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be sure to follow me on facebook and twitter @jaketapper. that's it for "the lead" today. i am jake tapper. i turn you over to wolf blitzer. he's right next door in "the situation room." thank you for watching. happening now, mistrial after days of deliberations. a charleston jury gives up. they're unable to reach a verdict in the murder trial of a white police officer who shot an unarmed american man in the back. as the man was running away, the shooting was caught on video. al gore comes to meet with ivanka trump but spends most of his time with the president-elect. did he find common ground with the man he once said he would find catastrophe. a man shot multiple rounds inside a washington pizza restaurant because he believed
fake conspiracy theories all over the internet f. they're looking for a home right here in washington. but questions about what role they'll play in the trump administration. i'm wolf blitzer and i'm in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. we're following breaking news. a mistrial just declared after a jury deadlocked in the murder case of former police officer michael slager. he was accused of murder for shooting walter scott in the back. even though juries had the option of the lesser charge of manslaughter, they still couldn't reach a unanimous agreement. we're also following new developments as president-elect trump holds a sit-down with former vice president al gore. trump also new talks in china. we're also firing on invasion
into a. . lawyers label his stake without a shred of hope. . questions remain about whether those rules could. we'll discuss z judiciary committees. he's standing by live. our correspondents, annuals and gerszs, they will hand over your person in the sex shot and killed for justice. let's begin with cnn's brian
to todd. 9 circuit court. >> and that is good news for the family of walter scott after such disappointing news that we learned in this case. we were shocked on friday, wolf, when the jury was deadlocked 11-1. with 11 being in favor of. we had one held-out juror who handed frmd. that one juror has still apparently held out and that's caused the judge to declare a mistrial. if all the coverage we've had in the past two years to eric garner, that lip case.
was many michael slager. . on friday gsd tfts a slam-did you think. now he have federal court. they say they will try this family again. michael slager will have to go through this all over again. >> you're in the courtroom. explain what's happening on the ground right now. >> reporter: those in the community who support the walter scott family are disappointed. they're saying this and categorizing this as a missed opportunity for justice, a missed opportunity to heal the deep wounds within the black community in this country as a result of a series of police shootings across the country over the last two years. i was speaking to an elder here in charleston whogd it shows
walt walter scott running away from michael slager and being gunned down, being shot multiple times in the back. to him many. what are your questions? what is imminent danger? what is self-defense? is it different for an officer rather than a civilian. we thaet this. today, however, we learned that was a majority of the jurors that were still undecided. however, the significance of this case is expected to retire. that case is expected to happen through more of yeex. >> remember, double has an.
here in the legal bloim. . this is a 55 hifl day there's it's a trickier case. what this mistrial ninforms the prosecutor and the defense attorney going forward and how to choose a jury to figure out what more obligation or stance will allow the jury to believe an officer or former officer rather than a civilian. >> we need to follow breaking news. there are other important developments we follow in the situation room, as donald trump survivors in new york city for us.
>> reporter: that's right, it's certainly an interesting even evening. al gore was supposed to meet with ivank trump, but he ended up meeting with the president-elect himself. he said it was a sincere attempt to find common ground on an issue they haven't always agreed on. today at trump tower, former vice president al gore sitting down with the president-elect and ivanka trump to talk about gore's signature issue, climate change. something trump has called a hoax. >> the bulk of the time was with president-elect donald trump tru trump. >> the president-elect also reaching out to a former rival, picking dr. ben carson as secretary of housing and urban
development. >> we're excited to have dr. carson as our intended nominee for housing and urban development. we're looking forward to another productive week. he criticized housing regulations to discuss seg he gags in public housing. >> this is what you see in communist countries where they have so many organizations encircling every aspect of your life that if you don't rec. as one moves forward, another seems to be taking a step back. trump is now expanding his search for secretary of state after narrowing his list to four contenders last week. transitioners now say an alabama is in the mix.
. former cia director david petraeus also still in the running, expressing neglect without himliment. again, they'll have to factor that in and also 38 and a half yeermtz rkts to our country rmt. they are grabbing the attention of "saturday night live." >> kellyanne, i guess we tweeted the best. >> trump slamming the show as unwatchable, totally bias, not funny and the baldwin remember. if the press would cover me roon
to tweet. mike pence defending another trump tweet in which he. >> i think one of the things that's refreshing about our president-elect. >> and tomorrow donald trump will be holding at least one sbe view about the. he will be sitting down with. where he will be formally rolling out that nomination for secretary of defense, general james mattis. >> joining us here in the situation room is california republican congressman david ishlgs s, a. thanks very much for joining us. >> thanks for teaming it up. it's all about the
president-elect and his agenda as we speak. >> let's talk about some of the potential problems. at least al gore, the former vice plt, goes over to meet with ivanka tlump or with the president-elect. ivanka says she's not going to be involved in the administration. shee she's going to handle the family business, the real estate, all the other business from the trump organization. is it appropriate, though, during this transition for her to be meeting with someone like al gore when the president-elect just eats with them. >> i think it's interesting, the fact we're all members of the government party, that's something shd he should be thankful there. they spent eight debagting whether you have to lives. i think you have to remember,
are always playing key roles. >> if she and her two returns beat some sorlt of. . the president-elect has said he's going tormd. he's going to announce the specifics of it or at least the beginning of the specifics of it next week. we have a problem. i walked by the statute of george washington today, and most people don't think about it, but he would be a multi-billionaire with his holdings if he were there today. there is always a problem. but george washington, both as a general and as president, had to write home to martha instructions on what to do for the farm. there is a reality when you, in fact, elect a person with substantial wealth and businesses. there is a reality that you can't fully separate, but at the same time he's made it clear that he cares about this
country, he cares about the presidency, and he doesn't care about those businesses anymore. he's going to turn away control. >> should he finally go ahead and release his tax returns? people out there, the american people, will have a better understanding of this huge business he has entails. >> i would subpoena every year he's the president, he would be anticipate to make some discloegss against the tifrt. >> he said he's not going to take the $400 r paycheck. he knees a. he's made it clear he's not going to run the the.
>> you did a lot. if there was a democratic trying to find out on behalf the american people, waets going on? >> regardless of the party, this congress is going to have to, on a regular base. ask questions. mpl that is a cost not borne by the american people to support and account for their hits. quite frankly, he had taken on a sprnlt. >> his properties apparently they're booking um, these hotels, especially the one here in washington because he was elected president. >> he would have built a bigger hotel if he'd none.
ment about sfmt should all those legal documents be known? >> i think the details of how he's going to deconflict should. as appropriate made available to the working people. and i'm comfortment lots going on, isis here. at a timementment. tv. great. wow! please santa. please, please, please, please, please! santa i want to go fast. woooo! that sounds like christmas. it's the chevy red tag sales event. now through december 12th, get 0% financing for 72 months on remaining 2016 chevy models. find new roads at your local chevy dealer.
>> wolf, great concern there. remember after the taiwan call, trump advisers and trump himself dismissed it as just another congratulatory call from a head of state. since then, he and his team have been doubling down on beijing in what would be a u.s. shift in china policy. today beijing issuing a blistering response to donald trump's increasing anti-china rhetoric. quote, trump and his transition team should realize making trouble for china-u.s. ties is making trouble for themselves, adding that the slogan, make america great again, saying making trouble for china won't make the u.s. great. the white house added its own criticism. >> it's unclear what the strategic effort is, what the aim of the strategic effort is, and it's unclear what potential benefit could be experienced by
the united states. >> reporter: the storm started with a call between trump and taiwan's president, the first between a u.s. president or president-elect and taiwan's leader since the u.s. first recognized beijing in 1979. trump then doubled and tripled down on his tougher stance over the weekend, tweeting, did china ask us if it was okay to devalue their currency, making it hard for our companies to compete? heavily tax our products going into their country. the u.s. doesn't tax them. or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the south china sea? i don't think so! exclamation point. trump had targeted china throughout his campaign. >> china respects strength. and by letting them take advantage of us economically, which they are doing like never before, we have lost all of their respect. >> reporter: but now it is increasingly clear that this more confrontational stance
towards a nuclear armed china that is america's second largest trading partner will continue in a trump presidency. >> i think you're going to see, in a president donald trump, a willingness to engage the world but engage the world on america's terms. >> reporter: one close trump adviser took the posture a step further, telling a chicago radio station -- >> taiwan is our ally and we ought to back our ally, and if china doesn't like it, screw 'em! >> it is true that the u.s. and taiwan have a long and close relationship. the u.s., for instance, sells weapons to taiwan, including m-16s made especially to deter invasion. it is a delicate piece based on decades of diplomatic norms which trump is signalling now, wolf, he may significantly change and that it has risks associated with it. >> they do, indeed. jim scuitto reporting.
you agree with steven moore, if they don't like it, screw 'em? >> steven has a way with words. i think a better way to put it is president obama announced and began a pivot to asia. that was really about japan and other countries seeing china as an emerging power that was beginning to threaten a status quo, that had military and economic reach in the treatment of them. he's clearly using levers, the meeting with japan's leader, the call from taiwan's leader, and a recognition that china is not the only place there are levers of power in asia, and i'll tell you, i would rather use the levers he just used than a military lever. >> so you think it's appropriate for the president-elect to use twitter to taunt china and issue these threats as he did over the
weekend? >> we can all talk about his tweets for the rest of his presidency. what i would say, though, in this case is what you're seeing is non-military threats. when you remember both president bush and before him, president clinton. they said things that actually led to troops and ships moving because the china straits is not a stable area. these are movies and much more intended to show china that he will use the levels of diplomacy. >> but is it okay from your perspective to upend it with no allies in the region, serious confrontations with veteran u.s. diplomats to simply go ahead and tweet this kind of stuff? sdp >> there are two things there, and we can talk about the tweet. if we sell $2 billion of f-16 to
taiwan, does it really stabilize? and if it does, isn't this too stable of a region to to say it a good balance. a good balance with china is that we have serious talks about their property, about keeping their membership in the wto which they're reneging on. they both have a point, which china has been a bad actor, they've threatened their neighbors and there is a new pivot to asia. >> but the white house made an important point today, and i assume you agree with them, that 40 years of keeping this quality, not having these direct relationships taiwan. of course, he said it benefited taiwan. they certainly benefit from peace and stability in this strait. to upend that, could potentially
threaten taiwan and other u.s. allies in the region. >> there would be other steps that would be provocative. but taking a call for real or under the guise of simply being a courtesy, i think that's a good way to say he knows taiwan is a good actor, and taiwan, at least in trade, is a bad actor. . those are what's destabilizing everyone's feelings about asia, and rather than send another fleet to the region, he's been able to tell china that they better reconsider that tools like diplomacy, a good ambassador to china, forcing china back to living up to things they've already agreed to in trade, i think all of that is important. but that doesn't start until after donald trump is sworn in. >> if you had your way, you would stop the tweeting, right? >> you know, i didn't get elected. i didn't run. but if i had run, i probably
wouldn't have been smart enough, aggressive enough to tweet as often and as well as he has. it has made him the president-elect. having said that, i think we all wish that his good tweets would work and the ones that becoming a story of the day wouldn't, but let's remember, this is someone he's communicate, that used to belong to pour parties. >> he still hasn't held a news accordance since becoming president-elect of the united states, even though other presidents elect, within two, three, four days, they always have a formal. gera gerald. coming up, fake news, a real gun and the growing danger posed
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donald trump will be hitting the road once again. tomorrow he'll be continuing his thank you tour with a rally in north carolina. today he was very busy with meetings, also busy with some tweets. we have plenty to discuss with our political experts. let's start with david axelrod. he seems to be suggesting, dave, he'll be moving beyond the conventional rules, if you will, in dealing with the american
press. he tweeted this. if the press would treat me accurately and honorably, i would have far less reason to tweet. sadly, i don't know if that will ever happen. you worked in the west wing for four years. >> i don't know that it is about that. >> newt gingrich suggested he can simply ignore what he calls the mainstream media if he wants to. >> look, i don't know any president that loves the press who covers him because the job of the media is to take a critical look at the administration. but donald trump is epically thin skinned and his notion is if you write nice things about me or if you say nice things about me, then i will play with you. if not, i will go over your head and tell my version of the truth. there is real danger in this for our democracy because part of the check on unbridled power is a free press. and for a president to say, you know what, i don't really believe in that, is a little bit
frightening. >> could he go over the heads if he wants to, go over the heads of the press and deal in other ways, if you will, in order to sell his agenda? >> i think he thinks his agenda has been sold. i think he thinks he closed the deal by winning the election and now that there is a republican congress and a republican in the white house, who is he selling this agenda to? i don't think he understands that the agenda then has to be sold to the electorate and congress does actually have to be sold because they have constituents back home who might disagree with some parts of it. he might learn that pretty quickly. also i think what he forgets is presidents have used press pools to their great advantages at times. having them around, having them handy has turned out to be both good for their own security but also good for photo ops and for capturing those moments you want to be seen, unless he's planning
on having jared cushner follow him around with a camera all day. >> no taiwanese president has spoken directly with a president of the united states or a president-elect of the united states. this is a tweet. did china ask us if it was okay to devalue their currency, making it harder for our countries to compete, heavily taxing our products, the u.s. doesn't tax them, or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the south china sea? i don't think so. is this going to endanger us? what is your analysis? >> those i've talked to who have actually negotiated with china, for instance, the former david
rudd, he says there will be different views on this, but the prevailing view will be that they're being tested. even before january 20, he is either highly naive and highly ignorant of the way these things are played, or he's testing them. he is prodding to see what sort of initial reaction comes back. in either case, wolf, until -- at this stage, until he's had a chance to see and truly understand the ramifications of the entire region, most people believe it's a dangerous strategy. >> what do you believe, david axelrod? >> i absolutely do, and i'd like to believe it's some sort of sophisticated tragedy, but i believe david's second interpretation may be more apt. i don't think he really understands the implications of all of this. he's used to firing these tweets off without regard, and presidents can send armies marching and markets tumbling with the wrong set of words, and he simply doesn't have an
appreciation for that. >> interesting, mark preston, donald trump did have this meeting with the former vice president al gore today. al gore went over to trump tower to meet with ivanka trump, but then he had a separate meeting with the president-elect. al gore emerged from that meeting complimentary saying it was very interesting, very with prerk trump. that's a surprise given the very serious agreements they've had over climate change in the past year and a half. >> no doubt. shirley is going to drive some of. >> he has egged that on a little bit, and in the "new york times" a few weeks ago, it shows donald trump will be a transitional president. we can't put him in a box and say he won't work with democrats, necessarily.
we should note that he at least is surrounding himself with folks that tend to be well versed in these issues, but the fact of the matter is, this is not a meeting, necessarily, that's going to be embraced by some of the hard-core activists that back donald trump. >> as you remember, it's not that long ago, that trump he's sort of walked that back. i'd like to give him credit for meeting with and building a team of rivals. he'd met with democrats, he's worked with republicans who have spurned him. it's this overmindpen-minded ap that people are responding to. i think it's something we have to commend him on. >> richard, what's your analysis? >> your starting point is a president-elect and a president-to-be who has had no
governmental experience and doesn't know how these games are interacted. that is the starting point. but as david was saying, the reality of it is -- the analogy i've used is that you've got to ballroom dance when you're doing these negotiations at global levels. you've both got to be doing the same dance. he can't be doing a fox trot while the chinese are doing a rumba. if you do, you're going to tread on each other's toes and it's going to end very badly and there will be a mess. as david pointed out, in these situations on the other side of the world, armys. sh stand by for a moment. we're getting a picture of a frightening moment in washington, d.c. police now say a north carolina man shot multiple shots inside a pizza restaurant and he was motivated by a fake news
conspiracy theory. i want to go immediately to our justice correspondent evan perez. what are your sources telling you? >> the suspect in this case, 28-year-old edgar madison welch, appeared in d.c. court in the last hour, and he's now formally charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful discharge of a firearm. the metropolitan police say he walked into cot met ping-pong restaurant. this is a family restaurant with adults and children. he told officers he walked frrk the not finding any evidence of that. >> this all stems tr a false
story that's federal claiming that hillary clinton was associated with a child sex ring at this restaurant. police say the claims are fictional and the restaurant and other businesses in the area say they've been receiving threats and harassing phone calls for weeks. now, police found two guns believed to belong to the suspect inside the restaurant and one more inside his car. clearly, this is a dangerous situation that went beyond fake news world. >> certainly is. very, very dangerous indeed. >> let's get back to power. >> once it looks like this, it. your own opinion, but you're not entitled to your own facts? we live in an era where some have their own facts and people have positions of responsibility who are embracing that. one of these crazy rumors
related to this child pornography. >> he's apparently going to be aided by one of his aids -- >> no, by his son. >> oh, by his son. this is a whole new universe, and it's very pernicious, and it's not clear how to get our arms r. where this particular incident is concerned, any republican in a position of influence that they will have blood on their hands. it is up to the people to say this is false. please don't rely on this false story. the deeply concerning and allows this to grow for whatever
political expedient they can get off of it. >> anything as adviser they're going to address this problem? all of a sudden fake news has created a serious problem right here in washington. >> right, and we haven't heard anything to that effect yet. donald trump understands and what to do. he understands how to use twitter to try to get his message out. the going to be pretty powerful. and he'll be able to do that had md. to go to the east wherever he may do it, to knock down stories like this, to try to put his stamp on things right now. when he starts doing that, i think donald trump will start being embraced by more people because they will see an inkling
of leadership they possibly don't see right now. >> richard, do you want to weigh in on this? >> i went to a 10-day assignment. it took me to the eu, to finland, to the u.k. the rest of the world is watching, as, in deed, are -- to afford all the buildings from bei being. . it's happening in front of their very eyes and they have absolutely no idea how this plays out. the one question i was asked in all these trips and is. it got americans thinking. is donald trump serious about what he says? and even before january 20, we are seeing policy shifts even though the old adage goes the
u.s. only have one problem at a ti time. . eight years ago during that transition what this junior senator from illinois was going to do, the world was watching, but it seems to be more intriguing right now. >> the world had two years to watch him as a candidate, and what they saw was someone very discreet about how they use language. yes, it would be very careful to see him a. many. so it will be a big test. i would hope so. i hope that there are ways to express a position of leadership and calm the world down. stay with us. there is a lot happening right
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area. >> reporter: we do have word that they are house hunting here in washington. their plan to move here bolsters the expectation that jared kushner is going to take on a prominent role as a white house adviser to donald trump. but it also raises questions where they may settle, about security questions and how she may run the family business if she's here in washington. a custom made table hovering above. a designer blue lacquer desk in the study. this is the apartment in manhattan's upper east side occupied by ivanka and her husband, jared. tonight, cnn has learned they are house hunting in washington. >> specifically what are they going to have to do regarding security at a place like this? >> they're going to have several secret service cars lined up in
front and behind the property. they may have some occasional aerial monitoring, as well. >> reporter: alison goodhart has sold homes in washington, average price, she says, $4 million to $10 million. are they in from complaints from neighbors no matter where they go? >> it's likely. it depends on the neighborhood they choose. there are certain neighborhood where is they are used to high profile republicans and democrats coming in. >> reporter: another important factor in their home search, jared kushner is an orthodox jew. ivanka converted to judaism. their family strictly observes the sabbath and may want to be within talking distance of a synagogue. tonight, questions also persist about what role kushner will have in the trump administration. he's expected to serve as an adviser to his father-in-law. he was seen walking with white
house chief of staff dennis mcdunna on the white house grounds during donald trump's meeting with president obama. >> steve bannon and reince priebus, who will be the strategic adviser, also want jared badly. he's such a good mediator between their different styles. >> reporter: questions linger how ivanka might balance her hole as a vp of the trump organization with what she does in washington. melania trump plans on staying in new york with their son, baron, at least until the spring. >> because melania will not be here until after baron finishes the school year, there will be a lot of pressure on ivanka to perform find of a de facto first lady role. >> reporter: residents of d.c.'s high-end neighborhoods like this one, they're going to be used to having diplomats and other top officials with heavy security in their midst. president obama is going to be
living in this house in this d.c. neighborhood once he leaves office. we asked the trump transition team where in d.c. ivanka and jared might be looking for a home. and how she might juggle her role with the trump organization with what she might be doing in washington. we never heard back from them. wolf? >> it's no secret that the secret service details, they will be directory involved, no doubt. neighborhood gawkers, other logistics that might be challenging for them if they move here to washington. there are other factors involved, as well. >> reporter: that's right. you can add potential protesters that they might have to deal with. about a week ago, more than 100 artists gathered in manhattan to protest donald trump's policy. that building is owned by jared kushner and where he and his wife have that apartment. so neighbors here in d.c. might have another complaint to lodge. >> brian todd, thank you very much. coming up, china takes
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happening now, breaking news. deadlock. a mistrial declared in the case of former police officer michael slager, who shot an unarmed black man in the back killing him. will prosecutors retry him? carson in the cabinet. donald trump picks former rival dr. ben carson for housing secretary, despite questioning his sanity and comparing him to
a child molester during the campaign. trump is now calling him brilliant. false story, real crime. a wild conspiracy theory about hillary clinton. is the fake news that thrived during the campaign posing a real threat to public safety? deadly fire probe. 36 people are now confirmed dead in a california warehouse fire and officials fear that number will rise. what sparked the inferno that claimed so many lives? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> we're following breaking news out of south carolina. a mistrial declared in the case of former police officer michael slager, charged with