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happening now. breaking news. demanding answers. president trump speaks out about his explosive wiretapping claim as more republicans say they haven't seen any evidence. senators just got a classified briefing about it from the head of the fbi. what did he reveal? growing dissent. republican opposition to the gop healthcare bill approaches critical mass in the house just hours ahead of a cnn counsel hall with health secretary tom price. can the plan to repeal and replace obamacare be salvaged? campaigning again. president trump holding a rally
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paid for by his re-election campaign. he'll be touting a healthcare plan, but didn't mention it at all in an earlier speech in michigan. is his push tonight too little too late? secretary of state rex tillerson arrives in asia, leaving reporters behind as he attempts to talk about the north korea threat. the plan for china and a broader coalition. is it a mission impossible? 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. president trump speaking out for the first time in 11 days about his explosive claim that he was wiretapped by president obama. mr. trump saying, i'm quoting now, wiretap covers a lot of different things, and hinting at new revelations in the coming weeks. just a short time ago, the fbi
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director james comey briefed the senate intelligence committee on the investigation of the president's wiretap claim and russian meddling in the election. the classified meeting came only after frustrated committee members threatened to hold up a key confirmation vote. we're following the growing uncertainty of the republican plan to repeal and release obamacare. 19 house republicans are now apposed to the bill or leaning against it. the speaker paul ryan can only 21 votes. tom price will answer questions about the plan in a cnn town hall later tonight. we're also standing by for a rally by president trump in nashville where he will push the healthcare bill which he failed to mention in a speech in michigan. in an unusual move, the rally is paid for by his re-election
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campaign. we're covering that and much more with our guests including senator joe manchin, a key member of the intelligence committee. and our experts and analysts standing by. let's begin with the president's new remarks about his wiretapping claim. sara murray is joining us. sara, the president now seems to be walking back his allegation against president obama. update the viewers. >> he seems to be trying to be clearfying them. i think it's worth noting there is no proof of the original stu stunning claim that former president obama wire stand trump tower during the campaign. the officials are saying wiretap could mean a lot of different things. he's not backing up from the fact that there will be some evidence that will come out to vindicate him again. >> wiretap covers a lot of
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different things. i think you'll find interesting items coming to the forefront in the next two weeks. >> what those interesting items will be, we still do not know. the white house has not offered up any proof of their own to back up these claims. they've kicked it over to congress to investigate. congress is attempting to do just that. but it's worth noting that the chairman of the house intelligence committee, a republican, said there is no evidence to back up trump's campaign. >> sara murray over at the white house. let's get to the classified briefing on the wiretap investigation. our chief investigator jim sciutto. what do we know about the closed door meeting. >> on the key question of whether the fbi is looking into communications between members of the trump campaign, his advisers during the campaign and russian officials, other russians known to u.s. intelligence, on that question that many senators and
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republicans wanted the answer from the fbi director, we don't know what he told lawmakers on the sensitive issue. but on the issue of wiretapping as sara said, you have the republican chair of the house intelligence committee, the republican attorney general, the fbi director saying according to cnn's reporting that there is no evidence that president obama ordered a wiretap of president trump, despite president trump's charge. listening to what we heard on the capitol hill. >> that evidence still remains the same, that we don't have any evidence that that took place, and, in fact, i don't believe just in the last week of time, the people that we've talked to, i don't think there is a tap of trump tower. >> to date, i've seen no evidence that supports the claim that president trump made that his predecessor had wiretapped he and his associates at trump
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tower. thus far, we have seen no basis for that whatsoever. >> now, to be clear, president trump in his comments tonight, sean spicer, at the white house press briefing yesterday appear to be redefining what the president accused mr. obama of. to be clear the president accused mr. obama to order a wiretap of trump him said. that's what trump said. now he and spicer saying it could mean a whole surveillance, possibly not trump but trump associates. that is something that we've reported on but that's not what the president initially charged in his first tweets. >> the intelligence committee leaders also talked about the investigation into possible ties between the trump campaign and russia. tell us what they say. >> that is exactly right. this is a key question that cnn is reporting and we cited members in the intelligence administration.
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people connected to the trump campaign during the campaign and russian officials and other russians known to u.s. intelligence asked about this, asked about this, it was an interesting moment between the house intelligence committee and the democratic ranking house intelligence committee. have a listen to what they said. >> have you seen any evidence so far that suggests there were any conversations between people affiliated with the trump campaign, people, russian officials who are not the ambassador to russia anyone tied to the kremlin? do you have evidence. >> not that i'm aware of. i wouldn't answer that question as categorically as my colleague and, you know, we're not privileged to talk about the contents of the investigation, but i -- you know, i think we need to be very precise when they talk about this. and i just don't think we can answer that answer categorically and not in this forum. >> really just a remarkable
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moment there. devon nunes, the republican chair of the committee saying i haven't seen any evidence of those communications and adam schiff interrupting him, saying we can't say that categorically. to be clear, it's a challenge, wolf, because this is the key inquiry of the bipartisan hill investigation, and you have the difference from the two most senior officials. will the committee despite those differences be able to pursue this. >> jim sciutto, thank you. president trump will be holding a rally in which he will be pushing for support of the healthcare plan, which has lawmakers increasingly divided. sunlen cz sunlen sar fatty. >> that's right, wolf, not a single word about healthcare in the two stops today.
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at this time this is the time the president needs to be selling his healthcare plan because the fight here on capitol hill is intensifying with republican opposition mounting by the hour. >> reporter: tonight president trump hitting the road and vice-president pence working capitol hill, facing the only news question. >> are you concerned this doesn't have the votes to pass, mr. president. >> reporter: with the republican plan hanging tenuously in the ballots -- >> they don't have our votes and they do not have your votes. >> reporter: opposition in congress is growing by the day. >> i'm leaning no because i don't think the current bill can pass in the senate. >> i think that the bill has to be strength engd. >> reporter: the house form in its current form can only afford to lose 21 votes. already 19 house republicans have said no or leaning that way. >> if it came up in the house this afternoon, it would pass? >> it's not coming up this afternoon. >> reporter: speaker of the
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house paul ryan facing a steeper opposition. sources telling cnn the white house is acknowledging more changes need to be made. >> they are not only writing a bill for 218 votes in the house of representatives, they have to be writing a bill that gets 51 votes, and republican votes in the united states senate. >> reporter: a senior republican aide telling cnn the white house is quote, definitely looking at pretty big changes to the ryan bill. in an interview with cnn's jake tapper today -- >> as far as the house is concerned, we have consensus and we're fine-tuning our consensus. >> reporter: speaker ryan, trying to thread the needle. >> giving states more chances at more flexibility. those are the kinds of things that members are giving us feedback and we're incorporating that feedback.
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>> reporter: making it chelear he's pushing ahead. >> the senate will get the baton and they can make the change and amend it. >> reporter: and about the gop's multistep plan. >> this is why we have a three-part process. you can't put everything in the bill like interstate shopping. >> reporter: republican senator, lindsey graham completely crushing that plan to pass more legislation later on. >> you're not getting 60 votes to buy insurance to buy across state lines. that is a fantasy in the senate. if you think that's support for the healthcare reform, it's never going to happen in the senate. >> reporter: after the vice-president met with the conservative meeting, many leaders left feeling optimistic. mike walker said that pence told him he was reasons to be hopeful because potentially changes to
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medicaid could be coming, if you make significant changes to medicaid that would risk alienating some moderates in the house. that's just one of many tricky calculations the white house and leaders here in congress are having to make, wolf, as they move toward securing support. sean spicer on air force one, said they are working with the leader ship to get the best outcome. >> sunlen serfaty reporting. joe manchin of west virginia is joining us. senator, thanks for joining us. >> good to be with you, wolf. >> as a member of the committee you were just briefed. the president said in his words very interesting items will come to the forefront in the next two weeks. on his charge over his allegations that he was wiretapped by president obama in the trump tower. >> no.
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we'll be happy to see what president trump has or his staff. please turn it over to the intel committee and let us review t. right now we've seen nothing. >> because the president said in this interview he said wiretap, in his words, covers a lot of different things. he wasn't necessarily being precise in those four tweets 11 days ago, he repeatedly accused president obama of wiretapping him in trump tower in new york. do you think he's backing away from the initial claims? >> i really don't know. if he has facts and things that we need to see, that would be fine, and if not, we haven't seen anything from the intel communities that basically are reporting to the intel committee. so all of our intelligence gathering has not proven or shown anything that leads us to believe that would happen. >> you've seen absolutely nothing to back up the president's claim either in open information or classified information that you've received?
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>> not as of today. we're still looking. there is an awful lot we'ring look at and intelligence gathering that is going on in the cia, fbi, nsa and all of the areas that we're responsible for, wolf. so we'll be looking into everything that's presented and. we had a meeting today. and we'll continue to meet on tuesday and hit the ground running and we'll get to the bottom. we want to make sure of all of the russians' involvement in any way, shape, or form, in the election, or president trump or any members of his organization or family ties, if you will, that could be of conflict. we're not seeing anything as of yet, but we're looking into that. that's where the intel will take us. >> republican devon nunes, he says in his wofrrds the possibl the president may be have been swept up in incidental
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collection of data, in other words, others were surveilled, and president trump, then-candidate trump or others working with him could have been swept up incidentally in that, do you buy that? >> well, what i'm trying to make sure that we do in this committee, and i will say this, the makeup of the senate and intelligence committee is 15 i think extremely honorable people that will put the country over any interest of any person. with that said, we'll get the facts and the facts will get us to the truth and we'll make decisions on that. with that said, it's not a witch-hunt, not going to be. we want to make sure if the president is not involved, we'll know that. if there is involvement we'll know that and what effect it will have on governing our country and how we basically run the great country of hours. the american people need to know there is an awful lot of accusations floating around.
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i'm not going to speculate what other people, what could have happened, maybe happened. i want to know exactly what did or did not happen. >> i know you've been briefed on russia's involvement. >> yes. >> the cyber attacks against the democrats during the presidential campaign. do you believe there is clear evidence that the trump campaign colluded with the russians? >> we've seen none of that whatsoever as of today. we do know that the russians made every attempt and worked more diligently and much more intricately than ever before trying to be involved in our election process. we know that. okay? we also know that basically they didn't have any efix on the outcome. the president trump is our president. saying that, did they intend to, did they perfect some things, are they working around the world as we talk trying to be effective in germany and france and other parts of the civilized world, if you will, where they have a demsirks i think they
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want to disrupt that. can we stop that? our allies are saying if you can't stop them in your own country, how can you help us? we're going to get to the bottom because basically democracy is relying on us to stop the russians from interrupting our election process. >> senator warren, your democratic colleague has expressed concern over roger stone's ties to russia, wouldn't rule out calling him before the committee. do you believe roger stone, among others, should be called before your committee to testify? >> i believe any person of interest that has been spoken of or spoken about or shown a collection of any sort in any way, shape, or form. we need to bring them up to clear it up. either they did or didn't. it was detrimental or wasn't. we'll bring anybody forward that was tide, associated or
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speculated. that's our job to the american people. we have the subpoena power. hopefully we won't need that. we have an intel community that's professional and cape building and we have the ability to call 17 different agencies to help us. >> i'm going to keep you with us, senator. there is more to discuss, and other issues coming into the "the situation room" right now. we'll be right back. >> thanks, wolf,. your insurance company
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we're back with democratic senator joe manchin, a member of the intelligence committee. as you know, the president was in michigan a while ago and didn't even mention the healthcare bill. do you think he's trying to distance himself from this bill? >> wolf, i really don't know. i got to speak to the president four weeks ago or so when all this was coming out and they were frothing about repeal, repeal, repeal. and i said, mr. president, be very careful. the way the system works we have a toxic atmosphere. you can repeal, 51 democrats in congress. you can't do the fix unless you have 60 and that means you have 8 democrats. i'm willing to sit and work and talk, there is no way i can support the repeal because that's throwing out the baby out with the bath water. they wanted to take the time to repeal and replace.
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i would hope he pauses before he lets them go down this path. because i've said this, many west virginians were hopeful about the healthcare help them. people who haven't had insurance are getting insurance for the first time. with that being said, they don't know how they got it. 70% voted for donald trump. they don't know if it was the democrats or the obamacare, or the affordable care act. and i said mr. president, they'll know who took it away from them. be very careful. >> do you think the speaker paul ryan should pull the current bill? i'm n >> i'm not going to tell speaker ryan how to work his operation on that side. i'm saying if i listen to republican colleagues in the house and senate they're not warm to the piece of legislation and they know it coming from the house. for the reasons you have the
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rand pauls who are against it for one reason and you have other people, rob portman and shelley capto for other reasons and they have series problems. and the only person who's reached out to talk to me was senator bill cassady, senator from louisiana. i told him what i didn't like and we tried to work and see how to work toward the path and then it was scrapped. >> he also expressed concerns about this. >> sure. >> when you spoke to the president about this, did he understand your concerns, did it have an impact? >> i just told him, mr. president, there is no way i can vote to repeal. i'm asking you not to vote on them repealing because then there is no way to fix it, you don't have 60 votes. i think you heard lindsey graham
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say the same thing, no 60 votes there. whether it is the crossing state lines to buy insurance. in my state of west virginia, the poor people get hit the hardest. 24 million people will lose their insurance. then you have the elderly who have to pay more, they'll drop more. you have the addiction, opoid addiction, that will drop. i get hit harder. the older, the poor, and the addicts. someone has to have a moral compass inside him. they're going to get $575 million tax cuts to the top 5%. that is not morally right. >> you believe some west virginians who are on the affordable care act are healthier today or alive today because of that.
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>> oh, absolutely. i understand, yes -- wolf, you have to think of it this way. we give 20 million healthcare, the most valuable asset that we have in a social government such as social services. with that being said, anything you buy today, you order from a store, it comes with a box, there is instructions. it tells you how to assemble and how to use. we gave 20 million healthcare without one word of instructions. there is so many synergies and inefficientsies. we can make it work. don't throw the baby out with the bath water. >> thank you for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. >> an important note and to all of our viewers, a cnn town hall special with the health and human services dr. tom price, obamacare what comes next. join dana bash and me on 9:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn.
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president trump breaks an 11-day silence on the wiretapping that quote, very interesting items may surface in the next couple of weeks. and the president hits the campaign trail but doesn't mention the ailing gop bill. he has another appearance. will he go to bat for the republican bill? e's frank? it's league night! 'saved money on motorcycle insurance with geico! goin' up the country. bowl without me. frank.' i'm going to get nachos. snack bar's closed. gah! ah, ah ah. ♪ ♪ i'm goin' up the country, baby don't you wanna go? ♪ ♪ i'm goin' up the country, baby don't you wanna go? ♪ geico motorcycle, great rates for great rides.
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the breaking news tonight. president trump breaking 11 days of silence about his claim that he was wire stand by president obama at trump tower in new york city. let's dig deeper. david chalian, the president weighed in a bit ago for the first time about the tweets in an interview with fox news. he was asked why he made claims without producing evidence. >> wire stap comes with a lot of different things. i think you'll find interesting things coming to the forefront over the next two weeks. >> all right, so did the president just reopen all of this after the white house has been trying to desperately over the past few days to walk it back? >> i think this is part of the walkback. i think donald trump is trying to get away from his unsubstantiated false claims on
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twitter 11 days ago when the at this timing president of the united states accusing the former president of the united states accuse of wiretapping his phones. we have seen him doing air quotes, and trying to change the conversation here and, you know, he's still going to have to be held accountable for what he claimed barack obama did in those tweets. >> we heard, gloria, the house intelligence committee chairman, the senate intelligence committee chairman, both of them say they haven't seen any evidence to back up president trump's wire sttap claims again president obama. where does the white house go from here? >> you see the beginning, as david was saying, they're trying to broaden what the president said, which is not accurate. we can all read his tweets.
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and where the white house goes here, wolf, is they go to congress. originally, when they were trying to get rid of the story after the president tweeted that saturday morning, they said, you know, we want congress to investigate. well, be careful what you wish for because congress is investigating. and we saw, you know -- we saw lindsey graham today making it very clear -- senator graham, that we need to get to the bottom of this. joe manchin said it to you and he said he wants to know is there a criminal investigation going on and was there a warrant out to wiretap donald trump's phones. and all of this will lead to an investigation of the question of collusion and the question of why the intelligence community has been looking into links between russia and those in the orbit of donald trump. and so i think what the
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white house has to do now, they've already made it clear they're kind of trying to sort of broaden what the president said, but now the white house has to let congress do its oversight because actually they asked for it. >> all right, and one important point indeed. david swerdlick, adam schiff called it irresponsible to make the claims and for tom cotton to defend it. is the president putting the staff in a rather uncomfortable position? >> he is, wolf. if it turns out, in fact, that no more evidence comes forth when all this is done with. we know that the infamous breitbart story and all of those doesn't back up the claims that were in president trump's tweet storm from two weeks ago i think it's a notch higher than
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irresponsible. he's putting his staff in this situation and ultimately their reputation and credibility is on the line, not just his. >> david, adam schiff said this whole things raises the president is willing to state things that have no basis. you covered the president. do you share that concern? because that's the argument that people are saying, that the president makes the charge and there is no evidence and he can't back it up. >> this is not the first time we faced this against the president. he made the accusation that 3 million people voted illegally and this is the biggest crowd seen ever. people put their trust in president trump. they're counting him to be doing everything right now. and he's giving the run around with saying what's true is not true, and he goes, look over there, and then he has two more
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weeks to produce evidence that doesn't exist. people are counting on him to do everything, and it's not this. >> when the president spoke at the political rally in michigan he didn't mention repealing obamacare and didn't mention healthcare at all. why the silence? >> well, it's because he hasn't hugged this bill closely, wolf. there are divisions in the white house about provisions in this. donald trump who is not known for being shy about putting his name on things hasn't rushed to call it trumpcare. and they're trying to figure out how to get something through congress. and you have a divided republican party, you have paul ryan who told jake tapper the reason he didn't mention it because he was talking about auto emission standards and you can't mix those things. well, donald trump has been
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known to mix things in his speeches. it's clear they have a lot of work to do. we'll see what he does later, we'll see if he mentions it. but the question is whether he's going to barnstorm for this or try to work this out. donald trump says he's a great negotiator and this is going to be one big, beautiful negotiation. so far, we haven't seen it. >> david fahrenthold, in that interview, the house speaker paul ryan refused to say if he thought the republican bill could pass the house as is today. it's going of to to be changed dramatically, if it's going to pass the house and move to the senate. >> i think that's right it will have to be changed. there is no obvious change to fix it. as your correspondents have said before, any of the changes that please people on the right are going to make people in the moderate segment of the republican party uneasy. there is no easy way to do that. even among republicans.
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it will need to be amended but can president trump find that thing to get people across the finish line. >> even if it gets passed in the house of representatives, unclear if they have the 51 votes in the senate or the 60 down the needed. secretary toiillerson makina crucial visit to the asia. and known as fat leonard and others named in an indictment shedding light on a sex scandal and bribery. enough said. reddi-wip. (flourish spray noise) share the joy.
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secretary of state rex tillerson is in asia on a mission to confront the threat posed by north korea. elise labott is with us. what is the latest. >> it's said that rex tillerson is taking a fresh and deeper approach to confront the north korea threat. but for his major diplomatic mission, it will be tough to see him in mission. >> reporter: rex tillerson touches down in japan, the first stop on a tour in asia where tensions are flaring over north korea's rapidly expanding nuclear arsenals. now facing questions how the
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trump administration will handle what it sees as the most dangerous threat. >> he's walking in a lie on's dean of threats. >> the last 15 years have failed. >> the threat of north korea is frankly growing stronger. >> reporter: aides to tillerson tell cnn he is working to brand north korea as the same global threat that rallied the world against iran. last month, leader kim jong-un test fired a ballistic missile during president trump's visit with shinzo abe in mar-a-lago in what what analysts believe was a message. he delivered a nuclear missile cable of delivering a weapon. and during the u.s. and south korea meetings, he launched four more into the sea of japan.
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with every test kim inches forward to reaching u.s. mainland. president trump tweeted it won't happen. >> north korea is a big, big problem and we will deal with that very strongly. >> reporter: china treats north korea's nuclear program as a regional problem, aimed at the more than 20,000 u.s. troops stayinged on the koran peninsula. but with the ability to have intercontinental missile program and his killing of his half brother, u.s. is enlisting europe and others to put the diplomatic squeeze on north korea. in beijing he'll iron out details between xi jinping in florida next month, but also a warning nor north koreans, step up pressure or face sanctions.
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>> it's worked in the past. in the mid-2000s, they cut off support and sanctions. >> reporter: beijing outraged by the thad missile defense system. and it could weaken china's nuclear missions. and the state department had said diplomatic reporters covering tillerson's trip couldn't travel on his plane due to budget constraints. but secretary tillerson's staff did invite one reporter who doesn't cover the state department or the policy. the journalist works for a five-year-old journal funded by republicans. they say they're thinking out
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breaking news. a federal judge has just put a temporary halt to president trump's new travel ban that was scheduled to take effect tomorrow. let's bring in our senior legal analyst, jeffrey toobin. he's joining us on the phone. looks like another major setback potentially in the works for part two. 2.0 as they're calling it. tell our viewers what happened. >> reporter: it's another major setback for the trump administration because a federal
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judge in hawaii has done the same thing that the federal judge in washington state did with the first travel ban. he said it violated the constitution in a preliminary ruling and he prevented it nationwide from going into effect. now, two more judges are expected to rule on this as well in maryland and in washington state. but now, as of now, the travel ban will not go into effect because the district judge in honolulu said the new ban, just like the old ban, violated the constitution. >> this is a district court judge, a federal district court judge in hawaii. but presumably it will now go before the ninth circuit court of appeals, which hawaii is part of, right? >> reporter: right. the same -- the same ninth
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circuit court of appeals that upheld the ban on the first executive order last month. now hawaii is also part. but there are two more judges yet to be heard from tonight, the same judge in washington who originally imposed the ban, he's now looking at the second executive order, as is the judge in maryland. but as of today, as of right now, the ban will not go into effect tomorrow because of judge watson's decision in hawaii. >> justice reporter laura jarrett is with us. you've been going through the decision by this district judge in hawaii. tell us more about it. >> the judge in hawaii, judge watson, said that the plaintiffs have met their burden of establishing a strong likelihood of success on the merits of their establishment claim. and you'll remember earlier today they were in court making the argument that this is
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essentially religious discrimination. they have drawn on statements from president trump on the campaign trail and statements of other supporters of his and senior advisers and they say this order essentially shows religious discrimination. the justice department strongly contests this and said in multiple hearings the court should not look at campaign statements whatsoever, but clearly this judge in hawaii at least has been persuaded efor now. >> the travel ban part two basically stops travel from six muslim majority countries. used to be seven. iraq was taken off that list. is that part of the explanation for this district court judge saying it violates the establishment clause? >> that's right, wolf. the new order i should say blocks specifically section two, which is the six-country ban, for 90 days, and it also blocks section six of the new executive order, which is the 120-day ban for all refugees.
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so both of those are now blocked nationwide. >> jeffrey toobin, let me get back to you for a second. what do we anticipate happens next? walk us through the process. >> reporter: well, it's a very peculiar situation because there are these two other judges considering the same issue right now. if they rule differently, i think an appeals court is going to have to step in and decide what to do, although i think the -- judge watson's decision in hawaii, unless it's overturned, has to be considered the law of the land, even if the other two judges rule the other way. but it is certainly a very unusual situation where you have three judges considering the exact same issue at the exact same time. but when you have one judge go first, as the hawaii judge did, i think his ruling has to be
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considered the law of the land until some superior court tells us that it's not. and these other two judges are not superior courts. they are peer courts in other parts of the country. so i think unless the ninth circuit steps in, and there's certainly no way the ninth circuit can get this case before tomorrow, this law -- this executive order will not go into effect tomorrow so we are back again probably in a frantic appeals process before the ninth circuit, as what happened in the first go-around. >> laura, i want you to weigh in as well because you've studied this very, very closely. the new rules were supposed to take effect at midnight tonight. is that right? >> exactly right. it was supposed to go into effect at 12:01, but now just hours before this judge has said no. the question jeff toobin brings up is a good one because at this moment a judge in seattle was also hearing a challenge.
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now, he may say, okay, now that hawaii has ruled, i don't need to accept that challenge, i can press pause on that for a bit, but i think it's very likely we will see a challenge to this immediately from the government. >> because they thought, jeffrey toobin, that if they made some significant changes from travel ban one and came up with some revisions in two it would go forward, but now a major setback. >> reporter: it is a major setback, and it is i have to say pretty surprising. i thought they made some changes in the executive order that addressed at least some of the concerns that the judges decided -- the judges had in the first -- the first executive order, but obviously, at least according to this first judge in hawaii, they didn't change it enough, it remains a violation of the constitution, and it will not go into effect tomorrow.
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>> key provisions of the new travel ban on hold at least for now, a major setback at least for now for the trump administration. we'll stay on top of the breaking story. our special coverage will continue right now on "erin burnett out front." "out front" now, breaking news, trump right now at this hour we are learning that there has been a block of the travel ban. a federal judge moments ago issuing a restraining order on donald trump's latest executive order. on immigration. it was slated to go into effect at midnight tonight. let's get straight to jeff zeleny for the latest. this is the retooled quote/unquote improved executive order that would ban immigrants from -- or people coming in, to be clear, from six muslim majority countries as well as a


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