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these people get sucked in to the terrorist group. michael holmes, thank you for that report. i'm pamela brown. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. thanks, familipamela. arrest and new video of the grap, the one the trump campaign says never ever happened. "the lead" starts now trump campaign deny allegations then began aggressively smearing the woman making them. today donald trump's campaign manager is facing a battery charge for putting his hands on a female report, this occurs days before a crucial primary. will the trump campaign remain in its consequences-free zone? she found herself in the middle of a media storm over a tabloid story about ted cruz. today amanda carpenter joins "the lead" to respond to the es
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spergss cast upon her and pushed by donald trump's social media director. plus, president obama lecturing media for not digging deeper. but is the president whose administration used the espionage act to go after journalists, leakers and whistle-blowers more than all previous presidents combined, he is the guy to assume the mantle of murrow? good afternoon, welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we are hours away from a cnn republican town hall in wisconsin and what candidates say could swing the pivotal badger state primary, one that could cement donald trump's grip on the republican nomination. but what happened today, well, we've never seen anything like it. at least not in recent presidential politics. donald trump's campaign manager was charged for committing misdemeanor battery against a reporter, and the charges come after trump and his staffers
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denied for weeks the campaign manager corey lewandowski had even touched here. here's how donald trump initially responded to the allegations. >> surrounded by secret service. we have many secret service. you see some here. when we left i spoke to them, nothing happened. this was, in my opinion, made up. >> nothing happened. this was in my opinion made up. for corey lewandowski he tweeted at reporter in question, michelle fields, calling her delusional and telling her, quote, i never touched you before launching a tweet storm of character attacks against her. now, today, police released surveillance footage from mr. trump's security cameras. the trump campaign was not telling the truth, lewandowski did grab her. but trump now, just in the last hour, he's trying to flip the script. he tweeted that the reporter, michelle fields grabbed him and he's raising the possibility
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that he could press charges. cnn correspondent sunlen serfaty is live in wisconsin where senator cruz is about to speak. as we heard the week of the incident. donald trump talked to secret service officials and said nothing happened but today donald trump has completely changed his tune and he's saying that she grabbed him? >> reporter: that's right. all of the tweets unfolding in last few minutes, jake. the trump campaign also saying that lewandowski was not arrested because he turned himself in in jupiter, florida, this morning. he has been released. a court date has been set for may 4th in the next few months. but certainly all of this drawing into question lewandowski's future of the campaign but for the moment, right now, donald trump standing strongly behind him. >> reporter: donald trump's campaign manager under fire tonight. corey lewandowski arrested and charged with simple battery, after grabbing the arm of then-breitbart reporter,
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michelle fields. the moment in question captured on newly released police video. fields wearing a light colored jacket seen in a clip approaching trump but appears to be pulled from behind by lewandowski. trump today standing by his campaign manager, calling lewandowski a very decent man, adding look at tapes, nothing there. the trump campaign also issuing a statement saying, quote, lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge, he will enter a plea of not guilty and looks forward to his day in court. he's completely confident he will be exonerated. trump's rivals today not holding back. ted cruz denouncing the alleged violence. >> it's a very sad development and this is the consequence of the culture of the trump campaign. the abusive culture when you have a campaign that is built on personal insults, on attacks, and now physical violence. that has no place in a political campaign. it has no place in our
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democracy. >> trying to cast it as a pattern with trump's cam ain't. >> it is a really unfortunate development. i do think it helps clarify for the voters what the trump campaign is all about. >> reporter: john kasich saying that's a pattern his campaign wouldn't stand for. >> if it was me, if i was in the circumstance, i would take some sort of action, either suspension or firing. >> reporter: fields filed a police report three days after the incident, released today it reveals she told police that, quote, she felt someone yank her left arm, she fell back but caught herself from falling. the report also noted that fields showed police her left forearm which revealed bruising from several finger marks indicating a grabbing injury. fields posteded a photo of the apparent injury in a tweet two days after it allegedly occurred and spoke about the incident in interviews. >> no one wants to be touched and violated like that. i would ask him to put himself
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in my shoes and imagine if i was his daughter. >> reporter: lewandowski denied the accusations when fields first levelled them tweeting that fields, quote, i never touched you. as a matter of fact, i have never even met you. donald trump will touch down here in wisconsin in about an hour. this will be his first campaign event in eight days, certainly this sort of controversy not what any campaign would want before voters head to the polls in wisconsin in a week. >> sunlen serfaty in wisconsin, thank you. if you can believe it, mr. lewandowski's legal trouble is not the only story today calling into question the behavior of trump's campaign staffers. the other one begins with the "national enquirer" story, yes, that "national enquirer" the supermarket tabloid rag that claims to the biggest bombshell of the 2016 election. the inquirer ran the headline, cruz's five secret mistresses.
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the publication, based on a single anonymous source, held the republican race hostage in some way. senator cruz ripped the story as trash, total lies and finger the trump and his henchman for planting the story. trump said his campaign had nothing to do with and the story though the one on the record quote in the story is from a longtime trump supporter and adviser roger stone. mr. trump is friends with the "national enquirer"er's publisher and the tabloid endorsed trump's bid for the oval office. since denying he had anything to do with the story, the trump campaign has been pushing the story in various ways which brings us former cruz communications director amanda carpenter. now found herself fending off allegations she is one of cruz's five mistresses. tabloid published a pixilated image with carpener with the story causing carpenter to face a hailstorm of storms. yesterday donald trump's social
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media director retweeted something sketchier than the "national enquirer" story, he sent out a bizarre web video stitching together photos of carpenter and cruz claiming the pair had an extramarital affair. i didn't understand the video, to be honest. let's talk about this all, joini joining me, cnn political carpenter. let's address the circumstances. have you had ever any sort of intimate relationship with senator cruz, anything at all, anything that could be considered inappropriate? >> no, i had a purely professional relationship with senator cruz. and i want too go further than that. i've been 100% faithful to my husband. there's nothing more important to me than being a good wife and a good mother and it's been very hard the past few days to have my character called into question and watch this blow back on them.
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so thank you for having me here to talk about it. and i hope no one else has to go through this. >> this video they put out the trump campaign was pushing appears to show him not wearing a sports jacket and like you're wearing a sports jacket or somethingen i don't understand it. did you understand it? can you explain -- >> it's conspiracy theories being pushed online. i can't fathom why the trump campaign would be doing this. no other campaign would touch this sort of stuff. it's really conspiracy theory. they're looking at every picture if ever put out in instagram, rummaging through my personal life to me and this immoral behavior. i don't want to run away from this. i want to address it. but at the the same time, the hardest thing about doing this is defending myself but not making it worse. so that's the weird conundrum i found miami in and other women who have to confront the sexist smears. i was one of five women chosen
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at random by the "national enquirer." put a barely pixilated imdage of me in their paper that everyone could quickly identify largely because i'm fortunate to have a good media platform. at the same time, i'm stuck in this box where i am forced to try to defend every smear that comes after me, my husband, my children, online or suffer in silence. i want to encourage everyone to look at the broader context of the campaign. there's a toxic culture being produced this season and i think we all need to recognize what's happening look at the facts and go into this with our eyes wide open and be unafraid to confront it. >> you've been critical of donald trump. you're a cruz supporter, you've made no bones about that, generally speaking. >> generally speaking. going into this i wanted to support conservatives in their race. cruz is the only conservative left with a chance of winning. i want to draw that distinction.
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>> that's fine. how much do you hold him personally responsible for this smear? there's no actual evidence per se he had anything to do with the story. that's a direct link of them pushing a smear. >> i wish donald trump when he had to address this last friday tried to tamp it down and say i don't want to see these allegations be thrown about. but instead he said, well, they've hadt right before. i don't think he took any action to try to say this is negativity i don't want to see or be associated with. and that really is the most disheartening thing about the whole episode. >> do you intend to take legal action against the "national enquirer" against the trump campaign. >> i'm trying to get through this, protect my reputation, career, family. i'll continue to talk with lawyers. but i hope i can stay focused on the things i was focused on last week, that's all i want before this all broke. >> let me ask you, there are other people in that "national
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enquirer" story including somebody who works for the trump campaign. do you know of anything when you worked for him for a number of years, do you know of anything that would call you to question senator ted cruz's marriage or how faithful he's been to his wife heidi? >> i have no knowledge of any of those allegations that were raised by a supermarket tabloid. i don't think they had any evidence either. they published a few photos of women at random. i don't know why those five photos were chosen. they don't have any proof. so this is just a really ugly smear that seems all too common this campaign season. >> i have to say, also i've worked for a lot of powerful women in my day, i'm no longer young. no one's come at me for having an affair of you're a woman you work for somebody and immediately people start lobbing sexist allegations. >> especially those that work in
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politics and media taking risk because there will be allegations slung at them. worst thing to do is run away from it and hide. i feel confident standing in the truth of this but i worry it's going to get worse this campaign season. we may be having the first female presidential candidate dominating the news cycle. i want everyone to band together to just have their eyes wide open about this. it's destructive. now that i've personally experienced it over the past few days the magnitude of it, it's hard for women but for the entire political atmosphere. >> there's a certain amount of humanity that seems to be lost in this campaign. you've been very strong coming here and answering questions that i never wanted to have to ask you. thank you for being here. best of luck to you. our love to your husband and your two beautiful children, that we all here at cnn know you are devoted to. politic lead senior adviser
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welcome back to "the lead." she's falsely accused of be the
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former mistress of ted cruz, amanda carpenter denied the claims on the show. joining me to respond, sarah huckabee sanders. amanda carpenter said minutes ago that your campaign is harassing her by your social media director spreading rumors that she had extramarital affair, she says there is no truth to it all. she's always been faithful to her husband. what's your response? is it appropriate to be sending out these videos. >> i think the entire situation is really sad. i mean this is a story that's well documented started and pushed by rubio allies over six months ago, cruz campaign continues to try to pin it on donald trump and our campaign and it certainly did not originate there. again, i think the whole thing is unfortunate. i think for amanda and also for ted cruz, i think they should come out and sue the "national enquirer" and file a suit against them and put this thing
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to rest. >> i'm talking about the trump campaign. the trump campaign yesterday, paid by donald trump, the social media director for the campaign, sent out a video spreading this rumor, one that did not even mention the "national enquirer" as far as i remember. i've known you and your family for a long time and i can't believe that either one of you would condone what dan ska vino did yesterday. >> i haven't seen the specifics of that, but again, i think -- i agree, i think the entire situation is very unfortunate will and for the sake of both amanda and senator cruz's family i think that they should fight back and sue the "national enquirer" on this false story. >> but you -- your campaign is pushing it, too. your campaign is pushing the false story, too. >> i haven't seen that specific thing. again i don't want to speak to that. but i can speak to the situation itself. i know that ted cruz has
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repeatedly accused this story being the fault of donald trump and it just isn't. >> let's not talk about that. >> it's very well documented -- >> there's no evidence that donald trump placed or wrote the story, that's fine. >> right. >> there's plenty of circumstantial evidence that he had connections to the people who did it. but let's leave that at the table. there's no evidence that donald trump planted the story. the story is apparently a smear job, no truth to it, your campaign, i'm telling you, as a factual matter, is pushing it. social media director tweeted out a crazy video suggesting that amanda carpenter, who is married with two children, and this married senator who also has two children, that something untoward was going on. there is no actual evidence that it happened. i mean, at some point, aren't you ashamed? this the trump campaign sending it out. >> look, what i'm personally, jake, what i'm ashamed of is the entire process that it's got tonight where it's gutter
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politics. i think it's very disingenuous for the cruz campaign to act like they've done nothing wrong in the political process. they're one of the dirtiest and nastiest campaigns out there. ask ben carson. ted cruz is one of the nastiest campaigners we've seen in the cycle. i'm not condoning any of the active but was i think we need to change the tune and pivot to what's important. to talk about what's keeping americans up at night. that's what i'm focused on. that's the reason people have been rallying around donald trump from the beginning, is because those think he's the first guy in a long time that will stand up and fight for them. that's where we need to move back. >> i'd love to be talking about trade and immigration and counterterrorism but unfortunately i have to turn to another question, which has to do with the fact that your campaign manager, corey lewandowski faces legal charge. there's surveillance video
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showing mr. lewandowski did grab the arm of michelle fields. donald trump said there's nothing there. but when you watch that tape, do you see nothing? >> i do. jake, i mean i've stood next to you in the middle of press scrums and spin rooms and you know the back and forth that takes place. i don't see anything. i've watched the video. frankly i encourage everybody else to watch the video because i don't see anything there. i see a candidate exiting the room i see her grabbing him. he said it earlier but i don't necessarily disagree. maybe he should be filing suit against her for aggressively touching him. i've been pushed, kicked, elbowed, many times business reporters. and i certainly my instinct isn't to turn around and file a battery charge against them. i think this being blown completely out of proportion. i don't see anything. i really -- i encourage everybody to take 30 seconds, watch the video, and i don't think you'll see anything there. >> you don't see anything there.
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the police obviously say differently in the police report it says that michelle fields someone yank her left arm, she fell back but caught herself from falling. fields showed me her left forearm which revealed bruising from finger marks indicating a grabbing-type injury. even if you don't think it's a big deal, it did happen and both corey lewandowski and donald trump initially said that she made it up and that he never touched her. those are not true statements. >> look, again, i've been in the middle of this, it's a very intense situation. i have been hit in the face with a camera and i mean -- >> if that happened to you -- >> what it looks like today -- >> if that happened to you, if the cameraman said you made it up? how would you feel. >> i couldn't tell you what the man's face looked like.
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i've been in many of those situations you encounter in the presidential campaign on a daily basis, thousands of people, lots of interactions with reporters. watch the video. there's no malice, there's no specific intent other than to move the candidate out of the room. i don't see he ever made eye contact with her or recognized her or anything like that he could have brushed past her and never known that it's happened. you've been in this. i've been in the mix where there's kind of that constant pushing, shove, reporters are trying to get the story -- >> beyond the poll, sarah -- >> this is the new standard -- if this is the new standard and this is the place -- >> i'm not talking about grabbing. i'm talking about the lying about it. it happened. it did happen. seems like this could have been avoided if corey initially said sorry but it did happen. forgetting whether or not you take the grabbing seriously, it did happen we see it on tape.
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there's a denial that it happened. >> i do -- well, look, again, i think if you go back, you watch it, i don't think anything happened and that is statement that they made. corey said from the beginning, nothing happened here. and literally -- >> he said i never touched you. obviously he did. i don't think we're getting anywhere here. hopefully next time we'll be talking about immigration policy, trade policy, counterterrorism policy, thanks for joining us. >> i sure hope so. >> live to wisconsin. front-runner donald trump arriving in the badger state hours after police charged his campaign manager corey lewandowski with simple battery. what impact might the charges have on this race? does trump need to create distance between himself and campaign manager or is that the exact opposite of what he's going to do? ♪ in new york state, we believe tomorrow starts today. all across the state, the economy is growing, with creative new business incentives, the lowest taxes in decades,
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. donald trump's campaign manager charged with simple battery of a reporter earlier today, after florida police found video of him appearing to grab that campaign reporter who was trying to speak to the candidate, donald trump. let's bring in our political pan toll discuss this unbelievable turn of events we have with us milwaukee radio host charl syke and strategist ana navarro. i think it's fair to say neither anna or charlie are considered trump surrogates. charlie you had a contentious interview with donald trump. you compared him to a 12-year-old bully on a playground. what's your take on the news today, smearing of amanda
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carpenter as well as the charges against corey lewandowski? >> well, i mean, this plays into the narrative that you have a campaign that refuses to ever apologize, a campaign hemorrhaging support among women and continue to double down. you know, if you describe my interview as contentious, what i was asking donald trump to do, some point can you ever apologize? real men stand up and say i was wrong. and this campaign is apparently decided they're never going to admit. as a result they back themselves into a corner on all of this. what happened with michelle is bad enough, but the fact that you now double down and feel it's appropriate for candidate of the president of the united states to engage in an active smear of this woman, that's extraordinary. >> anna, your take on dan and corey lewandowski and what they've been doing. >> the entire thing blows my mind. i think it's going more and more
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surreal. i compared it yesterday to limbo rock, how low can you go? the tenor of the campaign is distressing for anybody that loves the democratic process. should trump fire his campaign manager? of course he should. and any normal campaign, that would be the very first thing they would do. at the very least suspend him. the staff is always an accurate reflection of the principle. but he won't. until now, we have seen that despite everything he has done, which has been offensive and donald trump does not apologize does not backtrack. >> that's the amaze thing the consequence free zone in which he lives. one can debate how violently alleged assault was. we heard sarah huckabee sanders disputing how tough it was. clearly, everybody who watches the video can see corey lewandowski did grab michelle fields, the breitbart reporter, though he insisted he never
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touched her and began smearing her as somebody who always has to be in the center of the story. >> right, right. exactly. i guess that's the real problem here. we keep talking about the consequen consequences. i'm not sure that's totally true. you're seeing numbers of 73% of women who disapprove of donald trump. one of the reasons he's in a lot of trouble here in wisconsin is the fact that he is hemmaging support among conservative women who are repelled by his attitude and treatment of women. this story plays into this. rather than recognizing maybe i should separate myself as the candidate from this allegation, what do you have? you have donald trump who is, what, just a few months away from possibly being a presidential nominee doubling down and attacking a woman. i think the reality is, you may have a hard core trumpkins in denial in the cult personality but a lot of voters and a lot of savvy voters in wisconsin who are watching this and understand and see the things you saw,
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jake. >> ana, donald trump speaking at a cnn town hall this evening. if he took your advice, which is -- >> which is funny. >> i'm laughing. if he took your advice, what would you tell him to do? >> you know, play out of character. play this down. and maybe apologize. i mean, there is nothing wrong with apologizing. real men do apologize. and admit that mistakes have been made at times. >> let's listen to donald trump, we're taking him live right now. he just landed. >> what's happening with trade in terms of $2.2 billion imbalance and other problems of the i said there's no way he's going to endorse me. i will say, once i told them the facts and once i told the public the facts, he went from 22 or 24% down to zero and quit the race. obviously i would have loved to have gotten his support but i didn't expect it. i don't think it will mean anything. >> he's a guy you gave money to.
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>> not only did i help him, he came up to my office a year ago or so, two, obviously run which didn't work out for him, he came up to the office and gave me a beautiful plaque which at some point i'll bring over to wisconsin. >> comment today on the battery charge against corey lewandowski? >> i can always say corey's a fine person. i looked at the tape. the tapes were supplied by me. it a very high end club, and we had tapes all over the place. we supplied those tapes. and those tapes, too me, are conclusive. a lot of people are looking and saying how can anybody be charged? she was, if you look at her, my -- she's grabbing at me, and he's acting as intermediary from trying to do that. news conference was over, done, finished, and she was running up and grabbing and asking questions and she wasn't supposed to be doing that.
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i tell him, never settle the case, go all the way. they really hurt a very good person and i know it would be very easy for me to discard people. i don't discard people. i'm say with people. that's why i stay with the country. that's why a stay with a lot of people that are treated unfairly and that's one of the reasons i'm a front-runner by a lot. if you look at that tape, he was very, very seriously maligned and i think it's very unfair. >> it's only an allegation but what does it say about the campaign? >> i think it says nothing about the campaign. i think if you look at it, he was trying to block her, the way i would view it. >> that's donald trump backing his campaign manager, corey lewandowski. i guess we expected nothing less, saying that he's been unfairly maligned. donald trump landing in wisconsin. also addressing the fact that earlier today wisconsin republican governor scott walker announced he was supporting ted cruz. something that has been kind of
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welcome back. jake tapper. breaking news in world lead. american airlines canceled all flights to and from brussels until april 7th. fbi analyzing cell phones from raids. they are seeking the public's help in identifying this man, the third airport attacker who failed to detonate his bomb. cnn's phil black filed this report from brussels where the death toll stands at 32.
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>> reporter: tonight the fbi's helping the belgians piece taking the electronic trail of the terrorists behind the devastating brussels attack. belgian authorities asked the fbi to look at several phones and computers after being unable to access critical data themselves. >> isis is increasingly instructingite european operatives to use encrypted communications making it more difficult for security services to discover communication in real-time or after the fact. >> reporter: membered of the fbi's joint terrorism task force, including bomb technicians, will also been working with authorities in brussels collecting intelligence on the explosive devices and materials used. american authorities are looking to gain as much information as possible to prevent a similar attack at home. >> whale ile we do not know of
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specific, credible piece of intel of the plot of the belgian-type attack in the united states we are concerned about terrorist-inspired acts. >> reporter: new images showing extent of the devastation at brussels airport. in one picture a baby stroller seen left behind during the chaos. today, belgian police and military are out in force at the airport and in the city streets amid sweeping raids one week after the attacks. investigators have not been able to identify this man, dressed in a hat and light colored jacket, seen walking with the suicide bombers before the airport blast. or find another man they believe played a role in the attack in the metro station. there are among eight suspects still at large and being searched for throughout europe. april number of people have been arrested and charged, only to be released later when investigators said the evidence against them wasn't conclusive including a man identified who was charged with terrorist
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murder, then later set free. >> the release of the man, faycal is a huge setback, embarrassment for the investigation. he was suspected and arrested because the taxi drive who are drove the three attackers to the airport said he recognized him but that evidence hasn't stootd up. more than a week later he is free. and the investigators have no one in custody accused of direct involvement in those attacks. >> phil black, thank you. moments ago, on capitol hill, president obama's pick for the supreme court sat down with his first republican senator, but was it just a meeting? what's the republican party willing to risk to block the president's nominee? that story, next.
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you take a look at that and then -- >> she did get bruises. >> i don't know if there were bruises from that. >> who said if that were bruises from that? how do you know bruises weren't there. >> that's what the police said. >> how do you not the bruises wrsh there before? she had a bruise on her arm. if you're going to get squeezed wouldn't you would have yelled out a scream if she had bruises on her arm? take a look at her facial expression. facial expression doesn't even change. so you know you say bruises, how did they get there? who put them there? i don't know he put them there. i'm sticking up for a person i'm not going to let a person's life be destroyed over somebody we have on tape, take a look at what people are saying when they see that incident on tape. no jury, in my opinion, no jury would convict a man and destroy a man's life over what you -- >> the latino vote.
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>> i'm doing great with hispanics. hispanics are great people. i have thousands that work for me, tens of thousands over the years. just at doral, i owned doral in miami, i probably have 800, 900 hispanics working for me. they're phenomenal people. i just say that in the case of mexico, we're being treated very badly. we have a trade deficit of $58 billion and they're treating us batly. they could stop the drugs coming in if they wanted. ne mexico could stop the drugs. i said to new hampshire, the number one problem is heroin pouring in from the southern border. i said, if i get elected i'm going to stop it. i won in a land slip new hampshire you saw that. when you look at beautiful new hampshire and say number one problem is heroin, you have a huge drug problem in wisconsin, everybody does, it's pouring in through the border. i'm the only one that's going to stop it. >> donald trump moved on. so let's move on as well.
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merrick garland met with his first republican senator, mark kirk of illinois. facing a tough reelection this year. republican lawmakers are staunchly against holding any hearings for an obama pick. manu ragu on capitol hill. the fact he's up for re-election probably a big part of that. >> absolutely, jake. trying to show independence from his party leadership. he's probably the most vulnerable republican in the country, hailing from the blue state of illinois face off against tammy duckworth in that
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state. he's the only one to go as far as he is. in that meeting he told reporters that republicans are acting close-minded, not being rational and said we should do our job and consider the nominee. i asked him if he would vote for garland and he said he'd consider voting for him. so clearly he's sort of on an island, republicans, democrats, hope that the dam is breaking. there are no signs yet but believes being independent that will work well for his race in illinois. >> thank you so much. president obama, last night, offered a strong media critique, telling us to hold presidential candidates accountable for what they say, question their policies, call out debatable claims. president obama made many salient points. his message was a good one. but was president obama the right messenger? >> reporter: the media critic in chief had some tough love for
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journalism monday night. >> fairness is the hallmark of good journalism false equivalency too often these days can be a fatal flaw. >> reporter: imploring us to do a better job at covering campaign 2016. >> a job well done is about more than just handing someone a micropho microphone. it's to probe and to question and dig deeper and demand more. >> reporter: the president's kit simples were kel said and quite app. for many the messenger was curious one. many believe obama's call for us to probe and dig deep somewhere find out more has been made far more difficult by his administration than any in recent ex-d decades a far cry from assurances he offered when he first took office. >> transparency and rule of law will be the touch stones of the presidency. >> reporter: obama hasn't delivered, justin elliott wrote in "the washington post" a few
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days ago, calling the massive backlog of those seeking and failing to receive information from the government under the freedom of information act, quote, a disaster under obama's watch. with obama officials aggressively lobbying against reforms proposed in congress. associated press study last year concluded that, quote, the obama administration set a record again for sensoring government files or outright denying access to them. under the freedom of information act. the committee to protect journalists told cnn today, the president has fallen short of his promise, quote, seizing journalists' phone records and e-mails, aggressive prosecutions of whistle-blowers who leak classified information to the press, and the massive surveillance of communications have sent an unequivocal chilling message to journalists and their sources. the obama administration used the espionage act to go after more leakers and whistle-blowers than all previous presidential administrations combined, despite assurances otherwise.
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>> when classified information is leaked, that is a violation of the law. and it is a -- it is a serious matter. if you're asking me whether the president believes journalists should be prosecuted for doing their jobs, the answer is no. >> reporter: mr. president, with all due respect, when one of "the washington post" editors involved in the coverage of watergate says your administration's attempt to fight leaks and control the media is, quote, the most aggressive i've seen since the nixon administration, well, maybe, just maybe you're lecturing would be better delivered to your own administration. >> reminder, the final three republican presidential candidates will face the voters in a wisconsin cnn town hall this evening. moderated by anderson cooper. tune in tonight 8:00 p.m. eastern for that town hall. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. i turn you over to wolf blitzer
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next door in "the situation room." thanks for watching. >> happening now, battery charge, donald trump's campaign manager charged with mess demeanor battery allegedly grabbing and pushing a reporter all caught on video. trump is accusing the reporter of grabbing him and asking if he can press charges. hear live from trump. facing the voters, three republican candidates, one crucial state, and a room full of voter asking very hard questions about the real issues in the campaign. counting down to a critical moment in the fight for delegates. and the republican nomination. terror messages, the fbi cracks the code, finally gaining access to secret information inside a cell phone belonging to the san bernardino terrorists. are there clues that may stop the next terror attack? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room."