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a day after returning from france the u.s. president facing growing controversy over russia. and bringing in a new lawyer as his son's account of a meeting during the campaign keeps changes. it is 5:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast. wasn't to welcome our viewers here in the united states and france and around the world. i'm george howell at cnn world headquarters in atlanta. at 11:00 a.m. in paris where the french president is welcoming benjamin netanyahu. cnn newsroom starts right now.
wherever you're joining around the world, good day to you. the u.s. president is spending the weekend at his resort in new jersey, take in the u.s. women's golf open. but in washington, d.c. his white house is in full battle mode, focused on how to best manage the questions that have risen from the 2016 meeting with the president's eldest son and a russian lawyer. the latest responsibility to this controversy, veteran attorney ty cobb has been brought in to address the turmoil threatening the president's agenda. the senate vote on the health care changes has been delayed again because of senator john mccain. he is in arizona recovering from surgery. so they'll wait until mr. mccain returns to washington. the president's response to all of this on saturday, he tweeted this. stock market hits another all time high yesterday despite the
russian hoax story, as the president calls it. bringing in ty cobb as white house counsel shows how high the stakes have risen. we get more from boris sanchez. >> reporter: the name of a new attorney added 0 if administration is ty cobb, he's handled defending two officials with connections to the clinton white house. he's also defended major corporations and e-cia officer. someone with a lot of experience defending white collar crime. he's a former federal prosecutor. and before taking this job he was a partner at a powerful d.c. law firm. he's expected to oversee the white house response to the russia investigation, not only legally but also in the press. he's trying to manage the white house response to a story that has created quite a cloud, an
impediment almost to the trump agenda. now friends of ty cobb, including michael zeldin, say he is a shrewd smart attorney. >> they're bringing in ty to replicate what clinton did during his problems which is to create a legal warp room in the white house office to deal with this on a day-to-day basis. and you see abbey lowell coming in to represent jared kushner. she's a well-known lawyer. and you see the shifting in legal representation. jamie stays in as the ethics person, abby coming in front and center on the criminal side. people are becoming more sensitive to the fact this is a criminal investigation. it is not a hoax or a witch hunt, it's a series legal matter and they're taking the steps they should have taken months
ago probably to recognize the jeopardy that they're potentially in. >> reporter: in another bit of legal news related to the white house and the trump family, according to an fcc family, a committee to elect trump paid $50,000 to the legal firm that is now representing donald jr. about two weeks before that "the new york times" story broke regard a meeting between donald trump jr. and a russian lawyer. th the filing cites that it's for legal consulting. now cnn has reached out to the trump family and to that launch but we've yet to hear back. back to you. >> boris sanchez, thank you for the reporting. the former fbi director james comey is putting pen to paper, write a new book. that book will detame his experiences in public service. comey was heading up the investigation into alleged ties
between the trump campaign and russia, that is until he was abruptly fired by the president in may. we talk to annika brar ra about comey's new memoir. >> he's probably going to have the deal in a couple of days. this is going to get interest from all of the publishing houses. you think of james comey and the story he may be able to tell. it's not just going to be a tell all, a bigger book about his life's work and career, the big moments he's faced decisions in his career. all it takes is a few chapter about what happened with president trump to get publishing houses very interested. it's sort of a no-brainer move by him but up until then we hadn't heard of a book deal. he'll be shopping this now. >> saying comey was fired because president trump lost confidence in the fbi director. let's bring in a fellow of
politics a the london school of politics love in london at this hour. always a pleasure to have you here on this show. let's talk about the white house hiring a new high-howered attorney handling the perception issues regarding the controversy. on one hand the white house says there's nothing to it. on the other hand they're sharpening their strategy because it seems they're going into new territory. >> they can't to claim it's a hoax. it's clearly not. the lawyering up that's happening throughout the white house shows that they take it seriously and they should. there's a political and a legal side to the scandal. politically speaking and morally speaking it's absolutely clear there was wrongdoing. this is a meeting no one should have accepted. on the legal side we don't know how exposed the white house is. i would imagine that jared
kushner is probably the most vulnerable because he was part of the campaign, part of the meeting and now is in a top secret position in the white house as a senior level official with security clearance and they may be revoked. so there's a very serious issue here and anyone trying to claim this is a hoax is just, you know, completely wrong. and it's so clear that it's wrong coming from the president's own son. he divulged the e-mails showing this is a real story with real political and legal consequences. >> when u it comes to these issues, let's talk about the fox news network. that's taken a friendlier stance forwards president trump, the morning shows and the evening shows, not to discount the many journalists at fox news who do the everyday work of journalism. but charms krauthammer recently suggested that terks mails
released by don trump jury are evidence of collusion. then there was this. take a look. >> why it is lie after lie after lie. if you clean, come on clean, you know. my grandmother used to say when first we practice to -- oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive. the deception is mind-boggling and there's still people out there thinking we make it up. and one day they're going to realize we're not and look around and go where are we and why are we getting all of these lies. >> before you answer this question i want you to take a snapshot of the president's approval rating from the "washington post" abc news poll recently came out showing the approval down to 36% from 42%. his disapproval rating up at 58%. does all of this affect the president's base? >> so, it does to a great extent
but not among the republican diehards. so trump is currently the most unpopular president in the u.s. history. well below gerald ford coming out of watergate. you cannot govern with 36% of the country believing you're doing a good job. but on the other hand his republican base is still following him. high approval ratings. 85% of republicans are backing the president. part of this is because of the fox news coverage which is consistently backing the president no matter what he does. and when you have journalists like shep smith sbho have had enough. this is a series of lies. we've seen lie after lie after lie. at some point honesty is an american value. and so i think that we're going to continue to see the morning shows, sean hannity, et cetera, carry water for the president no matter what. but other journalists at fox
news have their integrity to worry about and they're pushing back. >> at the same time, on the ground, health care. the key promise from u.s. republicans to repeal and replace obamacare delayed again. it's a procedural vote on the revised senate bill that will be postponed until republican senator john mccain recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot. republicans need mr. mccain's vote. this health care bill delayed again, put it in context for an administration and republican legislatures who have been given the task to get this done. tom foreman said it very well in a piece he recently published, it's right the there in front of them but they haven't gotten it done yet. >> frankly they shouldn't get it done. it's a bad piece of legislation. this bill is popular among 17%
of americans. they understand it's going to increase costs for people who are sick and solder, kicking people off of insurance who are poor and disabled and allow people to buy junk information that doesn't cover basic things, like prescription drugs and hospitalization. they need to go back to the drawing board and sit down with the democrats and fix this problem. there are real problems with obamacare and they need to be fixed. this without any sort of public hearings and all of this independent aspeszmentes showing the problems will get made worse with this bill, they need to take stock of the criticisms and go back to the drawing board. the longer this is delayed -- and it will be delayed because of mccain's absence -- the harder it is to pass because mobile lization is moving again the bill. >> thank you for the insight. as we mentioned, president trump is spending the weekend in new jersey, the location of one of a dozen golf resorts that he
owned in the united states. and right now his business is waging war in the courts over the taxes on those resorts, as we report. >> trump national golf club jupiter, a 285-acre luxury state of the art property. good enough for the president to host japan's prime minister, later golfing on the lush course. just last month the trump organization claims its value is more than $50 million. but in a lawsuit filed thursday against palm beach county, trump officialing argue it's worth far less than what the county assesses it at ab18 pnts $4 millio -- $18.4 million. >> if you lower the value, you pay less taxes. >> it's about how much you pay the town. >> how much you pay the state of florida and the county of palm beach, yes. >> it's a year's long pattern
repeated practically every year. public records show trump has fought the tax assessments on all 12 of his golf courses except the one in new jersey where he gets a farmland tax break for having goats on the property. the trump organization is also suing the small town of ossing new york, touting a 101-foot water fall at the 14th hole, claiming it's the most expensive golf hole every constructed. in trump campaign filing, the course is worse more than $14 million. but in 2013 they argued that it was worth $1.35 million. the tax value is about 4 2$425, a year. >> it's so unfair.
who is going to be paying the difference. >> trump is also fighting the people south of los angeles, home to a luxury golf course. in 2007 the course was worth $67 million. but year after year trump filed hundreds of appeals to drop the value of the golf course by 10s of millions of dollars. all of those appeals have dropped the value to $27.7 million. down $40 million in nine years. multiple tax experts tell cnn that trump is not alone in what he's doing. many wealthy people have attorneys fighting to lower their tax burden. but there's an important difference with donald trump now. do you find anything problematic since the person we're talking about is the president of the united states? >> if you think the system is easily manipulated, why should the average person have to pay taxes or value property or pay
their fair share. >> we did reach out to the trump organization for comment. we did not receive a response. still ahead here on newsroom, the leaders of france and israel pay tribute to the victims of vel dhiv. plus turkey's president issues a gruesome threat one year after the failed ckoups. and the spanish woman who beat venus williams for the title. stay with us. or meningitis b, is real. bexsero is a vaccine to help prevent meningitis b in 10 to 25 year olds. even if meningitis b is uncommon,
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fresh from hosting the u.s. president, french president is welcoming benjamin netanyahu to president, marking the anniversary of the vel d'hiv. years ago they arrested jews under orders from the nazis who occupied this part of france during world war ii. they were rounded up and deported to concentration camps, including 4,000 children. very few survived. et earlier they attended a ceremony and they will be talking international diplomacy
later on this afternoon. william jord don joins me now to discuss that. william it's great to see you again. one of the things that president netanyahu is going to want to assess is where macron stands on the issue. >> i think it may be reverse. it may be macron wanting to sound out netanyahu as to whether or not there's a moment of opportunity that france can help to seize in terms of moving the long frozen negotiations on the israeli palestinian confl t conflict. netanyahu wants to get his own read of macron. netanyahu hasn't been in paris since the 2014 charlie hebdo
company occasi commemorations -- i shouldn't say commemorations. >> reporter: the attack. >> yes. since then there's been, as you probably remember when the previous president tried to organize a conference here in paris in the early part of 2017 to try to move the palestinian negotiations along, the israelis balked and said no, not now, this is not a good time and we're not going to take part. >> reporter: is there any chance that macron departs from typical french policy which is two-state support for the solution? that's what he has voiced during his campaign. >> he may be a little bit on the same wavelength of drurch as being prepared to accept what the parties will accept. in other words if the parties agr agree, as unlikely as that might be, as the one-state solution he might be prepared to go on with that. given the french's efforts to
insert themselves in the diplomacy of the middle east, are they trying to mark a departure from an american-led effort or trying to compliment the effort. given the fact that donald trump was just here, i have to believe there was some discussion on the side, you know, of all of the other issues that they had to discuss, especially climate change, i have to believe that the idea that benjamin netanyahu is coming, to get some direct briefing from donald trump as to what trump's son-in-law jared kushner is doing now in trying to push the -- trying to find an opportunity for the israeli palestinian discussions. i have to believe that was literally on the table perhaps when they were talking over dinner at the eiffel tow er. >> reporter: does france have any leverage on this? you mentioned the international peace conference. 70 countries came, but the
israelis didn't come. at the end there was a communique and then no follow-up. >> it fends on how the israeli government at the time and the prime minister in particular is feeling about france. france's leverage is variable. france tends to have more leverage when it's taking an efforts which has the full support and back ofg the european union and right now it's not clear to me where the european union as a whole is. generally the feeling is that the israeli palestinian conflict is stuck. and there's not a lot of everyone pus with syria in turmo turmoil, i rack needing to be dissolved and egypt despite the regime being fully in control, there's enough about stability issues in egypt that i don't believe right now anybody feels is an opportune time to launch a major effort, unless -- and this
is also key, unless the palestinians and the israelis politically see there's an ap tune moment to do so. >> reporter: that is not clear that's the point. but you bring up the fight against isis. maybe there's where there could be more agreement or direct impact. when mr. trump was here we saw there was an alignment of sorts. you look at russia, the united states and look at france, they're all now pretty much on the same page, no longer prioritizing the departure of bashar al assad and instead prioritizing the fight against the islamic state which is something that israel would agree with. >> yes. but the issue of how much israel is a part of the campaign against islamic state is problematic. >> sure. >> i mean we've already seen in terms of the syrian civil war, israel's limited assistance to some of the rebel groups has
aroused great are on the part of the regime in damascus and prompted a certain number of clashes prior to the 2011 outbreak of the civil war been irrelevantly -- not even relatively, almost a completely quiet front in the israeli conflict. i think the israeli's -- what's important for the israelis in all of this is to be consulted. i think from the point of view of major coalition partners like france and the united states, it's important to have that quiet intelligence cooperation with the israelis. as was dramatically speculated, when -- after donald trump met with sergey lavrov and may have divulged secret intelligence -- the israelis have assets and they concerns and they are players even if they're in the background. >> reporter: we'll be listening
to what the israeli president and the french president have to say when they give a joint press conference later on today. we'll bring you the detail when it happens. to turkey now because massive crowds have turned out across the country to mark one year after a failed coup attempt. mr. erdogan made appearances and unveiled this. the president has led a mass crackdown since the coup attempt sayi ining he promised no mercy those he said betrayed the country. >> translator: we know who is behind these terrorists. however, there is also the fact that if you do not combbat and fight against these pieces, we
cannot fight and overcome those who are manipulating them. therefore we're going to behead these traitors. >> reporter: cnn's arwa damon was at that rally and she's looking at how people are remembering the coup attempt and the crackdown that followed. >> reporter: the bulk of the crowd has made it way to the bridge. and this particular neighborhood, this is where in istanbul at least the first bullet was fired. this bakery, for example, people were saying that coup quarters stormed inside and even held some of the customers there hostage. there is a police station that is down the road. you also have one of istanbul's main military academies down the road as well. and one of the employees at the restaurant across the street, he was telling us that another one of their colleagues were killed that night and that a wounded
man on the street corner who they were trying to help, they were unable to reach him because the coup plotters prevented him from doing that. everyone you speak to especially in the neighborhood has a horror story to tell that night. this man was here that might telling was that people were coming down these little side streets and there was one of their friends who was standing right here who they shot and killed. and you can see the bullets still in the glass. and he was saying that the owner of this store decided not to repair it so that people don't forget what it is that the country went through. this is one of the roads that people took the night of the failed coup to get to the bridge where they actually faced off with tanks. and one of the main reasons why arguably the coup did not suck side is because citizens of this country heeded president
erdogan's call to take to the streets. no matter how divided this nation may be, how poor llar ri it is, that are based in the military coup, coups are over and people will unite behind the notion that nay must be all they can do preserve democracy. the bridge is packed. you can barely move up there. people keep arriving, some carrying the photographs of those who died trying to stop the coup from taking place. around 250 people lost their lives standing up to the coup. turkey's president's message has been that no one is going to divide this country. really trying to rally the population around him. but at the same time this remains a very polarized nation because there is growing concerns about the direction the
country is going in from those who oppose the current president, erdogan and they're concerned about the post-coup crackdown where tens of thousands of people were jailed accused of being directly involved or members of the movement, the movement that turkey believes is behind, was behind this thwarted coup attempt. additionally 150,000 government employees have lost their jobs, people who work in ministers within the judiciary, journalists have been jailed. a lot of people, despite this show of force that we're seeing out on the streets on this day, do remain very concerned about what the future of their country is. because at this stage no one knows exactly what is going to be happening next or what direction turkey is going to take. arwa damon, cnn, istanbul. still to come on cnn newsroom, what do we know about
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5:33 a.m. on the u.s. east coast. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is cnn newsroom. good to have you with us. i'm george howell with the headlines. this israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is in pairs l with the french president marking the anniversary of the
de vel d'hiv. turkey is take marking the failed coup. earlier in is stan pull erdogan threaten to behead those who betrayed the country. this man, ty cobb will oversee the legal and media response to the russian investigations overshadowing the administration. cobb is a former federal prosecutor. at the center of the russian investigation right now is the june 16th meeting. we know that one of the people there was a russian american lobbyist who once served in the soviet military. ivan watson has more on him from moscow. >> reporter: he's one of at
least eight people in a room at a meeting with donald trump jr. in june of 2016, a meeting that came about after he was offered in an e-mail help from the russian government to help elect donald trump in the 2016 election. what do we know about him. he was born in the soviet union. he did his service in the soviet red army. been in the u.s. for more than 20 years, became a naturalized u.s. citizen in twine. according to a document he submitted to a new york district court in 2012 his business is strategic communications. in his own words, quote, some of my clients are national governments or high-ranking officials in nose governments. now a letter from the senate judiciary committee to the department of homeland security asked for information quote regarding ronaiah, a russian immigrant to the u.s. acting as an unregistered agent for russian interests and apparently
has ties to russian intelligence. more recently he's denied link to the russian government or russian intelligence and the russian government has denied knowledge of this man. now we know that he lobbied in the past, that he was linked to opposition groups working against the regime in the former soviet republic of kaz yak stan. we also know that he lobbied a actively against the ma nis ski act. we also know that in those efforts he worked alongside a russian lawyer named natalia. she was one of the lawyers in the room with donald trump jr. in that meeting in november of 2016. both of them have denied that they were in the meeting to try to help the trump campaign.
natalia told cnn she was not bringing compromising material even though that is what a british promoter specifically wrote about in his letter to donald trump jr. in his e-mail. and donald trump jr.'s response to that was, if it's what you say, i love it. >> it's still unclear exactly what happened at trump tower with that meeting between the president's oldest son and the russian attorney who supposedly had dirt on hillary clinton. and when president trump found out about it, well, that's the question. here's cnn's tom foreman. >> late spring 2016 hillary clinton is on a roll. polls have her far ahead of donald trump. a white house endorsement is just days away. then june 3rd, an intriguing e-mail arrives from donald trump jr. for a music promoter pop star offering information that
would incriminate hillary and her dealings with russia and would be useful to your father, claiming to be part of a russian government effort to help trump win. i love it, the candidate's spon responds. june 7th a meeting a set to discuss the matter with russian lawyer, natalia. four years later a big announcement. >> i am going to give a major speech on probably monday of next week and we're going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the clintons. i think you're going to find it very informative and very very interesting. >> two days later, june 9th, at trump tower, donald jr., jared kushner and paul manafort have their meeting with visnatalia. donald trump jr. says now it was a waste of time. >> it went nowhere and it was apparent that was not what the
meeting was about. >> his father needles clinton with a tweet that same day, where are your 33,000 e-mails that you deleted. a major hack of the computers, blames the russians. a week later trump finally rolls out the major speech he promises, once again talking about clinton's e-mails but offering no new information. >> while we don't know what's in those deleted e-mails, our enemies probably know every single one of them. >> mid july republican convention, trump is now officially the nominee. his campaign chairman, paul manafort discussing all allegations of tie to russia. >> there are not. there's absurd. there's no basis to it. >> july 22nd, wikileaks posts nearly 20,000 e-mails from democratic committee computers, some embarrassing and damaging
to the party and its candidate. yet on cnn's state of the union, donald jr. dismisses democratic howls about russian interference. >> it goes to show you their exact moral come ppass. they'll say anything to win in this. >> and a few days later donald trump says this. >> russia if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> investigators have to look at all of the points on the time line and many more details while the trump team keeps say it's all a coincidence and critics saying it looks like collusion. >> tom foreman, thank you. still ahead here on the broadcast, the u.s. president is under fire for comments that he made to the french first lady about her appearance. we'll get reaction from a french journalist ahead.
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one that keeps you connected to what matters most. and welcome back to cnn newsroom. i'm in paris where french president macron is hosting benjamin netanyahu. he's delivering remarks at the moment, marking the anniversary of the vel d'hiv, a massive roundout of thousands of jews by the french police in world war ii. it comes after a vis from the u.s. president who received a warm welcome from french president macron.
during this visit president trump met the french first lady as expected. but his remarks have ruffled a few feathers. listen to this. australian foreign minister is among those criticizing president trump for those comment. during an interview with the australian media, bishop didn't mince words about her opinions. >> last question, donald trump was in paris this week. he met the french president's wife, brigitte macron and he said you're in such good shape, beautiful. if he said that to you, would you be flattered or offended. >> i would be taken back. it's a rather interesting comment to make. i wonder if she could say the same of him. >> i'm joined now by a political commentator, the author of a
french woman's taken to english. honestly, i was going to -- i was preparing to maybe make some kind of comment, the same thing that president trump said to brigitte macron but i can't bring myself to do it. >> if donald trump said that to me, i wouldn't be surprised. we wouldn't be expecting more from such a man. so you know, that's why there weren't that many reactions in france. >> there weren't? >> well not that many. of course it's outrageous but for an outrageous man to say something outrageous is quite in line. and i don't think donald trump will be amorous with anything he says. the embarrassment lies with the american people were electing such a mans as their president. >> the french people have a low opinion of mr. trump, unsure of why he was invited. most of the reaction that you've
gotten has been from the english speaking world. >> yes, they have, asking me if it was something that french women were used to or not. and of course -- >> it's something that french people do regularly? >> well, you know, sexism of course in flans like any other country in europe. but you know donald trump is uncouth and unsophisticated man. so what he says doesn't translate well at all in france. of course you can compliment a woman's beauty in france, of course, it's something we're quite used to but not in such a manner. >> it seems as though that was what he was trying to do. >> again, he he's completely failed. >> what would have been an appropriate way to do it. >> imagine what barack obama would have done. i don't think he would have commended. he would have just behaved in a gentleman manner.
>> there again that reflects the fact that france really adored barack obama and that was reflected in his polling numbers in this country and much the opposite for donald trump. so what you're telling us and we need to remember, you're saying this is not leaving a lasting impact in france, for french people specifically. >> the main thing is we all wondered why macron invited donald trump. we knew he had a problem and probably he started telling us about it in the sunday newspapers told, gave an exclusive interview about what he hoped to achieve by inviting president trump. and it was to set the transatlantic relationship and perhaps give a lesson in history to donald trump about the fact that france and america are greater than even their leaders and that they are bound to be friends and therefore they must work together. it would be very tempting to
think let's not talk to them for the next four years. it's tempting but it would be foolish. you have to engage with the president of the united states, even with donald trump, and i think that's what emanuel macron tried to do. has it been naive? we'll see. >> thank you very much for joining us here on the show. and of course, emanuel macron the french president himself has pivoted away from that and turning his attention to hosting the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. we were telling you that a few moments ago. the two men are together to commemorate the 75 years since thousands of jews were rounded up by french authorities under the orders of the nazi occupier at the time, rounded up, deported and ultimately killed. we'll continue to follow this event here in paris live. and also kochling up after this break, can roger federer
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garbine muguruza said it was incredible to take on her idol. just six weeks ago she was in tears after lose in the french open. her victory means venus williams has been denied her sixth wimbledon title. in the men's final set for later sunday, roger federer is aiming for a record eight wimbledon trophies. let's get straight to our tennis analyst live from wimbledon and in southwest london. it's good to have you with us. let's talk about the question, the big question today, will roger federer make history. what to expect with this match. >> well, george, the a the mos fear is building nicely. roger is going to take to the practice hit before that final which is going to be taking place around three hours time with the centre court just behind me. i think he's going to be the favorite in this match for sure. he's played 11 wimbledon finals,
looking to become the first man to win eight titles. and if he wins the title, he'll be the oldest men's winner on the men's side. he's the heavy crowd favorite. yet to lose a set the entire tournament. he is the favorite against sill it cil cilic. >> let's talk more about the significance of the big rin for garbine muguruza, defeating venus williams. >> yeah. it was such an impressive win for mug ruruza. she continues a great path for the spanish sports women in 2017 sergio garcia winning the masters, raphael nadal winning the french open and now muguruza
who won this title at wimbledon. it's been a great run for u her. she has to go about winning some tournaments outside of wimbledon. >> thank you for being here with us in cnn newsroom. i'm george howell in atlanta. for international viewers, the head liners are next. and for viewers in the united states, it's "new day" right after the break. ♪ binders, done. super-cool notebooks, done.
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