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she said saw retaliation and the office of special counsel now has this case and she tells me they just interviewed her last week. remember when they kept chanting, drain the swamp. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com happening now, jared kushner loses his top secret security clearance. how can he keep working on sensitive issues like the middle east and china? no authority. america's cyber security chief says president trump has not given them authority to go after the election hackers at the source. and twarns russians have not paid enough of a price to change behavior. another authority stonewalled the russia probe as hope hicks refuses to he answer questions about her time at the white
house. and the florida high school gunman left behind 180 rounds when he fled and may have tried to set up a sniper's nest in a school window. perhaps to shoot at people outside. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." breaking news, jared kushner is among the white house aides whose interim security clearances have been downgraded. they say it will keep kushner from seeing top secret material. plus, the russia investigation is in full swing on capitol hill. the national security agent chief says the president has not given him the authority to go after attackers. communications director hope hicks without getting many
answers. i'll speak with congressman eric swalwell and the intelligence committee and our specialists and correspondents are all standing by with full coverage. let's begin with the breaking news. as presidential son-in-law jared kushner gets a downgrade from his top secret security clearance. what are you learning? >> reporter: the president ignored questions about his son-in-law losing his top secret security clearance. it is coming in response to a change made here by chief of staff john kelly. that will affect interim top secret clearances. as a result, had they will have their access limited. it is doing damage control on two big issues. russia and gun control. >> it was a stunning admission from the director of the national security agency mike rogers revealing the president
has not put a stop to russian cyber operations. >> that admission left lawmakers exasperated. >> we have not taken on the russians yet. we're watching them intrude in our elections, spread misinformation, and we're just essentially sitting back and waiting. >> it is probably fair to say that we have not opted to engage in some of the same behaviors we are seeing. >> reporter: he went on to say they haven't paid for what they did. >> i believe president putin has come to the conclusion, there's little price to pay. >> the notion that you have not been given this notion to stop this from happening this year is outrageous. >> reporter: the white house tried push back on the notion the president even needs to direct nsa to take action. >> nobody is denying him the authority. we're looking at a number of
ways that we can put pressure. this president, as i told you last week, has been much tougher on russia than his predecessor. >> reporter: russia was on the president's mind as he tweeted about this being a witch hunt. a new poll shows the majority of americans don't support. >> if you want to blame somebody on past problems, you need to look at the past administration. >> the white house is also on its heels on gun control insisting the president does support the idea of raising the age little for buying weapons. >> the president still supports raising the age limit. >> reporter: that came after sources said the president was backing away from the proposal. he didn't even mention it when he met with the nation's governors. >> we have the support of the nra having to do with background
checks. very strong background checks and a very strong socks mental health. >> reporter: pft just before sarah sanders said she liked the idea but as a concept. >> there's still support for that but how it would be implemented, what that might look slyke vex part of discussion. >> but a key source says there does not appear to be a path forward. it is fiercely opposed. house speaker paul ryan sounded more supportive of strengthening the nation's background check information. >> we should be focused making sure those who shouldn't have the guns don't get the guns. >> reporter: as for jared kushner and others at the white house having their clearance reduced, they are bluntly saying that kelly's move, chief of staff john kelly, directly undercuts the president's
son-in-law in his mission as an envoy to the middle east. the president on down, they've been saying they have confidence in jared kushner to be able to broker some kind of middle east peace deal. one source i talked to said this move really undercuts jared kushner's ability to be involved in those negotiations. another source said this will keep him out of a lot of important meetings at the white house. as you know, at the white house, access equals influence. so it is difficult on see how he can go on in his current role as senior adviser to the president while having his security clearance limited. we were reporting a couple of weeks bag kushner, ivanka trump, the president's daughter, that they were a member of some 100 staffers over here at the white house who were working off
interim security clearances. we understand they're trying to work through them and get the issues resolved. >> there's a significant, very significant huge difference between top secret, sensitive compartmentalized information, as opposed to secret information. it will be really difficult for him to continue in those roles without the top secret clearance. another top trump aide is stone walling the intelligence committee. hope hicks is refusing to answer questions about her time in the white house over the past 13 months. let's to go our senior correspondent. manu, is she still in that room behind you? >> reporter: that's right. for more than seven hours she's been behind closed doors. for most of the day, she was not answering questions about the
transition period and during her time at the white house only saying the white house is authorizing her to speak with the campaign period but not any, talk about any topics after the campaign. very much in line with what steve bannon did when he came before the committee on two separate occasions is that would not answer questions about his time after the campaign. there's been a bit of a shift in the last several moments. one member emerged and said hope is starting to answer questions about the transition period. she had answered questions that the transition when she met with the intelligence committee and they are saying they should be afforded the same right to get their questions answered about the transition. still, she is not answering questions about her time at the white house and democrats are not happy saying she should be subpoenaed. >> i have less hope we'll get to
all the answers. >> has there been a subpoena issued for her? >> no. >> should there be? >> yes. for anyone who doesn't answer questions, they ought to be subpoenaed. >> reporter: so far we're not seeing as much concern from republicans about her refusal to answer key questions as they had with steve bannon. threatening on hold him in contempt. today, we are told by several members, republican members of. committee that they have not made a decision about whether or not to move forward with a contempt citation for steve bannon and certainly not that they would go anywhere near there. she appears to be leaving some democrats concerned. we'll see what they have to say when they emerge in probably a matter of moments. this hearing going on all day. democrats want a lot more banss what she knew during the white
house, the firing of jim comey, the infamous statement drafted about the trump tower meeting with donald trump jr., and the russian russians. >> we'll see when she finally emerges. let's bring in our reporters and analysts. >> this is all happening behind closed doors. we'll get back to that. let's get back to jared kushner, the president's son-in-law, senior adviser no, longer has top security clearances. questions remain. will he be able to continue his work on china and mexico? you need top secret clearances for all of that. >> i don't see how he can do his
job at the level he was doing it. the truth is his clearance will be very limited right now. when you're dealing with the middle east, it is important to know sources and methods. it is use tofl see sensitive intercepts. you wouldn't see that under the clearance that he now has. and our reporting from the last week has shown that so long as the mueller investigation is going on, that jared is very unlikely to get the clearance upgrade that he really needs. so i would think that's a real problem. >> they've been checking for 13 months now. maybe even earlier during transition. i assume they started and he still hasn't qualified.
>> this is a long time coming. i think it is important to note that both parties have raised questions about jared kushner's security clearance. we know that he had admitted dozens of financial transactions on his security clearance forms as well as contacts with foreign officials. that included a meeting with the russian ambassador at the time as well as a head of a russian state bank that was sanctioned by the u.s. so these are concern that's have been brimming to the surface. >> only the other day the president said he would leave it up to his white house chief of staff john kelly to make this decision. he was going to step back. general kelly has made his decision. >> and for those people watching the white house and had concerns about nepotism, maybe this makes
them feel better that the president didn't directly intervene. jared kushner's security clearance was going to be complicated for a lot of xeens. it was going to be complicated even if he mild them correctly. he's done so much business and has had so many different foreign contacts and he was coming from a nonpolitical world. so this is a more complicated back ground than would you normally see. now you have the mueller investigation still ongoing. there are questions being asked about the meetings jared kushner took and the financing for his business. obviously that makes it less likely that he would getfully kind of a top secret clearance. if you're john kelly, do you do what is going to flees president and give this person top secret security clearance, even though it is not warranted, or do you go with what the protocol cause for? >> the president did say that he
expected john kelly to make the right decision. he was fully confident he would make the right decision. what do you think? >> to go back to what gloria said, if you ask the cia, the nsa. why do we have the cia, the nsa? the reason is to give policy makers the information they need to make decisions. there's no more high profile nsa cia information. what is his job now is he doesn't have access to this material? and all of it goes back to the problem of nepotism. if he were treated like everyone else, he would be gone. >> he wouldn't be there. >> he wouldn't be there in the first place but he would certainly be gone. they have to jerry rig the system where he can sort of do his job but that's not what the
american people asked for and not what they deserve. >> is he really qualified to be middle east negotiator, a special envoy dealing with some of the most sensitive, some of the most complex -- >> is that a rhetorical question? i think not. >> jared has a great deal of knowledge. but is he the person that a president would pick to be the chief negotiator for the united states? for peace in the middle east? i think not. this was something that the president felt, jared could do because he's a great negotiator ordeal maker. i'm not quite sure why. or married to his daughter? i don't know. but obviously not. i think that he is also involved in mexico.
a u.s./mexico relationship. china. and there are all kinds of issues there with jared and his business dealings. so i think this denial is one way of saying, you won't be able to do this. >> the president could presumably overrule his chief of staff and say i'm the president. i'm giving them security clearances he needs. >> and he changes his mind on any given day. he said he was leaving it to his chief of staff but we know there are competing factions and john kelly has often been at odds with jared kushner and ivanka trump. the extent to which this further exacerbates some of the internal fishers and whether or not the president will again show this complexity with his personal relationships and these very influential positions. that remains to be seen of will.
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we're back with our reporters and analysts. we're just getting there in of from jared kushner in the white house perspective, very disturbing new information about jared kushner. let me read a couple lines from the story. officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate jared kushner, the president's son-in-law, and
senior advise or, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of policy experience. among those ways discussing kushner, china, israel, and mexico. the current and former officials said of the that'll would help explain why over the past 13 months, the fbi, the intelligence community, decided they can't give him full security clearance. >> and it goes on to say that jared kushner was having contacts with foreign that's the that he did not coordinate through the national security clearance or report on the channel that's would you expect. i think this goes back to initial kernels that everyone had about his business dealings when he came into the white house. the unique thing about real estate holdings, you don't suddenly forget that you own this building, 666, that is part of return family's holdings,
that has had a huge problem with financing. that's not something you forget about because you move to the white house. and clearly that was on the minds of foreign officials, they were having contacts with themselves or jared kushner. that they could use this or other financial dealings against them. >> and we reported, wolff, that they were asking questions in their interviews of people about jared kushner's conversations with, for example, the chinese and whether he was mixing business with his new professional life during the transition trying to get funding, say, for some of his, likes 66 as soon as fifth avenue which is in some difficulty. the question here, i think, that they're trying to to get to the bottom of. was he doing something inappropriate? was he naive in establishing these back channels as he told
us he was trying to do when he was filling out his clearance form improperly? and so there are all of these questions swirling about what jared did and who he was talking to and why he said what he said. a question of, was there anything nefarious or naive? >> this is definition of a security risk. if you are a business person, in desperate needs have need of funds and you are negotiating with china or the uae, governments that control enormous amounts of investment capital, are you investing on behalf of united states or on behalf of your personal need, business needs? there's no way to sort that out really except denying someone a security clearance so you don't have that kind of risk in the first place. >> i think that's the 10,000 foot view here.
we're talking about one of the president's closest advisers, a person who is a member of his family, married to his date, that foreign that's the could be compromised or they could put in a compromising position to serve their interests rather than the interests of the united states. >> we did get a statement from someone, jared's personal attorney. quote, we will not respond substantively to unnamed sources. >> let me '43 general mcmaster. learned that kushner had contact with foreign officials, that he did not coordinate through the national security council. the issue of foreign that's the talking about their meetings with kushner is that their perception of his vulnerabilities was a subject raised in the daily intelligence
briefings. the fear is, if the u.s. was picking up on this and they were talking about using kushner to their advantage, that's a huge problem. >> it is absolutely a huge problem. this goes back to the point, we have one issue where he has not been using the appropriate channels. and you now have his security clearance downgraded and it is hard to see where he can continue in his role where he has a vast foreign policy portfolio and he would need access to that sensitive information. now you have this indicating the vulnerability and the way he has been preyed upon by other countries. that was almost expected when you had a president who put family members in these very influential senior rows in the white house of as sarah noted, they do not have the traditional experience to be serving. >> just to underline how crazy this is, these are obviously based on intercepts.
there is nothing more highly classified in the government than national security agency intercepts. the only way jared kushner can read these is in the "washington post." he doesn't have the security clearance to read the intercepts about him. >> and we know the special counsel has seen these because he is asking these questions of people who come in to see him about jared kushner. and they have security clearances, the people who work for mueller. >> they do. so you have to ask, here's jared trying to establish a so-called back quhanl the russians, and who else, meeting with russian bankers during transition at trump tower, et cetera, et cetera, and then dealing with chinese officials. the question you have to ask is, why? why was at the point man? as he said? what did he do as the point man? did he know that he could not
talk, either in the conversations or in follow-up conversations, about his private business affairs with people he was dealing with as representative, even during the transition of the united states governme government? >> there was talk of senior officials with qatar possibly investing in his real estate projects. that's another serious issue. let me read another couple lines if this report. officials in the white house are concern that had kushner was quote, naive and being tricked into conversations with foreign that's the, some of which who said they wanted to deal wouldn't kushner and not more experienced personnel, said one white house official. this is still from the "washington post." kushner has an unusually complex set of business arrangements and foreign entanglements. but his behavior while in office has only drawn more scrutiny and raised concerns that he would be unable to obtain a final security clearance which he needs to form many jobs trump
has entrusted to him. >> and we've reported parts of this. it is worrisome when you are another official in the white house, h.r. mcmaster, someone on the nsc, who has worked these countries for a long time to see jared kushner making these contacts, not having the kind of staff that you normally would by your side to make these phone cause. these people had have worked these countries for a long time. they know how they operate. they can raise the red flags when you say, i know we had this conversation to talk about foreign policy. they'll try to bring up 666. they're going to try to bring up your business and here's how we navigate away from that. and it seems kushner did not want to use those protections, those nsc officials participating in the phone calls.
that's why other countries wanted to work him. >> early on in the russia story, we reported about conversations between russians bragging about flynn and how they had great in with flynn and perhaps flynn could be useful to them, et cetera, et cetera. you have to be careful about these intercepts. people end to brag. you know, i have a lot of sway with this character is that that character. we don't know what is in them or what they were saying. the fact that they were saying it raise as lot of questions about what they believe the relationship was and what they believed they could give him in and challenge for something else. that's the question, you can't do it while this investigation is ongoing. >> the suggestion is maybe he
was naive. he didn't come in with a lot of diplomatic experience, experience in national security affairs. >> we have an intern program for people who are not experienced and they can get up to speed on things. monica lewinsky was in the program. but jared kushner was not in the intern program. he was in a very high level post in which he remains. so i don't really think, i think a very sympathetic argument. well, he was new to the job. he didn't really know anything. we should cut him a break. that's for the internship program and we don't put interns in charge of middle east peace which is apparently to this day jared kushner's job. >> or having access to the presidential daily brief. >> it will be interesting to see what the president has to say about this. if he reacts at all. stand by.
let's talk about there. these vulnerabilities came to light in the u.s. intelligence community reports what exactly are the risks here that experts see? and how is jared kushner being viewed by these other countries? >> well, ordinarily when someone is applying for a security clearance, the natural questions that come up. do they have foreign entanglements? debts? things they're not disclosing? in this case with jared kushner, foreign that's the saw the company debt that he had. his sentencive business dealings, places they believe they could get leverage against him. with his background check check, the potential hot spots or vulnerabilities being found.
and we're finding that his contacts with foreign that's the, that he was not reporting, were also creating problems. so these are traditional pit because the that anybody going through the background check, these would create problems. >> there was concern that michael flynn could be black mailed. is that a concern as far as kushner is concerned? >> well traditionally blackmail is a concern. we don't know if that was the case with jared kushner and we don't have any access to information that says it is a quid pro quo. but would gornl governments try to appeal to his business interests or in some way, appeal to his debt that he had, or his company had on a building in manhattan and look fortune as point. influence or leverage. when you're going through these
background investigations, they look for the scenario that's could be exploited. it doesn't mean they found evidence. you look for these places where somebody might try to blackmail or curry favor or engage in a quid pro quo. >> we've reported on the enormous debt, maybe as much as $1 billion on that building in manhattan. 666. talk about how that fits into the downgrading of the security clearances. >> the company has the large debt from this office building, 666 fifth avenue, when acquired it was the most money ever paid for an office tower. he has divested out of the company going back into the government but we know the company has been looking for foreign investors and others to help alleviate that debt. specifically this was coming up, we're told, when foreign
officials were told talking about kushner. that he did have these financial issues and this debt and could that create influence. these are the kinds of things any normal person going through a security clearance, owing money to your can mortgage company, debt. in this case, it was kush being related to a rather large real estate transaction. we know that foreign officials were talking about it. and these fortune contacts he had while in the white house were in this zone of concern for people when it came to a security clearance. >> thank you for joining us. now joining us, eric swalwell, congressman, i know you've been tied up in this behind closed doors q & a all day that has
been going on with hope hicks, the communications director, at the white house. let me get your reaction to this wash post story the overseas contacts raised concerns. that's the headline and his security clearance has been downgraded from top secret to secret. >> the concern is one that we have with multiple members of the trump family and the organization. that their financial disposition would be a point of leverage. particularly with a country that has a longstanding relationship with they will. the russians have long invested in trump companies. and they've double fwlis in russia so i think it should be reduced to zero, not secret, until russia investigation is complete. >> do you believe she stay on the job even without top secret
clearances? only secret which he continues to have on an interim basis? >> i think he should be side lined from any classified information. particularly for a family who ran an entire campaign accusing secretary clinton for mishandling classified information. it is appalling that they would allow these questions to linger until this is resolved. >> so you want him gone. >> i think he can stay at the white house. i don't think he should handle classified information and i don't think any republican would allow a democrat, or would stand quiet if a democrat was in that position. >> let's talk about what's been going on for more than seven hours, the committee, behind closed doors, hope hicks has been answering your questions on certain issues. is there any request reason to believe that she is refusing to anxious questions that her time served at the white house?
>> that interview the ongoing and i'll return to it as soon as we're done talking. if we're going on spoon a steve bannon when he refuses to answer questions, that we do that with not just miss hicks but every person who comes before us. i hope my republican colleagues understand, the only way we get information is if we show a willingness, a doggedness, just as special counsel mueller has and as our adversaries the russians have. >> so one of your colleagues emerged saying, she's answering questions about what happened during campaign. she's answering questions the about during the campaign but not after. is that accurate? >> it is. but i have hope that my republican colleagues will put a subpoena in her hands just as they can when steve bannon tried to do the same thing. so hopefully, consistency
prevails and i'm going on step back to the floor to vote. i look forward to updating you. >> do you have to run or can i ask one more question? >> sure. >> to get your reaction from mike rogers who says president trump has not ordered him to confront russian meddling at the source. what did you make of those stunning remarks? >> leadership starts at the top but we're not completely helpless. if the president isn't up for doing it, congress must show that we are up for doing night unified way and do all we can to frequent ballot box. we know the russians haven't lost. >> thanks for joining us. >> all right. we have a lot of breaking news we're following.
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and marine corp personnel live and work. earlier today a suspicious package arrived and the initial information we are get spg three people fell ill. potential symptoms of burning hands. one nosebleed. it is all being looked after now by federal law enforcement. we are also told that fbi officials are on their way to the scene to monitor it. to try on determine exactly what has transpired there. and as we know, when these suspicious packages arrived, the most important things to get everybody help, if they need it, get them medical attention xrgs then begin to conduct tests on the package, whatever substances may be involved, in trying on determine as quickly as possible what actually is in the package, in the letter, and what people may have been exposed to. so what we know, three military personnel potentially, potentially exposed to hazardous
materials. getting medical attention, fbi on the way to this location here in washington, d.c. tonight at rush hour. it may cause some disruption as people try to playing their way home. they're trying on figure out exactly what has happened. >> we're told, barbara, that the three who have been injured by this suspicious letter, a corporal, a gunnery sergeant, and a colonel all exhibiting symptoms of burning hands and face. one person has a nosebleed as well. we often hear about suspicious letters arriving at various places. it usually turns out to be a home. if people are suffering in a specific way, this is clearly much more serious. >> well, the fbi is on the way and we know they're trying on determine if, have been, if anybody else has been impacted by it. and it is concerning, wolf. at federal facilities, these days, and especially military facilities, including the pentagon. incoming mail, incoming
packages, are generally screens before they are delivered to their final destination. we don't know if this was a mail screening facility on the base where the happened, but typically, people can't really suddenly open mail. it has to go through some type of screening situation. i think you're seeing news video there now. this is something that is along some major commuting routes that people transit every day here in the metropolitan, washington area. what goes on here, it is adjacent, by the way, to arlington national cemetery. you find a lot of various local military activity there's. not everybody, but typically, there are some very young military forces. military troops who live in the
vicinity. there are some housing facilities for the military nearby. and you typically do find some younger people living there. but there is a section of this area where very senior people live. military personnel live in individual family homes. there are community recreation facilities there. there is an awful lot that goes on there. i want to hasten to add, no indication that it has spread beyond this one point in the area there. but we're going to have to find out an awful lot more about how this happened and what may be involved here. >> this photo that we're showing our viewers, barbara, a passerby happened to spot it. first responders on the scene. it looks like they're treating u.s. military person they will on the ground. treating them for various problems as a result of this suspicious letter.
three u.s. military personnel, all exhibiting silts of burning hands and face. one person had a nosebleed follow the arrival of what is clearly being described as suspicious letter. we'll get more information and update our viewers. there's other breaking news. shocking new details about a florida high school shooting. evan? >> this shooting as terrible as it was, it could have been a lot worse. we're learning that the shoot her about 180 rounds in ammunition left on him when he dropped the weapon inexplicably as the students tried to flee in parkland, florida. so he fired blm 150 rounds already. and he had 180 more. and the magazines that he had with him. curiously enough, the investigators have found that
some of the magazines, including the ones that they were using in the rifle that he was shooting, had swastikas etched into them. and this is part they're not sure what his motivations were, this is a well-to-do county. we don't know whether or not that was part of his motivation, again, this is all part of the investigation. another thing the investigators have come upon is there are indications that the shooter tried to break a window in the building and the theory among the investigators is perhaps he was going to use that to shoot outside of the building perhaps aiming at first responders and teachers fleeing the scene of this massacre. this is part of the investigation. wolf, there's so much they don't know about the what the shooter was up to and why he did what he did. >> the fact that there were swastikas etched into that.
were there other indications -- well, we'll get to that shortly. there's other news we have to follow right now, i know you're working your sources as well. there's troubling new evidence that kim jong-un's north korea is sharing technology that could be used to produce some of the world's most dangerous and illegal weapons of mass destruction. let's bring in brian todd who is working the story for us. >> we no kim jong-un has no conscience when it comes to using chemical weapons. he's used them to kill his own half brother. tonight we have new information that kim has shipped exthor 's the to another leader who has no conscience about using them. new evidence tonight of a sinister partnership between kim jong-un and the murderous regime of syrian president bashar al ass assad. a united nations source tells cnn north korea has been sending supplies that can be used to produce chemical weapons to syria. the source says a new u.n.
report based on a secret investigation found parts including valves and thermometers used to turn those chemicals into deadly bombs have been shipped by kim's regime. >> it's very alarming because north korea's has the world's largest stockpile of chemical weapons and the technology to produce it and syria has repeatedly used chemical weapons and continues to do so against its own people. >> they also found north korean missile technicians have been spotted working at chemical weapons facilities inside syria. >> the north has expertise that could help syria reconstitute the chemical weapons production capacity that they once had that was destroyed by the u.n. in 2014 or they could be helping with missile technology and perhaps the combination. >> this wouldn't be the first time north korea and syria formed a dangerous alliance. a decade ago, u.s. intelligence officials accused north korea of helping syria build a reactor which could have been used to make nuclear weapons. the israeli military bombed it.
news of the secret u.n. report comes just as america is losing the key diplomat who manages north korea policy. jose joseph yuan is retiring. >> losing him is a big hit and it comes as a critical moment. the olympics have ended and there's a big question if the u.s. and north korea are going to be able to find a way to talk to one another. >> reporter: with jun's departure, the u.s. will have no top envoy on north korea and no u.s. ambassador to south korea since the candidacy of victor cha was withdrawn in january. the trump administration says it will not discuss a timeline to name an ambassador nominee. >> even if the north koreans did want to talk to us credibly, it's unclear who they would be able to talk to that has the endorsement of the president. >> following what some see as diplomatic progress at the end of the winter olympics where ivanka trump stood and clapped
for athletes from both koreas, there are also new threats. analysts say there are signs of new activity at the site where kim's regime produces nuclear fuel. >> north korea did wonderful triple axels and smile diplomacy at pyeongchang but in reality they've been working over time on nuclear and missile programs and the fear is and the expectation is that north korea will conduct more tests of long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles. >> and u.s. officials and outside analysts are specifically worried tonight about the next big phase of kim jong-un's weapons program which could come within months or even weeks. a possible test of a long-range ballistic missile over the pacific ocean, a missile with the range to hit the u.s. that could have a mock nuclear warhead on it. meanwhile, we have no immediate response from the north korean and syrian missions to the u.n. to that report north korea has shipped chemical weapons parts to syria.
wolf? >> very disturbing information indeed. brian todd reporting. coming up, the breaking news. as presidential son-in-law jared kushner loses his top secret security clearances, the "washington post" reporting several countries have discussed how to manipulate jared kushner based on his come flex business arrangements and lack of foreign policy experience.
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