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heroic as he was. >> he would fight tooth and nail for his vision of the common good. >> we need people to step up and to follow that model that he set. >> if you want to help the country, be more like john mccain. >> it's been an emotional couple of days, and that's continuing today, as we say good-bye officially to senator john mccain. good morning. so glad to have you with us here. i'm christi paul in atlanta. >> i'm victor blackwell live from washington national cathedral, where the nation now prepares to honor senator john mccain in a memorial service. now, today, politicians from both sides of the aisle, family, friends, former colleagues will gather behind me here at the cathedral to say good-bye to the senator. today's service caps off three days of public tributes to the war hero turned political maverick. every detail of today's service was planned by the senator, choreographed as his final message to the country that he
loved so much. suzanne malveaux joins us now from the capitol. and suzanne, again, he mapped this entire thing out. tell us what is going to happen today. >> reporter: well, just in a few hours, these are his final hours here at the u.s. capitol. this is a place where he loved so much, where he dedicated so much of his life and his time to his country and to his state of arizona for 35 years, both in the house and the senate. so, it will be in just a few hours that what we'll see here is the hearse that will pull up here with the family vehicles, the family members here on the east side. the body has been guarded by the u.s. capitol police honor guard. every 20 minutes, a changing of the guard to watch over senator john mccain. that casket will come down these stairs behind me, step by step by step, and then into the hearse. and then there will be a brief ceremony here before about 8:30, 9:00, when they will leave, that motorcade, first stopping off at
the vietnam veterans memorial there, where his wife, cindy mccain, will lay a wreath. then they will head to the national cathedral. and it is going to be an extraordinary event here. we are going to see people, as the senator wanted, a message of bipartisanship, of love and commitment and service to country, greater than yourself. two former presidents, george w. bush as well as barack obama, the two men who he fought with fiercely over the presidency and wanting to acknowledge, personally acknowledge them, his respect for those individuals. former secretary of state henry kissinger, senator kelly ayotte as well as senator joseph lieberman and current senator lindsey graham, a longtime friend of his, obviously, someone who will be very emotional. and we'll also hear from his grown children as well, including meghan mccain. it is notable, too, to also recognize the pallbearers, really kind of a who's who among
many americans who will be taking the body to the cathedral. friend and actor warren beatty, vice president joe biden, who spoke so eloquently yesterday, former new york city mayor michael bloomberg, former defense secretary as well, william cohen, among many of those other notable dignitaries that will be there. this is an ongoing celebration of his life and truly a whose who of people who want to pay tribute. and finally, victor, if i can tell you this morning, just watching people pass by here -- there was a young woman who was jogging, and she just went right back and put a thumbs up, a thumbs up as she passed by the east steps here, knowing that senator john mccain lies in state here at the rotunda. >> absolutely. suzanne malveaux for us there from the capitol. suzanne, thank you so much.
our next guest is mark salter. he worked for senator mccain for nearly 20 years, chief of staff, speechwriter. they worked together on seven books. mark, thank you so much for being with us this morning. we talked a little bit before the show started here that you met him 30 years ago. >> i did. >> and on this day, how are you remembering him? >> oh, you know, i'm remembering him as my friend, first and foremost. he was an awful lot of fun to be with. he was a great guy to work for. he was involved in a lot of issues all at the same time, so it was kind of a fascinating experience. and i just remember his innate decency to people he knew intimately and to strangers. that's how i remember him. >> you co-authored seven books with the senator, the most recent "the restless wave." let's listen to a portion of the senator reading a passage from the book. >> i've been given more years than many and had enough narrow escapes along the way to make me
appreciate them, not just in memory, but while i lived them. many like me reaches his last year wishing he had lived more in the moment, had savored his days as they happened. not me, my friends. not me. i have loved my life, all of it. >> what were your last conversations with him like? >> oh, you know, we talked politics, like we always did. we talked about each other's families. we talked about how lucky he felt always, right to the end -- i'm the luckiest guy you'll ever meet. we talked about the country, we talked about issues, sometimes we talked about ball games we were watching. we watched some old movies when i was going out there. we watched a couple of old hitchcock movies and a couple of westerns. so, just like any conversation i had with him all these years. >> you are a pallbearer here today. >> i am, yeah, an honor.
>> let me ask you something, and if it's too intimate, i'll move on. what was that conversation like when your friend of so many decades turned to you and ask you to be a pallbearer at his funeral? >> it sounds odd, but very matter of fact. it's just, i want you to be a pallbearer, and then he asked me to do a reading at the annapolis service, too, and i said, of course, of course. all right, thanks, pal. just -- >> thanks, pal. >> and you know, i was there when he called some of the people who are speaking at the services and asked them to give a eulogy. and you know, a very stoic guy, you know, getting sentimental this last year often enough, but he's pretty stoic right up until the end. when not long after he was first diagnosed, we were sitting in his office here in washington, and we were sort of, you know, getting a little sentimental. and he says, nobody cheated me. i've had a hell of a life.
he kept that attitude to the end. >> you said that part of the conversations you had were about politics. what was his prognosis for the country? what did he think was coming, hope was coming? >> he thinks we're going through, obviously, a bad patch now and there are some disagreements he has with some of the direction of the country, but he was very hopeful we'll get through it, you know, that we've just got to stay true to our values, and nothing lasts forever. as he put it, nothing is inevitable here. >> one more from "the restless wave." this is senator john mccain. >> i had the great good fortune to spend 60 years in the employ of our country, defending our country's security, advancing our country's ideals, supporting our country's indispensable contribution to the progress of humanity. it's not been perfect service, to be sure, and there were times when the country might have benefited from a little less of my help, but i've tried to deserve the privilege, and i've
been repaid a thousand times over with adventure and discoveries, with good company and with the satisfaction of serving something more important than myself, of being a bit player in the story of america and the history we made, and i am so very grateful. >> he spoke, and you wrote about and he wrote about in the book, which i just finished, about not only the privilege of being an american, but the responsibility of the country, of the role of america in the world. >> yeah. the international -- the liberal international order that was organized and led by the united states after world war ii has liberated more people in the world from tyranny and poverty and made the united states incomparably powerful and wealthy as well. despite all the problems in the world, all the examples still of
human cruelty and corruption, these is a golden age. it's worked better than expected. he thought it important that it continue for as long as, much longer than his life span. so, he hopes the book he wrote -- for a couple of reasons -- one to express how grateful he was to have served the country and how much america meant to him but also to explain what america meant to the world and how important it is that it continue to mean that to the world after he's gone. >> let's talk about what's going to happen today. presidents, former presidents george w. bush and barack obama will eulogize the senator as he requested. it doesn't seem that senator mccain and president obama were especially close, so why did he request him? >> well, he specifically wanted the two men who defeated him for the president to speak because the message, the senator would argue his positions passionately, sometimes acerbically, very energetic. he loved to fight. he thought if something was
worth fighting about, he gave it everything he had. but at the same time, he's always -- he stressed over and over again, there's so much more we have in common than apart. and he always says this line, we've got common problems and we've got common responsibilities to solve those problems, and that's the message he hopes. there's so much more that unites us than divides us in this country. that's why he asked him to come. >> there's one more element here. the final letter to the country that you helped him with, there's a phrase that jumped off the page at me, and i have to read it hear. i didn't want to get it wrong. he said about the 2008 race that he had the privilege to concede defeat. >> yeah, yeah. >> in this era of self-aggrandizement, to see defeat as a privilege is striking. >> yeah. well, he thought that kind of humility was an important virtue. he had the honor to be considered for the highest office in the land and the most powerful position on earth. that was a great honor. the american people made their
decision. he bows to their decision and ple pledges to help the incumbent president. he also has a line in his concession speech where the man who was my opponent and now is my president. that's the kind of guy he was, and i think that's why people have responded so to his passing, you know. they saw that in him, a guy that came to washington to actually work on problems, to get stuff done, not to just posture, not to just fight over the next election, but to make progress on our problems. >> mark salter, thank you so much for spending a few minutes with us, and our condolences on the loss of your friend. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> okay. >> cnn's special coverage "remembering an american hero: the funeral of senator john mccain" starts at 8:00 a.m. right here on cnn with wolf blitzer and dana bash. ♪ victor, thank you so much. great interview there. learned so much, didn't we? all right, listen, there's a late-night court filing that could potentially cause more trouble for the u.s. attorney general this morning.
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a late-night court filing shows convicted former trump campaign adviser george papadopoulos has directly contradicted sworn testimony by attorney general jeff sessions. boris sanchez has more about what we're learning about this. >> reporter: hey there, christi. yeah, george papadopoulos' legal team in a legal filing last night directly contradicting senate testimony given by current attorney general jeff sessions. effectively, what papadopoulos' lawyers are saying is during a meeting in the 2016 campaign, he suggested that president trump should take a meeting with russian president vladimir putin. according to his attorneys, the president approved of that and then apparently delegated it to jeff sessions. here's the exact portion of that legal filing we're referring to. george papadopoulos' lawyers writing "while some in the room rebuffed george's office, mr. trump nodded with approval and deferred to mr. sessions,
who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it. george's giddiness over mr. trump's recommendation was prominent during the days that followed." as you noted, christi, that contradicts what we heard from jeff sessions in the confirmation process to become the a.g. listen to this. >> i have no clear recollection of the details of what he said at that meeting. after reading his account and to the best of my recollection, i believe that i wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the russian government or any other foreign government, for that matter. >> reporter: now, the white house has dismissed george papadopoulos as a coffee boy, someone who is not to be taken seriously, but it is clear that they are preparing for damage control in light of possible damning testimony still to come from the mueller probe. rudy giuliani acknowledged to
cnn that he is preparing a rebuttal, a report that would cover a broad array of accusations or testimony still to come from the special counsel. one source indicating that that report is already halfway done, though it's unclear that the mueller probe is any closer to finishing as a result. we should point out, the president's legal team has not closed the door on a possible one-on-one meeting between president trump and robert mueller. however, the legal team indicates that they have not heard from robert mueller specifically on the ground rules of a possible interview for several weeks now, christi. >> all righty. boris sanchez, we appreciate the update. thank you so much. now our cnn political analyst and white house correspondent for bloomberg news is with us. margaret, good to see you this morning. let me ask you about what boris was talking about. does the papadopoulos claim give president trump on the surface the ammunition to go after jeff sessions now? how much does it hurt his credibility? let's put it that way. >> i think that's an interesting question, but i don't think that
the president needs that at all. i think the president has made clear over a period of months, not only that he is frustrated with jeff sessions but that he has the power to decide who the attorney general would be. and in very recent weeks, congressional republicans have increasingly let the president know that they are comfortable with him exercising his authority as long as it is after the midterm election. and the president in his interview with us the other day indicated that jeff sessions will remain the attorney general through the midterm elections. so, to me, mr. papadopoulos' sentencing memorandum is really interesting, not just because of jeff sessions, but for a couple of the other points. for example, in it, they say that he was the first domino to fall. an interesting way to position what has happened since. they also talked about how he had a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master. and when they say that, they're talking about his perception of
his loyalties to president trump. that's an interesting piece of this puzzle. they also talk about their belief, his belief now, mr. papadopoulos' belief that he was in over his head. so when you look at this as a piece of a larger picture, you see some of these threads that we've looked at throughout the campaign, the transition, about who some of the people were who were advising the president and whether, you know, what their political experience was, not just in the energy sector but in terms of politics and how that affected both the guidance the president was getting and who he was surrounding himself with. >> okay, but margaret, i have to ask you quickly, there's a new "washington post" poll that says 60% of people polled do not think sessions should be fired. notably, 47% of those are republicans. >> well, and i think that is why you see congressional republicans having urged the president so consistently in recent weeks. look, we know you have the power to do this, please don't do this
until after the elections. republicans don't want this to shake the confidence of voters who might vote to put them back in office. it could affect control of either chamber of congress. >> okay, good point. i need to ask you about something with bloomberg. the news printed something that the president says he said off the record. let's listen to the president here. >> i gave a totally off-the-record -- you saw it -- it said "off the record," and i said something strong, but it's my belief, and they violated it. and they said they were violating it. >> so, how did it get published? >> i have no idea. bloomberg has not published any off-the-record information. and when bloomberg enters into an agreement with anyone, if bloomberg agrees, if i agree as a reporter to have an off-the-record conversation with someone, off the record is off the record and we honor that. and as you can tell from bloomberg's reporting, bloomberg has released the transcript from
our on-the-record interview with president trump, and bloomberg has only reported on on-the-record comments that the president has made. >> all right. margaret talev, i'm sorry we've run out of time. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> good to talk with you. victor? senator john mccain's funeral is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. eastern this morning, but before his body arrives here at the national cathedral in washington, his motorcade will make its way to the vietnam veterans memorial. we'll tell you what his family plans to do there in his honor. experience a blend of refined ...and raw power. engineered to take the crown. the lexus ls 500 and ls 500h.
our special coverage will start at the top of the hour with dana bash and wolf blitzer. and the funeral will start at 10:00 a.m. eastern right here. now, the family is expected to leave the u.s. capitol rotunda and travel to the vietnam veterans memorial for a wreath-laying, and then head to washington national cathedral for the service. cnn's correspondent tom foreman is outside of the vietnam memorial this morning. and what can you tell us about what will happen there today? >> reporter: victor, the family is going to come here, cindy mccain placing a wreath in front of this wall which honors the 58,000 americans who died in the vietnam conflict. john mccain, of course, was a tireless advocate for vietnam veterans after his service in the war and his 5 1/2 years in captivity. he came to this wall in his time, and of course, many of the veterans who have come here in the past few days have been coming so and bringing his memory with them. yesterday outside the capitol as people waited to go bast his
casket and pay their respects, i spoke to one woman who had special memories of john mccain. >> i wore the senator's bracelet, his p.o.w. bracelet, while he was imprisoned. and i just felt like i knew him. i have a signed copy of his book "faith of our fathers." my son-in-law worked on capitol hill. >> reporter: did you ever meet him? >> never met him, but i felt like i knew him. he was also an adoptive dad. we're adoptive parents. i just always felt a big connection. didn't always agree with him politically. i'm not a republican, not a democrat. i'm a new england independent. but i respect the man. >> reporter: if you're young enough, you may not know exactly what she's talking about. if you're old enough, you certainly do. p.o.w. bracelets were extremely common in this country. many people wore them with the names of people who had been captured to remember them every minute until they were freed, and many people wore them many years afterward. in any event, what that woman
said was very typical of what i've heard from so many people over the past few days. whether they agreed with john mccain's politics or not, they very much honored his service and all that he did for vietnam vetera veterans, who will, no doubt, be proud to see him here today. victor? >> tom foreman, thank you. elaine povich is with us now. she's author of "john mccain: american maverick." elai elaine, thank you for being with us. let's start with, this latest book is really about the pictures of john mccain. >> indeed. >> from when he was a boy to more recent photographs. and there's one that jumps out. it's a black-and-white photo, arms crossed there with a bit of a smirk and a header there that says "one hell of a ride." was that your summation or was that the way he looked at his life? >> that was the way he looked at his life. he really felt like nothing had been missed in his life. he had done everything that he wanted to do, that it was a hell of a ride, and the rest of us just got to hang on and go with
him. >> and that ride took him all over the world. i know you've called him an ambassador for democracy. love of country and appreciation for democracy, they're not unique, but why did he believe that that responsibility took him to some of the darkest corners of the world? why did he have to go? >> because he believed american freedom and what we stood for in this country was important and that people should know that and that they should bring american democracy and freedom to everywhere in the world. he personally felt that being an ambassador for those american ideals was part of his duty, as a senator, as a fighting man, but also, mostly as a senator, to bring these ideals to the rest of the world. >> there has been obviously some talk about those who will not be here today, the president and his former running mate in 2008, sarah palin. but i want to talk about who will be here today, and that's his 106-year-old mother, roberta mccain. >> yes. >> she was there at the service in the rotunda yesterday, and
she'll be at the national cathedral today. he wrote about the strength of his mother. >> he did. >> and their relationship. >> he did. he titled his first book "faith of my fathers," and it was about his famous fathers and grandfather, the admirals. and yet, he said, "i am my mother's son." and if you look at the two of them together, you can see them. they are alike in their faces, they're alike in their attitude, and they're feisty as hell, both of them. that's where he gets his fight from, is from mom. >> expanding this examination, he wrote in his final letter that he attributes his coming to the end of his life and being satisfied to having the love of his wife and his family. and we talked a lot about his service but not so much about his relationship with cindy mccain and all of his children. >> he is a family man. and despite the fact that he was away from home a lot, traveling back and forth to arizona, going to washington, coming back, and all of those trips abroad that i
mentioned, he is a true family man. you can see it in their eyes. the kids love him. they adore him. and he always worked really hard when he was home to make sure that they would take hikes in phoenix and sometimes it was a long march, they said, keeping up with him, even at his age. you know, he did everything fast. he walked fast, he talked fast, he fought fast, very quick on his feet, and he brought all of that enthusiasm home to his family as often as he could. he was just fun to be around. >> yeah. >> he was fun for reporters. he was fun for his family. he was fun for his kids. people gravitated to him because he was so much fun to be around. >> you know, we talked about this at the top of the last hour from a different perspective from an historian, but from covering him and writing -- you wrote a biography and now this book. we've seen a week of events that he planned, yes, but that are filled with genuine sorrow, genuine mourning, stories that
people actually have. what do you make of what we're seeing this week as compared to, you know, not every senator gets this type of farewell. >> no. >> some u.s. presidents have not received this type of farewell. >> no. look, he's a unique individual. he is like a moth to a flame. people are attracted to him. when we rode on the bus with him in those campaigns, the old straight talk express, he would come back to the bus, and he would sit with us reporters, and he would talk and he would talk and he would talk. and we would take notes and we would ask him more questions and he would talk, and he just enjoyed the back-and-forth, and you could see it in his eyes. it was fun. and that's what attracts people to him. also, you know, he's scary smart. he was very scary smart. >> his foreign policy adviser said it was the easiest job he ever had because john mccain already knew whatever advice was coming. i want you to listen to part of his 2008 concession speech in his loss to barack obama, who
will eulogize him today, and then we'll talk about it. >> in a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance, but that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an american president is something i deeply admire and commend him for achieving. >> our jeff zeleny reports that president obama was surprised by the choice, the invitation to eulogize him. what does that invitation, or how does it correspond, i should say, with what you know about senator mccain? >> he has an amazing capacity to move on. look at the two people who are eulogizing him today. they both beat him. george w. bush in the primary and barack obama in the general. and he felt very, very bad after those defeats.
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♪ as he fought for his life, senator john mccain would sit in his favorite spot on the porch of his cabin in arizona and listen to the famous ancient irish song "danny boy." well, renee fleming will sing it today and says she is touched by the incredible invitation. she spoke with cnn's dana bash. >> so, john mccain's dear friend and campaign manager rick davis said the senator was intent on having "danny boy" played at his service. and not just this, i don't know if you knew this, but they would listen to this while sitting on the porch of his home in sedona. one day, rick davis told me he suggested to senator mccain that you sing it and that the senator got emotional. how did you hear about this? >> i saw rick some weeks ago.
he came to new york and asked me if i could do this. and of course, you know, under these circumstances, you always say, i hope so, because we don't know exactly when it will be. and i'm really gratified to know that i was able to be -- i am able to be there on saturday morning. and i'm so incredibly touched that he asked for this and that he asked for me to sing it. i mean, i'm very moved by that. i only met the senator one time in the al smith dinner in new york when i sang in 2008 for him and president obama. >> and specifically, the song you're singing "danny boy," senator mccain himself requested it. you've said this is a nostalgic piece for you associated with your childhood. explain that. >> "danny boy" is like other great folk songs, something universally loved. there are certain songs that affect everyone all over the world in a similar kind of a way. you know, and music is the international language. it's the language without words. and we speak it naturally. we don't have to be taught to
appreciate music when we're infants and toddlers, et cetera. so, "danny boy" is one of those universally loved folk songs, and it's powerful. the message is so powerful. >> and actually, i would love to read for our viewers part of the lyrics. "o danny boy, o danny boy, i love you so, but when you come and all the flowers are dying, if i am dead, as dead i may well be, you'll come and find the place where i am lying and kneel and say an ave there for me." that is really powerful stuff. >> it's so beautiful. it's so beautiful. and my dreams will warm and sweeter be. it's an incredibly beautiful lyric. and you know, there are a lot of people who say that it's a favorite song and it never fails to make them weep. there's something so immediate about it. and the melody is beautiful, too. >> absolutely. you are not of the political world. can you articulate why you think senator mccain's death is causing such an outpouring of
emotion well beyond politics? >> it's because i think he stood so much for the american values that i certainly treasured growing up, for being for independent thinking, for collaboration, you know. and he also, because you disagree with somebody, you're not their enemy. there were so many things that he stood for i think that we, many of us care about. >> renee fleming, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> and we look forward to hearing you pay tribute to the senator. >> thank you, dana. >> tonight, former president obama, bush, and clinton will remember and pay tribute to senator john mccain in a special documentary, "john mccain: for whom the bell tolls" tonight at 9:00 eastern right here on cnn. >> victor, thank you so much. thank you so, so much for bringing us what's happening in d.c. and i don't know if you saw what happened yesterday, but the queen of soul had a heck of a send-off. we're going to show you some of it. ♪
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