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the attorney general attended their roll call today to thank them for serving as players. also to thank them for what they did to save the u.s. capitol on january 6th. it was six months ago today that a donald trump rally on the ellipse morphed by trump supporters on the u.s. capitol. with d.c. police and u.s. capitol police officers on the front lines trying to defend it against that violent, violent attack.pot the attorney general today said thank you to the capitol police officers for what they went through six months ago today but he also importantly went up to m the capitol police roll call today to update officers on the state of the justice department's investigation into
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what happened, updating them on the 500-plus arrests that have been made thus far, the seriousness of the charges brought against those arrested. also the justice department's ai efforts to find and arrest roughly 300 more people who they are still looking for. justice department -- law enforcement has arrested on average -- law enforcement at all levels on average has arrested three people every day since the january 6th attack happened. but some suspects they are looking are wanted for ar potentially serious crimes. for example, they still got a huge reward out for information that leads to the arrest of whoever it was who put pipe bombs, open operable pipe bombs, not demi props.
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outside the headquarters of both the democratic national committee and the republican e national committee. just hours before the full-blown assault on the capitol started.n looking for whoever put those pipe bombs there. b today the washington field office of the fbi released 11 stomach churning new videos thch including stop motion and slow motion and spot shadows, zeroing in on individual perpetrators as they try to identify lots more people who violently attacked police officers that day.ot the stuff they put out today is hard to watch and one instance a they show an officer being beaten, being hit with a big metal pole. there's another close-up video of an officer being wrenched to the ground and stomped and beat by the mob. it does seem right that on the day marking six months from this attack we'd get the attorney general in person at the u.s. capitol police thanking the officers for defending the capitol but briefing them on the
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justice department legal pursuit of the attackers that continues. president biden tonight put out a strong statement marking these six months. s it says in part, not even during the civil war did insurrectionists breach our capitol.l. the citadel of our democracy. but six moths ago today insurrectionists did. they launched a violent and deadly assault on the people's house, on the people's representatives and on the capitol police sworn to protect them as our duly elected congress carried out the sacred ritual of our republic. this was not dissent. it was disorder. it posed a crisis and a test of whether our democracy could survivor. a sad reminder that there's nothing guaranteed about our while it shocked and saddened the nation and the world six on moths later we can say that democracy did prevail and that we must all continue the work tl protect and preserve it. that requires people of goodwill and courage to stand up to the hate, the lies, the extremism
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that led to this vicious attack, including determining what happened so we can remember it and not bury it hoping we forget. it also requires all of us working together, democrats, republicans and independents, oe behalf of the common good to restore desensy, honor and respect the rule of law. it impels our government to take the steps needed to protect the right to vote.s that's part of a long statement tonight from president biden marking six months since the attack on the capitol. january 6th, six months ago x today. just a few minutes after that statement from president biden came out we got additional reporting from the white house that president biden is going to meet with representatives from all of these voting rights and civil rights groups this week. we think that's a meeting at the white house the day after ha now that comes as progressive groups advocating for voting
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rights pushing for federal protections are pressing the white house and president biden personally to do more to push voting rights to the top of thee agenda to find a way to get it done. to push for voting rights protections as hard as president biden's pushing for an infrastructure bill, as hard as he's pushing to get the country vaccinated. but as we hit six months since the attack today, that for the people act, the federal hi legislation to bolster voting rights at the federal level is still sitting stalled in the united states senate. and maybe this meeting with the voting rights groups this week, maybe the statement from the president tonight about redoubling efforts here, maybe it does imply there's a big new push toe' get it done but while that legislation does sit
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stalled in the senate it is more getting real about the fact republicans aren't just using the election loss last year and fantasies how the election must have been stolen or otherwise they couldn't have lost it but not justifying rollbacks of voting. they are doing that, but they're also in pretty significant numbers demanding a willingness to overturn elections as a new single issue litmus test for candidates of all not just restricting voting rights but demanding that b republican candidates pledge that they will overturn election results whenever they can and whenever it's advantageous to republican candidates. do you remember what was happening inside the senate when the mob actually breached the capitol six months ago and got l inside?l do you remember what was happening on the senate floor a that moment? u.s. senator named james lankford republican from
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oklahoma at the moment the mob a got inside at that moment he was giving a speech on the senate floor how he was going to join with ted cruz and josh hawley and the other republican senators to object to certifyint the result of the election. senator lankford in the middle of a long argument about wanting congress not to certify the election results on january 6. he thought the election should stay uncertified for another ten days past january 6th so the states could basically think again about whether their election results were really truly the election results and might prefer to send some different electors opposed to the ones they'd sent for the count that was supposed to be happening that day. that is the case that he was th making on the senate floor. pause the count. let's wait another ten days, let's give states ten more days to think about it. that was the case on the senate floor when someone from his office came up to him while
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speaking which does not happen to u.s. senators speaking on the floor. no one walks up and tells them anything. but someone told him very quietly that the mob was inside the building. senator lankford stopped his argument, he stopped his sentence midphrase, he said thank you and he skedaddled. >> pause the count. t get more facts to the states before january the 20th. we proposed a 15-member commission just like what was done after the failed election of 1876. we're encouraging people to spend ten days going through all the issues so states can have one last opportunity to address any challenges, then the states as the constitution directs would make the final decision on their electors. i have some colleagues that said a ten-day commission is not enough time so they have counter proposed just ignoring the lingering questions.
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we need to do something. my challenge today is not about the good people of arizona. >> we'll stand in recess until the call of the chair.ta >> we'll pause. thank you. >> stand in recess. you can see joni ernst and tom cotton, both military veterans looking around, recognizing something is going on. see the commotion and people start moving around him. senator leahy presiding hit the gavel. he doesn't know why. someone from the office comes up and says they're in the ah building. folds up the papers. walks away.ay what senator lankford was arguing there on january 6 just after 2:00 p.m. that day was that the election shouldn't be certified. congress shouldn't certify. e the states should take another ten days. a study. a
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study the result. basically get up against inauguration day itself before e the electors would be sent to capitol hill and counted. and as he's making that ng argument, he's getting to the apex of his argument and then, oops, sorry, sir. here they come. you got to stop what you are doing and we got to get out of here.we here they come. who's to say they're not coming for you? after the mob rampaged through the capitol, hunting the speaker of the house, hunting the vice president, pawing through senators' desks on floor of the senate, injuring more than 100 , police officers, ransacking offices they could get into including the parliamentarian, h after all of that happened on the 6th, since months ago to his credit senator lankford of oklahoma changed his mind. decided that he no longer wanted to be part of delivering to theo rioters what they had come for.
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he tore up that speech he had been giving at 2:00 p.m. and when they reconvened that night he gave a very different set of remarks just after 9:00 p.m. >> i want to join my fellow senators in saying thank you to the capitol hill police, law enforcement, national guard, en secret service who stood in harm's way while we were here debating, they were pushing back. i was literally interrupted mid sentence speaking here because we were all unaware of what was happening outside of this room because of their faithfulness and because of what they have done and i want to thank them. obviously the commission we have asked for is not going to happen at this point and i understand that. we are headed tonight towards the certification of joe biden to be the president of the united states. we will work together in this body to be able to set a peaceful example for the days ahead.
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>> in addition to that statement on the floor that night, senatoo lankford little bit later on that night also released this joint statement with republican senator steve daines of montana asking to certify joe biden's vote in the election to be unanimous. both lankford and daines was going to object to the certification but after the attack on the capitol they put out this statement together. we must and we will have a peaceful and orderly transition of power. we now need the entire congress to come together and vote to certify the election results. we must stand together as americans.toy er we must defend our constitution and the rule of law. senator daines and senator lankford released that the night of january 6. six months ago tonight. from two senators planning to block the certification of the election resultsce but after th
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attack onts the capitol that da they said, you know what, no, we are not going to do it this way. senator lankford indeed within a few days wrote an open letter to the african-american citizens of his state of oklahoma apologizing about how he had expressed his doubts of the election calling out majority/minority cities and locations he said were particularly suspicious in their election outcomes. he said, quote, after decades for fighting for voting rights many black friends in oklahoma k saw this, meaning the explanation of the objections to the election, as a direct attack on their right to vote. an attack on their vote to matter. and even a belief that their votes made an election in our country illegitimate. a he says i should have recognized what i said and did could be ai interpreted by many of you. i deeply regret my blindness tog that perception and for that i am sorry. senator lankford writing that
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letter to african american citizens in oklahoma on january 14thho, just the week after the attack on the capitol. well, now, that same u.s. senator james lankford of oklahoma, he's up for re-election in 2022. and he has a challenger in the republican primary who's runnina against him purely and solely on the grounds that lankford was wrong to voteat in the end to certify the election result the night of january 6th.y because he ultimately voted to certify the election result to declare thate joe biden had in fact won the election, senator lankford therefore should been ousted from the senate. not only facing that primary f challenge in the re-election fight in oklahoma the remarkable thing here is the chairman of the state republican party in oklahoma has endorsed that challenger. has endorsed that challenger to senator lankford only running oa
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that one plank. the state republican party chairman of oklahoma just spoke at a rally for the guy who is trying to unseat republican u.s. senator james lankford because he voted to certify the election. the state republican party chairman endorsing the challenger to the sitting incumbent republican u.s. senator. if you run a state republican party and you've got an incumbent republican senator up for reelection, usually, would you not expect the republican party in that state and its chairman to be crusading against the incumbent senator trying to get him or her thrown out of office. usually that's how it works. for obvious reasons. but six months on from the capitol attack today what we have got now is a republican party that does that. and what we have got now are a lot of single issue republican voters and republican activists for whom, single issue, only thing that's driving them in
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politics is this fantasy that trump secretly won the 2020 election and the election must be overthrown so he can be reinstated. it's turned the state republican party in oklahoma against theire incumbent republican senator as he faces a re-election battle. it's also animating hundreds of republican campaigns for all c sorts of state offices. amy gardner reporting today for "washington post," dozens of candidates promoting the es baseless notion that the election was rigged are seeking powerful statewide offices such as governor, attorney general and secretary of state which would giveof them authority ove the administration of elections. these candidates are running in several of the decisive states where trump and allies sought to engineer his return to the white house. quote of the nearly 700 republicans who have filed initial paper work with the fec to run next year for the u.s. senate or the house of representatives at least a third of those 700 republican t candidates have embraced trump's
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false claims about his defeat. at least a third of them. center of the stage there's the republicans in fact, republican controlled state legislatures across the country restricting voting rights and republican governors across the country ht signing the new restrictions into law. democrats apparently powerless among themselves to decide that it's worth changing the senate rules to block that sort of c action by the other party. so it is proceeding unimpeded now by the courts with the collapse of the voting rights act, unimpeded by any change in voting laws. that the democrats could agree among themselves to enact, if they decided it was priority enough and change the senate rules to get it done. so center stage republicans are getting this done. they are in a draconian way rolling back voting rights.
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they're also changing election laws to give partisan state legislators and other partisans more control over the counting of the votes and the election rules and the certification of the vote and disputes after the they're seizing the power over elections for partisan republican actors, as while they're making it harder for the democratic leaning de voters to cast a vote or have it counted. that's center stage and that's enough of an emergency coming to our democracy. right?f but in the wings, the new normal in republican politics is a demand that newly elected republicans or credible republican candidates for office must show a willingness to use their power to overturn elections from here on out. james lankford facing a primary challenge endorsed by the chairman of the republican party in his state by a candidate
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who's running against him te because he didn't use his power to try to overturn the election to keep trump in office. hundreds of republican candidates for statewide office across the country saying they will -- they want to be elected to office so they can use the power in office to overturn election results. for favored candidates. and that is what the post election so-called audits of ths election are about. did you hear what they're doing in wisconsin?re we've got more on that ahead tonight that will blow your mind. that's what the political rallies held by the former president are all about. him pressing these grievances about how the election was stolen and how real republicans would have overturned the election for him and he'll get the revenge and the supporters should get theth revenge on any
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republican officeholder who is does not use the power to overturn election results. that's the ground truth of republican campaigns. right now in the states. when you look at the grounds on which people say they are running. the planks of the platforms that these people are standing on to contest statewide offices. incidentally what's behind the white supremacist weird hitler youth looking march in downtown philadelphia this weekend. right? hundreds of legit white supremacists in matching little dweebie uniforms marching on philadelphia this weekend yelling the election was stolen. the election was stolen. shouting the white supremacist nonsense. very much like the charlottesville unite the white yessing the election was stolen.
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i will tell you that there's one silver lining of the hitler youth looking white supremacist group marching in philadelphia this week which is that t philadelphians met them when they arrived and ran them out on a rail at least according to a local police official. >> they started engaging with citizens of philadelphia who were none too happy about the e things they were saying. they apparently the males felt threatened and one point somebody in their crowd threw a type of -- what we believe is a smoke bomb to cover their retreat and they literally ran away from the people of philadelphia. >> they literally ran away from the people of philadelphia. yes. did they look up philadelphia before they travelled there?oo we've got a lot to cover tonight. the u.s. government is confirming that the american withdrawal from afghanistan is now 90% over. president biden had set september 11th as the date by which all u.s. forces would be out of afghanistan.11 now as of july 5th, more than 90% of the entire withdrawal process is done.
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a great number of members of congress who served in afghanistan are now turning up the heat to try to make sure that afghans who worked as translators and other support roles in that long war can themselveslo get out of afghanistan, ahead of what appears to be a lightning taliban advancea across the country which threatens the lives of those afghans who helped u.s. troops. threatens the lives of their families. nbc's richard engel has actually been embedded with a group of afghan commandos. the sort of elite anti-taliban fighting force left there. they're fighting without u.s. support.f su he filed an incredible report from afghanistan about the kinda of actions they're engaging in to fight the taliban, to stop ag full taliban takeover of that country but we've got on the t home front afghan veterans in congress trying to make sure
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that afghan lepers for u.s. troops get out and -- it's something that needs to happen fast. it's take an interesting turn. we'll look at that tonight. we have a fascinating turn in the ransomware attack that hit this weekend and the new news breaking tonight that the araki national republican party may have simultaneously been hit by a cyber attack by russian government hackers. it is fascinating in its own right. the rnc is denying that they were hit. whether or not the rnc is up to admitting that they were hit it was a fascinating challenge for the u.s. government. a lot going on. we have great reporters to join us tonight. we have lots to come. stay with us.
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in a taliban controlled area outside kabul afghanistan's best troops huddle before tonight's mission. they'll raid a safe house and kill or capture the taliban inside. before these elite troops had american support shoulder to shoulder. no longer. what is it like now fighting all on your own no american support? >> we are ready to fight. if we die we don't care about it. we are ready. we are for this. >> reporter: the building they're closing in on is a mosque and they think there are 15 taliban fighters inside. but soon the commando on point spots a taliban fighter. the rpg is going to fire.
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be careful. they've clearly lost the element of surprise, so now it's just a straight-up fight. wherever you can find it. they finally made it. this was their target. no idea what could be waiting inside. they look through the mosque's windows but the taliban are gone. they escaped? >> yes, escaped. taliban escape. yes. >> the taliban haven't gone far. the commandos killed three of them in hiding and an afghan air strike kills three more. >> very good and successful for us. >> reporter: is it enough? the taliban are making rapid advances. the u.s. trained afghan army is crumbling losing or surrendering a third of the posts in the last few weeks. richard engel, nbc news, afghanistan.
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>> nbc's richard engel with afghan commandos. remarkable and scary reporting on that fight that remains as u.s. troops withdraw from afghanistan. today the pentagon said the u.s. withdrawal from america's longest war is more than 90% complete. in addition to pulling out troops and the equipment that go with them, that goes with them, the u.s. military handed over seven military facilities to the afghan defense ministry including bagram. the largest u.s. military installation there, the bagram airfield. the speed means the pentagon will almost certainly complete the withdrawal by the september deadline and raises concern of the aftermath of the u.s. forces leaving. this weekend the top u.s. military official in charge of overseeing the troop withdrawal raised alarm about how quickly the taliban is growing its control over large swaths of the country. he warned about a potential
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civil war upon the departure of u.s. forces. warned about the potential for a full taliban takeover of afghanistan. and that prospect raises questions about the length of this war, what choices we as a current have to make on our way out the door. what options afghanistan will have in the long run. but before any of those long run concerns, in the very near, 50 run, it also raises a question about the promises that our government, our military made, to afghans who helped america fight the war. and whether the u.s. is keeping those promises. during the long u.s. war in afghanistan u.s. championship enlisted the help of thousands of afghan interpreters at great personal risk to them. those interpreters and other people who served in support roles for u.s. forces they're now in very acute danger. very severe danger of being targeted by the taliban as the
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taliban rushes to overtake the country. and they took risks to support u.s. forces. the question is whether the u.s. can make good on its promise to take care of them, in this case, that means to evacuate them out of the country in very short order. it is to that point that the veterans group vote vets released a powerful new ad with 11 sitting members of congress all of whom are veterans, all trying to pressure president biden basically into keeping america's promise to protect the afghan interpreters who assisted the u.s. military. watch. >> as the sun rises on america's independence day -- >> -- the sun sets on america's longest war. >> and troops are coming home. >> a promise made, promise kept. >> but our troops aren't the only ones to serve for our
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freedom. >> there are thousands of after afghan interpreters that served our side. >> my interpreter is an american hero, too. >> we promised to have their backs. >> they put their lives on the line for us. >> the president did the honorable thing when he promised to get those who helped us out of harm's way. now we need to get it done. >> we are do unto days and weeks to save thousands who served beside us. >> whatever it takes we in congress are ready to help. >> because we leave no one behind. >> we need to them, too. >> we need to take them, too. >> we need to take them, too, and give them the freedom they earned. >> we need to take them, too. joining us now is congressman jake auchincloss, a democrat from massachusetts, a retired marine that served in afghanistan. one of 11 members of congress that appeared in that new ad
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urging the protection of afghan interpreters and their families. thank you for taking the time tonight. >> thank you for having me on. >> it does feel like this is a very short order demand and a very short order task. reference there in the ad is to days and weeks. what do you think the time frame is here and do you think this is doable? >> yes, it's doable. the war on terror has been with me my whole life. i reported on the 9/11 attacks as an editor of my middle school newspaper. i joined the marine corps. i voted to appeal the aumf. i know that's a story of many veterans that joined me in that video with vets coming together to make sure that america keeps its promise. when i was in afghanistan i worked with several interpreters who were with me when we hit ieds, talking to village leaders and made promises to them personally and i want to keep them. >> in terms of the u.s. government's capability in this
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regard, there's been some interesting discussion about what it would take to get this done at speed. moving afghan interpreters and their families to third country where they can have their visas processed and be vetted before being cleared to come to the united states, before being cleared to moving to guam, a certificate of the united states. the huge months long and years long backlog that's the normal in terms of processing the visas won't work here. how do you see this coming together? what do you think should be done? >> president biden said he would deliver a big, bold infrastructure bill and delivering that as we speak. he said we'll withdraw fully by september 11th and secure the futures of 18,000 interpreters who aided american troops. i have full confidence he'll deliver that and we in congress are going to keep the pressure up and the oversight up to ensure that happens.
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yes, in congress we can pass procedures to streamline and expedite the s.i.d. program and that's necessary, but we know that there's still a year's long time line. there needs to be immediate action to relocate these interpreters from afghanistan to third countries so that they can have a safe place to apply for the siv program. >> as you say, though, president biden said this can happen. right? president biden has pledged that we will not leave them behind why now and the fellow veterans in congress making a very persuasive case. that this needs to be done. everybody seems to be arguing on the same side of it and doesn't appear to be operationally happening. sometimes it is harder to push on an open door than a closed one. do you know who needs to be persuaded, or what fires need to be lit under what parts of the government in order to make it
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start happening more quickly? >> unlike president trump who turned his back on the kurds and allowed them to be massacred, this president is going to keep his promises. they are moving expeditiously. we have negotiations ongoing with countries about relocating up to 9,000 of the afghan interpreters. the other half, we are still in negotiations with other countries about that. i have confidence that this administration can execute and that we will see them safely relocated before september 11th. >> congressman democrat from massachusetts thank you for being here and helping us understand. it's a short order problem that needs a big response and very short term. we'd love to have you keep us apprised as this develops. >> absolutely. >> all right. much more to come tonight. stay with us. need long-lasting freshness? try new febreze unstopables touch fabric spray. it doesn't just eliminate odors... simply shake and spray to unlock the breakthrough power
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bloomberg news first with the head snapping news that hacker groups within the russian government this weekend breached the computer systems of the republican national committee. nbc news has not independently confirmed bloomberg's story. the rnc does say that a third party i.t. provider had been breached, denying their data is compromised. that said tonight "the new york times" appears to be matching the bloomberg reporting saying that the culprit is russia's svr intelligence agency. the group that initially hacked the democratic national committee six years ago. if those early indications are right and this is russian security services hacking the computer systems tied to the republican national party, that's a big, hairy deal. right? the russian government attacking american political parties after all we've been through? and just three weeks after biden
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and putin met and supposedly had their big confrontation over this kind of thing? the reported attack on the republican party hit about the same time that a russian based organized crime group called revil claimed responsibility for a ransomware attack on a u.s. base tech firm, demanding $70 million as ransom in that attack revil was also behind the attack that shut down jbs meat packing last month, you might remember, but revil is attacking the high-profile targets on u.s. soil for more than a year hitting a law firm working with celebrities and big corporations like apple, schools, green energy companies. the attacks with other russian criminal groups led to the confrontation between president biden and vladimir putin in that meeting biden says he told putin that because the criminal attacks were originating on
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russian soil, that these russian criminal groups were effectively operating with impunity from russia. he said he told him that putin was effectively responsible for these attacks and that if the u.s. determines that these attacks continue to happen, we would respond. again this weekend before this revil group took responsibility for this latest big cyber attack, the ransomware attack, president biden downed down saying if the attacks are determined to be russia he told putin we would respond. well, what about now? what if it's not just organized russian criminal groups giving putin some degree of deniability, but if this reporting from bloomberg and "the new york times" is right tonight that it's also russian security services targeting u.s. political entities again, how do we respond now? what should we expect? joining us now is "the new york times" reporter nicole perlroth. thank you for taking the time tonight.
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>> thanks, rachel. >> it does feel like these are sort of -- well, i don't know if they're twin or parallel attacks. the timing does feel suspicious given that revil appears to operate from russia and the rnc appears at least at initial glance, to be from russian government hackers. do you think it's right to look at these as potentially linked? >> i don't know if it's linked yet. the think about revil is the ransomware attacks never stops but they're getting a lot worse. what is clear, though, i think we're being tested. biden laid out a big red line in the campaign and said he was putting putin on notice to not tolerate any form of election interference and that appears to be something along the lines of what we are seeing with the breach of a contractor used by the rnc.
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although we don't know the rnc is collateral damage, the questions you're asking. in terms of the ransomware they just have this summit as you just described where ransomware was at the to of the agenda and biden said here's a list of 16 critical sectors if you hit with a disruptive ransomware attack we will respond. well, over the fourth of july weekend, we saw one company in one of those critical sectors get hit with ransomware in a supply chain attack, where not only were the customers hit but the customers' customers were hit. so far it seemed to be muted. we haven't heard of a lot of american targets. but in sweden, a grocery chain had to shut down 800 stores, the railways were affected. the pharmacies affected. this is the kind of attack that biden called out in that summit a few weeks ago. >> what is the general understanding in the field about what the u.s. government means when it says we will respond? what is the -- what is in the arsenal?
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and what is actually deployable? i'm not up enough on what cyber offense looks like to know what the u.s. government might do if in fact biden decides to back up his words with action. >> until now, we have responded largely with sanctions and indictments and never really gets us anywhere because it's clearly not a deterp deterrent. as we know, russia doesn't extra indict its criminals. so the question is what's next? and the problem is that u.s. systems are still so vulnerable that every time we try to prepare some kind of response for a russian attack we are always coming at this from a position of but what will vladimir putin do? because we are still so vulnerable here. and so that really hamstrings our response, but some of the options that have been thrown out there are things like why
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don't we take out the lights in russia and there's been a short of war conflict between the u.s. and russia over the years. my colleague david sanger and i broke the story that cyber command was hacking in to say we are here. if you turn off the lights or do something seriously disruptive to the united states, we'll turn around and turn your lights off, too. some of the other options that have been discussed is a leak of putin's financials or a leak of some kind to expose the kind of corruption that putin fears with navalny and the goal is to create 3,000 navalnys. and then we have pulled off a series of attacks, small cyberstrikes, things like we've taken out a ransomware group's infrastructure ahead of the election last year because we were worried they would lock up voting infrastructure. or we actually hacked into the computers of the internet research agency which is where russia's trolls sending out mess
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messages to facebook and other social media. i don't know exactly what the messages said, but said something like, we know who you are, and if you meddle with our upcoming election, in that case, the 2018 midterms, we will come to you. so i think there is a working group at the state department with the u.s. and 19 other countries that are coming up with a menu of consequences to figure out where is the threshold for these attacks and where will we respond beyond the usual low level diplomatic penalties. >> "the new york times" cyber security reporter nicole perilroth. thank you so much for your reporting tonight and also as always the clarity in explaining these things. thanks. >> thanks. great to see you. >> you, too. we'll be right back. stay with us. wow. so sudden.
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>> i don't think anyone would be here if we all had confidence that this was an honest election. >> we wouldn't be here if we had confidence this was an honest election. report by a local nbc station covering a rally in milwaukee, the day last november that it was announced that biden had won the 2020 presidential election. and that man who the reporter's speaking with there is a former wisconsin state supreme court justice. his name is michael gableman. he spoke at that stop the steal rally. mr. gableman is now back in the news because he was just appointed by wisconsin republicans to oversee their latest attempt to undermine the 2020 election results. unlike the bizarre world third-party audit that arizona republicans have been undertaking in their attempt to undermine the election results, in wisconsin they've decided their review will take the form of an investigation. so far for the investigation they've hired that trump
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supporting i don't trust the election results former state judge to -- he's going to be overseeing the investigation, along with two former police officers, one of whom was previously banned from getting anywhere near polling sites on election day in 2008 because he got caught distributing a self-published report full of bogus allegations about voter fraud. so that's going to be his doing the investigation for wisconsin republicans. last week the milwaukee journal sentinel obtained the contracts that wisconsin republicans have entered into with these investigators, so now we know how much taxpayer money is going to these guys to do their investigation of the vote. interestingly, the journal sentinel is also reporting that one man in wisconsin has decided he doesn't want to wait for the results of whatever that sham investigation turns up. he is going to conduct his own personal review. a new london man has been making copies of ballots in some communities as he conducts his
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own review of an election joe biden narrowly won in wisconsin. the man has made copies in at least two dayne county communities, verona and westport. in one county, copies of all the ballots from the 2020 election were already posted online, but apparently this guy decided he didn't want to reference those images as posted online. he instead went down to the county and made his own physical copies of the ballots, which i guess is something he's allowed to do maybe. republican officials are increasingly around the country engaged in all kinds of weird attempts to undermine the election results and try to say that trump really won. wisconsin may be shaping up to be one of the weirder ones. watch this space.
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