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breaking new, unanswered questions about the largest private bank in russia and the trump organization and why president trump made those wiretapping accusations. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. sources tell cnn there's a federal investigation into a "odd computer server relationship" between the trump organization and a russian bank. could it be the root of president trump's intame miscellaneous wiretapping accusations against president obama? plus our man in moscow. jon huntsman signs on for what may be the toughest job in the trump administration, ambassador to russia. we'll talk about all of that. >> cnn's justice correspondent pamela brown is looking into this. what have you learned about the investigation? >> don, we've learned fbi investigators and computer scientists continue to examine whether there was a computer connection between the trump organization and a russian bank called alpha bank. according to several sources familiar with this
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investigation, this is the same server mentioned in a breitbart article that a white house official had sparked president trump's series of tweets last saturday accusing investigators of tapping his phones. cnn is told there was no fisa warrant on this server. the questions about the connection between the server and the russian bank were widely dismissed four months ago as an attempt by alpha bank to block them. we have learned the fbi counterintelligence team, the same one looking into russia's suspected interference in the 2016 election, is still examining it. one source said the server is seen as odd and perplexing but the fbi has more work to do to determine what was behind the unusual activity. whether there was any significance to it. the fbi declined to comment and the white house did not respond to our request for comment. >> pamela brown in washington, thank you for that, appreciate it. i want to bring in cnn investigative reporter jose p
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palieri. exaction plain what was the so-called communications about? >> what's so odd is this russian bank repeatedly looked up the very unique internet address of one particular computer server in the u.s. being used by the trump organization. in the computer world it's equivalent to looking up someone's phone number over and over again. it's looking up contact information. so while there isn't necessarily a phone call, usually it indicates something that might be an intention to communicate. that's what we heard from several computer scientists. one particular group of computer scientists who looked at this obtained these leaked internet records. records they were never, ever supposed to make public. and they were puzzled as to why a russian bank was doing this. was it trying to send an e-mail to the trump organization? they couldn't tell. last summer during the presidential campaign the russian bank looked up the address to this trump corporate server 2,800 times. more lookups than the trump server received from any other
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source. the only other entity doing so many lookups was spectrum health, a medical facility led by dic devos, husband of betsy devos, who was later appointed as the education secretary by president trump. these two entities made up 99% of the lookups. the computer scientists we spoke to just found that weird. now, all of the corporations involved say they never communicated by e-mail with the trump organization, and they had different, sometimes competing explanations for the server activity. but they haven't provided any proof of what was going on and they don't always agree. for example, the russian bank thinks it was receiver trump hotel e-mail marketing last summer but they couldn't provide cnn with a single e-mail to back that up. meanwhile the american marketing company that would have been sending those trump e-mails said it wasn't doing that at the time for trump's organization. alpha bank for its part repeatedly stressed none of its top executives have had any affiliation at all with president trump or the trump
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organization. in a statement to cnn they said neither alpha bank nor its principals, including two top executives, have had any contact with my trump or his organization. so in essence, what we've got now is a potential computer link that remains a mystery. >> still a mystery. and a lot of this is just one other piece of the puzzle. jose, stand by. i want to bring other folks in. russia expert matthew rojanski. cnn national security analyst juliette cayenne. steve hall, retired chief of the cia russia operations. good to have all of you. stephen, cnn sources are saying this cnn server activity is odd. what is your take? >> it is odd. at this point it's unexplained. until we get more information as to whether there are any packets flowing -- right now all we have is just this sort of electronic handshake, if you will, between
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this particular server in russia from alpha bank and the trump server. from a counterintelligence perspective, on the trump side, what you have is sort of this continuing drumbeat of these incidents of contact and just encounters between the trump campaign and team and the russian side. on the russian side, alpha bank. this is not the first time we've heard of alpha bank. alpha bank mentioned in the steel dossier, the 35-page dossier making startling accusations. you've got this on both sides. the devil is going to be in the counterintelligence details to tease out what exactly is the nature of these contacts and these relationships? we just don't know yet. >> congressman kingston, when you hear the fbi is continuing this investigation, to you does that fly in the face of what the white house is saying, that there is no reason to believe that there's a justice department investigation? >> well, i think the fbi's been looking for it. i think everybody's accepted
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that. you know, i think the question that the white house might have is how long have they been investigating? you know, in terms of this computer, frankly if alpha bank was a front group for russian espionage or russian intelligence agency, it would make sense. they've tried to break into the rnc computers. i believe comey said that in his testimony today. they did break into the dnc computers. so to try to break into the trump campaign any way they could, that could be consistent with everything else. when we find out what this really does -- >> an attempt to hack, is that what you're saying? >> yes. i think there's a possibility that's the explanation. >> it's worth making a distinction, we're talking about the largest bank in russia, a respected bank. it the might be -- it's possible the communication that was going on here could be that hackers were trying to break into this trump organization server, but i've not heard yet from any of the experts that the bank itself
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would have been trying to do this. so we should be making that distinction. >> let's talk to a national security expert right now. juliette, to you, what questions do you have about this connection to russia and the trump organization? could it be a potential hack? >> yeah, but i want to put that -- that wouldn't be in my top five what it is. we don't know at this point based on the reporting whether data was communicate order if it was a whole bunch of pings and there might an series of explanations. but i disagree with steve. i think, look, this is another data point. and what's clear is that at this stage there's a whole lot of odd. that's what i'm going to say, a whole lot of odd. we tend to think of these cases as there's going to be a csi type moment, right, the eureka moment, someone's going to find the e-mail from putin to trump proving collusion. that's not going to happen. what is happening, what we're seeing over the course of this investigation, is a whole lot of different pieces that are going to try to be put together that
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may lead across the spectrum from everything is benign and the trump campaign or his people knew nothing of what was going on, to direct collusion. i'm not even at the direct collusion stage yet. but there's enough pieces over the course of the last four months that you can't sit here anymore and say, i can explain all of them away. and i think most people, that's why most people want an independent investigation or at least to have these investigations continue to try to put the pieces together. >> jose? >> it is worth noting the computer scientists who looked at this data didn't come to any concrete conclusions. they want an independent investigation. that's why they surfaced this. there's no evidence that these two entities were communicating. the idea is that they want someone to look at this. >> remember, wait a minute, remember they're looking at illegal information. they're looking at information that should not even be in front of them. so for us to be saying there's some kind of fairness arbitrator is ridiculous. also to say that the bipartisan
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intelligence committees of the house and the senate can't have a thorough investigation, or the doj, or the fbi, i think it's partisan to always be talking and always go back to special prosecutor, special investigation. as if there aren't good people who can look at this fairly. >> is it illegal information? >> it was leaked. then you also hear people say, no, there was no fisa request. you can't tell people if there was a fisa request or not. that's part of the deal. you can have a room of 1,000 fbi agents, only three of them will know if there actually is one or not. >> i think if there is one -- go ahead, go ahead juliette, sorry. >> no, i think that's right. and i do agree with jack. there's no reason to suspect that the least suspended intelligence committee is led by people who want to come to a conclusion. i think it's interesting that after their pet hair eraserings with comey, everything does go quiet. i think there's a commitment. i would urge the white house to
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stop communicating with the republicans on those committees to get them to try to spin up stories, which happened just in the last two weeks. because it's important for both jack's side of the aisle and for democrats that the american public has confidence. because once again, we're looking at the story in the context of stories coming out daily now. and as i said, it's a whole lot of odd. that's all i can say right now. there's not going to be this smoking gun. but there's a lot of evidence that's leading towards something, something could have been going on and we need to come to a conclusion about it. >> matthew, russia expert on this panel, first of all explain alpha bank, what it means to the russian people, what it means to the russian government, to vladimir putin, so on. >> so the sheer size and significance of alpha bank, alpha group, which is a large financial holding company, this is like the bank of america of russia. you find their atms and their branches on every street corner in moscow and across the entire
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former soviet world in europe, everywhere. the sheer size of this thing is part of why there would be many unanswered questions. it's not like it's a narrow, boutique group that's finding out, they're in communication with the trump organization, tells you what the nature of that relationship might have been. this is a bank that could have been doing a million different things. so an investigation would probably reveal a little bit more. but as juliette said, probably not a smoking gun. i want to point out, there are two things we're not doing while we're having this conversation and doing an investigation. one is developing a policy toward russia. two is deterring anyone from doing any further hacking. whether that's china, iran, anybody else. it reminds me of you're speeding along the highway, someone else got pulled over by a cop and is being harangued by the cop, you know there's no cop waiting for you ahead so speed on by. i think that we've got to do everything at once. we've got to walk and chew gum. >> stand by. we'll continue this discussion.
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we're learning more about michael flynn, the president's former national security adviser. matthew rojanski, juliette could i i don't know, steve hall, congressman kingston. michael flynn, fired for lying to the vice president about his connection with the russian ambassad ambassador. now we learn he was working as a foreign agent for turkey, paid more than $500,000 while working
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for the trump campaign, and just filed paperwork to make that official two days ago. seems like that would have been important information for the american people to know. >> i think it would have been. but remember, he was fired not because of his connection with russia, but because he lied about his conversation with russia. not because he lied about his connection with russia. and that was the conversation in which he said he did not bring up sanctions, later it was shown that he did. and by the way, that was probably illegal to have him as a private citizen at that time, he was collateral damage you might say. and that was illegally leaked. but nonetheless, he did mislead the vice president about it, that's why he was fired. but you know, i do think that scrutiny in terms of who have you been working for, who do you have connections with, i think that's all fair game for the president's staff. that's just part of the scrutiny and transparency of public office. >> does this sound like he was extremely vetted? >> it does not.
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and i think that everybody else has been and everybody else will be. lessons learned. you know, one of the things, don, about trump coming as a business man, he doesn't try to rig things. i'm not making the -- i'm not trying to go back to the election on that, through use of that word. buffett things i know when i was in the house is that often we knew exactly what the votes would be on amendments before we brought it to the floor because we wanted to win every time. that's the political way to do things. i think a businessman's way is, hey, i'm not going to have perfect, i'm going to try some things, some things are going to fail -- >> what are you talking about? >> i'm talking about with some of his appointees. with mr. flynn. also the secretaries, army, air force, navy -- >> that's okay, listen, i don't mean to cut you off and i don't want to be rude. i think that's okay when you're working in private business, you can handle your business the way you want to. as president of the united
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states you're doing the american people's business. when you say people should be extremely vetted and you're going to have the best team and do the best job, you need to do that and not run it as a private corporation. that's not what the u.s. government is. go ahead, juliette. >> don, i talked to a bunch of people who know this law a little bit better than i do in terms of what was flynn's obligation. that's a lot of money to forget, $500,000. he clearly either forgot or there's a casualness about ethics, i would say, around trump and his people. but the more interesting thing is why did he decide to do it now? and most lawyers who know this law suspect that the fbi, that he's cleaning up his house. that he has lawyers that are saying, you need to get your house in order. like paying back taxes when you're about to be nominated for something. >> you're talking about flynn? >> talking about flynn. that it's very -- that the reason why he did it now, he's
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out of the limelight, he doesn't have the job. is actually because he needs to clean up his background because either there's an investigation or things are ongoing. we've long suspected that flynn is part of all this russia stuff. and so the timing has to be discussed. why all of a sudden does he wake and up say, i forgot that i was an agent of a foreign power. so likely at least people who have this experience, people who come forward, it's like paying your back taxes before you're nominated. >> the thing about the wiretap communications was because of flynn, speaking to the russian ambassador, he happened to be picked up from them monitoring the russian ambassador. moth e matthew? >> the notion of the conversations with the russians being so sensitive, so much so that someone could get fired, it's a little strange. it's clearly the lying that's the problem. it's clearly ethics vulnerabilities within the administration to be the problem. talking to the russians and
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having a policy towards the russians are smart things to do both for diplomacy and during a campaign. hillary clinton had a russia team. what you would have wanted backstopping flynn and anyone else senior in the administration who's going to have contacts with the russians or anybody else after january 20th is a policy. and people to execute that policy. i think part of the problem with flynn was he really was very much out there on his open. he was freelancing, having conversations, he wasn't being well briefed. >> here's the question. we know that flynn will speak at an rt conference in 2015, sat with vladimir putin at the event. if he was working on behalf of turkey, is it skeeflk he could have been working for russia too? >> well, first let's get to the idea of this extreme vetting you were talking about. how about extreme common sense? i have to agree, the conversations with kisliak are probably not a big issue, he probably got ahead of himself and ended up lying about it,
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which didn't end well for him, there's the integrity issue. when you go to russia, as an intelligence officer, he was intelligence officer for most of his career. seems some how to think it's okay to go to russia, it's okay to sit next to vladimir putin, which doesn't happen by accident. it's okay to get paid and associate with r.t., a propaganda outlet of the kremlin. i mean, how do you miss that? how do you figure, yeah, this is the guy i want to be doing this? that to me doesn't make a lot of sense. could he have been working for the russians as well? i would have been -- i was asked recently, if you had that magical spy, that great penetration inside the kremlin, what would you ask? one of my questions would be, what actually happened in moscow when he was there with r.t. that was off-camera, that was not taken pictures of? private meetings? we don't know. we just don't know about that. but now that the stuff with regard to turkey is coming out, i mean -- it's just difficult to tell. we don't know. >> thank you, everyone. next, president trump's pick to be his ambassador to russia
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was a fierce critic during the campaign.
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. president trump picking jon huntsman, a former critic, to be his ambassador to russia which might be one of the toughest jobs in the administration. cnn's senior diplomatic correspondent michelle kosinski has more. >> right, so you have hacking, syria, ukraine to deal with. jon huntsman is a former governor, former ambassador to china. but what really jumps out at you over this news is the fact that not only huntsman criticized donald trump in the past, he actually called for him to drop out of the presidential race. the other thing, trump must have a very good reason to get past that. you can see some of the things that the administration would get out of this choice. former utah governor jon huntsman, president trump's choice for ambassador to russia, could now be a key player in one of the u.s.'s most complicated relationship. a choice made all the more unusual because huntsman has his own complicated relationship with mr. trump. last spring the moderate republican said he could support trump for president, but in
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october huntsman changed his tune. after the release of the "access hollywood" tape of donald trump saying lewd things about women, he called for trump to drop out, telling "the salt lake tribune" the campaign had become a race to the bottom, that the time has come for governor pence to lead the ticket. huntsman made waves in 2009 when he accepted president obama's offer to join his administration. a move some saw as a brilliant political play. >> jon huntsman is rumored as a possible opponent for president obama. what did president obama do? named him the ambassador to china. >> reporter: huntsman took the job but later quit and ran in the republican primary anyway. at the time trump was critical, trashing huntsman on twitter. jon huntsman called to see me, i said no, he gave away our country to china. trump calling him weak, a lightweight, and easy pickings. after donald trump won the white house, huntsman appeared to fend minutes. >> we talked by phone. we've exchanged thoughts and
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ideas. i congratulated him on the race. and i wished him the best of success. >> reporter: so why pick huntsman now? the president has passed on hiring many of his critics, including elliot abrams and mitt romney. he's also opened the door to some rivals tapping south carolina governor nikki haley as u.n. ambassador despite her opposition to him during the campaign. in huntsman the trump white house gained someone with respected foreign policy chops. a two-time ambassador who's led a group critical of vladimir putin. a win for a white house opponents fear could be too cozy with russia. others say this could be politics. huntsman once interned for utah senator orrin hatch but lately was said to be considering running against him. could president trump be taking a page from president obama's old playbook? >> the joke at the time, keep your friends close and your enemies in china. the president needs senator orrin hatch. he's chairman of the finance committee. he's going to be very integrally
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involved in health care stuff, tax reform. i guess keep your friends close and your enemies in russia. >> reporter: hatch, who said today huntsman was not going to run against him, has gone to bat for trump in the past, helping him get his cab thet picks approved. now as the longest-serving republican senator, his seat might be safe. huntsman gets a big job and trump gets his ambassador to help him deal with putin. huntsman has described himself as an independent thinker. but you have to wonder if he is confirmed how much would his personal views and experience even play into his work when so much of foreign policy right now seems so deeply centered within the white house? >> michelle kosinski, thank you very much. a republican political consultant and presidential historian timothy nestali. jon huntsman has some rough things to say about the president, and we all know the president trump takes criticism
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harshly. huntsman is said to be getting this ambassador job. so other critics have gotten the boot. what's going on here? >> don't know, it's a big deal. not only is the former governor -- ambassador huntsman -- a critic, former critic of donald trump, he's chairman of the atlantic council. this is an organization that was set up in 1961 to defend nato and to defend the atlantic alliance. he is a pro-nato person. and donald trump's about to send to russia someone who is very supportive of an organization that both donald trump and vladimir putin don't seem to like. it's not just a question of donald trump moving outside of his comfort zone to choose a former critic. he's actually choosing somebody whose ideas about russia are fundamentally different from his own. this makes this choice very interesting. one wonders whose idea it was. >> i couldn't agree more. don what i'm beginning to wonder is perhaps the president is attempting to strike a tone with
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republicans that have vehemently disagreed with his position as it pertains to russia. maybe by nominating huntsman as ambassador to russia, this is an attempt to say, hey, i understand your fear, calm down, i'm going to nominate someone you may like. >> i want to know why some and not others. i said to people who -- critics who have gotten the boot, case in point you were a critic who got the boot. you lost the job at hud because you wrote an op ed critical of the president before the election. this individual recognized a moment of great disparity in the republican base and like cancer attacked and spread, consuming everything in his path. trump has taken us to a new moral low where it is acceptable for a presidential candidate to mimic and mock someone with disabilities. donald trump's statement about women are appalling and despicable. there is no way anyone can defend what is clearly indefensible. so what were you told when you were fired, that you couldn't be critical? >> oh, don, we've gone through this.
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look, i have no idea. >> people don't tune in every single night. >> okay, fair enough. fair enough. i have no idea why the administration and how they choose who they want to get rid of, how they choose what critics they want to keep. i will leave that to them, that is at their discretion. however, i can't understand why some people in the outside looking in say, well, this seems hypocritical, you got rid of some of those folks, these folks criticize you, why are you allowing them to be part of the administration? i'll allow people to come up with their own opinions and thoughts. >> it wasn't just michael. elliot abrahams also didn't get the job. >> let's talk about elliot ab m abraha abrahams. the number two spot for the state department, abrahams was critical of him before the election, this is an article for "the weekly standard." he said, do not allow the republican convention to be a coronation wherein trump and trumpism are unchallenged. there's no reason others who won many delegates from rubio to cruz to kasich should not have their names put in nomination. the party needs to be reminded there are deep divisions and
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trump needs to be reminded of how many in the party oppose and even fear his nomination. so that cost abrams dearly. it did cost the president i think, and secretary of state, because abrahams has lots of foreign policy and national security -- >> one of the problems right now that is there's a vacancy sign over much of the federal government. because donald trump is having a hard time recruiting people for middle-tier positions. if he continues to say, anybody who is against me, anybody who signed never trump or no trump petition, cannot be in my government, he's going to have a hard time. >> hundreds of key jobs not filled, senior level jobs at every federal agency. he said in a recent interview, you don't need all those jobs. bannon said, one of the president's goals is deconstructing the administrative state. does he understand what it takes to run a government? >> you know, well, look. he's new to this, he's a political novice. hopefully as time goes on he
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will learn. that is my hope. i think that's fair to say. >>fy had a nickel for every time i heard that. >> you'd probably be rich, right? i think, don, it's important for the president to understand that this is not sustainable. you cannot sustain not hiring people that have criticized you. because there are legitimate people who are extremely experienced at some of the positions -- >> you think he's thin-skinned? >> i will leave that for people to make that -- >> oh, please, you're here. come on. >> don, i think -- >> ask me. >> you think he's too thin-skinned? >> i think the president's temperament is problematic at certain times and he needs to work on that. i think that's fair to say. >> i think he's temperamentally unsuited. but he can continue to learn. here's the thing about the huntsman nomination. it's not just getting a critic for the administration. it's a critic that's going to go to moscow, a very sensitive
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position. this is very interesting. the russians are probably very unhappy about this. and they're thinking to themselves, how are we going to talk to president trump? because huntsman is not the intermediary putin would want to have. much better for the country, not so great for trump. this choice to me is a little baffling but good for the country. >> he did, as you say, to his credit, he appointed a critic -- is said to be appointing a critic of his. but from the travel ban, right, that rolled out as a disaster, health care is a mess, other missteps, is this a simple competence or incompetence issue? >> i think what we are witnessing is an administration that is new to politics, that's still trying to figure its way out. around d.c. and don, i think it's only been, what, 48, 50 days now, we haven't reached 100 days. i would like -- >> it hasn't been? >> wait a minute, i would like
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to give some level of benefit of the doubt. but i do believe that as time goes on, the expectation is for the president and his administration to act more like former administrations in the past. we have yet to see that. >> fair enough. >> the federal government is a big organization. they still haven't adopted an understanding. they haven't shown an understanding of this being big organization. that's a problem for them. the travel ban rollout was a disaster in part -- not simply because they misunderstood the constitutional side of it, but they didn't understand that you had to worry about every border, every airport. because they didn't think big. it's going to take them awhile. the question is whether bannon and the people who think like bannon are actually capable of helping trump understand the size of the federal government that has to exist. yeah, you can cut it here and there. but ultimately it's a big organization. so far we don't see the trump administration really getting it. maybe it will happen. but so far they haven't. >> remember what i said. we don't need all those jobs." steve bannon said they're
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deconstructing the administrative -- >> reality will set in really soon, i can promise you that. >> thank you, gentlemen. coming back, why the government ethics office is unhappy with the white house. and it's had something to do with kellyanne conway. where's the car? it'll be here in three...uh, four minutes. are you kidding me? no, looks like he took a wrong turn. don't worry, this guy's got like a four-star rating, we're good. his name is randy. that's like one of the most trustworthy names! ordering a getaway car with an app? are you randy? that's me! awesome! surprising. what's not surprising? how much money erin saved by switching to geico. everybody comfortable with the air temp? i could go a little cooler. ok. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
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the government ethics watchdog is unhappy with the white house for not punishing kellyanne conway after she gave a free plug to ivanka trump's fashion line. walter schwab, director of the office of government ethics, telling the white house in a letter today he is concerned with what he calls conway's misuse of position. i want to discuss this with richard pain that, chief white house ethics lawyer under george w. bush. thank you for coming on. we've talked about this but let's rewatch that moment.bush. thank you for coming on. we've talked about this but let's rewatch that moment. >> go buy ivanka's stuff is what i would tell you. i'm going shopping for myself today. it's a wonderful line, i own some of it, i'm going to give it a free commercial, go buy it today, you can find it online. >> questions have been raised after kellyanne conway did an interview, i believe it was with
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fox news this morning, where she appeared to, from the confines of the briefing room, promote the products of ivanka trump. do you believe that she crossed an ethical line? >> kellyanne has been counseled and that's all we're going to go with. >> richard, you were clear from the very beginning that this was an ethical breach. today the office of the government ethics responded to the white house saying, i remain concerned about miss conway's misuse of position, not taking disciplinary action against a senior official under such circumstances risks undermining the ethics program. i am more concerned about the extraordinary assertion that many of the oge's regulations are inapplicable to employees of the executive office of the president. the assertion is incorrect and the letter cites no legal basis for it." richard, have you ever seen anything like this? >> no. this is ridiculous. what the white house ethics lawyer did really in the first week or two he was on the job is
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write a letter over the office of government ethics telling them that because the white house is not technically an agency, that all the government ethics rules that refer to the word agency don't apply to the white house staff. basically that -- because the white house is not an agency, i guess they can be a bunch of sleazeballs and not follow any of the ethics rules. that makes absolutely no sense. we never would have argued that in the bush administration. anybody said that would have been laughed right out of the white house. nobody in any other administration has claimed that. in effect, they're saying that the white house staff doesn't have to comply with the ethics rules that apply to the entire rest of the executive branch, that it's going to be lawless over there, and that makes absolutely no sense. kellyanne conway's not the only one who was getting into the fight with nordstrom's. so was the press secretary, mr. spicer, he was getting into it as well. bashing on nordstrom's on behalf
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of the president. and his daughter. this whole thing has gotten way out of hand. and the white house needs to acknowledge at least that the rules that apply to everyone else in the executive branch also apply to the white house, which they clearly do. >> what would you have them do? jason shave gets and elidge yeah cummings of the house oversight committee, what would you like to see them do? >> i think they need to have a hearing and call the white house lawyers in there and ask them what they mean when they say that because the white house is not an agency, that the ethics rules don't apply to the white house. and why they've taken a position that's different from every other white house. and which rules specifically they don't intend to comply with. i think this is of the utmost importance to find out if there's going to be any ethics at all in this white house. because so far i'm not
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impressed. >> i know that this is on your long list of concerns about this white house. what is at the top of your list, richard? >> well, part of the problem is at the top. that the president says that the rules don't apply to him. and the president can't have a conflict of interest. which is absolutely false. the president, of course, can have a conflict of interest. but if he says that and that he's going to keep his businesses despite the conflicts of interest. and the payments from foreign governments that violate the emolument clause of the constitution. and he's going to be tweeting out accusations about his predecessor without any evidence whatsoever. i mean, if he's going to conduct himself this way, the staff looks at that and says, well, i guess we can do anything we want. then the white house ethics lawyer jump in and said, actually, maybe you can, none of the rules apply to you. this is an awful situation. >> i'm out of time, richard. thank you so much, i appreciate you joining us.
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president trump still promising to build that wall on the border. but what do people who live there think? i'm going to talk to one of them. ♪ announcer: get on your feet for the nastiest bull in the state of texas. ♪
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>> what about the president's proposed wall? listen to what pamela taylor thinks. she lived along the border for decades. >> that are wall is not going to stop them. if it's 20 feet high, they will get a 21 foot ladder, right? >> that has been the wisdom from a lot of people. if you have a 20 foot wall, you can get over it. they can cross into the country from your home. according to customs and border protection numbers, illegal border crossings were down by 40% last month. have you noticed a difference? >> yes, we have. >> why do you think fewer people are crossing? is it due to president trump? >> i believe president trump is making a difference already.
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>> why do you think fewer people are coming over? you are seeing fewer people? tell us about that. >> basically it was a constant flow of people coming over. not one and two, but by 20s and 30s. now we actually get a good night's sleep every once in a while. we don't have any interference. of course i can't speak for the border patrol, they are probably picking people up, but not in such large quantities. >> huh the wall that has been at your house for almost ten years at your house. >> correct. >> you said nothing changed. you support the president and you think the idea of a wall is a silly idea? >> the wall we have now has been there since 07 and the millions
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of illegal immigrants that are in america now evidently the wall didn't work. >> even with border crossings plummeting for whatever reason whether it's the president's or whether the economy is doing better in mexico, whatever the reason, do you think there is less reason for a wall and do you think that we need more border patrol at this point? >> yes, we definitely need more border patrol agents, but i can't say personally, we don't need a fence. it's not working. we can use that money for education and everything. we have veterans living under bridges and walking the streets and begging. people worked so hard to have homes and they can't afford the mortgage. we need to start thinking about america first.
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do you have a sign that reads we're part of america and we need representation, not a fence. is that sign in your yard? >> we started putting that sign up in 07. our representatives here, they were not behind us. no matter who we wrote to and who we spoke to, we department get a response. even now, our representatives are not with us. they are constantly encouraging people to come into america. we cannot afford to have them. >> how are they encouraging people to come to america? >> most of the people that are coming across now are children. those children in my opinion are just a ploy. children are being used in world war ii and in vietnam and they
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are using these kids so that once these children are in america, then later on mama is going to have to come and papa is going to have to come. i just see these children being used as a ploy to get other people into america. >> what i find that is interesting is you voted for president trump and you believe in strong border security, but you leave water for the border patrol agents and leave water for the migrants and even given migrants clothing to help them. that's an interesting position to be in. explain what that's like and why you do it. >> i do not agree with what they are doing. as soon as they cross that border line into america, they have already broken the law. but, on the humanitarian side, you cannot say i will not give
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water or food to a person that is hungry or thirsty. >> pamela taylor, thank you. >> you're welcome. >> that's it for us tonight. thanks for watching and see you back here tomorrow.
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>> were computer servers owned by a russian bank and trump communicating with each other. what does it have to do with his tweet storm accusing president obama of tabbing his phones. he and seven others met with director james comby and let's turn to the server story. pamela brown reporter has been looking into it. let's start things off. what have you learned about the investigation?

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