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rant on twitter, the president is add it again, taking on the russia probe, his predecessor and a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct. what's driving his latest outbursts online? and rallying cry, students who survived the florida school shooting are confronting lawmakers, demanding action to prevent another massacre. the president just signalled his support for one potential gun control measure, but will he follow through? we want to welcome our viewers in united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in the situation room. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. breaking tonight, a new guilty plea in the russia investigation by a lawyer linked to former trump campaign chairman paul manafort and his deputy rick gates and to a wealthy russian power couple. special counsel robert mueller cutting another deal, racking up more charges and possibly
signaling that another big shoe could drop at any time. this hour, i'll talk with former defense secretary leon panetta about the russia probe, president trump and much more. and our correspondents and specialists are also standing by. first, let's go to our justice correspondent jessica schneider. what do we know about the guilty plea and how does it figure into the broader information? >> alex swavan der zwaan has confessed to lying about his contacts with rick gates and after that confession in december, he told prosecutors what he knew. well, today van der zwaan pleaded guilty. van der zwaan had done work for paul manafort and he had multiple contacts with rick gates. so the question now is what exactly did he reveeal to the powell is and will it pit further pressure on manafort and gates? robert mueller has another guilty plea in his russia probe.
alex van der zwaan, a london-based attorney with ties to paul manafort and top campaign official rick gates pleaded guilty to giving false statements to the special counsel's investigators about his communications with gates two months before the election. though it's unclear with what the distwo discussed, his plea may prove helpful to mueller's claim. >> in this case, manafort had a relationship with the ukrainian government and this lawyer was doing work for the ukrainian government. so let's the link and he'll try to turn this witness against gates, against manafort and possibly against others. >> van der zwaan was part of a team of attorneys at the prominent international law firm that drafted a report commissioned by manafort in 2012. the report was used by allies of the then pro-russian ukrainian president viktor yanukovych to justify jailing a political opponent. paul manafort was indicted in october in connection with his lobbying work for the ukrainian government and alleged money
laundering. manafort has pleaded not guilty. van der zwaan is also the son-in-law of a prominent russian billionaire who co-founded an investment group. cnn reported the fbi investigated whether the bank had a computer server connection to the trump organization during the 2016 campaign. but the white house today is pointing to van der zwaan's false statement charges as further evidence that the mueller team does not have any evidence of trump campaign collusion with the russians. >> we do know that this indictment, just like the one on friday, only reinforces our overarching point when it comes to the special counsel's investigation which is that as the president has long stated, there's no evidence of collusion because none existed and and that there's going to be no findings of wrongdoing. >> reporter: much like the 13 indictments of russian nationals announced by the justice department friday, this latest charge against van der zwaan does not address the issue of collusion, but the charges do show the progress of the powell
is's investigation and its steady pressure on people surrounding the president past and present. in just about nine month, mueller brought charges against 22 people and entities, four of whom are former trump associates. beyond manafort, there's rick gates, former national security adviser michael flynn, and campaign adviser george papadopoulos, four of the cases have resulted in guilty pleas, including today's plea from van der zwaan. rick gates has been negotiating a plea deal that could include testifying against former trump campaign chairman paul manafort. and according to people familiar with the inquiry, mueller's interest in the president's son-in-law jared kushner has moved beyond his russia contacts and now includes kushner's financing contacts from foreign entities during the presidential transition. now the question is will rick gates become the fifth person to plead guilty? if so how soon? when it comes to van der zwaan, the fbi has seized his passport,
he's not allowed to travel back to london where lawyers say his wife is having a difficult pregnancy and his sentencing will be in early april. he'll face up to five years in prison though he'll likely get zero to six months and have to pay a fine. >> he's had that cooperation agreement where the prosecutors so he's pled guilty fork trial, get a reduced sentence as a result. jessica, thank you very much. tonight the trump white house is defending the president's latest attempts to discredit the russia investigation and shift the game away there him. the white house press secretary sara sanders repeating mr. trump's refuted claim that he's been tougher on the kremlin than president obama. let's goo to our senior white house correspondent pamela brown. this was the first briefing since the president launched his newest twitter tirade. >> that's right, wolf. there was a lot of ground to cover since this was the first briefing in the white house in a week and press secreta.e.cecret
sanders repeated his claim that he's been tougher on the white house than president obama. though sanders cryptically hinted that the administration has recently taken action against russia, something she said we'll learn more about in the coming days. president trump back in the white house and still tweeting about russia writing "i have been much tougher on russia than obama. just look at the facts. total fake news." but the president has yet to condemn russian interference in the wake of the evidence laid out in last week's special counsel indictments of 13 russian nationals. instead claiming it demonstrates a lack of collusion between his campaign and russia. the white house responding to the criticism. >> he called out russia by name in his official statement that went out after those indictments came out.
he called them bad actors. that was the first reaction of the president. so i would disagree with the premise of your question. he's also, again, been extremely tough on russia in a number of different ways and we're going to continue to do that. >> reporter: trump's argue against former president obama centers around these remarks made prior to the 2016 election. >> there is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even -- you could even rig america's elections. in part because they're so decentralized and the numbers of those involved. there's no evidence that that has happened in the past. and so i'd advise mr. trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to gets votes. >> reporter: mr. trump claims the election is rigged and obama
did confront president putin about meddling and impose sanctions, something trump has yet to do. >> so in early september when i saw president putin in china, i felt that the most effective way to ensure that that didn't happen was to talk to him directly. and tell him to cut it out and there were going to be serious consequences if he didn't. and, in fact, we did not see further tampering of the election process. >> reporter: but trump is still blaming democrats for the russia investigation, tweeting "when i easily won the electoral college the whole game changed and the russian excuse became the narrative of the the dems." trump's press secretary echoing the president's argument today. >> he has been tougher on russia in the first year than obama was in eight years combined. he's imposed sanctions. he's taken away properties. he's rebuilt our military. he's done a number of things to put pressure on russia and to be tough on russia. just last week there was an
incident that will be reported in the coming days. >> reporter: meanwhile, in the aftermath of last week's shooting at a high school in park lapd parkland florida, the president announcing he is directing his attorney general to ban bump stocks. >> i signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. >> reporter: bump stock devices were found on the firearms in the hotel room of the gunman in the las vegas shooting last october where 58 people were killed at a music festival. >> we cannot merely take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. we must actually make a differenc difference. >> when i asked sarah sanders whether the president would be open to raising the age limit in order to prevent the shootings like we saw in florida with the
gunman purchasing the weapon at the age of 18, she did say the president would be open to discussing that. it was very clear the white house is leaving the door open for ideas and here tomorrow the president will be meeting with high school teachers and students to figure out other solutions the. president vowing to come up with a solution to prevent another mass shooting. >> as we've mentioned, in florida you can buy an ar-15 semiassault weapon if you want, semiautomatic weapon at the age of 18 but you have to be 21 to buy a can of beer. it says something about the state of florida. let's see if they change that as a result of what happened, that massacre at that high school. pamela brown, thank you very much. let's get reaction to these breaking stories. leon panetta is joining us. he served as defense secretary and cia director doing the obama administration. mr. secretary, thank you for joining us. >> nice to be with you, wolf.
>> let's talk about the breaking news. how significant is this latest guilty plea and the special counsel's investigation? >> any time the prosecution is able to get a guilty plea, i think it's significant. and although it's somebody lower on the chain the fact is that if he's guilty clearly the pressure will grow on others as a result of that guilty plea. so there's no question that special prosecutor is building slowly, carefully and very efficiently a case with regards to that. >> trump's tweet today, his accusation that the obama administration didn't do much to counter russia and its meddling in the u.s. presidential
elections. >> wolf, i think this president and the administration have a bad habit that every time they're in a difficult position they have to blame somebody else. blame president obama, blame the democrats, blame the fbi, blame our intelligence forces. they're always reaching out to blame somebody else and obviously i think anybody who looks at the facts knows that that's a ridiculous charge but more importantly, last time i looked at the oval office i saw president trump. he is the president of the united states and he's the one who ought to be dealing with this situation that has been revealed time and time again that the russians deliberately have attacked this country. that he as president ought to
condemn the russians for doing that, ought to hold vladimir putin responsible about ought to make clear that we're going to implement a strategy to make sure it never happens again. that's what i would like to hear from this president. >> he's been president now for 13 months. he certainly on this issue, russian meddling in the u.s. democratic process, he certainly has not taken a leadership position, rarely speaks about it other than calling the russia investigation a hoax or witch-hunt. still, the former president has been criticized, former president obama, you worked for him in this situation, one former obama administration official in a widely noted quote told the "washington post" he felt like they -- referring to the obama administration -- sort of choked in responding to russia during that period. michael mcfaul, the man you know, the former u.s. ambassador to russia during the obama administration said -- and i'm quoting him now -- "the kremlin should have paid a much higher price for that attack."
knowing that, what advice would you give president trump right now to learn from those earlier obama administration mistakes? >> look, vladimir putin is a bully whoa looks at other leaders and if he senses weakness, he will take advantage of that weakness. that's the way he operates and right now when vladimir putin looks at the united states and sees a president who will not condemn russia for what they did, will not condemn him and will not take steps to make clear that it won't happen again, what vladimir putin is going to read is weak ness and it's virtually an invitation to putin and to the russians to continue to do to the united states what they did in 2016. and they are. they'll do it in 2018, they'll
do it in 2020 as long as this president doesn't draw a line on them and make very clear that we will stop russia from interfering with our election process. >> the president publicly rebuked his national security adviser general h.r. mcmaster. he was in a conference in munich last week and he said there's no doubt that russia was doing it, is doing it. the president then in a tweet said he should have said this. what was your reaction when heard the president of the united states publicly go after, humiliate, general mcmaster in a situation like this? he's a three-star general still on active duty. >> i thought this was a cheap shot to have the president do that. general mcmaster is a general in the united states army. his responsibility is to deal
with the national security of this country, his national security adviser. what he said at the munich conference was that what we have determined is that it is incontrovertible that the russians conducted this attack on the united states. he's not there to make political comments or to try to engage in the political dispute about collusion and no collusion. that's not his job. he's a united states military officer, a general whose responsibility is to deal with national security issues. the president ought to recognize that. >> i was surprised he slapped him down like that. as you know, the president has been tweeting fervently on this whole issue of the russia investigation since mueller's indictment indictments when the russians
came down on friday. how do you think foreign governments are viewing all those presidential tweets? >> i think there's no question that russia reads weakness into how the united states is responding to this issue and, very frankly, i think our allies across the world are reading the same kind of weakness into our response. we have very clear evidence -- as a matter of fact, it started pretty clearly last monday -- with the testimony with all of our intelligence officials appointed by president trump who made a clear finding with regards to the russian attacks on our election system and the fact that they're doing it again now in 2018. that was followed by the indictments that were rendered by the special prosecutor, 13 indictments against russias involved in that kind of attack. and it was also followed by our
national security adviser saying that it was incon voe veritable. then at the same time when you tune into the president of the united states, he's tweeting about president obama, he's tweeting about the fbi, he's tweeting about all the other things rather than stepping up, condemning the russias for what they did, making clear that we will hold them responsible and making very clear to the american people and the world that the united states will not stand for russia doing this again. that's the message that the world wants to hear and they're not hearing it. >> it wasn't just, as you correctly point out, general mcmaster, the national security adviser. it was the head of the director of national intelligence, dan coats, the cia director mike pompeo, it was the fbi director christopher wray, all of whom are appointed by president trump himself. he's the only one who doesn't say what his top national security advisers, the
intelligence community, they are all saying and it's raising a lot of questions but let me get into another sensitive issue with you, mr. secretary. cnn is reporting that robert mueller's investigation into jared kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser has expanded into kushner's efforts into getting chinese and qatari funding for his businesses during the presidential transition. do you believe this is someone who should have access to classified information? he doesn't have permanent security clearances. should have access, for example, to the presidential daily brief? the white house said, sarah huckabee sanders, said she's going to continue his job and it won't change even though he doesn't have full time permanent security clearances. >> i think if john kelly as chief of staff is serious about trying to rectify what has
happened here with regards to these security clearances and the fact that there have been so many interim security clearances granted and are hanging on. the bottom line is that someone with that kind of interim clearance who has not gotten a full security clearance should not have access to highly classified top secret information that's a fact. and that goes for mr. kushner and it goes for nib else that has an interim clearance and until the white house acts to clear this up and to stop people from interim clearances from having that kind of access, i think they are in effect creating a national security problem. >> you've been around, mr. secretary, for quite a while. you first came to washington back in the '60s. i want you to take a step back for a moment. when you read these tweets the
president has been sending air, tacking president obama, going after oprah and on and on and on, what does it tell you about his mental state right now? his ability to do the job? >> well, you know, in my 50 years of public life i've seen nine presidents, all of whom had tremendous respect for the office of the presidency and all of whom had a very high regard for the oath that they took protecting, preserving and defending this country against our adversaries both foreign and domestic. i look at this president and what i worry about is the danger that the oath that he took to protect, preserve, and defend
our constitution against all adversaries that he comes very close to the line of not abiding by that very oath, because the fact that he will not condemn an adversary who deliberately attacked this country -- and the facts are very clear that they did attack this country, i think it raises concerns that this country and this president are not taking all of the steps necessary to make sure that we protect our national security. this is something that ought to concern republicans, it ought to concern democrats, but most importantly it ought to concern the american people who know that when they elect a president, his primary responsibility as commander in chief is to protect our national security. >> mr. secretary, thanks so much for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. just ahead, we'll have much more on the new guilty plea in the russia investigation and a
lawyer's ties to moscow, ukraine, and the trump campaign, we'll have a live report coming up from the russian capital. we're also standing by for bus loads of students to arrive at the state capital in florida. they're survivors of the school shooting in parkland and they're demanding action. they're demanding action right now.
laur who a lawyer who admitted to lying to mueller. he's the son-in-law of a russia billionaire and oligarch. let's go to moscow right now. our senior international correspondent fred pleitgen is on the scene for us. how does the van der zwaan guilty plea play into the overall russia investigation? why is it important? >> well, i think there's very significant points if for russians as well. if you look at the work van der zwaan was doing for what was then, of course, the pro-russian government in kiev, there is that report that essentially justified the arrest and jailing of the former pro-western minister and that was something that was really important to moscow as well. they were trying to bolster viktor yanukovych who was in power in kiev at the time. then you have those ties to rick gates and paul manafort and i think that's something that's
probably even more important as far as the russia investigation is concerned. of course paul manafort with some close ties to very important russian oligarchs, including the man very close to vladimir putin so many things investigators will want to learn from van der zwaan. and then also he is the son of a powerful oligarch himself. that's something i think the investigators will be looking at but it's something that will make the russians as well because they see the investigation by the special counsel is gaining steam over the past couple days with those indictments we saw at the end of last week and now this wolf. >> fred, russian media now recording that someone allegedly working at a russian troll factory was arrested after talking to a member of the foreign media. what do you know about that? >> this is coming up on several russian media outlets that we've
been looking at. it's a former employee, someone who says he's a former employee of this troll factory. he was apparently talking to several western media outlets and then claimed to these russian media outlets that he had been detained on sunday evening and that authorities had said he made a phone call with a bomb threat which is something that he denies. now what we're currently getting from the russian media is that apparently he has been released and he does say he wants to keep speaking out but i think this shows how nervous the russian authorities are and that's something we saw on friday when we had those angry reactions, very shortly after those indictments were handed down. >> fred pleitgen in moscow. fred, thank you very much. just ahead, what message is the special counsel send big accepting a new plea deal in the russia probe? our experts are standing by and we're hearing more from the couple who took in the florida school shooter. why didn't they see the red flags?
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mueller sending with this move? >> don't lie to me. don't lie under any circumstances. when people come in to see assistant u.s. attorneys, they often dissemble at first and some prosecutors have more tolerance for that and they don't immediately go to charging a false statement. what happened here is mueller threw the book at this guy, he's a lawyer and comes from a fancy law firm so this is not your typical criminal defendant and i think what mueller is trying to tell people is that we have no tolerance for lying in this office. plus the fact that he did what appears to be a serious forensic examination going through deleted e-mails and identifying them and showing that that van der zwaan was lying shows he's willing to do a very extensive investigation even on peripheral
figure, so it's a warning shot to every person who has spoken to mueller or will in the future. >> certainly a warning shot to the president of the united states. i'm sure his lawyers are probably telling him this is not a good idea to go answer questions from robert mueller's team. phil mudd, when you look at the details of this latest plea about how mueller is working? >> i think jeff nailed one of the key parts this and that's the forensic examination you see revealed in this i would naught in the details of what we saw in the indictments of 13 individuals on friday. when you're dealing with a 73-year-old prosecutor who spent decades prosecuting, a dozen years as fbi director, decorated veteran from vietnam, this guy is a human scalpel. when he's walking into the room he's saying i don't care how long the operation takes, i don't feel pressure to produce results in 30 days but when i
walk into the room i'll look at every single crumb and leave no crumb on the table so when most people walk into the room, russian cases aside, that i'll look at the document and say this guy did everything, i have no choice but to plead guilty. the guilty pleas are an indicator of what jeff was talking about earlier. this guy does his home work and he doesn't feel rushed based on his experience to run in before he has the case. it's a remarkable operation for a guy under pressure to produce results everyday. no rush, wolf. >> fair point, alex van der zwaan, the attorney, worked for a prestigious international law firm and is the son-in-law of a russian bill their named german kahn who co-founded what's called the alpha group, that's the same company that is involved with the alpha bank which drew the attention of the fbi for some sort of odd computer server connection with trump tower in new york city.
german kahn was reached by the u.s. treasury department as one of the russian oligarchs. what do you make of that. >> van der zwaan was working on this report that helped to justify some of the political actions on the pro-russian yanukovych government in ukraine which also paul manafort worked for. when you're talking about alpha bank, manafort, van der zwaan, nothing we learned about is proof positive there was bigger collusion or conspiracy with president trump at the top. we're not at that stage yet. but there are a lot of dots that are starting to be laid out here and this that are being kecked by a special prosecutor mueller that seem to be leading in the direction of manafort. >> it's very interesting. the president tweeted once again today this. "i have been much tougher on russia than obama just look at the facts, total fake news."
>> well, several times at the press briefing today sarah sanders said the same thing and that there was a lethal arms sale to ukraine but she couldn't point to anything that was tangible he did that was more than what the obama administration did and that's because over this last year this president has been in office for 13 months now he's dodged the subject of interference by russia in the election and what not and that was the thing, the bar is so low here for the president to condemn russia for what they did and yet we have not seen that, even in light what we we learned on friday about this incredibly savvy scheme. but the statement put out by the white house, the first graph dealt with the fact that the president felt it showed there was no collusion between his campaign and the russians and then if you looked at what the president tweeted all weekend which is a window into what he really thinks, he was much more critical of democrats and the fbi, his own national security
adviser than he was vladimir putin and the russians. >> very quickly. >> i wanted to add the other thing the trump administration is glossing over is that in march of 2014 president obama signed four different executive orders related to sanctionings russia and they're trying to put that off to the side and say president obama did nothing and it's a misleading presentation of the facts. >> there's more breaking news, we'll stay on top of it right after this.
we have breaking news. we've just learned that vice president mike pence and the north koreans almost had a secret meeting at the olympics. let's go to brian todd. what are you learning? >> wolf, just getting confirmation now from nick ayers, the chief of staff to vice president mike pence. nick ayers telling cnn tonight that north korea's delegation to the olympics dangled a meeting in the hopes of -- that the vice president would meet with them and according to the vice president's office in the hopes that vice president pence would soften his message at the olympics. of course we know that vice president pence was there to promote the idea that north korea was a human rights violator, to call attention to their record. now according to the chief of staff to the vice president nick ayours that the north koreans dangled this meeting but that the north koreans then walked
away from it, apparently having seen vice president pence's messages and meetings with defectors and other missives while he was there about north korea's human rights record. they walked away from this apparently at the last minute. the "washington post" that first reported the story said the north koreans proposed this meeting, a secret meeting at the olympics with vice president pence but that about maybe a couple of hours before the meeting was to take place on saturday, february 10, that the delegation led by kim yo jong, kim jong-un's sister, pulled out of that meeting, wolf. that's tonight as we get confirmation from the vice president's office that there was a meeting at least proposed by the north koreans. they hoped to meet with the vice president according to nick ayers, the chief of staff for the vice president, hoping that the vice president would soften his message against the north koreans but that the north koreans according to mr. ayers pulled out of that meeting. >> good point. thanks very much, brian, let's get reaction from our panel. kaitlin, you've been doing on
this. >> you have to think of the context of pence's trip. not only did he meet with defectors from north korea but he announced those sanctions against north korea so those are two things that angered them while they were setting up this secret meeting before they pulled out of it. that is something you have to keep in mind for what the vice president was doing while he was overseas. >> it's very interesting, phil, that the vice president and the trump administration, they were red did to go ahead and go into a meeting with kim jong-un's sister and other representatives of north korea. >> >> you nailed it, that's why we need mature leadership. the easy read is frustration. there was almost a meeting and there will be a conversation about what didn't happen. i believe that's 180 degrees wron wrong. governments that don't speak and don't understand each other, it's an understanding not of
what they do but of what their intent is. we learned two people's intentions. we learned that despite tough rhetoric from the president, the united states is willing to talk maybe directly to the north koreans and maybe even more significantly, despite the fact that the north koreans walked away from the table, we learned that they, too, despite missile launches and nuclear tests might be willing to talk face to face to the americans in the face of economic sanctions against north korea that have got to be crippling. that understanding of mind-set is really critical. >> i think what happened here is prospect of the meeting more important than the fact that the meeting didn't happen. >> north korean canceled it. nick ayers concluded by saying the president made a decision if they wanted to talk, we would deliver uncompromising message. if they asked for a meeting we would meet. interesting that it would have been in secret but i'm sure it would have leaked. >> yes. i have to say via good deal of sympathy for the trump administration on this one.
you are dealing with extremely irrational government that at one level talks about going to the olympics and making signs of peace. but has not renounced any of aggressive intentions. has not talked about limiting missile tests in any way. this is a very difficult negotiations which has stymied. it is not easty to negotiate with the noerns. north koreans. >> this could have been a huge development. these aren't huge diplomats meeting at the u.n. or somewhere else, this is the vice president of the united states effectively potentially meeting with the second most powerful person in north korea, the sister of kim jong-un, effectively the vice president of north korea. that would have been a huge, huge moment.
>> it would have been a huge movement moment. and i don't blame the trump administration for trying to make that happen. i think it is better, this is my own view, it is better for these countries to be talking to one another rather to be talking about nuclear war, which is what president trump has been doing, and certainly what kim jong-un has been doing. so i don't see how you can fault the trump administration for seeking out this meeting. it swwould have been a very big deal. but also not a surprise it didn't happen. >> and it was the north koreans who cancel not u.s. all right. guys, more breaking news we are following. just ahead survivors of the florida school massacre take their demand to gun control for law make nerves the state capital.
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people have showed up pay memorial to 17 victims. about 100 students were absent because they have taken it to the florida state capital. marjory high school heading to the capital. message with never again. >> representing the past and future. they are the past and we are the future rebellion group hopes to pressure lawmakers stricker gun laws. something that hasn't been done after previous school shootings. >> our message is that at this point for the politicians if you aren't with us, you are against us. we are trying to save the lives of innocent children. so if you are not for that, then we are going to vote you out. >> reporter: this as new details about the shooter nikolas cruz continue to emerge. the florida couple took in cruz knew the teen owned several guns
but felt safe because they knew they were under lock and key. they say the mix of depression were not a worry but they were considering counseling for cruz. >> to me the depression stemmed from more losing his mother, not all the things about him being bullied or things that happened in school. >> reporter: they say they were unaware of shocking posts online which included racist rants and images of animal torture. meanwhile, five shooting victims were honored today. cara lock rin was an accomplished irish doctor, national merit scholar, peter wang, a member of the junior rot program. athletic director chris hixon who tried to disarm the shooter. and football coach aaron feis flew himself in front of students to protect them. today the florida house of representatives voted against considering an assault weapons
ban. wolf, you better believe those students from tone man douglas will be asking politicians why at the state capital tomorrow. >> kayly, thank you very much. tomorrow cnn hosts special town haul of the high school demanding action. parents and both florida senators will be there. jake tapper will moderate. 9:00 p.m. eastern. stand up. thanks for watching. erin burnett outfront right now starts right now. outfront next president trump says why is he blaming president obama and not putin. plus jared kushner will not change anything about his job. and i talked to gun violence vote to ban assault weapons fails. let's go outfront. good