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have wonderful weekends, but don't move a muscle. my boyfriend john berman is sitting in for jake tapper today. "the lead" starts right now. thanks, brooke. the president has doubts about vaccines, but all of a sudden loves immunizations. "the lead can the "starts right now. former national security advisers michael flynn once settinged the only people who want immunity are the only people who have committed a crime. now he's offering to testify before congress if he gets, um, immunity, and the president agrees. plus, candidate trump blasted him calling him biased because of his mexican bias. now judge curieel has approved a settlement in the trump university lawsuits that cost trump millions. the nfl wouldn't even allow las vegas ads to run through the super bowl and now the raid remembers moving to sin city. does the taxpayer funded $750 million stadium have anything to
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do with it? welcome to "the lead." i'm john berman in for jake tapper. we're waiting for the top democrat on the housing intelligence committee to emerge from the white house where right now he's viewing classified documents that could be relevant to the committee's russia probe which just got a new wrinkle. the white house is now urging the president's fired national security adviser to testify before congressional investigators, but before he talks general michael flynn wants immunity to be questioned about possible links between trump associates and russia. his former boss says go for it. even though both flynn and the president have previously insisted if somebody requested immunity they are probably guilty of something. what you're looking at right now is actually president trump in the oval office moments ago signing some executive orders on trade. let's listen in. >> great job. >> both the president and general flynn, of course, have said if you ask for immunity, you must be guilty. you can bet their view of that has changed today. cnn senior white house
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correspondent jeff zeleny joins me now. jeff, just more drip, drip, drip in the russia probes. >> reporter: john, we're ending the week here with a larger stack of unanswered questions about the russia investigation and suddenly general michael flynn, who was forced to resign back in february, is now front and center in all of this again here, but we're now -- >> during the campaign i traveled the nation and visited the cities and towns devastated by unfair trade policies, probably one of the major reasons i'm here today, trade. nobody's ever made bad trade deals like our country has made. i saw the shuttered factories and spent time with the laid off factory workers. i heard their stories, and i promised them action, and i promised them a solution, and all over america you're already seeing the solutions start to take place. take a look at what's going on in michigan with ford and general motors and fete chrysler and so many more.
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the jobs in wealth have been stripped from our country. year after year. decade after decade trade deficit upon trade deficit reaching more than $700 billion last year alone and lots of jobs. thousands of factories have been stolen from our country, but these voiceless americans now have a voice in the white house. under my administration the theft of american pros pert will end. we're going to defend our industry and create a level playing field for the american worker, finally. today i am signing two executive orders that send this message loud and clear, and that set the stage for a great revival of american manufacturing, and you saw that today. you saw what happened. you saw the kind of numbers we have. the survey actually showed 93%
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of manufacturers are now optimistic about the future, a record high, and that's up from about 56% just a couple of months ago. we're going to build on that tremendous momentum, and we're bringing manufacturing and jobs back to our country. first i'm signing an executive order to ensure that we fully collect all duties imposed on important importers that cheat. they are cheaters. from now on those who break the rules will face the consequences, and there will be very severe consequences. second, i am ordering the first ever comprehensive review of america's trade deficits and all violations of trade rules that harm the united states and the workers of the united states just as i promised during my campaign. this review will be led by
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secretary wilbur ross who is joining us here today. wilbur is an outstanding success story, an unbelievable businessman, a great but very, very fair negotiator, and on wall street he's simply known as wilbur, and everybody knows him. and now we have him on our side. so i thank you, wilbur. it's really -- you're going to do a fantastic job. we're going to investigate all trade abuses and based on those findings we will take necessary and lawful action to end those many abuses. i'm not beholden to any political or financial interest, i don't care. i'm here to do a job. i'm dock a job for the american worker. i really don't care. i'm not thinking about my business or anybody's business. wilbur isn't, peter isn't.
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none of the folks that we have up here are. we're doing a job. it's an opportunity like nobody's ever given, and we're here to do a great job for the american worker and for our companies where the american workers are employed. i work for the american people. whether you're a democrat or a republican or belong to no party at all. you are an american, and i'm here to represent you and your family. i'm going to get this thing straightened out. we are going to get these bad trade deals straightened out, right, peter? it's time. you've been looking at it for years, right, wilbur? this combination over here, can't be beaten. that's why i defied the special interests and followed through on my pledge to withdraw immediately from the transpacific partnership, and that's why i am taking these very historic steps today.
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the well-being of america and the american worker is minority star, and these two orders will point out our nation and point to everybody, point to the world. next week, as you know, in florida, the southern white house, we're having the president of china and a large group from china, his representatives, and we're going to get down to some very serious birks and we look forward to it. i've spoken to him numerous times on the phone. we look very much forward to it, but it's been very bad what's been happening to our country in terms of our companies and in terms of our jobs, so we're going to start turning it around. we're going to turn it around fast. not going to take a long time. it's going to go fast, so i just want to end by saying that we have a team that's second to none, and when everybody is as bald and fully in gear after
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these two orders i think it's going to be something very special. i would like to ask wilbur to say a few words and then peter you say a few words. we're all set our vice president, i think i'm speaking for both, i'm not 100% sure. >> yes, you are. >> i'll tell you one thing, he has one heck of a good marriage going. >> thank you, wilbur. >> the white house talking about two executive orders he signed and in ending trade abuse and he talked about a meeting he's holding next week with the president of china where he's having the meeting he called at the southern white house, his estate in mar-a-lago in palm beach, florida. that happens next week, so this is just one of the things going on at the white house at this moment. one of the other things going on at the white house grounds, congressman adam schiff, the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee is looking at classified documents that the white house is somehow linked to the whose's russia investigation and any moment he could leave the white house.
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i mwell, what are youe to take care odoing tomorrow -10am? staff meeting. noon? eating. 3:45? uh, compliance training. 6:30? sam's baseball practice. 8:30? tai chi. yeah, so sounds relaxing. alright, 9:53? i usually make their lunches then, and i have a little vegan so wow, you are busy. wouldn't it be great if you had investments that worked as hard as you do? yeah. introducing essential portfolios. the automated investing solution that lets you focus on your life. welcome back. let turn back to senior white house sforpt-of-correspondent jeff zeleny at the white house. as fired national security adviser michael flynn looks for
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an immunity deal to talk to congress, we just learned as far as the fbi is concerned, there are no indications that they would be open to such a deal. >> john, that's right. law enforcement officials are telling cnn that they have no interest, the fbi does not at this time, of talking to michael flynn. they have already and there's no interest in an immunity deal at this point. of course, that would all come from the department of justice to make any decision like that so unclear if the president today was trying to send them a message when he said mr. flynn should get immunity. >> reporter: any comment on michael flynn, mr. president? >> reporter: president trump facing new questions tonight on michael flynn, his former national security advisers whose shadow still looms large at the white house. flynn is offering to testify in exchange for immunity in the growing probe of russia meddling in the 2016 election. flynn, a retired army general fired after only 26 days in office for misleading congress for contacts with the russian ambassador.
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the president took the unusual step of inserting himself in an ongoing investigation saying on twitter mike flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch-hunt, excuse for a big election loss, by media and dems of historic proportion. white house press secretary sean spicer amplified that position today. >>y will believes mike flynn should go up there and testify and do what he has to do to get the story out. >> reporter: immunity offer for flynn was rebuffed by the senate intelligence committee and drew skepticism from congressmen like jason chaffetz who took issue with the characterization by the president as a witch-hunt. >> it's very mysterious to me why general flynn is out there wanting him immunity. i don't think congress should give him immunity. >> reporter: it all adds up to another head-spinning moment at the white house considering what the president said about immunity last year on the campaign trail. >> if you're not guilty of a crime, why do you need immunity for, right? >> reporter: it was a frequent
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attack against his rival hillary clinton. >> did anybody ever see anybody get immunity, everybody. >> reporter: after leading attacks of his own at the republican convention. >> yes, that's right, lock her up! >> reporter: flynn had this to say about i sglunt when you are given immunity it means you've probably committed a crime. >> reporter: at the white house today spicer said it was not hypocritical to suddenly support immunity if it brought to light the president's belief that conversations with trump aides were swept up by government surveillance. >> he's saying do whatever you have to do to go up to make what happen and take whatever precautions can you want. >> reporter: a member on the senate house intelligence committee sounded exasperated saying that the president may be trying to muddy the waters. >> for the president. united states to pursue this in this manner and have all of us directed away from what we should be doing which is looking at the russia connection is really a shameful set of circumstances. >> reporter: now this whole discussion of immunity really
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raises the question of in exchange for what? immunity is offered to high -- ranking government officials if they offer someone else or more information about someone in a higher position. john there, aren't too many people higher than general flynn was. >> that's exactly right. answered only to the president. jeff zeleny at the white house, thanks so much. any moment now congressman adam schiff could emerge from an office next to the white house. he's looking at classified information related to the house intelligence committee's russia investigation. what will he tell us? stick around. the mercedes-benz of tomorrow will transform not just the automobile, but mobility itself. an autonomous-thinking vehicle protecting those inside and out. and it's the mercedes-benz of today that will help us get there. the 2017 e-class, with innovations no car has offered before. and that will change driving forever after. lease the e300 for $549 a month at your local mercedes-benz dealer.
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welcome back. president trump's fired national security advisers michael flynn now says he has a story to tell but will only testify if he receives immunity. this comes as the top democrat on the house intelligence committee adam schiff right now is reviewing documents at the white house. joining me a democratic member of the house intelligence committee. i think he's in the oeb right now reviewing the documents.
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we don't know what he's seeing so i won't specifically what's in there but i will ask you if you think it's a positive development he's being invited to come look. >> certainly something we should all have been able to see a couple weeks ago and never should have been done at the white house when the chairman went over there the day after director comey testified, but we want to get this information back on track. american people are counting us to find out if the there were any personal or political or financial ties to russia. >> press secretary spicer said no one is nokeus on the unmasking of certain individuals and does that concern you at all? >> these are merely smoke bombs rolled into obstruct an investigation into the ties between russia and the president's campaign. that is separate, and we should always look at anyone who breaks the law, but to suggest that's more important than an attack on our democracy is quite frankly
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ridiculous and i won't be distracted by that and i hospital american people aren't either. >> i couldn't agree more it's a completely different issue from whether russia meddled in the elections and whether trump associates coordinated with the russians during the election but the separate matter of was there incidental collection and were identities unmafrkd sked inappropriately, in and of itself is that something worth investigating and worth exposeing? >> i think it should be done separate from our investigation. what we want to know is why was -- why were people on donald trump's team going over to russia while the interference campaign was going on, like carter page? why did roger stone know before the rest of the world did that russia would hack john podesta's e-mails and then use guccifer2.0 to get to and we want to make sure this never happens again. that's something democrats and republicans should unite around. >> general michael flynn asking the congressional committees for
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immunity, you're against granting immunity. why? >> generally immunity is not something you give to innocent people, and it's not something that an innocent person would ask for. i've promised homicide cases using immunity agreements. usually you use that because you need testimony you can't get otherwise but you still want the witness to be truthful. so far all we know about general flynn is he hasn't been very truthful about what he had to do with russia and so i'm skeptical at this point, and i also want to know what the department of justice thinks of this. >> the department of justice -- as of now the fbi says it has no reason to grant immunity, no intention of doing so and let me said what two ethic lawyers who worked in democratic and republican administrations and says this case is different. finding the truth is more important than finding the guilty because it's critical to our national security and the future of our democracy. they say it might be worth it to grant immunity to get to the truth. >> and, john, again, when i
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would deal with prosecutions of murder cases, you want to know what do they have to give first, and you don't want to the have any conditions on that. you need to test the individual to see if they can be truthful and forthcoming, and so far to just say i want immunity and not to share with our staff what he seeks to tell, i'm not interested in in a. >> so i've talked to you a few times over the course of this investation. the question i always ask you is have you seen any evidence at this point of collusion between trump associates and the russians? have you? >> yes, yes. unclassified, and there's classified, and i think the unclassified is almost as powerful, john. i mean, again, roger stone, being able to tell the world at john podesta's e-mails were about to be hacked before anyone else knew it, that is powerful circumstantial evidence and dna evidence, by the way, john, is also circumstantial evidence ed in courtrooms across america. it can be just as strong as direct evidence. >> you're not saying dna evidence exists here. eric swalwell, we're about to
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>> reporter: the president issued a paper statement really critical of how this is essentially all going down noting that he in his words doesn't have the appropriate agency representatives in there alternate white house meeting today so it might not even be possible for him to understand the full context of the documents that he's reviewing today so essentially really blasting the white house for continuing how this unfolds. >> house intelligence ranking member adam schiff shuttling to the white house today to review classified information offered up by the white house, an invitation extended by the white house sent in this letter to the intelligence committee on thursday but it's not clear if schiff will be looking at the same classified documents shown to house intelligence chairman devin ninz a devin nunes and adam schiff
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saying he has profound concern about the way this information is being handled. first reported in "new york times" a u.s. official now confirms to cnn white house staffers are believed to be two individuals involved and still unknown is whether the two white house staffers were involved directly showing nunes the documents when he was on white house grounds last week as he looked at the intelligence materials that claims he showed trump aides campaign conversations with picked up in intelligence collection and nunes remaining adamant, a spokesman saying chairman nunes will not confirm or deny speculation about his source's identity and he will not respond to speculation from anonymous sources. the white house staffers' involvement fueling even more questions about the independence of nunes' investigati from the white house. >> i'm firmly convinced that the
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president a his aides concocted this and drew devin nunes into it, and he became, you know, an advocate and abetter to what i believe is an absolute fabrication. >> reporter: and even more criticism of the credibility of nunes' claim that the information was brought to him by a whistleblower. >> to me this looks like -- nothing like a whistleblower case, and -- and, again, i think the white house needs to answer is this instead a case where they wish to effectively launder information through our committee to avoid the true source of the information. >> reporter: white house today -- >> we all found out, you, me, everyone else, that is coming down here after he held a press conference with your colleagues to say he was coming down here based on stuff that he had found that didn't have to do with russia, that had a whistleblower source had given him. >> reporter: attempting to swat down the criticism. >> what he did and what he saw and who he met with was 100%
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proper. >> reporter: meantime as the firestorm continues torow around nunes, speaker of the house paul ryan is face increasing questions if he still stands by the chairman. a spokeswoman today saying the speaker doesn't note disclosure to chairman nunes. the chairman has the speaker's full confidence. >> reporter: and as the questions continue to swirl around him and since the house is not in session chairman nun seds back at hnunes is back home in his district in california. he's been very silent of all of the day's developments. >> sunlan, thanks so much. joining me is republican senator james langford of oklahoma who serves on the senate intelligence commiee and thanks so much for being here. let me ask you off the bat. do you support granting immunity for general flynn? >> i'm going to let the chairman of the committee make that decision as we walk through the process. we'll want to hear from general flynn. we think he has something to contribute to things information and the other witnesses we've
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reached out to all have voluntarily agreed to meet with us and we do look forward to meeting to all of them, including general flynn. >> no one else has ask for immunity? >> i'm not going to go into the details of how we operate but everyone ee has voluntarily cooperated. >> i'll take that as a yes even though you didn't say it that way. general flynn and president trump both repeatedly suggested during the campaign that if someone is granted immunity it suggests that they committed a crime. do you agree with that characterization? >> that makes good politics in the conversation in a campaign time period, but you and i both know a lot of people address immunity issues for a lot of reasons, not just past behavior but what happens in the testimony. it's often that somebody is sitting down at the desk and as they are being interviewed there's a tripup so they are worried about perjury charges and lots of issues. it would a pretty free conversation if he has immunity so question ask about anything and address any issue, but we'll see where that goes in theays ahead and what the agreement is.
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>> the president said this morning in a tweet, he called the investigation into russia a probe that you are involved in, he called it a witch-nt. are you on a witch-hunt? >> no. we're not on a witch-hunt. we're out to get the facts and it's beneficial to the white house and to the american people to get as many of these facts out as fast as we can get them out to make sure that we takes the facts wherever the facts go to get it resolved because at the end of this we're going to put out aipartisan report from the senate intelligence committee after we go through literally thousand of pages of documents and highly classified documents, a lot of different interviews. as we finish this investigation we'll put out a bipartisan report and reporters like you and others that will say did you ask x, y, z? we need to beble to answer yes to show we were thorough in the process and to get it out so we can settle this one way or the other. >> i listened to your hearing and it was fascinating. serious information and serious discussion about russia trying to get involved, trying to meddle in elections all over the world, including this election. it's a very serious matter.
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does it help focus the attention of the american people ton when the president of the united states calls this quest a witch-hunt? >> i think everyone is going to realize for what it really is. we've got another election coming up two years from now. the president wants to make sure that russia stays out it four years from now as well. this is what europe has dealt withor a very long time. we've not paid attention to it and said it's over there, and for whatever reason russia decided to engage with us and they decided years before this election that they were going to ramp up and try to engage in this. the way that they actually prepared for it and the things that they laid how the in the process, it was clear they had planned to be involved in this election for a while. so the key thing for us is how do we fight that off next time to make sure that the american people have all the facts that they need for a future election that they were able to confront a russia and to be able to make sure they understand why our cyber doctrine is and when they cross the line to engage in our elections it's over the line. >> cnn has confirmed the two white house staffers helped
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chair nunes get access to the troubling information as he described it at white house last week. chairman nunes and the administration have noisht you'd a denial. i know you don't want to comment on the house investigation. i'm not asking you to comment on the house investigation but on how the white house has handled it given how its staffers provided this information. do you think they have handled it well? >> we asked the white house -- the white house weeks ago to give to us any documents that they had leading to any accusations that were in the public. we're gathering all documents of everything related to this, and if they have anything, we've asked them to turn that hover. now they have been responsive to us, as you know yesterday sitting in no doubt to the chairman and ranking member will be able to take a look at this information of both the house and senate committees. i would be pretty confident tha those documents would then come to us within days as well and we'll add it to the ongoing investigation. there are thousand of pages of documents we're going through so we're glad to have those added to the conversation but it's a part of e whole. >> senator james lankford of
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all right. welcome back to "the lead." let's stick to politics it. on the panel cnn political commentator david axelrod who was senior adviser to president
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obama and analyst david gergen who wan an individual, to presidents nixon, ford, reagan and clinton, so a lot of good advice given by both of these men. before we get to the substance of the fact that general michael flynn, former national security adviser asking for immunity i want to put this question to you. if you were sitting in the west wing in your old job and someone walked in and said, hey, this fired senior staffer just asked for immunity, david axelrod, what would be your response? >> i would say i miss my old life. you know, the -- i never had that experience you know, so i don't know how i would react, but david has had so many experiens in different administrations that he can speak to that, but, look, there's no way i saw jack kingston on the air last night trying to spin it as somehow a positive thing. there's nothing positive about this, okay? this is bad news. it marks a -- a step up in the
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seriousness of the investigation and you've got a guy who is super close to the president both in the campaign and was national security advisers for the first weeks of the administration who now by his own standard and the president's apparently implicated in something. >> david gergen, you can answer that question and also note that the president was tweet begun that this morning. he basically said he agreed michael flynn should get immunity. why? because he calls the investigation a witch-hunt. what do you make of that? >> if i were sitting in the white house like david ax record, you know, i think the first thing we would do is go to the president and urge him not to say anything anywhere until you've had time to figure it out. i think it's a mistake to call it a witch-hunt. it seems to taint the whole thing in some way, dismiss it and -- and that's just not a good signal from the president. i do think that you have to say when donald trump go out and get
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immunity and testify, he is trying to send a signal, i'm not afraid of what you have to say. there's nothing -- typically get people immunity in order to -- the official investigating officers can get somebody higher up. who is higher than flynn if it's not the president so when the president says go ahead and talk, go ahead and sing he's showing a certain amount of bravado that there ain't nothing there and they repeat that had from the white house. sean spicer said you know what, he should go testify, go testify, michael flynn. maybe you're right they are trying to express confidence. >> david axe rod, when you and i were on new yeas day, with alisyn camerota with donald trump voters and they asked them about their opinions about this investigation. how many of you, raise your hands, are concerned about the russia implications and allegations that you've heard? >> i think we've got to get to the point where we let things like this whole russia thing settle down and move on and let
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the man be president. >> no one raised their hands and said they were concerned. they care about other things more. they think it's a distraction. it's fascinating. >> there's instruction in this. i think his base is sticking with him. this same group, another part of this interview, gave him mostly all as for his performance so facts and circumstances and i actually think, you know, leaving the policy aside which i think has real problems, his stepping out on trade this afternoon and announcing a very aggressive trade order or two of them that he was signing that will get us into contretempses with the germans and others, probably plays much more to this base than any concerns they might have about this particular story. >> which gets me to an obvious follow-up, david gergen. why then keep on fueling the fire here which is the president is doing by tweeting about it this morning with general flynn
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saying go get immunity because it's a witch-hunt. why play the games that they are playing with devin nunes and white house staffers? doesn't that draw focus back to russia whe obviously your bas wants to see something else? >> well, that's an interesting question whether it draws attention back to russia or creates a fog back around the russian investigation. you know, you might have - if there's a fire there, they may want to create -- i think they are working to create a lot of clouds around it so you can't really see the fire very well, but i -- i do think did axelrod is right. you know, the trade issue plays very well that base, but i must tell you cannot continue to count on the basic there if things get more and more serious. if it looks -- if somebody gets indicted that's close to the president, if something like that appears or there's some report that comes from a bipartisan committee headed by a republican saying there really was collusion and we believe there's circumstantial evidence that. can wear with your base. when nixon held his base, i was there for a fairly long time,
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and even during the anti-war rallies and -- and outbreaks during the early '70s nixon won by a massive landslide in '72, but that base disappeared on him over time and you have to be aware that have in the white house. you can't sit there complacently. >> david axelrod, the big question gets to donald trump's relationship and the president's relationship and russia and was there collusion during the campaign. you'll get a special that's airing on cnn. you sit down with senator john mccain and you asked him about the president's relationship with russia and comments he's made about vladimir putin. let's listen. >> what did you think when you saw the president with bill o'reilly when o'reilly called putin a thug and a murderer and the president said, well, you think we're so innocent? >> what o'reilly sailed, it stands out in my memory. he said he is a killer, and the president said, well aren't we killers, too? that was so appalling to me to
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have a moral equivalency between this fellow who is -- i don't know how many deaths he's responsible for. >> you know, at this rate, this panel that alisyn camerota sd russia may have spied but we spy too, sglrlg tru , too. >> trump understands his base and there's skepticism about one thing about his base and david made a point that may erode ove time. his base isn't large enough to sustain him over time. this group that she talked to were the hardest core. there is another group of voters that supported him that were republicans that weren't necessarily thrilled with him. that's the group he has to worry about, andhat's a group that can be deeply disturbed by some of this. >> interesting to see. david axelrod and david gergen, gentlemen, thanks so much for being with us. have a great weekend and, of
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course, this programming note. you can see "the axe files," and his interfew wiview with john m tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. eastern. coming up, the president on the hook for millions of dollars for his trump university students. details straight ahead. ♪ everyone deserves attention, whether you've saved a lot or just a little. at pnc investments, we believe you're more than just a number. so we provide personal financial advice for every retirement investor.
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back now with our money lead. a $25 million settlement was approved this afternoon in the trump university case. thousands of former students will get most of their money back. in his decision judge curiel said the settlement is fair, adequate and reasonable. you may remember that then candidate trump had accused curiel of being incapable of being impartial in this case due to the judge's mexican heritage and trump's promise to build a border wall. want to get to cnn's drew griffin. tell us about the settlement. >> it's pretty good, john. think about the class action settlements you may have been
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involved with with a telephone company or car rental company where you get a dollar off. these students who went to trump university will split $25 million and will get up 2090 boston of the money they paid trump. what we now know is his, you know, defoungt aunct and out-of-business real estate school. >> h many did people pay for the classes? >> it was a graduated. a you went to a free seminar and you were talked no a three-day class for $1,495 and then with the upsell you went for the $10,000 and then if they really got you on the hook $35,000 to teach you the tricks of the trade all under the guise you would be taught by donald trump's hand picked experts and would teach you the secrets of
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his success. there were no secrets and no hand picked expts and that's why this suit got settled and why people are going to get their money back. >> one lone holdout who opposed settlement and wanted the opportunity to face trump one-on-one. >> you spoke to her? >> a single mom and attorney from florida. here's why she wanted to opt out of this suit and sue donald trump herself. >> the mere fact that he's now our president shouldn't stop me or anybody else from continuing a lawsuit that was started long before, that was started on the basis of a fraud that was committed against us. >> you feel he got away with it? >> i do. i feel he got away with it. >> john,he still feels like he got away with it. she is not going to get her chance to sue president trump. the judge ruled that, you know, she will not be able to opt out. she will have to go to the class and get up to 90% of her money back. her attorney said she would appeal, before this ruling. i've not been able to get in
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touch with him today to seef they actually are going to appeal based on the judge's comments. it looks like this is a done deal a the trump university lawsuits are settled. >> for a lot of money. drew griffin. thanks so much. appreciate it. finally today, the sports lead at march madness continues as the final four begins tomorrow. big betting is sure to continue in las vegas and this week the city of las vegas won a big bet of their own. the oakland raiders have decided to move there despite the league's fears of putting a team in the gambling capital. why this is such a major win for vegas. >> reporr: for decades you could come to las vegas and bet on all four major professional sports but the d-league an end run on moving in, wary of mixing gambling and athletics, but no more. >> ecstatic. >> reporter: clark county chairman helped lure the raiders out of oakland to las vegas. >> anothing is more regated
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than our gaming industry. if there was ever a problem the sports books will be the first toss know. >> reporter: and this will be the second vegas sports team. >> the vegas golden knights. >> reporter: expansion golden knights of the national hockey league premiere this year. the casino owners and the modern erat temptation to in gamble is everyere. one can gamble under the table madness let's say or fantasy h footballnd can also go by the nearby reservation and gamble legally at a casino, but it's across the united states. >> so both the nhl and nfl are russiaing to living with a raiders deal as complex as an nfl "playbook." it's estimated at $1.9 billion, including a $650 million loan from bank of america and $750 million in reworked hiked hotel room taxes. nfl owners seeing dollar signs voted 31-1 to create the las
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vegas raiders. >> the 29th largest u.s. metropolitan area so not out of line. buffalo has a teams, jacksonville has a team. >> the casinos are trying to figure out how to sell new nfl package deals. >> i think it's an interesting and we think exciting challenge so that you'll have packers fans and bears fans and patriots fans coming to las vegas to see their teams played here. >> nevada raiders are selling the view, a stadium that won't be completed until 2020 and that won't turn off the city's optimism. >> in the next decade we'll have all major league sports because this is the venue to come into. >> reporter: and las vegas has already landed on black, silver and black, the raiders. paul vercammen, cnn, las vegas. >> meanwle, oakland weeps. our thanks to paul vercammen for that. do not forget to tune into cnn's "state of the union." the top democrat in the house
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intelligence committee will join jake. that's all for "the lead." i'm john berman in for jake tea party, and i know turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now. breaki news. laptop bombs. a cnn exclusive. the u.s. government is concerned terrorists are designing new laptop bombs that are capable of eve saiding airport security screening and can even be turned on to make them look real. stolen screening gear. new intelligence suggests terrorists may have stolen airport screening eipment and maybe using it to test out new forms of bombs to target airliners. not immune. former national security advisers michael flynn is willing to testify if investigators grant him immunity from prosecution. trump backs that move but so far congress and the fbi