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while there are still some very small amounts of votes to be counted, the results are clear, it has led us to victory in the democratic primary for new york. the general election will be on november 2nd. that is tonight's last word. "the 11th hour with brian williams" starts now. ♪♪ good evening, once again, i'm in for brian williams. day 168 of the biden administration. tonight, elsa is now a category 1 hurricane and moving up florida's gulf coast. we'll have the latest update in just a moment. tonight marks exactly six months to the day since a mob laid siege to the nation's comool. not long ago, more videos were released on the january attack as it steps up the search for
some of the most violent rioters. they included those who directly attacked law enforcement. these new images are disturbing and leave no questions about what officer were facing that day. [ bleep ]. >> chill, bro. chill, [ bleep ]. >> this is our house. [ bleep ]. >> the justice department also released new footage from inside the capitol. the rioters can be seen trying to force their way into the
senate chambers and taunting those officers who were trying to keep them out. more than 500 rioters have been arrested in connection with what was essentially a failed attempt to keep president biden from taking office. late today, the winner of november's election issued a statement. it read in part, quote, this was not dissent, this was disorder. it posed a crisis and a test of whether our democracy could survive. a sad reminder that there's nothing guaranteed about our democracy. this past weekend, the man who lost november's election continued to push the very lies that fueled the january 6th insurrection. >> we won so much, and then we had a rigged election. democrats used code to cheat, they illegally changed the rules in the key states and mailed out millions and millions and millions of absentee ballots. how come so many people are still in jail over january 6th?
>> of course, trump did not win the election. no evidence of widespread fraud or illegal activity was found. court case after court case that attempted to overturn legitimate results tossed out. earlier on this network, one counterterrorism expert warned of the threat of more violence sparked by those falsehoods about the 2020 election. >> there has been no real repercussions to the political leaders for the big lie about voter fraud that did not occur. there's been no repercussions for the extremists that stormed their own house. you'll see them embrace violent rhetoric or enticement which will lead to violence not just at a federal location, but state and local locations. >> the current president is facing more questions about another ransomware attack. the hackers targeted software used by small businesses. as many as 1500 may have been
infected. r evil reportedly is behind the hack which comes week after biden's summit with vladimir putin. biden said he warned putin that the u.s. would respond to cyberattack from russian-based gangs. today he was asked about a possible response to this latest breach. >> it appears to have caused minimal damage to u.s. businesses, but we're gathering information to the full extent of the attack. >> the white house says biden will be meeting with intel agency heads to discuss a u.s. response. we're also learning more about the federal context trafficking investigation involving matt gaetz. nbc news reports that gaetz' associate, joel greenberg, is asking the judge overseeing his case to delay his sentencing. greenberg's lawyer says his client continues to cooperate with federal prosecutors in that context trafficking case and argues that cooperation will not
be complete before his scheduled sentencing on august 19th. also tonight, the growing concerns about the covid-19 delta variant which is cdc now says makes up more than half of all cases in the u.s. president biden outlined new efforts to boost vaccinations including door-to-door outreach and he had a warning for anyone who still has not received a shot. >> if you're vaccinated, you're protected. if you're unvaccinated, you're not. and you're putting yourself, more importantly, maybe from your perspective, your family and your friends at risk. there is also breaking news in the race to lead new york city. tonight the associated press has declared eric adams the winner of the democratic primary. putting him on track to become the second black mayor in the history of the nation's largest city. finally we continue to follow the ongoing search at the site of the collapsed condominium building in surfside, florida. the death toll has now reached
36 people. 109 are still unaccounted for. we'll get to our leadoff discussion in just a moment, but let's get the latest on elsa and it's potential path. we're joined by janessa webb. how are things looking at this hour? >> we're looking at a very disjointed storm system that continues to really remain offshore across southwest florida. but we have these heavier bands that are impacting sarasota into the tampa area and that's going to continue to increase for at least the next 24 hours. right now, we still have a hurricane with our latest update at 11:00. it's 65 miles southwest of tampa, florida. we still have that forward north movement of 14 miles per hour and it continues to be on track with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. we're going to continue to watch this movement in this area. what happened in the last few hours is in that warm body of
water and it allowed the storm system to really intensify. now, we'll continue to watch this overnight. we have storm surge concerns that stretch even for the keys all the way into the panhandle. tomorrow morning we'll continue to see the storm system offshore but really the center of circulation will not make its way into cedar keys area, into the panhandle and a potential land fall until midday. then we'll continue to watch tracking elsa all the way into wednesday evening. thursday evening as well for the carolinas, all the way into west virginia. we'll still see the storm system tracking into areas of the northeast as we go into friday. so a long go with this storm system. even if it's downgraded at our next update overnight, the potential flood threat and storm surge is going to be a huge problem. that's why we have hurricane warnings. they're still in place across city florida into southwest florida as well. we're going to continue to watch
and look at all of these advisories. they're stretching into sections of the mid-atlantic. now the storm surge. overnight, we're going to see a high tide around 3:00 a.m. this will mix with the storm and allow water to flow in. right now the forecast is calling for 3 to 5 feet for sarasota into cedar keys and this is going to cause major flooding in this area on top of the rain that we're already seeing, torrential rain coming down currently. on top of that, up to 8 inches across central florida into the panhandle. some sections could pick up 10 inches. we're also going to be watching south georgia as well as the flood threat. except flood watches to be going into place in the next few hours. also, the severe weather threat. we have these heavier bands that are making their way across the keys right now into southwest
florida and this is sparking up a few tornados that we saw earlier today, a tornado watch still remains in place for this area. the wind speeds, we do have hurricane hunters that are out right now. they only extend about 20 miles, but that will continue to really pick up across cedar keys going into later this afternoon into this evening. so, the storm still a hurricane. potentially, will be downgraded because it's starting to split apart, chris, but we have a long way to do with the flood threat. >> thank you so much. with that, let's bring in our leadoff guests on this tuesday night. philip rucker, southeastern washington correspondent for "the washington post." his new book "i alone can fix it" is due out two weeks from today. veteran washington journalist and associate editor for real clear politics and former u.s.
attorney joyce vance who spent 25 years as a prosecutor. great to have all of you here tonight. phil rucker, obviously, you have covered not just donald trump extensively, but also his political circle. help us get some perspective here. what or who is animating, stoking these continued lies about 2020, the belief that somehow, somewhere, the results are still going to get overturned? is this still trump's ego? who is he listening to these days? help us understand where we are right now. >> well, chris, it's an important question and, you know, all of my reporting suggests that it's trump himself who is directing the continuation of this big lie throughout the republican party and, of course, throughout his orbit. he's not the only one
responsible. he's having inputs of information from throughout his political circle. from his various allies, political allies, from conspiracyists. he's being shown articles or theories or commentary that he sees on a right wing cable shows or radio shows suggesting that not only was the election stolen, but that there's a hope with these, quote/unquote, recounts that are under way of somehow overturning the result and reinstating trump as president. it's not clear he actually believes he will be reinstated when he thinks, you know, rationally. but nonetheless, he's continuing to press this falsehood, this lie that the election was stolen from him, that he was the rightful winner and joe biden's victory as the president is somehow illegitimate. >> the extension of this belief that somehow this was all fraudulent. the 2020 election is the idea
that really not that much happened on january 6th. i want to play what adam kinzinger had to say on cnn. >> i think the vast majority, if not all of them, my colleagues believe that this was a trump-incited insurrection. when you're in a tribe and you know if you say something truthful that gets you kicked out of the tribe, you keep your head down and you stay in the tribe. >> you keep your head down and you stay in the tribe, a.b. video after video, seemingly having no effect. what is keeping republicans from publicly acknowledging what we can see happen on january 6th? >> it's really devastating, chris, to see these new videos come out. it's really difficult to watch but so important to really amplify the violence that we saw
that day and the tragedy that we saw that day, but also the threat that continues and could result in future political violence. all of the members of congress who are backing the big lie and whitewashing january 6th know what happened that day. they don't even need to watch the videos like the americans who don't really know the full extent of what happened that day. they know and they are embracing this sort of walking back of the big lie in service to donald trump because it serves the big lie. you have to say january 6th was no big deal and you have to say the election was stolen. members who will not say the words the election was stolen say things that my constituents have so many questions, we have to give them answers and we need new voting laws because we need voter integrity. but you saw those words from donald trump just a few days ago. he not only continues that he
adds more emphasis, more detail and more specifics and that is the litmus test for all of republican primary politics going forward. anyone wanting to keep their seat next year, down to the local level, is embracing the big lie and saying to americans, january 6th is some washington-focused obsession. it's like what elitists are focused on. most of us don't care. we went on with your lives. just something that got out of control. i've had these conversations with people who have told me this. and so it is directly emanating from the top from president trump. we saw that because we saw the leadership, including lindsey graham walk away from donald trump on january 6th and then circle right back because of those pressures in the days and weeks to important. >> there was that "washington post" opinion piece today outlining, detailing the formation of a group of anti-trump republicans who call themselves republicans for
voting rights. but you do wonder given what we're seeing happen and how campaigns are being run already for 2022, is it too late for a group like this? >> i really praise their efforts and i want them to succeed. i just wish people like adam kinzinger, mitt romney and liz cheney would get behind efforts like. and you don't see a push even from republicans who criticize the big lie and who talk about the danger of january 6th and future violence. you don't see them getting in the game on this voter nullification which is what's happening with these new laws. the amplification of partisan influence in the process which would effect vote counting and ultimately nullify votes. that's the part that i just don't see and that's why the threats of voting rights remains. >> a couple of big legal stories i want to get your take on. first, more nbc news reporting
on joel greenberg's request to delay his sentencing for, among other crimes, context trafficking and bribery. greenberg's attorney added that greenberg is expected to participate in additional sessions with prosecutors and notes that his cooperation could impact his ultimate sentence. it's unclear what delay would mean for the investigation into gaetz who has not been charged with any crime and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. so, joyce, what do you make, first, of the request and what might it mean for matt gaetz? >> this is a standard request that you'll see from the government and a defendant jointly when cooperation is ongoing and it can mean one of two things, chris, it can mean that the cooperation is productive and that they're making cases on other suspects but they need a little bit more time. on other occasions, though, it can mean that while there's a good faith effort to cooperate
being made by someone in greenberg's shoes that it hasn't yet been productive. the government is giving the defendant a little bit more time to see if he can do something that will help him get credit for sentencing. we don't know which of those two scenarios is at play here. it seems a little bit more likely since this is characterized as ongoing meetings that investigators and prosecutors simply need more time to debrief greenberg and make sure they get all of the information that he's privy too. this probably means that estimates that gaetz would be indicted in july were a little bit too optimistic and it may move that time line back if in fact the congressman is going to be indicted. so a lot of this is grand jury and, you know, as i always say with grand juries, we will find out when we find out. there's a reason that that process is secret and it's so prosecutors can get the job done properly. >> we talked about this last week, joyce, donald trump's company and cfo are facing an
indictment and trump talked about it this weekend. here's what he said. >> they go after good, hard-working people for not paying taxes on a company car. company car. you didn't pay tax on the car or a company apartment. you used an apartment because you need an apartment because you have to travel too far where your house is. you didn't pay tax. or education for your grandchildren. i don't know, do you have -- does anybody know the answer to that stuff? >> he asked if anybody knows the answer, even though over the years he's repeatedly said some version of, no one knows the tax code better than i do. is it correct that knowledge of tax law is critical to proving tax fraud, or no? >> it depends on the specific charges. these charges are highly specific to whether they're brought in the state or the federal system and which
violation you're being charged with. but if we're looking at the indictment that the new york a.g. has brought and the manhattan da against trump's cfo, allen weisselberg, these are grand larceny charges. these are false statement charges and the evidence laid out, if the prosecutors can prove all of the allegations that they lay out in the indictment, and it sure appears that they can because much of what they discuss is documentary evidence, then weisselberg looks like he's headed for a conviction. what that means for the former president isn't entirely clear yet. >> and finally, phil, another ransomware attack. its reach appears to be broad. how much pressure is president biden under to respond? >> you know, certainly he's under pressure not only to respond to this particular
attack but to try to come up with a strategy, a comprehensive national and economic security strategy for this country to deal with these attacks because it's almost certain that these are going to continue in the months and years to come. remember, there was that serious ransomware attack a couple of months ago that confronted this president and white house and we're seeing it here again. the pressure is on the -- this is a new realm for the u.s. to be dealing with in terms of our enemies. certainly there are people in the administration with a lot of expertise and experience on these sorts of attacks. but it now becomes incumbent on the president, on president biden, to figure out what that kind of big picture strategy is to communicate it to the american people and more importantly to communicate it to our adversaries so they can be warned not to do this again. >> much appreciated on this tuesday night. coming up, it sounds like a headline from a year ago.
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talk to these individuals one on one and answer their questions and let them know, it's okay to be hesitant. but look at the facts. talk to your provider. not your neighbor. not your friend. not your family member. you will understand that the benefits outweigh the risks. >> that's the message from the operations manager at a health center in mississippi. a state where only 36% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. and now the more contagious delta variant is gaining ground in poorly vaccinated areas all across the country. fourth of july celebrations are fueling more concerns. over the weekend, the number of hospitalized covid patients up by nearly 27% in missouri where at least one hospital was running out of ventilators. back with us tonight, founding director of columbia's national center for preparedness. he's a columnist with the daily
beast. this was not a conversation any of us wanted to have, to start talking about lack of ventilators at this point. i want to play something that joe biden, the president, said earlier on his latest vaccine push. take a listen. >> please get vaccinated now. it works. it's free. it's never been easier and it's never been more important. do it now. for yourself and the people you care about. for your neighborhood, for your country. it sounds corny, but it's the patriotic thing to do. >> he's passionate, that operations manager in mississippi we heard was too, irwin, but the problem is the message has been the same. vaccines work, they're free, easy to get. but what's the new plan when we see these poor vaccination rates in a lot of different parts of the country, what's your thought about how change gets made, can it get made, is it baked in?
>> yeah, chris, this is really an eerie replay of where we were going last year and hopefully it won't be anywhere near as bad. to hear about a hospital running out of ventilators is awesome and scary. i think the challenge now is that there's no new message. the new strategy was really about getting people who are close to the communities that were being hesitant or resistant, spokespersons promoting the vaccine like the person you played earlier, those people who connect to the communities where there's hesitancy have to be out there. beyond that, we have a certain hard core minute number of people who are not hesitant. we need to make this distinction. they're not hesitant, they're actually anti-vaxxers and paying
more attention to social media than medical professionals. what worries me, we'll end up with a hard core 20% who will not get vaccinated. but those communities where the vaccination rates are low and there's the new delta transparent in the same place at the same time, we have a collision course that's going to spell disaster for a lot of americans. >> and you have a delta variant that is the dominant one. it's accounting for more than half the cases. i mean, do we need to rethink the way we're looking at this, even if you're vaccinated, do you need to start thinking about wearing a mask again when you're indoors? >> yes, you do. if you're in a community that's highly vaccinated with almost everybody being vaccinated, that's one thing. but if you're in one of these communities in mississippi or utah or alabama where vaccination rates are very, very low, even if you have been vaccinated, you still might be susceptible to getting infected with the delta variant. so let's be clear, no matter
where you are, the vaccination strategy is absolutely key to keeping you and your family, your community safe. a lot of young people are somehow impervious to the messages we're talking about and feel like they're immortal or whatever. the fact is, we're seeing more and more young people getting infected with long-haul covid infections and it's dangerous and it's a concern. but getting the message out strongly as we're doing right now is absolutely key. we must try to do everything possible to make sure that people are getting vaccinated. that's the whole trick here, with or without the delta variant in the community. >> and you have israel releasing its preliminary data, but that data did show there's a drop in protection and a big one from the pfizer vaccine against the delta variant. what do we need to know about that? >> well, it's concerning information, but as tony fauci said today, we need more
information. we need more fine-tuned data about what we're dealing with in israel. and a lot more information about who exactly is getting infected and how are they making these estimations about the level of protection given by the vaccines. we'll get that information, israel is very good about collecting it and providing it. but i think we're still a little bit in a wait-and-see period here right now while we get more information. but it is concerning and we are paying attention to it at the highest levels of the federal government. >> we all need to pay attention to it. doctor, thank you. good to see you, my friend. the deepening political fractures following the events of six months ago and what if anything can heal the division when "the 11th hour" continues. s ♪ ♪ you already pay for car insurance,
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among them more direction for our elected officials when they're all the hill. the department said the uscp has enhanced our staffing within our protection division as well as coordinated for enhanced security for members of congress outside of the national region. the department is also in process of opening regional field offices in california and florida with additional regions in the near future to investigate threats to members of congress. for more, let's turn to a veteran political strategist and tim miller, a contributor to the bulwark. good to see you. juanita, what is going on? >> chris, it shows a recognition in gaps of what we saw in the lead up to january 6th and
trying to fill those gaps and ensure that intelligence is being collected in a more efficient way that can have tangible impact before anything happens. but more importantly, chris, i think we need that full exploration, that full understanding of other gaps that need to be filled to prevent this from ever happening again as well as a full understanding of what led up to january 6th, who was involved, what was said to trump, what was trump doing during the entire attack when he was silent. that's where we see the select committee coming in and i appreciate bennie thompson's statement today that ever option is on the table and they're going to get to the truth because it's their mandate. he's going to see that through in a way that i think is going to be highly productive but also understanding again what happened in the lead-up and what gaps there are still remaining to make sure this never happens again. >> on the other side of that,
however, that equation is kevin mccarthy and republican representative adam kinzinger said this about the gop leader, tim, kevin gave a great speech the week after january 6th and then he went to mar-a-lago and charged the paddles and brought trump back to life. that's the moment when i realized, oh, man, this is a problem. i will talk to kevin if he wants to, but i don't see how we're going to come eye to eye on this until there's a recognition that we can't be the party of insurrection. i mean, tim, this seems to me just one example of the fundamental question right now for the republican party, is it the party of trump and mccarthy or liz cheney and kinzinger and is it even close? >> chris, yeah, look the fundamental question has been answered. it's the party of trump and mccarthy and kinzinger and cheney are this apparatus that's
hanging on to a party that they're no longer really a part of in any meaningful way. i wish they were. i wish they could fight and win people over. but the reality is, the republican elected officials in washington have made their bed on this. they had the opportunity to go the round of cheney and kinzinger, when many of them were speaking from how adam speaks now. but they decided to go another path because that's what their voters wanted them tornado. in order to stay in power kevin mccarthy has no choice than to continue down the path of energizing maga voters with this sort of, you know, election conspiracy two-step, while hoping that enough swing voters, you know, will look away from what happened on january 6th, they won't have these long memories and focus more on other issues as we get ahead to the
midterms next year. that's the bet that he's made. there's no internal fight left to have. i'm glad kinzinger is out there saying what he's saying. >> let's see what the commission can do and i want to play for you what congressman jim clyburn said when he was asked if former president trump would be called to testify about january 6th. >> if it comes to that, go wherever the facts lead, i would not want to see a former president testify in such a situation as this. if that's what it takes in order to get to the bottom of this -- >> i don't think there are a lot of people who are making bets on donald trump going before the committee. do you think realistically, are we ever going to get a satisfactory answer about what went wrong that day? >> i think we will get more information, chris. will we get it from trump? probably not. like you said, it's highly
unlikely that he would show up even if a subpoena was issued. he would fight it tooth and nail to avoid. eventually i think there will be something to come out from trump. with subpoenas like that floating in the air potentially with this drum beat of other subpoenas to republican leadership, this committee is going to run as long as it takes. that's what clyburn was mentioning saying, we'll do whatever it takes. and someone who has investigated other national security issues, bennie thompson knows what it takes to get this done. while we might not get it from the mouth of trump, i think mccarthy or gosor or any other republican might have had something to do with this coming before the committee to offer full testimony under oath is a definite possibility. >> what do you think is going to happen with the committee?
do you think there's going to be an announcement, they're going to name republicans who might seriously look at this? what do you think kevin mccarthy's move is? >> i doubt it. and i think that the republicans that want to be on it are the matt gaetz of the world -- >> marjorie taylor greene. >> we'll see. >> you're both going to stay with us. what's next for the president's infrastructure plan after a big endorsement from a group of bipartisan lawmakers in the house when "the 11th hour" continues. e when "the 11th hour" continues. t you taken care of, sgt. houston. thank you. that was fast! one call to usaa got her a tow, her claim paid... ...and even her grandpa's dog tags back. get a quote. it's dry. there's no dry time. makes us wonder why we booked fifteen second ad slots.
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i booked our hotel on kayak. it's flexible if we need to cancel. cancel. i haven't left the house in a year. nothing will stop me from vacation. no canceling. flexible cancellation. kayak. search one and done. some news from the house of representatives. the bipartisan problem solvers caucus is now endorsing the infrastructure deal created by the white house and that bipartisan group of senators. cnbc sums up the development this way, if the group's 29 gop members vote for the plan, house democrats have room to lose support from skeptical
progressives and still pass the roughly $1.2 trillion framework. juanita tolliver and tim still with us. should the white house be feeling good tonight? >> absolutely. i think this shows the additional growing bipartisan support which essentially means that the likelihood of this framework becoming formal legislative language is higher in probability because the more people you have signed on preliminarily, the more likely it is to be successful. absolutely the white house should be celebrating this moment. i think they also did make that signal, though, that they wanted this stand-alone bill separate and apart from any package that democrats are likely to pass along party lines. that is still some remnants of that conundrum they had a few
weeks back when biden and pelosi backed him up saying this will be a two-bill package. it gives pelosi breathing room. she wants that. she welcomes that, especially recognizing that there were progressives in the democratic caucus who are hesitant about this. they want to make sure that that second package comes through and they definitely had hesitations about voting for this bipartisan deal alone on its own. >> and just today, mitch mcconnell said that second bill is going to be a hell of a fight, that way he put it. but let's go back to this first bill, tim. what's the biggest roadblock you see for this infrastructure plan? >> the first bill is going to be a heck of a fight. mitch mcconnell has no intensive to give joe biden a win on this. >> except that the american people want it. >> i just don't any that -- does
mitch mcconnell's constituents in kentucky want it? i think mitch mcconnell might make the bet that it is better to stop biden from having wins ahead of the midterm than to pass a popular infrastructure bill. he might -- >> mitch mcconnell is not going to lose his seat over this. >> right. right. but i think as he looks at trying to become the majority leader, he's going to have to make a calculation about should i whip my ten republicans to pass this or will that give biden a win and make the democrats look good and make the democrats look bipartisan. mitch mcconnell doesn't care about policy. he cares about judges and winning and that's it. so he might be the roadblock there. fox and the republican media ecosystem may not want to give biden a win on this. getting to ten republican senators on this first bill is still a lot. doubling that number is significant. and then if they can't get to ten, i think manchin doesn't want to break the filibuster if
it's a 50-vote thing, would he break it for 57? 58? there's a long way to go on that part of the negotiation still in front of us, unfortunately. >> do you see the roadblock the same way that tim does? >> i think whatever mitch mcconnell whatever says with a grain salt. vote no and take the dough. you heard him talking to lawmakers in connecticut saying you're about to get a lot of money. spend it. so at the end of the day he wants those investments in kentucky. i think tim is right, he's -- and you're right, chris, he's not going to lose his seat over this. but there are other republican senators who could be facing a challenge if they were not to be able to deliver something like this, a single legislative bill that they support back home in their own states. >> did they sell it? can a republican sell this by saying, we did this for you, but
we held them off on the egregious spending, the way they see it, of this second bill? >> yes, you could see some of that. the key senate races, in wisconsin, pennsylvania is an open seat, is ron johnson going to run in wisconsin making deals with democrats? on an individual basis, might there be one or two republicans that make that case, absolutely. absolutely. ten? ten is a lot. especially with where the party is right now and the pressure that they'll be getting from the conservative media not to give biden a win. i think that's really where the fight is going forward. >> surely you know by now, tim, that nothing is really in the weeds for the smartest audience watching cable news. i think we're good. i think we're good. thank you. coming up, new developments on why the fastest woman in america won't be competing in
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now, that's making a difference. a pretty stunning decision to tell you about tonight. america's fastest woman, sha'carri richardson, won't be at the tokyo olympics now just 17 days away. after testing positive for marijuana and accepting a month long suspension, she was still eligible to be named to the relay team. here's the story on why richardson is the latest marquee athlete who won't be on team usa. >> reporter: it's official, the fastest woman in america, sha'carri richardson, will not be competing in any events at the tokyo olympics. tonight, usa track and field announcing she will not run the 4 by 100 relay, her last chance
to make the team. richardson earned a ticket to tokyo with that dramatic victory in the women's 100 meter at the u.s. olympic trials. >> i want the world to know that i'm back, girl. >> reporter: the 21-year-old tested positive for marijuana, a banned substance. >> i know what i'm supposed to do. i'm allowed not to do. and i still made that decision. >> reporter: richardson was suspended for a month and disqualified from running the 100 meter at the olympics. her suspension ends before the relay. more than half a million people signed an online petition to let sha'carri run. tonight, usa track and field saying they support re-evaluating the rules surrounding marijuana use. but, quote, while our heartfelt understanding lies with sha'carri, we must also maintain fairness for all of the athletes. >> as tokyo puts the final touches on the olympics, this news is going to disappoint
fans. but richardson for her part says this is not the end of her career. she's about to come back stronger, promising to be a world champion next year. from tokyo, back to you. >> thanks so much for that. coming up, the moment summing up the drama the world all saw take place on capitol hill six months ago tonight. when "the 11th hour" continues. when "the 11th hour" continues we were alone when my husband had the heart attack. he's the most important thing in my life. i'm so lucky to get him back.
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the last thing before we go tonight, we want to take you back to exactly six months ago tonight. after a day of unimaginable rioting and violence at the u.s. capitol, barry black closed out the certification with a prayer. here's a portion of what he had to say. >> we deplore the desecration of the united states capitol building, the shedding of innocent blood, the loss of life, and the quagmire of dysfunction that threatened our democracy. these tragedies have reminded us that words matter and that the power of life and death is in the tongue.
>> amen to that. that is our broadcast for this tuesday night. with our thanks for being with us, on behalf of all my colleagues at the networks of nbc news, good night. >> thanks for joining us this hour. happy to have you here. attorney general merrick garland today went up to capitol hill specifically to meet with members of the u.s. capitol police. the attorney general attended their roll call today to thank them for serving as police officers, also for what they did to save the u.s. capital on january 6th. that was since months ago today that a donald trump rally on the ellipse morphed seamlessly into a violent mob attack by trump supporters