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me or what i stand for. but a republican congressman from virginia says, not so fast. >> i think that last night was a referendum. i don't think there's any way you could look at it in a different way, to be honest with you, and to be intellectually consistent. >> ryan nobles is in richmond, virginia, for more. it is not only at the top, it's all the way on down to virginia. >> you're absolutely right, poppy. and think of this. ed gillespie last night collected more votes than bob mcdonnell, the last republican to win here statewide in virginia back in 2009. he won more votes than ken cuccinelli did back in 2013 in a race that cuccinelli narrowly lost. but despite getting more votes in both of those candidates, he lost by an enormous margin to ralph northam, the lieutenant governor. and the reason for that is that democratic turnout was in such big numbers, something that doesn't traditionally happen in an off-year election and the reason being that many republicans are pointing to this
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morning is donald trump's impact on this race. ed gillespie attempting to walk on a tight wire, not embracing trump, necessarily, as a man, but embracing many of the policies that he's championed and the culture war that he has been a part of. and it's not just republicans in virginia that are pointing to donald trump as being the reason that there were such wide electoral gains for democrats. it's also the dnc chairman. this is what tom perez said last night. >> you have sent a message across the globe to south korea! donald trump, you don't stand for our values! the america that donald trump comes back to in a few days is far different than the america he left! >> and former president barack obama also weighing in on the results this morning on twitter. he campaigned with both paul -- phil murphy, i should say, from new jersey, and ralph northam here in virginia. and he said, quote, this is what happens when people vote.
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congrats to ralph northam and phil murphy and congratulations to all the victors in the state legislature counties and mayor's ra races. every office in a democracy counts. and when you talk about those down-ballot races, that's where you really see the impact of donald trump and his presidency. here in virginia, the house of delegates could flip from democrat to republican for the first time in almost 20 years. there are a couple of races that still have yet to be decided and could go to recounts. but i have to tell you, john and poppy, i covered virginia politics for close to ten years. no one ever even discussed the possibility of republicans losing the house of delegates. that, perhaps, was the biggest surprise. so many of these legislative losses that happened during the obama administration in the process of being flipped over after this race this morning and that has to make a lot of republicans nervous, as you look ahead to these 2018 midterms. how do they respond now after this resounding electoral defeat last night? john and poppy? >> i've been hearing from nervous republicans all morning.
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ryan nobles, our thanks to you and if your volunteer state, or for your virginia, cavalier state, expertise there. so what issues mattered most to the voters and how much of a role did the president play? one man knows the answer. cnn political director, with dav david chalian. david? >> the first question we wanted to ask voters as they were leaving polls in virginia yesterday is sort of, what do you think of president trump and what kind of factor was he in your vote choice? take a look at donald trump's approval rating in virginia yesterday, among voters who showed up to vote in virginia. 40% say they approve of the job donald trump is doing. 57% disapprove. underwater by 17 points. that was a tough spot for ed gillesp gillespie, the republican candidate. what about as a factor in people's vote. and take a look at this, because by two to one, if donald trump was a factor, 34% say it was a factor negatively. they went to go vote in opposition of trump. only 17% said that they went to vote in support of trump, and
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nearly half the electorate, 47%, said trump was not a factor at all. but if it was a factor, it was a factor in the opposition direction to donald trump. >> what about the issues. beyond the president and your like or dislike for him, the main issues that they came out to vote for? >> reporter: i think this was one of the most surprising results in the exit polls last night, poppy. health care was dominant. i thought health care was certainly an important issue. it's been a dominant part of the political conversation, but look at how it stacks up against all of the rest of the issues. 39% of virginia voters in these exit polls said health care was the issue that mattered most in their vote. nothing else even comes close. gun policy is next at 17%. taxes down at 15%. and of course, of those voters who say health care was most important, which, as you see, is 4 in 10, overwhelmingly, they voted for ralph northam. so this was a vote about health care in the direction of wanting better health care and not necessarily stripping away obamacare and the protections
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that had been put in place. >> look, as maine voted for medicare expansion. all right, how about turnout, david chalian? how did that play into the factor here? >> take a look at virginia by the counties. and you just heard ryan nobles talking about the importance of those. see that little bit of blue up there where it says fairfax? all of those areas right there, that's the d.c. suburbs, guys. so much of what is going to be learned by the results last night is that the suburban vote became even more democratic. this is the democratic strong hold of the state, but in each one of those five counties surrounding washington, d.c., ralph northam overperformed what look did a year ago and she won the state by five plus points. so what that shows us is democrats turned out. republican turnout was a little down. enthusiasm, energy is on the democratic side right now, and we didn't just see it in virginia, we saw it across the country in all of these races, and that's clearly a response to one year, mark, of donald trump's presidency.
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>> david khchalian, thank you s much. joining us now, david gergen. alice stewart, who also is a republican strategy, and symone sanders, who was bernie sanders's press secretary in 2016. thank you all for being here. david, the headline this morning on axios called it a tsunami. this was a wave. was it a tsunami? >> i think it comes about as close as you get to a tsunami in politics. yes, it was a wave and it overwhelm eed everything else. and it has changed the story line already. i think it sends a clear message, a thunderous message, if you like, to the republicans. they need a serious course correction in washington. that means the president's behavior, a lot of things he says, the crazy things he says and that sort of thing. but they also need to revisit health care and get deeper into the numbers that david chalian was pointing out. it was an important issue, but which way does it cut? do people want to keep obamacare or not? but i would tell you the democrats shouldn't be too
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complacent. what we saw was a loss last night for trumpism without trump. trumpism with trump, when he's on the ticket, he's still dangerous to democrats. >> fascinating. >> all right, so alice stewart, what about that point? is the message that -- is it the one the president spent to ed gillespie last night, that you should have campaigned more closely with me? is this about being more trmp or less trumpy? >> well, that's of course what we knew he would say. but the reality is, he lost virginia by five points to hillary clinton. so anyone who would follow the trump playbook in that state would be doing so at their own peril. and i think ed dplgillespie was wise in keeping the president at arm's length. i think he was wise to embrace the policies that were important to the people there in virginia. but not bringing the president too close in the fold, and bringing others, like tom cotton and vice president in to compete with him. but i think it's quite clear that the voters overwhelmingly in virginia, not just in the
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governor's race, but in the lieutenant governor's race, the attorney general, and double digits in the house of delegates overwhelmingly made it quite clear that they are not appreciative of the attitude here in washington, but the level of accomplishment. and i think republicans need to take this as a signal that it's time not just to tone down some of this rough rhetoric, but also to start checking off some legislative accomplishments. and, clearly, in virginia, it would be a good idea to revisit health care. but certainly, as tax reform is one of the top three issues here in virginia, is to tackle the tax reform. and that is a key goal for republicans in washington. >> symone, good morning to you. this is a big victory for democrats. so you should be smiling more than you're smiling right now. there we go. but here's my question. ralph northam was not the progressive candidate, right? this is a guy who is a sort of very establishment, voterd for
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president george w. bush twice. does this cool down your wing, the bernie sanders wing of the party at all? >> i don't think so. i think what we saw in virginia was the quote/unquote bernie sanders wing or the really progressive wing of the party come in and they came together after the primary to do what we needed to do to win. while ralph northam may not be the progressive beacon that everybody is thinking about, just in fairfax, the lieutenant governor candidate absolutely was. just in fairfax is the first african-american to be elected statewide in virginia. the second me, pardon me, with since the civil war. that is a really big thing. and he ran on making the economy work for everybody. he ran a very progressive campaign. and i think not just in virginia, but places all across the country, you can see that when democrats run on the issues, not necessarily just against donald trump, but running on the issues, that is how they will be successful. >> interesting. >> you know, david dperggergen, heard david chalian talking about the suburbs, there were a lot of republican congressman who represent these suburbs right now, who spoke loudly
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yesterday. and even before the election, we had frank of new jersey retire. . >> i think the democrats will put more emphasis on a new generation of candidates. there are more women running, more veterans, there's a surge among veterans and women who want to run for congress. and i think they're going to take encouragement from this. and donors are going to take encouragement from this on the democratic side. let me be clear, though. when i say trumpism with trump, i mean, if he's on the ticket himself and the democrats put up someone who's too far to the left, he's still a very strong force in american politics. i think what happened here is, the person who -- the gillespie, you know, was sort of caught in between. he was -- it was hard to tell where he was. >> if you watch the ads, you thought he was right there with trump, but then he's not. >> exactly. exactly. i think the democrats need to be thinking about this in terms of, okay, trump is a -- can be a big
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asset for us, but we have to have ideas, we have to have new faces and fresh ideas. >> so, alice, to that point, if democrats put up what david gergen is saying they must put up to have these important victories, fresh faces, new ideas, how does that counter what scott taylor said at the beginning here, you heard him say that the republican representative from virginia, that this is a referendum on the administration. that the exit poll numbers show us, twice as many people came out to vote in part in opposition to the president than came out to vote in support of the president. >> to clearly, the democrats, new faces are great, but new ideas or the ideas that voters are concerned with are the key issue. that's where they missed the boat in the presidential election. they need to focus on the economy and issues that are really core for voters across america, and especially in the rust belt states. i think they learned that lesson. many of them did focus on the economy in order to win in these
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races. with regard to republicans, i think the sixth district in georgia was a good example of a conservative who will stand for their principles, fight for the policies that donald trump stands for. but also promise their voters that they will go and not be a rubber stamp on donald trump and his policies, but rather, a check and balance. they want to say that they support donald trump, but not blindly. that's what voters want. they want someone that will stand up for their conservative values, but they also want someone who will do so with a tone that they are encouraged by and one that will continue to encourage more republicans to get into politics instead of getting out of it. >> you know, symone, alice brought up georgia six, and the president brought up it overnight, also. saying we won, the republicans won four special elections in a row. why should tonight matter more than those four other races? and keep in mind, the democratic party, just at 37% right now. only 37% of the country has a favorable view of the democratic party right now, which is down from what it was just in march.
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>> yeah, the party is not necessarily popular. but candidates who are running on the issues that the american people care about are. i think the special elections that happened since the election of president trump and up until now, they were -- the landscape was just very different. yesterday was the test. was the test to see where, where was the pulse in the country, if you will, when it comes to democrats, when it comes to president trump and the kinds of policies that republicans are putting forth. not just in virginia, but in georgia, they flipped two state house seats that were so republican that they were not even contested in 2016. those are now represented by democratic representatives. there is a pathway -- a pathway, if you will. we're back to talking about a pathway, a year later. there is a pathway to win for democrats in 2018. >> haven't we all learned, never say, there is not a path. never, ever, ever say that again. symone, quickly, before we go, just to follow with you, our poll, this is a new cnn poll john was citing shows the
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unfavorable rating for democrats. the party as a whole is at 54%. that's the highest it's been since 1992. you scared about that? >> look, i think that -- i've always said that i think we have a branding issue. democrats, we have really great ideas, but for some reason, it's not translating to the people when we go out there and talking to them in the states. i think it's really important that democrats are talking about what we are doing and can do for folks all across america, regardless if they're democrat, republicans, or independents. and brand ourselves in a way that notes that we are the party that's going to -- for lack of a better term -- get things done. >> well, this is your day, that's for sure. see how long that day lasts. david, alice, symone, thank you all very, very much. president trump on the ground in beijing hours after a speech where he talked about north korea and kim jong-un. >> today i hope i speak not only for our countries, but for all civilized nations when i say to
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the north, do not underestimate us. and do not try us. >> the response from north korea was "we are done listening." let's go to our jeff zeleny. he is traveling with the president on this really big, important, critical trip across asia. he's in china right now ahead of a big meeting with xi jinping, the leader there. we'll get to that in a moment. but just reaction to the speech and what we heard last night? >> reporter: good morning, poppy. good morning, john. president trump is arriving here, as you said. he did arrive a few hours ago. and it is still his ask of president xi jinping to step up his efforts to squeeze the north korean regime financially, that is going to be front and center in these talks here. but the speech that the president gave in seoul, south korea, just a day ago certainly is still hanging over all the talks here and in the air here. and the president made clear why
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he should be seen as a different american leader than all the ones who have gone before him who have dealt with north korea. >> the regime has interpreted america's past restraint as weakness. this would be a fatal miscalculation. this is a very different administration than the united states has had in the past. >> reporter: so, certainly, it is a different administration, a different president in substance and style, but the issues and challenges remain the same. but speaking of other presidents, president trump now is leaving the door open to putting north korea back on the state list of sponsored terrorist organizations. you'll remember back at the end of president george w. bush's term in october of 2008, he removed north korea from the
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list after, you know, calling them part of the axis of evil just a few years prior. that was part of his efforts to bring north korea into the negotiating table. so president trump, we're told, will be making that decision before the end of his visit here to asia in the next week or so. but a big set of meetings on tap in a few hours today when president trump is going to continue to be flattered and have the red carpet rolled out for him. but then he's moving into a series of substantiative meetings with president xi jinping. of course, the economy, trade issues, front and center on all of these conversations. you know, during the presidential campaign, president trump railed against china so often. his tone, now, of course, has changed. but he is trying to get more from china. and he's brought a series -- a long list of business leaders with him. he'll be announcing some business deals here, as well. so that's what's on the president's agenda for today in what is arguably the most
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sequential stop in his 12-day tour of asia. john and poppy? >> jeff zeleny, thank you so much. it is so interesting, some of the ceos traveling with the president, that have been critical of him, like lloyd blankfein of goldman sachs. >> it's a business opportunity. >> china is a business opportunity, indeed. ahead for us, voters in virginia sending a message about the president's agenda. we're going to speak to a republican congressman from the great state -- commonwealth? >> commonwealth. >> -- about where the party goes from here. >> plus, the cia's chief meets with a conspiracy theorist. so why did he do it? because the president asked him to. and investigators in the texas church shooting have a roadblock in this case. how the gunman's phone is now a focal point. crohn's, you've tried to own us. but now it's our turn to take control with stelara® stelara® works differently for adults with moderately to severely active crohn's disease. studies showed relief and remission, with dosing every 8 weeks.
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rest of the country. joining us now, republican congressman dave bratt of virginia. it wasn't just the governor's race, it was the lieutenant governor's race, it was the attorney general's race, it was all the races for the house of delegates. this was a democratic sweep, by and large, in your state. what happened? >> so what's common to all of those, we failed to nationalize the election. the democrat showed up and nationalized the election, and i think we were running too much on state issues. even at the state level, virginia only grew at 0.6% gdp growth rate last year. that's not gaood. and yet two-thirds of the people came out to the polls saying, the economy is doing fine. we failed to message on the economy. the democrats put in a $10 trillion tax increase up in d.c. three weeks ago. we're putting in tax cuts. we didn't message on that. obamacare premiums are going out with 40% increases across the state. the democrats are running on health care, but they're not
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running on obamacare failure. and so we failed to message at the proper level, on the national level. and it turns out that's the key. it was health care last night. we haven't -- we failed, right? the senate, republicans failed to pass a repeal and lower the price of health care. we've got to get that done. and tax cuts, we've got to get it done, because it's a national referendum. and you're right, it affected all the downhill races. and so we've got to get our act together up here in the swamp any day now. >> we've got to get our act together. strong words. would you agree with some other strong words from your fellow republican, from virginia, scott taylor, who just said this morning on this network, this is a referendum on this administration? >> it's a referendum -- the administration has the agenda of lowering taxes, repealing obamacare, getting rid of regulations, et cetera. the senate did the face-plant on the obamacare repeal, right? so that's where the failure occurred. so i always like to tell it the
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way it is. the senate failed on obamacare repeal. health care was the number one issue. and the economy is number two. and tax cuts are up right now. so we better get that one through. >> is that a yes or no? you look at the exit poll numbers. twice as many people in virginia came out to vote in part to opposition of this president than in support of this president. so yes or no, say it like it is, referendum on this president or no? >> it depends on what you mean on -- on the agenda, no. i always deal in policy, not on personality and all the drama. >> on the man. on the man. >> i don't think it's ever a matter of personality. last night, the evidence was health care and the economy growth. economy in virginia is failing right now. and government jobs are tied to that economy. and so it's staggering that northern virginia can go along with such low economic growth. >> congressman, another way to ask that is, do you think the president helped or hurt republicans in virginia?
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>> we failed to -- what i'm saying is, we failed to nationalize it, right? it wasn't in play. >> but the democrats, to the extent that they nationalized it, they nationalized it around the president of the united states. so we're asking you, it's not a trick question. it's a fairly simple one. did he help or hurt? did he help or hurt republicans in your state? >> i wish -- i wish the national would have come into play. we failed to capitalize on nationalizing the election. and that's what i y we lost. >> ed gillespie should have run closer to the president, you're saying? >> yes, on health care, repeal of obamacare, and on cutting taxes, which we're going to do for every american. every average family in virginia will get $1,200 back in their pockets. we didn't mention that. that's our plan, right? that's the republican plan. it's the republican platform. if you don't mention that, it's not good. and so, we've got to do -- we're doing no oversight hearings.
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we're not mentssaging on foreig policy, et cetera. we have a messaging problem and we had an obamacare face-plant in the senate. we've got to correct that and move forward. and we failed to do that last night. >> but ed gillespie did run on some of the issues, some of the cultural issues that have been most important and prominent to this president. like immigration, like confederate statues, like the nfl, you know, kneeling or standing for the anthem. he did run on that stuff. i think what we're trying to understand is do you think that helped or hurt in virginia for this race? >> some of those issues, i think, helped ed. and i mean, the president narrative is that he ran hard on those issues. i don't think that's accurate. ed ran a good state-level policy race. right? he had 20 rational policy planks at the state level, but that got dwarfed by all the nationalization of the issues, right? and so, the state message didn't
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come through, at the end, he started pivoting toward ms-13, the gang activity in northern virginia, the statues, thomas jefferson at uva now has a shroud over his head, right? and so that -- those issues were two-thirds of americans supported him on those issues, right? and the press would come in and say, y'all know what that means, right? jefferson is how considered evil now. >> congressman? >> and two-thirds of americans don't agree with that. >> congressman, given how tough of a day it was across the board in virginia, were you glad you weren't on the ballot yesterday? >> if i were on the ballot, i would have nationalized everything, right? and so i would have run 100% on the democrats increasing taxes by $10 trillion in their budget this year. the swamp is the spending. we can't get any spending cuts up here at all. and that's why the middle class tax cut isn't bigger. and so i would have run on those issues.
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i would have run on health care. premiums are going up 40%. in our plan, i worked very hard with the freedom caucus to make sure caucus prices would go down on health care. i voted no against our own team on that. and then i got to yes when the price finally started going down. so that's where i stand. i want health care costs for the average family back home to go down. i would have run across the board on all of those federal issues that were one and two in the polls. and i think there's a win there, easy. i think it's an easy win. the democrats don't have any policy solutions right now. >> you're okay you had last night off? it's okay with you. >> i would rather not be running every two years, yeah. maybe, you know, the senate looks like they have a cushy job, right? they go up every six years and got it wrong in between. that's a nice slot if you can get it. >> i'm sure they'll love hearing that. congressman brat, we appreciate it this morning. >> thank you, guys. you bet. thanks. coming up, a really important story. the cia director, mike pompeo is
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really busy. so why did he sit down then, for an hour, with a well-known conspiracy theorist? well, because the president asked him to. the details, ahead. accused of obstructing justice to theat the fbinuclear war, and of violating the constitution by taking money from foreign governments
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all right. this morning, questions about a controversial meeting held by the cia director. intelligence sources tell cnn that president trump urged his cia director, mike pompeo, to meet with a man who is a known conspiracy theorist. >> his name, william binney, and he believes the leak of the dnc e-mails last year was actually an inside job, not a result of russian hackers, like the intelligence community says. so, why did the head of the cia meet with him? michelle kozinski is in
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washington with more. what is your reporting on this, on how this meeting came about? >> reporter: and it's also raising questions within the intelligence community. multiple intelligence sources are telling cnn that this happened about two weeks ago, on october 24th. and that many people within the cia felt very uncomfortable about this meeting happening. now, these sources say that the president wanted his cia director, mike pompeo, to meet with this person who does not believe russia was behind the hack of the dnc e-mails, and then their distribution right before the election. even though the u.s. intelligence community has concluded that russia interfered. this person is named william binney. he worked at the nsa for 30 years, but he's since become a critical of some of its methods, some of which he thinks are ineffective, and others that he thinks maybe go too far and spy on americans. he's been outspoken about this theory, that he believes this
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could have been an inside job. that someone at the dnc leaked these e-mails, that they weren't stolen by russia. he's been outspoken about this, in fact, on russia's rt network, "russia today," which the u.s. considers to be russian-state propaganda. and you know, the reason he believes this is because certain questions have been raised over things like the speed at which one of the archives appears to have been created and then released by the hacker guccifer. however, there have been a lot of holes poked in this theory by other very knowledgeable analysts. so in this meeting which binney tells cnn lasted about an hour, he said pompeo opened by saying, the president told me i should talk to you. and that binney said to him, the entire intel community needs to tell the truth, the whole true, and nothing but the truth. so the cia says that mike
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pompeo, in fact, stands by and has always stood by the intelligence community's assessment that this was russia. but we should say that, you know, binney is telling cnn that pompeo ended this meeting by telling binney that hep wants him to talk to other people, including at the fbi and the nsa. >> michelle kosinski, thank you for the reporting. it is complex, but very important. let's analyze it with susan hennessey, cnn national security analyst and a former attorney for the nsa. so susan, the way "the washington post" puts it this morning, they call it suspiciously pro-trump. and the paper writes, intelligence officials have expressed concern about the possible politicization of pompeo's job. it goes on to say, his meeting with a high-profile concept kick of the intel's community's conclusions at trump's own request won't tamp down those concerns. how do you see it? >> first, we have to go back to evaluate whether this theory has any merit at all. it just doesn't.
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there is a mann of publicly available forensic information that was made public back in june of 2016, about russian hacking the involvement against the dnc, crowd strike released that information. and then the intelligence community assessment that says with high confidence, that's the intelligence community way of saying, we're positive. it makes pretty clear that they're not just relying on that public evidence. they actually have their own sources and methods. they have signals intercept. they've heard and seen things that the rest of us haven't. really, this is not -- this isn't sort of an open question. and so that raises the specter here of one, why is donald trump trying to relitigate this issue that's well settled within the splenlgs communi intelligence community and why is pompeo allowing him to do so? so this is sort of the equivalent of george w. bush's cia director meeting with a 9/11 truther. really, it's just astounding. >> so what should the cia director have done when the president asked him to have this meeting? >> i think like all heads of federal executive agencies, you know, they have sort of a
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responsibility to set the appropriate boundaries here. so cia director pompeo should really be explaining to president trump that the job of the cia is not for the white house to reach out and say, hey, sort of give me the intelligence i want, talk to the people i want you to talk to. and sort of give me the news i want to hear. but instead, they are non-political, apolitical analysts when are going to go out and discover the truth, arm u.s. leadership with what the truth is, and those facts, to enable them to make sort of sensible fact-based policy. so really, sort of reaffirming the role of the agency, and also, defending the work of the men and women who work on behalf of the u.s. intelligence community. you know, some of whom risk their lives to collect these forms of intelligence. so really carrying that message back to the white house, that he stands by their conclusions, you know, from before and that he's not going to allow sort of this -- even the appearance of politicization, you know, to make their jobs more difficult. >> you know, one of the sort of second lines here, but i think
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it's really important, the intercept, the first publication to report this, says that binney brought up to pompeo dnc staffer seth rich, right? and there was the whole conspiracy theory totally unfounded about his death. and that he was murdered with no facts, et cetera. what are your thoughts on that? the fact that binney brought this into the conversation with the cia director? >> all right, so i think it just proves sort of the theory itself is self-discrediting. sort of this seth rich conspiracy theory, something that's been a tremendously painful episode for the rich family themselves, that they've really tried to sort of push back on this and ask people to stop using their son's, you know, unfortunate death in this way. you know, it really does demonstrate sort of how far outside of the mainstream and that, you know, conspiracy theorists like binney, they aren't on their own. julian assange, other actors that we know are connected to russian intelligence have
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actually been pushing this, actually as part of the active measures campaign against the 2016 election. so it's not just sort of a conspiracy theory that popped up out of nowhere. it actually is part of that original sort of active measures information operations against the united states that we really should be trying to push back on, not have the cia director apparently, you know, carry water for and push forward, even further, you know, into 2017 >> and the cia director apparently said, according to binney, go meet with the fbi and the nsa next. >> susan hennessey, thanks so much for being with us. threats against air force commanders, allegations of abuse, and an escape from a mental health facility. the red flags that were so clearly missed for the texas church shooter. if you have medicare
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we are learning really new and troubling details about the shooter's past in the texas massacre. let's go to our diane gallagher. she joins us now in sutherland
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springs, texas. what more do we know about him? >> reporter: poppy, we actually just got the disciplinary record of devin kelley from high school. from new braunfels independent school district. this ranges from 2002 to 2009. nine disciplinary infractions. they range from drugs to truancy, dishonesty and falsifying records to profane gestures and movements. so some of those resulted in out of school suspensions, some within school suspensions. but it does seem to start fitting the pattern that we have seen over the past couple of days, put together, of a series of red flags from those assault charges and that conviction he served while he was in the air force on his then wife and his stepson, so now we are learning that he escaped a mental health facility after attempting to sneak weapons on to an air force base and apparently threatening his commanders. now, when he escaped that
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facility back in 2012, it was a couple months after those charges against his now ex-wife and stepson. but we were told by investigators and also by reading police reports that he had a, quote, mental disorder is how they phrased it, when they asked local police to go look for him. that he had expressed threats and may be a danger to himself and to others. now, local authorities at this point are kind of trying to put together all of those red flags and figure out, based on his social media, his online footprint, the fbi trying to get into his phone. they noted that it was sort of similar to other high-profile cases. that an encryption issue is preventing them from accessing that phone, but we do know, based on sources, that looking at his social media accounts in the past, friends have indicated that he became a bit darker on there, a bit angrier in his postings. and investigators say that he seemed to show an obsession with
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mass shootings and violence. now, as this community tries to heal, vice president mike pence hoping he can add to that. he's going to be meeting with survivors in the hospital, law enforcement who have been working around the clock, and speaking at a vigil at a local high school this evening. john, poppy? >> all right, diane gallagher, the vice president's visit no doubt will be welcome there. thanks so much for being with us, diane. all right, three american college basketball players now complicated in an international scandal. this is serious. and there are some names you will recognize. the bleacher report is next. loo. another anti-wrinkle cream in no hurry to make anything happen. neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair works in just one week. with the fastest retinol formula to visibly reduce wrinkles. neutrogena®. that goes beyond assuming beingredients are safe...ood to knowing they are. going beyond expectations... because our pets deserve it. beyond. natural pet food. this
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so much sadness this morning. such awful news. former cy young award winner and phenomenal player roy halladay was killed yesterday in a plane crash. andy scholes has more this morning in today's bleacher report. >> roy halladay, he was one of the best pitchers of his generation, winning o ning two g awards. this bleacher report brought to you by the new 2018 ford f-150. and authorities say halladay was piloting a single-engine aircraft when it crashed in shallow water off the coast of florida yesterday. he was the only person onboard the two-seater plane and police say they received no distress calls. halladay retired from baseball in 2013. he was 40 years old and leaves behind a wife and two children. all right, the nfl has
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hello, everyone. i'm kate balduan. it's 11:00 a.m. here on the east coast, and it is also gut check time for republicans across the country, after democrats racked up major wins overnight, in races both big and small. in virginia's governor's race, president trump clearly was not on the ballot, but he might as well have been, as democrat ralph northam crushed his republican rival, ed gillespie. >> virginia has told us to end the divisiveness that we will not condone hatred and bigotry and to end the politics that have torn this country apart. >> and in the harsh light of the day after, even some republicans, some republicans from virginia, too, they seem to agree.

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