tv The 11th Hour With Brian Williams MSNBC November 29, 2021 11:00pm-12:00am PST
that will bring us to december, will bring us on the verge of the next confrontation between the house committee investigating the capitol riot and the insurrection, and a trump loyalist who now refuses to tell what he notes about the effort to keep joe biden out of the white house. the one six committee today says, it intends to vote day after tomorrow about whether to begin contempt of congress proceedings against this man. former trump doj official, jeffrey clark. committee says he refuses to answer questions about the attempts to use the doj to push the big lie. according to a senate judiciary reported, clark was instrumental in that effort. a contemporary referral would make him the second person after steve bannon to potentially face criminal charges for defying congressional investigators. one member of the house leadership says that the committee has no choice but to move against witnesses who themselves refused to cooperate. >> we have to use every tool we
can to get to the truth, there has to be a consequence. a failure to follow the law. >> the committee has yet to announce any action against former chief of staff, former member of congress for that member, mark meadows. who has also failed to comply. however, one of the two republican services for dixie may not have to wait long to find out where these members then. >> i expect that there's going to be movement particularly that we're going to know about shortly in the next day or so this committee is going to get the answers we are going to do what we need to do we are not going to rush anything but we are going to make sure we're not allowing trump and his folks to drag and new fire out -- we are going to get this done. i'm back to steve bannon here for a second, he is charged with two counts of contempt for congress for denying his subpoena now the feds are accusing him of trying to turn
his trot into a media circuit, imagine that. they are asking a judge to prevent him from making public and exploiting documents that he gets from the justice department during the trial. bennett has made his refusal with the one sixth investigation on trump's misleading legal claim that executive privilege somehow prevents the release of white house records, trump is fighting a ruling that would force him in fact to turn over this to the committee. tomorrow the federal appeals court in the court will face arguments from both sides, aside from the one six inquiry the next few weeks are going to be pretty critical for the house and senate, democrats are under pressure to pass biden social policy bill. schumer said, again the day one once you get it to the president and federal agencies run out of money at midnight this friday, and the treasury secretary warns the nation by 15 december. as if that's not enough with
the emergence of the fast movement omicron variant, first been identified in south africa get several days ago cases have been seen in several nations since. nothing in this country yet but the president today stressed the u.s. is tracking the new variant and will be prepared for a potential outbreak. >> this variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic. we have more tools today to fight the variant than we've ever had before. from vaccines to boosters, and thursday i will be putting forward detailed strategy outlines about how we are going to fight covid this winter. not through shutdowns, more lockdowns. more widespread vaccinations, boosting, testing, and more. the white house did move to impose travel restrictions for non-u.s. citizens from eight nations in southern africa. biden said the move will help slow the spread of the variant.
as we mentioned, cdc just tonight strengthening its covid boosters recommendation saying, all adult should get them. nbc news has confirmed pfizer reportedly asked the fda in coming days to authorize its booster shot for 16 and 17 year olds. we will have more on the new variant later in this hour. there are two other stories that make our radar tonight. this was day one in the federal criminal trial of ghislaine maxwell. she is accused of pressuring under age girls for convicted sex offenders. jeffrey epstein, we recalled died in prison two years ago while awaiting trial on federal trump -- sex trafficking. i don't want, today the supreme court will hear oral arguments in a closely watched case involving a mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks. this case is being seen by many as a direct challenge to roe v. wade. and it comes during an
interesting time when the talk on the antiabortion political right is all about body autonomy. at least, we are vaccines and mask our concern. well with that, let's bring in our starting line for a monday night white house yamiche alcindor, correspondent for the pbs news our, moderator of washington week, also on pbs. philip rucker, pulitzer prize, correspondent for the washington post. coauthor with carol lanning, bestseller of the, i alone can fix it. and, chuck rosenberg, a veteran, u.s. attorney, and former cs fbi official. good evening and welcome to you. all yamiche alcindor, i'd like to begin with you. and that building that you cover for a living. let's talk about the white house responding to this variant. amid kind of catcalls from republicans especially on social media that biden failed to stop the pandemic. some of, them the same people
calling the pandemic a host in earlier time. so amid all the noise and destruction, the biden administration has to do what they see fit. >> that is right, and president biden essentially said today that his administration is focused on this variant, doesn't want people to panic. but he is also making contingency plans if the new vaccine or more treatments are needed. the president also took of course the step that is being criticize which is to ban travel from south africa as well as a number of south african countries. now of course, the backlash of the husband that those southern african countries, including the president of south africa, and a number of african scientists have said that the biden administration and wealthy nations like europe, in the united states, are punishing african countries for finding this variant, and for developing the signs. now of course, the biden administration has really pushback on that. i was pressing the white house secretary for that today, because there been a number of people who have said that this is not the right move. but the president is standing
firm. saying it's the best way to protect americans. on that point of the gop, i think it's very ironic to hear of course, republicans who have called the pandemic, at one point, a host. they downplayed the need to be vaccinated. and now are trying to turn around to fight the president. but also, in some, ways it is on brand for republicans. because they have been successful in really politicizing the pandemic and really good at getting a lot of people energized to support the republican parties. biden, in a lot of times, spreading false information about the vaccine in the pandemic and mask. >> phil rucker, let's go back to tonight's other story and that is the committee action. remind us biden to this reporting for your books and the daily journalism in the washington post. remind us who jeffrey clark is and what his potential one six exposure is. >> yes, brian, jeffrey clark is
not exactly a household name. he does not see bannon. somebody who we've been hearing about the last couple of years. but he is a very influential figure in the final months of the administration. he was a senior official at the justice department who was in contact directly with president trump in the months following the election. talking about the so-called big lie about trump's election fraud. and he actually was taking measures to try and pressure state legislators in georgia to delay certification of joe biden's win in that state as part of a broader scheme with then, president trump and other trump allies to effectively subvert the election results to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power and tried to keep trump in power. he was an official at the justice department who was seen as someone who could take over as the acting attorney general if there were an effort to oust
then acting attorney general, jeffrey rosen. that of course did not come flourish and. but this is many of the reasons why the january six committee and congress want to question asked questions to. and they want to have the documents and subpoena subpoenaed from him. clark's lawyer maintained that he had nothing to do with the events of january six. they have said in a statement, to the committee, that clark was not actually at the justice department at's offices that they because he stayed home to avoid the traffic problems. they have tried to present their client as someone who is not worth questioning because he just doesn't know anything about the attack on the capitol. but it's very clear that the committee is interested in clark and what he knew to the days leading up to the attack on the capitol. and for his direct personal communications with the then, president trump. next over to chuck rosenberg. let's talk about this committee and the levels at their disposal that they can pull. the engaged left, let's call,
it to you using a steve bannon freeze. they want to see action, and they wanted yesterday. here is former senator claire mccaskill on our network today. not sounding bullish on the ability of the committee to get this done in a timely fashion. >> i think we may be watching this low move of inevitable destruction of the ability of congress to do meaningful oversight. my message to the department of justice is get on it. do not act like feds here. act like state prosecutors. go fast. if they don't get moving, this is all about running out the clock. and i say to the january six committee and doj, get going guys. quit stalling and threading, go. >> so counselor, one of former senator talks like that it is bound to get attention. take on her point in chief and
to your knowledge are their levels open to them that they are not pulling for those people who want to see consequence? >> well, brian, congress doesn't have all the authority that congress might like to have. for instance, it can't prosecute anyone for anything ever. that power, that authority to prosecutors resides fully within the executive branch, not the legislative branch. so senator mccaskill is making a good point about the fact that some of the witnesses want to run out the clock. i don't completely agree with the on that the fed is slow rolling this or that they have to act like state prosecutors. they then are just defensive, because that was the feds. but before you charge somebody, you better make sure you have everything you need to convict that person. in fact, that is required in most federal prosecutors. ascertaining that we have a reasonable probability of
criminal activity. so if congress sends them to the referral of justice. they off to show what is relevant and what is admissible. the department of justice did not take a long time deciding about steve bannon's case, it was about a few weeks. and that seems appropriate to me. before you charge someone with the federal crimes you have to prove that they committed a federal crime. so, two points in some nations, congress doesn't have the authority that are hopes to have because it can prosecute anyone for anything. it has to be referred. and the department of justice ought to make press -- deliberative decisions about who gets charged and who doesn't. >> perhaps the senator should be a guest on your upcoming addition of your podcast, the oath. >> yamiche alcindor, them across worry about things like the optics of a democratic white house going after the
inner circle of the previous president. is it enough that given democratic worries the white house can lay all of that off on the committee. and to say not, seeing here not our concern, we've got a country to run. >> in some ways i think that it helps the biden administration, and when i talk to white house officials you get the sense that they really want to be seen and see the business of the american people. we are in the middle of a pandemic. we have a new variant. there's an inflation. people are paying more for gas, and food. there's also a government shutdown looming. there's infrastructure to get passed. so there is a number of things that president biden really wants to focus on. and when it comes to talking about the january six investigation and what happened, in some ways the president has been very clear that he thinks it's a very serious thing. it is why you've seen him waived executive privilege to the documents that have been a requested by the lawmakers. but they really can someone say that congress is gonna handle that because they are so
focused on these other things. i also think that democrats, another sense, they want to say that we can walk and chew gum at the same time. we could have a president who it's passing historic bills, who is getting health care in all sorts of things done, while also at the same time we are looking at this sort of amazing terrible day on january six. we're american democracy we're almost brought to its knees. that's equally as important. it also needs to be looked at. and we're not going to let that go. >> phil rucker, do you have any intel on other road trips. the president has planned both to emphasize what is coming on infrastructure and help pressure senator on the social spending bill. that is part one. i'm part two, is anyone in that white house really expecting to see the presidents signature on this spending bill? let's call it the joe manchin act between now and christmas.
>> well, brian, the president will certainly like that to be signed. it would be a christmas gift to his agenda and his political fortunes. look, the president is planning to be in minnesota this week, and we can expect that i would imagine to see additional domestic travel between now and christmas. but he has a lot of pressures right now. converging on him, as yamiche mentioned. the economy and inflation is a huge concern. it is something that a lot of american families are feeling, right now. especially with the holidays approaching. and biden has a political imperative to get out in front of that. to show leadership, and show that he is thinking about how much the average family is spending on gas, and food and everything else. first and foremost. and so there's an optics issue here. if it appears that the white house has focused too much on this spending bill and not enough on the daily pressures
of people that are facing in supermarket and the gas station. he can pay a political price for that. but there is certainly a lot of candles burning late at night at the white house, so to speak. to try and get manchin and senator sinema on board with this measure. remember, this is the bill that passed the house shortly before thanksgiving. it was a big deal for it to pass there. it is now in a sense where it's being held up. senator leader schumer has promised to try and bring it to the floor and get that vote before christmas. it is likely that of course the senate could end up changing the bill so then we have to go into a conference committee. but it's unclear exactly what those changes might be. and this is a really messy and complicated negotiations that we've seen play out for months. so it would take a lot to have it come to completion in the few weeks we have between now and christmas. >> hey, chuck, let's back up by one more question by the work of the one six committee. specifically this kind of side matter between trump the
committee and the national archives is it possible for us to say that all claims of executive privilege that aren't in the realm of national security? these claims that govern potential the government, the presidents phone logs, everything from the 1/6. is that outside the bounds of a privilege to claim? >> very likely so, brian. for a simple reason, president trump is actually former president trump in the supreme court said in the 1977 opinion that former presidents might have some residual to executive privilege. but the way that we determine that is by asking the current president, joe biden, on whether he is going to honor it. if a current president is not going to honor or support a former presidents claim of executive privilege, it really doesn't exist. so i understand why president trump's mitigating.
it as senator said earlier, they like to run out the clock. i get the strategy. but as a legal matter, there really is no privilege left for former president. and so, all of those types of documents that you mentioned, really aren't privileged. i imagine that at the end of the day, the d.c. circuit court of the peels that is hearing arguments tomorrow is going to sustain the lower court judge in find that there is no privilege. the documents have to be turned over to the committee. >> chuck rosenberg, phil rucker, yamiche alcindor. great thanks to our starting line on this first night of the new week. coming up for us after our first break, this will be a long week leading up to a long december for democrats and congress as we mentioned. can they get everything done that they want? we'll ask our political experts what will happen if they don't. and later, the new variant of interest, dominates the weekends conversation, will ask
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that -- >> so it must be monday. nothing new here from west virginia democratic joe manchin, his party and here is our weekly reminder that he is a democrat with whom would very much like to pass the spending bill. along the way they would like to fund the pentagon and evert a government shutdown. back again with us, is juanita tolliver, veteran and bill kristol, often writer thinker, and put -- >> good evening to you both, juanita without trying to spin your modest hosts, how much pressure are the democrats under and what percentage of this stuff are they going to get by new years eve? >> they are under immense pressure, and i'm not even going to guess that the percentage is. but let me protect what they should get done. 100% of it. they absolutely need to do basic things like fund the government raise the debt limit and fund what other essential
budgets are. that has to be done as well as the build back better act. because this is what democrats have promised to voters. this voters who turned out in mastering the pandemic to give them the house, the senate and the white house. this is what they have to deliver on. and honestly, failure at this point isn't an option. especially when you're only barrier is utter democrat? there is no way to turn that around to voters in district or in states going into the midterms. and they absolutely must deliver because i'm sure voters are looking at democrats like, you promised us this for years and years. you promised that you would protect our democracy. you promise that you would protect our voting rights. you promise you or protect our reproductive rights, create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants as well as to help us prepare and take care of our families, our elders, our children. so what gives? right? these are the same voters that democrats are going to be relying on to turn out heavily on enthusiastically in 2022.
so the heat is on right now. and they absolutely have to deliver because we know any type of invite polls show, the fight between manchin and sinema is bring in the entire democratic party down. especially what we've seen with biden approval numbers so voters are over voters simply want democrats to deliver on the agenda they've been promising for years. >> and bill that nicely gets us right back to the messaging conversation the three of us have had a lot of. what's good is a deliverable if you don't tell the customer what is being delivered to their homes, their towns, their state, and their country? >> the trouble with the legislation, well, the trouble is not, fair but to ask what is not been delivered for two or three years. it i have a slightly different view of all of. this obviously we have to discuss that they need to raise the debt limit. they are going to get anything
else done without doing that. i care lot about the democracy of legislation, but i care lot about immigration. i personally think the biden administration would know. maybe build back better i'm dubious about that what the people have a sense of urgency. about omicron. i don't think that people knew where there were over the last few days, but every conversation i've had from uber drivers to friends and family, politics, relatives, have been about omicron. if biden can show real could get out more often than needed for the last few months there be money for the new vaccine if necessary. if he's willing to make the fda or makes that right. but ideally push the fda to go fast in these bureaucratic roadblocks. i think spending 100 million dollars on vaccines and testing that would be much more favorably received by the american, then whatever 100 billion dollars you'd like than when i like. in the build back better
legislation. so i guess i would say, that it's not gonna happen anyway in the next three or four. weeks you've got to do that, limit you've got to keep the government open, and then focus 100 percent on covid. i think indeed i had only con digital watch in 1970, i will agree to you that it drove a lot of conversation over the past four days in america and there is little to no appetite whatsoever for another top to bottom shut down. look at the time, he will need, i've got a quote for you here from politico. with the bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law, democratic lawmakers and party leaders say biden needs to relentlessly hammered gop lawmakers for opposing his economic priorities and hampering progress on the pandemic and inflation. so a serious question to you juanita, given help joe is not
the joe biden we know. it's not the joe biden that ran for president. so how can he channel the haberdasher from kansas city by going and giving help? >> i think there are two prongs to this. he should absolutely hold republicans accountable. call them out in his own way because he has done it in the past. but name and shame as much as it comes out that republicans are taking credit for what's democrats deliver on their own or logically on their own. and make sure to name that in explicit instance as it happens. that is something that biden has done in his first year so far, and he absolutely can do that. i think the other side that biden is going to need to do is to highlight the positive impacts here, right? that is what i think he needs to continue to do every time that he is out on the trail. every time his cabinet members are out. every time vice president harris is a. is to lay out positive solutions. because we also know
republicans offer none of those. so drawing that contrast is in heart. i think that biden should fully be empowered to do it his own way and rely on other committees whether that's the dnc the dccc, or dccc to do the additional dirty work in the political messaging game that we know and love. but biden should absolutely stay true to himself, hold republicans accountable but also said it up in delivering his positive message. and the impact in this legislation is having. >> both of our friends have agreed to stay with us over this, break coming, up he is among the more outrageous people ever to serve in the leadership of the house. so, how does he deal with his more outrageous members? members?
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marjorie taylor greene said kevin mccarthy quote, doesn't have the votes to be speaker. green posted this on social media and we quote, i just got off a good call with gop leader mccarthy. we spent time talking about solving problems, not only in the conference, but for our country. i like what he has planned ahead. still with us thankfully, juanita, and bill crystal. bill i have a reading from the book of charlie sykes here. friend and bulwark colleague. quote, if mccarthy does not appease green, she and the other deplorables might withhold their votes from mccarthy, denying him once
again the dearest object of his ambition. that ambition, which has slipped from his grasp before, is the passion, and obsession of mccarthy's life. it is the load star that guides his every action and utterance. bill, what does it say that the house republican leader my indeed have to suck up to a woman that is both a crossfit and conspiracy aficionados. and has your committee assignments. >> not an election truth in our. and an anti-vaccination person. what it says is that the republican party is in very bad shape. not a news flash there. but a reinforcement of that is truly six argued. i had to previous discussion, they anti-vaccination stuff is more startling now as we face this unfortunately new area. let us hope is not more severe.
probably is going to be spread more easily it looks like than the existing ones unfortunately. more vaccines, we might need new vaccines. much more testing. to reassure people if it spreads, so we don't have to shut down a whole classroom or school if one teacher comes up with it. hopefully a minor breakthrough kind of situation. i think biden should just go after the covid. more money for testing, more money to develop new vaccines. push the boosters more. make them even more accessible. promote them. let the republicans explain why that is not a good idea. i think changing the debate would help biden. maybe there would be some spots among republicans. maybe a few republicans think that in the face of dangerous new variants, that is with the federal -- that is worth spending money on. something harder for them to oppose them more traditional democratic big spending programs. >> juanita, i talk to somebody today who said that about in the news media.
every mullah, every day we waste, mccarthy has been silent on congresswoman over. mccarthy's been silent on green. we're just playing by the old rules. it's a waste of time and breath and effort. of course this is an brand for them. >> i think it's on brand for them. i don't think it's a waste of time to call it out. especially when these extremist members are the mainstream of the gop. right, every time you name that mccarthy was silent about gosar's death threats. mccarthy was silent about marjorie taylor greene harassing other members. making her own racist, harmful statements. the silence around beau where and the lack of holding these people accountable. while on the flip side, the only person mccarthy holds accountable, is the one republican who called trump's 2020 lies, lies. for what they were. it just shows how far the gop has gone.
i think we can see even more of it going into the midterms. the fact that mccarthy and republicans refused to rein this in, just shows the direction they are on. they are doing this for the same reason mccarthy went down in trump's rain days after the january 6th attack. his allegiances lie with trump and doing whatever it takes to appeal to trump's face. we know that right now with folks like representative bogart, lying about other members. spewing dangerous anti-muslim rhetoric. that is the lane that they want to play. and that is the lane they are going to continue to play. i think the other thing to emphasize here, is that in saying these things, they are creating a very dangerous and harmful work environment for all of the members. especially the members of color and the woman of color in congress. i'm grateful that democrats are the only one standing up. mccarthy has demonstrated he cannot be a leader. he is incapable of it. and unwilling to be a leader that the gop needs in this moment. >> two friends of ours for good
relations, bill crystals and joined tonight by her beautiful impeccable christmas tree, juanita. we'll be talking along the way. coming up, doctor van cooper joins our broadcast to tell us what we know. what we need to know more importantly about this new variant we have been talking about that is already cutting down on travel around the world, again. d, again. i've been telling everyone... the secret to great teeth is having healthy gums. crest advanced gum restore. detoxifies below the gumline... and restores by helping heal gums in as little as 7 days. >> it will be months before the crest. the #1 toothpaste brand in america.
omicron variant is ready to ship in massive quantities. we might decide on the one hand to stop giving a higher dose of the corona vaccine around the world. to protect people. -- >> first part of the manufacturing, of the development process. made multiple times clear that we will be able to have a vaccine in less than 100 days. >> those are two important ceos right there. vaccine makers now have to tinker with their weapons in the face of a new incoming
threat. but what should we all do? and what can we all do about this? it is why we are happy, unfortunate to have back with us doctor dr. vin gupta critical care pulmonologist in seattle. advised us on public health throughout this. also on track at the university of washington institute for health metrics and evaluation. doctor, let's start by me playing for you in other doctor named fauci from tonight on this network. we will discuss his comments on the other side. >> we need to know if in practical purposes that that spells out to a really high degree of transmissibility and whether or not, when it does in fact someone, whether it causes severe disease. those things we are going to know joy, in a couple of weeks. we can a half, two weeks at the most. >> so doctor, the important questions for you tonight. how should this, if at all,
affect our behavior moving around the world. tonight, tomorrow, the next day. how worried should we be based on the thin evidence available so far? >> good evening brian, good to see. we forget dr. fauci had to say, for all your viewers out there. the reason, this comes from a pulmonologist, why you get vaccinated against a contagious respiratory virus is to keep you out of the hospital. brian, for your family, for my family, for all of the viewers families out there. the reason we encourage you to get a flu shot is not to keep you from testing positive, but to keep you out of the hospital. well warned. flu shots against a contagious influenza virus, will not prevent you from mild symptoms or testing positive. keep you away from seeing somebody like me. same thing now as we battle this current variant. as a signal, or variant arises late in 2022, is inevitable.
we need to have clarity on what we are aiming for here. vaccines to keep you out of the hospital. there's been no vaccine in history brian against a contagious respiratory virus. be a coronavirus or something we've battled in the past. something we are bound battle in the future that will prevent you from testing positive or developing mild symptoms. which is why, be vigilant, enjoy the holidays, mask where. when you are in an airplane cabin. get a booster shot, that it is not a third shot as i like to call it here in the united states. we have the luxury of that. go about your business. >> i listened with great interest year comments with nicole wallace this afternoon and you pointed out with such great clarity, we kind of need to declare this regiment as three shots. so all of these public places that demand proof of vaccination. you and i are not alone in saying, wait a minute, what really does that mean now? i'll ask you that question and
when we are all probably headed for a fourth. it's your -- >> definitions matter. i cannot tell you brian, how many people, organizations lean on the cdc. and i think that was last updated on the cdc website on october 15th, your viewers can check it out. google cdc fully vaccinated definition. updated on october 15th 2021. if you are fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of the vaccine in most cases, that needs to be updated. if we are saying that you need a third dose and in the center of this new variant, to prevent you from seeing somebody like me. we need to update the definition. i'll tell you right now, those that are unvaccinated that are reachable are asking people hey doc, how does that make any sense. i thought only needed to, but about three? if this initial series is intended from keeping us away from the hospital, the initial series like the hepatitis series when we were younger requires three shots. well that's okay. we are learning as we are going, we'll have to update it to remain consistency. in sort of a logical train of
thought here so people can understand and follow along. i am just a late person, here but i am certainly going on the assumption that somewhere tonight, somewhere this past weekend, somebody landed at jfk at l.a.x., at sea tack and they have got this variant that is here. it just hasn't popped up in a measurable way, perhaps in or texting. do you concur? is that your assumption? >> absolutely. this variant is already here in the united states. we have to operate under that assumption. we need to let go of these travel bans that are punitive. they send the wrong message. they are not going to promote the transparency. a last, we say, the early signals. and when i say early, we have from south africa, out of the netherlands, where we had that plane go from johannesburg to amsterdam. what we know amongst those who are testing positive with this variant aren't that they either have mild symptoms, if they are fully vaccinated or they're asymptomatic.
so, it is not to say that we don't need to wait a few weeks to be fully confident in that. but it does seem like the vaccines are holding up. that is a really good thing. and it emphasizes the initial point that we were just talking about. but the purpose against vaccination against a contagious respiratory virus, the, it on the chrome now or whatever we are facing on the, road is to keep you out of the hospital. >> can't thank you enough for making the time to take our questions i know our viewers find your answers and measurable valuable doctor. vin gupta, we remain so grateful for his insight as this pandemic seems marches on. coming up for us, attention, holiday shoppers. your biggest fear. it doesn't have to be the supply change shortage. how about the fear of a dozen guy like could slaying ways to the store you are shopping in? u are shopping in?
saw the pictures and heard the eyewitness accounts. gangs of these. some of them violent, overwhelming mostly high-end stores and several u.s. cities. but not all. in some cases smashing the place up as the shoplifting going swoop in and then steal and scatter. we get a report on this tonight from nbc news correspondent, miguel almaguer. well >> the chaotic and chaotic crime sprees are now unfolding in more cities. san francisco, los angeles, so cargo, and minneapolis. on some of the busiest shopping days of the year. flash mobs without words of 80 people harmed with hammers and crowbars are smashing and grabbing their way through high-end retailers. as terrified shoppers and employees are threatened with their lives. >> we built this thing with our hands. this is our baby. and so just to see it violated is crazy. while well-known luxury
retailers are often targeted, including those on rodeo drive, it is often small businesses paying the biggest price. >> after this scene in san francisco union square, mom and pop jewelry were robbed of $250,000 in goods in three minutes. another retailer nearby is now spending $30,000 a month on 24/7 security. the cost of doing business could put many out of business. >> it is absolutely organized crime. it does look like hails, but it is really very very organized and choreographed. in oakland, while the news crew covered smash and grab crimes. their security guard was shot and killed. >> get on the sidewalk >> to prevent another disaster, some are reducing hours and allowing fewer people inside. >> far too many, the most joyful time of the year is quickly becoming the most dangerous. miguel almaguer, nbc news. >> now, quickly, this experiment. think about how that story
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that last story we aired just before the break about the recent state of smash and grab robberies, while they are isolated, they are also violent and brazen. they are getting a lot of coverage for good reason. and think about the effect on our country. our psyche. fearing for your safety in a mall or a store, especially over the holidays. and on top of everything health there is to fear like the number of guns in our society
and this week's latest covid strain. overtime, trends like this and stories like these make us feel bad about our country. and that is where the russians come in. for little or no money, using a network of bots and sympathizers. the russians are super aggregators. they give a boost to whatever stories or trends make us feel bad from the rittenhouse verdict to getting robberies at an apple store in new york or l.a.. they're cold this anything that drives us apart. anything to turn americans against american. and that is where ted cruz comes. and the headline in the bold work reads as follows. meet the texas secessionist movement, brought to you by russia. the article starts off this way. couple of weeks ago senator ted cruz was speaking at texas a&m university when someone asked him his thoughts on the texas secessionist movement. he replied that he wasn't there,
yet. it is important to understand that the modern secession movement is not a product of lone star pride. it's an idea that has been force fed into the american conservative movement by russia. so session is one of the kremlin's active measures campaign, promote fringe wackos abroad and hope that, eventually, they break something. this may not sound like much of a plan, but it sometimes works. putin has been openly building his portfolio of wackos for a while. and the wackos have begun breaking things. perhaps you're old enough to remember a time when u.s. senator, any at all u.s. senators have dismissed any talk of secession as crazy and fringe. and something a few southerners tried some years back that didn't end well. back when we called them the soviets, the idea of the russians tinkering with our american society say nothing of interference in our presidential elections and
breaking down the postwar atlantic alliance, that was appoint 15 years ago. but, grievance, politics, social media, and it's cheap anonymity, years of gaslighting and fraud boiling. the year that so if you are left to live in a world war. at all of that up and suddenly fewer people see democracy as worth fighting for. it is part of the slow death of both truth and consequences. and that is our broadcast on this monday evening as we start a new week together with our thanks for being here with us on behalf of all our colleagues at the network of nbc news, goodnight. tonight on all in. >> made multiple times clear we will be able to have the vaccine in less than 100 days. we already have two vaccines.
>> scientists join the biden administration in sharing the truth about omicron. >> this variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic. as the pro covid right jim's up conspiracy theories. >> new variant. >> count on a variant about every october. >> then, why congresswoman ilhan omar says she hung up after an apology gone wrong. >> whether big media should join forces to combat misinformation and extraordinary measures to stop immigration at all costs. >> they are shooting again. [inaudible] >> the unbelievable story of a reporter captured and held at a black site for reporting on immigration. when all in, starts right now. >> good