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. you are live in the cnn newsroom. welcome. i'm forsberg sanchez in for ana cabrera. this is breaking news on cnn. a claim of responsibility for the deaths of three american soldiers in afghanistan. it's being described as an insider attack. one, where an afghan serviceman turned his gun on u.s. forces, we'll go straight to washington and diane gallagher. diane, what happened in afghanistan and who's taking responsibility for this? >> so boris, this happened in the nangarhar province in east afghanistan. it's a green-on-blue attack it's called. the afghan cal btaliban is taki responsibility. a statement says one of its
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infiltrators in the afghan forces was killed after opening firing on u.s. troops. the group said it killed four americans and injured others. those numbers do not match with what the pentagon is reporting today. three dead, one injured. that injured soldier has been evacuated. vice president mike pence opened his remarks in wisconsin today by talking ability the attack. >> on my way here i was informed that u.s. service members were killed and wounded in an attack in afghanistan. the president and i have been briefed. the details of this attack will be forthcoming. when heroes fall, americans grieve. and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these american heroes. >> now, this district has been particularly deadly for americans this year. this is where u.s. and afghan troops have been carrying outs a
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month-long initiative. the pentagon still working on notifying next of kin for the soldiers who were killed today. >> thank you. for the trump white house, the next few days could be absolutely pivotal. cnn has learned that attorney general jeff sessions will testify before the senate committee on tuesday. sessions is expected to be grilled on his role in the firing of former fbi director james comey as well as his meetings with russian officials during a presidential campaign. house investors are giving trump two weeks to hand over audio recordings of his conversations with comey. let's talk it over with athena jones, not far from where the president is spending the weekend. let's start with sessions. he's set to testify before the
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senate intelligence committee instead of the two smaller budget panels. what duds this change exactly? >> hi, boris. well, it means that -- the senate versiinvestigators are g to be able to question him sooner than they thought. he's going to face some tough questions in his involvement in comey's firing and other related matters. you'll remember during the hours-long testimony by the former fbi director, he brought up sessions. he questioned sessions role in his firing given that sessions had recused himself from the russia investigation and comey believed he was fired in part for his handling of the russia situation. jared kushner lingered in the oval office during the meeting with comey. sessions lingered and left.
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comey says the president asked him to let the matter -- the investigation of his national security advisor at the time, michael flynn, go. he told sessions later on comey said he told sessions he should not allow comey and president trump to be alone together. this is something that should be avoided, and he talked about having information that would lead inevitably, he said, from his recusal. here is the conversation comey had with ron wyden talking about why comey didn't discuss the president's actions, which clearly disturbed him, with the attorney general. watch what he had to say. >> we also were aware of facts that i can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a russia-related investigation problematic, and so we were -- we were convinced -- in fact i think we'd already heard that the career people were recommending that he recuse
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himself, that he was not going to be in contact with russia-related maerltsd much longer, and that turned out to be the case. >> and that turned out to be the case. we know now from my colleague manu raj u that during that closed session that comey had with the intelligence panel, he talked about a possible third meeting that sessions may have had with the russian ambassador. that is what he was talking about when he said he didn't want to discuss it in open session. now, the department of justice has denied that third meeting but we can expect that this is among the many questions sessions will be asked on tuesday. boris? >> athena jones reporting from new jersey where the president is spending the weekend. thank you. let's bring in our panel of experts. joining me is michael deantonio, auter of the can book, the truth about trump. and steve moore, a retired fbi.
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and matthew axlerod. michael, to you first. you follow the president closely for that biography. i know him better than most. perhaps the most scathing part of james comey's testimony last week was when he said that part of the reason he logged those memos was the nature of the person, referring to donald trump. the president has mentioned recordings that he may have of conversations he had with james comey. seeing comey's testimony, hearing that trump may have recorded those conversations, does that fit into the nature of the donald trump that you know? >> well, it -- [ inaudible ] when i -- [ inaudible ] donald i took -- [ inaudible ] and we took -- that -- [ inaudible ] -- >> we're going to have to stop you there, mike. we're having some audio difficulties. we'll get back to you once that's fixed. let's go to stephen more.
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steve there were nine private meetings in person and over the phone the trump and comey. once comey thought trump would be crossing a line, he felt, why didn't he tell trump that his actions were inappropriate. >> was a that to me? >> yes. >> the reason is because you don't-up jump out of the bushes an point a gun at him and say you're under arrest. jeffrey toobin, the cnn legal analyst and alan dershowitz we've asked whether this was a crime. what is he going to do? is he going to sit there in the white house oval office stunned and decide right then and there whether this goes to grand jury and he gets a true bill. so he goekz -- this is the way the fbi operates. all you have to do is report it to the fbi at that point, begin your evaluation of whether a crime has occurred and begin
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there. but you don't -- it's not the fbi mow dus operandi to breedly raeflt unless there's a violent crime. >> matthew, as steve mentioned, some very different viewpoints on james comey's behavior and whether or not the president actually cried to obstruct justice. what do you think? >> what i think it's important to remember here is that it's a bed rock principle of the rule of law that there be a -- that law enforcement be free to do its work free from political interference. it's essential that law enforcement do its work based on the facts and on the law. that's why traditionally through administrations of both parties there's been a strict separation between the department of justice which has as the fbi and the white house when it comes to criminal investigations, according to former director comey's testimony, the president breached that law in the conversations he had with him -- wall, during the conversations he had with him.
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that's deeply disturbing and troubling. >> staying with you, perhaps one of the biggest losers in the comey testimony was attorney general jeff sessions. he's now having to go before the senate intelligence committee on tuesday. what's the questions he needs to answer? >> he was supposed to appear before the appropriations committees on tuesday. now he's going before the senate intelligence committee. pick your poison. he decided he should go in front of the senate intelligence committee. he's go to get asked questions about two things in particular. i think one of the things he'll get asked is why he didn't stay behind when -- in the meeting in the oval and subsequently when director comey asked him to be a bulwark between the fbi and white house why he didn't do that or if he did that or didn't do that. and i think he'll also be asked questions about why he
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participated in the decision and the recommendation to the president to fire the director when he was reaccused from the matters having to do with thing 2016 political campaign. those are two questions i imagine he'll be asked. >> steve, what are you looking to hear from the attorney general? >> i want to know what the president told him before and after that meeting. if i -- i was in the fbi 25 years. if somebody -- if my boss took one of my agents out of the room and said i need to talk to him privately and then bring him back, i'm going to ask everybody involved what went on in that meeting and i think sessions probably has some idea what that conversation was about. if not, he's going to lose trust in his boss for manipulating people who report to him. >> now, steve, you may be a little bit biassed in this next question, but i still want to -- >> i hope so. >> -- get your perspective on it. if the president goes forward wa
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his promise to testify before congress, to take an oath and get questioned about his interactions with james comey, who do you think the people of america will believe? >> i hope my bias is towards the truth and not necessarily to any agency. i believe that -- first of all, half the people are just going to follow along party lines. certain people are going to choose the president. certain people are going to choose comey because its dpits their narrative. of the people who are independent and open to be swayed, i think what happens here is you have to test past statements and you have to look at the fact that comey actually made an contemporaneous record of what was said in that meeting right down to verbiage used. i've had cases where a he said-he said came down to whether i actually recorded my notes and statements contemporaneously and that carried the day.
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so again, this is -- we're not looking necessarily at a crime. federal crime, but we certainly are looking at who to believe and whether that was an appropriate action by the president if it occurred. >> i want to get to michael deantonio. we lost him because of audio issues earlier but he is back. same question again, michael. the nature of the person. does james comey's testimony fit in with what you know about donald trump? >> it did tremendous sisley. i don't know anyone who goes to a meeting with donald trump expecting to get something that is normal and straight. so you go in assuming there will be something unusual said. when i dealt with him i always had a witness with me. we both brought tape recorders and we both took notes because, you know, it's a belt and suspenders situation with president trump. he's erratic and he'll say almost anything and he does try to almost co of h e co-op
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whoever entered his office. so one has to be very careful when dealing with him. >> i also have so ask you about what he said at the press conference yesterday in the wreez garden with the president of roy mania, kind of teasing the audience about whether or not this there were tapes of his conversations with james comey. you know him well. is he the sort of person who records conversations that way? >> yes, he is. in many circumstances, i think we all in new york media assume that we are being recorded when we dealt with him and actually there were times when recordings arose of reporters who interviewed him and he even posed as different people and when those who knew him well were played these audio recordings, they said, oh, well,
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that's not john miller. that's actually donald trump posing as john miller. so there's a real hazardous area that you enter when you enter into communications with this person and i think comey's instincts are better than a reporter's. he's the head of the fbi or he was at that time. he's got a lifetime in law enforcement. his instincts are good. >> matthew, to you. if there was a recording that exonerated the president, don't you think we would have heard it by now? >> look. i'm not going to speculate on how or why the president made the remark he did about mr. comey ought to hope there are no tapes or when he would choose to reveal them. respectfully, i think the issue of the tapes is sort of a side show that's being created by the president to i think likely distract attention from what we -- at least according to
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former director comey's testimony, what we know to be the facts. i mean, i -- at the moment according to mr. trump's lawyer, there's a he said-he said but mr. comey has said his peace to the intelligence committee. it will be interesting to see if mr. trump stays true to his work to testify under oath about these matters. >> right. michael, to you, the president again teasing this about recordings yesterday at the rose garden. is this a strategy to distract? is he just still the great showman that he was in the 80s and 90s? what's going on? >> well, he is a great showman. we don't know now whether he really believes, for example, that president obama wiretapped him. that was something he threw out as a distraction a few months ago. he also was going to release his
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taxes. that hasn't happened. he'll say almost anything to distract and divert attention. his -- he plans these events many times to getst press off of a certain topic. so i doubt that there is a recording. i think that the way that he spoke about it, i think he suggested that comey better hope there's not a tape. then when he said, we'll wait and very soon you'll get an answer but, you know, that's sort of like your father saying very san antonio i'm going to take you to a ballgame. you might have to pester him throughout the season to get to the stadium. so this just sounds to me like showmanship. it's what you'd expect from the host of reality tv show but it's not what you'd expect from the president of the united states. >> michael deantonio, steve moore, matthew axlerod, thank you for joining us on this saturday evening, thaun.
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dianne feinstein and susan collins, both members of the intelligence committee that was question jeff sessions on tuesday will be guests on state of the morning tomorrow. you don't want to miss that. a touching tribute former congresswoman gabby giffords will be the first woman to see her name on a naval vessel. hear her remarks to the crew. plus vice president mike pence set to speak in moments. is he going to weigh in on the russia investigation or comey's testimony? we'll take you there live. greatest racehorse who ever lived? of course he was strong... ...intelligent. ...explosive. but the true secret to his perfection...
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backfired. the result being that her party lost seats in parliament, forcing her to form a minority government. all of inn happening as brexit negotiations are set to begin in only nine days. cnn international correspondent phil black is in london with more on the fallout from this election. >> it is another sign, showing very clearly how theresa may has been weakened and isolated as a result of her terrible election performance. she's lost her two closest allies, two most trusted advisors, nick and fiona hill. there have long been rumblings that this pair were responsible for jettying a secret active culture, being the enforcers and protectsers of the prime minister, making it difficult for her to hear opinions across the party. a lot of the anger has focused
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on their influence, according to british media reports the prime minister was advised to sack them or face a leashedship challenge in the party. so shecrucially, no one is talk about theresa may standing down. there's no significant call from any senior figures for her to go. it seems to be an understanding that now is not the time. this country, in just over a week is due to begin formal negotiation toss exit the european union, the brexit process is about to begin. the priority for theresa may and for the conservative party is forming a government and building a working majority within the parliament. to try and get that majority, theresa may has dispatched people to northern ireland to meat with the matter known for being socially conservative on issues like abortion, gay marriage. but its main purpose is ensuring that northern ireland resists
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all efforts to break away from the united kijs dom. if theresa may can form an alliance with the party and ensure that its ten members of parliament back the conservative party at key moments, that would give her the working majority she needs to run the country. phil black, cnn, london. >> phil black in london, thank you. president trump claimed credit for for setting up a block aid. calling it a funder of terrorism at a high level. trump's secretary of state rex tillerson called for lifting the block aid saying it was hurting the effort to the fight isis. >> the block aid is impairing u.s. and other international business activities in the region and has created a hardship on the people of qatar and the people whose lively hoods defend on the commerce with qatar. it's hindering u.s. military
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actions in the region and the campaign against isis. >> the time had come to call on qatar to end its funding. they have to end that funding. and its extremist ideology in terms of funding. i want to call in all of the -- call on all of the nations to stop immediately supporting terrorism. >> the saudi arabia-led block aid began about a week ago, cutting off qatar's land borders and access to dmabing airspace. that's threatened qatar's trade relationships and the air routes of qatar airlines air ways. ga gabby giffords game the third living woman in u.s. history to have a u.s. warship named after her today. she survived an assassination
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attempt which led to her resignation from congress. giffords paid tribute to the men and women who serve the u.s. military. >> i'm so happy to be here with you today. this is a credible honor. the uss gabby giffords is strong and tough, just like her crew. i thought of you in my darkest days, the soldiers, sailors, air american and marines of the united states of america. we ask so much of you despite danger, you say yes. you make me proud. you make america proud. i will never forget this day or the crew of the uss gabby
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giffords. fair winds and following seas. thank you very much. >> the u.s. beggabby giffords w christened back in june of 2015. it may be unclear whether president trump has any tapes of his conversations with former fbi director james comey. coming up, a look at the history of white house recordings. you're live in the cnn newsroom. ♪ ♪ ♪
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director james comey. when asked about whether or not those tapes even exist, the president gave a cryptics answer, only promising more information in the very knew future. there is a history of white house recordings that goes back decades. brian todd brings us that story. >> white house taping systems have throughout the decades known to exist, quietly recording the color and at times the most explosive points of the presidential branch. from john f. kennedy here discussing the cuban missile crisis, so president lyndon b. johnson ordering pants. >> is your father the one that makes the clothes? >> yes, sir. we're all together. >> y'all made me some real light weight slacks. >> the most infamous and damning iteration of any white house taping system was during the presidency of richard m. nixon. he began secretly taping
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conversations and telephone calls in multiple logistics of the white house in 1971, including the oval office. >> time and time again, the president's words were clear. >> the president was asking like he had absolute power. even the president's own family was taped. >> i have julie for you, sir. >> hi, daddy. >> one week after the waregate breakin. nixon did everything he could to fend off the investigation. >> people have got to know whether or not their president's
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a crook. well, i'm not a crook. >> but the taping system became public when deputy assistant to the president alexander butterfield confirmed its existence. >> are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the oval office of the president? >> i was aware of listening devices, yes, sir. >> the tapes ultimately led to nixon's resignation to avoid impeachment. >> america needs a full-time president. >> when asked by barbara walters in 1980 why he didn't destroy the tapes, he had this to say. >> are you sorry you didn't burn the tapes? >> yes, i think so. because they were private conversations subjects to misinterception as we have all seen. >> brian todd, cnn, washington. >> brian, thank you. coming up, ice cube and others take bill mair to task for using
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. comedian bill mash put himself in the hot seat after using a racial slur on his show. he used the n-word last week. his show airs on hbo which is owned by time-warner, parent company of cnn. last night he apologized saying "i did a bad thing." he then invited his guests to weigh in. look at actor and rapper ice-t's emotional response. >> it's a word that's been used against us. it's like a knife, man. you can use it as a weapon or you can use it as a tool. it's being used against a weapon -- as a weapon against us by white people and we're not
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going to let that happen again by nobody when i hear my home kwlis say it, it don't feel like venom. when i hear a white person say it, it feel like that knife stabbing me, even if they don't mean it. i think this is a teamble moment, not just to you but to the people that's watching right now. you know what i'm saying? [ applause ] >> bill, i'm not -- >> the people watching right now are saying that point has been made. >> not by me. >> ok. >> you saw cnn political commentator symone sanders sitting on the panel last hour. she joined us last hour and she made it clear to maher. >> you tend to white wash who was really enslaved in the house. as a white person person in north america m america, you would have been the slave owner. and it was mostly black women
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who were slafs in the house, who were raped, who were beaten daily, they endured physical and emotional abuse. that was like a slap in the face to black america, particularly to black women. >> symone, how important was it for you to give bill maher your 2 cents and how to make this a teachable moment? >> i thought it was important for me personally and i'm glad that the show also thought it was important and gave myself and others space and time to give our remarks. i think we are living in polarizing times. we have yet to grapple with the issue of race in america. because of that, whenever the subject comes up, it can be very, very tense. i know bill maher understood he was wrong last week when he used the racial slur. again, her apologized right -- he apologized after the show last week and again on that stage last night. but it was more than just the word. people in america, especially black people are dealing with fighting -- battling down
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with -- white supremacy and systemic racism. i thought it was really, really important that we put context on there, that we brought black women in the conversation. i was glad i was on the stage last night to offer that perspective. >> he seemed very uncomfortable during portions of that conversation. did you get a chance to chat with him about the way that he felt about the whole night off air? >> well, so we took some photos after the show and of course we did a post overtime show for the internet. look, bill was happy everybody came on. he thanked us for coming, he thanked us for our perspectives. i believe he heard us. if someone was sitting therebiened reading my my rights over something i said, i, too, might have been a little tense. i'm glad we had the conversation and i hope not only my words but ice's words take with bill
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maher. he's been on the front lines for a lot of things. even when you're on the front lines sometimes you have to attack your brothers and sisters in the struggle and let them know they crossed the line. that's what we be last night. >> i have to ask you this. for bill maher, it was a teachable moment. michael richards, luis ck, luis jer advice have said that word and the consequences have been all over the map. from your estimation, is there a double standard as to who can say that word even in or out of the context of comedy? >> let me be clear. i do not think the n-word has a place in jokes, in comedy. i do not think white people in america should be using the n-word and frankly, i don't think black people should be using it, either. >> senior media correspond and the most of "reliable sources" is back with us now.
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maher didn't interview hipz panel as much as he took questions from them. how effective do you think it was as an apology? >> it probably forced more calls for hinl to be suspended or show to be canceled because he was airing this out rather forth rightly on his own program for the better part of an hour but he did look uncomfortable at times maybe for a white comedian who he said was just reacting to something in the moment. it was important, i think, to talk about this on his program, to hear a variety of guests discussing it, including symone. at the end of the hour his former republican congressman said at some point people have to accept apologies if they're made in good faith and move on from this. that was sorts of the closing note of the segment. i think maher appreciated. he was having one of his guests say we should accept the apology and move on. this is very troubling for bill
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maher. it speaks to the world of comedy and more importantly to race relations. bill maher was deeply uncomfortable at some of the conversations he was hearing on his own show. >> if you think -- or do you think that if he had been perhaps a conservative commentator he would still have a show? >> well, he's not suspended. you know, he continues on his program. he is certainly a -- we should be clear. he's an anti-trump liberal. >> right. >> and symone was saying n he's an ally in terms of the progressive movement in the country. if anybody said what maher said in the context, almost randomly -- he was reacting to a guest saying coming to nebraska -- >> he made an obscure remark. >> that's what causes maher to say the n-word. he said this happened very suddenly. he said "the comic mind goes to a weird time at times."
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he's essentially saying comediennes are weird people. they're going for laughs at any expense and he went too far. why he thought it might be funny is a separate matter. my point is the context is crucial. he wasn't scripting this. it wasn't something he was doing, he says, intentionally. >> marco hill made the distinction between somebody like bill maher and michael richards going after somebody in the crowd. michael richards has not record after that incident. >> right. >> do you think bill maher can move forward from this in a way he keeps his presence? >> his fans love him. you could hear it on the program. the cheering from the audience, you could almost hear people saying we forgive you, we're on your side. he's not in any long term trouble, i don't think. he's intentionally controversial on purpose. it brings up this issue of how do comedians perform. >> stretch the envelope. >> we had the kathdy griffin
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thing lately as well, which he brought up. widespread agreement, i think, that she went too far. there are useful conversations to be had, especially in the social media age about what's acceptable. i agree with sy moan and ice-t that this was a teachable moment. joog thank you for being here. coming up, for secretary of transportation elaine chao, the road from immigrant to a member of trump's cabinet was one of many twists and turns, but one constant, the man she calls her low-mantd nance hugs. >> i have to say this part. this is really important. you've got to leave this in. i kale him my low maintenance husband. he does his own laundry and he cooks. >> he does his own laundry? >> he does mine, too, sometimes. he's very good.
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when president trump appeared publicly to promote his trillion dollar infrastructure plan, the person who introduced him. >> as you can see we have a very special guest here today, the president of the united states, donald trump. >> but for secretary of transportation elaine chao, it was a long way from immigrant to becoming a member of president trump's cabinet. that's one of the reasons chao made dana bash's list. >> reporter: so you went to mt.
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holyoke, a women's college. >> because we thought that was the best place for a young girl to be. little did i know then there would be weekend dating situations. >> how did that go? >> i never dated in my whole entire life, never went to senior prom, junior prom. >> reporter: that makes me sad. >> oh, that's okay. i didn't understand the significance of it. i didn't under so many things. >> reporter: after college it was harvard business school for what she thought would be a career in banking until she got a white house fellowship in 1983 during the reagan administration. >> as i'm doing research trying to help contribute to the writing of his speech when i was a white house fellow, like the bell went off, hey, i believe in all this stuff. i'm actually a republican. >> reporter: chao steadily climbed the gop ranks with an appointment to the maritime
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commission, then deputy transportation secretary and peace corps director. later she ran the united way. it was around that time she met her husband, senator mitch mcconnell, who is now the senate majority leader. you are one hatch of sort of the ultimate power couple in washington. >> there are so many power couples. >> reporter: there are. there are actually. it's different than it used to be. >> i have to say this part. you have to leave this in. i call him my low maintenance husband. he does his own laundry and he cooks. >> reporter: he really does his own laundry? >> he does mine, too, sometimes. he's really good. life with him is very easy that way, and he's very encouraging. >> reporter: is he a good cook? >> he's a very good cook. >> reporter: she scoffs at a story she once read that she keeps files of her husband's supporters and donors. >> there was an article that said i took notes on people. i didn't take notes. it was all up here. i have an incredible memory. it's one of life's blessings.
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if i met you 24 years ago, i can remember the place, the time, the circumstances. >> reporter: that's a great asset in politics. >> it's proven to be pretty helpful. >> reporter: her mother passed away, but her father still works and is still her biggest cheerleader. there when she was sworn in as transportation secretary. >> this is january 31st, 2017, at 5:30. i told you. he's 90 years old, and he's very hopeful, very optimistic. he has a great attitude. so this is a photo of part of my family because not all of them were able to come, a large number of the family came. it was a lot of fun. >> reporter: you're so family oriented and you never had kids. >> no, i never did. >> reporter: is that a regret? >> well, on some days it is. i try not to have too many regrets, but i will say to young women, you know, in my generation we were taught that we can have it all.
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