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lead" with john berman today starts right now. >> thanks so much, brianna. a confidential source meeting just steps from the oval office. "the lead" starts right now. the beleaguered chairman of the house intelligence committee now admits he had a secret meeting on white house grounds just hours before going public with claims about surveillance of the trump transition team, so who was he meeting with? plus, president trump blasting conservative republicans over the health care loss, but can the president get a win on his next big campaign promise without their help? and at least 100 civilians killed after a u.s.-led air strike in iraq. now urgent investigations into how this happened as the finger-pointing begins. welcome to "the lead." i'm john berman in for jake today. we start with the politics leading a stunning admission by the chair of the house intelligence committee. republican congressman devin nunes confirmed to jake tap their he was on white house
grounds last tuesday. why is that important? that's the day before he rushed to the white house or now i guess we should say rushed back to the white house and announced that president trump's communications may have been incidentally intercepted during surveillance. now, at the time chairman nunes refused to say how he learned this, but today's admission raise the question of whether someone in the white house or at least in the administration was his source. it comes as democrats say the house committee cannot move forward with an impartial investigation, and now senate minority leader chuck schumer just called on the senate floor for speaker ryan to remove chairman nunes as the chair of the intelligence committee. meanwhile, the senate intelligence committee is set to hold its first public hearing this week, this as cnn has confirmed one of the president's close advisers, his son-in-law, jared kushner, will testify about his meetings with russian officials, including reportedly a russian banker. cnn's jessica schneider is following all of this for us. we want to start with the house
intelligence chairman nunes today. the white house did or did not confirm that it could be his source, jessica? >> reporter: did not confirm. in fact, press secretary sean spicer repeatedly deflected the questions about what the white house knew saying they will leave it to chairman nunnes to explain what he's been looking at and where he got t.nunes himself refusing to reveal his source, and now the calls for replacing nunes as head of the investigation are growing. >> reporter: night before this unusual press conference -- >> what i've read bothers me, and i think it should bother the president. >> reporter: it turns out house intelligence chair devin nunes was actually on white house grounds. his spokesman confirming chairman nunes met with his source at the white house grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source. that's where nunes tells cnn he viewed information indicating incidental collection of the president's communications.
a government official told cnn nunes was seen at the national security council offices of t theinthe eisenhower executive building. who led him into the secure room at the ob on who accessed the computer system to access the files? white house press secretary sean spicer not providing answers. >> i'd be glad to check on that. i'm not sure that that's how that works but i'll follow up on that point. >> reporter: nunes still hasn't chaired the dell tills with intelligence committee members and democrats are questioning nunes' ability to be impartial. >> without further adieu, speaker ryan should replace chairman nunes. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan standing by the chair. speaker ryan has full confidence that chairman nunes is conducting a thorough, fair and credible investigation. meanwhile, president trump's son-in-law and top adviser jared kushner has agreed to face
members of the senate intelligence committee as new information emerges about his meeting with prominent russians. the white house previously disclosed kushner's december meeting at trump tower with russian ambassador sergei kifliac, and now the white house admits ambassador kislyak requested a second meeting to which kushner set his deputy and kushner then had another meeting at the request of kislyak, with the head of russia's economic development bank and through the campaign and transition jared kushner severed as the official primary point of contact with foreign governments and officials. given this role, he's volunteered to speak with chairman burr's committee according to a white house spokesman. democrat lawmakers continue to express concerns about the trump's teams ties to russia one telling cnn's kate balduan this. >> this is hardly an isolated case, michael flynn, roger
stone, paul manafort and none have been really forthcoming about those meetings and in a in itself is enough for an investigative committee want to talk to everybody. >> reporter: jared kushner is the fourth trump associate to agree to meet with lawmakers. last week we saw former campaign chair paul manafort, roger stone and former policy advisers carter page all greig to talk to the house intel committee and manafort also offering to talk to the senate questions. as for the questions about how intel chair devin nunes got on to the white house grounds, we do continue to ask questions from the administration, but still at this hour, john, no answers. >> all right, jessica schneider, thanks so much. want to bring in now republican congressman adam kizinger of illinois. thanks so much for being with us. >> thanks. >> chairman nunes says he was on the white house grounds in order to meet with his source in a secure location where he could view the information located by the source even though, by the way, chairman nunes could have done it on capitol hill. what's your reaction to this.
>> look, i've said from the very beginning we need a bipartisan answer to what happened with regards to russia and the trump campaign. i guess i -- i'm having a hard time really seeing what the big in essence scandal about the chairman going to the white house itself. i mean, from what i understand, the intel committee, the chairman himself, goes to a lot of different areas to view different information. this may be where that was located, and i can tell you, you know, i know chairman nunes well. he has a very good reputation in congress as being fair. i know that he's a patriot and intends to do well so the idea of going to the white house to get this information, i'm having a hard time really seeing where the big scandal is there because i just don't. >> i think the question is, and this is what some democrats and critics say is if this information, which is seen as favorable to the white house was provided by the white house, and we me that something was provided now on white house grounds, does that mean that chairman nunes who has oversight over the intelligence community is instead working for the white
house? >> not necessarily. again, i think there's really kind of two issues we're conflating here. they are all related to an extent, but there's the area of the issue of the people being caught up in unmasking, people being caught up in wiretaps, and the question is then why were their names released? that is one investigation that i think this is probably more related to. the broader issue of russia is i think being well hounded out in the senate and house intel committees. so, again, i just don't see the issue of, you know, chairman nunes going to the executive office of the white house grounds. it is a huge branch of government, and i don't know that that necessarily leads to him saying that, you know, somehow he's working for the president besides that's just where the information happened to reside that he needed to get ahold of. >> well, if the president's people are giving him information about the president, is it truly an independent investigation? >> well, we don't know. i don't know who gave him the information but if it came from a different council, nsc or something like that, we just don't know.
i don't think necessarily going there to get the information is a big deal. he admitted, look, hey, if you guys are upset about me going to the white house, i understand that before i briefed congress, but i know him as a person and i know him as a congressman. he's very fair and honest, but, look, we have to get to the bottom of what happened, and i think he's doing that, and i think the committee is going to do that, both the senate and the house side. >> all right, congressman, stake around. a lot more to talk about with you, including the president's son-in-law jared kushner, his meeting with a russian banker and his imminent meeting with the senate intelligence committee. why pause a spontaneous moment? cialis for daily use treats ed and the urinary symptoms of bph. tell your doctor about your medicines, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, or adempas® for pulmonary hypertension, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess.
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politics lead. white house officials insist they are not concerned that house intelligence chair devin nunes met with a source on the white house grounds the night before announcing some of president trump's personal communications might have been collected during routine surveillance. white house press secretary sean spicer said, quote, i'm not going to get into who he met with or why he met with them. back with me now republican congressman adam kinzinger of illinois. i want to play with you some
sound from democratic congressman jim himes and this is what he said about the devin nunes meeting on white house grounds. >> congress is to serve of as a check and a balance on the president, on the white house, and so -- and yet devin and chairman nunes, whatever he's done, it's been at the white house. it appears to have been in the service of the white house and so it is very clear that it deves an explanation. >> you've been very clear. you want some bipartisan answers on what went on with russia. can you get bipartisan answers from this committee if the democrats on it don't trust the republican chair, if the republican chair isn't giving the democrats on the committee the information about where he's getting this intelligence, and as far as we know as of now at 4:13 eastern time hasn't shared with him actual intelligence. >> i'll leave where to devin and to the white house to talk about -- actually devin because he's the one that got it. but, look, i think when congressman himes, you know, i
respect him says going to the white house and yet we're supposed to have oversight. that's the executive branch of government. the executive branch has intelligence function that congress has to get information from in order to still do that stuff so the idea of going to the executive branch does not violate the idea that we're not practicing oversight over the administration. i think -- i think you can do both, because, again, the administration is where a lot of the intelligence is collected and disseminated from. we need bipartisan answers from this. there's multiple investigations going on in both the house and senate intel committee. the thing i worry about though is the more that this is brought into the public sphere and the media has a responsibility to talk about this, but the more everybody kind of comes out and starts to make this a partisan issue, it actually takes away from the nature of the investigation. >> so congressman, white house senior advisers jared curb mer, who happens to be president trump's son-in-law, he's going to go speak to the senate intelligence committee. he admits meeting with the russian ambassador during the
transition. that we already knew about. we learned today that he also met with a russian banker during the transition, russian banker who works for a bank that suffered under sanctions levied by president obama. do the idea of these meetings, do they raise any questions for you? >> he definitely needs to be accountable to it. the idea of meeting with an ambassador. i've met with the russian ambassador and i'm a pretty strong russia hawk. that's why ambassadors are here. i don't think it's improper for them to be meeting with an incoming administration. banking question is something that needs to be answered, especially when you talk about the fact that sanctions were put on to russia, especially that we had a different president at the time who determined that sanctions were correct and intensifying sanctions, because of hackings were correct. we have one president at a time so it could possibly be improper to have that meet, you know, and that's the information we need to have. there's probably nothing necessarily illegal about it. there's nothing illegal about meeting with ambassadors, but i think this goes into the whole question that we all need answers to, the american people are asking for answers to, which
is what role did russia play, if any. >> what would be improper possibly about those meetings? >> i think, you know, if you're meeting with a bank -- if you're meeting with a bank officer that's been affected by sanctions, you know, the question is what are you meeting about, and -- and if in fact that's a discussion of sanctions or future policy, that could possibly be improper depending on if that was discussed, so i think jared, mr. kushner coming in and speaking to the senate intel committee is probably a good start, and hopefully we get some answers from that. >> congressman adam kinzinger of illinois, appreciate your time. >> thanks, john. president trump is moving on from health care to tax reform, but who will he turn to in congress for support after spending the weekier of playing the blame game? it's our little differences, that can make a world of difference. expedia, everything in one place, so you can travel the world better.
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welcome back. fresh off the republican health care debacle the white house now trying to regroup looking ahead to the next legislative goal, reforming the tax code. you know what. health care, that was supposed to be the easy one. the tax code, that's much harder. cnn's ryan noble is live at the white house. rink, the administration still trying to figure out how to work with republicans, its own party, in congress. >> yeah, john, not just republicans but perhaps maybe now democrats as well, and now the big question here at the white house today is what big issue will they tackle next, and will they have any partners on capitol hill? tonight the white house is moving on. >> thanks very much. it's my pleasure to welcome such incredible women. >> reporter: trying to change the subject from their defeat on health care and bringing attorney general jeff sessions to the briefing room for a surprise appearance, where sessions outlined a plan by the administration to withhold federal funding from so-called
sanctuary cities. >> the american people want and deserve a lawful system of immigration. >> reporter: and now the president is eyeing tax reform, a campaign promise but something that could be even more complicated than overhauling obamacare. >> probably be going right now for tax reform, which we could have done earlier, but this really would have worked out better if we could have had some democrat support. remember this. we had no democrat support so now we're going to go for tax reform which i've always liked. >> reporter: no matter what the white house takes on next, they will still be congressional support. after falling short of winning over the conservative freedom caucus, the president isn't exactly working to fix the relationship tweeting over the weekend, that quote, democrats are smiling in d.c. that the freedom caucus with the help of club for growth and heritage have saved planned parenthood and ocare even though freedom caucus members like virginia congressman dave bratt say they still want to work with the white house. >> i think he's being ill advised about even the critique
of the house freedom caucus. some of those promises won't make their way into law. that's what we're fighting for. we want president trump to be a success. >> reporter: and trump might be looking for support in other places. >> i think it's time for our folks to come together, and i also think it's time to potentially get a few moderate democrats on board as well. >> reporter: there was zero democratic support for the health care overhaul, and so far no democrats have said that they will vote for trump's supreme court nominee neil gorsuch. at this point that wayward democrats will help the president score a victory seems slim. >> if the aims. proposal aimed at the middle class and poor people doesn't give breaks to the rich, they are doing great, god bless them. we could work with them. they don't need another tax break. we could work with them. >> reporter: strump ntrump is n welcoming women business leaders to the white house and rolling back obama-era regulations as his team regroups.
>> we all talk about what went well and what didn't, and we do that with the bad and the good. >> reporter: vowing that they have learned from their mistakes. and there is some talk today that perhaps president trump isn't the deal-maker that he claims to be after this big health care defeat but press secretary zane spicer argued just the opposite today saying that the president knows when it's time to walk away. john? >> thanks so much. want to bring in the republican of florida, a member of the house freedom caucus help. opposed the party's health care overhaul bill and thanks so much for being with us. >> thanks for having me on, john. >> you heard the criticism and ryan read it in his piece that said democrats are smiling because you and the freedom caucus. your response. >> i think that that's not the right narrative. if you look at the people that were opposed to this bill, the freedom caucus, which i'm a member of and i'm not speaking for, they were less than half of the people, had a lot of the moderates and one of the chairman of the most powerful
committees in congress opposed to this and there were no democrats and that tells you there's something wrong. people say this bill was a failure. i don't see it as a failure anymore than when they were doing one of the apollo launches and get down to the last second countdown and they stop it because something is wrong. they want to make sure they have a successful launch. they went back and found out what was wrong, they came out and launched it, and that's what will happen here. my prediction is that it will be done sooner than later and i admire president trump for having the wisdom to say you know what, let's not get a defeat. let's pull this bill, let's revamp it and for paul ryan to have the courage to do it. people are calling it a defeat and i think that's way wrong no. more of a defeat than tom brady in that last series of play in the super bowl calling a time-out. they went to the huddle, huddled up, got a new play and got the ball over the finish line and that will happen here. >> you criticized or you didn't criticized you said moderate republicans are also to blame. i talked to mike turner of ohio,
more moderate than you, and he actually said that the freedom caucus made this bill worse. he said that you pushed it too far to the right, taking out the essential benefits and things like that, so you say everyone is to blame. he says not so much, it was the freedom caucus that pulled it too far in one direction. >> well, you know, i mean, we can debate that, and i would disagree with that because there were some things in there, and if you still look at the underlying structure it leaves the skeleton or framework of the affordable care fact can be rebuilt. think of ronald reagan came to office to get rid of the department of education. they thought they could reform that, and now look at it. it's one. largest as far as appropriations departments in our government, and -- and the results are terrible. we don't want that to happen for the american people, and so we need to get this right. it needs to have 100% repeal, and my question i would ask people out there that are listening. the house brought up a bill in 2015 that was in that reconciliation package that gutted obamacare a lot more than
this bill we had. it passed the house and the senate and went to president obama who we knew was going to veto it. why can't we do that same thing now and start all over and then you'll have republicans and democrats that come in to fix health care for the american people. >> is paul ryan doing a good job as speaker of the house? >> paul ryan has got a tough job. i think paul is doing a great job. i voted for him this year, but our job, too, is to hold people accountable as we get held accountable by our constituents. we did a survey in our district, and there was over 3,400 people that we surveyed. 200 people wanted us to vote for this bill. the rest said do not support this bill. >> and we heard frahm people who were calling offices saying that they were against it. >> sure. >> not just your district. the question is what's next? what's next is supposed to be tax reform and fixing obamacare was supposed to be easy compared to tax reform, sews specifically let me ask you about the border adjustment tax, something that we believe speaker ryan supports. would you be supportive of the border adjustment tax.
>> i've read into it and heard from different groups in our districts, some like it, some are okay with it and some don't like it. i think there's something that will have to happen had. i think this will be easier than the affordable care act of what you just brought up, john. there were no democrats on this. >> but you're not supportive of the border adjustment tax today. >> i am not averse to the border adjustment tax. every republican or the republicans and democrats and independents want tax reform, and i think it will be an easier push than health care. >> let me ask you about something that the chairman of the freedom caucus mark meadows said over the weekend. he was talking about tax cuts and he says he does not believe now that the revenue lost from tax cuts would need to be offset by spending cuts. are you okay with that? are you okay with the notion of maybe increasing the deficit even for tax cuts? >> it's -- you know, there's so many moving parts in here. you have to move forward on something. i would be okay to do that because you -- what's not being factored in there is the increase in growth. you know, this is going to jump
start investment in america. this is going to bring businesses back here. >> but i do think everyone is taking into account dynamic growth and the dynamic scoring of this, but it's something unusual to hear from the freedom caucus that things don't have to be offset. normally when there's spending increases you want corresponding tax increepses and the like. >> well, if the affordable care act stays there right now, there's $1 is trillion coming in in tax revenues. again, when you jump start the economy, the amount of people going back to full-time work, which the affordable care act had people at 30 hours a week, put them back to full-time work and people won't be underemployed anymore and these are things i don't thinking that are figured into the dynamic scoring probably as accurately as they should be, just like the affordable care act, you know, if you looked at the cbo scoring of that was going to come in under $800 billion, around $800 billion. truth be known, it was going to be over $2 drillion, so, you
know, the scoring mechanisms, i see them more statistic than actual dynamic. >> congressman ted yoho of florida, great to have you with us. >> thanks for having me on, john. >> the white house says it's willing to work with democrats now to get things done, so are democrats ready to play ball, or is the partisan divide in washington just too deep? l, 2 dynamic diy duos, and an entrepreneur named sharon. its witnessed 31 crashes, 4 food fights, and the flood of '09. it's your paradise perfected with behr premium plus low odor paint. the best you can buy starting under $25. unbelievable quality. unbeatable prices. only at the home depot.
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>> not for the secure room. the material that he needed to review may have been there and that person wasn't authorized to take that material off of those grounds. that could very well be. i mean, i've had sources when i was chairman, i mean, you get the whole panoply of kind of folks that throw over things that sound just absolutely not plausible to very plausible and everything in between and do i think it's the chairman's job to go into all of that and go down to the white house to receive a briefing and come back and go back the next morning. that's just a little strange. my recommendation to the chairman is to stop talking about it. where you got your source and how you got your source is probably very irrelevant to the investigation, and that should be done behind closed doors. i think the more he talks about it, the more questions are going to get asked. >> and just quickly, mr. chairman, if the intelligence was there and if the source was there and in the old executive office building, what kind of person works in the old executive office building, someone who works for the administration, yes? >> could be. you know, there's lots of folks
in there that are folks who have -- are from agencies that get assigned down there. they are not really political appointees. could it be a political appointee? hard to say. that that means that that person didn't have access into the white house or at least the west wing to bring it to the attention of these folks. i mean, again, why talking about it about where he got it just raises so many questions about the origin of that information. i will tell you i have received information when i was chairman that i had to go and i felt was so important i did make an appointment with the president to go talk with him about it. it didn't happen in quite this way and we kept it all classified and we vetted the source first to make sure that all of that was correct and appropriate, and, again, that's why this is better i think kept off of, you know, the front page of the paper to be candid with you. >> it's too late for that, david drucker, senior congressional chairman and you've spoke with
the chairman about your work. he's in the middle of the political storm and the question he is facing is he working for the house, for the intel gents committee, or is he working on behalf of the white house? >> right, let's understand it. you never can get politics out of this stuff when you're a member of congress, when your part owns the white house. you're not working actively to undermine your own party and i talked to the chairman and there's a couple of things that he explained which actually listening to chairman rogers make had a little bit more sense. first of all, the documents that he viewed, that he says gave him the knowledge about the unmasking that he's concerned about, he never actually had documentation. they were things he viewed. he could not see them in his skiff. in other words, at the house intelligence committee and congress where they look at classified information, those couldn't be build up there so he needed to go somewhere where they could be pulled up. >> or where they were. >> correct. >> and that is also possible. >> right. >> hand this is part of -- when chairman says a lot of this is very difficult to understand, he might be getting himself into
more trouble than not even though he's trying to be transparent. maybe he should just be quiet. he's also somebody over the years that the chairman has cultivated his own sources and at times gone around his own leadership when he wanted to learn things and bring things to light, so it's not completely out of character for chairman nunes to do things that strike people as funny. the question here is can he ultimately explain his actions and keep the house intelligence committee's investigation into the russian meddling and the leaking above board? >> democrats say no. i mean, chuck schumer, the senate minority leader was on senate floor, katrina, saying, you know, he needs to resign. paul ryan needs to push him off the committee. he's not responsible. the other hand though is that democrats themselves haven't been completely lily while. the ranking member that have committee adam schiff has said he's seen information that a grand jury should see. >> i -- i think devin nunes has shown he's not credible to run this commission. i think you need an independent
committee, and i think that's the only way we're going to have a credible investments i do think we need an independent investigation into alleged russian hacking. i do worry that it's being done in a frenzy kind of cold war friends, and i think that will not get us anywhere evening. i also wish, if i might in a comment on media and media malpractice, that the media wasn't spending as much time on this hand more hon how to improve the condition of people's lives. i wish right now we were talking about medicare for all. where do we go post-trump/ryancare debacle. it seems a vital discussion for this nation to have and too much time it seems to me is being spent on trump's tweets which drove this story from the outset and -- and frenzy around russia which is debilitating our discourse and our political life. democrats make a mistake it, seems to me, i want to be independent-minded. if they make russia and the investigation their too
muchstone for legislation and appointments, they need to speak i think to voters who will find health care the defining issue in 2018 and -- and really craft a economic populist alternative to trump's pseudopopulism. >> you know they smell blood in the water. >> they smell blood in the water which doesn't mean a healthy political debate. we need an independent investigation into alleged russian hacking and meddling in the homes. trump is a home-grown demagogue and i think that gets lost in the democrats' obsession with russia. >> and david, i want to -- 30 seconds because i want to question the chairman, too. the president's approval rating is at 38% which is a low. >> to say the low. >> low compared to a lot of other presidents, too. all tied up in the same thing. can he turn that around? >> well, i think we have to understand where he's low and where he's high so what i'm looking for do his numbers ever get low in strong republican districts and republican states because that will tell you everything you need to know
about 2018. his low numbers are drive by unusually low numbers among democrats and independents who lean left. different than what we've seen with past presidents. >> the democrats can take back those districts which trump won -- which hillary won, 2323 districts and i think we saw that -- what happened with the debacle of health care was not simple police the freedom caucus. it was progressives and democrats and people at rallies saying health care is a fundamental right and the democrats need to advance that through medicare for all and -- and mid-life medicare as the senator from organiegon is talk about. >> let me ask you as a former republican member of congress. do you buy that president trump and house speaker paul ryan are getting along right now hand had two days of fantastic conversations can, or do you think there's a new level of tension between them? >> one of things you learn in politics in washington, d.c. is that tomorrow is another day and there are -- there is another set of issues to come ought, so i think they are going figure out pretty quickly they need to
work these things out. i don't think the health care issue is dead. there is real districts that are collapsing. the market for these exchanges is collapsing. people's rates are going -- their insurance premiums are going up and duct iblgs are skyrocketing, and their choices are getting less and less and that's why you're going to watch these things start to happen around the country. i'm going to predict by the end of the year everybody is going to be back at table. it's dead for now. it's not dead for the end of the year. i think people understand how important it is. there's no other issue name packets people in the same way across every demographic the way this one does, and trust me. they are going to be back at this, you know, again. this is -- pointing fingers didn't help. i thought the weekend of republican on republican violence and democrat on republican -- none of that was helpful. we've got some big issues. they will get back together. they are in the learning process of what this they will thing called legislation mean, and it is big and it's difficult and it's time-consuming. don't rush these big ones.
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this year. one of those deportees was followed, suddenly adjusting to a new life in a country he hardly knows. >> i grew up in fine friction a very young age so that's all i captured. >> reporter: jorge feels out of place on the streets of mexico city. >> this is my country, but i've never actually been here. >> reporter: the 23-year-old was only 4 when his parents took him to the united states illegally. >> it's the little things, the little things that make me miss back home. >> reporter: last august he was charged with drunk driving and evading arrest. while in jail he lost his daca status, deferred action for childhood arrivals program which gave him a chance to live and work in the u.s. after seven months in detention he was deported. >> back home i was doing business management and that's kind of what i want to focus on here and maybe i can start my own business. >> reporter: he says he's trying to stay positive. >> things happen for a reason. i just have to be strong and keep my head up and keep going.
>> reporter: up like many americanized mexicans in this country he has family to turn to. neil is among them and he's helping his cousin learn proper spanish. and more about mexican culture. but he says he finds the experience overwhelming and he's not alone. >> they are foreigners in their own country. >> reporter: gabriellea heads the government program which helps repatriate mexicans supported by the u.s. and nearly 32,000 in year. she's seen thousand of them struggle to assimilate in their native country. >> translator: they understand they were born in mexico but don't know much else. >> reporter: where is home right now? >> home is here in my lovely house. >> reporter: he lives with his aunt and uncle in a suburb about an hour and a half outside of
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we're back with a new investigation into possible civilian casualties after a u.s.-led coalition air strikes in iraq. as bombs rained down on isis targets earlier this month in mosul, the iraqi military says more than 100 civilians were killed in that process. earlier today, cnn's arwa damon traveled to mosul where there are clear signs of fighting. arwa joins us now from irbil. how is the pentagon responding to these claims? >> reporter: well, it's still under investigation at this stage, and the u.s. military given its experience in iraq is very well aware of how damaging these types of allegations, these types of civilian deaths can be to any sort of military campaign, and one man who most certainly is aware that have is the secretary of defense. >> there is no military force in the world that has proven more sensitive to civilian
casualties. we're keenly aware that every battlefield where an enemy hides behind women and children is also a humanitarian field, and we go out of our way to always do everything humanly possible to reduce the loss of life or injury among innocent people. the same cannot be said for our adversaries, and that's up to you to sort out >> reporter: thing is the u.s.-led coalition and the iraqi forces on the ground do have to take their adversaries attacktics into consideration, and one of those tactics is to hold civilian population as human shields. >> arwa, you know, mows july a city where there's urban combat there. what is the u.s. trying to reduce the civilian strikes? >> reporter: first of all, the strikes are called for by the iraqis and goes up the chain of command and the iraqis are going
to lessen their tactics and call in less air strikes and use their own sniper teams and drones as they push forward but the bottom line is there's hundreds of thousand of civilians still inside this pocket is western mosul and the fear is we'll see much more death and devastation as the campaign rolls on. >> arwa, thanks so much for your reporting. turning to yemen. this week marks two years since the country has been in the grips of a civil wire and it's giving way to dire humanitarian crisis. more than 7,000 people have been killed. 42,000 more have been injured in this war and nearly 19 million need humanitarian assistance. cnn's nick paton walsh filed this report. >> reporter: these are the drawn faces of a war that a world forgot and in the third year that's fostered famine, geopolitical hatred and al qaeda. you probably heard little of yemen's horrific conflict, but
as with most problems ignored, that's not going away. back in 2015 a rebel group called the huth hy ss seize the government causing the western-backed president to flee and we saw them swiftly kick out his forces from san,'s ancient streets and then he came back with heavy firepower and neighboring saudi arabia and other gulf states saw the huthys as too close to their foe iran and intervened. pitching their well-funned army and firepower against the houthis motley street fighters. slowly from the country's south they pushed north and bloody battles like to one that retook a town for the hardy forces that often caught civilians in the cross-fire and with huthi territory and the capital sana besieged a vastly humanitarian crisis spread. unpress kented fears of famine,
appeals for the roads closed by the fighting around the country to be opened so emergency food can flow. >> we have about three months of food stored inside the country today, but we don't have enough food to support the scale up that is required to ensure that we can avoid a famine. >> reporter: these scenes have caused intense criticism of the saudi-backed campaign and civilian death from saudi air strikes caused the obama administration to ban weapon sales to riyadh, but saudis determined to reduce iran's influence are persisting saying they want to reduce civilian casualties. and in a vacuum as before in afghanistan, iraq, syria, terror is use the chaos to thrive. in the southeast, al qaeda and the arabian peninsula, the group thought most advanced in plots to attack homeland, is growing in the chaos. in this interconnected world, suffering and horrors a
continent away can still hit home. nick paton walsh, cnn, beirut. >> and that's all for "the lead" tonight. i'm john berman in for jake tea party. time now for wolf blitzer in "the situation room." >> happening now, breaking news, secret meeting. the republican chairman of the house intelligence committee reveals he met with a source inside the white house complex just a day before briefing the president on intelligence he says points to surveillance of the trump transition team. did anyone on president trump's staff know what was going on just steps from the oval office? what classified information was disclosed? we're standing by to talk to chairman devin nunes who will be joining us live. kushner to testify. the leaders of the senate intelligence committee now say president trump's son-in-law jared kushner, one of the president's closest advisers, will testify about newly disclosed meetings he had with a russian