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morning in hawaii it became a date that will be remembered and live in infamy. today marking 75 years since the japanese attack there. until 9/11 this day in 1941 remained the worst attack on u.s. soil. a mass attack. 19 ships sunk or run aground and just 24 hours later america was launched into world war ii. fdr declaring war on japan as the pacific fleet still smolders. he take you back to what is the national day of remembrance at the floating memorial over the "uss arizona" for more than 1,000 aboard who were killed. the remains of two fallen heroes will be interred there today. more than 2,000 folks will pay their respects. thank you for your time. i'm thomas roberts. kate snow is here to pick things up. >> good afternoon. i'm kate snow. here are the top throw stours.
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at any moment the bipartisan salute to vice president joe biden will happen on the senate floor. his political friends and foes lining up to pay tribute to biden's 4 1/2 centuries in public service. it is sure to be a relatively emotional affair. we're going to bring that to you live coming up. also another fast-moving day. terry branstad selected to be the ambassador to china. and oklahoma attorney general we've just confirmed this, skooth prscott pruitt, as the head of the environmental protection agency. and on december 7th, remembering pearl harbor, 75 years after that devastating attack. we have more live from hawaii. let's start this hour though with politics. katy tur is outside a busy trump tower this afternoon. welcome back from vacation. very well deserved. >> reporter: thank you. you can see i'm very disheveled out here.
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>> you look terrific. you look rested. let's talk about the business today though. we just learned about the epa, right? we've just confirmed that. >> reporter: yeah. donald trump has confirmed that he will -- i'm sorry, the name is escaping me because i am so disheveled and i was expecting to talk to something else. thank you, pruitt, the a.g. of oklahoma, scott pruitt. he had been pretty critical of the ep a in the past suing them on behalf of energy companies and on half of oil companies, so this going to be a controversial pick, especially among those who believe that the epa is protecting the environment and doing good work by imposing those regulations on various energy businesses that are trying to circumstanvent th. kate, a bausiness yea day ay da.
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they started with mayor rahm emanuel of chicago coming to talk to donald trump. he urged him to allow dreamers to stay in this country. he also urged them to keep on allowing sanctuary cities in this country. after that the north carolina governor pat mccrory came here to trump tower as well to meet with donald trump. he had just announced that he would not be continuing to fight for the north carolina governorship which he lost as of yesterday. he came here to meet with donald trump. we'll find out if there's any fo forth coming administration role for him in the future. again, a busy day. a number of people going in. we are still waiting to hear about secretary of state. that's a big one that donald trump said as of this morning he could announce next week. >> katy tur. apologies for throwing you for a loop right at the top. appreciate . you're always quick on it. >> i just lost the name in my head for a second but you gave it to me and i appreciate it.
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>> absolutely. meanwhile, on capitol hill this hour a bipartisan tribute to vice president joe biden and his legacy as long-time senator from delaware. casey hunt has that covered for us today. casey, give us an idea of who is speaking at this tribute, what it's going to be like. >> reporter: right, kate. we can expect that this -- look, joe biden is beloved around here. this is -- he was up here earlier this week, and not only were the tourists that he came across in the capitol mobbing him for selfies but so were a lot of the members of congress who were here and on the house side democrats wanting to, you know, get a last word in with somebody who is really very much valued on both sides of the aisle and it's going to be a bipartisan group that honor him in the senate today. it's being organized formally by senator chris coons from delaware. biden served as the senator from delaware for many years before going on to the vice presidency.
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but mitch mcconnell the senate majority leader, senator from kentucky, is a big organizing force behind thisribute and he and joe biden have really been working together behind the scenes in recent days to help pull together some of what you're seeing the senate do in the final closing days. they're working on major legislation that's taken a lot of bipartisan compromise and vice president joe biden's hand is behind some of this and the good relationship that he has maintained with mcconnell for over the course of these last years. it's, quite frankly, better than the relationship mcconnell has with harry reid who is, of course, his democratic counterpart. so i think we're expecting to see some emotion today on all sides, and that comes in spite of the fact that biden has already been kind of stoking the fires on the political side coming up and sort of blurting out in true joe biden fashion that he was considering running for something in 2020 and when a reporter said running for what? he said, well, president, what the heck do you think? he talked a little more about it
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last night with stephen colbert. take a look. >> i don't plan on running again, but, you know, to say you know what's going to happen in four years i just think is not rational. >> that is the sound of a door creaking open is what that is. >> well, look, imean, i can't see the circumstance in which i'd run, but what i've learned a long, long time ago, stephen, is to never say never. you don't know what's going to happen. i mean, hell, donald trump is going to be 74. i'll be 77 in better shape. what the hell. >> reporter: clearly enjoying himself last night with stephen colbert. but we're expecting this tribute to last the last couple hours and really what's also something the vice president has found moving is that one of the bills that they did pass today over in the senate, it's a massive health care related bill, but it includes in it the cancer moon shot that biden has worked so hard on. earlier this week mitch
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mcconnell renamed that section of the bill for vice president biden's son, beau biden, who of course died suddenly of a brain tumor and was, of course, a major reason why joe biden didn't run in 2016. kate? >> kasie hunt at capitol hill, and as we're saying, we're keeping oon an eye on the senat floor. it was scheduled to start right at 3:00 eastern time. any moment now vice president joe biden being honored by his colleagues. i want to turn to amanda love n loveday, former executive director of the south carolina democratic party. nice to have you with us, amanda. >> thanks, kate, for having me. >> you know the bidens. this is a big day for joe biden. talk about how nostalgic this will be for him. >> it's an incredible day, and it's a true testament to his bipartisan efforts not only in the senate but in his time as vice president. there are very few people in politics that c bring senator mcconnell and senator reid together and he will be doing that today. >> and you followed him
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throughout his vice presidency for a while now. any highlights that jump out. we all have our favorite joe biden moments and joe bidenisms, but what are yours? >> i think as vice president he's continued his efforts for the women against violence act. he has continued his efforts to research -- cancer research as katy just mentioned and his efforts to find a cure for cancer and i think he will continue to do that when he leaves office in january. he's been a great statesman for our country. he's been a steady voice for this administration, and i think that we will continue to see him in public life in one way or another over the next few years. >> i was going to ask about that public life question because we just played the clip from stephen colbert's show. 2020, he's now made several coy remarks and jokes with kelly o'donnell. yesterday he said i'm going to go announce right now i'm running for president in 2020. what do you make of all that? >> well, i think anyone in this
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world who cannot decide what the future is going to hold, it's joe biden, and he knows that you can't ever say never, and he did so in a silly, true joe biden fashion not only in the halls of congress but also on stephen colbert's show last night. i would vote for him in four years. i wish i could have voted for him a month ago, but i think that we will see him continuing his true passion of finding a cure for cancer, continuing to be a statesman not only in this country but around the world and, you know, unless something crazy happens, i think that we'll just see him be a private citizen from now on. >> you mentioned mitch mcconnell will be there, the leader of the senate, orrin hatch will be there. so republicans and democrats honoring joe biden. why do you think it is that he does enjoy kind of a bipartisan support and friendship? >> well, i think that he over his 44 years not only again in the senate or as vice president, he has been the person that president obama has gone to and
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different senators have gone to during his time in the senate to get bipartisan support. as katy said, they love him. all members of the senate, members of congress, they enjoy working with him, and he has continued to be a steady voice not only in the senate but also as vice president, and i think the members of the senate truly believe everything he says and trust him, and sometimes that's rare in politics. he's a rare personality which is why i've always enjoyed working with him. and i think that the members of the senate are going to offer an incredible testament to his public life since becoming a senator 44 years ago. >> political strategist amanda love nbs day, thanks so much for being with us. appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. a lot of breaking news coming in this hour. we've learned two young people have been charged for their role in starting the east tennessee wildfires. you remember those fires that killed people in tennessee in the eastern part near the great smoky mountains. they have been taken into custody for aggravated arson.
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again, near the great smoky mountains nationalpark. more coming up. there's a news conference happening right now year monitoring and we'll bring you the details. up next, exxon ceo rex tillerson is on donald trump's list of possible candidates for secretary of state despite the fact that he has no government experience, and you probably don't know much about him. if he's picked, could his business ties to vladimir putin and exxon operations all over the world create conflicts of interest? also, first lady michelle obama breaking her silence about the night that trump was elected president in an exclusive interview with "people" magazine. >> what was election night like for you? >> i went to bed. >> yes, she did. >> i did. you know, i tend not to -- i don't watch debates. i don't like to watch the political discourse. i never have. i barely did with him. you know, it just -- you know,
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as president-elect trump continues to fill out his cabinet, the big job is still out there. secretary of state. trump talked about his short list in an interview this morning on the "today" show. he was asked about the names that we've been reporting, and he said he has crossed some of those names off. >> well, i think i have in my own mind. i don't want to say which ones but i think i have in my own mind, and there's some other --
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we have a great, great gentleman, the head, the boss over at exxon and, you know -- >> rex tillerson. >> he's built a tremendous company over a period of years with great style. >> for more on the man he just mentioned, i'm joined by my colleague stephanie rule. >> the style points. it's with great style. they count for a lot. >> most americans, they know exxon but they don't know who this guy is. >> he's been dealing with not just russia but vladimir putin for years. many have said that the only u.s. citizen who has more ties to vladimir putin or who knows him better would be henry kissinger. just a few years ago rossneth, the largest oil and gas exploration company in russia signed a partnership with exxon that they were going to do some exploring together both in the arctic and the gulf of mexico. well, guess what? since the sanctions were imposed on russia back in 2014, there is no exploring going on in the arctic. so if someone like rex tillerson
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got that gig, you could see those things change. he knows putin so well when they signed this partnership, they signed a deal in sochi at putin's summer house. >> yes. >> they know each other. >> doesn't it also create potential conflicts of interest? exxon a global country, they're drilling all over the world and heas ties with foreign leers. >> and he has millions of dollars of shares of exxon. >> can he unload those? >> i don't know the details. one would think it's probably a secretary of treasury situation where if it was a banker they would sell their shares which they get to sell tax free. i don't know what the case would be for rex tillerson. if you think about how the epa has grown in the last few years, the importance of climate change, think about the paris agreement just last year and now you have somebody from exxon as secretary of state? it's crazy. >> to be fair, i was reading up on him, he's a staunch conservative. he's an oil guy from texas, but he actually does agree and
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embrace the idea of a carbon tax and he does think that there is climate change happening and it needs to be, you know, there needs to be something done. >> he does think this now. he is telling this to us, but one of the reasons you've seen their market cap under pressure is because investigations have gone on that he cannon scientists knew as early as 1977 that climate change existed, the possible impact. that's 11 years before nasa and they kept it to themselves. >> there's another name in the mix. the attorney general of oklahoma, statucott pruitt for environmental protection agency. that's going to cause a lot of hackles in the environmental community. >> there's been a lot of criticism of him in the past, that he is simply too tied to the fossil fuel industry. just a few years ago he himself sent a letter as the oklahoma a.g. to the epa and while he signed it, it was actually a letter word for word that came from devon energy talking about the fact that they believe or he
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believes that the impact of the -- of this energy company had been overstated, and come on now. he used their exact words. when you say he's tied, you know, to the fossil fuel industry, that concerns people. >> yeah. so let's switch gears for just a second because we also -- we have the boeing story. we have so many stories to talk about. we have the boeing story. yesterday he takes a shot at boeing over the cost of air force one, and then this morning he apparently takes a shot at apple at a fund-raiser here in new york this morning for his transition. they were raising money to pay for inaugural festivities and all. he said in an interview with "time," trump said, quote, i said to tim cook, it's my ambition to get apple to build a great plant, why you biggest and best, even if it's only a foot by a foot bigger than some place in china. and today on cnbc kellyanne conway talked about how his tweets and his remarks are affecting industry. >> they definitely are. think about this. if you're a ceo, you don't want
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to be in the press. you don't want anyone talking about you, tweeting about you. that's not a priority for you. whether he's just going after apple, just talking about boeing, these ceos don't want to be caught in the crosshairs. you don't want the federal government pointing you out. so, again, if it were just boeing yesterday, sure. but any company with big, fat government contracts and everybody likes to have those, they're taking a closer look saying i need to make sure my "t"s are crossed, my "i"s are dotted. i don't want to be donald trump's new poster child for i don't want you to do this. donald trump wants the money back here. >> and he made it fairly public today. stephanie, great to see you. thanks so much. let's turn back to that breaking news now we mentioned out of tennessee. wildfires that are still burning there. kerry sanders will be covering that story for usll along. he joins me on the phone. they just held a press
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conference and the news today is that two young people are being charged with, what, starting the fires? >> reporter: well, essentially that is it. i mean, it will be aggravated arson is the official term, but remember, this is a fire that has left at least 14 people dead, 13 of the 14 now identified. there are still several people missing. the fires themselves spread across more than 14,000 acres. now, the authorities say that they believe that actually there were two fires, one that they said they thought was a result of humans. so in this case now we know it's these two juveniles they are charges with this, and in addition to that there was another fire that started, and that fire started as a result of the power lines blowing into the trees and setting off a fire and then the two fires wound up meeting, and that's what caused such a tremendous fire. we did hear from the tennessee bureau of investigation moments ago. this is what they had to say.
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>> we are pleased to announce that two people have now been charged for their role in starting the fires. unfortunately, these two individuals are juveniles. >> reporter: and so we're hearing that we'll know the names of these two individuals. it is not uncommon depending on the age that they could be later charged as adults, and if that were to happen, the identities of who these two alleged fire starters are and the details of how this fire allegedly was started will come out, but for the moment we know in the aftermath of such a horrible tragedy and more than a thousand homes destroyed, buildings that are gone, lives that are completely uprooted, that the authorities have traced it back to at least what they believe two juveniles who set this tragedy in motion. >> it's so disturbing. kerry sanders thank you so much
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crews out in oakland say they've finished their search for victims in the warehouse that burned down on friday killing 36 people. what caused that fire? sources now telling nbc news there's a focus on a particular household item that might have started it. my colleague steve patterson has been covering this story. steve, what do we know? >> reporter: well, kate, just moments ago the atf announced that they're going to hold another news briefing in less than about five minutes now. they say this is very big news. now, whether that has something to do with developments in the criminal investigation or possibly a point of origin, we're not sure yet, but
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investigators are on scene now that that recovery process is over. we've been watching federal investigators, teams of agents and different investigators combing through that scene now that they have more access really to the entirety of the warehouse. they are focused in one location. it does appear that that colony on first floor near the back of the warehouse was a focus. there was some significant charring back there. that household appliance you mentioned, a refrigerator. that has been the focus of the investigation, also a sound system. keep in mind, this is a network of make shashift materials and of a colony all working together in that warehouse. a lot of exposed wiring as well. the atf has launched their electrical engineers. the possibility this was an electrical fire is a path they're moving down. now the question is who to blame. is it the city for violations that were ignored? is it the eccentric building manager who was illegally taking
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rent and renting this place out, or is it the owner who was possibly negligent of what was happening inside the building. we spoke to a council member inthis morning and it's clear where he thinks the blame is. listen to this. you're saying that the property owner should have known what the situation was like inside the warehouse. >> i know what happens in my home. if i want to extend a room illegally, i can do that, but i know that's illegal, and i know that's my property and i'm responsible. so we need to be held accountable. reporter: there are folks now with the atf just over my right shoulder. this news briefing scheduled to start in just a few minutes, so we're going to hear from them and we'll have it for you live. back to you, kate. >> if we can ask you to monitor that and bring us any news from there. we appreciate it. thanks so much. coming up, a little more on trump's new cabinet. general john kelly named for homeland security. i'm be joined by someone who
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our top stories right now. we brought you that breaking news a few minutes ago. tennessee officials announcing two juveniles, two young people, have been charged for their role in starting that massive wildfire that swept across the eastern part of tennessee. they were taken into custody for aggravated arson in great smoky mountain national park. hillary clinton will speak tomorrow on capitol hill. clinton will be there to attend the unveiling of harry reid's portrait at the senate office building. also attending joe biden, mitch mcconnell, nancy pelosi, and chuck schumer will be there. and the ceos of at&t and time warner testified about their proposed $85 billion merger on capitol hill. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle raised concern that is the pending deal could be too big and complicated to govern. at&t's ceo randall stevenson
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defended the deal saying it will lead to more choices and lower priced options. president-elect trump will reportedly nominate retired marine general john kelly as his choice for homeland security secretary. kelly, who was commander of all u.s. troops south of mexico, had a 40-year career in the marines and led combat troops in western iraq. kevin, nice to see you again. a lot of news lately with you. your piece today in defense one is a deep dive on general kelly. tell us a little bit more about him for people who don't know a thing about him. >> so general kelly is pretty well known to us in the pentagon press corps. he was the senior military adviser, the sma, to defense secretary robert gates and into secretary panetta's term. he's probably most well known because he had a son who was
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killed in afghanistan who also was a marine in 2010. general kelly gave a famous speech in "the washington post" that became pretty legendary as really a locker room halftime call to, you know, to serve and to rally the country, to continue the war effort. a real -- what you would expect really from a marine father. he went on to become the four-star commander of u.s. southern command which is one of the combat commands around the world which controls all the troops around the world divided regionally. it's as high as you get before you get promoted to be one of the joint chiefs of staff. >> other day we talked about general mattis and how he was known for speaking his mind. that guy really, really speak his mind, right? that's kind of his rep tathutat. >> he's another guy from massachusetts, a southy. at the end of the career, we got
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the sense the pentagon shut him down, they didn't want him to speak to the press. general mattis was famous for tough otes but those are from way back when he was a commander on the ground in iraq back in those days. when he got to central command, he was pretty quiet with the press corps. he succeeded general petraeus, changed that office, and was this lawyer diplomat to the region. general kelly more recently was familiar with the press corps. he will come out and say things as they are. when there was a story about border control and children coming across the border into the united states, defense one, my organization, interviewed him and he made a point to say that he thought it was an existential threat of border security. what he was really talking about was the economic incompetent instability in central latin america. he had a similar rview to his experience in iraq and afghanistan. you have to get to the core of
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societies and that's part of his background. >> he's going to be running homeland security and dealing with immigration issues. tell us where you think he might come at the immigration issue. >> i think he'll be -- i have a feeling he'll be a little down the center more than most people would think for a trump nominee, and the one thing that sticks in my mind which i wrote about today was i spoke to him earlier this year and we were talking about his role at south com and about the military's role in preventing just the drug trade. he really leans a lot on the other side of the american demand for drugs and the american drug addiction problem and he made a point to say that how he's had i think he said about 20 or 25 of his childhood friends have died from alcoholism or drug-related causes. >> wow. >> it really stick in his mind. he's from south boston. it really sticks in his mind. as long as americans are going to want drugs, this problem, trafficki trafficking, is going to be a big problem. this is a core problem for dhs and it's something he just testified to congress about earlier this year as south com commander. their role is to focus on -- the
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military's role south of mexico is to focus on the illicit networks that bring in guns, drugs, people, funding and money. far more of a threat those intelligence and commanders would say than what most people think of, some al qaeda operative getting on a plane and blowing up something in america or having some sort of inspired tack in america. this is a persistent and big threat. he's been focused on it in his last few years as the south com commander and it's exactly what he will be focused on as dhs secretary if he makes it thrgh the process. >> kevin barron, military analyst. always great to have you. thanks so much. >> you too, kate. my next guest probably has a pretty good idea how things are going. he's been to met meetings in trump tower. ari fleischer, nice to see you.
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thanks for joining us. >> you're welcome. >> you met with jason miller on monday and today you were spotted meeting with mike pence's press secretary down in washington. i think i can say this, you told me you're not looking for a job, right? >> that's correct. >> you're not in the market. >> i've had one. >> what are you trying to help them with? >> i have been through this and i want them to be successful. i have the advantage of knowing what a transition is like and i want to give them advice and give them thoughts about when they land at the white house which is really coming up soon, what to do, how the white house is structured, what options they have to make changes in the white house. it's a very exciting time for them and if i can help them, i will. >> are they staying one drip ahead of the fire hose? because they have a very small team. we in the press know that the press operation anyway is pretty small. >> when i came out of the bush campaign in 2000, we had a lot more spokespeople. the trump operation was much smaller.
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so i think they're going to go through a lot more growing pains than we went thh. and they've got to get ready for that. they've got to make a lot of smart hires and get ready and it's going to be tough, it's going to be bumpy in parts. >> you have a different kind of president-elect, right? you have a guy who tweets yesterday about boeing, who tweets about his call with taiwan. two on the fly says i'm going to pick general mattis for department of defense. looks over and says my people aren't going to like i said that out loud. how do they deal with the off the cuff nature of donald trump? >> you scramble and your fast. here is the advantage the campaign has, they're used to his style. for a year and a half people who have been working for donald trump know donald trump, what makes him tick, how he operates, why he does what he does, and that's what you have to have as a staffer to serve a president and every president has their own style. some no drama obama make it a little easier on the staff. others like trump will make the
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staff scramble to say what are the facts about boeing? is it $4 billion? is it 3.. billi $3.7 billion? that's one of the reasons white house life is to exciting. you never know what you're going to deal with on that day. >> secretary of state is the biggie still hanging out there. you're not going to tell me if you know who he's picked, but do you think the staff around him have an idea or do you think it's still really a jump ball? >> i have no idea who he's going to pick but this is a case where donald trump's failure to make a decision shows a good management style. he's crisp and declarative when he's ready to be. he's run into turbulence on the secretary of state. i think what happened was the first three people, mitt romney, david petraeus, and rudy giuliani, when he looked at the balance sheet of their pros and cons, in addition to their pros, he found too many cons, sow
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widened the search. he's taking his time to get it right and particularly for the us a of secretary of state, that's what you should do. so even though there's no decision yet, he's six weeks ahead of where we were in 2000. >> you had that whole recount thing. >> yeah, there was that. >> ari fleischer white house press sect for george w. bush. >> thanks, kate. there was a lot of talk this year about russian interference in the election. president-elect trump told "time" he does not believe the russians interferes but congress may not agree with that. one lawmaker will tell us why he's not letting this story go after the break.
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17 u.s. government agencies already have said they found evidence that russia was behind the hacking, but presidentlect trump continues to disagree telling "time" he doesn't believe the russians interfered at all and the hacking could have come from china or, quote, some guy in his home from new jersey. joining me is eric swal swel, ca ranking member on the house cia subcommittee. nice to see you, congressman. >> thank you for having me back, kate. >> what do you make of president-elect trump's comments to "time"? >> it defies the evidence. after our democracy being under attack in the campaign, an attack we've receiver nen before that was invisible, electronic, and without attribution, we are calling for an independent search for the truth and to make recommendations to make sure it never happens again. kate, we know from the
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intelligence community assessment with high confidence that russia was responsible for the dnc and dccc hacks. they were responsible for penetrating three state voter systems and an independent group has claim eed russia was responsible for disseminated fake moves. for donald trump to say that would be like somebody who lives in a cave telling you the sun sets in the east. >> you just listed some of the things you say we already know and i said earlier 17 u.s. agencies have already looked into this and found evidence of russia being involved. why do we need a commission, a bipartisan commission as you're suggesting if we've got government agencies that are already investigating? >> what's important here is to have an independent search for the truth, and we have done this in the past. we did this after the 2000 election. we did this after the wmd disaster in 2003. we've done this around space flight. and so having an independent set
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of experts look at this in a bipartisan way because this is really above republicans and democrats, this is something all parties should care about, i think we can tell the american people once and for all who was responsible and assure them that we're going everything we can to make sure it doesn't happen again. >> congress did something similar with the benghazi committee as well. are you trying to create a vehicle where in this upcoming administration democrats will have an ability to investigate things even beyond the russian influence? >> i want the opposite of the benghazi committee. that was a politically charged committee. what i would like is people who are not in congress to look at that and that's why i've worked with republicans and have sought out republicans to make this happen because the democratic party may have been the victim this election, but if history has its way, the next victim might be different but what should always be the same is both democrats and republicans say we will not tolerate foreign interference in our democracy. >> so how much support do you have for this? i know senator lindsey graham has said that he'd like an
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investigation but do you have house members, republicans, willing to join you democrats? >> we're talking to them, and we wanted to introduce before we recessed this week a legal framework to go forward, to say that we're not going to look the other way and also, kate, marco rubio mentioned on "meet the press" a few weeks back that he believes there should be a congressional investigation. so, again, this is greater than any of us. this could happen to the republicans, and i would be just as offended, and if hillary clinton was president, i would still be calling for this. so this is about the future of the sanctity of our democracy. >> eric swalwell of california, thanks for being with us. coming up, remembering our heroes. 75 years ago today the japanese attacked our u.s. naval base at pearl harbor in hawaii claiming nearly 2,400 victims. that attack, of course, led to the u.s. joining world war ii. we'll go live to pearl harbor right after a break. ic nerve pa. shoots and burns its way into your day, i hear you. to everyone with this pain that makes ordinary tasks
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at 8:00 i looked up and saw the strange planes in the sky and i knew something was wrong. >> that was flash veteran when the japanese attacked the base in hawaii. he was only 18 years old on december 7th, 1941, but the memories of the attack and the 403 american heroes who lost their lives remain. the wreath presentation was held in hawaii to mark the anniversary of the attack. now from pearl harbor with more. >> they do. >> we are headed to a second ceremony and it has been a moving day for those who survived. over the years, the numbers are
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likely. it is still in the dozens. one survivor who was aboard the uss arizona when nearly half of the fatalities came back 75 years ago today and he talked about how honored he was to be with us and today meant so much for the men and women who were not here and he said he never considers himself a hero. pearl harbor anniversary is about those who didn't survive. he painted colorful pictures. that was before the attack that he had just woken up and seeing bright flashes of smoke in the air and manning a gun in the air and firing back at japanese planes. it is still a moving and tearful day for many of those veterans here. and they want their story to be remember and shared and passed down to future generations.
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>> when you talked with them and ask them what they want younger generations to know and remember, what do they say? >> they talk about the bravery and when this attack was happening, so many people were unclear about what was happening. they were getting attacked and returned fire and tried to fight back in the hours afterwards. the efforts to find their brothers who were out in this battle ship row who were struggling for their lives. it's one of the most important things we hear over and over again from the survivors. >> it is important. thank you so much. my own son is learning about it in history class right now. we'll be right back after a quick break. bl jack recently had geico help him with renters iurance.
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good afternoon from new york. we are 44 days away and counting. the cabinet taking shape. >> i have other big announcements coming up today and tomorrow. we have been met with really very good reviews with people i have chosen. >> we will tell you why climate activists are up in arms over the announcement donald trump just made. plus a new poll out on what americans think of his appointments so far. also on the agenda, the power to move markets. >> you see that through tweets he can affect industry and the stock market frankly and did it twice. >> the major effect, a single trump tweet can have on the stock market. will that be useful leverage or harmful meddling? a day that lives in infamy. >> the united states of america
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was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the empire of japan. >> the attack on flash that was 75 years ago today. as we speak, thousands gathering in hawaii to remember the americans lost that day and the world war that is triggered. the presidential medal of honor recipient will be here with me to look back on know one of the darkest days of american history 75 years later. we begin with the top story this afternoon. the trump administration is coming more and more into focus today. new big additions including another general. nbc news confirming john kelly is donald trump's pick to be the head of the department of homeland security. a decorated marine corps veteran and adviser to the former defense secretary robert gates.
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he understands the price of war firsthand his son was killed in afghanistan six years ago in 2010. this news of kelly's appointment added another general to his cabinet last night. that was a public event when he brought out general james mattis, trump's pick to be the secretary. the announcement with a rally in north carolina and now just been the last hour, nbc news confirmed the plan to announce general scott pruitt as the choice to head the agency, the epa. pruitt is a controversial choice when it comes to activists. he is a notable foe of epa regulations imposed by the obama administration and as the attorney general he sued the epa and tried to block a clean power plant to save coal

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