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justice though the president himself tweeted that he is under investigation. here is that friday tweet "i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi director. witch hunt." but today jay sekulow private attorney hired by the president disputed that statement. i'll show you part of his interview with cnn's jake tapper on "state of the union." >> 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 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 was 141 characters, there's a limitation on twitter as we all know, and the president has 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. >> in addition to "the washington post" reporting sources tell cnn the same special counsel robert mueller will speak to trump senior intelligence officials and ask them whether the president ever urged them to lift the cloud of the russia investigation. let's discuss the latest on the investigation with our panel. cnn political commentators maria cardona and alice stewart, michael zeldin and crime and
justice producer simone porcupez. he said it only appears the president acknowledged he was under investigation for obstruction of justice because of the character limit on twitter. seems like a timpl investigation but not that simple. >> it doesn't make sense. the president was trying to write "i feel like i'm under siege" and sekulow was saying he is not under investigation in a legal sense, that is he's not been notified by the prosecutor that he is a target or a subject of an inquiry. you've got things that are, seem related but a little disconnected. the president stated his state of mind and the lawyer for the president saying he's not technically a target of an investigation. they can be read consistently with one another and we'll see what happens. if muller is bringing people as has been reported to talk about
whether or not the president asked them to interview as comey testified to. then defact toe he is under investigation for the possibility of construction of justice. that's the only reason you'd ask those people those types of questions. >> alice, you helped us interpret some of what donald trump has said before. what do you make of this? >> i think it's not the first time we've had conflicting statements out of this administration. look, we had the same thing, is it or is it not a travel ban. we know there is an investigation with regard to russia and this administration. we all know that there is the possibility president trump will be part of that but here is the reality. an investigation is an investigation. it is not meaning someone has done anything wrong. to date there's no hard evidence there's obstruction of justice or collusion on the part of the trump campaign and it's really important for everyone to let the information play out, let the investigation carry out to
its full extent, whether it's the mueller investigation or the house and senate and not pre-judge, not jump to conclusions, and see where things land. big part of this democrats are pushing hard and those on the left to try to derail the trump presidency. i think it's important not to prejudge and let the facts play out here. >> today we got some brand new tweets from the president. let's look at one of them. >> the make america great agenda again is doing very well despite the distraction of the witch hunt. many new jobs, high business enthusiasm. he goes on to continue to tout some of his achievements. maria to you. are you thrilled every time he tweets something like this out? even when he is showing the things that he's done well he manages to sneak in "witch hunt" and continues to make the discussion about russia insend of his agenda. >> let's be clear. democrats are not trying to derail the trump administration and the trump agenda. donald trump is doing that all by himself with his little hands
every time he goes on twitter. which is why his supporters do not want him to go on witter which is why his closest advisers beg him not to go on twitter every single day. this is of his making the white house is so discome bob blated they don't know which end is up. what they should be focusing on from the president on down he should be the first to say let's let the investigation play out. if there is nothing to hide then he has nothing to hide. every time he screams "witch hunt" it makes him look that much guiltier. you already have 60% of americans that believe he did something either illegal or at least unethical. he is at a low of 34% in the last quinnipiac poll of approval rating in his presidency. he's getting absolutely nothing
done despite his proclamations on twitter he is incredibly successful. he needs to do that because he knows it's the opposite. he should focus on trying to get something done, on focusing on his agenda and let the investigation play out. >>. >>ing with we've lose in this mix we talked about a lot since he tweeted about it the existence of possible tapes of his conversations with james copy. listen to something the ranking member adam schiff said on abc this morning. here it is. >> one way or another we need to get an answer and if we can't we'll ultimately need to subpoena the documents to make sure we have them. >> simone have we heard anything about the possibility of tapes? what if congress subpoenas something that doesn't exist? >> then it doesn't exist.
they'll get a letter or the white house may say this doesn't exist. if congress went in that direction but keep in mind the department of justice through the special counsel could potentially through the department of justice they could subpoena any communications. but bigger than that i think as part of this investigation just in the last few weeks people who worked on the campaign have been told not to delete messages, not to delete emails so you're going to have potentially the special counsel subpoenaing all sorts of records if, if he does head in the direction of an obstruction investigation. if he doesn't, he could talk to coats, the head of dni, and the head of the nsa rogers and determine perhaps maybe there isn't a case for obstruction and put that to the side and just concentrate on what's sort of been consuming this country the russian meddling, there there's any collusion on the part of the trump campaign. that's probably the more important thing for the special
counsel to look at, and they can potentially subpoena and request records for almost anything if it feels, if they feel it would help in their investigation. >> i want to get to you, alice. this is a kind of a recuring theme the mixed messages. we wouldn't have this conversation about tapes had the president not tweeted about them. we've gotten confusion as to whether or not he's under investigation. his lawyers seemingly contradicting him. we've gotten confefe from the president's twitter account. are you among those who wish his phone was taken away or at least have a conversation with him about consistent messaging? >> absolutely. absolutely. i think his twitter account should be handled by his communications team and that way they would be able to stay on offense and not on defense. they've had a great couple of weeks with regard to pushing out their legislative agenda, with regard to infrastructure and jobs and friday rolling back the
concessions on the part of the obama administration with regard to travel and trade in cuba. these are important issues and messages they should be driving, instead the president will tweet something out and they spend all their time pushing back and responding to questions on that. now we get into the legal realm and arena. it's important for him to stay on message because what could possibly happen is the coverup or the tweets about something could be much worse than the original possible obstruction of justice in this case, and they need to be extremely careful. >> we're also getting mixed messages from republicans about something else. here's senator marco rubio on "state of the union" reacting to some of the president's acquisitions of a hitch hunt, listen. >> 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's evidence to the contrary obviously that may change but i don't anticipate
that being the case. >> maria, how do kms benefit from republicans saying different things about this investigation, and the special counsel? newt gingrich called mueller the tip of the deep state spear trying to undot president's agenda. >> i think this is a really important point and i'm glass marco rubio and some other republicans have underscored they have confidence in mueller and about his integrity and his career and that it's unimpeach pa able. the reason that's important we have gotten more than an inkling from donald trump supporters including newt gingrich and others, he, donald trump could be on the verge of wanting to fire mueller and we all know that would be a complete disaster, it would be a disaster for the white house, it would be a disaster for the investigation, it would be
really bad for this country. i think that's an important point that republicans in congress who are supporters of this president are really saying to same under no uncertain terms you better not be thinking about bob mueller, firing the special counsel because that will be the worst thing that you can embark on in this really good situation that you're in. you're going to make it that much worse. i also think it's a signal to the administration and to this president especially he needs to take the russia investigation much more seriously than he has. he is only concerned whether he himself is under investigation, under investigation for obstruction of justice, that's why he was harassing comey into telling him that he was not under investigation which got him into trouble to begin with and now going to be the reason why he is under investigation for obstruction of justice. he only cares about himself not how one of our worst adversaries
meddled in the election, should be of one thing of most concern to him as it is of real concern to all americans. >> we still have a ton more questions to get to. alice and maria, stick around. michael and shi mon thanks. democrats pulling out the stops to throw a wrench in the gop's health care bill. details on how to stop business on capitol hill this week. the lobster and shrimp you love are teaming up in so many new ways. like new coastal lobster and shrimp, with a lobster tail with butter and herbs, sweet, smoky bbq red shrimp, and shrimp crusted with...get this...cape cod kettle chips. or try lobster and shrimp overboard. a dish this good... makes you this hungry. it's the highlight of the season, and can't last. so hurry in. even if you're trying your best.be a daily struggle,
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actually go about slowing down senate business? >> well boris, democratic senators are threatening to essentially grind senate business to a halt unless they get what theyvetting of the new of the health care reform bill and they want to make it hard for republicans to schedule votes on bills considered noncontroversial. that could keep nominees from the trump administration getting confirmed and confirm a glacial pace of work in the senate in a body notoriously already slow. among the techniques, preventing committees from conducting routine business, even stopping committees from having extended hearings when the senate is in session. the goal would be to force republicans to open debate on the health care bill which at this point is done behind closed doors. all democrats and some republicans have yet to see what is in the new bill despite republican leadership promised a vote before the july 4th
holiday. this morning on "state of the union" senator bernie sanders, an independent, but caucuses with the democrats enforced this move. >> jake, i think that the democrats of the congress can 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
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. an upindicate to a tragic story we've been following all weekend. the u.s. navy recovered the bodies of seven sailors missing since an american destroyer and a merchant ship collided off the coast of japan. their bodies were found in flooded sleeping compartments in the "uss fitzgerald." the commander of the navy's 7th fleet says the ship suffered significant kandamage but "hero efforts by the crew" prevented the destroyer from sinking. alex fields is at the home base for the "uss fitzgerald." >> they're holding on to hope as the search went on, on the water and also by air but that search came to an end once the ship arrived back at the port and divers were sent down into the flooded compartments of a u.s. war ship that inexplicablely collided with a containership
three times its size. search for seven sailors by water and air comes to an end after body of missing crew members are found on board a u.s. destroyer that's now back at port. >> we have fount a number of the remains of a number of our missing shipmates and deepest temp thees go out to the families. >> reporter: at the u.s. naval base divers found the sailors in the flooded compartments of the "uss fits jeld." the vessel had been out on a routine operation when it collided with a philippines containership and started taking on water. the destroyer holds a crew of about 300 people. the crash happened in the early morning hours when many of them would have been asleep. seven servicemembers were missing by the destroyer got to the port. its starboard side smashed in, water still flowing from it. >> a significant part of the crew was sleeping. two compartments that housed 116 of the crew are in those
compartments and it was a significant impact to the side of the ship and you can't see most of the damage. the doonlg is mostly underneath the water line and it's a large gash near the keel of the ship so the water flow was tremendous and so there wasn't a lot of time in those spaces that were open to the sea. the ship is still listing so they had to fight the ship to keep it above the surface. >> reporter: the crew is credited with keeping the ship from sinking and getting it back to port. the navy announced an investigation into what went wrong, how one of its own destroyers could collide with a massive container ship in the highly regulated waters off japan's post. >> will the captain answer any questions? >> he was medevaced. his cabin was destroyed.
he's lucky to be alive and he's at the hospital right now undergoing treatment but he's not available for questions. >> reporter: the u.s. coast guard will lead a separate investigation into the casualties and the painful question of why some sailors never made it out. the process of finding answers of what went wrong how the two massive ships collided could be a long one. the navy called for its own investigation but there could be additional investigations carried out by the coast guard. at the same time everyone working to determine how the two ships could have been put on a path toward collision. >> alexandra field reporting from japan. our hearts, thoughts and prayers are go out to the families of those servicemen. we'll be right back.
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meals. >> absolutely. >> taken care of me for 33 years and she is still taking care of me. i'm proud to be from beattyville and i want to help the community. that's what a small town is about, helping everybody. >> you feel running for mayor maybe there's a target people trying to run your name down? >> i'm guns loaded and ready to come out. >> guns loaded you mean there's probably some guns you could load. >> well you know how it is. >> welcome back to "the newsroom." the most expensive house race in history that was weeks ago. georgia's sixth congressional district race goes to a runoff this tuesday and democrat also see if the outcome is what they've been hoping for, a referendum on president trump. new ad from jon ossoff takes on critics of his national security credentials. watch this.
>> i want to see isis destroyed, as an investigative filmmaker i helped expose atrocities committed by isis against women and girls. they're evil. and we have to stop them. that's why i'll work to make sure our military and intelligence community have every tool they need to fight terrorism. >> the ad was partly in response to this from the national republican congressional committee. >> isis is infiltrating america and using syrians to do it. the fbi warned we can't safely screen every syrian, yet john ossoff's liberal party bosses brought 10,000 syrian refugees to america. with our safety at risk, jon ossoff is just too risky. >> republicans want to hold onto the district and democratless want to flip it. tuesday's runoff election will give both parties a small glimpse at a possible playbook for how to run in the trump era. abby, you covered democrats in
the democrats pumping more than $23 million into this campaign. it's now the most expensive house race ever. ultimately though this is just one seat. what is the significance here? >> the significance, boris, is that the fact we're even talking about georgia's sixth district is already a win for democrats. there is no way we should even be talking about, no way this district should even be on the radar screen, this is a district that has been keld by republicans for 37 years, newt gingrich's old district. tom price was the last to win it and won it by more than 24 points so the fact we're having this political kanl about this topic as the topic of conversation is a win for democrats because it mirrors the chaos happening in washington and how it is impacting local races and how democrats are
taking advantage of the concern and how scared constituents are that republicans are following trump in lockstep of his dangerous agenda. so hopefully the democrat will win, but even if he doesn't, i think it has already been a win for democrats and had shown us we can make other districts much more competitive. there are 71 other districts that are much more competitive than this one, boris, so going into 2018, i think that's a big concern for republicans. >> alice, we have to mention you're actually from this congressional district. do you agree with maria the fact that this one race has become such a hot topic and so much money put into it a good sign for democrats? >> i agree with the fact it is in the national spotlight. i take exception to maria's comment about the republicans in this race running lock step with donald trump. karen handel won the primary
promising she'd be a traditional conservative republican and a check and balance to donald trump, not a rubber tramp. those rubber stamps didn't fare quite as well. this is the largest money race in congressional history. important to note jon ossoff, 95% of his donations have come from out of state, largery from california. many democrats and those on the left think is is their scott brown moment, they'll take a traditional republican district and flip it to someone like jon ossoff. these are horde working high educated voters. jon ossoff talks about being a moderate candidate but his record is a stock and trade liberal, supports funding for planned parenthood and supports funding for the minimum wage and thinks climate change is going to lead to worldwide
catastrophe. i assure you come tuesday a large turnout for karen handel because she represents the large propensity of republican voters in that area. >> it's interesting that alice mentioned a lot of the money that is being raised by jon ossoff is coming out of state. hell of a lot of money raised by karen handel is out of state, republicans realize how much of a slap nationally if democrats win. it's interesting the three issues that alice my good friend mentioned are three issues that most americans agree with jon ossoff on and especially the moderates, the highly educate the voters that are in that district agree with him as well. it's why this district has become a true tossup, if that wasn't the case, karen handel would be running away with this as she should be if republicans weren't in such trouble fatally as they are, because of donald
trump being in the white house. >> alice, donald trump won this district only by about two percentage points so is there really a reason for republicans to worry in the long run or is this just a certain place in which his message doesn't really play well? >> no, i like many in that district and those watching this race on the conservative side are confident that the voters will come out. they want conservative values represented in their district in washington. marco rubio won this district, in 2016. mitt romney won in the last election, so this is a long history of republicans voting, turning out on election day for this specific seat. and look, as maria had said, this is look formerly had tom price, johnny isaacson, newt gingrich, very conservative leaders people in this district want to see their values represented in washington, and what we're going to see now the early voting data in the polls have indicated that we're seeing record number of turnouts
similar to 2016, which will be a good sign for karen handel, and this is generally going to be a high propensity turnout election which means those who voted in several previous elections will come out. and while ossoff is getting a lot of media attention, certainly the left-leaning "atlanta journal constitution" has been extremely fampl a favorable to him. it matters who comes out on the election day and i have every confidence in the voters. >> i agree with alice all about turnouts, democrats and independents and people worried about trump in the white house, get out and vote. >> alice and maria, we are out of time but thank you, ladies, so much for joining us this weekend. >> thank you, boris. >> thanks, boris. coming up the murder rate is skyrocketing in some inner cities. now many in those communities are looking to president trump for help, and asking, is the president keeping his contract with black america? finding the is now a safe bet. because tripadvisor searches over 200 booking sites -
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bills could pi's attorney is preparing for a retile after the jury deadlocked in the comedian's sexual offense trial. in the aftermath of yesterday's decision, attorney pry an mcmonagle sat down with cnn for an exclusive interview. he talked to jean casarez why he's concerned for bill cosby's health and his thoughts on the mistrial. >> i had been gravely concerned for his health. i don't know that i'll see the but if i could i don't know i could survive what he survived this week. i've been trying cases for 30 years, and it was difficult for me and i have no idea how he managed to sit in a room and endure while strangers were deciding his destiny and his fate. i think it did take a tremendous toll on him. any time you start a trial and end a trial with your client being presumed innocent it can't be a loss.
having said that, there are no winners here. we tried a case for a week, the jury deliberated for some 50-some hours without a verdict. as i've said many times before, as long as you can leave that courtroom with your client, presumed innocent, as he began, then i'm satisfied. >> that was a one on one exclusive interview with cnn's jean casarez. thank you, jean. we should mention the prosecution does plan to retry bill cosby within the next few months. we have much more ahead, but first, check out our latest installation of cnn's "future tents." >> robo cop is no longer just a character in a movie. this robot just joined the dubai police force. >> i hope you don't mind. >> it has a specific intelligence system. it can interact with the people. most of the countries people be afraid dealing with police officers, but as you know this kind of tool can remove all
kinds of walls between the human beings and the police. >> reporter: the robot won't carry a gun and can't make arrests but people can use its cup of screen to pay tickets and report crimes and there are plans for the next generation of robo cop to identify wanted people as well, but security is a concern especially when it comes to the collection of personal information. >> we would love to believe that government and big organizations are protecting our personal data, even though we've seen biometric solutions being bypassed with a picture, that's something to worry about. >> despite those worries the dubai police force is moving ahead with plans to put morrow bow cops alongside human officers. >> we want to be the smartest police force in the world. >> its goal is for 25% of its officers could be robots by 2030. >> for more on this and other tech news visit cnn.com/tech.
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into the gear, and the city of baltimore has already reached record homicide levels with an average of one murder per day. some people there are recalling what president donald trump said when he asked for the vote of the inner city. >> you're living in poverty. your schools are no good. you have no jobs. 58% of your youth is unemployed. what the hell do you have to lose? >> now many of the black communities say they need president trump to live up to his promise to help them. victor blackwell has more.
>> when you are a he in this neighborhood you're guaranteed to hear at least one shot. >> reporter: this time the shot was just a few doors away. 37-year-old sharming wilson was killed this week. >> gunning her down right in front of her children. >> reporter: 1 of 6 people shot to death monday night into tuesday in baltimore. these two are so afraid of retaliation they won't she their face. according to the "baltimore sun," there have been more than 150 homicides in baltimore so far this year. it is the highest rate in its history. these communities and the local leaders they've elected are desperate for a solution, and president donald trump says he has it. >> i will restore law and order to our country. >> reporter: as a candidate, donald trump promised to make inner cities safer, highlighting baltimore often. >> there's killings on an hourly basis virtually in places like baltimore. >> baltimore. >> young americans in baltimore. >> we'll get rid of the crime.
you'll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. we'll straighten it out. >> reporter: that promise to straighten it out and make our communities safe again was at the center of trump's proposed new deal for black america, calling safety a civil right and crime reduction a necessity. kimberly lagree is a minister and community activist in baltimore and she agrees with the president's goals, but as the body count grows in her community, she wonders what he's going to do to achieve it, and when. >> i think that it sounds great on paper. but when and how will we really receive the benefits from some of these things? >> reporter: one approach that she says benefits baltimore now -- community collaboration. >> about 50-plus officers that are specifically designated to be in the community. they don't, you know, answer, you know, crime calls or things like that. they build relationships. right here. they build relationships. >> reporter: those relationships are often crucial in resolving disputes before they turn violent and lagree fears they
are in jeopardy. because despite president trump's proposal to invest in more in law enforcement overall, the justice department's 2018 budget request slashes its community oriented police and workforce by around 45%. and a baltimore city official tells cnn the federal grants the city relied upon to fund its community policing squad have ended. >> that 50%-plus platoon of officers are are dedicated to community is cut down to 9. so what was supposed to happen was safer communities? i'm not sure. but community policing is something that our urban communities need, especially considering some of the things that's happened with the police relations post freddie gray here in baltimore. >> reporter: guns are not the only danger on these streets. >> we know that drugs an crime go hand in hand. they just do. the facts prove that's so. >> reporter: and attorney
general jeff sessions believes that going after the drug dealers will reduce shooting deaths. >> going forward, i have empowered our prosecutors to charge and pursue the most serious offense as i believe the law requires. most serious readily provable offense. >> reporter: now the trump administration has overturned obama era policies that reserved its most severe drug related sentences for high-level and violent traffickers. >> you can't address crime by locking people, all people, up. >> reporter: jake oliver is ceo of the afro-american newspaper, published in baltimore for 125 years. >> i think they are taking a sledgehammer to a problem that needs to be a lot more sensitive and it being addressed. you just can't eliminate something by storming it out. and the program that his attorney general has produced is an insult. >> reporter: katherine pugh is baltimore's mayor. >> the focus by the justice department on reducing crime is a major one for all urban cities
across this nation that are experiencing spikes in crime, as we are. >> reporter: she's balancing the demands of the crisis with the restraints of the budget and appreciates any investment. >> so to the extent that we're looking at investing in police departments by providing them with the technology and so forth that they need to help us continue to deal with this particular problem is major for most urban cities. >> but mayor pugh says an investment in law enforcement alone will not make baltimore safer. >> we hope that what the administration understands is that we're going to improve crime in neighborhoods and communities, that means investment in neighborhoods and communities. that means fixing neighborhoods that have been broken. that means creating jobs so that we can reduce unemployment. >> reporter: back on gertrude street, neighbors are comforting sharmane's eight children and recounting the story of one of baltimore's latest shooting victims. at least until the next shots are fired. >> every night.
this is an ongoing thing. it never ceases. >> i'm just over this whole city. >> our thanks to victor blackwell for that report. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts right now. hey there, i'm boris sanchez in for fredricka whitfield. thank you so much for joining us on this sunday afternoon. 48 hours after the president himself said that he's being investigated for obstruction of justice, his legal team is saying, not so much. watch. >> the president is not under investigation. despite that, friday president trump tweeted out, "i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi director. witch hunt." so which is it? athena jones, this is all in response to several media reports, some from cnn, some from