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happening now. breaking news. last-ditch effort. president trump desperately tries to save the gop healthcare bill as house leaders put a pivotal vote on hold because of opposition within their own party. tonight republicans are heading to a closed door meeting amid growing questions whether the bill is doomed. secret evidence. the house intelligence chairman fails to offer any proof of his new claims of surveillance of the trump transition team.
republican devin nunes facing backlash for rushing to brief the president while leaves the committee members in the dark. thumbs up. trump associates may have communicated with the russians to give a thumbs up signal to release information damaging to hillary clinton. stand by for exclusive reporting on the fbi investigation. and i am president. mr. trump says his title proves he must be doing something right in a defense of his credibility that unleashes even more false information. 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. a high-stakes cliff-hanger that could embolden or embarrass the president depending on what happens in the hours ahead. right now a pivotal house vote on the gop healthcare bill has been postponed until at least
tomorrow. by all accounts gop leaders still don't have support within their own party to pass the bill despite 11th hour appeal by the president. we're standing by for an urgent meeting by the republicans tonight as the negotiations and arm-twisting continues. also an apology by the house republican chairman to his committee amid claims in surveillance of the trump team. republican devin nunes is facing criticism for sharing the information with the white house before briefing the committee. we're still told he hasn't given the information. this as we learn about the federal criminal investigation of the trump camp's ties to russia. u.s. officials tell cnn the fbi has information indicating that trump associates communicated with suspected russian operatives possibly to
coordinate and release information damaging to the clinton campaign. i'll talk about all of that, much more, with our guesses, including the second highest ranking house democratic steady highwayer, and our correspondents standing by. let's go to phil mattingly up on capitol hill. what's the latest? >> wolf, the stakes couldn't be higher right now as we move to a time period that was scheduled for that house vote that has now been postponed. if you want to know what a big deal this is now, try to sneak into the room 30 feet behind me, over my shoulder. that's where paul ryan is meeting with the house caucus, and steve bannon, reince priebus, mick mulvaney, underscoring that a deal needs to be made but no pathway clear yet. >> reporter: meeting after meeting and lots of legislative wrankling, the republicans are
still short of a healthcare deal. gop lawmakers shuttling into closed door meetings on both sides of pennsylvania avenue. >> only politics because we have a great bill. >> reporter: underscoring a clear reality, despite the all-out blitz from the white house and trump, they don't have the votes. that comes in a wake of a brief daylight as they agree to changes south by the conservative freedom caucus. >> earlier today you said you had the vote, do you still believe that. >> yes. if they put it up for a vote, it's going to pass because if you are a republican you have a choice you're going to vote with donald trump to repeal and replace the obama or vote with nancy pelosi. if you're a republican that's a pretty simple choice. >> reporter: but even as its members filed into the white house today and gave president trump a standing
ovation, still unwilling to commit to the bill. >> i am still a no at this time. i'm desperately trying to get to yes and i think the president know that's and i told him that personally and i -- i can say with all the freedom caucus, they are really trying to get to yes. that's why we met and for such a long time. it was at times not contentious but very rigorous debate. >> reporter: the change they sought to strip the essential benefits required by obamacare risked alienating the centrist faction. one said, this bill is collapsing, and nancy pelosi who shepherded obamacare to passage. >> you build your consensus and caucus and then you set the date to bring to the floor. he may be a great negotiator, rookie's error to bring it when
you're clearly not ready. >> reporter: wolf, republicans are working against a self-imposed clock, toward a 7:00 p.m. conference meeting. the republican conference is supposed to meet in the basement of the capitol. i've been speaking to multiple aides involved in this process and they acknowledge the pathway forward not clear. but one said we're trying to grind it out and get our members to a place where we can start to say yes, and possibly get this bill to the floor. they have serious problems, they do not have a clear forward. as it stands they're not worried just about conservatives, also moderates. both have been dropping off. >> phil mattingly reporting for us, thanks very much. the white house is trying to project an air of confidence about the healthcare bill despite the delay in the vote and the uncertainty in the vote. sara murray, what are you hearing from the trump
administration tonight? >> wolf, earlier today before all of this collapsed, sean spicer insisted this would pass. now they're still trying to sound optimistic and hoping for a vote tomorrow morning. wolf, it's clear at this moment, the votes are not in place and they're in the wrangling process. in addition to reince priebus, steve bannon on the hill right now. these are more moderate republicans meeting and the president trying to of course out how he can walk the line, thread this needle in keeping these more conservative members much the caucus on board and winning over support from the moderates, getting to the number they need. the white house is still hoping this can happen tomorrow that it will be a legislative victory for the president before the week is over. right now it's a treacherous path to passage. >> it certainly is. sara murray at the white house. let's get more on all of this.
the number two democratic in the white house, the minority whip. >> thank you, wolf. >> what's your reaction? i don't know if you've gone through the new congressional budget office report, the scoring of this republican legislation. what's your reaction to it. >> the bill keeps getting worse and worse and, of course, the deficit reduction the republicans were claims have been ham by the changes they made. not only are the same 20 million losing their coverage, and pay more, and if you're older you're going to pay a lot more than you do now, they've reduced their claim that they're reducing the deficit. so this bill just keeps getting worse and worse. if they drag people into voting for this bill, it becomes more
and more unpopular with every hour that goes by. the poll that just said that 6% of americans think this is a bad bill and only 17% of them think it's a good deal, the other 26 don't have -- but it's clear it's moving in the wrong direction for the republicans and they continue to be a deeply divided party. >> congressman, how nervous are you despite everything you said, that in the yeenend, the speake the republicans, the president will have the vote, the first step in repealing and replacing obamacare. >> one would think, wolf, with all that fire power, they have gotten the bill done. you would have thought they would have convinced people on this bill. it's not going to be voted on today. they chose this day as a message, not as a strategy, but as a message this was the day on which the affordable care act was adopted and they were going
to show their people on the day of the anniversary they were going to repeal. they haven't been able to do that and they've had the president saying he was for the bill. they had the speaker saying he was for the bill. the leadership said they were for the people. the people are not for the bill. it's a bad bill. it makes the insurance stability that people had as a result of the affordable care act frankly disappear. and they're very angry, nervous and' hencesive. >> are you reaching out, you're the minority whip to a centrist -- what is the democratic leader ship in the house doing? >> watching a divided party -- >> you're just watching from the sidelines? i know all the democrats in the house are going to oppose it. if you really it hate it so much isn't there more you could be doing than simply watch it? >> hate it? we think it's bad policy and bad
politics. while i haven't reached out, i can tell you a number of republicans have talked to me about their concerns about the bill and their opposition to the bill, i'm not going to wolname, names, obviously. i've had a contact with a number who talked to me. on how uncomfortable they are on both sides. some think this bill hurts too many people and some think frankly, they wouldn't say it, it doesn't cut enough people. and it makes premiums expensive and higher and millions of people without insurance. they've got a conundrum. both sides of the party uncomfortable with the bill. and jason amash, one of the most conservative republicans, saying this is the worst bill he's seen since he's been in congress. it's a bad bill, a bad vote for
them. if he this get enough muscle behind some of these members and force them to vote for it, they're going to find it's a very uncomfortable vote in a country that's now 3-1 in the country. >> justin amash of washington. what if the bill removes of what you regard the truly essential b benefits? >> we're going to make it clear to the members and the american people what that means. that means hospital services, emergency services, it means prescription drugs availability, mental health services. essential benefits simply says, look, we're not going to have people selling phony policies at low prices which give no coverage. frankly, when people buy insurance they think they're going to be insured. and unfortunately they bought a
cheap policy, go to the hospital and the insurance company said gee-whiz, that's not covered and they're put into bankruptcy. we don't want to see that happen. we think that the policies ought to cover what real people face in terms of expenses to make sure they're healthy or when they're sick can get healthy again. >> congressman, president trump has repeatedly said if the gop bill cannot pass, the republicans can sit back and let obamacare fail. he says it's been a disaster, and will fail on its own. will republicans own the blame for that if that were to happen if obamacare simply self-destructs? >> this bill is trumpcare and if trumpcare fails and they administratively and talking down the competence in the insurance market, they will own the failure here. it will not be the aaffordable
care act's failure because the affordable care act has brought prices down. there are some places where we need to fix, where choices have been limited. we need to work on that. in part that has happened because the republicans have undermined our risk insurance and risk sharing in the insurance industry. it was a new program and determining prices was going to be tough. but the republicans undermine that, why? because they're trying to kill indirectly something that they have not been able to kill directly and that is affordable healthcare for all american. and the president frankly probably has no idea what's in the bill. he promised the american people that everybody would be covered, everybody would be covered, not just to have access, that everybody would be covered. they'd be covered at a lower price and higher quality. frankly, he has not offered any bill that any fair minded
analysis which say he accomplishes the goal he set forward. >> i know you want to continue. but i quickly want to get your reaction to another important development, congressman, involving the chairman intelligence committee devin nunes. do you believe that he needs to step down given what happened yesterday? >> look, i want to know more of the facts. but i think what happened yesterday was bizarre and unfortunate and was a very bad judgment on mr. nunes's behalf. what i think ought to happen, however, we ought to have an independent commission. this is a serious allegation and some of the information that came out where there may be evidence of collusion between the trump campaign and the russians which i would think every american would reject and thinking that was damaging to the national interests and a despicable act for a candidate
to be colluding with some country that can be certainly described as our adversary and may be described as our enemy, that americans would reject overwhelmingly. so what we need is an independent commission like the 9/11 commission, bipartisan, with subpoena power and the ability to get to the bottom of what clearly fbi director comey and others have raised as very, very legitimate questions of national security. that's what i think ought to happen. it's clear i don't think mr. nunes can lead an investigation that will have credibility and a bipartisan way and get to the bottom of this. >> congressman hoyer of maryland. thanks for joining us. >> you got it. just ahead we have coverage of breaking news of the healthcare bill as the vote is delayed and negotiations go into
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>> we've learned to the investigation has unearthed information that raises a suspicion among counterintelligence investigators. >> reporter: u.s. officials tell cnn the fbi has information that indicates associates of president donald trump communicated with suspected russian operatives to release information damaging to hillary clinton's campaign. this after fbi director james comey announced monday that the fbi is investigating the trump campaign's ties to russia. >> that includes investigating links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian government. >> reporter: commy explained what would trigger an investigation like this. >> a credible allegation of wrongdoing or reasonable basis to believe that an american may be acting as an agent of a foreign power. >> reporter: the fbi is now reviewing information including
human intelligence, travel, and business records. this information is raising the suspicions of fbi counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place. though officials cautioned that the investigation is not conclusive and the investigation is ongoing. house committee democrats say there is strong evidence out there. >> you said that. there is more than just circumstantial evidence of collusion, what did you mean by that. >> i don't feel talking about particular evidence other than the fbi is looking at it or we're looking at it. but i do think that's appropriate to say it's the kind of evidence that you would submit at the grand jury the aat beginning of an investigation. >> reporter: one law enforcement official said the information, quote, people connected to the campaign were in contact and giving the thumbs up when it was ready. other officials speaking to cnn say it's premature to draw the inference the fbi cannot prove
the collusion taken place. senator mccain says he hasn't seen evidence but the investigation should proceed. >> i have not seen the evidence but it continues on and on the reason we need a select committee to clear the issue up. >> reporter: the fbi has been investigating four former trump associates, michael flynn, paul manafort, roger stone and carter page. all four have denied improper contacts. today the white house reacted to the possible collusion. press secretary sean spicer telling cnn's sara murray. >> when you use a phrase like associates you don't put a time frame, it's nebulous at best that somebody over and over again making a claim the way you do and the narrative continues without any substantiation. >> reporter: and one of the obstacles the fbi faces and finding conclusive intelligence that communications between trump's associates and russians
have ceased and some russian officials have changed their methods of communications making monitoring more difficult. wolf, the fbi declined to comment. >> pamela, thanks very much. pamela brown with the report. democrats say a clout is hanging over the intelligence committee's investigation of russia's meddling because of the actions of devin nunes. nunes apologized today for rushing to brief the president on information he hasn't evshar with his panel. manu raju has new information. >> devin nunes will not reveal how he came into possession of the information even if it was received from the white house which is what some democrats suspect that they believe this is an effort by the trump administration to muddy the waters over the president's claim that he was spied on under the orders of president barack obama. nunes revealing yesterday that
this information that was intercepted includes communication about trump transition officials and the formation of a new government. and while nunes earlier today when he came out of a private briefing with democrats and republicans on his committee, we asked him specifically, how did you get the information he wouldn't say. take a listen. >> did this information come from the white house? >> as you know, we have to keep our sources and methods here very quiet. i've told the american people several times that we want people to come to us and bring us information if they have it. and over the course of this investigation, we've had many sources who have come to this committee and as you can imagine, some, many don't want you to know, they don't want anyone to know who they are. and i think you guys in the press understand this. >> now, nunes confirmed to me later that he did, in fact, apologize to the committee for briefing the president before
democrats, but he said it was his judgment call in deciding to brief the president given what he said was alarming information in the intelligence reports. but i did talk to adam schiff who is a top democratic on the committee later who said he was baffled by the decision by devin nunes to not rule out this came from the white house. >> i am concerned by the fact that after the meeting when the chairman was interviewed he wasn't able to rule out having received these materials from the white house itself where in consultation with the white house. i don't know what that means. and this is all the more baffling by the hour. so we did communicate and democrats feel this is essential that we investigate. that we make every of the to investigate this in a completely nonpartisan way to do this.
democrats feel if we don't participate in this investigation, there isn't going to be an investigation. >> so a key piece of information there, wolf. the democrats will continue to participate in this house intelligence committee investigation despite their concerns that they believe that mr. nunes may have compromised this investigation going forward. but they're still waiting to see this information that mr. nunes revealed, got from a source. they have not seen that yet. they're expecting it to come any day. and i asked mr. nunes, will you show this, to reveal who your sources to adam schiff? he said no. he wants to protect his sources and methods. wolf. >> interesting. manu raju up on capitol hill. let's talk about this and more with the top democratic on the house oversight and government reform committee congressman cummings. thank you for joining us. >> good to be with you, wolf. >> have you seen any evidence that trump campaign associates were in contact with russian operatives to coordinate the
release of hacked clinton campaign e-mails? >> i have not seen that information. it does not mean that it doesn't exist. keep in mind, wolf, that the intelligence committee gets a lot of information that many of us in the congress will never see. and what congressman nunes did, he's a good man, let me say this first, but i think he made a very bad judgment call today. and what he did i think just shocks the conscience. >> has your chairman of your committee, jason chaffetz done anything like that to you? >> no, no. i would be extremely upset if he did. you know, wolf, we have a situation here where chairman nunes is investigating president trump. you don't run to the person whom you're investigating and give them information. and there is a lot of reasons for that. but one of the main reasons is that you don't want them to have
information so that they can scuttle the very investigation. in other words, if they know where you're going and they know the information you have, that's a big problem. one of the other things that bothers me about this, of all people to do this to is adam schiff. adam and i served on the benghazi committee. he's probably one of the best lawyers i've dealt with in my 35 years of practicing law. honorable man. he could have easily gone to adam and explained things to him and to the committee. they still don't know what information he's talking about. the other alarming thing, wolf, we don't know where this information have come from. it would be easy for chairman nunes to say to the cnn reporter, no, information did not come from the white house. but now we are all left and wondering where did it come from. that's why we need a select committee, a committee not made
of congressmen and senators, but made of distinguished citizens like the 9/11 commission that has subpoena power made up of equal pointes, republicans and democrats and find out what happened here and make sure this doesn't happen again. >> on another critical issue affecting millions of people, i want to get your reaction to the delay on the republican healthcare bill. there was supposed to be a vote today and it's now been delayed until at least tomorrow. i don't know if you've gone through the new congressional budget report, the score on it. what's your reaction to the late-breaking news? >> i think it's disturbing that the republicans are trying to ram this bill down the throats of america. 56% of americans already are against it, they don't like what they see. they realize that 14 million people of their neighbors and friends are going to be thrown off the insurance rolls in the next year.
they know in the next four years, 20 million. that's a lot, wolf, and we're better than that as a country. the thing that upsets me about this issue is we hear nothing about the moral issue of leaves folks out to get sicker and in many cases to die. so i'm hoping that my republican friends who are going to plan to vote against it will vote against it and because it's not appropriate thing to do. as i said before, we're better than that. >> congressman elijah cummings of maryland. >> thank you, wolf. >> the house postpones the final vote on a bill to repeal and replace obamacare. republican leaders hope that they will help them persuade skeptical republican lawmakers. but will it be enough? roller derby. ♪ now give up half of 'em.
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we're following the breaking news on the republican effort to repeal and replace obamacare after a day of scram ping for support, the house leaders have decided to put the scheduled vote on hold at least until tomorrow. we're standing by for a closed door meeting for all house republicans to assess where they go from here. conservative republicans have been giving the gop leadership headaches but the plan is in danger of losing support from moderates as well.
let's get analysis from political panel. gloria borger. it's been postponed for at least tomorrow. i don't think they'll let it up for a vote unless they're sure it will passion. >> right. i was told by people in the administration that they believe they're close, that's the word they used. if they lose, wolf, it's tremendous, and it's a real problem. and i think that the freedom caucus is very difficult and frustrating for them to deal with and this is not a negotiation that donald trump is used to. he's used to being a real estate guy. you go in a room, you have your problems, but then you come back and shake hands and you let others work out the details. donald trump has to work out the details, and he's trying, and he's understanding the laws of
whack a mole. this is the art of the negotiation but members don't know if they should be afraid of donald trump here because there is no precedent here. they're feeling each other. and it's a very, very difficult process. >> as we speak here the steve bannon, reince priebus, they're up there, trying to convince republicans, vote for the current bill. and it's by no means a done deal. >> steve bannon is somebody who is sympathetic to the house freedom caucus, but you're looking at a bill that costs more money according to the congressional house budget and insurance less people. when you're talking about health insurance and whether somebody can afford, this is a kitchen
table discussion, where americans will feel the difference. this is exactly the reverse of what we saw in 2009. i was a congressional correspondent covering healthcare reform, more accurately health insurance reform. you saw the same thing, you gain a couple of people, and you lose four. it's a difficult balance to strike. >> republicans have been going after obamacare for seven years and they've had at least since november from the election to get it repealed and repleased. look at the poll, republican healthcare plan to replace healthcare, 56% disapprove, 17% approve, 26% undecided. that's pretty lopsided majority against this current effort to replace obamacare. >> that's going to give people who don't want to replace this bill more fodder.
they're going to have to go to the districts and sell to the constituents. if you don't believe that you're voting for, it's hard to sell that. look at the president's approval ratings, the members he's leaning on. if they're more popular than the president is, why are they sticking their neck out on something that looks dead on arrival in the senate. >> we're hearing with the meeting with steve bannon and reince priebus, seems to be breaking up right now. dana bash is just out side. we'll go to her when we get word what happened there. it is the president's debut, he wrote "the "art of the deal"." he's got to work on it. >> he does. there is only so much they can do. these people are independents particularly those conservatives who don't need donald trump to a
great degree or at least they don't think so. don't forget, this was the number one promise of every single republican in every single congressional district in the country, was repeal and replace. and so they have to weigh bucking donald trump against going home to their constituents and saying, you know what, we didn't do it for you. now, the freedom caucus folks may not be afraid of being primary by people to their right because they're pretty conservative. but we have to -- each man is going to figure out the political calculation because some of the details of this, when you get down to the details, you're taking things away from people. and when you do that, it's very difficult. >> with the freedom caucus has been saying the last couple of days they're not going to have stru trouble this didn't repeal obamacare, that's not fulfilling our promises. that's what they're doing to
countert counterthe people like paul ryan. >> how much of a set back will this be for the president? >> i think it will be a big set back and it will be a schooling on how washington works and as gloria said how different this is. i think jackie brings up an important point, a true repeal of obamacare will leave a lot of people without something they had before. and entitlement reform has been so hard for congress to tackle. they never do. because you have to take something away that is something that plays out at the ballot box and so many people at the hill are afraid of that. >> if you're going to take away the so-called essential health benefits, you're going to be taking away medical coverage, drug coverage and maternity care. some conservatives say one size doesn't fit all.
if i'm a young single guy why am i paying for some woman's maternity care, they believe they should be able to shape their own coverage. but there is a lot of things that could go by the wayside if this bill broadens. are they going to keep kids on your insurance benefits, are insurance companies going to be able to put caps over your lifetime. people will look closely because this affects your life. >> some republicans think about not passing this bill right now and they believe obamacare and they believe it will caps on its own may be better for them than getting this bill to repeal and replace. >> i don't know if they're the ones winning the argument right now. there is the do nothing strain out there, but i feel like they're being quieted by the we need to repeal this or you guys need to pass this, this is our
one shot and we'll get one shot on it. they want to move to tax reform and if this is a failure for them, the president is going to take a hit in his credibility to be able to get things done really before he even starts. >> the idea that it's going to collapse on its own as some republicans are alleging just isn't true. so that would be a problem for them when that doesn't come true. if you listen to donald trump it makes it sound like it's an imminent collapse, it isn't. it's something you can say if you do, quote/unquote, repeal it or make changes you can say, wow, we dodged a bullet there. but if you wait and the bullet never comes that a problem. >> what do you think will happen in the republican meeting, the republican caucus meeting, they're going to get together and discuss? >> well, i think they're going to be counting votes, counting where they are. they're going to be hearing from
their speaker who says, you know, you've got to win one for the giper, i guess, to use a phrase and we're going to have to see out of this freedom caucus meeting, wolf, what happens with these conservatives because they're the ones -- remember john boehner, that's why he's no longer speaker. >> they have the cards. stand by the meeting of the republican house meeting supposed to begin at the top of the hour. in the meantime a separate meeting leading with some top republican officials just breaking up. we'll update you when we come back. this sleep is power. on a perfect car, then smash it into a tree. your insurance company raises your rates. maybe you should've done more research on them. for drivers with accident forgiveness, liberty mutual won't raise your rates due to
we're tracking multiple breaking stories at this hour on capitol hill. the effort to repeal and replace obamacare is in peril right now as republican leaders postpone a final vote that was scheduled for today. we're going to bring you updates as that story unfolds. we're also covering the firestorm surrounding the house intelligence committee, chairman devon nunes. nunes has now apologized to his fellow lawmakers on the committee for not briefing them before telling president trump that some of his communications may have been incidentally collected as part of legal surveillance on foreign targets. let's get back to our panel. phil mudd, i want your thoughts. all of a sudden, we're learning lots of incidental collection of intelligence. this has been a huge development right now, that's causing an enormous amount of concern.
>> it is a huge development. but from an intelligence insider, what we're learning about how the u.s. government collects intelligence is nothing new for decades. i think the fascinating part of this over the last day or so is this question about whether this committee should continue to investigate after what we saw about devon nunes approaching the white house. and i think a lot of people will step back and say he apologized, that's enough. my view, not so much. let me tell you something. we have a conversation in this country about how we approach the next election and whether we can vote free and fair. what have we heard in the last 30 days? who leaked what when? what was unmasked about u.s. persons who are collected in intelligence? does this affect our perception of whether the american president was elected appropriately. irrelevant. there is one question that we continue to see, at the committee is ignoring. what happened in terms of russian intervention, and can -- forget about what happened. can we secure the next election, we'll see in 18 months. and i think the committee has shown that they're going to be
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us live from jerusalem. tell us about this individual, his background. >> reporter: and it's not just an individual. police say they also have the suspect's father in custody in connection with these bomb threats to jewish community centers across the u.s., not only in the u.s., but also in new zealand and australia, where police say these robo calls, these bomb threats began. police say they arrested the 19-year-old teenager, an american israeli jewish teenagers this morning and pulled evidence out of his house. the name of the teenager remains under a gag order. he's in custody, as is his father for at least another week as the investigation continues. we did get a chance to speak with the suspect's defense attorney. she says he suffers from a brain tumor that affects his behavior and has, in fact, kept him out of school since he was in first grade. she says, again, that the suspect's father is in custody, as part of the ongoing investigation. we're learning from police about where he may face charges. of course, the robo calls, those
bomb threats were made from here, using technology to mask his voice and hide his identity. but it was the u.s. that received those bomb threats. so israeli police spokesman mickey rosenfeld says he could face charges in the united states, which is to say, he could be extradited. that is still part of the ongoing process here. now, wolf, the main question is, why? why is it that an american israeli jewish teenager called in bomb threats to scores of jewish community centers across the u.s. that, of course, is the main question not only for us who have been following this story, but also for police that, at this point, remains part of the ongoing investigation. wolf? >> are the israeli police saying how they found this guy? >> it was a month-lock investigation, not only the israeli police, but also working with the fbi and other countries that have received these bomb threats. we know from reporting earlier this month that investigators were starting to narrow it down. they knew it seemed to be one person working from overseas. and then it was where these robo calls and bomb threats tornlg
nated from. police say the new zealand call, they got information it came from israel, as was australia. and as they got the investigation, it led them to this home and that is where police made that arrest this morning. >> oren liebermann in jerusalem. thanks very much. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. our breaking news coverage continues with kate balduan filling in on "erin burnett outfront". >> "outfront" next, breaking news. republicans huddling right now behind closed doors after an embarrassing setback, calling off their planned vote on the very big health care bill. can president trump get this deal done? plus, a top democrat says he has seen new information on possible collusion between trump associates and russia, enough that it would warrant a grand jury investigation. and why was president trump in the driver's seat of a big rig today? let's go "outfront." good evening, everybody. i'm kate balduan in for erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, we have breaking