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city with the police department. >> alarming findings. thank you very much. i'll be back at 5:00 eastern time for the situation room. for our international viewers, amanpour is next. for our viewers in america, noorm starts right now. jim, thank you very much. good to be with you on this friday. this is cnn. let's start with the spy novel atmosphere that is continuing to descend upon capitol hill because we now know that president-elect's choice for national security adviser contacted the russian ambassador to the united states multiple times late last month. apparently, it happened, actually, just right before the obama administration announced that it was imposing new sanctions against the kremlin for its election interference. the backdrop of this news, you have vice president joe biden now confirming cnn's reporting that the intelligence community
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briefed both president-elect trump and president obama on those unsubstantiated claims that russia may have compromising information on mr. trump, which is exactly what cnn has reported all along. >> their argument was that this is something that the press already had, not just here in the united states but other places, that it would be -- 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. >> this, as cnn learns from multiple u.s. officials, that fbi director james comey had in fact briefed the president-elect himself on this two-page synopsis of the claims levelled against him. so there's a lot to parse through. let's begin with jim acosta. i want you to tell me exactly what you're hearing about whatever the communications were, you know, between flynn and the russians.
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>> reporter: right. brooke, let's run through it. the trump transition team confirms, as you said, the incoming national security adviser, michael flynn, did speak by phone with the russian ambassador late last month. the transition says that conversation which was first reported by "the washington post" happened on december 28, just one day before the obama administration announced those new sanctions against russia for its hacking operation in the 2016 election. now, incoming white house press secretary sean spicer said the conversation came after the two men texted back and forth, wishing each other a merry christmas. here's what spicer told reporters this morning on the call. >> with respect to general flynn, just to give everyone a tick tock on this, on christmas day, general flynn reached out to the ambassador, sent him a text, and it said, you know, i want to wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year. i look forward to touching base with you and working with you. and i wish you all the best. the ambassador texted him back wishing him a merry christmas as
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well. >> reporter: now, spicer went on to say that flynn and the ambassador only spoke about -- on december 28. they later had this phone conversation after those texts went back and forth on christmas. they only spoke about setting up a phone conversation between donald trump and russian president vladimir putin that would take place after inauguration day. of course, next week, next friday. that is important because any conversation about the sanctions between flynn and the russian ambassador could bring about accusations that flynn was in violation of the logan act, which is a law that bars american citizens from negotiating with a foreign government. that's in a dispute with the united states, which certainly was going on at the time. now, the current white house press secretary, josh was just asked about this and he told reporters he has, quote, zero insight into the conversation but of course all of this is very important, because one of the key questions coming out of this campaign was, did donald trump or any of his associates working for him or his organization, the campaign, have
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any contacts with russian officials during the course of that campaign in the context of that campaign. that is the question that i tried to ask at that news conference earlier this week. >> yeah, you did. >> reporter: that is also a question that somebody from abc tried to ask during that news conference. he did not answer the question from that podium but as he was walking away toward the el varlts, he did end up saying no, flatly no, but of course any time there's a report like this that talks about contacts between trump, his people, and the russians, it is going to generate a lot of attention here in washington. of course, all over the world, brooke. >> i wish you had gotten your question answered. question we've, the press, need to stick together and i would have loved to have your question answered, bottom line. keep asking those questions. let me bring in gloria, pamela. gor yeah, first to you, hearing the sean spicer sound saying it
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was texting over merry christmas and setting up this phone call between trump and putin. the timing some are calling into question, that you have the sitting president just like a day later imposing the new sanctions against the kremlin, which would be taboo with the violation of the one president at a time rule. what questions do you have? how much suspicion should really be stirred among trump critics on this? >> look, i think the questions that are being asked are the same ones that were asked before this, before these texts. they've been asking them in the confirmation haergz, which is, what really should the relationship be between the united states and russia. does the incoming trump administration have any kind of special relationship with russia that is not currently known about? and was flynn in that -- in
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those texts, signaling anything that he shouldn't have been signaling? we don't know. we hear sean spicer's explanation. we have to take it at face value. but it's clear that there is a strong personal relationship between the two men. we're going to have to sort of unspool this, but all of these questions come in the middle of the hacking storm that we're currently in the middle of. so, any piece of information is either going to be over interpreted or, you know, questions are going to be raised about it. legitimate questions. and we just don't know the answers. >> in the unspooling, you put it perfectly, we know that vice president joe biden confirms that he and the president were briefed, pamela, on the claims that the russians had information, maybe some dirt, maybe, on mr. trump. what are cnn sources saying about the information that trump himself did receive after that
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intel briefing last friday? >> well, our sources tell us, brooke, that after that meeting with the intel chiefs last friday, that james comey, the director of the fbi, pulled trump aside to brief him on the two-page synopsis of the allegations that were included in that 35-page memo about trump and russia, unsubstantiated allegations, i should say. we're told that it was decided among the leaders that james comey would be the best person to have this sensitive discussion because the fbi was investigating -- is investigating those allegations and so it was decided that james comey would be the best person to do this. our sources tell us that that discussion was cordial and that the leaders felt it was important to brief the president-elect because essentially they didn't want it to come as a surprise to him if this memo were to surface later on when he was in the white house. >> so, he was the one to do that with mr. trump. we also know that jim comey, gloria, you know, is facing this
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review. we talked about this 24 hours ago, over his handling of the investigation into hillary clinton's use of the private e-mail server, so while that's happening, he is now facing intense pressure from both sides to resign. let me play just a little bit from the briefing, the appropriate question, i think, he received from senator angus king. >> mr. comey, did you answer senator wyden's investigation that there is an investigation underway as to the connections between either of the political campaigns and the russians? >> i didn't say one way or another. >> you didn't say that there were -- >> that was my intention at least. >> you didn't say whether even there's an investigation underway? >> correct. i don't -- especially in a public forum, we never confirm or deny a pending investigation. >> the irony of your making that statement here, i cannot avoid. but i'll move on. >> of course we all know the involvement, right, with jim comey from the summer and into the -- right before the
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election. let me also just read a quick quote from this "wall street journal" opinion piece today. if mr. comey declines, donald trump can and should fire him in the interests of the nation's most important law enforcement agency. >> now you've got a notably republican editorial board and democrats agreeing on this, and i think, look, i'm sure mr. comey is taking a good look at his position right now, and he's got a department that is desperately struggling to get its reputation back. it is being attacked by both republicans and democrats, and that doesn't mean that that means it's straight down the middle. what it means is that they each have legitimate gripes about him, and i think that any time you have an fbi director who finds himself in the middle of this storm, he has to sort of say, what should i do that's the best thing for the agency that -- >> he has a lot of support from
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within the fbi. >> he does. >> right, pamela? >> yeah, no, he -- i think, of course, there are people within the fbi who disagree with his decision to not prosecute hillary clinton. there was disagreement over how that was handled, but in terms of respect, the rank and file that i've spoken to, they still have respect for james comey and people i've spoken to that are close to him say that he -- and this was about a month ago, at that time, he had no plans to resign. that he felt like he made the right decision. he was faced with an impossible situation, and in his view, he has no regrets about the decisions that he had to make and i realized how difficult it was, but of course, there is a new administration, and if he doesn't resign, he still has another boss and that would be the next attorney general, and donald trump who hasn't said one way or the other what he's going to do, frankly, and let me just make this point too. democrats have come out and criticized james comey. we heard maxine waters say that
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today and calling for his resignation. but at the same time, i don't think -- and gloria can weigh in on this -- i don't think they would want to leave the option up to donald trump to appoint another fbi director. >> right. >> quickly, gloria. >> you know, exactly. it's be careful what you wish for because you might get it and if you -- what would they -- what would they get next? and i think that that's a big question mark if jeff sessions is the next attorney general. and so, you know, democrats are kind of shrugging about this. he's not popular with democrats, but you know, they worry -- they worry about the justice department generally under jeff sessions. >> speaking of partisan politics, i need to move on and talk about obamacare. ladies, thank you. to this obamacare showdown, really just the very first step here on capitol hill, live pictures as you know, the republican controlled house is -- will be voting today on this resolution that will begin the process, okay, very
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beginning stages, beginning the process to repeal president obama's signature piece of legislation. it will advance a measure that has already passed in the senate. but the big question, how will republicans then, if they repeal, how to replace the plan since you have 20 million americans who currently depend on this. cnn's senior political reporter manu raju is live at the capitol and we've talked about this. even when it comes to this first procedural vote, there are still hesitations among house republicans over how they feel about this. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely, brooke, because a party is not yet behind one single idea or number of ideas in order to replace the law. when you look at how this is going to happen, first, they are going to move through this budget process to try to repeal most of the law, the process allows them to do that on a party line vote. that means they don't need democratic support in order to repeal most of the law. but to replace it, they have to move through the regular order of congress, and that means they do need democratic support and
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that's why initially, republican leaders wanted to take their time to replace the law, but donald trump said that it needs to happen right away, at the same time. other republicans are also calling for a replacement plan to happen at the same time. paul ryan told our jake tapper yesterday that it would happen simultaneously and that is prompting some concerns on capitol hill from republicans who want to be more deliberative. take a listen. >> why don't we do replace and repeal? you know, we could do those things. we could be putting those things on the floor this week. >> do you have concerns at all about the timetable, then? >> i think it's going to be a very -- i think this is going to be a very long process. >> 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. >> reporter: so that was just a cross section of voices of conservatives, moderates,
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debating exactly the strategy and we're not even talking about the policy yet and once we get into the policy details, that is bound to divide the party even further so. this vote today will essentially instruct the committees of congress to start developing the policy proposals and at that point, expect a big fight internally as well as with democrats, not just on repealing the law but replacing it. paul ryan wants to add some provisions to replace the law in that repeal legislation but there's only so much they can do under the rules of the senate. so, a lot of questions going forward about exactly what they do to fulfill this key campaign promise, brooke. >> we have the vote as you well know next hour. we'll talk again, manu raju, and see how it goes. thank you, sir, on the hill for me. coming up, a powerful exchange from cnn's town hall. you have this undocumented immigrant who stands in the audience and asks the speaker of the house here, paul ryan, do you want to deport me? his answer and what he says about mr. trump's campaign proposal involving a deportation
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force coming up also, the fight for public opinion. in a candid exit interview, president obama talks about why he lost some of the biggest political battles of his administration, and just this remarkable story unfolding today at a florida have you heard about this? this newborn baby kidnapped from a hospital, 18 years ago, has now been found alive. stay tuned. to explore their family history with i am looking for my grandparents. now we'll see what happens. oh my god. ha ha ha. oh this is her. these are my great grandparents. and ten thousand relatives i didn't know existed. i've never met my father, it's all like right here. i've never gotten really this far.
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welcome back on this friday afternoon, i'm brooke baldwin. there are still all kinds of questions surrounding president-elect donald trump's immigration policy, but the most powerful republican on the hill, house speaker paul ryan, is ruling out trump's initial campaign suggestion of a deportation force. there was a powerful exchange during cnn's town hall last night where this one woman who is undocumented stood there, her daughter by her side, and asked speaker ryan point-blank if he felt she should be deported. >> i am undocumented. i've been, like he mentioned, i live in the state of oklahoma. i'm here with one of my daughters, destiny. i've been in the united states
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for 21 years. i am protected from deportation because of the daca program. to be protected, i applied, went through a background check, and i paid nearly $1,000 in fees. it's clear that if daca get repealed, my daughter will lose her mother and -- i'm sorry -- she will lose her mother and i want you to know that daca has helped me. what do you -- do you think that i should be deported and many families in my situation? >> no. no angelica, first of all, i can see that you love your daughter and you are a nice person who has a great future ahead of you, and i hope your future is here. i'll even repeat the sentiment that our incoming president says. that's the problem he wants to focus on. this is not the focus. and so, what we have to do is find a way to make sure that you can get right with the law, and we've got to do this in a good way so that the rug doesn't get pulled out from under you and your family gets separated.
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that's the way we feel and that is exactly what our new incoming president has stated he wants to do. look, i got haerd in oklahoma city. it's a great community. my wife's from that area, and i'm -- i'm sure you're a great contributor to that community, and we don't want to see you get separated from your family. so, we have to figure out how to fix this, but to do that, people need to have confidence that our laws are being followed and that we actually know who's coming and going and that we actually have a secure border. so, i think what's really important for this issue, writ large to get fixed, and jake mentioned that i have a background in this, we've got to make sure that these laws are being enforced. that we are controlling our borders so violent criminals, repeat offenders don't come in and do these kinds of horrific things. we've got a drug problem. we've got a lot of problems. wh people get confidence in this country, that our border is secured, that our laws are being enforced, then i really believe the country, all people in the country, will be in a much better position to fix these
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thornier, bigger problems, but if you're worried about, you know, some deportation, you know, force coming, knocking on your door this year, don't worry about that. >> let's go straight to ana navarro, cnn political commentator, and i know this issue of immigration is near and dear to you. you told me people stop you on the street multiple times a week and say, am i safe. you saw the exchange. what do you make of it? >> look, as corny as it may sound, it made me emotional. as you said, these daca young people stop me all the time and not just me. they're telling their stories to so many people, sharing the fear, the uncertainty. they're terrified right now. and if you had been hearing the campaign rhetoric that has happened on the republican side for the last 18 months, if you'd been hearing donald trump on his -- >> deportation force. >> threat of deportation, you'd be terrified too. they are covered under an executive order. that executive order can be
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revoked by the new president any moment he wants. heck do it on day one if he so chooses and they don't know what's going to happen to them. they are living in absolute fear. and as she asked the question, and it was so succinct, do you want me deported? you know, i saw the empathy in paul ryan's eyes. i know paul ryan. he is a unifier. he is very humane. he cares about immigration. he's a jack kemp republican. i don't know what's going to happen on any other issue, but when it came down to this immigration issue, his words gave me so much comfort that the speaker of the house is not going to allow the rug to be pulled from under the feet of all of these young people, 750,000 of them, who have sought this protection, who have applied for this law, who are now playing by the rules, who are working and living and studying, legally, contributing to this country. and i see that paul ryan understands that. i know his wife. his wife from oklahoma.
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these folks are family people at the core, and i believe paul ryan on this one, and i intend to hold his feet to the fire. >> yeah. so, you feel comforted. you have, you know, speaker ryan on immigration and just broadening out we've been hearing these cabinet nominees on iran and russia and the border wall and their words stand in such stark contrast to the rhetoric we heard from trump on the trail and if you think about it, if you have trump and steve bannon and jared kushner there in the west wing, how much does it matter that these cabinet picks -- what they're saying? who will be setting policy? >> look, i think we don't know yet, but i think that what you've heard in a lot of these confirmation hearings is that the cabinet secretaries don't agree with the things that donald trump has been saying on the trail. >> where does the buck stop? >> we don't know. i think we're going to get a little bit of dr. jekyll some days and a little bit of
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mr. hyde some days in the white house. we don't know when it will be a carrot, when it will be a stick. we do know that donald trump is a pragmatic deal maker. how that translates into actual policy, we don't know. but what i heard from people like general mattis, general john kelly, who said in that hearing, it's not a wall we need but a multilayered approach, that's been the bastion of donald trump's entire campaign, build the wall, mexico will pab for it and you've got his nominee for homeland security saying what's going to work is a multilayered approach. we need surveillance, drones, forces, you know, in some places fencing yes. i thought it was -- there's this major disconnect between the donald trump we saw on the trail and the people he has appointed. >> that's what we've been highlighting this week, and ana, you called donald trump a pragmatic deal maker. let's just remind our viewers, if we may, a mash-up of ana navarro leading up to election
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day. >> there are so many instances throughout this election where donald trump has offended me, outraged me, very personally. he does not represent my values. he does not represent republican values. no, he's not going to work in cooperation with congress. no, he's not going to try to unify this country. no, he's not going to represent everybody. >> every single republican is going to have to answer the question, what did you do the day you saw the tape of this man boasting about grabbing a woman's [ bleep ]? period. >> will you please stop saying that word in my daughter is listening. >> you know what? don't tell me you're offended when i say [ bleep ] but you're not offended when donald trump says it. >> i think we should now start calling it the teleprompter. do you have a match somewhere so i can set my hair on fire? >> i mean, it's worth going back to remembering you talk about his cabinet picks, you maybe feel comforted, they're rather swampy, your word. do you think you might change your tune on a president trump?
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>> i think they're two different -- i hope -- i hope they're two different things. here's where i stand on donald trump. i know and i've made my judgment on donald trump, the man, on donald trump the candidate. i think he was a racist. i think he brought out division, hosingty, i think he was a misogynist, i think he brought out the worst in america and i think he lacked the character to be president. that's why i did not support him. that's why i do not -- i did not vote for him. now, that being said, he's now president trump. puts me in a very uncomfortable position because though i have no respect for the man, i have enormous respect for the office of the presidency. and whether i like it or not, and i don't, the reality check is, he is going to be be the president for the next four years, so my only hope is that he is better as president than he has been as a human being, than he has been as a candidate, that he is a different type of president who rises to the occasion and who can actually
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improve unemployment, who can actually improve the economy, who can actually exert some leadership on foreign policy. if he does those things, i will judge him as a president on how he does as a president. as a man, i find him as despicable today as i did before november 9. >> ana, thank you. >> thank you. >> coming up next, the justice department issued a report today on the chicago police department, saying there was a pattern of excessive force and called the violence deeply troubling. what changes they want the city to make. that's coming up also ahead, former president george w. bush's daughters both jenna and barbara giving advice to the obama girls on life after the white house, what exactly did they share. we'll be right back. [vo] quickbooks introduces rodney.
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that all gets straightened out. we want them to be themselves and i told them, be yourselves and say what you want to say. don't worry about me. and i'm going to do the right thing, whatever it is. i may be right. and they may be right. but i said, be yourselves. wouldn't you say, steve? let them do it. i could have said do this, say that. i don't want that. i want them all to be themselves. >> okay and on -- >> everybody okay? everybody good? >> sir, on repeal and replace -- >> say hello to harvey. repeal and replace is going great. >> sir, mr. trump, mr. trump.
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sir, what contactually did you discuss with mr. trump? are you going to work on a tv show with him, sir? >> oh, no. i was invited here by both transition teams, obama's transition team and trump's transition team, and it was really a really cool meeting in the beginning. we talked a lot about golf and things like that, and people we knew and people in common, and then we got down to the crux of it. he's introduced me to ben carson, who's now the new head of housing for urban development, and we're going to team up and see if we can bring about some positive change in the inner cities, which i felt was my only agenda, and he agreed, and he wants to do something. and i realizes that he needs some allies in that department and he seemed really sincere about it. >> chicago being one. >> chicago is definitely one.
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another one they want to start with, as a target, is detroit. ben carson expressed that because quite naturally, he's from detroit. i want to do some things in all of the major inner cities to see if we can bring about some change and help some of these young people out. and so that's why i'm here, and it was a successful meeting, and he seemed really sincere. >> thank you, sir. >> steve, steve, the jump program. is this like the initial jump into politics, steve? >> well, you know, it's not my jump into politics. i ain't going to pass a background check. but i -- it's just me following orders from my friend, president obama, who said, steve, you got to -- as he told everybody -- get out from behind your computer, stop tweeting and texting and get out there and sit down and talk. so, i stepped from behind my
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microphone, and i came and talked to the guy that's going to be the 45th president of the united states. i did what i was supposed to do. >> how did the meeting come about? >> the transition team from president obama and the transition team from donald trump got me on the phone about a week or so ago. >> what about the inauguration? >> no, i'm -- i'll be turning 60 on tuesday, and my wife is taking me far away, so i won't be at anybody's inauguration, because my wife said no. the trumps being on "family feud"? yeah, against the obamas. that will be good. or how about the clintons? if i could set it up, it would be skyrocketing for the ratings. yeah. >> maybe you should call them -- >> i would, you know. i'm handling everything frit prit good, you know. it was -- of course it's an honor to be invited to talk, and
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i think that's the only way that we're going to unify our country. we've got to talk, you know? president obama said, you got to sit down and talk, and i really enjoyed the conversation. he seemed really sincere. he's a genuine person. >> do you have any lingering things you want to talk about, things you're still concerned about, things you haven't heard what you wanted to hear yet. >> for this, we got off to a great start. i think it could be the beginning of something. but for them to invite me here to talk about a specific problem and thought that i might be able to help, i know i got a big radio show, you know, i got a lot of people listening every morning so i've always been concerned about inner city problems, because they're huge. my mentoring program has been a part of this part of -- that's what i want to see happen, and they were spot on with it. and ben carson got on the phone. i met with him over the phone today, but i sat with president-elect trump and we laughed a little bit.
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i ain't been laughing that much over the past few days. they're kind of beating me up on the internet right now for no reason, but that's life, isn't it. >> what did you laugh about? >> we talked about golf. we laughed about my score in golf. his score in golf. we talked about some of the friends that we have in common, mark vernet. talked about tv shows, things like that. he's a fan, so he's seen it. i met his daughter. she was very sweet. so, i think we're off to a good start. >> steve, steve, how did you move between being a comedian and a spokesperson, being steve harvey, trying also to get your message out to the people and everyone and had that comedian and -- >> well, you know, it's two things in your life. your career is what you're paid for and your calling is what you're made for so you have a
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responsibility to the communication that i service to try to be a voice and speak on some issues so they've heard me. they know where i stood on the election. but nothing's changed. but we got to talk. and i thought it was a great guy, you know? we really had a nice conversation. >> there has been a lot of doubt about his administration, about race, jeff sessions, his record in alabama, some of the things the president-elect said during the campaign trail about the inner cities. >> yeah. >> are your doubts fully gone are or are you going to try to work them out? >> you don't kill it with one conversation but you can start it with a conversation. so, you know, a lot about what people say, well, it's time to see what you do. so -- and he said he wanted to do something. you can't be better than that, and so we're going to see. i've been put in contact with ben carson, which was great. i spoke with him. and so we're going to get some things started, and they have a plan for the inner cities, but
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they need help, and so that's why they called me, so i'm assuming -- so we'll see what i can do. >> steve, do you support the sessions nomination? >> i don't really know anything about it. >> you know, he's -- he had a testy hearing this week in which some questions whether or not he was on the right side of history in his work in the civil rights. >> well, yeah, i mean -- >> is that something you sort of -- >> i don't really like commenting on stuff i don't really understand or know about. i'm not a politician, man, to be honest with you. i'm hoping that these people can straighten it all out but i want to get in here and do my share, and i had a good conversation in there, so moving forward, its ought to be good. i appreciate y'all. thank you. >> thank you, steve. thank you very much. >> thank you guys. >> nice of him to stand and talk as long as he did. steve harvey there, another day, another surprise face there in the trump tower lobby, essentially walking out of a meeting. we caught a glimpse for a hot
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minute of the president-elect standing by his side. sounds like both the obama administration and have the trump transition team reached out to steve harvey, hey, come in and meet with our hud nominee, dr. ben carson because clearly steve harvey's passion lies in really helping improve -- i think he said specifically bringing out positive change in inner cities. specifically he mentioned chicago and detroit, and he also said it's his birthday next tuesday and he will steer clear of washington because his wife is taking him far, far away, so happy early 60th to you, sir let's talk chicago, though. a years-long investigation into the chicago police department is complete. the findings, abuse of force, pervasive racial discrimination and poor policing. >> the department of justice has concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that the chicago police department engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force in violation of the fourth amendment to the constitution.
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our investigation found that this pattern of practice is in no small part the result of severely deficient training procedures and accountability systems. >> this investigation followed the release of dash cam video from a 2014 fatal police shooting of laquan mcdonald. remember the 17-year-old teenager was shot, african-american teenager shot 16 times by a white officer. so, the city has agreed to work with the department of justice in the community on drafting a consent decree. what will that look like? let's go to cnn's ryan young in chicago with more on that. how do they fix this? >> brooke, normally when we have these conversations and we're talking about the numbers of murders and we talk about all the crimes that are happening in chicago, but after that video was released of laquan mcdonald, we heard a lot of people in the community just talking about the idea that they wanted to see something better coming from the police department. they thought, for years, that they had be underserved and that
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is something that you saw in this report that's come out. more investigators than ever before were brought to chicago, and over the last year, they've been doing their investigation. so there's two parts of this. one, police officers talked about they needed more training. they wanted body cameras. they talked about the idea of getting tasers as well and you had the community who said they believe that too many times that officers were preying on their neighborhoods so that was something that was stepped forward. the mayor and the attorney general both said in the next few months not only were they going to be hiring more officers but they were going to be putting preeng procedures in place and some of this training is already happening. one program they talked about was bringing 16 and 17-year-olds from disadvantaged communities into a room with officers so they could have an open dialogue about what's going on. but big changes are on the way for chicago. >> i want to be clear. the chicago police department, the city of chicago is already on the road to reform, and there are no u-turns on that road.
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we've already improved and expanded deeslation training and we're upgrading our use of force policies. we're providing every officer with body cameras and tasers. we've expanded recruitment efforts to ensure that the department draws on all the communities that make up this great city. as a result of our efforts, today, the chicago police department has the most diverse command staff in its history. >> brooke, something that we heard over and over before from the community was members of rival gangs were taken to other rival gang territories and dropped off when they weren't giving the information that the police wanted from them and sometimes police officers would actually alert other gang members they had dropped these kids off, putting them in danger. you read instances like this in this report over and over. but the silver lining in this, at least from the mayor's perspective, was that officers are a part of this process and they believe they're going in the right direction. only time will tell to see what exactly happens. this has been going on for quite some time, decades, so we know it won't get changed overnight.
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>> stay on it for the follow-through. ryan, thank you, in chicago coming up next, this touching letter penned from two former first daughters to sasha and malia obama. what jenna and barbara bush have to say to the girls who are about to face life after the white house. taking a holiday in britain, are ya doll?
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shared. >> you have listened to harsh criticism of your parents by people who have never even met them. >> you stood by as your precious parents were reduced to headlines, your parents who put you first and not only showed you but gave you the world. >> as always, they will be rooting fur you as you begin this next chapter. >> and so will we. >> let me bring in kate anderson-brower our cnn contributor and author of two books about life in the white house. "woman, the grace and power of america's first lady" and if the inside the private world of the white house." kate, has there ever been such a public ak jment, a public letter, between former first kids and current or outgoing first kids? >> no, brooke, and i think that says a lot about this relationship between laura bush and michelle obama. i mean, they are -- of all the recent families, laura bush and michelle obama are friends, and their personalities are similar and to me, it's very interesting
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because i don't think most people would think that. you have a republican and a democrat, but this meeting that took place between the obama daughters and the bush daughters was really special. i mean, laura bush showed michelle obama on her first tour of the white house the rooms that she thought would be best for malia and sasha and she invited her to come back to the white house with her daughters and usually having those two meetings is rare. usually it's one and there -- you know, people wouldn't think on the surface that these two families have much in common, but we've seen, you know, from the smithsonian african-american museum that opened up in d.c., that hug between president george w. bush and michelle obama, there is -- there is a kind of friendship there, and there's an empathy there. >> what about, then, looking ahead to the trump white house? and of course he as adult kids, and then there's young barron, who, you know, who knows when he
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will officially be living in the residence, but it is different. he will be sort of like an only child, like chelsea clinton. is there any word of any communication between the obama girls and any of the trumps? >> there isn't. i'm not sure if they're talking. this is a different kind of transition because of how polarizing, you know, this election was. but i do know, for instance, when chelsea clinton came into the white house, barbara bush said to hillary clinton, you know, can you invite a cousin or a friend to live with her for a while because it's very hard to be an only child and live this life. where you're in the spotlight and that's why they do get some close to the residence staff and jenna and barbara talk about their relationship with the white house florist at the time, and they even, you know, go to the funerals of butlers. they travel from texas to d.c. >> close with the staff. >> yeah. it's kind of a -- it's a very nice thing, i think, because these staff stay on from one administration to the next, and they don't care if it's a
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republican or a democrat, and they are -- they're like a lifeline for the children in the white house. >> it is just quickly noteworthy, then, you will have, because, you know, sasha, who wasn't at the speech earlier this week apparently because of some very important exam the next porng, you know, that she has to finish high school in d.c. so the obamas will be in the same neighborhood where ivanka trump and her husband are moving into. >> it's where usually the first family high tails it out of washington, you know, as quickly as they can. so i mean, we'll see how that evolves. i know that president obama's going to be, you know, working on redistricting efforts, getting more democrats elected mt. midterms and remaining in politics that are still young, so to see how that relationship evolves is going to be fascinating. >> michelle and ivanka soul cycle classes? who knows. kate, thank you so much. kate for us in washington, d.c. coming up any moment now we are expecting this house vote on the beginning process of repealing
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the city of orlando is remembering the life of a police officer known as a super cop for her tireless efforts to engage the community. sadly, master sergeant debra clayton was killed this week while in pursuit of a murder suspect but cnn's nick valencia reports she went beyond the call of duty and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect her city. >> reporter: the first thing people usually noticed about master sergeant debra clayton was her smile. >> i mean, she was beautiful. >> reporter: put against the frame of her freshly pressed police uniform, it was disarming. >> this is a picture of little johnny, her son. >> reporter: jack williams was one of her closest friends. for the last four years, he and clayton worked together on a program to stop violence in orlando. they weren't technically family but she had a way of making him feel that way. clayton called him uncle jack. it still hasn't fully hit him yet that she's gone.
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>> realistically, i have to accept that fact. that she's gone. that she won't be pulling up to my house again, calling me uncle jack. she was a police officer, but she was a community activist. >> the police is here to help you. we're not here to hurt you. here here to help you. >> reporter: here she is last summer doing what she did so often, engaging the community, bridging the gap as she would say, between police and the public. >> we want to stop the violence until the community, but we need the community to speak up. >> reporter: speaking at a ceremony for his fallen colleague, the police chief said there was no officer more committed to uniting orlando. >> great, great police officer, great leader in our agency, and really led by example with the things that she did in the community. >> reporter: sergeant clayton cared deeply about orlando but especially about its youth, perhaps because the newly wed
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had a son of her own. at the candle light vigil, he spoke just a few feet from where his mom's life was ended. >> she lived for and she died for it. she was the prime example. everything she worked for, she died for. >> my sister was a beautiful person inside and out. she would give you the shirt off her back. >> reporter: clayton died on a monday morning, outside this walmart, shot and killed by a murder suspect fugitive, a man who robbed orlando of a woman her friends called super cop. >> just thinking about her, i'm going to miss her. i'm going to miss her. >> reporter: nick valencia, cnn, orlando, florida. we continue on. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. this hour, we are waiting for this key vote on capitol hill to