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that is not what our business is. >> it is also a different feel for this administration. but that's still -- he's been doing it and it's getting him a lot of attention. >> all right, let us know what you think. use your fingertips for your words. meanwhile, it's time for cnn "ne "newsroom" with john berman. >> did chris cuomo just say sometimes it's better to say less? >> the irony. >> your position right now, it may be better to say less. >> i'd better stop right now, in that sense, i'm going to get to it and say so long to you guys. all right, at this moment, voters are heading to the polls in what could be the most important special election in decades. the most expensive house race ever. the most pivotal political moment yet to face this white house. it could be all of those things. then again, it could just be tuesday. it's sometimes hard to know with special elections.
what we do know about the race in suburban atlanta, is being seen as a referendum on the trump presidency in a district that's been in republican hands for a long, long time. so rn po the president weighed in not once but twice this morning. democrat jon ossoff and republican karen handel, they are neck and neck. we heard from both of them within the last hour. cnn's jason carroll joins us live from marietta inside the most watched congressional district on earth this morning, jason. >> wow, that's quite the lead-in. you're not far off the truth. you look at how many votes were cast early in this election. 140,000, john, those are the types of numbers you normally see during a presidential campaign. this is the most expensive race of its kind in u.s. history. $50 million spent between both candidates if you also add in super pac spendinged an pac spending as well. when you look at the lay of the land in terms of what happened
here, the sixth congressional district has been reliably republican for decades but during the 2016 campaign, trump barely eked out a win here. democrats saw an opportunity. that's where you had a man by the name of jon ossoff entering the race. early on, very much making it about president trump making a very critical of president trump. on the other side, saying ossoff doesn't have the political experience, he's basically just a liberal doing what he's been doing. now what you have is him saying the race is about each other and not about the president. >> the people of sixth district want this to be about the sixth district. they're not interested in hollywood and california coming in and buying this seat and they are very concerned about an individual who does not even live in this district. he is a liberal in just the same along the lines of nancy pelosi. he's going to be their vote in the house. what the people of the sixth
want is a voice for them. >> the contrast in this district is between a career politician, my opponent karen handel, who is notorious for cutting off funding for life saving breast cancer screenings at planned parenthood or a fresh voice who wants to work to get things done, work to make health care more accessible and more affordable for wel aomen and fo with pre-existing conditions. >> let's look at the implications here. if ossoff wins, that's going to be a symbolic victory for democrats going forward. hopefully giving them momentum they think they need going into midterm elections. if hand l wins here, again, symbolic victory for republicans because what it does is it shows that what the president has been doing is working, gives gop lawmakers in washington a mandate to move forward on his agenda. the problem is, for both sides, john, the race is just too close to call, john. >> i got to tell you, jason, both those candidates look simply exhausted. probably almost as tired all as the voters in that district
where you are this morning. >> they are tired, yes, no doubt. it's a big day for secrecy on capitol hill. in a few hours, vice president mike pebs will meet behind closed doors with senate republican leaders to talk about their health care bill that practically no one has seen and for which there are virtually no details. but whatever is in it, it is promising enough to leaders they want the senate to vote on it as soon as next week. incidentally, what does the vice president think about secrecy? listen to this. it's simply wrong for legislation that will affect 100% of the american people to be negotiated behind closed doors. he wrote that. of course he wrote it back in 2010. i guess times have changed. democrats, who have almost no power over these developments, held something of a vent-a-thon overnight. cnn's suzanne malveaux live on capitol hill with the very latest. >> good morning, john. democrats are seizing on the vice president's comments there. they also, while many of us were sleeping late last night, they were on the senate floor. it was kind of a talk-a-thon if
you will, waging their own protest to at least call attention to the super secret process going on behind closed doors to craft this legislation by senate republicans. they've asked for a number of things. all of them rejected. one of the things that we'd heard about was whether or not they'd make the text public and available. there is no text to this bill so far. public hearings. that has always been lee rejected. so senate majority leader mitch mcconnell saying none of those things are on the table. earlier this morning, i spoke with senator dick durbin, democrat, and asked him what can democrats possibly do, why did they wage this protest, and are they going to slow or try to slow the government down. here's his response. >> it takes three republican senators. if three republican senators say this is the wrong way to change the health care system in america, we can stop this and move toward a more constructive process. one that's more bipartisan. one that's more open. more public. so the american people know what's going to happen.
>> john, some republicans are pushing back, saying that the democratic process, as you mentioned back in 2010, was not completely open. i did put that to senator durbin. he said, well, at least we had some public hearings following that bill. at least the writing of that legislation. and 25 days of debate. if you look at the calendar and republican's side, they certainly will not be offering that. it will be more in the tune of hours and not days for that to be public. but what we will see today is vice president mike pence who in the course could be a tiebreaker in all of this. will be meeting behind the scenes with republican lawmakers to talk about what they have so far. a temperature check, if you will, in terms of some of the details, john. >> they may not get 25 hours of debate, lettate lone 25 days, but it might be the best way to get it passed. suzanne malveaux, capitol hill, thank you so much. joining me, jason miller, former communications director for the trump transition team.
david swerlick, assistant editor at the "washington post." and jeff weaver, former campaign manager for bernie sanders. gentlemen, let's play a game of what if with the georgia six special election. jeff weaver, in 20 seconds or less, if ossoff, the democrat, wins, what does he win, what does it mean? >> well, what it means is that the american public are sick and tired of this trump agenda of an attempt to take away health care from 23 million people and as we've seen over the course of three special elections, democrats are far outperforming how they did in the presidential election year. i think john os so of's going to put it over the top today. >> all right, what if he loses? >> look, this has been a very close race. the previous incumbent price i think won this seat by 23 points. it's a staunchly republican seat. the fact that ossoff has gone toe-to-toe with his republican opponent i think is a testament to the strength of the democrat message at this particular moment. >> jason miller, you get to play
now. what if karen handel wins, what does that mean? >> i think with this will show is voters in georgia and largely around the country, as this race is becoming nationalized, do not want to see another vote for nancy pelosi being sent up to congress. i think there's a backlash we're seeing going on right now that's really galvanizing and firing up the republican base where voters are upset with the kathy griffin treatment toward president trump. we see the terrible witch-hunt going on against president trump in washington now. we even see the fake art in the park that's dominated some of the headlines. i think republican voters are really fired up about this. they're going to show up in big numbers today. one other critical point going on here, i think jeff is really someone who can speak to this as well, it's important to point out that the democratic base really has been de-motivated and in shambles ever since the dnc and secretary clinton and others stole this election, the primary election, from bernie sanders last year. the democrats have not been able to get their footing back ever since then. >> you went over your 20-second
allotment there. in 20 seconds or less, what if then the republican karen handel loses? >> i don't think she's going to lose today. i think she's going to win bigley. i know everyone's saying it's close going into today, election day. i think handel probably wins upwards 4 or 5 points. i think she wins it running away. i just don't see her losing at all, even though it's a tight district. >> jason miller, not playing the expectations game. you're supposed to say it would be an amazing upset if she wins. we appreciate your honesty. david swerdirck, obviously this is a race that people are trying to nationalize here, people all across the country looking at this as some kind of referendum. when we wake up tomorrow, will it tell us something going forward? >> well, if ossoff wins and the democrats finally get a win, i think it will just mean a faeve broke. republicans won the special in kansas. those were republican districts they were supposed to win. if democrats can pick it of, even if it's a close race, i
think that suggests that they have something to build on, but i think it will be getting ahead of ourselves to say they can all of a sudden start dreaming about taking back congress or taking back the house. if handel wins, i think it just suggests that a republican won a republican district even though she was facing a well-financed democratic challenger, and democrats really have to go back to the drawing board and realize that part of their message is an anti-trump message, john, but part of their message has to be a prospective message heading into 2018 about what they want to offer voters that they'll do rather than what the administration won't do. >> i say this as an assistant little league coach here, democrats are running out of participation trophies. i mean, sooner or later, jeff weaver, you know, you've got to win somewhere, right, so do you believe the democratic base? jason miller suggested the democratic base is not energized. is that for real? >> el wiwell, nothing could be further from the truth. i think you've seen it in the et stroos of this country with the
women's march and other marches across the country. the base is very energized. i would say this, this is the first of the three special elections where you've had financial parity between the candidates. in the case of montana, quist received very little money where he was pounded with $5 million of koch brother and other money on negative ads. thompson, kansas, got no outside help. this is the first time we've seen a democrat candidate in one of these special elections get the kind of financial support they need to go toe-to-toe with the republicans and surprise surprise, they're going toe-to-toe. ossoff's going toe-to-toe with handel in georgia. if these other candidates have had the same kind of resources, not taking anything away from ossoff, i think you would have seen similar results in those places. >> all right, jason miller, let's turn, jason, if we can, to health care, to all the details we know inside the senate health care bill. i was silent there because we don't know any of the details of the bill because it's being knee gosh negotiated behind closed doors. you were listening as we read
the pence tweet from 2010 where he said it's wrong for legislation that will affect 100% of the people to be negotiated behind closed doors. will you grant it's at least a little bit ironic, jason, that this is happening in complete secrecy? >> john, of course the republicans are going to go and put together what they want to move forward for the legislation and then of course they'll be some floor debate over this. the exact time parameters, we don't know. the republicans have every right to negotiate their own plan, what they want to put forward, and then get that out for people to debate. i think the fact that the democrats are seizing on the process aspect of this and not the fact that obamacare's failing in the fact that democrats don't have their own legislation or real bill that will go and help people and turn around this cliff we're heading to with obamacare i think is really telling the lack of direction and the rudderless aspect of the democratic party now. >> you're talking about the same process that republicans are talking about back in 2010. no one likes it when the other side negotiates between closed
doors, david, and to jason miller's point, yes, there will be floor debate. maybe a few hours. 10 to 20 hours. two days if we're following the time frame we're getting a sense of right now from republican leadership. it does seem as if they're trying to get this through very, very quickly before these senators have to go home for the july 4th recess, david. >> they're trying to get it through, done quickly and without a lot of rancor on either the house or the senate side. look, jason is my man, 100 grand, but jason, you know this is exactly the argument that republicans made in 2009 and 2010 about the democrat's process. partly this idea that democrats were, you know, cooking this up in secret. look, republicans have not been consistent on this issue. and that's actually been a problem for them as they try to get their own version of this bill passed. if democrats had done something like medicare for all back in '09, republicans would probably be doing something right now that looked very similar to the romney care/obamacare plan that used to be a republican plan.
now that they have to replace that plan, they're looking for alternativings. they can't agree between house republicans who want it a little more conservative, house senators that want it a little more in the middle. >> jeff weaver, quick last word though, democrats, though, they vented last night, but can they do much more than vent at this point? >> well, the process is difficult with this senate reconciliation procedure that's being used to pass this bill. but i do think, look, on this topic, john, the american people, the polls are all consistent. i mean, huge majority of the american people are opposed to what the republicans are doing. that's why they're trying to do it in secret and sneak out of washington before they go home for july 4th. they know if this thing is hanging out there, when they go home, there's going to be a lot of angry constituents at their town meetings. >> jason miller, david swarlick, jason weaver, you're all 100 in my book on a tuesday. new information about former security adviser michael flynn, potentially controversial trips
and meetings that democrats say he did not disclose. plus, a u.s. citizen dies after being in activity in north korea. john mccain calls it murder. this morning, how will the president respond? and forget mixed messaging, how about no messaging? the white house schedule clear of press briefings today. when you booked this trip,
new this morning, questions about former security adviser michael flynn. trips that two top democrats in the house say general flynn may not have been completely forthcoming about on a security clearance application. cnn crime and justice reporter shimon joins us with all the details. >> that's right, john, these are two trips perhaps overseas that it's believed that these congressional leaders believe flynn took back in 2015, one of them over the summer, maybe around june, which was not disclosed at all. later, interestingly enough, he did disclose an october meeting where he went to saudi arabia for some meetings and it appears, at least to these congressional leaders, he did not disclose key details in this
security clearance form. we've heard a lot of talk about this security clearance form where it seems consistently some officials now working for the trump administration did not fill out certain contacts they had with foreign officials. in flynn's case, it seems he left out key details about why he was there, who he was visiting, who paid for the trip and the other thing that's really interesting here, at least according to these congressional leaders, is that he didn't -- the hotel he disclosed he stayed at does not exist. so they have now sent a letter to his attorney, a seven-page letter, requesting more information on those meetings and also, finally, you know, the fbi is continuing to look at these meetings, to look at his business transactions as the investigation into the russia meddling continues. >> all right, a hotel that doesn't exist, thank you very much. joining me now, the former
assistant special watergate special prosecutor. he's also a partner at dorsey and whitney llp. nick, thanks for being with us. let's talk michael flynn for a moment, shall we. i mean, it seems as if, yes, he's tied up in the overall russia investigation, but there seems to be separate interest in him and his business dealings and the forms he filled out. where do you see the interest in michael flynn overlapping with the overall russia probe? >> well, i think the best place to start is what president trump said to jim comey, to stop the investigation into michael flynn. i mean, to me, the fact that the president would single out that particular incident out of all of these investigations to try and stop flynn, saying he's a good guy. i mean, i can't remember one single situation. and i actually ask anybody to come up with a single situation where donald trump has gone out of his way to help anybody. that in itself raises a lot of
suspicion. >> it's possible if the president had that discussion as james comey described, now the president denies it, but if it did happen as james comey describes, it was possible he was only speaking about the phone call he had with the russian ambassador. we don't know. it's possible he did not know about all these other investigations not ancillary but separate to that. if you have so many separate things looking into michael flynn's finance, the way he filled out forms, question about his business dealings, does it make it more likely the special counsel will be able to flip him or get him to cooperate? >> i think that's donald trump's worse fear, that somehow michael flynn is going to be indicted, convicted and sentenced and he'll wind up fingering donald trump or jared kushner. i think that is his worst fear. i mean, another point i think is important for people to understand is this national security form that's filled out. i just did one for a case i'm involved in. that form says all over it that you have to tell the truth, that failure to provide information,
failure to be truthful on that application could result in your conviction of a federal felony that's punishable up to five years in prison. i think it's important for people to understand. this wasn't some kind of nonchalant form filled out. this was a form that really instills the fear of god in you in terms of filling it out and being absolutely cancandid. >> what's bob mueller doing overall not just with michael flynn but there's obviously an investigation going on. we only know the bits and pieces we see. he's meeting with the senate judiciary committee tomorrow. what aren't we seeing? >> all of the work going on. all these things are interrelated. we just don't know how. they're looking at lots of documents. they're reviewing interviews that have probably been with conducted already by the fbi. they're trying to get up to speed where the investigation was when they came on the scene. i think that itself is a lot of work to do. and then trying to determine, you know, where are the weak points. where will this investigation
go. where can we develop more evidence? who were the first witnesses we should go to. i mean, you don't start at the top. you try and find people at the bottom that know certain facts that can lead you to other people. >> we're learning the senate judiciary committee, it's possible they take up the issue of alleged obstruction, possible obstruction with the president and this michael flynn case. what would it mean as an investigator to you if there was a senate committee that would be looking at this at the same time that you as a prosecutor and investigator will be looking into it? >> well, part of the obstruction part really comes down to the issue of motive. motive is not an element to prove obstruction of justice. but it's a key part of it. and so you have to ask why did somebody not want donald -- want michael flynn investigated, so that's one part of it. but the committee's going to look at all of these things, because in a way they're all interrelated. why is it that anybody would care about michael flynn being investigated in the first instance? what is it he knows?
what's the scope of his knowledge? what did he do? every day, we keep finding new things coming out, just as we did last night. so i think this is -- i mean, we don't really know everything that bob mueller knows. i'm sure he knows a lot because he's privy to all of these national intelligence investigations. all of the intelligence that's come up at this point. >> nick ackerman, always good to have you with us. the first official day of summer is tomorrow but u.p.s. is already thinking christmas. the world's largest shipping company says it will add a surcharge to holiday packages this year. cnn's chief business correspondent, star of rolling star, christine romans joins us now before the bill. romans. >> ho, ho, ho, john. online shopping is so big and all these retailers are pushing all these online promotionings. so u.p.s. is going to charge more for shipping just around the holidays. what it's going to mean for ground shipments, an extra 27 cents for two day air, an extra
97 cents. will you have to pay for it? it remains to be seen whether the retailers eat this or whether they pass along the cost to you when you pay for your inshing when you get the packages. so it's a very competitive world so passing on the shipping might be a hard thing to do as so many of these retailers are switching now to online shopping and online delivery. it's just the way of the future and that's what those fees will be, john. >> this is why you and i have a no gift policy, so we don't have to pay the surcharge. >> exactly. >> house speaker paul ryan is talking about taxes today in a pretty big speech, romans. >> he is, and you know, i've been hearing from republicans and people around the tax reform debate, people in business, they're starting to talk about tax cuts and maybe something short term to bridge the gap and they're starting to talk less about middle class tax reform and just a tax cut for business. paul ryan the house speaker coming out today, going to give a big speech to the national associate of manufacturers, john, and he's going to push for tax reform, real tax reform, once in a generation tax reform.
we need to get this done in 2017. that's really key, the business community wants it in 2017. we cannot let this once in a generation moment slip. transformational tax reform can be done and we are moving forward, full speed ahead. when i look at these remarks, it sounds to me like he's trying to blunt this movement among some in business and some in the republican party to just get something done near term to juice the economy to give business what they want, which is lower taxes and put off the reform or the middle class piece of this until later. it seems like he wants the whole she bang and he's going to make that case today. >> christine romans, thank you, appreciate it. donald trump condemning north korea as brutal after a 22-year-old american student died just days after being released. pressure mounting for the united states to take action.
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we have some breaking news here. we're just learning a u.s. fighter jet has shot down a syrian drone. a drone that u.s. officials say was armed and within firing range of u.s. troops. pentagon correspondent barbara starr joins us now with the details. >> this was in southern syria. i think right away it's important to say this is the third time the u.s. has had to shoot something down in southern syria. we saw a fighter jet being shot down. second time now they're shooting down an armed drone in southern syria, a u.s. f-15 shooting down this iranian-made drone that the u.s. says was posing a threat. an armed threat to u.s. and
coalition forces on the ground in southern syria. the shootdown happened because the u.s. says specifically the drone was in a threatening position. this is something that is -- appears to keep happening in this very area where the u.s. says it hopes things are going to calm down, but they are simply not. of course, this is one day after the russians said they would threaten any aircraft, any u.s. aircraft, flying in western syria. this is a war zone that appears to be heating up with russian regime and iranian-backed forces taking a much higher profile, john. >> we have more breaking news. we're getting word a russian fighter jet came within five feet, i want to make sure i'm reading that right, five feet of a u.s. air force aircraft over the baltic sea. what's going on there? >> all right, another place where the u.s. is being challenged in the skies. this of course thousands of miles away in northern europe. often u.s. and russian aircraft
do encounter each other in the balt baltic. but this time, yes, within five feet. that's what sources are telling us that this russian plane flew erratically around a u.s. air force reconnaissance plane. the whole encounter, you know, unsafe in so many ways. the u.s. not happy about any of this. this is a so-called intercept where the russians flew a profile clearly aimed at doing something clearly unsafe in the eyes of the u.s., john. >> barbara starr, thanks so much. this morning, outrage over the death off theo warmbier. senator john mccain has called it murder and is pressing on the president to take action. >> that's a brutal regime and we'll be able to handle it. >> secretary of state tillerson
says north korea will be healld accountable. now, the latest on otto warmbier's family and this awful chain of events. >> if you look at the statements from senator mccain and former presidential candidate rubio, very powerful voices in their own right, calling it murder. the administration not quite going so far. the secretary of state saying that it was an unjustified imprisonment of warmbier. the president saying it is a brutal regime. the family just heart broken about the situation that they face. they thought their son was alive, found out after a year and a half of not hearing from him that he would be coming home but in a comma or very close to a coma. the family in a statement saying unfortunately the awful torturous treatment of our son received at the hands of the north koreans assured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today. i can tell you mr. warmbier's
body is in the hands of the hamilton county medical examiner and it may have an autopsy, trying to figure out if there's anything that can be said about how he wound up with such severe brain damage. >> the father said if it was any consolation at all that when he returned home he was unresponsive but looked more peaceful. >> reading that statement, almost made me cry, having met the family next week. he said he hugged his son, spoke to him, his face seemed anguished, as though he were in pain. a day later, he said his face changed, he was at peace, he somehow felt otto knew he was home. >> yes, small consolation for that family going through so much. miguel marquez, thank you so much. admiral, the secretary of state says the u.s. will hold north korea accountable. what do you think that meanins? >> i don't know. i know they're talking about
this, in terms of how to respond to this terrible outcome. there are no good options, john. you could certainly apply more sanctions. you could up maybe your level of military readiness on the peninsula. you could certainly do diplomatic -- file a diplomatic protest. there are innithings you can do put more international pressure on them but there's no real easy answers to this and there's no surefire outcome on how to prevent it from happening again. the other thing, john, they need to keep in mind, we still have three americans there being deta detained. whatever you do, you don't want to make a decision that's going to make their fates worse either. >> the chairman of the armed services committee has called it murder and rubio with uch much same language. miguel marquez who was just with me noted the administration was careful not to use those exact words. >> it's what we were just talking about, as they navigate through this, they do need to be careful and mindful of the fate of those other three americans, because i'm sure they're working
very hard to get them released as well. and you want to make sure you're not tab damaging that effort. so it's a delicate dance that they have to play right now. i don't envy them that position. but clearly at the very least this underscores two things. one, how brutal this regime really is in pyongyang and, two, how important it is to keep up the international pressure on them. >> admiral doesn't this raise the stakes? i mean, either a u.s. citizen died in the hands of the north koreans or by the hands of the north koreans or under the watch of the north koreans. isn't that an action that demands some kind of very public, very stern response? >> in my personal opinion, john, yes, it does. and i share the statements that were made yesterday by senator mccain and senator rubio. i agree. they are responsible for the death of this young man. and i do think the administration should do something. i'm just trying to point out the
fact there are no easily effective answers and they do need to be mindful of those three other americans. >> it's a very difficult situation. has been for a very long time and along those lines, admiral, the warmbier family i think with some very critical words of the obama administration and how the case of their son was handled over the last year. you of course worked at the state department during this time. you know, what's your response to that? >> first of all, my heart goes out to the family. i understand the frustration that they feel. i can't possibly imagine the grief that they're going through right now. what i can say is that having been at the state department when otto was detained, i remember it well. i can assure you that the state department at the very highest levels worked this very, very hard. secretary kerry personally got involved in trying to get otto warmbier and the other americans released. he never let go of that. i can't remember a time when he had a consultation with his
chinese counterpart where he didn't raise their cases and try to find some kind of solution. there was a lot of effort there. now, obviously, we failed to get them out and we all know that and we regret that. we're glad that otto was able to come home. certainly, we're sad at the fate here. but it was something that we worked very, very hard. at the very highest levels. >> admiral john kirky, thanks for being with us. we have breaking news from the white house. the white house press secretary whose job it is to answer questions from reporters, will, in fact, answer questions from reporters on the tv today. why is this such monumental news? we'll tell you when we come back. for your heart... your joints... or your digestion... so why wouldn't you take something
yesterday's briefing, no video, no audio allowed. not many questions. there's something going on inside the white house. i'm joined by cnn's senior media correspondent host of "reliable sources" brian stelter. thanks for being with us. glass half full. the press secretary is holding an on-camera briefing told, perhaps responding to the pressure here. >> i think it definitely is a response to the heightened state of alert. i think white house correspondents are on. heightened state of alert because it's been eight days since spicer had an on-camera briefing. the off-camera times he takes questions, lately, they haven't been allowing audio either. the white house says you can't record the audio. that's of course a pain for tv net works like cnn and for radio networks like npr. bottom line, it seems the white house is inch by inch by inch rolling back on access, rolling back on those chances to take questions. but we'll see today how useful the briefing really is on camera. >> our colleague jim acosta, senior white house correspondent, he used twitter, which is something the president
does, it can be an effective tool i'm told, he noted he couldn't send video or audio of the press briefing. jim acosta tweeted a picture of his socks. >> those are from j crew, anchor socks. >> very nice socks. >> that's all he was allowed to show, you know, the white house sort of forbids vid grow or audio at these off-camera briefings. there have been past administrationings that used off-camera briefings as a supplement to the usual on-camera events. this white house is different because it's using those to replace the on-camera briefings. we want them because it's a way to hold the administration accountable. it's a way to not just say what spicer and the white house is saying but actually show. and be able to follow up a month or a year later and see if those promises are actually performing. >> everybody's white house likes to control the message. this isn't about controlling your message, this is about limiting the message or not being responsive to the american people about the message right now. it does seem that transparency is clear here. let's talk about spicer, the
white house press secretary, as of 9:46 a.m. there's a new swirling round of rumors that sean is moving out or up, maybe promoted, maybe not doing the briefings much more if they exist after today. what do you make of it? >> no word on who will replace him. i think the easy part is moving spicer into a new job. the hard part is figuring out how will take over. there's not a long list of people qualified for the job who seem to want the job. maybe that's why it's taken a while to replace him. >> in part because we don't know what that job will be. we don't know if sean leaves what that person will be doing, correct? >> that's right. trump is his own, at least in his own mind, his own best press secretary. we've not seen the president taking questions in interviews. he hasn't had a full-fledged press conference since february. normally when a reporter shouts questions to him, he doesn't answer. this is a white house, as acosta said yesterday, that seems to be stone walling on a lot of issues. >> it's not like the president is taking all the questions that the press secretary would take. no one is taking the questions. brian, thank you. the bodies of seven american sailors killed in a collision between a navy destroyer and a
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the remains of seven u.s. sailors on their way home today as investigators work to finds why a container ship ran into the navy destroyer killing those seven sailors. there are questions about the timing of that collision, how it went down. joined my alexander in japan, what did you learn? >> reporter: a tribute the being paid, john, to the seven sailors who did lose their life. that beginning this morning in japan. all seven bodies being sent back
to the united states, back to the loved ones waiting to receive them and lay them to rest. memorials will soon begin. on board was a moment when sailors stood in formation. you can see, make out the number 62. that's the symbol that represents the "uss fitzgerald." they were found in the flooded out sleeping come partments of it collided with a container ship some three times its size cht john, this happened the early morning hours saturday. there's dispute about exactly when it happened. multiple investigations are being launched into what caused the crash. the question of when it happened caused discrepancy between the u.s. navy who is investigating and the japanese coast guard. the initial finding of the
japanese coast guard, they say that's when the container ship involved in the crash issued their distress call. after interviewing members of the crew, they revised the estimate. they believe the crash happened a whole 50 minutes earlier. why would it take some 50 minutes for the crew to issue a distress call? the japanese coast guard says this isn't entirely bad. they are trying to navigate in the busy waterway where you have 400 or 500 ships passing through in a day. the u.s. navy is maintaining it happened at 2:20. why does this matter? the investigators involved in determining the cause of the crash will clearly want to lay out what was going on board both vessels in the minutes and hours prior to this inexplicable collision. how long will it take to get answers? the investigations could stretch on for months, if not years.
the findings won't be known until potentially months from now. the question of when it did happen, this is a discrepancy and would be resolved once both sides are able to listen to the voyage data recorders that record exactly the kind of information the investigators are seeking. hopefully it leads to the answers the families are seeking. john? >> you would think that information they would get soon. so many questions remain. alexander field, thank you so much. a big day politically here in the united states. in georgia, a special election. the stakes incredibly high, not just in georgia, but in washington as well, for president of the united states. we are going to get a celebrity vote. stay with us.
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good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. poppy is off today. to celebrate the fact the white house is holding an on camera briefing and to watch the excitement in georgia, the most special, special election and. at any moment, the republican, karen handel will cast her ballot. john ossoff can't vote which has been an issue, one of the many issues, the biggest issue the trump presidency, this race seen as a referendum on the president and the margins, razor, razor thin at the polls. jason carroll live from marietta, what are you seeing? >> reporter: you say