tv Andrea Mitchell Reports MSNBC September 16, 2022 9:00am-10:00am PDT
right now on "andrea mitchell reports." the justice department is expected to appeal as soon as today a florida judge's controversial decision blocking doj access to more than 100 classified mar-a-lago documents needed for its investigation. and letting the judge's appointed independent masters review thousands of documents seized in that raid. a ruling experts say is without precedence. a live report from martha's vineyard as president biden accuses ron desantis of playing political games with humans. i'll speak to linda thomas-greenfield as mass graves are found in ukraine and family
members of brittney griner and paul whelan are set to meet with president biden. and i'll meet with former ambassador brown as the line extends for more than five miles wanting to pay their respects to queen elizabeth. and the prince and princess of wales today before the funeral. good district attorney i'm andrea mitchell in washington. where merrick garland's justice department lost all requests to a florida judge to allow them to continue using classified documents seized at mar-a-lago for now. this will delay the criminal investigation. judge aileen cannon handing mr. trump another legal victory by putting a especially master in charge of the documents. judge raymond dearie, a senior
judge from new york, respected by both sides, will have until november 30th to sift through thousands of papers to determine if any documents are privileged. meanwhile, the former president is predicting trouble if he's indicted. >> i think if it happened, i think you'd have problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we've never seen before. i don't think the people of the united states would stand for it. >> what kind of problems, mr. president? >> i think they'd have big problems. big problems. i don't think they'll stand for it. they will not sit still and stand for this ultimate of hoaxes. joining me now ken dilanian and paul charleston. we can speak about his statements and wonder if again he's urging some kind of uprising i'm sure his lawyers
are not pleased. but take us through the key elements of judge cannon's ruling and how this is expected to proceed because it's being widely criticized by legal experts. >> that's right. the justice department tried to offer a modest compromise here and the judge rejected it and doubled down on the view that the national security division of the justice department cannot be trusted to say what is and isn't classified and to say what is and isn't appropriate or the used in a criminal investigation, materials that they've seized under a lawful search warrant. what she's saying is the special master has to review all the documents, all 11,000 including the 100 or so classified documents. she has rejected the doj's request that she stay the part of her order and allow them to use the classified documents currently right now in their criminal investigation. she said they still cannot do that. she said, for example, they haven't shown her there's any imminent harm to national security as they asserted in
their brief. they haven't demonstrated that any of the classified documents fell into the wrong hands while at mar-a-lago. what the fbi would say is that's exactly the thing they need to investigate. she did offer a small window of compromise in the sense of, explaining that her ruling, she believes, allows the intelligence community to continue its damage assessment into whether national security has been compromised in the mishandling of the documents and the fbi can assist in that investigation and the fbi can ask about the documents, who had access to them, where they went but they cannot use the contents in the criminal investigation. and the doj flatly disagrees with almost all aspects of this ruling which is why we are expecting an appeal today, andrea. >> an appeal to the 11th circuit. paul, one issue that comes to mind is if the fbi follows the
judge's order and uses the documents in any fashion, couldn't that lead to, if there were an indictment down the road and they discover things that are part of the investigation, couldn't that lead to the defense successfully shutting down those avenues from any future indictment or trial? >> andrea, that's exactly right. i've had this experience many times. if someone tries to circumscribe, you can only ask about a, but do not ever ask about b, when you enter into the real world in attempts to talk to a witness and only talk about a and not b, it becomes an impossibility. every time a witness ventures to an area they ought not to, someone will say you did so intentionally. this is a judge that has already demonstrated an extraordinary amount of distrust as it relates
to the department of justice and the prosecutors handling the case. it's not just down the road in the event of a prosecution, those prosecutors may see that evidence challenged in some fashion, but here you are at risk of finding yourself in contempt. you make a decision, you do an interview, you ask about one part that the judge said is okay, the witness ventures into another area, this judge could find you in contempt for violating her order. her attempts to clarify this issue have not been helpful. her footnotes in the order don't clarify what she attempts to allow the government to do here. i don't know, andrea, that the government has any other real alternative but to appeal this decision. >> and she also questions whether these documents are classified, even though they're marked classified. she rejected the government's argument previously about executive privilege not following the president home.
>> so, andrea, think about that. the trump team has claimed that this is simply a misunderstanding about how to handle documents and they put classified documents in the trump team's pleadings, she's done the same here. a simple issue such as whether or not the documents are classified she puts in quotations and said i can't rely on your representation that these are classified documents. she has shown since the beginning, remember when the trump team filed their first pleading, asking for a special master to be appointed before she received the response from the government in opposition to that request, she indicated she would favor a special master. now she says i can't rely on those representations, some of those representations made in an affidavit, i can't rely on those. i cannot believe that these are classified documents. there's one more tell, if i may,
andrea, in her instructions to the special master, the first thing she tells the special master to do in plain language is to review the documents that the government says it seized here and to verify that those are, in fact, documents that were seized. she suggests the special master may even want to get a sworn statement from the government that these are all documents that were collected by the government. that issue has never been before this court. it wasn't an issue until her order put it out there as an issue. this is a judge who has moved from fair and impartial to someone who is questioning the very credibility of the prosecutors and the agent who has supplied information under oath, andrea. >> that is extraordinary. just briefly, paul, the delay, if this goes to the 11th circuit, then if the justice
department doesn't like -- or either side doesn't like what a three-judge panel does, then either side can go to the supreme court so this could delay the damage assessment. >> correct. there is delay either direction the government chooses to go. if you choose to follow the judge's order and say we go to the special master, the steps this court has put in place for the special master to review these documents, get clearances for the trump lawyers, that's going to be a difficult and time consuing process, have the trump lawyers review those documents, have them identify what documents may be privileged or otherwise, the government has a chance to respond, then the special master makes his decision, then the judge, independently, once again, all by herself, looking to or relying on the special master decision makes her decision. there's going to be significant delays even if they go to the special master. the question now is, will the
delay be less impactful if they file a narrow appeal with the court of appeals and it goes to her bosses, supervisors and say here's a narrow scope, 100 plus classified documents we need to be able to, in the interest of national security, go forward with our investigation as it relates to those. allow us to do so, tell judge cannon she got it wrong. that may be the best alternative here, andrea, for the government. >> ken dilanian, paul charlton thank you both very much. the miles of mourners paying respects to the queen. including soccer legend, david beckham who wiped away tears once inside. plus the prince of wales opening up how he is mourning the woman he called granny. one of the 15 prime ministers, gordon brown, sharing his memories of the queen and the strong foundation she set for
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the line of mourners to pay their final respects to queen elizabeth stretching five miles with a wait time of 14 hours now. the line became so long it was closed for several hours after reaching full capacity. inside westminster hall mourners lining up to file past the queen's coffin where she will lie in state until her funeral on monday. king charles and queen consort camilla are in wales today greeting well wishers and receiving condolences from welsh lawmakers. this as the prince and princess of wales visited an army training center. the king, with his sons william and harry will walk behind the queen's casket one final time. prince william telling well fishers that the memories of his mother's funeral and that walk behind the casket are flooding
back. >> the walk yesterday was challenging. >> 15 prime ministers have led the uk government since queen elizabeth's accession to the throne in 1952 starting with winston churchill and ending two days before she died with liz truss. during her 70-year plus reign the queen held weekly audiences with all of them. i spoke today with former prime minister gordon brown about his relationship with the queen and how she will be remembered. it is a pleasure to have you here even during these sad times but it is time to celebrate her majesty the queen. you knew her for so many years first as a member of parliament when she came to scotland. >> i first met the queen in 1983 when i was a member of parliament. but, of course, i met her every week for more than an hour when i was prime minister. you know, never in our history has there been such an outpouring of grief and sadness
at the death of a monarch and someone loved by the whole public. there were tears but also thankfulness at the grate service she's given to our country. when i met the queen, she was considerate, incredibly generous, very kind indeed, very well informed. i had to report on the budget and what we were doing in terms of finances, but she was very, very well up on all these details, particularly what was happening in the rest of the world. and she had this tremendous sense of duty, commitment to public service and pledged herself at the age of 21 that whatever happened she would devote her life to the country. and she had an incredible sense of humor. i remember having to report we couldn't afford a new royal yacht. >> you couldn't afford to replace -- >> we couldn't and we didn't want it sponsored by enron or someone, and then of course we couldn't afford another proposal
her family had for a royal air fleet because we had the royal air force. she had trouble because there was a royal train and all these permissions she had to get to london and then suddenly she said i think we should get a royal bus. that was her humor. i remember, also, you know, when you met the queen, you said your majesty and then you said mum throughout the meeting. but nelson mandela, a great friend of mine and hers he would say hello, elizabeth, how's the duke. that was nelson mandela. >> that's amazing. >> i remember also my children, they met the queen for the first time at balmoral, and they were very young at that time, both under 5. she was walking out and was going to introduce them for the first time and one she was out
with her corgis and they were barking and she said shut up. so my kids said if the queen can say it. that was her sense of humor. though she was above us, she was alongside us, and she would like herself to be remembered as a person who served the country right until the last. there were pictures of her tuesday before she died on the thursday meeting the new prime minister and saying good-bye to the old prime minister and she did it with such dignity and clearly was not well at that time. >> i had the privilege of once being at balmoral and watching the rights in scotland, the incredible outpouring from the people, it was so clear there was a special bond between her and scotland and the fact she went to balmoral in scotland for every vacation. she didn't holiday around the world. >> she loved scotland. if you remember when the duke of
edinburgh died her husband, the one photograph she issued as a public demonstration of her grief was a photograph of her with them on the hills of balmoral. she interrupted the holiday by inviting every prime minister there. >> tell me about that. i heard that she actually served the barbecue. >> what she did, she organized a barbecue for every prime minister, and she would drive you there herself, because a bit away from the castle -- >> how was she behind the wheel? >> very good behind the wheel but we had to open and close gates to different parts of the estate. so getting in and out of the car and she was driving on. we arrive at the barbecue and the duke of edinburgh was manning the grill. mrs. thatcher who was astounded about this, send her rubber gloves for christmas. >> this is astonishing. >> of course you offered to help and she was determined to do it
herself. that was how considerate she was. she made you feel at home by bringing other guests that she knew you would like. there was a book in your room that she chose specially from her library for you to read. that was the kindness and generosity and the considerate nature she had. yet she was presiding over huge changes taking place in the country. the longest serving monarch, 71 years. queen elizabeth i was only 45 years. queen victoria, 50 years. king george iii, 60 years. she was 70. it's a quality she brought to the job. at the time she was queen we were not an expanding empire as britain was in the 19th century under queen victoria. the empire was becoming the commonwealth and she eased the transition and made it smoother than it otherwise would have been because her diplomatic skills. so the commonwealth of nations is 2 1/2 billion people and 56
countries, countries that were never part of the british empire and that's really a tribute to her own sense that britain could have a role in the world even if it wasn't an imperial role. >> how do you imagine the transition will be? certainly king charles has shown a great deal of empathy in the last days but he doesn't have popularity, no one could, of this monarch. >> i think she set down the foundations he was to follow. i noticed he said he's giving up on some of the interests he had. he understands it's a dignified constitution. otherwise he cannot involve himself in the day-to-day politics. these are decisions for plarm parliament, the prime minister, and cabinet, but not for him. i think he will spend a lot of time traveling the world. these 56 countries in the commonwealth. you have australia thinking it might want to be a republic. you have the caribbean countries that still are the monarchy.
we have to say if that's what you want to do, that's your decision but we want the friendly relationships. so he will have to speak a lot of time talking to these countries because if you break from the monarchy, done in a way that, if you like, is bitter that would be a terrible thing to happen. >> great legacy and your recollections are extraordinary. long lest serving chancellor in history and of course a prime minister. thank you so much gordon brown. i know you'll be at the funeral on monday. >> yes. thank you. and coming next, political pawns? dozens of migrants unwillingly pulled into the fight over the border crisis. now some inside the department of homeland security want to follow republican governors and relocate migrants north, but the white house is pushing back. this is "andrea mitchell reports" only on msnbc. rea mitcl reports" only on msnbc
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leaving with hugs and cheers from residents who have been caring for them overnight. on wednesday two flights landed unexpectedly in martha's vineyard no warning at all. prompting the community to mobilize and pull together resources to help. the flights originated in texas where migrants boarded the plane but were arranged by florida governor and potential presidential candidate, ron desantis. >> we are not a sanctuary state it's better to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction and we will help facilitate that transport for you. >> texas governor greg abbott and arizona governor doug due see have also been sending migrants north to cities like new york city, chicago and washington d.c. on thursday president biden blasting the republican governors. >> republicans are playing politics with human beings using them as prompts. what they're doing is wrong. it's un-american.
>> nearly 8,000 migrants are crossing the border daily and we have new reporting on the friction it's causing between the white house and the department of homeland security. >> emily we saw the migrants boarding a ferry after they left the church earlier. you've been speaking to residents there who really rallied in a nonborder state with no facilities, no officials from customs or border to assess asylum requests, and they really rallied overnight. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. good to be here with you, andrea. migrants told us about their journey to get to america, traversing sometimes seven countries we spoke with 23-year-old rafael who said he was fleeing the dangerous situation in venezuela, and he wants to get a job here to send
money back to his family. the migrants did not know they were being flown to martha's vineyard. one woman told us she was told she was headed to boston. and for that reason leaders have called on the department of justice to investigate the legality of some of the transfers. what you're seeing behind me is a different picture from just a few hours ago. that's because the nearly 50 migrants, some as young as 2 years old, boarded a stream of buses to go to cape cod. we witnessed heartfelt tearful good-byes, exchanges between the migrants and the volunteers because this community did not know they were taking in 50 migrants on wednesday. but they sprang inside action, transformed this block into a place of unity and the migrants were very grateful for that. the governor said that the military base in cape cod is better equipped for more
sustainable accommodations. they'll set aside some space for legal services and health care services. but still it's very much a developing situation at this point as the migrants make their way there now. >> emily, thank you. and julia, let's talk about this because obviously this is a midterm play. the numbers are record breaking and there's no question about that. but the fact that when the vice president told chuck todd on "meet the press" last week that the border is secure, the next thing you know, they sent a bus load to her front gate at her home here in washington. so -- >> that's right. >> -- governors abbott and desantis are just -- >> the way this is playing out on both sides, democrat and republican has a lot to do with midterm. we understand the political motivation of governors like ron desantis in florida, like greg abbott, to push these migrants into liberal strong holds, create chaos to try to make a political point. but as we also understand from
reporting at nbc is that the white house has been hesitant to get out and make a change and to try to do anything to try to take migrants away from the border and to do their own plan that might alleviate some of the chaos because they don't want immigration be the first thing people are talking about. they would rather it be infrastructure, what the president has done on railroads, but republicans have a different play because they think it could get some of their voters to the polls. so those sides of that tide are not lining up well for the migrants caught in the middle. >> absolutely caught in the middle. when we talk about them being political pawns, they had nothing to do with the fact, the timing of the midterms and the border states, red states most likely are feeling the brunt of it, and understandable tension there. but this is exploding just six weeks before the election. >> yes. that's right. and as we understand it, there are dhs officials going to meetings called at the white house pretty regularly now where
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you, so thanks for taking time to talk to us. i want your reaction to finding more than 400 bodies so far in this mass grave. >> andrea, all i can say is that we're horrified to hear this news. it's not the first time. we saw this coming out of bucha as well. and the russians will be held accountable. we're working with the ukrainians, working with the u.n. and other organizations to make sure we help them gather the evidence that will be needed to bring the russians before the world and hold them accountable in the international court of justice or icc. these are war crimes. and the russians keep committing them. people are suffering and there's just no -- there's no excuse, there's no justification for
what they are doing. and particularly, when it involves children. >> and you've also spoken about the hundreds of thousands of ukrainians forcibly detained and deported to russia or other far eastern regions of ukraine under russian control. what can the u.n. do about this? >> we held a meeting last week at the united nations where we called the russians out for these filtration operations where they are moving ukrainian citizens, including children, to the far reaches of russia. taking their identity away, forcing russian passports on them, and again, this is a situation where the u.n. and the rest of the world, needs to come together to hold them accountable. we have asked the russians to allow the u.n. in to these camps so that they can provide protection and support to the ukrainians. and as you know, we have made an
effort to also hold them accountable. we just issued, yesterday, sanctions against some of the russians who have been engaged in these activities. one, for example, was against the person who was involved in providing adoptions of ukrainian children. >> it's just so horrific. and the war, even though the ukrainians have made major advances in the east, the projection is from most experts that this war is going to continue. that vladimir putin is not going to back down. meanwhile, the global food shortage, this crisis, the war exacerbating famine, especially in africa, about a quarter of the grain came from russia and ukraine before the war. now we have the ships moving that was a great advance from the international community including the secretary general of the u.n., right? >> that was. as you know, we have been focused on food insecurity for
quite some time. i started this when i arrived in new york last year when we hosted a food security issue during our presidency in february of 2021. and this year in may we also hosted a food insecurity event. and the secretary of state hosted a ministerial, in which we got 103 countries to sign onto a road map on ways that we can move forward to address these issues. we will also be hosting a food insecurity event here in new york during high level week, where we will be bringing key countries together to again look at how we can address these issues moving forward. and it's particularly important, as we look at the impact of food insecurity in countries in africa and the middle east. where as you noted, more than 20% of the wheat coming from russia and ukraine went to these
countries. and we're working diligently with the united nations, the black sea initiative certainly was a major, major help to addressing these issues, but this is a long-term issue that's going to require long-term solutions. and that's the purpose of bringing nations together to talk about this, but also to find solutions moving forward. >> i want to ask you about the u.s./russia relationship because it's arguably at the worst level of any time since the cold war. level of hostility, tension, lack of engagement. is this having a direct impact on the detention of brittney griner, paul whelan, actually others, of course, the griner and whelan families today are meeting with the president for the first time and they've been saying that, you know, wrongfully detained americans are being held longer than any time in history. how do we get them home? >> yes. first and foremost, the president will be meeting with
the families to assure them that this is front and center of our efforts. we will work diligently to get their family members brought home safely. and that's the message he will pass to them today. there's not good news in the sense we wish we could tell them today that they were being brought home, we wish the russians would accept the offer that we have put on the table for them. they should accept it today and release them. unfortunately they have not done that. so what will happen with -- in terms of our relationships and discussions in new york next week, it will not be business as usual with the russians. they have provoked an attack, an attack on the very core of the u.n. charter by their attack on ukraine and their actions related to american citizens are unacceptable.
and we will continue to put pressure on them until one, they release our citizens, but at the same time, they end this unprovoked aggression against the people of ukraine. >> thank you so much, ambassador linda thomas-greenfield, i'll be seeing you in new york i hope as we go through a very, very important week after -- of course after the queen's funeral on monday. thank you so much. >> good. thank you. thank you. it's great to be here with you. and the solemn silence, the king and his siblings will be keeping silent vigil around the queen's coffin today. and i'll speak with a staffer who worked side by side with the king when he was prince of wales. this is "andrea mitchell reports" on msnbc. "andrea mitchel reports" on msnbc. e is douglas. i'm a writer/director and i'm still working. in the kind of work that i do, you are surrounded by people who are all younger than you.
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the family, his wife camilla and sons william and harry. good to meet you virtually. you know king charles so well. how would you describe the challenge he now faces, replacing his mother, the emotional such a wildly popular monarch in terms of his constitutional role. >> the challenge is to live up to the example set by his mother. he said that himself. his first great address he was clear that his had duty and his challenge was to follow the example set by the queen. what an example that was. i'm 100% confident he will meet that challenge head on and do brilliantly. he will do it in his own way. he has his own style. but he was clear he will follow the conventions of our constitutional monarchy and be there as the famous phrase is to sort of advise, caution and warn
government the privately, but to role as his mother fulfilled it. >> in fact, as he's made very clear in that original speech, which was so moving, that he will not be involved in policy. despite his passion and how impressioned he was about climate change and other global issue, but that will be passed on and the charities will be passed on to his son, an heir, and to the other siblings perhaps. >> yeah, not all of his charities will go to his children or other members of the royal family. but he hoped or knew the work that he undertook as prince of wales in all the different of areas in the environment, the future for young people, interfaith relations, the importance of how we grow our food, organic food and farming, those interests would be taken on by others. that doesn't mean he stops caring about them. i think the biggest one of all
is the environment, which he spent his life campaigning to try to protect and save. that's one way we may see him continuing to play a part, but within the guardrail set by the government in his role as king. >> queen elizabeth ii's death was long expected. she was 96 last april. but the end did come suddenly. she had just met with the prime minister and accept the resignation of boris johnsonand the credentials for liz truss. we know from my colleague jenna bush haguer, who was there expecting an interview with camilla that morning that suddenly everything went quiet and it was a helicopter and leaving for balmoral. do you think king charles was prepared for this? >> i think yes and no is the obvious answer. i thinks this is the fascinating dynamic of this moment. it's both personal and constitutional. so he was prepared for the
constitutional part of it. planning had been done for many years for this moment. on the personal level, i don't think anyone is prepared for the loss of a parent. and when people asked me had he been thinking about what kind of king he would be, not because it involved the death of his mother. he's a resilient man, and he has rsen to the moment. he's leading the nation in mourning. he's leading his family in mourning. the world will come to show with him the mourning of his mother. we're seeing a king now lead in the way that everyone will expect and want. >> it does appear that king charles is trying to bring his sons together, despite all of the bitterness recently. how important is this to him?
>> hugely important. i worked with the the three of them for many years and saw their closeness. i know the recent issues have been a source of great pain to him. i i think he will hope, as i always say think of it as if it was your own family. families are brought together in moments of of loss and grief. i think we're seeing that happen now. i think there's another element here of just sort the practicality of they have been apart by thousands of miles. now the approximate sim has brought them together. they are in the same house at times and sharing the same moments. i think the king will hope and perhaps behind the scenes will ebb defr to bring the two together in reck sill krags. i know that's what the nation wants. >> i hope to meet you in person. i will be heading to london as part of our coverage all day monday. that will be right here on
msnbc. thank you so much for being with us. we want to note a major announcement from tennis' most graceful champion in sports history. roger federer calling it a career announcing that the labor cup in london later this month will be his final event on the tour. the 20-time grand slam champion dazzling crowds and fans across the world for decades with his powerful wizard ri at the net. his clashes over more than a decade with rivals are matches that will go down as some of the greatest of of all time. federer had been sidelined with a number of nagging injuries. a devoted husband, father to twins, an elegant sportsman, he ae announced he will always love and play tennis, but not competitively saying, quote, tennis has treated me generously than i ever would have dreamt. i love you and will never leave you. we'll never leave him. that does it for this edition
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the line or the queue, as they call it here, has reep opened after being closed for a good portion of the ta. that's the good news. the bad news, the wait is now longer than a day. it's getting pretty cold out. temperatures are expected to drop into the 40s tonight. however, that's not stopping thousands of people from come ing here. young and old, locals and folks who flew in from around the world, retirees, even one international sports superstar. look at the faces. people seem happier, more of them wearing colorful clothes, joking and talking with friends, some of them new friends they just met in line. a bit different than in previous days. a palpable shift in mood celebrating a life well lived. we also saw evidence of a brighter mood in wales where the king and the queen consort received condolences and an extremely warm welcome from the people.