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. welcome to "inside politics" i'm john king. on capitol hill a hearing on russia's meddling election and a promise to be bipartisan those democrats to make clear. >> i will not prejudge the outcome of our investigation. we are seeking to determine if there is an actual fire, but there is clearly a lot of smoke. >> the fbi wants to answer that collusion question too and the director promises the unvarnished truth. >> we're not considering who's ox will be gored by this action or that action. we just don't care and we can't
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care. >> and some sharp new voluntarilies. the president attacks the freedom caucus and the republican speaker warns there will be a price if the president decides to make a deal with democrats. >> translato >> the democrats aren't for repealing bo repealing obamacare. they're not going to help us repeal obamacare. that's my point. and so if we're going to do what we said we would do, which is repeal and replace obamacare and save the american health care system, something tells me the democrats aren't going to help us repeal obamacare. they're the one whose dracreatet in the 50 plafirst place. >> with us, abby phillips, ron brownstein and mary katherine. it is day 69 of the presidency. the republican president
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frustrated by an embarrassment in the obamacare defeat. the freedom caucus will hurt the entire republican agenda if they don't get on the team and fast the president tweeted this morning. we must fight them and dems in 2018. the president's remarkable threat geagainst republicans -- speaking to cbs this morning paul ryan warned bickering republicans a president look for a win might wander way to the left. >> what i worry about is that if we don't do this, then he'll just go work with democrats to try and change obamacare. that's hardly a conservative thing. >> the president of the united states saying he's going to work with democrats on this. >> i know. i don't want that. i don't want government running health care. >> a lot of fun if you like politics. number one i think by tweeting this this morning the president doesn't want us to talk about russia. we will.
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we have an hour. we will get to that. number two, how much of this is a game? the president working with speaker paul ryan to get these republicans to think long and hard about what happened last week and think about compromising and think about consensus, or how much of this is a republican president who we know is a new republican actually thinking that if you guys aren't nicer to me, i will actively campaign against you in 2018 or actively encourage people to run against you . is he serious? >> i said this last week when they were arguing if the freedom caucus would go along with this. the idea that trump wouldn't go after the republicans, it is the thing he's perhaps most enthusiastic about. he will do that. >> how it serves him is another question. the freedom caucus is -- it is not surprising there's a big gap there and it doesn't surprise me he wants to take it out on them but i don't know how it sevens him getting an agenda do. >> they may have no experience
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because most were elected when they had a democratic president. they believe things. they believe things about the government's role in programs includi including health care. first they were trial to pull the president right whch. when he came there way, still not far enough . is this the right fight to pick? >> two things. if you talk to folks outside of the freedom caucus, their argument is this is less ily logical than -- that's a hard work to get out. that just want to be road blocks. they enjoy being just the party of no. that this really isn't purely ideological as much as it is they're just showing their power. the other issue is when you look at polling taken in republican districts, the kind of districts that these guys run in, it's not a popular bill. this was really super unpopular. and so they were actually making the smart ideological choice a
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smart political choice. from the reporting we're seeing on the ground, their constituents say yeah, it was kind of a bad bill. why would you go out on a limb supporting it? we need you guys to take your time, put a better bill together. >> when the sub text becomes text, if paul ryan was basically saying today that the point of negotiating with democrats is to ip crea increase pressure on republicans. it make it hard to execute that threat threat. if d -- >> efbverybody's being used. >> there is a way in fact to negotiate with democrats on health care but it requires a different conception of the bill. i did a panel this morning with the most conservative democrat in the senate. they will acknowledge that the exchanges on which people buy private insurance face real problems. not enough young people or healthy people. fine.
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can you fix that? can you find ways to fix that? that's one thing. the heart of the republican bill is repealing not only the expansion of medicaid under president obama but block granting the underlying program to the point where 14 million fewer people would be receives medicaid. there is not a single democrat who can vote for any part of that agenda. if donald trump wants to talk to d democrats the first thing he has to tell them is you're not block granting medicaid. >> but if he's working in ca huhu -- cahoots with the speaker, that is what the president will do. they will fix obamacare, but not come close to repealing. so far the reaction i would say is yawn. a very conservative member of the let's say no crowd that you mentioned said it didn't take long for the swamp to drain at real donald trump. no shame, mr. president. almost everyone succumbs to the
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d.c. establishment. these are members of the own party saying we don't bow to you. >> it's hard to do this a week after the house leadership caved to those very same people. it's almost impossible. they've proven they won't follow through. what we haven't seen yet beyond the president using the bully pulpit of twitter and other things to talk about putting pressure on conservatives is the president actually doing things to put pressure on conservatives. he had an opportunity for weeks leading up to the time that they released the beginnings of this bill to the time that they wanted to go to a vote for him to go out there, to actually appear in people's districts, to appeal put the pressure on them, to actually show up, to force them on to the stage with them. he didn't do any of that. it's so unclear why that is, but conservatives who are looking at what is the president actually going to do to make things hard for me are seeing almost nothing on the table except for tweets. >> you're going to want to resist before the vote, not
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after the vote. >> you've done this before. >> yeah. >> i think that is part of the lesson. you have done this before. >> one reality reminder, even if they somehow found a way to get the bill through the house, it is a nonstarter in the senate. both because of the way it affects older working age adults on the private insurance side and there are too many senator from largely blue collar states to go anywhere near where the house republicans want to go. even if you got it through the senate, the house would be prolonging the agony. >> the problem on the other side is in dealing with the exchanges which truly do have problems i have personally experienced is conservatives want to deal with the underlying factors that caused those problems and on the other side you get people that want to bail out the industry which is not going to be a good fit for almost anyone. >> and that's one of the divides in the republican party which-to-which the speaker said he was asked if he agreed with the president. he's just as mad, as frustrated as the president is but he has to herd the sheep in the
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republican house conference. his tone was more gentle, but the speaker says i get where the president's going here. >> i understand the president's frustration. i share frustration. about 90% of our conference is for this bill to repeal and replace obamacare and about 10% are not. that's not enough to pass a bill. we're close. what i am encouraging members to do is keep talking about each other until we can get the c consensus to pass this bill, but it's understandable that the approximate the is frustrated because this is something we all said we would do. he is expressing his frustration. he does that in all forms including twitter. >> yes, we all know he does that in various forms including twitter. my point is let them keep talking about the health care debate. a month from now they have a government shutdown. that same group you talked about, they once did shut the government down over trying to get a vote to repeal obamacare.
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if the president keeps poking them and they keep saying no, sir, we don't bow to you, is that going to complicate that? because right now you have the republican leadership saying we're going to back off, we're not going to defund planned parenthood. but if there are issues in that bill to keep the government running that the most conservative house members don't like and their backs are up a little bit because they're in a fight with the president, what happens? >> perpetual game of chicken now on these issues. it may be that -- again, i don't know how strategically they're leading this, but leading them into a place where they're backed into this corner. they look ridiculous. you can blame them are not only killing an unpopular bill but for shutting the government down. i don't know if public shaming is enough to change anybody's minds. >> the question, too, like you pointed out, their districts are
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safe and they're not paying a huge price on this bill. the other argument has been the republican brand. they elected president trump president. there have been many points along the way where they said this could be problematic for the party and the next question is problematic for the country. the shaming and the electoral price hasn't worked eeither tim. >> then what is the impact on the president who has a 35% approval rating in the daily tracking. that's over a -- he came here and said i am the guy, i alone and my business experience, i'm going to bring the republicans together, i'm going to get this done. what's the impact on him? >> to use your words, can you herd sheep in a swamp in that was -- exactly. how does that work? so in many ways donald trump was an independent candidate who ran under the republican banner. he fought as much with republicans as democrats. he had more institutional
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opposition. more republican members of the senate, governors, the house who said they were not voting for him. i believe any republican nominee since 1912 when teddy roosevelt bolted the party. this is a marriage of convenience. republicans on the hill who issue uneasy that seems to be close to his heart on trade and immigration and they are swallowing their objections because they believe that trump was the americanism through which they could get the agenda they've been developing since 2010 to roll back the size of government. if that is not coming together, you kind of wonder how long they will stay quiet on the parts of his agenda, that they were swallowing in an attempt to advance their own. >> we'll keep -- >> the cor larollary to that is president ran on a lot of things. the republicans for years have been talking about trimming the government, trimming entitlements, trimming everything. that is in conflict constantly. we're seeing it now. this budget is a problem partly
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because he has promised a wall and republicans are kind of, like, well, we kind of need to just trim things. it has not been resolve and the president hasn't actually shown leadership on how he wants to marry those two things. >> contains a lot more big social welfare acceptance than the republican agenda. that conflict was implicit during the campaign. it's more implicit in the governing. >> unable to resolve those differences shall we say. up next, russia's election meddling. adult version. hey allergy muddlers
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a bit of a history lesson and more as the senate intelligence committee today held a rare public hearing. the witnesses today hardly household names, but they were called in to make a point. moscow has been meddling in american elections for decades but took it to a fierce new level. the committee leadership also tried to teach a lesson to their dysfunctional colleagues leading a similar house investigation. >> the vice chairman and i realize that if we politicize this process, our efforts will likely fail. the public zefdeserves to hear truth about possible russian involvement in our election, how they came to be involved, how we may have fail to prevent that involvement, what actions were taken in response. >> that commitment to bipartisan ship doesn't mean the members read from the exact same page. chairman burr made no mention of one committee focus where -- the committee top democrat not to
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shy. >> campaign manager of one campaign played such a critical role no electioning the president was forced to step down over his alleged ties to russia and its associates. >> so this was supposed to be the grown up version of the russia election meddling investigation. what are we learning? we're early on. this manager again, they've got a bunch of technical experts and historical experts to say the russians have been at this since they were the soviets, so it's not new. what are we learning from i guess the early tone of the senate version of this? >> i think it's interesting that the senator burr said we didn't want to politicize this. it's already politicized. i doubt these hearings are going to change anybody's opinions about this. the cbs poll came out this week not surprising but just to remind people that where you sit in your partisanship determines how you feel about russia. 64% of republicans say they don't think russia had any influence at all in the 2016
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election. 67% of democrats said yeah, they did it just to help donald trump. 75% of republicans, there was no coordination with the trump campaign overwhelming majority of democrats say absolutely there was coordination. so this is already here. it's not going to go away. i don't think these hearings are going to change anybody's opinion about this. if there's some bomb shell that comes out of one of these hearings or a witness which i doubt, that may start to shift this, but for now i think we're just going to see people sitting in their -- >> if that bombshell comes out in the arena is more sober, i think that bombshell means more than it would somewhere else. that may mean that people who are talking to the various committees are more willing to talk to this one. >> also the contrast between the two processes kind of raises the question of why there are two process processes. i think even people on the senate intelligence committee will tell you their expertise is right in the name.
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intelligence. it's -- that is where they're going to be the most confident and they have the most expertise built up on dealing with the questions of what russia did, whether there was coordination. following the money, following financial relationships, if any, that are relevant between the trump campaign and individuals or institutions in russia, that's not so much their expertise. i think whatever the senate kbe intelligence committee produces, i think at the end of the process they'll say we deon't have the full picture. >> chairman burr said they hope to finish by 2018. there's an election in 2018. they think this is going to carryover for a while. if the house intelligence committee investigation, you have the senate intelligence committee. you also have on ongoing fbi investigation which director comey does include the question of cooperation. were there -- listen to director
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commey last night saying we're going to follow the facts. i'll say this is his best joe friday. >> we're not fools. i know when a make a hard decision a storm is going to follow. honestly i don't care. if i have thought about it carefully and am doing the right thing making the right judgment, it doesn't matter what's going to follow. because it's not about that. and honestly, the death of the independent fbi would lie down the path to considering impact. if we ever start to think about who will be affected in what way by our decisions in a political sense, we're done. >> does a collective eye roll. what you heard is a collective eye rolling of every democrat. >> democrats go back to last year's campaign and say hmmm where was he when we needed him. >> i don't think there are a lot of democrats who think director
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comey released that last fall -- the concern is that the letter was released more about the internal politics of the fbi. he was more focused on protecting their -- might leak to press the idea they were sitting on information that could be instrumental in the election. as a result they put the politics of the fbi above kind of the impact on the election and the country. you don't need -- the question really isn't if we're making decisions based on who we think it's going to help or hurt, you can still have an improper political roll worrying about your own political interest. >> if you ask me which of these three investigations i trust most, the fbi is the one. and despite what happened in the -- or maybe because of it, in the election, i do think the fbi, this is their job. it has an ending point in sight spshl sl especially now that we know it exists that makes me feel better. >> everybody should probably tamp down their expectations a little bit. a lot of these investigations
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have been going on since the campaign. up until january 20th, they really haven't come up with anything. we'll probably keep going for quite some time. we may not ever get a smoking gun. i think people need to be prepared for that. >> to your point, that is obviously because if you listen here to the president of russia, vladimir putin, he says there is no -- >> translator: we have said more than once and i want to stress we than according to opinion polls in the usa we have a lot of friends. i want to address them directly. we think the usa is a great country can which we want to have a kind partnership and relationship. everything else regarding russia is lies, hoaxs and provocations. reagan once said to the american people i think it was regarding taxes read my lips, no. >> that was george h.w. bush. you think a good kremlin history
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ma major would know that was not ronald reagan. why don't they shut these down? vladimir putin says there's nothing there. >> there also may be no smoking gun because there's no smoking gun. it could very well be this is less sinister than -- >> the question of whether russia was meddling in the election is not really -- even if possible russian meddling, i think we're past possible based on the judgment of all the intelligence agencies. >> it also doesn't help anyone to have vladimir putin go out there and basically say there's nothing going on here, nothing to see here. >> remember read my lips? he actually then raised taxes. >> to your point, i would epjoy a full day of just talking about what the russians actually did instead of the other speculation. >> absolutely right. >> this might be a good name for a tv show. >> up next is the trump white house turning into a family
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ivanka trump in a major west ring role? nope, not happening. straight from the source. >> people think that you're going to be part of the administration, ivanka. >> i'm -- no. i'm going to be a daughter. but i've said throughout the campaign that i am very passionate about certain issues and that i want to fight for them. there are a lot of things that i feel deeply strongly about that not in a formal administrative capacity. >> well, consider that no longer operative. the president's daughter is working in a west wing office. after weeks of ethics questions, she announced yesterday she will take the title assistant to the president. while not taking a salary she will be disclosed to the same rules of other white house employees. what to make of this? >> from what i hear, she wanted to keep that promise of not having a formal role, but realized on the ethics issues probably superseded that desire.
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everything that they have done up until this point has indicated that, you know, she's going to be sitting in on meetings with world leaders, sitting next to angela merkel, going to theater production with the canadian prime minister. i mean, she's there. she's involved. she's involved clearly because her president -- her father wants her to be and because she wants to be. and -- but we still don't know what she's samiaiming at. we don't know what ivanka wants. >> is this -- a lot of the people who have been complaining about the people being in the white house, the ethics people is it transparent, is this a victory for them or defeat? here's what she said in her statement. i've heard the concerns of some adviedsi advising the -- i will study -- subject to all the same rules as
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other federal employees. throughout this process i've been working closely with my personal counsel to address the nature of my role. it have been steps over kellyanne conway going into the briefing skpro briefing room and -- she got sanctioned for that. in this case she is saying i will be more transparent, right? >> i like this step for her because i think she's probably taking on a role of a fairly active first lady or a fairly active first daughter, grown first daughter as perhaps chelsea clinton might have been in a similar situation at times. to clarify that i think is important. the ethics part is important. she will be subject to specific rules and i think perhaps less than kellyanne or president trump, she is invested in making that look good because that's part of her public persona. i like having her in those rooms because she has influence on her father and she seems like somebody interested. >> he is not someone who has a long political career obviously and someone who has adviesers
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whose only brief. you've got steve bannon who is the kind of architect of the vision of a transformed, you know, ethnic -- defensive nationalist politics then you've got jarred and ivanka whose client is the president. kind of the way michael -- he doesn't have somebody else to be in ha role. on balance, if you have somebody playing this role in a semi official way or outside, the question i have, is the influence going to be there? one area she talked about a lot during the campaign brokered -- after the campaign brokered the meeting been al gore and donald trump. this week he repealed the clean power plan. in the process of repealing. one president obama's second term accomplishments. let see what she actually -- as ba abby said, can she move the issues. >> with the freedom caucus it would have stripped mandatory maternity benefits.
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>> these issues are still pretty stalled. on climate change, the president has actually completely rolled back things on climate change. there's not a whole lot of evidence it's moving in any particular direction as a result. >> you have a power couple in the west wing. he has their trust. ja jarred cu jarred kushner. and he's a key broker among the competing presidential advisers. now you have his wife in the west wing. spear heads the women's issue. we'll see if she can get the ball rolling. as you mentioned she's had some high profile meetings. she has been in the campaign we saw this many times where people would say who's going to try to get him off twitter for a little time, who will try to change habits. she was effective then.
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is she first daughter? is she deputy chief of staff? is she all of those things. >> part of it is trump is trump. she will have influence when she does and not when she doesn't. i think she's most likely to have some influence in these ways. the other thing, too, is i think she's more bullet prove than jared. is he's had this meeting with the russian banker which looks among the more shady of the meetings we've seen. people like her. it's going to be hard to get people concentrate fire on her. she has some respect on that as well. it won't just be the pr issue. in general the trump family has trouble separating business from what they're doing in government because they've never had to do this before. it is who their family is. >> just the other night they were away. there was talk the president was mad at jared because he was away in middle of all the health care stuff. they take their kids on spring break.
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they came back and went for dinner at the trump hotel. >> you hear all the time about these splits in the white house. it is having ivanka and jared there and gary from wall street. you have all these conversations about new york and then there's steve bannon whos t's the disruptive force. he likes it, the president, at least he did during the campaign. you have a good debate of ideas and make a decision and implement it or have a good debate, and if people come out on the losing side runaround trying to undermine it. >> we're seeing the decisions are real and they're there. there are clearly two camps of people who are allied in different ways. the only way you can is on the output of this administration. so far the entirety of the output is in the bannon or even the alliance that sort of a lines between bannon and prebus. it's all over there. it's not jared curb nkushner --
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>> does the timing have anything to do that the outcome is not successful in terms of getting to the finish line? i think we -- maybe we're going to see them undermine obamacare. i think we under estimate what they can do with executive and administrative power. legislate -- >> the lack of firepower in the first place, lack of detail, lack of program. the president said we're going to have a great tax plan. okay. great. and on health care, there really was no clear guide post. they got kind of buffeted around in negotiations by appealing those essential benefits. so i think the bigger question is not so much are there faks th -- factions fighting with either each. >> this has been the most interesting to me for a candidate who was the most
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aggressive candidate, this has been an incredibly passive president. it's like the forces are sort of buffeting him around, oh, well, we can't get the freedom caucus, oh, we have internal debates about which way we should go. he has not come out and said this is what wee going to do. we're either going to continue to watch this or at some point he stands up and says forget it, we're going to focus on this thing. >> this town sometimes wanting a deal, wanting it really badly versus the deal. >> ideological president leading a ideological party, that's going to produce some problems. >> not moderate. >> not moderate. he's learning he can't force them to go his way. the adults took stage. the senate intelligence committee getting a chance to hold a hearing.
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here a shocking new development in the spy novel el gripping the capital. the chairman of the house intelligence committee is going to meet with the panel ranking democrat. that should not be news, right? it's their job. democrat adam schiff has called on devin nunes to recuse himself from the committee highest profile project. schiff thinks nunes is trying to protect the president. >> i hope that we can somehow get back to track, but the chairman is going to have to find a way to lift this cloud. otherwise, we're going to need someone else to preside over this. >> who are determined not to be confused with those folks over there and what they consider to
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be the lesser chamber. >> the committee will go wherever the intelligence leads us. >> this is the right venue, but if we see any attempt to stifle us, you'll error from us. >> they've lost a week to ten days of the investigation because they can't agree to meet. they canceled the public hearing. they couldn't get the fbi director to come up for a hearing. can adam schiff and devin nunes go into a room and come out and say we figured this out, are we going to try again? >> only if the democrats are willing to give nunes a little bit of cover. if he wants a way out of this, democrats have to allow him to. maybe they will because the investigation on a whole is worth everybody picking themselves up and getting back to the tail and moving on. but in order to do that nunes
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has to admit that he was wrong in how he handled it. he has to put some of these hearings back on the taible. there were people who were supposed to come in. he's the chairman of the committee. he decides that. he has to kind of acknowledge it may have been the wrong move and move forward. >> he also had high profile democrats come out and call for him to recuse himself. they're got to walk that back which is odd. then you had national review today coming out and saying he shouldn't be the -- he should no longer be in charge of this investigation. that's a lot more rolling back than just saying sorry, my bad, you guys. >> throughout american history is there anything that senators enjoy more? you can go back to daniel webster making hun of henry clay. but that is kind of their self-ima self-image. it just kind of raises the
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question why resurrect this at this point? there are points on either side. yesterday on cnn, the republican representative, i'm not looking to the house for answers here. i'm looking to the senate. the fact is the house intelligence committee has been somewhat of an island in that rising tied of partisanship and more parliamentary style and the house has been submerged in over the last 25 years and last week we saw the water line go over that levy as well. >> one of the questions has been is the reason democrats think devin nunes has a bias and he went on the old executive office on the white house grounds. had some documents to look at. goes back to the white house and briefs the president. we don't know what's in the documents. we don't know what it's about except he said it has nothing to do with russia. the committee is complaining you're supposed to tell us. he didn't do any of that. the house speaker was asked this morning is that appropriate and is the president under
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investigation maybe? >> do you know if president trump is under investigation himself for ties to russia? >> i volunteerhave no knowledge. >> so if we don't know that -- >> i won't speak for the fbi, but i've never seen any suggestion or any evidence that's the case. >> here's my question f. we don't know if president trump is under investigation, why would it then be appropriate for a member of -- >> let me say is this way -- >> to then go brief the president? >> i don't believe that he is. so i don't think that he is under investigation. no one has suggested that he is. not even in another way. i don't believe that he is. >> you could see nora leading the speaker to a point where wait a minute, if we don't know, don't -- the point is don't you have to be super careful about these things? >> that's why she gets the big bucks. that's a good question and it's the right question. democrats are right to question why would you take this information to the which
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potentially is the subject of not only him but the subject of the underlying investigation. >> this that same interview speaker ryan would not go to far as to defend nunes. he was like, i don't know why he did what he did. it's not really my business. that's really the want you answer when the decision is justifiable. it puts the republican in a tough spot. people are looking at the situation from a common sense perspective and wondering why it happened. no one is jumping to defend. >> i'm on record in favor of being super careful about how you bring this information forward. also the fbi director said associates of trump is what they're investigating. if you put all the people who are supposed to report things to the president, they can't go to him with information, i think that's a bit of a weird standard as well. and as a libertarian, even when incidental and legal, if they are distributed wrongly, then
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that is something that should be investigated. in addition to all the other things that we're investigating. >> i think the chairman may well have a point on this. i think the way out of this if he had called adam schiff, you may disagree but i'm going to the white house to see the president, i invite you to come with me. easy. thank you for that. it would have been easy. >> as easy as health care. >> as easy as health care. who knew? up next, march madness meets global diplomacy. sort of. my business was built with passion... but i keep it growing by making every dollar count. that's why i have the spark cash card from capital one. with it, i earn unlimited 2% cash back on all of my purchasing. and that unlimited 2% cash back from spark means thousands of dollars each year going back into my business... which adds fuel to my bottom line. what's in your wallet?
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welcome back. it could happen to anybody. the question is about your march madness bracket. your mind of course wanders to that big upcoming meeting with china's president. >> so you're feeling comfortable about this weekend?
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>> yes. you know, i think it's so important, this weekend is so important. i'm assuming you're talking about president -- >> no. the gamecocks. { laughter } >> that i'm very comfortable about. >> that would be our ambassador to the united nations nikki haley, the former governor of south carolina. the gamecocks both men and women. >> and football. >> but that's what you really study for the test. no offense at all. she's new at the job. she's going to the council of foreign relations. she wants to look like she's on top of her game. she studied for the test. what is the trick question here. he's trying to close with a softball, have a little fun in the room. >> there are other sports going on besides baseball? was there something else? >> i think that was a really nice moment for her. we'll finally figure out the control of the carolinas which has been a long time brewing. south or north? >> anybody here have a viable
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bracket? >> this is why i don't fill them out. >> i can't deal with disappointment? >> let me show you how you probably deal with disappointment. it's funny because nikki haley there, again, oh, yeah, that. paul ryan's wisconsin badgers are out and nora o'donnell in the cbs interview said i know you, you had a beer when that happened and he gave up beer hear lent. >> no bracket for the president. >> you got nothing for us on this? >> i'm eye dua duke fan, man. bring the hate. it's fine. >> no hate. no hate. >> go with the underdog. >> my rhode island rams did get one win before they went out to oregon. it was nice to see them back in the tournament. that's our light moment at the end. thanks for joining us. just moments away from the white house press briefing. we'll bring you that when it happens.
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senator bernie sanders will be with wolf when it picks up after a break. i'll see you here tomorrow. it's my decision ito make beauty last. roc® retinol, started visibly reducing my fine lines and wrinkles in one week. and the longer i use it, the better it works. retinol correxion® from roc. methods, not miracles.™
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hello, i'm wolf blitzer. it's 1:00 p.m. here in washington. from wherever you're watching thanks very much for joining us. coming up my interview wh bernie sanders. but first russian meddling in the u.s. presidential election front and center as we wait for today's white house press briefing. it's set to get under way in hour. we're going to have live coverage for you. that's coming up. looking at live pictures right now. press secretary sean spicer will face questions about the senate intelligence committee hearings. first hearing on in the senate on the russian investigation. we're also waiting on details on a planned meeting between the republican chairman and the oh o -- the chairman devin nunes under

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