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i think it's very helpful to understand both sides. >> interesting. stone's putin interviews are on depend now if you want to watch on showtime. that's all for this tv edition of reliable sources. sign up for our newsletter @reliable sources.com. we'll see you next week. >> oval office obstruction? president trump says he's now being investigated in what he calls a witch hunt, as he and the vice president lawyer up. did he attempt obstruction of justice? we'll talk with one of the president's lawyers, next. and bipartisan ball game. congress comes together, after a gunman targets republicans. >> my dear friend, steve scalise, took a bullet for all of us. >> did the shooter, a bernie sanders supporter, have a hit list? >> i am sickened by this despicable act. >> senator bernie sanders will be here live.
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plus, senate shutdown? democrats threaten to grind government to a halt unless republicans share their secret health care bill. >> we have no idea what's being proposed. there's a group of guys in the back room somewhere. >> will there be a public hearing soon? and the best political minds will be here with insights on what happens next. >> hello. i'm jake tapper in washington with the state of our union is on retreat. president trump awoke this morning at camp david for the first time ever. he's spending father's day there with his son baron and first lady melania trump who posted this photo with the caption #family #sport #weekend. the president's been on twitter posting defiantly this morning the making america great again agenda is doing very well
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despite the distraction of the witch hunt. many new jobs, high enthusiasm. the witch hunt he's referring to the law enforcement congressional investigations into russian interference in the u.s. election and possible collusion by members of the trump team, the law enforcement probe of this expanded this week with new lawyers joining the team of robert mueller the special counsel. in another tweet this week the president seemed to confirm reports that mueller is now also investigating trump's firing of former fbi director james comey. joining me from miami is republican senator marco rubio of florida. senator, thanks so much for being here and happy father's day to you. >> and to you and to everyone watching, all the fathers, happy father's day. >> so let me ask you, president trump took to twitter this week to lash out at special counsel robert mueller and deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. let me read you one of the tweets. "you are witnessing the single greatest witch hunt in american political history led by some very bad and conflicting people #makeamericagreatagain." some of your senate colleagues, as you know, are worried president trump is preparing to fire mueller or mueller and
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rosenstein. how would you react if he did? >> well, first of all, that's not going to happen i don't believe it's going to happen and here's what i would say. the best thing that could happen for the president and the country is a full and credible investigation. i really truly believe that. if we want to put all this behind us, let's find out what happened, put it out there, and let's not undermine the credibility of the investigation, and so my view on it is that is the best thing that could happen for the president and for the country, and i believe ultimately that's what will happen, irrespective of all the other stuff that's going on out there. >> would you have predicted he was going to fire comey? i wouldn't have. >> well, i don't think anybody saw that coming, but i don't think that has in any way impeded the work of the fbi on these matters and in fact i know it hasn't and they testified so publicly as well and it hasn't impeded the work of the senate intelligence committee so you know, these investigations continue to move forward. they're broad. they're about everything, at its core the senate's work is about russian interference and how they did it and if it involved working with americans, whether
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wittingly or unwittingly that needs to be a part of it but again, i think everyone should wait for the report to come out, and we continue to make progress in that direction. >> do you have any questions about the integrity of mueller or the way he's conducting the investigation? >> no, i have no reason to. his reputation is stellar, as everyone has said, and i believe he's going to conduct a full and fair and thorough investigation that we should have confidence in, and i'll continue to believe that based on his reputation and years of service to our country, unless there's any evidence to the contrary. >> you said that the investigation is making progress. do you have any idea when it might be concluded? >> hopefully soon. i can't really speculate about the time frame. that's up to the chairman and the vice chairman on the time frame of it but there's a lot to work with here, a lot to do and hopefully we'll begin to pivot back and focus on the core issue before the united states senate intelligence committee, which is how did the russians interfere in our election, what methods did they use and it's important for the american people to know
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that because we're going to have elections all the time in this country. we're going to have them in off year this fall, we're going to have them next year for congress and throughout the country for governors and statewide races in places like florida, and so people need to know this. the best anti-septic to these interference efforts is to know exactly how they're conducted, so that we can be prepared not just to prevent it but to react. >> you spent time with president trump on friday just hours after he lashed out at the people leading the russia investigation. did the president have anything to say when you were there with him about mueller, rosenstein or the russian investigation when you saw him? >> nothing that he hasn't already said in public and he said it to a big group and it's the same thing he's said over and over again, i had nothing to do with this, the same stuff you've seen him say on twitter, it wasn't the core of our conversation but the same thing he has said on twitter and in front of the press, but obviously that wasn't the centerpiece of our visit, so but the president has strong feelings about it and what i would communicate to the white
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house and to the world through this broadcast is, let this ming work its way through, let it be thorough and complete so no one will have any doubt. i think i'm telling you that is the best thing for them and it is certainly the best thing for america. >> just to underline this and we'll move on to the issue with the president the new cuba policy. it's not a witch hunt. you believe in the integrity of the investigation. >> i do because i believe in bob mueller's record of serving the country. if there was ever any evidence to the contrary, obviously that may change, but i don't anticipate that being the case. >> turning to cuba the president announced a new policy friday one that seeks to undue some of president obama's normalization relations with the communist nation. president trump said he was motivated by human rights concerns, that was really the focus of his speech, but you know, to be candid, president trump has downplayed human rights concerns in his dealings with any number of other countries including china, egypt, saudi arabia, the philippines. i know that's not your position, but that is his, this double standard. does that bother you at all? >> well, the one thing i would
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say to you is that they challenge the world to do more, to create stability in their own regions and the western hemisphere is the region we're in and i would say as international security interest to have human rights and democracy in our region because the absence of those two things leads to migratory pressure on the united states is created by instability in the western hemisphere so there is a national security interest in our region in creating stability and democracy and the other thing i would say is, if you look at the western hemisphere, 30 years ago, the majority of the countries were governed by dictatorships or strong men. today every country in the hemisphere has had at least one free and fair election in the last decade and a half or so except for one, the island of cuba, and so hopefully we're getting closer to the day when that happens there as well. >> let's turn to health care. one of your republican colleagues, senator lisa murkowski of alaska says she
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hasn't even seen the health care bill because it's hatched and devised in secret. take a listen to her. >> i've got a problem with it. if i'm not going to see a bill before we have a vote on it, that's just not a good way to handle something that is as significant and important as health care. >> do you share her concerns, senator? >> here's how i would characterize it. when you work on something like this, like what i did on immigration there's a group of people that works on it and they put out a package or they put out a bill and that bill goes through the process. floor action, amendments. that bill will not go from that group to the president's desk. that bill has to have at least a vote in the senate and i hope it's a vote that allows time for debate, analysis and changes and input and if that's the process we follow, it will be fine. if it is an effort to rush it from a small group of people straight to the floor on an up or down vote that would be a problem. the senate rules are not conducive to that sort of action and so again, i think that we
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need to all kind of stop here and understand no matter what that group works on and produces, it's only a starting position. from that, every other senator will have an opportunity, i believe, should have had an opportunity to, weigh in and make changes or propose changes. >> the trump administration announced this week it will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the u.s., were brought here as children through no fault of their own. white house officials friday said president trump had not made a decision about the long-term fate of the program. are you encouraging president trump to keep these protections in place for the remainder? >> we haven't talked about it, but i've said publicly before that i do think that daca has to cop to an end at some point because i do believe it's unconstitutional, whether you agree with the merits of it or not, but i also believe that it should be replaced. it comes to an end, replaced by something that's constitutional which is a legislative action, and i think the vast majority of americans would say if you were
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brought here as a young child, have grown up in this country, have a lot to contribute to our future it doesn't make sense after years of investing in you in our public education system and the like, to send you to a country you perhaps have no memory of because you happen to have lived there until you were 4 years old. this policy in place to yank it away from people who have those permits now would be disruptive not just to them but to the places they work as an example. a lot of these young people are now actually employees and working for people. so my hope is that as part of this process, we can work on a way to deal with this issue and solve it, through legislation, which is the right way to do it and the constitutional way to do it. >> senator marco rubio, republican of florida, always good to have you on the show. thank you very much. happy father's day again. i hope you get a nice tie. >> likewise, thank you. coming up, did the baseball field shooter have a hit list? a republican congressman reveals that his name was on the list found on the dead body of that shooter. were there specific targets for
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welcome back. terrifying new details about the gunman who attacked republican congressmen at a baseball practice this week. police discovered a list of gop members on the dead body of the shooter, according to congressman mo brooks, whose name he says was on that list. doctors report that house majority whip steve scalise continues to show signs of improvement and was upgraded to serious condition saturday. scalise underwent another surgery saturday, and is positive, even speaking with his loved ones. mike mika is undergoing additional surgery, his family expect him to make a full recovery and doctors say krystal griner, a capitol hill police officer sustained a gunshot wound to the ankle but is in good condition at this hour. i'm joined by senator bernie sanders of vermont. thanks for joining us and happy father's day. let's begin with this week's horrible shooting. you said on the senate floor that was carried out by someone
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who had apparently volunteered for your campaign. has law enforcement been in touch with you or any members of your staff to try to find out more about him? >> not in touch with me. i am not aware that they have been in touch with my staff. and i just want to wish representative scalise a very, very quick recovery. what happened was a tragedy, unacceptable. there should not be any violence associated with politics in america. >> on a human level, what was it like for you when you heard the shooter was one of your supporters? did you look at his facebook page? what was your reaction? >> well, let me just say this. in our campaign, we had hundreds of thousands of volunteers. we had rallies that spoke in person to over 1.4 million people. we had rallies in some of the poorest communities of states. i remember in the south bronx, there was zero violence, no violence at all, and i am absolutely convinced the
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overwhelming, not overwhelming, virtually all people associated with our political movement understand you have the right to stand up, debate, you have the right to protest, but violence is not acceptable. so obviously it was distressing to find out that this particular person had been a volunteer i believe in iowa for a period of time. >> i want to read you a tweet from a democratic political consultant named james devine based in new jersey. he wrote, "we are in a war with selfish, foolish and narcissistic rich people. why is it a shock when things turn violent? then he wrote -- #huntrepublicancongressman." in an interview with a local news site, he said if you want to invite a class war, then you have to expect people to fight back at some point." senator, have you not only never advocated violence you condemned it repeatedly but you have been speaking the language of revolution for many years. when you see a comment like this from this political consultant and see what happened wednesday, are you concerned some individuals are able to take
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your rhetoric as a literal call to arms? >> well, i think there's sometimes rhetoric on all sides that are not quite acceptable. jake, my hero, political her row in recent american history is dr. martin luther king jr. and king not only advocated nonviolence. what he understood is that the only way you make real change, whether it is racial justice, whether it is social success, economic justice, is when millions of people come together, stand up and fight back. that's what we have to do right now. but we don't do it in a violent way. that is unacceptable, and in fact, counterproductive. now, right now what we are seeing in washington with this health care bill, where the republican leadership wants to throw 23 million americans off of health insurance, raise premiums for older workers, defund planned parenthood, cut medicaid by over $800 billion, this is the worst piece of
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legislation to have passed the congress since i have been in congress. it is an outrage and it has to be protested, and we have to make sure that nothing like that gets past the senate. but it has to be done, of course, in a nonviolent way. and i would also add that the trump budget that was presented a couple of weeks ago would provide $3 trillion in tax breaks to the top 1% at a time when we have massive levels of income and wealth inequality and make massive cuts for working class families in terms of health care, nutrition, education, and whatnot. so i think this is a moment where the american people have got to stand up, fight back to a congress which is out of touch with where working families are, but it goes without saying that violence is not part of that process. >> a source telling cnn that senate democrats are currently weighing whether to bring the senate chambers business to a halt in an effort to pry open what are currently secret
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deliberations on health care. you're a member of the democrat senate leadership. can you confirm whether this is going to happen? >> jake, i think that the democrats of the congress should do everything possible, a, to defeat that legislation, which is, again, to my mind, unspeakable. how do you throw 23 million people off of health insurance and the same piece of legislation give tax breaks to the wealthiest folks in this country? that has got to be defeated but second of all as you indicated we have an insane process, insane. here you have legislation which deals with one-sixth of the american economy, that's the health care situation, and there are republicans who haven't even seen this legislation, and certainly no member in the democratic caucus has. what kind of process is it that when you deal with an issue that impacts tens of millions of people in this country, republicans don't even have the guts to allow it to go to a committee, where we can have an open hearing, where questions could be asked.
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it seems to me that what they want to do, because this legislation is so bad, is keep it secret, keep it hidden, and in the last possible second rush it before the senate and get a vote within a few hours. that is beyond belief. >> i'll take that, unless you disagree, as a confirmation that senate democrats, you're in favor of senate democrats bringing the chambers business to a halt to pry open -- >> i am in favor of the american people and members of congress doing everything that we can to defeat that horrific piece of legislation that will hurt tens and tens of millions of people in our country. >> i want to ask you, last week you clashed with russell vote president trump's nominee for deputy director of the office of management and budget. you went after him for writing muslims, "do not know god," and that "they stand condemned." >> it is indefensible, hateful, islamaphobic and insult to over
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a billion muslims throughout the world. >> senator, are you saying someone is necessarily hateful and islamaphobic if they believe in their private life and express that in their private life the only path to god is through jesus christ? >> no, absolutely not. look, what our constitution, one of the great parts of our constitution is to protect freedom of religion. you practice what religion you want, i do, mr. vote does, that's what it's about, but at a time when we are dealing with islamaphobia in this country, 1.2 billion people who are muslims around the world, to have a high-ranking member of the united states government essentially say oh, islam is a second class religion, and this all took place, by the way, in terms of his defending the firing of a professor at wheaton college because she showed solidarity with muslims who were
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being attacked through an anti-muslim effort. so that seemed to me unacceptable, as a government official. in terms of his freedom of religion, he and every other american has the right to hold any point of view they want. >> let's turn to the special election taking place tuesday in georgia. jon ossoff the democratic candidate says he opposes highertachs on anyone, including the wealthy. opposes single health care. you voiced doubts whether ossoff is a progressive. are you nonetheless backing him even though he disagrees with most of your principles? >> i very much want ossoff to win, his views are a lot better than the republicans. it would be great from democrats could hook up a seat in the house. but what i also believe is, you know, that is a particular district in georgia, a conservative district, been held by republicans for several decades. but what i also believe is if the democratic party is going to turn around its fortune, it's going to have to mobilize people
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welcome back. president trump headed to camp david for the first time ever this weekend, perhaps hoping a walk in the woods might clear his head. he certainly seemed frustrated this week tweeting "i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi director. witch hunt." i'm joined now by a member of president trump's legal term jay sekulow, chief counsel from the american center for law and justice. jay, good to see you as always. happy father's day. >> good to see you. happy father's day to you, jake. >> thank you. should we take that tweet from the president as confirmation that the president is under investigation? >> let me be clear the president is not under investigation as james comey said in his testimony the president was not the target of investigation on three different occasions. the president is not a subject or target of an investigation. that tweet was in response to a "washington post" story that ran
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with five unnamed sources without identifying the agencies they represented saying that the special counsel had broadened out his investigation to include the president. we've had no indication of that. the president was responding to that particular statement from "the washington post" again with five anonymous sources and again, without identifying the agency so no, the president is not under investigation and has not been. >> so the president said "i am under investigation" even though he isn't under investigation? >> that response on social media was in response to "the washington post" piece. it's that simple. the president is not under investigation. >> well, i wish it were that simple but with all due respect, the president said "i am being investigated" in a tweet, and people take his word on that. >> yes. >> but you're his attorney, you're saying that the president when he said that was not accurate? >> no, the president was -- it
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was 141 characters, there's a limitation on twitter as we all know, and the president has an a very effective utilization of social media. the president issued that tweet, that social media statement based on a fake report, a report with no documented sources from "the washington post." and i want to focus on that for one moment. isn't it ironic a leak would take place by five anonymous sources saying the special counsel had increased the scope of their investigation and they don't identify the agencies upon which those individuals were speaking? so the president response, i want to be crystal clear here, the president's response was as it related to "the washington post" report. he cannot, in a twitter statement, include all of that in there, but "the washington post" statement came out that morning. >> so the president -- >> so there should be no confusion, the president is not under investigation. >> but it is confusing, because the president said "i am being investigated" and you're saying that "the washington post" report is wrong, but no one did
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more to confirm "the washington post" report than the president. i mean, cnn had not confirmed "the washington post" report but then president trump came out and said "i am being investigated." so the confusion -- >> right. >> is this not frustrating for you as an attorney to have a client that is sharing information with the world that's not accurate? >> look, this is a president that has utilized social media, that has revolutionized the whole concept of electioneering when it comes to the use of social media. he's able to communicate with 107 million people on his various social media platforms on a regular basis as he needs to. he can directly reach a lot of people. that statement again was in response to "the washington post." so let me be clear. "the washington post" story was based on five anonymous sources, doesn't even identify the agency. so that's it. simple explanation. >> okay, i mean, i don't think it's simple but i don't think we're getting anywhere. let me move on. former house speaker newt
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gingrich who is a close trump ally, spoke on friday at the national press club. let's run a clip of what he said. >> the president of the united states cannot obstruct justice. the president of the united states is the chief executive office of the united states. if he wants to fire the fbi director all he has to do is fire him. >> we're going to ignore for the sake of our conversation that when gingrich was speaker of the house he voted to impeach president clinton for obstruction of justice. let's move on to today, is it the position of the trump legal team that the president of the united states cannot obstruct justice because he's the executive, he can fire anyone in the executive branch under the executive branch? >> look, you're talking about what's called the constitutional threshold question, and that is, can a president who has a constitutional authority take a certain action, then be prosecuted for taking the action, and in this particular case you had a scenario where the president receiving advice from a variety of his government officials, was told by his attorney general and by his
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deputy attorney general that james comey should not be leading the fbi. it's ironic based on the action they recommended and that he took in consultation with others he's now being investigated by the agencies that told him to take that very action, removing the fbi director. so this idea, this is the threshold constitutional issue that has to be addressed before anything starts. when we talk about investigations before you can get to investigation, you got to determine does the constitution allow for a prosecution or an investigation even of this type of matter, and there's been memorandums going back to the office of legal counsel in the 1970s, in the 2000s but also the fundamental concept within the constitution itself so i think the constitutional issue here is raised first, if there is an investigation, right now there's not, you would of course raise the constitutional issues, any lawyer especially those that do it at the supreme court of the united states like i do, you raise the constitutional issue threshold, that's number one. >> well, just as a point of fact, president trump has
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already admitted he'd already made his decision long before rod rosenstein issued the memo, so whether or not rosenstein made that recommendation, it was irrelevant, according to the president, about his decision but in terms of whether or not the president can obstruct justice by telling people under him what to do or firing them, i lived through the '90s and i'm old enough to remember people on the right saying that president clinton obstructed justice by telling people who worked for him what to do and threatening the investigation into him, and i recall a completely different point of view as to the president's powers. >> well you're conflating witness tampering which was some of the concern there, with telling witnesses what to do with this situation. this is not a situation of witness tampering. this is not a situation of bribery. >> no, it's firing the guy in charge of the investigation. >> look, the constitution is -- i mean, this is constitution 101 here. the president has the authority as the chief executive to make those kind of determinations. james comey, by the way, stated at his hearing.
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>> he did. >> that he understands that he serves at the pleasure of the president. so this is not some complicated case and by the way, the fact, jake, that the president consulted with his attorney general and office of deputy attorney general and others, that's called the deliberative process. that's what he presidents do when they make decisionses that are significant. >> sure. i'm just saying their recommendations were irrelevant according to the president but i hear what you're saying, but james comey was fired, according to the president, when he made the decision, he was thinking about the russia investigation, according to comey, the president had said to him, "i hope you let go this matter relating to mike flynn." this is different from the clinton case, without question, but by the same token the obstruction of justice case is he is, i'm not saying that it's clear-cut, but the obstruction of justice case is he was trying to stop an investigation and when he couldn't get what he wanted, he fired the guy heading the investigation. >> but again, we're friends
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here, that's conflating two different standards under obstruction of justice. so you cannot use the comparison. the president has the constitutional authority to deal with those that are subordinates within an administration. that is as clear as the constitution itself. that is a power vested in the president of the united states. that's number one. number two, there is no ongoing investigation of the president regarding any of this. james comey has said that. the only basis of the report is what came out of "the washington post" leaked information. and let's talk about activity. the fact of the matter is, you have a former fbi director -- think about this for a moment -- who leaks information that he obtained. he had a conversation with the president of the united states, writes it down on a government computer, in his government vehicle, puts it in his government desk and when he's terminated he leaks it to a friend of his to leak it to the "new york times" for the sole purpose he testifies under oath for the sole purpose of obtaining a special counsel.
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that's what needs to be investigated here. >> i hope there's some pancakes and coffee waiting for you at home. happy father's day. thanks so much for coming in. >> thank you, jake, thanks. democrats angry about the republicans writing a health care bill in secret are now considering boycotting all senate business. would that work? stay with us. how if guests book direct ater, choicehotels.com and stay twice they'll get a $50 gift card? summertime. badda book. badda boom. got you a shirt! ...i kept the receipt... book now at choicehotels.com
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we'd love your support for what? we don't even know. we have no idea what's being proposed. there's a group of guys in a back room somewhere that are making these decisions. >> democratic senator claire
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mccaskill of missouri tearing into senate republicans for writing their health care bill in secret. democrats are now considering stopping all senate business to pressure republicans to reveal details of the legislation. with me now to discuss this and much more democratic congresswoman debbie dingell of michigan, former presidential candidate rick santorum and south carolina state representative. let me start with you. democrats were criticized for this back when the obama team was putting together a health care bill. >> the fact of the matter is we did it much more openly. right now you've got 13 men writing a bill that nobody has seen anything about that will affect more than 50% of the population as women. we've already seen a very bad bill which the president has now called "mean" come out. we need to do this in a more transparent process, jake. >> let me talk about the mean thing for a second. you did not vote for the republican health care bill in the house, congressman, but president trump calling the bill
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"mean" to senate republicans calling the republican house bill mean, that's not going to help your colleagues theoretically. i would think it would upset them maybe. >> certainly not those who voted yes. they're clearly unhappy. i agree the health care did not provide a soft enough landing on medicaid. there were problems. the tax credits were clearly insufficient. there was not enough flexibility for the states or resources to handle the medicaid issue. to that extent i agree with the president. i didn't realize he agreed with me on the issue but the comment was obviously helpful to my colleagues who voted yes because they're pretty unhappy about it. >> senator i want to play some sound you might remember senator mitch mcconnell talking about the democratic process back in 2009. >> this massive piece of legislation that seeks to restructure one-sixth of our economy is being written behind closed doors, without input from anyone in an effort to jam it
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past not only the senate but the american people. >> it's almost as if these people don't know that we can go to the videotape library and pluck these things out. >> i'm sure you can find democrats defending it. >> of course. >> what goes around comes around. this is unfortunately how things have been done and always been done. i mean, you remember back in budget deals between reagan and the democrats back when john dingell was running. they would go off to andrews air force base and write. that's the way things are done. they're not done in a public forum initially. everything is going to have to be given the light of day. i saw a quote from lisa murkowski. i'm not going to vote for a bill. of course she's not going to vote for a bill she's not read. everyone will get a chance to read the bill but there has to be some time when people get together and try to drive a consensus and that's what's going on right now. they obviously verbatim reached that point. once they do reach a point where they feel comfortable, they'll put the bill out there.
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if the democrats allow it, they'll go through a committee process. if they threaten to shut things down, what does that mean? you probably have to bypass the committee because they won't get committees to form because the democrats will block it, so they could be complicit in not getting the bill more light of day. >> there is this argument that there are 52 republican senators and in order to get both the ted cruzes and mike lees on board with something and the lisa murkowskis and susan collins of the world, the negotiations do need to be done behind closed doors with only republicans watching. >> yeah, that's not a good argument. it's an argument based upon hypocrisy. you compare it to 2009 the democratic party the house democrats at that time under nancy pelosi's leadership they had over 20 hearings. this took a year before it passed. this is not comparable to what happened in 2009 but i'd love to see mitch mcconnell and everyone else just cloak themselves in such hypocrisy and the travesty and why we need more republicans with courage like my colleague to the right and why we need more republicans to stand up is
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because the republican party right now is trying to take away health insurance from 23 million people and they are literally drafting up a piece of legislation that affects one-sixth of our economy under the cover of darkness, which is 13 all white males in the back room, and this is the problem that americans have and why they distrust the process and why they distrust democrats and republicans alike, because we moved too fast in 2009, but the republicans didn't learn a lesson, and they are now the ones who have the ball and it's a travesty of justice. >> let's move on to the russia investigation. we have a lot of topics to cover today. you heard jay sekulow the president's attorney say that when the president tweeted this, "i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi director, witch hunt." he did not mean it literally, that he was literally being investigated. >> it sounded to me like what the president was doing, and this is the limitations of twitter, the context was he was sort of repeating what "the washington post" story was like.
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not oh i'm being investigated by -- in other words he's just taking a summary of "the post" article and repeated it as opposed to saying oh, i'm being investigated. now, i get it. that's a nuance, and you can roll your eyes back on it, but that's what jay sekulow was saying the president said. the problem with that is, it's twitter, and you don't have context and it very credibly could be seen as the president confirming that he's being investigated. that's the problem with the president tweeting. >> i think the president might be watching us today. as a democrat, just as an american, i want to give him some advice. and that advice is to simply stop tweeting about russia. and if you want to move the country forward and have a better discussion, wake up in the morning and tweet about legislative priorities. tweet about infrastructure. put democrats in a box. let's talk about real issues because all he's doing is making it cloudy and murky. >> i imagine you agree with that. >> my advice is stop tweeting. director comey said the president was not under investigation. take him at his word. if in fact there was no
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collusion, well, then there's nothing to worry about. let mr. mueller complete his work. less is more. say little. there's nothing to say about this, if i were the president. >> what do you think, congress woman? >> i think he's right. we need to have this investigation. it needs to be done in a nonpartisan way. we need to follow the facts and follow it to the end and at the same time, come to michigan, we're worried about jobs. we're worried about the economy and we're worried about health care and we need to focus on these issues that are impacting working member and women every day. >> do you think the -- i'm sure the president, this is not the first time somebody said stop tweeting. and it's not just stop tweeting. it's stop tweeting about the stuff that hurts him. he wants to communicate with the american people. why doesn't, because i know that he's being given this advice by lots of people in the white house. why does he not take the advice? >> you have a relationship. you have a relationship with him. >> look, i just think he is -- he's a fighter. he doesn't like being attacked.
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and he's going to fight back. and i get that. i accept it. it worked for him in the campaign. it's worked for him to some degree here. but he's in a world right now where you have a special prosecutor who just hired a team of lawyers that really concerns me. this andrew wise man is a real concern to me. this guy is, you know, jared kushner's paper, went after this guy for some of the behavior and now you bring this guy in for a nonpartisan investigation. he already has a rub with kushner. the investigation is being expanded, maybe to deal with jared kushner. there's some real concerns what mueller is doing. he's obviously got long knife out for the president. the president needs to understand, this is serious. >> he's got to stop. >> i just want to say one thing. first of all, this week we went through the horrible incident with steve scalise and the others. thank to you people who run for office. and put themselves out there and
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i know it's probably even more nerve-racking for people like yourselves after a week like that. so thank you. and to the dads here, happy father's day. to all three of you. you just had your daughter's wedding. what could be better. >> thank you for being here. president trump celebrated his birthday this week. how did the celebration stack up against his predecessors? it's the subject of this week's state "the cartoonian." "how to win at business." step one: point decisively with the arm of your glasses. abracadabra. the stage is yours. step two: choose la quinta. the only hotel where you can redeem loyalty points for a free night-instantly and win at business.
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>> president trump celebrated his 71sk birthday this week with a low key birthday. president trump tends to like his birthdays huge. his 60th birthday had a 007 theme, complete with bond girls. >> shake, not stirred. >> but he's not the only president to celebrate with a splash. fdr threw himself a party, a toga party.
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and george h.w. bush marked his 90th birthday by jumping out of an airplane. some presidents prefer celebrity-studded soirees, such as bill clinton who partied with bon jovi at his 70th birthday bash, which also doubled as a fund-raiser for the clinton foundation. ♪ living on a prayer . the most famous presidential birthday party, of course, has to be the one jfk held in madison square garden where he watched marilyn monroe shimmy her way into history. also a fund-raiser too, though it probably raised more eyebrows than campaign cash. ♪ happy birthday to you thanks for watching. "fareed zakaria gps" is next. happy father's day. ♪ you supported him through four years of undergrad... and medical school. it's no wonder he said, "you don't have to pick me up."
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this is "gps," the global public square. welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world, i'm fareed zakaria. we'll begin today's show with the shocking shooting on that beltway ballfield. [ gunfire ] what does it say about how divided america is, how angry her people are at each other. and what are the chances of real reconciliation between the parties and amongst the american people. i have people who have studied and worked on just these issues. and another area sharply divided, the middle east. the split between the gulf states and qatar. what will bring the crisis to a close? i will ask qatar's former prime minister.

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