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passed. a lot of people don't realize how good our bill was, because they were viewing phase one, but when you add phase two, which was most lly the signings of secretary price, and you add phase three, it would have been a great bill. the losers are nancy pelosi and chuck schumer. now they own obamacare, they own it, 100% own it. this is not a republican health care, this is not anything but a democrat health care. and they have obamacare for a little while longer, until it ceases to exist, which it will. at some point in the near future. and just remember, this is not our bill. this is their bill. they all become civilized and get together and try to work out a great health care bill for the people of this country. we're open to it. we're totally open to it. i want to thank the republican party. i want to thank paul ryan.
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he worked very, very hard. i will tell you that. he worked very, very hard. tom price and mike pence who is right here, our vice president, our great vice president. everybody worked hard. i worked as a team player. and would have loved to have seen it pass, but, again, i think you know i was very clear, because i think there wasn't a speech i made or very few, that perhaps the best thing that could happen is exactly what happened today, because we'll end up with a truly great health care bill in the future, after this mess known as obamacare explodes. and i never said, i guess i'm here, what, 64 days? i never said repeal and replace obamacare -- you've all heard my speeches, i never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days. i have a long time. >> joining us from the north lawn. it looks like the president is keeping a stiff upper lip. maggie ha
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maggie haberman told us that he was very measured in his conversation with her. are you getting a sense of how he's handling this debate? >> reporter: a little bill stunning for a president we've seen willing to publicly fume about any slight, including by involved members of his own party. that is not the president we saw today. i think his aides are insisting that he's okay with this defeat. he obviously wanted a win. this white house needed a win in such a difficult week, but i think part of this stems from the fact that he did what, he did health care first, because he felt like this is what they needed to do first. this is what republicans ran on for seven years. this is what the house speaker said they should do first. but it's not really donald trump's first passion. he would much prefer to move on to tax reform. and he certainly feels that now he's given hey,it a shot. and now they can move on. >> the white house seems poised to steer the blame away from the
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president and the republican party. the president keeps talking about the democrats are at fault. >> reporter: this is an impressive bit of politics right here, to see the president come out today and say repeatedly, this is the fault of nancy pelosi. this is the fault of democrats, pau because we couldn't get anybody on board. the reality is, the white house didn't work all that hard to get democrats on board for this legislation. they knew there was really no chance they were going to convince democrats in the house to support any kind of repeal and replace for obamacare. but you're seeing this blame shifting, tand it is telling to see the president blaming democrats rather than paul ryan. we heard him take pains to layer praise upon the house speaker and make sure to place this blame squarely on the democrats. it will be interesting to see how this plays out in future negotiations, how comfortable
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the president is trusting paul ryan when we get to things like tax reform. >> sarah murray, thanks very much. let's go to the capitol where phil mattingly has more on how things unravelled. there's no shortage of fingers being pointed. walk us through the behind the scenes of the relationship between the speaker and what happened. >> reporter: the speaker praised president trump, praising his team for everything he's done. an interesting element here is how their relationship has grown throughout this process. i'm told not only did they meet in person today for that lunch, for 90 minutes, but they spoke by phone four different times. over the course of the last two weeks, they've been talking by phone multiple times a day, every single day. and i'm told repeatedly, their relationship, person-to-person is in a good space. i think there are a lot of concerns on the staff level, who the points of contact are at the white house, who can speak for things over at the white house. and some concern that maybe at
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various points in this health care negotiation, that undercut what republican leaders on capitol hill were trying to do. the interesting thing going forward, anderson, and sarah talked a lot about what the next steps are going to be, if this relationship continues to stay in a good place or if it devolves. as of now, it seems like it's the former. >> it's obviously early. is there any sense on capitol hill how damaged republicans truly are? >> reporter: it's not good for them anyway you cut it. and i've been talking to a lot of republicans, lawmakers in the immediate wake of this happening. a lot of people in the senate waiting for this bill to come over next week. it's a little bit of a wait and see mode, but they recognize there will be very real political damage back home in their districts. they've promised this cycle after cycle after cycle. the big question becomes where do they go from here? when they get to tax reform, infrastructure, is it the conservative ones that hey,
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belie we've put or hands on the stove, we've gotten burned a little bit. or do they icontinue in this direction. does this force donald trump to start reaching out to democrats? that is not what conservatives on capitol hill want. that could be what happens going forward if things don't change and get better in the relations between the white house and capitol hill. >> long day for you. let's bring in the panel. political analyst david gergen. matt lewis, amanda carpenter. matt, we haven't heard from you. what do you want to talk about? >> not a great day. but i do think that, you know, look, there's this conventional wisdom that says that this is catastrophic and it's humiliating. i think that donald trump says, who says? who say it is has to be? abandonment is an underrated political tactic.
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what lapped today is really bad for one day, but it could have been worse. for one thing, this could have dragged on for weeks or months. there could have been fights in the senate, and then it could have gone down in flames. the other option is they could have passed this really bad bill, then they would have truly owned it. and then when premiums went up and people got kicked off of their health insurance, they would have paid the price in the midterms and maybe in four years. yes, it's a bad day. sometimes it's better to pull the band-aid off. >> why after seven years of talking about this is the first thing they come up with a really bad bill? jason was saying earlier, they should have had something on day one for president trump. here it is. >> well, here's what happened. no one expected trump to win. he didn't have a real repeal and replace plan. he outsourced that to paul ryan, but paul ryan demanded on trump to take care of the politics. president trump did not take care of the politics. he did not deliver the conservatives, because no one
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understood that the conservatives were dead set on real repeal. there's been a debate throughout the campaign over we would do repeal or repeal and replace. it was not a sealed, done deal that everybody wanted to do repeal and replace simultaneously. the freedom caucus has always been against that. that played out in spectacular fashion, and they learned it the hard way today. >> the last time we had a situation like this, when george w. bush became president, departmedement would go into the office, and before he learned that lesson went along with things. he didn't vote for no child left behind, but things like amendments to it. >> playing the outside game. >> and then that is my point, now this freedom caucus. there is an infrastructure that's been built up by the conservative movement in the past decade. these guys are tougher. they've joined together. and they're going to be much harder.
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>> a fundamental miscalculation here, they've shown that they can organize as a bloc. they have slone thhown they hav power. they could have been the group to put it over the top. and they could have been celebrating this weekend. but no one's going to come up to them and throw them high-fives. >> now they got to own it. >> the leadership thought that trump could deliver. he was doing videos saying please call your congressman. he has no grassroots organization to get people to lobby in favor of the bill. everyone, i saw leadership aides say watch trump's twitter. he's going to go after people like he did rammnd paul. >> he didn't really like this bill. >> it wasn't his bill. >> it actually was hayis bill. but the freedom caucus is the reason john boehner is out there
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having a nice grass lass of mer. though is goi this is going to come back to donald trump time and time again. what are the limits of presidential leadership for donald trump? has he run into this now? or is he going to go after these guys? i mean, i don't know what he does next. >> he needs to get back on the road and go after senate democrats. if i were this administration, i would put him on the road going to indiana, talk about tax reform. >> but david, how rooted is the president because of his low poll numbers? does that have an impact on his ability? >> he's wounded. i think it's worth pointing out that other presidents have had a hard time with health care reform. we've had seven who've tried it. bill clinton had a democratic house and senate, and they couldn't get it on the floor, out of committee. so this happened well over a year into his presidency.
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he had other accomplishments. trump is hurt because this is the first big test. so he emerges from this week with a cloud over his credibility, the cloud over wiretapping, his team, his associates, and the russian investigation, and now he's got a cloud over his capacity to govern, to make a deal. he ran on being a deal maker, the closer, and he failed miserably. he does have to go back to fundamentals, like not outsourcing your ideas to somebody in the house of representatives. got to come from you, something you're passionate about. he went along for the ride on it. >> is that the kind of leader he is? on the campaign trail, he was never talking about the details of health care reform or really any kind of details. you get the sense that as a leader, much like perhaps ronald reagan, he had broad-brush ideals. >> ronald reagan was the
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governor of a very complicated state. people often try to make ronald reagan -- >> jeffrey lord's not here. >> people describe this village idiot who came to washington. they say it's about george w. bush. he'd been the governor of texas. it's a different environment. this is new for president trump. he's never been a politician. he's never been the ceo of a government enterprise. he's been the ceo of a business enterprise but not something big and far-flung. he's run a family business. where loyalty to donald trump is a premium. the republican party is split into factions and they have legitimate arguments. some of it is politics, i don't like the president, that's not my republican party, but most of this, they have real honest to god differences, mark meadows lass has a different view than leonard vance of new jersey does. we make things too complicated
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sometimes. we can overdo this. we can overdo this. however, the president's brand was, i'm a deal maker. i'm going to fix a broken washington. his voters are re loyvery loyal him. republican le republican voters are different. his brand is i'm different. barack obama's brand is i'm new, i'm different, i will fix a broken washington. when he couldn't do that, that's when he started to lose the middle of the electorate. donald trump never had the middle. i'm not going to write an obituary right now, but he needs a win. >> the win would be to make cause with democrats. he's going to start to look to leverage some sway over these recalcitrant house republicans by dangling ideas out at democrats. i think it's probably too late for him to do that.
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if he had come out of the box and suggested some ideas on repairing the affordable care act, it would have put a lot of pressure on red-state democrats to work with him. if he came out of the box, it would have been a ton of pressure on red-state democrats to work with him. instead, he's uniting them. probably against a supreme court pick. they're largely lining up against him. so i don't think they're going to be there to triangulate. >> do you think if he had chosen to do infrastructure first that -- >> the base would have said resistance! #resistance. we have to oppose donald trump at every turn, don't give him any wins. but there would have been democrats staring at a reelection race that said i have to hear him out. >> barack obama and donald trump
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were elected as change agents, and both of them could have tried to transcend their parties. i think president obama, you know, made a mistake by pushing through obamacare and in a very partisan party-line fashion. donald trump, similarly, could have triangulated and sort of, you know, transcended partisanship, but he also close to go to his base. >> donald trump has to deliver a win for republicans soon, because he needs political cover on these russia questions. if he doesn't deliver a win for republicans that they can go home and tell constituents this is why i'm with the president, if he doesn't give them the policy he won't have political protection on the other issues. other lindsey graham and john mccain are ready to throw him under the bus. they will throw him under quickly if they don't win on taxes or obamacare soon. >> neil gorsuch is another win he's going to get. when we talk about the economy,
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what got donald trump in the presidency in the first place, 48% of the people think the economy is moving in the right direction. highest number since 2003. >> what about the market? >> he's going to get things done on health care and tax reform, and now it looks like it's not happening. >> tax reform. >> this puts a real cloud over his capacity to get tax reform done. they were counting on as much as $500 billion in improvement for the government that they wouldn't have to make up for in the tax bill. with that disappearing, the climb for tax reform is going to be really hard. it's going to be easy to get corporate, but personal really hard. >> sanjay gupta joins us and talking about without big changes obamacare will explode. is it in a death spiral or not? stay with us for that never was. new pantene doesn't just wash your hair, it fuels it. making every strand stronger.
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he thinks it's the best plan given today's setback to wait for obamacare to explode. here's the praise th here's the phrase they use a lot. >> we all know obamacare is in a death spiral. >> death spiral. >> death spiral. >> quote, obamacare is in a death spiral. >> death spiral. it's a weird term, kind of gruesome. >> death spiral. >> let obamacare explode. it is exploding right now. >> the idea that obamacare is teetering on the brink of collapse is debunctioned debunkf times. we talked about it with bernie sanders. what is your opinion on this republican notion that obamacare is going to explode, that it's
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in a death spiral, that it's going to explode? >> well, i think the evidence suggests that that is not the case. but on the other hand, what is fair to acknowledge is deductibles in many cases are too high. premiums are too high. and while obamacare has slowed down the rate of health care increase, it is going up much too fast. >> let's get more perspective from our own health care expert, dr. sanjay gupta. we just heard both sides give their take on obamacare. from a doctor's perspective, what are you sighieeing regardi obamacare? >> every hospital in america takes care of a certain number of patients who are referred to as indigent, uninsured or underinsured. what you saw over the last seven years is simply more patients had insurance. what that means practically is
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the hospital is more likely to get paid, but patients were more likely to come in earlier in the course of their disease until waiting quite late in the course of their disease. if you prescribed medications, because of prescription drug coverage they could get those medications. in my case, i'm a neurosurgeon. if i scheduled surgery, i'd encounter patients who would have this problem, needed surgery, but you wouldn't see them again because think couldn't afford an operation or it would put them in bankruptcy. that situation has changed. primarily imd gent care hospitals, but again, all hospitals, i think, have been impacted by their is in some wa. >> what does the greater medical community think? >> they poll on this. say what, what percentage of doctors across the board will give this an a-grade. it's very low, 3%, 3.5% or so
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will give it an a-grade. you see a quarter give it a failing grade, so it's not to say that people thought this was perfect by no means. those aren't great grades. but they still, when asked, the followup question, do you want to get rid of it, they overwhelmingly said no. they didn't want to get rid of it. there were changes they want the to see made, in terms of lowering cost, decreasing the paperwork. the sentiment has been among a lot of physicians, we're being asked to do a lot more with a lot less. we were 22,000 prime aary care doctors short, and now it's thinner. on balance, the idea that people had health care insurance, that when you recommended something to the patient they would follow through on it because they have
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insurance. >> stay with us, what happens, clearly, the government's, you know, president trump is not going to be encouraging more people to sign on for obamacare. so what happens until, what happens moving forward? >> if you take the president at his word today, we wait an a little bit here. i think one of the interesting challenges is, he's right, the democrat t democrats passed obamacare. so they quote-unquote own it. a lot of these problems, especially with the options, where there's only one insurer, a lot of those are in rural areas, trump voters, so when these members of congress, who, again, the republicans who have promised for six, seven years now to repeal obamacare, when they go home now, their constituents can't vote against barack obama, they can't vote against a democratic member of congress. the republicans own this. they don't own how obamacare got hire b-- here, but from where w
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go forward. if you are stuck in traffic, you blame the guy in office now. that is a fundamental thing that the republicans have to come to grips with. will they wait a while? clearly they will. the speaker's not in a mood to touch this again. >> it's such a huge, massive bill. their problem going forward is they got stuck on the replace part. if they had just had a vote for repeal and said we're repealing it and over the next two years, we're going to replace it and give people a little time to kind of figure out what the right bill was, talk to the insurance industry, get the stakeholders together. get your party together. get maybe some democrats together and say, look, we're repealing this. two years from now, we voted to do it. we're going to work out how we do it and we're going to let you know gradually so we don't
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surprise you. that may have worked a little better than this. now i think they're stuck with figuring out incremental things they can do to fix the problems with obama care. >> the worry was that you would have the death spiral. that insurance companies would say hey, let's get out of this. >> they would vote to repeal it, say it's not happening for a couple years. >> the sequester, the notion that people would work together if you force them to work together, i'm not convinced they would have will a bill, two years later. >> but there might have been a lot of pressure, and there may have been more stakeholders in it. that's all i'm saying. there could have been another way to do it. i know it's monday morning quarterbacking. >> repeal the bill. that forces everyone to have the conversation of what you do next. this is exactly what congressman brooks was proposing on cnn. essentially, let's break this thing, and everyone has to buy into the fix. >> we lost our opportunity for an outright repeal in 2013.
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that was our chance, still had president obama there, but now the fact is, let's look at president trump here for a moment. what he said on the campaign trail, just an outright repeal and leave it alone, that would really cut against kind of the populist brand and with his voters who need to have a repeal and replace. i think that's one of the things with the president people have to keep in mind. he very much views himself as a problem solve ar, someone who's solutions oriented. so now they've got to get some wins. >> leadership wanted and trump wanted to do this simultaneously. other people wanted to do it in two steps, to make sure we got the repeal. it's the same argument we have over border security. they say secure the border first and then we'll talk about other stuff. same thing with obamacare. repeal the bill first. >> there are many good ideas around this table about what ought to be done in the interim,
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and president trump has made it very clear he doesn't want to do anything big. but i want to go back to john's point, and that is it's extraordinary to have a president as he did today basically said, well, we failed, therefore we ought to let the existing system collapse. >> die. >> and a lot of people will suffer in the meantime, but that's not my fault. it's the democrats' fault. when you take over the presidency, you often inherit problems from your predecessor's policies that you've then got to clean up. barack obama inherited george w. bush's iraq war, richard nixon inherited the vietnam war. he tried some things, by the way, he failed several times. >> there's only 64 days. >> i think donald trump has a moral responsibility to people who might be suffering in this country. he cannot simply walk away.
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>> he will come whack back to i. >> he did inherit the bush tax cuts. we did try to explain. that wore out after about two or three months, because then it becomes the incumbent party's problem. here the republicans own every lever of power. democrats, to the extent that there are problems, they will bbe willing to work with him on a one-of solution. cummings went to talk to the president. >> dr. sanjay gupta will weigh in as well, we'll be right back. can i get some help. watch his head. ♪ i'm so happy. ♪
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it's an unbelievably complex subject. nobody knew health care could be so complicated. >> a couple people maybe knew. we're back with the panel. sanjay, you've seen the effects of obamacare every day as a doctor, what was the most controversial change being mulled over by republicans. >> this essential health benefit thing that came over the last couple days, something people didn't pay a lot of attention to was certainly the most important provision that they were thinking about removing from this new plan. remember, anderson, it's called the patient protection and affordable care act. people forget that. the patient protections part of it was a big deal. and this idea that you could buy insurance plans before the affordable care act went into place that just weren't very good plans. if you got sick or got in an accident, they may not cover your emergency room visit, an ambulance ride or an operation you need in the hospital, that's what you have insurance for.
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that's the nature of insurance. keep in mind in 2009, 62% of bankruptcies in the united states were because of medical expenses. and many of those people had insurance. they had health care insurance. it just wasn't adequate insurance. so the idea that you once again make these what are called skinny plans or junk plans, put them out there, i think was really concerning. i think for the medical community and for patients, you thought were you insured but when you needed it, it wasn't there for you. >> david gergen, i thought i heard you say earlier that this was shaping up in your opinion to be the firworst first 100 da of any presidency. >> you forgot william henry harrison. >> again, that sounds like a jeffrey lord. >> exactly. i was the general who refused to dress properly on a cold, bitter day and rode his horse down pennsylvania avenue, came down with pneumonia and died.
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he had 97 days, a very quiet 100 days. but it's lard to think of any president in modern times, we had a lot of presidents who stumbled in the first 100 days. bill clinton had some stumbles. he slipped on banana peels. jack kennedy had his bay of pigs, but we've never had this kind of major legislative catastrophe on top of all the kind of investigations that are under way, and the attacks on his credibility, which i think are eroding trust and belief in him. and so he's come out of this very battered, i think, as president. he's not the same, i doesn't command the height the way he did when he came in. that's not to say he can't recover. it's to say he's had a terrible 100 days. >> in terms of recovering from something like that, is it a shake-up of staff? >> they need a david gergen.
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[ laughter ] >> then they'll have the worst 1,000 days. listen, i, i think i is, i'm not sure he needs to change the people, but he clearly needs to change the structure so that there's an orderly structure of governing within the white house. >> a lot of chiefs of staff i've talked to say there's too many advisers who can get the president's ear. >> a pyramidal structure, the chief of staff's right there underneath the president, everything comes through the chief of staff, all the paper, all the koord nation to ensure that the president gets the wide spectrum of views and judgments that he needs in order to be a good, effective president. it means you have to bear down as president. you have to read. you can't do this by outsourcing things. as amanda made the point earlier. i think he's got to do a lot of things to put it back on track, and it starts -- i think he's got a better national security team than we did. more breaking news, three
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in other breaking news, three former advisers to president trump during the campaign have volunteered to be questioned by congress about their possible collusion with russia, including paul manafort. also devin nunes unexpectedly canceled his committee's next meeting scheduled for tuesday. all week long, tension has been ramping up between nunes and adam schiff. on wednesday, nunes essentially went rogue, bypassing committee members and briefing the white house on reports that suggests that president trump's communications have been picked up by surveillance. >> he's raising a lot of eyebrows where he said he had a duty and obligation to brief president trump because he was taking a lot of heat in the news
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media. i wonder what were your reaction to that is. >> reporter: number one, it's not the chairman of the intelligence panel's job to stop heat from the media headed in the president's direction. secondly, it is the chairman of the intelligence committee's job to oversee an objective investigation of what director comey of the fbi told us they are also investigating, which is the possibility that there might have been, as he put it, links or coordination with trump associates and the russians, of course his act as well as his act today canceling an open hearing with some witnesses this week sums up to an awful lot of efforts to slow down and obstruct this investigation. >> the idea of canceling the open hearing which was supposed to take place next tuesday with clapper, sally yates and others, you think that's to slow things down or i guess continue this idea of keeping heat off the white house? >> reporter: there's no doubt in
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my mind what happened. monday's hearing at which the fbi director acknowledged the investigation said there was no evidence to support trump's contention that there was obama wiretapping in trump tower, that was a pretty ugly hearing for the white house. i imagine that the chairman got a heck of, shall we say negative feedback from that hearing, so i think he was probably pressured into not allowing that to happen again, which is a real tragedy, not just for the investigation but for the american people. >> do you think there will be open hearings with those individuals? because now he's saying he wants to bring in comey and the head of the nsa, mike rogers, back for a second hearing next week but obviously behind closed doors so that theoretically, they can have sort of classified or sensitive information discussed. >> well, i mean, i can tell you two things about that. number one, we're not aware of any particular followup that is
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urgent with director comey and admiral rogers. now obviously, they may want to say things that they can't say in open hearing, but, again, as democrats, we were not told that there was anything particularly urgent, and second, what a remarkable coincidence that that closed hearing would be scheduled or attempted to be scheduled, because i'm not sure it's going to happen. lo and behold, right on ton p o the hearing that was scheduled and the wenitnesses would be appearing before us. >> you told me you were shaken by the briefing, at this point, do you have confidence in chairman nunes's ability to lead this investigation? >> this is now the third or fourth time that chairman nunes has done something that has called into question whether he is acting as an impartial member or as a member of the trump transition team, he has to choose one of those two roles many now it's profoundly
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troubling to us. we're in a bit of a box, because i have to believe that those people who may have something to hide, those connections that might exist, they would love nothing more than for the headline to read, "democrats walk away from the investigation" and that the investigation shuts down, so we are going to remain dogged here. we are producing witness lists, demanding evidence. we're going to keep working here and just hope that the chairman eventually comes to decide that he will in fact lead an objective investigation. >> we also learned today paul pl manafort, carter page, roger stone, would come and testify. do you know how youen into go abo that. >> we are developing witness lists. once you've inch viewed peopter
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you may come onto things you want to interview others. it's a step in the right direction if we don't have to subpoena somebody and they come volume voluntarily. that's a little piece of good news in what was otherwise a tough day in the investigation. >> thank you. ahead, paul manafort's offered to come and testify about his russian connection. details on that ahead. (vo) this is not a video game. this is not a screensaver. this is the destruction of a cancer cell by the body's own immune system, thanks to medicine that didn't exist until now. and today can save your life. ♪ ♪ like finding new ways to be taken care of.
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as we said three former advisers of president trump in the campaign agreed to testify. including paul manafort. roger stone and carter page other two. manafort wrote would eagerly welcome the chance to speak with the committee to help finally set the record straight following the false evidence, illegal activities as well as oerm lies distributed politically. spoke with paul manafort. >> did you brief donald trump as
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candidate or president-elect. >> 100% accurate. never briefed him. >> ever meet him? >> i never shook his hand. been in many rallies with him from arizona, to north dakota to many in new york. which is meetings. >> so 1s hundreds of thousands people been at rallies -- >> smaller. >> can the people been to the rallies say they've been in meetings with donald trump? >> smaller ones. >> been in meeting where foreign policy was discussed? >> anderson, listen, they were often discussed in rallies as well. >> if i go to rally of donald trump. doesn't mean i'm adviser or going to meeting with him. i happen to be at rally. you went to a bunch of donald trump rallies. >> and things like that.
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exactly. >> meantime the white house is trying to minimize the role paul manafort worked on the campaign. saying minor despite working on it several months. drew griffin reports. >> reporter: latest connection between a trump associate and russia dug up by associated press. memo in which paul manafort working or oleg daripaska, plan to greatly benefit vladimir putin. said he did work for him but rejects he was pushing political influence of putin, including business dealings and news coverage inside the united states. i have always publicly acknowledged that i worked for
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him and his company rusal, adding i did not work for the russian government. once again manafort writes, smear and innuendo are used to paint a false picture. statement said provided consulting services but declined to provide additional details. had a falling out. funneled money into a manafort business venture in the cayman islands. ukrainian telecom company in deal that went south and said manafort simply disappeared. white house spokesman sean spicer this afternoon downplaying any connection this had a h to the president. >> consultant.
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clients around the world. no suggestion he did anything improper. but to suggest the president knew who his clients were from a decade ago, a bit insane. hired to do a job. he did it. that's it. plain and simple. >> reporter: latest russian headache for the trump administration. fbi is investigating possible connections between trump campaign officials including manafort and russian officials. manafort was fired august 19th, the day the fbi announced manafort was involved in another investigation and another possible connection to russia. consulting work with the pro-rounz former president of the ukraine viktor yanukovych. had to flee and seek refuge from vladimir putin. entered into money laundering charges against him after
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manafort's name appeared on a ledger of secret payments. manafort denies he ever took money illegally from anyone or pushed russian agenda in ukraine. and denies that connection with russian billionaire had anything to do with plan to enrich russian president vladimir putin. >> we'll see if mr. manafort does end up talking to lawmakers. we'll be right back. i'm going to get you out of this chair. breton. you can use it online and on your phone. nope. it's been masterpassed. winning the little victories, priceless masterpass, the secure way to pay from your bank don't just buy it, masterpass it.
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thanks for watching. time to hand over to don lemon. "cnn tonight" right now. have a great weekend. breaking news indeed. trump administration reeling from a massive defeat at hands of members of its own party. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. we often say this is not politics as usual. certainly not for the president to be forced to pull his own health care bill at last minute when he can't get the votes from his own party. a staggering fail your for the man who prides himself on his ability too make deals, during the campaign promised so much winning you might get tired of it. gets a taste of defeat tonight. >> we were very close. very