tv CNN Newsroom With Carol Costello CNN January 13, 2017 7:00am-8:01am PST
and good morning, i'm carol costello. thanks so much for joining me. almost since the day obamacare became law, republicans have vowed to kill it. today the house gop takes its first step toward repealing it. lawmakers on both sides of it aisle are concerned about the millions of americans who could lose coverage if a replacement
plan is not put into place. cnn's political reporter manu raju is live on capitol hill. >> reporter: carol, it will take several weeks for them to put the repeal legislation together. what we do know is it's going to be difficult to get support from democrats and even within the republican party over a replace plan. we're already hearing pushback from some top house republicans who are concerned about repealing obamacare without a plan to replace it. i spoke with congressman dent, a pennsylvania top moderate, who has some real reservations about moving forward without anything specific. paul ryan, the house speaker, trying to combat that. last night at the cnn town hall, he said they're going to try to move on a repeal of obamacare at
the same time as replacing some aspects of the law. that is an effort to alleviate concerns from people like charlie dent. take a listen to concerns from that pennsylvania republican. >> i think the repeal plan needs to be fully developed and better articulated prior to moving forward. i have some reservations about moving as quickly as we are. i'm very concerned specifically on the policy side that the replacement, that it occur simultaneously or as close to simultaneously as possible. if we don't provide a credible replacement plan, my main concern is that there would not be any gaps in coverages for people who are currently subsidized. also concerned about how the insurance markets would react. >> reporter: would you urge the leadership to slow down on repeal? >> i've already had that conversation with leadership, encouraging them to be a bit
more deliberative in trying to chart out the full strategy for repeal and replace and make sure we are in full sync with the senate as well as the incoming white house. i don't think we're quite there yet. >> reporter: now, all eyes are on the house floor this afternoon where they're going to take that key vote on a budget that will begin that process of repealing obamacare. but again, they need to get support within their own party to repeal, let alone replace, parts. a lot of questions about how the republicans deal with such a huge issue in the beginning parts of donald trump's administration, carol. >> manu raju, reporting live from capitol hill. vice president biden is speaking out about recent reports about intelligence gathered about donald trump and confirming what cnn has already accurately reported, specifically that the intelligence community briefed mr. trump and president obama that russia might have compromising unsubstantiated information on trump, and that they were going to inform the president-elect because they felt they had to.
>> third argument was that this is something that the press already had, not just here in the united states but other places, that they would be -- they didn't use the word "derelict" but it was their obligation to inform not only us but the president-elect that this was out there. >> all of this coming as the fbi director james comey is facing new scrutiny over his handling of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. cnn justice correspondent evan perez has been very busy lately, tracking all the developments. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. vice president joe biden is the first to tell reporters on the record that intelligence officials had briefed him and president obama last week about those unverified claims that russia may have compromising information on president-elect donald trump. cnn was the first to report that the nation's top intelligence chiefs presented both the president and the president-elect with a two-page written synopsis of those claims
which came from a 35-page opposition research dossier. it was compiled by a british intelligence operate, former british intelligence operative based on russian sources. the u.s. intelligence agencies haven't verified these allegations. leon panetta, former cia director and pentagon secretary, explained to erin burnett last night why they would include that information. take a listen to what he had to say. we don't have that sound bite ready. the fact is this is an extremely sensitive issue for the incoming president-elect. we know that the four intelligence chiefs met him last friday in part to really brief him on the russian meddling in the u.s. election, the u.s. presidential elections. we're told by sources that jim comey was the one that actually briefed donald trump on what was in this dossier, that this unverified allegations. he had a one-on-one conversation with the president-elect.
we're told that it was actually a very cordial conversation. we reached out to the fbi for comment. they declined to comment. of course you already heard from donald trump, carol, that he says these allegations are all false. >> okay. on the subject of jim comey and the fbi, he's going to be questioned by lawmakers about the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. what will go down in that questioning session? >> reporter: well, we know that the e-mail investigation which we thought was all over with is now the subject of an inspector general investigation from the justice department had and what this means is that, simply put, all of the actions of comey and the justice department in handling that investigation are now going to be back under scrutiny. at the autopsy top of their con carol, is that july press conference that comey held in which he said he would bring no
charges against hillary clinton but went on to list all the different things he thought she had done wrong. of course there is a lot of criticism with this letter he sent in october in which he said they found new e-mails, essentially reopening the investigation, 11 days before the investigation. so a lot of political criticism for the fbi director. >> all right. evan perez, thanks so much. let's talk with hillary clinton's former campaign manager, robby mook, hi, robbie. >> hey, carol. >> thank you for being here this morning. you probably already know this, but the president-elect has already responded to this investigation on jim comey and what he did during that time. this is what the president-elect tweeted this morning. what are hillary clinton's people complaining about with respect to the fbi based on the information they had, she should never have been allowed to run, guilty as hell, they were very nice to her. she lost because she campaigned
in the wrong states. no enthusiasm. your reaction to those tweets? >> well, i think this is donald trump lashing out the way he typically does. he's coming under further scrutiny for his own connections to russia. and then obviously this inspector general investigation into director comey and the fbi's handling of the e-mail investigation is calling into question whether there were political motivations and whether that might have impacted the outcome of the election. trump doesn't have good answers to these questions, so he's lashing out, as he usually does. i'm glad that the inspector general has called for this investigation. we need to understand why director comey took the unprecedented step of talking about the investigation of secretary clinton, why he sent those letters, and whether there were political motivations. >> some republicans are probably saying to themselves, look, it's over, the election is over, it's
clear that democratic entities are trying to delegitimize mr. trump's presidency, why not just let this go? >> democrats aren't the ones calling for these investigations. obviously we support it, we think this is important this is looked at, but it's the inspector general, who is an independent actor at the justice department who has called for this. it's republican senator john mccain, republican senator lindsey graham, who have been holding hearings to investigate mr. trump's potential ties to russia. the election is over, and donald trump is going to be inaugurated as our next president, that's not the question here. i think the question is whether outside actors influenced the outcome of the election. whether that be the russians or the fbi. >> but the investigation centers on jim comey and why he took the actions he did during the election, isn't it? >> there's a separate investigation going on on
russia. but this isn't just james comey at the fbi. there were leaks coming out left and right, particularly from the new york field office. many news outlets were running stories based on leaks that turned out not to be true, entire stories that had to be retracted because of leaks that were going on. i think director comey bears the responsibility for having that press conference, which was totally unprecedented, a clear breach of protocol at the justice department. he's accountable for that letter he sent to the hill, also a breach of protocols at the state department. and again, i think the world was shocked the other day when in a senate committee hearing, senators asked to understand the status of investigations into mr. trump's relations with russia, and mr. comey refused to comment. he didn't refuse to comment at all when it came to secretary clinton. and in fact he had a whole press conference to editorialize about his personal views of her and
what she did. so -- >> do you think that jim comey should resign when all is said and done? >> i think we need to get the facts. it's up to mr. comey whether he steps down. but we need the inspector general to -- >> what in your own mind would demonstrate the need for jim comey to resign? >> i think if he has acted improperly and that the american people can no longer have faith in his ability to carry out justice. i think at that point someone should step down. i think it's hard to be director of such an important institution when that trust is no longer there. and let's let this process play out and look at the facts. but there are some pretty clear facts in front of us, such as that press conference he had, such as those letters, the leaks that were coming out constantly. and i wish that this had gotten more scrutiny during the
election, frankly. but we are where we are. and i'm glad it's going to be looked at more closely now. >> have you talked to secretary clinton about any of this? >> well, i'm not going to, you know, get into private conversations. but i think she, like everybody else, just wants to get to the bottom of this. you know, at the point that we're at right now, this isn't a democratic or republican issue. this is really an issue of whether we're going to have free, fair, and open elections in this country. and i think every american should be concerned about outside intervention. >> you two have had a discussion about the russian hacking and jim comey's actions during the election? >> we obviously had to talk about this a lot, because, you know, i was on the plane with her when that letter came out from director comey. obviously we were dealing with the leaks that the russians were putting out every single day. so of course we had to talk about this, because we were battling it constantly during the campaign. i know that secretary clinton,
above all, is a patriotic person. she believes that our democracy is what makes us strong. and that's what we've got to protect. government agents and foreign aggressors should not be allowed to step into our democratic electoral process and intervene and try to swing the voters. and it appears that that could have happened from the russians and from james comey. and we need to investigate and address that and make sure this never happens to anyone else ever again. >> and just a last question, i know this has been pooh-pooh'd by many, but there are a good number of people who want hillary clinton to run for the mayor of new york city. do you think that's a possibility? >> i'll leave that to her. >> do you think she should, though? >> i think she should do what she wants. look, here's what i'll say. i think she's one of the most important leaders in our country right now. she is truly an elder stat
statesperson. she has a powerful voice and i know she'll use that for good and for the purposes that she has always served, to fight for everyday people, to make sure the playing field is level, and to fight for the rights of all people and women and girls around the world. >> she could do that as mayor of new york city. she could have a big voice. >> she can do that in a number of ways. i know no matter what, she's going to be an important force for good in our country and our world moving forward. and i look forward to that. we need her voice more than ever. and i look forward to hearing that voice. >> robby mook, thanks for being with me this morning. >> thanks. >> you're welcome. still to come, a wild week on the hill as nominees face confirmation hearings. also coming up, gretchen carlson opening up about her
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president-elect donald trump's cabinet picks disagreeing with some of his policies, just seven days out from donald trump taking office. this week's back to back congressional hearings exposing where his nominees differ from him on major issues, especially on russia. >> if putin likes donald trump, i consider that an asset, not a liability. >> i would consider the principal threats to start with, russia. >> would i approve waterboarding? you bet your ass. >> absolutely improper and illegal. >> absolutely not. >> i don't think we should come close to crossing a line that is beyond what we as americans would expect to follow in terms
of interrogation techniques. >> sunlen serfaty is live on capitol hill with more on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. this is one of the big takeaways, that many of these nominees are not in line with president-elect donald trump's stances on key issues. and many in specific cases stand in direct opposition to the stances that the president-elect, their future boss, will take. you noted that split with russia, which was certainly significant among many of his nominees up here. we also saw this pattern emerge on a plethora of other issues, notably many of the president-elect's campaign promises that he made as a candidate on the border wall with mexico, on the ban for muslims coming into the u.s., and on waterboarding as well. the president-elect perhaps responding to this, pushing back a bit, trying to frame this as a good thing. he tweeted this morning, quote,
all of my cabinet nominees are looking good and doing a great job. i want them to be themselves and express their own thoughts. and transition officials have been trying to downplay the spotlight being on these sorts splits, saying that at the end of the day, the president-elect here is going to be the one that's going to make the policy. and they believe, and this according to sean spicer, that they are going to pursue the trump agenda in the end. but this certainly sets up already going into the incoming administration a very tricky dynamic, carol. >> oh, yes. sunlen serfaty, thanks so much. let's talk about this more, lynn sweet, washington bureau chief of "the washington sun times," and jackie kucinich, washington bureau chief for the daily beast. welcome to both of you. >> hi. >> lynn, what do you make of this? donald trump saying things like, yeah, waterboarding! and all of his nominees saying, oh, no. americans don't believe in that, it's illegal. >> what i make of this is, don't
look for consistency from president-elect donald trump. we know that. then i want to pick up on the point that sunlen made. this is interesting, that these four key cabinet members disagree with him on central campaign themes and pledges. the wall, mexico, how it will be effective, for example. so we do have to wait now to see what is the policy. and more important, it seems to me, knowing that cabinet members disagree with the president, will this drive a wedge among republicans who control congress. >> here is the thing, jackie, if donald trump is okay with this, like who is donald trump and what does he believe? >> i mean, so i think at the end of the day, donald trump is going to set the policies. the policies come from the top, particularly when it comes to the federal government. so no matter what rex tillerson or kelly or, you know, mattis
says, trump is going to be the one who sets the policy. now, he has said, he has dialed back waterboarding, because he said mattis told him it doesn't work. so he has shown a willingness to change his opinions. so it really is an open question as to how much he will be listening to his cabinet secretaries and how much he will be telling them to listen to him. it does seem like he's going to give them a lot of leeway in terms of running the organizations, the federal agencies. he's told them to go in and shake it up. but we'll have to see just how hands-on he is. we don't know the answer to that question yet. >> okay. so, but let's say the arguments between his cabinet picks and donald trump become very heated, lynn, and he is the president of the united states, he has the final say. isn't it possible that some of them who feel strongly about such things, and i'm talking about general mattis, because he's already expressed some concerns, right, that means they could possibly walk away,
resign? i mean, what would it mean? >> well, sometimes -- this will bring new meaning to the wonderful doris concerns gooris term, the team of rivals, the president's cabinet of people who he picked, who he never even ran against. what this means is that there is going to be -- to pick up on jackie's point, a big understanding of what the trump administration will be about, when we find out, is he going to be the manager who in a sense outsources a lot of decisionmaking to cabinet members, that is a management style that we may not be surprised to see, and say if it's good enough format i s mat it's good enough for me. but the complexities of this end up in congress, where congress decides, are we going to
appropriate money for a wall. let's take one bite-sized chunk of this, carol and jackie. members of congress will say, why should we pay for this when his own department of homeland security says it might not do what the president says he wants it to do? >> just building on what lynn just said, jackie, rex tillerson testified before lawmakers that he hadn't even really talked to donald trump about russia. is it possible that donald trump doesn't know exactly what his nominees think of such issues? >> seems like a lack of preparation on rex tillerson's point, if he hasn't really talked to him about russia. but maybe there is a little bit of wait and see. i had a hard time believing that, frankly, that they have had no discussions about russia, because it's such a big part of the job he's going into. but that said, that's what he said. as i said before, we'll have to wait and see whose policy wins
out, whether or not donald trump is going to listen to his cabinet secretaries or whether he's going to tell them what to do. >> if i can add one thing about why we should not be surprised, about what cabinet secretaries have not discussed, sometimes it's strategic, so they can come to capitol hill and say we haven't discussed it. >> is it also possible that the nominees are saying things that lawmakers want to hear to be confirmed? i mean, they're under oath, though. let me retract that, that's not not fair. >> i think -- >> why would donald trump pick these people who don't really buy into his major league policies? >> well, you know, let's take him at his word and his tweet, when he says that -- didn't he say they look good? i think sometimes he just goes with his vibe and the looks,
central casting. and i do see from the campaign, when he said afterwards he's somebody who thinks big picture, big sweep, we'll fill in the details later. on the other hand, he has been willing to publicly reverse himself, such as his pledge to lock her up in reference to hillary clinton and having an investigation. >> although this morning he said she was guilty as hell. >> right. to say this is fluid is -- is there a stronger way of saying this, ladies, than just to say the situation is fluid? >> i think we should leave it there. thanks to both of you. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. still to come in the newsroom, life after fox news. my one on one interview with gretchen carlson, what she's doing now following her sexual harassment lawsuit. [ crowd noise ]
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and good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. she's the former fox news anchor who brought down one of the biggest, most powerful bosses in media. gretchen carlson was fired from fox news. but instead of taking it, she fought back with the truth, an explosive lawsuit that detailed years of sexual harassment at the hands of roger ailes, an incredibly brave thing to do. i tweeted my support early on, i told gretchen carlson, you're amazing, you go. two weeks ago i interviewed gretchen for "good housekeeping" magazine about her journey. it was emotional. >> hi, gretchen. do you mind if i hug you? >> no, of course not. great seeing you. thank you for all your kind words about me, i really appreciate them.
>> i meant every one of of them, you're an awesome person, courageous. you're doing such important things now, you should be so proud of yourself. >> thank you. there weren't a lot of supporters at the beginning and you were one of them. so thank you. >> any time. let's do it. >> so carlson is amazing, she made what happened to her much bigger than herself. so how have you been? >> i think good. i've been busy, but i've been spending time with my family. >> so what has been something that you're doing that is most satisfying to you right now? >> i've signed on to become a columnist for "times motto" online, it reaches 37 million young people, specifically writing about female empowerment. >> i think women once thought we were all on the same page. but some women, with the election of donald trump, don't think that way anymore. >> i think a lot of women don't think that we're all on the same
page. a lot of women voted for donald trump. and you know what, that's okay, because that's their right in america. so they think that, you know, for them, he brings a bright future. i can't comment on whether or not that's right or wrong for society. but what i can say is he has said that he loves women and that he believes in women. and i challenge him to those comments. i challenge him to then put women in high ranking positions. show america that your words are true. >> some would say, though, since the majority of white women voted for donald trump, that all those terrible things he said about women were okay with them. >> hmm. i really believe that a lot of people in the election looked at policies and things that they were if he had up with with regard to policies, and that that superceded some of the basic tenets in the way in which we treat one another. >> as a woman who fights against
sexual harassment and against such language in the workplace, how can you now say to young men out there that this kind of language is unacceptable, when a man who is president of the united states used such language? >> mm-hmm. i'm still going to say to young men and young women and frankly young men and women of all ages, it's unacceptable. but we've elected other presidents who also had major flaws. so i take it as an opportunity, as a learning experience. i have two young children. my daughter is 13 and my son is 11. this was a topic of conversation in our home, as i'm sure it was all across america. >> i know you can't talk about what happened to you. but i do want to know where you found the strength to start something new after that happened to you so publicly. >> what's happened to me in the
last six months, not on my radar screen. so i'm all about recreating myself in the moment in time. i'm setting up a fund to empower girls and women to stick up on all issues, not just sexual harassment. for me, it's about inspiring women to come together, whether you feel good or bad about the election. >> there is this perception that conservative women want one thing and liberal women want something totally different. are we really that different? >> i think that women in general, republican and democrat, feel differently about the way in which the country should be run. but i think it's fascinating that more and more people in america are registered independents, like myself. it's the biggest swath of the voting public. so why is that? that signifies to me that that group of people sees some things over here and some things over here. and you know what that means?
we might find compromise. >> get out! >> i know. and i know that that is such a bad word for so many people. but what's interesting about women, when they work together, is that oftentimes they do find compromise, and it doesn't mean giving up every single thing that you believe in. >> when a little girl or a little boy sits back and looks at the entirety of your career and what's happened to you and what you've become, what do you want them to take away? >> i want them to think about what i look at every day on my wrist, which is carpe diem, seize the day, and stand up for yourself. >> carlson started a foundation called gift of courage to inspire girls and young women to do the same. check it out on her website, gretchencarlson.com.
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secretary of defense ash carter says isis leader al baghdadi's days are numbered. in a pbs interview with charlie rose, carter makes unusually revealing comments about baghdadi's movements. cnn's barbara starr has more. >> reporter: good morning, carol. some of what carter said really grabbed our attention. because when you ask the pentagon do they know where abu baker al bagdadi, the leader of isis, is, you always pretty much get the same answer, we don't know where he is and if we knew we would go after him. but carter last night said something just a little bit
different, quite tantalizing. let me read you what he told charlie rose when rose asked him. carter said, let me put it this way. if i knew exactly where he was, first of all, i wouldn't tell you, and second of all, he wouldn't have long. he moves around. he moves around. we're going to come back to that. well, i'm just confident. i don't want to say any more than that. let's go back to that phrase, he moves around. for a u.s. defense secretary to say a top target moves around so definitively is pretty much a clear indication that ash carter has some current intelligence that baghdadi is moving around. so it's pretty tantalizing. is he in syria? has he moved across the border into iraq? is there an area of iraq, perhaps around mosul, where we know baghdadi has been before, where u.s. intelligence is focusing its attention? very tantalizing.
we don't really know the answer. but it's something very much to watch, because these statements are not made lightly by the u.s. government. and it was just a couple of weeks ago when another administration official said we've been aware of baghdadi's recent movements. so maybe the clues are adding up, carol. >> maybe so. barbara starr, reporting live from the pentagon. other top stories, an arizona trooper recovering this morning after a passing driver shoots the trooper's attacker to death. this unfolded thursday morning, 50 miles west of phoenix. the trooper was responding to an accident scene when a man came along with a gun and opened fire on the trooper. the man then shot the trooper in the shoulder and then began beating him. a driver passing by noticed this, he pulled up, he told the attacker to stop beating the trooper. when the attacker did not stop, the driver pulled a gun and fatally shot the attacker, possibly saving the wounded
trooper's life. president obama makes one more policy change on cuba before leaving office, announcing an end to the so-called wet foot/dry foot immigration policy. that means cuban migrants who make it onto u.s. soil will no longer be granted u.s. residency. in a statement, the president said this brings immigration policy in line with that of other countries. nasa astronauts are halfway through a six-hour-long space walk. they're working on a complex upgrade to the station's power system, working to install new lithium ion batteries. a major report due today on the chicago police department. any minute now attorney general loretta lynch will lay out whether or not the department has been violating the constitutional rights of the city's citizens. this after a year-long investigation sparked by the deeply disturbing dash cam video showing the fatal police shooting of laquan mcdonald, the outrage extending beyond chicago
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one week from today the trump family will walk into the white house and like those before them, the obamas will say goodbye to the place they've called home for eight years. in an open letter, the bush daughters are offering advice to the soon to be former first children malia and sasha obama. it's not partisan but it is heartfelt. we just wanted to share it with you in its entirety. here goes. this is from the bush twins. malia and sasha, eight years ago on a cold november day we greeted you on the steps of the white house. we saw both the light and wariness in your eyes as you gazed as your new home. we left our jobs in baltimore and new york early and traveled to washington to show you around, the lincoln bedroom and the bedrooms that were once ours, to introduce you to all the people, the florists, the ground butlers, who dedicate themselves to making this a home. when you slid down the banister
of the solarium, as we had done as 8-year-olds and again at 20-year-olds chasing our youth, your joy and laughter were contagious. you've done so much in eight years. you traveled to liberia and morocco with your mom to talk with girls about the importance of education, girls who saw themselves in you, in your parents, saw who they could become if they continued to study and learn. you attended state dinners, hiked in national parks, met international leaders and managed to laugh at your dad's jokes during the annual thanksgiving turkey pardon all while being kids attending school and making friends. we have watched you grow with grace and ease. through it all, you had each other, just like we did. now you're about to join another rarified club, one of the former first children, a position you didn't seek and one with no
guidelines. you have so much to look forward to. you'll be writing the story of your lives beyond the shadow of your famous parents yet you will always carry with you the experience of the past eight years. never forget the wonderful people who work at the white house, our greet er was nancy, the white house florist, who ushered us in from the cold. she helped us make colorful bouquets of winter flowers for our grandparents' bedside. 20 years later nancy did the flowers for jenna's wedding. we stay in touch with our secret service. they were part of growing up for us. they were there for our first dates, even an engagement and a honeymoon. we know it wasn't always easy. the two of you and the two of us were teenagers trailed by men in backpacks. they put their lives on hold for us. enjoy college. as most of the world knows, we did. and you won't have the weight of the world on your young shoulders anymore. explore your passions, learn who you are. make mistakes.
you're allowed to. continue to surround yourself with loyal friends who know you, adore you, and will fiercely protect you. those who judge you don't love you and their voices shouldn't hold weight. rather, it's your own hearts that matter. take all that you have seen, the people you have met, the lessons you have learned, and let that help guide you in making positive change. we have no doubt you will. travel with our parents taught us more than any class could. it opened our eyes to new people as well as new cultures and ideas. we met factory workers in michigan, teachers in california, doctors healing people on the burmese border, kids who lined the dusty streets to see the american president and his kids with hiv waiting to get the antiretroviral drugs that would save their lives. one tiny girl wearing her finest lavender dress looked young, but
she was not. she was little because she was sick. after meeting this girl, barbara went back to school and changed her major and it's her life's path. you have lived through the unbelievable pressure of the white house. you have listened to harsh criticism of your parents by people who never even met them. you stood by as your precious parents were reduced to headlines. your parents who put you first and who not only showed you but gave you the world. as always, they will be rooting for you as you begin your next chapter. and so will we. that's so nice. that's really nice. and with that, i thank you for joining me today. i'm carol costello. "at this hour with berman and bolduan" after the break.
hello, everyone, i'm john berman. kate is off this morning. breaking news this hour, any moment now the justice department will announce the findings of a 13-month civil rights investigation into the chicago police department. you're looking at live pictures from chicago right now. this investigation was launched after the shooting death of laquan mcdonald, and a video of that shooting released. attorney general loretta lynch will be there as will chicago mayor rahm emanuel and the superintendent of the chicago police department. again, the results of this investigation released any moment now. we'll bring you the details as soon as we get them. in the meantime, this is the final full friday before president-elect donald trump becomes president donald trump. there is a flurry of activity on capitol hill, not to mention new developments about what russia did during the u.s. election. moments ago, house lawmakers met with top intelligence officials in a closed door briefing on russia. this aer