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and mull marathon. this two-time cancer survivor has hit the pavement since 1999 to raise money for leukemia patients raising more than $115,000 to date. >> i want to thank everybody who is so generous and gave me money. that's the whole reason i'm running. >> impressive. >> the race goes on. >> my gosh, god bless you. >> nice to see you. >> great to work with you. time for "cnn newsroom" with just poppy harlow. >> stealing my man again, alisyn? okay. >> sorry. >> he better be back here tomorrow morning. have a great day. good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. we have a lot to get to. hope you had a great weekend. at the white house this morning, all the presidents men and women, and just a couple of hours, president trump convenes a meeting of his cabinet members including jeff sessions, expect
there had. this is the first time that the two are set to meet since those reports surfaced last week that the president has become increasingly frustrated with sessions, and the russia probe so much so that he offered to resign. meantime, sessions says he plans to testify on that topic tomorrow before the senate intelligence committee but the panels chairman not publicly green lit. his testimony has not said if it is public or behind closed laura jarrett is live in washington. it is odd, sessions was supposed to testify in front of some different house and senate subcommittees, instead he's sending his deputy attorney general rod rosenstein to do that. why the switch? >> exactly right. lawmakers have been demanding for weeks to question sessions on everything from his role in the firing of former fbi director james comey to any undisclosed contacts he might have had with the russian
ambassador kislyak. he appears to have caught members by surprise agreeing to come to the panel tomorrow. now there is the question whether it will be public or behind closed doors or a combination of both. in a letter to senators over the weekend sessions said he wants to address comey's testimony from last week in the appropriate forum pen members of the intel committee have plenty of questions for him, including comey's claim that sessions left him alone with the president back in february. >> also, laura, there is some big news developing on top of out of the capitol today. you have the attorneys general of maryland and washington, d.c., about to announce this lawsuit that they have filed against the president in just a few hours, right? >> that's right. this all comes down to the fact that the president retained interest in his businesses after taking office and to so these attorneys general in maryland and d.c. now say that when foreign dignitaries stay at his hotel or use his golf course, that violates the constitution's
emoluments clause which prohibits the president from accepting payments from foreign governments without congressional consent. hours after being sworn in trump got sued for the exact same issue by a watchdog group but that is tied up in the courts in new york. if a federal judge alous it to proceed in maryland attorneys say first steps will be to demand through the discovery process copies of trump's personal tax returns to gauge the extent of these foreign business dealings. >> there's one way i suppose, although i wonder if they were able to do it, if they'd become public. laura jarrett, we'll have more on when the lawsuit is filed and announced in a little bit. ivanka trump speaks out for the first time on the testimony of former fbi director james comey, just a few hours ago echoed her father's talking points saying he delivered a big win confirming the president, she says, confirming what comey
said that he was not under investigation in the russia probe directly. listen to see vivanka trump. >> well, my father felt very vindicated in all the statements that he's been making and feels incredibly optimistic. >> but ivanka trump's remarks pretty measured in stark contrast to the president's latest broadside attack on comey. jason carroll is in washington with more. >> good morning to you, poppy. the president is back to name calling, not only suggesting james comey acted illegally when he leaked his notes about their conversations, in a tweet, he called the act of leaking it "cowardly." comey testified the president asked him to let the investigation to former national security adviser flynn go, although trump denies that. donald trump jr. appeared to contradict that denial in a tv interview and separate separation former u.s. attorney
general preet bharara said he too had an uncomfortable interaction with the president before he was let go. bharara says that trump called him in december and appeared to him at least that trump was trying to cultivate some sort of relationship between the two. bharara says that he was fired after he did not return another call from trump. as far as trump's interactions with comey there are calls from both sides of the aisle for trump to turn over any tapes if the white house has them. there have been a number of gop lawmakers who say let the tapes do the talking. as you know, there have been a number of people who say the president should stop talking about comey and as you also know the special counsel robert mueller is about to or is in the process of completing his investigation, although trump's legal team not able to rule out the possibility that the president could end up firing mueller. >> do so through ordering ros
rosenstein to do that, jason carroll in washington, thank you. let's discuss all of this, susan paige is here, the washington bureau chief for "usa today," alex burns, cnn political analyst for the "new york times" and david drucker from "the washington requeexaminer." sus susan, let's listen to a fellow republican of the president, susan collins, when she was asked about these tapes. listen. >> he should give a straight yes or no to the, answer to the question of whether or not the tapes exist, and he should voluntarily turn them over not only to the senate intelligence committee, but to the special counsel. so i don't think a subpoena should be necessary, and i don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up once and for all. >> to be clear again, susan, that's from a fellow republican
saying tell us are there tapes or not. what do you think the political calculation is from the white house on this one right now? why leave is to murky, to say the least? >> well that is always a tough question when it comes to thinking about the strategy that president trump may be following. he is leaving it kind of out there, but he faces a demand from the house intelligence, a request from the house intelligence committee to produce these tapes by june 23rd, next week, and every expectation is that he will provide an answer by then about whether there are tapes and i think that the assumption now is that there are not tapes, given the president's comment on friday, which when he said to reporters "you're going to be disappointed when you get the answer." we would not be disappointed if the answer was there were tapes. the disappointing answer not tapes that would resolve who is telling the truth between james comey and donald trump. >> david, there seems to be new republican leadership strategy from some on the russia probe and how to message it. you have them attacking mueller.
let me put up a tweet from newt gingrich, former house speaker. "republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel will be fair. look who he is hiring, check fec reports. time to rethink." this guy a few weeks ago john mccain said was a great choice for special counsel, jason chaffetz, impeccable credential, senator burr was complimentary. why go after mueller who served under bush and obama? >> different between trump partisans and republican leaders on the hill. i don't think you'll see anybody on the hill on the republican side. for a few fringe members go after robert mueller, because they know his integrity is unimpeachable. >> newt gingrich knows that, too. >> newt gingrich is an off the hill trump partisan who likes to be provocative and sending the sort of message that i think we'll see emerging from the trump right out in the ether, which is let's get mueller and
undercut him, and i think that it's only a matter of time, given the pattern we've seen before, before trump himself begins to tweet sort of asking questions about mueller in an effort to send a message to his base that whatever this man finds, it's not to be trusted. >> so alex, staying on the russians for a moment, the fact attorney general sessions said i was going to go in front of the subcommittees to talk about something totally different but all the reports about the russia probe since i recused myself i'll send rosenstein to do that instead and he'll testify in front of the senate intel committee, maybe publicly or behind closed doors. increasing concern on capitol hill from some lawmakers that is to avoid public testimony? >> you have to interpret the way that jeff sessions is approaching this within the context of him being a much more conventional politician than virtually anybody else.
>> as senator. >> he was a career politician. the definition basically of a career politician. the fact that he's now serving in the trump administration doesn't necessarily change that. so this is a guy who has been under fire the last few weeks from within the white house, from within the administration, and from without after the comey testimony last weekend, and what a conventional politician would do under these circumstance, if they feel they have nothing to hide is go out and try to clear their own name and that's something that republicans in general we heard susan collins say i don't understand why the president wouldn't put some of the questions to rest. if you're jeff sessions and you feel that you can put the questions to rest, there's no reason why you wouldn't do it. >> and substantively we should understand, substantively, jeff sessions and donald trump are aligned but temperamentally, they could not be more different. >> certainly the reporting that sessions offered to recuse himself -- he did resign, the president was getting in the way of him being able to do his job as attorney general with all of
the statements and tweets, something that struck us over the weekend, susan, that is what another republican senator graham said about the president and needing to keep his mouth and his tweets -- listen. >> i don't think what he said amounts to obstruction of justice. what the president did was inappropriate. what is 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. >> susan? >> so you know, this is something you're really beginning to hear from more republicans on the hill privately, the bigger threat to donald trump's presidency is not the russia investigation, it's the way he's handling it, the way he's responding in his tendency toward self-inflicted wounds and provocative tweets that do not serve his interest, not his political interest and over the long haul perhaps not legal interest either.
we're hearing more and more warning signs from senator graham and arye fleischer, former white house press secretary and others, please change the manner which you're responding to this very serious matter. >> from an increasing number of republicans, i will say just one observation, with no real -- i don't know if this is the case but you know what he didn't tweet a lot, the nine days on the overseas trip, melania trump was with him the whole time, she moved into the white house with barron over the weekend. maybe a few less from the president. we'll see. david from your beat on the republicans, lindsey graham said over the weekend, you have senator james from oklahoma his interactions with comey after he heard comey testify were "very inappropriate." susan collins saying release the tapes, we want to know more, questioning the president and senator mike leigh of utah about comey's testimony saying "he doesn't strike me as someone who would lie under oath." is this a problem for the white
house? these are all republican senators. >> of course it's a problem. republicans are trying to say subtly is cut it out. the republicans on the hill have nothing to gain by taking trump down, because the voters are not going to reward them for moving against the president. on the other hand, they need to walk this line of not completely endorsing all of this behavior, because they don't know where the investigation's going to go, because that could be equally detrimental to them, so i think they're trying to support the president where they can, but where they feel they need to send a message privately they are very, very concerned. they're trying to do that. i thought lindsey graham's comment was pressing. what he's trying to tell the president i don't think you did anything wrong. >> said that. >> but the way you are -- he's trying to encourage him by saying that, i don't believe he did anything wrong. >> this is after the president said on friday 100% in response to jonathan karl's question i'm willing to testify and come in
front of congress, which i i had his lawyers saying why would you offer that up. >> that comment from lindsey gra wam was a little bit cute. republicans are concerned something inappropriate and potentially illegal did happen, right, but the way they are framing their conversation about the investigation in order to be safe within a partisan context is to say look, bob mueller is the only one with the credibility to clear you. the fact they may privately have grave concerns whether mueller will clear the president is kind of irrelevant to them at this point if they can get through a short term conversation about the investigation, and then let that investigation go where it's going to go. >> guys, thank you very much. susan, thank you as well. "show us the tapes" you hear from more and more republicans and recordings if they exist lawmakers say cough them up. more reaction from capitol hill ahead. plus it would be a risky move but will bill cosby actually speak out in court
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reaction from capitol hill on comey's testimony in the russia investigation is pouring in. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle calling for the got turn over the comey tapes if they exist. remember, the president is the one who brought up the potential of tapes in the first place, this as top senators on the intelligence committee are said to meet with special counsel robert mueller this week amid the russia investigations. suzanne malveaux live on capitol hill with more on this. they're buzzing even more and more after what the president said in his friday press conference, saying of course i would testify in front of congressional committees, 100%, if asked. what else are you hearing? >> it's hard to imagine that you could top last week all the anticipation and the attention around what's happening this is one of the weeks that could rival last week around the buzz and the riveting testimony of former fbi director james comey.
this week on the hot seat, attorney general jeff sessions shall the debate that is going on right now the senate intelligence committee is whether or not first of all he should go and testify before them, what format it would take, if it's privately or publicly. this all of this after he submitted a letter on saturday over the weekend saying that he was canceling his appearances before the house and senate budgetary committees, appropriations committees, to go ahead and offer himself on tuesday to go before the senate intelligence committee saying that in fact was a better venue, more appropriate to answer questions about russia and things like that, the comey firing, and so we will see. there will be discussions that will be had also with robert mueller, to see what will be the appropriate nature of this. some real concerns from democrats, including mark warner essentially believing that this is a way for him to avoid speaking publicly in a public forum. at the same time, poppy, you mentioned as well there is
growing pressure for lawmakers to make those tapes available if they exist from president trump and his discussions with comey, and they are debating on just how far they will go to make that happen. take a listen. >> i don't think a subpoena should be necessary, and i don't understand why the president just doesn't clear this matter up, once and for all. >> i hope there are recordings for jim comey's sake if that's out there. i doubt they're there. we've pressed the white house to try to get a firm answer from them on that. >> if there aren't tapes, he should let that be known. no more game playing. >> poppy, there's another committee the senate judiciary committee, dianne feinstein, the democrat on that committee who are saying they, too, want a bite of comey. they want him to testify before their committee, they say it's more appropriate because they deal with matters of whether or not the justice department is behaving badly or not. we'll see if that happens. the other thing that they are
pushing forward is comey's friend, law professor who has those memos, his name daniel richmond. he has those memos that comey gave to him regarding his discussions with the president, they gave him a friday deadline to make those memos public to turn them at least over to their committee. we expect there's going to be some movement on that later today. >> we'll be watching. suzanne malveaux on capitol hill thank you very much. joining us is democratic representative ted deutsche of florida. nice to have you here, thank you for joining us. >> good to be with you, thanks. >> you hear this growing chorus of republicans as well calling for if there are tapes, show us the tapes. do you think there are tapes? >> well i don't know if there are tapes but it's really confusing why the president would continue to drag this out. the president called james comey a liar and suggested there are tapes that would prove it. if those tapes existed, he would have released them it seems to me. you heard a handful of
republicans he should be clear'tapes exist, then provide them and if they don't exist, tell us as much. we need to see that turn into a loud drum beat. this is not a partisan issue, when the president of the united states talks about taping people in his white house, we have an obligation, he has an obligation to let us know whether it's accurate or not. stop playing games. poppy, i would just add senator feinstein well makes an important point. while the investigations continue into the connections between the trump campaign, trump white house and russia, we now have the obstruction of justice concerns and the place where those hearings should take place is in the judiciary committee. it's true -- >> she was asked about that on "state of the union" yesterday by brianna keilar and she said look, judiciary is made up of a lot of attorneys. we should be overseeing an obstruction investigation if there is obstruction. you, not a senator, but you sit
on the house judiciary committee. let's say the president did come and testify in front of you, he said he certainly displayed a willingness to on friday in that press conference. what would you ask him? >> well, i think the house judiciary committee is an important place for this hearing to take place and i suggested as soon as the president said he would come that he would testify under oath he should come to our committee, and i think members should have the opportunity to ask the president of the united states whether he is accusing james comey of lying in all of the statements that comey made, including the ones that he made, the writings that he made contemporaneously all of the discussions that he had with people who are close to him at the justice department about those meetings with the president, we ought to hear from the president. we also ought to hear from the attorney general. we ought to hear from the deputy attorney general as well. >> the attorney general jeff sessions has switched, sort of flip-flopped hearings and
letting his deputy rosenstein testify today in front of those subcommittees instead of him, and those were public and he was going to be pressed by lawmakers on the russia probe. he said he'll testify in front of the senate intelligence committee, he says that's the appropriate venue. some democratic members of congress are saying that's just really a way to try to get out of testifying publicly about this. is that how you see it? >> it certainly looks like he's trying to avoid testifying publicly. there are too many questions about the attorney general, including questions arising from james comey's testimony, acknowledgment by comey they expected him to recuse himself. we need to understand whether there were additional meetings with the russians that he didn't disclose. we need to understand why he was involved in comey's firing, even after he said he was going to recuse himself from the russia investigation, when comey was fired because of the russia investigation. there are too many questions for
the attorney general to answer publicly to try to hide and avoid those public hearings. he ought to do it, ought to be in front of the judiciary committee, the place that has oversight over the criminal justice system in this country. >> we'll see the testimony he is likely to give in front of the senate intelligence committee, may indeed become public, we need to find out. lot of people certainly hope it is for transparency reasons. i got to ask you this, as a democrat, you guys cannot run in 2018, 2020 on russia. and bernie sanders was very critical of the party as a whole over the weekend. here's what he said in chicago. >> i am often asked, i'm often asked by the media and others, how did it come about tra donald trump the most unpopular presidential candidate in the modern histoof our country won the election, and my answer is,
and my answer is that trump didn't win the election. the democratic party lost the election. the democratic party must finally understand which side it is on. >> is he right, congressman? do democrats ahead of 2018, 2020, really need to reconcile these differing wings of your own party? >> well, i think, poppy, if you take a look at the democrats in the house over the past few weeks, you see a caucus standing firmly on the side of the american people as we fought against the terrible health care plan bill that will -- >> you're saying he's wrong? i have 45 second. i want to know if you think bernie sanders is right or wrong. do democrats have a problem you need to fix? >> what i believe is that democrats are clearly on -- when bernie sanders says that the democrats need to be on the right side, it's pretty clear if
you look at everything that has transpired since this president was elected, whether it's health care or dodd-frank, standing up for consumers, women, standing up for the middle cralass and working to ensure everyone has a good job that is where the democrats are. unfortunately that's exactly the opposite of the message that we've heard from president trump, that told us when he ran those were going to be his priorities, instead he's fought to repeal health care, repeal dodd-frank, go after consumers and working people. that's what's been so t disappointing and why democrats have so much enthusiasm as we head to the challenges and battles ahead. >> you could have answered it before the election, you lost the election, bernie sanders is making a plea aed has of the next round of elections. we'll have it back to talk about it more, democratic conkman ted deitch of florida, thank you. >> thank you. a lot of eyes on wall street not a public company, that's
uber and a big public company, general electric. christine romans is here. first on uber, what's going on. >> uber has got a really bad reputation, and eric holder, former attorney general finished a big internal investigation what many called the brogrammer, silicon valley guy culture that may have led to sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, eric holder's team looking into that and last night the board of uare uber unanimously voted to accept those recommendations. we don't know exactly what that's going to mean in terms of management, but there's a lot of chatter this morning that travis kalanek, the founder of this company may be out. he may be taking a leave of absence or may be changing his role entirely. tomorrow we'll find out more what is happening there. lot of talk about uber. also talking about -- >> general electric, an iconic ceo led this company for a long
time. >> a big industrial tech icon, joined ge in 1982, he's been ceo since 2001 and now the company is saying he will retire in august. he will be the chairman until the end of the year. he'll be stepping down august 1st. interesting because the stock is up about 3% pre-market trade. the stock has underperformed the rest of the market over the past year so you might remember jack welch was his predecessor, the company got bigger and bigger and he has been selling and downsizing and changing sort of the footprint of ge. i think tech stocks overall tumbled today, they were down big friday, another downgrade of apple today. we'll see if there's fallout in tech stocks. lot of talk about comparison to 2005 tech stocks, counted for a third of the s&p 500 gains. >> they've had an incredible run, a little adjustment. christine romans thank you very much. we'll keep watching uber. we'll bring you that news as soon as we get it.
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special agent. to you first counselor, it's not just arye fleischer, worked for president bush, republican, it's republican senator graham who said this over the weekend. >> i don't think what was said amounts to obstruction of justice. now what the president did was inappropriate but here's what's 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. >> he just keeps saying be quiet and the president has not made any indication of that. he said on friday, of course, 100% willing to testify, tell my story, no problem. >> lindsey graham is a great guy to be listening to. he was a lawyer in private practice, very successful one before he ran for the senate and the president is making a big mistake in ignoring that advice. let me give you one example. i noticed in going over the president's statements he made one statement about having been told that what he said to comey
was perfectly proper, even though he denied saying the exact words. now, if he was told that by his attorney, you know what? the president has waived his attorney/client privilege with kasowitz, once you break t you can be asked about it. an example of one small statement by the president could totally undermine his case in the long run and it's foolish for him to be tweeting and talking publicly. >> james, one of the president's attorneys said that the way he puts it, he says comey admitted to making "unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communication to the president. so many other legal scholars point to the first amendment and they say he can do this and do it again and again and again. how do you see it? >> well, poppy, i have been unequivocal and absolutely full throated in my defense and support of director comey. i think he made a particular calculus that got us here you
can argue whether or not was the right one but i think he did what he thought was right. i was struck and troubled last thursday when i watched the two or three hours that he testified in front of the senate intel committee and the part that bothered me the most was the admission about the leak and the way that it happened. it wasn't even a situation where the director went to a "new york times" he gave a surrogate a memo. you follow along the "new york times" and "the washington post" reporting three incidents, one in march where the fbi director was apparently enraged that president trump said there might have been wire tapping and he might have been involved in it and number two, when the admission about there was a loyalty pledge that he was asked about. i hate to say it, but i think those three stories probably originated from the fbi director, and i was hurt that it was coming from the fbi. >> that is your assumption. you have no evidence of that. i want to be clear.
>> it is speculation and conjecture on my part. >> i want to get you both on something that was startling over the weekend. one of the president's attorneys when asked if the president would order the deputy ag rod rosenstein heading up the russia investigation, before mueller, if he would intervene or fire mueller, here is the answer. listen to this. >> will the president promise not to interfere, not attempt at any time to ordered deputy attorney general to fire robert muler? >> look, the president -- the president of the united states as we all know it's a unitary executive. the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel, and inside the government as well as outside and i'm not going to speculate what he will or will not do. i can't imagine that issue will arise but that is an issue that the. the with his advisers would discuss if there was a basis. >> paul, is that startling to you he would not rule out definitively that the president would not basically through rosenstein order that mueller be fired at some point?
>> it's startling absolutely. the president obviously has the power to have him fired, but to say this publicly, it creates a chilling effect i think on the entire staff of the justice department. what everybody is sitting in justice now saying if we cross trump we're going to get fired. we've got to be careful about this investigation. it's a really terrible way and terrible example to set about an objective investigation, which is what the president should want. >> just to be clear he made no indication, i watched that full interview that perhaps, you know, he pretty much put it off the table, but not completely. >> no. >> he basically danced around with it legalese. >> he did more than that. i think he said you can't rule it out. the president might do it. i think he should have been more definitive. >> james, did it bother you to hear that? >> it's reminiscent of looking back during the nixon era and saying could this possibly be like the saturday night massacre? could that possibly happen? the only thing that troubles me with the special prosecutor piece, i think the president would lose in the court of
public opinion even if he's vindicated. >> fired by the guy running it. >> absolutely. the only thing that troubled me from the start, i respect both men, i work for them, worked for four fbi director, why would awe point a special prosecutor that has a personal relationship with one of the central figures in the investigation. >> what is your criticism? >> robert mueller has a personal relationship with former director comey. why would you appoint a special prosecutor to conduct an investigation where a central witness and figure has a personal relationship. >> is that problematic? >> i always thought it was an odd choice because of the relationship. when we talk about a personal relationship, the ashcroft incident, remember -- >> comey rushed to the bedside, don't reauthorize this nsa. >> that's correct. at that time mueller was the, was his boss, and they kind of bonded on this one thing where they stood up to the president of the united states and said we're not going to go along with
violating the rights of american citizens. it's one of those major events in your life that would bond to you another person and i think to put him in charge of the investigation now of comey, that maybe could be problematic. >> remember, this is someone complimented by republicans, by democrats alike, served under a republican president and democratic president. thank you very much. we're way over time i'm hearing. paul callan, james gagliano appreciate it. coming up, bill cosby arriving for his defense trial. the question, will he actually take the stand in his own defense? that's next.
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casarez is outside the court in philadelphia with more. >> reporter: today it is the defense's turn at the montgomery county courthouse for the trial for bill cosby. this will present their case. the prosecution closed at the end of last week with two major witnesses, first a toxicologist that testified if andrea constand had taken three benadryl tablets she could have experienced the same symptoms they testified to and even though quaaludes are illegal now in the united states they are still available by prescription in canada. their final witness the detective who read aloud bill cosby's deposition in 2005 he was asked did you give drugs to women you wanted to have sex with? his answer yes. the defense counter to that, it was a party drug and it was given to one woman, a woman he had a consensual affair with. the question is, what witnesses will the defense put on?
they don't even have to put on a case. they don't have to prove anything. all they want to show this jury is reasonable doubt. reasonable doubt that bill cosby drugged and sexually assaulted andrea constand. >> thank you for that reporting. we'll keep an eye on it. bill cosby faces three counts of indecent assault. he pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. hearing is under way to decide if 18 penn state students will face trial in the hazing death of one of their fellow students. the parents of 19-year-old timothy piazza walked into the pennsylvania courthouse. judge is decides if there's enough evidence to charge the other students in the death of their son. he died after a binge drinking ritual at a fraternal house in february. cameras captured him falling down multiple steps of stairs, hitting hess head.
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one year ago today, 49 people were killed, 68 others were injured in the pulse nightclub massacre. in just moments, the mayor of orlando will take part in a memorial service for the victims of the shooting. overnight, hundreds of people gathered in front of the pulse nightclub. nick valencia was there in the aftermath of the shooting. he joins us now.
and nick, you've spoken with survivors, you've spoken with families of the victims. what are they telling you? >> reporter: good morning, poppy. a year later and it is still so hard to talk about. i spoke to survivors and victims this morning, and they tell me that the memories have been haunting. the city is still grieving after the horror it witnessed last year. i spoke with an orlando resident this morning and they told me that the pain is never far away, but neither is the love. at 2:00 a.m., a ceremony was held at pulse to coincide with the very moment that terrorist omar mateen burst into the pulse nightclub and opened fire. 49 people were killed and more than 60 injured. earlier today, i spoke with geo goate, who lost his cousin. he said as difficult as it was, he wanted to go to that 2:00 a.m. ceremony to pay respects to his cousin. the city of orlando will have at least two more official events today to remember the lives lost in the worst mass shooting in modern u.s. history. poppy? >> nick valencia, thank you very much for the reporting. we appreciate it. keep us posted, as they are going to honor them in just
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there, despite reports that the president has become increasingly frustrated with him and with the russia probe, so much so that sessions reportedly offered to resign last week. meantime, sessions says he plans to testify tomorrow before the senate intelligence committee, but the panel's chairman has not yet publicly confirmed that testimony, nor revealed whether the hearing will be public or behind closed doors. let's go to phil mattingly. he's on capitol hill with more. so, it's this weird sort of flip-flop. he was going to testify in front of different subcommittees. now he's sending his deputy to do that. he wants to talk to senate intel, but we don't even know if we'll be able to see it. what are you hearing? >> reporter: yeah, it was a little bit of a wild day yesterday when jeff sessions, the attorney general, sent a letter to the two committees he was supposed to testify in front of tomorrow, appropriations panels, poppy, that have nothing to do with the senate intelligence committee or the russia investigation matters, but democrats on those committees, poppy, had made very clear those were issues they planned on asking him about. so, yesterday jeff sessions, the attorney general, sent letters to capitol hill, saying because of that and in the wake of