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and green apples. >> you find one? >> what do you see? >> hold on, i'm coming. wow, yeah. >> we found one. right there. >> there's two. oh, my gosh. lock at it. on a good day, she can find 40 truffles at $45 an ounce. that's $500 worth of black truffles. so what do you do with all of them? >> take them to restaurants and they will be like i found these today. the chef will be really receptive. we would love to. to the news. top of the hour. i'm brooke baldwin. two major breaking stories at this moment. the first president trump's fired national security adviser michael flynn says he will plead the fifth and is refusing to cooperate with the senate intelligence committee over all the questions about the trump campaign ties with russia and his involvement. much more on that in a moment
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and what this means for the investigations. but first, an historic moment in the donald trump presidency. president trump standing side by side with welcoming benjamin netanyahu. they have faced reporters. >> there are many things that can happen now that would never have been able to happen. it's terrorism and facing the threat of an iranian regime that is threatening the region and causing so much violence and suffering. >> i also look forward to working closely with you to advance peace in our region. because you have noted so us is
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zingtly the common dangers are turning former enemies into partners. that's where we see something new and potentially something very promising. it won't be simple. but for the first time in many years, mr. president for the first time in my lifetime, i see a real hope for change. >> hope for change. then these pictures. the western wall here, president trump is on the first leg of the trip as commander-in-chief. today this historic moment for a first for a a sitting u.s. president by becoming the first to visit the western wall. let's begin with jim acosta this hour. he's live in jerusalem. president trump is basically gotten a break from the russia scandal on this trip. explain what's happened. >> he has to a large extent. we should warn our viewers,
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those are fireworks. i want to make sure everybody knows those are fire works happening. a part of the pomp and circumstance that is welcoming president trump here to the holy land. and he has largely avoided the russia issue throughout this trip. the secretary of state rex tillerson was asked a brief question about this over the weekend. but we should point out that during a photo opportunity with the israeli prime minister earlier today, a reporter shouted out a question about this matter of when the president met with the russian foreign minister a couple weeks ago. it was during that meeting and other outlets have reported that e he shared israeli intelligence with the russian officials and the president offered this misleading explanation about that when he was asked about this earlier today. take a listen. >> never mentioned the word.
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>> he doesn't deny he share the intelligence or it was israeli intelligence. he only says he didn't mention israel by name. but really that is just one unfortunate moment for this president who has largely been a pretty successful trip so far. it's the subject of iran and benjamin netanyahu was sharply critical of that iran nuclear deal that was crafted by the obama administration. the president has not it as of yet fulfilled that campaign promise to scrap that nuclear agreement and if he decides to take anymore questions on this trip, he will be asked about this. >> jim acosta, thank you. fareed is with me now.
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down to the fireworks, hearing benjamin netanyahu saying today for the first time in my life i see a real hope for change. president trump at the western wall, how do you think the trip is going so far? >> i think it's going very well. in terms of the symbolism and one important respect the substance, which was the speech that president trump gave he never used the word radical islamic terrorism, which he kept insisting obama use. trump refused to use the phrase as well. he pointed out that 95% of the victims of islamic terrorism are muslims. so it had the kind of empathy that people look for because ult mootly what you're trying to do is to convince these muslim
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countries to in some way take on expel as president trump said the scourge of counterterrorism. >> what about human rights? >> and in some sense the shift is not as dramatic as even the trump administration is making out. obama in a sense was the real shift. president bush was the guy who was saying we're going to promote democracy all over the middle east. then comes the iraq war. then comes the backlash from it. and obama himself had a kind of realist foreign policy. how he admired george bush. trump is extend iing that forei policy. but there's no question people in the region particularly the
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arab dictators and the arab monarchs like what they hear from trump. because he's more resolutely anti-iranian. there's no effort to try to broker any kind of deal. is that good for america? are you dpoing to be able to stabilize the middle east without any outreach to iran or involvement in iran? even at the time when iran has reelected rouhani with a landslide. it's difficult to imagine a stable middle east without some engage mement with iran. >> so many people were looking ahead at the unscripted moments. jim alluded to the moment where the president acknowledged i never mention the word israel in the meeting. he's going back to the reports that he disclosed classified information with the russians the morning after jim comey was fired. it's been note worthy that benjamin netanyahu or anyone in the israeli government just sort of brushing it off and not saying much a about that despite
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critics saying this will have a chilling effect ob intel sharing. why do you think he's being quiet? >> the president of the united states remains very powerful man. they are not going to criticize him. they are going to praise him. the mistake was made. president trump kind of awkwardly conformed that it was israel that was the country that had been talked about in that situation by saying i didn't mention the name it israel. he was since cob firming that's what he was talking about. people misunderstand the relationship with the united states if they think particularly, publicly, any of these governments are going to criticize trump, it's quite the opposite. they are going to flatter him. which is people forget when obama came into office, many of these same regimes were falling over themselves to talk about how it was a new start with obama when e he went to turkey,
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when he went to egypt, the proof will be in whether or not this produces stability on the ground. can you get thing its more stable in're ya. can you get more stable in iraq. more stable in yemen. in each of those places, there's this contest between iran and the sunni states in some sense. and as i say, the trump administration's policy essentially been to side with the sunni states to subcontract policy on the middle east to saudi arabia. well, saudi arabia is going to be happy with that. it's not entirely clear that will produce stability in the region. >> i think of middle east peace, i think of his meeting with the leader of palestine and how arab nations are feeling given where he's standing here and his relationship with benjamin netanyahu. what should he say to him? >> he's saying many of the right
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things about between the israelis and palestinians. i can't tell whether it's kind of a hurtful or bold and to press forward with action. because the reality is on the ground the situation is not right for peace. the parties are not ready for it. the israeli political spectrum has moved pretty far to the right. he would really have to res israel to get some kind of concessions. nothing he has done so far has suggested he's willing to do that. so it's a little odd. he keeps talking about middle east peace between israelis and palestinians. i don't think he either doesn't recognize or doesn't want to recognize. the parties are very far apart. israel has been quite unwilling to in any way engage on the kind of conditions the palestinians have. this was a huge issue for the last several years.
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trump thinks that just the force of his personality and his relationship with bb will change that. it won't. there are some hard political realities on the ground that it are obstacles to peace right now. >> last question quickly. the secretary of state rex t tillerson did not allow -- the meeting happened with the leader of afghanistan. didn't allow american press to be part of this quick news conference. talking to john kirby, spokesperson for state and defense, he was trying to not entirely calling out rex tillerson because he said things happen quickly and you just have to hustle and have the meeting and roll, do you think -- how much fault do you put on the secretary of state not having the american res there? >> i think it may be because they are new. maybe because many of the people have come from business where
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it's a different mentality. you're almost trying to do things privately. i think it's very important that high officials of the world's most important democracy are always open to the press because by being open to the press, it's important to understand they are being open to the american public. the point here is not that it the press hz some kind of privileged role. the point is that the press transmits the dealings to the american public and we believe in that because we believe in democracy. >> we should be there. even if it's quick. thank you very much. good to see you as always. more breaking news. the president fired national security adviser says he will plead the fifth. what michael flynn's refusal to cooperate means for his fate. what about the fate of the investigation vovlg the special counsel and the retired fbi director james comey will testify. but what can he reveal publicly
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and will he respond to the president's personal attacks? and the black congressman who was calling for the president's impeachment is on the receiving end of threats involving the "f" word and discussions of lynching. he will join us live on the vois voice mails he is receiving. pree of multiple symptoms. ♪ that's why there's trintellix, a prescription medication for depression. trintellix may help you take a step forward in improving your depression. tell your healthcare professional right away if your depression worsens, or you have unusual changes in mood, behavior or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens and young adults. do not take with maois. tell your healthcare professional about your medications, including migraine, psychiatric and depression medications, to avoid a potentially life-threatening condition. increased risk of bleeding or bruising may occur, especially if taken with nsaid pain relievers, aspirin or blood thinners.
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campaign ties to russia. a source tells cnn the president fired michael flynn will plead the fifth and will refuse to hand over any records. flynn is shutting down two months after he offered to open up. general flynn certainly has a story to tell and wants to tell it. but e leaders of the house and senate intelligence committee rejected that offer. the head of the trump team is opening up of what he says about michael flynn. here's what some of what e he said. >> i think it's safe to say. someone who would bring benefit to the president or to the administration.
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if i were president-elect, i wouldn't let general flynn in the white house. let alone give him a job. >> our panel is back. steve moore was once ab fbi supervoiz ri special agent. when you hear general flynn said he has a story to tell, then he wanted immunity and now he's pleading the fifth. what's the first thing that pops into your mind when somebody wants to do that? >> well n this situation, he's not just pleading the fifth as to statements, but he's actually taking the fifth as to the act of producing documents. there are some documents that his attorney feels either may implicate mr. flynn or the mere
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fact he has those documents would there's something in mr. flynn's possession that the government might want and what flynn ask his attorney are likely going to be seeking is something called act of production immunity. immunity so that their act of giving up the incriminating document can't be used. >> so i was talking to very smart attorneys last hour. they were saying, hang on. he could plead the fifth, but that wouldn't apply to those documents. you're saying what you just explained, that can be protected. >> if the document would implicate you, i would give you an example. let's say you were being charged with possessing particular classified information. or being investigated for that. the government subpoenas you for
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the information that says that it's investigating that you have. the mere fact of you produce in it would tell the government that flt of the crime. so what would you would want is immunity from the government because the mere act would be communicating something to the government. here's my next question to you. there are multiple investigations. multiple committees within u.s. congress and you now have as of last week the former head of the fbi appointed to special counsel. how will flynn's pleading the fifth affect the special counsel russia investigation? >> it's hard to say right now. the fact that he's pleading the fifth rather than coming up with an immunity agreements is going to make it easier for robert mueller. if he had gotten in ab immunity
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agreement with congress, it might have impacted what mueller could use as far as things that flynn said publicly. and that complicates matters. you have to fight about what's now part of an immunity agreement, whether that was um munty for congressional purposes or criminal purposes. it just muddies the water incredibly. so the special prosecutor doesn't go into any case thinking that they are going to get a confession. they assumed that if flynn has done something wrong, they are going to have to prove it without his cooperation. >> so do you think his immunity rejection, i'm trying to ep keep up, his immunity rejection would help the case for bob mueller and the special investigation? >> i don't think it will help and hurt because you're not allowed to take that right of
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using self-incrimination and use it as evidence against somebody. so i guess what i'm saying is him claiming the fifth brings us right back to where we started from. you have no more or no less information than you began with. >> got it. back over to you. if i can, from flynn to james comey because the now fired fbi director, he could testify next week. sources saying that comey now believes that president trump was trying to influence his judgment in the russia investigation. he's supposed to go before senate intl next week. as a private citizen, what can he say ask what can he not share? >> well, he can share noncla nonclassified information or information that is not law enforcement sensitive as well. i think that would be another category they would not. the to share. information that he has that if revealed could compromise the
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investigation. i would say if mr. comey was my client and this was an ordinary case, which it's not, i would try to discourage him from saying much of anything and because he's ultimately going to be a witness and his testimony will be under oath in some future proceeding. given there's a congressional inquiry, these are matters of serious public concern. to know what congress is investigating, he's going to have to do that. it's a very difficult water for him to navigate. >> these are just important questions. we'll continue to have these conversations leading up to next week when comey is front of the intel committee. thank you both so much on your legal expertise through all of this. coming up next, the tough talking donald trump. we met on the campaign trail seems to be take inging a backso a politically correct president trump. one of my next guests calls him
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president trump travels abroad for the first time in his presidency. what's more, his words have not been divisive or inflammatory.
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let me show you the president today during a joint statement with the israeli prime minister. >> between israel and the united states, a friendship built on our shared love of freedom, our shared belief in human dignity, we have so many opportunities this front of us. but we must seize them together. e we must take advantage of the situation and there are many, many things that can happen now that would never have been able to happen before. >> with me, cnn political commentator at the atlantic. and ben ferguson and host of the ben ferguson show. welcome back, both of you. that was obviously president trump in israel. what we really want to talk about his speech in ryad.
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and how he had really december delaware spite the candidate trump on the campaign trail and calling out hillary clinton and barack obama for never using the phrases. e he didn't in saudi arabia. and you in your piece talk about the political correctness and call him a coward. >> i think the coward is someone who saysing this smg behind their back they wouldn't say to their face. and president trump haz ran as a truth teller. someone who said extraordinary offensive things. he didn't use it himself when fst faced with the people he was supposed to be telling truths to. also he thereatered his host. so i think it was cowardly. >> i think it was presidential.
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and i think most democrats would be saying if the president went out there and said in a radical way the things that you criticize that that was putting people's lives at risk. you saw donald trump be presidential. you can't have it both ways. there's so many people during the campaign that were terrified that donald trump would not be presidential. that he would be the guy he was on the campaign trail if he became the president and that would start world war ii. what you saw is someone who is learning quickly when you go around the world and speaking with world leaders, your words have meaning to them. they can have a negative or positive effect. they can be used against you. you saw a president that was measured. you can't say it's cowardly when it's presidential. >> it shows how blatantly he was lying.
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>> i said those ridiculous words -- it's not inaccurate. he lied to the american people. >> here's what i'll say. how many republicans think he was a liar or defrauded them. i haven't talked to any. most of the people i talked to that are republicans that voted for him thought the way he talked about islam, the way he talked about radical islam and having the united front, but having countries come together and ubsing a real threat in the world was exact ly what they wanted from the president. they don't need the rhetoric as much as they need action from it. he did talk about the radicalization of individuals and how they are a cancer and how we have to come together. e he even talked about that.
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he was clear. whether it be iran or isis or al qaeda, he nevered every group that supports al qaeda and isis by name. you would have criticized that. >> that's what he did with the wall. again, another signature phrase that he dooped people with that is basically paying for wall. >> you're telling me you believe donald trump is not fighting terrorists. >> i don't think either donald trump or that means. >> i know exactly what it means. >> any serious definition of radical islam would include the saudis who have done more to propagate. >> this is what i would say. you cannot have it both ways. you act like as if the president comes out and has a tough talk, that's putting people's lives at risk. he acts presidential, has conversations behind closed doors and makes it clear who the
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enemy is. he's saying he lied to supporters. you can't have it both ways. >> we have to go. we're going to continue this after the commercial break. stick around. i'm being told we have breaking news in the flynn investigation. we have been reporting that apparently he's going to be taking the fifth. what we're now learn iing tr th ranking member of the senate intelligence committee to whom he's set to plead the fifth and what we're hearing from james comey, the now fired fbi director. what he wants to say to the special counsel in charge of the separate investigation. let's tackle all of that, e get you to discuss that it, come in up. .positive role in what was going on in the world. there's a jacket that's reflective for visibility... ...a sleeping bag jacket, jackets that turn into tents. i usually do my fashion sketches on the computer. i love drawing on the screen. there's no lag time at all. it feels just like my markers. with fashion, you can dress people and help people. it's really cool to see your work come to life.
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intel committee. senator mark warner. this is all in conjunction with the story we have been report ing about the fired nsa chief general flynn who now we're hearing wants to lead the fifth. what did senator warner share with you. >> i asked him directly does that mean you may pursue contempt of congress charges. he would not rule that out. he said this is something we're going to discuss. he want s s to discuss this wit the chairman, the republican who does head the intelligence committee. but did raise concerns about michael flynn not complying with the request. but also acknowledging that that was expected that he would not provide that information. we also talked about this upcoming testimony that's highly anticipated testimony for james comey the former fbi director
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expected to come before the senate intelligence committee. this he said is expected the week after e memorial day. not next week, but the week after. he thinks that's when comey can testify in public. one thing i asked was whether or not comey's testimony may be limited that this ongoing special investigation is now occurring with robert mooueller the former fbi director leading this investigation. e he said that comey and mueller are going to discuss exactly what he can say publicly given that comey does not want to trample on what bob mueller is doing. also warner telling him that he and byrd do want to meet with mueller some time this week as the senate is this session before a recess to discuss areas they are not going to conflict what their investigation and special council's investigation. i asked about what president trump did with within revealing
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highly classified information with russian diplomats in the oval office. and he said the white house should provide records of that meeting. are you prepared to subpoena if the white house does not provide information. he would not go there and not rule it out. he wants to have more discussions with the chairman of the committee. so a lot for the committee to go over here in the coming days during the investigation. >> from ranking member warner, let me throw in another headline and bring these two guys back in. so we have jake tapper reporting, this has been handed to me. this is from a source close to comey and apparently when the president and comey had a meeting february 14th, the president expressed irritation about news stories about private phone conversations he's had with leaders of mexico and
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australia. he wanted kocomey to pursue the leakers. comey tried to explain that leak investigations are difficult to do because often law enforcement ends up having to threatenen to jail journalist. the president responded he should throw the journalists in jail. >> i'm not vised at this someone close to comey who does not like the president and you have seen a lot of people leaking things every single day and just letting it drip and drip and drip. and the best part is we don't have to worry about getting caught. >> what about the substance of the information? >> i'll say this. i don't know if somebody who obviously is protecting comey and trying to make the president look bad if it's true or credible that he said throw journalists in jail. what i do think is it's probably plausible you had a a president that said i'm incredibly upset i'm having private phone calls with leaders of koer kocountrie.
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any president should be angry and upset about that. you're seeing people that are loyal to comey that are upset that their good friend was fired. they are putting out information for one reason only. that's to try to hurt the president and make him look bad. when the president should be outrage d. if he's speaking on the world leader and reads what he says out on the newspapers because somebody leak it is. >> a reason to take this reporting seriously, comey testifying we'll learn more, it fits with the pattern for donald trump the way he's talking about the press. he's not been a normal presidential candidate in the way he's talked about the press. last fall talked about how maybe someone needs to go after jeff bezos's taxes. someone who is consistently called the press the enemy. someone who has talked about changing liable laws. would it be out of character for donald trump, we don't know, not at all. >> i have no doubt the president would be angry and upset in that
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scenario. but again, it's interesting that only after comey was fired is all of this stuff come out about donald trump. of all these conversations that supposedly happened and we have none of these leaks while james comey was still on the job. whether they start acting this way, it's about before james comey was fired. if you're saying he went rogue, why weren't you leaking it beforehand. you want to make the president look bad. >> it has to do with the question of why he was fired. was he fired a because trump was trying to obstruct the kinds of investigations he was doing. trump was trying to make him do investigations in trump's political enemies. . that's an important question. >> the truth should come out to your point. comey will be testifying as a private citizen now. thank you both so very much. the news just keeps oncoming. up next, racial slurs and death threats left on the voit
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a warning now about some bigoted backlash. one texas congressman is receiving. you're about to hear ugly and offensive language, language that was aimed at congressman al green who became the first lawmaker to call for impeachment of president trump from are the house floor. mr. green played the messages from his phone line during a recent town hall. >> friends, i want to assure you
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that no amount of threats and intimidation will stop what i have started, i promise you. >> congressman al green joins me now live. congressman, welcome. >> thank you for having me. >> congressman green, to play those voice mails over the weekend, that cannot have been an easy decision to make, that language for your constituents. why did you want to do that? >> it was not an easy decision, but it was a necessary one. can you not hide hate. you have to confront hate. if you allow it to be hidden, there will be people who are quite frankly not believe that the level of hate that exists is there, and it's so unfortunate that many african-americans have to live knowing that they can be threatened with lynching, and it really doesn't matter where you are in life.
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your station in life is not as important as what these people will say. you can be the ceo of a major corporation or you can be one of 435 members of congress, and you can still be threatened with murder because that's what that was all about. lynching is murder, and people make these threats and we have to expose them. >> did you -- did you call police, or did you call the fbi? >> we've called the capital police which is what we're instructed to do. and there is an investigation. we are hopeful that there will be a prosecution and we're continuing to monitor our calls. there are other things that we're doing to make sure that we're properly secured. i'm honored to say that the honorable jim clyburn called me, and he is advising me. he is the assistant speaker, and the honorable bennie thompson who is a ranking member on homeland security called me, and they are counseling me, and i'll be doing some other things but i won't -- i won't be turned
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around. this is not about the persons who actually made these threats. it's really about something that has an impact on our democracy, and we're going to stay the course. >> from what i understand, you know, this was in part really in reaction to your calling for president trump'sism people l i. we're in the midst of multiple investigations. the results have yet to be announced. even your leader in the house nancy pelosi says she in essence doesn't subscribe to impeachment. here she was. >> if you're talking about impeachment, what are the facts? i don't like his hair. what are the facts? i don't like what he said about this. what are the facts that -- that you would make a case on? what are the rules that he may have violated? if you don't have that case, you're just participating in more hear say. >> now since then leader pelosi
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has said the president has made himself, quote, unquote, very vulnerable but that she still doesn't want to feed the impeachment talk. i mean, that is your party's leader on the house side. do you, congressman green, think your call for impeachment is premature? >> let me say this is really not about democrats. it's about democracy. it's about government of the people, by the people, for the people and it's not about republicans. it's about the republic. it's about what benjamin franklin said when he said you have a republic if you can keep it. it's about keeping the republic, and let me just share some facts with you. the president confessed. he confessed on national television. he said that this whole russia thing is made up, and he went on to say that he thought about that at the time that he made his decision to just do it. when he did that and then he fired comey. that was an impeachable act.
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if he hadn't fired him you wouldn't have had an impeachable act. if he hadn't said he did it because of the investigation, you wouldn't have an impeachable act, but when you combine these two things you have an impeachable act, and the bar of justus for this type of impeachable act according to article 2 section 4 of the constitution is the congress of the united states of america. he won't be found guilty if he's impeached. the senate tries the case, but the house can find the president guilty. i'm 1 of 435 members. every member can bring a resolution of impeachment. if i choose to bring, it i will have it heard. what the results will be i do not know, but this is not about democrats. it's not about republicans. it's about the country. >> we'll let the results of these investigations play out and also that of bob mueller, the special counsel. the final question. you start talking about you need to confront hate. congressman green, if you were -- if you could talk to one of the individuals on the other end of that phone leaving those racist voice mails, what would
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you say to them, one-on-one? >> i would want him to know, first, that you are in the midst and in the company i am sure of some african-americans, and i'm just concerned about your behavior towards them and how you would treat them. i would also want them to know that there are little black girls and boys who grow up in this country and we don't want them to be exposed to the level of hate that they would perpetrate. this is a great country. it can be made greater if we can eliminate the hate against african-americans, also other communities, lbgtq, persons who happen to be of a religion that you don't respect. these are the things that we have to fight constantly. if we don't fight them, hate will rule, and if hate rules, we lose our democracy. i want you to know we're going to protect our democracy. >> congressman al green, thank you for your time, sir. appreciate you coming on. >> thank you. >> back in a moment.
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fired "today" show host billy bush is breaking his silence about his role in the infamous donald trump "access hollywood" fame. >> she's the girl's hottie in the purple. >> whoa, whoa. >> yes, the donald has scored! >> oh, my man. >> how are you?
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>> nice to see you. >> i'm doing very well, thank you. >> are you ready to be a soap star? >> yes, we are. >> seven months since that tape first surfaced. billy bush disappeared after getting fired from the "today" show until now that you canning to hollywood reporter. with me is a senior writer with "the hollywood reporter" who did the piece. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. >> when you see the pictures of him with his three daughters and wife in front of the christmas tree, a guy surrounded by women. >> ladies. how did they respond when this story broke? >> they were upset. >> his daughter mary 15 at the time, 16 now cried and said how could you laugh at that. it wasn't funny. they were all very upset, but they -- but they is their father and their husband and -- and they know him. >> stood by him. >> who do i need to talk about this? >> who do i need to take out, exactly,ia of. >> i know he's only looked back at the tape a few times. like what did he shay? did he wish he had stopped then
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candidate? >> yes. >> or then just donald trump? what was that, 2006? what does he wish he would have done? >> wished he had shut down the disgusting conversation, and he admitted he didn't have the strength of character to do it. he said he was something of a sycophant. his main assignment was donald trump. donald trump was the biggest star on nbc then, and his main assignment was to get donald trump on "access hollywood" so donald could say outrageous things. >> and a younger billy bush allowed it as we saw the video. wished he had the strength of character. last question. what has he been doing? >> spent a lot time with his family, a lot of soul-searching and re-evaluating and just remorseful and gutted. >> he literally walked over coals. >> yeah, tony robins. yeah. i think he's changed a lot.
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>> hollywood reporter with the scoop and the interview with billy bush who no one was really heard from in months and months and months. thank you so much for swinging by cnn and sharing this piece with him. i appreciate it. appreciate it, and appreciate all of you for being here with me on this monday afternoon. i'm brooke baldwin here in new york. let's go to washington. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. thanks, brooke. the white house shutting out the u.s. media in saudi arabia and marveling at a lack of protesters. when in riyadh, i suppose. "the lead" starts right now. president trump making history in israel by visiting the western wall. afterwards he met with israel's prime minister, but did the president accidentally confirm he gave up classified information to the russians? breaking news in had the russia investigation. a source telling cnn michael flynn now plans to take the fifth, when he testifies before the senate. somethg