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administration official who told cnn, people have long been unsure what she did at the white house, what values she brought. many of her colleagues are elated at news of her departure. this business of leaving after a year in office is not really that strange, but sources say she had very little contact with the president even as her season was being canceled. jim? >> tom foreman, thank you. i'm jim sciutto. "ac 360" starts right now. good evening. we begin tonight keeping them honest with the president offering a number of excuses for why roy moore lost in alabama, none of them assigning to the president's endorsement of him. the loss is a significant one, of course, for the first time in 25 years alabama, among the reddest of the red states, has elected a democrat, doug jones, the united states senate. alabama overwhelmingly voted for president trump last year. roy moore has not conceded the election, we should point out,
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he said when the vote is this close, it's not over. the president tweeted this. "congratulations to doug jones on a hard-fought victory. a win is a win. the people of alabama are great and the republicans will another shot in a very short time. it never ends." a very gracious tweet from the president of the united states. and then, "the reason i endorsed luther strange is i is he roy moore will not be able to win the general election. i was right. roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him. after strange lost, the president deleted a bunch of tweets that supported strange and that is what we're seeing here. the president trying to distance himself now from his own endorsement saying he always thought moore couldn't win and only as president trump can do, twist this major loss into some personal victory of being right. you might remember, he said something similar when after months of questioning president obama's birthplace, then mr.
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obama produced his birth certificate. mr. trump congratulated himself. the president didn't think moore would be able to win. he could have done a lot of other things. he could have not weighed in. he could have left it to the voters of alabama to decide. he could have stayed out of it, he could have called for moore to step aside like many republicans did. the president did not stay out of it. he went all-in. he tweeted at least five times dating back to moore's primary win. "roy, win in december. he will help make america great again." and he endorsed him on camera. this was the first time back in november. >> i can tell you for a fact, we do not need somebody that's going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military, bad with the second amendment. >> mr. president, is an accused child molester better than a
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democrat? >> look, he denies it. >> last week he said this about moore's chances. >> i think he's going to do very well. we don't want to have a liberal democrat in alabama, believe me. >> the president did not come pain campaign in alabama but got about as close as you could without being in alabama. the president said this in pensacola. >> we cannot afford, this country, the future of this country cannot afford to lose a seat in the very, very close united states. we can't afford it, folks. so get out and vote for roy moore. do it. do it. >> the president also made a robo call for roy moore. >> hi, this is president donald trump and i need alabama to go vote for roy moore. it is so important. roy moore is the guy we need to
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pass our make america great again agenda. roy is a conservative who will help me steer this country back on track after eight years of the obama disaster. get out and vote for roy moore. >> the president can try to rewrite, retweet or reimagine history but the tweets cannot be erased. on both sides of the aisle a congratulations call from the president. i want to give get the latest from jim acosta. do we know what the president said to senator-elect doug jones? >> reporter: we just heard that it was a gracious call, that the president invited him over to the white house and that they talked about finding common ground sometime in the future when doug jones gets to washington. anderson, if they can find common ground after that election, that will be a welcome sight here in washington because there's not much of that these day g days. >> in terms of finger pointing,
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how much is steve bannon on the end of that now? >> reporter: there's plenty. i spoke to a senior gop source who said this was devastating for the white house but even more so for steve bannon, that his credibility is, quote, shot up on capitol hill and, of course, this is a critical time not only for the president but for steve bannon because he had this idea, this dream of going against the gop establishment in 20 2018. the republican party is now basically telling him, no, that's not going to happen. but interestingly, anderson, i talked to a republican source close to the white house this evening who said that steve bannon is taking this hard, that he took it hard, what happened last night in alabama and that he's going around telling people today, well, the establishment was just against roy moore, that everybody was out to get roy moore. that is the public face that he's putting out there but privately he took it hard, according to the source i talked to a while ago, anderson. >> jim acosta from the white house, thank you very much. i spoke to senator bernie sanders about jones' win and about a tentative deal on the
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tax plan. senator sanders, jones' win, what does it mean for the democratic party, especially as we look at 2018? >> i think it's very significant. not only because his victory in itself is important and doug jones coming to the senate is very important. what alabama was about last night was a tremendous amount of energy and a very high turnout. what i have always believed is when people are prepared to get involved in the political process, stand up and fight, there is nothing that we cannot do and against all of the odds, jones won because there was a very, very large turnout. anderson, you'll recall that the alabama election officials were talking about a 25% that turned out to be close to 40%. the african-american turnout was extraordinary. when people stand up and fight back, you can win even in a
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conservative state like alabama. we can do this all over america. that's what we've got to do. >> there are some who say -- you can't read too much into it -- it's not every day that a candidate has been accused of child abuse and child molestation. >> yeah, i think there is truth to that. on the other hand, if you look at what happened on november 7th, all across this country, you saw high voter turnouts, you saw people running for office who never ran before, who are prepared to say that trump's vision for america is not our vision and laftd night was a defeat for trump. november 7th was a defeat for trump and i think if we can mobilize the american people to demand we have a government that works for all of us and not just the 1%, that we end the divisiveness that trump has been advocating. i think we can win tremendous victories in 2018 in you know, you talked about the support from the african-american community which played a big role in jones' win. we heard from a number of
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people, charles barkley was a supporter for doug jones and bakari sellers who said the national democratic party has taken the african-american vote for granted and that doug jones did not do that, that he's been doing the work for years and years and years. do you think that's true that the democratic party, particularly in the southern states, but has taken african-americans for granted? >> i think there is significant truth to that and i think also there is another truth. in my view, too much of democratic party money has gone to consultants, maybe too much to tv advertising and not enough to grassroots get out to vote organizing, getting into the communities. and it seems to me that what jones did, working with the african-american leadership in the state of alabama is due to grassroots efforts, going door to door and explaining to the people the importance of that
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election. that's what we've got to do all over the country. >> i want to ask you about the tax bill because we're learning more about the bill. the corporate tax rate will go down from 35% to 21% and also include a major tax cut for upper income households. does any of this surprise you at all? >> no. look, anderson, let us be clear, this tax bill was written for wealthy campaign contributors. there was some 5,000 lobbyists here in washington, d.c., working on this bill in the senate bill. i haven't seen the full bill yet, the new bill. in the senate bill, 62% of the tax benefits went to the top 1% and meanwhile in ten years in the senate bill, 83 million middle-class families are going to be paying more in f taxes. this is an absurd piece of legislation at a time of mass
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inequality, what we need to do is pay attention to the middle-class working families, not the billionaire class. >> is that at all realistic? because all of the indications are that the vote could happen as soon as next week. >> listen, republicans are trying to push this thing forward as quickly as possible. as you may know, they have not had one public hearing on it. they want to do it before the american people fully understand how bad this piece of legislation is. now, the precedent here is when scott brown was elected to replace the late ted kennedy, he was allowed to participate in voting on the affordable care act. that's the precedent there. and i think schumer is exactly right in saying that mitch mcconnell should give doug jones the same opportunity. this is an important piece of legislation. the people of alabama voted for a senate candidate who said he would oppose this legislation. their voices should be heard in
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this debate. >> even if roy moore had been elected, he wouldn't have been seated until late january. >> yeah, but the point is, you don't have to move this bill as quickly as they are moving it. they are moving this at lightning speed because they don't want the american people to know what's in it. the other point to be made here is, while they're moving so quickly on giving tax breaks to billionaires and large corporations, they have not yet gotten around to the children's health insurance program. 9 million children on that program, low-income, working-class kids who get their health care through that program, yet republicans have not had the time to reauthorize that bill and refund that bill. community health centers, 27 million people get their health care through community centers. that bill expired at the end of the fiscal year. republicans are very busy giving tax breaks to billionaires, not so concerned about the needs of working families getting the health care they need. >> let me ask you about the
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tweet the president sent out about senator gillibrand that she was begging for campaign contributions and would do, quote, anything for them. the white house said it was not sexist at all. i wonder how you read it? >> anderson, what can we say about this president? i think you have a president who has some very serious emotional problems. to say that about a female united states senator is obscene. it is absurd. everybody knows exactly what he meant. >> lastly, there has been a growing number of your democratic colleagues who have called for president trump's resignation. i know you haven't gone that far in the past. i wonder, are you willing to go that far now? do you think the president should resign? >> no. look, that's what i said. what i said, when al franken announced that he was going to resign and i was asked on a tv show my view, i said, look, franken apologized for what he did. what he did was inappropriate. he apologized for it and then he said, i think i have to resign. you have a president who has been accused by many, many women
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of harassment, to say the least. this was a guy who was on a tape seen by everybody in america essentially bragging about his sexual assault of women. do i think under those considerations of al franken resigning, do i think the president should resign? i do. do i think he will? i don't. but, yes, i do think he should resign. >> senator sanders, appreciate your time. >> thank you. roy moore's loss is, as we mentioned, a blow to steve bannon. one republican congressman today said bannon looks like a disshell veled drunk who walked on to the republican stage and doesn't belong there. we'll talk to the panel about that and what doug jones' win means. and later, omarosa out at the white house. she leaves her mysteriously undefined white house job suddenly. what we know about her resignation still to come.
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wanted to make sure that their voice was heard and their votes were counted and that's the reason they voted in a record number in this special election. >> the law certainly isn't just for moore. you can say it's also for the president's strategist steve bannon who campaigned for moore. and john king said he does not stand for him as a conservative. >> this guy does not belong on the national stage. he looks like some disheveled drunk that wandered onto the stage. >> joining me is my panel. you heard what congressman king said. just in general about what king is saying about steve bannon and his role in the republican party, how do you see it moving forward? >> look, i think steve bannon made the mistake that a lot of people do when they first get involved in politics and you work for a campaign that wins, you think people voted for you and not the candidate. that's not the case.
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this was particularly toxic in alabama where bannon took the stage. you had a guy in jones -- i mean, in roy moore who came across as kind of a creepy guy and you combine him with bannon and as a guy with a drinking problem, might as well ended up driving around in a panel van with free candy on the side. it was daring for people in alabama not to vote for him. >> jeff? >> you think about james carville. he started wearing blue jeans everywhere he went and then suddenly every consultant wore blue jeans. it's an outsider look. he picked the wrong candidate. he should have done operation research.
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>> mary catherine, there was another person referring to steve bannon saying that his credibility is shot. do you think that's true or too broad? >> i think it will take a hit but many political consultants lose many times and are still not out of the game. i think there will be an audience for bannonism. and say, look, he's the outsider that this part of the base wanted. but it's not working in other places and not working in many of the senate seats and if you lose a lot of those seats, it's the person who they support. i'm not sure that that actually works. you may end up with bannon-type wins in primaries that do end up torpedoing other senate races. it's a real risk. >> stewart, this was a very close race. but had roy moore won, even just by a little bit, i'm wondering if people would be saying steve
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bannon was sticking by him and this is the next wave of bannon candidates. >> listen, anderson, you and i know, everybody knows if roy moore had won, steve bannon would have been up on that stage last night instead of hiding back in the back room. but listen, i just want to say one thing. those of us who weren't for roy moore who are republicans, i don't think we should be patting ourselves on the back too much because this was a race that was won by african-americans in alabama and i think it's just very important, and frankly, moving to me that when there's a call to decency, not for the first time, blacks voted in record numbers. they won the day yesterday and i think that's just a tremendous step in this long civil rights march that alabama has been at the center of. >> there's another thing that was at play here. democrats did a really good job
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with the black element specifically but there's this part where the gop looks like it's taken college-educated white moms, married women who they normally do well with in the suburbs and turning them into essentially a swing vote and if that happens, if that holds in the future, it happened a little in virginia, now it's happened in deep red alabama, despite -- this is a uniquely bad candidate but that's a pattern that will not help them. >> what do they do about that, though? >> as i was saying, there has to be an appeal to the more trump friendly base to say, look, we need candidates who will bring these folks back in because the gop cannot win without some of these technically married women as they've done well with in the past. >> do you think it has to do with the president himself and the accusations against him? >> yes, i think it does. if you look at places where ron johnson won ahead of trump, there are instances where they
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can do well in those sectors but they have to play a different kind of game. very different from the president. >> and they have to have a really good ground game. one of the big winners yesterday really was mayor of birmingham. if you look at his election even know he was a hillary state chairman, he utilized the sanders network, working families party and they had grassroots and tied in other coalitions that bernie sanders had and the union vote and because he was just elected, he had this great ground game. he beat a fellow democrat. he put to work, i think, his maybe liberal ideological team who were already in place and they knew how to go, how to get there. >> stewart, if you were advising president trump now about who do you listen to, do you keep running to steve bannon or
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talking to mitch mcconnell more or listening to ivanka trump? what do you do? >> well, you know, i think with the surprise of the trump election, those said all of the political rules that we've lived by are thrown out the window, that characteristics like likability and decency and kindness and graciousness, which were really the hallmarks of the reagan presidency, of the first bush presidency, those of us who were braun to t were drawn to the party because of those qualities, they are no longer needed or valued at the ballot box. i don't think that's the case. when you look at the candidates that are doing well, these are very likable, decent people who are about bringing people together and not dividing. i mean, say what you will, my friend ed gillespie lost in virginia but lost to someone who was really very likable and i think jones is just a very likable, decent guy that you could be for even if you didn't agree with him on every issue and i think that's where the
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political heart of america still beats and i think to look at trump and say that this is just all thrown out the window would be a mistake and bannon is just an angry guy trying to ride, improve that it's okay to be angry but it's just -- i just don't think it's appealing to people. >> it is interesting because when bannon left the white house, all of those quotes from him about, we're going to roar and this is, you know -- he's going to be leading the charge on getting trump-like candidates and races all across the country. to stewart's point, mary katherine, do you think people just don't want to live in a permanent state of war? >> i think some people do and i think bannon is one of them and some people will be very receptive. one of the reasons people were willing to vote for roy moore despite the many things wrong with him as a candidate was that he would upset republicans in washington, d.c., and that was a feature of this candidate. so i think he will continue to find an audience for people who
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want to throw that grenade but i think, yes, the broader public and that new swing vote we're creating does not respond to that in the same way. >> we've got to leave it there, mary, jack, thank you. two key figures interviewed on capitol hill today, rod rose s en stein and what he said about whether robert mueller should be fired and new details on donald trump jr.'s interview, next. if yor crohn's symptoms are holding you back,
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breaking news tonight and a big day in the russia investigation on capitol hill. two key figures appeared today. the house judiciary committee grilled rod rosenstein on the special counsel's investigation. meanwhile, just over an hour ago, donald trump jr. finally finished his interview with senate intelligence community staffers. it was a long day behind closed doors. our jessica schneider joins us
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now for the latest. >> rosenstein was unwavering in his support of the special counsel and his team throughout the hour's long contentious hearing where republicans repeatedly alleged political bias but rosenstein pointed out that robert mueller had been the fbi director under both democratic and republican presidents and made it clear despite republican criticisms, mueller would remain. >> have you seen good cause to fire special counsel mueller? >> no. >> he also faced tough questions over the fbi agent peter strzok text messages. >> yes. and he explained that in his view political opinions are different from bias and he and special counsel mueller have worked to make sure that is not a factor in an investigation but it's not satisfied republicans and they say that strzok's texts with an fbi lawyer calling trump
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an idiot and loathsome during the campaign, he says that must have impacted his work on the russia probe from which he was removed this summer and his work on the hillary clinton probe where she was ultimately cleared and john cornyn is calling for special counsel mueller to clean house of people on his team who have been politically active, and there are many, and also those who have made comments critical of the president. anderson? >> finally, donald trump jr. in front of the senate intelligence committee. what have you learned about that? >> he was behind closed doors for more than nine hours. a marathon session. but really, we don't know much except that top democrat mark warner told our manu raju that he wants trump jr. to come back and answer questions from senators, not just from staff like he did today. senator warner also would not say if trump jr. invoked attorney-client privilege about conversations he had with his father. that's what he did last week and that move was heavily
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criticized. congressional investigators want more details on that meeting that trump jr. had with the russian lawyer at the trump tower in june 2016 and, of course, answers about his conflicting statements when it was finally uncovered this past summer. anderson? >> jessica schneider, thank you. joining me now is michael zeldin and ken cuccinelli, former virginia attorney general. did he seem comfortable despite saying there's no good cause to remove him? >> yes. it seemed to me that one of the more important conversations he had was they asked him, was he in communication with mueller and he said yes, that they were coordinating and discussing the matter with him. he wouldn't answer whether his mandate had been expanded but that rosenstein felt that mueller was acting within the scope of the overview that he had given to him and that he was comfortable with it and that he felt that he was operating with a team that was devoid of the
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type of bias that the republican members of congress were accusing him of. so in some sense, rosenstein supported mueller without hesitation and said that he is in regular contact with mueller and overseeing mueller so there's no sense that this is a ren gate, runaway special prosecutor without oversight. >> ken, do you agree with rosenstein's assessment, that there's no good cause to fire mueller and do you believe him that he says if there were, he would do it? >> well, i don't think it's reached that point and i also think the deputy attorney general had to give the answers and as firmly as he gave them today. i mean, the minute there's a crack in that door, it gets kicked open. and i don't think you'll hear him back off one inch of confidence unless and until -- and i'm not predicting that it will happen, but unless and until he is ready to go down the path of considering removing
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mueller for a good cause. and i don't think he's anywhere near that. i don't think, other than having to deal with the headaches that have arisen, from his perspective, that he is going that direction. and frankly, as much as the president and his team don't appreciate what's going on here, i don't think it would help the president. i think there would be more problems caused by it than solved, even politically. >> michael, in terms of the texts about then-candidate trump from the now fbi fired agent, he said it demonstrates political affiliation and the issue of bias is something different. is he right there? >> i think he is correct. in the scope of one's work as a prosecutor, you encounter fbi agents and other federal prosecutors all have political affiliation. but if you work without sort of giving gdeference, then there's no matter. i was involved in two pretty politically charged situations.
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one was the hostages in iran and an independent counsel investigation involving george herb bert walker bush and then president clinton. we had democrats and republicans on both staff on both of those investigations and it didn't impact our determination of the facts in any way, shape or form and i think that rosenstein is saying exactly that. people are entitled to the first amendment to have opinions. if there's no evidence of those opinions that is biassing the outcome of their investigation, that's so and that's the way rosenstein sees it and he's talking to mueller about that and that if he finds there is a need for removal, as he did in the case of the fbi agent -- remember, mueller removed this guy for appearance problems that they'll do the same thing with any other person. >> ken, what do you think? >> yeah, i think that michael is technically correct and i think the deputy attorney general's answers are technically correct but this dives headlong into the
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pool of pro pry tea versus the appearance of impropriety and particularly when the fbi agent in question was also involved in the investigation leading to a very questionable outcome in terms of both process by comey and the decision comey made, instead of the department of justice, you have the chief of police, federally speaking, making prosecutions decisions in the hillary clinton investigation -- that crossover makes this particularly problematic. it's just very, very ugly. >> so may i add one thing to that, which is, with respect to the hillary clinton investigation, what rosenstein testified to is there's an ongoing inspector general investigation of that exactly and that when we get the results of that, we'll know what next steps feed to be taken. and second, that this same fbi agent was removed early in the summer. mueller remembers only appointed in may. when he hears that this guy is
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on their staff, he removes him immediately so as to avoid the appearance issues that can raise it. so there's a bit of a red herring here with respect to this agent as it relates to the mueller investigation itself. >> michael, you've got to concede that was the end of july and technically, again, i completely agree with you. if mueller doesn't know something, he can't act on that information. right? so he learns about this agent, he removes him from the team. but this is no ordinary prosecution. i mean, we've got both the house and the senate bringing people in and asking them about the same issues at the same time. i mean, when you have this kind of appearance problem, and surely you'd agree that it's at least an appearance problem, i grant you -- i'll grant you that what rose sn stein may also be true, that because someone expresses these opinions strongly and so forth doesn't mean they alter their work but
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surely you would concede to the american people, people who don't necessarily believe it's a clean process, this adds fuel to that fire, wouldn't you agree? >> no. i don't think that this agent's -- >> he won't give in. >> michael and then we've got to go. >> no. i don't think this agent's early involvement in the mueller investigation tainted it in any way, shape or form. actually or as a matter of appearance. with respect to the hillary clinton's e-mails. that's a different matter. we'll see what the inspector general says and we'll make a decision on what the next steps are with respect to it. >> michael, ken, thank you. good discussion. >> thank you. when we come back, president trump's new twitter target is senator gillibrand who called for his resignation. someone was calling him a misogynist and compulsive liar in response. i take pictures of sunrises,
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heard at the top of the hour, senator sanders calling for trump's resignation. >> do i think under those considerations of al franken resigning, do i think the president should resign? i do. do i think he will? i don't. but, yes, i do think he should resign. >> he joins a growing group of senators asking the president to step down. one of the first was kristen gillibrand. president trump tweeted this. "lightweight senator, a tote and it flunky for chuck schumer. and someone who would come to my office and do just about anything." here's what she said. >> certainly that's how i and many people read it and it was certainly just a sexist smear intended to silence me and i'm not going to be silenced ohhen
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th this issue. e i've heard the testimony of many accusers and he should resign for that. >> coming to her defense -- "donald trump is a misogynist and liar and it's the latest example that no one is safe from this bully." i spoke to the senator just before air and here's the conversation. senator, why call for the resignation of the president now? was it the attack on senator gillibrand? >> i have been contemplating in fact that very day to call for his resignation because just the litany of all of these women coming forward and i'm grateful that they did, including one who filed a lawsuit against him. the tweet that he did was really beyond the pale and i said, look, i'm going to take the opportunity to call him to resign. i can't make the president resign. he's got to look to his own
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morals and integrities to make that decision and i don't think he's going to resign. >> the white house has said very clearly, though, and many of the president's supporters said, look, voters new about these allegations against the president and they still elected him. they took that into consideration and elected him. that they, in effect, haven't they had their say on the matter, as opposed to someone like al franken or john conyers whose allegations came to light after they were voted into office. >> as i said, one of the women who has come forward against him is filing a lawsuit. i've done depositions. you can find out a lot of things, whether there's a pattern of this kind of misogynistic behavior on the part of the president. so we'll soon find out about that. in the meantime, i tell you, the constant efforts on their part to try and derail the mueller investigation is really problematic. and that's an investigation that
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should occur just in case you were about to ask me, whether or not there should be a congressional investigation of the president. >> well, i was, actually, because some of your colleagues have said if not resignation then at least investigating the allegations against the president. to do that, though, republicans would have to get on board, at least some republicans. it doesn't seem like there's any appetite for that on the other side of the aisle. >> i'd say so. if there's some process particularly in the house that there's some way that they can gain jurisdiction over the president, then i say go to it. as i said, there is an ongoing lawsuit by one of these women and you can find out a lot about the president's behavior if that lawsuit can proceed. >> just lastly, this moment that we're in, the me, too, movement, women coming forward, in some cases men coming forward, do you think we'd be here if donald trump hadn't been elected president? >> i frankly think that he created an environment where there's a counter to the kind of misogynistic admitted sexual
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predator behavior that he's engaged in and maybe we're in a culture change moment which i didn't think would come within my lifetime where we begin to think of women as more than objects and toys because all of us, we know men in power have used their power and influence to harass and even sexually harass us. i hope we're at a cultural tipping point moment where we're going to hold these people accountable and i'm really glad that women are coming forward and their stories are being listened to. >> senator, appreciate your time. thank you. >> thank you. aloha. up next, former apprentice contestant turned senior white house aide omarosa is stepping down from her job. the latest on that when we continue.
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tonight there is yet another staff departure from the white house. omarosa manigault is leaving as assistant to the president. president trump tweeting this evening, quote, thank you, moacmoac for your service and i wish i continued success. ♪ >> reporter: on the president's former tv show, she was the player people loved to hate. confrontational, controversial, and finally canned. >> omarosa, go out and sell paintings or whatever the hell you're doing. >> you're fired. >> now it's happened again. just months after she married and let her 39-person wedding party on a tour of the white house described as disruptive at breast, she's resigning from the
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administration. at least that's the official story. and cnn has found nothing to disprove it. but various outlets are say she was fired. >> he has to defend his wife just as strongly as he will defend this nation. >> reporter: it's a big come down for a woman who fought owl critics of trump on his way up. >> it's got to be hard after the last year and a half of all the things you said about donald to see him hitting in the oval office. >> every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to president trump. >> it is ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe. >> look at my african-american over here. look at him. >> reporter: part of omarosa's role seemed to be answering all those bitter accusations that he was too cozy with racist, too distant from minorities.
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but her vigorous defense tilted into shouting as it did during that convention for black journalists. she never backed down. >> ask your question, but don't lecture me. >> i now work for this country and i take my job seriously. >> but others did not, especially after john kelly took over, that according to an official who told cnn people have long been unsure what she did at the white house, what value show brought. many of her colleagues are elated at news of her departure. coming up, president trump calls electricity doug jones to congratulate limb, but roy moore still not conceding. the latest from alabama next.
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didn't think today would roll out like this. but it's a part of a pattern, the president not taking responsibility. sort of parsing out the blame and quickly moving on. he showed his mood in tweets this morning. it started like this. let's take a look at. he said the reason i originally endorsed luther strange and his numbers went up mightily is i said roy moore would not be able to win the general election. i was right. so luther strange, of course, was the original republican running against roy moore and he was burned in that race. a couple hours later the president said this about the quality after the candidate in the race talking about roy moore, of course. he said if last night's election proved anything, it proved with everybody to put up great republicans in the house and senate. roy moore was not