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request to kill the magnitsky act? >> he says he's got no firsthand knowledge of that but says the russians would not have asked for that to be repealed if they did not have something to give in return. >> thanks very much. that's it for me. erin burnett outfront starts right now. outfront next, breaking news, president trump's new communications director in a profanity war of words going after top aids in the white house. who will be the last man standing? sglrchlgs after seven years of broken promises, could republicans repeal parts of obamacare tonight. we're live for this crucial vote. and a bill with punishing new sanctions on russia headed to the president's desk. can he afford to veto it? let's go outfront. >> the breaking news white house war. the white house in total turmoil and chaos in a sense tonight
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thanks to communications director anthony scaramucci. threatening to fire the entire white house communications team. his reason, well, a reporter at the magazine found out that scaramucci had dinner with the president and some fox news reporters last night. and then in a profanity laiden tirade he accused reince priebus of being the leaker, telling the new yorker that ryan priebus is an fing paranoid schizophrenic. that was the least foul and offensive thing he said in this conversation. he imagined pow reince priebus could have schemed against him. that sounds like war. and look at this photo released today. scaramucci and reince priebus on opposite sides of the oval
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office. let's look closely at their faces. that photo surely says 1,000 words. and then listen to this. >> now, if you want to talk about the chief of staff, we have had odds. we have had differences. when i said we were brothers from the podium that's because we're rough on each other. some brothers are like cain and able. others can fight with each other and get along. i don't know if this is repairable or not. that will be up to the president. >> up to daddy, i guess. remember, cain killed abel and lied about it. scaramucci threatened to kill all the leakers, later turning his attention to steve bannon. and this is the most disgusting thing he said. i'm not steve bannon. i'm not going to blank my own blank. i'm not going to build my own brand off the fing strength of the president. i'm here to serve the country. asked about the feud here, press
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secretary sarah huckabee sanders responded with this. >> i don't know if he has an opinion on what they should do between the two of them. i think the president, as always, enjoys healthy competition and conversation and he sees that as such. >> okay. how can this go on? because this is all happening as we're following major breaking news an capitol hill. senators on the verge to repeal parts of obamacare seven years in the making. bernie sanders will be my guest in a couple of moments. i want to begin with the war in the white house and jeff zeleny who is outfront there tonight. jeff, i don't think even at this point anybody could have made this up and yet here we are. this is really happening. what's going on? >> for all the unusual fights, for all the, you know, infighting, the discussions that have happened, today was a different day entirely. white house chief of staff reince priebus has been on the ropes for a while.
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he's been unsure of his standing inside the white house. but that has been largely a private conversation. today that spilled out in public view with apparent blessing from the president himself. anthony scaramucci, the new white house communications director, less than a week in the job, is more than a communications director. that became clear today by making these statements. and you were just reading them there, the expletives. we got a tweet from an nony scaramucci himself who explained it like this. let's take a look at this. he said i sometimes use colorful language. i will refrain in this arena, but not give up the passionate fight for make america great again. what is not included in the tweet there, even though there would have been room, i think, was an apology either to steve bannon, reince priebus, people who would outrank him. so it is unclear at this hour,
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this evening going into tomorrow where reince priebus stands on this. we talked to allies of his who say, you know, he is simply trying to do his job. he's not trying to pick a fight. he chose not to respond to any of this. he was in the east room of the white house. he was other places. but where this sits, this is a different case. the new yorkers versus the washington split we have been seeing for a while. this changed. anthony scaramucci is more in charge here. we'll see if the president agrees with this new line of language. he just may. >> and the question will be how long does he? is that indefinitely or not? up next chris cillizza, bill crystal and paris denard. none of you have seen anything like this. i think we can stay there. bill, paranoid krits frenic paranoid, let's start with that.
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i'm not going to keep saying blanking blanking. paranoid schizophrenic, the least offensive thing he said. >> for me, the one sentence i want to add to all the ones you read so well out questioning, that was impressive, really, erin, he also says he's complaining about the leaks. i've got digital fingerprints on everything they have done through the fbi and the blanking department of justice. i assume he's making this up or boasting or lying. i believe it would be illegal for a white house aid to go to the fbi and the department of justice and say i'd like you to tap or report to me the phone calls made by the people at the white house. but he probably didn't do it, but he probably thought of doing it. did the president say, hey, that's a good idea. find out who those leakers. nixon was using the department of fbi to tap individuals
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outside the normal legal process. anthony scaramucci believes he has the right to call up the fbi and the department of justice. >> and say tell me who did it. >> tap these phones, get me the phone records of all others. and donald trump i think expects that's fine, too. >> and it is not. >> it is illegal. >> all right. you did anthony scaramucci's job. you were white house communications director. can he be doing his job if he's out there saying these expletives? >> well, i don't think he was fired to be the communications director. he was fired to be a mini me of donald trump. that's clearly what donald trump was looking for, given me approved of and supported the comments he made about a number of senior aids. but the communications director is actually a role that is an important role and not just because i had it in the white house. it is somebody who is developing the strategy and telling the story of the president. it's helping further the agenda,
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get legislation passed, shape the public perception. clearly that's not happening and clearly he wasn't hired to do that. he might even say he's a mini me of donald trump. >> he seems to be proud of that, retweeting the daily show that showed all of their mannerisms the same. paris, look, what i just said was foul and too foul to read outloud. but here's what one republican senator said about all of this that's going on before scaramucci's vulgarity become public. here's senator kennedy. >> you have all these aids that work for the president, and they want daddy to love them best. so they fight over turf and they try to hurt each other. it looks to me like this is, in this white house, it is out of control. >> paris, is there any way to argue this white house is not out of control right now? >> i don't certainly think this white house is out of control. i think what's out of control in
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the white house could possibly be all of the leaks. it is about time that somebody took this seriously inside of the west wing. i know it is a priority of the president. he thinks these leaks are out of control. and i know that scaramucci is now the white house communications director, but he is taking these leaks serious because they are illegal and not helping deliver the message of the president, of the white house, the mission and the mandate he has to make america great again. it is about time somebody is coming in there and saying we've got to get to the bottom of this and do it quickly. this is day one on the job and he's very crystal clear about what he's going to do within the confines of the communications shop. he's going to fix it. >> scaramucci came in like a hurricane. every single story since he came in has been about him, except for trantransgender. you just heard what he said about steve bannon. we all know what happened to steve bannon when all the press
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stories started being about steve bannon and he became the puppeteer. is scaramucci at risk? right now the president may love it, but how long? >> what's amazing is unless something has changed i believe his formal start date is august 15th. so he's not technically a member of the white house staff yet. you have two competing things that we know about donald trump. on the one hand, we know donald trump is personal friends with anthony scaramucci. likes him as a tv presence and views him of that world, of the new york world. he likes the suit he wears, he likes how he presents himself. he's the anti-sean spicer. on the other hand, we know that donald trump hates when people who work for him get bad press for him, right? steve bannon, even jared kushner, reince priebus, sean spicer, jeff sessions. all these people found themselves on the outs with donald trump. so those two things will come
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into collision. the tweet that jeff zeleny read is very trumpian. it is not an apology. it is not i shouldn't have said these things. it is sometimes i get a little passionate, but it is all in support of making america great again. that is not a repent tweet. he told chris cuomo he had just gotten off the phone with the president and in his words, i've got nothing to worry about. i'm doing fine. >> is that true? this is a president who has -- manages this way. he loves to have the fighting and the chaos. the president's long-time friend was even more blunt. here's how he put it, why the president may actually love this moment. >> there's only one president, and there is only one point of view. what happens is he cure rates different points of view and encourages confusion against them. you are going to have fights inside of the sand box that are
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on purpose. >> so he likes this? you have been in the white house. is it effective to have your top advisors talking like this about each other publically? >> of course not. and i don't know if he really likes it. you know, he likes a lot of people bickers. scaramucci being a mini me that's exceeding the maxi me, exceeding trump being even bolder than anything trump said i suppose. you have to give him credit for being bolder than donald trump. but i think it is also more than a press and media thing. will scaramucci get an fbi security clearance? they do consider people's emotional stability. if this guy said what he said to reince priebus last night, is he really the kind of person you want having access -- i'm serious about this. i think people are underestimating how bad this is and underestimating how much trump will dislike it and i
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wouldn't be surprised to me him back at the bank in a couple of weeks. whatever you think of reince priebus and steve bannon, this is on a scale different from anything at the trump white house or anything i have really seen. and it is nix syrian, right? i'm going to sick the fbi on you? >> stay with me for this hour. next, will it all come down to tonight? senator bernie sanders is up to the plate next. plus, the head of the boy scouts apologizes to parents after trump gets boy scouts to boo hillary clinton and obama. and trump's interpretation of the new york skyline is on the auction block tonight. how much will this sketch fetch?
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thing to say, right? but yet let's bring ryan nobles in now. nobody seems to know what they are voting for. people who are voting for it hate it. i don't get it. >> you are not the only one, erin. i think there were a lot of us that went into this press conference with lindsey graham, john mccain and left even more confused than we were when we went in. to your point about those four senators saying they're not going to vote for this skinny repeal unless they can get assurances that they will go to conference and not pass the bill outright, they're not the only ones. every republican senator i talked to today all said the same exact thing, that they do not want this bill to become law. they are willing to vote for it, but only as a vehicle to get into a conference which would allow members of the house and members of the senate to come together to come up with some sort of a broad repeal and replace plan. and there is a development with this tonight, erin. we are told that the house
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republican conference is going to meet tomorrow morning to discuss health care and at this point, speaker paul ryan has been very vague about this potential assurance that these senators are looking for. that is perhaps because he wants to get the temperature from his rank and file members essentially once the senate passes this bill, they are handing it over to the house. it will be the responsibility of the house to take it into conference. >> i'm sorry. one of these things that makes people hate congress. it is gross and depressing, the whole process here. i hope i speak for some watching the show tonight. there is something that happened. the sanctions bill that just passed now going to the president's desk on russia. how significant is that? >> yeah. erin, at least continue we can say that congress did get something done by an overwhelming margin, 98-2 vote. the senate finally passed the bill that would put much tougher
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sanctions on russia and even more importantly would give congress more authority over keeping those sanctions in place, taking some of that responsibility away from the white house. it also includes tougher sanctions on iran and north korea. the big question, though, erin is will president trump sign this into law. so far the white house has not said definitively he will. >> that is the big question tonight. thank you very much, ryan. i want to go to senator bernie sanders. i guess i made my sentiment clear and i believe to a lot of people. but i want to ask you about the sanctions but i want to start with health care. have you even seen this bill, this so-called skinny repeal bill. whatever bill it is that you are expected to vote on tonight. have you seen it? >> by the way, i think you did a good job expressing not only how the people of the united states feel about this insane process, but about how most members of the united states feel. no, i have not seen the bill. i don't think most members of the senate have seen the bill.
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there has not been one public hearing on a bill that impacts one-sixth of the american economy and every single american. you have a process in which the bills brought forth are opposed by the american medical association, the american hospital association, the aarp, every major health care association in america and they're trying to push this through. so this whole process has been totally bananas. and the answer to it, and mccain made this point the other day in his speech, is you've got to go back to what we call normal order, regular order. and that means you have the committees discuss this bill in a bipartisan manner. we try to improve the affordable care act, not destroy it. that's what the american people want. >> okay. so from what we understand, the bill as it is, which i think is worth discussing on some level because it is very possible it passes the senate and then even
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though senators are voting for it saying that it stinks and should never become law the house decides to pass it and the president does not put it into conference. this could become the law of the land. from what we understand, this bill would roll back the mandates, so people would not be forced to buy insurance anymore. but it wouldn't touch medicaid. on principal, is there something in here that you can get behind? >> no. what this bill does, and you heard lindsey graham make this point, according to the congressional budget office, it would raise premium rates by 20% the first year, another 20% the next year and also 16 million people would be removed from the ranks of the -- there's nothing i can support there. what we need to do is improve the affordable care act, not throw millions of people off health insurance. there are ways to do that. we could have a public option, lower the cost of prescription
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drugs. we could lower medicare eligible age. >> in that press conference, mccain, graham, johnson senators saying they need assurances because they think this bill is so bad as republicans, they will vote for it as long as they are assured by paul ryan that it will not pass the house. it will go to conference. all right? so he will put it in discussion and supposedly something good will come out of it, even though that has failed for seven years to happen. now, his spokesperson just told us that he will not make any kind of a guarantee. my question for you, senator, is when you talk about things that john mccain said the other night and working together and turning to oerd, have you talked to any of these senators to try to work something out? >> well, i have, you know, in passing. but there is a lot of discussion going on between, you know, democrats and republicans to see how we could go forward. i would say to you, erin, this idea of just going to conference
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is no magical solution. you have to literal conference for 15 minutes, pass something and take it out. what needs to happen is the return to regular order, serious committee discussion, serious hearings about how we go forward. >> senator, i want to ask you about that sanctions bill that passed 98-2. there is a lot of discussion because you voted against it. you said before, you have been very blunt. putin is holding something over trump's head. you said it is no secret that the russians meddled in the u.s. election. look, this bill gives congress powers to block. it would seem to be exactly what you think needs to be done. why were you one of the two, you and rand paul, to vote against it? >> good. i absolutely and strongly support the russian sanctions for all the reasons that you gave. we have got to hold putin accountable, et cetera, et cetera. support the sanctions against north korea. what worries me for much, erin,
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is that we have a president who i think does not warrant us to e or create an even playing field in the middle east. i think the tilt is very much on the side of the authoritarian saudi government. i worry about a war with iran. i think we have to talk a new look at -- >> this is a vote on principal. you wanted to make a point. you knew you were going to get the sanctions. >> yeah, i knew that. >> this is about something else. >> yes. well, it is about the fact that i think we need to have a level playing field and be even handed in the middle east, not simply side with saudi arabia and always be against iran. we need to bring these people together and the united states can be an important power broker in that process. >> thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> and next breaking news jeff sessions speaks out on trump's tweets and his future as attorney general of the united states. >> and a putin critic testified
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to congress today on what he believes happened in that controversial trump tower meeting. >> nobody was talking about adoption. they were talking about the repeal of sanctions so that russian tortures and murders could freely travel and keep their money in america. >> bill browder is outfront this hour.
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new tonight, the leader of the boy scouts apologizing for subjecting his scouts to president trump's political speech at the group's gathering this week. just to remind you what is prompting this apology, this is some of what the president said to the scouts. >> who the hell wants to speak about politics when i'm in front
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of the boy scouts, right? we could use some more loyalty, i will tell you that. by the way, just a question, did president obama ever come to a jamboree? we have a tremendous disadvantage in the electoral college. we should change to it the word swap or cesspool or perhaps to the word sewer. >> the scouts released a statement saying they don't promote one position or candidate. but that did little to quell the dispute. so today a much sharper statement came from the scout executive and he writes, i want to extend my sincere apologies to those offended by the political rhetoric inserted into the jamboree. that was never our intent. there was some people saying that the president was not being political. i want to make it clear here that the scout chief is saying that it was.
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so whether you agree or not, he is saying it was political rhetoric. i want to bring back my panel. chris, you wrote about some of those cringe worthy lines. did the scouts get boxed into a corner here? when you hear the booing, it was pretty loud. >> yeah, they did. look, the speech that was written for donald trump to deliver, which he did, was probably fine. but this is like all donald trump's speeches. in between the written speech that he's reading from the prompter like every president, not unique to him, he ad libs. and the ad libbing is this again is true for almost all of donald trump speeches where he gets into trouble. this is where he veers off into the barack obama never spoke to this group and the stuff about michigan and wisconsin and everybody said we couldn't win. so he -- the story of the trump presidency. he is his own worst enemy.
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he has pretty good to natural instincts as a communicator, but he doesn't realize and stop himself when he should. and as a result it gets in his own way a lot of the time. this was a case of that. >> paris, it sounds like he treated it like a rally with the electoral college. look, the cheers were loud. i'll give you that. but there were clearly people there who didn't agree. >> and i think that was the minority in the 45,000 plus boy scouts that were there. we can mix and slice and dice six or seven lines that we didn't like that might have been considered political in an entire speech which actually was a good positive speech. in 10, 15 years those boy scouts are not going to remember every line the president gave. they will remember the fact the president of the united states came. they will remember the fact that the previous president didn't come. it is just like our graduation
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speakers. you may not remember every word, but you remember the fact that person came and spoke to you. the bigger issue is the president came and they cheered him and they cheered him loudly. >> i will say, though, i don't remember who didn't come or who rejected coming to my college to speak. i do take it as a positive thing. >> i remember a good address from a president that didn't serve out his term. i mean, what a jackass you have to be to speak to the boy scouts like this. here you are all american civic thing. don't say a word if you can't say something nice about barack obama. previous presidents would have addressed their predecessors. you say something about the presidency as a whole. >> the honor of the office. >> but of course he wouldn't say anything nice about any of his predecessors. but he really has to attack
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barack obama, his predecessor as president of the united states? barack obama behaved in a way that is a much better example for boy scouts than donald trump. >> did you agree with that, parties? >> when it comes to personal behavior, are you okay with the model that donald trump is setting for boy scouts? >> i think evident by the 45,000 boy scouts that cheered this man when he came out on that stage. they applauded him and loved every minute of it. i think when you look at personal people who should be your mentors or your heroes, you should look to your family and people you are close to. but i will say this, for bill crystal calling the president a jackass flies in the current state of his statements. show him a little bit of respect and do what you think the boy scouts should do.
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that's inappropriate. let's set the standards. >> i'm so sorry. >> no, you're not. don't patronize me. >> people like you who have been defending donald trump, i hope you are pleased with his behavior in the white house and pleased with anthony scaramucci saying what he said. i said jackass. what did scaramucci say? >> we're talking about the boy scouts. if you have a problem with the president, let's reflect on what you just said. you can get through a segment without personally attacking the president. it's ridiculous and you know it is. >> i don't think it's ridiculous. he's a jackass. >> here's the question. here's the question. erin, here's the question. should the boy scouts go around calling the president and other people jackasss because they disagree with them politically? >> no, because they think he's behaving very badly. >> this is ridiculous. they applauded him. they cheered him. read the entire speech.
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>> let me ask you a question about the president here though because you've got the head of the boy scouts who came out and apologized and came out with a very sharp apology, right? the response though from the white house so far is far from an apology. the press secretary is the one who weighed in, and here she is. >> i was at that event and heard nothing but a lot of cheering and probably one of the most energetic crowds i've seen in front of the president. and so i don't have anything to add. i haven't seen a statement from the boy scouts so i can't comment any further than what i saw firsthand. >> so obviously there will be no apology from the white house from the president? >> no. and i think we should take a step back here for a minute. i'm a mom. these are kids in this audience with their parents. and they're more concerned probably about video games and camping and fishing. he didn't know his audience.
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but more importantly, he was offensive so his audience. yes, there was cheering, but this isn't political analysis about a rally. this is about speaking to a bunch of kids and being the commander and chief of the president and not the leader of a political party. when you are president, a lot of the things on your schedule are ceremonial. you are meeting with kids, students, teachers, sports teams. and he really has not found a way to adapt to that and really find a way to bring the country together. you can do that through opportunities like the boy scouts speech. >> thank you all very much. well said. next, my guest says there was a lot more to that controversial donald trump jr. meeting with the russians. >> i can guarantee you this was something discussed at an extremely high level in russia before and after. >> before and after. and jeff sessions breaking his silence for the first time about being den graded by the president. >> well, it's kind of hurtful. this is a story about mail and packages.
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breaking news, a new bill punishing russia for meddling in the 2016 election is now on its
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way to the president's desk. the white house refusing to say if the president will actually sign the bill. but it comes as we're hearing new and gripping testimony from a key witness, bill browder, who spoke about the meeting between donald trump jr. and the russian lawyer. >> this was a big ask, to go and ask the possible future next president of the united states to repeal a major piece of human rights legislation. they wouldn't have gone in and say, please, can you repeal this for us without having something to offer in return. >> outfront now, bill, browder. you talked a lot about the meeting between donald trump jr. and the russian lawyer in your testimony. you spoke a lot about other very powerful, very wealthy russians who would have had serious interest in this meeting. who are they? >> well, i think it starts out with the number one russian and the wealthiest russian, which is
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vladimir putin. putin is the wealthiest man in the world with $200 billion. vladimir putin is also, based on our evidence, somebody who benefitted from the crime that magnitsky exposed and was killed over and therefore subject to the magnitsky act. so vladimir putin's own money that he holds in the west could be frozen. we go below vladimir putin and there are other oligarchs who have money in the west who are involved in all sorts of terrible things in russia. >> so obviously they would all have a lot at stake with the sanctions that are under discussion here. today you were very clear that russian intelligence knew about this meeting. >> well, i can tell you with 100% certainty that the russian intelligence services would have been aware of that meeting in advance as they were plotting it out. there would have been weeks spent studying how to best achieve the results in that meeting. >> bill, you have also told me the russian lawyer without a doubt was working on behalf of the russian government.
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so do you think that there was a follow-up to this meeting or even more meetings? >> i don't know whether there was any follow ups. i don't know whether any of the offers they made were accepted. but i can guarantee you this was something discussed at a high level in russia before and after. >> so, you know, everyone has said, look, it was a waste of my time. it was 20 minutes i wish i could get back. the response we've heard from the president as well as his son was that the meeting was actually about adoption of russian children. here they are. >> it was sort of nonsensical and quickly went on to, you know, a story about russian adoption and how we could possibly help. >> i guess they talked about -- as i see it they talked about adoption and some things. adoption wasn't even a part of the campaign. >> and there was nothing as far as we know that would lead anything to believe there was anything about adoption. >> you do not believe they were
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talking about the adoption of children, right? >> that's correct. whenever anyone mentions adoption in relation to russians, they're talking about magnitsky sanctions. adoption is effectively a code word. basically what happened was that when the magnitsky sanctions were put in place, putin got so mad that he banned the adoption of or fans, russian or fans by american families. there was no talk about adoption. it is a talk about allowing russian tortures and murderers to freely spend their money and come to the u.s. >> so donald trump himself spoke to vladimir putin of course as we know at the g-20 and there was an undisclosed conversation they had. we now know about it. donald trump spoke to "the new york times" about it and the president says this meeting was also about adoption. here he is. >> actually, it was very interesting. we talked about adoption. >> you did? >> russian adoption, yeah.
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i always found that interesting because, you know, he ended that years ago. and i actually talked about russian adoption with him, which is interesting because that was a part of the conversation that don had. >> does the president not know adoption is a code word for russian sanctions and the magnitsky act or what? >> i don't know what the president knows or he doesn't know. but i guarantee you that vladimir putin wasn't talking about adoptions. he was talking about repealing this piece of legislation, the single largest foreign policy priority he has. he hates the magnitsky act. if he's linking it to adoptions, the main purpose of this conversation was trying to get this sanctions legislation repealed. >> so he actually weighed in on this today. taking questions from the press. president putin was asked about the investigation into russian meddling in the united states and about possible new sanctions that congress seems eager to impose. and here is what he said about the whole situation. >> what we see is a growth of
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anti-russian hysteria and utilization of russia phobia or domestic politics. >> that's his stock answer any time he gets caught doing anything. he blames it on the west and then tries to create this image in russia so he could tell his people, look, we're surrounded. everybody mahates us. when it is about him stealing money from people, killing people and then trying to hide behind this nationalism. >> thank you very much. i appreciate your time as always. thanks, sir. next, we now know what jeff sessions thinks about the president's attacks on him. you'll hear the attorney general surprising response and drawings by donald trump. drawings from critical reviews as they are about to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. we ask, what is this worth?
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new tonight, sessions speaking out for the first time the attorney general talking about the near daily attacks he has withstood from president trump. >> well, it's kind of hurtful, but the president of the united states is a strong leader. he is determined to move this country in the direction he believes it needs to go to make us great again, and he has had a lot of criticisms, and he's steadfastly determined to get his job done and he wants all of us to do our jobs. and that's what i intend to do. >> while many trump supporters would like the president to lay off sessions, by the way, for them it doesn't mean they're ready to give up on the president. you heard those things he had to say about him, positive things. even in the attorney general's home state, voters seem to be picking trump. martin savidge is out front. >> reporter: in alabama, it's
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not political, it's personal. >> i'm extremely disappointed with what's going on here lately. >> reporter: attorney general jeff sessions is from alabama, electors ecollecting him four times. >> he's well liked here. >> yes, he is. >> loved. >> yeah sessions was the first senator to endorse candidate trump and political insiders here say that turned many conservative skeptics into trump voters. >> make america great again. >> his endorsement of donald trump, it kind of make me take pause and step back and say, hey, do i need to give this guy another look. >> reporter: alabama voted overwhelmingly for trump, higher than any other state. >> unbelievable! >> reporter: trump naming sessions attorney general wasn't seen as just reward, but right. as attorney general of the united states, you want integrity. that's bottom line. >> i'm very disappointed with
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the attorney general. >> reporter: the president's sudden about-face and public attacks on their native son has many trump voters here shocked. >> i don't think it's right. it's more like kid drama. he can do better. there's more things to be worried about than little things like this. >> is it turning people away from the president in any way, support-wise? >> i mean, there's going to be some people that probably will, yeah. i have no polling data that shows me that. >> reporter: some in alabama have heard enough. mel brooks running for jeff sessions' old senate seat said in part, you support president trump's policies, but this public waterboarding of one of the greatest people alabama has ever produced is inappropriate and insulting to the people of al bam pa. but despite the anger or insult, nothing here suggests that trump voters are abandoning the president in large numbers. >> president trump, he is so popular in the state. >> still? >> still. very much still so.
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>> reporter: at dick russell's barbecue and jeff sessions' hometown of mobile, matt waltman is struggling. >> i'm not trying to jump off the trump train. >> reporter: he's torn between his support of the president and the home-state hero. >> i'm extremely discouraged with it. i hope that these two -- i hope that these two offices can squash this and move forward. especially you don't need it being put all over damn twitter. >> reporter: the president has put many of his alabama supporters in a quandary, undecided which side to choose, hoping they won't have to. with all this talk of displeasure of the president, you have to wonder if jeff sessions were suddenly unemployed, could he get his old job back in alabama. next month there is a special election for that very seat. now, a lot would have to happen in a short amount of time. i asked republican voters, would you take sessions back as your
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senator? everyone had the same answer, in a heartbeat. erin? >> jeff sessions is going to say the president needs to make a decision quickly. thanks very much, martin savidge. the bidding ends in moments for an original sketch by president trump. jeanne moos examines the work of art.
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so everyone knows about trump's art of the deal. what about a deal on trump's art? the trump original just moments away from being auctioned off. bidding started at $9,000.
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and there are currently 11 bids. this is breaking news, folks. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: we see him sign executive orders, we see him sign autographs that look like seismographs. but have we ever seen president trump draw? >> it's in fantastic condition. >> reporter: up for auction online, new york city skyline, drawn by donald trump for a charity event back in 2005. of course, that's trump tower center stage. >> i think the "washington post" said the trump tower is really 64th in height in new york. and it kind of looks like it's right up there among the tallest in this. >> yeah, he's shoulder to shoulder with the big boys there in the skyscrapers in this drawing. >> reporter: with what did the artiste draw? >> it is sort of like a golden magic marker. >> reporter: the drawing is up for bid at the sanders auction, with items ranging from jfk's driver's license application to a ticket for bill clinton's senate impeachment trial.
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but trump's drawing is getting five times as many views as anything else, even this autographed photo of einstein sticking out his tongue with a minimum reserve bid of $100,000. it's not the only trump drawing up for bid. another auction ear, golden auctions, is offering another trump skyline created for a different charity event. the twitter account trump draws has been mocking the president by showing him holding up childish drawings with childish misspellings. an online poster is taking shots at the president's skyline. i think this needs to go back on the refrigerator that it once graced. but the auction manager disagreed. >> it's not bad. >> reporter: he calls the lines assured, bold. >> not a lot of hesitation in the skyline. >> reporter: some don't hesitate to find hidden meaning. it looks like a bunch of middle finger salutes. somebody should trim those fingernails.
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jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> as i said, this is breaking news. where is our banner? the bidding ends in just seconds. the current bid is right now $23,347. the initial was only $9,000. so people want it. thanks for joining us. anderson's next. good evening. if you thought the white house seemed chaotic with the drama over sean spicer and jeff sessions, wait until you hear what the new communications director has to say about the chief of staff and steve bannon. suffice it to say there's not a lot of collegiality in the president's inner circle tonight. the future of health care in the country, brianna keilar joins me now. addressing concern from four prominent republican senators about the vote on a skinny bill. explain what's gone on. >> that's right. the senate, anderson, is in a very weird position, and that is that the bill that the republicans do feel confident