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breaking news here on cnn. hi, there. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. the white house denying that it blocked the testimony of former acting attorney general, sally yates, who was fired by president trump, a holdover from the obama administration. yates had been scheduled to testify on this investigation of the trump campaign's ties to russia. but that hearing was scrapped.
they played a key role in investigating trump's former national security adviser, michael flynn, and his conversations with the russians. here was sean spicer in the white house briefing a little while ago. >> there are reports that even though the hearing that was set for the 27th was not scheduled t was canceled by devon nunez to prevent this white house from publicly invoking the claim of executive privilege. could you speak to that? >> i hope she testifies. i look forward to it. the hearing was never notified. if they choose to move forward, great. we have no problem with her testifying, plain and simple. the report in "the washington post" is 100% false. the letters that they published on the website back up what i just read. all thelers a letters are availn
their website. we didn't respond. we encourage them to go ahead. to suggest in any way, shape, or form were 100% false. >> jim acosta, let's start with you, senior white house correspondent. give us the back story. >> reporter: again, this was a very con ktentious briefing at e white house. you heard at one point tensions flaring up when sean spicer said to april ryan that if the president put russian salad dressing on the salad that would be somehow a sign of collusion with the russians. it is sort of in that temperature that he was answering this other question about sally yates. yes, "the washington post" did publish some letters that it published from yates attorney, from the justice department to yates attorney.
it does state in regard to her testimony that she would need to consult with the white house. when asked about this, when pressed on this, white house press secretary, sean spicer, denied this was any attempt by the white house to try to block sally yates from testifying before the house intelligence committee. you heard him say they welcome this testimony. if that hearing ever comes back to life, and we do expect it will, she will be testifying. the white house said they are not going to stand in the way. >> on the senate side, just to get this in for everyone watching, we heard from senator mark warner, a ranking chair on the senate side. she will testify there but no word to your point as far as the house intel committee is concerned. let me move on, because on top of all of this today, you have the republican in charge of the house intelligence committee who is still refusing to recuse himself over questionable actions involving their committee's investigations.
you know the story. we are talking about chairman devon nunez claiming he saw information that showed he saw information that the president's communications may be intercepted. he briefed the press and the president before telling his own committee. we have also learned that mr. nunez visited the white house grounds to meet his source but still hasn't shown any evidence. >> are you going to stay as chairman and run this investigation? >> why would i not? you need to ask them why these things are being said. >> they are saying it cannot run with you as chairman. >> you have to talk to them. that sound like their problem. my colleagues are perfectly fine. they know we are doing an investigation. that will continue. >> back to you, jim. we talked so much about his visit to the white house and this super secure place known as a skiff but we don't know what he saw. we still don't know who cleared him to get to where you are.
>> that's right. sean spicer was asked about this during the briefing today. he was asked, do you have any more information to provide. yesterday, at the briefing, sean spicer indicated that there would be some more information coming at some point. he just did not answer the question when asked, well, who cleared devon nunes on to the grounds of the white house? that kind of information would potentially be in the white house visitor logs that are run by the u.s. secret service and maintained by the white house. potentially, that information would be accessible in the visitor logs. as of this point, this current administration is not making those visitor logs or that information available to the public even though we had access during the obama administration. no answers as to who cleared devon nunez on to the white house grounds. the white house and chairman staff are declining to answer the question. >> jim askost scosta, thank you
much. let's have a big discussion on everything we have talked about. i have malia henderson standing by. michael morse, a former u.s. attorney general who knows sally yates and mia mckinney and gloria borger. great to have all of you on. nia, let's step back on the sally yates story and just do the 30,000 foot view. i think we just need to remind everyone who she is, why she is a key player, having come from the obama administration as a holdover, acting a.g. why is she important? why does her testimony matter? >> her testimony matters, because she is the person in her role as acting attorney general who alerted the white house that michael flynn, his private sort of testimony or private interactions with the russian ambassador, sergei kiss llyov w
different than the public explanation. she said that he could be open to blackmail as a result of talking to the russian ambassador but publicly saying he hadn't. she was fired by the trump administration because she defied them over the travel ban. she said that the department of justice shouldn't actually defend their travel ban. she was fired as a result. from what "the washington post" is reporting and what we are reporting as well, her testimony before this committee would have been different than what the white house has said about some of the conversations around michael flynn as well as the russian ambassador. we also know she is going to testify. you have there obviously sean spicer saying they look forward to the testimony. they hope she testifies. well, guess what? at some point she likely will
xwlchlt is it swill. >> she was supposed to testify again in front of this committee. apparently, mr. nunes scrapped that, which caused all kinds of question marks. michael, you know her. from the sean spicer briefing, we heard they flat-out denied they did not consider using executive privilege on anything having to do with their testimony? >> i think that lacks any credibility whatsoever. i'm a lawyer. i look at evidence to see what's there. think about what's happened in the last few days. i have jared kushner, who has suddenly miraculously been moved into a white house job and devon nunes going to the skiff on a white house property. you have to sign in. there is a log there where he signed in. they don't want to release that. we need his source where he got the information with the executive office where he is investigating. he is in charge of that investigation. i think it lacks any
credibility. i have done criminal defense work. i don't have any belief they want sally yates to testify. that's just unconscionable for somebody to say that. this is why. if you are a lawyer and you have a client who is caught up in somebody else's wire tatap, tha the worst thing that can happen. donald trump says he feels vindicated. i think he is more likely implicated than vindicated. >> i can picture this proverbial storm cloud over the white house almost since day one of this administration. we now know from the fbi, there is, indeed, this investigationunder way betweinv underway between ties with the trump folks and russia. i want to play this. russian sadal dressing between april ryan and sean spicer. roll it. >> how does this administration
try to revamp? you have russian wiretapping. >> we don't have that. >> on capitol hill? >> i said it from the day that i got here until whatever. there is no connection. you've got russia. if the president puts russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a russian connection. every single person. i appreciate your agenda here. the reality is, hold on, at some point, report the facts. the facts are that every single person who has been briefed on this subject has come away with the same conclusion, republican, democrat. i'm sorry that that disgusts you. you are shaking your head. understand this that, at some point the facts are what they are. at some point, april, you are gonna have to take no for an answer. >> let's add to this and put sally yates to the side.
you have news on the president's son-in-law who works out of that west wing, one of the top senior advisers to the president. what have you just learned about jared kushner? >> look, jared kushner is somebody who is incredibly close to this press and who has had meetings with russians. "the new york times" disclosed last night that one of those meetings that jared kushner had with the russian bank was more of a business meeting during the transition than it was during a pro-form ma meeting. >> let me just report the news. apparently, as he will be doing, it is going to be a private interview. and that he will be under oath.
that's the news i have for you. >> he is going to speak with whom privately? with the intelligence committee sns. >> this is the intelligence committee, correct? on the senate side? >> senate intel. he volunteered to do this yesterday as has paul manafort and roger stone. roger stone wants to do it publicly. all of those folks that have had some kind of dealings with the russians have said that they will testify. in private or public session, which i think is great. let them testify before the intelligence committees. jared kushner probably wants to get out in front of this in any way that he can.
the big question that did not come out of this white house daily briefing, which is who cleared him when he had the secret rendezvous over at the white house. why is that question so key here? >> the question is key because it would be something that would be very easy to find out. sean spicer, reince priebus, anybody in that white house could look at those records and find that out. who let him in, who let him into the skiff, who let him into the white house. everybody who goes into the white house would have to pass through something, whether it be record keeping. it isn't clear whether this was a white house staffer or someone that nunes knew previously. the big question is whether or not nunes is running
interference for the white house trying to make a case that exculpates the white house on any number of things rather than doing his job in an oversight role. that is why people want to get to the bottom of this. you hear democrats saying his credibility is shot in that the credibility of this as well as the fbi in any suggestion that there could be collusion within the trump circle and any ties to the russian government. >> mia, i didn't want to put anything to you on russia or nunez or sally yates, because you are my numbers and budget gal here. after the very public implosion
of that on friday. adding to that, we know that they want to next talk, tax reform and infrastructure. can they do both simultaneously? >> if all the things you just covered weren't enough, obviously, these things are absorbing so much of the time and energy of our lawmakers. the policy ajen days massive. any have to make a major shift where they start to be able to enact big pieces of legislation and the agenda so they show, both, that they can govern and that they can get some of the things that the president and republican leaders ran on. we are looking at tax reform, which they are talking about coupling with infrastructure and they are bringing back health care reform. these are three incredibly important issues to pursue, very helpful to growing the economy but very difficult. let me just take a step back. we are starting without a budget in place. they have not laid out a full budget. the only budget that's come out of the white house so far was for one year. this year and next year.
it just looked at one-third of the budget. the full budget has not been released yet. that means we still don't have a road map or a plan for where we are headed. we do know that before any of that legislation is enaktd, we are on course to borrow almost $10 trillion over the next ten years. it is critical they lay out plans to grow the economy. >> we are hearing this possibility of restarting those conversations. apparently, the president is over it, roughly. he has lost patience on this particular issue. still, moving forward, where in your opinion, mya is the middle ground to even restart this conversation on repeal and
replace. that's a tricky question. we haven't focused on the senate where they have a number of additional issues that a lot of the moderate senators and those that have states where medicare comes into play have been very focused. they do need to revisit health care. it has been such an important plank. there are real health care issues to think about. how to control costs without sacrificing too much coverage. there are things that can be done that would stabilize some of the insurance markets and create better incentives. they have to give themselves a lot more time. this is a tricky issue. there needs to be a bigger, broader conversation. i clearly think it would be better if they tried to do bipartisan discussions. they will have to decide if they want to do republican only health care fix or bring in democrats and do something bipartisan. i think bipartisan is probably
the way to go. >> maybe more moderates or maybe we talk to the democrats. i was just handed this piece of information with regards to the supreme court. mitch mcconnell has just said neil gorsuch will be confirmed next friday. talk to me about this showdown. >> i think under any other circumstances, neil gorsuch is about as good of a nominee the democrats could hope for. he is clearly qualified, well-educated. they were picking on him on some of the minor part of dissent opinions and other theories. by and large, he sort of falls into the mold of scalia. the problem the republicans have is the way they treated merrick garland. that's causing a roadblock. you have on top of that director comey's comments that this president is under investigation
with possible collusion with the russians. democrats are saying, we are not going to accept as legitimate a nominee from a president who is under criminal investigation. i think what's happening over and over to the administration is this. they have a credibility problem. the games they are playing with this investigation are part of that credibility problem. when it comes to governing and making policy, you have to have credibility with the people you are working with. they just don't have it. >> he brought up the nuclear option. it would blow up some of the senate rules and the republicans can do it.
what is the fallout if they do that? michigan mcconnell is a real senate institutionalist. i don't think he would like to do that, because what it would mean in the future is that if the tables are turned and the democrats were to get a nominee, then that would apply to them, a 50-vote margin. i think the thing we have to look at here is as we look at this gorsuch vote, i think you are right about the merrick garland background. the democrats are incredibly angry about that. they feel this is a stolen supreme court seat for them. you have to look at those ten red state democrats up for re-election in states that donald trump worn. you have to see how they are going to vote on gorsuch. as we said before, he is very qualified. he is what you would expect a
republican president to nominate. in more norm times, i remember when lindsey graham voted for sonia sotomayor. the president should have his choice of a supreme court nominee. these are not those times. let's look at those red state democrats and see if they are willing to side with mcconnell. >> great. thank you so much. >> in addition to everything we just talked about, anger and frustration, reportedly inside this closed-door meeting between republicans and some of that targeted at the freedom caucus. we'll talk live with one conservative member next. also, it has nothing to do with obamacare but moments from now, pretty will make a move to try and dismantle one of president
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welcome back. you are watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. breaking news, cnn has learned the white house is quietly reengaging on health care after the president announced he was ready to move on after friday's big defeat. we are getting this from two people who are familiar with the inner workings. the president's chief strategist, steve bannon and tom price, are leading this effort to bring new life into this health care fight. they believe there is a way to bridge whatever gaps led to the bill's collapse on friday. this comes as house republicans held the very first closed door meeting this morning since
everything happened on friday. from our understanding, we are about to find out a lot more. there was some frustration. with me now a member of the house freedom caucus, alabama congressman, mo brooks. congressman, wonderful to see you. >> thank you for the invitation. >> you opposed the bill and filed a full repeal of the obamacare on friday. what do you know about this talk of health care discussions anew? >> well, on friday, it appeared there was a swar rum to create what i would call the surrender caucus, that we are not going to deal with health care. i think over reflex, calmer thoughts have come to mind. i am fairly confidence we are going to continue to pursue some remedy to obamacare. is it going to be the repeal that i prefer with whatever replacement comes there after? i don't know at this point in time.
i hope it will not be a represent petition of what we saw over the last two or three weeks where republicans are pushing a bill that has a 15%-20% increase in health insurance premiums, the opposite direction our constituents want us to go and on the other hand a welfare program that is the largest ever proposed by the republican party, something that is not good for our country, in pie opinion. >> were there, congressman, were there, i understand speaker ryan and the president or the white house have been in touch according to sean spinor todspi today have been in touch. do you know anyone that has been in touch with the president? >> not to my nonl. these are frequently on going behind the scenes without a disclosure of whom is talking to whom. sometimes that can hamper rather than enhance the ability to reach common ground. >> let's talk more about the
behind-the-scenes going on. were you in this closed door meeting. the first time the republicans got together and talked since friday. how was the meeting? was it as fiery as some have said? >> the real fiery one would have been the gop conference we had last thursday. the one this morning was rather dosi docile in comparison. there were people that were animated in their remarks about supporting the largest welfare program the party has supported. i am very frankly puzzled by that view that that's the best the republican party can do. we will have to see where it goes from here. i hope our conference will listen to the american people. the folks in my dissfrikt atric state of alabama, they don't want another huge welfare program piled on to a $20 billion debt that will further exacerbate our country's
condition. >> i had heard a quote from congressman collins saying it was the longest prayer we have ever had, referring to the opening prayer at that meeting. can you just tell me, give me a good nugget about a comment that was made today in that closed door meeting. >> i appreciate you wanting to know. i hesitate to comment on what anybody else said. i do my best to respect the privacy of those people that want to discuss these issues in what they believe is a private environment. you folks in the news media do an excellent job of sometimes putting out in the news media things that have occurred before we even leave the conference. kudos to you in that regard. >> i think i'll take that as a compliment. i'm not totally sure. >> it was meant as a compliment. >> thank you, sir. let's talk about somebody who has been pretty public with his thoughts, that being the president of the united states, who has said he wants to move on from health care, move on to tax
reform. his patience has apparently run out. very publicly, he called you all out in a tweet placing blame, quote, he tweeted the republican house freedom caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory after so many bad years, they were ready for a win. calling y'all out. >> i gladly help take credit for helping to kill a very bad piece of election that would have resulted in nancy pelosi as house speaker in the 2018 elections. our voters sent us here to tamp down health care costs, not pass ledges that will increase health care costs by 15%-20% if you believe the analysis of the congressional budget office. i have no reason not tobl to believe them. >> the house freedom caucus was
able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. >> i would submit instead what happened friday was a victory for the american people that are tired of skyrocketing insurance and health care costs. bear in mind, if you kept track of the president's tweets over the last three or four days, he has cast a very wide net as he distributes blame everywhere except for the white house. let me ask you about your colleagues, congressman ted poe, who said this on cnn. >> compromises were made, things were added to the bill based upon the input of the freedom caucus. at the end of the day, it was easier to vote no. i'm angry about that and i think it is time we lead and continue not to say no on everything that takes place when bills come forward. there are some members of the freedom caucus that would vote
no against the ten commandments if it came up for a vote? >> congressman brooks, one of your core members just quit the band. do you have any hard feelings? >> none whatsoever. in congressman poe's district, they like higher insurance costs and they are okay with a huge republican welfare program. my district thinks differently. we come from different parts of the country. the folks in the tennessee valley of alabama, they don't want us passing legislation that increases health care costs by 15%-20% and they certainly don't want another huge welfare program that we can't afford to pay for that we have to borrow money we don't have to pay for it or raise taxes on already struggling american families. i'm quite con toetent to run in district on this particular vote.
i infer from congressman poe's comments his district thinks a lot differently than mine. >> congressman mo brooks, a pleasure. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> moments from now, president trump is expected to sign an executive order undoing a key piece of the obama legacy, not talking about obamacare. what it is and how it impacts you. more breaking news. cnn is on the front lines of the fight in iraq. what a top u.s. commander said about who might be responsible for a deadly air strike that killed dozens of civilians. arwa damon is in mosul. manufact. to stealth bombers... to next-generation fighters... ♪ to landing an unmanned vehicle on a carrier for the first time in history. just wait till you see what's next.
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breaking news. we have just heard the president has signed this executive order. we are going to get to the tape as soon as it feeds into us. signing this executive order on climate change essentially rolling back obama era regulations. the order will initiate a review of the clean power inib ish tiff, rescind the moratorium on coal and urge agencies to identify all rules and policies that serve as obstacles and impediments to american energy independence. i have mark who just sat down who can talk us through this. when i think of president obama, you think of his signature piece being obamacare. right around there is climate, what he did with climate change. >> and did it through executive order as well. we talk a lot about what donald
trump has done in his first 60 days. a lot of this was done by president barack obama using his executive order. another thing we will now see what president trump has done with his own executive orders. we are going to see about half a dozen of these executive orders signed by president barack obama that directed the federal government to prepare for climate change. that's now gone. that is now out the window. president trump talks about that these are job killing and bad for the economy. >> that's what the white house' defense is. this is about jobs for him. talk to the coal miners, they are behind it. >> sure, they are. they want to see these jobs come back. it was interesting to see michael bloomberg, himself, a successful businessman that has come out and said, that's absolutely not true. what he says in a statement today is that technology, and people's personal preferences is
what is going to prevent these coal jobs from coming back. it is not necessarily rescinding these regulations. carol brown has a statement out as well. she says this will end up in the courts and be a big fight. >> we are still waiting. we are going to take a quick break and show you the president giving his autograph on this latest executive order from the white house. ♪ (music plays throughout) ♪
regulations. this will have a review of the clean power initiative and he felt like they were job killers. this will benefit some miners but some businessmen saying not so fast. here is the president. >> i knew they were going to like this one. thank you very much. i very much appreciate it. thank you to our great vice-president, mike pence. i am thrilled that everybody could be here with us today i want to give special thanks to administrator, scott pruett, secretary, ryan zinke and secretary, rick perry for your remarks. i told rick, run it the way you ran texas. this is going to be a great operation. he did a great job and we're honored to have all three. i'm really honored to have our vice-president, because mike pence has been outstanding. hasn't he been outstanding. [ applause ]
together, this group is going to do a truly great job for our country. we have a very, very impressive group here to celebrate the start of a new era in american energy and production and job creation. the action i'm taking today will eliminate federal overreach, restore economic freedom and allow our companies and workers to thrive, compete and succeed on a level playing field for the first time in a long time. i am not just talking about eight years. you people know it better than anybody. thanks to the many distinguished members of congress who have taken the time to be here. i want to thank all of our
industry leaders who are with us and share our determination to create jobs in america for americans. shelly, thank you very much also. i spotted you in the audience. that is what this is all about again, bringing back our jobs, bringing back our dreams and making america wealthy again. i want to thank the dedicated public servants that are with us this afternoon. you're doing important work to protect our health and public resources, so important. finally, i want to acknowledge the truly amazing people behind me on this stage. our incredible coal miners. [ applause ] >> we love our coal miners.
great people. over the past two years, i've spent time with the miners all over america. they told me about the struggles they've endured. i actually in one case went to a group of miners in west virginia. you remember, shelly. i said, how about this? why don't we get together. we'll go to another place and you'll get another job. you won't mine anymore. do you like that idea? they said, no, we don't like that idea. we love to mine. that's what we want to do. i said, if that's what you want to do, that's what you are going to do. i was very impressed. they love the job. that's what their job is. i fully understand that. i grew up in a real estate family and until this recent excursion into the world of politics, i could never understand why anybody would not want to be in the world of real estate. believe me. i understand it. we are with you 100%. that's what you are going to do.
okay? the miners told me about the attacks on their jobs and their livelihoods. they told me about the efforts to shut down their mines, their communities and their very way of life. i made them this promise. we will put our miners back to work. [ applause ] we have already eliminated a devastating anti-coal regulation. that was just beginning. today, i'm talking bold action to follow through on that promise. my administration is putting an end to the war on coal. we're going to have clean coal, really clean coal. with today's executive action, i am taking historic steps to lift the restrictions on american energy, to reverse government
intrusion, and to cancel job-killing regulations. by the way, regulations not only in this industry but in every industry. we are doing them by the thousands, every industry. we are going to have safety. we are going to have clean water. we are going to have clean air. so many are unnecessary and so many are job killing. we are getting rid of the bad ones. one after another, we are keeping our promises and putting power back into the hand of the people. first, today's energy action calls for an immediate re-evaluation of the so-called clean power plan.
[ applause ] >> perhaps no single regulation threatens our miners, energy workers and companies more than this crushing attack on american industry. second, we are lifting the ban on federal leasing for coal production. we are lifting job-killing on oil, natural gas, clean coal and shale energy. we are returning power to the states where the power belongs. states and local communities know what is best for them. they understand it. they get it. they have been doing it for a long time. it was taken away from them and not handled well. they are the ones that we should now and will now empower to decide. my action today is the latest in a series of steps to create american jobs and to grow american wealth. we are ending the theft of
american prosperity and rebuilding our beloved country. we approve the permit to finally build the keystone xl pipeline and cleared the way to completion of the dakota access pipeline. thousands and thousands of jobs. we have already created half a million new jobs in the first two jobs reports of my administration. if you notice today, ford, great company, announced massive new spending on three big plants in the state of michigan, a state which i love very much. do you remember what happened in michigan? remember, november 8th. that was an exciting michigan evening. ford just made that announcement, a great announcement, a very important announcement. it means jobs, jobs, jobs.
we are going to continue to expand energy production and create pore jobs in infrastructure, trucking and manufacturing. this will allow the epa to focus on its primary mission of protecting our air and protecting our water. together, we are going to start a new energy revolution, one that celebrates american production on american soil. we want to make our goods here instead of shipping them in from other countries all over the world. they ship in, take the americans money, take the money, go home, take our jobs, take our companies. no longer, folks, no longer. we believe in those really magnificent words, made in the usa. [ applause ]
we will unlock job producing natural gas, oil, and shale energy. we will produce american coal to power american industry. we will transport american energy through american pipelines made with american steel, made with american steel. can you believe somebody would actually say that? this came up a little bit coincidentally when i was signing the pipeline deals. i've got them done. i said, folks, when re do we ge the steel? they said, i think it is from foreign lands. i said, no good. who makes the beautiful pipes for the pipelines? they are made outside of this country. i said, no more, no more. so we added a little clause, didn't take much. you want to build pipelines in this country, you are going to
buy your steel and have it fabricated here? makes sense. doesn't it make sense, bob. i think so. he knows. [ applause ] together, we will create millions of good american jobs. also, so many energy jobs and really lead to unbelievable prosperity all through our country. you are all very special people. in particular, i want to thank the miners. my guys, they will get enough thanks. these people haven't had enough thanks. they have had a hard time for a long time. [ applause ]
they are tough-looking guys too. i'm not going to mess around with this group. thank you, fellows. i made my promise and i keep my promise. i want to thank everybody in the room. god bless you and god bless america. thank you very much. thank you. >> are we going to watch them sit there and sign it?
you want me to talk over this? sure. let's talk over this. just having a conversation with the control room. he is about to sign this executive order flanked by these coal miners. they are obviously thrilled that they will be able to mine on federal land. this is great for them, so says president trump. the issue is the fact that he is rolling back with the flick of a pen here, rolling back these keough 'bama era regulations, climate regulations. mark preston has been watching all this with me and there you go. mark preston, we talked about what this means. the broader picture, is this the president giving everything else we've talked about and this cloud hanging over the white house on all things russia, et cetera. is the president just trying to get the train back on the tracks? >> no question about it. this is the president that republicans on capitol hill want to see at least once a week, not tweeting nine or ten times a week on god knows what. he came in.
he did promise to bring jobs back. this is controversial. we don't quite think or know if this order is going to bring jobs roaring back as he has said. michael bloomberg, himself, another businessman put a statement out and said it is technological advances and people's preferences for clean energy sources that has doomed the coal industry. mark preston, thank you very much. >> let's continue on. this is cnn breaking news. top of the hour. you are watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. this investigation into russia's election meddling continues to snowball with the accusation the former acting attorney general, sally yates, fired from the trump administration in the early days, that perhaps she may have been blocked from testifying on this russia investigation with regard to the house intel committee. the white house vehemently denying this. she played a key role in
investigating trump's former national security adviser, michael flynn, his conversations with the russians, sean spicer was asked about sally yates today. here is how he responded in the daley briefing. >> i know this would be a shocker. part of it is that i think we have been very clear. when you actually get to the bottom of the facts, every single person that's been briefed on this, they have been very clear there is no connection between the president or the staff here and anyone doing anything with russia. i think that the view here was great, go share what you know. thelers they published back up exactly what we are saying. she was asked about this information. her attorney asked the doj and they said she had to ask the white house. if you don't do this, we are going to go forward. we had no