tv Stephanie Ruhle Reports MSNBC April 30, 2021 6:00am-7:00am PDT
i'm stephanie ruhle live from washington, d.c. it is friday, april 30th. let's get smarter. this morning, rudy giuliani, former personal attorney of donald trump and two-term mayor of new york city, is lashing out at the fbi, the justice department and biden family as he faces a federal investigation that appears to be taking a significant step forward. a day after federal agents raided his manhattan office and apartment, giuliani, no surprise, went on fox news and claimed the whole thing was a setup. >> the reality is that that warrant is completely illegal. the only way you can get a search warrant is if you can show there's some evidence that the person is going to destroy
the evidence, or is going to run away with the evidence. but could have destroyed the evidence -- i couldn't destroy the evidence, because the evidence is exculpatory, it proves the president and i are innocent. it's like projections, they're committing the crimes. >> projection. rudy giuliani said the search warrant were based on suspicions he illegally lobbied for an ukraine international, something he claimed he never did. but this morning "the new york times" added critical details to the reporting. "the times" reports the investigations focused on the circumstances surrounding the firing of the u.s. ambassador to ukraine, marie yovanovitch, back in 2019. key question, what did giuliani do or say that might have contributed to her losing her job? was he acting on behalf of his clients then president donald trump or ukraine officials? while all of that was going on, we're learning the fbi was warning giuliani he was the
target of a russian campaign to spread lies about then-candidate biden and his own family. i want to dig deeper into all of this and bring in chuck rosenberg, former u.s. attorney and senior fbi official and ken vogel. he co-wrote the article for "the new york times." ken, people might not remember ambassador yovanovitch and why she was targeted by then president donald trump. can you explain how her investigation fits into the federal investigation? >> yes, stephanie, ambassador marie yovanovitch was a career diplomat stationed in the ukraine from the u.s., and she was prosecuting -- prosecuting in a colloquial way this anti-corruption agenda. ukraine is a country that is plagued by public corruption. as a result of that work, she came into the crosshairs of some of the ukrainians who came to work with rudy giuliani in his effort to collect dirt on the
bidens and get them to announce, the ukraine government, investigations into biden. so the ukrainians saw her as an impediment to some of the things they wanted done. she was simultaneously an impediment to rudy giuliani, some of the things he wanted done to help president trump. so their interests aligned. rudy admitted he pushed for her firing and now prosecutors are looking into whether he was doing that on behalf of the ukrainians, in this case it would trigger the foreign registration act, which would require him to register as a lobbyist for these ukrainians with the justice department. he didn't do that. that could be a violation of this law. >> walk us through why that distinction matters, whether he was working on his own behalf or for former president trump, because donald trump has a history of not using emails, not signing his name to things. nefarious activity that happens on the fringe that could benefit him both as the president, or we
saw this as he was a business person, because he's always been able to say not me, they were working on their own. why is this very important? >> it's important to be table to trace rudy's communications not necessarily so much with president trump or people around him but with these ukrainians, because that would be the violation showing he was working on their behalf showing he was trying to get something from the u.s. government. the something he was trying to get certainly could be -- and we have reporting showing that one of the theories prosecutors are pursuing is one of the things he might be pursuing on their behalf would be the firing of this inry yovanovitch, ambassador to ukraine. so to show talking about the efforts to get rid of yovanovitch. we know as a result of text messages out there in the domain
and lev, rudy giuliani's associate, there was chatter about removal of the ambassador and ukrainians wanted it, and now we need to know to talk this case to the next level -- prosecutors need to know, rather, whether or not rudy giuliani was acting as an agent to the ukrainians. >> let's get legal, chuck. you heard giuliani say this thing, this was based on suspicions, suspicions that weren't even real, that's why the warrant happened. what do you say to that? >> here's some unsolicited adds vice, stephanie, don't get on to an airplane with a pilot who doesn't understand aerodynamics, you know, the difference between thrust, lift and drag. don't hire a lawyer who doesn't understand fundamentally what a search warrant is, what is required to get one and how you do it. the clip you played at the beginning where mr. giuliani said the search warrant was illegal and that they had no
right to go search his stuff unless they believed evidence would be destroyed or disappear is absolutely fundamentally incorrect. the only thing you need for a search warrant is for a federal judge to agree that you have probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed, number one, that a crime has been committed and, number two, you're going to find the stuff you're looking for in the place you want to search. that's it. and so it's based on probable cause can. it's rooted in the fourth amendment of the constitution, and when a federal judge makes those findings that you have probable cause to search, that's it. so mr. giuliani's articulation of why the warrant was illegal is utter nonsense. >> is this nonsense too, he claims he offered to come in and explain things to the justice department and they declined. does that make any sense? and do you even believe him? >> well, look, if you said today was friday, i would still look at a calendar, stephanie, but
the way you do investigations is by obtaining evidence, all of it, as much as you possibly can as quickly as you can, then you can ask questions. the notion mr. giuliani would give the department stuff he thought he needed or answer certain questions perhaps snern ways, we all recall that mr. trump did it in writing, which was wholly insufficient, is not how this works. the way it works is for the fbi and u.s. attorney's office to get the warrant, get the evidence, go through the evidence, to understand the evidence. then if they have questions and mr. giuliani is so inclined, he's willing to talk to them but they're never going to take his word in lieu of doing a further investigation. >> trump's former personal attorney michael cohen said ultimately he thinks giuliani will flip on trump. do you think that is the investigator's goal here? >> let me just sort of tell you analytically how i see these things playing out for years as a federal prosecutor, most
people who get searched are subjects or targets of an investigation, most targets become defendants, most defendants become convicted felons, most convicted felons look for a way to cooperate. that does not mean mr. giuliani will be charged or that he will be convicted or he will look to cooperate. but in most cases, that's what happens. so he's in a terrible position legally. it doesn't mean he's guilty of anything. he's entitled to a presumption of innocence. but you don't want to be rudy giuliani today. in fact, you probably don't want to be him tomorrow on next week either. >> chuck, ken, thank you both so much. we're going to leave it there. in just a few hours, president biden gets back on the road again heading to philadelphia as he continues to push one of the biggest and most expensive economic plans in decades. nbc's monica alba is outside the white house. garrett haake on capitol hill. monica, walk us through how he's going to make his pitch because expensive is the key word here, and the suburbs of philly, those
are an awful lot of people who will see their taxes go up. >> you said it, steph. on the road we heard the visions and plans during that joint address wednesday evening so now comes the sales pitch portion of this and what they're calling getting america back on track tour. you're going to see the president heading to philadelphia today, as you mentioned specifically for an event on his beloved amtrak, a critical piece of infrastructure this president known to so many as amtrak joe is going to highlight. he's going to do an event around their 50th anniversary for the rail system at the iconic 30th street station, where he's less, of course, going to be talking about his jobs plan and trying to make these selling points of why he views it as essential when it comes to job creation. yesterday, of course, he was in georgia and you will also see the vice president and first lady make additional travel as well, trying to lead washington
where these plans have been a little more difficult to hash out and get convincing of people to get on board at least in terms of lawmakers. so they're making the bet, but if they go out and actually explain it to the public, then they can see a broad support when it comes to public polling. we have a preview of how the president tends to make this pitch in an exclusive interview with our own craig melvin. here's an exchange why the president feels this is the moment for big government and sweeping change. take a listen. >> democrats and republicans for generations have been, shall we say, skeptical about the ability of big government to do big things. what makes you so confident that skepticism has changed? >> i don't have inordinate faith in government. there are certain things only the government can do. is the private sector going to go out and build bills of dollars of highways, ports, airports, bridges, are they going to do that? these are things that only
government can really do. >> the infrastructure and jobs plan does have about $80 billion in it that would be dedicated to improving america's trains so that's something you can expect the president to talk about today. and in pennsylvania, that's a state he's been to three times since being sworn in. we expect him to travel there a lot, of course. he often goes home to wilmington, delaware, for the weekends and i'm old, steph, the president even asked secret service whether it would be possible for him to take the train when he wants to go on these weekend trips. they've said no for security reasons but you would bet if it was up to him, he would be riding those rails a lot more often than he was, of course, as he used to do as senator and vice president so many years ago. steph? >> garrett, for the first time in a very long time, we are seeing bipartisan negotiations on a whole lot of different things. i like to bring out my bipartisan horn when this happens because it's so infrequent. tell us about it. >> i don't know where you got that horn. yeah, look, this is unusual for
those of us who spent a lot of time up here during the trump administration and republican-controlled senate that went along with it. over the last couple of weeks, we have seen bipartisan negotiations break out on really three major issues. there's discussions going on about guns, there's significant discussions going on, on police reform and perhaps the most significant set of bipartisan negotiations going on right now is on that infrastructure package. just yesterday we noted the president spoke with west virginia republican senator shelley moore capito. she's been leading the republican counteroffer to the president's infrastructure push. make no mistake, the republican plan here is significantly smaller than what democrats propose, really only a little less than a third of the size. there's no agreement on pay fors. but unlike on those other two issues, at least on that, the broader republican party, particularly in the senate, is interested in doing something. so the question that remains now over the next couple of weeks, is that something going to be big enough, is it going to be acceptable enough to democrats
committed to moving forward on this infrastructure package, or will we ultimately see perhaps over the next month or so, forgive the infrastructure plan, the train leave the station without republicans on it as democrats decide they've given enough time to bipartisan negotiation and they will move forward anyway. [ racing horn ] >> there you go, garrett, that one is for you and shelley moore capito. you got bipartisan horn. i almost didn't but i did. and you at home can see more of craig's exclusive interview with president biden, including whether he would order service members to get the vaccine. the full one-on-one interview airs at 11:00 p.m. eastern right here on msnbc. now to a tragic story breaking overnight. if you didn't see this, watch it now. about 45 people were crushed to death and more than 150 injured in a stampede at a religious festival in northern israel.
rath sanchez is digging deeper into this. what happened? >> steph, thousands of people gathered last night on a mountain in northern ireland to mark the jewish festival. they had to pass a narrow metal walkway that went around the corner, down a flight of stairs. it looks like at that corner there was confusion, overcrowding and people got trampled under foot. i spoke a little earlier to an official from the israeli national ambulance service. he tells me there were children as young as 15 among the dead. about 150 people injured. prime minister netanyahu calling 24 a terrible disaster and declaring sunday a national day of mourning. but i will say there's real anger in israel that authorities did not have a better grip on this. this is the largest public gathering in israel since the start of the covid pandemic. the israeli health ministry
actually warned during the week this event should not go ahead as planned because of the risk of covid. this turned into a different kind of disaster. but, stephanie, there were warnings about how big these crowds were going to be. >> this is really rough to watch. thank you so much for sharing that story. an absolute tragedy. coming up -- georgia has one of the lowest vaccine rates in the country. so why are officials planning to close state-run vaccine sites? plus, we'll talk to a governor giving out money to residents in exchange for getting the vaccine. the big question, is it working? what happens when we welcome change? we can make emergency medicine possible at 40,000 feet.
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population is fully vaccinated and more than 43% have received at least one dose. i want to go live to priscilla thompson in georgia, where officials there have just announced they're going to begin shutting down several state-run vaccination sites as demand increases. priscilla, i don't understand this, georgia is at the bottom, ranking 47th in the nation for percentage of people vaccinated. why would they be shutting down sites? >> state officials say they're going to be shifting their priorities away from these state-run mass vaccination sites, focusing instead on giving those resources to community sites, community clinics that may be able to better distribute those vaccines. throughout this time, georgia has pretty consistently found itself at the bottom of this list. months into the rollout, public health experts here are saying it's really vaccine hesitancy and that access issue that is driving that low vaccination
rate. the new data we have shows that 26% of white evangelicals said they will not get the vaccine and 41% of republicans say the same. i spoke to ralph reed, founder of the chairman of the faith and freedom coalition here. take a listen to what he said -- >> i think what people have to understand, particularly in the faith community, the pandemic is evil. it's taking life. it's destroying people's businesses. it's killing people. and anything that is saving life is of god. that's not of the devil, that's of god, and they should embrace it. >> and, steph, the other really important point i want to make about georgia is there's also a data discrepancy here. "the atlanta journal constitution" did an analysis this week and found the reason
why the state vaccination rate looked better than the national numbers we are seeing is the state is using a smaller population estimate when calculate are their vaccination rate. this is something we found in our own reporting when looking at albert county, georgia, where the cdc said only around 8% of the population there is vaccinated but the state data says that number is 23%. >> priscilla, thank you. let's head from georgia at the low end of vaccination rates to west virginia, with one of the highest. joining us now, republican governor jim justice. governor, you have been on top of this, ahead of this vaccine rollout since the beginning and now you have changed strategies, offering a $100 savings bond to young adults who get vaccinated. how is that working? >> stephanie, we're just in our infancy on this. i would tell everyone, there's no silver bullet here. when it really boils right down to it, what west virginia did, we got way out ahead of this thing, led the nation in every
way. every single state, we got so many of our people vaccinated, that now we're basically hitting the wall a little sooner than other states are going to do that. but we've got 42% of our people fully vaccinated, you know, first -- one shot about 53%. but at the same time now what we need to do is in order to get where we can really shut this thing down in west virginia, we came up with the idea to target young people now 16 to 35 years of age and give them something that is basically a dose of patriotism. this country is too divided. this can't doesn't need to be about republican and democrat and independent. this country is too divided. we're going at that with a u.s. savings bond and give all of our young people $100 and everything. maybe keepsake they can keep for a long time and maybe $100. so we hope to get a bunch of
hope for our young people. and if we do that, we can get to the point to shut this thing down in west virginia. >> sir, i have a 14-year-old and i will tell you, $100 would motivate him. i want to ask you about mining. it's a key industry in your state. you used to run a coal company. the united mining workers of america endorsed biden's energy policies in exchange for job training. is that something you can get behind? >> in all honestly, stephanie, i believe it's decades away where we can maybe transition at that point in time away from fossil fuels. i think it's ludicrous to think we can move that way in the very, very, very near term. but in the standpoint what the united mining workers are doing, too often we do things out of political motivation. we want our miners to be working. no question about that. our miners need to be working. these are the greatest people on the planet and everything but
they want to mine coal. as we transition forward and everything, if they can't mine cole coal, i would be for any additional training so they can continue to work. >> sir, is it they want to mine coals or support their families? if they good can get another job that pays them as well and protects their work, why wouldn't they want to do that? >> stephanie, in all honesty, these people are really proud with what they've done. they have either powered the nation or in every way done things that have given us met lunchic coal that transforms into steel that provided us protection during wartime and everything else. they're really, really proud of their industry and what they do. we can't really take that away from them. but you're correct in this, first and foremost they want to provide for their families. and the safety of this industry is always tough.
so there's real benefits both ways. i think in west virginia, the salvation of west virginia from the coal side is we have a tremendous amount of our mining operations, in fact, my family's operations have always been on the met lerj cal side, steel-making side. in fact, my dad used to say it's a crying shame to burn up a ton of coal trying to make electricity. >> i want to ask you about other families, the law you just signed banning transgender female athletes from playing on women's schools sports teams. can you name one example of a transgender child trying to gain an unfair competitive advantage at a school there in west virginia? >> well, stephanie, i don't have that experience exactly to myself right now. but i will tell you -- >> not yourself, your state. sir, can you give me one example
of a transgender trial trying to get an unfair advantage in your state? you signed a bill about it? >> i can't really tell you one, but i can tell you this, stephanie, i'm a coach and i coach a girl's basketball team and i can tell you, we all know -- we all know what an absolute advantage boys would have playing against girls. we don't need that. >> but, sir, there are no examples of this happening. why would you take your time to do this? let's talk about other things i can give you examples of in your state. according to "u.s. news & world report," west virginia ranked 47th in health care, 48th in the economy and 50th in infrastructure. if you cannot name one single example for me of a child doing this, why would you make this a priority? i named four things that would seem to me like a much bigger priority. >> stephanie, i didn't make it a priority. it wasn't my bill. >> you signed it. >> it just came to me and i
actually signed it because i believe from the standpoint of a coach, i believe that girls work so hard to obtain title 9, and i do not have any idea now why we are trying to disadvantage them in participating in a sport that they put so much into. i don't know why we're doing that. this is not like it's a big priority to me. >> well, you signed it, sir. >> stephanie, listen, i think we only have 12 kids maybe in our state that are transgender-type kids. i mean for crying out loud, stephanie, i sign hundreds of bills, hundreds of bills. this is not a priority to me. but with all of that, i would say i think that it would impose an unfair disadvantage on the girls. so from that standpoint, i support it. >> all right then, sir, thank you. and please come back when beyond
anecdotal feelings as a coach you can show me evidence where those young women are being disadvantaged in your state because i can show you evidence how ranking that low in education is disadvantaging young women and men in west virginia. thanks for your time. developing now, the republican-controlled late legislature has passed a voting bill that includes restriction on vote by mail and dropboxes and a republican governor is planning to sign it into law. one lawmaker is calling it a revival of jim crow. let's go straight to carrie dann. what does this mean for florida voters? >> stephanie, this legislation that was just passed in florida would make it difficult for you to vote if you're a voter who wants to drop your ballot off at a dropbox location or receive a ballot automatically in the mail. it limits where the dropboxes can be, it makes it a
requirement they must be staffed by people and not just monitored by cameras. those dropboxes can only be open during certain hours and you can only drop off ballots for two nonfamily members. for example, if at your workplace you have a bunch of co-workers who work different hours and say can we give you our ballot to drop off, you cannot do that. this also applies places for ballots that are automatically sent to them and requires i.d. requirements for those people as well. this will hurt people who work unusual hours and particularly minority voters. you heard from democrats making an emotional appeal, one, this will be particularly hard on the african-american community. secondly, in florida, it was a state that voted for donald trump and there was no accusation from trump or anyone else of widespread fraud. so democrats have said this is a solution in search of a problem and wasn't necessary to pass. >> carrie, thank you. we've will continue to watch this as we see more and more of
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more new signs this morning the country is opening back up from the coronavirus pandemic. kerry sanders has new details about cruise ships preparing to sail again. senior vice president of the milwaukee bucks, alex lazry, has the inside scoop on his team giving out vaccinations to fans. but we've got to start with dom chu watching the markets. dom, big earnings week, huge gdp numbers, obviously, as we reopen. how are things looking this morning? >> stephanie, markets are pulling back this morning but they're falling from record highs hit just yesterday. the s&p 500 and nasdaq both hit historic levels. this week you mentioned we learned the u.s. activity monitor grew by nearly 6 1/2% the first quart irof the year. that's thanks in large part to widespread covid vaccinations and the stimulus effort that
boosted spending. and the jobless claims continued dropping to the lowest levels since the start of the pandemic last year. on the earnings side of things, we're halfway through earnings reporting season and the numbers continue to look good relative to last year for s&p 500 companies. for those companies that have already reported, profits grew by -- get this -- 57% year over year. we're now on pace to see the biggest outperformance of profit growth relative to analyst estimates on record. as things stand, nearly 90% of companies that have reported have beaten those analyst consensus estimates, stephanie. >> all right. kerry is in the cruise capital of the world, miami. kerry, you know i'm going to keep reminding our audience, it's been almost a year since the cruise industry has been docked, but the ceo of norwegian cruise line was made $36 million bucks last year, one of the highest in the country for ceos,
but now the cruise industry about to reopen. tell us what's going on. >> stephanie, when they actually launched a new ship, and this is in all shipping industries, it's kind of tradition to take a champagne bottle and break it on the bow as they launch that ship. they probably have a lot of champagne on ice right now because, as you just noted, it appears with the cdc's blessing the cruise ship industry is about to return to business, and that likely will happen in about ten weeks from now. after more than a year of turbulent waters, the cruiseship industry is ready for some smooth sailing ahead. >> this is the first glimmer of light we've seen to allow us to move forward and work out the final steps to be able to set sail. >> reporter: since last march, the cdc banning voyages from u.s. ports because of covid. now in a letter to industry executives, the cdc setting new standards that may allow ships to sail again as early as mid-july. >> it's been 14 months this
industry has been shut down. 14 million passengers, american passengers, per year have not had a chance to sail. the economic impact is massive. >> reporter: most 69 major cruise lines have been sailing but from europe, asia and the caribbean. it was not like that before the pandemic. >> nearly 60% of all cruising originates from u.s. ports, and nearly half of the people who are cruising are americans. >> reporter: for months the cruise line industry has been working on its own safety protocols, many of which align with the cdc's blueprint. the cdc now advising cruise lines they can skip simulated test cruises if 98% of crew and 95% of passengers are vaccinated. >> we're really very pleased and very excited because it really does set forth a pathway that we think is achievable, practical and safe. so, yeah, we're feeling pretty good. >> i myself couldn't be happier.
>> reporter: michelle allen is an avid cruiser who in 30 years as a travel agent has booked tens of thousands of vacations at sea. >> people love to cruise. i think, you know, hopefully a year from now we will, you know, be looking back and we will be full steam ahead. >> reporter: cruise ships are flagged in foreign countries, as you know, so when the federal government was giving out money to help businesses in america survive the pandemic, this industry got no money. so well, you mentioned norwegian paid their executive such a multimillion dollar salary despite that, royal caribbean reported in its first quarter a $1.1 billion loss. so they're all in this industry excited to finally get back into business. and i think, stephanie, there's a few vacationers who are looking forward to getting back on the cruise ships themselves. >> kerry, i would love to see a
play-by-play book, you cruising. that would be amazing. let's turn to alex. tell us what you're doing in milwaukee! instead of bobbleheads for fans, the milwaukee bucks will be offering first doses of the pfizer vaccine to fans this sunday. where did you get this idea? >> thanks for having me, stephanie. we're going to be offering doses of the pfizer vaccine an hour and a half before the game at pfizer forum. this is a partnership with the milwaukee health department. the governor has done an incredible job but we want to make it easier and get more shots into arms. we want to go where people will be, make it hassle free. we're partnering with the milwaukee health department to ensure that we get as many shots in arms as possible. >> do you think it's going to motivate people to get those shots? >> i do. i think when people are in the arena and they see only 3,000
fans versus the 18,000 to 20,000 we can can fit, i think you're going to see people who are going to want to -- and realize, hey, we need to get back to a relative normal and the best way to do that is make sure people are getting vaccinated. that's the way we're going to be able to open up businesses again, be able to go to concerts and be able to make sure we're giving the big sixth man in all of basketball a full pfizer forum. >> you run the team. people in wisconsin know you but not in the political arena, not yet. you're also running to unseat republican senator ron johnson. i want to play something he said last week about the vaccine. watch this. >> the science tells us the vaccines are 95% effective. if you have a vaccine, quite honestly, what do you care if your neighbor has one or not? >> you got vaccinated months ago. what do you say to that ? >> that's qanon ron and that's
why he has that nickname here. he continues to peddle this kind of disinformation and it's dangerous. we all know the best way to get back to normal and make sure this virus isn't spreading anymore is to make sure we're getting vaccinated. there are variants that are coming out that are more dangerous and lethal and we need to make sure as many of our citizens are vaccined. so the best way to do that is to make sure we're going to people. that's why we're partnering with the milwaukee health department and it's why i'm running against them. ron johnson for the last ten years has been using his perch as a u.s. senator to peddle in lies and conspiracy theories and suck up to donald trump. it's been dangerous not only for the country but dangerous for our national security and it shows he's unfit for office. so we're going to be out there talking about why this is important and how we're going to make sure we're moving forward so we're coming into a recovery so we can get out of this
pandemic. >> all right, alex, we're going to leave it there. i don't know if you're going to win sunday but it certainly sounds like fans will. kerry, dom, alex, thank you. and kerry, great look with that hat. coming up -- it's been two months since a winter storm left millions of texas residents without power and water but there's another deadly effect with the storm not everyone is talking about. there's an exclusive next. you don't want to miss it. ♪ yum ♪ ♪ yum yum (clap, clap) yum yum (clap) yum yum ♪
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has the latest. you spoke with a man who lost his wife and daughter. >> that's right, stephanie. i spoke to a man who moved to this country from ethiopia to have a better and safer life here. they saved up money for a tone how many and didn't know it didn't have a carbon monoxide alarm and weren't aware of the risk. then like many texans we found with propublica and texas tribune, they made a fatal mistake during the texas storm. take a look at this. with millions of texans, kali and his wife woke up freezing in their home as the power grid failed. the ethiopian immigrants had never seen snow before. >> i was just thinking the power will come back now. >> reporter: but it didn't. as temperatures dropped, the power in the garage got warm, and unaware there was no alarm. >> translator: by the time i went there i found her, she passed out. >> reporter: then the kids collapsed too. all poisoned by carbon monoxide.
he woke up almost a day later in the hospital to heartbreak. his wife and daughter died, his son in intensive care. >> translator: i screamed and i don't even remember what i was saying. >> reporter: in our conversation with propublica and the texas tribune, we found 11 texans died from carbon monoxide poisoning. >> the kids are not feeling good. >> reporter: more than 1,400 were taken to emergency rooms, like the one at memorial herman. >> we might see 50 patients a year poisoned with carbon monoxide and we surpassed that on our first night. >> reporter: according to data obtained by nbc news, almost 80% of the people poisoned by carbon monoxide and treated at herman during the height of the storm were black or latino. texas is one of only six states that leave carbon monoxide alarms up to the local government. he said if the alarm was required in his home, his wife and daughter would still be here. is there someone you want to see held accountable for this?
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