The Rachel Maddow Show, 7/20/22


The DOJ is including extra prosecutors and sources to research effort to overturn the 2020 election. The January 6 committee goes to carry eighth haring Thursday 8P ET.


CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC HOST, “ALL IN”: He mentioned it was a waste of time, however I do know loads of homosexual individuals in Florida which can be pissed off about gasoline costs.


Which is a high 5 all-time politician pivot.

Congressman Mondaire Jones, thanks very a lot in your time tonight. I admire it.

REP. MONDAIRE JONES (D-NY): Thanks for having me, Chris.

HAYES: That is “ALL IN” on this Wednesday evening.

MSNBC PRIME begins proper now with Ayman Mohyeldin.

Good night, Ayman.

AYMAN MOHYELDIN, MSNBC HOST: Hey, good night, Chris, and thanks for having that dialog. It`s a reminder, two footsteps ahead, one step again on this nation. Hopefully, we`ll proceed to maneuver ahead on this challenge.

HAYES: Hopefully, that`s the ratio, precisely.

MOHYELDIN: Exactly, that ratio is usually in query. Thanks, my buddy. It`s good to see you as all the time.

And due to you at house for becoming a member of us on this hour.

It was May of 2018, the Pulitzer Prize board was saying the years awards for essentially the most excellent journalism of the 12 months. And they delivered this warning.


LEE BOLLINGER, PULITZER PRIZE BOARD MEMBER: On the political entrance, I believe that it’s clear that the nation is going through essentially the most critical inside assaults on the elemental values and institutional buildings that outline a democracy for the reason that Pulitzer`s have been launched a century in the past, then exactly to counteract problematic, authoritarian tendencies all through the society.


MOHYELDIN: Now, that warning was adopted by the announcement of that 12 months`s Pulitzer Prize for nationwide reporting which went to “The New York Times” and “The Washington Post” for, quote, relentlessly reported protection within the public curiosity on Russian interference within the 2016 election and its connections to the Trump marketing campaign, the president-elect`s transition crew, and his eventual administration.

Now, that alternative naturally drew the ire of then President Donald Trump, who didn’t cease complaining concerning the determination, even after he left the White House. It truly led the Pulitzer boards to open two separate unbiased investigations into the awarding of these prizes. This week, the Pulitzer board introduced the outcomes of these investigations, and right here is a part of what they mentioned.

No passages or headlines, contentions or assertions in any of the profitable submissions have been discredited by information that emerged subsequent to the management of the prizes. The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes in nationwide reporting stand.

Now, the Pulitzer Board stayed behind this succession of totally reported tales detailing Russia`s interference within the 2016 marketing campaign, Trump and his marketing campaign`s hyperlinks to Russia, Trump`s efforts to impede investigations into each.

This was the headline in a kind of award-winning items of reporting. It`s from “The New York Times”, dated in April of 2017. Quote, Comey tried to protect the FBI from politics. Then he formed an election.

FBI Director Jim Comey broke with conventional Justice Department traditions again in 2016 when he twice, not as soon as however twice, publicly introduced an investigation into Hillary Clinton`s emails. DOJ coverage that Comey broke with was the Justice Department guidelines round election sensitivities. Every 4 years or so, the Justice Department places out this steering, limiting what federal investigators can and may say publicly about candidates who’re being investigated on the precept that these investigations shouldn’t intervene with our democratic course of.

Donald Trump was all too completely satisfied to see Jim Comey`s determination to desert that coverage throughout the FBI`s investigation into Hillary Clinton again in 2016. When the FBI opened its personal investigation into Donald Trump, what did Donald Trump do? Trump fired Comey.

And as Trump sought reelection, his Attorney General Bill Barr in February 2020 determined to challenge a brand new election sensitivities coverage, ordering that along with the usual guidelines, any new investigation of a presidential candidate have to be cleared by him.

As Rachel first reported on Monday, Attorney General Merrick Garland has now issued his personal election sensitivities memo, which continues Barr`s 2020 coverage that the opening of any investigations into presidential candidates should first be cleared by the lawyer basic. It comes at a time when Garland`s Justice Department is going through critical scrutiny over whether or not it’s being aggressive sufficient in its investigations into January sixth, and the broader plot by Trump and his allies to overturn our 2020 election, particularly as two different investigations into the matter proceed to maneuver ahead, and make new revelations.

Take, for instance, Fulton County, Georgia. The native district lawyer there has despatched goal letters to 16 individuals concerned within the pretend electors plot in that state. Today, that investigation superior even additional, as a result of a decide they`re ordered that Rudy Giuliani should testify earlier than a particular grand jury.


And then there’s the investigation that we’re all witnessing in real- time, the one by January sixth — the January 6 committee, somewhat, which is ready to carry its eighth and probably most dramatic listening to tomorrow evening in primetime. A listening to that can give attention to publicly holding Trump accountable for his inaction throughout the January sixth assault.

Tonight, “The Washington Post” is reporting that the committee plans to point out outtake footage from a video message recorded by Trump the day after the assault, illustrating how Trump refused to sentence the violence, and needed to name the rioters patriots.

Even the Senate, the place the place good concepts go to die, even they’re on the verge of taking new motion in response to January sixth. Today, a bipartisan group of senators launched a brand new laws to repair the Electoral Count Act, the legislation that Donald Trump sought to take advantage of in his plot to get Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to certify the official outcomes of the 2020 election.

All of this, all of this results in the inevitable query, what’s the Justice Department doing to carry Donald Trump accountable? We know from reporting in “The New York Times” that the Justice Department was astonished, and jolted by Cassidy Hutchinson`s testimony, recounting her take a look at expertise inside the White House on the day, January the sixth. We know the Justice Department has additionally requested entry to witness testimony, gathered by the committee. “The Wall Street Journal” is reporting this week that the Justice Department is now ramping up its sources into the investigation, into Trump`s plot to overturn the election.

And immediately, Attorney General Merrick Garland took questions from reporters. It was requested straight about what the Justice Department is doing to research Trump`s efforts to overturn the election. Listen.


MERRICK GARLAND, ATTORNEY GENERAL: There is a variety of particular hypothesis round with the Justice Department is doing, what it’s not, doing no matter emotions are, what our emotions aren`t, and it’ll proceed to be that hypothesis. That is as a result of a central tenant of the way in which through which the Justice Department investigates, a central tenet to the rule of legislation, is that we don’t do our investigations in public. This is essentially the most broad ranging investigation, and a very powerful investigation, that the Justice Department has ever entered to.

And we now have finished so as a result of this effort to upend a respectable election, transferring energy from one administration to a different, cuts of the elemental of American democracy. We must get this proper.


MOHYELDIN: We must get this proper!

What Merrick Garland says there’s completely true. Federal prosecutors don’t conduct their investigations in public, nor ought to they. The inevitable a part of these investigations do turn into public. And subpoenas are issued, and witnesses are known as to testify, reporters get teams about the place investigations stand, and the place they’re headed. What leads they’re following.

Well, we don`t know for certain what is occurring inside the Justice Department, we do have sufficient fragments to attempt to piece collectively an image, and proper now, that image is beginning to appear like one in every of a Justice Department that meticulously tried to keep away from politics. As a results of that, it seems to be frantically taking part in catch-up on what Merrick Garland himself immediately described as a very powerful investigation of our time.

Joining us now are: Sadie Gurman, reporter for “The Wall Street Journal”, masking the Justice Department, and David Rohde, government editor of reports for

It`s nice to have each of you with us.

Sadie, all begin with you. You coated the Justice Department each day. You spent a variety of time there. It`s not typically that the lawyer basic takes questions as he did immediately, particularly for the American individuals to see it in real-time. He was clearly ready to answer the latest criticism lots of people have been leveling on the DOJ. What did you make of the lawyer basic`s remarks immediately?

SADIE GURMAN, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REPORTER: What I noticed there within the lawyer basic`s convention room was a really forceful response. It didn’t supply a variety of new details about the standing of the investigation, however was supposed to supply assurances to the American public that this investigation stays a high precedence for the Justice Department, even because it has — you recognize, even because the way more public January sixth committee hearings proceed to seize Republican consideration.

So, what we heard immediately was that the lawyer basic is insisting that this type of parallel January sixth committee investigation shouldn’t be influencing prosecutors work, however it’s laborious to think about a scenario through which prosecutors listening to a lot of this testimony for the primary time.


And particularly, as you talked about, the testimony of individuals like Cassidy Hutchinson, who was the straight implicating Trump within the violence of January sixth. It`s laborious to think about the prosecutors can take heed to, that and will not be taking that into consideration.

As we reported final week, the Justice Department in latest weeks has been ramping up sources, significantly towards a unit that’s specializing in the extra difficult elements of the investigation. The extra complicated conspiracy instances, and looking out into the violence of that day.

So, we didn’t get a variety of substantive info from the lawyer basic immediately, however we did get a dedication that the Justice Department is continuous to research all people and anyone. The quote the did, play the lawyer basic did say that there’s nothing within the Justice Department coverage that has prevented us from investing in anyone who, you recognize, is answerable for legal conduct.

MOHYELDIN: And I introduced that — I`m glad you introduced up that, level as a result of, David, that leads me to my different query. The Justice Department is clearly conscious of this criticism, to Sadie`s level there, what did you make of what Garland mentioned? And do you assume that the Justice Department and Garland himself at some degree wrestling with the query of whether or not it’s extra harmful to prosecute Trump, or to not prosecute Trump due to the unprecedented nature of it?

DAVID ROHDE, EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF NEWS, NEWYORKER.COM: I believe that they’re wrestling with it. I agree with Sadie. What is attention-grabbing is how forceful they’ve been.

Yesterday was the deputy lawyer basic, Lisa Monaco, who is clearly very cautious. And Garland, clearly, may be very cautious as properly. We are seeing very clearly that Donald Trump declares that he’s operating for president once more, that won’t stop him from investigating. They are utilizing the language about following the proof, wherever it leads, to go to the highest of the command chain.

So, these statements are reassuring, however there’s a drawback right here. The DOJ is behind different investigation, and also you talked about the sort of reporting that federal prosecutors are being shocked when Cassidy Hutchinson testified. I heard the identical factor. I heard that from a DOJ official that there was large shock.

There was some frustration, they’ve requested as you talked about, for the entire transcripts of the January sixth committee. They don`t have, them however they wish to have, them however Garland has adopted this very gradual, cautious technique. I believe that in the long run, the method can be that these prosecutors and his deputies would suggest an motion towards Trump, both to prosecute or not prosecute.

And then it comes right down to Garland, would he override that advice if the crew that has carried out this investigation requires Trump`s being indicted, will Garland defy them or observe them? I believe that most individuals that I do know who no Garland say that he would go together with that advice. This is all shifting very slowly, and I`m unsure that can occur anytime quickly.

MOHYELDIN: Yeah, I wish to get to the difficulty of the road of prosecutors in a second. But, Sadie, I wish to return to one thing that you simply reported over the weekend, that the Justice Department is including prosecutors and sources to its investigation. Perhaps a sign that it’s ramping up, however the lawyer basic was requested immediately, if the DOJ has the required sources. He responded that the division may all the time use extra sources, however that it may possibly nonetheless accomplish his mission, and that the individuals on the DOJ are dedicated to it.

How does that sq. with your individual reporting of what’s occurring behind the scenes?

GURMAN: Well, regardless of how you narrow it, that is only a huge, huge investigation. Already, the Justice Department has introduced nearly 900 — expenses towards nearly 900 individuals. Those are simply people who work straight or in any other case concerned within the occasions of that day. So, we anticipate there to be extra arrests, and anticipate there to be what appears to be an increasing investigation.

The lawyer basic, as you famous immediately mentioned that the Justice Department may all the time use extra sources for, this however as lately as March, we noticed a job posting go up. They have been searching for extra prosecutors to work on the weather of this investigation. We know that there was a prosecutor assigned for Maryland, Thomas Windom, which is main a crew of prosecutors specializing in the extra difficult conspiracy instances, and we all know that in latest months that his crew has expanded, given some extra workplace house and its mandate has expanded.

The Justice Department official — high Justice Department officers would dispute that that’s in dispute to some other occasions that’s taking part in out on the Hill. It is an indication that the Justice Department is shifting away from the violence of that day to extra of the difficult components of the broader crime.

MOHYELDIN: David, one of many criticisms, if you’ll, of the Department of Justice has been maybe the component of shock through which the general public is studying that the DOJ appears to be shocked by a few of the revelations popping out of the January sixth committee.


Does that appear regular to you that they’re asking for the transcripts on the identical time that the American public is listening to them? And that they aren’t conscious of a few of these conversations, the place a few of these individuals which can be being interviewed by the DOJ on their very own prior, to the January sixth investigation.

GURMAN: That`s very typical, the letter that it was despatched asking for the transcripts. There are sometimes twin investigations to the congressional committee, after which the Justice Department trying right into a legal case. So, that’s what`s uncommon.

I believe to the credit score of the January 6 committee, they usually have a neater job, they don`t must show issues in court docket at an inexpensive doubt. What`s completely different is the January sixth committee has finished a masterful job of specializing in Donald Trump. His actions, his corrupt intent, key authorized requirements that present that he knew what he was doing, that he knew that he had misplaced the election, that he knew the mob was going to have expenses to impede an official continuing.

So, the committee has finished an amazing job at specializing in Trump himself, and I do assume that the division has been gradual. They`re making an attempt to catch up now. I might argue that there was some assertion by Benny Thompson that they didn’t wish to launch these transcripts instantly.

After this listening to on Thursday evening, the January 6 Committee ought to flip over the stressors instantly. There is not any motive for them to sit down on them. The Justice Department wants them, and everybody ought to put down any turf battles, and give attention to a full investigation of Donald Trump and his actions.

MOHYELDIN: All proper. Sadie Gurman, reporter for “The Wall Street Journal” masking the Justice Department, David Rohde, government editor of reports for the, due to each of you for beginning us off tonight. We admire your time.

And new particulars tonight within the investigation into why members of the Secret Service deleted their textual content messages from January sixth. It seems they have been advised a number of occasions, not simply, as soon as however a number of occasions to not delete them.

Former FBI official Peter Strzok is aware of a factor or two about lacking and recovered textual content messages, he joins us subsequent.




REP. LIZ CHENEY (R-WY): President Trump is a 76 12 months previous man. He shouldn’t be an impressionable little one. Just like everybody else in our nation, he’s answerable for his personal actions, and his personal selections.


MOHYELDIN: So in lower than 24 hours from now, the House committee investigating the January sixth assault will return to prime time tv to ship the finale in a collection of eight public hearings, however hardly, hardly the final we`ll see this 12 months. The pressure shall be on Donald Trump`s 187 minutes of inaction, the time interval through which the committee mentioned Trump intentionally selected to not intervene whereas the Capitol was below siege.

They wish to make the case that this was not a spontaneous assault, however as a substitute a predictable end result that was fueled by Trump. That is full that image, aides confirmed that along with Trump, the committee can even handle the conduct of shut aides who allow the presidents motion that day. Including after all, his chief of workers, his former chief of workers, Mark Meadows.

The listening to will reportedly additionally characteristic new clips of Trump, White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, describing his ideas of Trump`s inaction, and whereas the committee approaches the ultimate chapter, I on this present collection of hearings, they stays key essential proof that the committee received`t be capable of current tomorrow, partly due to this.

Quote: The Secret Service erased textual content messages that might assist confirm, or rebut a few of the most gorgeous testimony about Donald Trump and his actions throughout the revolt of January 6, 2021. Secret Service officers say they wiped messages — the wiped messages somewhat have been a part of a pre-scheduled reset of their telephones. Crucial details about January 6, gone.

And now that the Secret Service says it can’t get better the information, they’re questions on what to do subsequent. The committee subpoenaed the company final week, however one member of the panel advised MSNBC yesterday, the one acquired one textual content message.

And now immediately, NBC studies that these messages have been deleted regardless of the Secret Service having acquired a number of warnings in writing not to take action, together with from Congress itself.

The January 6 panel launched an announcement immediately, laying out its considerations about all of this. Writing partly, quote: Four House committees have already thought these essential data from the Department of Homeland Security, earlier than the data have been apparently misplaced. The process for preserving content material previous to this purge seems to have been opposite to Federal Records retention necessities, and will signify a doable violation of the Federal Records Act.

Joining us now’s Peter Strzok, former FBI counterintelligence officer and creator of “Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump”.

We ought to observe, he has ample expertise within the matter of analyzing information as he led the investigation of the Hillary Clinton`s alleged abuse of a private e-mail server. He additionally sought a few of his personal lacking textual content messages recovered as a part of a DOJ investigation.

Peter, it`s good to see you once more. Thank you a lot for being right here.

So, NBC News is reporting immediately that the Secret Service deleted these textual content messages that have been set earlier than and through January 6, regardless of having acquired a number of warnings in writing, not to take action, together with from Congress.


Let`s simply begin at that time. What is your interpretation right here? I imply, negligence or one thing extra sinister?

PETER STRZOK, FORMER FBI OFFICIAL: Well, Ayman, that`s a very good query, and the very fact of the matter is we don`t know proper now. Now let`s get a step again and clarify why that is essential. It`s not simply the occasions of January 6, it`s the whole lot that led as much as it and preceded after that, the whole lot from warnings about potential violence to the vp that have been mentioned on the night of January fifth, you recognize, the now well-known potential battle inside the presidential motorcade the place Trump was making an attempt to get to the Capitol.

But additionally terribly essential, the choice of Mike Pence to not get into his car, to not go away the Capitol — all of those of followers the Secret Service performed a completely essential function to each a kind of occasions. And so, the query is, what these textual content may need, and the place these textual content would possibly nonetheless reside or exist to be gathered by the committee are completely essential for the committee`s work, for the Department of Justice`s work investigating these occasions, however they’re a novel supply of data, and the truth that they have been deleted, or look like deleted regardless of all of those requests to be preserved.

The story will get an increasing number of regarding somewhat than getting higher, as ach time goes on.

MOHYELDIN: So given your individual private skilled expertise, do you consider because the Secret Service is saying, that they don`t have a approach to get better these messages, one would simply assume logically, there could also be on a server, on a clouds over of some type, are mechanically backed as much as some laborious drive when they’re being migrated from one gadget to a different?

STRZOK: Well, you recognize, I believe, you recognize, the very fact, as I did investigations over a dozen a federal company, and every company tends to do operations in a different way. The baseline software program that they could placed on their units to observe and file textual content and emails, the working programs, even the kind of gadget, whether or not it`s an android-based system, or an iPhone, or an iOS primarily based. Whether or not they preserve servers for tech servers in- home, whether or not they use outdoors distributors to do this, whether or not they select as a spine Verizon, or AT&T, there are such a lot of completely different parables which can be concerned right here.

But actually, I`ve labored with Secret Service brokers who do cyber investigations, their confidence is extraordinary. They are excellent at doing cybercrime once they apply themselves to it.

So it actually stretches my perception that there isn’t any manner, not on all of the units, not metadata residing into the mobile firm that offered the service to the Secret Service, not on any previous backup information that the Secret Service would possibly preserve, not within the type of different individuals which may have been despatched the textual content which can be from the accounts they will`t discover.

I don`t assume that there’s a record the place some information doesn`t exist on the market. It is a query of going on the market and discovering it. And then that brings up a vital query of, is that this one thing the Secret Service ought to be searching for, or is it one thing that the Department of Homeland Security inspector basic, who if you concentrate on, different, that’s the goal of inspector generals, to exit and do the type of unbiased investigations.

But there must be a really thorough, go to the ends of the earth, attempt to discover this info, as a result of these have been have been so essential. Not simply the previous few years, however to our historical past of our nation, and what January 6 represented.

MOHYELDIN: Yeah, a variety of questions nonetheless across the Secret Service and its dealing with of those textual content messages. Peter Strzok, former FBI counterintelligence officer, thanks a lot for being right here and sharing with us tonight.

Election deniers throughout the nation are operating for workplace and profitable their primaries, typically with due to help from Democrats who’re operating towards them in November. But is {that a} harmful technique that might backfire? That`s subsequent.




AD NARRATOR: This is Republican State Senator Doug Mastriano. He`s the Republican who`s forward within the polls for governor. He desires to outlaw abortion. It is Mastriano who wrote the heartbeat invoice in Pennsylvania and is one in every of Donald Trump`s strongest supporters.

He desires to finish vote by mail, and he led the battle to audit the 2020 election. If Mastriano, wins, it’s a win for what Donald Trump stands for.

Is that what we would like in Pennsylvania?


MOHYELDIN: So, that advert that you simply noticed there, that was paid for by Josh Shapiro`s marketing campaign. He is the Democratic nominee for governor in Pennsylvania. It ran because the Republican major race for Pennsylvania governor was truly heating up again in May.

And because it turned out, Doug Mastriano received that major. It looks like the cash that the Democrats spent on the assault advert truly helped Mastriano win that race, maybe as a result of some Republican voters truly needed a win for what Donald Trump stands for.

And now, Mastriano, a far-right candidate has an actual shot on the governor`s workplace. He is now pulling inside the margin marginal error of Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro, and he`s busy courting institution GOP donors.

Now, Democrats are operating the identical playbook in Maryland, with one Democratic group spending greater than one million {dollars} on promoting the elevated Republican candidate of governor, Dan Cox, selling his ties to Trump, in addition to his pro-life and Second Amendment stands.

Apparently, a variety of Maryland Republicans have been truly into that description. Yesterday, Dan Cox received the Republican major for Maryland, defeating the present Republican governor`s protegee by a 16-point margin.

Here`s somewhat background on Mr. Cox for you. He was an election denier. Not solely did he attend a White House ellipse rally on January sixth, he helped and buses of protesters to attend the rally.


And he additionally known as Mike Pence, the vp of the United States, a traitor, and argued that President Biden was, quote, put in within the White House. He promised to do a forensic audit of the 2020 election ban, and to ban abortion, amongst different issues if he wins workplace.

Cox has additionally talked about to be a little bit of a nuisance to Governor Hogan for years now. He lately tried to question the governor over his COVID-19 public well being measures.

As for Cox`s ally within the Maryland lawyer basic race, await this one. Michael Peroutka, he additionally received the Republican nomination. Now, Peroutka is Christian nationalist who ran on opposing abortion, defending gun rights and prosecuting officers who, quote, which have violated the God-given liberties of Marylanders.

To sharpen the picture of Christian nationalism for you, it is a man that based the Institute on the Constitution, which believes, and once more, I`m quoting. There is a God, our rights come from him, the aim of civil authorities is to safe and defend our God-given rights.

That is the sort of candidate that’s now on the poll for state workplace within the nice state of Maryland. And maybe thanks partly to some well-funded Democratic advertisements, he’s in good firm.

Joining us now’s Michael Steele, former RNC chairman, former Maryland lieutenant governor and MSNBC political analyst.

Michael, I couldn`t consider anyone higher to speak about Maryland politics than, you thanks for becoming a member of us.

MICHAEL STEELE, MSNBC POLITICAL ANALYST: Yeah, I do know somewhat bit about it.

MOHYELDIN: Certainly no extra about it than I do.

Let me ask you, since you additionally know the Republican Party. Do you assume that these far-right Republican nominees for state workplace have an actual shot at profitable your state within the fall?

STEELE: No. They don`t. And largely as a result of the numbers work towards Republicans in the primary. We are outnumbered 2 to 1, in Democratic versus Republican registration. What we noticed occurred on the time that I ran with Bob Ehrlich in 2002, and what Larry Hogan did beginning in 2014, was to create a story that started to enchantment to center-right Democrats, and unbiased voters who usually and historically voted Democratic. It gave them a alternative to think about.

What Dan Cox has finished ostensibly is, by defeating Kelly, take that alternative away from these voters. So, the probability that they’re going to, within the first occasion, the primary blush, Ayman, vote for someone who believes that Joe Biden was put in within the White House, bused individuals to January sixth, name the vp, then Vice President Pence a traitor, that these are going to be — these are Larry Hogan voters.

No, they`re not going to vote for Dan Cox in that regard. So, that is going to be a really troublesome battle for the GOP to carry the governor`s mansion coming this summer time.

MOHYELDIN: Give me your political sense right here for a second. What ought to Democrats do to extra successfully suggest these candidates? I wish to watch out in the way in which that we characterize these advertisements. Democrats are paying for them, however we’re actually operating. They are main the Republican subject, and in any marketing campaign, candidates assault each other.

Are they — are the Democrats who’re operating these advertisements throughout the primaries, are they galvanizing Trump supporters to the Republican voters? To the benefit of these far-right candidates, or ought to they simply merely ignore them till they get to the overall election? What`s the sensible play right here for Democrats?

STEELE: Well, you recognize, I believe that what you need to take a look at, Ayman, is that it`s on the state by state foundation. There are have a couple of states the place the Democrats play that card, they usually have failed. The Trump candidate misplaced, and didn’t win. And so, that now has created a really aggressive setting for Democrats in these explicit states.

Then you might have states like Pennsylvania and Maryland, the place the advertisements labored. And so, the query actually now, as you confirmed the ballot on Pennsylvania, the place the candidate who was speculated to scare the hell out of Pennsylvania it’s inside 4 factors of Democrats. So, you`re sitting there going, did someone see that coming?

And right here`s — the rub is, the distinction between Pennsylvania and Maryland goes to be that voter registration. What you’ll seemingly see in a spot like Maryland is the priority a couple of Dan Cox changing into governor will draw out Democrats who ordinarily wouldn’t vote on this election, as a result of, hey, Democrats run the state, or they just like the Republican candidate, and they’re fantastic with that particular person profitable.


But what Dan Cox represents is a chance for these candidates to come back out, which could damage down poll Republicans for county government and different races, who would in any other case stand a very good likelihood of profitable. Similarly, in Pennsylvania with Mastriano, the issue that you’ve got there’s that Republicans and Democrats are a lot nearer, and independents play an even bigger function. If they like Mastriano abruptly now because the polls replicate, the race turns into extra aggressive as a result of the margins don’t permit you the wriggle room that you’ve got in a state like Maryland.

MOHYELDIN: We`ve acquired about 30 seconds left, I wish to ask you large image. Speaking of down ballots, Trump retains teasing that he’ll announce a bid for president in 2024, a while quickly, maybe to keep away from legal prosecution. Who is aware of? But in keeping with some reporting, he would possibly do it earlier than November.

If he does announce on that timeline, earlier than the midterms, what do you anticipate? What sort of affect do you assume you’ll have on the midterms?

STEELE: It will certainly have an effect as a result of then these Democrats and unbiased voters, and even some Republican voters who’re going to be involved about giving energy again to Republicans this November, in order that units up Trump for 2024. They are going to come back out and never vote Republican. They`re simply not.

And so, they`re already operating the chance of different points, the Supreme Court placed on the desk, for instance. It is a really dicey fall for Republicans.

MOHYELDIN: My buddy, Michael Steele, former RNC chairman, former Maryland lieutenant governor, and an MSNBC political analyst — all the time good to see you, bud. Thank you a lot.

STEELE: All proper, my man.

MOHYELDIN: Take care.

STEELE: Take care.

Up subsequent, how abortion bans are placing individuals in life-threatening conditions and blocking docs from doing their jobs.

Stay with us.



MOHYELDIN: A Texas girl was pregnant with twins, however at 15 weeks, one was delivered stillborn. She requested to abort the opposite due to a threat of an infection however she was denied by the hospital. And as “The New York Times” studies immediately, the girl returned to the hospital about two weeks later, feeling sick. Her being pregnant was terminated out of concern for her well being. She needed to be admitted to the intensive care unit for sepsis and acute kidney damage, each life-threatening circumstances.

And that article gives an excruciating element, the plight of quite a few ladies who’ve encountered being pregnant problems, and who have been denied abortion procedures, till they themselves, confronted important medical issues. And given the spate of abortion bans now enacted across the nation, together with one in Georgia, simply immediately, tales like which have turn into tragically more and more frequent.

And that’s actually the case in Louisiana the place an abortion ban in that state is on maintain whereas a authorized problem performs out in court docket. Louisiana`s abortion ban would make exception for the mom`s well being as we’re seeing elsewhere within the nation. The legislation`s language is extraordinarily bacon that complicates issues. And a case difficult the state`s set off man, a health care provider wrote in an affidavit that she had a affected person who was 16 weeks pregnant when her water broke.

The being pregnant was not a viable and persevering with the being pregnant could possibly be life- threatening to her. The affected person requested an abortion. But citing Louisiana`s new abortion ban, the physician`s lawyer suggested towards it, so in keeping with the affidavit, the physician wrote that the affected person quote, was compelled to undergo a painful, hours lengthy labor, to ship a nonviable fetus, regardless of her needs and finest medical recommendation from docs.

She hemorrhaged. She misplaced almost a liter of blood, and in one other affidavit, in a case, Dr. Rebecca Duy, former Louisiana well being secretary, expressed her profound considerations concerning lifesaving remedy for ladies. Under the state`s ban saying partly, quote, if docs will not be snug or in a position to anticipate the authorized implications of their medical care or how they might be prosecuted for offering that well being care, then they might not as in keeping with their finest medical judgment and coaching.

Fear of punishment aligns with lack of readability and the way this legislation shall be and voice can result in devastating penalties for Louisiana ladies in addition to ethical misery for the clinicians who look after them and have taken the Hippocratic Oath to do no hurt.

Joining us now’s Dr. Rebekah Gee, a practising gynecologist and former Louisiana division of well being secretary. She can be the CEO and founding father of Nest Health.

Dr. Gee, thanks a lot for becoming a member of us right here this night.

Can you inform us somewhat bit extra about what prompted you to jot down that affidavit in help of the case to dam Louisiana`s set off ban? How did you get entangled?

DR. REBEKAH GEE, TRAINED IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGIST: Listen, I`ve spent my complete life, my grownup skilled life taking good care of ladies. I`ve educated to be an OB. I`ve spent eight years each within the medical faculty and the residency studying methods to care for ladies, and Nest Health takes care of ladies.

To see that the case the place we can’t do what is true for our sufferers and the primary time in my profession the place we now have to look at ladies as Dr. William so whereas described, throughout the time that the ban was in place, she watched a girl — liter — almost a liter of blood, ladies coming in with infections that we usually would be capable of care for. It`s simply unconscionable.

But, additionally, I`m a mom of three ladies.


You know, I’ve 9 12 months previous twins and in my affidavit, I additionally wrote concerning the case of ten 12 months previous lady who was raped. You know there was a case in Ohio that we heard about who grows our sufferer of incest, or raped, or we`re going to require youngsters, to have youngsters, tearing aside the within of their our bodies, making a lifetime of psychological well being and bodily penalties.

This is simply, not what we ought to be doing within the free world. This is on the incorrect facet of historical past. It`s on the incorrect facet of science. And the politicians who wrote these payments don’t perceive the nuance of what occurs in being pregnant. They by no means had a sit out the very best out of one in every of these sufferers, watching them bleed, watching their an infection progress, and it`s unacceptable.

So I’m doing the whole lot I can to attempt to make this a extra cheap scenario for docs and their persistence.

MOHYELDIN: From your expertise, and from the place you sit, and the docs you converse to, are you able to inform us extra concerning the penalties of Louisianans abortion ban, by way of offering lifesaving well being care to pregnant ladies?

GEE: I imply, it`s chilling. So, you recognize, well being care employees work in groups. So as physicians, we now have a scrub tax, we now have nurses. We have anesthesiologist who assist us present the look after sufferers.

So to say a case of sepsis, as you might have a girl who is available in, her water is damaged, she is contaminated, she begins to turn into febrile, we begin to see the sepsis persevering with. Her organ begin to shut down, at what level is she almost useless sufficient below this invoice, that we will intervene? It`s not clear.

And if we make the incorrect determination, that’s ten years in jail, for all of us, and $100,000 fantastic.

So we’re placing our personal — these of us who spent our complete life making an attempt to look after individuals, I placing our lives, our livelihood, on the road, to do what we really feel is true. And what concerning the anesthesiologists? I imply, who`s going to be keen to do this process provided that there isn`t readability in these legal guidelines, provided that the legislature hasn`t protected the decision-making that occurs between a health care provider and her affected person.

So that is going to have a chilling impact, already has a chilling impact, and it’s scary. This is to guard the lifetime of a mom. Well, what’s the lifetime of a mom? What about her kidneys? What about her vows? What if she`s completely infertile?

What if she loses consciousness however she remains to be alive?

I imply, what these legal guidelines neglect is that you need to have a dwelling mom to have a dwelling child. And, you recognize, we`ve sadly prioritize the incorrect issues. We must no matter whether or not you assume abortion ought to be a proper, which I do, however it is best to — these legal guidelines ought to do a significantly better job defending sufferers.

And I don`t assume anyone ought to need a ten 12 months previous to hold a being pregnant to time period. I don`t assume anyone ought to need girl to die in being pregnant. And by the way in which, these legal guidelines are being promulgated in states the place maternal mortality is already at its worse.

Louisiana was as soon as the fiftieth worse state. Not 49. We have a protracted approach to go to guard ladies. And it is a step backwards.

MOHYELDIN: Dr. Rebekah Gee, practising gynecologist and former Louisiana division of well being secretary, thanks a lot in your time. Thank you for sharing your insights with us. We enormously admire it.

GEE: Thank you.

MOHYELDIN: With a couple of third of the nation below warmth associated advisory, tonight President Biden took government motion on local weather change immediately, however not the motion many desires him to take. We`ll inform you about that subsequent.



MOHYELDIN: This was the Brayton Point energy plant in Somerset, Massachusetts being demolished in 2019. The former coal plant was the biggest energy plant in all of New England, however immediately it’s the place President Biden addressed the dire local weather emergency that we face.

And whereas it’d see like an odd spot to deal with the local weather disaster, in some ways, it exemplifies the most important clear power wins of the Biden presidency. This is a 3D rendering of the mayflower wind offshore wind farm. What you see, what you’re seeing isn`t precisely what it will appear like, however it`s near it.

It goes to be constructed about 30 miles south of Martha`s Vineyard, and when it’s finished, it properly energy sufficient for 800,000 properties.

And the place Biden gave his handle immediately, that’s the place that wind farm will hook up with the mainland energy grid. It`s additionally the place they’ll manufacture the huge undersea cables to make that occur. All of that’s anticipated to generate about 14,000 well-paying jobs that can final no less than 20 to 25 years.

And that is only one wind farm. Last fall, President Biden used his government energy to get the Department of Interior to open up almost all federal waters far offshore leasing for wind farms. Think about that. It permits the enlargement of fresh power tasks like this one wherever in federal waters. So, that’s the excellent news.

But with Senator Joe Manchin sinking what hope is left of congressional motion on local weather, many Democrats and activists have been truly pushing Biden to make use of his handle immediately to declare the local weather disaster a nationwide emergency, and use much more government energy to battle it. They argue that Biden may do issues like redirect spending from army bases to renewal power developments, you recognize, alongside the strains of what President Trump did to construct his wall on the southern border that Mexico was speculated to pay for.

Biden has additionally been pushed to halt crude oil exports, and offshore drilling, and cease lots of of thousands and thousands of {dollars} of personal investments into fossil gasoline tasks overseas. Instead, President Biden introduced way more modest measures immediately, together with cash for FEMA, to assist states construct cooling facilities.

Now, he additionally issued an replace on the method of utilizing federal waters for offshore wind, saying plans for offshore new wind tasks within the Gulf of Mexico. That issues. Let`s be clear about that. That`s not nothing.

But it’s nowhere close to the dimensions of the issue that we face. It`s essential to do not forget that Biden has used his government powers to do large, daring issues on local weather earlier than. That can be a lesson for a way way more he may and may nonetheless do.

That does it for us tonight.


Good night, Lawrence.

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