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The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, Transcript 1/6/2017

Guests: Mark Gale, George Piro, Scott Israel, Michael Moore

(FLORIDA OFFICIALS PRESS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS) MARK GALE, FT. LAUDERDALE AIRPORT DIRECTOR: -- county commissioners, express our condolences and our sympathies and keep our thoughts and prayers with those that lost their lives here today as well as their family and friends. Truly horrific incident. As the sheriff has said, we had a number of individuals that were not only stuck on airplanes, planes that had landed but as well as some that were on the gates that were not permitted to leave right after this incident occurred. We had a number of individuals that evacuated out of the terminal on to different areas. We`ve been working mostly today to make sure that everybody was obviously safe and secure. Once we received that word from our law enforcement partners, we`ve been in the process of either transporting those individuals over to Port Everglades. In Terminal 4, we`ve had dozens and dozens of buses transporting what we anticipate or expect to be somewhere in the neighborhood of about 10,000 folks over to Port Everglades. Broward County staff as well as the Red Cross are over there to assist those passengers in either getting into destinations, assisting with hotel accommodations, providing them food and shelter. Through this evening, we`re going to continue to work with our law enforcement partners here as we continue to try to get the airport back into an operational status. Working with all our airlines, the transportation security administration and others to try to get the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport back in operation tomorrow morning. The goal will be to have this operational at 0500, 5:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, but we`re going to be encouraging all our travelers to check with their individual airlines. As some may not be operating right away, clearly, this incident has caused a lot of disruption, not only in their individual schedules but other schedules around the country. So we encourage everybody to actually contact their airlines. We will continue to provide information through social media and through Twitter, @FLLFlyer, through our webpage. And we encourage people to keep checking those sources for any changes. And that`s all I have for the time being. GEORGE PIRO, FBI SPECIAL AGENT: Good evening. As the sheriff mentioned, the FBI is working very, very closely with the Broward Sheriff`s Office in this investigation. We have begun the difficult task of processing the crime scene which will allow us to identify the deceased in making the proper notifications to the family members. As you can imagine with this type of investigation and this type of incident, it is a long-term, very difficult, complex investigation that requires us to pursue all leads and avenues. But we are conducting investigation not only here in South Florida, but in several other states as we try to pursue the suspects` activities leading up to today`s horrific incident. The subject is in federal custody as the sheriff mentioned. A long interview was conducted of the individual by the FBI and the Broward Sheriff`s Office and he will be charged federally and most likely will have his initial appearance in Broward on Monday. Again, as I mentioned, with these types of incidents, as horrific they are, we are looking at all avenues. We have not ruled out terrorism and we will be pursuing every angle to try to determine the motive behind this attack and any associates, any connections and communication, everything that you can imagine. I assure you, we are pursuing every possible lead. Thank you. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Was this originally a flight from Anchorage and Minneapolis and then to here? PIRO: Yes. The individual flew from Alaska to Minneapolis to Fort Lauderdale on a Delta Air Lines flight. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Why was he coming here? PIRO: At this time, it`s still too early in the investigation for us to truly know why he came to Florida. So those are some of the things that we`re looking at, those -- his travel patterns, what brought him here and his connections to South Florida. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We understand that the suspect had contact with the FBI office in Alaska. Were those agents aware that he had weapons, was anything done to keep those away from him? PIRO: Yes. The individual did walk into our Anchorage office in November. He came in and spoke with FBI agents. At that time, he clearly stated that he did not intend to harm anyone. However, his erratic behavior concerned FBI agents that were interviewing him and they contacted local police and turned him over to the local police. He was taken into custody by the local police and transported to a medical facility for a mental health evaluation. We looked at his contacts. We looked at -- we did our interagency checks and everything. And at that point, we`ve closed our assessment. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (Inaudible) take away firearms, did you guys know that he had firearms on him? PIRO: That answer, I -- or that question, I really don`t have the answers for. Again, it`s very early in the investigation. We are working very closely with our Anchorage field office trying to determine his activities there. But I can`t really tell you about his weapons there. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He voluntarily walked into the FBI office in Anchorage (inaudible)? PIRO: Yes, he voluntarily walked into our office and he was interviewed by agents out of that office. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And how long (inaudible) in Anchorage? PIRO: That information, I don`t have. Again, it`s very early in the investigation and that`s something that we`ll have to try to determine with our Anchorage field office. He was turned over to local custody and it was the local custody that took him to the medical hospital for evaluation. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Once the FBI (inaudible) in Anchorage, are you guys looking into a house he may have looked at in Anchorage right now? PIRO: We`re actually looking at several investigative leads not only in Alaska, but in other states that we have determined that he`s either traveled to or has connections there. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Was there a (inaudible) one of the (inaudible). Was there a kind of work on (inaudible) that may have set him off? PIRO: I`m not aware of any type of incident like that, but again, this is very early in the investigation. But at this point, we`re unaware of an incident either on the flight or baggage claim. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is there any indication that he had become radicalized in anyway? We know he mentioned some kind of hearing voices in his head. (OFF-MIC) PIRO: Again, it`s very early in the investigation. As I mentioned, we`re not ruling out anything. We`re looking at every angle including the terrorism angle, but it`s going to take us some time to determine the true nature of the motivation of the individual. (OFF-MIC) PIRO: I believe he is 26 years old. He was in the U.S. military. We are currently reviewing his military records. I can tell you that he was in the military. I believe it was in the army, but we haven`t confirmed exactly his service. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What type of gun and how many shots fired? PIRO: What I can tell you at this point is that it was a semi-auto handgun, but I am not prepared to release the type of handgun and it`s way too early in the investigation to tell you how many rounds were fired. (OFF-MIC) SHERIFF SCOTT ISRAEL, BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA: No, he didn`t try and take any hostages. As the subject, Esteban Santiago, was shooting, he was, as I said, seconds after the shootings contacted by a Broward sheriff`s deputy. Instructions were rendered. He was taken into custody without incident and was immediately interviewed by the FBI and the Broward Sheriff`s Office. One more question. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sheriff, did he make any statements while he was shooting in your (inaudible)? ISRAEL: Not to my knowledge. If he (inaudible) Colonel Ryde (ph) will be getting in touch and letting me know when the next press release, when the press conference will be when we`re ready to release more information. Right now, I just ask that the prayers of the nation be with the people and the families that lost loved ones in Broward County. Thank you. (OFF-MIC) ARI MELBER, MSNBC NEWS ANCHOR: That was Sheriff Scott Israel, Broward County, Mark Gale, the airport director there, as well as FBI Miami Special Agent in Charge, George Piro, their briefing on that attack earlier today. I`m Ari Melber in for Lawrence O`Donell here on The Last Word. We have a full live hour for you tonight. Starting here, of course, with more on that attack. NBC News Correspondent Kerry Sanders is live still at that airport. What is the scene there now, Kerry? KERRY SANDERS, NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Well, the airport remains closed, but the airport is now beginning to come to life. Those passengers who have been held in certain areas and certain terminals for hours today as we just heard in the press conference are beginning to leave. But, it`s a very complicated process. They`re separated from their luggage. In many cases, they`ve been told that their luggage will be retrieved at some point by a private company that will then try to reunite the luggage with them in several days. 35 buses are making the loop around here picking up passengers. You heard them say there may be as many as 10,000 passengers who have been caught up in all of this. They`re taking them over to Port Everglades which is where the cruise ship terminal is. And at that location, they`re helping people make their way to get to hotels. Uber and Lyft have initiated free service and sent, we were told, upwards of 600 cars over to that area to help ferry people. Airbnb has set up a disaster relief where people can set a free stay at an Airbnb. Anybody who`s watching and needs to find that, it`s, so that they can find lodging for the night that won`t cost them anything. Get in an Uber or a Lyft to get them over there. There are also hotels as far away as Boca Raton that are offering free lodging, so the community is coming together to help those people. Some of the people who are leaving here have horrific stories to tell, and one of them is Annika Dean. Now, Anika Dean was down in the luggage area and saw the gunman and that`s when she decided to hit the ground and fortunately for her, and this is a remarkable story, as she hit the ground, another gentleman made his way over to her crawling on the ground and wrapped his body around her telling her and whispering that he would protect her. Listen to a little bit of what Anika had to tell me. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ANIKA DEAN, WITNESSED SHOOTING: I did see the shooter. I saw the gun. He was walking towards us. I immediately just hid next to a SmartCart, little carousel. I was laying there and maybe 30 seconds, an older gentleman shielded me and told me that he would protect me. And I was terrified because, you know, I have two boys and I was thinking these boys are probably and may not have a mother or a severely injured mother. But I just immediately felt tremendous amount of comfort when this man said, "I will protect you." And there was a man nearby us that was shouting obscenities, attracting the shooter and someone told me the shooter was right by us walking around. I was looking at the carpet. I was not looking up. I was just praying to God. Just praying to God and had an angel protect me. (END VIDEO CLIP) SANDERS: Well, her prayers were answered to think that the horrific shooting was taking place around her. We now know from Anika who that hero was. She snapped a picture. Take a look at the picture here. He`s sitting with his wife. His name is Tony Bordowitz (ph). And Tony is the man who just, complete stranger, made his way over to Anika to protect her in the chaos. As you know, at this point, there are five dead. There were six people who were injured. They were actually wounded with gunfire. In all, there were 30 people taken to the hospitals with other various injuries. And this began at around 12:55, 1:00 today. And within about the last hour plus, as you look over here behind me, there`s a plane. That`s a United plane. That`s one of the planes that was out on the runway and has been locked down out on the runway until about an hour plus ago when they finally got the clearance to come in, so the passengers who were on that plane have been sitting out there by my calculation for more than eight hours. Anxious, of course, but also cooped up inside there. The authorities didn`t want to let the planes come in that had already landed with passengers because they were unsure whether there were other problems, other violence, other areas of concern. At one point, people in Terminal 1 said that they had heard gunshots and so the authorities started clearing up that area. And then there were also errant reports with the sort of things that happened in a chaos like this where they heard that there was some other suspicious activity inside the parking garage. And so, Anika told me surviving that first one, that was quite an ordeal. She said it was just the second and third ones when she heard about what was going on in Terminal 1 and it was spilling over to two, and then what was going on the parking garage. She said that all of that combined has just made this, you know, just really difficult for her to endure. But thankfully for her and so many people, they did survive. They did say that the police did arrive quickly. There`ve been some earlier reports that it took the officers awhile to get there, but according to Anika, it seemed to her that they were there within about 60 seconds or so. But as we know, Esteban Santiago, who we heard in the news conference, the 26-year-old alleged gunman, had arrived from Anchorage to Minneapolis and Minneapolis to Fort Lauderdale. Apparently, retreat his luggage down at baggage claim. He had checked a pistol inside his luggage. Witnesses say he took his luggage into the bathroom, retrieved the pistol and came out. It was loaded at that point. We don`t believe it was loaded while it was in the luggage and then began firing. And the witnesses say that he seemed to have enough time to shoot, change the clip, shoot again, change the clip again. So, I think there`s going to be a lot of questions at the end of this of checking even a gun that has no bullets in it. Checking that through where it can be retrieved on the other end of an airport. But this happens everyday. People do check their rifles, check their pistols. MELBER: Right. SANDERS: And there is a procedure for it. I think the real question here, quite frankly, Ari, is if the FBI knew about this guy in Anchorage and if he was demonstrating mental capacity issues and appeared to be a threat, how his name didn`t wind up on that No Fly List. It`s just, you know, that`s the crisscross here that I think people are going to wonder at the end of this. MELBER: Yeah, you raised an investigative question which we`re going to follow, but also every time we see some of these horrific attacks, we also see stories of incredible bravery of compassion, of perseverance. And thank you for detailing one of those tonight, Kerry Sanders. SANDERS: Sure. MELBER: Here is a little bit more of what we do know about the suspect. Esteban Santiago, born in New Jersey. Grew up in Puerto Rico where he served in the National Guard and spent a year in Iraq. Santiago moved to Alaska two years ago. As Kerry was mentioning, served in the National Guard there. Discharged last August for unsatisfactory performance. His family saying he received psychological counseling in Puerto Rico after returning from Iraq as well as in Alaska. Jim Cavanaugh, an MSNBC law enforcement analyst, joins me now for more. Jim, on the psychological profiling here, everyone likes to do Monday morning quarterbacking. In fact, his (ph), as you know, as I know, the FBI cannot just hold anyone who looks suspicious no matter how much contact they have with him absent a crime or an intention to do a crime that`s clearly stated as a threat. So walk us through what they learned here from, as we just saw in the briefing, what was an interaction with the suspect and what else you`re thinking about looking at all of this. JIM CAVANAUGH, MSNBC LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: Well, the FBI didn`t do anything wrong in Alaska, and I`ve had this exact scenario, you know, the guys coming into my office talking about, you know, the CIA is talking to them through their head and they`re telling them to do bad things, this is not an unusual event. The FBI in Alaska didn`t do anything wrong. They called the local police and the local police did what they`re supposed to do. They took him for a mental health evaluation. The gap in all of this -- and I spent my whole life doing this with these guys, the gap in all of this is we don`t have the right statute. Now, some states have put them in place, a gun violence restraining order. It`s a very tempory thing, it can be written appropriately so your rights are endangered. But it can help law enforcement, help a guy like this guy and all the people who were murdered today. I call it the tragedy triangle. Now, this is my own personal assessment over there after all those years. But it`s -- there`s some mental health issues, then there`s some contact with the police and then a gun enters the picture. So that triangle, some mental health issues, some contact with the police and then a gun enters the picture, there`s tragedy in the middle. So how do you interrupt that? For example, if that was a state with a state law like a gun violence restraining order when he went into the FBI, the police could have been called and said, "Hey, this guy is talking like this, we might need to see if he has guns at home. He`s a danger to himself or others." We might need to secure those until we can sort this out and flag the National Insta Check System so he can`t buy a gun. You know, until this is all sorted out by the court. So, we`re not taking away his rights, we`re just -- a temporary restraining order. It`s kind of like a domestic violence restraining order. MELBER: Right. Well, part of what you`re saying here is that -- CAVANAUGH: So -- MELBER: Part of what you`re saying is that, in a lot of the states, the policy, the toolkit available to law enforcement is not strong enough even when you have someone who is not only displaying mental -- potentially mental instability but also is actually interacting with law enforcement so they have a first-person primary witness ability to make that assessment and they`re still being hobbled. You know, I`m going to speak later in the broadcast to Michael Moore who made a whole documentary about gun violence. I think it`s fair to say you and Michael Moore don`t agree on everything. I know both of you. But it seems to me that as a law enforcement person, there is some overlap in that you`re saying you do agree there`s got to be more tools there for law enforcement to at least, as you`re saying, on a court ordered basis intercept what would otherwise be a mentally unstable person potentially getting a gun at the worst possible time. CAVANAUGH: Right. And so when did this guy get the gun that he now murdered five people with and shot all these other folks in Fort Lauderdale, when did he get this gun? Did he get it after he went to the FBI? Because they couldn`t legally stop him from getting the gun. He has not been committed to a mental institution. That`s the federal law since 1968, if you`re committed by the court. He wasn`t committed from what we know. He was voluntarily entered so they couldn`t prevent it. That`s why those gun violence restraining orders are important. You can`t stop everybody, but this guy could have been stopped. He was known to law enforcement, so. MELBER: All right, former ATF Special Agent Jim Cavanaugh, thank you as always. Appreciate it. Coming up, Michael Moore, as I mentioned, here with us to react to some of the events in Florida as well as to Donald Trump`s intelligence briefing today. (COMMERCIAL BREAK) MELBER: Welcome back to The Last Word. Our other top story tonight, the Russia hacks. We live in a world full of hyperbole. If you follow the news, you`re bound to hear many unprecedented developments hyped up. But today was truly momentous and at times bizarre by any standard, including every other presidential transition in American history. Today, leaders of our nation`s intelligence agencies briefed an incoming president about one, why a foreign adversary favored him over the candidate he beat. Two, why the U.S. intelligence they offered is solid and thus this president-elect, in their view, is wrong. And three, why they`re taking this unusual step of releasing part of that briefing to the public. So tonight, we actually know a lot more than we knew this morning about all of these unusual developments including Donald Trump`s response. The public intelligence briefing concludes that Vladimir Putin directed the hacking and propaganda into the American election in order to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency. The briefing notes that while the hacking began, long before Trump was the nominee back when few people in the U.S. or abroad thought he would win. Remember that. But overtime, they say it appeared that he might win. And then, Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for Trump. Why, well, the briefing includes some fairly typical reasons that are interesting but not remarkable like the view that Trump`s foreign policy would just favor Russia`s interest in the Middle East. And then has some responses, some reasoning that is profoundly disturbing if true. Like Putin`s track record of getting his way with "Western political leaders whose business interest made them more disposed to deal with Russia such as former Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi". Yes, you heard that right. This new intelligence report says Putin prefers Trump because he thinks Trump and his businesses, basically his profits and his debts, will give Putin leverage. Leverage over Trump, thus, leverage over us. Now, let`s be clear, that`s not a finding that Trump`s debts will actually result in giving Putin that power. It`s a finding that that`s what Putin thinks. And maybe Putin thinks that based on business deals he knows about or based on other hacks he`s done since the briefing also finds Russia led hacks into both the DNC and the RNC but only released DNC material. Now, Trump could counter some of these suspicions by releasing his tax returns and divesting from his international businesses which were told Putin believes gives him leverage. Until Donald Trump does that, these questions, to be clear, will only intensify as they should. Today, though, Trump`s response fell far short of even accepting the findings on Russia saying, "While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our government institutions, businesses and organizations including the DNC, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines." While Trump stressed the hack had no effect on the election outcome, that`s his opinion, the briefing, to be clear, didn`t reach any conclusion on that score. Joining me now is Malcolm Nance, MSNBC counterterrorism and intelligence analyst, Rick Wilson, Republican strategist and Ken Dilanian, NBC news intelligence and national security reporter. Ken, when you look at what`s in the briefing, what is the key takeaways and what did you make of that reference worded very carefully but a reference to Putin`s belief that the Trump organization will help Putin have power potentially over Trump. KEN DILANIAN, NBC NEWS, NATIONAL SECURITY REPORTER: I`m not sure what to make of that, to be honest, sorry. I mean, although, you know, it does track with Putin`s previous history of favoring right wing and wealthy political leaders. But in terms of the key takeaways, I was struck, you know, in the lead up to this and the reporting on this, there was a dispute over what the motives were, right? There were some people who said the motives were to elect Trump and there were some other sources were saying, "No, it was really to destabilize American democracy." What we see now is that it was both and that it evolves. And -- but there was a key finding that by the end, the Russians were trying to get Trump elected and they were happy when he was. And, that`s something that`s going to be interesting to see how Trump reacts to as this thing moves on. MELBER: All right, Rick, when you look at Donald Trump`s response on a scale of one, complete, and total rejection and 10, a responsible normal president working with the intelligence agencies, where did you see him landing today? RICK WILSON, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST: Well, I guess the response has probably made more sense in the original Russian. This is a guy who is consistently siding (ph) with -- I mean, the things out of WikiLeaks today, the things that have -- and out of Trump`s mouth were identical. This is a guy who clearly does not believe the American intelligence community. He instead believes Julian Assange and Vladimir Putin. And it`s really troubling. And I think even this very carefully worded report which, you know, obviously protects sources and methods and obviously does its best to not, you know, outline exactly what Sigan (ph) or comment channels or other intelligence channels this information came to us by. You know, it still presents an awful lot of evidence that Trump outright rejected and I find that -- I find it remarkable. It`s an ongoing war with the intelligence community that he is waging that I think is going to have some downstream consequences for him. MELBER: Well, you mentioned his rejection and where that comes from. Malcolm, former acting CIA director, Michael Moore, was talking about this and he says, Trump`s repudiation of the CIA flows from his desire to protect his brand in all cost, his need to always be right, his refusal to change his views based on new information and his unwillingness to listen to others. It flows from who he is as a person. He goes on to argue that if that doesn`t change, it will be dangerous. MALCOLM NANCE, MSNBC COUNTERTERRORISM AND INTEGGENCE ANALYST: Well, he`s absolutely right and some of the comments that we have seen just today are going to prove dangerous, because the report that we are looking at tonight, the report that you are looking at tonight, by the way, which was almost identical to the book that I wrote three months ago on this exact subject, it was unclassified. It was a wash of any sources and methodologies. Donald Trump`s brief is going to show the actual path ways of how that information came to be. He was shown that and now he believes, flat out, the only thing that he believes related to that report is that he thinks that this did not benefit him and that didn`t win him the election. And that`s all he`s concerned about. Whether it damages the intelligence community, whether he comes out and may compromise the sources, we don`t know. But you know, what Donald Trump does from this point, he`s going to own this system and it`s a question of whether he`s going to listen to it or is he going to abuse it. MELBER: And, Ken, he told the A.P. here afterward, you know, I learned a lot and I think they did also. He wasn`t briefing the intelligence agencies on anything that he had independently researched. I mean that is bizarre. KEN DILANIAN, MSNBC NEWS INTELLIGENCE REPORTER: I`m not sure what to make of that but I did -- It was a more conciliatory Donald Trump in the statement that we saw after the briefing. He didn`t -- And the intelligence community officials I talked to took note of that. He didn`t -- They were afraid he was going to start tweeting and denouncing the intelligence community as he has been in recent weeks. He didn`t do that. He didn`t do stuff to find it (ph). MELBER: What does that say? I mean what does that say that you`ve got sources that, you`re just reporting on what you`re finding? But what does that say that you`ve got sources who are now saying, oh, well, even though he didn`t accept our findings, which is our work, which is our role, which is the national security piece of this, at least he didn`t disparage us publicly on the internet. Is that where we are? DILANANIAN: It is a remarkable state of affairs, isn`t it? But, you know -- And just because he didn`t accept the findings publicly doesn`t mean he`s not accepting them behind the scenes and he`s not trying to find a way to thread the needle. I mean obviously he saw this whole thing as an effort to undermine his victory and that`s the most important thing to him, it`s to be able to say this didn`t affect the vote -- (CROSSTALK) MELBER: Rick, go ahead. RICK WILSON, CONTRIBUTOR, "THE DAILY BEAST": You know, I think Malcolm is right on target. I mean this is a guy who is obsessed about having lustrousness to his name. And that if the thought that the Russians put their thumb on the scale in some way and it becomes associated with his brand that it`s bad for his brand, I mean this is -- It`s remarkable that he is much more defensive about whether or not he looks bad than what the Russians have done in the course of running what is clearly from the leaks of the classified portions and the non-classified report issued today a very broad spectrum program of active measures directed against this country. I mean he was more concerned about the leak to NBC than he is about Vladimir Putin intervening in our democracy. MELBER: Right. You mentioned that leak and his calling for some kind of investigation, which we`re going to discuss more later this hour. To your point, Rick, this is why we generally have presidents with some prior record of service, be it military, government or public, because they have some experience working on something other than themselves. And in his case, it`s private interests and a business. There is no other record. Malcolm, take a listen to Leon Panetta, also a former CIA director, talking about just you how unusual and problematic this all is. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) LEON EDWARD PANETTA, FORMER CIA DIRECTOR: I have never seen anything like this in my lifetime. The fact that the president elect is tweeting on this issue and taking it to the public and in many ways undermining the credibility of the very intelligence agencies that have to provide information to him in order for him to be President of the United States, this is just unheard of and unprecedented. (END VIDEO CLIP) MELBER: And so, Malcolm, I guess the real question is what is in the face of what may be unprecedented and inappropriate conduct, what is the appropriate way for responsible people including in government to deal with all of this? NANCE: Well, if there were an adult in the room, actually who`s going to take over the reigns of power, they would moderate their comments, understand there`s a system in place that is not here just for the generation of information because he`s going to become the consumer of that information, because he`s going to become the consumer of that information. They are here to protect this nation and let me tell you, within the intelligence community, I`m an intelligence practitioner and the people who I communicate with are intelligence practitioners. This has gone way beyond serious. And like Leon Panetta, I think that this has gone from serious to suspicious. Anybody else in a position who would have a top secret code security clearance would have their lives ripped apart right now before being suspected of being an agent of a foreign power. I can`t say that that`s what`s happening here, but Donald Trump benefitted from this hack. Donald Trump doesn`t acknowledge that but what he does acknowledge is that he is grateful by the way that he speaks about these foreign powers for whatever they did but he won`t recognize his own nation`s defense for this cyber warfare operation that was carried out against democracy. MELBER: Well, I think you`re putting your finger right (ph). I mean, Rick, isn`t that the most disturbing part about where we land, which is if you imagine a person who might have benefitted inadvertently or accidentally from this kind of foreign intrusion, you would expect them to, if anything go to the other extreme and say I`m going to work with all the independent nonpartisan folks to get to the bottom of this because it`s bigger than the fact that someone may have benefitted me, oh, and by the way, what we often see in foreign policy, they might go even further and say, "By the way, you`re not getting any favors back from me. I represent the U.S., not Kremlin"? Rick. WILSON: Just the argument about Hillary is not sufficient to accept the aid, either tacitly or overtly, either consciously or unconsciously of a hostile foreign power, it`s just absolutely wrong. MELBER: Rick Wilson, Malcolm Nance and Ken Dilanian, thanks for sticking with us and thanks for joining tonight. Coming up, Michael Moore is here to talk about Donald Trump as well as the shooting today in Florida. (COMMERCIAL BREAK) (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT-ELECT, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: These are bad people. These are lying people. These are people that rigged the system. The media, they rigged the system. Sit down. Go ahead. JORGE RAMOS, UNIVISION ANCHOR: I have the right to --. TRUMP: No, you don`t. You haven`t been called. RAMOS: I have the right to ask a question. TRUMP: Go back to Univision. Even this really dishonest media people, the world`s most dishonest people. There`s something happening, they`re not reporting it. Katy, you`re not it, Katy. By the way, I hate some of these people but I`d never tell them. I would never do that. That`s secret. No, I wouldn`t. (END VIDEO CLIP) MELBER: Donald Trump`s verbal attacks on the press are well-known and he has sued reporters in his private life. But as incoming president, he just drew a new line. After NBC`s reporting about the intelligence on Russia, Trump wrote, "I`m asking the chairs of the house and Senate committees to investigate top secret intelligence shared with NBC prior to me seeing it." NBC news checked and neither committee has received that request. But this is not just Twitter trash talk. This is the head of the government in a few weeks calling for investigations into intelligence officials that he`s currently debating and the press that dares report on the materials. And while legally that kind of investigation is usually done by the executive branch, the FBI, not the congressional committee, that may just be a small detail in the steep learning curve of the Donald Trump presidency, because the larger question here isn`t whether Trump knows how to order this kind of inquiry into the free press, but why he wants to. Joining us now, Michael Moore, Academy Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker. His latest film is "Michael Moore in TrumpLand". Thanks for being with us tonight. Your thoughts on what he`s up to here and whether it`s concerning. MICHAEL MOORE, FILMMAKER: Well, the reason it works, when he does that anger, get people to hate the press that`s standing there, is because the press has not done the job that the people expected to do. Let`s just -- We don`t have to go back all through my life. Let`s just go back to the beginning of the Iraq War when the "New York Times" had a reporter who was writing stories that simply weren`t true about Saddam and weapons of mass destruction. And from that point on, then go through the banking crisis, you know, where the media, many of the people in the media, just don`t understand basic economics or how the economic system runs or what -- you know, I would go on the shows back then and I would say, "All right. Explain to me a credit default swap if you could in 30 seconds." MELBER: Can I have two minutes. MOORE: No, I`m not going to do this to you right now. You know, you might actually know -- You have that scary credit default swap look right now. So I won`t go do it. But I`m just saying that people`s lives in this country have been affected deeply and in many cases ruined and many of our young people dead in Iraq and Afghanistan as a result of the press not doing their job and asking the questions and demanding the answers. And so there`s already a distrust and he knows how to milk that quite well. The fact that he goes after NBC, I mean I`ve started watching this at the beginning, from the -- where he`s -- when he came down the  escalator, he gave his conference to announce that he`s running for president.  Two days later, this network fires him from the apprentice.  I mean basically ends the relationship with him.

So you know this about him.  His skin is so thin.  I mean if Alec Baldwin, also on this network, does an impersonation of him, you know, he goes crazy.

MELBER:  Ballistic, yeah.

MOORE:  But he actually got fired.  "You`re fired," is what NBC said to him two days after his announcement in June of 2015.  And right away Katy Tur is on the beat, you know, and initially he starts his thing, where he -- well, you know, his love (ph), it`s a woman covering him, you know, he`s -- and he tries to put on that Trump -- I hate to call it charm, but he thinks it`s charm, and she didn`t fall for it.  She was actually a journalist and asked questions and demanded answers and gave honest reports.  And if you watch Katy Tur right back then, you have no idea what her personal politics are or how she votes or whatever.  That just drove him crazy.  And I think any time a woman, whether it`s Megyn Kelly or Katy Tur or, you know, whoever, isn`t enamored with him, he loses it, so.

MELBER:  Do you think the diagnosis you just gave then means, that when he calls for this investigation, it is him talking trash or when he`s --


MELBER:  -- at the government, it`s a real threat, it`s a free speak.

MOORE:  No, it`s an absolute real threat.  Absolutely.  No, no, he will come after you.  You, personally, you the network and if you cross him, he will use his power to do this as he has used his power in private business.

You know, all the media should be very concerned about this and I forgot who wrote this piece awhile back about how sadly President Obama paved the way by, you know -- I think there`s eight whistleblowers.

MELBER:  The Obama administration has done more prosecutions under the espionage acts targeting whistleblowers and at times reporters and what used to be --

MOORE:  James Risen.

MELBER:  -- more of a privilege.

MOORE:  Correct.

MELBER:  Right.

MOORE:  Right.  And then all the presidents combined, I think, before Obama for 200 years, they jailed three whistleblowers and he has jailed eight and gone after everybody James Risen`s and everybody else.

So, that sort of opened the door sadly.

MELBER:  Right.

MOORE:  And Trump will take advantage of that door and I think anybody who cares that cares about the truth needs to be worried about this, because this man, not only has revenge on the mind constantly, behaves like, I used to say, a 12-year-old, but I feel rather that`s unfair to 12-year-olds.  And also, the way that he seek (ph) this, I mean, today, he goes after his own show.  He is the executive producer of the apprentice.

MELBER:  Right.  Yes, and cutting his own profits.


MOORE:  Going against his own, yes, financial interest.  He goes against the new show.

MELBER:  If we fit in a break, will you stay with us?

MOORE:  Absolutely.

MELBER:  And I should say, these are issues that concern people as a citizens, as reporters.  As a lawyer, I previously was on the legal team for James Risen.  So I always disclose that when his name comes out.  But, OK, so obviously, there are a lot of people who follow.

Michael Moore will stay with us.  We`ll take a quick break and talk about the other big story right after this.


MELBER:  We`re learning more about the gunman who killed five people and injured another eight at the Fort Lauderdale Airport today.

Now, earlier tonight in NBC news spoke with the gunman`s aunt that says he changed after his service in Iraq.


MARIA RUIZ, AUNT OF ESTEBAN SANTIAGO (translated):  Esteban is a good kid but he went to Iraq.  The National Guard sent him over there.  He was there for a few months.  He wasn`t OK when he left there.

After six months in Iraq, his father died and it appears that affected him even more.


MELBER:  Back with me is Michael Moore, whose Oscar Winning Documentary "Bowling for Columbine" examined gun violence in America.

You have refused yourself at times from always commenting on what has become an increasing tort of mass shootings.

MOORE:  Yes, after Sandy Hook, I`ve told MSNBC and CNN, because they were constantly calling me after these shootings because I made "Bowling for Columbine", and I said, "I`m sorry.  I`m not going to be a pundit for this with a new normal."  And I`m not going to be part of the new normal where ultimately the schools says (ph), "Let`s have on the director of "Bowling for Columbine."  I reject that.  I reject our culture like that.  We have 90 percent of the country that wanted that Obama gun law passed and we couldn`t get it passed.  I mean, you know, so --.

MELBER:  You know, you say the new normal.  When I started covering these shootings, they were the thing in the news that would make me cry more than anything else and we do with a lot of different stories, and I remember crying before going on set and trying to get it together and then I can remember doing this long enough and I haven`t been doing it that long where you cry less and they happen so often.  What it -- What do -- Here, you deal in art and story telling, what do you do with a country that`s desensitized?

MOORE:  I was talking to your executive producer this afternoon and I said, "I don`t know if I want to come on," because I`m done.  I`m checked out of this.  I`m not a participant in the new normal.  And he pointed out he said, "Yeah, but like in the old days, like you just said, this would have been wall to wall on MSNBC Tonight.  And now because it`s just this month`s mass shooting, you know, we`re also going to talk about the other things we should be talking about, the Russian thing and everything else today."  So I said I would come on and I guess the thing I want to say about this particular shooting, we don`t know a lot as we sit here right now, but the things we do know are this.  As his aunt said he was a good kid and then he went to Iraq.  He joined the National Guard.

You know, back in my day and actually even before the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, guys I know in Michigan who joined the National Guard, you do that as an extra thing to make a little money.  You have a regular job.  You do that.  You do it on the weekend and you do it in case Michigan needs.  I mean there`s now the internal national problem.  That`s why it`s called the National Guard.

You don`t join the National Guard to go fight a foreign war.  But these National Guard men and women have been sent over there, one tour, two tours, three tours, four.  And the fact that he couldn`t get the mental help that he needed, this is what we should be talking about.  This is the real -- The real story is that, you know, at first it was an as ISIS thing.  ISIS has killed I don`t know, 14, 15, Americans, you know, the actual ISIS, not people who said they were inspired.

MELBER:  Lots of sympathizers, yeah.

MOORE:  Actual ISIS has killed 14 to 15 Americans.  We`ve had a half million to a million troops go to that war over a 15 year period who have come back and many of them need help.  They have PTSD.  There`re problems in their domestic relationship.  There`s all these -- There is this, we are going to suffer more from what Bush and Chaney did to this country, starting a war that was not about the defense of this country.

And the violence of today is the violence that was created to this young man by that former administration.  And that is not being discussed.  It won`t be discussed all weekend on any of the news shows.  But I wanted to bring it up and remind people that as his aunt said he probably was a good kid and then he`s messed up.  And if it turns out it was a fight that he got -- you know, there was an argument on the plane and he went and got his gun because it was handy, because we allowed guns to be transported still on planes, you know, if he had the time to cool down and not have access to that gun, maybe we`d be okay.

MELBER:  Right.

MOORE:  But the fact that he, you know, I mean, I live in Michigan.  In my town I have restored these two old theaters and I run them as non-profits for the town.  But I have a sign in the window that says, "We hire Iraq and Afghanistan veterans."  And I`ve asked everybody in Michigan to put that sign on the window and it`s hard to get people to do that.

We have to hire these vets.  We have to give them the help they need and I hope this weekend somebody will talk about why this really happened and why this young man ended up in this situation.

MELBER:  Michael Moore on the airport shooting.  What I want to do is fit in one more break.

And, up next, another important topic, the inaugural protest by the women in Washington.  Stay with us.


MELBER:  You`re watching the "The Last World".  Back with us is Michael Moore.  The other question I want to ask you looking forward.  What are you inauguration plans?

MOORE:  Well, I`m going to be in D.C. as I think hundreds of thousands of people are going to be there on the big Women`s March on Washington.  Women`s March on Washington, that`s the one -- If you want to go online at or in Twitter it`s @womensmarch.

This is the thing everyone is coming to, women, men, everybody.  And that it`s going to be not the day of the inauguration.  It`s the day after.  It`s the sort of the first full day of the Trump era.  I can`t believe I said those words, the potentially short-lived Trump era.  That will be Saturday, January 21st, Women`s March on Washington.

MELBER:  For those of us who`ve grown up on your work, who many people take inspiration from the way you tell stories and the way you do your work, what do you say to people who look at this right now and there are many and I hear from them who`ll say it seems hopeless depending on their views.  What`s the point?  What`s the point of a march?  What`s the point of doing anything right now?

MOORE:  Oh, well, first of all, Trump gets upset if there`s 10 people outside Trump Tower.  He tweets about it.  "Unfair," the first, then after he wins, right, he has won, he goes, "Protesters down on the streets.  It`s like 10 people.  Unfair."  It`s like --.

MELBER:  It`s true.

MOORE:  It`s right, yeah.  No, he did.  That`s the word he used and it`s like, wow, what is he going to think if there`s 100,000 or 500,000?  I mean, you know, it`s so important that we all, everybody who can go there, go there.

It`s a weekend.  Come on, you know, it`s down south.  It`s at D.C., you know, there won`t be a lot of snow.  But no, it`s -- this will have an effect.  We have to throw everything at this.  This man is slightly unhinged, if I can say that, and he`s a malignant narcissist.  So he cares very much about what people think of him.  He wants to be the popular guy and he`s going to be very upset if there`s a lot of people there and then beyond that, beyond the 21st, the people that Rachel had on the other night, all the other groups, Boe Wilmans (ph), got a thing going -- you could go online.  There`s so many groups forming.  You can go to my website or my Facebook.  There`s so many things we`re going to be putting out there.  We`re going to be busy, busy, busy, 100 days of resistance, the first 100 days.

Look, we stopped him this week when congress tried to get rid of the office of ethics.

MELBER:  The ethics, got it, yeah.

MOORE:  Yeah.  He didn`t stop it.  He had Kellyanne on the "Today" show.

MELBER:  Defending it.

MOORE:  Defending it at 8:00 a.m.  But we all went on Facebook and said everybody call at 9:00 the switchboard opens and they were swamped.  It broke the switchboard and by -- after 10:00, Trump gave in, gave in after an hour.

MELBER:  So you say the key part of it is keeping track of what`s happening so you can show them you know what`s happening, the consequences?

MOORE:  And you show up.  And everybody, you have to show up.  You have to get up off the couch.  You have to go and do something.  Everybody, look, I`m so encouraged by this march.  I was in just come before coming out there back in your -- the people that do the make up and the hair back there.

MELBER:  Yeah.

MOORE:  Such a wonderful job.  Every time, I say to them, "You can`t do anything."

MELBER:  Well, you have a nice Bowling there, yeah.

MOORE:  But they`re talking about it.

MELBER:  Right.

MOORE:  When is the last time you saw hair and make up people talking about going to a march in D.C.?  I`m telling you, no offense, I`m just saying that`s the new political, that`s the new Americana, and that`s what is going to happen and people are going to be relentless about this.  So I am optimistic.

MELBER:  Michael Moore, thank you for being here.

MOORE:  Thank you.


MELBER:  I really enjoy it and I appreciate your time on Friday night.  I`m Ari Melber in for Lawrence O`Donnell.

MOORE:  Come back, Lawrence.

MELBER:  Lawrence is coming back next week.


MELBER:  Goodnight everybody.