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he is right next door in "the situation room." thanks for watching. happening now, giuliani's value. president trump feels rudy giuliani adds value to his team of lawyer, in spite or because of giuliani's suggestion that the president could defy a special counsel subpoena or refuse to testify altogether. right track. our new cnn poll shows most americans think the country is on the right track. but do they think president trump is on the right track? >> stealing the spotlight. melania trump steals the spotlight from the president and finally reveals her platform as first lady. a program to help kids, quote, be best. >> and putin's pageantry. the doors of the kremlin swing open once again as vladimir putin is sworn in for a fourth term as russia's president. and america's adversary.
why did the white house rush to congratulate him? i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." the white house says president trump views rudy giuliani as added value to his legal team. despite giuliani's stunning blunders in a round of news media appearances and hints the president could ignore a possible special counsel subpoena or even plead the fifth amendment. i'll speak with congressman joaquin castro of the intelligence and foreign affairs committee. and or correspondents are standing by. right to our chief white house correspondent jim acosta. rudy giuliani keeps creating problems for the white house. >> reporter: that is right. last week the president said rudy giuliani couldn't get his facts straight. so today the white house said he adds value to the president's legal team. the white house of course shied away from questions about the president's legal troubles and the stormy daniels case and the russia investigation as we saw
earlier today. aides to the president have gotten burned in the past with statements that turned out to be untrue. and today they were much more careful with their words. >> the only scheduled appearance of president trump, an embrace with the first lady as she unveiled a campaign aimed at the nation's children. >> that moment came less than an hour after the white house press secretary stated cautiously that she's not aware of any other hush money payments to women alleging affairs with the president. >> i'm not aware of any other activity, but i would refer you to rudy giuliani to respond to any of those questions. >> reporter: that question was prompted by comments made by the president's lawyer rudy giuliani who tried to do damage control after he said michael cohen was reimbursed for a payment made to stormy daniels. money giuliani insisted did not violate campaign finance laws. >> it was not a campaign contribution, because it would have been done any way. this is the kind of thing that i settled for celebrities an
famous people -- >> reporter: on the russia investigation, he argued the president has the right to refuse a subpoena. to sit down with special counsel robert mueller. >> we don't have to. he's the president of the united states. we can assert the same privilege as other presidents have -- >> reporter: asked whether the white house agrees, sanders dodged the question. >> does the president believe he's within his executive powers to reject a subpoena from the special counsel office? >> that is a question i would refer you to special counsel. >> it is way sign white house officials are becoming more garded in comments after their own false statements came back to haunt them. >> wrp you lying to us at the time or were you in the dark? >> the president has denied and continues to deny the underlying claim and again i've given the best information that i had at the time -- >> the white house is trying to dig out of a credibility crisis, as it tries to convince the senate to confirm the pick for cia, gina haspel who nearly withdraw her name from consideration after questions arose about her involvement in the cia use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques after 9/11.
sanders said the white house is all-in on haspel. >> she wants to do everything she can to make sure the integrity of the cia remains in tact, isn't unnecessarily attacked -- >> and the president has his eye ones ones a -- on a different campaign, don blankenship running with a message that sounds overtly racist. >> trump and mitch mcconnell have created millions of jobs for china people and while doing so, mitch has gotten rich. >> reporter: the president tweeted to the great people of west virginia, we have together a real lay great chance to keep making a big difference. problem is don blankenship running for senate can't win the general election in your state. no way. the problem for the president, blankenship comes across a lot like mr. trump. >> the fake news is also pretending to be offended by my use of the words china people and they seem to realize that china is a country not a race.
>> reporter: now the white house doesn't want a repeat of what happened in alabama where the president supported roy moore who had been accused of sexual misconduct and lost a senate race on a completely different front just before the first lady spoke earlier today, the president revealed he'll be announcing his decision on the iran nuclear deal that has been talked about for sometime. it is widely expected the president will pull the u.s. out of that deal, which he has prooeted prooetedly -- repeatedly attacked as one of the worst agreements in u.s. history and if he makes good on the rhetoric, we've been reporting, it is likely iran will restart the nuclear program. and this is not a situation of unintended consequences, but these consequences will be intended. if the president knows full well if he pulls out of the iran nuclear deal, all bets are off. iran will likely restart the nuclear program. >> very dramatic developments. we'll have much more coming up. jim acosta, thanks very much. and also breaking tonight, increasingly fruft raft -- frustrated president trump has his white house team scrambling the pick to head the cia, gina
haspel met ahead of what may be a very contentious confirmation hearing on wednesday. our senior congressional correspondent manu raju is joining us from capitol hill. what are you learning? >> reporter: behind the scenes the white house and gina haspel racing to secure support for her nomination which is hanging by the slimmest of margins. most democrats are planning to oppose this nomination. most republicans are planning to support this nomination. but there is only a one-vote split between democrats and republicans in the senate and one republican, rand paul of kentucky, said he would vote no. so behind the scenes, gina haspel has been on capitol hill making the rounds showing to shore up support before her pivotal confirmation hearing on wednesday. now by aig fig-- a big fight building over the records -- her three-decade career at the cia. a number of democrats in particular want those records declassified and one democrat on
the committee ron white raising serious concerns to me earlier today that the cia is only putting out selective leaks of her record and not giving the full picture of her role, particularly over bush era interrogation programs. >> the more i learn about this matter, the more convinced i am that there is literally an a to z cover-up going on here. what you have is selective declassification and a public influence campaign being waged by the agency, and just a boat load of misinformation. >> reporter: now in a key development, too, just moments ago, mark warner. >> the top democrat on the committee seen as a swing vote, someone who could really sway democrats, has raised significant concerns as well. the cia did provide a number of classified records about haspel's career to the committee but warner is saying they should
be declassified so the public could get a sense of what her record is about some of the key controversies during the bush era. now no word on whether that will happen before wednesday's hearing but also in a notable development today, wolf, one key democratic senator who may vote for the nomination, joe manchin, told me he's very open-minded about her prospects for confirmation and supporting her so possibly she could pick up red state democrats similar to the way mike pompeo got confirmed with the support of red state democrats. but still, all hinging on the crucial confirmation hearing on wednesday, wolf. >> manu, there is another development, i need your help. the house intelligence committee chairman devin nunes, he wants congress to hold the attorney general of the united states jeff sessions in contempt of congress for failing to hand over some requested classified materials related to the russia investigation. what is going on here? >> reporter: he issued a subpoena last week to the
justice department and they told him they would not be able to comply with because it refers to a quote, specific individual and providing that information according to the justice department could harm -- could risk lives and could have serious consequences and national security but nunez is not buying that warning that he's -- he wants to move forward on a contempt resolution to hold jeff sessions, the attorney general, in contempt. now earlier today at a press conference in california, jeff sessions was asked about this and he made it very clear he's not going to comply with nunez's request. >> the department of justice is written him a letter in responded -- as appropriate to him. the request he's made is one that the intelligence communities and department of justice feels is not grantable. we've explained that we'd be willing to talk about it before. the details of which i couldn't discuss. >> reporter: now the question, wolf, is where does the house go from here?
i'm told by conservatives they want to push for the house to have a vote to hold sessions in contempt soon, as soon as next week. but speaker paul ryan is not yet committing to that. his spokesperson told me today that he has -- the speaker has not discussed this with nunez and would not say whether or not ryan would support this effort. so open question about whether or not there is enough support to hold sessions in contempt and with the white house comes down given the president's long time furs reagan with sessions, will they side with conservatives or their own attorney general. uncertainty. >> people don't believe devin nunes would do this unless he got some sort of green light from folks over at the white house. but more on that as well. manu, thank you very much. we're also getting more on the breaking news on the president's promised announcement tomorrow on the iran nuclear deal. our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto is working his sources. >> as you know, in the days and weeks leading up to the
decision, the may 12th deadline, you have a flood of diplomats, the french -- the british foreign secretary attempting to change president trump's mind on the iran deal. in effect keep the u.s. in the deal. but we have this statement now from a senior european diplomat involved in those meetings who said in his view, based on those meetings, it is pretty obvious that unless something changed in the next few days, i believe the president will not waive the sanctions, that is to leave the iran nuclear deal. and what is remarkable here, this comes from a close ally, is just how clear the differences of opinion are on this. this senior european diplomat adding there is a plainly difference of opinion that cannot be denied on this. making the case -- that they view the iran deal as adding to u.s. and european national security, this european diplomat talks about the consequences of this, saying there are numerous consequences and then making this point that i think we have
yet to fully understand and spell out. the message there, wolf, is that it is their view, again, these are america's closest allies, the trump administration has not really acknowledged or even made a plan for what happens after this deal. one of the remaining questions is, the u.s. pulls out, is it going to begin sanctioning european countries that trade with iran as per this agreement. it is not clear. but again, this is an official who had very senior meetings with trump officials ab they said unless there is a surprise, a major change, the president will withdraw. >> and we'll see how much detail he provides when he makes the announcement at the white house tomorrow afternoon. jim sciutto, good reporting. and now joining us. joaquin castro of texas. a member of the intelligence and foreign affairs committees. congressman, what are the implications for american foreign policy and the alliances that the u.s. has as far as this iran nuclear deal is concerned,
if the president tomorrow afternoon announces the u.s. is leaving it? >> well, there are high stakes all around. first it would damage our relationship with our european allies an -- and as was mentioned, we would be in an awkward position of thinking of sanctioning european businesses that do business in iran and that is a very strange and a fundamental mistake because the iran nuclear agreement has achieved what it mebts to achieve, and that is iran has not developed nuclear weapons. that was the mission and the purpose of the agreement. that said, it wouldn't surprise me if the president pulls out of the deal tomorrow or if he essentially does what he did with tack -- with daca and say i'll give you a certain amount of time and if you don't do x, y, z, i'm getting out of the deal. he said if you don't make sure
that -- the smet provisi-- the is taken out and no ballistic missile testing as the development -- and other agreements, given an extra three or six months and if he don't agree then let it go. >> i was going to say -- that sunset provision is what -- ten years from now the iranians will be able to go ahead and restart the nuclear program. but do you know if -- you're on the intelligence committee, is there a u.s. intelligence community assessment of the ramifications of the announcement by the president to abandon the deal? >> well, we've certainly gotten briefed on different possibilities. and what i can say, obviously in an unclassified setting, it would be very dangerous for us to take that route. because at that point, iran could go full speed in developing nuclear weapons. and i'm fairly confident that given this administration's position and what i consider an anxiousness to get into battles, could, i think, possibly lead to conflict with iran.
>> i would love to see that. u.s. intelligence community assessment on the ramifications of all of this. but quickly, let me turn to the effort by the chairman of you're committee, devin nunes, the intelligence committee, to hold the attorney general of the united states jeff sessions in contempt. do you think he'll succeed in that effort? >> my sense is that it won't succeed and go anywhere. of course you made the point early which is important, this probab probably wouldn't be happening unless the white house somehow gave its blessing to go around and somehow punish jeff sessions through the congress. there are a lot of games being played by the white house and by devin nunes. but i also think that it is remarkable and strange that devin nunes who was -- the person complaining about unmasking is now asking the justice department to forward over classified information that would reveal the identity of someone, according to jeff sessions, when devin nunes was so concerned about unmasking.
but wolf, you are putting me in a bad position. i don't feel like defending jeff session or devin nunes. >> but in your experience with devin nunes, does he do anything that goes against what the white house wants? >> no. i think at this point -- well not at this point. for a while now he's basically been somebody who is doing the white house's bidding. who is doing donald trump's bidding and in many ways, as i said before, has made his career -- his political career a sacrifice fly for the president of the united states, donald trump. >> president is tweeting about the russia probe today. let me put it up on the screen and read it to you. the russia witch hunt is rapidly losing credibility. house intelligence committee found no collusion, coordination or anything else with russia. so now the probe said okay, what else is there. how about obstruction for a madeup phony crime. there is no o, referring to obstruction, it is called -- fighting back. some legal experts believe tweets like this might be more evidence of actual obstruction.
how do you see it? >> well, there really is no question there was collusion. the only issue is how successful that collusion was. but also there is more and more evidence that there was obstruction of justice. and i think that that is probably at this point the biggest liability that the president has to watch out for in the mueller investigation and perhaps ultimately with congress. >> the president also tweeted this -- let me put it up on the screen as well. the 13 angry democrats in charge of the russia witch hunt are starting to find out there is a court system in place that actually protects people from injustice and just wait until the courts get to see your unrevealed conflicts of interest. do you know what he means by an unrevealed conflicts of interest? >> i don't. that basically sounds like gibberish. >> don't know what he's talking about. but remember, this is the same president who was beaten up on judges and beaten up on the courts, who has criticized the
courts heavily and now making a stape abo-- a statement talking about how the courts will save him. >> and robert mueller is a republican. rod rosenstein, the man who oversees the whole investigation is a republican. christopher wray is a republican. and jeff sessions, the attorney general, appointed by the president, is a republican as well. so he talks about democrats, but there are plenty of republicans at the highest levels of the investigations. congressman castro, thanks for joining us. >> thank you. up next, there is breaking news as our new poll shows melania trump is viewed more favorably than her husband. the first lady reveals her new program to boost well being among children. meantime, the attorney general reveals a get tough policy which could bring forth forced separation of undocumented immigrant parents and their children. -♪ he's got legs of lumber and arms of steel ♪ ♪ he eats a bowl of hammers at every meal ♪ ♪ he holds your house in the palm of his hand ♪
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the first lady melania trump stepped into the spotlight on her own earlier this afternoon. during a white house speech in the rose garden, she talked about her new initiative called be best. which iss intended to promote children's well being and as a new cnn poll show 57% of americans have a favorable impression of the first lady. let's bring in kate bennett. tell us more -- first of all, kate, about what the first lady hopes to accomplish. >> so she wants to look after children. she's going to use her -- her platform to do that. this be best initiative is for health and well being and opioid crisis and social media. which has caused a bit of a controversy because one of things included cyber bullying and clearly her husband has been
known to be a name caller on twitter and talk aggressively on twitter. she addressed this today in her speech with the president sitting right there in the front row. let's take a listen to what she said. >> social media can be both positively and negatively effect on our children. but too often it is used in negative ways. when children learn positive online behaviors early on social media can be used in productive ways and can effect positive change. >> now i think what she's saying there is she's going to do this in spite of her husband's tweets. maybe even because of his behavior. perhaps that he's already -- he's learned this behavior and an older gentleman but sort of go but let's focus on the next generation and the kids getting bullied and facing serious issues in social media. and going forward with it, no matter what he does. >> the first lady's operation is run out of the east wing of the as opposed -- as opposed to the
president and the west wing. there is i big difference. >> the first lady only has ten people on her staff and small staff and tight ship and the west wing doesn't know what the president will do or say or tweet and a lot of turnover. the first lady's office is very, very different. there is a lot of research and calculation and a lot of studying and a lot of -- in depth sort of planning and that is why we don't see or hear from her as often as first ladies. she runs a very different ship and a succinct in what she does, taking her 16 months to announce -- >> a much higher favor ability rating than her husband. i wonder if he's jealous. >> could be. >> kate bennett reporting. the white house insists rudy giuliani is adding value to the president's legal team. what is the reality? plus the attorney general jeff sessions visits states on the u.s.-mexico border emphasizing a get tough policy that could separate parents and their children, and some families of undocumented
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interview with special counsel robert mueller or simply avoid the whole thing by ignoring a subpoena. how would either of those scenarios play out? >> so let's talk about the grand jury subpoena issue first. i don't think that there is any legal basis by which he could avoid the grand jury subpoena. the premise is that the president is not above the law. and so therefore the grand jury can issue the subpoena and he'd had to response to it. now, to be clear, he certainly can fight it. bill clinton initially fought it back in august of 1998, 20 years ago and they reached a resolution. we know that bill clinton was allowed to testify via closed circuit tv and attorneys presently, usually they are not pirm -- permitted in the grand jury and this would prolong the investigation because that is what litigation does and i don't think it is in the administration's interest to fight a subpoena. and now to the next question as to whether or not he would plead the fifth. that is his right, too. starting again with the premise that the president is not above the law, he's not beneath the
law either. and as a result of that, if he wants to go before the grand jury and say i plead the fifth on the grounds that it might incriminate me, he can do that. interestingly enough, it sets him up with all of the things he's been saying, only guilty people plead the fifth and from a legal point of view, he certainly could. >> a good point. because the president has repeatedly said despite what legal scholars say, plead the fifth is not an admission of guilt unless you believe what president has said over the years. listen to this. >> have you seen what is going on in front of congress. fifth amendment, fifth amendment, fifth amendment. horrible. horrible. >> the mob takes the fifth. if your innocent, why are you taking the fifth amendment. >> when you have your staff taking the fifth amendment, taking the fifth -- so they're not prosecuted. i think it is disgraceful.
>> so when rudy giuliani said he might take the fifth, what do you say? >> well, you play those clips back for the president and for any even remotely conventional politician, it would be problematic. for the president, it should be problematic. for this president, i -- i'm going to go out and a limb and say that the people who are supporting him will find an excuse, and the president first of all will find an excuse for why this particular situation is different. he'll say it is a witch hunt like he said before. and the people supporting him, that core 30% -- will still believe him and it is going to be a bit of a roar shack test but the independence or those on the fence and the democrats saying -- have been saying for a long time, this guy is not playing for -- ready for prime time who are going to oppose him and i think at the end of the day, the question is does the -- the political question and there is a legal question and how
successful they were will in any kind of drawn out lawsuit that could and probably would end up in the spear -- superior court -- >> and michael cohen may have paid off other women like storm over the years on behalf of donald trump. >> yeah. there are -- there is a lot that rudy giuliani said over the last 96 hours that are eye-brow raising. and i think the potential pleading the fifth is the biggest. that is the secondary headline, he's done this and likely done this before. this is all -- this is how this operates and i would also say he made the argument in the abc interview, you wouldn't pay any real claim off with just $130,000. now if you said $1.3 million, then that is serious, that is not the best foot forward as it relates to making an argument for the president.
they continue to say, look rudy giuliani is doing what we want, and sara sanders said the same thing today. i find that hard to believe legally and politically that he is at a minimum induced a week of talking about donald trump and -- and what story he's telling about paying stormy daniels as it rielates to michal cohen which is all bad -- >> and has he done anything wrong -- rudy giuliani, sabrina, other than make the president's legal problems more difficult right now. >> no. i think back to when rudy giuliani spoke to fox news about the travel ban and said that president called him up and said he wanted a muslim ban and how do i do that legally and that is the defense of the travel ban in the courts and now a similar process where he's offering up numerous contradictions and what is striking is that he was brought on -- at least it was said in a limited capacity and going to maybe act as a mediator between the special counsel and the president. but if anything, we've seen him take on much more of a public
role, perhaps seeing himself as the public face of the president's legal team and he's only invited more questions than he has answered them. >> quickly, get your thoughts on the new cnn poll. the president's approval numbers, you could see it right now, remains at 41% approve of the job he's doing and 53% disapprove. but on the question of how are things going in the country right now, look at this -- 57% say that things are going well. 40% badly. there seems to be a disconnect there. >> absolutely. it is in some ways -- it reminds me of donald trump getting elected and the exit polling think a third of the people think he's trustworthy or cut out or has the qualifications or a third of the people said he could do the job and he wins. you would think that a -- if people felt good about the direction of the country, which our polls suggest they do, you would think the numbers would be better. what does that tell me? his numbers are absolutely cemented. dana mentioned, there are a group of people with him and that could vary about five
points or as low as 35 or high as 41 or 42 and a large group of people against him. there is just not a lot of movement. his numbers are somewhere between 38 and about 42% from the time he got elected until today. and my guess is in november 2018 it will be similar. it is hard to move the number if you are donald trump. >> and the only thing i will add to that is that this is an election year for all republicans who are not retiring in the house. and democrats and of course in the senate as well. and so looking at the right track, wrong track as they call it, it being 57%, it is giving republicans a sliver of hope -- sliver in what they are expecting to be a very, very rough slog in november and because of the energy of the -- >> sabrina, the political experts always say that right track wrong number is so important -- >> exactly. >> in getting someone re-elected. >> and to chris's point, the president is graded on his own scale. but people when they talk about
the direction of the country, they are facing that more -- for example on the economy and how their own lives are impacted and this administration is able to continue the economic recovery that began under president obama. and i think that is why there have been a lot of economists who warned against the tariff announcements under trump from pulling back from the iran deal because trump is the biggest risk to his own presidency and economy. >> best care scenario, those numbers suggest that -- people put trump in a box. trump is trump. republicans -- is trump and that the republican party at large now benefit from the idea, the economy and the unemployment is down and jobs are coming back and they don't get penalized. history would suggest that is not the case. usually midterm eleks a -- elections are bad for the party, no matter what party, but that is the argument -- the best case republican argument in those numbers. >> more news we're following including the attorney general
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policy which could result in the force separations of parents and their children and families of undocumented immigrants, laura jared is joining us right now. so what are you learning. >> strong language from attorney general jeff sessions an the department of homeland security today, wolf. sessions made it crystal clear that prosecutors at the justice department are going to have a policy of zero tlerance at the border and that he simply is enforcing the laws on the books. and while officials made it pretty clear that this is not a policy explicitly directed at separating families, sessions had a stark warning, don't take the risk. >> if you smuggle an an legal alien across the border then we'll prosecute you for smuggling. if you smuggle a child and we'll prosecute you and that child will be separated from you probably as required by law. if you don't want your child to be separated, then don't bring them across the border illegally. it is not our fault that
something does that. >> now this policy should not affect those who arrived at valid ports of entries seeking asylum. for credible fear of prosecution in their home country. but at least some advocates have raised the alarm and at least one mother who was separated from her four children at the border last week and arrested has said that this policy is not being enforced fairly. wolf. >> so in other words if a mother shows up and crosses the border with two or three children, the mother is going to go to some detention facility, and the kids are going to go someplace else, separated from their mother who is going to take care of the kids? >> well, at least at this point, they will be in federal custody and the i.c.e. director made the point that already this policy has been in effect with the difference now is that they will be doing 100% referrals so any i legal crossings will be referred to the justice department for prosecution. >> and they'll get this message out and do some propaganda and tell people in mexico and
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le gold doors swung open once again as vladimir putin was sworn into a fourth term as russia's president. putin has been in power some two decades seemingly stronger. >> with no signs of weakening. the white house officially congratulated putin on his new term. the second time they have done that despite prompt being advised by aides not to. as putin beginning another six hours in power, he's emboldened to keep antagonizing the united states and go after enemy with his impunity. he struts down a seemingly endless red capital, applauded by loyalists and takes his oath in a throne room, as he reviews
soldiers, they exchange calls of solidarity. and his inaugural speech is all about national pride and achievement. >> translator: as head of state, i will do everything to build up russia's might prosperity and glory. >> reporter: this marks vladimir putin's fourth term in office, approaching nearly 20 years of unchallenged power. is this bad news for the u.s.? >> what you'll see is a continue way of this negative trend in u.s./russia relationships. he's very much convinced the west is still out to get him and undermine russia. putin remains huge le popular, a near dictatorship analysts say. but not everyone is elate that had vladimir putin will rule for another six years. thousands protested in moscow.
petersburg and several other cities. the biggest political rival was arrested, detained, they released. the real threat to putin is inside russia. nor than navali they say is instable. instability that has drawn people to the streets. >> there's a lack of legitimacy, renewal. he keeps speaking ambitiously about goals he cannot achieve. so there's a restlessness. >> uncertainty rising other putin's goal to become a top five world economy by 2024. >> it would have to take incredible economic reform to get to that in six short years. >> reporter: if he fails to meet that goal, experts say, vladimir putin will likely resort to familiar tactics to detract russians from their low standard of living. >> i think he will continue to
undermine western constitutions i think you'll see continued meddling in edemis, they'll continue to modernize their military as much as they can. >> and continuing to try to eliminate his, alexa could be spared assassination, because he simply attracts too much attention, but others who might have damaging information on putin will likely still be targeted. putin simply keeps getting away with it. >> under russia's constitution, a position can only serve two consecutive estimates. this would be his second time with two consecutive terms. what are you hearing about what he'll do likely at the end of this term. >> he'll likely find some way to stay in power. he'll either change russia's constitution to enable him to serve longer or do what he did before, step asue, assume some title like prime minister, but
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