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meddling. >> if and when the hearing does happen it should be another pivotal day. democratic minority leader chuck schumer says sessions has four key questions to answer. >> first, did he interfere with the russian investigation before he recused himsel \ssecond what safeguards are there now so that he doesn't interfere? third, it says he's involved with the firing of comey and comey said he was fired because of russia. how does that fit in with his recusal? it doesn't seem to stand up well to me. fourth, he's been involved in the selection of the new fbi director, did he talk about the russian investigation with them? >> sessions' letter offering to testify before the intel committee caught many off guard, including members of the include. cnn justice reporter jones from us washington. >> the attorney general's agreement to appear before that senate intel committee did appear to catch members off
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guard over the weekend. but the big question is still unanswered. will sessions testify in public? or behind closed doors? lawmakers have been clamoring for weeks to question him on everything from the firing of fbi director james comey to any undisclosed contacts that sessions might have had with russian ambassador sergey kislyak. while sessions recused himself from the broader fbi probe into russian interference in the 2016 election, members of the intel committee say they still want to hear from sessions and have him respond to some of comey's riffle lations from last week. >> the key things we've got to get obviously his side of the story related to jim comey, some of the conversations that jim commie had with the president, where jeff sessions was or was around to be able to get the rest of the story, comey's statement to him of getting time alone with the president, that interaction as well as accusations about conversations that he might or might not have had with russians prior to the election. so we want to be able to get his
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side of it, get all the facts out there. >> now the chairman of the committee hasn't said yet whether the hearing will actually go forward tomorrow. but democratic senator ron wyden urged in a letter to his colleagues yesterday that if it does go forward, it should be open to the public. so that the american people can hear for themselves what the attorney general has to say. >> all right, laura jarret, thank you for that. we'll check in with you in a few minutes. lots to talk about on the legal front, on the sessions front, on the ag -- >> a lot to get to, laura jarret's got a full plate. billionaire real estate mogul, reality tv star, president, now a new title to donald trump's resume, wedding crasher. a little downtime at his new jersey golf club, he dropped by the wedding reception of a couple from new jersey. he was not on the guest list but posed for pictures with the newlyweds and signed some "make america great again" hats before moving on. "the new york times" reports
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president trump is a selling point for weddings at the club. a brochure though saying if he was on-site for your big day he'll likely stop in and congratulate the happy couple that brochure has been discontinued. a clear conflict. but they took care of it. >> i would say so. president trump escalating his defiant response to the former fbi director james comey's testimony that the president asked him to drop the michael flynn investigation, the president tweeting, i believe the james comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible, totally illegal, question mark, very cowardly. i love to parse the punctuation. president's eldest son donald trump jr. defending his dad on fox news, also possibly backing up comey's claim the president discussed ending the investigation into michael flynn, listen. >> i hear the flynn comment, you and i both know my father a long time, when he tells you to do something, guess what? there's no ambiguity in it. there's no, hey, i'm hoping.
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you and i are friends, i hope this happens but you've got to do your job. that's what he told comey. to this guy as a politician to write a memo, oh, i felt threatened. he felt so threatened but he didn't do anything. >> president trump's also refused to say whether or not tapes exist of those private conversations with comey. now the president's lawyer saying, we may find out soon. >> the president said he's going to address the issue of the tapes, whether the tapes exist or not, next week. that's a decision that the president will make in consultation with his chief lawyer and will address it next week. >> the response of the republican party mixed. one leading gop senator saying the president should zip it. >> what the president did was inappropriate, but here's what's so frustrating for republicans like me. you may be the first president in history to go down because you can't stop inappropriately talking about an investigation that if you just were quiet would clear you.
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>> lindsey graham. rejoining us now, bring back justice reporter laura jarret in washington. laura, great to have you back. >> nice to see you. >> let's go back to what the president tweeted there. i want to ask you about totally illegal what the president's talking about, james comey's leak, if you will. some say it's not even a leak to begin with. not a compromise, not a protected conversation. is it illegal to do what james comey did, getting those memos out to the media? >> well, no expert that i've talked to has said that this is illegal at all. some have analogized it to a whistle-blower instead of a leaker. mostly because it doesn't appear that anything that he disclosed was classified. i think it was somewhat eyebrow-raising because it's not every day you hear the fbi director admit to having disclosed something to a friend who then disclosed it to the media. but it is not illegal, according to any expert that i've ever spoken to. >> yeah, totally illegal,
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question mark, in that tweet, very cowardly, he put in a single quote with an exclamation point. is he asking, is he saying it's totally illegal? >> he asked, laura jaret answered, no, it's not. >> people around him, in his party, others, are saying stop talking. stop talking about the comey thing, move on. you heard from dianne feinstein. release the tapes, mr. president, what are you afraid of? she's saying, let's get the tapes if there are tapes. do you think there are tapes? what's your -- you don't think there's tapes? >> no. >> if there are tapes, can shows be subpoenaed by these committees doing these investigations? >> absolutely. and not only can they be subpoenaed, but if there are tapes and we don't know if there are, but there are, he has an obligation to preserve those. under the presidential records act. so white house counsel really needs to be involved here, at least from everyone that i've spoken to, in past administrations. this is a pretty serious issue. it's not something that you play around with. and it's certainly something
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that the special counsel, bob mueller, is going to want to get to the bottom of. it's critical to his investigation to match those tapes, if they exist, to what comey has said in his contell tell brain yus memos. >> it's so reality show-esque to say, maybe there's tapes. one of his attorneys saying, the president's going to reveal about the tapes next week. but we've seen the president in controversies before drag it out, whether tax reform -- >> the next episode, that's how you do it in reality tv world. let's ask you about jeff sessions and this testimony before the senate intel committee. a lot of questions, is it open, is it closed? what will be asked? why does it matter whether it's open or closed? what do you expect the big question? >> in his letter to lawmakers over the weekend, sessions explained that the reason he's doing it in front of the intel committee is because this is the committee that sort of read in on all of the issues related to russia, and it's the committee that can do this in a classified
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setting. should there be any information that he can't discuss publicly this would be the place to do it. he actually scrapped plans to go to the committees we thought he was going to on tuesday, the house and senate appropriations committee, to talk about his department's budget. instead he's going to send his deputy, rod rosenstein. it appears as though even though he is recused from everything having to do with the fbi investigation of the russia probe, that he does really want to confront what james comey had to say. because obviously there were a lot of questions raised last week specifically having to do with those meetings with the president. to hear comey tell it, he went to the attorney general and said, look, i'm uncomfortable with this, this is inappropriate, this can't happen. and what are you going to do about it? comey says sessions did nothing. sessions says the opposite, saying i told him there are strict lines that delineate communications between the fbi and white house. so two very different stories there playing out. >> one can argue jeff sessions
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deserves a lot of credit by saying, let's not hide behind appropriations, let's get it out there let's talk about this take it head-on. you wonder how happy the president is about his volunteering to go before the senate intel committee. he was already reportedly miffed about recution himself from the russia investigation. we haven't heard him directly say he has confidence in jeff sessions. you wonder how that will brew over the next few days. >> at noon we're going to hear from the attorneys general for maryland and d.c. about this lawsuit against the president. accusing the president of violating anti-corruption clauses in the constitution by accepting money from foreign governments in his hotels. what do we know about this lawsuit? >> yeah, you guys will remember the very first lawsuit out of the gate against the president was this exact same thing. it all stems from the fact that he has retained an interest in his hotels. so when foreign governments or diplomats stay at those hotels, the question is whether they're doing it to curry favor with the
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president. if so, whether that is a violation of the emoluments clause in the constitution. this is an escalation because this is the first time we've seen government actors sue the president. we've had private parties, we've had a d.c. bar that said this is unfair competition. but this is now an escalation coming from the attorney generals of maryland and d.c. >> in particular that trump d.c. hotel of particular interest. they want the tax returns. that seems to be the underlying issue. >> maybe. all right, laura, nice to see you. come back in a few minutes, thanks. tech stocks have kept wall street's bulls running. a recent plunge is fueling concerns that maybe a collapse is overdue. five of the biggest names fell about 4%. apple, facebook, amazon, microsoft, alphabet, that's the parent company of google, and analysts noted their high values parallel the tech bubble of the early 2000s. for example, amazon and alphabet
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recently hit $1,000 per share, and the five what you have added $600 billion to the market this year, which is another concern. just like tech leaders in 2000 these companies have an outsize impact on stocks accounting for more than one-third of the gains for the s&p 500 this year. however, today's tech stocks have a few advantages over companies in 2000. prices are cheaper, they have a lot more cash, in fact, apple alone holds about $250 billion overseas. one of the problems in 2000 was that you have these very richly valued tech companies that didn't have any earnings. these companies we're talking about here, they've got earnings, they earn a lot of money. >> there are assets there. it's not fictional wealth. >> whenever you hear tech bubble that starts to make people nervous. british prime minister theresa may also nervous. clinging to power despite calls for her to resign. what does this mean for brexit and for her future? live to london next. i was always "the girl with psoriasis."
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the senate intelligence committee has not confirmed whether attorney general jeff sessions will testify tomorrow in an open or closed session or whether the hearing will actually happen. as sessions said in a letter, or whether it will happen at all since some senators are concerned this is a gambit by sessions to avoid testifying in public about russian election meddling. >> if and when the hearing does happen it should be another pivotal day of congressional testimony. democratic minority leader chuck schumer says sessions has four key questions to answer. >> first, did he interfere with the russian investigation before he recused himself? second, what safeguards are there now so that he doesn't interfere? third, he says he was involved in the firing of comey and the president said comey was fired because of russia. how does that fit in with his recusal? it doesn't seem to stand up well to me. and fourth, he's been involved in the selection of the new fbi director. did he talk about the russian
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investigation with them? >> sessions' letter offering to testify before the senate intel committee caught many off guard, including members of the committee. cnn justice reporter laura jarret joining us live from washington. she has the latest. good morning, laura. >> good morning, dave. one big question still unanswered this morning. will the attorney general testify in public or behind closed doors, or some combination of both? lawmakers have been clamoring for weeks to question sessions on everything from the firing of fbi director james comey to any indus closed contacts that sessions might have had with russian ambassador sergey kislyak. while sessions has recused himself from the broader fbi probe into russian interference in the 2016 election, members of the intel committee say they still want to hear sessions respond directly to some of james comey's revelations last week. >> the key things we've got to get, obviously his side of the story related to jim comey, some of the conversations jim comey
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had with the president, where jeff sessions was a participant there or at least around to get the rest of the story. comey's statement alone with the president again, that interaction, as well as these accusations flying out there about conversations that he might or might not have had with the russians prior to the election. we want to be able to get his side of it, get all the facts out there. >> now the chairman of the intel committee hasn't said yet whether the hearing will even about forward tomorrow, but democratic senator ron wyden urged in a letter to his colleagues yesterday fit does, it should be open to the public so that the american people can hear for themselves what the attorney general has to say. >> we'll chick back with you in just a moment, laura. president trump escalating his defiant response to former fbi director james comey's testimony. that the president asked him to drop the michael flynn investigation. the president tweeting sunday, i believe the james comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought, totally illegal, question mark, very
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cowardly, exclamation. the president's eldest son donald trump jr. defending his father on fox news but also possibly backing up james comey's claim the president discussed ending the fbi investigation into michael flynn. >> when i hear the flynn comment, you and i both know my father a long time. when he tells you to do something, guess what, there's no ambiguity in it. there's no, hey, i'm hoping. you and i are friends. i hope this happens but you've got to do your job, that's what he told comey. for this guy as a politician to write a memo, oh, i felt threatened. he felt so threatened but he didn't do anything. >> president trump has also refused to say whether tapes exist of those private conversations with comey. now the president's lawyer is saying, we will find out soon. >> the president said he's going to address the issue of the tapes, whether the tapes exist or not, next week. that's a decision that the president will make in consultation with his chief
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lawyer next week. >> the response from the republican party to all this has been mixed. one leading republican saying the president should just stop talking. >> what the president did business was inappropriate but here's what's so frustrating for republicans like me. you may be the first president in history to go down because you can't stop inappropriately talking about an investigation that if you just were quiet would clear you. >> joining us to discuss all of this, cnn politics reporter eugene scott, our justice reporter laura jarret in washington. eugene, good morning. i wanted to read something ari fleischer tweeted. i thought it was interesting and went along with the lindsey graham thing. advice for potus, you have not been vindicated, you won't be unless bob mueller says so, stop talking, you're heading into a giant perjury trap. there are republicans who really want him to stop talking and tweeting, quite frankly, about all of this. it keeps dragging it on. >> certainly. i think what's very interesting is a lot was made that he would
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not tweet during comey's testimony. no one addressed the fact that he possibly would tweet after the testimony about all the things he could have tweeted during the testimony. >> it was all built up. >> right. i think he was like, okay, fine, i'm good for today but i got a bunch of tweets i'm going to get out this whole weekend. that's what it appears to me. i think what's important for to us pay attention to is of all the things comey mentioned during his testimony, the thing donald trump wants you to focus on is the leaking, not the fact that he was called a liar repeatedly, not the fact that there were things said that bring his ethics and credibility into question. but he's trying to divert america's attention, whether it will work, we'll see. >> what you're talking about, of course, a tweet yesterday morning, we just played it a moment ago from the president talking about these leaks. i believe the james comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. totally illegal, question mark, very cowardly, exclamation, with the quotes as well. leaks. first off, is what james comey
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did, laura, a leak? second, is it illegal? >> well, he has that question mark there, but it's totally not. every expert that i have spoken with says this is not illegal. and to hear james comey even tell it, what he disclosed was not classified information about some larger part of the russia probe. he described conversations that he had alone with the president. and those were his contemporaneous notes he shared with his columbia law school professor. it's really not a leak in that sense of the word. so most people have sort of analogized it more to a whistle-blower. now the question of the tapes is different. but it's something that the president himself could put to rest very easily. and while he was asked about it in the rose garden, he essentially punted and said, stay tuned. >> it's almost reality show-esque. oh, keeping the reveal out there. keeping it dangling. senator diane feinstein says, release the tapes, mr. president what are you afraid of? we have no idea if -- would it
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be legal to have tapes in the oval office? >> well, it doesn't violate any law directly. there's actually a law that allows you to tape, oddly enough, if one party consents to it. but there are requirements for him to preserve any of this. so if he is, in fact, taping people, whether on his phone or through some sort of recording device in the oval office, that is something that he is required to preserve under the presidential records act and one would hope that the white house counsel's office would know that that is happening. >> what did he say? didn't he say you're going to be disappointed, i'm not going did to tell you now, i'll tell you soon but your all going to be disappointed? >> i was curious what you made from that discussion at the rose garden. he's known to have recorded conversations as a private citizen. new york as one party consent state. >> my takeaway was, stay tuned. we've seen this approach previous times from him. >> why would we be disappointed by the answer? because there are no tapes? >> yeah, i think -- >> or because it backs up his
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account of the story? >> i think he's assuming the media he attacks thinks there are tapes that are going to incriminate him, and he thinks we'll be disappointed because he thinks we are his enemy. i think it's very interesting that people should pay attention to the fact that we've had multiple presidents record in multiple ways in the white house. so there is some type of history for this, there's a great piece by julian salazar on cnn opinion about this. >> he's a friend of the show, we have him on often. let's talk quickly, laura, about jeff sessions and what we think is going to happen, what we wonder. i don't know what's going to happen in terms of his testimony. what's going on? >> what it seems like is that sessions is saying, look, i want to go before the committee where i can talk in a classified setting. obviously the appropriations committee is where we thought he would be on the hill on tuesday. but he has scrapped plans for that, instead going to send his deputy. so he's saying, i want to come before the senate intelligence committee where comey came last week. and directly addressed some of
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the issues that comey raised about him. comey has this whole story about going to the attorney general after meeting alone with the president and being uncomfortable, saying this was inappropriate, saying this can't happen. to hear comey tell it, sessions looked at him blankly. sessions says that didn't happen at all and i told him there are clear lines of communication between the fbi and the white house. so there are two very conflicting stories here senators want answers to. >> how do you think the president reacts to this? we're told reports suggested sessions offered to quit because the president was so furious over his recusal. how might the president react now that he knows sessions volunteered to testify before the senate intel committee? >> i don't think it helps sessions with the president. this is in addition to the fact that it's been made public that it's possible sessions met with the russian ambassador again. >> the potential third meeting. >> yeah. i think sessions could be on some of his final straws. but i think he's going to be okay for a while because trump
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has made very clear to his aides that he just cannot handle another controversy of this magnitude. >> he is one of the key reasons the conservatives continue to support this president. president trump played wedding crasher saturday night. he was up late tweeting about the economy on sunday night. the president tweets that the media isn't paying attention to the yagreat numbers on the econy on election day, similar numbers a year ago he bashed, today he takes credit for them, pointing out the rise in financial markets, the energy sector's booming, and jobs, jobs, jobs. president touted the rise in the stock market, the rally since election day dubbed the trump rally. all those numbers are true but the current bull market is now eight years old. the trump rally icing on what has been a juicy cake. the stock market rally has been good news also for the investor class, no question. has it helped the working class? stay tuned. the president also tweeted that
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russian opposition leader alex say nivalgny leading nationwide protests. organizers say the rallies taking place in more than 200 russian cities whether or not the government allows it. thousands of people expected to join protests in both st. petersburg and moscow. let's bring in cnn's diana magnate live in st. petersburg. the opposition leader plans to run against president putin in next year's election. will today's protest rattle the kremlin? >> absolutely. and that is why there is a very heavy police presence out on the streets in all of these cities where already in the far east of the country there have been protests. the turnout so far has been modest rather than huge, i would say. that is probably because people saw from protests in march that arrests were highly likely.
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the protests in march that the leader called for took the kremlin by surprise, really. thousands, tens of thousands of people turned out in around 80 cities across russia. and the organizers of this demonstration say they hope for tens of thousands more. and what nvalgny is hoping for is this puts pressure on the kremlin to allow him to run for president, that every protester will increase his chances or increase the suggestion that if the kremlin doesn't let him run that will appear illegitimate. the protests br to start in about an hour's time. if the last protests are anything to go by, there will probably be hundreds of arrests this time too. 55 minutes past the hour this monday morning. let's get a check on your money. global stock markets lower after u.s. tech stocks tanked. u.s. stock futures right now are also down. still nervous about that big tech sell-off and ahead of a federal reserve meeting on wednesday, the fed is expected to raise rates for the fourth
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time since december 2015. another rough week for uber. a leadership crisis there, really. an internal investigation could mean big changes. it will adopt all -- uber will adopt all recommendations from a report looking into claims of sexual harassment. at the same time uber ceo may take a leave of absence. uber has had a tough few months. last week the company fired 20 employees over complaints about sexism. does this character look familiar? it is not president trump but it is a trump-like julius caesar in a new york city production of the shakespeare play "julius caesar." two sponsors pulled out after the gory assassination scene caused a huge backlash, delta airlines and bank of america dropping support saying the graphic staging doesn't reflect its company's values, this was intended to provoke and offend. >> well, they got accomplished there. >> certainly got a lot of attention. you don't usually hear
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shakespeare in the park making national news headlines. but it is -- >> is this a kathy griffin-esque? >> i think it's just this side of kathy griffin-esque. i think -- poor taste i think we can agree. >> if you wanted publicity you got it, maybe not the publicity you wanted. >> thanks for joining us this monday morning. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. "new day" starts right now. we'll see you tomorrow. that's bad for us all. >> will jeff sessions testify tomorrow? >> the judiciary committee has the oversight and it's very figfit being for the attorney general. >> some may be concerned that sessions is avoiding testifying publicly. >> no collusion. he's a leaker. >> lordy, i hope there are tapes. >> it looks like an inappropriate conversation. >> if there are tapes, he should make them public.
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no more game play. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> welcome viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "new day." it is monday, june 12th. chris is off. john berman joins me. >> nice to see you. >> attorney general jeff sessions offering to testify before the senate intelligence committee tomorrow. the question is whether he will testify in open session in front of tv cameras. meanwhile, the white house trying to get back to the president's agenda, but president trump continues to slam james comey calling him quote cowardly for leaking details of their conversations. >> republicans are urging the president to come clean of the tapes of conversations with james comey. what is the game here? the president's lawyer will address the issue within the next week. the first lady and the president's 11-year-old son are waking up in the white house after moving in this weekend. will melania trump have a calming influence on the
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president? we have it all covered with laura jarrett live in washington. a lot to learn about the attorney general's testimony. >> reporter: that is right, john. appearing before the senate intelligence committee caught people by surprise. the big question is unanswered. will sessions testify in public or behind closed doors or combination of both? lawmakers clamme moring for wee to any undisclosed contacts that sessions may have had with russian ambassador sergei kislyak. sources tell cnn a number of senators are concerned that sessions may be avoid testifying in public by scrapping appearances in the appropriations committee on tuesday. members of the intel panel says if sessions testifies, they want to hear him respond directly to some of james comey's revelations last week. >> the key things we have to get
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his side of the story related to jim comey. some of the conversations comey had with the president and where jeff sessions was a participant to get the rest of the story. comey's statement i don't want time alone with the president and that interaction and accusations flying around about con varversations he may or may have had. we want all of the facts out there. >> reporter: the chairman of the intel committee has not said if the hearing will go forward tomorrow. sessions is expected at the white house later this morning for a cabinet meeting. his first after days of deflection of whether the president has confidence in the attorney general. >> not a hard question to answer. laura, thank you. president trump cannot seem to stay quiet about the russia investigation. the president slammed james comey again. retweeted about the chance of impeachment. why is he doing this?

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