoenas them when and if they do, maybe to comply with those laws, and those rules that govern this country, the betrayal that i feel it lies slowly at the feet of the former president. he is responsible. and he had the authority, the
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on this. here to help me break it all down, brian deese, director of the national economic council for president biden's white house. brian, there's all of this talk about a possible recession, and a technical definition of what it means. let's forget that and just get practical. explain to us, the health of our economy right now? >> well, we are in a transition, and it feels unique, because it is unique. we have never come out of a global pandemic, while dealing with the economic impacts of a land war in europe. so, we are in unique territory, but i think where we are now is coming through a transition from what has been a truly historically fast period of economic growth and job growth. transitioning to something that we certainly hope, and our aim is to be more stable growth. that historic progress really has been extraordinary. we've had the fastest job
growth and the strongest labor market performance in recent memory. and that has actually given families wherewithal to navigate through what are challenging circumstances. so, we see for example, reddit low credit card delinquencies. record low bankruptcies, record low mortgage delinquencies. at the same time, we're seeing things slow, as you would expect in this context, but the key thing right now is that as we are in this transition, the choices we make now, the policy choices we make now, whether we actually take more action, to lower prices, and make things more affordable for families, these will help determine how successful we are actually making that transition to a place where we are in more stable growth, without giving up four of those economic gains that we made. >> we have this complicated, massive economy, though, right? for a ceo of a fortune 500 company, for an hourly worker, for a senior citizen shopping at a grocery store, each one
has a vastly different economic reality. so, when this white house is considering what leverage to pull, what's support to give, what economy do you look at? >> well, this president, our team, and our entire focus has been on a typical working class family. and is that family in a position where they can achieve what the president likes to refer to, as a little bit of breathing room? and what that means, the economic security and the dignity, to actually provide for your family, and have a little bit left over each month. so, when you make decisions, and we operate, we are thinking about what is that monthly budget? what are the components of that budget? and what can we do to actually make things more affordable, while also, continuing the momentum that has driven, for example, a very strong job market, where we are seeing wage gains disproportionately on the low end of the income spectrum for the first time in a very long time. so, that's why you see us focusing on things like prescription drugs, which are a
big cost driver, particularly for older people, but also, families with people with chronic conditions, for example. and also, then, very practical costs like internet, something you and i have talked about before. if we can make internet affordable for families, that can take 30, 50, 100 bucks off a families typical monthly budget. those are the constant kinds of things that actually people are sitting around kitchen tables and talking about, and figuring out how to make these trade-offs. that's where our focus is. >> prescription drugs, internet, usually important things, and almost every american household. do you think people realize that's what you're doing? because politically speaking, you need to sell this to the american people, so they are aware? >> look, i think that's the most troublesome to the economy is gas prices, because there is a very visible price on almost every corner in almost every community in the country.
and on that score, gas prices are now down about 70 cents. 70 cents in the last six we, and for a typical two car driving family, that's about 100 bucks in savings. people certainly see that and they certainly feel that. but beyond that, our view is that good policy makes good politics. and the more that we can, for example, encourage more people to sign up for the affordable activity program, if you let me do a blog, get internet.gov. you can go on, you can find out if you are one of 50 million americans who can actually benefit from this program, and get lower cost internet. the more that we do our job, and make these programs available, make them accessible, and make them clear, the more people will understand and across time, they will feel that in their lives. i think that people want is for us to be focused on doing our job, providing these benefits in a way that, again, helps the macro economy make this transition at the same time. and that's what we are here to do.
>> gas prices are definitely going down. you are right about that. here's the tricky thing, really, for the white house. people were certainly complaining when they were going up. you are not hearing that many people complementing it, or thrilled. they are talking at the kitchen table about the good news, about gas prices going down. so, you have the challenge of getting the american people positive about the economy. it's very psychological. how we feel about the economy impacts how we behave. how do you change the way people think, because we are in an economic recovery? >> well, look, the way people feel is the way people feel and it's their lives reality, and certainly, our goal is not to try to change or convince people otherwise. but i do think that you are right. some of this is about the way things are covered. there was a lot more coverage than we've actually seen him doing scans of media an analysis, a lot more coverage when gas prices were going up and then they were going down.
so, some of the things we're trying to do is make very clear to the american people, when those things happen, that they can benefit from them, and that they have an impact in their lives. the president spoke about that issue on friday, and he will speak more about that this week. and we will keep at that. and at the same time, we are gonna keep things that people may not understand as direct as gas prices, but make a huge difference in their lives. today, we had a set of ceos and labor leaders of the white house to talk about the issue of semiconductors, computer chips, where people may not be for this crisis have totally understood their sensuality in our economy, but i will tell you, if you lived through the economy in the last couple of years, you've seen for example, how much car prices have added to inflation, about one third of our inflation in the u.s. last year was a function of car prices. and that's principally because we didn't have enough semiconductors. so, we also need to explain, and we also need to deliver on addressing issues like that, issues that will also mean more
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her mouth and sank summertime and i saw her be hancock bursting to tears, and everybody in the room catch their breath, because she decided to sing, decided to sing, you know? i knew she -- >> the last thing before we go tonight. the return of an icon. as a mother jones so eloquently puts it, unequivocally good things don't tend to happen these days. moments so impervious to the horrors of modern-day living, that they managed to break the sense that everything sucks. but such an event arrived when joni mitchell herself appeared
at the newport folk festival this weekend for her first full set in over 20 years. that is right. the legendary singer songwriter joni mitchell surprised a very lucky audience over the weekend, when her friend and fellow artist, brandi carlile, invited her up on stage. this was joni's first public appearance since a life threatening brain cancer since 2015, letter unable to sing or play guitar. she says she taught herself to play again by watching video of herself playing, and only recently began singing with friends. seeing her progress, carlisle urged her to return to the festival for the first time since 1969. well, joining her to perform some of her biggest hits, like both sides now, and the yellow taxi. but her performance during just like this train, really stole the show. it has been a big, big here for the iconic artist. back in april at the grammys, she was named, music cares person of the year. a few months before that, she was the center henry.
cbs news was with mitchell after her newport performance, and asked how she felt about her recent back-to-back honors. >> how did that feel? >> it felt very warning. you know, a lot of doors were shut to me, the hall of fame, they get me out of that for a long time. >> so you are feeling the love? >> i'm feeling the love, yeah. >> it feels good. >> feels good! >> it's a beautiful thing to see your honor this way. >> i think definitely, that kind of softens people towards me. >> -- that you don't know what you've got until it's gone. well, we are very glad that 50 years on, joni mitchell is still moving audiences and feeling the love. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ ♪ ♪ >> and on that absolutely beautiful note, i wish you all a good night. from all of our colleagues across the networks of nbc news, thanks for staying up late with us. i will see you at the end of tomorrow. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ thanks to at-home for joining us this hour. have you ever heard of him and named daryl l k smith? if you haven't, you