Skip to main content

tv   CNN Tonight With Don Lemon  CNN  March 23, 2017 12:00am-1:01am PDT

12:00 am
is scrambling to change the subject. what will happen if americans lose their faith in their president? could there be a deal on the gop's bill to repeal and replace obamacare? we've got the latest from capitol hill for you. cnn learning new details on the fbi investigation into potential links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian government. pamela brown joins me now. they broke the story along with evan perez. >> we're learning the fbi has information, intelligence that indicates associates of president trump communicated with suspected russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to hillary clinton's campaign, according to u.s. officials we've spoken with. fbi director james comey made his bombshell announcement monday before congress that the fbi is investigating the trump campaign's ties to russia.
12:01 am
so the fbi is now reviewing the information it's gathered in this investigation which includes human intelligence, travel, business, phone records and accounts of in-person meetings. so the information raised suspicions of fbi counter intelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials we've spoken with cautioned that this informationclusive and that the investigation is ongoing. trump officials have denied there was any evidence of collusion. >> this gives us more insight into what comey knew when he spoke on monday at those hea hearin hearings. >> that's exactly right. in addition to comey saying the investigations include looking at connections to trump associates, he also explained what it means that the investigation is being done. take a listen. >> don't you need some action or some information besides just attending a meeting, having been
12:02 am
paid to attend a conference, that a picture was taken or that you traveled to a company open to investigation for counter intelligence by the fbi? >> the standard is -- there's a couple difference at play -- a credible basis of wrongdoing or reasonable basis to believe that an american agent may be acting as an agent to a foreign power. >> people connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs-up to release information when it was ready, end quote. other u.s. officials who spoke to cnn say it's premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far, since it's largely circumstantial. the fbi cannot yet prove that collusion took place, but the information suggests collusion is now a large focus on the investigation, these officials told us. >> pamela brown, what sort of
12:03 am
coordination is under investigation here? >> well, mostly, don, the fbi is focused on the stolen and published e-mails starting last july by wikileaks including the dnc and john podesta. u.s. officials said that the information being investigated was not drawn from the leaked dossier of unverified information compiled by a former british intelligence official that was compiled for trump's political opponents. though the dossier also suggested coordination between trump campaign associated and russian operatives. >> do we know exactly who is being investigated? >> our sources are not saying who connected to the trump campaign was being investigated. but we do know the fbi has been investigating four former trump associated, michael flynn, paul manafort, roger stone and carter
12:04 am
pait. some of the scrutiny around them that's going on now at the fbi is for their contacts with russians known to u.s. intelligence. all four have denied improper contacts. one of the obstacles sources say the fbi now faces in finding conclusive intelligence is that communications between trump associated and russians have ceased in recent months given the public focus on russia's ties to the trump campaign and some of the reporting different outlets have been doing. so it's kind of hard for the fbi to sort of now follow some of these communications because they've now changed it. they're not communicating through the same methods as they were before, don. >> thank you. i want to bring in john fredericks, a syndicated talk radio host and former koe chair and spokesman for the trump campaign in virginia. and the author of trump nation, the art of being the donald.
12:05 am
and bakari sellers. a lot to unpack. michael, you first. pamela brown and evan perez reporting tonight that the fbi has information indicating that associated of the president communicated with suspected russian operatives and it may have been to coordinate the release of information to damage hillary clinton. what's your reaction to this in light of everything else we have learned this week and in light of director comey's testimony on monday? >> look, on the one hand this is clearly serious. this is getting ramped up to extreme levels here. i think primarily because of director comey's testimony which stunned everybody that there is an active investigation of this and it's going back to since last july, well before the election. but on the other hand, it is exceedingly frustrating. i mean, listen to the report
12:06 am
that pamela just did. we don't know which associates we're talking about. we don't know what the nature of these communications were. we don't know with whom they were communicating. so there are so many unanswered questions here that, you know, it is very hard to draw firm conclusions from a report like this. and i think the real danger here is, as we continue to report on matters such as this without hard answers, without hard evidence, you know, there's a danger that the public at some point may throw up its hands and say we don't know what to make of this. one quick point i just want to add. you mentioned those four names, stone, manafort, page, michael flynn. all of them now given comey's
12:07 am
testimony have grounds to take the fifth amendment when they are called to testify before congress, which means we may not hear from any of them. and without an actual witness to testify about what happened, it's going to make it very hard to reach a resolution. >> juliet, i've heard you say many times there's often a lot of circumstantial evidence and no smoking gun and that no conclusion should be drawn from that. do you believe that? >> right. it may just be the nature of how long these cases take. they don't work on cable news time. i think patience is warranted here because the series of coincidences which are no longer coincidences -- i don't think you can say with a straight face anymore that all of these different pieces can be explained away by leaks and the mean people who don't like donald trump. yes, what he said about the four witnesses potentially pleading the fifth, i think it is very
12:08 am
likely that one of them will not plead the fifth. i think if one of them happened to lie to the fbi, if their story changed, if there's information about them, there will be a deal that the fbi will offer. that's often how these cases unfold. it may be flynn, manafort, page. we should be looking out for that. that is kwhat i expect the next shoe to drop. another key point that came out monday relevant to the manafort story. comey offered voluntarily unprompted this note. he said that the intelligence community and the fbi do not recognize a distinction between government and non-government agents in russia. in other words, they view the oligarchs, all of them supports by putin, as essentially agents of the state. it may not be that we have ties to russia's government but there are ties through the oligarchy system. >> are you concerned that so many of these unexplained ties
12:09 am
between people close to him and russia, do you want more answers? >> this investigation has gone on for nine months. it's like having a baby. they have no information, not one scintilla of proof. here's the bottom line on some of these people like paul manafort. when this campaign started, paul manafort didn't know donald trump. if paul manafort got into a taxi cab in midtown manhattan and jumped into donald trump's lap and called him daddy, he wouldn't know who the guy is. so he had no contact with any of these people. he hired them to do a job. he was with the campaign about six weeks. i can tell you that i was with the campaign from day one -- >> listen he wouldn't hire him to be his campaign manager. you would think he vetted him. >> i can tell you this. i talked to corey lewandowski
12:10 am
every day for 18 months. after manafort, i talked to the campaign kellyanne conway any day. i never talked to paul manafort one time. >> what does that mean? >> he had very little involvement. >> he had very little involvement with you. hold on. we can go from interview to interview here on this network with paul manafort talking about his influence in the campaign and trump's people and trump himself talking about how influential paul manafort was for the campaign. maybe he didn't speak with you as a radio personality or someone in virginia who helped with the campaign, but that doesn't mean he didn't have involvement with the campaign. >> he was a campaign manager for a short period of time. as soon as these allegations came out, trump fired him. >> you sound just like sean spicer. >> because sean spicer is telling the truth. the truth is going to set you free. this guy -- as soon as donald trump found out what was going on about paul manafort,
12:11 am
allegedly, he fired him. i don't know what else you could ask him to do. >> it didn't happen that quickly. here is sean spicer, what he said about paul manafort. >> there's been discussion about paul manafort who played a limited role for a limited amount of time. he played a significant role in the convention and delegate operations of four previous republican nominees, bob dole, bush, reagan and ford. >> bakari you were here with us the entirety of the campaign. did paul manafort serve for a limited period of time and have limited influence in this campaign? >> i appreciate not only the guests here tonight but sean spicer attempting to spin this, but the problem is that the evidence is mounting up in greater numbers than simply paul manafort. americans aren't stupid. we know that paul manafort was the campaign manager. to say he was some incidental figure is spinning at best and lying at worst.
12:12 am
that doesn't help explain michael flynn, carter page or roger stone. when you have all of these ties to russia, when you have this mounting evidence -- i mean, it is circumstantial to its point. you just can't ignore it, though. i think what donald trump, what his supporters, what his surrogates would actually be beneficial in doing is actually putting the country first for once. i like when right wing radio hosts talk about patriotism and not implementing it. this isn't about me versus you. white or black or anything else. this is about a foreign country attempting to undermine our democracy, nothing more, nothing less. >> it is not just manafort. kellyanne conway claims that president trump doesn't know and didn't work with two of his presidential campaign advisors carter page and jd gordon, who
12:13 am
have also been linked to russia. >> you raise a very excellent point, which is in the case of mr. page, mr. gordon, some others, that they really have very attenuated contact to the campaign which i managed for the last three months. i've spoken directly to the president about this. he doesn't know these gentlemen. he didn't work with them. sean spicer addressed this at length in his briefing yesterday and he's absolutely right. there are others who were more involved with the campaign who seem to be of interest. again, where is the nexus? people are so quick to make that nexus. >> let's play what president trump said to the "washington post" editorial board about his campaign advisors last march. >> we heard you might be announcing your foreign policy as advisory team soon. >> we are going to be doing that, in fact, very soon. during the week we'll be announcing some names. >> any you can start off with
12:14 am
this morning with us? >> i hasn't thought in terms of doing it. if you want, i could give you some of the names. >> i'd be delighted. >> far ris, phd, carter page, phd, george papadopoulos, the honorable joe schmitz, keith kellogg and quite a new more. >> kellyanne conway said attenuated relationships with the campaign, but of all the names he said carter page. this is at the beginning of the interview, carter page. >> yeah. but i don't think that donald trump was ever deeply informed about foreign policy to begin with. in an interview with an
12:15 am
editorial board he could have been simply pulling names out of his hat. a lot of this attention on russia was invited by the president himself. during the campaign he invited russian hackers to take a look at hillary clinton. he has openly for over a year praised the way that vladimir putin has operated in eastern europe and preceded over russia. it's not just his advisors who are at issue here. it's trump's own statements that invited this kind of scrutiny. some of it, i think, is because he's cavalier with the facts. i think he's never been a student of foreign policy. he's gotten in over his head repeatedly whenever he comments, whether it's north korea or russia. the place he finds himself in now is all of the grandstanding he did on russia during the campaign has come home to haunt him. they're going to have to answer to that. they're real issues. >> it's a fork in the road. when you look at the health care bill, who knows if it's going to
12:16 am
get passed. my gut is that it will but it's doing to take a lot of deal-making. he said he was going to repeal and replace, make it better, everyone would be covered. so far that's not happening. the clouds are circling. if you look at the new quinnipiac poll, president trump's approval rating is at 37%. does he understand the danger now of this presidency and because of these false claims, you think, and his words? >> i think the rubber will meet the road on donald trump's presidency around the economy and jobs. i think his base may not care a whit about russian allegations. but they will care about whether or not the government can deliver services they want, like health care, and whether or not trump can deliver on his job promises. he's going to be sorely pressed on both counts. >> the wall street journal says
12:17 am
president trump has a credibility problem and is on the verge of being a fake president. that's from the "washington post." when we come back the intelligence committee member who says we need an independent commission to investigate the russia connection. verizon. (mic thuds) uh, sorry. it's unlimited without compromising reliability, on the largest, most advanced 4g lte network in america. (thud) uh... sorry, last thing. it's just $45 per line. forty. five. (cheering and applause) and that is all the microphones that i have. (vo) unlimited on verizon. 4 lines, just $45 per line.
12:18 am
12:19 am
12:20 am
a stunning turn of events. the champl of the house intelligence committee claiming he has new information about surveillance of the trump transition team and telling trump before informing his colleagues. first, i'd like to get your reaction to the reporting that we have from pamela brown, the reported tonight that the fbi has information indicating associates of the president communicated with suspected russian operatives and it may have been to coordinate the release of information to damage hillary clinton. what do you make of this news? >> these are the individuals who we have continued to connect the dots on, who have had deep,
12:21 am
personal, political and financial ties to russia, particularly at a time when russia was interfering with our elections. we laid this out at our hearing on monday. it feels like that was a month ago now considering all that has happened in between. all we ask is that the fbi pursue all evidence, follow all leads. >> you are on the house intelligence committee. i want to play what nunez said today. >> collected information about u.s. citizens involved in the trump transition. details about u.s. persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting. third, i have confirmed that additional names of trump transition team members were
12:22 am
unmasked. and fourth and finally, i want to be clear, none of this surveillance was related to russia or the investigation of russian activities or of the trump team. >> you said that the president's communications were incidentally collected but then you said it's also possible. was it collected or possibly collected? >> i don't know the answer to that yet. >> you don't know -- >> look, i know there was understand dincidental collecti the president-elect and his team. i don't know if it was actually physically the phone call. >> what do you think of that? >> he's conflicted himself out and it's disappointing, don, because i've always liked that the intelligence committee is one where we've collaborative and independent. today the chairman betrayed the independence and collaboration that the american people are counting on us to show at such a trying time in our counted. he should have told members of
12:23 am
the committee first. he should not have told the president. this is the reason we need an independent commission to get to the bottom of what happened and how we can get out of this mess and promise americans we'll never let it happen again. >> there are a number of false narratives going around. if you read the transcript of what he says, none of that really explains the president's tweets or the allegations or none of it says that u.s. citizens were being surveilled or a member of the trump team. this is collateral information believed to be collected because a foreign agent was being surveilled. we've now been given two different versions of the story. no shiff says that most named were masked. what is the real story here? >> the real story is that president trump was not wiretapped by president obama, and president trump was not surveilled by president obama.
12:24 am
this was astunt. this was a distraction in the middle of a week where americans are starting to realize that there are serious questions about the president's team and what happened with russian interference. now we're at a point where our investigation is on life support and the only way to really get to the bottom of this is for an independent commission. look what's happened. our attorney general -- it was exposed that he lied during his confirmation hearing twice when asked about prior contacts with russia. he was supposed to have impartiality in a criminal investigation. he's had to recuse himself. now the chairman has rushed over to the white house acting as donald trump's lawyer and has jeopardyized the independence of our committee. it's really out of character for him. we passed a cyber security bill together under his leadership. those were his best days.
12:25 am
today so far i think has been his worst day. let's not judge someone by their best day or their worst day. let's see what he does tomorrow when we convene at a 9:00 a.m. hearing. does he apologize for what he's done and show us he can lead us in an independent slcollaborati way. >> you don't believe he should be part of this investigation anymore? >> unless he convinces us otherwise, it's a conflict of interest. >> the subject of the investigation, which is why i think democrats and republicans are wondering why he would do that, because it looked like a partisan effort, a political effort. can we move on and talk about health care? we're hearing there is a possible deal in the works with the freedom caucus and the likelihood of the bill getting passed is at least in a more positive category now. what do you think? >> i think so far this bill is bad and it's going to make
12:26 am
people sicker and poorer. donald trump has threatened that people will play a political price. right now i'm just worried about the price people pay at the doctors office. he promised he'd be this great negotiator businessman and we're still waiting. tomorrow i hope it fails. >> do you think it will pass? do you think that republican members, the gop members will come home and say we've got to pass this bill? >> no, i don't think it will pass. when we come back, what we know and don't know about paul manafort and russia.
12:27 am
12:28 am
12:29 am
12:30 am
president trump's former campaign chairman paul manafort pushing back on allegations about past business ties to russia. drew griffin has the story. >> alleged russian connections won't go away. tonight another possible connection linking former champaign chief to russian oligarch and putin himself.
12:31 am
the latest connection between a close trump associate and russia was dug up by the associated press. reporting 2005 memo in which paul manafort working for russian billionaire oleg pushing greatly benefit vladimir putin. manafort confirms he did work for oleg. but he rejected that he was pushing political interests of vladimir putin. including influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the united states. i have always publicly acknowledged that i worked for mr. deripaska and his company rusal, to advantage its interests. once again manafort writes, smear and innuendo used to paint a false picture. a a spokesman for deripaska says
12:32 am
manafort provided investment consulting services but declined additional details. manafort and russian billionaire had a falling out. he funneled nearly $19 million into a manafort business venture registered in the cayman islands in 2007. they invested in a ukrainian telecom company. but the deal went out. aaccording to a legal filing, derapaska's campaign says manafort simply disappeared. >> he's a consultant. he had ties around the world. to suggest that the president knew who his clients were from a decade ago is a bit insane. he was hired to do a job, that's it. plain and simple. >> latest russian headache for
12:33 am
the trump administration. cnn reported that fbi is investigating possible connections between trump campaign officials including manafort and russian officials. manafort was fired by the trump campaign on august 19th. that was the same day the fbi announced manafort was involved in another investigation and another possible connection to russia. this time it was his consulting work for the pro-russian former president of ukraine, who eventually had to flee his own country seeking refuge in russia with vladimir putin. the government of ukraine opened investigation in corruption and money laundering. after manafort's name appeared on ledger of $12.7 million in secret payments. manafort denies he ever took money illegal from anyone in his world wide consulting business. he denies he pushed any russian agenda while working in ukraine and he now denies that connection with a russian
12:34 am
billionaire had anything to do with a plan to enrich russian president vladimir putin. >> what is unclear right now is just how aggressively the fbi is really looking into it. while it's true cnn is reporting fbi is investigating communications between russians and trump campaign officials including paul manafort, as of last month manafort said he had yet to be contacted by the fbi. today manafort told us he looks forward to meeting with those conducting what he called a serious investigation into all this so he can discuss the actual facts. >> bring in matthew chance, live in moscow. paul manafort, former campaign manager admitted he worked with this russian billionaire with close ties to vladimir putin. what more can you tell us about that? >> oleg derapaska is one of the
12:35 am
co-called oligarchs who rose to wealth and power in the '90s after the breakup of the soviet union. he was the second biggest producer of aluminium in the world. we've not had acknowledged from either the campaign owned by the russian billionaire or paul manafort that there was anything other than the business agreement between them. rusal has told cnn it was consulting advice paid for from manafort, business interests of daripaska. there's been no confirmation that there was anything pushing russian policy or promoting russian interests or nullifying
12:36 am
russian opposition figures in the region, which is what was alleged in the associated press report. >> you're speaking to people in moscow. what are they saying about the constant attention with putin, trump and u.s. relations? >> i think russians are frustrated with it. both people you meet on the street and russian government. kremlin for its part said it never saw the trump administration through rose tinted spectacles. never had idealistic view what the trump administration could deliver. but for many months donald trump was heralded in the russian media as being a kind of savior for russia. he spoke very sympathetically about pro-russian policies on a whole range of issues. i think there's a great sense of frustration and disappoint that he's not been able to deliver on any of those words, recognizing
12:37 am
crimea as part of russia, cooperating with russia and syria in international terrorism and things like that. there's a lot of frustration. behind that frustration is a good bit of fear that the rocky relationship between u.s. and moscow is not going to change and could get even worse in the coming months and years. coming back, more and more unanswered questions about the russia connection. but what was moscow hoping to gain? ♪ there's nothing more important than your health. so if you're on medicare or will be soon, you may want more than parts a and b here's why.
12:38 am
medicare only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. you might want to consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like any medicare supplement insurance plan, these help pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay. and, these plans let you choose any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients. you could stay with the doctor or specialist you trust... or go with someone new. you're not stuck in a network... because there aren't any. so don't wait. call now to request your free decision guide and find the aarp medicare supplement plan that works for you. there's a range to choose from, depending on your needs and your budget. rates are competitive. and they're the only plans of their kind endorsed by aarp.
12:39 am
like any of these types of plans, they let you apply whenever you want. there's no enrollment window... no waiting to apply. so call now. remember, medicare supplement plans help cover some of what medicare doesn't pay. you'll be able to choose any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients. whether you're on medicare now or turning 65 soon, it's a good time to get your ducks in a row. duck: quack! call to request your free decision guide now. because the time to think about tomorrow is today. pabut with odor free blue-emu continuous pain relief spray, i can box out any muscle or joint pain immediately. blue-emu continuous pain relief spray,
12:40 am
it works fast and you won't stink.
12:41 am
cnn has learned that fbi has information that indicates that trump associates communicated with suspected russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to hillary clinton's campaign. according to u.s. officials. michael weiss is here. juliet chiem, and -- good to -- jack kingson and russian media expert liz wall. juliet, i'm going to start with you, as a security expert here.
12:42 am
i want to start by getting you reaction to the breaking news tonight. what do you make of it? >> it confirms where comey was essentially hinting on monday. i mean, him recognizing and acknowledging that there was an investigation of members of the trump team is -- the only conclusion is there's an investigation related to russia and potential collusion. that we have to take as a fact because comey is leading the investigation at this stage. that others are confirming this to the media seems to be just another marker to put down. i believe one of the reasons comey came out so strongly on monday -- he didn't need to. i was shocked. thought would be a nothing hearing. one of the reasons he came out was to protect the investigation, put a public statement out there that this thing was going on. when you saw what nunes did today on the house intel side we know why comey was worried about the investigation being compromised or others trying to stop it.
12:43 am
monday to me was the beginning of what i think is going to be a long series of, as i've been saying before, pieces of data that will eventually lead to -- and then you fill in the blank. i don't know yet. i don't know if you have collusion. >> carl bernstein believes there's a cover-up under way. do you believe there's evidence of that? >> they're certainly acting like they have something to hide. just based on the fact that mike flynn lied to the vice president about the nature of his conversations with ambassador kislyak, jeff sessions and the scandal two weeks ago now. and -- could argue doing it because realized having too frequent communications with the russians is indecorous but all they had to do was say we talked
12:44 am
to russian officials, so what? we're the incoming administration, we want to reset relations. there's no there there. but it's the lie that gets you in the end. there is something suspicious about this. >> they didn't say it initially but people defending them say it's within their rights to speak -- >> it is. there is nothing wrong with seeing the russian ambassador, question is what are you discussing with this person and whatever you offering sort of recompense for some kind of russian deal not to png american officials living in moscow, et cetera. >> speaking of the response from the white house and trump administration, do you believe the white house has done enough to come clean about any ties to russia or speaking to russia? today when sean spicer was asked if he could assure the american people that there was no one in the white house working in the interests of a foreign nation, all he could say is everyone had filled out their forms and he
12:45 am
couldn't vouch for them beyond that. >> can you say with certainty right now there is nobody working for this white house presently working in the interest of a foreign government? >> i can tell you every form has been filled out. >> so you trust -- >> absolutely. you got -- people filling out forms. to sit here and ask me whether i can vouch for whatever it is, a few hundred people that have filled out everything, that would be ridiculous for me to stand here and suggest that i possibly could. under the penalty of law every single person filled out form vetted by whatever level of classification they need to get by the appropriate law enforcement agencies or hr entities. but i can't prevent somebody from fully disclosing everything on their taxes or filling out a form. what i can tell you if there's an instance that's brought to our attention that someone has
12:46 am
misled it, appropriate action will be taken. yes, there is no tolerance for that. >> is that a sans factory answer to you? >> i think it is. i don't know what more they could do. people are vetted, people are investigated when they're at the proper classification level and they fill out the forms. if they lion the forms and the white house is in the process of not just hiring several hundred people, but i think 4,000 jobs all together. i've got to take offense and push back on this coverup idea, because i don't see that there's anything to cover up. i know there's this longing for the good old days of watergate where the white house is up to something and where's the missing bean. but i just think the democrats are getting themselves worked into a froth about this way too early. >> democrats want to pin their hopes on this, whatever, then they've got to do the work, right? they've got to do the work going
12:47 am
into 2018. i understand where you're going with it and there is some truth to that. but again, there are a lot of people who have had communications with russians. all they have to do is come clean about their communications or say, you know, there's no there there. i've got to get liz in. >> it's beyond just having communications with the russian ambassador. as mike had pointed out, it's what are they talking about. we know with flynn, for example, it came out that they were discussing sanctions inappropriately. he wasn't in a position at that time to be discussing sanctions. >> let her get her point in. >> there's this pattern of those that talk with the russian ambassador that they start talking in pro-russian talking points essentially. >> i have to say what are you talking about. jeff sessions, what was the pro-russian thing that jeff sessions, who talked to kislyak
12:48 am
suddenly started being pro-russian about? by the way, he never was asked if he met with kislyak. he said if there was collusion, would you recuse yourself. >> he denied ever meeting kislyak. so there's that. >> hold on. michael, what did you say? >> that's not exactly what al franken asked. he asked was there any contact between the campaign and russian officials. he did not use the word collusion. >> he said if there was, would you recuse yourself. >> no, no. he asked him point-blank was there any contact and jeff sessions said no, when he had met with kislyak twice. >> do you have the tape? >> so many other sketchy characters that also happened to have met with kislyak. >> we'll be right back.
12:49 am
an unlimited data plan is only as good as the network it's on. and verizon has been ranked number one for the 7th time in a row by rootmetrics. (man) hey, uh, what's rootmetrics? it's the nation's largest independent study and it ranked verizon #1 in call, text, data, speed and reliability. (woman) do they get a trophy? not that i know of. but you get unlimited done right. (man 2) why don't they get a trophy? (man 3) they should get something. (woman 2) how about a plaque? i have to drop this. my arm's getting really tired. unlimited on verizon. 4 lines, just $45 per line.
12:50 am
12:51 am
12:52 am
i'm back now with my panel. i promised liz wall she'd get the first answer. >> let's get off of jeff sessions because there's so many other trump transition officials that had met with the russian
12:53 am
ambassador. that in and of itself is not a crime. certainly you're able to meet with russian ambassadors. but why would you cover it up, why would you try to cover up the nature of your conversations? that is the question. we have michael phone linflynn, page. >> carter page was not on the transition team. >> he was the chairman. i understand being a trump surrogate but it's not good for america to just spit out these talks points because america wants to know the truth. >> the truth -- >> figure out the extent of russian interference into our election and the collaboration between trump officials and russian officials. >> if hillary clinton had gone
12:54 am
to wisconsin, we would not be having this conversation. >> would you guys please stop? no one can hear when everybody is talking at the same time. >> i know. >> michael weiss says we're missing the very simple explanation to all of this, which is. >> okay. people want to turn this into a partisan issue, right? i'm old enough to remember when james comey was anathema to the democratic party about giving hillary clinton's e-mails and she was reckless. this is a registered republican, but before anything else, he is a top counter intelligence official. testifies before congress in a very professional setting and a very restrained manner and says yes it's true the fbi and the department of justice is investigating the trump campaign for possible ties with agents of a foreign government, namely russia and as part of a counter intelligence investigation we're looking into any possible acts
12:55 am
of criminality. that means people in the white house or the transition team may have been guilty of espionagesp. that's your top line. okay? the fbi take this is seriously enough to wage an investigation that's been ongoing since july, since technically before donald trump got the nomination to be the republican nominee. >> i've got 15 seconds. >> this is a bipartisan american issue. michael is absolutely right. this is a bipartisan american issue. >> the investigate isn't over yet. it's amazing how all the media has all these dots connected. but he looking at it since july doesn't have anything. >> says you. >> my question is -- and we have to go -- is everybody wants to extremely vet all these people from other countries which we don't know that much about but they can't extremely vet americans who are going to be working on behalf of other
12:56 am
americans? >> they've got their papers all in order. >> thank you all. that's it for us tonight. thanks for watching. see you right back here tomorrow. . . .
12:57 am
12:58 am
12:59 am
1:00 am
this is cnn breaking news. >> the final desperate hours here. exactly seven years after president obama signed landmark health care bill. republicans are on the verge of repealing it. it is not done yet. can president trump strike a deal to help conservatives without sending moderates running for the exits. breaking overnight. information into cnn suggested some of trump's associates may have communicated with russia to release damaging information about hillary clinton. and anti-terror raids in london. the city i

34 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on