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good evening. we begin tonight with breaking news. so much of what we were hoping to know in the wake of dwred's terror attack we learned in just a few short minutes later today. federal terrorism charges filed against the driver shedding light on means, motive, opportunity and timeline. but there's more that authorities want to know which is where why we're again
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breaking with tradition tonight and showing his photo just in case anyone has any information about this person. that's the number at the bottom of the screen. but first the facts that we know. two reports starting with cnn's who joins us now. so what have you found out about why the suspect chose halloween? >> that's right. so authorities believe the reason he chose halloween, quite simply is because he wanted a big impact. he felt that in the area along this stretch on the west side highway along this bike path which really isn't that far from the halloween parade, he thought there would be a lot of people there. so he figured he would do this attack in an area of great impact where there would be a lot of people. >> what else was in the clant? >> there's really a lot of information on this ten plus page complaint. the authorities say that they have his cell phones, two cell phones and really they have found a lot of information just off of his web searching. he was searching on his phone websites. they found 90 videos of isis propaganda.
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and one of them was a beheading. they also found some 3,800 images of isis, and they also found that he feels researching pickup trucks and halloween, the term halloween. so all of that is basically painting a picture for authorities that he wanted a big impact type attack. >> earlier the fbi was looking for information about a second individual. what do you know about that now? >> so they haven't located that individual shortly after they put out his photo within about 20 minutes or so they found him. they are questioning him. he is not considered a suspect. i was told that there was no imminent threat because of him, but they were able to find him and they are now questioning. they believe he's an associate. they want to ask him what knows. that's what i'm being told, what he knows about the suspect. keep in mind that the suspect was planning this for about a year, so anyone in that timeline authorities are going to tamt to talk to. so he's not going to be the only one that they're going to be
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looking for and wanting to speak to. >> how did he make a living? >> right. so that's unclear. there's some thought that he was odds and ends kind of jobs or pick up driver. authorities are still working through that. he didn't appear to really have a great amount of money, so that is still under investigation. they are talking -- they've talked to his wife, who has been cooperating and that's still stuff that they really are trying to find out. >> all right. appreciate the reporting. for more gets go to cnn's jason carol. so you're learning, jason, more about what the suspect has said. >> reporter: right. and we should also tell you that the suspect did appear in a wheelchair in federal court earlier this evening. he did not enter a plea. that's going to come at a later point. did not enter a plea. that's going to come when the u.s. attorney indicts. the u.s. attorney has 30 days to
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do that. as you heard from my colleague, really getting more insight new into the state of mind of this particular man. he had already given investigators a great deal of information and apparently not showing any remorse, anderson, when he was in his hospital room, when he was questioned, apparently he said he felt good about what owed done and at one point asked if oon isis flag could be hung in his hospital room. >> unbelievable. he also did a dry run s is that right? >> he did. he did. we know from the criminal complaint at 2:06 that was the time with where he actually rented the truck from home depot but on october 22nd he actually rented a truck and did some turns to try to practice. we also know that at one point he said he wanted to hang the isis flag on his truck which falls in step with some of the material left behind which
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included isis propaganda. >> breesht the detail. i want to bring in our security experts. phil, just from what we've learned today, how do you see this investigation? >> people are talking about lone wolf versus broad conspiracy. this is a little more confused, muddled and i think it's going to be get more complicated. a couple things here are different than what you would expect to see in a lone wolf operation. we learn that he thought of a truck about two months ago, but he was thinking of this operation as long as a year ago. he was not rice late from society. has a tammy, presumably has associates. point one, somebody pz something. >> in past cases people talk about stuff -- >> it's not simply a question of whether their activity changes, their language. do they talk about u.s. politics differently, religion differently, dress differently. the other issue is the fbi picking up a second person of
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conspiracy. the fact that they looked for him so quickly tells me that they have questions for them. some are simple, did you know something about the operation. some are more complicated, that was the circle of people who might have told him that joining isis was okay. this tells me that the story, the sorted of spieder web is more around this individual. there are going to be tentacles around it that are complicated. >> absolutely. i think when we found out that although he was never the target of an fbi counterterrorism investigation, he was on the periphery. he was just outside the radar. so now what they're going to do is go back and look at the link ages between him and the individuals that were targets but also who he was talking to out there. so this individual that they ticked up today could be one of those people that's on the perchy that he had had contact with but incompetent because of all of his postings and everything out there and the contact on his phone, there's
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people that know that he was planning to do something here. >> one of the points i want to make sure, this sounds complicated, but there's a term we use in the business called hufrps. >> hufrps. >> one of the reasons this is complicated is you have an individual in the center. he has a circle of associates. one of the associates was picked up today. that's one hop. think of multiplying those hops not just by people he knows physically but communicating with on the internet. in this case you're going to want to move out two hops. individuals he's directly connected with, individuals they are connected with. multiply the number of people by e-mail accounts, phone accounts, text messaging. i want to know what amazon orders they had. did they order ball bearings, for example, backpacks. that tell us you one reason why this is so complicated an investigation. >> paul, when you look at, and fen this is still early days here. when you look at what we now know about this this individual
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and the attack, how does it compare to others? >> paul, can you hear me? >> well, with this case it's the same tactic that we've seen with other isis ininspired, isis encouraged cases where you have a truck attack. i was really struck by the similarity with what happened yesterday and an isis manual that was put out in november of last year with some very specific guidance for how to launch these kind of attacks and how to claim these kind of attacks, a handwritten note that should be thrown of the truck, anderson, with specific language about that the islam he can state will endure. we saw all of those things, it would appear, with this attack shows that he would have read
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this manual possibly. >> how common is it for someone to make a drive run. i've road along that stretch of new york. there's not a lot of places where a truck could get on this. i mean, in some ways it's difficult for a truck to veer off the road the way this one did. he seemed to know the spod to do it. >> it would be interesting to see if we could get video of that die run. i think that's probably what they're looking for right now. that shows the preplanning that this individual was involved in. and we've heard preplanning back a couple months, alternative bulls back in the complaint. they say that it's possibly been a wreer that he's been planning this. so tlt it was unsophisticated to the degree of what he said, he did do preplanning, which indicates, you know, that he was looking online. he was looking at what kooisz was putting out online and he did have some preplanning, which
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means somebody has got to know something else out there. >> it's not surprising, i guess, but it's still sickening that this radical islam is happy with what we'ven. >> and rm, he wrote a note in arabic. he's shending a message not only to -- you have to remember, we look at these people and i think americans across the country look at these people as some sort of crazed lunatics. when we started taking down al qaeda prisoners, even as long as 16 years old, the first one we took down was in the spring of 2002. i remember talking to one of the tergts. we had them in secret prisoners called black sights. and we'd have conversations with these prisoners and one of them looked at the interrogatory or one day, not involved in an interrogation, sitting around talking. you know, if you ever let me
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out, i've got to go back and do my work. he's admitting that you can't let me out that i'm so committed to the cause that i will do it until i do. >> paul, do you expect a claim of responsibility for this from isis? i mean, there hasn't been one yet. does that surprise you? >> so it does surprise me to some degree, anderson, just just because there's so much in the media about him claiming allegiance for isis and so on and so forth. so he's really setting up for them to claim. sometimes when it comes to isis there's no rhyme or reason and after the chelsea event last year they didn't claim that either, but they claimed some attacks where they had nothing wd with whatsoever, like the las vegas attack, like an attack in manila, the philippines.
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i think there's a lot of chaos when it comes to isis claims things at the moment. so we'll have to wait and see. one possibility is that the the attacker may have uploaded some sorted of video. we saw that after the berlin attack last winter and they're sort of putting together a bigger media production which will take a bit locker. but yeah, sbha surprising. >> you're talking about a so-called -- >> yeah. this guy was on his cell phone downloading all kinds of isis videos, seemed pretty tech savvy and not difficult for individuals like that to sfiend someone online that they could upload a video too in isis territory in syria and iraq. we'll have to wait and see whether that's the case. it was the case in several attacks in europe, for instance. >> appreciate you being with us. that number to call if you've
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reaction to yesterday's terror attack continuing from the white house today after letting loose with a string of tweets including one slamming democratic senator chuck schumer. the president then continued to say this about the justice system in mrk. >> we need quick justice and we need strong justice. much quicker and much stronger than we have right now, because what we have right now is a joke and it's a laughing stock. and no wonder so much of this stuff takes place. >> saying a joke and a laughing stock. later this afternoon his press secretary said in short he didn't say what you just heard him say. cnn's jim acosta asked her about it. he joins us now. the president had obviously the strong words on twitter and on camera about the new york attack and the u.s. justice system.
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what more can you tell us? >> that's right. contrast what the president said today injecting politics into the aftermath of a terror attack. contrast what he did in las vegas in the days after that attack in las vegas the president said hang on a second. we can't politicize this tragedy. we can't talk about gun control right now. he did the exact opposite today. he seized on the issue of immigration. get rid of chain migration and also talked about getting away from this diversity lottery system saying that it did not have the proper vetting and screening measures in place when in fact it does. he also blamed that system on the senate minority leader chuck schumer despite the fact that that was signed into law as a program by president george h.w. bush. >> we just heard the president saying that the justice system is a joke and laughing stock. then white house press secretary
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sarah huckabee sanders braskel tried to clarify some of those comments or basically just flat out deny them. >> that's right. i tried to ask her during the briefing why did the president say that the u.s. justice system is a joke and a laughing stock. here is what she had to say. she denied that the president said that. >> why did the president call the u.s. justice system a joke and a laughing stock during his comments -- >> that's not what he said. >> he said that the system of justice in this -- >> he said that process. he said the process has people calling us a joke and calling us a laughing stock. look, i think as i told margaret he's simply pointing out his frustration of how long this process takes, how costly this process is and pickle for someone to be a known terrorist, that process shouldn't move faster. that's the frustration he has. >> now, you heard sarah huckabee sanders say that people are calling us a joke and a laughing
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stock. >> that's not what he said. >> that's not what he said. we need quick justice, strong justice, much quicker much stronger than we have right now because what we have right now is a joke and a laughing stock. >> let's just play it because it's on video. >> prchlt yeah. >> we need quick justice and we need strong justice. sh quicker and much stronger than we have right now, because what we have right now is a joke and it's a laughing stock and no wonder so much of this stuff takes place. >> now, sarah huckabee sanders knows what the president said. she just is pretending he said something else. >> she was pretending that he was saying something else, anderson, and it's disappointing because we count on sarah huckabee sanders to sort of give us the straight scoop in the briefing room. that is just not what happened today and that -- it goes straight to the credibility of those questions that we talked about when sean spicer was the white house prosecutes. you can't have the white house
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press secretary come into the room and say it was the largest inauguration crowd in the history of the united states as sean spicer did. that is a kind of statement that shaerts the credibility of a white house press secretary and so you ask them why did the president call it a joke and a laughing stock. >> especially it is on video. it's one thing to lie about something that wasn't actually recorded and then, you know, it's easier, i guess, but when it's actually to say you believe what sarah huckabee sanders just implies that everybody who doesn't is just an idiot because we heard what we heard. >> jim on yas ka, appreciate it. thanks very much. ambassador what do you make of first of all what the president said. >> well, anderson, jonathan and
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i were watching the stories of these precious individuals who per i should at the hands of terror in new york city, and it was so striking to see that a number of them were foreigners who had come to the united states to visit from other places. what the president did today, lying, dishonoring the constitution, disdanger american justice by calling it a joke and a laughing stock, attacking due process by saying we need quicker, stroenger results as i our american courts were not good enough. he dishonored their memory and the united states. and he served nose dishonor sandwich between two lifes where he first smeared a senator falsely for the visa program and then he says at the end, anderson, no matter there's so
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much of this. come on, the amount of time that the korlts in the united states are not what is causing the terror. it was a disgraceful performance in an administration that has been cull of them. programs a new low. >> professor turly, the president also said today that america needs far greater punishment for troersz. it is clear to you what that means and what it would look like? the bas on marathon bomber, for example, is on death roll. >> i'm not too sure what it meenlts, frankly. i've been lead counsel in terrorism cases in the united states. i refuse to take enemy combatant cases in get month because of the due process limitations. yop what the ready was referring to, the wenlts in terrorism cases are extreme. this takes too long. this man will never see a free day for the rest of his life. while these cases can stay in courts a long time, these people are in jail and in this case a
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conviction is hardly going to be difficult. he left quite a trial. he seems eager to admit his guilty, so i just don't know what the was thinking of when he wants a sfaser system. but i think the danger of these comment is we can't bend to the thread of people like this. we can't di up our values. that's are you you defeat al qaeda is by remaining troou to who you you are. and we're dwind by due process. it works. and the mishment is quite heavy. >> it sort of harkens back to the time the president was spike to go gentle law enforcement officers and don't put their hand on year head when putting them in the vehicle. which again law enforcement agencies but out statements this is not how we deal with systems, not people who have even be quit but with suspects and people. it does seem like it's the kind
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of thing in a barge. one thing to say, you know, it's a joke. it's a laughing stock of the it's another thing for the president of the united states to be saying. >> anderson, it's so true when our nation is attacked and lives are lost here. we look for the president for leadership to help us skilg, also also the defend the constitution our founding documents and the virtues that make america great not to attack them. and it actually was very similar to what happened with those prior law enforcement comments because the president also said he might consider sending this gentleman to kwaun tan month. well now we're hearing reports that in fact the man by the president's own justice department is going to be charged as he should be in the u.s. justice system. so you have a repudiation there by the president's own justice department. by heavens, the attorney general was sitting right across from
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president trump. he should have stood up and walked out. >> professor, what do you say to those who are watching and say he should go to began tan mow. >> i think people have to think seriously about the implications of what they're suggesting. first of all, began tan mow bay has been a kol has sal failure. it's been a rallying cry for extremists around the world. and in many ways it really undermines our credibility both inside and outside the country. but i think the people also have to consider in the administration what this case would mean if the president changes its course and sends him to began tan mow bay. the legal status of these trials there has always been somewhat precarious. for an individual like this would be the worst possible case to test those principles. bad cases can become bad law and
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they should think very seriously whether they really want a case of a lawful resident being sent to guantanamo bay to be the next case before the supreme court. that's not the case that i would bet on if i were on their side. >> is the record brt here than guantanamo. >> yes, it's much better because they get tried. most people at guantanamo bay were not tried. ed idea that they're kolgdsed or they play fast and loose with the system is simply not true. the conviction rate among terrorism cases is one of the highest among any in the united states. it's very rare to have people acquitted in terrorism cases. but what they do get is a fair trial. and then when we impose the punishment, we impose it on our terms, want theirs. and they get a fair trial the type they deny other people. >> appreciate it. thank you. coming up, we keep learning more about the suspect in yesterday's
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again, the breaking news. the suspect wounded and arrested in yesterday's attack was charged today in court. he refused bail. authorities saying -- he was refused bail.
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isis related propaganda videos were found on one of his cell phones as well as images. a second phone showed searches for halloween in new york city and a truck rental outlet in new jersey. more on the man's background from drew griffin. >> reporter: his relatives are refusing to say much at all. a person believed to be the suspect's mother-in-law told cnn off-camera she was in shock, couldn't believe it. eventually slamming the door shut. new york city police officers came and went from her building. >> can you tell us if you talked to her up on 7 e.? >> but the main law enforcement focus is the suspect's home in patterson, new jersey. >> the truck been here for about three weeks on and off. >> what we know is the suspect grew up in uzbekistan. neighbors there say he lived a normal, peaceful life in this home. the suspect moved to the u.s. in 2010, got married, and a man who knew him here in the u.s. found
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him entirely different. he said he was a young aggressive man, telling cnn there were monsters inside his mind. he hired the suspect for his trucking business but said he had to fire the terror suspect, vakel referring to a customer quality issue. the 29-year-old truckdriver has a long lift of serious traffic violations in several states and was even arrested for failing to appear in court. somehow even after that he was able to become an uber driver in new jersey. uber saying he passed their security screaming. the suspect also lived for a while in tampa, florida. neighbors there say he and his family kept to themselves. new york and federal officials tell cnn it appears the radicalization took place online and for the past two weeks the suspect had been planning his isis inspired attack. >> he appears to have followed almost exactly to a t the instructions that isis has put out in its social media channels
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before with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack. >> drew joins us. now, did uber do background checks on this guy? he had all those traffic issues and he had been arrested. >> reporter: yeah. it's amazing, but they did, and he did pass the background check. and uber spokesperson said they're, of course, horrified by this senseless act of violence. but they've gone back through his driving record. they find no evidence of any safety concerns when it comes to customers this guy was driving for. being, uber now says he's banned from the uber app and they're now cooperating with federal and local officials. >> you'd think they might want to look at their security protocols if this person who had multiple traffic citations and get to drive, i don't get that. >> i think that's going to be a no-brainer and that's going to be a tagalong story as this story moves forward, anderson. obviously this guy was driving for uber. he had a very terrible driving
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record, as we've pointed out. >> yeah. appreciate the reporting. thank you. perspective now from cnn national security analyst and former director of national intelligence, james clapper. just in terms of what you've learned, what we've all learned today from the investigation, i'm wondering, is there anything in particular of interest that stands out to you. >> one aspect of this, anderson, that i do think is unique to this case is that the perpetrator, the terrorist, is still alive. and what i'm hopeful is that we'll be able to perhaps do a psychological profile here and learn what makes these people tick. when do they crossover that line? and the difficulty we have here is in identifying people, even if they come from someplace else and then come here and become radicalized, and that is a really daunting challenge for
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law enforcement and intelligence. so i'm hopeful in the long run that some good may come of this terrible tragedy by learning something about the psychology of people that get caught up and become radicalized. >> i mean, after all this time and all the cases that have been looked at, often in retrospect, as you said many times the terrorists are dead, is that not only already kind of clear? i remember reading peter berg en's book which is an analysis of american jihadists and there isn't one particular path that people take. >> no, there isn't. that's quite true. and that's something, you know, we certainly understand. but this is a case in point where you do have a surviving attacker and hopefully we'll learn more about this because despite our understanding of this, actually detecting someone who is in the process of
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radicalizing at the right time without invading prief's is something we haven't figured out yet in this country. and that's our challenge here is not so much people coming in and conducting attacks but people who are here who become radical ieg iced. so i'm hopeful that we'll learn something about this with this particular case. >> i think it's also hard for people to believe and i certainly find it hard to believe that this person and these people in general do not tell other people or do not give indications -- you know, i think back to the garland attack and i think elton simpson was his name, one of the people who committed that attack. he had been on the fbi radar for years. he had been followed. they had run undercover agents following him for long periods of time, but there's only so long you can follow somebody for, and if they don't do something at a certain point you
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have to make an operational decision. >> exactly so. and this is another example of that. and the question i think that this poses is, well, just how invasive, how intrusive should intelligence, law enforcement be when they have people on the radar, so to speak, but who perhaps haven't met the evidentiary threshold for continued surveillance or an arrest or anything of that sort. and that is a -- that's a tough problem for this country. >> director clapper, appreciate your time. thank you. >> thank you. >> up next, new reports of the president stewing over the russia investigation and one report that everything is just fine. that one comes from the president himself in a new interview. we'll have the latest on that. when you have a cold stuff happens. shut down cold symptoms fast with maximum strength alka seltzer plus liquid gels.
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russia investigation and on it is just two days since the first charmz were filed against the president's former campaign manager and another aide and since we learned of a guilty plea from a former adviser who is now cooperating with authorities. the question is is the president agonizing over these developments or cool as a cucumber. kind of depends who you're talking to. he down played any concerns over the developments. that's at odds. jeff, what's the latest you're learning about the impact the special counsel is having on the president as he prepares to go to asia? >> anderson, good evening. there's no question that the
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entire russia investigation has consumed this white house and in fact much of washington for the last several days and some aides are concerned that it's interrupted the president's briefing time, his time to learn exactly what needs to happen on this voyage he's about to go on on friday. but the big question here tonight is if it's a welcome diversion going to asia for this time or if his preoccupation with russia is a dangerous distraction while he's there. there's no question this is a high stakes foreign adventure he's going on. even if this was not happening, the rising threat of a nuclear pyongyang would be certainly a challenge for him. but the concern from some aides we're talking to is that some of these briefings have been interrupted, cut short. in fact, he spent several hours earlier this week, in fact, all morning until early afternoon in the residence of the white house following bit by bit, blow by blow of this russian investigation. so the question here is he fully briefed on this. anderson, many aides say that
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they're actually looking toward to changing the subject and they believe this trip will actually force him to focus on something. it will take away his television, his television watching habits and he'll focus on the matter at hand. we've seen in other previous foreign trips he's actually done quite well. >> maggie, you spoke to the president by phone today. what did he tell you and how did he sound? >> well, his voice is very upbeat. he clearly wanted to communicate a message that despite what we have read in some places that, you know, he's not quote unquote fuming, he'sen railing about this. and i think there's an important distinction to be made. i think his division viewing habits which we know about and annoy him that we say what they are, i think that is separate and distinct to whether his mood is being gofrd by them. he is extremely focused on this. this has been the case for a while is that elvent and blow off steam and then he will move on and there has been a lot of
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that around this. he has been calmer than some folks have anticipated in part because they knew an indictment of paul manafort was imminent at some point. they didn't know precisely when. they didn't know necessarily that it would include rick gates, although that seemed likely. george papadopoulos, the foreign policy hand who pleaded guilty, that one caught some people by surprise, the fact that sam clovis, another former adviser to the president who is currently up for an appointment that's awaiting senate kwirmgts, the fact that he went to speak to robert mueller also caught people by surprise. but that i think is different than sort of a sense of constant disarray, which is what i have had a lot of push back from not just by the president by some of his top advisers. >> the reporting on monday was that the president had spent the morning watching television and that briefings had to be pushed back that he didn't go down to work until like 12, 12530.
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>> yes. >> do you get the sense that he was talking to you. >> i think that is entirely what he was hoping to do. i think that he is frustrating by seeing those reports. i think that whether he realizes how people take his venting moments or not is a different question. he clearly does not want that narrative to be out there and as you know very well, he likes to try to take control of the narrative like he was hoping to dispel the impression of the white house is in disarray. >> in terms of logistics for this asia trip everything from time difference to the food he's eating all that is in the backdrop of trying to keep him on message and focused. >> sure. >> and separate of this russia investigation. for a new president only nine months in office, this is a challenge for anyone. particularly look where he's going, asia to five countries. he's going as close as he's ever come to north korea. so every word he says will be, you know, constituted yids and
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parsed. and that is why this is a challenging thing. and we heard a lot of details reporting this story tonight. of course his advisers are trying to keep him comfortable. it's one of the reasons he's stopping in han lieu lieu on the way out to tokyo. he's going to try and get adjusted to time zones. most presidents do this. he's going to be given a food that's familiar to him. again, most presidents have this. it's so interesting talk to go aides they want to mack sure he's upbeat and happy. but again, on the earlier trips he's taken earlier this year, he in fact has enjoyed being in the company of world leaders here. so a lot of his advisers actually think this is a welcome opportunity to actually change the subject and actually sort of be a diversion here. again, the question is how much of this will be a distraction for him because, of course, he'll still get news updates and there are some surprises still to come in this investigation here. and of course he's following those bit by bit. >> appreciate it. thank you. up next, more on the russia probe and exactly the kind of things that might be weighing on
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two days after former trump campaign chairman paul manafort was taken into fbi custody, along with colleague rick gates, we're learning pretty surprising new details about manafort's lifestyle. it reads like something out of a movie, multiple passports, fake names, and a lot of cash. cnn's jessica snyder has details. >> reporter: three passports, a fake name, and dozens of bank accounts, all revealed in court documents. special counsel robert mueller calling it all a history of deceptive and misleading conduct on the part of donald trump's former campaign chairman paul manafort and former manafort deputy rick gates. the two are under house arrest after a federal court judge agreed with the government that both men are flight risks. manafort currently has three u.s. passports, each of them under a different number. this alone, however, is not illegal. the prosecutor said he has submitted ten passport applications in, roughly, the last ten years. this year manafort has travelled to mexico, ecuador, and china,
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with a phone and e-mail account registered under a fake name. also over the past year he travelled to tokyo, shanghai, dubai, madrid, havana, grand cayman island, cancun and panama city. and both manafort and gates were frequent travelers to cyprus. manafort wrote in financial documents that his assets were worth between $19 million in april 2012 and $136 million in may 2016. but in some months, like when he was serving as trump's national campaign chairman in august 2016, manafort said his assets were worth 28 million, but then he wrote he had 63 million in assets on a different application. meanwhile, gates frequently changed banks and opened and closed bank accounts prosecutors said. in all, gates had 55 accounts with 13 different financial institutions. some accounts were in england and cyprus, where he held more than $10 million from 2010 to 2013. cnn spotted manafort coming home
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to his alexandria, virginia condo tuesday. manafort and gates can only leave their homes to meet with lawyers, appear in court, or for medical or religious reasons. and they must check in with authorities daily. the new details are prompting some to question if the trump campaign properly vetted manafort in the first place. >> paul manafort has a long reputation working on campaigns -- on presidential campaigns. the fact that he is an outlaw, to the extent that has been disclosed so far, it is deeply concerning, i think, to all of us and i'm beginning to wonder if he wasn't an agent of russia. >> reporter: manafort's attorney told reporters on monday his client was not guilty. gates has also pleaded not guilty. >> there is no evidence that mr. manafort or the trump campaign colluded with the russian government. >> reporter: there is also new information tonight about that trump campaign meeting in march 2016 where george papadopoulos sat just feet from then candidate donald trump.
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a source in the room says that trump did not dismiss papadopoulos' idea of arranging a meeting with russian president putin. an official telling cnn, quote, he didn't say yes and he didn't say no. but then senator jeff sessions shut the idea down. and while the white house said it was the only meeting that papadopoulos attended -- >> it was a brief meeting that took place quite sometime ago. it was the one time that group ever met. >> reporter: cnn is told he attended another campaign policy meeting. trump was not in attendance, but sessions was, and sat next to papadopoulos. >> jessica, how is the president responding to the new details about his meeting with papadopoulos? >> reporter: anderson, he's silent so far. of course, it was just yesterday that president trump tweeted about papadopoulos, calling him a liar. but now with the latest revelations that president trump was, in fact, in that march 2016 meeting and he didn't dismiss that proposed meeting with putin, we're actually not hearing directly from the president.
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instead, anderson, sarah sanders -- she was asked about it today from our jim acosta, and sanders said that she does not believe the president recalled a possible putin meeting even coming up. anderson. >> jessica snyder, thanks. when we come back, the latest details on the investigation to the worst terror attack in new york city since the september 11th attacks. what we've learned about the suspect next. this is electricity. ♪ this is a power plant. this is tim barckholtz. that's me! this is something he is researching at exxonmobil: using fuel cells to capture carbon emissions at power plants. this is the potential. reducing co2 emissions by up to 90%... while also producing more power.
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breaking news at the top of the hour. federal terrorism charges filed against the driver in yesterday's truck attack in lower manhattan, and a string of details made public about what authorities found that they believe paint the picture of a radicalized premeditated killer. they want to know more about the man you see on the screen, so if you do know something, there's a number to call down there at the bottom of the screen which we'll show throughout the hour. first cnn's brynn gingras joins us with the very latest. so what was in this complaint? >> reporter: well, there was a lot to unpack there anderson. it really gave a clear picture of where investigators are at this point. a lot of it coming from the suspect himself, what he's told investigators in the hospital. and it's very clear from this complaint that he wanted to inflict mass casualties. one point being, he told investigators he wanted to perform this attack last night, on halloween night, because he thought there would be more people on the streets. we also know from him that he