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i said forget about her, who's the one on the left? and it was melania. >> be sure to watch our special report "melania trump: the making of a first lady" tonight 9:00 p.m. eastern only here on cnn. i'm reynolds wolf. "erin burnett out front" starts right now. breaking news. the trump administration abruptly firing nearly 50 u.s. attorneys. tonight one source saying this couldn't have been handled any worse and there is one stunning person within this list. we'll tell you about it. inside the top secret fbi unit investigating russia's med wlg the u.s. election, exclusive new details this hour about this elite team. that's on lock koundown. and a former u.s. defense secretary warning of a nuclear catastrophe saying the chances are greater than ever before. let's go "out front." >> attorney general jeff sessions tonight asking for the
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resignation of 46 obama-appointed u.s. attorneys. there was no warning basically of the firings. a law enforcement source telling us that, quote, this could not have been handled any worse. the source says many prosecutors were not even told that they were fired. they found out through the media that they had no jobs effective tonight. trump had promised he would keep priebus on and priebus known for overseeing cases including corruption cases involving new york elected officials who are democrats. another source telling cnn the idea of asking the attorneys to clean out their desks immediately is unprecedented and dangerous. dianne feinstein is saying she is concerned adding she was told by the vice president and the white house counsel that the transition would be orderly. our investigative reporter scott glover is "out front" on this breaking story. in the way this is handling, how
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quickly it is happening, stunning developments this evening. >> reporter: yeah. i just got off the phone with a former united states attorney who said he's still trying to assess the situation, talk to some folks, but if it went down the way it's being reported, he said he would just be floored that, you know, it's disrespectful, it's outrageous, and he finds it frankly hard to believe. when he left office, he was given several weeks, was told, you know, thank you for your service, take your time getting your affairs in order and it was a very different kind of treatment than what's being described this evening. >> we also understand one of the attorneys on this list from new york, a man that after trump won, he says trump personally told him he wanted him to stay on. jeff sessions had told him he wanted to stay on. and yet apparently we are learning that he was shocked he's on this list. >> it seems there are lot of
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surprised people around the country this evening. i don't have any particular insight into his case but he is one of many voice who is seem to be expressing surprise and disappointment with the way things have been handled. >> pretty stunning. he is in the middle of an investigation into the democratic mayor of new york. all right. thank you very much, scott. also tonight, the white house facing some major questions about trump's wiretapping accusations as top lawmakers say there is still no evidence at this hour on friday night. athena jones is out front at the white house. >> reporter: president trump dodging multiple questions about his unsubstantiated claim that president obama had his, quote, wires tapped at trump tower before the election. >> mr. president -- >> reporter: meanwhile, the
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department of justice is declining to comment on whether the president is a target of any investigation. nearly a mof after he resigned as national security adviser over his contacts with the russian ambassador, questions are now swirling about michael flynn's work for the government of turkey and whether the president knew. >> just so we're clear, you wouldn't -- the general flynn filed with the department of justice two days ago. how would anyone know -- >> reporter: white house press secretary sean spicer arguing flynn's lobbying activities worth more than half a million dollars, were a private matter. >> thaes another up for us to determine. that's up for them and their counsel to determine if they engaged in activities in the past or whatever it is. >> reporter: spicer unable to answer other key questions about flynn. >> did flynn disclose he was acting as a foreign agent in the security clearance review before he became nsa? >> i don't know the answer to that question. that's something you should follow up with general flynn on. >> reporter: the vice president telling fox news he only learned of flynn's business ties to
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turkey this week from a news report. >> let me say hear that story today was the first i heard of it, and i fully support the decision president trump made for his resignation. >> disappointed about the toir? >> first i heard of it and i think it is an affirmation of the president's decision to ask general flynn to design. >> reporter: trump's spokesman was also asked about stories swirling around conservative media circles about a so-called deep state of entrenched employees from the obama era working to undermip the new president. >> i don't think it should come as any surprise there are people that burrowed into-in the government during eight years of the last administration and, you know, may have believed in that agenda and want to continue to seek it. >> reporter: and while the fbi director james comey was on capitol hill again this week, this time to talk with key house
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and senate members, a senior white house official says that president trump and the fbi director haven't spoken all week. >> thank you very much, athena. bob baer, former cia operative, john avlon, the daily beast, and ambassador james woolsey, former adviser to donald trump's campaign. let's start -- a lot of breaking news, john. the breaking news on the u.s. attorneys. just to be clear, when a president comes in, they usually do fire u.s. attorneys. they don't usually do it via the media and give them a few hours to clean out their desks and fire somebody who's one of the most prominent u.s. attorneys in the country, who donald trump had personally said he wanted to stay on. >> thae phrase is unprecedented and dangerous, one person said about this on capitol hill. this becomes a friday night massacre. while u.s. attorneys are political appointees, hay thai ear supposed to be beyond
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politics. one of the reasons pre had authority, ongoing investigation of a democratic mayor on charges of corruption, sheriff of wall street, given the personal assurance of the president and the attorney general and now he's on that list as well. one of the open questions is what happens to all the open investigations? this is not the right way to do this. and it's destabilizing in a destabilized environment. >> destabilizing? >> yes. and i think rude. it sounds like the initial announcement of travel restrictions, which seem to have been done with no staff work. the second round, reasonable approaches, and maybe they can figure out how to do this a second time. that's not the way to do it. important figures in the government. >> career people who have dedicated their life to the law. it is stunning.
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the president did not speak to his fbi director all week. this is why james comey was going to capitol hill and briefing top senate and house intelligence committee members on the latest on the russian investigation. we're now learning donald trump didn't speak to him all week. >> it's quite amazing. all he has to do, he should have done it before the tweet, is call up the department of justice or the fbi and say was there a fisa on me, any reason to believe there was an illegal tap? it would have been one phone call, one minute at the most. i think he just threw that -- we keep talking about this, erin, this distraction, but it's knowledge that he could obtain and no one's going to hide it from him. so, you know, the chances of actually someone tapping trump's phone, trump center, is zero, frankly. it's not possible. so i think, you know -- he's probably hoping this will just go away. a congressional investigation is
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not the place to figure this out. >> of course, john, how this is progressing, we understand, is there's actually -- this is new reporting at cnn at this hour, so i'll tell you we have a top secret group within the fbi that is charged with this. this group's main job is recruiting and neutralizing foreign spies. also do work on weapons of mass destruction. they are now tasked with the russian investigation. we understand there are about 15 to 20 people on it. slightly fewer than were on the investigation into hillary clinton's e-mails because there was a due date on that, that was a rush job, i guess, is what they're saying. but 15 to 20 people who are now in a full top secret capacity so they don't have leaks. >> yeah. look, this is -- there's nothing more important than getting to the bottom of this story because it goes to the heart of the integrity of our democratic process and when the president, you know, suddenly, you know, keeps being reminded that words have consequences when you tear president of the united states, that doesn't send a great deal of confidence. there's more smoke in this story and we'll need to get to the bottom of it and there's nothing more serious beneath the
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day-to-day responsibilities. >> and this comes back to the issue of the u.s. attorneys in the sense of the trump administration has developed a deep paranoia for what they call the deep state career employees in the government they say are out the to get them or against their agenda, working in the shadows against them. perhaps that's part of the reason they're coming out. but this does seem to be a part of it, doesn't it? >> it's really kind of hard to say exactly why this is all kind of clumsy and messy. it's not ha hard to do and you do it administration to administration. sometimes there are disagreements about who ought to have more responsibility. when i was dci in the early '90s, we thought the fbi was trying to get too much authority over counterintelligence that we ought to have and they thought we were trying to get too much authority over counterintelligence. there's these normani pushes and tugs between different parts of the bureaucracy, but it doesn't
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have to be like this, like what we're seeing. >> this smacks of a hunt for the enemy, right, and that's the problem. there seems to be more paranoia. the fact the administration is offering up the deep state and all of a sudden it gets labelled with sort of post truths and alternative facts. if it starts going down the rabbit hole of a hunt for an enemy within a paranoia about leaks, history would suggest that isn't a sign of stability in an administration. >> and bob baer, they're taking it a step further. republican congressman mike kelly is the one taking it further. he says president obama is living in washington for the sole purpose of undermining donald trump. i want to play for you how he put it. >> he's only there for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to run a shadow government that is is going to totally upset the new agenda. >> does this take it to a new level, bob? >> it's not serious. this is an albright conspiracy theory that there's such a thing as the deep state.
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i have dealt with deep states in the middle east where there are generals and intelligence officers and they are deep states. we don't have one here in the united states. there are leakers, both republicans and democrats, but they're not organized and there's nobody organized for this, certainly the former president, president obama, is not doing this. and this is another distraction. i think going down the conspiracy theory hole is not going to get us anywhere and it's just going to wreck the credibility of this administration and, you know, we need some adult supervision here. >> all right. thank you all very much. i appreciate it. next, candidate trump called unemployment numbers phony and a hoax today -- sorry, in the past. today, though, he said something totally different. so can he have it both ways? plus, dire warnings, a former defense secretary says the threat of nuclear catastrophe is greater than ever. is north korea getting ready for nuclear war? and growing numbers of undocumented immigrants are
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new tonight, the white house celebrating the february jobs report, the first president trump in office for the entire month. chief of staff reince priebus tweeted, "trump delivers his first jobs report, 235,000 new jobs and unemployment rate down to 4.7%. great news for american workers." this is the same jobs report trump has a history of bashing, calling the numbers bogus, slamming it every chance he gets. apparently this month it was all great. tom foreman has tonight's "big number." >> obviously we're pleased to see the jobs report that came out this morning. it's great news for american workers. >> reporter: more manufacturing, more work in health care, education, and mining. almost a quarter million added jobs at the first unemployment
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rate report for the new president down to 4.7%. the president tweeting, "great news" and "much more than expected." hold on. democrats say this is just a continuation of a trend started by barack obama noting ever since the recession ended the unemployment rate has been pretty steadily dropping. when president obama spoke just over a year ago of a barely higher unemployment rate of 4.9%, listen to what candidate trump said. >> don't believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9% and 5% unemployment. the number's probably 28%, 29%, as high as 35%. in fact, i've. heard recently 42%. >> it was a standard part of the trump stump speech, calling the federal jobless rate misleading, deceptive, fake. >> it is such a phony number. these numbers are an absolute
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disaster. the unemployment number as you know is totally fictional. >> reporter: now the white house suggests the driving force behind this better than expected jobs report is optimism over the president's business, trade, immigration and tax policiepoli. never mind that some analysts say the unusually warm winter weather also deserves credit for enabling more construction work. as for all those past claims about phony government figures? >> i talked to the president prior to this and he said to quote him very clearly. they may have been phony in the past but it's very real now. >> reporter: of course president trump has another reason to embrace this report. he has pledged under his leadership voters will see 25 million new jobs over the next ten years. and with these numbers, at least for now, that promise is on track. erin? >> tom, thank you very much. out front now, the former economic adviser for the trump
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campaign, also the former chief economist of the u.s. labor department under president bush and former chairman of council of economic advisers for president obama, austan goolsbee, professor of economics at the booth school of business. 235,000 new jobs created. trump's first month as president. 45,000 more than expected. he said this was expectations. people got excited he was coming in, he gets the full credit. does he? >> of course not. his own nec director said he didn't have anything to do with this number. this just reflects the number that comes in. it's fine. i agree with their number. i agree with the statement it's good for american workers. it's not from any policy donald trump did. in fact, donald trump and sean spicer both violated federal rules by tweeting out about the information before the one-hour lock-up period was through.
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>> what do you say, diana? all leftovers from barack obama or something trump can validly say while no people thought knew i was going to be president so they changed their hiring, got more optimistic? >> it's really in line with different people's expectations, and we've seen increases in retail sales, increases in the index of consumer confidence. it's up to 114 now. practically a record high. we've seen increases in the stock market. so these are expectations about future tax cuts that donald trump promised, about the rolling back of regulations, which he can do naturally. and it's quite right for there to be more confidence, more hiring, and the labor force participation rate went up, more americans moved into the labor force. all this is really good news. >> okay. the thing is, though, diana, trump has bashed the data. i mean, every time he got a chance when he was running for
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office. here's a brief synopsis so people understand it wasn't a o one-time bash, it was a constant bash. here he is. >> don't believe 5.6%. the real number is anywhere from 18% to 19% and maybe even 21%. and nobody talks about it, because it's a statistic that's full of nonsense. i hear 5.3% unemployment. that is the biggest joke there is in this country. >> the 5% figure is one of the biggest hoaxes in american modern politics. >> okay. 5% the biggest hoax in modern american politics but 4.7% completely accurate. die ya nashgs how do you add it? sean spicer, the job reports may have been phony in the past but it's very real now. that's what the president told him to quote to the press today. he laughed but that's not funny. >> i have the utmost respect for the bureau of labor statistics,
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having worked at the labor department for two years. they are very professional. they publish several measures of unemployment, and the broadest measure called u-6 includes discouraged workers and workers who have dropped out of the labor market. that's around 9.2. it went down from 9.4. if you're looking far broad measure, you might not want to take the 4.7. you might want to take the 9.2. but the point is they are all going down in the same direction. the bureau does a great job of collecting data from 400,000 companies and 60,000 households to basically put together the up employment rate, the labor force participation rate, the earnings, the jobs created, and everything is going in the right direction. it is completely rational for people to spend more, invest more, when they have more wealth from the stock market, when they're expecting taxes to go down, and when they're expecting these regulations including the affordable care act, to be rolled back. >> austan, do you buy it? >> erin, one thing -- >> biggest hoax in political
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history and the 4.7 is real? i understand diana's point on different measures but apples to apples. >> erin, you know, donald trump has never made any qualms that he's willing to be hypocritical about the data throughout the campaign. if the data were good for him, he would say that it was correct, and if the data were bad for him, then he would say that it was bogus and false. let's put it in perspective. jobs have been growing for 84 straight months. we've added 16 million jobs since the recession ended. okay? so we got 84 months where we had job creation and now under donald trump they've had one month. that is the continuation of a trend and a good trend, and he's like, as i say, the backup quarterback came in in the last 30 seconds of the game so they put him in so he could tell his mom that he got to play in the super bowl and he's telling everybody that he won the game. >> thank you both.
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appreciate it. >> the rise in the stock market due to barack obama too? you going to say that, austan? >> the stock market was up 218% under barack obama. and now it's up another 14 under donald trump. i am going to say that. >> it didn't increase that much under the first two months in obama. >> correct, because we were in a horrible recession when barack obama -- >> all right. >> when barack obama came in, we were in a horrible recession. i agree. >> thank you both. and next, donald trump sold this florida mansion, complete with a garage that fits more than 50 cars for a record price. and tonight, new questions about why a russian oligarch was the one who paid $95 million for it. and undocumented immigrants daring to come out of the shadows, even going on camera to talk to trump. >> i am the definition of being american. i'm an immigrant. addy! trapped by your unrelenting nasal allergies?
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tonight, undocumented immigrants comes out of the shadows taking an incredible risk, showing their faces, going
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on camera to tell their stories they say to stand up to president trump. val nick valencia is out front. >> this is the text message i sent to my friends last night. >> reporter: last night brenda did something she thought she would never do, came out to her friends and told them she was up documented. >> i've been living in fear, not only for myself but for my family, for people that i know, fear my parents will be ripped away from me, that i'll be ripped away from them, ripped away from the land that i've called home for the past 19 years. >> reporter: the 21-year-old says simply she was tired of being scared. >> i think it's time for us to be united, to present a strong front, to actually fight for what we want. >> reporter: and she's not alone. lira is part of a growing chorus of undocumented immigrants in the u.s. coming out of the shadows. people like this woman, who
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lives with her family in new orleans. five years ago she emigrated to the u.s. illegally from honduras to work in manual labor. she doesn't like it when people tell her she should go back. >> translator: this is my country. this is my country. i came here and i helped rebuild it. >> reporter: va lair ya and her ruz huz are in the u.s. illegally and took a big risk being on camera with us, but like brenda they say it sends a message to president donald trump, we are not afraid. ironically, they thanked president trump for giving them a reason to stand up. >> he's kind of supporting us in a way. >> reporter: they're. >> justin:ed by people like john ath athan ramirez, a 22-year-old in the u.s. illegally. he's also empowered to fight. >> he's coming against us, but the people, the community, are becoming more united in a way, you know, to come towards a plan or towards an action of what's going to happen. >> this is you as a little girl? >> yeah opinion that's me.
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>> reporter: back in tennessee, brenda knows she's a little more safe than her counterparts in atlanta or new orleans. she's a dreerm and has deferred action, but she's still nervous about her future. she worries about those who will find out from this interview that she is undocumented. she hopes one tay they see her as american. >> i think i am the definition of being american. i'm an immigrant. i worked for everything that i want. i pay my taxes. a lot of us pay our taxes. we find our way to not do anything illegal. we try to follow all the laws except of course coming to this country illegally. >> reporter: unfortunately to her critics that's the one thing they may never get past. the three cases that we highlighted are all distinctly different, but the one thing they all have in common is that each of them was told by either friends, family members, or members of their community to not go on camera with us out of safety reasons. they decided to come out of the shadows anyway they say to humanize the undocumented community in this country. they sites a community so often
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dehumanized in the u.s. erin? >> nick, thank you. "out front" now, former republican congressman tom tancredo and state leader kevin de leon. senator, let me ask you, these immigrant ts, are they making a mistake by putting their faces out there? you heard nick. their families told them not to do it because deportation officers may now go after them. are they making a mistake? >> erin, these are three very different cases. one thing is clear. they're very panicked and scared. they're afraid. i do think it's inhumane. i think it's heartless and cruel to betray these young dreamer dhaka students. they are part of our fabric. they were raised in our country. they have american values. to actually betray them when they provided the information, their personal data on a volunteer basis to the u.s. federal government and to be betrayed by the trump administration is unconscionable, to be quite frank with you. the other case are a little
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different. the woman valeria from honduras, is in a difficult situation. i admire the courage and the moxie, but she's in a tough situation no doubt. the other gentleman, two decades here, he's a legacy of the failure of tom tancredo when he was in the american congress not doing his job, because i know he spent all the time of george w. bush undermining and sabotaging george w. bush, a republican, to secure an immigration reform package. so these are three very different cases. but i must say i do admire the courage and the moxie. >> congressman, you heard them. they all say they've done nothing wrong. brep da is the definition of being american she says.nda is being american she says. should they be deported? now immigration officials know who they are. are they taking a risk? is that the right thing to do or is it inhumane? >> it's not much of a risk, to tell the truth. the issue has been discussed often times in what kind of priorities you're going the put here and who you'll go after
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first. i don't think these people are going to rise to the top of that list. however, you know, i was thinking about this today because i know people who at least tell you that they haven't paid taxes in a long, long time. they don't believe it or whatever, think they get away with it. over years, years some say they've never paid taxes. they think, you know what, i've gotten i aiwa with it this long, i probably will, i'm not going to worry about it, but something happens sometimes. they catch up with you. you are in this country illegally. you may work hard. you may be a perfect model, not a citizen, but a model individual in the country. it doesn't matter. you have still broken the law. you still may have to pay a penalty for that. it is the way it works. that is the law. not just for illegal imgrants. it's the law for everybody. when you lie vooi late a law, there are problems that you have
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to encounter. so we shouldn't be -- now, i know what kind of face you want to put on it, it's all these horrible people who have lived here and -- but you know what, it all boils down to did you break the law. when you came here and remained on undocumented status. the answer is yes. there is a penalty to pay for that. >> what do you say to that, senator? obviously taking away the daca case, but what about these other cases? there was a law broken, congressman tancredo is right about that. >> let me say a couple things. one is let me dispel the notion that what tom tancredo just said with regards to high priority immigrants, say, for example, violent criminal felons, violent gang members. the reality is this, the trump administration through homeland security, they're targeting daca dreamer students. one was picked up and detained just recently just released today from mississippi. you had the young dreamer
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students in seattle, washington, who was detained by i.c.e. agents. >> senator, of course, they say they're not targeting. you're giving examples they have, but i want to make the point they've said they're not targeting daca. you're making the case they are. >> that's right, they're not. >> let me say this. >> not targeting -- >> i.c.e. and homeland security. let me say one thing. what i.c.e. is saying, communicating publicly is one thing. what is happening out in the field, out in our country, is another thing. and that's why you have so much panic, that's why you have so much anxiety. now, tom's argument when you bifurcate the narrative, which is you're either illegal or legal. there's a lot of gray matter. what happens when you have someone who's been here two, three decades who's been law abiding, who has paid their taxes every single year, and to date because of congress, again, and sounds like a broken record, but this is the fact, they haven't been able to get their act together and move forward with comprehensive immigration reform. this is the legacy of tom tancredo because we're dealing
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with the mess. >> congressman, do you accept senator de leon's point that some people are going to need to -- >> this is ridiculous. it's ridiculous that we -- you know what we didn't do? we didn't do what he wanted the congress to do, provide amnesty. that's what he considers to be doing our job. you know what, it's not our job to provide amnesty, and i never saw it that way and i fought with george bush all the way along, absolutely, and i'm glad we are able to stop him from doing that. but i was doing my job in that case. here's the other thing. look, here's other thing. >> erin. >> you listen to all these people you bring on here and these, you know, stories that tug at your heart and emotion. i understand why you do it. but listen, i'd love for you to actually start talking to people who are legal residents, who are legal immigrants, and ask them, did you have a hard time? how long did you wait? how much money did it cost you? how long did you spend in the
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queue? but you did it the right way. how do you tell these people, how do you tell them that the people that you want to give same benefit to came in here illegally but you'll give them all of the same status? how do you do that? how do you think that's fair? >> senator, let me give you the last word. >> i will tell you there are emotional stories on both sides of this issue. tom, if you could calm down just a tad bit. erin -- >> listen, i am calm as can be. you're the only one g who gets off on these tangents. >> you have so many people -- >> go ahead. >> tom, if you're going to calm down a little bit so i can get a few words. >> believe me, i am calm, buddy. >> let me tell you this. >> calmer than you are, i'll tell you, because you can't think of -- >> calm down a tad bit. >> you're talking over each other is i can't hear you. >> that's the way it works. >> tom, i'm going to ask, please control yourself just for a quick second. >> okay. i'll try. thank you so much. >> this is a faulty immigration
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system. >> thanks for helping me out here. okay. no problem. >> tom, tom spent his whole time -- >> yes, yes, yes. >> -- in the congress undermining other republicans as well as democrats, undermining george w. bush, a president who -- >> we're not talking about me. >> i can tell you -- >> how does this get to me? what's that got to do with it? >> we have republicans -- [ talking over each other ] >> congressman, if you could be quiet for a moment. go ahead. >> tom, i'm going to ask you -- thank you very much. >> go ahad had. go ahead. >> we have data that shows republicans and democrats support a pathway to legalization. why this is so important is that it is costing us, the taxpayers, billions of dollars in terms of detentions, detention centers, and this ridiculous notion that we're going to build a wall one day in the future on our southern border.
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an m.i.t. study that came out said it's not going to cost $20 billion. these are professional engineers. it may cost $40 billion. where is that money coming from? it comes from our public schools. where does the money come sfr from? from lunches for our senior citizens. from investments in technologies and science. this is costing us money because we haven't reached a deal in the congress to find a pathway for border security as well as a pathway to normaniizing the legal status of so many folks who are law abiding, you know, residents of this great country. >> all right. we will have you both back because i know this is to be continued as it has been for many days. thank you both. next, a warning from an expert. north korea getting ready for nuclear war. and donald trump and the russian billionaire. questions about a $95 million mansion that links the two together. we have answers out front.
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a dire warning that kim jong-un is practicing for war. "north korea knows the missiles work, what the military yubtss are doing now is practicing, practicing for a nuclear war." and he's not alone in sounding the alarm. >> what we're talking about is no less than the end of civ civilizati civilization. >> the end, and it could happen in a flash with a nuclear bomb warns former u.s. defense secretary william perry. north korea's recent his l test and aggressive flexing of its growing nuclear power sounds an alarm. combined with today's political climate, perry says, means a ratchetting up of the world's nuclear threat level. >> the possibility of some kind of a nuclear catastrophe sl probably greater than it has ever been. greater than any time during the cold war. >> reporter: perry served under bill clinton but traces his nuclear knowledge back to the cuban missile crisis as a cia analyst during the kennedy administration when america
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edged frightenly close to a nuclear war with russia. that was the height of the cold war, when school children rehearsed for a nuclear attack. today, an aggressive russia is once again touting its nuclear capability. while north korea tests the new president, a brash, first-time politician, the administration promising a strengthening of its nuclear arsenal. >> the united states will not yield its supremacy in this area to anybody. our goal is to make sure that we maintain america's dominance around the world. >> reporter: what is the north korea piece of this? >> the danger is not that north korea would deliberately plan an attack with their weapons but they would blunder into some kind of a conflict. >> reporter: is it real? how real is this? >> well, first of all, the nuclear weapons are very real. and there are almost 15,000 in the world today. more than enough to destroy the entire planet. >> if the president gave the order we had to launch the missiles. >> reporter: a concern echoed by
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bruce blair, former nuclear missile launch officer who recorded this anti-trump ad for the clinton campaign. blair says he's speaking not as a partisan but as a scholar. his concern, not just kim jong-un but president trump. >> this person is erratic, impulsive, aggressive, ill informed. he is the sole authority who can decide whether or not to launch thousands of nuclear weapons in minutes with a single phone call. i just don't have confidence in his judgment. i live in fear that he would make a bad call and that that call could be civilization ending. >> reporter: trump supporters like former navy s.e.a.l. carl say despite his fiery rhetoric the president understands the power of the office. >> launching a nuclear weapon is far different from launching a tweet. the world is a safer place when america is on top, when america is in power. the world is a safer place if our enemies believe that there is a chance that we may use
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nuclear power. >> reporter: now, president trump did tell roilters last month in an interview that he does dream of a world where nuclear weapons simply do not exist, but as long as they do, he wants the united states to be, quote, at the top of the pack. his critics counter that simply does not make the world any safer. erin? >> thank you very much. "out front" next, a russian oligarch, one of the world's richest men, making a real estate deal with donald trump. for a $95 million teardown. that's next. i have asthma... of many pieces in my life. so when my asthma symptoms kept coming back on my long-term control medicine. i talked to my doctor and found a missing piece in my asthma treatment with breo. once-daily breo prevents asthma symptoms. breo is for adults with asthma not well controlled on a long-term asthma control medicine, like an inhaled corticosteroid. breo won't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden breathing problems. breo is specifically designed to open up airways to improve breathing for a full 24 hours.
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new tonight, questions about the sale of president trump's palm beach mansion as he faces growing concerns about his possible ties to russia. trump sold this estate to dimitri ribalev -- i mispropersonal retirement accounts -- mispronounced that, i'm sorry, $95 million, more than double what trump paid for it. both men's plane shared the tar make in charlotte five days before the election. one of many coincidences?
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"out front" now, alexander clou. thanks for being with me. you've done a lot of reporting on this situation. what do you know about this oligarch who bought the property and why? >> reporter: well, erin, he purchased the property back in 2008 at a time when some of the real estate properties in palm beach county as well as the rest of the country were starting to decline. donald trump had purchased this mansion on palm beach at a bankruptcy in 2004 and he had priced it at $125 million, was not able to get his price, cut the price to $100 million, and it went under contract in may of 2008 to dimitri. what we've learned -- i'm sorry. go ahead. >> what has happened since then with the property? is he living there or what has happened? >> so, he never lived there and he said at the time he never
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intended to live in the united states. the property has been demolished and there's nothing left of it. even though it was a 62,000 square foot mansion and it's been subdivided into three lots and one lot sold for $34 million to a buyer whom we do not know. he never livered in the property. he said at the time he bought it it was an investment. he later said he never actually bought any property in florida. that was when he was in the process of divorcing his wife. and then just recently as our article reported yesterday, he said that it was purchased for a family trust. so the stories have been changing over time. >> the stories have been changing. when you look at this, it could be saying, it was a random purchase. but you also report, alexandra, there have been multiple instances where this russian oligarch private plane and trump's private plane have been in the same city on the same day. in fact, you're confirming his
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plane and trump's plane shared the tarmac five days before the election when they were both in charlotte. other places as well, nashville, las vegas. is this all coincidence? >> well, we're real hi not sure but we did just post on an article for the first time dimitri did confirm he was in charlotte, north carolina, at the same time that then candidate trump was. that was november 3rd, five days before the election. for the first time he acknowledged he had been there and said he was there for business but we're not sure at this point what business he had there in north carolina. >> all right. more questions to be answered tonight. thanks very much. alexandra clough. "out front" next, when kids do the darpeddest things when you're just trying to do a live television shot. when you have allergies, it can seem like triggers pop up everywhere. luckily there's powerful, 24-hour, non-drowsy claritin.
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now a bizarre episode of "modern family." watch this dad on bbc tv as his children crash a live television interview. >> what will it mean for the wider region? i think go -- i mean, shifting, shifting sands in the region, do you think relations with the north may change? >> i would be surprised if they do. the -- pardon me.
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pardon me. my apologies. my apologies. >> i'm sorry. kid with the walker is where i really cracked up. never mind the little one with the belly and the dancing. feels like my life. thanks for joining us. "ac 360" with john berman starts now. >> john berman in for anderson. the economy added 235,000 jobs last month. tonight the trump administration eliminated 44. u.s. attorneys, the country's most important federal prosecutors, all obama appointees, told the quit. this and of itself is not unusual. these political appointees are often asked to resign during political transition. but tonight some never even had the chance before they found out through media reports. speaking of the media, the administration acted just a day after a prominent right-wing talk show host loudly called for