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i know it feels like it's 4:00 in the morning, but it's the normal time and it's only monday. whew. everything is going to be fine. that does it for tonight. we'll see you tomorrow. "way too early" is up next. the house's investigation of the january 6th attack sent out a slew of new subpoenas. they went out to former and new campaign aides who sought to overturn the 2020 election. the question is will they comply? plus, members of president biden's cam net are ramping up efforts to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill. the message is will they get the message across to voters? and after more than 18 months, the united states lifts the ban on travel. the question is the united
states about to see an uptick on international travel? it's "way too early" for this. ♪♪ good morning and welcome to "way too early," the show that, let's be honest, wouldn't mind a trip overseas. i'm jonathan lemire on this tuesday, november 9th. we'll start with the news. the house select committee investigating the capitol insurrection has issued six new subpoenas. john eastman, bill stepien, jason miller, bernie kerik, michael flynn, and campaign executive assistant angela mccallum. they were all ordered to testify and provide relevant documents to the committee. all six took part in discussions about challenging the 20 election results, according to "the washington post." eastman and kerik participated in the so-called war room meetings near the white house.
they plotted the investigation on the electoral college votes. and it was claimed mike pence had the authority to block the votes. the january 6th committee previously issued subpoenas for top advisers including steve bannon who the house voted to hold in contempt after he refused to testify. the decision whether to file charges against bannon is up to merrick garland. in his new book "betrayal: the final act of the trump show" carlson reports on the conversation he had with trump. he told mcdaniel he was leaving the gop and creating his own political party and he didn't care if the move would destroy the republican party. trump reportedly told mcdaniel, this is what they deserve for
not sticking up for me. it was made clear if trump would follow through with his threat, they would immediately stop paying his legal bills, but the rnc threatened to value his campaign worthless. trump generated money by renting a list out to candidates at a steep cost. officials estimate it was worth about $100 million. five days after that conversation with with mcdaniel, trump ultimately backed down. meanwhile on "the late show" with stephen colbert, jonathan karl discussed foals he saw from january 6th. >> okay. so i found out during the riot mike pence had with him during the entire time a photographer, an official white house photographer. i got ahold of the photographer. i saw all of them. it was wild to see he was in a loading dock in an underground parking garage beneath the
capitol, no place to sit, no desk, no chairs, nothing. he was in this concrete like parking garage, and -- you know, with his family. i mean this is the vice president of the united states. and he's like holed up in a basement. and i went to the vice president, the former vice president, and i asked him if i could publish the photographs, and they refused to let me public the photographs on suspicion the january 6th committee is going to want to see those photos. >> thank you so much for being here. let's start with this. the house committee obviously expanding its investigation dramatically. talk to us if you will about the significance of these subpoenas, if there's any sense as to whether there'll be compliance, and what the next steps might be. >> yeah. you know, thinking about what this committee is doing, they're acting very quickly. we've seen dozens of subpoenas already to trump officials,
those who did organize that stop the steal rally, and now you're seeing this new batch as you've mentioned, those six currently on your screen. and the reason why they have all been subpoenaed together is because they did play a major role in early january to try to pressure a number of people we've seen try and undermine joe biden's presidency. there are a number of those people who really made calls, especially john eastman who you're seeing now on the screen. he is someone who laid out the strategy in trying to convince other trump officials that, yes, pence could overturn the election, even though we know that is not true, and really urge others to reach out to state legislatures in pennsylvania, in georgia, in arizona, trying to convince people directly to at least either delay if they couldn't deny joe biden his presidency
and also make sure that those who could cast those electoral ballots just try and sow more doubt ahead of inauguration day. so they're very critical to this committee. the committee definitely wanting to get to the bottom as quickly as possible to try and talk to all of these people. and so far, you know, they've been asking for at least those batch of six to turn over documents and come before the committee the next several weeks. as far as we know, most others have also been complying, but, you know, jeffrey clark, who was in another batch of subpoenas, he's a former doj official, he did turn up and talk to the committee last week, but didn't say much, and, you know, chairman bennie thompson has said, you know, that they're going to try -- the next step is to try and compel that testimony. he hasn't gone so far yet to say anything about, you know, contempt of congress, but we have seen that happen already before. >> yeah.
certainly these are some pretty important names in the trump inner circle. bill stepien, the campaign manager, michael flynn, of course, national security adviser who has, shall we say, some questionable associations in the conspiracy world, and then obviously bernie kerrick is someone who is very tight with mariani. the bipartisan deal was passed. we expect the president to sign it any day now. but this is only part one. they still have to do the larger reconciliation package. what's the mood right now? congress, of course, is out this week, but i know you're talking to people. is there a sense, can we expect a vote next week? how many twists and turns do we have to go through? >> i would say a lot of people are trying to catch up on sleep and regain their energy. you said it. so many twists and turns.
literately if you ask staffers, even members, some hours you thought, okay, this is definitely going to pass, both the infrastructure bill and build back better. an hour later it was in question again whether that would pass, so that is really the sense going into next week. a lot of people already having lived through that back-and-forth, but really the expectation and what it's going to tell us, there are just six moderate members who are waiting for that cbo score. it's a scoring by the congressional budget office. they're really hoping this $1.75 trillion bill is not just paid for, but also doesn't add to the deficit. and so far, partial scorings and such have shown that that will be the case, but progressives really hoping that score is very clear because that is going to be really at the crux of
potential negotiations. policies already ironed out. none of that is going to change. but that is really what those six moderated or holdouts last week need to vote and support this by. of course t president basically gave assurances to moderates and progressives, saying if that scoring comes back and let's say the top line number can get a little fuzzy, he's going to work to make sure those revenues are there and that it is paid for so at least the house can vote and send it off to the senate where it faces even more hurdles. >> yeah. we've got a long way to go. "the washington post," marianna sotomayor. we turn now to the investigation of a deadly crowd surge at a music festival of travis scott. eight people incluing a young boy died.
nbc news correspondent morgan chesky has the latest from houston. >> reporter: from packed concert to pandemonium, the fba now joining a massive investigation into how travis scott's astroworld concert turned deadly. the youngest, just 14 years old. all caught in a sea of nearly 50,000 fans pushing toward scott. >> you couldn't breathe. i'm talking about everybody was so crushed up on you. >> reporter: the crowd surge so crushing witnesses say it knocked fans unconscious before being trampled. >> everyone was pushed to the front. you had no room to walk. >> reporter: some so desperate they climbed onto the stage shouting for help. >> we need some help. somebody passed out right here. >> reporter: despite several pauses, authorities worked to shut the show down for 45 minutes before it ended, scott and others criticized for not stopping sooner.
crews rushed 25 people to hospitals. at the scene, hundreds overwhelmed medical staff. some fans even appearing to dance on top of rescue vehicles. houston police chief said he met with scott and others before taking the stage to share concerns about safety. >> i'm honestly devastated. i could never imagine anything like this. >> reporter: scott's partner kylie jenner was devastated. >> you go to a concert to have fun you. don't go to a concert to die. >> reporter: the family of 27-year-old danish baig died saving his fiancee from being crushed. >> he saved her and it cost him his life. >> reporter: the family of axel
acosta -- >> we'll have a live report from houston coming up on "morning joe." still ahead, the wait is over. families separated over covid. plus, barack obama tries to convince allies about the serious issues with climate change. those stories and much more when we come right back. d much more n we come right back
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hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue with its closure. nbc's tom costello has the details. >> reporter: at airports, nationwide hugs, tears, and laughter as americans reunited with family and friends. >> now it's the christmas selection box that english people get. >> reporter: they spent the weekend packing to see her sister in connecticut. >> absolutely been the most hottest thing i've ever done. i've missed them so much. it's just been devastating. >> reporter: it was january 20 when president trump shut down most flights from china to contain covid. the travel ban then quickly expanded. but with vaccination rates lowering, they've opened the borders. but they must provide proof of vaccination and a negative covid
day takes within three days of departure. overseas airlines reported mostly full flights to the u.s. >> we've seen surges increase 340% for travel to the u.s., which is absolutely massive. >> hopper.com reports the most u.s. demand from international foreigners. airline ticket prices are expected to move higher. at jfk airport, mark and jill chambers reunited with their american family. >> i knew i was going to see my sister. it's before overwhelming, a whirlwind for a week. i love you so much. >> reporter: happiness replacing heartache as america reopens to the world. tom costello, nbc news.
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welcome back to "way too early." 5:30 on the east coast, 2:30 out west. i'm jonathan lemire. president biden has a victory on his hand with the passing of a bipartisan infrastructure bill, but in some ways he still is facing an uphill batter. nbc's garrett haake reports. >> reporter: president biden is celebrating two championships on capitol hill. >> are you feeling momentum? >> i'm always optimistic. >> okay. >> it's going to be a tough fight, and it ain't over yet, as they say, but i feel good. >> reporter: the late friday vote a possible turning point for the president who saw democrats lose the governorship
in virginia last week and his own approval slide to a new low, democrats now trying to bounce out of a week they hope hit rock bottom. the house passed the $1.75 trillion climate and family care bill the week of november 15th, sending it to the senate. both chambers must pass bills to avoid a shutdown by december 3rd, and congress expects to have to raise the debt ceiling again before year's end or face default. republicans focused on opposing the larger spending bill. >> the american people basically said stop, enough is enough. >> reporter: that bill, now the democrats' top priority, with no margin for error left. >> how concerned are you or what's your feeling about the political prognosis there? >> i am so confident, and i'm excited, quite frankly. the democrats, when we're in the majority, this is what we do. we deliver for the american people. the biden administration is
ramping up earths to promote the bipartisan bill. a white house memo lays out the plan. president biden will lead followed by key cabinet members including pete buttigieg and energy secretary jennifer granholm. the president's schedule shows he'll hold a cabinet meeting on friday to explain best how the plan will work for the american people. principal press secretary responded. >> now it's passed. so why is he waiting to sign it and when will he sign it? >> he talked about this on saturday and he basically said he wants to make sure the congressional members who worked very, very hard on this when they come back, then we'll figure out a time to sign it. but you're right. it's urgent, but we twoont make sure they're all in on delivering on this promise are here for the signing as well.
>> joining us now, white house correspondent mime memoli. good to see you. let's talk about where we need to go. the president and his team faced a lot of criticism earlier this year, that they didn't do enough to sell the bill. first the covid relief billback in the spring, they didn't push that one enough. and even here, they didn't explain to the american public enough of what was in the measures and, quite frankly, how popular they are. we know the president is off to boston tomorrow. but that's not just it. walk us through the next step and what pressure will be needed to get things done? >> there was an urgency to pass the bill and then an urgency to celebrate a desperately needed victory for the biden administration. that's why they're going to wait and potentially have a big party next week.
then it gets to the important sales job for the administration. i think you look back and you see pete buttigieg in the briefing room yesterday. you think back to the campaign. you know, he was seen as one of the best messengers in the party with the brightest future. some were surprised when buttigieg got named transportation secretary. for biden, transportation is probably the marqise -- marquis issue. they want to turn from the messy sausage making, which isn't over and what they'll do for average americans in red states, blue states, urban and rural areas as well. they'll talk about broadband access and lead pipes. when president biden was vice president, he wanted to do more of a road show, a victory lap as
it were. as he put it in conversations with me over the years, president obama was too modest, didn't want to be seen as showboating, and he had so many priorities to move onto. the biden white house knows the important of translating tangible results into political results for them as well, and now we're less than a year away from midterms. this is something you're going to see, the cabinet, president, vice president, with a lot of them touts the benefits of the bipartisan infrastructure plan. >> they said they expect the travel schedule to pick up. they said it before, and they haven't always followed through. >> that's right. >> mike, one of the most hired washington cliches of late is when they say we can walk and chew gum at the same time, but i'm going to use it here. talk about how they can balance selling this bill but also making sure they can get the votes in congress to get the bigger reconciliation package passed. we just went through the twists
and turns that's still going to take. we've got a long way to go before that's over. >> yeah. and the answer to that is really -- it's one in the same for the administration because if you look back, the president's approval ratings were above 50%. me was still fairly popular, and that was august. a week later we were talking about the deteriorating situation in afghanistan. i think it's hard to separate the president's approval slide into the upper 30s in some polls with the fact that it was a lot harder than they probably thought in the white house to get moderates on board, still on board with the larger reconciliation plan. democrats are going to look. they know midterm math. they know it's going to to have a direct relacz to their chances at the polls. so the more the administration can get out and sell this infrastructure plan, use that as a way to try to boost the approval rating, wrong track, right track, the better and more likely it is they're going to be there to cast what was a tough
vote, maybe a less tough vote if things are better. this is not necessarily walking and chewing gum. this is one in the same. they know the power of momentum and they're trying to desperately get it back after a tough few months. >> nbc mike memoli. i would note over your shoulder the m&ms item. i've got some. coming up, we'll show you barack obama's comments at the cop26 meeting. "way too early" will be right back. meeting. "way too early" will be right back
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former president donald trump attacked former new jersey governor chris christie in a statement yesterday after christie called on republicans to move past the baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen through widespread voter fraud. it wasn't. he urged the gop to focus on, quote, a plan for tomorrow, not a grievance about yesterday. in an interview later in the day christie said the former president could be a positive force for republican candidates in the midterms if he was willing to tell the truth. joining us now, another
republican who has urged his party to drop the lies and focus on the future, georgia's secretary of state brad raffensperger. he's the author of a new book, "integrity counts." mr. secretary, thank you so much for being here. it's a fairly short list. you, chris christie, liz cheney, kinzinger. what can be done to get other leaders to agree with you? >> good morning. i wrote my book to set the record straight. fact by straight every allegation that was made, we responded in the book. we did it in court cases, and that's why we want the court cases noted. i wrote "integrity counts" to set the record straight. >> mr. secretary, obviously you faced an extraordinary amount of pressure from the president during the transition after the
election day, before president biden took office. tell us during that, was your resolve ever wavered? how did you approach this, and what was your overall message to him and his team? walk us through that. >> we just continued to lean into the truth, and the truth was that all the allegations made, none of them were supported by facts. so if you look at -- they said there were 5,000 or 10,000 people that voted, there was less than five. they said there were 66,000 under age. there were zero. what we were trying to get out but couldn't because there are 80 million twitter followers on the other side. we were just swamped with this tsunami of false information. but 28,000 georgians skipped the presidential ballot. they didn't vote for anyone.
republican congressmen collectively got 33,000 vote more than trump. that tells the whole story. >> one of his lies were about the confidence of americans. what can be done to restore that ahead of elections, instead of not just investigating claims of fraud. we understand that's what you and your office are doing, but how do you get ahead of these claims and try to restore americans that when they go into the voter box their ballot will be handled correctly? >> we tell our story. we have a verifiable paper ballot. we point that out to people and counted all 5 million ballots. we did another recount and still we got the same results. so we do that. we do investigate and weually k.
this is not our first time. stacey abrams said she had voter suppression. we have record registrations, record voter turnout, and we now have 17votes. we have record voting turnout and we have 17 days of early voting minimum of the entire state of georgia. so we continue to improve the process. we make sure that we are fact-based so we know we got all the information on our side and respectfully to people that just spreads falsehoods. >> the new book is "integrity counts." we look forward to that. we asked awe all this question earlier in the show, why are you awake? >> let's see, okay, that tie, he
looks great. what about mine? green, light blue? get it? kevin writes, i am awake because in the u.s. virgin islands we don't fall back in the fall, we went from watching "morning joe at 6:00 a.m. to watching you at 6:00 a.m. dan, what do you got back there? >> we got one from henry, i am picking up my brother flying from miami to hawaii, adding i should have been the only child. >> that's indeed. the airport pick up is sort of tested of a friendship and in this case it's brotherhood. anne says this, i am getting ready to report for jury duty. i have been on the subway a bunch of times including yesterday, it's safe and clean and people wear masks.
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axios' one big thing. great to see you this morning. joining me is alexi mccammond. what's our one big thing? >> the squad's clean up. constituents are feeling resent full and confused by them voting against their own party. he's not going to fix everything that he says he's going to fix with infrastructure and they're against it because it was not
enough. it's one step they're unwilling to take without the build back better bill reconciliation plan. >> it's so interesting because they said they would not vote for one without the other. now it's a moot point, they have to vote for build back better bill when it comes up. they're fighting for child care, pre-k and prescription drug costs being lower. now their message is we must keep for build back better bill package otherwise the infrastructure plan does not matter. >> now with the conservative senators. we are about a week from election day and we have already one thing when election day ends, we start thinking of the next one. midterms, a year away. what are democrats and republicans taking as a prepare
for it. >> democrats are figuring out how not to take the bait from republicans who want to draw them into cultural war issues and take them away from what they want to talk about and what voters care about. republicans are trying to tie vulnerable house democrats to this reconciliation package which has not passed yet to force them to accept every single provision in it or even the more controversial, socialist aspects. talk to us about the calculations democrats are making. there seems to be reluctant from moderates to wrap their arms around it. because of the way progressive and members of the so-called squad, really driving that agenda and legislation and rather than the moderates, we are going to see a lot more
fights. just not hopeful for president biden, his approval rating is in the tank. >> look, we got the win, bipartisan infrastructure deal is done. and americans will forget how nasty this process is. that remains to be seen. another challenge democrats have to face as they try to keep control above house congress next year and head winds against them, gerrymandering. talk to us how republicans have used the map to improve their chance. >> a new map was drawn up in north carolina that shows up republicans having seven more seats. it's crucial not just for 2022 but 2024. after virginia and new jersey last week, democrats are really laser focused on how to capture those white suburban voters but that's also hard to do when these maps are constantly changing and they have challengers running in districts
that's not drawn yet so they may not get a chance to compete. they do not control the map drawing process in majority of the state's process. >> democrats always bank on a turnout game. that was not the case of virginia, republicans had a huge turnout. >> democrats are tired. they are exhausted and they are sick of watching democrats and watching them in disarray, they want as you see some democrats like conner lam and others, normalcy, they want to return to normalcy. alexi, thank you for being here. thank you for all of you waking up with us. "morning joe" starts right now. the u.s. lifted the travel ban on vaccinated tourists on more than 30 countries. flight attendants are like we
are going to need more duct tapes. travels are thrilled to be back. first time people cried at tears of joy in the sight of laguardia. new york city is expecting tens of thousands of tourists and they're all going to walk in front of you. >> all right, good morning, welcome to "morning joe," with us here in new york city -- we have the host of "way too early," jonathan lemire, former aide, elise jordan. richard haas and eugene robinson. >> willie and i were talking. he was asking