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the truth. well, good morning, everyone. i am renee marsh, in for christi paul. >> good to be with you. i am victor blackwell. happy saturday. following two stories. first, the bill cosby trial. jurors ended five days of deliberations without a verdict. >> and they head back to the courtroom just about an hour from now to resume deliberations after declaring they were deadlocked thursday. the panel has been steadily revisiting hours of testimony. >> for the first time, cosby addressed his supporters last night just after leaving the courthouse. >> i want to thank the jury for their long days, their honest work individually.
i also want to thank the supporters who have been here and please to the supporters, stay calm. do not argue with people. just keep up the great support. thank you all. >> the jury has been deliberating for 52 hours. again, they resume deliberations in an hour from now. and seven u.s. sailors remain missing this morning and the search for them is on-going in the pacific ocean off the coast of japan. that's where the uss fitzgerald was taken to port where divers will inspect it. we go to tokyo. we have the latest on the story. where do things stand as far as
search efforts? >> reporter: seven are still missing from the fitzgerald. it has returned to port. where the seventh fleet is based. we know in addition to heavy damage we see from pictures toward the right side of the ship there's extensive damage under the water line which is where the radio room is situated. that seems to be where extensive damage occurred. they were able to pump water out, they would like to see what details they can find when divers get in. we don't have any updates from the naval office as to when that operation can begin. it has become a night here in japan. that would complicate the search
for missing crew men. this collision occurred close to 19 hours ago. it was 1:30 a.m. local time. it collided with a ship that's being chartered by a major japanese shipping company called nyk. i spoke to an official moments ago and he did confirm that that ship itself has returned to their port. investigation there is under way by the coast guard, he has nothing to add other than to say there's been light damage on the ship and 20 members of that vessel are safe and still in that ship. we don't know the whereabouts of the seven missing. >> you'll keep on top of that for us. thank you so much for that report. back in the u.s., the coast guard says all passengers are back on shore after a high speed ferry accident in massachusetts where several passengers had to be med-evac'd after sustaining injuries after hitting a jetty
in hi and he is harbor. coast guard says rough seas and strong winds were a couple of factors that hindered initial rescue efforts. president trump is adding veteran washington lawyer to his defense team amid expanding russia investigation. now on board, attorney john dowd who once led investigation into pete rose betting scandal for major league baseball. >> this coming as cnn learns tensions are rising at the justice department over the russia probe. the man who named special counsel to run the investigation after attorney general jeff sessions had to recuse himself now may be forced to do the same thing. cnn jeremy diamond is live at the white house. what are you hearing about all that's going on that we learned happened at the justice department and has the white house made comment on that new information? >> reporter: rene, tensions are rising at the justice department
as the investigation led by special counsel robert mueller appears to be widening. that probe now appears to be looking into questions of whether the president interfered with the investigation into russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. that has lead to many questions about whether the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein may need to recuse himself from that probe. he, of course, has oversight over mueller's role at department of justice, and we should remember of course that rosenstein was the person who recommended to the president that he fire fbi director james comey and now that firing of fbi director james comey may soon become a key element of that investigation led by robert mueller. rosenstein has in the past said that he would recuse himself if necessary. but many of these tensions at the justice department are not simply happening over there, they're also because of many frustrations that people at the white house have felt as this
probe into russian election meddling widened, appears to come increasingly closer to the president here at the white house. the president, of course, has been fuming over jeff sessions, the attorney general. his recusal from the russian investigation which happened in march. in months and weeks since then, the president and many of his aides have fumed publicly and privately about sessions' recusal. that was only the beginning of the president's frustration with department of justice. rod rosenstein then placed in charge of the investigation appointed this special counsel to lead the investigation, and that of course has threatened this presidency in many ways. the investigation now led by someone totally independent, not a political appointee of the president, and the president yesterday as he acknowledged that he is under investigation also pointing the finger once again at the justice department, appearing to accuse rosenstein of being part of this, quote,
unquote, witch-hunt. rene? >> pointing the finger at the justice department, his own justice department. jeremy diamond, thank you so much from the white house. with me now, cnn political kmen at a time ors, good morning to all of you. jack, i'll start with you. adviser to the president's campaign, where do you fall on this line. should the president consider or should he fire both or either of mueller, rosenstein? >> no, he should not, but i can tell you any fair person would say this thing is so complicated, almost a circular -- there's leaks that haven't been addressed, mueller's friendship with comey, something that appears to be a justice department violation of their own rules. the fact that rosenstein tells trump to fire comey, yet he now is going to be leading investigation of the firing. and then there's the question i would raise as a partisan
loyalist, you have three members of this investigation team by themselves given $56,000 to hillary clinton. all this stuff to me makes anybody who is fair minded and objective feel a little queasy. >> erol, what do you think of what we just heard. >> i don't feel queasy about it, we only have partial and partisan information. the white house doing its best to defend itself, pointed out that contributions were made to some of the people being appointed to mueller's investigation team. we don't know who all is on the team. you have to sort of take the facts as you get them and maybe not get too bent out of shape by them. i think there's a question here about whether or not the white house wants to go to war with its own justice department, whether or not people will be fired or we see recusal after recusal. i have to say finally, jack i am sure remembers this, it is not
entirely clear that rosenstein told the president to fire james comey. in fact, the president said shortly afterwards that he had already made up his mind, so i don't know if rosenstein told him to do it or if he listened to the advice, none of us do. that's why we have an investigation. that's why unfortunately i think rod rosenstein is going to have to step aside. >> the president said in his interview with lester holt, he made up his mind by the time the recommendation came to fire comey. josh, let me come to you with a strongly worded statement by dianne feinstein. she says the president thinks he can fire deputy attorney general rosenstein and replace him with someone who will shut down the investigation, he is in for a rude awakening. dianne feinstein is not a fire thrower, not typically the tone we get from her. >> right. we understand what the president is doing here. he is muddying up the investigation, trying to cast dispersions on everybody involved in an effort to work the reps. what we don't know is how rod
rosenstein will handle this. he seems to go back and forth. he was happy to go along with president trump to fire james comey, then got caught up in the politics of it, then he appointed special counsel. then he put out a weird statement a couple of days ago talking about anonymous leaks which seemed to be very politically motivated. now the question is whether or not he will recuse himself because he could be a witness in the investigation he is overseeing. you can't have it both ways. he has to choose. is he going to be a political loyal member of the trump administration or a law enforcement official and divorce himself from some of the politics in this. seems to me that what most democrats, dianne feinstein and everyone is saying, listen, we can't depend on the president to uphold the integrity of this investigation, to keep the distance that most people would agree is needed between the law enforcement officials and political officials. it will be up to rod rosenstein to make that decision and to step aside. i think ultimately that's what
he has to do. >> when errol and i were discussing the president's tweets about 40 minutes ago, he says he is not subscribing to this theory that the president is playing four dimensional chess. i think we have the tweet to put up later. are these tweets strategic on the president's part? >> i don't know that we'll ever really know. some of the tweet are probably not, some may be. some may be a way to directly km communicate with the public and looking at this thing. i think one of the tweets that was out there that dianne feinstein said, we need to bring loretta lynch in. if president trump has obstructed, certainly loretta lynch, therefore president obama did in the hillary clinton investigation, if we measure all crimes with the same yardstick. i think there's a lot out there that if i was russia, if i was the czar himself, i would be
looking at this with great amusement saying i have the americans in a circular firing squad. meanwhile, we are globe trotting all over the world, interfering in other elections in other countries. to me, i hate the word reset, but good gosh for the sake of america, we should reset this and say what do we need to do for the best interest of the country, how do we do it fast as possible. >> jack, let me read this. the president fake news media hates when i use what turned out to be my powerful social media over 100 million people, i go around them. that's a tweet from the president, saying fake news media hates this. watch this. >> needs to get offer twitter, he is his own worst enemy when it comes to twitter. >> i wish he would sleep more, tweet less. >> i think these are harmful to him. >> if you tweet every day, complain about the media, complain about how you're being treated, you're going to be s e
sidetracked and not get your deals done. >> errol, those are gop senators, congressmen, and rick santiago, now with cnn, but those are people want the president to succeed and they've seen what the tweets do. >> that's right. i think what you just heard was political professionals acknowledging what i think most of us know, that yes, it is very impressive to have combined facebook and twitter following of 100 million. on the other hand, what do you do with it. the notion that that somehow sort of wipes out all of network television, all the newspapers, all of the regional newspapers that a lot of people read and take their queues from down at the local level, it's fanciful, not real. he has a powerful tool in social media. cnn is no slouch when it comes to its own platform and its ability to talk to people. one way or another, he has to deal with the free press as the
framers of the constitution intended. >> thank you. josh, you'll be back in a few minutes. we just talked about whether rod rosenstein should recuse himself. causing friction in the justice department. former white house ethics lawyer weighs in. thousands march the streets after an officer is acquitted in the shooting death of philando castile. seen bloodied and dying as his girlfriend broadcast the ordeal live on facebook. and once thriving, thanks in part to the coal industry, there are towns in this country that are now slowly dying away. on tomorrow's episode of "the united shades of america", he visits the operation of appalachia to see if anything can save them. take a look. >> we went from 18 mines in this town to 3. we went from 1500 employees to
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castile. >> about 2000 demonstrators marched peacefully through the city, chanted, sang hymns, and denounced police terror. others filled a roadside memorial with flowers and handwritten signs. the protests extended late into the night with about 500 people marching onto the interstate, shutting down traffic both directions. authorities say the 18 people arrested failed to comply with officers' orders to disburse. >> the death of castile was a national, really international story after the aftermath was broadcast live on facebook by castile's girlfriend. >> she and her four-year-old daughter, they were still in the car when the shooting happened. our sara sidner has more on the verdict's emotional impact. >> reporter: the family of fill and droe castile devastated the
second time in a year, this time not guilty verdict on all counts against a police officer that took his life. the first time, the day the police officer yanez shot him to death while in the car with his girlfriend and four-year-old daughter pulled over in a traffic stop. >> i know my brother. my brother would never, ever put diamond in danger, he loved that little girl. i am so hurt because he took away something so precious for me. >> the officer just shot him. >> reporter: the aftermath of the shooting played out for the world to see when his girlfriend began to stream it on facebook live. the jury saw this video. they also saw officer's dash cam video, heard audio of him telling the officer he had a gun. castile had a permit to carry, the defense argued he never mentioned that to the officer
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two major stories we are watching. 30 minutes from now, the bill cosby jury will continue deliberations, they have been going now for five days, still not reached a verdict. remember on thursday, the jury declared they were deadlocked but the judge ordered them to keep going. late last night cosby came out of the courtroom, went before the cameras, thanked his supporters before he left. >> also developing, the search begins for sailors missing from the uss fitzgerald. it collided with a merchant ship off the coast of japan. the captain and two sailors have been injured and hospitalized, the war ship back at home port where divers will inspect damage and the search teams will access flooded areas. president trump taking a tough stand by reversing some obama era cuba policies.
>> we will not be silent in the face of communist oppression any longer. effective immediately i am cancelling the last administration's completely one sided deal with cuba. >> although it does not roll back all of the previous administration's policies, it will effect travel to cuba. cuban leaders blasted the move as hostile, calling it a harmful setback for u.s., cuban relations. meanwhile, the growing divide over foreign policy with qatar is presenting new challenges for the administration. back with us now, cnn political analyst and columnist for "the washington post" josh rogue and. lelts start with cuba. the president in miami said he is cancelling this obama era policy. this is not full cancellation, some things are sticking around. >> that's right. he is rolling back some of the travel privileges, some of the business privileges, but he is not closing the embassy or
cutting diplomatic ties. the majority of the obama administration normalization with cuba remains, despite what president trump said in that event in miami. but this was a campaign promise. this was something that he had agreed to do. something heavily supported by republican lawmakers, especially in that state, especially marco rubio, so the president can claim a win, but the devil is in the details. we should also note that conditions that he set for cuba, that cuba should proceed immediately to become a full democracy, release all of its political prisoners. >> let's play that. we have that sound. let's play it. >> sure. >> we will not lift sanctions on the cuban regime until all political prisoners are free. freedoms of assembly and expression are respected. all political parties are
legalized. free and internationally supervised elections are scheduled. >> so he said all of that to the cuban leaders but did not say to king salman in riyadh, or to the philippines or erdogan of turkey, but his commitment to democratic values, he has that message for cuba. >> yeah. i mean it is stunning actually, for the last five months the president has said very clearly we're not going to lecture countries about democracy, human rights and freedom. made this whole trip to the middle east where he promised all of these middle east dictators he would not interfere in their internal affairs, especially internal repression of their own people, then goes to miami and completely reverses himself when it comes to cuba. there's a disconnect there and
disconnect between the administration policies and the rhetoric espoused yesterday, the budget released a month ago, zeros out funding for long-standing programs that support democracy, human rights and freedoms in cuba. so he is saying all these things but not putting his money where his mouth is. >> switch to qatar and the on-going controversy with a couple of gulf states and egypt with qatar. we know that secretary of state rex tillerson cancelled a trip to mexico, going to try to work to solve this. while he is working to solve this rift or end it, the president has come out with this harsh rhetoric ending or asking qatar to end their funding of terrorism. how or why are they on the sage page? >> they're not on the same page at all. ever since the gulf states decided to impose a blockade on qatar, a u.s. ally that hosts thousands of u.s. troops by the way, the president of the united states tweeting up a storm to
criticize qatar for its support of terrorism and its negligence in combatting terrorism financing. rex tillerson has a history with the qatar family has taken a different approach, trying to be even handed, nonjudgmental mediator. you can say they're playing good cop bad cop or saying they're talking past each other. it is probably more of the latter than the former. but very interestingly yesterday after i wrote about this, senior state department official wrote to me, told me that they wanted me to know that secretary of state rex tillerson is now adjusting his approach, something that broke yesterday. he wants them to figure it out for themselves. he doesn't want the united states to be at the front of the mediation. he wants these countries to work it out, he has confidence they might do so. even inside state department there's acknowledgment that the united states role is limited.
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director. which -- witch-hunt. you know ethics and these issues better than anyone. should rosenstein be recused at this point? >> at this point he can supervise the investigation by bob mueller of the russian espionage in the united states, who coordinated with the russians and any obstruction of justice. he is not doing the investigating, he is merely setting the budget for the investigation and also taking any complaints there might be about mueller's conduct in the investigation, but mueller has conducted himself professionally, he is going to do a good job here. rosenstein should not be involved in the substantive decisions about the investigation, but then again, neither should any, none of the political appointees in the
justice department should be involved in this substantive decisions at this point. it is bob mueller's job to find out what happened. my concern is that president trump is trying to push aside rosenstein in order to get someone else in there who is then going to pretend to make an independent decision to fire mueller, and that's exactly what president trump wants to try to pull off. >> all right. i want to get to firing mueller and that possibility in a second, but even though this investigation appears to be widening at this point, looking at the president, obstruction of justice, firing of comey which we know that there's a direct line to that with rosenstein, you still think it is not time for him at this point to recuse himself? >> well, as i said, the question is what is he reducing himself from. he should not be involved in substantive decisions about the investigation, what to investigate, what recommendations to make. that's bob mueller's job. as i understand it, rosenstein,
his job is to allocate the budget for the investigation and if there are complaints about bob mueller to deal with those, but there are no legitimate complaints about bob mueller, doesn't have conflicts of interest and is conducting himself professionally. my concern is you take him out, put in someone else who didn't appoint bob mueller, what you'll see is attempt to fire the special prosecutor. that's the end game in all this. >> so let's talk about mueller because at this point he is now becoming a focus for even some republicans. i want you to take a listen to rick santiago aorum and the bag mueller carries into the investigation. take a listen. >> nobody has unimpeachable credentials. you come with baggage. i am not saying positive or negative baggage, he is an fbi guy. his job is to go out and find the bad guys and dig and dig and
dig until you can go after them. bob mueller was a famous defense lawyer, i would feel differently about the investigation because then you have the idea of well, we're going to find out and have a little bit more of balancing. i think mueller is like every other fbi director is to find something wrong. >> all right, so there were talks that possibly the president is even thinking about not only letting go rosenstein but also possibly mueller. talk about the impact that would have on the integrity of this overall investigation into this russia probe. >> i think it would be a disaster, create a constitutional crisis and would cause a lot of america to want to remove the president. that logic makes no sense. of course, every criminal defendant, every person being investigated would love to have criminal defense lawyers in
charge of the investigation rather than experienced prosecutors. yeah, he is an fbi guy. that's what we need. we need an fbi guy in charge with russian espionage, people collaborating with the russians. and rick santorum, there's a reason he is not representing pennsylvania. he is far right of the republican party, catering to a tiny percentage of american people that continue to support this administration, despite growing evidence of obstruction of justice and collaboration with the russians and covering it up. people lying about their contacts with the russians. this is a serious situation. i have been a republican for 30 years. this is a great danger to our country. we need an experienced fbi guy. if they try to take him out, that's going to lead to constitutional crisis and removal of the president. >> okay. thank you so much. we're out of time, richard painter, thanks for joining us this morning. have you been watching champions of change stories?
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♪ i am michael smerconish in philadelphia. we welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. the president declared war on the number two man in the justice department. might rod rosenstein be fired or forced to recuse himself in the russia probe? and on the eve of megyn kelly's nbc interview with him, controversial radio host alex jones starts leaking tapes that he secretly made of her promises during negotiations. is he already getting the last word? >> it's not going to be some gotcha hit piece, i promise you that. >> did a recent caller to my radio program give insight into a 2020 candidacy? many of you tweeted asking