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we come together, break bread, share our day and connect as a family. [ bloop, clicking ] and connect, as a family. just, uh one second voice guy. [ bloop ] huh? hey? i paused it. bam, family time. so how is everyone? find your awesome with xfinity xfi and change the way you wifi. we have crossed a threshold. robert mueller is a tough and dedicated prosecutor. >> there's evidence the campaign was contacted by russians. >> his case involves the core of what mueller is investigating, which is possible collusion.
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>> today's announcement has nothing to do with the president. the real collusion scandal has everything to do with the clinton campaign. >> it may have come up, but nothing major. >> and the manafort and gates indictments are significant. >> this idea they had nothing to do with russia is long gone. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> it's october 31st. happy halloween. it's 8:00 in the east. we begin with the big news, the special counsel robert mueller special investigation, legal documents unsealed in court layout the clearest information yet that trump's campaign was eager to work with russia. and george papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to fbi
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agents about being in contact with russians. >> top trump campaign officials knew about papadopoulos' meeting with russia, and they have the e-mails. there's a series of communications between paul manafort and his former business associates, gates, discussing these potential meetings. there's no indication at this point that manafort or gates ever referred this solicitation attempt to authorities, and their passports have been confiscated because they had to plead not guilty to tax and money laundering charges as well as conspiracy counts. a source tells cnn that president trump is seething while the white house tries to distance itself from all three of these men.
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the white house is spooked by what happened yesterday. >> you got it, chris. this is a 1, 2, 3 punch of criminal charges. it's sending a shock wave through washington. prosecutors indicate this is the beginning. george papadopoulos' guilty plea was kept under wraps for several weeks because prosecutors say they didn't want to dissuade witnesses from coming forward. while this plea deal made a big impact, prosecutors warned ominously it's just a small part of what is to come. >> special counsel robert mueller's office unsealing documents that show former trump campaign foreign policy aide george papadopoulos has been cooperating with investigators since july, and papadopoulos pleading guilty this month to lying to the fbi about his contact with russia, including a meeting wi
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meeting with a london professor. clinton campaign chairman, john podesta's e-mail was hacked by russians the month before. >> papadopoulos is direct evidence that somebody with the campaign was being contacted by russians. >> papadopoulos's plea agreement describes his testimony as a road map to the ongoing investigation, there's large scale ongoing investigation which papadopoulos is a small part. they describe him as a pro operative cooperator, and he may have provided the fbi with other trump campaign associates or even wearing a wire. informing then campaign chairman, manafort in may, that the russians were interested in
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meeting with donald trump. it should be somebody low level in the campaign so as to not send any signal. he reached out to a foreign contract saying a meeting has been approved from our side, and days later wikileaks released these e-mails, and trump made these remarks. >> i hope you are able to find the 33,000 e-mails that are missing. >>. >> clovis' lawyer told "the posts" he opposed the trip and was being polite. >> there's no evidence trump
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colluded with the russian government. >> there were seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. paul manafort and rick gates have been ordered to surrender their passports after pleading not guilty, and both men as part of the home confinement must check in daily by federal authorities by phone and can only leave their homes for medical appointments or court appearance. rick gates is being held on $5 million, and manaforts, $10 million. >> that is an eye-opening amount, hearing how they were go negotiating. >> and it's said that president
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trump is seething over the indictment of the three campaign ad, and the white house is using several spin techniques to distance themselves from these men. for that part of the story let's go to joe johns live at the white house with the latest. the word volunteer is now code for we don't know the guy. >> reporter: that's for sure, chris. a lot for the white house to worry about this morning. the former campaign manager accused of being an unregistered foreign agent, but the surprise was george papadopoulos sending the white house scrambling trying to figure out how to explain both his contacts with the campaign and minimize them. >> president trump was seething as he watched the news play out on tv about the mueller investigation, according to a source close to the white house. he expected the indictments of paul manafort and aide, gates,
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but was surprised that another aide, george papadopoulos is cooperating with the authorities. mr. trump spent much of the day hunkered down growing increasing increasingly frustrated. publicly the administration attempted to down play the charges. >> i think the reaction of the administration is let the legal system work, and everybody is presumed innocent. we will see where it goes. >> ty cobb said trump has not responded to the news because he doesn't know papadopoulos. >> george papadopoulos is an oil and energy consultant, excellent guy. >> this shows papadopoulos
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sitting at the same table with the president. >> it was extremely limited. it was a volunteer position. again, no activity was ever done in an official capacity on behalf of the campaign. >> sanders falsely claiming mueller's charges are unrelated to mr. trump. >> today's announcement has nothing to do with the president or nothing to do with the president's campaign or campaign activity. >> a source familiar with former chief strategist steve bannon says he is urging the president to fight back against mueller by getting republicans to engage and going to court over documents being requested, and aides insisting mr. trump has no plans to take action against the special counsel. >> he's not firing the special counsel. he said that before.
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>> and it is definitely premature to start talking about this, but white house press secretary sanders was asked if the president would consider pardoning rick gates or manafort, and she didn't rule it out. back to you. >> thank you. let's bring in our panel to that discuss all this. great to have all of you. there's a breaking news. donald trump is tweeting about this. the fake news is working overtime as manafort's lawyer said there was no collusion and the events took -- >> he is going to say long before he entered the campaign. >> case closed, i guess, in that case. what i was going to ask you was
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is this papadopoulos guilty plea and all of the evidence now presented in court documents of him attempting to get dirt from the russians and set up a meeting with donald trump and the russians, is that evidence of collusion? >> it's not a smoking gun piece of evidence. if you put it into the pattern of activity that is starting to take shape on what was happening in the campaign, what we see is repeated aggressive attempts by the russians to approach people in the campaign. papadopoulos is not the only one. there's the trump tower meeting. we also have these other contacts between jared kushner and jeff sessions. >> why isn't that collusion? >> right now what we have seen, i think, is the beginning stages of what would have been an intelligence operation by the russians. what we need to see is what happened subsequently. what happened after the trump
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meeting? >> like, if it worked? >> if it worked, and what else were they saying. we have some e-mails between papadopoulos, but there were other discussions going on, and we may find out more about that because we think that papadopoulos might have been wearing a wire. >> yeah, and often, also, i will kick this to you, but just to take care of the low fruit here, there's no crime of collusion. it would be a criminal aspect of a conspiracy charge and we saw that with manafort and gates and not on the subject of the russian interference but on their own money laundering activities. the question is why was papadopoulos valuable enough for them to cut him this kind of deal, a trump defender is on this morning dismissing him as a coffee boy and saying that all you could learn from working with him is what he negotiates with his barista, which is a coffee maker, although what the guy needs is a lawyer, because he has had to cop a plea.
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why do you think the prosecutors are so interested in papadopoulos if he's a nobody and a nothing? >> the answer is, of course, he's not a nobody or nothing. if you look at that court document filed, the statement of the offense that lays out the e-mails, it talks about, for example, he's communicating with the supervisor in the trump campaign, and there is reporting yesterday that that is sam clovis who is cochair of the trump campaign and nominated recently by the president to be the under secretary of agriculture. so if papadopoulos is communicating with somebody by e-mail with sam clovis and talking with him, you know, he can interpret those e-mails for mueller, and he can say, look, this is the context of my conversation with mr. clovis. here's what i meant and here's what i meant him to mean when he was e-mailing me, and so mueller
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can build a case against mr. clovis or whoever papadopoulos was on e-mail, and whatever his position on the trump campaign, whatever spin people want to have now, he's certainly somebody based on the court document filed -- he's somebody that had access to senior members of the trump campaign. >> ranaudo has a thread on twitter where he has gone through the different findings, and it's a must read for people that want a deeper understanding of this. >> i will have you do a dramatic reading of that later. george papadopoulos is not a household name -- >> he is now. >> -- he was not yesterday at this time and today he is. this is an interesting audio from -- well, here's a timeline of all the things he did. here's an interesting audio from march of 2016 with trump
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explaining who his foreign policy team, candidate trump, is. >> i can give you some of the names. i wouldn't mind. ready? >> taking notes. >> wally ferris, who you probably know. phd, adviser to the house of representatives caucus, and counterterrorism expert. carter page, phd, george papadopoulos, he's an oil and energy consultant, excellent guy. >> so chris, listen. he did not have that committed to memory. it's possible he didn't know george papadopoulos. he's reading off of a paper there. what are we to make of this? >> i think you are right. this is not somebody not that
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familiar with trump, but trump is using those people, and he's talking about phds, the high profile. he's using to make clear of the post he has serious people around him as it relates to foreign policy, because the concern was this is a businessman that never dealt in this sphere. whether he was told to say this or did it, papadopoulos is one of the people he presented in that case. just 150,000 foot point here alisyn. you have a campaign chairman and a deputy of his indicted. you have a foreign policy adviser -- we can debate how -- i don't think he was just the coffee guy, but we can debate that, who has plead guilty for lying to the fbi about the timeline, and sub out donald
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trump's name and hillary clinton's name and imagine what that would be like. the campaign chairman has been indicted. yes, we are not talking about collusion, but money laundering and donald trump is right. it would be a -- conservatives who are bending over backward to say there's no there there, my guess is the response is now somewhat different. >> let's read part two of the president's tweet this morning. we had not heard about him, which was probably adviceable according to his attorneys. part one. fake news is working over time. paul manafort's lawyer said there was no collusion and the events mentioned took place before he took part in the campaign. check the democrats. >> chris, i don't want to interrupt you, but the volunteer
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thing is a total red herring. lots of campaign people work -- >> manafort? >> the idea that george papadopoulos walked into an office and said, can i stuff envelopes? that's not the kind of volunteer we are talking about. this is not a guy that is putting lawn signs in yards. >> hold on. one thing here that is relevant from the president's tweets, the continuing problem politically here is the president refuses to separate what russia did to our election from what it might mean for him, right? we all get that at this point. that's why this is so important, what we learned yesterday. this is the clearest evidence yet. they were open for business in his campaign, not him necessarily, but people around him, and just as importantly, that the russians were coming at
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them early and often. that part is eye-opening as well. there's now no question this is not a hoax, and they were trying to get in with papadopoulos and the fruit of illegal hacking of hillary clinton. >> not only are they coming forward with something entice the trump campaign, and the trump campaign is being responsive and then lying about it. in the fbi we call this a clue. when people are repeatedly lying about what they have done, that probably means that they believe they have something to hide. that pattern of deception suggests to me that there might be more communication that is going on with a potential kweud pro quo, because we know there are outward facts. the republican platform of ukraine being tweaked, the
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call-out at the debate for russia to release the hacked e-mails. these things don't make sense until you put them in the timeline of these approaches and what was being offered to the campaign. >> thank you all very much for helping us sort through this. we're learning more about what we call collusion here. how people from the trump campaign were dealing with these saw li solicitations by russia. what do we know about their efforts on what they did on that platform, just how many of you were exposed to influence from kremlin-backed troll farms, and u may not even know it, next. theraflu's powerful new formula to defeat 7 cold and flu symptoms... y may not even know it, next. o . . so you can play on. theraflu expressmax. new power.
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joining us now is somebody that served in the obama administration in several security council roles. people say we don't think it happened. two, you don't know it could be russian trolls, it could have been anybody, and three, it didn't have any effect. what is your take? >> putin is engaging in psychological operations. he's using misinformation to try and sell stuff in the united states. facebook, google, twitter and maybe others are platforms for misinformation. because we contain so much content online, there's a lot of room for bad actors to have access to the digital space.
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putin knows how to manipulate information. these troll farms are manipulating information. >> does it require a lot of people? is it about setting up numerous accounts and putting things out in a specific way? >> troll farms can involve a lot of people or not a lot of people. the issue is we are hearing 126 million people may have been impacted. the problem is, as this number gets higher, the russian operation looks more successful, and the russian government looks more powerful. these companies testifying later today they could share information on how the russians enter their systems, which may shed light on vulnerabilities in their systems before they had opportunities to address them. >> what is your take on what to do about it? twitter will have a platform, it's interesting to see what
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they say. the whole deal is they give you a space to say whatever you want, and we have their own parameters, and roger stone got shut down and it created pushback, and my thread is filled with ugly harassing things and people calling for others to do things that are harassing. how do you balance that? where the government can go it alone, and my second point is we have to take actions to hold the russian government accountable. at this point we have not taken steps to say, hey, guys, there will be costs and this is going to affect trump's trip to asia where he may encounter the russians, and what leverage does he have if he has not come up and said if you continue these attacks, there will be real costs. >> the idea of impact. because it's a little femoral
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here, it's nebulous what happens and what that means to me if i read it, what is your take on that in terms of how we should look at the impact this had? >> i don't think this is nebulous. i think the russians launched a multi-pronged attack on the united states. one avenue of the attack was in the digital space and we need to hold them accountable. >> but it didn't matter is what you hear, it doesn't change anything? >> i think they can launch successful misinformation campaigns, and they infiltrated all the distribution platforms, and these companies came forward and i wonder how many companies are going to follow? >> it would be interested to see what changes. you will get into a really wicked first amendment argument. we will see. very helpful. thank you very much. appreciate it. >> alisyn. trump commenting for the
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president trump commenting on the charges against three of his former campaign officials. he just tweeted, the fake news is working over time, and events mentioned took place long before he came to the campaign. few people new the man name george who has already proven to be a liar. check the dems. let's debate if this amounts to collusion. great to see you. jen, to your mind, is this evidence that was revealed yesterday, is it collusion? >> i think the most significant development yesterday, alisyn, was the papadopoulos announcement because he is
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somebody -- this is the first time we have learned when the trump orbit may have known about russia's intentions. it shows us mueller and his team are going to go at this seriously, that's no surprise. it shows they know a lot more than we know. i expect this is the tip of the iceberg. it doesn't matter that he was a junior staffer. what -- or junior volunteer, what matters he was an adviser and he was in touch of the russians and the russians appealed to him, and we know it's possible somebody senior in the trump orbit knew about russia's intentions months before at election. >> march 21st, 2016, that's when candidate trump introduced papadopoulos as one of his foreign policy advisers. march 31st, papadopoulos meets with trump and the national security team. april 26th, papadopoulos is told by russia that russia has thousands of clinton e-mails.
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may 21st, papadopoulos e-mails manafort about a request from russia to meet mr. trump. june 9th, that's the don jr. meeting at trump tower where he offers dirt on hillary clinton, and then october 27th, papadopoulos is guilty -- >> he pleaded guilty to getting a date wrong. he said he meet with them in march when he had a conversation in april. that's the plea agreement that either his memory was faulty or for some reason he deliberately held information, and we don't know and we don't know the significance of it. it's not a horrible damning conviction -- >> just to be clear. there were 11 times that he e-mailed the campaign about want to go try and set something up with russia, and you said that he got the date wrong. it's called lying to -- he
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pleaded guilty, lying to federal officers. >> just understand the context of the lie, and understand that it doesn't show anything that there was, quote, any collusion. as jen mentioned, he was a volunteer and somebody that was not close -- certainly not in the center circle of the trump campaign, received overtured from the russians. if we are going to suggest that somehow the russians don't try to influence our campaigns -- they have been trying to influence our campaigns from the beginning of modern political campaigns. by the way, we try to influence other countries's campaigns. i would disagree with any collusion -- >> america, russia, we all do the same thing, and it's all the same to you. because i keep hearing people say that that support donald trump. >> it's not the same.
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it's the reality. the reality is the russians have and will continue to try and influence the campaigns. the question is -- it's a legit question, did anybody in the trump campaign actually try to do that, and was that something -- >> papadopoulos admitted he did. >> that question has not been answered yet. >> he pleaded guilty to it. go ahead, jen. >> what we keep learning, more and more information about russia's intentions of getting their claws in the trump campaign, and the fact is we keep learning about meetings that the trump team agreed to and then lie about it. there's obviously more to come. this is not the end of mueller's investigation. this is likely the beginning. the fact that papadopoulos has been participating or working with the fbi since july tells us there's probably more that we are going to learn about who he told and what he knew. this is the first real evidence that there's possible collusion here. i think it's hard for anybody to
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argue who is a trump supporter, there's nothing to see here. we learned a lot more yesterday than we knew the day before. >> we denied the fact that we played a role in the trump campaign to federal investigators that that was another part of the lie, it was not just he screwed up a date. >> he didn't lie -- what the plea agreement says, he did not deny he had the meetings, he was charged and plead guilty to saying he did it at one time when it was another time. i don't think -- at least, again, from the plea agreement, it doesn't mean he was covering up the meetings, he just said the dates were different. >> here's what i am wondering, on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of how bad yesterday was for trump with three of his advisers including the campaign chairman surrendering and being charged and one of them we know pleading guilty, what do you rate it?
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>> look, it obviously was not a good day, but i would say it's more down toward the lower end than the upper end. the two indictments of the two senior people, the two major people in this that were indicted had nothing to do with the trump campaign. they were actions taken well -- it shows bad judgment on the part of the trump campaign and shows maybe they should have done a better job vetting paul manafort, and maybe if the fbi said to the campaign, maybe you should reconsider -- >> yeah, do you think it's a bad judgment call? >> look, alisyn, any presidency over eight years that has the indictment of the campaign manager and deputy campaign manager and foreign policy adviser were indicted.
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manafort's indictment was about past business work, but the questions out there that have not been answered yet is why on earth was he the campaign manager, and he didn't take a payment, so what was he getting out of it? >> it's speculation. obviously we don't know anything. that's the whole point. we have been at this now for a year and a half, and we are really no closer to any kind of quote, collusion -- >> you didn't think yesterday was a different day than the rest of the year and a half? you don't think yesterday seemed to put -- >> what evidence do we have from yesterday that there was any collusion? we have one person that plead guilty to getting the date wrong about something he admitted to, and i will stipulate the russians reached out to the democrats as well as the republicans to provide information. obviously we have the entire
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steele dossier, and the russians were providing information to the clinton camp that was damaging to trump, this is what the russians do. >> jen, last word. >> here's the question people will have to answer for themselves at home, if a foreign government that is an adversary is reaching out to one campaign and saying we will help you win the election and they say, great, let's meet? is that collusion? i think that sounds pretty close to me. >> thank you for the debate. let's get to chris. >> everybody is entitled to their own opinion, and not their own facts. get the supporting affidavit that one of the fbi agents put out. look at the whole thing. you should read the whole thing. it's the only way you will know what is going on. rick santorum was spinning that you read paragraph 7, 8 and 9. it's not just about a date.
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you don't get a date wrong and get charged with a felony. he said the 17th and it was the 16th. sorry. it's not that simple. read the paragraphs. there are many material misrepresentations of fact. that's why he was charged with a felony. know what is going on here and read the affidavit. president trump's former campaign chairman raking in millions on behalf of a russian backed program. helping keep shoppers safe. this is a financial transaction secure from hacks and threats others can't see. this is a skyscraper whose elevators use iot data and ai to help thousands get to work safely and efficiently. this is not the cloud you know. this is the ibm cloud. the ibm cloud is the cloud for business. yours.
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center with more. >> it's one of the most powerful jobs in the world, and powell is the top choice. he's been on the federal reserve's board since 2012 and would be the first fed chief in 40 years that is not an economists. janet yellen is up in february, and he has worked with her. interest hikes will be down the road. regulation could be another story here. he's less tough on banks than yellen, while powell largely supports dodd-frank after the financial crisis. look for regulation to be the change there if he gets that job, chris. >> important stuff. thank you for keeping us ahead on this, christine.
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appreciate it. former trump campaign chairman, manafort, and gates, both pleading not guilty. all of it linked to work they did on behalf of a kremlin-backed political party in ukraine. clarissa ward is live in ukraine with more. clarissa. >> reporter: chris, that's right. really at the heart of the indictment it's about one man, victoran cove-inch. this is the man that worked with manafort and gates for nearly decade, and manafort and gates made tens of millions from the relationship, and they had communication in person and in writing, so the question is why is this significant beyond the
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scope of the criminal charges outlined in the indictment, and you don't get much closer to the kremlin than victor yanukovych. he has even said on television that he believes president vladimir putin personally saved his life when he granted him asylum in russia after yanukovych was forced to free in kiev in 2014, and beyond that he was dogged with corruption and embezzling millions from ukraine, and accused of ordering riot police to shoot on pro western demonstrators in 2014, so for a whole host of reasons a lot of people are wondering why manafort would be so deeply embedded with this man and why the trump campaign would choose
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to hire manafort knowing the depths in spite of his dealings with the controversial character. >> thank you so much. thank you for all of that reporting there. washington holding its breath for what may still be coming in the mueller investigation. we'll get the bottom line for you next.
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at latest count, three people from the trump campaign indicted. let's get to the bottom line with david chalian. where do we begin? >> on how significant of a day yesterday was. no doubt these developments hit the white house pretty hard. don't take my word for it, take john kelly, the white house chief of staff's word for it when he said of course the president gets duh strapbistrac this. i don't know what else you need to hear from the chief of staff.
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the other big development yesterday, i think, chris, is that the white house line on this doesn't hold water anymore. the notion that the press secretary, sarah sanders, can say from the podium nothing revealed yesterday by mueller and his team had anything to do with the campaign or campaign activity. when a foreign adviser on the campaign is setting up meetings with top campaign advisers and russians and those meetings are getting approved to move forward, that's campaign activity. >> obviously they want to turn to their agenda of tax plans and everything. here's speaker paul ryan when asked about it yesterday. >> it is big news. it's big news, but this is what you get from a special counsel. they made an indictment, i have nothing to add because i have not read it.
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>> is that good enough, david? it's not going to last that way forever, right? at some point all the pieces of the puzzle will become revealed and the mueller investigation unfolds before our eyes, and clearly there's more pressure on the republican leadership on the hill to weigh in with their thoughts on what happened here and what we are learning about russia's interference with the 2016 election and the potential connection with the trump campaign. what you hear about paul ryan, this is about the joke you said about the dinner, i wake up in the morning to read which tweets i will have to avoid talking about. they want this stuff to be put in a box and that's difficult because it's all consuming and they want to stick with their mission of getting the votes for tax reform. >> no question. this is a tough spot for the republican leadership to be in. yes, taxes matter.
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so does this. that's why we call out paul ryan for saying he has not read it. senator grassley ducked out -- >> this is fun, this video, for grassly, you will see his head in the back -- >> you see orrin hatch. you see the flag moving. that's senator grassley leaving. his office has a different take on this. >> his office got in touch with us and said he had a previously escaped appointment, and he talked to two cnn correspondents before that and he put a lengthy statement out on his website that is free for everybody to look at. >> people wanted to talk to him then, and he had the previously scheduled apartment. >> mcconnell left before the q & a began.
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>> do you duck? people keep talking about collusion. they should read the affidavit. the word is coordination, david, not kcollusion. coordination is a very different context. coordination is papadopoulos wanted to make these meetings happen. coordination is manafort knowing about them and not calling the fbi and not calling them about papadopoulos and not exposing it. that's a different level of scrutiny. >> coordination is also the willingness to accept, quote, unquote, dirt on hillary clinton and thousands of e-mails in papadopoulos' case from russian sources, and donald trump, jr., case in setting up the meeting in trump tower in 2016. cnn "newsroom" will pick up
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the guilty plea of a third. campaign adviser, george papadopoulos admitted he lied to the fbi about meetings that included the promise of dirt and thousands of e-mail from hillary clinton from the russians. the most concrete evidence to date of russian efforts to influence the election and the trump's campaign receptiveness of the overtures. moments ago the president weighed in on the major development. few people new the young low-level volunteer named george who has already proven to be a liar. >> there is at least one person involved in the trump campaign who did appear to know volunteer george a little. his name was donald trump. >> george papadopoulos, he's an oil and energy consultant. excellent guy. >> that was the voice of president trump introducing excellent guy, papadopoulos. you can also see this photo

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