>> this after james comey spoke out about this impact and also this morning a new job for the first daughter. ivanka trump will take on the official title of assistant to the president and it is raising some new ethics questions. we have a lot to cover. let's start with sara murray. >> this administration is certainly sick of talking about russia, but the senate intelligence committee is making it clear they are just getting started and there is a long list of people they want to talk to when it comes to getting to the bottom of this. >> we together with the members of our committee are going to get to the bottom of this. >> holding its first public hearing on russia today as political infighting jeopardizes the house probe. >> the investigation scope will go wherever the intelligence
leads it. >> potential ties between moscow and donald trump's presidential campaign. among the possible witnesses, former national security adviser michael flynn and the president's son-in-law jared kushner. kushner is expected to testify about his russian banker about an effort to engage the russians and accomplish a point person. senate intelligence chairman refusing to rule out the possibility of collusion between the trump campaign and russians. >> we would be crazy to try to draw conclusions from where we are in the investigation. >> the bipartisan showed unity in the senate. house intel chair, devin nunes continuing to fend off charges of collusion with the white house and refusing to answer questions about the probe. >> what's been the hold up about the specific information you saw
on white house grounds? >> it's just trying to get the agencies in order for them to get the information to us in a timely manner. >> there seems to be this fascination with the process. it's how did he get here? what door did he enter, as opposed to what is the substance of what we're finding. >> i just don't know how to conduct a credible investigation in you have let alone one person but the chairman of the committee who is saying i've seen evidence but i won't share it with anyone else. >> this after schiff refused to sign on to a closed door hearing unless nunes also agrees to reschedule the public hearing he canceled this week. comey defending the fbi's impartiality atten event last night. >> we're not on anybody's side ever. we're not considering who's ox will be gored by this action or that action, who's fortunes will be helped. we just don't care and we can't
care. >> all this as ivanka enters the fray, joining the white house as an unpaid advisor. >> the senate intelligence committee today gets underway at 10:00 a.m. and they are kicking it off by looking at the role of fake news in the election and how rush shea may have tried to weapon nice it to influence the outcome. >> thank you very much for all of that. joining us now is oklahoma senate, james langeford a member of the senate intel committee. how will you all be different than the house intel committee? >> we're going to stay focussed on what we're doing. this is a very serious set of accusations, serious set of charges out there, and, so we need to be able to resolve it. we are as chairman burr mentioned we're going to go with the facts lead us and be able to walk-through this. but we have to walk-through it together so we have trust. at the end of this we plan to put out a bipartisan letter and
report. that means we have to be able to washington together the whole time. >> how will you avehicle code descending into partisanship. >> there are differences of opinion. when we get behind closed doors, we talk those out and get a chance to share those with each other. the chairman and vice chairman go together. we do briefings as a committee together. we agree on what key documents we still need. so we work together with that and which means we have to meet a lot. we have to walk-through things, but it is the right way to do it. >> after the house debacle, many senates, republican senates even are calling for an independent commission tho investigate this because they say that all the things that have been fraught in the house proves that congress really cannot do this task. >> i don't agree, actually. there are -- you can't find ten independent people in washington, d.c. as you get a chance to
walk-through the security clearances to pull up a committee and say these individuals are going to be nonpartisan. we need to allow the house intelligence committee to bear the action and go through this together as well. at the end of the day we have the security clearance. we have the connections. we have the access to all the documents. if you started a new committee, it will protract this thing two years while they get caught up. >> do you have faith that the house will be able to bury the ax? >> i have faith. >> that's a start. are you investigating different things than what the house said they were investigating? because the house at times seemed pretty focussed on the leaks and the unmasking of sources. >> we're going through everything on that, alison. i'm not going to go through all the details of exactly what we dochlt but we are independent from the house in our
investigation. we're asking them to be able to do the same with us. we're not conducting it in coordination with the house. we're an independent investigation to we're walking through that process as we can. it is a broad sweeping piece, not only what the russians did, but clearly they were trying to influence our election as they have done to other nations. we are also trying to investigate was there any connections with the trump campaign. was there any other conversations? what happened to all the leaks? the leaks are serious as well. when you walk-through a process for any classified document or conversation to suddenly be in the public, that's a serious issue as well. all these things get collected together. we have got to resolve that. the russians will not stop doing it. we have to expose what they do and how they do it and put a stop to it. >> you will call many witnesses, including top aids to donald trump, paul manafort, jared
kushner for starters. who are you most interested in talking to? >> i would say all the above. we are trying to work today a good process to get to a voluntarily agreement where we don't have to push it to involuntary system. so far people have been able to meet with us and go through that system at times. so some of these will be in public. many of them will be in private because we're dealing with public sources and methods. as president obama mentioned, he made the statement as well, the american people aren't going to see all sources and methods. there will be questions at the end of it because we're dealing with classified information and sources. we have to get out as much as we can so the american people can see it. >> personally speaking, what's your burning question that you want to ask some of these folks? >> we have to determine was there any collusion between the campaign and any russian
individuals. i have no doubt the russians were trying to interfere. what we don't know yet is were individuals trying to reach back out. we have to be able to determine that with certainty and we have to be able to determine how do we block this in the days ahead because this will not stop. they have not done it to the american elections as they have done this last time like this ever. we have to find out why they did that and how they could stop it in the future. >> are you surprised he hasn't been as vocal about all of that as you just have been? >> he's hit or missed on it a few times. i are read some famous tweets that are out there. he's frustrated because i think he feels like he wants to get this down and over with and get the investigation finished. these take a long time. we have to take it seriously and try to push it as fast as we can. but at the end of it we can't say did you ask such and such and say no you didn't because the investigation loses credibility. we have to really check our stuff as we go through it.
i'm sure he's frustrated by that but at the end of the day we need a solid answer. >> i want to ask you about another looming threat about the government shut down. it sounds as though y'all could be headed for a possible government shut down on or about the time of the president's 100th day in office, about april 28th, over military spending. how are you going to avoid that? >> well, we're working through that over the next three weeks. we've got three weeks and we will bring these bills to the floor. we have to have all funding done at that point or continue to have a resolution. i'd like to have an appropriation bill done. there are a lot of important aspects when you do appropriations, not a continuing rez rugs, which is taking last year's budget, changing the dates and putting it into this year's. we're trying to be able to get to that appropriation process. we have three weeks and then we'll talk more about it from there. i don't see a looming shut down. i do see a deadline, though.
quite frankly, congress works best when it has a deadline. it hardly works at all when it doesn't. >> that's quite a statement. you know, john mccain, senator john mccain does not sound as optimistic as you dochlt he says i will not vote for a continuing resolution, no matter what the consequences because it destroys the ability of the military to defend the nation and puts the lives of the men and women at risk. he won't vote unless it is the number he thinks hit it is spot. >> this is an ongoing situation. so this is part of the negotiations you have seen for a long time as well. there will be a lot of noise, a lot of smoke as we work through the process, but we'll get this resolved. >> you will also get it resolved at the 11th hour. >> yes. >> that's another thing that congress enjoying doing. >> 11:59 actually.
>> thanks so much. >> you have some breaking news on the russian front. slat mere putin speaking out moments ago. he denies russia interfered with the russian election. used some pretty salty language. live with the details. >> reporter: yeah, john. this is supposed to be a round table on northern issues. he was asked did russia interfere in u.s. elections? vladimir putin called all of that provocations and outright lies made up for the american political cycle and he said, look, i'm going to say it the way ronald region said it. he said it was made up for political gain in the political cycle. he said he believed americans wanted to cooperate with russia and they were ready to do that. he said if they were going to have a summit perhaps that he was ready to meet with president trump at any time and that he
would be willing to be there and discuss issues. but vladimir putin really coming out and saying there is no absolutely nothing to this. no evidence will ever be found of this and these are lies that are made up for political gain. he also called it in his words by many warmongering, he insisted it was dangerous and harkened back to the cuban missile crisis. he hoped what he called this kind of irresponsible talk would end sooner rather than later. alison. >> all very interesting to hear putin weigh in on the conversation that we all here have been having for months. thank you very much for that new reporting. dozens of democrats are planning to filibuster gorsuch. we'll ask about it next. ♪
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russian president slvladimi putin moments ago denied the russian interfered with the election and he added he's open to meeting with president trump. this is literally the man in the middle of it all right now. senator, thanks so much for being with us. let me read you some of this breaking news. he said any allegations that the russians meddling in the u.s. election are fictional, provactive and lies. do you see it like that? >> he's wrong.
he's absolutely wrong. i mean, every indication we have from all of our intelligence, briefings we had that's not accurate at all. they were very much involved and try to be involved more than ever before, made more attempts to infiltrate. also didn't have any change of the outcome of the election, but what they learned, are they trying to use that now in different parts of the world whether germany, bulgaria or france. >> he's wrong. that's a pretty blunt answer. i know you are having your first public meetings later today. house speaker paul ryan was interfewed this morning on cbs and he was asked about certain aspects of this investigation. he was asked flat out if the investigation was focussed at all specifically on president
trump himself. listen to how he answered it. >> i don't believe that he is. so i don't think that he is under investigation. no one has suggested that he is and not even in a vague way. i don't believe that he is. >> do you have any indication, senator, that president trump himself is the focus of this investigation? >> no. president trump's name has not come up in any of our briefings that i have been attending and i don't think i missed any of them. the campaign is being looked upon and basically we're coming in and we'll be coming in to answer questions. so we'll find out. what we've said before t senate has been very, very diligent. it's been very bipartisan and i believe in the senate intelligence committee, the members of that committee will put their country and the government before any individuals. so wherever the intel takes us is where we will go. >> we've had that indication
just moments ago on this show from the republican from ok okay who told us the number one thing he wants to find out is he wants to be able to determine if there was collusion between trump associates and russia. that stuck out to me because president trump's staffers have flat-out said they have seen in evidence of collusion and senate langeford says he still wants to find out if that evidence exists. >> well, james langeford is a quality human being. he's a good friend of mine. it doesn't matter whether you're democrat or republican. this committee is a professional committee with extremely confidence and professional staff. we could get to the bottom of this quicker than anybody else can. we are not objecting to any select committees or special prosecutors, whatever they want to dochlt. i will assure you we will do our
jobs based on the facts and have a determination when we make a finding and basically disclose that to the public that we will be unanimous in how we do it. >> would it be premature to say there is no collusion at this point? >> oh, it is very premature to say that. we just know there is an awful lot going on, an awful lot of seriousness of us to be checking into to making sure our whole freedom, our systems of freedom and democracy and election basically transfer of power has not been breached. that is our job. the public has to have confidence and faith in these elections, that the person in power was put there in the most legitimate, open fair process we could have. >> at least so far the public is pleased to see that the senators on your ncommittee are getting . you are a key vote for the confirmation of kneel gorsuch. up until this point you have refused to say how you will
vote. you met with him again. you had time to sleep on your meeting. as you sit here this morning, have you decided whether you will vote to confirm? >> i'm getting close to making that decision, and i have gone over everything as diligently as i can, chris crossed all of the info and asked all the questions i thought needed to be asked to make a determination, an evaluation based on the facts i have from him in his meetings. so i will do that very soon, john. but the most important thing -- >> hang on. you say you're close. which way are you leaning? you have known about this for a long time. you say you're close. i kind of think you already have made up your mind. >> well, let's just say -- please let me say i'm very, very close. i'm going to do this as quickly as i possibly can and i want to move on and i think we should. we have a responsibility to have a working judiciary branch of government. if you don't have nine members
you're in trouble. >> seems to me you're suggesting voting yes on judge gorsuch. >> you look for all the different attributes in a person that's going to be there a long time and we're looking at all those things, and this is a quality individual. i don't think anyone disputes that. tremendous education, background, held in high regards. the main thing we're going through is basically the cases he's ruled upon, his opinions, how he's written on those opinions and evaluating that to make sure he's fair and balanced. i'm finishing that process and i will finish it soon. >> his attributes so far have they impressed you? >> good man. good man. >> you're not going to budge no matter how hard i try on that. >> you're good, john. >> some of your colleges have said they plan to filibuster the nomination. you have come out against that. you said you hope that doesn't happen. on the republican side, if it does happen, it seems as if the republicans are willing to use
the so-called nuclear option, which means you don't need 60 votes anymore. you just need a bare majority. what is your take on that? >> harry reid in 2013 pulled the nuclear option after doing everything he had done to get cooperation because we were not getting on any bills. nobody was getting approved. the replacements and basically a putting a staff together, whether it's president obama, president trump, whoever should have an opportunity to do that. nothing was getting done. so harry pulls the nuclear option. we basically all -- i was totally opposed. i'm the only democrat that opposed that and voted against it. i thought it was wrong. the 60 vote rule gives the minority so, the democrats have been the minority right now. it gives them input and creates an atmosphere where you have to cooperate and build consensus. you have to sit down and work.
if we end up breaking this on the supreme court or anything else, then basically all you have is a six-year term as a house member. that means a 51 simple majority. that is not what the intent of this body. it's not good for this body or this country. >> senator in the middle of it all. thanks for being with us. really do. >> thanks, john. >> alison? >> john, take a look at this. we're about to show you live pictures of capitol hill. pretty morning there. all eyes on capitol hill as the senate intel committee gets ready to begin their work on russian meddling in the u.s. election. at the same time that this is happening, russian president, vladimir putin is talking about this. all of that in the bottom line next. alright, and before that? you mean after that? no, i'm talking before that. do you have things you want to do before you retire? oh yeah sure... ok, like what? but i thought we were supposed to be talking about investing for retirement? we're absolutely doing that. but there's no law you can't make the most of today. what do you want to do?
great to see you. the fact that vladimir putin this morning felt compelled to weigh in on this and deny it, what does that tell us? >> that he wants to stir the pot some more. you know, this is a leader who is trying to cultivate a different kind of relationship with america, but also stir the pot and create some more trouble at a time when the american political system is not in agreement on how they even want to pursue these allegations. it is mischief making and whenever he wants to weigh in on it, he wants to create more mischief. he is trying to signal that he wants to do business with the administration probably on the most favorable terms that he can and any time he weighs in on this, apparently our president thinks it is validation of some kind. >> what he's saying isn't true, at least according to u.s. officials and according to the senator we spoke moments ago
with. u.s. officials who say they know say, no that is flot-out a lie. another interview this morning on new day, which is fascinating, we spoke to senator james langeford of oklahoma who said he is not convinced there wasn't collusion between trump associates and russia. listen to this. >> we have to determine was there any collusion between the campaign and any russian individuals. i have no doubt the russians were trying to interfere. what we don't know yet is were individuals trying to reach back out. we have to be able to determine that with certainty and be able to determine how we block this in the days ahead. >> he says he still wants to find out to prove if there was collusion. >> he's not convinced there wasn't. >> right. which is something you hear from reince priebus and sean spicer. >> administration officials from the president on down say there is nothing here, that there is simply no story.
the president has even talked about it as a hoax. at yet they fired two people been their or guilty, the national security advisor, a top campaign advisor, a aforementioned general kelly. general flynn, i should say. that's a big deal. that suggested they know there is something here being investigated that is problematic or a distraction to their organization and they have to do more to investigate when you have the contacts between jared kushner and the president of a russian bank. so we don't know what the aleens is like, what the even tanglements are like and i don't think anybody can presume there wasn't collusion. >> should we have faith that the senate intel commune tie is going to be able to do this in a less partisan way than the house intel committee? >> thus far there is every indication they are. they want an outside body to
look at this. there is nothing that is free of politics. the fact you have an independent entity that can exist creates its own political tension. right now the senate is going out of its way with senators warner and burr to make the house look ridiculous. and the house committee and led by the chairman is going that all on its own by looking they are on the republican side covering for the administration, coordinating with the administration instead of digging in and doing their job. the snth commenate committee lo better as a result. >> paul ryan says we better get our act together or president trump will work with democrats to come up with a health care plan. it sounded like a triangulation, david. >> you know, as you well know, i mean, this would be loathed for republican leaders to enter into
this kind of arrangement and break the historical tradition of only relying upon republicans to get something passed, major legislation passed. but i think it's high time for the administration to try to deal with the risks with its own party. you want to confuse democrats, too, as a tactical matter. force them to cooperate because they can't say no. that could be helpful on all the things trump is trying to get done. >> a proud tradition of only working with one's party. that would be broken. you're right. thank you very much. great to see you. it's day 7 for donald trump. how is he ing? well, we asked some die hard trump voters to rate his presidency. when heartburn hits, fight back fast with tums smoothies. it starts dissolving the instant it touches your tongue. and neutralizes stomach acid at the source. ♪ tum -tum -tum -tum smoothies! only from tums
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see how they're feeling today. so we went to the old state house to revisit some of mr. trump's die hard supporters. >> so here we are, 60 plus days into his presidency. we want to get your grades and your impressions of how president trump is doing. let me start with you. you give president trump an a already based on what? >> i feel he's trying very hard and already getting stuff established. >> such as? >> i feel he is trying to like loosen up the restraints on business. i know he's trying with the health care. i know that didn't work out as well as heed wiwe had hoped. >> it didn't work out at all. >> i give him an a. >> based on what? >> the tpp, the keystone pipeline, the dakota access
pipeline, the travel restriction fantastic. >> wait a minute. wait, wait, wait. the travel ban hasn't gone into effect. it has been shut down by two courts. >> he took the initiative and did it. every single thing he's done is exactly what he said he was going to do. >> but health care some people put in the loss column. the travel ban is not yet in effect. the budget has not gotten a hearty agreement from lots of people. he said he'd get rit of doca right away. he said he could get rid of the iran nuclear deal. the wall hasn't been built. >> normally we give presidents 100 days and i don't think this president even got a weekend. >> how long will you give him to accomplish some of these things. >> i think we need to see where we are mid-term. >> what grade do you give the president? >> an a. >> based on what? what accomplishments do you think he could hang his hat on?
>> i think it's premature to ask that question. 60 days into his presidency he has a four-year term. you see the similar in the business world you see similar pressures and opposition and defeat and he keeps coming back and coming back. >> what grade do you give the president? >> i give him an a. >> i give donald trump, president donald trump an a. to be honest with you, if i had a marker, i would pus a plus next to it. we see he's working with ford motor company to build three plants in the united states and a major league investment in the united states, as opposed to moving those jobs or keeping those jobs in mexico. all right. that's huge. >> i give him a big -- >> what? >> i don't give anybody an a. i am looking for him, which is why i voted for him, to point out in this country what needs to be pointed out that i think politicians in general, the media in particular has kind of
covered up. >> such as? >> the way he's changed the debate on things like illegal immigration. >> i think the last 70 days or whatever it has been now has been positive because we have started to learn a lot more things. we have started to see -- >> such as? >> just how -- how the process works in washington. the fact that health care failed i think shows business and politics are not always the same thing because if they were i think that deal would have gotten done and gotten done a lot more quickly. maybe what that tells us is politics needs to change. >> business leaders and negotiators are by nature people that bring opposing parties and different factions together. that's what he's attempting to do. >> why wasn't he able to close the deal with health care. >> because politicians are dividers. but if you're talking to an empty chair, what divider? there is nothing you can -- there is no bridge across this
gulf there. >> i'm really surprised at how much opposition he's getting from the right as well. i'm very disappointed because i'm very conservative. >> you mean the house freedom caucus? >> yes, yes. >> they should get on board. >> it is definitely without a doubt. >> how has your life changed or has it changed in these passed 60 plus days since president trump was elected. >> it was this intangle sense of forget about owl the noise, forget about russia. forget about waters and nancy pelosi. if you tune all of that out, there is such this very quiet restoration of law and order and security. we are addressing illegal immigration. we're not playing this kind of shell game with radical islamic ter torism. there is somebody in the oval office that -- >> what has he done in the past 60 plus days to fight isis?
>> well, we have -- there was an attack that was done in mosul. >> that went terribly awry. >> i think that was considered bad, but i know we have somebody that will be aggressive and not let up on this. >> it is amazing to watch this in retrospect and see even on election night how people are scoffing at him. it was like people were laughing, literally laughing in his face about the prospect of him being elected and he got elected and we don't know as far as the votes and fraud and everything else. my assumption was that he probably would have gotten elected than a higher number than what the results actually showed. >> are you saying you believe there were three to five million illegals that voted? >> i have seen it. >> this is what we keep coming back to. >> when you say you've seen it, do you mean a dozen or three million. >> obviously, there is only a million and a half people in new ham spire.
>> the number president trump said was 3.5 million illegals. >> based on what i've seen with my own eyes bus loads of people coming in, whether they're illegal or illegal voters, they came over from massachusetts to new hampshire. >> you saw people coming over to vote. >> josh has seen it. >> josh, did you see bus loads and bus loads of people coming in as somewhere else. >> i wouldn't characterize it as bus loads. but i have seen cars coming from outside of state that are full without state plates. i live across the street in the polling place in my ward. eight or ten people get out of two or three cars. >> you think that people from massachusetts are driving across the border to vote in your ward? >> i believe that's the case. and whether it's massachusetts or maine, there are people coming across and it is not fair
to characterize it as voter fraud because maybe they're borrowing their -- >> are you sticking with you have seen bus loads or no? >> i have seen bus loads. i can'tguess i can't cite it. >> basically, as far as i'm concerned, the loons on the left and the ultra right conservatives would stay out of his way, everything would be perfect. >> so you blame the house freedom caucus as well for not having progress on health care. >> he's been taking a tax from both sides from the beginning, okay? i don't know if you read his book the art of the deal, but i've read it before. he goes into things long-term. he's willing to stick in the game for ten years to get things done. they are not going to wear him down. he is the master of wearing everybody else down. >> there you go. >> as you can see, there is the
aspect of it where you still have people clinging to these things where there is no evidence. >> i have heard about those bus loads things for years, but when you press them it turns out that maybe it was a couple cars with different license plates. >> they give the president a for trying. he is trying to do the things for which they voted for him. for a lot of voters that might be enough. >> it is enough for them. he took the initiative. he's talking about things important to them and whether or not he has been accomplishment on every one is not of big import to them. he's talking about it. we have more from this panel tomorrow about their thoughts on russia and whether russia meddled. it is fascinating to hear them talk about how concerned or not they are about russia. >> i'm betting on one side of the concerned or not. but i'll wait for tomorrow to find out. the good stuff is next. ♪
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need. >> that's all i need for any community. our parents were always very giving, even when we didn't have much growing up. >> he helped a family forced out of their home because of a fire. he gave them all sorts of stuff for free to furnish their temporary mobile home. >> is there a bro-mans between president trump and chris cristie. more on the foes turned friends. history of handholding. >> it was a back slapping arm slapping arm patting buddy routine featuring the president and new jersey governor chris cristie. friend former opponent. >> we are not electing an entertainer in chief. >> once passed over by trump, now back in his good graces. >> the president noticed that christy was an immediate trump
endorser once he got out of the race. >> he liked himself more than me. >> still do, sir, but that's all right. >> their lingering three seconds of handholding couldn't compare with the time president george w. bush held hands with a saudi prince and paid the price on late night. president trump and governor history have a rich history of body language. remember the so-called hostage video when christy had to give up his dreams of being president to stand behind trump. on line critics had a meme streak adding music. even christy's wife got mad rolling her eyes when trump slammed hillary. >> the only thing she's got going is the woman's guard. >> much has been made of the president's grab and yank
handshake. but when christy came calling during the transition, he didn't get yanked. just pulmomped like a piston. and now they're holding hands. take it away hootie & the blowfish. cnn new york. >> you are uncomfortable. >> i think it's safe to say things haven't gone as planned for chris cristie. when he plotted out his political future i'm not sure her piece on handholding with the president of the united states would not be him. th not how he saw things going. >> you also don't often see president trump smiling really very, very broadly, but he was while he was holding chris cristie's hand. he likes handholding. >> it's sort of like a joe pessy thing in good fellas. chris cristie makes him laugh, but i'm not sure it is in a way
that chris cristie is comfortable with. >> all right. >> time now for a great show. cnn news room. >> i'll hold your hand every day. you are cheating on me with another blonde this morning. >> it's a rough life. >> indeed, guys. have a great day. let's get right to it. all right. it's 9:00 a.m. eastern. as you saw john berman is filling in for chris cuomo. we are one hour away from the start of what could be one of the most hearings on capitol hill. the senate intelligence committee set to go public with its investigation into the russian meddling of the u.s. election. this morning russia's president firing back. not mincing any words angrily denying any interference with the election and next week lawmakers will grill members of the president's circle both past and present all with these questions about con