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enforcement agencies involved. the nfl said a denver broncos' helmet was also found. wow! tweet the show @"the lead" jake tapper. i am turning the show over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." breaking news, under investigation. the fbi director, james comey reveals the bureau has been conducting a criminal investigation of russia's election meddling since july, and now, for the first time, he says that includes alleged links and coordination between moscow and trump associates. no wiretapping. the fbi chief publicly dismisses president trump's claims that he was wiretapped by president obama, saying there is no information to support those allegations. on defense. the white house is not apologizing, saying nothing has changed. while the president's tweets
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suggest a new conspiracy theory. after an ominous rocket engine test, north korea says it's not afraid of the u.s. and threatens to use what it calls its nuclear sword for self-defense. i am wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." breaking news. fbi director james comey today publicly rejected president trump's claim that he was wiretapped by president obama. and then comey dealt the white house a stunning new blow, saying for the first time that the bureau is looking into alleged links and coordination between russia and trump associates, part of a criminal investigation into russian meddling in the u.s. election. that investigation has been going on, he says, since july. national security agency director mike rogers joined comey in telling the house
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intelligence committee there is no information to support the wiretapping claims, and rogers flatly denied that his agency asked its british counter part to carry out a wiretap. that follows a claim by the white house that infuriated the british government. the white house is refusing to back off, saying nothing has changed. republicans are choosing to focus on national security leaks, saying the naming of former national security adviser michael flynn violated laws that masked the identity of u.s. citizens caught up in surveillance of foreign nationals. and president trump is teasing a new conspiracy theory right now, sent out over his white house twitter account during comey's testimony. i'll talk to democratic senator chris murphy and republican congressman peter king. our correspondents, analysts and guests are standing by with full coverage of the day's top
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stories. let's begin with the truly stunning rejection of the president's wiretap claim and a brand-new problem for the white house courtesy of the fbi director james comey. let's go live to jeff zeleny. he is in louisville right now where the president, believe it or not, will be holding a 2020 campaign rally this evening. jeff, there is certainly a lot that the president may want to get away from washington tonight. and he is on the road. >> wolf, there is no question. when the president arrives in this hall here in a couple of hours he'll be surrounded by true believers. people who have his back and support him at every turn. that does not erase the fact that today was an extraordinary day for this white house. one, his own fbi director said he has not been -- was not wiretapped last year at all. and also said he is under investigation. fbi director james comey delivering an extraordinary rebuke of president trump's wiretapping accusation. >> with respect to the
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president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, i have no information that supports those tweets. >> testifying before the house intelligence committee, the fbi chief said he's found no evidence to support the president's astonishing investigation he was spied on at trump tower by president obama. >> we have looked carefully inside the fbi. the department of justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the department of justice and all its components. the department has no information supporting the tweets. >> the tweets, now infamous, have been rejected in every corner of washington except at the white house. for 16 days the president has gone to great lengths to defend this tweet. terrible, just found out that obama had my wires tapped in trump tower just before the victory. nothing found. this is mccarthyism. but those words, debunked in care public fashion today by his fbi director. >> president obama could not unilaterally order a wiretap of
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anyone. >> no president could. >> michael rogers, head of the nsa took issue with the unfounded claim from the trump white house that the british could have been involved. >> did you ever request that your counterparts in gchq should wiretap trump on behalf of president obama. >> no, sir. nor would i. that would be expressly against the construct of the agreement that's been in place for decades. >> publicly confirming the agency since last july has been investigating russian meddling into the presidential campaign and any trump connections to moscow. >> the fbi as part of our counter intelligence bhimissions investigating the russian government's attempt to interference in the 2016 presidential election, which includes the nature of links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian government. >> while the hearing was under way the president fired off this tweet. the nsa and fbi tell congress
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that russia did not influence electoral process. that statement took comey's words out of context, he later explained. >> it wasn't our intention to say that today. >> the fbi director spoke about russia's actions in blunt terms, saying their goal was to influence the election and help donald trump. >> they engaged in a multi-faceted campaign of active measures to undermine our democracy and hurt one of the candidates and hope to help one of the other candidates. >> the a the white house, press secretary sean spicer argued today the hearings showed nothing new. he was pressed to see how he saw it that way. >> investigating it and having proof of it are two different things. there is a point at which you continue searching for something who everyone who has been briefed has not seen or found. it's fine to look into it. at the end of the day they'll come to the same conclusion everybody else has had. >> as investigation continues, the fbi director also warned that russia may not be finished
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meddling with america democracy. >> they'll be back. they'll be back in 2020. they may be back in 2018. and one of the lessons they may draw from this is that they were successful because they introduced chaos, division, discord and sowed doubt about our amazing country and our democratic process. it's possible they're misreading that as it worked and so we'll hit them again in 2020. >> certainly ominous words there from the director of the fbi, saying the russia operatives could come back in 2018 or 2020. that all but ensures this will remain a pressing issue in the white house, a soundtrack, if you will, happening as they're trying to do everything else here. wolf, we know the president dismissed all the russian investigation as fake news. i expect he'll do that again tonight at the rally. we've already seen signs to that effect. as he arrives tonight in louisville, kentucky, there is a real investigation under way.
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>> a real criminal investigation, i must add. jeff zeleny, thanks very much. joining us now republican congressman peter king of new york, a member of both the intelligence and the homeland security committees. congressman, thank you for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. >> so the fbi director, you were there today, he confirmed the fbi is investigating what he called links and coordination between trump associates and russia. do you, first of all, support this criminal investigation? >> first of all, being on the committee i have been aware for quite some time that the investigation is going on. i can't comment too much on it. listen, i have no problem at all with the investigation. any involvement which russia in our electoral process should be examined and investigated. i agree with chairman nunes. i have not seen one shred of evidence that in any way links the trump campaign to russian intelligence or the russian government. so the investigation will go on. the frustrating thing is listening to democrats making allegations and we are not in a position publicly to rebut them.
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i hope -- i don't want director comey to speed up the investigation but i hope it can be finished so we'll find out exactly what happened. so far as i know, there is no real evidence of collusion between the russians and the trump campaign. >> so why do you think the fbi director has launched since july -- you say you've known him for a long time -- your committee chairman says he has only known about it for a couple of weeks. why has it been going on since july? >> sometime in the last month director comey told us about it in executive session. they have to investigate everything. you're talking about an investigation involving numerous countries. i'm just saying that as far as i know, after eight months of investigation and back to what director clapper said, is that as far as he knows there is no evidence of collusion between the trump campaign and the russian government. that's from director clapper, the director of national intelligence. he said he was only speaking up
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to january 20th. that was already six months into the investigation. something may turn up. if it does, it does. if anyone is guilty they should be prosecuted. but i am saying, up until now, there is no evidence i am aware of. and director clapper says, as far as he knows, up until january 20th there is no evidence. >> the circumstantial evidence that adam schiff referred to. you don't accept any of that? >> it's circumstantial. in almost any campaign you'll find people involved in business in russia. i was in moscow with president clinton in 1998 when he was meeting with president yeltsin. we were encouraging american business to go over there. that was part of american policy, american government policy. and throughout the bush administration, throughout the clinton administration and certainly the obama administration. wolf, i would point out that, if we're going to make charges, probably no president did more to help putin and russia than president obama. he knew about all of the
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allegations against putin that he wanted to reset the clock. he was the one who, during 2012, told medvedev after he is reelected tell vladimir we can get more done. he berated mitt romney when romney said russia was a threat. he laughed at him and ridiculed it. he was the one -- so the point is we can always make these -- >> you are a straight shooter. let me ask you. why do you think donald trump during the campaign and since the election, since the inauguration, has either been silent or says nice things about putin or russia. he never says anything critical. he says a lot of critical stuff about everything else, but as far as russia is concerned, he is silent or supportive. why? >> until the last year or two president obama said nothing critical about him at all. he was also defending putin. i disagree with him on this. he believes you can change policy with russia and that he
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believes that, if -- we can use russia as an ally in fighting isis and in fighting islamic terrorism. i don't think it will work. i disagree with the policy but i understand why he is saying it. that doesn't mean there is collusion between him and the russians or a conspiracy. >> you agree with comey and admiral rogers that russia is an adversary of the u.s.? >> absolutely. i am anti-putin. i believe he is dangerous to the world. there are other feel who legitimately feel including president obama until a few years ago. he invited them into syria. they were out of the middle east for 40 years and he brought them back in. it's only recently that he had his anti-putin conversion. i have been all along. >> director comey also today said there is no information that supports trump's four tweets from 16 days ago on wiretapping claims. he claimed that president obama ordered wiretaps of trump tower in new york city. do you accept the conclusion of
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the fbi director and the department of justice? >> yeah, i do. i have a great regard for james comey. >> should the president, as a result. apologize to the former president? >> the president has to decide what he has to do. >> what do you think. >> i would but i'm not the president .s here is where the president overshot the mark. there are people whether holdovers from the obama administration or in the national security apparatus, who have been leaking, the classified top secret information which has been leaked out. i'm not talking about political gossip or palace intrigue. i'm talking about top secret information to hurt president trump. if the president said where is the information coming from, that would have been better than talking about president obama ord ordering a wiretap. i think there are people in the government who leaked intending to hurt donald trump. >> in this case, if you believe the fbi or the department of justice, as you do, he released
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16 days ago in the four tweets very, very grave accusations, felonies, basically, against the former president, president obama. do you think he owes the american people an apology for that? >> i think he has to explain exactly why he was basing it on, whether or not he overstated the case. i think there is legitimate evidence that can be used against people in the government who have committed felonies. some may have been involved with the obama administration. they could have been holdovers, people leaking out classified, top-secret information. most of it was false. i think that's what the president overreacted to. to me it was an overreaction to a legitimate complaint. >> he has an agenda out there, important issues, but you have to blame him for the investigation that's now going on and the rebuke he received today from the fbi director or the national security agency director. you agree he is at fault. i'm talking about the tweets,
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the accusation against president obama. >> he should not have done it. i said that almost from day one. >> congressman, we'll have to leave it there. peter king, member of the intelligence committee. busy day today and i'm sure many more down the road. >> many more. >> thank you for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. more on the president. democrats demanding that president trump apologize for the wiretap claims against president obama but the white house says nothing has changed. i'll speak with democratic senator chris murphy. there you see him on capitol hill, standing by live. in building a career. i came to ibm to manage global clients and big data. but i found so much more. ( ♪ ) it's really a melting pot of activities and people. (applause, cheering) new york state is filled with bright minds like victoria's. to find the companies and talent of tomorrow, search for our page, jobsinnewyorkstate on linkedin.
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telling the house intelligence committee that the fbi is looking into alleged russian collusion with the trump campaign as part of its criminal investigation into russia's election meddling. democrats are demanding that the president apologize. joining us now, democratic senator chris murphy of connecticut, a am m member of t foreign relations committee. thank you for join us. were you satisfied with director comey's testimony today? >> i am satisfy to the extent that we know the fbi was conducting an investigation during the campaign. that would have been relevant information for the american public to know in 2016 when the fbi was disclosing the existence of investigations into donald trump's opponent. and i am glad that he has finally put to rest this ridiculous claim that president obama tapped trump tower's phones. obviously the hearing left a lot more questions unanswered. and that's the nature of these complicated investigations. but yeah, it should certainly
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concern every single american that the fbi is conducting a criminal investigation into potential collusion between donald trump's campaign and the russia government. i hope -- i hope he doesn't find any evidence of that collusion. that would be terrible for american democracy. we shouldn't be rooting for that. but the fact that the investigation is going on is a reminder of how exceptional these times are. >> do you have an answer of why comey revealed the investigation of hillary clinton during the campaign but failed to reveal information about the investigation going on involving the trump campaign, trump associates during the campaign? >> well, what i heard director comey say today is that he can't reveal information about a pending investigation. but, you know, frankly, he didn't need to do that. he could have just revealed the fact that it was happening and given the fact that he was releasing information about the clinton campaign, it suggests that probably would have been wise. but no, i don't think we have heard a good explanation as to
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why there seems to have been a double standard. >> he said the practice of the justice department and the fbi is not to release information about a pending investigation. in his words, especially those investigations that involve classified matters. in this particular case there are a lot of classified matters. that appears to be his investigation. even as he was testifying, president trump tweeted this. he said, the democrats made up and pushed the russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. big advantage in electoral college and lost. he actually tweeted that this morning at 6:49 a.m., just before the hearing started. respond to that. respond to this is all just the democrats pushing a russia story as an excuse for losing the election. >> well, listen, hillary clinton shouldn't have lost to donald trump, period, stop. this is not about trying to
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explain the results of this election. this is about whether or not a foreign government gets away with trying to influence a presidential election. and republicans may not be raising alarms like democrats are today because it happened to us. but the russians are not sympathizers of the republican party. they are going to try to manipulate elections with respect to how it affects them at the immediate time and moment, two years or four years from now the russians may be trying to manipulate elections against republicans. this should be an american issue. it disturbs me when i say the chairman saying he doesn't know who carter page are. he should understand the key players. >> he said once again that democrats made up and pushed the russian story. on the other hand, senator, do you worry that without
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confirmation of collusion between the trump campaign and russians, democrats are taking this line of questioning too far, they're trying to damage the credibility of the sitting president? >> well, listen, like i said, i hope there wasn't any evidence of collusion. but as representative schiff laid out for everyone to hear today, you know, every day there is a new drip, drip of connections between the trump campaign and the russians. many connections that were denied by the campaign and the administration until they were revealed by good reporting. so i hope that we don't find that connection, but i think we owe it to the american public to find it. listen, we also have to keep our eye on all the other important things that are happening here. we can't let this story dominate this week. on thursday the house of representatives will vote to strip health care away from 24 million americans. we have to find a way to be able to focus on the russian investigation while also talking about the other damaging things
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happening to the american public right now. >> if vladimir putin's goal was to sow chaos, disruption, within the united states, do you worry this kind of questioning so publicly accomplished that goal? >> i think we have to get to the bottom of this. and right now we are in an investigatory phase that's absolutely necessary. what worries me is that, as we speak, putin is not just trying to destabilize the american system of government, he is doing that all throughout europe, he is doing it throughout the balkans. and this administration. what worries us is that this administration not only seems to be denying the extent of their interference in american elections but is taking america off the playing field, essentially ceding big parts of the world to the russians overseas. let's get the american government back in the game and trying to help our allies making
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. we're following the breaking news. the fbi director james comey testifying today before the house intelligence committee, publicly confirming for the first time his agency is conducting a criminal investigation into alleged russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. when asked about president trump's tweets alleging he was wiretapped by president obama,
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the fbi director told the committee, and i am quoting him now, i have no information that supports those tweets. let's bring in our correspondents and experts. dana, i want you to listen to director comey confirming for the first time that this criminal investigation is under way and has been since july. listen to this. >> i have been authorized by the department of justice to confirm that the fbi, as part of our counter intelligence mission, is investigating the russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and russia's efforts. as with any counter-intelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed. >> just the counter-intelligence
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investigation, whether crimes were committed. this has been going on since july, during the campaign. during that time he publicly disdi disclosed an investigation involving hillary clinton, the democratic candidate, but failed to do so involving trump, the republican candidate. what's his explanation? >> he didn't have one. surprisingly, as far as i remember, he wasn't pressed on why he revealed that there was an investigation going on of hillary clinton and the e-mail server situation and not donald trump. but you know what, he did it now. and the fact of the matter is, donald trump is now president of the united states, and what we had today was the fbi director revealing publicly in public testimony before congress that there is an active investigation going on and has been going on for some time. that was number one bombshell. i say bombshell only in that we all kind of knew that there was
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very, very likely an investigation going on, but the fact that he announced it is quite telling. then, i think the other thing that was remarkable on its face is the fbi director saying that, when the president of the united states accused his predecessor of wiretapping trump tower, he was wrong. it didn't happen. and that is his assessment and that of president trump's own justice department. double whammy. >> a third whammy, phil mud, let me bring you in. you worked at the fbi and the cia for a long career. the director of the national security agency, admiral mike rogers effectively rebukked the white house for the claim that britain was engaged in surveillance of trump tower on behalf of president obama as well which is obviously not true. >> as an intelligence professional, do you understand what this means to people like me? you have not only accused the
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u.s. intelligence committee of participating in something illegal, that's the president of the united states ordering a wiretap. he can't do that. you have accused a partner of conducting an operation that's illegal under u.s. law. if you are in london as i was many times talking to british security officials, they have to be saying what's going on here? what's happening here, wolf, less than two months or about two months into the administration is a divide between members of the executive branch, which is led by the president, and the president himself, to the point where the president is live tweeting stuff today about statements by james comey that are simply incorrect. comey had to go back and the nsa director and say not true. >> that was @potus which is the president's account. not sure he actually tweeted that @real donald trump. >> it's remarkable. >> clarissa. you are here from london. you spend a lot of time in moscow as well. i want your analysis. we heard from the director of
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the national security agency saying the russians hated hillary clinton, wanted to undermine here even if they weren't 100% convinced they could help donald trump get elected. how do they view all this? >> in the beginning, i think there was a sense that they were kind of enjoying it almost because it really speaks to the power of president vladimir putin that, wow, whether it it was confirmed or not, the very prospect that he could potentially throw the u.s. election in favor of the candidate of his choice, doesn't that say something remarkable about the position of russia, about the ascendens of russia and the power of this man, president vladimir putin? up to a certain point, i think they were enjoying that. now i think it's interesting that the one tv channel that was not covering today's hearing while the bbc, sky news and al jazeera were covering it, russia today was not. we are starting to see in the
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russian media a little bit of a cooling off. we are seeing much less of this kind of fawning, glowing coverage about president trump, far less talk about a sort of reapproachment between the u.s. and russia as they try to wrap their heads around the next step. they see the writing on the wall. they understand that president trump is now under a huge amount of pressure domestically to lash out against russia and president putin. they also understand their key wish that the sanctioning be lifted is not likely to take place anytime soon. >> it's pretty unprecedented, jackie, what's going on right now. it's amazing to see this all unfold in public. >> absolutely. in that vein, we talked about the tweets. the president was prebutting this on twitter before the hearings. during the hearings the potus account was tweeting. it was rebutted live by comey.
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all of this, just having it happening live in front of all of us, the public. it's so unusual, it really is. >> riveting testimony. everybody stand by. we have a lot more coming in on the breaking news. we'll be right back.
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back with our correspondents and experts. clarissa, you just came from moscow. is putin emboldened by all of
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this and will he do it again here in the united states? >> i think there is no indication that he has any plans on stopping what's actualy been going on for quite some time. in the context of europe, this is something european leaders have been witnessing and anxious about for a while. we have big elections coming up in europe that could threaten, potentially, the future existence of the european union and france, later on in germany. there is no indication that he is backing down because there is no indication of how you take him to task for doing this. he is engaging in something called hybrid warfare. and because he has the element of surprise, it allows him to sit on the world stage and play high-stakes poker and have a pair of 5s and still win round after round because nobody else knows when he is bluffing or not. >> put your cia hat on. how does the u.s. retaliate or respond and prevent this? >> i don't think we can prevent it. one of the questions going
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forward in the cyber world is where does congress sit with white house in ensuring the that the candidates have protection to prevent this? you have a follow-on question which is how do we interfere with the russians themselves? we don't want to play the same game. do we start getting into kremlin and putin computers? i don't know. we can't descend to this level. you can't play at putin's level. if you do, he'll win. >> they don't have free and fair elections. >> at the sean spicer briefing today, the white house refusing to accept any of this. they're saying nothing has changed. paul manafort, who was once in charge of the campaign, really was sort of a bit player. >> look, we talked about this in the immediate minutes after the hearings and the briefing ended. it's hard to find words to describe the way that sean spicer, frankly, to his defense,
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is kind of forced to put his head so far into the sand. and to the point where anybody watching it with any modicum of understanding of what's going on thinks, is this guy kidding me? it's because he has to say, because he knows that he has an audience of one, the president of the united states at this point, that's really his focus. it's pretty obvious -- no, there is no conclusion. even though five minutes earlier the fbi director said exactly the opposite. there is a conclusion. the conclusion is that there was no wiretapping of trump tower. so, you know, oh, well the hearing is still going on. i mean, it was really -- it just didn't make any sense on its face. then the whole question that you mentioned about paul manafort and other people who were tangentially involved from sean's perspective with the campaign. there certainly are lots of questions about whether paul manafort was effective, whether he knew what he was doing. he didn't last all that long. he was there for about three
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months. but there is no question he had a significant role. he was the chairman of his campaign for three months. to say that he was barely involved is just -- it's hard to imagine that sean spicer could say that with a straight face. >> jackie, he is flying now, the president to louisville for a campaign rally event. his 2020 campaign is paying for it. a lot of us will be listening closely to see how does he deal with these bombshells today. >> he is supposed to be there to sell the health care bill. he is there with mitch mcconnell. he is there to push this effort that's going on in the house and later the senate to this major agenda item for republicans across the board. can he stayin' on message? will he spend a lot of time talking about today and talking about the fact that the wiretapping as well as the investigation. we'll see how much -- if he pays a moment to that or whether he'll go on and on which he's
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done in the past with the travel ban. he spent most of that rally talking about the travel ban and just touched on health care. how much he'll stay on task will be something we'll be watching. >> we'll see if he hits the fbi and intelligence community, both of which he has hit in the past and ridiculed them. we'll see if he says anything along those lines tonight. another developing story, a dangerous new provocation from kim jong-un, north korea tests a powerful new rocket engine, raising fears it could be destined for a long-range missile aimed at the united states. [ bell rings ] [ male announcer ] customink offers custom apparel that will help grow your business. choose from one of our awesome designs or simply upload your own logo to the best collection
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another report from north korea where a new rocket test has kim jong-un celebrating. brian, what are you learning. >> tonight usa defense officials telling us while the north koreans celebrating now did try to conceal this test before handled. this rocket engine, they say, had been camouflaged under netting gist before the test. intelligence officials are closely watching tonight to see if kim jong-un is about to conduct in the missile test. >> from an elevated observation test, north korea gives the order and oversees the crucial test of a rocket. he hugs an officer and one overzealus officer hops on kim's back. the news is overjoyed. >> translator: another miracle happened. >> reporter: the energy test just as secretary of state rex tillerson wrapped up a mission to the region.
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it's a new high-thrust mission. this test shows the north koreans have made meaningful progress with their rocket engines. tonight experts warn of what this could mean. >> the constant testing, ground test with flight test means they're making progress that threaten the region. >> reporter: two u.s. defense officials tell cnn they believe this missile could be placed on ballistic missile that could hit the u.s. they're studying it. outside experts say this is too big to fit a missile. this will launch satellite to orbit. >> could it be adjusted to fit into a long-range missile? >> it could by moving the steering into the closer to the engine. >> reporter: and this expert says this engine produces enough
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thrust, about 80 tons to propel one or possibly two stages of a long-ranged tipped missile that could reach the u.s. experts say they haven't tested the flight missile enough to ensure it could survive reentry. he's finely tuning the missile and slodfying his status as a par eya. missiles were launched close to japan. analysts say the aggressive young leader is sending an unmistakable message to america. >> don't mess with me. i'm not going to be left without my weapons of mass destruction like saddam hussein or muammar gaddafi and be left to the mercies of the western powers. >> reporter: tonight, kim's regime seems to be sponlding to rex tillerson's recent indication that the trump administration would consider a
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military strike on north korea if the threat from kim is elevated. north korean officials saying recently they would hit the u.s. with enough fire power that, quote, no living thing will be found if one single shell is fired on them and calling their arsenal a treason urd defense on their country. >> how close are they being able to fire a long-range missile with a nuclear warhead aimed at the u.s.? >> frighteningly close. three to five years from that capability once they start testing the missile. they haven't done it yet. they could launch it sooner if they want to accept the lower percentage they will work. to achieve what the major nuclear powers, three to five years. >> that's not long at all. brian todd, thank you very much.
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the fbi director claims that there is no evidence that barack obama wiretapped the trup tower. >> the fbi is investigating the russia efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian government. when you're close to the people you love,
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happening now. breaking news. investigation confirmed. the fbi director publicly
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acknowledges an active probe of russia's election meddling including possible coordination with the trump campaign and whether any crimes were committed. no support. in another blow to the president, james comey declares there is no evidence that mr. trump was wiretapped by president obama during the campaign. this hour i'll talk to a democrat on the house committee that heard all the bombshell testimony. no apology. the white house insists the dramatic intel hearing hasn't changed anything as the president unleashes a new tweet storm and ignores democrats' demands that he apologize for the baseless wiretap claims. north korea tests a new missile. how will the trump administration respond? 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."

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