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we continue on, you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. the white house just responded to the major breaking news today involving the fbi. andrew mccabe has already left the building. the fbi's second in charge is stepping down effective today. deputy director mccabe was expected to retire in just a couple weeks in mid-march in his 20-plus years with the agency, mccabe was there for the clinton
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e-mail investigation, for the current russia investigation and has been a frequent target of president trump's. the president even seized on the fact that mccabe's wife was a democrat, ran for a state office in virginia. here is just one of the myriad tweets attacking mccabe from the president of the united states. let me just quote one. how can fbi deputy director andrew mccabe, the man in charge along with leakin' james comey of the phony hillary clinton investigation be given $700,000 for wife's campaign by clinton puppets during investigation? so moments ago the white house press secretary, sarah sanders, saying that the president was not at all part of mccabe's decision to step down or any part of that process over at the fbi. here is what sarah sanders said when our chief white house correspondent jim acosta asked about concerns over the pressuring top officials at doj, at the fbi. here she was. >> i would say what i've said
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probably 100 times before and continue to say i'm sure 100 times today that the white house has been fully cooperative and will continue to be fully cooperative. in fact we've gone above and beyond many times and certainly done everything that we could. the white house has provided over 20 witnesses and tens of thousands of pages of documents to the special counsel. we have done everything we can to be fully transparent and we'll continue to do that throughout the process. >> what about this notion that the president has been applying pressure for months? >> the only thing the president has applied pressure to is to make sure we get this resolved so that you guys and everyone else can focus on the things that americans actually care about. and that is making sure everybody gets the russia fever out of their system once and for all. that you are all reminded once again there was no collusion and that we can move forward to focus on things like national security, the economy, and solving the immigration crisis that we have here in our country. >> so no obstruction of justice,
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nothing improper, nothing inappropriate here at all from the president since he came into office when it comes to this investigation? >> no, and i think we've been pretty clear on that. >> so let's go to shimon, our crime and justice reporter. so why the surprise departure? >> it's a good question. we really have various stories. some saying that he was forced out while others are saying this was his own decision. so just to give you a little color of what went on today, it was this morning at the executive meeting where andrew mccabe came in and basically told the executive staff that he was leaving and that today would be his last day. as of noon, he left, he turned off his computer and he walked out of the building. we don't know exactly what led to this happening today. one person i spoke to said perhaps he was just fed up with everything that was going on and something triggered it and so, therefore, he decided that today would be the day.
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this came as a surprise to many. i don't think many people expected this would happen today. they did expect andrew mccabe to leave the fbi. he was supposed to leave in about two months on march 18th when he was going to retire. so certainly doing it today, doing it the way he did it, early this morning, certainly surprising to all. it surprised the fbi agents and fbi staffers all across the country. they all learned of this through media reports. and what's going on right now at the fbi is that the fbi director, christopher wray, is actually on a secure conference call with the field offices, with the different leadership of the fbi, explaining to them what went on today and perhaps giving them some insight into why the deputy director is no longer the deputy director. >> so maybe wray can help connect some dots. in the meantime, shimon, thank you for setting up what we do me.
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joining me, michael zelden, who used to be robert mueller's special assistant. cnn political director david chalian, james galliano and juliet kyam. david, let's rewind for a second back to the white house and the brief wing where essentially yo had sarah sanders saying we had nothing to do with this move, this decision here at the fbi. we weren't directly pulling any levers. at the same time, it's like, hello, have you read your president's -- your boss's twitter feed? >> she said the president was not involved in the decision-making at all today. but you're exactly right, brooke. while today it may be a surprise that andrew mccabe left today, i don't think there's any surprise for anybody that this administration had no desire for andrew mccabe to be working within it and andrew mccabe had made clear he was going to leave because he was not going to stay on. so i don't think that part was
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terribly surprising. it will be interesting to find out what triggered this moment today that nobody expected on friday would be happening today. that will be important for us to learn. but, you know, we just heard last week donald trump bragging to reporters when he went into john kelly's office and chatted with reporters how mccabe was the star of his campaign trail speeches. he loved to bring up his wife's connection to terry mcauliffe, the governor of virginia's pac and getting all that money, $500,000 to help her and questioning whether or not mccabe could be doing his job in some kind of honest and up-and-up fashion at the fbi. he would get big applause on the campaign trail for that. so you are right, donald trump has made no bones about how he feels about andy mccabe. >> james, to you, just pulling from all of your years at the fbi, is it possible he was just fed up and he said i'm out, today? >> sure, brooke. what i'm going to try to do is allay the fears on both ends of the political continuum.
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exactly seven minutes ago, director wray convened an svtc, which is a secure video teleconference with the 56 division heads for the fbi. it was discussed in part this matter. now, there are folks on the right that are saying that it's awfully curious that a day after director wray is on the hill taking a look at the #releasethememo, the next day deputy director mccabe steps down. there's folks on the left that are screaming that the despot and autocrat donald trump is has once again put his finger on the scale and weighed in where he shouldn't have. andy mccabe was eligible to retire on march 18th. he was 49 years old. he worked for me as a young s.w.a.t. agent. he had to get to march 18th to have a full 20 years on the job and be age 50, whichever comes later. what happens is you build up vacation days. he probably had a month, two months, maybe three months that he had accrued.
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listen, in light of everything that's been happening, whether you agree with what mccabe agree or you didn't, who would want to stick around and deal with this kind of just daily badgering. so the new fbi director was going to pick a new deputy director. the deputy director had no place to go. there's no lateral transfer. he was never going to be the fbi director. he's probably got a nice offer from a private sector company and probably decided i'm going to go ahead and go out on terminal leave and leave today. >> julia, that kind of makes sense. >> yes. and i would align myself with that. i think we have to view this sort of maybe there are different narratives simultaneously. you can believe, as i do, that the white house got what it wanted to. but i also believe that the fbi got what it needed. in other words, with mccabe gone, there is no reason to believe at this stage that wray is ready to let trump be the autocrat that people fear. in fact wray has been relatively
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good in this regard in terms of protecting the fbi. he has also threatened to resign over mccabe. and so it may be that the narrative may be short-term beneficial for the white house, but from someone who was also in an agency sort of long-term beneficial for the fbi not to be sort of the focus of the white house's -- i mean i guess you would call it immaturity at best, but totalitarian tendencies to undermine law enforcement at worst. finally, maybe the public is getting what it deserves at this stage. remember, mccabe will now be free to talk. and who knows -- >> i wondered about that. >> yeah. >> i wondered about that. >> so all things can exist at the same time. >> let's just jump ahead to that, michael zelden. once he becomes a free man, so to speak, can he speak up, speak out? >> well, he can speak out to the extent that he doesn't have restraints about classified information and the like.
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so he'll have some governors on what he can say and he'll have to make a decision about what he wants to say. but can i just add something with respect to the termination. >> please. >> because as a lawyer, i sort of view this in employment law determines in some respects and this is what we would call in the employment field a constructive dismissal, which is where the employer makes the situation, the work situation, so untenable that the employee has no choice but to leave. and i think that's what we saw here. i think there's no good in that at all. this is a 20-year veteran of the fbi who is being forcibly removed from his position by hostile work environment. and that can't be good for the rank and file of the fbi nor can it be good for democracy. these purges of people who are hostile to the president have to
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be seen as that. comey, now mccabe, now soon on the horizon i fear rosenstein, the june story about mueller. all of this adds up to a cumulative negative impact on the workings of our democracy and the workings of law enforcement generally. so we'll see what andy mccabe wants to say about that. >> which leads, david chalian, back to you, to a question that you brought up this morning. what does the president have to hide? >> well, i did bring that up because to michael's point, at a certain point you just have to step back here and say why is donald trump picking a fight, firing, threatening to fire, making life miserable for anybody who has oversight responsibility of this investigation into him. if there was absolutely no concern whatsoever about what investigators may find, you just have to sort of beg that basic question, why? why wouldn't he just let it play
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out without going after people who have oversight over the investigation? >> brooke, can i add something here. >> james first, james first. go ahead. >> just really quickly, and i understand we cannot look at this in a vacuum and pretend that there aren't political implications, i'm not trying to do that. but my job obviously here is to call law enforcement balls and strikes. in the 110-year history of the fbi, there have only been eight full-time appointed directors. every one of them had their own deputy directors. the average tenure of those deputy directors is typically between three and six months. director wray, the eighth appointed director and confirmed by congress came on board in august. so without all the hysteria and the noise on the outside, this is a normal processes and protocol. if andy mccabe had been 50 years old when director wray took over, in my estimation and many former fbi agents who know the process and how it works, he would have stayed a couple of months out of courtesy to the
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new incoming director until he could have selected his own person. >> so then why are so many people, so many field offices and people getting the news from us when they're not getting it up the chain at the fbi, you have to understand why they're surprised, therein lies the question why does this seem sudden? do you feel me? >> because they realize that this was -- they realize that he was pressured out, because james is right. >> but isn't it possible -- >> i'm sorry. he would have under ordinary circumstances in deference to chris wray and the institution, he would have stayed until march and then transitioned when wray picked his new deputy. but when he precipitously leaves now, to me it's a forced resignation and that's not acceptable. i think that's what's got the sacs and others around the country in arms. they don't know if they open up an investigation that implicates the white house in any way they'll face the same onslaught
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from the white house, and that has a very chilling effect on people in the field. >> juliette, close us out. >> it is possible this is horrible. this is an attack on law enforcement. but just like everything that the white house does, they're doing this horribly. in other words, there's another way to look at it in the sense of the cover-up is so bad. we know why it's so bad in the sense when you ask a question why is trump trying so hard to get rid of all these people? it can only be because whatever is underlying the investigation is worse than all of this fumbling. but just taking it forward two or three weeks, this may actually come to the detriment of the white house because then wray has brought in people who are long-term fbi agents. he has a deputy director who's not under the twitter attacks. you may -- you may actually see this be something that is like other things the white house has done, for example, firing comey, that this may actually in the
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end get us closer to the truth, which many of us believe has got to be worse than whatever this cover-up is that they're trying to do. >> we'll see if you're right. we'll be watching closely. thank you all, great conversation. thank you so much. we do have more for you ahead on this breaking news over at the fbi, but also hillary clinton. hillary clinton's former campaign manager speaks out for the first time today about her old boss protecting a staffer accused of sexual harassment. why she told cnn she is disappointed with clinton's response. and later, president trump picks a twitter fight with jay z over black unemployment. what the white house has to say about that today, coming up. seng communities have never been better, with amazing amenities like movie theaters, exercise rooms and swimming pools, public cafes, bars and bistros even pet care services. and there's never been an easier way to get great advice. a place for mom is a free service that pairs you with a local advisor
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call for a free quote today. liberty stands with you™. liberty mutual insurance. we're back, you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. hillary clinton under fire for protecting a man accused of sexual harassment. clinton's faith advisor was accused of repeatedly harassing one young woman with whom he had
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shared an office. this woman complained that inappropriate kisses and suggestive e-mails during clinton's 2008 presidential bid but instead of being fired, he was sent to counseling. his accuser was reassigned. and now hillary clinton's campaign manager from '08 who urged clinton to fire strider, is speaking out. >> the incident was brought to my attention and, you know, i did my due diligence. i interviewed all the parties involved, i looked at the evidence, i looked at some e-mails he had sent, i had looked at other documents, and came to the conclusion that there was sexual harassment involved, that the young woman was very credible. you know, there were a few people involved in the investigation, so to speak, but people involved in it believed he should not be working in our campaign. >> so she overruled you personally? >> i was overruled, yes.
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>> now, hillary clinton has addressed the reports via twitter writing that he was dismayed when the harassment occurred but offered no apology. with me now, katherine rampell, and ruby kramer. ladies, thanks for coming by. robb ruby, just starting with you here. all of this detail that you got from this complaint dating back to the campaign, you laid it out on buzzfeed. he wrote and keep in mind this is a man married with kids at the time. i haven't met anyone as amazing as you are in a very long time. this is to this young stabber. the whole package. you have an internal and external poise and beauty that is so compelling. look, i can't type as much as i'd like on this -- and you don't want to hear it all. i hope you understand what i'm saying. you're filling my mind tonight so i needed to share. and those unwanted advances just
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kept coming to this young woman. >> that was one in a cache of internal documents that we obtained about this complaint. another one was the summary of all the things this woman complained of with regard to her -- with burns strider, who was her direct superior. this was the man that she was reporting to on a fast-paced campaign. other details were five kisses on the head, one on one occasion inside an elevator, on another occasion inside a closed office door, touchiness in general. just general controllingness. he would want to know her whereabouts, would track her, really controlling and just made for a very untenable work environment. by the time that e-mail arrived, and it's dated november 15th, that same day she went to the campaign to complain and file a formal kplancomplaint about thi. that was one incident. then what we know from our reporting is that when he was later hired six years later at
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the pro hillary clinton super pac, the super pac that was essentially laying the groundwork for her next presidential campaign, this exact same kind of behavior continued. >> with other young female staffers. >> with at least two that were working directly for him. >> and that is when he was fired. >> he was fired three years later. >> when you watch the interview with patti solis doyle and she said had hillary clinton listened to the advice in firing him, she believes not. you know, strider defense according to him was what? i'm southern, i kiss on the forehead. >> yeah. >> i have for years on capitol hill. how did he explain that? >> i was on the phone with him for about 45 minutes. and we went through every single complaint that was going to be detailed in this article. it was an e-mail with 16 bullet points and he went through every single one. on some points he was
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apologetic, on others he said, as you mentioned, that a kiss on the head was part of doing daily devotional. it was a religious thing. it was intended to make these people feel better or feel good about the day that he were about to have so there were some things clearly as patti said in the interview this morning with your colleague, he didn't get it. he didn't understand why this would make for an untenable work environment. and these are young women, hillary clinton is involved in the story, but the important thing to remember is these are young women just starting to get into politics. they want to work for a cause that they believe in. and this should not be an experience that should drive them out of politics. in the case of at least one woman that talked to us, that was what happened. she's no longer in the political field. so i think we can all agree that that should never happen. >> it's sad. i want to ask you about hillary at the grammys, but just your thoughts on this story. >> it's very disappointing, right? it doesn't matter if the employer is a man or a woman, this should not be tolerable
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behavior in the workplace. and the problem is that when you set workplace expectations where this behavior is allowed or is insufficiently punished, predators continue to prey. that's why this guy went on to make other women at the very least feel uncomfortable, let alone possibly unwelcome in their work places. so it's very disappointing. i would love to hear from hillary clinton about in retrospect, in hindsight if she thinks this was handled correctly. maybe she has evolved. societally we are having this conversation right now where we are re-evaluating how we consider these institutional problems. if you want to give hillary the benefit of the doubt, maybe she could say i have changed my mind. but she has not given any indication to this point that she's willing to at least think of herself critically. >> she said she had reached out to the young woman in question and had a conversation with her and thanked her for speaking out but no full-throated "i screwed
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up." speaking of hillary clinton, catherine, just staying with you, surprise, it was hillary clinton at the grammys, little cameo last night in which now you have conservatives saying she's trolling the president. here's the clip. >> he had a long-time fear of being poisoned. one reason why he liked to eat at mcdonald's, nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade. >> that's it, we've got it. that's the one. >> you think so? >> oh, yeah. >> the grammys in the bag? >> in the bag. >> funny/not so funny? >> eh, i just -- i don't think it's that funny. i mean i don't think it's so objectionable, but i don't think it's particularly funny. and i'm guessing you're going to ask about nikki haley's response. >> thank you for reading my mind. let me set it up for everyone. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., listen, we've all talked about this michael wolff "fire and
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fury" book. yes, that was a fun clip about brushing his teeth depending on how you feel about the president. but ambassador haley said hillary clinton ruined the grammys, said music and politics should be separate. which have music and politics ever been separate, mrs. ambassador? but go ahead. >> this fundamentally understands the role of politics in music, which goes back decades, centuries, millenia, if you want to be generous here. so, yes, this fundamentally misunderstands the fact that politics and music are inextricably linked. that said, i get why nikki haley would be particularly set off by the michael wolff reference there. it's not just that politics were infusing the grammys, which you could have predicted, but michael wolff hass insinuated that haley -- >> lots of people get this accusation unjustifiably levied at them so i get why she would
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be ticked about the michael wolff appearance, premoremotely anyway at the grammys, but that said to say that we should extract politics generally from music is just -- >> crazy. >> -- ridiculous. >> ladies, thank you so much for your reporting. come back. coming up next, the white house weighs in on president trump's claims about the black unemployment rate and his tweets about jay z's interview on cnn and van jones' show. we'll talk to the man, van, coming up. friends, colleagues,
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we're back, you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. as the president preepts prepares for his first state of the union address he's going into a war of words with jay z. somebody please inform jay z because of my policies the black unemployment rate is at the lowest rate ever recorded. on the van jones show jay z discussed whether the drop in the african-american unemployment rate makes the president a good leader. >> it's not about money at the end of the day. money is not -- doesn't equate to like happiness, it doesn't. that's missing the whole point. you treat people like human beings, and then, you know, that's the main point. you can't treat someone like -- it goes back to the whole thing. you're going to treat me really bad and pay me well. it's not going to lead to happiness, it's going to lead to like, again, the same thing. everyone is going to be sick.
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>> van jones is here now. i think what we didn't get to see in the clip was your question up to that, which was look at the unemployment rate. >> yeah. >> does the man get a little credit for it? >> it was amazing to listen to jay z talk about race and racism. he said, listen, we are not dealing with the issue well. interestingly he was saying that sometimes by being so tough on people we think are racist, we're pushing them into the darkness and creating a superbug of racism. he said trump is a superbug of racism. i said, whoa, he's doing stuff oun employment. jay z said, you know what, that's not enough. you can't insult people, be mean to people and say look at my unemployment numbers. i thought it was very wise and it was interesting the way the president responded. this was my first show, the debut show, i leave and oprah and trump start tweeting about the show. >> i think that's a good day when you have those two people tweeting about you. >> it's a good day in our business.
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but in some ways a bad day for the country because actually donald trump missed an opportunity, i think. jay z also talked about criminal justice reform. jared kushner in the white house is working on that. he could have tweeted about that. he could have tweeted about any number of things, but of course he took it off topic and whatever. but for me i'm excited because i got a chance to interview sean carter, not just jay z. he talked about his family, he talked about his kids. he talked about stuff and he was confessional as opposed to bragga docious. you have the political leader, trump, being all accusatory and crazy and the hip-hop guy being confessional, being relatable, calling his wife his soul mate. i said why did you fight for this marriage? he said she's my soul mate. >> i heard that. >> i haven't heard the president say about his wife or any of his wives that that's his soul mate. >> zing. >> so if you're a parent like i
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am, looking for someone who model your kid after, here's jay z who's grown up, has one marriage, made mistakes, confessed to it, is trying to make it work. we have a president of the united states who has three. i've never heard him say this is my soul mate. instead of listening to jay z and learning, he's throwing barbs. something is wrong in america when the entertainment people are better than the politicians. >> part of your kvrgconversatio and i think you made him incredibly comfortable, it rose to the level where our friend april ryan asked sarah sanders about your conversation. roll it. >> the black unemployment rate continues to be higher and it's actually two times that, more than two times that of the white unemployment rate. is that something that this administration is touting or they're trying to fix, make an active effort to fix in 2018? >> look, i think you can see from the steps that we've already taken that we're trying to fix unemployment for all americans. that's the point that the president has made time and time again is that he wants it to be better for everybody. and we've made significant progress in that, both through
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the number of regulations that have been cut to make this a more job friendly market, a more job friendly environment, and certainly adding to that the tax cuts and tax reform legislation. >> i think she missed april's point. i am happy about these numbers. 6.8% unemployment for african-americans, even though it's double white, it's still good. and those numbers have been coming down for about six years now, so obama did most of the work, but trump has continued that work. from a bipartisan point of view, we should be happy about that. at the same time, when you have double the unemployment in one community, you have to have a targeted effort to fix that. what she said is we're for all americans, tax cuts or whatever. listen, that's great. if you think that's going to, would, that's wonderful. but if you had double -- if you had the rate of unemployment right now in the white community that you have in the black community, we would say we're still in a depression or a recession. so you've got some people still left behind.
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i'm glad the numbers are coming down. let's come together and do more. donald trump talks about the black community all the time. come to chicago, come to oakland, sit down, listen to those mothers, let's come together and get something done. instead i'm proud of the numbers but not going to do anything to help your community. that doesn't make any sense. >> congrats on the show. >> thank you. >> thank you. van jones. coming up next, we're live at the white house. more on the breaking news, deputy fbi director andrew mccabe stepping down immediately. what we are learning about his surprise departure. ♪
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fbi director james comey was fired by the president and now mccabe retiring a tad earlier than expected. today the white house press secretary, sarah sanders, responding to mccabe's sudden exit. >> look, we've seen the numerous reports as all of you have. any specifics, i can tell you none of this decision was made by that of the white house and any specifics i would refer you to the fbi, who i believe will be making a statement later today. >> you say that the white house was not involved in the decision, but clearly the president seemed to be involved in a public relations campaign against mccabe. >> look, the president stands by his previous comments, but in terms of the situation today, as i just said, we've seen the reports just as all of you have. we don't have any specific comments, and i would refer you to the fbi for any specifics on the things that are taking place today. >> let's go to the white house and bring in our senior white house correspondent there, jeff zeleny. jeff, what more are you learning about the white house responding to this and why mccabe is out?
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>> well, brooke, it certainlies interesting. this is one of the first days that the president and people here at the white house have not had anything to say in a negative way about andrew mccabe. the president has made no secret of the fact that he does not trust him, does not like him. of course it all goes back to the investigation into the clinton e-mail episode that the fbi was conducting, that andrew mccabe was involved with. the president simply thought it was not fair. so he has tweeted countless times over the last six months or so. the question here, brooke, which we frankly don't have an answer to which is why andrew mccabe would have waited six months through all this criticism, even more than that, through the first year of the administration, but decided to leave six weeks before he was planning on retiring. so that is a question we simply do not have an answer to. the white house is saying the president was not involved in this, was not involved in this at all. we'll find out if that's true as this shakes out here, brooke, but again, the president not mentioning anything on social
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media about andrew mccabe. he was asked about this earlier today at a lunch that he had, and he did not say anything at all about that. of course we remember the story from a week or so ago when it was reported by "the new york times" and "the washington post" and cnn that the president had asked andrew mccabe who he voted for. he said he did not vote for anyone in the 2016 election. so again, the president has had so much to say about andrew mccabe over the last several months, oddly quiet here today, brooke. >> the day is young still. jeff zeleny at the white house. next, the me too movement takes center stage at the grammys and on capitol hill. it could be behind the reason why a record-breaking number of women now running for office. es ou get older. but prevagen helps your brain with an ingredient originally discovered... in jellyfish. in clinical trials, prevagen has been shown to improve short-term memory. prevagen. the name to remember.
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♪ ♪ because i'll bring thunder, i'll bring rain ♪ ♪ and when i'm finished ♪ they won't even know your name ♪ >> kesha belting it out for the biggest me too movement on music's biggest night. her emotional performance at the grammys was backed by an all-female chorus and got a standing occasion. and singer-songwriter and actress janelle monet drove the message home when she introduced kesha. >> not just an artist but a young woman with my fellow sisters in this room who make opportunity music industry. artists, writers, publicists, women from all sectors of the
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business. we are also daughters,wise, mothers, sisters and human beings. we come in peace but we mean business. >> the me too movement prompting accountability in politics. marco rubio has fired his chief of staff over misconduct allegations with a subordinate. he didn't provide any more details or mention his chief of staff by name but he has been identified and confirmed as the clint reed. with me to talk about that is politics reporter mj lee. kudos to the senator for acting like this. do you think he is sending a message to his other republican colleagues? >> i think it is notable how quickly we saw there happen. rubio said he found out friday afternoon biffle saturday evening he had put out an announcement saying his chief of staff was gone within one day he
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determined there was improper contact between a supervisor and a subordinate and let this person go. i think this speaks to the changing times but i think that reporting sexual misconduct in january 20 scene different from having reported this maybe even a year ago. six months ago. and i think important about this example, too, is that it was the accused who was let go. the accused that was reprimanded as opposed to the accuser. i know you were talking about the 2008 hillary clinton example where it was so notable and outrageous that the person who did the accusing was the one who was moved out of her job. and i think for so many years, that was the norm. and i think particularly as it relates to capitol hill and all of my reporting over the last couple months, there has been so much attention on how little transparency there is on capitol hill. a lot of people didn't know that
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the office of come pleenls even existed. people didn't know taxpayer dollars were going to settlements for members have congress or senior staffers who wanted to basically hide these things happened in their offices. as more of this reporting comes out, people are saying look, we need more transparency. >> let's look at the women who want to be on capitol hill and all levels of government, we should be fair, it was record that 25,000 women expressed interest in run go for office. today some more exciting numbers. the center for american politics said last week, 396 like women candidates for the u.s. house and 50 in the senate. they are on track to break almost every record in the books. mj, why is this happening? i have a guess but go ahead. >> i think one, women are feeling like they're being heard more. i think it is obvious why we're seeing more women come out to these marches and protests wearing pins, wanting to be more
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visible. and then specifically when it comes to serving in government, there is a progs there's a difference between women lobbying men to make these changes and women trying to be in the positions where they can make those changes themselves. you look to snowstorm the state of the union address. that the movement the wear black to donald trump's state of the women address has been led by women. the movement. i think we feel like we shbl in the positions to go make those changes. >> thank you so much for all that today. breaking news at the fbi. the second in command at the agency stepping down a couple weeks earlier than expected. we'll get refraction andrew mccabe's departure from a key member of the house judiciary committee coming up. next time, i want you on my bowling team.
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download the xfinity my account app or go online today. the white house just announced the president's guests for the state of the union. among them, a guest from ohio. a police officer shot on duty and some first responders from last year's hurricanes and wildfires. one other person who will be in that audience is staff sergeant patricia king, a transgender soldier who spent 19 years in the military. that includes three tours in afghanistan. she was invited as a guest by joe kennedy. i asked sergeant king about that invitation moments ago. >> when congressman kennedy came to you and invited you, was it a yes or did it take a minute to convince you?
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>> oh, absolutely it was a yes. this is such an honor to be a part of this. >> we will play out my full interview on tomorrow's show. we'll be live from washington, d.c. ahead of the president's big night. thank you so much for being with me. let's send things off to jake tapper right now. leading the rush investigation could be hazardous to your career. president trump fired james comey. he ordered the firing of robert mueller and sources say he has contemplated getting rid of the deputy attorney general now that the deputy director of the fbi is stepping down two months later. what is driving the pressure to clean house? then at any moment, the members of the house intelligence committee could release a controversial memo alleging the fbi broke surveillance laws in the russia investigation. releasing it would be extremely reckless