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answers? full sell mode. the white house says president trump is determined to push the gop healthcare bill through congress. can they get in line or will there be a political bloodbath. and dinner cruise as the president tried to rally support. he's breaking bread with former rival ted cruz. will any offer be on the table. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. we're following breaking news on the investigation into russia's election meddling and possible ties to the trump campaign. the top democratic on the senate intelligence committee, mark warner, says he has even more questions tonight after poring over classified information at cia headquarters.
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lawmakers are scrambling for information before hearings begin in two weeks and claims that president trump was wiretapped by president obama. tonight republican senator lindsey graham says he's ready to subpoena intelligence agencies if necessary to get any evidence that would prove or disprove trump's allegation. sources tell cnn the former president barack obama is irked and exasperated by an accusation that his camp has flatly denied. also, the white house says president trump is in full sell mode as conservative republicans revolt against the house gop healthcare bill. two congressional committees are working into the night on the legislation deemed dead on alife by critics who call it obamacare-lite. tonight we're learning about a new federal criminal investigation into wikileaks and its publication of documents purportedly exposing the cia's hacking operation.
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the president's spokesman says mr. trump is very concerned about the apparent breach. we're covering owl all of that and much more with our guests includi including elijah cummings. he spent the afternoon in the white house and thomas friedman and our correspondents and analysts they're also standing by. let's go to cnn's jessica schneider. investigations are heating up even as the white house says the president is not a target. what's the latest. >> several congressional committees are ramping up the search fort truth. the members going straight to the source, the fbi or the cia, and even digging through the evidence themselves. >> reporter: members of the senate intelligence committee taking their search for the evidence in the russian election hacking probe directly to cia headquarters. >> in many ways, we've got even more questions now. we've got more information we've
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got to get access to. >> reporter: democratic warner vice chair of the committee says he won't see any evidence but says he did see details today, a russian interference. >> a lot of what we saw today was the evidence of juunderlyin how russians manipulated and john podesta against one candidate. >> reporter: suzanne collins will examine the evidence next week. she wants the president to prove his wiretapping claims. >> i would like him to turn over any evidence that he has supporting his tweet from this weekend about surveillance. i think that would be helpful to our investigation. >> reporter: the white house still offering no evidence, as press secretary sean spicer continues to field questions about whether president trump is tied to the russian hacks. >> it is interesting how many times this fake narrative gets repaetd over and over and over
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get and yet no evidence has ever been suggested that shows that the president has anything to do with any of the things that have been -- it's a recycled story. >> reporter: senators rind zi graham and sheldon whitehouse sending this to comey and dana ben de, seeking any information relating to trump, trump campaign or trump tower. >> when it comes to surveilling an american citizen the only way to do it to obtain a warrant. if there is no warrant that checks off that box. >> reporter: fbi director comey still refusing to comment on trump's wiretap allegation about he did allude to the high bar. >> the government did not invade our privacy without good reason reviewable in court. that's the heart of america. >> reporter: sources tell cnn comey was incredulous after
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president trump's tweets and directed his staff to ask the justice department to tam p down on the allegations. that hasn't happened. but comey believes his job is secure. >> you're stuck with me for about six and a half years. >> reporter: fbi director comey one of the notable names as a witness for the house intelligence committee public hearing. and suzanne collins leaves the door open as to the possibility of requesting president trump's tax returns as part of the investigation. she also wants a public hearing. >> jessica schneider reporting. we're getting breaking news. jeff zeleny, what are you learning. john huntsman, the former utah governor has been offered and accepted the position to be ambassador to russia. this is just coming here, wolf.
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john huntsman, of course, once thought about running against for the presidency and far more of a hawk on the administration. i'm told that mr. huntsman has indeed been offered and has accepted. this is all but a done deal, not quite, pending a vetting process here. he was, of course, the ambassador to china during the first term of the obama administration, one of the rare republicans in the obama administration. if this goes through, which we will it will and could be announced in the coming days john huntsman will be heading to moscow, key here as this russian investigation stills hangs over. >> a major assignment. we'll watch it closely, the confirmation hearings as well. you also have some more news about how president obama reacted to president trump's accusation that he ordered a wiretap of him at trump tower in
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new york city. >> we do. we were talking to the president's advisers here, he woke up on saturday including many people in the white house and were stunned by the allegations that the president said he personally approved a wiretap of trump tower. now, we are told that the former president was irked and exasperated by yet another accusation from this president. we're told he wasn't furious about it because simply he's not surprised by much that this president has said. of course, he'd lived through many years of donald trump asking questions and raising questions about mr. obama's citizenship and other things. but, wolf, this took it to a new level. irked and exasperated were words used to describe the feelings of the former president. and important to point out, wolf, the two have not still spoken since inauguration day here at the white house. >> interesting. very interesting indeed. the white house press secretary sean spicer also spoke about the president's attempts to sell to
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fellow republicans the obamacare replacement bill. what's the latest? >> he did, wolf. this is the sales pitch to the highest degree here. sean spicer had his daily briefing today was saying this president intends to go out in the country to sell in and so interesting j interesting geographically, so many republicans are from trump districts that he carried, many of them were alongside him as he won his presidential campaign. this is what sean spicer described how the president would sell this plan. >> in fact, no mistake the president is proud of the product we've created. we're out in sell mode all over the country how we think this is the best way to solve the problem that the american people face and why we believe that the solutions that we put forward in this bill were the right ones. >> so the president out in full sell mode.
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it is an open question yet if the republican critics of this will buy this plan. there are many reasons to believe that they will not. they simply think it does not go far enough. it is the big test, first big test, of the movement of the president that carried him into the white house here to see if they can help him within legislation, past legislation as well. >> jeff zeleny reporting. we're joined by a key democratic who met with president trump over at the white house just a little while ago. congressman elijah cummings, member of the oversight reform committee, the ranking democratic. thank for joining. you had a chance to speak with the president. you spoke about healthcare. i want to talk about the claims that former president obama ordered the wiretapping of trump's phones. he's looking for copies of
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warrants applications, court orders. could there be a wiretap as far as a criminal investigation as far as you know on the business side of the trump organization. >> it's hard to say. let me be clear, i've worked with president obama for six years, spent a lot of time with him. and i cannot even imagine, imagining him ordering any type of tap on donald trump, president trump. and i think that -- i am glad that lindsey graham and miss collins, senator collins, are asking for any kind of warrants or any kind of evidence that might be available. but i can tell you i don't expect anything to come up there. i think it's -- i think donald trump, our president, woke up one morning and decided to make these allegations. and i think that in a way, wolf, what this may do is cause the
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president to hesitate more when he gets ready to start tweeting. because, again, we have limited government resources, we have limited government personnel, and to have these kind of allegations circulating is very unfortunate. but hopefully, we will get to the bottom of this, and i expect that there is absolutely no truth to it. >> you're a member of the intelligence committee, the ranking democratic on the house intelligence committee, adam schiff, told me of the investigation, he said be careful what you wish for as far as the white house seeking congress's investigation of all of this. is it possible this could uncover information, for example, that president trump doesn't want uncovered? >> i think that's quite possible. but i think we need to let the -- we need to follow the evidence wherever it may lead.
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wolf, i've practiced law for many years, and a lot of time following evidence is like pulling a string off a -- an unravelled, soft ball. it can lead into anything. but again, i think we need to get back to something i call regular order, where we allow our axes like the fbi, cia, to do their job. these are people who are committed to justice and to truth. we need to let them do their jobs, and i think that in the end, we will find out the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. but when we go around making accusations as president trump has done, and we say things that basically put president obama in a bad light and there's to my knowledge no proof of it, i think it's very, very unfair. so that's why i applaud what
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miss -- senator collins and senator graham are aiming for, and that is getting any kind of information available. >> they're both republicans and a whole bunch of democrats want that as well. >> sure. >> i spoke with democratic house intelligence committee member jackie spear. she said she's looking -- she's afraid that even having an investigation gives credibility to president trump's claims about president obama. do you agree with him on that? >> i think there may be some truth to that. but, wolf, when we have a president like president trump who constantly says things that are not accurate, at some point maybe, just maybe, wolf, this is a way to cause him to pause before he does these things. words can be very hurtful, and they can lead to a lot of problems. and i believe, wolf, that when the truth meets the lie, usually
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there are negative consequences. >> you put out a letter today, congressman, to the -- you sent it to the white house office to look into jared kushner's ties and possibly conflicts of interest, the president's son-in-law. what do you hope to find and are you getting new information? >> we just want to look and see exactly -- kushner said from the beginning he was going to do everything in the power to not have entanglements with regard to his financial situation. we believe there are issues that are still outstanding and we want to get to the bottom of them. after all, mr. kushner is a vital member of the president's staff, he advises him on a daily basis and he plays a important
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role. the president is still in violation of the gsa lease and he still has emoluments problem. so we just want to look and see what's going on there. and as i told the president today in our meeting, i said, mr. president, i want you to be successful and i made it clear it's lifting up the lives of the american people. and hopefully we can address the issues, get them out of the way, so the american people will feel they have a sense of transparency not only with mr. kushner but also with the president. >> let's talk about the meeting you had at the white house with the president. i know you spoke about drug pricing, not part of the plan. did you tell him that you clearly oppose this repeal and repla replace bill? >> yeah, he's aware of that. we spent most of the time, wolf,
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talking about drug prices. what we have is a lot of companies, pharmaceutical companies, that are raising the prices of drugs unreasonably. you go to a drug store in january, it's $100, you go back a month later, it's $600. we see it over and over again. a lot of these drug companies are doing it because they can do it. i've heard president trump say it many times that they're getting away with murder, that is, the pharmaceutical companies. this is something that bernie sanders and congressman welch and i have worked on for many years, and the president said he wants to help us to bring forward a proposal that will allow, wolf, for medicare to negotiate prices just like the va and medicaid does. right now we've got medicaid paying sometimes 70% more than va or medicaid. that's ridiculous.
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and so the president made a commitment today, as a matter of fact he's very tuztstic about i on a piece of legislation that we file in two weeks. i warned him he will not get much cooperation from his friends in the congress. he said it didn't matter for him. he wanted to do something for the citizens in baltimore and the citizens in ohio. he wanted to make a difference for them. >> you also suggested that in the meeting with the president you spoke about some of the language he's used involving african-american communities around the country. >> yes. >> i want you to tell our viewers what you said to him and how he responded. >> yeah, i said it in a very respectful way, and i said, mr. president, maybe no one said this today, but i'm going to tell you, it seems when you talk about the african-american community, you seem to judge our
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community by our weakest link. i said there are vibrant and many, many vibrant african-american communities in this country, people are doing extremely well. and i said i've lived in the same house for 35 years in the inner city of baltimore, i don't feel threatened. i feel very good about it. i said do me a favor, when you talk about the african-american communities, don't make us look like we're in foxholes. and he said i'm going to change that language. you're absolutely right. one of the things that i also told him is that he has vice-president pence doing an investigation on voter fraud. and i said, mr. president, come on, now. come on, mr. president. there is no voter fraud. but there is voter suppression. i said in north carolina a three-judge panel said that the
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north carolina would stop people who are african-american and vote democratic. you cannot have a legitimate voter survey or evaluation of the united states without addressing the issue of voter suppression. he agreed with me. i presented to him two letters, one to vice-president pence, one to him, that laid out all of those issues and he said you've got a good point there. the other thing i told him was with regard to historically black colleges and universities. i said you met with our black college presidents the other day. i said i'm a graduate of a black college, my wife ask durnd daug are. and i said there is no money in the executive order. i want you to find a way to help these colleges that do a phenomenal job in lifting up our children and diverse children from all over the world and he said, i promise i'll look into it. >> i now you're a proud graduate
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of howard university here in washington. you emerged from the meeting with the president encouraged? >> i was encouraged. we'll wait and see what happens. i thought he was enthusiastic about everything we talked about. i don't think he took anything in a negative way. i thought it was a sincere meeting. we'll wait and see. i told him i was not there for a photo op, and i was there for a difference. he being 70 and i being 66, one of the things we can do is present a platform for our young people and how to be. and i walked out of the meeting we were on the road. >> i want to be precise, congressman, on the issue of voter fraud he promised he would accept your advice and recommendation. on the issue of speaking on african-american communities he also agreed with you to accept your advice. i just want to be precise, is that right? >> yes, that's exactly right.
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their job will be to back up the local u.s.-backed fighters, the people that the u.s. is supporting as they move on raqqah. very sincetive and very dangerous situation for them. the pentagon will not confirmed the details. they will not say how many marines or exactly where they are. had th when they did it in iraq there were several hundred marines. this is -- 100 army rangers also went to a different location in northern syria to help back up some of the efforts to bring peace to that area. syria is a place where more u.s. troops are arriving and the war is growing. wolf. >> certainly is. there is new developments tonight in the wikileaks publication of cia spy tactics including details of how the agency allegedly hacks smart phones, smart tvs around the
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world. update on us. >> well, wolf, tonight the cia as i think you would expect, has no official comment confirming any of this. but they did issue a statement saying these kinds of leaks is something every american should be worried about. >> reporter: a federal criminal and intelligence investigation is being opened into wikileaks' publication of documents detailing alleged cia hacking information, several u.s. officials tell cnn. the new investigation is an acknowledgement that the documents appear to be largely authentic detailing how the agency hacks into common devices like phones, televisions and computers overseas. the trump administration won't confirm but has known about it for some time. >> it's important all of these have been utilized by the former
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administration. >> reporter: the white house says this is a serious leak. >> this alleged leak should concern every american. >> reporter: the fbi is the cia will investigate for potential criminal activity and who might have been behind it. officials would not say if they believe an employee, a contractor or a foreign government was involved. wikileaks claims former u.s. government hackers or contractors leaked the material to them. >> there is things in this the story that make it look like the information is for the most part real. but there is problems about how you would get that if you were an individual. so we can't tell, but i think it's either an individual or the russian government. >> reporter: officials say documents detail hacking programs that have been used as well as some being developed to collect intelligence overseas. one allegation, the cia can hack into smart tvs. placing televisions into a fake
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offmode that can listen to conversations and relay those conversations back into u.s. spies, according to wikileaks. wikileaks also suggests the cia was even studying technology that would allow them to take control of a car by hacking its systems. the document mentions products by apple, google, samsung may have been hacked. it's no secret operating systems have shown vulnerabilities and manufacturers regularly offer fixes. the most notable hacking in a terrorism case came when the fbi paid a private company more than $1 million to hack into the phone of san bernardino terrorist sayid far ruk. even now the fbi director saying -- >> there is no such thing as absolute privacy in america. there is no place in america outside of judicial reach. >> reporter: the next big worry is that wikileaks could publish
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the computer code, the road map on how to conduct this kind of hacking activity. and officials tonight,ful wou w that would be a road map to disaster. >> thank you. the white house says the president is very concerned about this apparent cia breach aenthough as a candidate mr. trump said he loves wikileaks for posting information about hillary clinton's campaign. sean spicer was asked about that. >> there is a big difference between disclosing john podesta's gmail accounts about a back and forth in his undermining of hillary clinton and his thoughts on her on a personal nature and the leaking of classified information. there is a massive, massive difference between those two things. and i think it is, again, the interest and the outrage that occurred last year by a lot of democrats when it came to leaks it's interesting we're not
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hearing just as much outrage now when it comes to issues of national security. >> we're joined by the "new york times" columnist thomas friedman. author of a book titled "thank you for being late." a major bestseller. tom, thank you for joining us. respond to sean spicer, what he just said. >> well, when you basically don't take seriously the fact that a foreign power is hacking our election on behalf of one candidate. this time it happened to be on behalf of mr. trump, next time it could be against mr. trump. this has to be taken very seriously. this was a very important year, 2016-2017. i have a chapter in the book, is god in the cyberspace. our lives are in cyberspace, where we do business, educate, where we find a date, we're all
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connected there. no one is in charge. no stop lights, no courts. no 1-800 number, stop putin from hacking me. our lives, our banking, politics, moves into this realm where no one is in charge. how do we bring rule and order there, it's going to be a big, big problem. >> you wrote a very powerful column in today's "new york times." you write about the president's advisers who are doing the best trying to back up his assertion that president obama ordered a wiretap on him during the campaign at trump tower in new york city. listen to this. >> he is going off of information that he said has lead him to believe this is a very real potential. >> i don't know anything about it other than what i was sitting in the office studio watching cnn. if the president of the united states said that, he's got reasons to say it, he's got some convincing evidence that took place. >> that's probably a level above
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my pay grade. >> what are these statements saying to you about the trump administration right now? >> what they say, wolf, is something quite tragic. this administration, all the people around the president, including former general kelly, now head of homeland security, are being asked to burn up their credibility, their trust with the american people by defending the indefensible. the king has clothes when he doesn't. it seems clear that the president woke up on saturday morning without consulting anybody, read an article on breitbart or some other far-right website and took that as evidence and basically in a tweet attacking his predecessor making the most vile charge that he attacked in in an enterprise he equated to watergate. we have an entire administration
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around trump being asked to basically burn up their credibility by somehow dressing this up as having a basis in fact. maybe it does, maybe it will come up, but we haven't seen a shred of evidence from either the head of the fbi the moerm director of signal intelligence. >> not just watergate. he compared it to mccarthyism. and he insisted it was a fact that president obama was tapping my phones in october just prior to election. and you're right, by all accounts he never even asked the fbi director, james comey, to confirm this. >> not only that, he still hasn't asked him according to the white house whether there is any truth. we're supposed to get congress and investigate this thing and obfuscate the whole thing and get lost and move on to something else. the long-term effect of this -- think about it.
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if you're a foreign leader, what do you think? do i share any information with this guy? is he going to tweet me after wards? shoot me in the back? you erode the fact. you talked about north korea and other serious issues. what happens when the president has to come to the nation, look in the camera and say, trust me. i had to do this vis-à-vis north korea or russia. >> let me read a sentence from the column in the "new york times." this is you. one day soon something will happen in north korea, the south china sea, ukraine, iran that will require him to make a judgment call. trump will have to look the american people in the eye and say, trust me, i decided this is based on the best information and advice of the intelligence committee. or trust me, we needed to work with russia on this. who will believe him? there is nothing more dangerous than a u.s. president who
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squandered his trust before he has to lead us into a crisis. this is your greatest fear right now. >> i was watching your interview with general kelly and it was an important interview. i think i know what happened. i think sean spicer and kellyanne conway, i'm making this up. someone at the white house and said, my credibility is shot, his credibility is shot, who do we put out? they bring general kelly. he was sitting in this chair and he said if the president said this, it must be true. he couldn't tell you why it's true, he couldn't tell whether the president told him it's true or the fbi director told him this is true. this is an honorable man, a war hero and they used his credibility to get through a news cycle. shame on them. >> here is another clip, this is the chair of the house intelligence committee, devon nunez speaking about donald trump and saying don't take his words literally. listen to what he said. >> the president is a neophyte
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politics and he's been doing this for a little over a year, and i think a lot of the thins he says, you guys sometimes take literally. sometimes he doesn't have 27 lawyers and staff looking at what he does, which is i think at times refreshing, and at times can also lead us to have to be sitting at a press conference like this answering questions that you're asking. >> this is the president of the united states and the chairman of the intelligence committee says he's a neophyte, don't take his words literally. >> he's a 70-year-old man, who has run a global company. he doesn't have people around him. that's the sign of the apocalypse. >> that's the head of the intelligence committee. >> yes. i want to ask him, how should we take him figuratively? what was he saying figuratively about president obama? to say that is also to so demean
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the president. it's basically saying, look, he's a little boy, he plays with his twitter on saturday morning, don't take it literally. what happens when trump comes out and says, i had to preempt in north korea or in iran or somewhere else, should we take that figuratively? how do we know when to take him figuratively, literally, when it's just a cartoon show? it's so destructive in the long run. wolf, it's not adult behavior let alone presidential behavior. >> a lot of others including republicans agree with nunez that he's a neophyte and don't take his word. literally there is a widespread believe about that. >> god save us from an america when we don't know when the president is speak factually, literally and speaking hypothetically. >> tom free man, thanks foch r r
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tonight. lawmakers seeking information about president trump's complaints that president obama had his trump tower wiretapped. graham tells cnn he'll subpoena intelligence agencies if necessary. let's dig deeper with experts and analysts. david axelrod, so far no evidence to back up the president's claim that president obama, your former boss, ordered a wiretap of trump tower during the campaign. the white house said that no one ever ordered surveillance on any civilian. any suggestion otherwise is simply false. tell us how president obama -- you were there would approach matters of surveillance. >> well, very skrcarefully.
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he had spent years teaching constitutional law. he understood where the lines were and everybody in the white house. presidents cannot order surveillance on american citizens for political reason or any reason and that authority belongs only to the appropriate investigative agencies and only then with the approval of the courts. that's what separates us from countries like russia. vladimir putin places surveillance on his political opponents and worse. we do not. president obama understands that and what was appalling about what's transpired over the last few days apparently president trump does not. >> a pretty shocking allegation he makes against his predecessor. as you know, gloria, former president, president obama, said on the right occasion when core values are at issue he would speak out publicly. wouldn't you say this is a core value? >> well, look, i think he was personally attacked here, and yes, a president cannot order a wiretap of somebody he doesn't
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like just because he want to do it, so it is a core -- it is a core value other. politically, though, i think, and david can speak to this better than i can, at this point, i think the president has larg larger things he may need to talk about, the former president, whether it is a question of immigration coming up, or a question of healthcare, for example, and i think it's probably smart of him right now to let his former aides do the talking for him and let the nation know that he was incredulous about this and probably pretty irked by it. but i think it's best for him not to engage with donald trump on this. >> i suspect he was a lot more than just irked by this. i'm sure he was very, very angry. jackie, sean spicer, the white house press secretary, said the white house has no evidence that president trump is currently under any
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counterintelligence investigation. but he says the president is still standing by his early saturday morning tweets, that president obama ordered wire taps of him at trump tower. how does the white house reconcile that? >> they haven't. they haven't shown any evidence that any of this happened which is why lindsey graham and the senate is doing wright now is important. they're a little bit calling the white house bluff, asking for information and documentation. because as gloria said, the sitting president just can't wiretap someone for the heck of it. so if this happened, there is evidence out there that should show that, you know, what happened here. we just don't know here. >> david swerdlick, how do you make of this. >> if there is a there there, the white house as the responsibility to get into it on its own. what sean spicer doesn't make -- there is cognitive dissonance there.
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everything known by the public, goes back to breitbart, heat street, mark levine and none of that matches the allegations in the tweet storm. >> react to david nunez, who said the president is a neophyte to politics, don't take his words literally. when you heard that, what was your reaction? >> well, my reaction was i'm sure yours, there isn't a person on the planet whose words aren't scrutinized and parsed as much as those of the president of the united states, the most powerful person in the world. and to casually throw these things out, to degrade not just your predecessor but our whole system of laws and democracy the way that he did with that tweet is going to be taken seriously and the world is going to look at america and say, is america living up to the ideal that's it claims. and so i think it has enormous
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repercussions. the president has not made the adjustment from candidate to the presidency, and he has to come to realize that when he tweets, those things are more than just a political gambit. they can have really profound implications and until he does, we're going to be going through this exercise, i fear, again and again. >> we >> we heard that from tom friedman. now let's talk about repeal and replace obamacare. today, some republicans preemptively were already suggesting the congressional budget office, the estimates they put o, wiut, they're not v accurate, don't pay that much attention. i want yo uh to listen to what the house majority whip, steve scalise, said about the cbo, the congressional budget office, what he said today versus what he said about the cbo in the past. >> to think we're just going to wait around and wait around. we've asked cbo, by the way, for a score.
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anyone who thinks the we're just going to wait and let some unelected bureaucrats in washington stop us for following through on our promise, they don't even know what's in the bill! they won't even release the cbo score! there are rumors flying around, there are all these back-door, secret negotiations. >> there are no backdoor in the documents. it's not our numbers they're using. there's an independent referee at the congressional budget office that scores. >> that was back in 2010, independent referee and now unelected bureaucrats in washington. sounds like he's changing his tune rather dramatically. >> well he is. look, if you like the c congressional budget office numbers on your particular issue, in this case, it's their replacement for obamacare, you're going to say you like it. if you don't like it, you don't like it. and i have to say, however, that the person who is in charge of this scoring, of this
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congressional budget office is a republican who was appointed by toms price and senator mike enzi. they approved his appointment. he worked in the administration of bush 43. . so he is a conservative with republican credentials and now they're trying to destroy the credibility of his numbers, which we haven't seen yet. and, you know, so this is not some wild-eyed liberal who's running this office. it's actually someone with a republican pedigree. >> yeah. and this is a serious problem, because when it comes to the floor, there's going to be this estimate from the cbo. >> and they're trying to have their cake and eat it too. that is -- you can't. and that is the problem here. and they're trying to spin it and it's just, it isn't going to work. because the numbers are going to come out, and they're going to have to start all over. because even if they dispute it, the numbers are there. >> all right, guys. everybody, stick around.
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people around the world are celebrating annual women's day. a call to action for equality. cnn's athena jones is joining us. athena, there were marches, there were protests across the united states, marking international women's day.
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you were watching. >> that's right. i was at the two of the protests here in washington. and you'll remember, wolf, it was just a few weeks ago that hundreds of thousands of people came out to demonstrate for women's rights in cities across this country and across the globe. well, today is an extension of the activism we saw the day after inauguration day. participants here in d.c., many wearing red, as a show of solidarity, marched on the white house and to the labor department to demonstrate for abortion rights and for issues like equal pay. tonight, women across the country are taking to the streets. >> we don't want the world to know a day without a woman, but we want people to understand what that day would be like. and it would not be a day that takes us to our fullest aspirations for the future. >> reporter: rallying for equal rights. thousands of women nationwide taking the day off to commemorate international women's day. a move that forced some d.c. area schools to close, due to
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inadequate staffing. [ chanting ] >> reporter: this march in d.c. was to protest the so-called gag rule president trump reinstated soon after taking office. that rule prevents any organization receiving u.s. foreign aid from offering abortions or even providing information about them. >> this is what feminism looks like. >> i want to stand up for women's rights. this administration doesn't seem to respect or understand the importance of what it means to be a woman. and so i wanted to be here. >> reporter: women from coast to coast, marking the day with their own marches. in new york, philadelphia, atlanta, denver, san francisco. if it wasn't for us, how would men even get into this world? >> reporter: in fact, women all over the world gathered to honor the day. the united nations even holding their own series of events to
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promote universal paid parental leave with academy award-winning actress, anne hathaway, delivering the keynote address. >> paid parental leave is not about taking days off work. it's about creating the freedom to define roles, to choose how to invest time and to establish new, positive cycles of behavior. >> reporter: democrats and republicans alike coming together in appreciation of women. >> we stand with our sisters across the country who have walked out in defense of equal rights for women. >> reporter: president trump taking to twitter saying, i have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy. and the first lady hosting a white house luncheon to mark the occasion. this as celebrities like katy perry and amy schumer took to social media in a show of solidarity. and one woman who took the day off from work so she could be part of today's event outside the white house told me that even though the kind of policy
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changes that she supports face a tough road ahead in the republican-controlled congress, she said, it's important that we continue to do these things, to have these protests, have these resistance movements, so they have no choice but to listen. wolf? >> athena, thanks very much. that's it for me. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. "outfront" next, doctors and hospitals across the nation slamming the gop health care plan, as president trump pulls out all the stops, inviting skeptics to go bowling. does he have the votes? and a top republican threatens to issue subpoenas tonight, demandi ining evidence prove trump's wiretap claims. and a stunning new report this hour tying a trump hotel to corruption and iranian revolutionary guard. that's later this hour. let's go "outfront." and good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, critically flawed. that is what the american medical association at this hour, it's the nation's largest organization of doctors, is calling the republican health care plan. the

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