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y282uy ywty good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. so glad you're with us this friday. former national security adviser mike flynn says he is willing to talk to congressional investigators if he is granted immunity from prosecution. flynn is making an offer to the fbi and senate and house intelligence committees to appear before them and talk about and answer their questions about trump campaigns alleged ties to russia. of course flynn was fired after misleading the white house about his own deals with moscow's ambassador to the united states. general flynn certainly has a story to tell. he very much wants to tell us should the circumstances permit. and the president weighing in just a short time ago, tweeting
mike flynn should ask for immunity in what is a witch hunt excuse for big election loss by media and democrats of historic proportion. also this morning the kremlin is striking a pretty dire tone. listen to this. >> new cold war? well, maybe even worse. maybe even worse, taking into account actions of the present presidential administration. >> worse? >> let's begin this hour with sara murray who joins us at the white house. a lot going on. >> there is a lot going on, beginning with democrats hitting back at the president's tweets. adam schiff tweeted back to the president's comments about michael flynn today, saying the question for you, mr. president, is why you waited so long to ask after you learned flynn through your vp had misled the country. of course as you pointed out, michael flynn was ousted from his job as national security advisor because he misled mike
pence about his actions with the russian ambassador. that gets us to his lawyer saying mike flynn will come to the hill, but there is a catch. he wants immunity in exchange for the testimony. i want to read you a portion of the statement from flynn's lawyer explaining this ask, saying no reasonable person who has the benefit of advice from counsel would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution. now, this is what the president and michael flynn are saying about needing immunity today. but listen so what they said when hillary clinton and her associates wanted immunity previously. >> when you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime. >> and if you are not guilty of a crime, why do you need immunity for? right? >> so a very different tone when they were referring to associates of hillary clinton on the campaign trail than they are
taking now. we will see how this progresses. so far we have not heard from these committees on the hill whether they would accept testimony in exchange for immunity. >> thank you so much and the plot is thickening also around the embattled chairman. reports this morning that devin nunes was given highly sensitive intel from staffers inside the white house. the reporting added to the bipartisan firestorm that nunes is too cozy with the administration to lead this investigation of the administration. this is one of many developments unfolding this morning. let's go to capitol hill. >> good morning, poppy. the house and senate are not in session today and congressman nunes is back in his home state of california, at least for the weekend. but all the buzz here on capitol hill is really about the speculation, whether or not there was collusion between nunes and the white house, which led potentially to providing cover for president trump and his allegations that he was
wiretapped. so here is how it went down. yesterday the white house acknowledged, saying that there were staffers who had uncovered some materials related to the surveillance in the campaign of 2016. they then invited the heads of the house and senate intelligence committees to come to the white house and to view the classified information. now, a lot of questions, a lot of specuation that is set off here because it followed previous press reports that identified the people who actually gave and shared the classified information with nunes when he was on the white house grounds. and, poppy, you remember that was the same information he took to the president the following day. so a lot of questions about why it would be that the white house, that these are the same individuals of the nsc go and use the house intelligence committee chair to deliver this message to the president? why not go directly to him? this is the democrat counter part asking those very questions
and raising those red flags. >> the timing certainly looks fortuitous. and probably more than fortuitous. but per the letter, it said that the ranking member had been asking to review these materials, which of course i have. that suggests, of course, that these are the same materials that the chairman has reviewed. and if that's the case, it begs the question, why all the sub troe fugue, if that's what it was. maybe there is an innocent explanation here. i don't understand it. >> so a lot of questions coming from the house intelligence committee. democrats there, as you see. and they have not yet put out a statement in terms of whether or not they will be viewing this classified information, take up the white house invitation. the senate intel committee said they would like to see those documents, but they are asking
for the white house to deliver those documents to them. they don't want to compromise or be too cozy with the white house at this point. >> great reporting. thank you. and still we have the house intel committee just ground to a halt on this investigation. no more meetings planned, no more hearings as far as we know. let's talk about all of this. i'm joined by susan page, juliet and paul callen joins us, criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor. you just wrote a great piece on this on the home of cnn.com. we have to start with flynn. i'm fascinated by this letter from his attorney. he's got a story to tell, folks. he wants to tell it if you can make a deal. what do you make of this and this idea of a queen for a day? >> this is fascinating and criminal defense lawyers face this all the time with clients who may or may not have a problem with potential criminal
charges. and when you want to try to sell your story to the prosecutor so they'll give you immunity. >> which he's doing here. >> they have a queen for a day session. it's based on an old tv show from the 1950s when a woman would come in and tell a tragic story and if she had the most tragic story she would get a washing machine, believe it or not. if they like the story, they will give you immunity. if they don't like the story, they're saying no immunity, we will proceed with our investigation. that's the next step general flynn is saying, to sell his story to the prosecutor. what they will look at, is he telling the truth? can he implicate somebody else that's as high up or higher up. >> what do you make of all this and the president tweeting mike flynn should ask for immunity and he goes on to say this is a
witch hunt, et cetera, et cetera. he wants flynn to tell his story. that's interesting. >> yeah. i don't know how much to make out of the tweet. it's sort of more evidence that, at least the president himself is not the inner circle just aren't taking this seriously. every aspect of it is at best sloppy, at worst signs of a coverup or collusion. i think paul is absolutely right that this is big news about flynn. he is the first person in the inner circle who is suggesting that he's going to turn his back on them. what we don't know is the substance of the proffer. it may be nothing. it may not satisfy what either committees or the fbi want to hear or need to hear to get an investigation. and for all we know, flynn is the one who they're focussing on, right? >> right. >> so we don't know how far up this goes. so it is significant. but we just don't know. we don't yet know how to read the fact that the proffer has not been accepted. is it just a matter of timing?
or is it that he hasn't offered anything? but as for the tweet, you know, this is the -- as i -- this is united states of america, we need to take this seriously. no one questions, no one takes it seriously questions russia's involvement with our election or their attempts to do so in europe or other elections, so the tweet sadly speaks for itself. >> suzanne, i would be remiss not to note what both the president and general flynn said about those who want immunity and what it means just last year. listen. >> when you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime. >> and if you are not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for, right? >> suzanne? >> well, i suspect their perspective on this might be different now, especially for general flynn. and these are words no white house wants to hear, former top aid seeks immunity because he
wants to tell his story. if you go back to the water gate investigation, this is how they unfold. there is an allegation, an official gets insnared in it. he offers to tell his story and you never know where that trail is going to led. >> i was just telling the control room i wanted to get to this point that i want you all to weigh in on as well. there is also this more and more aggressive stance being taken by russia in the tone that they are taking. so the spokesperson for vladimir putin was on "good morning america" this morning and he was asked about the state of relations between the united states and russia right now. just listen to this exchange. >> if we're at the lowest point in history, that means we're in a new cold war. >> new cold war? well, maybe even worse. maybe even worse, taking into account actions of the present presidential administration. >> worse than -- >> so suzanne, i also wanted
your take on that. i mean, he said, yeah, new cold war. maybe even worse. what's the play here? >> you know, this is really very serious. there have been very serious policymakers who think we need to have a better relationship with russia. the obama administration famo famously tried a reset that didn't work out. despite questions about the trump campaign and russia, there are those that think this is a dangerous path we're on, this increasing tension with a big rival, potential adversary right there at the edge of europe. this has consequences for nato, for american security and more. >> and you've got secretary of state tillerson in a meeting with those officials right now. this response from the kremlin comes the day aftersara murray's great reporting that the trump administration not so keen on make ago grand bargain with russia anymore. >> right. it may be in their attempts so sway an election or as we heard
from the senate intelligence committee yesterday certainly create a narrative that was pro trump, it may be that they now realize that trump does not have the capacity or the focus to actually change grand policy. but to remind viewers, there is other issues involved with this investigation not having to do with policy or nato or russia/u.s. relations. that has to do with whether there are any financial gains between trump and his inner circle, manafort specifically and others. what was interesting to me in the house intel committee, which we forget about how, is that fbi director jim comey said there is no position between the ol garks and money issues and the kremlin. he views them as the same. so i think this investigation many go in my stages. >> i just want you to weighin n.
now we know they are saying it is the white house officials that gave him this information. anything legally fuzzy there? >> he has a security clearance and where he chooses to read his intelligence is strictly up to him. so it is very bad politically, but i don't see legal problems for the chairman. >> again, paul's fascinating column, read it. ladies, thank you very much as well. a lot for us this hour. the fall outwi with flynn. and former vice president joe biden making some waves. he says it's time for the president to, quote, grow up. and the president wants to hire american, but here is the problem. u.s. factories are trying, they tell us, but they can't. so who are they hiring? syrian refugees. wait until you see this story.
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chief should ask for immunity and testify and tell his story. the president tweeted immunity would protect flynn against what he's calling a witch hunt. nice to have you here. >> good to be with you. >> let's jump off on that news. flynn is saying he's got a story to tell. that's the words of his attorney and he's seeking immunity. otherwise it's pretty clear he is going to plead the fifth. should he get that immunity? >> i think the american people want to hear this story. this is really getting exhausting and i think it is time for patriotism to really step in here. >> what do you mean? >> who is he going to testify about? we need an independent commission or prosecutor. >> it looks like he is going to testify in front of the senate and house intelligence committee and talk to the fbi. >> i want him to talk to the fbi, have a special prosecutor so that we could get to the bottom of it. too much politics is going on
right now. >> you don't believe on the house side, your side, that their intel committee could get this done because of all the hoopla between schiff and nunes and all that, correct? >> that is correct. >> but do you agree with charlie dent, the republican congressman who told us on this show this week the senate intel committee should take over? if not, why don't you think the senate intel committee who has no political issues at this point in time can handle this? >> we had a special prosecutor investigate a president for whether or not he lied on a sexual situation. >> you're not answering my question. >> what i'm saying -- >> why can't he do it. >> i think the american people need someone who there is no question about. that's why this is about p patrioti patriotism. >> you are saying in no circumstance can the senate intel committee do their job ever? that is what they're set up to do. >> i'm saying let them do their job. at the same time it still should
be when we had 9/11, it was a special commission that was set up. the senate could have done it. the house could have done it. we could have done the review. but in the opinion of everyone at that time because our national security was at stake, we decided we wanted an independent commission set up. so what we're talking about now with regards to russia, the involvement if anybody else was involved, that is our national defense. >> would you be saying the same if the president was a democrat? >> for sure. i don't want the politics of it. i believe for example what you are hearing now about whether or not there was surveillance or not surveillance, whether it was coincidental or not, let the special prosecutor investigate all of it so we could get to the bottom of it and the american people could have the confidence that the politics didn't play into any of it. >> staying on the theme of russia, we're seeing russia take a much more aggressive verbal
stance against the united states just this morning. the spokesperson for putin went on "good morning america" and george asked him are we looking at another cold war? and his response is new cold war? well, maybe even worse. maybe even worse taking into account the present presidential administration. what stance do you want to see the trump administration take on russia at this point in time? >> it is clear that we've got to continue to work with our nato allies and others, that we've got to continue the substantiations that are currently in place, that we've got to make sure that we put pressure on mr. putin with our nato allies, that he cannot continue to interfere with the democrat processes of countries around the globe, which clearly they're doing. if you look not only hear in the united states, france, germany,
the netherlands. supposedly he didn't win in that election. there is concern. >> it looks like the president wants to work more with you guys, more with the democrats than the house freedom caucus. how do you see that? >> well, if the president now understands that the freedom caucus wants nothing, if he's going to do what he said his promise was, that he was going to make sure that costs went down, that everybody is covered, i think that we could find ways to do that. >> you think this president could make obamacare better? >> he has said that's what he's going to do. he's talking about repealing the affordable care act. let's not repeal it. let's fix it. let's repair it. >> the republican house caucus doesn't feel this is a repeal at all. >> that's why we get moderate republicans to join and really do something collectively and
leave those individuals who think government shouldn't have anything to do with health care, leave them out because that doesn't make sense. >> still to come for us t trump white house is fighting several battles at once. we will hear what to expect next from a man who knows exactly what it is like to be in that job in the west wing. very excited to have david axelrod joining us next. featuring ego's patented, 56 the #1 rated,volt,power+ mower. arc lithium battery technology, it delivers the cutting-torque of gas. the ego mower's durable construction makes mowing in difficult conditions easy. the self-propelled model makes it effortless. and it folds flat in seconds for easy storage.
only 71 days in, and the storm the churns on a few fronts. michael flynn has a story he wants to tell, but guess what? he wants immunity to tell it. two staffers inside the white house are the ones that provided that intelligence to devin nunes. joining us to talk about it, david axelrod, host of a very
awesome podcast, the axe files which i listen to with my daughter every night during din in. >> i want her months. >> she's 11-months old. >> this is what the president tweeted this morning. michael flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt. this is a big deal, david, because this is someone so close to the president, a trusted adviser and then in his nern circle and then having one of the top jobs. how do you see it? >> well, look. i don't know. i mean, first of all, the president's tweets are driving this story in many ways, which is really bewildering to me. let's back up for a second. every one agrees that the russians interfered in our election in a big way. john mccain, who is on the podcast that will be on cnn
tomorrow night said this was like dropping bombs on our country, worse than dropping bombs on our country. and the president is involved in tweets like this, and it is a mistake. it is a mistake. but, yes, this is a big moment, it seems to me. you know, mike flynn was as close to donald trump as could be. >> as you could get. >> he was for a few short weeks the national security advisor. >> let's take a minute and listen to what you just mentioned because you have this fascinating sit down with john mccain that's part of your special hour airing tomorrow night on cnn. here is that exchange. play it. >> it is now clear everyone seems to agree the russians did interfere in our election campaign. >> if you destroy the fundamental of democracy, there is certain fundamentals, rule of law, respect, et cetera, but one of them is freedom to elect
legitimaticale icallly leadersh. that's fundamentally principal. and if you destroy that, then you have really destroyed eed democracy. >> if an american citizen were complicit with the russians, would that be tantamount to treason? >> i think you would have to gauge the circumstances. it is one thing to have a conversation. it is another thing to plot together. but i think it would be -- it would be something that that individual would have to be held accountable. >> i should note, i mean, you ran a campaign against john mccain. >> i did. i did. but you know something, one of the things that's happened to our politics i think is very, very concerning is that we've lost the ability to disagree with each other and still respect each other. and one of the things i try to do in my podcasts, what i'd like to do in these broadcasts is establish the idea we can come from different places
politically and still admire each other as people who love this country. that was why i wanted to sit down with john mccain. what he said there, poppy, is very, very important because i think that's the hinge of this whole thing. we know that the russians did what they did. the question is, did anybody coordinate with them? did the campaign or did they not know what was going to happen? we know roger stone kind of tipped his mitt as to some of the -- some of the wikileaks stuff on podesta that was going to be -- >> as you know, he says he did not. in his conversations there is nothing there. >> i understand what he says now and you understand why he would say that. and maybe that turns out to be true. if that is true, then we have a significant crisis. and it seems like the president is trying to create a lot of brush fires elsewhere to deflect attention from the main question. >> what about the fighting on health care? this was the first deal the
president needed to make, he and paul ryan didn't get it done. what about the attacks that are increasing by the day on his own party? look at what the president tweeted about the freedom caucus, they will hurt the entire republican agenda if they don't get on the team and fast. clearly saying he wants to primary those that don't get on board. is that a winning strategy to fight your own party? >> i this i the bigger concern is there is in improvisational quality to the president's strategy. one week he's caters to the freedom caucus and then he's threatening them. then he hints he might be working with democrats who have no reason to work with him and to whom he made no outreach during the whole process. it seems as if he's making it up as he's going on. that worked for him in the campaign. it doesn't work for you in government. >> i want you to weigh in on vice president joe biden making a lot hof headlines yesterday. first of all, when he was asked
by this moderator his number one piece of advice for president trump it was to, quote, grow up. but then he said this about hillary clinton and her failure in the campaign. listen. >> this is the first campaign that i can recall where my party did not talk about what it also stood for. and that is how to maintain a middle class. you didn't hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making $60,000 a year and the wife making $32,000 as a hostess in a restaurant and they've got two kids and they can't make it and they're scared. >> he didn't use her name, but it was pretty clear who he was talking about. is he right? >> i think he is half right. she did speak a lot about those issues, but there was an
undertone to the campaign that was sort of a coded message to these voters. it was we've got women, minorities, young people. we don't really need you. >> she didn't have them. >> you're not really part of this. at the end of the day, it was not only a bad strategy, but it was the wrong message from a leadership standpoint to impart. the democratic party should have reached out more aggressively to these voters. she probably should have spent more time in places like michigan and wisconsin and pennsylvania. >> you think? >> than arizona. >> well, yeah. she didn't go to michigan once in the general. you're close to president obama. what's he doing right now? what he' thinking right now. >> he's writing. he's reflecting. i'll tell you. this i have known the man for 25 years. we're good friends. it was palpable the day he got elected. i walked into the room and it was like this burden had been
placed on his shoulders. you could feel it. you could feel the gravity of that moment. >> yeah. >> and the reverse is true as well. he now seems to me more like the guy that i knew before he got elected. you could feel the weight of the office -- >> a little less gray hair? >> if that has happened, it's coming through a bottle and not through the natural process. but i knew how seriously he took that job and i'm happy he has that lightness with comes with being relieved of that burden. i will say i think it is important for any president to understand the gravity of the job. >> yeah. by the way, i mistake. she didn't go to michigan, not michigan in the general. >> yes. i didn't correct you. >> yeah, you're very nice. >> thank you. nice to have you on. david axelrod. of course you are going to want to watch the axe files special tomorrow night 9:00 p.m.
eastern. still to come for us, a growing epidemic forcing u.s. companies to hire refugees over americans. we're talking about these companies led by trump supporters along the rust belt hiring syrian refugees instead. why? listen. >> i know that refugees need an opportunity when they come here, and employers given the opportunity. but people like us who also live here need an opportunity.
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pennsylvania is an american company that needs workers, but has had trouble filling the jobs because american workers are failing drug tests. >> 20% of people are failing. >> that's pretty high. >> we're seeing positive from marijuana and heroin. >> employees testing positive for drugs has increased steadily over the past few years, reaching the highest level in a decade. >> how many people here are refugees? >> almost everybody that you're seeing here. >> at sterling, refugees have become a hiring solution to the drug problem. >> the immigrant workforce that's here has filled a void that we had, that we were unable to fill with our local labor pool. >> it is a dynamic seen in many parts of the country, from up state new york, ohio, indiana
and kentucky. but many people don't want to talk about it. >> they don't want to admit there is a problem when it comes to drug testing and refugees are filling that void. >> with president trump's executive order putting a temporary on refugees and loss of job. businesses are in a tough spot, especially when they are in need of workers. within three months, he got a job at the factory. >> in terms of business, how important are refugees to a city like eerie? >> i think they're extremely important. they are the one growing group in this city. it's a city that that has been on decline, so it is the only growing occupy. >> they arrived to a city
struggling economically and dealing with a growing epidemic. >> the reality is when business owners are telling you that they can't find native residents who will do these jobs or they can't find enough people in the community to pass a drug test, what are they to do? they need to seek out employees somewhere. and for now immigrants are a really good source of that labor. >> that man is from syria. united states, indoe thenesia, vietnam. >> when we work with our refugee ministries, we haven't had any troubles at all with drug testing. so refugees are filling that gap for you? >> yeah. in this instance there were refugees available, ready to contribute and we were thrilled to be able to give them that
opportunity. >> we are going to get you some shoes okay? good luck tomorrow. >> send us as many as you can. i hear this every day, whether it's a small local restaurant to amazon. we get flyers. we get e-mails, phone calls, we need people. >> okay. what do you remember about work shift? >> we usually get someone employed within three days. we have had someone start within one day. that's how fast refugees are able to get employed. so they are not taking the jobs. they are filling the gaps. >> we spoke with locals about the struggle to find jobs because of drugs. >> right now, heroin and meth is one of the biggest problems. >> recently in louisville, there were 151 overdose calls in just four days and methamphetamine use is so high here, the number of people testing positive is 40% higher than the national average. >> i did crack cocaine and
heroin. after trying to talk jobs and lose jobs, getting a job and lose a job, i said, might as well not try because i'm pretty sure people want to keep their jobs. it is just not knowing how to stop. >> in erie, pennsylvania we hear similar stories. >> i'm 36, and my drug of choice was heroin. >> any stores don't give someone like me -- they wouldn't give me the opportunity. they just see my background and that's all they see. they don't see me as a person. >> i mean, what do you think of the fact that for these employers they have had to go to new workers because of the drug problem? >> i understand completely. those refugees they come here with the american dream in their mind. they come to work. come to build their life. they obviously work hard compared to a drug addicted individual that just scrapes by, does the bare minimum to get by every day. so i completely understand.
>> i know refugees need an opportunity when they come here and employers give them an opportunity. but people like us that live here also need an opportunity. i'm not saying they don't deserve it. but we deserve it as well. >> every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit american workers and american families. >> when you hear that our president wants to ban refugees, what goes through your mind, especially from a business perspective? >> great question. i knew you were going to get to that question. 25% of our workforce are either refugees or immigrants. without them, there are costs we would have incurred that would have made us nonprofitable. there certainly is an impact to that. >> sterling technology management voted for president trump hoping to grow their business under his administration. >> do i want to see all of my people deported, absolutely not. they have help build this
company. we can't grow without people who want to do the work. >> people need to get off drugs. it is something in our area of the country it is really bad. drugs are a serious problem. we are going to continue to test. a workforce that's not doing drugs is the workforce we want. >> what a fascinating piece. you know, that last man, a trump supporters running sterling technology. 25% of his business syrian refugees, but a lot of business leaders didn't want to talk to you. >> no. that was the thing. this is a sensitive issue. within one hand, even people who voted for president trump from a business perspective, refugees are filling this void. and, so, they want president trump to help from a business hand point with tax cuts, but when it comes to their workers, they say they can't do it without refugees. many from muslim majority countries. >> they don't want to alienate the president. >> and they don't want to open their doors. luckily enough we found
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pick heating up. the first democrats are breaking with their party, planning to vote yes for justice neil gorsuch, this as more than half of the democratic colleagues plan to apparently filibuster gorsuch's nomination. republicans not ruling out the nuclear option, if that is the occasion. actually, they're pretty clear that they'll use it. our arianna vogue has more and is here now. you have senator manchin of west virginia, heidi heitkamp of west virginia saying they'll vote yes. where does that put the count? >> they are getting close to a historical brink with the supreme court. those two dems are under pressure, and it's all about the math now. it takes, as things stand, 60 votes to confirm. and right now, as of this morning, 33 democrats are suggesting a filibuster. manchin and heitkamp were the first to break ranks with schumer. and basically, they said we're furious about garland. he should have gotten a hearing, but gorsuch is qualified.
it was sort of a message of matter here. republicans made clear, they're going to change the rules if the dems try to filibuster to make it easier to get through. that would be a big change. >> so, i mean, you're an expert on the court. is there any chance that a showdown over the rules, over this use of what would be a first, using the nuclear option when it comes to a supreme court pick -- is there any chance that might be averted at this point? >> well, senator coons, who sits on the senate judiciary committee, early on, he said, come on, let's come up with something so that we don't have to do this. and then yesterday, mccain, he floated a deal, but even he admitted, look, i don't even know if i've got the votes for this. so, the committee vote right now is on monday. and so far, we don't see any deals in the near future, poppy. >> you've got the committee vote monday. friday you've got the full vote. we'll be watching it.
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com top of the hour. i'm poppy harlow. so glad you're with us. michael flynn ready to talk, if he's granted immunity. the former national security adviser makes an offer to the fbi and the two congressional investigation committees that are looking at potential ties between the trump campaign and russian officials. flynn, of course, was fired after misleading white house officials about his own dealings with moscow's ambassador to the united states. his attorney this morning saying, "general flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit."
and president trump weighing in on twitter this morning, saying, "mike flynn should ask for immunity in this witch hunt excuse for a big election loss by the media and democrats of historic proportion." also making headlines this morning, the kremlin citing history, saying, u.s./russia relations are nearing a new low. listen. >> new cold war? well, maybe even worse. maybe even worse, taking into account actions of the present presidential administration. >> sara murray joins us from the white house with more. what else are we hearing? >> reporter: good morning, poppy. the white house consistently over the last couple weeks has tried to downplay the russia story as a media-generated controversy. but it's worth noting in the wake of the president's tweet this morning, that fbi director james comey while on the hill said their investigation into russia began in july, which is, of course, months before we knew the election results. adam