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cnn we. we actually respond them and actually respond. that's it for me jake tapper. let's turn it over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now breaking news, tremendous reviews. president trump defends his response to the humanitarian crisis in puerto rico insisting he's getting tremendous reviews and denying that he's been preoccupied by his feud with the nfl and national anthem controversy. follow the money, breaking right now cnn exclusive the irs is now sharing information about key trump campaign officials with the special counsel robert mueller. what are they hoping to learn? russian targeting learning new information about how russians use facebook ads during the election campaign to target divisions among american voters. and long time trump person
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appears before the committee, adam schiff. plus military option as kim jong-un repositions fighter jets and missiles, president trump says totally prepared to use the military option, warning that would be devastating for north korea. i'm wolf blitzer here in "the situation room." the breaking news, president trump is defending his response to the humanitarian crisis in puerto rico where hurk maria has left catastrophic damage a mid desperate pleas for help. the president says all available resources are being deployed to save lives. he plans to visit the island next week. for days the president was virtually silent about puerto rico while he tweeted and spoke repeatedly about his feud with the national football league. now we insist he wasn't
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preoccupied with the nfl but says the league should not allow people to kneel during the national anthem, calling it disgraceful. senate committees are focusing on facebook. lawmakers want to know how the russians targeted those ads and what the impacts were. and robber stone talks with the house intelligence committee. and president trump is talking tough on north korea as kim jong-un regime moves fighter jets and missiles to north korea east coast where u.s. warplanes have made show of force flights. the president says the united states is totally prepared to use the military option, warning that would be devastating for north korea. house speaking intelligence committee adam schiff and our correspondent guests standing by with full coverage.
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president trump is defending his response to the puerto rico crisis while continuing to attack nfl protesters. let's begin with jim acosta. jim, the president is shifting his focus today. >> he certainly is. denies he's obsessed with professional athletes and not focused enough with devastation in puerto rico. >> today the president claimed he's receiving quote tremendous reviews for response to hurricane maria but more like tremendous cries for help. >> president trump appears to be calling a time out in fixation with nfl play tears and turning to urgent matters like the disaster in puerto rico. >> i wasn't preoccupied. i was ashamed of what was taking place. because to me that was an important moment. i don't think you can disrespect our country, our flag, our national anthem. to me the nfl situation is a very important situation. i've heard that before about was i preoccupied.
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not at all. not at all. i have plenty of time on my hands. all i do is work. >> reporter: now the white house is posting photos of the president on the phone and rushing federal officials to the microphones at the white house. >> this is a unique event. >> people of puerto rico. >> reporter: patting himself on the bat while noting bringing hurricane to the u.s. territory is difficult. >> we have had tremendous reviews from government officials, but the governor of puerto rico is so thankful for the great job that we are doing. frankly, we are doing, and it's the most difficult job, because it's on the island in the middle of the ocean. it's out in the ocean. you can't drive your trucks there from other states. >> reporter: but on the ground in puerto rico there are still desperate pleas from the mayor of san juan. >> when i say there is a humanitarian crisis, i am sorry, i know that leaders aren't supposed to cry and stuff, perhaps it's a sign of weakness,
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well, you know the weak out there are waiting for us. we are not getting to everybody in time. people, especially the elderly, are being locked up in buildings. >> reporter:. >> reporter: to the governor. >> we need more help with resources and people being deployed so we can get logistical support. >> reporter: they are warning help is not coming fast enough. >> if you don't take this cry cities seriously, this is going to be your katrina. > reporter: on social media the president has made it clear where his focus lies. on the nfl players protesting on football games. tweeted about the nfl 24 times since saturday compared to just four times on puerto rico. at a dinner with conservative leaders at the white house, the president seemed satisfied with his comments on nfl attending attendees it's caught on. but as a news conference with the prime minister of spain, the president appeared to be moving
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on with another dire warning about north korea. >> we are prepared for the second option, not a preferred option, but if we take that option, it will be devastating, i can tell you that, devastating for north korea, that's called the military option, if we have to take it, we will. >> reporter: now the president says he'll be heading to puerto rico on tuesday, that's despite the fact fema administration today told reporters only people traveling to the island right now should be on life sustaining mission. so wolf it's not clear whether puerto rico is prepared for ready for presidential visit. >> thanks very much. will is more breaking news we are following right now cnn exclusive. the internal revenue service is now sharing information with the special counsel robert mueller about key trump campaign officials, including former campaign chairman. let's bring in our justice correspondents. pamela, tell our viewers what
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you are learning. >> this is now sharing information with investigators working with special counsel robert mueller. this comes after the two sides were at odds for months over the scope of mueller investigation into russian meddling. now mueller wanted things on several people, including paul manafort and michael flynn. according to several sources they tell us that the irs had concerns with what was a broad request. now in the case of manafort the case includes possible tax crimes that date back to january of 2006, ten years before the russian meddling in the presidential election last fall. but after this summer clash, we are told it has been worked out. information is being shared. wolf. >> evan, you are reporting also indicates this dispute senators on the july raid of paul
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manafort home. how does that factor? ? >> well, that's right, wolf. there were some tensions between the irs and special counsel. behind the scenes of that paul manafort in virginia. multiple sources tell us that the irs did not participate in the july raid because of irs objections that the search would interfere with separated investigation of robert muellpa. now we were told the special counsel office went ahead with the search with only fbi agents carrying that out. that's unusual for the irs to sit out an investigation that centers on tax and financial matters. >> very unusual. does this mean the special counsel or now have access to tax returns including possibly the president's tax returns? >> that's a big question. it's not clear whether the special counsel has asked for or
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be tand the president's tax returns. sources say if mueller's office does have it, the deputy would likely need to sign off given the sensitivity surrounding the matter. now as foreman a fort and flynn, given the scope of those investigations, it's more likely that he has obtained the tax records. and high ranking official told me today the information shared by the irs would include anything tax return related such tas real estate and meta data such as what years the taxes were filed or not filed. and as you know, wolf, the irs is very restricted in what information it can share, even with other government agencies, and would normally need ha specific grand jury subpoena in order to share tax returns with another agency. one former official told me tax returns are among the most protected of government documents. >> so, evan, what do we know about the previous irs
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investigations involving former trump campaign officials? >> well, wolf, we know very little. but we do know the irs had been working with fbi before the investigation involving paul manafort. now that probe, similar to what mueller is looking at is centered on possible tax fraud and money laundering. it's unclear if the irs has been actually doing investigation on michael flynn as well. sources say that mueller's team looking into things from turkey. the irs special counsel all declined to comment for the story, wolf. >> thanks, guys, very much. excellent reporting for us. let's get some more on this. the ranking member of the house intelligence committee, adam schiff of california is joining us. congressman, thanks for joining us. >> you bet. good to be with you. >> do you know would the house intelligence committee have
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information to this? >> we won't have it in terms of getting information from bob mueller. through our own investigation. i do think that many of the financial issues are within the scope of what we need to investigate. my primary concern is the allegation that you didn't discuss just yet, and that is the issue potential money laundering through the trump organization. that is i think among more serious allegations because what concerns me is, frankly, anything that could continue to be leveraged the russians might have over the president. now we don't know that that's the case. but i do think prudently we have to find out. because the russians have laundered money as a way of influence in europe and elsewhere, whether that was also one of the vectors in which they sought to use their active measures campaign. >> tell us, this is new information. tell us a little more about your concern now about money laundering. give us a little more on that if you can. >> well, this has been a concern all along. and that is the russians we have seen as part of their playbook
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have used in europe and elsewhere variety of tactics, used hacking and dumping as they clearly did here, social media, paid social media trolls and botts as we now see quite clearly here. they have also used the financial things. and of course long pattern of russian money laundering generally again to what your reporters just described that special counsel might be looking as with respect to mueller or flynn. i think that's an issue that has to be tracked out to sea if there is anything there that we need to be concerned about. that could again direct u.s. policy in a way that's not u.s. interests but owing more to return russia leverage. >> it's one thing if they are involved, but if trump administration money laundering. is there any evidence?
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>> i can't go into evidence. i can say these are the range of issues that we need to thoroughly vet. because we have seen now a great many of the tactic that is the russians have used elsewhere that were employed during the 2016 election and we need to make sure we do our due diligence and determine is there any leverage that the russians have that would explain president's policy towards russian in many respects have been behalf link to both democrats and republicans. so i think this is a necessary part of our investigation. >> do you think the special counsel robert mueller needs access to president trump tax returns? >> well, he may very well. i think what the special counsel is likely to do is follow the money, as reporters were indicating, follow the money when it comes to those that are around the president or were around the president like manafort or flynn. but as well as others within the trump organization. if the trump organization was having trouble getting legitimate financing for its
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real estate and the russians were looking for a place to launder their money through real estate, and the two came together, that i think would be very much within the scope of bob mueller's investigation. so i do think bob mueller ought to follow it to where it leads and it may lead to the tax return. >> do they specifically also normally be made available to your community or other house or senate committees? >> they would not be made available to our committee simply because they were made available to bob mueller. we have had a practice generally where documents are made available to the house investigative committee. they may be available to the senate and vice-versa. but that's not the case to produced to special counsel. so alone that would not be enough. >> as you know roger stone appeared before your committee. last year he appeared to have
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advanced knock of hacked emails from john podesta, tweeting this, trust me, it will soon, the president's time in the barrel. it will soon be pro des ta, excuse me, trust me, it will soon be the podesta time in the barrel hashtag barrel crooked hillary. he told them today he had no thought about that. do you have any idea? >> i want to do the same thing here. ile say that, you know, one of the key takeaways from the interview today is unwillingness to answer some of the most important questions that we had, concerning his relationship with them and the potential use of intermediary. mr. stone has said publicly, and all i can comment is what he said publicly, at times he said publicly he was in communication with asanag and it was directly,
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and at times he was in communication with intermediary. and i think the chairman and i are in agreement we need complete answers to the questions we asked today. and if we can't get those valve tarry. swreel to subpoena him to come back. >> stone made another claim during the hearing today on twitterer. he said this. he said, this is stone tweet, read by adam schiff, both claim in my hearing the dnc did turn their email server over to the fbi controversy to comey testimony. >> he misstates the conversation. but i don't think that was an accurate representation of what was discussed. >> can you tell us, did the dnc hand over the server? >> you know, the issue, wolf, is whether the dnc was asked to
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turn over the server. or whether the dhc or fbi was given the copy of the dnc server, and that satisfied what they needed. so there is some difference of opinion, potentially, on whether there was a formal request for the server. and that's something that the committee is looking into. >> let's take a quick break. a lot more happening. a lot more questions we need to ask you, congressman, we'll resume our coverage right after this. has never been easier. except when it comes to retirement. at fidelity, you get a retirement score in just 60 seconds. and we'll help you make decisions for your plan... to keep you on track. it's your retirement. know where you stand.
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trump is defending his response to the humanitarian crisis in the u.s. territory of puerto rico where hurricane maria caused catastrophic damage. almost all of the island without power.
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communications are cut off. countless homes have been destroyed or badly damaged. the president spoke at length today about the federal government's role. >> massive effort is under way, and we have been really treated very, very nicely by the governor and by everybody else. as governor rossello just told me this morning, the entire federal workforce is doing great work in puerto rico. and i appreciated his saying it. and he's saying it to anybody that will listen. the governor of puerto rico is so thankful for the great job we are doing. the governor said we are doing a great job. in fact, he thanked me for fema and all the first responders. we had great reviews. the governor made great statements about how well we are doing. the governor has been extremely generous and i appreciated it. the governor has been so incredible in his statements
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about the job we are doing. we are doing a great job. everybody has said it's amazing the job we have done. we are very proud of it. >> let's go to leyla. you are hearing desperate pleas for help from so many, many people. >> reporter: yeah, you know, let me just address what the president said, wolf, really quick. when i asked the governor, i said say yes or no, are you getting the help you need? his response was, it's complicated. he said and the immediate, yeah, we are getting a lot of aide in. but in the long-term we need more help. we need the federal government, congress to pass a relief package that will help us in the long-term. and we haven't gotten that yet. now, what i am seeing on the ground, i spent my day going to hospitals, and i am seeing hospitals that are days away from being in the dark. they don't have the diesel they need to run the generators to run a hospital for some of the
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most vulnerable people out heremehere. and when i talked to the mayor of san juan, she was quit to note some of the hospitals are in her area and she's becoming frustrated and upset by the text messages of desperation, hospitals in the middle of the night saying help us we need fuel to keep operating. >> it isn't the physical infrastructure devastation. that we will handle. we will overcome. it is the pain and the sorrow of knowing that we couldn't get to somebody in time. so whatever needs to be done, you know, ship, drone, air, whatever, that sos needs to be heard loud and clear. and, please, let's just talk about that. let's not talk about the debt. >> reporter: and let me paint
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the picture for you, wolf. right now, as we speak, there is a children's hospital whose director tells cnn there are about a dozen children on ventilators and they are about to lose power. so, you know, as we talk to one of the hospitals today where two people died in critical condition overnight, the director was quick to say, look, their prognosis wasn't promising from the beginning. but why are we playing with people's lives here. >> the quick question, leyla, you've been there, now, do you see evidence of a lot of u.s., for example, military personnel, national guard troops, others on the ground that are working? we know many are on the way right now. but are some at least already there? do you see them? >> reporter: yes, we do. i have seen fema. i have ridden with the national guard as they were making their way through neighborhoods, pulling people out from the
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floods. i spoke to someone from fema today. but he said that his task is to go in there and assess the damage. and even expressed some frustration, as he said, it's hard to go in and say, hey, what's the damage, okay, we'll send someone later. but that's his task and job. so it does seem that fema is here. i've seen them. they are out there assessing the damage. but the big frustration, as i'm talking to people, is the lack of power and communication, and that there is aide here. there is diesel here. but they aren't able to distribute it to some of the most remote locations and to some of the most vulnerable people. >> truly, truly awful situation. unfortunate it's going to go on for a long time. leyla on the ground. >> thank you very much. we are back with adam schiff of california. you tweeted this last night, congressman, and i'll read it,
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puerto rico suffered catastrophic damage from hurricane maria. millions without power or water. congress should take up emergency aide asap as soon as possible. when is congress going to pass an emergency aide package? and how much funding will puerto rico need? >> i think we ought to take it up this week. i think the administration ought to propose one. congress ought to take it up immediately. and i wish the president would spend less time telling us what a wonderful job he's doing and more time focused on what we'll need to do in the immediate aftermath of this territory disaster and over the long term. because i think he really risks being perceived ts same way that george bush was, as being in different to the plight of people in this case, in puerto rico and virgin islands. this could get a lot worse in the next days and weeks. ought to demand all of our attention. let's stop, you know, this focus on nfl and let's put the focus where it ought to be right now.
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there are millions of americans hanging by the edge here. so i want to see us take up a package this week in terms of how much it will cost. i would imagine, wolf, what we take up this week is just going to be the down payment. the magnitude of this disaster is just really hard to comprehend. but all efforts have to be made right now to get the emergency relief to those that need it. get the medical relief to those that need it and stop the self congratulations which we haven't earned yet in response from congress. >> here's what i don't understand, congressman, the hold up. why is there a hold upright here? 3.5 million citizens, american citizens in puerto rico in extreme danger and you would think that congress would involve expeditiously to get funding and get legislation passed. i don't understand why there has been this delay? >> i don't understand either. what i would love to see happen, frankly, love to see the
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president saying we are going to put a package together immediately and send it to congress. i'd love to see the leadership that is running the congress right now saying we are not going to leave town this week without passing this package. these are our fellow americans who are in dire need. and this is our top priority right now. but this is not what we are hearing. instead we are hearing the president say, oh, the governor is telling me i'm doing a wonderful job, best job ever. and that doesn't help the people in puerto rico. let's focus on what needs to be done. and what needs to be done right now is getting every asset to puerto rico we possibly can. and get cting a package of aide off the house and floor and senate this week. >> i agree. have you to you have to do it immediately. adam schiff of california thank you for joining us. coming up north korea, president is warning u.s. is totally prepared for devastating military action against north korea. if you have medicare
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the past few days, tweeted more than 20 times about the nfl controversy, four times about puerto rico. so what does that tell you about his priorities? >> i think his priorities are himself, quite honestly. i think you can look at this a bunch of different ways. this is a president, when he first spoke about the nfl, he was at a rally in alabama. and this is a president who understands he need to shore up his base. and he was throwing out some red meat because, don't forget, he's cutting a deal on dreamers, cut a deal on the debt ceiling. the democrats maybe they'll cut a deal with him on the wall. and he's endorsed luther strange who is establishment candidate. if you put all of that together, this is a president who understood intuitively and he knew that the audience would react well, that he needed to shore up his base. i also feel that it's a diversion for him. the news hasn't been great. the narrative today, of course,
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is health care has failed yet again. and, you know, i believe that he's also full of grievance about the nfl and about the way these players, he believe, have disrespected him. and he says the american flag. but i would argue that it's largely about him. >> you know, ron bron sto, he i that administration is doing well. >> i think many people in puerto rico describe this as a great job. fema has been a very professional agency in responding to these serial disasters. but it is stretched very thin. and we are looking at conditions in puerto rico, not only in the near term, not only in the immediate problem, but several people have been interviewed have talked about the long-term, talking about months potentially
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without power, is that acceptable for american citizens? are we willing to accept the idea this entire island will be without power for months? so while fema has been professional, there is no question same sense of urgency, again, not only this week, not only the life threatening conditions but what might be unfolding for years and months. and i would tell you one step beyond that, again, there needs to be a conversation about the severitity of these hurricanes and the submerged debate about what climate change means in fact for the safety and security of cities in the u.s. and in puerto rico. >> i want to show our viewers some pictures before and after. you can see before puerto rico. you can see the lights there booming. you see after, very few lights in that same area in puerto rico.
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and it underscores enormous problem that's not just today or tomorrow, this is going to go on for weeks and months. mia? >> weeks and months. fuel slohortages, that means people will have problems with generators. and folks i talked to that do have generators maybe only last two or three hours. hospitals are running out of fuel for theirs as well. food shortages as well. water issues. so you heard mayor of san juan say the sos needs to be heard. president can talk about his good glowing reviews in terms of fema response and his response, but i think if you talk to the people on the ground, as leyla santiago has been doing over it the last days, they afraid, they are frustrated. they are really at their wits end in terms of getting help, not exactly knowing whether that help is going to come. so we'll see over the next
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couple of days. we know this is a president who pays attention to the news, who watches cable news, spends a lot of time during his day doing that, so we'll see what happens over the next days, if this gets more coverage. awful pictures of houses and hospitals not in working order, we'll see what happens. there has been conversation about how you get aide there. you heard the mayor there say planes, drones, ships, whether or not that actually ends up happening. there has been some sort of back and forth about whether or not ships should be allowed to go there. whether she should be allowed to do regulations. and now you see some private companies, private cruise ships trying to send supplies. so hopefully a lot of these pictures we'll be showing and stories we are highlighting from leyla santiago and other folks on the ground will speed things up. >> and failure with the health care bill, i think the likelihood that has been taking up a lot of the space. there is going to be a lot more attention to this in the coming
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days. much more front and center. >> you heard the president today at his press conference, first thing he did was come out and talk about what he's going to do in puerto rico. and it's very clear, to your point, that they are growing very sensitive to the fact that they are getting criticism for not putting the same amount of effort that they put in the other hurricane. >> devastation that's in puerto rico, the president also today had some more threatening words for north korea. he said the united states is totally prepared to use a military option which would be in his words, devastating for north korea. the north koreas believe they amount to a decoration of war. are we about to see another round of personal insults between the president and kim jong-un? >> it wouldn't surprise me since we have stein a feen a few of t again. so we might see it again. one glimmer of hope from the
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president's press conference today, that he actually talked about ensuring the regime's complete denuclearization. he did say it would be devastating if there was any kind of attack, et cetera, et cetera. but he did talk about our allies. he did talk about trying to denuclearize them which is different from destroying them. so in a way, in the world in which we live now, i saw that as a little bit of a ratcheting down of the hot rhetoric. i'm not sure that it is. and i'm not sure it's going to last. but when i heard that, i thought, oh, that's a little bit of a different tone. >> ron, how do you see it? >> well, look, i mean it is important that everyone in the north korean leadership who are trying to spend money in washington, recognize that the president is right when he says that any u.s. military action would have did he ever stating consequences for north korea. but i think it's equally
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important for everyone in the u.s. leader shship to recognize that it would have devastating not only for north korea but south korea and japan. wi there is a reason why presidents since bill clinton have not done anything, it was not because they were spine less, it's because the consequences in terms of damage and loss of life in south korea even from conventional north korean weapons, let alone any nuclear response, would be overwhelming. so i think it is important for both sides to understand both the damage that we can do and the damage that could be done in response. >> you know, the washington post reported today north korean have even tried to arrange talks with republican analysts in washington in attempt to understand the president's intentions. does that underscore the risk of miscalculation potentially? >> it certainly does.
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and under scores the fact that north koreans don't have a good reading on this president and don't know what to make as what he says, best rhetoric calling him rocket man. so they are reaching out to washington, think tanks get a sense of what it all means. no diplomatic relationship, right, government to government between north korea and the united states. gloria made the point that the president now seems to have this goal of denuclearization. the problem there is that the north koreans aren't interested at all in denuclearization. they see other regimes that have given up their nuclear weapons and what's happened to them. you think of libya and ukraine and leaving those countries vulnerable to attack from outside countries. so that's the problem. i mean, essentially we are always where we are with north
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korea, with this rhetoric, and we don't know where it leads, is it ultimately diplomatic resolution, but what are they willing to do to get to the table to have those talks. >> gloria, you've also done some new reporting on special counsel robert mueller investigation into the it russian election meddling. what have you heard? >> we reported today that the special counsel could start interviewing current and former white house staffers as early as next week that could slide until next week. and we know that he's expressed interest in speaking with these people, particularly as it regards the firing of former fbi james comey, also the firing of the former national security adviser flynn. so this is kind of a natural progression, wolf. now that they've had the
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documents that the white house has gathered to present to the special counsel, the next order of business is naturally to start interviewing people they think can help them with their investigation. they are particularly interested, for example, in the oval office meeting that the president had with russian firms officials in which he bragged about the firing of james comey. and of course a board air force one when people were trying to figure out what kind of statement they were going to release about donald trump junior's interaction with russians when he thought that they were going to deliver him dirt about hillary clinton. >> and more news we are following, guys. stick around, the president is warning not only north korea but u.s. is prepared to carry out devastating action. and going further kim jong-un military and jets they are also right now on the move.
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more. >> more breaking news, president trump issues more breaking news, saying that president kim jong-un is issuing more warnings. >> there are ratcheting up statements and personal insults leveled by president trump and
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kim jong-un. this comes as we get new information to possibly confront the region. nor rth korean commanders bolster the commands along the east coast tonight they tell cnn, minute ago fighter jets have been spotted by satellites. it's seen as a response to fighter jets, patrolling further north of the dmz than alt any time this century, north korea threatened to shoot the planes out of the sky. and pyongyang releases a fighter video in flames. >> president trump's statements and the follow up was a propaganda boone for them. >> the president warned of the consequences of a u.s. military
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operation if kim jong-un strikes first or there is intelligence he is about to. >> if we take that option, it will be devastating. i can tell you that, devastating for north korea. he is acting very badly. he is saying things this should never, ever be said and we're replying to those things. >> tonight there are warnings about the president's own comments, his increasingly personal insults of kim jong-un recently. >> rocketman is on a suicide mission for himself. little rockman, we can't have mad men out there shooting rockets all over the place. >> those remarks prompted kim to issue a rare statement with his own name on it. calling president trump mentally deranged, a dotard, experts warn to saving face, they wirn warn he has to take this to a showdown. >> tim kim jong-un is a god-like
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physical, if he says things to the u.s., it will not stay as words, it needs to be put into action. that itself what makes this situation serious. >> experts say kim has been willing to kill to warn his rivals not to cross him a. former south korean researcher told gq magazine the murder of his brother this year was a part of a master plan. he says kim quote wanted to send a world wide message by murdering him in this gruesome public way. kim's regime denies ordering the hit. but tonight there is concern that president trump might be painting kim into a dangerous corner. >> my concern is that cumulatively, this will all lead to some sort of horrible miscalculation where kim doesn't take something seriously and he reacts or he thinks there will be u.s. war or he thinks there will be a u.s. attack and he has a use or lose situation where he lobs the first nuclear weapon?
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we reached out to the white house to ask him why president trump has gotten so personal regarding kim jong-un and his advisers cautioned him to dial it back a. white house official would not comment on either question. wolf. >> also the appearance of otto wab warmbeir made some strong statements in tv interviews. tell us about that. >> that's right. fred and cindy warmbeir say the north koreans tortured their son t. north koreans denied. the warmbeir want to designate them as a state sponsor of terrorism. they say they will do that if there is evidence that warrants it. they are always reviewing the information. you have the statement that they are non-committal on taking that action, at least tonight. >> reporting for, brian, thank you. coming up, president trump denies he has been pretty occupied by the national anthem
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he says his response is getting tremendous reviews. tonight, puerto rican officials are pleading for help. desperate to survive, food and water are dangerously in short supply for so many victims in isolated remote mountain communities with no communication and no way out. in the city, gas is running outsh leaving national guard vehicles and ambulances idol. how long can puerto rico's residents hold out? show me the money. we are learning the internal revenue is learning about key trump campaign officials with special counsel robert mueller for his russian investigation. this is a cnn exclusive. change voting. a candidate in a high stakes senate race got a rise on horseback after pulling out a gun at a campaign rally. it is putting president trump against steve bannon with each backing a

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