tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC July 30, 2021 9:00pm-10:00pm PDT
colleagues at the nbc network news, good night. ♪ ♪ earned vacation. it was the biggest story in the world and that's not an exaggeration. in the middle of july, not 2018, president trump met with the russian president, vladimir putin. this was in helsinki, finland. and as i'm sure you remember, it did not go well. he said putin did not really attack our election in 2016, he said the u.s. showed stupidity for investigating it in the first place. trump made international headlines for our poorly he represented american democracy when he shared the stage with a dictator. the one in german's my favorite.
it summit of the autocrats. it was bad. so by the new york times trolling the word treason on the front page. there was a story about how this was the last straw for the republicans who had backed trump. that was the other lead story on the front page of the times that day about how trump's base had been rattled by his behavior with putin. it was a real open question whether a mistake this bad could have electoral implications for the president when he was up for reelection in 2020. and trump was apparently worried about losing the presidency, and weeks after that meeting. not because of the putin debacle, this was the headline at axios right after the putin summit, trump fears biden 2020, losing pennsylvania. now again, this was july of 2018. joe biden would not enter the race for another nine months. donald trump was spooked just by the idea, the idea of a head to head matchup with joe biden
in 2020. the month before joe biden announced he was running, donald trump convened a meeting at the white house to discuss with his advisers whether or not he should be concerned about facing biden in the general elections. people inside the white house said trump was fixated on biden before he even entered the race. and on what he could do to stop him from becoming the democratic nominee. of course, we know how that fixation ultimately manifested itself. on july 25th 2019, one year to the day after that first press report about trump's obsession with joe biden, trump picked up the phone and called the president of ukraine. in that call he threatened to punish the president of ukraine unless he announced the opening of a politically damaging investigation into joe biden, which would hurt biden's chances in the primary. there it was in black and white in the transcript of that phone call. i would like you to do us a favor though. the man who listened in on that
phone call and take notes from the white house was a lieutenant colonel. this man. alexander vindman. i should tell you that he will be a guest on this show on monday night. looking forward to that, you don't want to miss it. vindman told cbs news that after donald trump's phone call with ukraine he mediately went to speak with his brother who also worked in the white house. he said he told his brother quote, if what i'm about to tell you becomes public, the president will be impeached. and that, of course, is exactly what happened. donald trump was impeached for pressuring ukraine into digging up dirt on his political opponent. and i know the story is not so distant, but it's important context for this moment that we're in right now. it reminds us that donald trump 's obsession with staying in power and winning reelection and the lengths at which he will go to stay president, it all started way, way before anyone cast a ballot, last november. but of course, that was just
the start. after joe biden actually won the 2020 election, donald trump's obsession with joe biden morphed into a crusade to delegitimized the results of that election, and part of that crusade led to an insurrection attempt on the united states capitol, and attempt which is being investigated by congress. today the house select committee investigating the january 6th attack held a meeting behind closed doors, their first gathering after this week's emotional hearing with law enforcement officers who were attacked at the capitol on january 6th. the chairman of the committee, congressman benny thompson told reporters today that the committee will soon be sending subpoenas, as part of their inquiry. that's not the only investigation going on in congress right now, that could shed light on donald trump's efforts to overturn the election. we know another part of the former presidents scheme to overturn the election was centered around the justice department. to wield the power of the doj to somehow swing the results in trump's favor. there were reports that trump
considered ousting his attorney general and replacing him with some that would push his claims about election fraud. trump and his chief of staff brought their claims to the doj leadership demanding that the department investigate the fraud to delegitimized lull joe biden's win. just this week we learned just how extensive this pressure campaign was. washington post reported that trump called his acting attorney general jeffrey rosen almost every day about the so-called fraud in the aftermath of the election. the attorney general's top aide took notes about with the former president said on those phone calls. for anyone trying to get to the bottom of whether or not donald trump was trying to improperly weaponize the justice department to help them stay in power, it would be important to know exactly what was said on those calls and today we found out. the new york times was the first report today on the contents of those notes, about donald trump's calls to the
attorney general after the election. according to the times donald trump called his attorney general, as well as his deputy, on december 27th of last year, to ask him about claims of voter fraud that the doj had disproved. the deputy attorney jump neural told the president that the justice has no power to overturn an election. to which donald trump replied quote, just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me. just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me. since the new york times first broke the story this afternoon, this hand written note has been made public and turned over to congress as part of a separate investigation into the former presidents conduct after the election. so here we go. joining us now katie benner who covers the justice department for the new york times she's been way ahead of anyone's reporting on donald trump's postelection attempts to pressure the justice department. she was the first to report on these documents from the house oversight committee today. katie, good evening, good to see my front. it would seem like the nine
pages of handwritten notes released today are not the only notes taken by doj officials that are relevant to a house investigation, it's a committee that is likely to receive more as it investigates the trump administration's efforts to reverse the election. what is the picture as you have now? >> sure, i think we need to remember is that those committees including the house oversight committee and the judiciary committee they've been asking doj for many documents since the beginning of this year. the justice department began to process of handing the documents but this is the latest batch. just now, the justice department said that former officials are allowed to testify and they're not going to evoke executive privilege. congress now has far more accessed information than it ever had during the trump administration about the former presidents behavior. we're going to see the justice department allow information to flow, we're gonna see congress
price to get everything it can, documents and testimonies. >> the language used by donald trump in his phone call to the justice department had similarities through the language of donald trump used in his phone call with president of the ukraine. i'm gonna read what he said, to the call with zelensky. i would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and ukraine knows a lot about it. i would like you to have the attorney general call your people and i would like you to get to the bottom of it. there's a lot of talk about biden's son, that biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that, so whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great. but then he calls and leans on the attorney general of the united states, the acting a general of the united states to come up and find some fraud and i'll take care of it. do we know from your notes what trump means by i'll take care of it after that? >> he says i'll take care of it himself and our congressman say that they would use that
statement from the justice department as a cudgel to both attack joe biden but to sow real seeds of doubt into the electors. i think we see as a parallel between ukraine and what we saw on the news is that trump understands that people like the president of ukraine, the justice department, to have credibility, credibility with audiences he could not reach. so it's essential that they carry his message, so that he can run with it. and in both cases it was more important for those respected entities to make public announcements than it was for them to investigate. one of the things that trump said in the notes that the justice department official was, i don't expect you to actually overturn the results of the election yourself, nor do i expect you to investigate all these things. just say it's corrupt and leave it to me. again, as we saw with ukraine, the impeachment trial, we saw gordon sondland testified he
said that all the conversations he had with rudy giuliani and others, it was always that the ukraine president was supposed to announce the investigation, but it was not important that they started to follow through with it. again, it is the idea that the utterance is made. he knows he can use that mental credibility to -- for his own and. >> i want to show the lines, on page two, it says people are angry, blaming department of justice, plus, for an action. doj failing to respond to legitimate complains reports of climbs on page three. on page three, you guys may not be following the internet the way i do. supported league that's what trump said. this is electioneering fraud. and from your own reporting on the story, you're right in a moment a foreshadowing he said that jeff clark is great, i should put even, referring to the acting chief of the justice department civil division would also encourage department officials to intervene in the election.
people want to be to replace doj leadership. what was that comment about? >> so we know, you know, jeff clark who's been an official of the justice department he was introduced to the president at some point by representative scott perry of pennsylvania. we do not know when this happened, we just know that he clicked with the president in part because he to felt like it was probable that the results of the election were not true, even though his own colleagues had investigated lots of different fraud claims and conspiracy theories and themselves had investigated and found them to be untrue. clark still believe them, soak in the president had a committees, so when trump is saying this to the justice department officials, what he's not telling them is that he's already been speaking with jeff clark. he's already been talking to jeff clark about with the justice department can do for him, and what the two officials don't know is that just a week later they're going to be back in the oval office fighting for
their jobs with jeff clark in the room as the president decides whether or not to fire them all. one of the things that donahue does say to the president on this call, according to the notes, he says you should have the leadership you want but just know it is not going to change the outcome of the election. >> that is a very, very interesting point. you metal with us, you move the chestnut around, he won't have what you want. katie remarkable reporting. katie benner. joining me now is congressman raja krishnamoorthi he's a democratic member of the house oversight committee and just receive those notes from donald trump's call. he's also a member of the house on intelligence where he is also doing work on investigating work into what donald trump has been up to. congressman, good to see you this evening. there is a trove of information here. >> same here. >> starting with the point that the president, the attorney general is not the president's a lawyer, it's not someone who's there to do the bidding of the president.
there are all sorts of inappropriate things about what is going on here. but it goes so much further than that. this threat that katie is talking about of replacing someone, if you don't do my bidding, the fact that you don't actually have to find wrongdoing, you just have to say you did. called the election of fraud and i'll handle the rest. this is mind-blowing after a four years that you didn't think you could get your mind blown anymore. >> it's extraordinary evidence of the extent to which donald trump would meddle in the election and have the doj do his bidding. but then, also, how close we were to having the doj do his bidding. as you pointed out with kbo in the previous segment, jeff clark was probably tasked with doing exactly what mr. rosen and mr. donahue refused to do which is to call the election
corrupt. the other part of it which i find fascinating is the part where he says, leave the rest to me and the republican congressman. i don't know what that means, ali. i don't know what they had in store, whether they had planned for this doj maneuver to take place and then they had certain steps to follow, but that is equally disturbing as well. >> who gets to the bottom of that is that the general six select committee or you on the oversight committee? i would very much like to know the answers to those questions that you just asked. >> i think we're gonna pro parked on this. i know that i have a lot of questions for instance about, he brought up jim jordan in that conversation, he brought up ron johnson the senator from wisconsin who he says, quote unquote, gets to the bottom of things. and we just don't know what they are planning to do right after this. however, now that the justice department has basically
allowed the oversight committee and us to do our investigation unimpeded by the prospect of executive privilege we can get at the email. we can get at the documents. now we can bring witnesses in and have hearings and so forth. why do you think, when we're all playing this out the way things have gone in the last four years, there is an assumption with me and some other people who thought there will be some injunction forgetting these notes released, that they will act on. it and they did. is it hubris, do they think that there's anything wrong with it? how do you think that these notes one from being reported and leaked to your committee as fast as they did? >> i don't know all the behind the scenes action, but i do know is richard donahue and the authors of these notes knew exactly what they were doing and taking them because they knew that what was going on was -- didn't meet the smell test, to
say the least. and likely could raise legal questions on illegality on the part of the president. one of the things that you did mention before and drawing a knowledge is in the brands were for call, where president trump asked brad to find 700 and -- in the georgia election and basically election experts at that time did not think that folks would prosecute that particular behavior in that call under the state and federal election laws because the evidence was not what they wanted. but now the evidence is starting to pile up. we have to ask ourselves the question, what kind of calls exist? we know about the raffensperger call, we know about this doj call, who else did he talk to and what did he asked them to do as well? >> you're right in that there are similar similarities in that call as well.
play this out for me, that say that he called rosen at the department of justice, and rosen had done his bidding, or someone had done his bidding. or trump put his guy in place. well with the effect of that be? end of december, 2020, department of justice comes out and says why trump wants them to say, the elections were corrupt. what do you think happens in an instance like that? >> that would've been disastrous, ali. basically, what it would've done is thrown the whole election aftermath into even more chaos. and it would've been the prelude for basically going to each of the state capitals, which they already were doing, the trump folks, and basically asking them to undo the decertification -- or decertify the elections. and of course it would've provided more risks for what they were doing on january six. for me, this call -- it's almost like donald trump, if this were a bank heist, trump trump was telling people,
justice department, you drive this car, crashed through the windows of the bank window, and evolved, and i'll take it from here. so much damage would've happened had the justice department carried this out. i shudder to think of what's more could've happened on january 6th, a day that i lived through as well as my colleagues, and the whole nation live through, and a lot of people remain traumatized as a concrete consequence. >> congressman good to see you tonight, there will be some interesting reading for you and your fellow committee members, congress man roger krishnamoorthi. we have much more to get through on this friday mike, including a conversation with federal work -- we will be talking to a doctor in the hardest hit state for covid. stay with us. stay with us here we go. ♪ ♪ ♪ so i'd like to know where you got the notion ♪
medical center and buttoned rouge has more covid-19 patients than it had at any other point of the pandemic. 140 patients hospitalized with covid-19. 50 of them in the intensive care unit. and maybe the biggest hospital in louisiana, but it's not the only one being hit by a new surge of covid-19 patients. -- governor jha bill edwards held a press conference today in which he was not shy about how bad the situation has gotten or what he thinks is causing it. >> we are very unfortunately in a position that we had hoped and we worked very hard to avoid. but quite simply, the delta variant is an absolute game-changer. superimposed as it is in louisiana in a state that is not sufficiently vaccinated. there are 45 hospitals in louisiana that have asked for the added assistance. just for reference to show
where we are and how quickly the covid situation has mushroomed, in baton rouge right now, they're more people in the hospital with covid than there was in the entire state just a month ago. >> 83.7% of the cases across louisiana right now are from the delta variant. the governor stressed the importance of getting vaccinated and masking. up not only because of how much faster the delta variant is spreading, but who was spreading it. the number one age group spreading it right now is the 18 to 29 year old, followed by people under the age of 18. the average age of hospital let -- hospitalized patients are 64 last month. now struck down to 54 years old and not because of a flood of middle aged people. going back to louisiana because hospital, our lady of the lakes children's hospital had 11 children hospitalized with covid yesterday, six of them in the icu. that is made it all the more concerning for louisiana and
the nations from the revelations from internal cdc -- the washington post posted an article on last night where the delta variant appears to cause more severe illness then earlier variants and spreads as easily as chicken pox. maybe most importantly, the cdc presentation said that although vaccines may vaccinated people eight times less likely to get the detective area, if the vaccinated person gets a breakthrough case of the delta variant, they can spread it as easily as an unvaccinated person. to echo louisiana's governor, the delta variant has been an absolute game-changer, no one has seen the impact of that more than the doctors and nurses in louisiana right now. joining us now is doctor mark lapierre us, he is an emergency room doctor for our lady in the lake hospital in baton rouge, louisiana. doctor, thank you for joining us. after a day that i am sure was a long day for you and your call colleagues.
of the people that you are treating, are they usually unvaccinated, are any of them vaccinated, are you seeing breakthrough cases? >> thanks for having me. we're seeing breakthrough cases but 80% of the patients that are being hospitalized right now are unvaccinated. and as you all said before, it's a younger group, 50% of these are under 50. a third of our patients are in icu. these last two weeks have been a nightmare. they have been way worse than the two weeks combined of the original part of the pandemic, this delta variant is spinning us out of control. >> obviously you know this and your colleagues know this, and state officials know, this is the public registering this? are they saying, wow, something is very different. when you say you've got more people hospitalized than at any point in covid that these are the worst two weeks in the last 18 months, i'm wondering whether that will trigger to trigger people to mask up or get vaccinated if they haven't done so? >> i sure hope so. i'm not seeing it out in public. i still see people filling up
restaurants and grocery stores. i'm not seeing the diligence of the masks and the hand hygiene that we were seeing early on when everybody was forced to stay home, and they're kind of sneaking out of the house to go to the grocery store. people have been very casual out there. the vaccination is absolutely important but until everyone's vaccinated, we have to be really serious about the mask-wearing, about social desist-ing, about small group meetings, about virtual meetings. this thing is attacking the hospitals right now. one of -- where the biggest hospital in the state and if we can't -- if we're at capacity, we cannot support all the little hospitals in the state, in the region, that we typically do. which is very uncomfortable for them. >> this is an interesting point. in rural america, one of the things is that if a hospital is beyond its capacity and being able to treat someone or if there is better treatment at a fully functional hospital like you're on, typically they will transport the patient to your
hospital. but when your full, that affects other peoples lives. >> absolutely, it's called capacity. i said it on the news last night. when a hotel has no vacancies, they have no vacancies. we have no vacancies at the hospital right now, we are at capacity, which means that we are not allowed to accept anyone from another hospital. so we have to say no. that is a sad thing to say, when we know some of the resources that they don't have in this facilities, critical access, and that something that we've always prided ourselves on is to be able to take care of the rest of the state. and right now we're struggling to do so because we can't even take care of our own community. >> what do you need? you requested state and federal help. and what form does that come? in the course of last year we knew it was ppe, or ventilators, what is it that we need now? >> right now we need people to behave. we need people in the public to behave. people to understand that just because you have been exposed to covid and you have a mild cough, you don't have to come
to the hospital and infect people along the way. if you cannot breathe you can see it -- if you have severe abdominal pain. yes. but if you have something minor. call your doctor. try virtual visit. do everything you can to stay away from other people because this thing is extremely contagious, anybody that you see and who you are close to is going to get it and they're gonna give it to someone else, and it's exponential. so we can't control this, it's been an out of control as i said. we are seeing so many more cases. we're doubling our hospitalizations every week. so it started last week with 75, this week it was 160, as of today. we are admission admitting a patient an hour or more with covid-19. and these are very sick patients, these are the one walking >> the governor around stopped short of enacting a mask mandate he says he will think about it, what do you think you do? >> i'm wearing my mask everywhere i go, i'm leading by that example. he has a tough decision, but i
think that everybody should realize that wearing a mask is a simple thing to do, it's a courteous thing to do, this is now definitely, people should feel this as the pandemic, before we were scared we didn't know what was happening, now we see what is happening in front of our eyes. these numbers are not lying. the masks are very simple, take your mask, put it on and go to the nearest vaccination center. >> doctor thank you for joining us doctor mark laperouse's, the emergency medical -- i did not think that we would still be having conversations with people like you and your staff's, who are working around the clock because you are getting more covid patients than you can handle. got speeds in your continued work. thank you for being with us. up next, doctor reverend and beto o'rourke will join us as they try to pressure republicans from rolling voting
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governor issued an executive order that would allow texas state troopers to pull over and sees vehicles suspected of carrying immigrants from the southern border to their final destinations in the united states. the order would prevent nonprofits relied on by the federal government for transporting migrants inside the u.s. as their legal cases wind their way through the courts. the biden administration immediately threatened federal action with merrick garland calling abbots order dangerous and unlawful. now this evening the justice department has followed through suing the state of texas to try to stop that executive order from going into effect. this federal intervention is a positive sign for texas democratic legislatures who are hoping that the federal government will aid them in their quest to fight back against attempts by texas republicans to push through a restrictive voting law. three days ago, former texas
congressman beto o'rourke and civil rights activists dr. william barber set out with 100 activists on a march to protests republican attempt to rollback voting rights in that state. throughout the march they made clear what they -- they think it's the only way to protect voting rights in texas and it's lawmakers in washington to enacting new voting rights legislation. enacting>> we are at the end ofe three so, we just did about ten miles, the last stretch from georgetown to austin which in total is 27 miles. tomorrow it's the last mile of the whole march, making sure that we end the filibuster and at a minimum change it so you can pass voting rights legislation. that's what we're marching for, and what we are rolling form. >> that's what we're marching for. this march through texas is the latest in the -- to try to pressure washington
lawmakers to pass major voting rights legislation by any means necessary. so far, they've at least succeeded in keeping it on the democrats agenda. this afternoon how speaker nancy pelosi and chuck schumer met with president biden to discuss a path forward for federal voting rights legislation. what does that path forward look like, and what will activism like we've seen in texas due to forced democrats to find a solution in washington? joining us now former texas congressman beto o'rourke and the reverent dr. william barber, gentlemen thank you for being with me. congressman work i want to start for you, you've been in congress and you have your texas state representatives who have been testifying, meeting, having zoom meetings, begging, pleading, cajoling your federal colleagues, members of the house of representatives in particular senators, saying save us. we can beat the tip of the sword but we need backup.
it's like the alamo, you have to come and help us. we can't hold our own forever. >> you're right, that these texas legislators have done more than we could ever ask them to do, they've left their offices, they've left their families sometimes with very young children, they've left their homes and they've taken this fight to the one place it can be one, our nation's capital, specifically the u.s. senate. and when they come back, they potentially face arrest. now the texas has done so much and thanks to the poor peoples campaign impish a barber, and this march that 40 organizations have led, what we're doing, texas has done its part, and now it is time for the president and those democrats in the senate to do theirs. amend the filibuster out of minimum, and ask for an exception for voting rights.
it opens up our elections to every eligible voter. that's not a democratic party position, or a republican party position that should be an american democracy position and that's why we're marching. that's why we want folks to join us in austin tomorrow, 10 am in front of the capitol, we will be joined by impacted people and willie nelson will be giving one of his first concert since the pandemic. big day tomorrow in austin. >> reverend dr. barber, you've been arrested at least a couple of times, it doesn't scare you, doesn't scared the texas representatives who are under threat of arrest. they've done nothing criminal, but the governor has implied that they could be arrested, that's what the summer of actions is turning out to be, people marching, people put their bodies on their lines, doing what they do to remind people that this is the kind of energy that is required, very reminiscent of the civil rights movement, if you're gonna get something done you're gonna have to raise public awareness and sort of forced politicians
to do what they have to do. >> but over 200 people have now been arrested, 39 people in front of cinemas office, but we had 125 maximum people who couldn't march because of covid, but listen, we have to protect this democracy. you have infrastructure from bridges, but then you allow the infrastructure of democracy to be torn down. you're not going forward you're going backward. we need to not only end the filibuster, we need to pull it past every provision of the john doe's for the peoples raw act, the voting rights act hasn't been written, and then we need 50 now and we need to protect our immigrant brothers and sisters. if you believe in those things then you need to come to the rally. 66 million people have voted for mail out ballots, 56 million people voted on time other than on election date, the u.s. chamber of carnage wants to control our elections
but, we can't allow that to happen. 65%, ali, of texans either want to keep the access they have, and they had in the last election or expand. and so we need to understand that if you want access to the ballot come to this rally. if you want living wages come to this rally. if you're one of the 12 or 6 million poor people come to this rally. if you want to hear poor and low wealth impacted people cry, outcome to this rally. you want to see the daughter of linda bayne's, come to this rally and make washington hear us and say mister president, you must act. get in a room, make those democrats come together and pass these things now. we need action from the president and senator schumer and the democratic caucus. >> senator o'rourke, you've talked about this, you're working on a narrow bill a narrow voting rights bill, joe
mentions involved in that and activists would like to see that brought up and dealt with quickly, not because they want to narrow bill on voting rights but they think it won't pass either and then it will increase the pressure on the president and kirsten sinema and joe manchin to do something now along the lines of what you are talking about. carve out voting rights from the filibuster, so if you want to keep the filibuster because you think it's bipartisan and great, knock yourselves out. but you can't let states abridged peoples legitimate constitutional right to vote. >> yes absolutely right. i am very grateful for senator raphael warnock of georgia who i think has been instrumental in bringing the party together, including senator manchin. it's really good news. it's a sign of progress. frankly, it's a sign that would bishop barber the poor people campaign and others who are willing to take direct
nonviolent action across the country, what they're doing is actually working it's bringing the parties to the table, they're feeling the pressure and they know that they need to move forward. i would argue, and agree fully with bishop barber, that as important as the physical infrastructure of our country is, if we do not save the infrastructure of our democracy, protect the right to vote and guaranteed field for elections going forward we will lose it forever and nothing else is possible. raising the minimum wage. expanding access to health care, confronting climate change, legalizing illegal immigrants in this country. all these things only become when we bring people in the voting places, so that their voices are heard. i hope that senator warnock and others who believe in this continue to drive a hard bargain and say look, if you want i vote on infrastructure, if you want my vote on something else, i'm gonna have your leadership and your vote
on passing democracy bills like the for the people act. i think we need to be tough on this one and we cannot, we cannot be charlie brown with the football one more time. we have to drive the heart is broken possible we cannot take no for an answer, failure is not an option, passed before the people act. >> reverend barbara, how many miles do you have left to walk tomorrow? >> we have one mile to the capital that we're going to d.c. on monday with over 1000 pastors and clergy and low wage workers. i want to say this also, we don't need a never rebuild, we need the constitutional bill, we need what is right. don't settle fridges anything, let just pressure happen because if it doesn't happen by august distance, the anniversary of the signing of the voting rights act, we're going to state capital starting in west virginia, i am tired, we are tired of poor people and black people and brown people and disabled people in asian people and ali and elder people
being treated like things and corporations, when they ask for trillion, we have every jewel, and when we want something about the constitution it always gets cut. we need to stop doing that. we can break that filibuster. they break it when they want to break it. we need to stay -- i love with my brother beto o'rourke says, you can't have one vote on infrastructure, on anything, until you deal with the infrastructure of -- you do both at the same time, but do not sail this democracy short because we will be right back here two years from now. if democrats don't meet this moment, this abraham lincoln voting moment, you will lose the 22 or the 2026, because you will have allowed state rice to overturn constitutional rights and suppress the vote. it should not be, let's do the right thing, let's do it now. gentlemen will be following the last mile of your walk tomorrow, stay safe please and thanks for
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this group is just a small subset of the tens of thousands of people facing retaliation, possibly death, from the taliban for their work helping american troops and diplomats in afghanistan over the past two decades. the new york times reports the group of south afghans will start arriving by plane every three days. it's wrapped up timeframe comes as president biden faces growing pressure and from veterans and lawmakers to evacuate these allies before his deadline to retreat u.s. troops from afghanistan. pushing the afghanistan -- mad zeller, the major has -- that rachel has spoken to on the show before. major zeller was saved in afghanistan by his translator. he was one of the first group of afghans to be evacuated, he was there a dallas airport early this morning. joining us now is major matt zeller, cofounder of no one left behind. major zeller, thank you for being with us. what a big day. how did it feel?
i know it's a small subset, i know there are many more to come, but how did it feel to welcome this first group? >> thanks for having me. you know, i'm been thinking about this all day, i've -- i'm exhausted. i was up all night, i got about two hours of sleep. i've been thinking about this, and it occurs to -- me i'm so glad that this war is over. it had to end a long time ago. i'm glad it's over. but how we end it is what matters most. and this flight is that first promise kept. i'm really proud of the team that we have been able to put together of all the advocates who fought so hard to make this work. but let's be honest now, it represents 0.3% of the total of the afghans who are waiting for evacuation. the other remaining 97% -- 99.7% are hoping that we're gonna keep that promise as well. and we're not gonna stop fighting until we have done that for every single one of
them. >> so congress passed a bill that -- will funds it. the presidents on it, the goal is to get a shipment of people fades full of people every three days before the u.s. is falling out of afghan's. that the u.s. is already out of afghanistan, they're ready in peril. they don't all live in the center of capital. some of them can't get in their cities because they're surrounded by taliban. do you believe that the will get it done? >> i don't know. that's the big unanswered question, it's the one that i asked anyone who has a voice or pathway to the president to ask, how are we going to save the people outside of cavill? the afghan military cannot do it, they're currently losing the country to the taliban. the afghan people can again make the journey, if they do they will die. people have -- people who have already attempted it have been murdered. so it leaves it up to us, and it comes down to this, do we have the courage and conviction
to do what's necessary here? and i fear what's necessary may be, we may need to send back military forces and retake air fields and territory that we held mere weeks ago. and that is hard to swallow for a lot of us will to bring this war to a conclusion, but we have to end it with. and that means we have to save these peoples lives. we should have never left in the first place without taking them with us. and we still have the means to save. them they're still alive, but we can save them once they're dead. that's when it comes down to. her gonna let them die? >> in fairness, a lot of -- the failures of the way that we think about this is that there are a lot of americans who don't know their own brothers and fister's fighting in this war, let alone that there are these translators who are helping americans. what do they face? if you are translator, who helped american, troops are diplomats, or you are in some other way useful to the american presence there, and you're not inside cavill, would you have to do to get out?
>> you can't get out. the second largest city in afghanistan is kandahar. if you go on facebook and just youtube or google, what's going on there, live video from their. you see gunfight on the daily. these people are surrounded. if you worked for the americans for even, today the taliban's consider that to be a death sentence. they consider you a traitor to islam. it is their duty to kill you and your entire family. they are going to murder these people. i am not being hyperbolic. we have the ability to save them, but, i will tell you right, now they don't have the ability to save themselves. it's up to us. >> we will continue to cover the story so that the pressure is on to get every last one of them out there safely, and save them from death. major meddler, thank you for the work you are doing. he's an u.s. army veteran and he is the cofounder of the group no one left behind. he's been working very hard to make sure that there is a good outcome to the story. thanks for being with us, we'll be right back, stay with us.
>> that does it for us tonight but i will see you tomorrow and sunday morning from eight to 10 am eastern velshi, i'll take you live to texas to talk to obama cabinet secretary julián castro who joins the final leg of the march on the texas state capital and washington d.c. to talk to texas democratic state representative. now it's time for the last word where jonathan keep heart is there for lawrence. >> on sunday morning's, i think we're gonna be doing it again on sunday morning. right, thanks ali. >> have a good evening. >> thanks a lot, ali. it's about damn time, that's how congressman bill passed grow a member of the house ways described the doj's