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accuses the white house of a cover-up. tonight the trump team has a stunning defense suggesting it's the obama administration's fault. last minute legislation, house republicans press forward with their new attempt to repeal and replace obamacare but their hopes are colliding with another urgent goal to keep the government running. is a shutdown eminent? >> broad strokes, the president's bullet point plans for sweeping tax cuts leaves americans guessing about the bottom line. new questions about whether the middle class will pay more while the trumps pay less. and palace intrigue. for nearly 100 days the president's top advisors have been wrangling trying to consolidate their power, we're going to tell you whose up and down at this pivotal moment for the white house. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room."
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>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. we're following breaking news on the widening evidence that fired national security adviser michael flynn may have broken the law by allegedly failing to report payment from russia for a speaking engagement in moscow. it's now launched a new investigation as closed documents was warn in 2014 that as a retired u.s. army general he was barred from accepting foreign payments. the top democratic of the house oversight committee says there's zero evidence that flynn ever got special government permission for that moscow appearance. congressman elijah cummings is accusing the white house of trying to cover-up for flynn. sean spicer firing right back passing blame on the obama administration for renewing flynn's security clearance. also this hour, partisan battling over health care. renews the threat of a government shut down.
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house democrats say they'll oppose a stop gap funding measure to keep the government running if, if republicans rush to hold a health care vote for the president's -- before the president's 100th day in office. that would be on saturday. house speaker paul ryan says there's no timetable for a vote on a new gop measure to repeal and replace obamacare. republicans still are trying to lock up enough support within their own party for a controversial compromise that would weaken several key obamacare reforms. we're covering all those stories much more with our guests including the top democratic in the house armed services committee congressman adam smith and our correspondents and analysts are standing by. let's go to our reporter manu raju. there are serious allegations now against michael flynn. >> reporter: no question about it and serious questions for the white house over its vetting procedures that led to the hiring of michael flynn as a national security adviser.
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sean spicer the spokesman firing back saying that it was the obama administration's fault for renewing his security clearance in 2016 but tonight wolf, democrats are demanding documents from the white house to show any communications that occurred between michael flynn and the white house that led to his hiring. president trump's former national security adviser, now under a new investigation. >> we have no evidence, zilch that he obtained permission from the secretary of the army and the secretary of state to accept any foreign payments as required by law. >> reporter: new documents show the pentagon warned michael flynn into 2014 about accepting any foreign payment. suggesting he failed to get permission to travel to moscow. >> thank you so much for inviting me and having me here. >> reporter: where he was paid tens of thousands of dollars in 2015 by the kremlin backed news station r.t. where he also dined
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with vladimir putin. now the defense department is announcing its own investigation into whether flynn broke the law this after he allegedly failed to disclose foreign payments on a security clearance forms, a potential felony. >> do you believe that he may have broken the law? >> i don't know whether he did or did not. that's why we have an investigation. >> reporter: but the house oversight committee's investigation is now breaking down along party lines with democrats accusing the white house of stone walling. >> i do not understand why the white house is covering up for michael flynn? i don't get it. after the president fired him for lying. >> reporter: the white house has refused to provide certain records it says are not relevant to the flynn investigation. >> spicer also said they didn't have documents, remember that? come on. these guys are playing games and when you see mr. spicer you can tell him i said that today. all of these documents are relevant because they go to what
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his relationship was with the russians, what his relationship was with turkey? did they vet for the liest security position -- we don't know. >> reporter: at the white house, spokesman sean spicer said the obama administration was to blame for providing the security clearance for flynn in 2016 and pushed back on cummings attack. >> all of that clearance was made by the -- during the obama administration and apparently with knowledge of the trip that he took, so that's how the process works. >> michael flynn. >> reporter: democrats are calling for subpoenas to force the white house to comply but they are running into resistance with jason chaffetz. are you satisfied with -- >> no, no. >> the president ignored questions about whether he regrets hiring flynn. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: and tonight some pushback from the republicans
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the jason chaffetz criticizing cummings for releasing their documents without their consultation that some of the democrats dismiss but i'll also mike flynn's attorney pushing back as well releasing a statement saying disagree with the elijah cummings interpretation about that letter from 2014 warning michael flynn from doing these speaking engagements and accepting these foreign payments saying that that letter actually confirms that mr. flynn actually briefed the pentagon before and after the trip but they say there's some redacted information that the pentagon has not yet released. they're asking the pentagon to release that information but the central question is were they aware that he was being paid for that trip. that's the allegation in which he did not get permission and perhaps he broke the law or at least defense department regulations. >> there could be some fireworks as early as next week when a couple of congressional committees launch their own open
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hearings. thanks very much. the trump white house is pushing back tonight against any suggestion that its covering up for michael flynn. let's go to our senior white house correspondent gym acosta. you asked sean spicer about this today. >> reporter: yes. white house officials are offering up a new information on the vetting of michael flynn pointing out the retired general had a security clearance review last year during the obama administration. i asked white house press secretary sean spicer why flynn did not have an additional review before coming into the trump administration earlier this year. spicer said that would not be necessary comparing the security clearance process for flynn to that of white house reporters who receive their entry passes renewed every couple of years and spicer pushed back on that attack from congressman cummins. the white house is engaged in a cover-up. here's what he had to say. >> congressman cummins accuses this white house of a cover-up.
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you say what? >> i was taken back from his comments today because their frankly not true. the department of defense was the issuing agency for general flynn's sf 86. we referred them to the department of defense who owns and issued his security clearance and they got a copy of it. that's how the system works. the documents that he requested he received, so with all due respect, he got the documents that he requested. our job they sent a form letter to multiple agencies asking for a copy of this. what we did was properly refer him to the issuing agency and department and said this is where you got it and he got it. >> there are no other documents that you have at this point that could be turned over to this committee. >> he asked for -- not that i'm aware of at this point. what they sent to us, they asked for the sf 86, that we referred them to the department of defense. that's great. two they asked for a contract -- all copies of his speaking
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engagements from a speaker's bureau. and three is they asked for all foreign contacts that he may or may not have had. since the incident occurred that their questioning before his employment with the white house, i think we have complied with every document that they've looked for. >> reporter: now one key sticking point, the house oversight committee is seeking flynn's vetting documents but the white house told me that afternoon would be kept at the trump transition offices which are apparently still open according to this white house official. members expect to see that information whether it's from the transition team or from the white house as vice president pence led the transition. >> interesting. over at the white house, thanks very much. let's get some more on all of that with the top democrat on the house arms service committee congressman adam smith. thanks for someone us. you heard the sean spicer today say you know whose responsible for this apparent failure the
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obama administration because back in 2016 they renewed michael flynn's security clearances. your reaction? >> that is a comment refrain, everything is president obama's obama's fault. i guess they got used to it during the eight years and now they're not used to actually governing. whatever happened back then there are two big issues number one, what michael flynn did is apparently in clear violation of the law when you are retired officer, you are not allowed to take money from foreign governments. it's very clear and was made clear to him and he did that. second all congressman cummins and chaffetz are looking for are those vetting documents to find out did michael flynn lie about it when he was vetted. now whether or not president obama should've cleared him back in 2016 they probably didn't know about this stuff, now we do know and the documents that are being asked for -- it's pretty simple. >> the white house makes a point, 2015 he went to moscow,
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he was seen at that event with putin at that r.t. russian television event. he was paid for that and then in 2016 the obama administration went ahead and renewed his clearances. >> it's quite possible the obama administration was wrong about that. but the trump administration actually hired him to be the national security adviser based on that same information. so whatever clearance they may have given michael flynn the trump administration really upped the ante by making him the national security adviser and now they won't give us the vetting documents. >> when a general retires from the u.s. general, that general keeps their security clearance automatically, right? >> i believe so. >> but is that a smart rule that somebody like that should be able to keep their security clearances? i guess they have to get them renewed every few years but some people are wondering why do they
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automatically get to keep those security clearances? >> that's something we should look at. something off the top you look at certainly as, you know, like you said it's reviewed and vetted later on but i certainly think that is a policy that we should reexamine. >> the other point that sean spicer makes and you're the ranking democrat is that there was really no need for the trump administration after january 20th to run -- rerun a background check on michael flynn because he once was the head of the defense intelligence agency at the pentagon, he had those high level security clearances. >> like we just pointed out in the back and forth about whether or not retired officers should automatically have this, you have to constantly check. and you vet everybody. we've had a ton of people through many administrations who have been appointed to cabinet positions and high positions who had been in very important positions before that and all of a sudden stuff came out that you hadn't found before. this is at a whole other level
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that's why you need to redo everything. >> tell us why the average american watching should care if michael flynn was paid $45,000 for a speech in moscow or a half a million dollars from various turkish elements and he didn't register as a foreign agent for turkey, only after he was fired by the white house did he retro actively register with the justice department? tell our viewers why the average person out there should care. >> there are a lot of other things going on in the world right now are more important whether that michael flynn individually broke the law. as a rule of law matter it's important that we investigate it. as it's important we would investigate all potential crimes of this level. i will certainly say to the american people, north korea, russia, a whole lot of things are important, but michael flynn's connection to the whole question of the russian influence over our election and whether or not people in the trump campaign colluded with the russians in that effort. that is being actively
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investigated by the fbi. it's being actively investigated by the senate intelligence committee that's why they should care is this is tied back in to what the russians were doing here in the u.s. and i might also add what the russians are doing globally in a lot of different elections. >> is there any evidence you've seen serious evidence they're doing it in france right now in advance of their presidential election. >> i have not seen serious evidence of that. i have heard it alleged. i personally haven't read up on it. but i have seen very legitimate evidence that they were involved in the brexit vote, that they were involved in the failed refer run dumb in italy which led to the fall of that government and they've been involved in other elections in eastern europe. >> what we did learn today the inspector general of the department of defense is now -- has now opened up a new investigation into michael flynn, how he got those security clearances and all of that. >> he might be able to tell us more about that. that's the bottom line why we should care. >> his lawyers have suggested he
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would like immunity in exchange for testimony, would you accept that? >> it's not my call. i am not a prosecutor on that level. i don't know what the balancing act would be on whether or not to grant immunity. i would like to hear michael flynn's testimony to hear more about what he knows about all the issues we just discussed. >> democratic congressman your colleague elijah cummins, he goes one step further and he says he believes the white house is covering up, his words, covering up for flynn. do you believe the white house is covering up for flynn? >> i don't have enough evidence to make that serious of a charge at this point. i believe in being somewhat cautious about making very, very serious charges like that. i do think it would look better for the white house and for all involved if they would simply turn over the vetting documents. >> he makes that accusation because the white house has not handed over all those documents to his committee. that's why he's saying congressman stand by. i want to get your thoughts on this tension that exists right now with north korea and other
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. we're back with house democrat adam smith the ranking member. stand by i want to get a quick update on the new republican push for health care bill and renewed concerns about a government shut down with just hours to go before the president marks 100 days in office. our congressional correspondent phil mattingly is following all the late breaking developments. what's the latest? >> reporter: house democrats saying they will tie their votes in support of a temporary government funding bill to the promise that republicans don't vote on health care at all. it might be an empty threat, i'm told republicans don't have the vote for that newest push on health care raising questions
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whether they'll get there at all. tonight republicans renewing their attempt to push through the health care repeal and replace they've long promised. >> we have a moral obligation to prevent people from getting hurt to stop damage from being continued. >> reporter: now with the backing of the conservative house freedom caucus who oppose the original health care bill that stalled just hours before heading to a vote. >> i think we're making very good progress. we're going to go when we have the votes but that's the decision we'll make when we have it. i would argue that this is a bill that a moderate would more likely want to support. >> reporter: the change a new amendment negotiated by freedom caucus chairman mark meadows and the member of the more moderate group tom mccarson. they would let state apply for waivers. including the price protections in place for those with preexisting conditions, what benefits insurer must cover in their policies and the ban on
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allowing carriers to charge more based on a person's background. >> my one and only goal has been to try to make this bill something that helps the health insurance market survive. >> reporter: but all eyes now are on the party's moderates who are far from supporting the amendment, arguing it will leave even more people without coverage. >> it doesn't help the people i represent. one of the criticisms i had about the affordable care act is it made insurance so expensive that people who had it didn't even use it because of the premiums were high, their deductibles were high, and copayments were high and people with preexisting conditions, we can't deny them coverage. >> reporter: democrats are quick seizing on that option. >> the new trump care will allow states to decide whether or not insurers have to cover americans with preexisting conditions. it's hard to come up with a crueller bill. >> reporter: and ramping up their efforts to slow down the process all together. now saying they'll oppose stop gap funding measure to keep the
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government open, if republicans push for a health care vote between now and saturday. president trump's 100th day in office. >> what you see in the gop haste to pass the bill and trump trying to cram it down, i think president trump is really making fools of the members of congress of his own party. >> reporter: how speaker paul ryan is pushing back saying the blame for a potential government shutdown will fall squarely on democrats. >> i'm confident we'll be able to pass a short-term extension and i'd be shocked if the democrats would want to create a government shutdown because they have been dragging their feet. >> reporter: sean spicer echoing that criticism. >> the democrats at the last minute have come in and thrown a lot of monkey wrenches in the ability for this to get done despite the president doing everything he can to show good faith to keep this going. it's not just a question of -- they keep moving the goalpost. >> reporter: and just to give you behind the scenes here on what's actually happening on health care. leadership has been whipping votes trying to get their
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members to come on board throughout the day. those meetings are on going between some of the deputy whip team members and members who have been hanging out so far. no decision has been made yet. they're leaving open the possibility that they do try something before they go home but everything that i've heard up to this point both from lawmakers and aids is that they are still short and they're not totally clear what the pathway forward on this bill will be. >> all right. thank you. we're back in democratic congressman adam smith. before we talk about the possibility of a government shutdown, i want to get your reaction to some breaking news we're following just now the secretary of state rex tillerson. he revealed that china has informed the north koreans and informed the united states but has told the united states it has warned north korea not to conduct another nuclear test or china would impose sanctions against north korea. your reaction. >> i think it's a positive step if china is willing to step up
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and do that. they've always been very hesitant to put any pressure on north korea. obviously they're not happy that north korea is such a destabilizing influence in their region but they're mindful of the fact if they sanction north korea to the point of collapse they want a failed state on their border. they don't want millions of north korean refugees pouring across the border. china has said before they might do that and never have so i believe when i see it. >> you trust the chinese to do the right thing because -- >> no. >> the president has repeatedly said he's going to lean on them to do the right thing. >> i'll agree with the president with this. he does need to lean on them to get them to do the right thing. i don't think we shouldn't count on it. >> what happens if the north koreans do launch a sixth and maybe then a seventh nuclear test right now and launches another intercontinental ballistic missile? >> they haven't. >> let's say they do.
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>> these are all, you know, hypotheticals. i think the overarching issue with north korea is, okay, we're worried about the capabilities they're developing we're much more worried about the possibility they would use us or our allies. we need to make our deter rents clear. if they attack us in any way they'll be destroyed. kim jong-un is not a particularly stable individual but he is not suicidal. and we need to make sure that if he takes those actions, that would attack us that that is suicidal. we will back up south korea, we'll back up japan and our allies and we will defend ourselves and we are vastly stronger than he is. >> this is an incredibly tense situation. very quickly on what's happening up on capitol hill. you heard phil mattingly's report. do you believe their possible could be a government shutdown this weekend? >> there shouldn't be. the back and forth on both sides is not particularly helpful. obviously i don't agree with what the republicans are trying
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to do with health care. i think they're kidding themselves about the reality of what it takes to cover people with preexisting conditions, to cover the elderly and the choices that have to be made. i don't support the direction they're going in on health care. we should not shut the government down because of the direction they're trying to go in health care. i'm still skeptical they'll get the votes, but the big point is this is just to get us the last five months of 2017. 2018, the fiscal year that starts october 1st of this year, that's going to be a monumental battle that's going to be even more difficult than the one we're having just to get us through the last five months now of fiscal year 2017. >> let's say -- phil mattingly didn't think this was going to happen our congressional correspondent. let's say the republicans manage to get 216 votes on repeal and replace over the next 48 hours or so in the house of representatives. you've heard your democratic leaders say they will then vote
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against any funding and there will be a government shutdown. >> i disagree with my democratic leaders on that. i don't think that that is the position that we should take. we should do everything we can to stop the republican health care bill and we should also be mindful of the fact that just because they pass it in the house, the senate has said they don't like this bill at all. it isn't going to become law. i don't think we should shut the government down over that. >> the republican majority in the senate is a whole lot less han it in the house of representatives. >> very true. >> thanks for joining us. how much trouble is michael flynn facing right now and what does it mean for president trump? and will there be a health care vote? will there be a government shutdown? lots of questions for our political and legal analysts. they're all standing by. who's stared down the best in her sport. but for both of them, the most challenging opponent was... pe blood clots in my lung. it was really scary. a dvt in my leg.
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news. a new pentagon investigation of michael flynn's payments from russia as democrats reveal the fired national security adviser was clearly warned in advance not to accept money from foreign governments. let's bring in our analysts and susan hency you're a newest security analysts. how much trouble is he in right now? >> he's really just in financial trouble. the penalty for violating that position is he'll have to pay some of his pension back. he had to retro actively
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register for a lobby he did on be half of turkey. there's open questions about whether or not he filled it out on his security clearance. >> let me read to you the statement that his lawyers released, flynn's lawyer. dia defense intelligence agency's letter actually confirms that his partly redacted that general flynn provided information in documents on a thumb drive to the department of defense concerning the r.t. russian television speaking event in moscow that he was using a speaker's bureau for the event. >> honestly it doesn't really make much sense. flynn didn't just have the obligation to notify dia, he also needed to get permission from dod in order to accept that payment. so there's nothing in these documents that suggest he did that. there's also been a little bit of suggestion that the fact he used a speaker's bureau instead of accepting the money from rt exempted him from the reporting, that also doesn't hold up.
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flynn knew he was accepting money from rt, rt is a controlled by the kremlin and so he had a constitutional obligation to get this permission. >> what do you make of sean spicer saying, you know what? it's the obama administration that renewed the security clearances last year. if there's a problem go talk to them. >> well, he gets an a for trying but it doesn't work. it doesn't work. first of all, he left the obama administration. he was fired by the obama administration. >> in 2014. >> in 2014 and sean was saying well these clearances are good for five years, but you have to -- they're not. really. he's not getting briefed the way he was being briefed and i think this really illustrates the fact that the white house's vetting process leaves a lot to be desired and, by the way, he was the national security adviser so you would presume that for a job at that level, you would need to
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have a different vet and it's clear they didn't do it. so maybe the reason they're not handing over documents regarding his vet is that there aren't any which almost seems hard to believe. >> in 2014, he was told to leave the defense intelligence agency. they weren't going to renew his tenure there. he went on the speaking engagement in 2015. the 2016 the obama administration renewed his security clearances. do they have a point the white house when they say, you know what, we were just following what the obama administration was doing? >> they have a point that if a security clearance was issued in 2014 that was inappropriate then the d.o.d. and or congress should look into that. >> the inspector general the department of defense is now looking in to it. >> but in terms of blaming this on the obama administration, i think 2009 called and they want their talking point back. you cannot blame president obama or the obama administration for everything that goes wrong with the trump administration or
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transition as gloria said. this isn't some low level position. this is national security adviser. >> this is the national security adviser to the president of the united states. it's a huge, huge job. the other allegation that cummins, jackie, made today is that the white house is covering up for michael flynn by not revealing, releasing the documents they have to the committee. >> sean spicer pushed back against that but to gloria's point it seems like either they had a faulty vetting process and didn't pick up on this or they didn't have one at all, which does seem a bit preposterous. with that said, those are the only -- there could be another explanation but those are the only two that make sense and neither are good for the white house. >> they kind of threw flynn under the bus today at the press conference because when sean was asked about the congressional investigation, he said if they think there's wrongdoing then they should look in to it. that's throwing the guy under
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the bus. >> when the inspector general opens up an investigation like this you don't know where it's going to wind up. >> there are serious questions here but ultimately this was conduct that occurred after he left the obama administration. the other thing flynn had access to classified information during the period he was lobbying for foreign government because donald trump brought him in. the notion that donald trump isn't responsible for this is just absurd. >> do the republicans have the 216 votes in the house of representatives to repeal and replace obamacare within the next day or two? >> look, if they have the votes we're going to know because they'll bring it to the floor and so far they haven't brought it to the floor and the problem is that once they brought the conservatives on board, the moderates started saying we can't go along with this because the provisions you have would cost people with preexisting conditions more money for their
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health insurance and the democrats are obviously now, that's their key talking point, and i think there are lots of moderates who are having second thoughts about this, if this could hurt them. this isn't a president whose at 65% in the polls. he's at 45% in the polls and so maybe they're less likely to go out on a limb for him. >> some of the moderates are just over it, frankly. they're over being the ones that get the short end of the stick. i was talking to charlie dent today and what he said is i've seen this movie before. we get a bill that's the most conservative bill possible. we send it to the senate, the senate cleans it up, they send it back and the people that leadership capitulated to in the first place, the conservatives aren't on board at the last moment and yet it leaves the tuesday group out to dry because they had to take a vote that was unpopular and puts them in jeopardy with their constituents and he said that dog won't hunt. >> the president would like a big ticket success like this before day 100 on saturday. >> he would but what we've seen with health care and other
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legislative efforts is that they aren't putting in the effort to do what is a heavy lift. they want it to be an easy lift and it's a heavy lift. if you think about to the obamacare administration with health care, it went through the better part of 2009 and 2010. president obama gave that joint speech to the congress. president obama and senator mccain went back and forth in a heated exchange. they haven't done anything like that to convince people in congress to do this bill. >> you get the sense that where they're sort of crawling across the finish line here for 100 days and they want to rack up everything they can. they throw out a tax reform plan without any details that's one page, one page long. they're trying to push health care reform through so they can have a press conference or a rally as the president's going to do saturday night and say look at what we've done. >> look at the amazing success of the congressional budget office says they won't be able to score or report on the impact of this revised health care bill not this week or next week for that matter.
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so that's a significant thing. a lot of members don't want to vote on something that hasn't been, quote scored. the president's top advisors in a nearly 100 day fight to enhance their political power. the infighting that's going on and whose been bruised. we'll have the latest. you supported him through four years of undergrad... and medical school. it's no wonder he said, "you don't have to pick me up." at lincoln financial, we get there are some responsibilities of love you gotta do on your own. and some you shouldn't have to shoulder alone. like knowing you can maintain your lifestyle, no matter what comes your way. ask a financial advisor how lincoln can help secure your plans for retirement with lifetime income.
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98 days into the trump
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administration the president's top advisors are still learning the ropes and they're learning to play nice with one another. our brianna keeler is taking a look at the biggest names behind the white house. brianna we've seen some fortunes rise, others fall. >> the first 98 days of the trump administration have been full of twists and turns for top aides. many who were held in great esteem on january 20th have seen their influence wane. one thing remains the same, trump's reliance with those on family ties. >> she's one of the closest advisors, his daughter. her plan was to keep her distance. >> people think that you're going to be part of the administration, ivanka. >> no. i'm going to be a daughter. >> and a mother settling her three children in washington, d.c. >> every week i take my children to a different museum or cultural institution. >> reporter: now she has a seat at the table, an office in the
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west wing and her own chief of staff. >> i realize that having one foot in and one foot out wouldn't work and the reality is it all happened very organically for me. >> reporter: organically maybe. unusual, most definitely. her husband are the ultimate washington, d.c. power couple in a building where proximity kushner's digs are prime real estate sharing a wall with the presidential office suite. >> so jared maybe i'll let you take over. >> reporter: moderating a meeting with ceos in february. >> i want to thank jared kushner whose been so involved in this. >> reporter: and taking a key role in u.s. foreign policy with mexico, china and iraq which he recently visited. trump envisions kushner to broker peace in the middle east a controversial proposal but one
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with buy in from israel's prime minister. it wasn't publicly anticipated. asked in november what kushner's role would be in his administration, the president-elect said, oh, maybe nothing because i don't want to have people saying conflict. next door to kushner, steve bannon, white house chief stat gist he is close quarters despite a few that recently prompted the two aides to straighten it out or i will. bannon the loser in that fight, trump referring to him as quote a guy who works for me to the "the wall street journal." a reversal of fortunes and former breitbart chiefs. >> we never had a doubt and donald trump never had a doubt that he was going to win. >> reporter: labeled by "time" magazine as the great manipulator, bannon secured a seat on the national security council. only to be bumped when national security advisor general h.r. mcmaster flexed his muscle.
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bannon is the top aid who appears to get along with few others. >> i think the biggest misconception is everything you're reading. >> reporter: including chief of staff reince priebus whose larger office is farther from the oval than ban's. upstairs from the president kellyanne conway, mocked as donald trump's cleanup artist. >> this tweet is actually taken out of context. of course mr. trump thinks that mexicans can read and actually what he wants them to read the most is hillary clinton's 33,000 missing e-mails. >> reporter: recently she's been sweeping up her own message like this one after the president alleged the obama administration had tapped his phones at trump tower. >> you can survey someone through their phones and through their television sets. any number of different ways and mike waves that turn into cam raz, et cetera. i don't believe people are using the microwave to spy on the trump campaign. >> reporter: in the white house she's described as an island
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unto herself. those still in trump's good graces if not always on the same page as her boss. conway vouchd for the security advisor michael hoe enjoys the full confidence of the president. >> reporter: conway has bragged that she's one of the few aides that has walk-in privileges. her office is the same one that valerie jarrett used, carl rowe before that and hillary clinton once controversially occupied it while her husband was president. >> excellent report, breanna. thank you very much. more news after this. it's the simple things in life that mean the most. boost® simply complete™. no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, plus 10 grams of protein and 25 vitamins & minerals. it doesn't get better than this.
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. as president trump passes the 100-day milestone cnn will look at the original series "united shades of america." wkamaul bell hit the streets for sunday's episode. watch 24. >> we're here in d.c. talking about immigration. young lady you have any thoughts about this? >> i don't want to walk. >> that's good. she said it better than all of us. i don't want to walk, no. >> i'm a baptist pastor. i believe we need to protect our citizens but in the same respect, do we not all come from immigrants? let's not destroy families,
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dreams, and hopes. >> i say this to people all the time to people who are not normally pastors, but preach! >> no, we don't want to do that. it's like upsetting. >> disrespectful to this guy right here. >> yeah, yeah. this fine shop. >> that's the first time i've heard martin luther king jr. described as a fine chap. >> tell us more about the season premier of "united shades of america." >> we really wanted to investigates immigration and the refugee issues in this country, and so we talked to a lothd of different people and to get their stories and put out a different narrative. during the campaign immigrants and refugees were kind of demonized so we wanted to get out how these people make the country great. >> looking forward to it. tell us about some of the other highlights we can look forward in this new season. >> in this episode it's a
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highlight or a low light, depending upon your perspective. we talked to richard spencer who is the man who created the term " " "alt-right." lot of times you hear people talk about chicago without talking to the people there. we actually went to standing rock. it's a good season. i'm excited about it. >> tell us how you prepare for these extraordinary interviews? >> lack of sleep and red bull i guess. i really sort of like, i try to read up on the issues a little bit but i try to go in listening. if the big thing is to listening to people's story and shutting up. trying not to interrupt. lot of times in society you want to get your point in. for me, it's like no. let these people talk and tell their stories. >> what do you hope the viewers will take away from these
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episodes? jood things are contentious right now, woman. i don't have -- wolf. question need to have awkward and uncomfortable conversations and listen to people who we may think think differently than us but lot of times we find out they're more like us than we realize. >> i admire your willingness to feel uncomfortable in a lot of engs changes you have. they're pretty extraordinary. talk about that. >> i learned a long time ago that when you're feeling uncomfortable, your brain is learning. people think you should interrupt or yell over. when things get uncomfortable i learn i'm experiencing something new that i've never experienced before and that's why i think this country is what it is. we're able to regularly have uncomfortable conversations that i think we need to advocate for more of. >> what do you think of this debate on college campuses of
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allowing some people to speak and not allowing others to speak. talk about that. >> first of all, to be clear, i should be honest. i live in the people's republic of berkeley, california. if riot canceled our sfarmers market, so we're upset about that. that's not about free speech. the reason people's speeches are being canceled is because it's at safety issue. if your free speech leads to hate speech and makes people feel unsafe, that's about safety. >> we're looking forward to this new season. it's going to be excellent, i'm sure, kamau. >> thank you. see you in the halls of cnn. we hang out together. >> i know those promos are seeing those often. be sure and watch the premiere this sunday night, 10:00 p.m. eastern only, only here on cnn. and tonight, be sure to tune in
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for a special prime-time edition of "the lead" with jake tapper at 9:00 p.m. eastern later tonight. thanks for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." erin burnett "out front" starts right now. >> up next, breaking news, the white house blaming the obama administration for general flynn's security clearance as flynn is under new investigation tonight. plus the white house war room. steve bannon with a white board in his office checking off the big wins. wait till you hear what's getting the big x. and senator elizabeth warren calling out president obama really nastily. let's go "out front." good evening, i'm erin burnett. "out front" tonight, new documents show trump's former disgraced national security advisor taking money from russia

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