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information damaging hillary clinton and the democrats. what is fascinating is thousand communications in the form of twitter meshed with the time line we already know quite well. october 2nd, for example, trump friend roger stone tweets the damaging material is coming from wikileaks. the next day, october 3rd, trump junior asks them what's coming, they don't respond. on the 7th, u.s. intelligence community says it believes russia is behind the hacks and wikileaks begins releasing the podesta e-mails. then on the 12th of october, wikileaks messages trump junior ask him to link to one of their items. the president mentions wikileaks 15 minutes later, and two days later, trump junior tweets out the link. on that same day, 14th, mike pence denies collusion with wikileaks. congressional investigators are certainly interested. what are you learning, pam?
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>> donald trump jr. released a string of is these during the presidential campaign. this follows a report about these exchanges. though most of the communications were one sided, trump junior did interact on a number of occasions. wikileaks told him, quote, a the r.a.c. is a recycled pro-iraq war pac. we have guessed the password, it is putintrump. done responded, off the record, i don't know who that is boo but i'll ask around, according to te atlantic he did ask around, including trump's son-in-law jared kushner, telling them wikileaks had reached out. we don't know in what context he was saying that, but kushner forwarded that e-mail onto hope hicks. in a separate exchange, done junior reached out october 23rd
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asking wikileaks about an impending release writing what's behind the wednesday leak i keep reading about? wikileaks didn't respond, but just four days later it released john podesta's e-mails on the same day as you'll recall the u.s. intelligence community condemned russia for using wikileaks to release the stolen e-mails. even is it that, wikileaks reached out again suggesting done junior tweet out a link to his formals to search the leaked podesta e-mails. john jury tweeted out this. for those who had the time to read about the hypocrisy, all the wikileaks e-mails are right here. and he included the link that wikileaks had given him. >> pam, explain what the campaign was saying about wikileaks during this time period. >> so wikileaks was communicating with done junior.
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and behind the scenes, done junior tweeted out the link. mike pence said on fox news the campaign was not in cahoots with wikileaks. take a listen. >> final question about wikileaks, and that is some suggested on the left that all this bad stuff about hillary, nothing p.a. bad about trump. but your campaign is in a ka hoots with wikileaks. >> nothing could be further from the truth. i think all of us have, you know, have concerns about wikileaks over the years, and it's just the reality of america. life today and the wider world, but it doesn't change the fact that you see the national media chasing after unstanchuated allegations. >> so just in the last hour, the have the's spokesperson released a statement that reads the vice president was never aware of anyone associated with the
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campaign being in contact with wikileak wikileaks. >> donald trump jr. released these exchanges tonight after the atlantic story broke. any more reaction from him or his legal team? >> his attorney did release a at the same time before he actually released these exchanges. his attorney said we can say with confidence we have no concerns about these documents and any concerns about them have been easily answered in the appropriate forum. as you'll recall, done junior went behind cloed doors with the judiciary committee. at that time they did not have these exchanges. but someone asked him have you ever had communications with wikileaks, and the source familiar says he applied, yes, i have, and then talked about these messages. after that, the direct messages were handed over to congress. >> pamela brown, thank you very much.
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this reporting about donald trump jr., what does it tell you, and does it surprise you that donald trump jr. was willing to direct message with somebody he didn't know on the other side of a direct message from wikileaks weather, it was julian assange and think he's having off-the-record discussions? for a businessman, doesn't that just seem moronic? >> it takes your breath away, anderson. when i read the story earlier theengs, i was shaking my head. i have actually defaulted to the explanation of inexperience and naïveté when it comes to some of the campaign's behavior with regard to russia and wikileaks. there's probably still a fair amount of that, but i have to tell you, these continued discovers and particularly this one, i have to begin to ask the
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question were there any limits? was there any sense of appropriateness? was there any sense of propriety? were there any lines beyond which the campaign would not go? i'm not talking about it as a legal matter. i've got no expertise on that. i'm asking a question of ethics and american political culture. and there doesn't seem to have been any limits here. >> the fact that according to the atlantic on october 12th, wikileaks reaches out to donald trump jr. thanking him for his father, saying something nice about them. i think he said i love wikileaks at rally, and suggesting his dad tweeted a link with the podesta e-mails, donald trump jr. doesn't respond, but 15 minutes later from the time the message is evidence is, donald trump sr. tweets. and then two days later trump
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junior tweets out the very link the wikileaks asked him to tweet out. is it possible it's a coincidence that 15 minutes after wikileaks tweets his son that his father does it? >> to answer your question specifically, is it possible? sure. i suppose that's possible. do i believe that to be the case? i don't think so. there are two things that come out. one from the wikileaks side. very important, anderson. they are quite clear they are in this business to support the donald trump campaign. there's no other purpose revealed in the wikileaks side of the exchange of communications. and then there are several examples in your time line, the one you just brought up being one of them, certainly examples where the campaign clearly synchronized its actions with the actions of wikileaks. wikileaks even then was known to be hostile to the united states
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and has already been pointed out in your show tonight. mike pompeo has declared it to be a hostile nonstate intelligence service. >> this is the third person associated with the trump team that reportedly reached out to wikileaks. roger stone said he was communicating with cambridge an lit ca. >> maybe collusion with a small "c" in the political cultural sense. anderson, let's be very candid. the campaign was talking to wikileaks about stolen goods, stolen american privacy. wikileaks had e-mails for which they were not the intended recipient. someone stole them and now we're going to violate american privacy and the campaign was,
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frankly, excited about that, the continuous quote during the campaign, i love wikileaks. marco rubio pointed out during the campaign that's not a good idea. we're going to regret saying that someday, and i think he's right. >> if the october 12th communication where wikileaks said your dad should tweet this thing out and 15 minutes later donald trump sr. tweets out basically saying the dishonest media isn't paying attention, if you believe that donald trump jr. contacted his dad or was with his dad and said, oh, wikileaks is pushing this, then the idea that donald trump jr. did not contact his dad after sitting with a russian attorney allegedly from the kremlin informing donald trump jr. that the kremlin is supporting his dad's campaigns and has date of birth on hillary clinton, the idea that he doesn't tell his father that seems hard to believe if one believes that he
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did tell his father 15 minutes after wikileaks texted him. >> added evidence to that, the current president, the candidate at that time made a reference during that time period about making the speech within a week that would reveal an awful lot of dirt on hillary clinton, so there's more truly circumstantial evidence that there was synchronization between the campaign and wikileaks. remember, this was a group wikileaks whose leader was likely already under indictment in the united states of america for what he had done previously with american secrets. >> i have to ask you about the president's comments that both were sympathetic to vladimir putin's point of view calling three officials at the time political hacks. you were concerned about president trump had to say that you actually called the cia,
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your former agency to confirm they stood by their assessment about russia and the 2016 election. >> yeah, anderson, i suspected that somebody from the network would call me and i wanted to have a view. and i really wanted to be able to say the agency stood by the intelligence community assessment. so i contacted them early saturday morning and very quickly they responded very clearly the agency and director pompeo stood by the assessment that the russians did it. the president walked that back a little bit the next day, but you know, anderson, at the end of that exchange he said he has faith in the intelligence community as currentlily constituted, and that statement burned up most of the good will that the front end of the president's statement created when he said i believe american intelligence. >> general hayden, appreciate your time. now the panel.
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ana in ana, what do you make of these communications? >> it makes you ask the question what does mueller know we still don't know? every single day a shoe seems to drop. it's hard to justify done junior didn't tell his father about the meeting. donald trump was in that tower the same day the meeting occurred. the fact that he tweeted 15 minutes after his son got that tweet makes people question whether or not that was accurate. also remember wikileaks came across as an objective news site. we got from these direct messages with don junior that why doesn't he release tax returns through us so we can put it out so it did you want look like we're pushing anti-hillary
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clinton stuff that we're against both candidates at times. >> they contact with donald trump jr. after the meeting breaks saying i'm sorry for what you're going through, why don't you give us your e-mails, we'll put them out, and that will help us, make us look more credible, but donald trump jr. ignores that. >> exactly. what i would really focus on as well is how quickly the vice president's office responded. back in june he hired his personal attorney. >> this is second time that he said something hast not true. >> within an hour you hear a response from him. he has his own attorney that he hired in june with regards to any matters related to the russia investigation. he's taking this seriously. we're just waiting for the president to respond as well. >> was this smart for donald trump jr. to be in communications with wikileaks? >> we're talking about speculation. let's wait for the facts to bear
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out. it's important for mueller to conduct his investigation. >> was that smart? >> if i was in communication i would tell people. >> which he did. he sent out the e-mail and it just continued. >> doesn't show donald trump was being proactive. that's not a direct. >> i think he sends it to kellyanne conway and steve bannon. >> you want to disclose when someone comes forward with information that's suspect. >> no one called kauld the fbi. that's their vetting campaign? you have question their judgment sfwluf to question the information that came in, but you have to acknowledge the fact that don did triefrl, reach out to senior management and say these people are reaching out to
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me. and the manager goes from there. >> he continued to communicate with them. >> he was communicating events, news of the day. that conversation had been in the news for two days. he's not going to disclose what's in the common thread of the conversation. >> brian? you worked on campaigns. does this make sense to you? >> one damning revelation does not a criminal case make. the trump tower meeting itself isn't going to produce an indictment. the bad facts are piling up. the territory available for trump defenders to make a case is shrinking by the day. this is another clear indication of the campaign's willingness to collude. donald trump jr. is eager to engage in this chain with wikileaks. it's fluctuation the campaign's actions. donald trump jr. is basically taking orders about his twitter
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activity, not to mention the candidate himself touting wikileaks in the moments after this tweet was received. it widens the circle of people potentially indicated. so all those people i suspect they've been brought into the grand jury or given an interview already. the circle has widened, the more of these bad facts that come out, they're only incriminating, not exculpatory. it suggests they have a lot to hide. >> jason, does it feel to you like every now and then we learn more and more about communications that donald trump jr. had? when mueller who has access to all the e-mails, what else there might be? >> i feel like we're viewing everything that happened in 2016 through a 2017 lens. when we're talking about these dates, there was a lot of back and forth and people weren't sure who was behind the wikileaks.
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one of the things to keep in mind, you get an outreach from wikileaks, these guys clearly have a lot of tactics and techniques they're using online. you don't want to miss these guys off, so you wouldn't want to go and blow them off, fine, i'll check and play nice. why would you pick a fight with wikileaks in that moment when you know they're involved with all this stuff. at that point in the campaign, the only thing we had seen with the fbi is they were basically, from the view of the campaign, seemed like they were in secretary clinton's pocket. he went that happened with the fbi and the doj with loretta lynch, that didn't seem like the safest place to go. >> i'm on twitter and i got direct messages from people i don't know. you don't have to respond. you don't have to -- i'm sure some nice people or nasty people have reached out to me. you can just ignore them. if you get an e-mail from wikileaks and you're not a
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reporter, you're on a campaign, and there's stuff floating out there, it's not an -- we didn't have to respond. he couldn't just pretend, sorry, wikileaks, i never got your message. >> and then he can't -- >> he can mute them. >> at one point he said what is this news of a potential leak i'm hearing about. it went beyond -- >> it didn't seem like a relationship he was trying to develop or foster. through all of this there's nothing that don junior did illegal here. i'm not seeing anything that was at all illegal and i haven't heard in fact panelists or experts that have come on -- seems like he's getting unfairly beat. >> up you would want a guy running an international business to be responding to anonymous people who are direct messaging him and telling them this conversation's off the record?
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for a guy who's in international business, i know nothing about business, i couldn't run the cooperation he runs, that seems moronic to me. >> that goes to your earlier point that they viewed themselves as a news agency, otherwise that's why he -- >> let me tell you how republicans viewed julian assange, they viewed him as a traitor and a national security threat. >> this is the part that board they the most. we knew about russia that they're dr. dao trying to tear america apart, race, everything. and the part where they direct message don junior and say if your dad loses it would be nice if he didn't concede and challenged the media and other types, saying that the game was rigged. what they're trying to do, like russian cutout, i don't know how directly involved russia is, but it seals like this could have been very bad for america if
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julian assange has weighed in on the news. he tweeted, i cannot confirm the alleged dms from donald trump jr. wikileaks doesn't keep such records and it clearly doesn't have the full context. however, even those published by the atlantic showed that one, wikileaks loves its pending publications. number two, wikileaks can be effective at convincing even high-professional people that it is their interest to promote links to its publications. >> it's the kind of stuff where
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you say you can't make this stuff up. he is the weakest link and also the one that the russian lawyer contacted to say, hey, i got dirt that we can share with you there's obviously a sense that we're dealing with twiddle dumb. hi, we have something to tell you, the simple ways that they talk, the language, says they thought going after trump junior was an effective fishing mechanism, and it worked. i think the overwhelming amount of circumstantial evidence means you have to suspend disbelief. it goes back to the point that this mushroom cloud keeps growing and growing and it's not going away. and at some point bob mueller's going to come out with the facts. >> brian? >> i would say this. less than two weeks ago you had senator feinstein asked does she
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collusion and her answer was no. so we have a lot of conjecture and slopness on the campaign. when we have one of the top intelligence persons of the democratic party saying she says no clurks i tend to believe her. it's a lot of noise, a lot of mistakes were made, but nothing to the point where it's criminal and nothing to the point where a democratic senator sees collusion. that's powerful and thagz that gets lost in this conversation. >> david said it's going to be harder and harder for wikileaks to adjust itself as a credible news organization. you see they were, in fact, rooting for donald trump and giving him advice as to what to do so they would look more objective and dish on both sides. throughout all of this wikileaks said they had not taken or colluded or been involved with russia at all and pushing forward any e-mails it's harder and harder to justify them and take them seriously given what
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we've seen. >> e-mails forwarded to hope hicks during the campaign, she was with candidate trump all the time, wasn't she? when lewandowski was running the campaign, it would be the candidate, lewandowski and hicks. is that in order to get an e-mail to candidate trump at the time? >> frequently hope would be traveling with the president, but i don't know on that particular day where people were or if that was to give her a heads up in case there's a media inquiry. to the point brian made about the conjecture, it's even more than the last couple weeks. over this past year there's been an investigation into this so-called collusion between the campaign and a foreign entity. there's still no proof anyone on the campaign was colluding. >> mike pence has come out twice, he's been prodded out to
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be like the kindly face of this and say i can't believe, the media is going after this thing going down at a rabbit hole. an hour later he comes out saying we had no idea about this report. we just learned about it from this report. apparently they believe this report because they're responding to it. >> given how little we know about the mueller probe, we know there's at least one guilty plea and one cooperate helping the federal investigators working this case. they've succeed based on the evidence they revealed from the guilty plea in pegging the time line. that opens up possibilities of what may have unfurled itself. there's plenty of evidence to believe the white house perceives an increasing athlete. we're learning jeff sessions considering appointing a special
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more breaking news tonight. support is eroding for roy moore. a new accuser named beverly nelson.
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moore sexually assaulted her when he offered her a ride home from the restaurant where she worked and he ate. with attorney gloria allred by her side, mrs. nelson spoke to reporters this afternoon. >> he stopped the car. he stopped the car and he parked his car. in between the dumpster and the back of the restaurant where there were no [ inaudible ] the area was dark and the area was deserted. i was immediately alarmed and i asked him what he was doing. instead of answering my questions, mr. moore reached over and began groping me. him putting his hands on my breasts. i try to open my car door to leave, but he reached over. he locked it so i could not get
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out. i tried fighting him off while yelling at him to stop. but instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck attempt to go force my head onto his crotch. i continued to struggle. i was determined that i was not going to allow him to phosphorus me to have sex with him. i was terrified. he was also trying to pull my shirt off. i thought that he was going to rape me. i was twisting and i was struggling and i was begging him to stop. i had tears running down my face. at some point he gave up. and he then looked at me and he told me, he said you're just a
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child, and he said i am the district attorney. and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you. >> roy moore tonight denied the allegations and even before beverly young nelson spoke up today, support among the republicans who moore would serve with on capitol hill was slipping. today it seems to fall off a cliff. phil, a lot more senators saying roy moore should withdraw. >> started with a trickle and caveated statements. right now it's a waterfall of senators saying it's time for him to step aside. anderson, it was led by senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and john thune saying it's time for him to go, gone are the if he's guilty caveats. the real question now is what power do these republicans who
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are being clear he needs to get out of the race actually have? and the assistance not a lot. i was talking to operatives trying to get a sense of what their end game is and the hope the clearly that roy moore drops out. there's also talk of write-in campaigns, people like luther strange, perhaps jeff sessions who's made clear he's not interested in it through associates of his. so what is the actual end game? one republican operative texted back to me question marks. >> seems unlikely he would drop out at this point given his public statements. could the same senators refuse to seat him should he got re-elected? >> the most dynamic statement of the entire day, cory gardener putting out a statement saying clearly if roy moore wins his
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election that he shouldn't be expelled. others said hold on, let's wait and see how this plays out. but the fact that cory gardener put this as an option, made it clear they're exploring every option. only 15 senators in the history of the chamber have ever been expelled. senate ethics committee would have to start an investigation, then 2/3 of all senators would have to vote for it. so it's not an easy process. all republican support has completely flown away, anderson. >> more on the latest accuser with allegations of sexual misconduct, she showed a yearbook she claims he signed, plus our panel's take on all this ahead. ♪
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breaking news tonight, another woman coming forward with allegations against roy moore. the incident happened when the accuser was 16 years old. moore saying he doesn't know her. at the press conference she shows a yearbook. the she said he signed it love roy moore, da, and the date december 2nd, 1977. ana, for the republican party, this is certainly the last thing they need to be dealing with and we're certainly seeing that in the reaction of a lot of
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senators on capitol hill. >> it's horrific for the republican party in a bunch of ways. first of all, what is this republican party now? grand old pedophiles? they should have been embarrassed by roy moore a long time ago when he was saying horrific homophobic things. he should have been an embarrassment. this is absolutely unacceptable. i am glad to see republican leaders are coming out trying to distance themselves from him and doing everything they can to cut off the stringing. it's a little lately. at school a big problem for the republican party because it shows the rift, the civil war, which side exist within the republican party. we are seeing washington republicans are saying one thing and weir seeing people in alabama, republicans still defending, even evangelicals
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defending him. comparisons to mary and joseph and lawnmowers. this is crazy. thr this should be about basic right and wrong. this should not be about base versus establishment. this should be about protecting women, 14, 15, 16 year old girls. >> you can thank steve bannon and he lost with ed gillespie. >> i'm not thanking him for a damn thing. >> nationally speaking, they were pretty quick to disavow this. mitch mcconnell as the majority leader came out, said he believed the women. and i think it was a smart move politically. obviously it was the right thing morally, but with politically speaking this is triage.
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if this is going to happen in alabama, keen it in beach. we don't want this spreading. i think they've probably stemmed the bleeding or kept it in alabama. >> if he gets elected, they're faced with what to do. >> i think you're right it was important for them to say i believe these women instead of if, in fact, it happened. we need to hear from the president. his excuse is i'm traveling overseas. and official statement was he shouldn't step down if, in fact, this did happen, but i think he needs to be more definitive. this is not an issue they don't want to focus on. the president is going to have to be talking and addressing this too. >> i can't agree with you more. if someone can make a difference
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in alabama, it's probably donald trump. i suspect that a lot of people are saying to donald trump you really shouldn't weigh into this, god knows you have your share when it comes to this topic, but he shouldn bill clinton right side. >> i was thinking there was no chance that moore was going to get into the u.s. senate and all these national politicians started saying who you should and shouldn't pick. gloria allred comes sprinting out with a press conference. i don't want that to step on the lady's story, which is very compelling and heart breaking to see that note in the yearbook
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makes you want to throw up, but there's nothing that's going to make the people of alabama rally. >> i talked to somebody whork worked on his campaign saying i want to volunteer for that reason. >> the proper course is normally a criminal trial. we've been robbed of that opportunity so we have a political trial which is election day. seeing that woman on tv recount her experiences was gut wrenching. it very much reminds me of when teena teenage prostitutes six years ago that was brought up and nobody called on him to step
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down. why does hypocrisy exist here. >> those prostitutes recanted the story. can we stop this what aboutism? bob melendez is on trial. >> not for these charges. >> he's going to have to deal with the asks. >> moorose fate is up to the alabama voters now. ♪ ♪ you nervous? ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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before the break we touched on the siegely die hard support that roy moore still enjoys back in alabama. we spoke with women in the state to get their take. >> for decades in gadsden, a town of 35,000 the whispers lingered, mainly among the women. >> it was my whole entire adult life it was always roy moore's stories. >> well, it was common am knowledge. you just steered away from him. >> i don't know how else to answer that. you just knew that things took place. >> but for kathy sis son, a republican, it wasn't just rumor.
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she says she's close friends with the mother of leigh corfman. corfman told the "washington post" that four decades ago the then 32-year-old roy moore had sexual contact with her when she was 14 years old. she learned of this decades ago from corfman's mother. >> and in the 90s nancy confided in me and told me the story that was printed in the newspaper in confidence. i never said it. i never told anybody because it was in confidence. but because of that i knew i would never vote for the man. >> how did you vote in the primary? >> i voted republican -- for roy moore. >> carol cal list is a registered republican too. >> what happens on december 12th? >> before i'm a republican, i'm a mother of daughters. i can't vote for him now. i just can't. >> she says she's known leigh corfman for years as well, but says she never knew until the "washington post" published its
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story about corfman and three other women. those three women told the post that moore in his 30s pursued them as teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18. >> for me reading it in the newspaper and realizing that i truly knew two of these people and knew their mothers and all of a sudden they weren't rumors anymore. my heart broke. it's a devastating feeling to think what those individuals have gone through all these years, not feel they could speak up. >> by a show of hands, how many of you think roy moore will be elected to the u.s. senate? . none of you think he's going to win? >> no. >> that may be wishful thinking on their part. >> it's absolutely unbelievable. >> supporters in his home state cheered as moore denied the allegations. we spoke to numerous women voters in alabama who say they
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still support him, but amid the allegations that moore pursued minors, they were reluctant to say so publicly. joyce shelly is the exception. >> i've been knowing roy moore a long, long, long time. i'm talking about probably fort years. >> have you heard anything like this about him. >> never. >> we spoke outside the county attorney house where moore was an assistant district attorney. >> on december 12th when your state goes to the ballot box, who is going to win this election? >> i still think roy moore will. >> why do you believe that? >> i just know he understands a lot of people and a lot of people feel the same way i do. >> the women you spoke to, what did they say about the possibility of roy moore getting expelled from the senate if he's elected. >> some of the women say yes, that is the way to go. that is the safety net. but that last woman in my story, she said there is one way to widen that rift between d.c. and states like alabama is to expel
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him if alabama sends him to the u.s. senate, anderson. >> all right. thanks very much for the reporting. coming um, when world leaders call each other names. it's just like the playground with the tlet of nuclear war. the ridiculous is next. that's right. t-mobile's got your netflix subscription covered... ...when you get a family plan with two or more lines. really? that's incredible. so go ahead and watch however you want. you're messing with me, right? all at no extra charge. this is awesome! another reason why t-mobile is america's best unlimited network. mic drop.
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time now for the ridiculous and tonight we have to talk about the president trading insults again with north korea. over the weekend north korea called his speech reckless remarks by an old lunatic and the president responded, quote, why would kim jong-un insult me by calling me old when i would never call him short and fat. oh well i try to hazard to be his friend and maybe someday that will happen. yeah, it's absolutely insane. before we delve further into the
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ridiculousness of the tweet, just a quick reminder that its backdrop is no big deal just a potential thing called nuclear ar ma ged done. this is the way the world ends not with a bang but on twitter. the president's tweet saturday night was just in time to make weekend update. >> they're like you lunatic old man and he's like old? >> it's true. it's an exchange that could have been straight out of mean girls but even in mean girls they eventually apologize for all the name-calling. >> i'm sorry i call you a gap tooth. >> gretchen, i'm sorry i laughed at you that time you got diarrhea at barnes & noble and i'm sorry for receipting approximate now. >> you're fat because i hate you. >> think about that for a second. come to think of it the president's i would never call him short and fat but i try to
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hard to be his friend isn't nearly as knee wansed and biting as kids in high school come up with. somebody on twitter transferred it to crayon which is more fitting to the age group and sentiment. >> you're a nerd. >> no, you are, but what am i? >> you're an idiot. >> i know -- i know you are, but what am i? i know you are, but what am i? i know you are, but what am i infinity. >> if the president absolutely has to hurl juvenile insults with potentially catastrophic consequences perhaps he should aspire to at least make them interesting or original of the maybe he should start vauchg veep to get some pointers. >> you're a dirty little bleep. >> you don't get the complexity. you're the world's biggest single cell organism. >> it was an accident, okay? much like when your big foot got pregnant result not guilty you. >> i don't have time to ignore you, gary. don't you pate niez me with your no jaw, you congressman no jaw.
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>> don't forget your booster seat. >> thanks so much. >> that's what we call ending on a positive note on the ridiculous. thanks for watching. time to turn it over to don lemon. cnn tonight starts now. breaking news, three bombshell stories in this country and around the world. this is cnn tonight. i'm don lemon. we're learning that attorney general jeff sessions has asked senior prosecutors to look into the clinton foundation, including the sale of uranium one. prosecutors will report directly to sessions and deputy attorney general rod rosenstein and are being asked to make recommendations on whether any matters merit the appointment of a special counsel. also tonight donald trump jr. releasing exchanges he had with wikileaks twitter account via direct message. trump jr. tweeted the exchange shortly after the