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office placing it in a temporary trust meaning as president he'll be profiting off of these hotels catering to states that supported him. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. i turn you over to one mr. wolf blitzer in "the situation room." >> happening now, breaking news. wishing comey luck. as the russia probes gather steam and james comey gets ready to testify in his interactions with the president, the president says he wishes the fired fbi director luck. should he be careful what he wishes for? losing confidence? the president is said to be increasingly frustrated with the attorney general jeff sessions and white house press secretary zane spicer today repeatedly declined to say if the president still has confidence in sessions. harsh reality. reality winner, the young federal contractor accused of leaking classified information about a russian cyber attack on the election.
had re-tweeted posts about leaking and hacking and once called the president a, quote orange fascist in a tweet of her own. and stalled agenda. even as key republicans complain that the president's tweets are stalling his agenda the president is stepping up his tweet toy raids as the white house reverses course and declares his tweets, quote, official statements. i'm wolf blatser. you're in "the situation room." less than two days before fired fbi director james comey publicly testifies before the senate intelligence committee, president trump says, and i'm quoting him now, i wish him luck. a source says comey will confine himself to facts and leave legal analysis to others. there are fresh signs of disarray at the same time within the white house. sources say the president is
concerned there's no war room to defend him from the russia allegations, and he's said to be angry at the attorney general jeff sessions for basically letting a special counsel take over the investigation. and in a stunning development, press secretary sean spicer today refused, refused to say if the president still has confidence in sessions. as the president fires off tweets about the middle east, his travel ban, terror and tweeting, the white house does a 180, now proclaiming that tweets are official statements even as the republicans claim that the tweets are stalling his agenda. new details emerging about the federal contractor accused of leaking classified information about a russianer cyber attack on the u.s. election. reality winner, a 25-year-old with a top secret clearance, did not hide her disdain for president trump. in a tweet just before getting her contracting job, she called the president an orange fascist. and she re-tweeted her liked
social media posts on hacking and leaking. i'll talk to senator chris coons of the foreign relations and judiciary committees and our correspondents, specialists and guests are standing by with full coverage of the day's top stories. let's begin with the breaking news. president trump today commenting directly, if briefly, on the upcoming testimony by the fired fbi director james comey. let's go to our white house correspondent sara murray for the very latest. what are you learning? >> reporter: well, there's certainly no love lost between president trump and james comb de, and when the president was asked about this today he gave a very brief answer just two days ahead of comey's hearing. the president only saying that he wishes comey luck. just days before fired fbi director james comey is set to testify on capitol hill about his conversations with the president, the white house is still grappling with how to respond to a barrage of questions about russia. >> what methods do you have
to -- >> i wish him luck. >> reporter: trump may be maintaining his calm in public but in private conversations the president section pressing irritation that there isn't a more robust operation to defend him. efforts to create a comprehensive war room to push back against the drumbeat of russia news have stalled, at least for now, but the president's frustrations are still simmering and spilling out on to his twitter account. and ever since attorney general jeff sessions recused himself from the russia investigation >> i have recused myself in the matters that deal with the trump campaign. >> reporter: trump's anger has continued to build. he's watched with fury as a special counsel was appointed and the fbi's investigation has touched a number of officials in trump's inner circle, including his senior adviser jared kushner. >> jared's actually become much more famous than me. >> reporter: as the president equipped about his son-in-law's
fame today white house press secretary sean spicer couldn't say whether trump still has confidence in sessions. >> i've not had a discussion with him about that. >> reporter: administration officials admit the investigations have distracted from the president's agenda, even as trump insists he's laser focused on pressing issues like health care and tax reform. >> it will be the biggest tax cut in our country's history. at the core of of this agenda is repealing and replace the disaster known as obamacare. >> reporter: but part of the challenge for trump's team has been defending a president who has a habit of contradicting his own staffers. monday night he took to twitter to say that's right. we need a travel ban for certain dangerous countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people. just hours after white house spokeswoman sarah huckabee sanders said this. >> i don't think the president cares what you call it. >> reporter: trump's ails have begun sounding the alarm warning his tweets can sometimes do more harm than good. >> i think many times he's used it the right way to get his
message out there and have people hear directly from him what he thinks and other times i think what he's done hasn't been, you know, in his best interest. >> reporter: today the white house slugged aside concerns about trump's twitter-happy tendencies. >> the same people who are critiquing his use of it now, critique it had during the election and it turned out pretty well for him then. >> reporter: now as the president tries to move forward with his legislative agenda he'll be having dinner tonight with some members of congress. those members include senators tom cotton and marco rubio. senators who will be questioning james comey on thursday. back to you, wolf. >> sara, thanks very much. as the russia investigations pick up steam the fired fbi director james comby is getting ready for the senate testimony. let's go to our congressional correspondent phil mattingly. new information on what comey and comey won't say. >> this information comes from our colleague jake tapper who according to a source close to comb el that when jim comey comes to testify in front of the
senate intelligence committee he won't be making any type of kind of assignment or to blame as to whether or not there's any legal grounds for obstruction of justice. the rationale is he didn't believe he's in a position to do so. he's there as a factins with. he's going to least legal analysis to others. what do those facts entail? those are already out there and they will be covered by comey according to this person, the first and foremost the loyalty pledge requested by president trump according to sources familiar with jim comey. there's also the request by president trump for jim comey to ease off the investigation of michael flynn. now, wolf, both of those issues will be dealt with, will be addressed by jim comby in his testimony according to this person. one thing to keep in mind that will not be addressed, that's the russia investigation. sources say behind the scenes jim comey has met with robert mule every, the special counsel. they have made clear that jim comby is going to stay away from those issues specifically, but when it comes to the meetings with president trump, those will be addressed. wolf. >> not just comey's testimony on thursday, there could also be
some serious fireworks tomorrow, right? >> reporter: exactly right. same committee, same issues, different witnesses. tomorrow the senate intelligence committee will be having a hearing on fisa, the foreign surveillance act, keep in mind who is testifying, rod rosenstein whose memo was cited by several white house officials for the rationale for firing jim comey, his first testimony in a public forum. it's likely he'll do what he's done behind the scenes on capitol hill, pretty much defer any questions to bob mueller, but also testifying will be dan coates, the director of national intelligence, also the director of the nsa michael rogers. keep in mind, wolf, these are two individuals who were approached by president trump and asked to publicly deny any allegations of collusion. they haven't commented publicly about that, but in talking to senate democratic aides and democratic senators throughout the course of the day, they have made clear to me wolf, that they plan to try to pin those witnesses down on those issues, trying to get them on the
record. one other thing to keep a very close eye on. while senators aren't expect the a lot of forthcoming questions when it comes to the russia investigation, watch as they try to lay the groundwork for thursday's hearing. they want to make sure that the witnesses know where they want to go on thursday, want to kind of set the tone for what people will be facing when jim comey comes to testify in front that have committee on thursday. wolf? >> certainly will be historic and very, very lively. phil mattingly, thanks very much r.joining us now is democratic senator chris coons of delaware, member of the foreign relations and senate judiciary committee. senator, thanks for joining us. >> thank, wolf. pretty extraordinary, the white house press secretary sean spicer today would not confirm that president trump has confidence in his attorney general jeff sessions. do you have confidence that sessions will remain in place at the justice department? >> well, i think this is one. ways in which president trump signals he's reconsidering his support for senior members of his administration. this must have been a knowing
refusal by sean spicer to confirm that the attorney general still has the president's confidence. as for me, i've really had concerns that attorney general sessions hasn't respected the scope of his recusal. he was directly involved in the firing of fbi director jim comb de, and i have asked along with several other democrats have asked the inspector general of the department of justice to review whether or not the attorney general has complied with his own recusal. >> jeff sessions as a u.s. senator from alabama was certainly one of the earliest supporters of president trump's candidacy, the first senator to do so. what does it say to you that president trump is now openly criticizing the attorney general's justice department? he did so in a tweet yesterday and today the white house not offering full confidence in sessions. >> well, wolf, i would sure hate to be the lawyer who is going to defend president trump's muslim travel ban in front of the supreme court after that string of tweets he let off because they significantly undermined his case.
it also suggests, it is directly criticizing the department of justice, so the only conclusion i could draw from the president's tweets is that his frustration is mounting with the attorney general and that the attorney general sessions ought to be considering whether or not his tenure with this administration is going to be strong or long. >> have you ever seen a sitting president of the united states openly criticize a decision by the justice department, the revised travel ban, the travel ban 2.0 that the president himself signed off on as part of an executive order? >> well, certainly not in a way that so directly undermines the president's own case in front of the supreme court. as you know, several courts have invalidated the so-called muslim ban or the travel basketball. they have linked it to president trump's statements as a candidate that suggest what had he was really half was a regionally motivated ban, and by firing off these tweets that suggest he preferred the less politically correct first muslim ban, president trump has
weakened and undermined his case in front. u.s. supreme court. >> no secret that the president believes that sessions made a major mistake when he recused himself from this investigation setting the stage for a special counsel to emerge. robert mueller, the former fbi director. what do you expect to hear from another former fbi director james comey who was fired by the president on thursday morning regarding his private conversations with president trump? >> well, there's two important things that i'm looking for week out of the testimony, former fbi director comey. first, it's just a reconfirmation in his view that russia interfered in our 2016 election, well and widely known on capitol hill but for a lot of busy americans going about their lives and who may tune into this hearing this week i think that's helpful toll have it reconfirmed that the intelligence community, including the fbi, all concluded that russia at putin's direct intentionally interfered in our election. more important is the potentially explosive testimony
by the fbi director that president trump directly asked him to pledge loyalty to trump personally, to back off the investigation into his national security adviser or to slow down or back off the ongoing investigation into potential collusion between the trump campaign and russia senior officials. that's a really striking allegation, and to have the former fbi director, a seasoned senior lawyer and law enforcement official testify to those actions would have significant consequences, wolf. >> but are you confident, senator, that comey's testimony when all is said and done set the record straight on whether there was obstruction of justice? our jake tapper is reporting it will only be what's described as a fact witness and leave the analysis, the conclusion to others. >> that's right, wolf. i do not expect the former fbi director to say in so many words this constitutes obstruction of justice. as a law enforcement professional, he knows that that conclusion is left to others,
but i do expect he will testify as to whether president trump did or did not inappropriately lean on him to either pledge loyalty to trump personally or to back off the investigation. i'll remind you that allegations have been made that trump also inappropriately pressured the director of national intelligence and the head of the nsa, both of whom will testify tomorrow, in the same sort of way to back off of the investigation tore make public statements that there's no evidence of collusion. >> i suspect that those -- those two individuals will be testifying tomorrow will refer to the privacy of their conversations with the president and won't say publicly whether or not it did happen. don't you expect the same thick? >> i expect the same thing, and the suggestion by the white house that jim comey, the former fbi director, is only going to be able to testify on thursday because they are not asserting executive privilege, frankly doesn't pass the laugh test. the reason there isn't an executive privilege to assert here is in part because president trump himself chose to talk about his private
conversations with the former fbi director. if there had been any executive privilege here, it was almost certainly waived by the president's own actions. >> senator coons, there's much more to discuss. i need to take a quick break. we'll resume all of our coverage right after this. your insurance company won't replace the full value of your totaled new car. the guy says you picked the wrong insurance plan. no, i picked the wrong insurance company. with liberty mutual new car replacement™, you won't have to worry about replacing your car because you'll get the full value back including depreciation.
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. just days before fired fbi director james comey testifies on capitol hill, a source says comey will confine himself to the facts and let others handle local analysis. president trump today saying -- said, today, and i'm quoting him now, i wish him luck. meantime, president trump seems to be endorsing the stunning isolation of qatar by other u.s. arab allies. we're back with democratic senator chris coons of delaware, a member of the foreign
relations and judiciary committee committees. senator, earlier today the president made a statement on twitter that read, and let me read it to you. so good to see the saudi arabia visit with the king and 50 countries already paying off. they said they would take a hard line on funding extremism and all reference was pointing to qatar. perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism. should president trump, senator, be taking credit for this development? >> well, frankly, it's a very troubling thing for the president to be diving in on twitter to such a complicated and fast-moving issue as our gulf allies and cutting off all relations with qatar. today the defense department has also issued a statement thanking qatar for their long-standing partnership and the fact that they host one of our largest bases in the region, an air base that has 11,000 u.s. and coalition personnel on it from which sorties are being flown against isis in the ongoing
military campaign. i think a more appropriate stance for the president to have taken would be that he urged strong action against organizations like hamas which not to endorse the severing of relations between saudi arabia and a number of other other golf partiers with qatar which is a strong and decisive step that will unsettle relations in the persian gulf. >> i assume you agree with the president and the saudis, the bahrainys and the emiratis that they are funding terrorist organizations despite the pledge that the president made during the visit to saudi arabia. >> qatar has been engaging for a while in funding organizations, most importantly hamas, but others associated with al nusra, and they have been supporting journalism outlets that really gets under the saddle of a lot of their persian gulf allies and that arguably has supported more
extreme views in the u.s. there's reasons to criticize qatar. they haven't taken decisive steps to cut off funding. the saudis have taken a very strong step here, but it seems once again to show there's internal divisions within the administration between what's been said by the department of defense and department of state and the president's tweets. to mow this suggests we continue to have a challenge out of 500 senior positions in the defense department and other important administration agencies, there's more than 450 that are vacant and where there hasn't been a nominee advanced by the administration. we don't have a nominee to be the ambassador to the united kingdom at a time when they face several terrorist threats. there's no nominee to be the new fbi director. there's no nominee from this president to runt tsa which helps keep our airways safe, so frankly i would hope the president would put the phone down, stop tweeting at all hours of the day and night and instead move forward with some of these important vacant positions where
there isn't yet a nominee from this administration. >> senator coons, thanks so much for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. >> we'll have a lot more on the breaking news we're following. we're also learning new details about the 25-year-old contractor accused of leaking a highly classified report on russia's meddling in the u.s. election. listen up, heart disease.) you too, unnecessary er visits. and hey, unmanaged depression, don't get too comfortable. we're talking to you, cost inefficiencies and data without insights. and fragmented care- stop getting in the way of patient recovery and pay attention. every single one of you is on our list. for those who won't rest until the world is healthier, neither will we. optum. how well gets done.
we're following breaking news. president trump during a meeting just a little while ago with the republican congressional leaders was asked about former fbi director james comey's upcoming testimony before the senate intelligence committee. the president replied with a quick i wish him luck. however, the president's
spokesman declined today to comment on reports that the president is furious with his attorney general jeff sessions. let's get some insight from our specialists. dana bash, how significant is it that the white house press secretary today refused to say if the president has confidence in the attorney of the united states? >> well, of course, it's significant. for lots of reasons. one of which is that the two of them were so incredibly close during the campaign. jeff sessions was the first senator to endorse donald trump, but, you know, i was told yesterday that we should go back to that fateful day, the day that jeff sessions recused himself without the president knowing he was going to do that and that the president has been frankly upset, not just at sessions but at everything that he believes has snowballed, that has made the white house and the president's job much harder since that decision, that the
consequences of that decision. you'll remember it was the next day that steve bannon and reince priebus were going to go to palm beach with him and decided to stay back. he didn't have that supervision, and the president sent out that tweet saying that president obama wiretapped him and then, of course, the special counsel happened, the president believed, and he's probably right in some respects, because the attorney general refused himself, so so much of this that has continued to irritate the president and that irritation has made things worse because he's lashed out on twitter and in other venues, stems from that day. >> i'm told, mark preston, that the president feels it was a real sign of weakness on the part of jeff sessions to recuse himself and it's caused him a lot of problems as a result of that. why would he want somebody who is so weak to go ahead and be the attorney general of the united states. if you're the attorney general jeff sessions and see what's going on. you've got to wonder should i stay in this job?
>> no doubt. jeff sessions has fairly covered him very well. phil has probably dealt with him during his time in government service. that fateful day is march 2nd. 90 days that president trump has been stewing over this only to pop his top yesterday which just goes to show that the loyalty factor that donald trump has for people is nonexistent. let me tell you what the long range problem of that is, that he's going to find it hard when we see that his -- his government turns over. his close advisers turn over to find qualified people that are willing to go in and work for $150 a year which a lot of people think is a lot of money but not here in and around washington, d.c. to give up their life to work for somebody who is not loyal to them >> you know, i was told last week by a source who is close to the president who said, look, loyalty is a one-way street with this president. he expects it from you, but if he believes that you have done something to hurt him, forget about it, forget about it, and so that's -- that's what loyalty
amounts, to and i think that jeff sessions may be feeling that sting a little bit. >> gloria, you heard the president say i wish him luck when he was asked -- >> you think he does. >> that's what he said. you've been doing a lot of reporting on what we might be hearing from comey thursday. >> let me tell you what we're not going to hear. you're not going to hear according to my sources, you won't hear the former fbi director come out and say i believe the president obstructed justice and let me tell you why. he is going to -- to be really a witness, more a fact than anything else. he's going to recount what he wrote in those memos, i cannot figure out whether he's actually going to read from those memos, i doubt it. it's clear he hasn't given congress those membero yet, but he's going to tell people what exactly occurred. he believes that it's up to mueller, to the special counsel to make the legal judgments about obstruction, and there may
be, i'm told, by a source familiar with his thinking, there may be a lot of political conclusions that are drawn at the end of this hearing because of what comey tells people, but he is not going to give them any legal conclusions about what it is the president did. >> we've just been told, phil, that it the top two investigators on the house intelligence committee, representative mike conway and republican adam schiff, there you see the microphones seeing live pictures, they will be coming out shortly and making a joint statement answering reporters' questions and new developments that they have learned as part of their house intelligence committee investigation. i don't know what they are going to tell us, but potentially it could be significant. >> it could be can. i mean, if you look at what's happened over the past day we have an arrest down in the south, an arrest about the revelation of a top secret document that talks not only about russian meddling in the election but russia meddling in
the electoral process that's looking into the voting process. i wonder if this is going to be them trying to get in front of that story to say, hey, we've seen that arrest and seen the top secret document which the government has confirmed is authentic. if i were them i'd try to get out in front that have story. seem to be getting along much better, adam schiff and mike conway who took over for devon nunes who recused himself supposedly from this investigation. >> if they are going to come out and give a joint statement, that's pretty rare for the house side, at least in the past couple of months given the incredible partisanship on this investigation, and the fact that if they are going to say that they learned something, just that in and of itself is interesting in that because of the partisan disarray, frankly, it -- in that committee, the focus has been on the senate intelligence committee, the up that's really been genuinely working in a bipartisan way, the committee that's going to have
comey before them hon thursday. >> how prepared is the trump white house to deal with the fallout from the comey testimony? >> i don't know. i'm ready for donald trump live tweeting the comey testimony. >> i'm not. >> there was a lot of talk about setting up a war room and making it official and -- and bringing people in no do that, and now our reporters at the white house today are saying that's not the case, that that has kind of fallen through the cracks, and that, in fact, there is no sort of official plan other than to have your sir gates out there responding to what -- to what the former fbi director says. i think that since the president considers himself his own best spokesman it would not surprise me if the president himself did respond to what comey says. >> what do you think? >> i just think the bigger picture is that if he's not preparing to defend himself with people who are smarter than him when it comes to legal strategy,
when it comes to communication strategy, you know, when it comes to pushing back against the democrats on this issue, what does that say about everything else that he's supposed to be overseeing. i think that's very troubling actually. >> everybody stand by. much more coming in. once again we're standing by. you're looking hat live pictures coming in from the house snens committee, the two top members who are investigating the russian medellin issue. they are about to come out and make a statement. we'll have live coverage of that and much more right half this. break through your allergies. try new flonase sensimist allergy relief instead of allergy pills. it delivers a gentle mist experience to help block six key inflammatory substances. most allergy pills only block one. new flonase sensimist changes everything.
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looking at live pictures coming in from capitol hill, we're back with our political encounter terrorism specialist as we stand by for an announcement from the leaders of the house intelligence committee's investigation into russia's meddling in the presidential election. we'll have live coverage once the two members show up at those microphones. stand by for that. let's get back to our specialists right now. phil mudd, the president is taking credit for the saudi arabian decision, the emirati decision, the bat rainy decision and egyptian, to sever diplomatic ties with qatar, the president tweeting at 8:06 a.m., during my recent trip to the middle east i stated that there could longer can be funding of radical ideology. leaders pointed to qatar, look, and then he had more tweets on that as well. >> i would say be careful what you wish for. typically as a president of the united states you're supposed to be a peace-maker. he's dividing as fast as you can. if you look at one side of the equation you have people like the saudis. they hate the iranians, as does
everybody in the white house. in the middle sort you had the qataris, view themselves as a tine country with a heck of a lot of money, view themselves as mavericks and one of the ways they have been viewed as mavericks is the president says anybody who dealings with the iranians should be isolated by us and by the saudis. my point is if you want to divide people further and make the iranians even more of an enemy than they are, be careful because you don't know what the end game is. >> and because it's another example of the president perhaps unwittingly undermining his own ability to get things done in that region. the pentagon relies, and you know how much the pentagon relies on the u.s. base in qatar for lots of its operations in the region, has for 15 years or more, and the fact that the president trashes qatar and takes credit for something that was really monumental on monday,
as you said, some of the other middle eastern countries separated themselves from qatar, it makes you wonder whether he even realizes that this u.s. base is there and how much the united states relies on them. >> the u.s. sent thousands of troops to the air base and a lot of jet fighters fly out of there. they have been there for a long time, almost like a regional headquarter of thes military central command. >> exactly. >> and you can imagine general mattis having now to figure out what he does. does he go to the president and say, mr. president, you -- you can't say what you just said for the very reasons that you just stated, wolf? he's had to do that the in the of the. he told the president how he feels about torture and he's made the positions very clear and i think he has to do begin and we'll have to see where that leads because somebody needs to say to the president at some
point you cannot do this. this has repercussions. >> and later at 9:36 followed by 9:44 a.m., the president tweets, good to seat saudi arabia visit with the king and 50 countries already paying off. they said they would take a hard line on funding extremism and all references pointing to qatar. perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism. that's -- that's pretty ambitious goal that this is going tonight beginning of the end of terrorism. >> well, he's had a whole lot of ambitious goals saying i'm going to take care of my son-in-law who is solve the middle east crisis. one, we saw mattis have to go other and clean up what he said in nato, but he has -- somebody has to tell him to stop and i don't know that there's anyone who can get him to do it. >> and that's why he's having trouble getting lawyers on his legal team because they are very loathe to represent a client that they can't control and he could cause himself real legal
problems during all of this, and if they can't control him, why represent him? >> the pentagon is insisting that the president's tweet is not going to undermine the u.s. relationship, military-to-military relationship with qatar but the qatari leadership must be very upset. >> these people build relationships on having dinner, meeting people and knowing their family. you can't insult somebody aide and said everything is fine. broad issue dealing with russia and europe or iran in the middle east, he needs allies. he'll alienated the british, the french, the germans, potentially our allies and now the qataris who have a huge air base right next to iran. you can't alienate everybody. >> once again, standing by for an announcement about the russian meddling probe from the two liters of the house
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we're standing by for an announcement on the russia election meddling investigation from leaders of the house intelligence committee. you're looking at live pictures coming in. as soon as the leaders show up, we'll go there. we are also learning new details about reality leigh winters. she is accused of leaking a top secret national security report
on russia's election meddling. brian todd has been looking into her history. brian, what are you finding out? >> wolf, reality winter's mother says she is a yoga instructor and loves animals and is not political. tonight we learned she did engage in some political activity. tweeted against trump multiple times and followed edward snowden on twitter. but her lawyer says that does not make her a traitor. tonight this unassuming 25-year-old is behind bars in georgia. there was leak that the department of justice calls a threat to justice security. she is accused of removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet. the government says, winner, who had a top secret security clearance, leaked this secret nsa report about a russian military cyber take about a software company days before the election. the document first published by intercept.
tonight as winter faces charges that could land her in prison for ten years, those who know her are trying to figure out why she did what she allegedly did. on twitter she appears to have followed edward snowden, wikileaks and accounts linked to the group anonymous but also a decorated airman in the u.s. air force. a commendation shown to cnn by winter's mother showing she helped geo locate 120 enemy combatants. her mother said she was a linguist in the air force speaking three languages. >> the only thing we know is she wanted this material to be public. >> winters' mother tells cnn her daughter wasn't ever political and never praised snowden. as it became parent donald trump was going to win, reality winter appears to have quoted, well, people suck, hashtagelection night. in february under the name sarah winters she tweeted that trump was be a orange fascist. that's about two days before
winter was hired by a contractor providing an lettics and security to u.s. security age sins. >> these raise questions but these are just questions. in the interview process you have to satisfy yourself of the questions have viable answers. it is not like posting political messages exclude you from getting a top secret clearance. it has to do with the nature and content of the messages. >> investigators say winter was caught because the document was creased, indicating it was printed and taken off the premises. when they traced the document back, investigators said it became evident only six people printed it, including winter. and the government said only she had contact with intercept reporters. tonight, the nsa could have used an even more elaborate way of tracking the memo. dots in printouts. >> to the untrained eye, you wouldn't see this unless you magnified this or used blue light and then the dots evare easier to see. but if you take the negative of
the colors it is more apparent you have this matrix of dots and the matrix of dots encode information. they encode date and time that printout was made and serial number that the -- of the printer that made the printout and can you easily find tools on-line. this is by the electronic taer foundation and you can put that in and it will do the path and show this printout was made on a printer with serial number, 535218 on may 9, 2017 at 6:20 a.m. >> now reality winters' lawyer tells cnn he has not seen anything that would lead him to believe his client is guilty of these charges. the attorney says his client is quote not a traitor, she is a veteran. and says he believes the government has a political agenda in going after his client. the nsa would not comment on this. when we contacteded them, winters' employer, did not return our calls or e-mails. >> there are also indications we're told that the alleged
leaker, reality winter, didn't do such a great job of covering her tracks. what are you hearing about that? >> right. "the washington post" is reporting that intercept offers specific guidelines for whistleblowers to follow when providing them with documents and other information. specific security procedures that intercept tells people they need to follow to cover themselves. post reports that reality winter didn't follow many, if any, of those guidelines. >> i assume the national security agencies doing a full review brian of their procedures, how this woman got this top secret security clearance, and if all of these allegations are true, how it all unfolded. >> they certainly would, wolf, it is important to remember this woman didn't work directly for the nsa. she worked for a contractor who handled nsa documents. she is removed from the nsa but the nsa has had a problem of theft of its material from one of its employees who went on trial recently so they are doing a review as well. >> sure.
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