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top of the hour, live in the "cnn newsroom." i'm poppy harlow. in six days, donald trump will be sworn in as the 46th president of the united states and we're following several major stories leading up to his inauguration. first in a brand new interview, the president-elect said he's open to lifting sanctions against russia telling "the wall street journal," quote, if you get along and russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody's doing some really great things? this goes against almost every single republican in congress who either agree with this standing sanctions against moscow or want more stringent ones passed. this as house democrats are blasting fbi director james comey after having a classified
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meeting with him over russian hacking. some say what happened behind closed doors is making them question whether comey is fit for office but they're in a tough spot. do the same democrats want donald trump to pick the next head of the fbi? we'll have more on that in a moment but and the civil rights movement and 1965, louis was almost beaten to death while fighting in selma, alabama. his comments calling trump illegitimate in nbc news. listen. >> do you plan to forge a relationship with donald trump? >> i believe in forgiveness.
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i believe in trying to work with people. it would be hard. it would be very difficult. i do not consider president-elect a legitimate president. >> you do not? why is that? >> i think the russians participated in helping this man get elected and help destroy and i don't plan to attend the inauguration and would be the first one i missed. and you cannot that you feel that it's wrong. >> going to send a big message to a lot of people in this country that you don't believe he's a legitimate president.
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>> in response, donald trump tweeted this. should spend more time on fixing his district in horrible shape and falling apart, not to mention crime infested, rather than falsely complaining about the election results. all talk, talk, talk, no action or results? sad. let's talk about all of this with our panel, alex stewart with me, a republican strategist and former spokeswoman for senator ted cruz's presidential campaign and former manager of hillary clinton's 2008 presidential and new york times contributor and sanders, former spokeswoman for bernie sanders' presidential campaign and hoping jeffrey lord will join us shortly as well from the reagan white house but let me begin with you, patty. let's look at this big picture
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because democrats and republicans howled when trump for years questioned the legitimacy of president obama ea's presidency and howled when he questioned how valid the u.s. election results were going to be during the campaign. how is this different now, representative john lewis saying this is not a legitimate president? >> as i watched that interview with representative lewis and nbc, that was pain come on his face. it pained him to say those words and i think representative lewis is an icon in the civil rights movement. he basically was almost beaten to death fighting for the rights of others and for donald trump to come out and say he's a man of no action and all talk is really disgraceful.
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i'm not questioning the fact he won the election. >> i hear you and we're going to debate that in a moment. i hear you on that and that is a legitimate criticism that should be debated and my question to you is what donald trump said before the president-elect's response, that this is not a legitimate president. chuck todd said why? he thinks russia interfered with the election against clinton and the intelligence community has not tied that to trump's win and said, yes, russia tried to meddle but did not say that that is why trump won. do you think there's an equivalency here to what they did to what lewis did? >> they said they can't come up with a conclusion that it was determine nahti determinative. and tragically for donald trump,
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we will never know if it was determinative and it's that uncertainty that will plague donald trump's presidency. and frankly, his actions only add to that skepticism, right? the fact he cannot criticize vladimir putin and won't release tax returns to indeed show he has no financial dealings in russia and open to lifting sanctions for russia. >> it sounds like it's fair for john lou wewis to question the legitimacy of the president-elect but not fair for trump to question the legitimacy, which was completely based if zero fact of the sitting president. your thoughts. >> given a little context here, i grew up in georgia right across the line from john lewis's fifth district and spent my childhood looking at the civil rights act and as a
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journalist, i had the privilege to interview him after it forbid him and applauded every time he was reelected 14 times, for his actions that led to results for his constituency and he's a legend in the civil rights movement and his words matter. i believe that with every bone in my body. however, for him to question the legitimacy of presidency is wrong. he won the victory and for him to say that hillary clinton lost due to russia, that is also wrong. it was hillary clinton and not russia that did not have a message that resonated to the american people. it's hillary clinton and not russia that failed to campaign in battleground states and hillary clinton and not russia that spiked the football in the third quarter leading to her defeat and no one to blame but herself and her campaign for the victory. >> i want to bring in jeffrey lord as well because to patty's point, it was that the way that
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the president-elect responded by saying, focus on your district, your district is a mess and no action, all talk, no action. this from those pictures from the civil rights movement from selma, this is a man who risked his life for action. what do you make of the response? >> first of all, he is an icon and a hero. i have tremendous admiration for him and the reference to action is what's going on in his congressional district right this minute. not what's going on in john lewis in 1965. i have to say, i'm disappointed in him. i find this strangely both sad and amusing. it's sad because the whole issue of delegitimizing somebody, john lewis himself and most of these people who were at senior levels of the civil rights movement in the 1960s were quote, unquote delegitimized by people who
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didn't think they should have the right to vote, that they were second class citizens, et cetera. so that's a terrible thing to do to anybody and that's what he is in essence now sort of come circle around here and is doing this to donald trump. on the other hand, i must say, i find this kind of amusing. >> jeffrey lord, the man who pushed the birther movement for years and years to gain support among some to make this presidential bid. does he have any ground to stand on, to criticize what john lewis is doing? >> i don't think that the birther movement bequeathed his candidacy. it's things of that nature and definitely trade. i know people who lost their jobs because of these trade deals. >> jeffrey lord, what i'm asking you, is the man who pushed that our current president is illegitimate, does he have
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ground? >> i don't think it matters one way or the other. he's the president-elect and will be president in less than a week from now and we'll move forward. >> i think history matters. i'd like to bring in anderson and listen to what the head of the naacp just said about this. let's play it. >> in recent hours and days, the president-elect referred to an icon of the civil rights movement who came perilously close to becoming a martyr of the civil rights movement by the name of reverend, or rather, reverend and representative john lewis. the president-elect said he was all talk and no action. disrespected. >> simone, your thoughts? >> i would say that president brooks is right.
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i would like to remind tofolks was john lewis who led the house floor sit-in on gun violence and republicans not going to take a bill with gun control in the u.s. house of representatives. so look, i want to go back to the point that you were. russia did meddle in our election and hope people know this is not a artisan issue. the fact that russia meddled in our election affects us all and we should all be concerned about it. john lewis is an icon and frankly, he has the right to voice the opinion and many folks who aren't saying it but feel what john lewis is saying.
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i think we're having the wrong conversation here. the conversation should be about if the president-elect appropriately responding to something and why is this still a man you can bait with a tweet and where the republican congress with senators and members of congress who are coming to the defense of john lewis in the way democrats came to the defense of john mccain when the president-elect attacked john mccain? this should not be a partisan issue. this is the eve on the martin luther king jr. holiday and we should be celebrating our civil rights icon and this is not how i want to start off the holiday. >> as we all know, the election didn't go the way that president obama wanted it to go. but he is the one who has said, look, we as americans need to be supportive of the next president, help the next president. the two of them met for hours, talked on the phone for many, many hours. that's the message from the sitting president.
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>> well, because he acts presidential. he has to. he has a sense of decorum. there's a reason why president-elect donald trump is one of the most historically unpopular presidents about to enter within an approval rating of 37% and maybe 38%. ive ively, i'll give a percentage point. he criticized civil rights hero john lewis saying he has all talk, no action. i think what would be radical and bold if donald j. trump criticized putin for once, who he said is a smart man and when it comes to the illegitimacy claim and the the senate intelligence committee is investigating on the hacking. the department of justice. >> a bipartisan panel, by the way. >> they're going to investigate the fbi's role. we have our intelligence communities saying that russia played a role with the explicit interest and hope that donald j.
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trump would be elected. takes calls with russia's ambassador to washington the day that president obama says he's going to retaliate against russia. then you have rex tillerson, secretary of state nominee who has ties as a president of exxon to russia and donald j. trump was elected because he was bold, he takes on everyone. but the person he never takes on is vladimir putin. >> i need time to respond to that. your quick response that the president-elect be more critical of john lewis than vladimir putin? >> i think for anyone to think that donald trump will be a puppet to putin is sadly mistaken. he's making it clear we don't want to have bad relations with russia, good relationship with russia is in america's best interest but at the same time, he will be tough if putin pushes back on us and i think there is a great point made by mattis
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this week. we can't have history be a straitjacket and the historic relations need to change and change the way we deal with them, remains to see how but we have a good cop/bad cop with some of the national security team and mattis and pompeo were clear and firm with russia and then in concert with the other members of the national security team. >> i don't see how. >> the president-elect has not retweeted anything as krcritica as he has about john lewis today. a lot more to discuss. you'll all be with me next hour. a lot more to get to including this incredible story, stolen at birth. a baby taken from a hospital. 18 years ago. now found alive. how her birth mother is reacting. also, is it marco rubio's revenge? the icy relationship often took center stage in the campaign
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the president-elect is open to lifting sanctions against russia. this goes against the majority of republicans who support the sitting sanctions or want more stringent ones. in moscow, a global fellow for the woodrow willson center and moscow bureau chief. good to have you on, jill. let me read the exact quote of what the president-elect told "the wall street journal." if you get along with russia and russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody is doing some of these really great things? you know russian politics, the kremlin well. what message do you think that sends to russia if he's saying that and you have the outgoing president and a lot of sitting republican lawmakers debating further more stringent
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sanctions? >> well, i think it's probably a careful response thinking that, yes, we want to get rid of sanctions, yes, that's what donald trump said all along. and maybe it will happen but it's quite complicated. i do think that what they would think of initially would be working together on syria and in fact, there are now these indications that they want the the united states to participate in those piece talks with iran, russia, and turkey. so maybe that's a sign that they can work together, but poppy, it really is very complicated and the incoming president is not being very specific in how he's defining that. there are a lot of caveats in those. >> he said if they're helping us and doing really great things and that's very broad, obviously, but let's say that russia does step up its efforts
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to help the united states in terms of defeating isis and more in line with the united states when it comes to the situation in syria. that doesn't negate all of the other things and doesn't negate the annexation of crimea and the attacks against civilians in syria. it doesn't negate the assassination of boris. it's a lot more complex. >> but don't forget, that's what you're saying and not what donald trump is saying. donald trump has said, well, maybe i could accept russia's taking crimea. maybe we could work something out on ukraine. there's a lot, he already stated positions, albeit not very specifically but nato, nato is absolutely leet and maybe we shouldn't defend our nato
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partners unless they cough up the money. so there's a lot that russia lik likes but getting back to syria is is something trump would like because it would be a win and putin would too. >> thank you, jill doherty, from moscow. china pushing hard. the hack against president-elect trump's suggestion that the one china policy is negotiable and follows the controversial phone call that trump had with taiwan's president last month. beijing releasing this statement today, quote, the one china principle is the political foundation of sino-u.s. negotiati relations and non-negotiable. the high sensitivity of the
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taiwan issue and abide by the pledges of sx u.s. administrations from both parties. the chinese government responding to an interview that trump gave. that same interview to the "wall street journal" where trump said this. everything is under investigation including one china. of course views taiwan as a renegade province and the u.s. acknowledged beijing's claim that taiwan is indeed part of china. still to come for us, a remarkable story unfolding right now in south carolina and florida. an 18-year-old discovered she was snatched, kidnapped at birth from the hospital while the family who lost her so many years ago finds out she is alive. we'll bring that story to you next. when you have digestive sensitivities,
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now an 18-year-old mystery suddenly solved. a baby girl stolen at birth back in 1998 has been found alive and living all of these years with the woman she thought was her mother and that woman is in police custody and a family in florida is learning their baby taken from them so many years ago is indeed a teenager living in south carolina. our pablo sandoval is following this. has the family been reunited with the woman as they last saw
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as an intant? infant? >> not yet, she's in south carolina but does hope to make contact. this is leading to many emotions and questions including what was it that led deputies from florida to south carolina to give this woman the news that would change her life? >> i always thought it would happen one cday, i had no idea t would be this day. >> reporter: velma's prayers answered 18 years after the r d rendering of her granddaughter happened. just a few hours old when a woman dressed as a nurse walked out of a florida hospital with her. she left behind no trace in a heartbroken young mother. >> happiest man in the world. just to hold my baby. >> reporter: the exhaustive search turned up clues but no baby kamya. 18 years and nearly 2500 tips
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later, the jacksonville sheriff's office received the tips they needed. investigators were led to the tiny town of walterboro, south carolina. >> we found an 18-year-old young woman with the same date of birth but a different name. so further investigation revealed fraudulent documents are used for that identity. >> dna analysis confirms that the 18-year-old woman in walterboro is baby kamya. >> i am not revealing her name, the name that she's lived under for all these years. >> reporter: gloria williams, the woman believed to have raised baby kamya was charged with kidnapping, a neighbor told cnn, williams and the girl she raised seemed to have a normal mother/daughter relationship. the young woman faces a new reality being away from the only mother she ever knew. >> so now one of the lingering questions, what will happen next
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for this young lady? who will she choose to live with? my colleagues there in south carolina did have an opportunity to speak, with some of the family members and the friends here of gloria williams who described her as a normal mom. someone you just heard maintained a good relationship with someone that many believe was actually her daughter, so you may imagine, this is coming as a major surprise for that small town in south carolina. >> and polo, i understand some tips came in recent months, right? what ultimately led these authorities to find her? >> that's something we've been working all day. the sheriff's office in jacksonville not elaborating a whole lot. just saying they received several tips late last year. it led their deputies from florida to south carolina but they wouldn't say much more. they wouldn't say where the tips came from or what they were about and finally, poppy, another interesting note directly from the jacksonville sheriff is they have reason to believe that perhaps kamya
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suspected she may have been a victim of kidnapping in the months leading up to the development. skid for more information on that and at this point, they released about everything they're willing to release. >> of course, because it's obviously her life and a lot of private things. >> ongoing investigation. >> thank you very much. straight ahead, could a no-vote from senator marco rubio derail rex tillerson's plans to be the next secretary of sate? what we're learning about a possible meeting between the two and the democrats who could still throw their support behind tillerson. you're live in the cnn newsroom. this is life... ... no football. this is football... first down. maybe not enough life. (children chattering) and this is the perfect balance of football and life.
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congressional muscle over one of donald trump's most controversial picks. manu raju explains. >> reporter: the fate of rex tillerson as secretary of state in the hands of someone who he. >> he's a disaster. he's a nasty guy. >> reporter: marco rubio, the florida republican senator could provide a crucial vote to block tillerson in the foreign relations committee which would be a major embarrassment for trump. rubio refuses to say what he'll do. >> we're still working through it, so, you know, we'll have a decision here soon. >> reporter: and he won't say if he'll even meet with tillerson. >> a lot has transpired since this morning. have you met with him yet? >> i don't have anything to add. >> reporter: rubio grew visibly frustrated at tillerson during the nearly 9 hour confirmation hearing. the nominee repeatedly dodged his questions.
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mainly about russia, a country tillerson had extensive ties with. >> is vladimir putin a war criminal? >> i would not use that term. >> reporter: based on all this information and what's publicly in the record about what happened in russia and the aleppo military, you are still not prepared to say that vladimir putin have violated the rules of war and have conducted war crimes in aleppo? >> those are very, very serious charges to make and i would want to have much more information before reaching a conclusion. >> it should not be hard to say that vladimir putin's military has conducted war crimes in aleppo. i mean, i find it discouraging. >> what concerns you most? >> i stated that already. i think it's important if you're going to stand for moral clarity that you be clear. >> reporter: rubio and others including john mccain are concerned with trump's praise of putin and uncertain that tillerson would take a harder
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line as secretary of state. >> if you want a better deal with russia, you better punch russia in the face. >> reporter: but tillerson's nomination may be saved by democrats on the committee who are still open to backing him. >> could you vote for tillerson? >> i'm not ruling that out at all. >> manu raju reporting if rubio decided to come out against tillerson, would be lining up with gop foreign policy hawks like john mccain and lindsey graham and a decision by the three of them to oppose tillerson to doom the nomination and should all band together in opposition? which is not a gwyniven. we don't know. let's talk. alice, rubio also said in that with manu this week when manu said, are you prepared to be the sole republican in committee to block this and slow it down?
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he said, quote, i'm prepared to do what's right. what do you think rubio's end game is here? >> that remains to be seen. i think it's important to note he hasn't said he's not going to vote for tillerson and he's asking simply the hard questions. look, at this stage of the game, after the hearings that we've seen, i think any republican that opposes tillerson's nomination is on an island against many gop heavyweights when it comes to national security. look at those that have supported tillerson. we've had stephen hadley, robert gates, condoleezza rice and heavyweights with foreign policy with the faith and confidence they need to support tillerson and his experience in not just the private sector but his experience in building national and global relationships which are critical to this role. russia is the key factor and the key issue but you have to look at the full context of this experience that it's a reason why so many in the gop and as we saw in manu's piece, cory booker
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of all people saying in addition to the hearings said i expect you to be the secretary of state and he looks forward to working with him. so you need to take a look at that. >> to that point, patty, do you think if rubio wants a political future in the national stage, he's risking that and goes against a lot of these established heavyweights? if he doesn't vote for him? >> i think that marco rubio did not fare very well during the election and trying to gain back some of, you know, his political mojo in this hearing and he did just that. i think he really put rex tiller season on the ropes and i think rex tillerson had a rocky confirmation hearing. russia is clearly looming large in this administration and the fact that rex tillerson could not call vladimir putin a war criminal and was disingenuous at best when he said that exxon never lobbied to lift sanctions
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for russia, i think it only adds to the intrigue of the the relati relationships between trump and his administration with the russians so i think marco rubio fared very well during this hearing. >> alis, does it concern you when he was asked this week in the confirmation hearing that tillerson said he and the president-elect had not talked about the policy? >> haas the biggest concern people had about the nomination coming into this and the two haven't talked about it? >> i think what it shows is that clearly there's many things they've had discussions about but he knows where donald trump stands with regard to russia and they've seen. >> he said under oath that they hadn't talked about it. >> that's probably true, but the fact remains, he knows exactly
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where donald trump stands with regard to russia. sure had a huge briefing paper with regard to where donald trump stands. and what we see on a lot of these hearings, donald trump puts up people for the cabinet positions that don't drink an ounce of his kool-aid when it comes to these issues and we have differences on issues whether it comes to tpp and russia and whether it comes to a lot of these trade deals. so he's bringing in a team of rivals with different opinions and listening to where they stand on it. >> it's an important point for sure because the question is sort of what will net out when you do you have people like mattis when it comes to nato and russia and even the iran deal, for example? because patty, sean spicer, when asked about that this week said this, quote, they will pursue a trump agenda and a trump vision. how do you see it?
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>> it's important to have different opinions because you can only be smarter by having different voices and that's why i'm more comfortable with mattis as secretary of defense but when it comes to rex tillerson which is what we're talking about here, his views correspond directly with russia and at a time we talk about russia meddling with our u.s. elections and the idea that our secretary of state. >> not an incoming secretary of state. >> he said russia must be held to a conference action and said it's a fair assumption.
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>> he called him a war criminal and basically denied his company that had been with for decades wasn't lobbying for russia. >> one thing i want to point out in regard to tillerson and russia, with the position in the global economic realm, he understands fully what sanctions do, not just what they're intended to do but to do. and one piece of the u.s. policy toward russia and makes the final decision but i think it's a well rounded voice of experts with national security. >> the lingering question. we'll watch and cover all week.
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baseball is america's favorite past time, right? but there is a dark underside to this game with links to cuba, vast human trafficking network and ties to the world's most dangerous drug cartel. it's on a cnn investigation. how that network supplies mlb with the top players and reveals that mlb knows and sometimes ignores that these players are preyed upon by this violent criminal underworld. join meing me now, cnn money investigative reporter, both
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thank you for being here. stunning people. you worked on this months and months. it kept you up at night, no doubt. what's happening? what's the crux of how this has happened? >> poppy, there are essentially three reasons why this is happening. the first is that u.s. companies can't negotiate directly with cubans, so created an opportunity there. the second thing is that cubans under the wet foot dry foot policy were able to come and put on a pathway to citizenship or residency. what that means is they come here, considered almost residents and so they're entered into the draft which definitely cuts back on negotiating power. if they're able to stop in a third country, mexico, for example, and establish residency there, they get a lot more leverage, they're considered free agents. they don't have to enter the draft and they can score some of the multi-million dollar contracts we're seeing.
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>> so these smugglers, essentially, pose as their agents. >> right. >> and then take huge cuts of their salaries and don't let them reewe thiunite with the fa >> it starts in cuba and the ones we've documented usually go through mexico and a map shows us how this works. cuba to mexico and held by these smugglers who say, we could take you straight to the u.s. but we'll keep you here, sometimes by lock and key while we make deals with drug cartels to maximize the potential for these teams. we documented cases where they are held for weeks or months while the smugglers become the agents, hook them up with mlb teams and then eventually pull them. >> some of the witnesses. i know there's one case going to trial really soon. some of the witnesses are star mlb players. what is major league baseball saying about this? >> they have yet to respond.
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>> even after the story broke? >> yes, even after the story. >> wow. >> we spoke to two scouts who said they were aware there was a criminal element to this but it was not their business to get involved. a smuggler. >> it's their job to sign to the mlb. they'll turn the other way. >> doesn't matter how they got here. they're getting to keep their money. >> even though it's known that this is how he has players managed to get here and the smugglers take a huge chunk of their contracts, so the public sees player gets a $70 million contract, what they don't though is 30% of that is promised to their smuggler and a huge chunk of that goes to a drug cartel like the zetas in mexico. >> one of the scouts said he advised the player to make it how vast is this criminality? and what is law enforcement doing about it? >> this is interesting. the way we found out about this is there's this upcoming trial of this agent who is an alleged smuggler. we looked back into how many
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cases are there that prosecutors in miami have looked into in the past? we went back to 2010, 2006, 2004. this has been going on for more than ten years, involving multiple rings and dozens of mlb players, this is pretty extensive? >> are the feds doing anything? >> they are. we've got this trial. but on a material scale? >> they've gone after individual smuggler's rings. >> swee spoke to one smuggler. who was once a multimillionaire and now drives an uber. now he's -- >> all right, you went after us, but why don't you go after the mlb because they happen to know about this. >> maybe we'll get a comment. maybe they're watching. great reporting as always. you can read more about this by jose, on cnnmoney.com. thank you both. coming up, i love seeing this this week. did you see it?
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the bush twins have an emotional heartfelt message for president obama's daughters. in an open letter, jenna bush hagger and her sister, barbara bush are welcoming sasha and malia obama as they prepare to join a former first children club. security is very tight, lots of photographs and photographers hanging around, watching your every move. jean casarez has more on the bush twins' advice for the obama girls. >> with the inauguration of donald trump, less than a week away, it is not only president and mrs. obama that will be leaving the white house, but also their daughters, sasha and malia. there are two young women out there who can understand what the current first daughters are going through -- jenna and barbara bush. the bush daughters wrote a welcome letter to sasha and malia in 2008.
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now they have written another. in a gesture of solidarity, jenna and barbara bush write to the sisters who followed them into the white house eight years ago. >> malia and sasha. eight years ago on a cold november day we greeted you on the steps at the white house. we saw both the light and wariness as you gazed at your new home. >> malia and sasha were ten and eight years old. >> the bush daughters were so nice to malia and sasha and showed them where their rooms might be and told them all the secrets of how life at the white house can be fun. >> they even taught them how to slide down the bannister in the white house solarium. it's not the first emotional letter they've written to the obama sisters. sasha and malia, here is some advice to you from two sister who is have stood where you will stand and who have lived where you will live. that was january 20th, 2009. inauguration day.
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the relationship between the four girls continued as malia and sasha em brarsed their roles of first daughters. growing up in the white house, while going on official trips with their parents all over the world and it was jenna bush who quickly came to the defense of the obama sisters when a republican staffer on capitol hill criticized them for their attire and expressions during the 2014 annual white house turkey pardon. >> i'm fiercely protective, they're great girls. i think social media sort of exploded. they've done an incredible job. >> a job as first daughters that may now be ending. but headed toward a new chapter of young adulthood. explore your passions, learn who you are. make mistakes. you are allowed to. >> of all that i've done in my life, i am most proud to be your dad. >> in 2009, barbara and jenna's letter spoke of love and family.
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here is our most important piece of advice. remember who your dad really is. and in 2016 -- >> you've listened to harsh criticism of your parents by people who have never even met them. as always, they will be rooting for you as you begin this next chapter. >> and so will we. >> the question now is will this tradition continue? barron, the 10-year-old son of donald trump won't move into the white house until the current school year is over. but will sasha and malia write to this little boy about the new world that awaits him? poppy? >> jean thank you so much. we have more ahead here live in the cnn newsroom, back in a moment. your insurance company
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