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and to our viewers, thoern bor dane "parts unknown" airs sunday r, 9:00 p.m. eastern only here on cnn. thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer. here's erin burnett "out front." >> president trump says james comey is lying and the president says he's alsowilling to testify under oath. are there tapes of conversations between trump and comey? the president promising an answer soon, bringing it up multiple times today and a republican calling out paul ryan tonight. he said if trump were a democrat, that would be talk of impeachment. that republican is my guest. "out front" tonight, the breaking news. trump versus comey. one of them is lying. the president of the united states upping theantee against fired fbi director james comey saying that he would 100%
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testify under oaths about conversations between trump and comey. >> he said you said you hoped the flynn investigation -- >> i didn't say that. >> so he lied about that? >> well, i didn't say that. i mean, i will tell you i didn't say that. >> trump then denied ever asking comey to pledge loyalty to him. >> did he ask for a pledge of loyalty from you? that's another thing he said. >> no, he did not. >> so if he said those things under oath, would you be willing to testify under oath to give your version? >> 100%. >> 100%. trump agreeing to be deposed by special counsel robert mueller in the investigation. it's incredible. investigators have now sent letters to comey and the white house. they want the memos and they want the white house tapes if they exist. sara murphy is out front front
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at the white house. now we're going to have one person said it under oath. the other who has said he will say it under oath. this is one man's word versus another. >> that's right. it's a he said-he said situation. both say the other is lying. the difference is james comey delivered his testimony under oath already knowing what the penalty would be if he lied. now president trump says he's willing to do the same. >> no collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker. >> a defiant president trump says he's willing to testify under oath about his conversations with james comey. >> so he said those things under oath, would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of -- >> 100%. >> reporter: after restraining himself during comey's testimony on thursday, today trump is going on offense. >> frankly, james comey confirmed a hot of what i said and some of the things that he said just weren't true.
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>> reporter: one day after comey made clear he thought president trump lied, trump accused the former fbi director of lying under oath. but he refused to say whether he has tapes of his conversations with comey. >> i'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future. you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer. >> this, as trump and allies adopt a defense strategy insisting the president is in the clear because comey testified trump was not under investigation when comey still led the fbi but arguing that other parts of comey's testimony are a fraud. trump insisting he never asked for him to back off the investigation of michael flynn. >> i didn't say that. >> so he lied about that? >> well, i didn't say that. i will tell you i didn't say that. >> and did he ask for a pledge of loyalty from you? that's another thing he said. >> no, he did not. i hardly know the man. i'm not going to say i wants you to pledge aleejs.
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who would do that? >> reporter: while the president may feel exoneratesed members of his own parties are airing their concerns and saying theant c'sed a line. >> the president asked mr. comey to do an inappropriate action and that was to drop the investigation of michael flib. that was clearly inappropriate. it crossed a boundary that the president should not have crossed. >> reporter: now, remember, president trump is the one who initially raised this idea that he could have taped of those conversations with james comey and they've been coy about it at the white house ever since. seems like that game is going to be come to an end as house investigators say they want to see the tapes. >> i'm sure they do. we'll find out if they exist. now the white house is being called on to turn over private recordings and the fbi director.
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ryan, the president not saying if those recordings exist though he continually encourages questions about them. what are you lenk about the requests to obtain them? >> reporter: that's right, erin. that speculation just swirling around since the president sent out that tweet on may 12. now house intelligence leaders would like to put that speculation to the end. firing off a letter to don mcginn demanding to know whether or not these tapes exist. they've set a decline, it's june 23rd. two weeks from today. they're looking for memos that james comey wrote after those interactions with president trump. they sent a letter to comey specifically asking him to hands those over. the memos are something that many in washington have been asking for for sometime. in fact, the senate intelligence committee has demandsed those memos for quite a while. they tacked about it.
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they've now sent a letter to daniel richmond, the columbia law professor who comey talked about who he gave those memos to and then richman eventually handed them over and talked to reporters about them. everyone wants to know what happens in these conversations between donald trump and james comey. it seems as if the leaders on capitol hill are getting closer to getting some more insight into that. >> thank you. out front front now, john dean, former nixon white house counsel, april ryan from american urban radio networks, mike rabino and dan phifer, former senior advisor to president boy john dean, let me start with you. president trump says a hump, he is 100% willing to speak under oath. how significant is that? >> well, if it becomes one-on-one, it really is going to weigh in favor of comey for this reason. he made contemporaneous notes of
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his conversation. those actually have evidentiary value. a good prosecutor or a good -- lawyer just depending on the circumstances, can bring that into evidence and that will tilt most juries, if not the american public, in their opinion and if they're looking at it without any -- just coldly without any partisan viewship of it, it favors comey clearly. le. >> comey says trump is lying under oath. ok. and trump is willing to say comey's lying under oaths. so who is lying? >> this case goes no place on that efrds. because you have one person's word against another person's word. >> but you saw the memos. >> well, yes. john dean points out that that may be evidence that -- jurors will convict on the word of one person against the other. the corroboration is a memo written by other witnesses.
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you usually like to see other corroborating evidence and i'm not seeing it so far. >> there could have been people in the room, navy stewards who i'm sure will be brought to testify. >> well, another -- this might be the president's history of demanding loyalty oaths from his aides and employees. that's going to come out in evidence as well. >> which is something we have heard a lot about, about this president. loyalty. it is important. it is the most important thing. i have known him for a dozen years. i know this as does anybody who has interacted with him. comey says the president requested a pledge of little. the president today didn't leave any gray area. here he is. >> there would be nothing wrong with it if i did say it but i did not say that. >> if he said those things under oath would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version -- >> 100%. i didn't say under oath. i hardly know the man. i'm not going to say i want you to pledge aleaningance.
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who would do that? who would ask a man to pleej allegiance under oath? think of it. it doesn't make sense. no, i didn't say that and i didn't say the other. >> erin, careful, mr. president, this is reminiscent of doesn't starr compelling william clinton to give a deposition. on cnn, i've been full-throated robust unwavering in my support for this director. i believe of the seven that we've had -- i served under four -- he is a man of impeccable, impeccable credentials, honorable and decent. i think he ceded the moral high ground. >> when he admitted the leak. >> when he admitted the leak. i was disappointed and disheartened when he ceded the moral high grounlds. leak is an unlawful disclosure
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of unclassified information. it belongs to the government and for director comey to give that to a sur gatd to leak to the new york times he's given the narrative back to the white house. >> april, you know, you've now been to countless press conferences with this president and other presidents, you hear james saying that he got the moral high ground because comey admitted to leaking. was the president taking a stand today when he said 100% it's all untrue. was it convincing? >> he took a stand. what would be convincing more so is once he actually does do what he said he would do, under oath have a deposition. i was there when ken starr deposed william jefferson clinton. that was a chilling day in the map room of the white house. the question is years later, will this happen? people want to hear the truth.
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right now it's he said-he said. but right now james comey has credibility according to the american public. this president has thrown this issue in the atmosphere by tweeting its. and now we have to find out really what's going on, so it's left up to the president for stand by what he says and the question is will he tell the truth. >> mike, here's the thing. the president wants to have it both ways. today he said, listen, jim comey tells the truth so much so that he vicinity indicated me. in the next breath he says comey's a liar. here he is. >> we were very, very happy and frankly, james comey confirmed a lot i said and some of the things he said just weren't true. >> so the president says comey vindicated him because he told the truth and then he says he's a liar. how can both be there true? >> james comey committed sins of
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omission and sins of commission. he has a messiah complex. what we've seen is this is a gentleman who wants too do partisan and political things from a nonpartisan and nonpolitical organization. he has no credibility left. donald trump is 100% vindicated and there's really nothing left here but political theater. >> this meeting happened, he decided to make something up and write it down and not say anything about it and wait and one day he's going to share this made-up story? >> james comey has never been trump to begin with. he has constantly did things to undermine the president. all he had to do was remove the cloud from the president and that cloud was, sifr, you're innocent and he is innocent -- >> i will just say i want to bring dan in here but he did do something in late october which was very positive for this president. whether that was his intent or
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not. i don't think dmib can deny that. dan? >> erin, you hit upon it. the trump explanation is absurd. iflt can't be that james comey tell us the truth only when it helps are donald trump and when it doesn't he's obviously lying. >> to your point, look, we don't know what was said in that room but we can use our common sense. comey wrote these things down in real time, talked to people in real time about them. prosecutors will go back and talk with those witnesses. comey has a decades-long bipartisan recommendation for integrity and rectitude. we know for a fact that donald trump lies all the time. we know he's lying about these tapes and we will know that soon when the white house counsel has to tell the house intelligence committee that there are no tapes. >> we're going to hit because. the president had something to say today. >> is that a defense?
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lose. this president will further vindicate himself and move on to his agenda of making america great which is what 63 million people voted for him to do. >> dan? >> let's not count the millions who didn't vote for him to do it. it is so obvious,000 trump does not have tapes. he can warily organize his white house. it's hard to imagine in the early days he'd installed a secret white house taping operation and he won't adds mitt it -- >> one of knows spy pens that you can get at hammer slemer or something like that? >> i think it's more likely if he had a taping system it was something like that one of those small pens that you have in your pocket and he may be holding back. and i hope the tape are released. you've obviously never represented people in criminal cases. let me tell you something the they surprise their lawyers all the time. unless you were in that room you have no idea whether the president is telling the truth or lying about that encounter.
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>> i think that james comey obviously has proven himself to be a liar time in and time out. i think that the president obviously has proven himself to be speaking for the american people and to be a straight shooter. >> you ever see the tape on youtube of lies presidents have told in civil dmogs? you ever seen that? because after about 45 minutes of demonstrable lies told by the president under oath. have you seen it? >> isn't that just liberal -- >> no. >> the question is -- >> guess we won't get the answer to that question. >> you're talking -- if you're talking about classic media spin, it is not media spin. this president talked about himself from his brain to his thumbs to the keyboard to twitter about he was hoping there was a tape. many people who i've talked to have said, you know, it's not beyond the realm of possibility because of what has happened with him in the past with business dealings.
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and you guys are talking about this -- >> yeah. >> -- microphone pen or whatever it is, get smart and the code of silence and the shoe phone -- that's for a lot of people who -- that was way back. but, anyway, here's the issue. in going way back, if there is a tape, this is very nixonian. it does not look president yam. it seems sinister, so as people are celebrating, you got to remember the base of this. >> i had a conversation with him about a year ago, year and a half ago. in it we were talking about how there were a lot of chinese companies in his building and whether he was wiretapped. you know what he said? he said i assume every conversation i have ever had was wiretapped because i'm in new york city real estate and people are out to get me. that was the president's then candidate trump told me. but james, you know, jim comey saying lordy, i hope there's tapes.
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>> erin -- >> again, whoever it is who's lying is doing so in the most egregious and horrible way every. >> if jim comey does something to attack donald trump, the republicans are going to side with -- or the democrats are going to decide there. if he does the other way, the republicans will side for that. i'm going to call balls and strikes here. there were two losers in the testimony yesterday. the first -- it's hard to say this but i'm going to say this. the first was jim comey. no one thought he v could have been knocked often the high ground and he was knocked off the high ground. the second -- and my apologies to dan, the second is the obama administration and the politization of the doj. we knew this to be true but to hear it stated by the director that then attorney general loretta lynch said this is a matter, not an investigation, chfgs a clinton -- which was a clinton campaign talking point.
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>> back to the issue of tapes, john, if there were tapes wouldn't we already know about it? it's not possible that he could have it and be hiding it and it never showed up. we'd already know, wouldn't we? >> the easy answer is go to the secret service. they sweep the white house on a often many times a day to make sure there's no certificate up tissuous taping going on. the telephone is the one that obama has. it has the capability of recording. all you have to do is hit a switch and the voicemail becomes a recording system. >> yes, go ahead, april. >> on the secret service issue, i did a secret service about stapg for security or for any purposes and some persons in the secret service says there's nothing in there they use to tape. they don't have any recording advices at all, visual or audio
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for that matter. erin? >> go ahead. quickly, dan. >> the fact of the matter is -- go. >> no. i was going to say, look, we'll find this out for sure. i'm confident there isn't one. when the white house tells the house intel committee there are no tapes, trump will be proven a liar. >> next, the senate judiciary asking comey's friend to hand over any memos from the fired fbi director. the deadline is tonight. will they get them? senate judiciary committee out front. plus a republican comes out swinging against paul ryan saying the speaker would be looking at impeachment is that person was a democrat.
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of the united states. jessica snyder is "out front." >> reporter: the embattled attorney general facing new scrutiny as he's about to be grilled on capitol hill about his interactions with russians. cnn told it was revealed thursday in a closed door setting that he may have had a third meeting with sergey kislyak. it's an encounter he alluded to earlier many his testimony. >> we were also aware of facts that i can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued participation problem attic. >> reporter: the possible meeting took place at the may flower hotel in washington where then-candidate donald trump was delivering his first major foreign policy address. sources say it may have been kpraj rated. a department of justice spokesperson said it never
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happened. they told erin burnett it would put sessions in serious legal jeopardy if it is true. >> that denial as former director comey said. >> could it be perjury? >> could be. >> the allegations arrive as a source close to sessions says president trump and the attorney general have been at odd in recent weeks, engaging in a series of heated exchanges. >> i have recused myself in the matters that deal with the trump campaign. >> reporter: that came after the attorney general admitted that he failed to disclose at his confirmation hearing two meetings with ambassador kislyak during the session. but they maintain the recusal was because of his relationship with the trump campaign. that recusal left the president livid. at one point sessions offered to resign. the president knows that accepting that resignation would ignite another firestorm. >> are you going to resign?
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>> tonight they're asking for memos james comey wrote about his meeting with the president. erin, the senate judiciary committee sent the request actually to comey's columbia law professor friend. we've learned from a source that that friend daniel richmond has been in touch with the committee and been in touch with them through the special counsel bach mueller. we demand through that source that, quote, the matter will be addressed on monday. not sure if that means he'll hand over the memo but sounds like they're in talks. >> thank you, jessica. amy is a former prosecutor. senator, great to have you with me. let me start that the demand your committee put out. you asked for jim comey's friend to turn over what he has by tonight. do you know at this time whether you will get them this evening? >> no, i don't know that but i
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do think given that we know there's no classified information in those memos that i hope we will get them. i suppose there's a chance that the special prosecutor asked that they be kept in his purview for aered of time but i have no doubt that eventually we will get those memos, if not now, soon. >> the latest report that we have -- i don't know if you just heard -- but that david wishman, this friend of jim comey's who has the memos, that he's been in touch with bob mueller's office and communicated to your committee that this matter of the memos will be addressed on monday. do you know what that means? >> i don't. i guess we'll find out monday. i do know one thing, is that we would like to have attorney general sessions come before the judiciary committee since that is the venue in which he made his original statement that he wasn't dealing with the russians. i know he's going to appropriations. but all of these issues really
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center on the work of the judiciary committee and our oversight over the justice department. i also believe that we don't want to screw anything up and i don't think the intelligence committee has done that. you look back at iran contra and the oliver north hearings and how that actually messed up some of the criminal investigations -- >> yeah. >> -- and so far i believe the senate intelligence committee has handled this as well as the rest of the congress. >> when you bring up attorney general sessions and you want him to testify before your committee, you heard your colleague senator blumenthal say it could be perjury if it's found out that the he did have a third meeting. is he right? do you agree that if that happened that that would be purgy by the attorney general? >> i don't make any of those suppositions. i want to find out the facts. you look at the evidence first as a prosecutor. obviously, what happened before when sessions met with only
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three days after the president of the united states, then president obama had met with vladimir putin and told him he was not lifting the sanctions and then in fact said it publicly, i still continue to be amazed. we still need to find out what was discussed a that meeting. that started the domino effect, because then that led to rod rosenstein having jurpd and giving it to the special prosecutor. >> senator, president trump claims he's vindicated in terms of the allegations by jim comey about the flynn discretion, about the loyalty fledge among other things. here's the president today. >> yesterday showed no collusion nor obstruction. we are doing really well. that was an excuse by the dems who lost an election that some people thil they shouldn't have lost. >> no exclusion, no obstruction, closed case. your reaction? >> i don't think anyone knows
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that at this appointment. we are awaiting the work of the special prosecutor and that special prosecutor has brought authority to look at everything in this matter. also, let's not lose the fact that this is about a foreign country attempting to influence the american election, a super power trying to sbesh veen in our democracy and that means much more that this criminal investigation. it means we have to protect ourselves. it means we have to look at highway we handle campaigns. it's a lot more than just this investigation. >> before you go, senator, i want to ask you about your colleague jilla brands. she's miking headlines for what she said on democracy. let me play it for you. >> what about president trump? has he tests any of these promises? no. [ bleep ] no. fundamentally, if we are not henning people we should go the [ bleep ] home.
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>> obvious we had to bleep that twiesz because of her language. what -- >> ok. >> what's your take away from that. is that ok? >> well, kirsten is very passionate about the people she represents in new york state and she doesn't like what he's doing. do i use those words in minnesota? no, i don't, but i've always enjoyed that she's someone that speaks her mind and she decided to do it at that moment. >> all right. senator thank you very much. i appreciate your time tonight. >> thank you. >> celebrating with cigars. trump's secretary takes a victory lap before jim comey even finishes testifying. one republican who voted to imbeach bill clinton says the questions su rounding trump are much more serious. that republican "out front" this hour. break through your allergies.
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kasowitz late last month to represent him in the russia investigation. he's known it for more than a decade from personal matters. is he up for this job? tom foreman is "out front." >> reporter: the president never in form or substance directed or suggested that mr. comey stop investigating anyone. >> as soon as comey's written opening statement emerged, a source tells cnn the president's attorney was buying cigars and celebrating what he calls vindication for his client. >> mr. comey has now finally confirmed publicly what he repeatedly told president trump privately. that is, that the president was not under investigation as part of any probe into russian interference. >> at 1500 an hour mark kasowitz who's been seen chatting with
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first daughter ivanka is widely acknowledged as a power attorney, the toughest of tough guys, beefing up the president's legal team. after a former cia director talked about -- >> contacts and interactions between russian officials and u.s. persons involved in the trump campaign. >> kasowicass ha. >> reporter: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. >> actors robert de niro and mia farrow and for about 15 years, donald trump. when journalists wanted to see records of trump's divorce from his first wife ivana, kasowitz kept them sealed. he's handled financial battles, disputes about trump university and the claims of women who say trump touched them improperly
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and now kasowitz is taking on comey. >> mr. comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the president. >> kasowitz has potential issues of his own at least in terms of public perception, since he has represented some russian interests, but his vigorous response to the comey testimony shows that won't back him down a bit when it comes to defending the mts. -- president. and if you wonder why president trump did not tweet during the comey testimony, the new york times suggests that may have been kasowitz, too, telling the staff not to mention it to the president so he could stay focusened on other matters. >> someone telling me they think kasowitz is one of the few people who will tell trump not to do something.
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. tonight a former republican congressman challenging house speaker paul ryan after ryan said he would not consider impeachment if the president were a democrat. former congressman bob english tweeted speaker ryan, you know this isn't true. you know you would be inquiring into imbeachment if this wr a d. -- were a d. you said speaker ryan, if the investigation leads to the president, his family or his campaign, so be it. don't obstruct justice. put country first. these are strong words for the speaker of your party. >> well, paul is my friend and i want him to succeed and i also want my party to you can is seed and the way to do that is to put country first. then the rest will follow.
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what i'm afraid so if we are responding to that 38% that donald trump has and is fed to by fox and friends, it makes it so the republic can't govern itself really, because it's just that 38% -- >> just made -- >> -- the republican primaries. yeah. >> and speaker ryan obviously coming out with this, as you know, congressman, it's not the only time that he's come out and defended the president. he's done it a lot. he's come out in highly are tropical moments and said the president is unconventional, right. even yesterday when talking about all of the allegations from jim comey, the speaker's response was that trump is just new at this. here's speaker ryan. >> president's new at this. he's new to government. he's learning as he goes. >> the last thing i'm going to do is prejudge anything. >> lick i said. >> this is an unconventional
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presidency. >> do you think he's apologizing for the president too much? >> yes. i think that the reality is that any president should know that you don't try to lean on the top law enforcement officer of the united states and when he doesn't give you what you want, you don't fire him. i you don't fire him. if hillary clinton had won, comey reopened the investigation of her email server, and she didn't like the way that comey was going so she fired him. if at that point, my party would rightly by howling. saying we have got to get to the bottom of this. and now that the shoe is this foot, maybe he's new at it, or hope is not an obstruction of justice. hey, joe, that's a nice car you
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have over there, hope nothing happens to it while you're having dinner. you might perceive that as my offer to protect your car during dinner. but it wasn't offering you hope, it was somebody threatening you about the safety of your car. that's what comey is howling about. why is the president of the united states threatening the job of the chief law enforcement officer of the united states. >> during your first term, you were on the judiciary committee who impeached clinton and called for clinton to resign. is what's happening in washington right now in your view more serious than what led to clinton's impeachment vote. >> the substance of it is way more serious. in the case of bill clinton, we were dealing with sex in the white house with an intern. and then a cover-up. and that's quite different
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substance than a hostile country, affecting or attempting to affect the outcome of the potential election, and i would like to point out that bill clinton never fired the fbi director, when he didn't like the way an investigation was going, and a little bit of defense of bill clinton, who i voted to impeach, at least he didn't try to fire the guy that was after him. and so we have a different situation here, it's much more substantive risk to america and it involves something more similar to the richard nixon situation, where nixon in the saturday night massacre tried to get rid of the people that were pursuing the investigation, it didn't work out for nixon and i think donald trump might have learned that that's probably not a good idea. because there's a lot of fbi agents who want to make sure they get to the bottom of this.
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>> do you think this president could be impeached? >> i think it's too early to tell, like i said, in this tweet to my friend, and he is my friend, paul ryan, it's not time to talk about impeachment. but what we do need to do is to go forward with these explanations, not minimizing it or explaining it away. say now, listen here, this is a serious matter, you have -- somebody here might have participated in a hostile country's attack on our, the heart of our republic, and we're going to get to the bottom of it. and if it leads to the president or to his family or to anybody in his campaign, so be it. we got to get to the bottom of it. but this thing is just sort of explaining it away is just completely unacceptable. >> congressman, i appreciate you taking the time to be with me. >> great to be with you erin,
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find your awesome with the xfinity x1 voice remote. breaking news tonight, president trump blasting one of america's biggest allies in the middle east, accusing qatar of financing terror at the highest levels and today the president leveled a new warning. >> the nation of qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level. the time has come to call on qatar to end its funding, they have to end that funding. >> now of course that funding is backed up business multiple statements of the united states treasury over years, but qatar is home to a u.s. military base
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with 1,100 members. there are 10 countries that have cut diplomatic relations with qatar. in that context, how significant was the statement's today? >> reporter: look, erin, he made it right from the rose garden, very hard language, and when a president speaks from the rose garden, you can't interpret it any other way than official u.s. government policy. so that hard line being heard in the middle east, and qatar looking at it and looking at the presence of those 10,000 u.s. troops there, the core of the u.s. air operation against isis, no indication they're about to boot the u.s. out, but they have to be thinking about their way ahead with the u.s. military and keeping the u.s. military there. that's something the pentagon also very sensitive about. they know that the qataris are
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thinking about this tonight. >> one qatari source told me they were worried about the u.s. base, they're very worried about supplying it and this blockade. today they pushed hard for the secretary of state rex tillerson to say stop this blockade, he did that just hours before the president spoke. here's secretary of state tillerson. >> the blockade is lost impairing u.s. military actions in the region and the campaign against isis. >> so he comes out and says that, and then the president hours later says the nation of qatar has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level. >> reporter: the president continuing with his hard line, but secretary tillerson making the point this is having real impact on people, there are food shortages in qatar, families
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have been separated. the state department taking a bit less hard line because of business relations with america. >> thank you for joining us, anderson's next. it's 8:00, do you know where your white house tapes are? or even if there are any? i'm john berman in for anderson. the house intelligence committee says enough is enough about the manufactured mystery over reported had better hope did not exist. tapes of their oval office conversations. the committee told them if you have got them, we want them. and the president played coy this afternoon when asked about them. >> do tapes exist of your conversations with them? >> i'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future. >> and a couple of hours later, the house intelligence committee

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