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-- captions by vitace-- bei silence from president trump on claims that president obama tapped his phones during the campaign, and there are questions from just about everybody else. saturday morning, the president made an extraordinary claim. the question tonight, does he have any evidence to back it up, and if he does not, are there
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any consequences. >> reporter: it's the first weekday since taking office. aides are left trying to defend his attack on president obama. >> the president believes that the obama administration may have tapped into the phones at trump tower. >> is that based on media reports? >> this is something we should hook into. >> reporter: but neither the deputy white house press secretary or any adviser provided evidence to back up the president's explosive claim, except to suggest mr. trump has access to more information than they do. >> he's the president of the united states. he has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not. and that's the way it should be for presidents. >> reporter: the latest presidential eruption started saturday morning from florida when the president tweeted this. terrible, just found out that obama had my wires tapped in trump tower just before the victory. nothing found, this is mccarthyism. his tweets didn't stop there, attacking president obama again. this is nixon watergate, bad or
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sick guy. white house press secretary sean spicer who held his daily briefing off camera today defended the president but declined to offer any evidence. >> i think that there's no question that something happened. the question is, is it surveillance? is it a wiretap or whatever, but there's been enough reporting that strongly suggests that something occurred. >> reporter: the allegation shook washington and raised the stakes even higher for the russia investigation on capitol hill. a new cnn orc poll found nearly two-thirds of americans say a special prosecutor should investigate russian allegation. it includes most democrats, many independents and even 43% of republicans. james clapper was among the federal officials who said no wiretapping took place at trump tower. >> for the part of the national security apparatus that i oversaw as dni, there was no such wire tap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time or as a candidate or
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against his campaign. >> reporter: the white house called for a congressional inquiry into whether president obama abused the power of federal law enforcement before the 2016 election. the spokesman for the former president said the allegation were simply false. senator rubio who appeared in florida seemed dumbfounded by the allegations on cnn's state of the union. >> if it's true, obviously, we're going to find out very quickly, if it isn't, he'll have to explain what he meant by it. >> there is new reporting on james comey's reaction to the tweets. >> reporter: he is not pleased about this at all. very frustrated, we're told, over the weekend by these reports. one source is telling us he believes institutionally, he has to push back on this. inside the fbi he urged lawyers at the department of justice to come out and say this simply didn't happen, not true, but they did not do that. so it does appear there is a split between the fbi and the
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doj here. now the question is, how does this manifest itself. what will the fbi director do? at some point he will have to testify presumably, before these committees. so this is something that we are going to keep our eye on here, because the fbi director was embraced earlier in this year bit president, and he serves at his pleasure, sort of. he has a staggered term. he was appointed by president obama, of course, but we're told he's simply not pleased by this. >> jeff zeleny, thank you very much. in addition to the other questions surrounding president trump's unsubstantiated claim, was there a political slight of hand, call it the shiny object. it would not be the first time as randi kaye reports. >> reporter: when president trump's travel ban gave rise to outrage and protest ts around t country, he moved quickly to change the of focus.
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i have made my decision on who i will nominate for the united states supreme court. was it an attempt to distract from the conversation at hand? if so, it seems to have worked. >> he wanted to. >> reporter: the conversation turned to speculation about supreme court justice nominees. changing the narrative away from the controversy at hand is strategy mr. trump used during the campaign, too. >> i will gladly lend you my copy. >> reporter: after he got flak for going after the parents of captain khan following the speech at the convention. >> as you look at his wife, she was standing there, she had nothing to say, she probably, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. >> reporter: then candidate trump changed the narrative again by suddenly announcing he would not endorse paul ryan and john mccain in their primary
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raises, al races, also during the campaign when the "access hollywood" tapes came out, knowing they would be an issue at the presidential debate later that month, trump invited bill clinton's former accusers to that debate, as if to say, don't talk about me, let's talk about him. after the election, trump seemed to try to put an end to chatter about him losing the popular vote by tweeting that he'd actually won the popular vote if you deduct the millions who voted illegally. the conversation quickly turned to questions still unproven of spro voter fraud. that same month after agreeing to settle a lawsuit against trump university for $25 million, he pivoted again, demanding on twitter that the cast of the broadway show "hami "hamilton" apologize to then vice president elect pence for this. and when donald trump was to hold a press conference about business conflicts of interest
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he postponed it, then made news by appearing in the lobby of trump tower with conwkanye west. and remember those calls for him to release his tax returns during the election? he made those calls go away at least temporarily by appearing at cia headquarters. >> there is nobody who feels more strongly about the intelligence community and the cia than donald trump. >> reporter: and just days after he forced out his national security adviser michael flynn, president trump made new headlines with a 77-minipress conference. >> the press is out of control. >> reporter: that got oall the attention and the flynn story got buried if only briefly. >> talking about this idea of a d diversion, our panel members. to those who say this is a distraction, republicans are saying this is a distraction
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from our agenda, democrats are saying this is just a distraction like the president's done before to get people off the subject of russia or whatever it may be. >> right, and i believe it's a distraction. when's the last time we saw a sitting president of the united states accuse his predecessor of spying on him at 6:30 in the morning on a saturday? it doesn't follow any conventional wisdom that he has any information that would lead him to believe this, other than perhaps reading this breitbart story. somebody e-mailing it to him and him getting angry. he was very upset that he wasn't still getting, you know, great praise for his speech to congress. >> because of jeff sessions. >> because of jeff sessions the next day. it eclipsed that, and he puts all his anger on his staff at that time. so he was going into florida pretty heated as well. and what we saw with this case is that he decided to -- >> it's interesting, because the washington post had an interesting, where they said the
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president felt better because a lot of the coverage was about his tweet, not about sessions or about russia but wasn't happy even later in the day because not enough republicans why rallying to his defense. >> he has a very predictable pattern on a lot of these things, and i don't know that it's this devious sort of chess game so much as he knows when he tells people to dance that they will dance. when he sees a story that upsets him, he wants it to be a part of the discussion in 140 character th characters, he can get everyone talking about it. he likes having that power. he is acutely aware of the power that he has, that he's been exercising it throughout the campaign, pre-inauguration, and now that he is the president he likes the ability to demonstrate that with a single tweet he can completely change the news cycle. i don't know exactly that he wanted to divert away from the russia story, this is also about the russia story. he's switching it so he's the
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victim of the story rather than the bad guy. that's the pattern, he likes being able to change the story. i don't know whether it's to distract so much as he enjoys people following. >> i read somebody today kind of referring to it as a rhetorical bomb or grenade he throws into a subject and it does sort of change -- >> and look, there are narratives on the right that don't always get injected into the mainstream media, right? he reads the conservative press closely. he listens to talk radio. he reads some sort of far-out sites as well, alex jones or, and i think what happened here is he wanted to inject their counter narrative bubbling up on the right about wait a second, donald trump is not the guy who is conspiring with the russians, he was the victim of this espionage campaign by the last administration. that is a narrative that if you read national review and levin,
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breitbart, that is something bubbling up out there that a lot of conservatives don't think has been a part of the mainstream press. levin sort of articulated it in the full talk radio appearance. breitbart picked up on it. trump read it and said ah-ha, more people need to know about this. >> as general hayden said in our last hour, former head of the cia, the president could find out the information that he is alleging happened instead of a congressional investigation, he could find it out immediately. >> the president has no interest whatsoever as we've seen in finding out what the real truth is about his own relationship with the russians, those of his family, those of his aides, those of his campaign and those of his business organization. what we are seeing here is the fact that donald trump's success in life, including as a politician and a businessman is about being a brilliant planip later of media and a provocateur. and we are seeing this diversion here, yes, it's a diversion, that he probably also believes
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some of what he's saying, because is he give tn to outlandish beliefs. look at his birther beliefs. we have a couple things going on at once here, but the most important thing to remember is that there is an investigation going on that is being obstructed by a number of people who are trying to find out all about donald trump's business relationships with the russians, those of his organization, those of mr. flynn, those of others in his campaign. and they are having a rough time because of what's being thrown in front of them in terms of all kinds of diversions. they haven't gotten to the bottom of it yet. and one of the -- >> when you say it's being obstructed, are you meaning by these sorts of allegation that are called by the president to investigate leaks, by calls of the president to investigate this new idea of president obama ordering wiretaps? >> i don't mean literally,
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necessarily an obstruction of justice by obstructed. i mean impediments put in front of all kinds of investigations by the press, by the fbi, by the congress of the united states. it is very clear that donald trump and the people around him and particularly mr. flynn and mr. sessions who have already lied about this, do not want the facts known about what happened in the campaign, about the business relationships around the trump organization, with russians, ethno-russians, et cetera, et cetera. it is why we need a select committee or a special prosecutor can and why those numbers that you just put up about why the public wants it, including republicans >> how much cover are congressional republicans willing to give the president? >> i think it's a matter of time
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right now. because what he's doing right now be now, we're not talking enough about, it's incredibly reckless what he as done. let's assume it is true. fine if is true, it's reckless that he would go to twitter on a saturday morning. >> you're saying true that the fich fisa. >> he can't do that. or if the fisa court decided to do so. let's assume that was the case and he tried to do a head fake on everybody. how much more incredibly reckless is that and where does his credibility stand not only with congressional republicans who at some point have to back off of him, but what about the american people and quite frankly, what about all the foreign leaders we have to deal with? i think what he has done is incredibly reckless, no matter what the outcome is. >> but recklessness is sort of
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a, is sort of the speed of this presidency, and donald trump has tried to sell this as a feature, not a bug, that he is someone who will come in and break things and even though his approval ratings when he started were not great, it's not that his approval ratings have collapsed over the last, you know, couple of weeks. he has maintained the support of the people who supported him when he took the oath of office, in part by doing exactly the sort of reckless stuff that he sort of sold. >> next, reports of cursing and chaos and more in the west wing, digging deeper into the roots of the president's feelings. ben carson drawing comments about comments that he made. sound way to let's talk asset allocation. -sure. you seem knowledgeable, professional. would you trust me as your financial advisor? -i would. -i would indeed. well, let's be clear, here. i'm actually a deejay.
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inside sources that they came after a frustrating few days back at the white house. the president's known for tweeting fast and furious. more on the sources of his ire. >> reporter: the blistering tweets raising questions about the obama administration wiretapping phones at trump tower with zero evidence to back the claims. nevertheless trump's team stormed the talk circuit echoing his outrage. >> the american people have a right to know if this happened. >> god bless the united states. >> reporter: what spurred the roaring tweet storm? after the widely accepted speech to congress, he was furious to see sources about his his team and russia. >> i have recused myself in the matters that deal with the trump
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campaign. >> reporter: one source told cnn nobody has seen the president that upset. while others said in a meeting laced with expletives, trump accused his staff of fumbling the sessions situation, creating a mini disaster. tv cameras capture add animated office in the oval office involving the senior staff, including steve bannon, ivanka trump and jared kushner and reince priebus. >> there was nothing wrong with talking with the foreign, the russian ambassador about the current sanctions that were being put in place by the obama administration. i just answered the question. >> reporter: although priebus has been visible in defending the white house against the russia questions pand was originally slated to travel to florida with the president fort weekend, that changed. priebus stayed in d.c. some sources say balls of the chaos. the white house says he had a family commitment. but this is clear. the president took off, the
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tweets started flying and so did the spin. >> he got elected about 118, 119 days ago, and we still hear the democrats and others shouting russia every day. they haven't shown any connection. >> reporter: the lack of information from the president is still a problem, however, because while he may be privy to certain details that would justify these claims against a former administration, until those are broadly known, this can look an awful lot like it's about the fury, rather than the facts. anderson? >> thanks very much, perspective from anthony scaramucci and phil rucker, whose byline, the headline "inside trump's fury." so let me start off with you. in the washington post piece, you wrote about the president's frustration over the last week with leaks, setbacks, accusations. he a very-well-received address to congress on tuesday, and the
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attention on that didn't last as long clearly as the white house would have liked. you called it a perpetual state of chaos. what are you learning from your sources? >> sources are telling us that trump is frustrated, not just by the russia situation and what happened in the news last week but by the fact that he's now entering week seven of his administration and there is still chaos, crises left and right. they dropped the health care bill today, that's going to start to get off the ground, and that could be an accomplishment soon, but he looks at a comparison of president obama. other big ticket items that were passed in the early months, and trump's just not there yet. >> what do you make of the notion that there is chaos in the white house? >> listen, i'm not going to spin and say that there aren't, there's obviously contention, but i do think it's a healthy
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sort of contention. >> it's by design. >> i think so. if you look at the last 45 days, i think these executive orders, his move for deregulation, the speech he gave on the state of union was exemplary. and once he rolls out the health care man and the tax cut which mnuchin says will come by august, before the august recess, i think there is a whole blend of things that are going on that are very positive, reflected in the stock market, reflected in jobs optimism. if you look at the surveys -- >> one of the things, i talked to leon panetta and others, and they say there can't be competing centers of power in the white house, different folks who have the ability with the direct line with the president, there's got to be kind of clear lanes, and that's one of the chief of staff's jobs, to give clear lanes. to the arguesment of those who
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say there are too many centers of power, all of whom can get in the president's ear at different times. >> i think he's a very unique president, an entrepreneurial president. he's 21 months into his political career and 45, 46 days into the presidency. he's a very adaptive guy. he had a hub and spoke system in the trump organization that worked very well for him. >> was that sort of competing power centers? >> i think what he's hooking lor is excellence from each of those power centers, and he will draw from what is best about those power centers. it's a unique way of doing things from other presidents. >> these are growing pains, it's a difficult thing for anybody to go from campaigning to governing, particularly if you are not a career politician and if a lot of folks in your staff don't have -- >> two things, anderson. one is, he is a ceo of this massive organization. you do not intentionally create chaos inside of something that
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is so consequential. maybe it worked for him in his trump organization. it does not work in government. you could not wa you do not want the american people fearful every day, as mr. rucker's piece said. he was steaming, raging mad. i don't want a president who's steaming, raging mad, having his hand on twitter, or the nuclear codes, and i think most people feel that way. no drama obama was calm. he had lines of authority. >> all presidents get angry. it's just maybe we don't hear about it. >> i'm just saying he is so, when you combine his intentional sowing of chaos with his perhaps rage on this occasion and who knows where else it can happen, and the point that you've been making earlier today about the intentional lies that he continues to sow, his -- >> i want to, let me just
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quickly get -- >> i have a lot of respect for the governor, but i have to respectfully disagree on a lot of this stuff. i don't know who's telling phil rucker this stuff, maybe he was steaming mad, if he was steaming mad, he should be even sorer to the people in the room leaking that stuff. >> there were 17 sources for the story. a lot of people. >> you're a fantastic journalist, i take you at your word, but if he was quote-unquote steaming mad and there were 17 sources for the story, my recommendation to the people is shut up. give the guy an opportunity to run the government, give the guy an opportunity to have your faith and level. confidentiality. >> do you have a sense, phillip of the steaming mad, whatever, however one would want to characterize his emotional state or how the white house is set up, do you think part of this is a frustration he has with having
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been a ceo, government is a completely different animal. you can't have people signing non-disclosure agreements which is the way it is in a private corporation, and suddenly, you have a leaky ship, multiple leaky ships. >> that's exactly right. and the government is not just the west wing. it's an enormous bureaucracy of all these agencies that he has very little control over. he's the president of the united states, but he can't dictate every hour, every minute what these agencies might be saying and telling reporters like myself. so he has less control than he did at trump tower or on the campaign. and that's nahhignawing at him. and they've been slow to appointme appoint the staff. and it's because the president has a high demand for loyalty. so he's vetoed a lot of secretaries, assistant secretaries, and a lot of the agencies simply don't have the staffing to operate at full
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speed. >> when you have a big organization like that, it is, if you are a successful business person or ceo you do not point the finger of blame at everyone around you. you take responsibility for the things that you do that are wrong. and you, and pointing out whether it's the permanent government employees, whether it is his own staff, whether it is the media, whether it is the courts, you name it, everybody but him has responsibility when he is the one who has been sowing the chaos. >> i don't see it that way. i think you got to give the president of the united states an opportunity to adapt to the job, and he's got to get his team to coalesce around him, which i think they will, and in 45 days, look at the economy, the buoyancy in the stock march kit, twrdirectionally, this is going in the right direction. officials say president trump's wiretapping allegations from nonsense, that it doesn't
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as we've been reporting, former intelligence and white house officials are calling president trump's unsubstantiated claims that president obama wiretapped him false. james clapper says that his agencies did not wiretap mr. trump for did they get a fisa order. clapper said there was no court order to monitor any phones at trump tower. here's what lindsey graham said at a town hall over the weekend. >> if the former president of the united states was able to obtain a warrant lawfully to monitor trump's campaign for violating the law, that would be the biggest scandal since watergate. i'm very worried that our president is suggesting that the former president has done something illegally. i would be very worried if in fact the obama administration was able to obtain a warrant lawfully about trump campaign activity with foreign
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governments. >> the senator said it is his job as a senator to get to the bottom of this, and he promised he would. with us, michael mukasey. over the weekend, i thought it was on msnbc, you said you thought there was probably surveillance at the behest of the attorney through the fisa court but that president obama himself would not have ordered it. that's not the way it works. >> that's not the way it works. >> so what do you make of the president of the united states tweeting that, accusing the former president of doing that. >> i'm not clinically trained, so i can't make anything of it. >> you think it has to do with -- >> no. what i'm saying is i don't know, i don't communicate by tweet. and maybe that's, maybe it's the medium that becomes the message, but there is a core of truth in the sense that there was an
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intercept of some kind, i believe, because the times had it. number of other news sources had it. your prior segment, it was acknowledged that there was in fact an intercept of some kind going on, and apparently, it had to do initially with illegality of a russian bank, that didn't go anywhere, and they continued it as an intelligence investigation. >> but if trump is picked up or someone affiliated in the trump administration is picked up on a wiretap in the russian embassy or a criminal investigation or a russian bank, that's very different from president obama tapping donald trump. >> to be sure. >> but trump was saying obama tapped him. >> i understand that. what i'm saying is that the problem he seems to have is with the fact that it is a fact that there was some kind of surveillance going on of people around him at the time of the campaign. now whether he should have a problem with that or not, i can't tell you. >> professor, what do you think?
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>> well, i think that, i agree with general mukasey. the point is obvious that no one would seriously suggest that president obama personally ordered an intercept under fisa, and that may have just been an inartful tweet. those things -- >> it didn't just suggest it, he said that. >> right. but he may have been referring to the obama administration. i don't know. and there's, i couldn't say one way or the other. what i think is ironic is a that the democrats are embracing the fisa court like it's some great protection of civil liberties and due process. for most of us in the sichl liberties community, we've been critics of fisa for years. >> you're saying it's too easy to get a warrant. >> that's right. >> you're just excusing donald trump saying that barack obama was sick and evil, and you said, well there are problems with the fisa court. we're talking about trump here, we're not talking about the fisa court. >> i was paddressing the fact
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that he said obama engaged in this wiretapping. i don't know what he meant, but i don't think it's as important as the issue general mukasey was talking about, was there surveillancessur vailance that swept into its scope, the trump campaign. fisa is a lower standard. it's a bit odd. the obama administration is not as pure as driven snow when it came to surveillance. james clapper was accused of lying to congress about one of the largest surveillance programs in the history of this country. president obama's administration put journalists under surveillance, like rosen at foxx. -- fox, so i think it's a mistake to overplay this issue. >> i also point out, and i wrote this down in the greenroom watching it. that james clapper's denial was kind of a non-die nilenial.
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he said donald trump wasn't wiretapped and the trump campaign was not wiretapped. but that is not the same as saying there were no intercepts of any kind that involved people around donald trump, and that seems to be the -- >> it left out the trump organization. >> left out, yeah, you know, people who, other people in the building of trump tower as well. exactly. >> but, if, for example, someone in the trump tower called the russian embassy, the russian embassy's lines are tapped as a matter of course. how does that turn into some scandal involving barack obama? >> if, nobody's saying it's a scandal involving barack obama personally. >> except the president of the united states is saying that. >> understood. but the point that professor turley is making is that there was some kind of surveillance going on that involved people involved with trump at the time of the campaign and that that touches a nerve.
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clearly. >> all right. we're going to leave it there. thank you all. appreciate it. coming up. ben carson refers to enslaved people forced to come to the united states as immigrants. his comments are drawing a lot of attention. ain i couldn't sleep or get up in time. then i found aleve pm. the only one to combine a safe sleep aid plus the 12 hour pain relieving strength of aleve. and now. i'm back! aleve pm for a better am. across new york state, from long island to buffalo, from rochester to the hudson valley, from albany to utica, creative business incentives, infrastructure investment, university partnerships, and the lowest taxes in decades are creating a stronger economy and the right environment in new york state for business to thrive. let us help grow your company's tomorrow - today at
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well, ben carson has stirred up controversy by calling enslaved people immigrants. he spoke about ellis island, and then he said this. >> there were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships who worked even harder, even longer for less, but they, too, had a dream. that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great grand daughters might pursue prosperity. and happiness in this land. >> joining me now, my panel. this got a lot of pickup, a lot of controversy, kind of went
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viral. do you think it's much ado about nothing? >> i think secretary carson may have chosen to use the word that might not have been the best word to use, immigration, but i don't think anybody should take his comments during this speech of him not understanding the difference between voluntary immigration and involuntary servitude. i was reminded of a comment from dr. king, we may have been on different ships but we're all the same now. no way is anyone insinuating that dr. king was belittling the way people came to this country. it seems as if with black republicans or conservatives, there's this rush to judgment that we are somehow unaware of our history or unaware of where we come from or why we're here. we can understand that dr. carson, who has an exhibit in the african-american museum that
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smithsonian just built and just toured it and saw portions of it that talked about slavery, has an acute awareness of where we come from and how amazing it is so that so many years after slavery he can be standing there as the secretary of hud. >> angela, what about that? is it unfair to pin point one sentence he says in a speech where it appears he's speaking extemporaneously, he's not on a teleprompter, and parse his words? >> i think at some point we all have to be accountable for the extemporaneous words we use as well. ben carson said black people worked for less, i have breaking news. we built this joint for free. we didn't build it for less. i would los tealso tell him thaa kinte didn't have a dream to be toby. he was brought her e
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involuntarily. whether they had dreams, that is the case, i would hope that was the case. but the way that he talked about slavery today is treacherous, because it doesn't acknowledge that there were 400 years of involuntary servitude, 35,000 voyages across the atlantic ocean to bring black people here involuntarily. that is what is wrong with his remarks. >> when he said work for less, is it possible he was being sarcastic? >> do you think it's a good idea to be sarcastic about slavery? >> what i think doesn't matter. >> it matters to me, anderson, i think it's an important point of dialog. i think it's an important point for us to dialog about. i don't think that behooves anyone. it doesn't matter whether we're in black history month or women's history month to talk about slavery in a sarcastic manner. >> the room, the secretary
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received numerous standing ovations, and after it was over, after the remarks, nobody had an issue with what he said. as a matter of fact, the last question that was actually a comment to him was, sir, i actually was nervous about you coming and being the secretary of education, i'm paraphrasing, and the woman -- >> he's hud. >> sorry, hud. but she said i am confident in your abilities now, i'm at peace, i know you're going to do a good job. so i think it's much ado about nothing. because the people in the room understood where he was coming from, understood what he was saying, and they swarmed him. over 100 people stood in line to take pictures and meet him after these remarks. so it was only after this report came out in the need yeah which made it this big up to do about nothing, and the unfortunate thing is that you can take elements of the media and totally miss the moment that the people in the room saw, heard, and were proud that yes, angela, that after 400 years of slavery and involuntary serve today tit
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can have people hilike you and sit on this panel and be the secretary of you know, paris, i appreciate everything you said. i originate from a slave from senegal whose name is marie. i can tell you the humbling moment i found that out on the plane. i cannot tell you how this moment struck me particularly. where so many things about black history, including our last black president have been trivialized. maybe he just had a gap in his judgment and in his memory. he's also compared obama care to slavery. this is an analogy that ben carson tosses around, he may have severe misunderstanding of what american slavery really was, and how it impacted lives
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the defense department is scrambling to stay ahead of a nude photo scandal. nude photos of current and former female marines. a former marine exposed the scandal. triggering an investigation that's ongoing, barbara starr has more. >> reporter: the photos hundreds of them, sexually explicit and posted without consent. they were posted via a private facebook group page called marines united. members on the site solicited others to submit photos of women, only men were invited to join the private page where
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derogatory and reportedly violent comments were made against the women. now, dozens of marines could face disciplinary action, it was all brought to light by a former marine. >> what we discovered was roughly 100 folders that contained dozens of other sub folders. some of them had one or two images in them with no real way to identify the victim. others included name, rank, current military duty station. >> brennan wounded in afghanistan, has know been threatened. >> my family has received threats, but it's not about us, it's not about our family. this is about -- it all goes back to this being about the victims that my story brought to light. >> brennan founded war horse, which first reported the
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allegations on the site reveal run by the center for investigative reporting. now that it's all public the commandant of the marine core issues a statement saying, for anyone to target one of our marines online or otherwise, in an inappropriate manner is distasteful and shows an absence of respect. a former military attorney says there are serious legal consequences. >> it could conceivably lead to a number of service members being court-martialed. >> and tonight, facebook has taken down the offensive content. anderson in. >> barbara starr thanks very much, we'll be right back. announcer: get on your feet for the nastiest bull in the state of texas. ♪ ♪
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that's all the time we have, thanks for watching. time to hand it over to don lemon for cnn tonight. it would be an absolutely stunning charge if it were true. this is cnn tonight, i'm don lemon. president trump doubling down on his twitter charge that former president barack obama ordered a wiretap of his phones during the campaign. with absolutely no evidence. no evidence to back it up, a source saying james comey was incredulous over the president's allegations and had his staff reach out to the department of justice, asking them to knock down the whole thing. press secretary