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i don't know if either would go for the idea. and allegedly it hasn't been raised. it's a very intriguing idea. >> the approval rating has ticked up 42%. could that change? we only have a couple of seconds. so quickly. >> donald trump has a solid 35% of the american electorate. democrats we can't pray for robert mueller to come out with an amazing report. we cannot take this president seriously. we're going to have to just beat him. whomever that is we have to get to it. sooner than later. >> the news continues right now. answering questions from the
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audience members for an hour. she's still there. she'll take questions from the folks now. not in front of the camera. she handled herself well this evening. i didn't get to see the entire thing. it seems like she had an answer for everything. and didn't see any moments that might procollude her from having to -- at least she won't have to answer to them. maybe follow up. i didn't see anything that will hurt her in there. i want to bring in julia pace. >> a crowded field. i thought she handled herself well. what stood out to you? >> i was on stage with her. she seemed to gain energy each time she walked back out on
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stage. this is her formatt. she enjoys interacting with people. this is something warren we'll see do more and more of. not just doing the town halls. in new hampshire and iowa. but across the country and perhaps the national and international town halls. some of the big issues she talked about reparations. talked about funding. doubling down. funding for hbcu. an important topic here. a historical black university. and talked about impeachment with trump. and said let's wait for the mueller report. when it comes to the mississippi flag which has the stars and bars on it. so she was very brief in her response. when asked whether mississippi should change the flag. she said yes. which drew a lot of applause here within this auditorium. and of course she talked about healthcare. and talked about jobs. elizabeth warren is behind me.
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she's trying to meet everybody in this room. i suspect she's going to be here for at least an hour. trying to shake hands. trying to talk to voters. very important time in this campaign. get them early, don. they stay with you. >> she said i'll say something that's controversial. i believe in science. and that drew a arousing round of applause. >> yes. she did on climate change. of course number one issue for a lot of democrats right now. when it comes to climate change she believes in science. again. this is one of the top issues that democrats liberals want to hear from these candidates. a very crowded feel. they have to difference themselves. she started in memphis. alabama tomorrow. the first major candidate in this year to do so. i spoke to the mississippi democratic party chairman.
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he was elated she was down here. i suspect we'll see more candidates in the coming months coming to states like mississippi and louisiana. alabama, georgia. states in the south that we didn't see democrats campaign before. >> i want to get your reaction to the moments from senator warren. speaking about minimum wage and the tax on the ultra rich. >> today in america, a full-time minimum wage job will not keep a mom and baby out of poverty. i'm in this fight. because i believe that is wrong. today i in washington. they ask what will improve the profitability of giant multi-national banks? i want to government that doesn't work for giant multi-national corporations. i want one that works for families like mine. there's one more we have to talk
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about. that is my ultra millionaires tax. so the idea is on the truly great fortunes, $50 million and above. we start charging 2% a year. on just that $50 million and on up. 2% a year. by the way, anybody in here a homeowner? you have been paying wealth taxes for a long time. just called property tax. i want to include the rem brant and the diamonds in the property tax. >> what do you think? as we look at warren. she's saying particularly because she with sanders on this issue. progressive ideas. >> this is really warren's sweet spot. the issues she's asked about there. the minimum wage and taxing the wealthy. these are the issues that really catapulted her to stardom in
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democratic party. the issues she's been talking about at in her life. well before she was in politics. she speaks about them with quite a bit of fluency. she has a really natural way of connecting in the policy prescription. to real peoples lives. her only family history. oo people she meets on the campaign trail. for some voters, some of the things she's talking about might be too aggressive. they might be seen going too far. but she is not going to budge. she's not a candidate that is going to move on any of the issues because they are so central to her brand and they are what she believes in. >> this is your first appearance as a political analyst for us. we're happy you're here. thank you so much. give me your reaction tonight in terms of how she spoke. about issues important to the left. to the base of the democratic
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party. >> senator warren benefits from a couple things. she's run 30 town halls last year in the senate relegs campaign. 30 more in the presidential race. and she's there's no question she's going to hear that she hasn't heard. you can see that tonight. she's ready to talk about the issues. this is her wheel house. a harvard law school professor. she's comfortable in the question and answer setting. she knows the master ri over the policy settings. that's a real advantage. it's interesting from tonight she is using this mississippi issue to setting to talk about issues of race. she sees that as a place she can make with the progressive message. to talk about explicit racial discrimination. you saw reparations and the moment on confederate statues and talk about housing. in northern mississippi. and she'll talk about that tomorrow in alabama.
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about housing discrimination and investing more specifically in former red line communities that affect african americans. >> welcome. and thank you. we appreciate you joining us. now i want to turn to the president's weekend of grievances. rage tweeting. over and over and over. before this president took office, it would have been unimaginable the leader of free world spending hours tweeting about his favorite tv shirt. complaining about another. taking pot shots at a late war hero. and on and on. this is how you know what he really cares about. the president tweets clear as a window into his state of mind. listen to his top aid today. >> his social media platforms are a direct way to communicate. >> so, what did the president want to communicate this
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weekend? what was he fired up about? not the crucial problems facing the country and the world. nope. this president is using the bully pulpit to get the show back on fox news. tweeting. falsely accusing so called radical left democrats and the news media of silences her. the obvious. it was the powers at be at fox news. who took her off the air. for however long it lasts. they did it because she said this. about congresswoman o mar. >> think about it. she wears a hi jab. which according to the kurn. tells women to cover so they won't get molested. is this indicative of her inheritance to the law. to the united states constitution?
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>> the president defends her. in spite of that bigotry. on the same weekend people around the world mourn. 50 muslims killed in a terror attack during friday prayer. in new zealand. failing failing to condemning the rise of white nationalism. >> i don't really. i think it's a small group of people that have very serious problems. >> the acting chief of staff seems to have drawn the short straw. defending the president this weekend. >> i don't think anybody can say that the president is antimuslim. >> really? he seems to be able to say it himself. over and over and over. >> i think islam hates us. there's something there that it's a tremendous hatred there. a tremendous hatred. i don't know the swedish people
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knocking down the world trade center. there's a muslim problem in the world. by the way you know it. i know it. >> donald trump is calling for a total and complete shut down of muslims entering the united states. >> here's a tip. when you have to keep saying the president is not a white supremacist. there's a problem. but the president trump had words. >> i'm not sure how many times we have to say that. >> the president had more twitter thoughts on tv shows complaining saturday night live knocks him over and over. come on the president of the united states? snl was a rerun this weekend. maybe they don't knock him as often as he thinks. he took time out to slam the late senator john mccain. a war hero. who devoted his life to service to this country. slamming him for passing on the
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fbi copy of the steel dossier and voting against a bill to replace obamacare. president trump showing you right there. what he really cares about. his grudges against anybody who crosses him for any reason. late senator daughter fired back on the view today. >> he spends his weekend obsessing own great men. he will never be a great man. your life is spent on your weekend not with your family. not with your friends. obsessing over great men you could never live up to. that tells you everything you know to know about his pathetic life. >> then there's this tweet. slamming france. and the paris climate aconsidered. the day after students marched all over the world to demand action on the climate change. that threatens their survival. a 2018 report says world leaders only have eleven more years to
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avoid the disaster level of global warming. we have a new tweet. from the president just tonight. pointing out he is donating his salary for the first quarter of the year. $100,000 to homeland security. claiming the press doesn't like writing about it. contrary. the president is putting his money where his mouth is. sort of. that money is a little over one-thousandth of a 1% of $8.5 billion he requested for the wall in his budget last week. so there you go. we're talking about it. remember earlier when you heard from kellyanne conway defending the president's tweeting. we heard from her husband too. george con way. tweeting screen grabs of mental disorders. showing the medical definition of nar cystic personality disorder and antisocial disorder
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and going onto tweet all americans should be thinking seriously now about trumps mental condition and psychological state. including and especially the media, congress, and the vice president. and cabinet. his wife disagrees with him. >> i don't share those concerns. >> now let me be clear. none of us are in a position to diagnosis mental illness in the president. that includes george conway. something isn't right about what the president was up to this weekend. just not right. let's talk about it now. >> amazing. what we witnessed this weekend. 50 tweets and retweets in 48 hours. the president slammed a late war hero. senator mccain. pushed conspiracy theories. defended a fox news host who
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made. but never mentioned the attacks on mosques that killed 50 people. >> it's not about him in any way. the only context he mentioned it was the criticism that the rhetoric he uses and the movements that he is accused of inspiring. somehow was related to the attack. he mentioned. it has to be personally about him. in some way. as you said at the top, his twitter account is both horrifying in some bays. but also like a car crash. you can't take your eyes off of it. it gives us an unfiltered look into the leader of the free world psych. and one has to be about him for it to be important to him. two, you get a sense of what he sees as a threat.
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he's not the on one like this. on twitter he's responding with a lizard part of the brain. it's that quick impulsive. i'm mad at something part that social media brings out in people. and him more than anyone else. you see what he's threatened by. the media criticizing him. he's after snl. and fox perhaps not being as propaganda in his favor. he tweets in support of the weekend host that lost her show. for one night. he tweets about things like mueller. and rage tweets about people who still bothers him are more popular and successful. like the late senator mccain. it has a theme. and you learn things about his state of mind. >> i mention this earlier. it is a window into his soul if you will. george conway tweeted out the
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medical definitions. a lot of things on this list may seem to apply to the president. none of us can diagnosis him. clearly conway feels very strongly about this. it's surprising. considering his wife. >> you're right. i hear every day from mental health experts who are concerned about the president's condition. there's a book written by 36 psychiatrists and psychologicals and social workers. each diagnose the president. there's a problem here. this is a very troubled man. you look at what he did about saturday night live and john mccain. you have a television show in reruns. and a senator who has been dead for many months. they own him. this president is being owned by a tv show. and the deceased senator. this is something that americans have never faced before. i think we're all right to be
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concerned about it. george conway raises a valid point. as do the critics who note td that this is a president who defend defended antimuslim comments but couldn't come to the defense of muslims in new zealand. or offer reassurances to muslim americans. he's very stingy. with his concern for anybody who doesn't fit his base definition. >> this is new tonight. his campaign manager tweeted out. we all know that real donald trump turned down mr. kellyanne conway for a job he wanted. he was either fired, quit. didn't want the scrutiny. now he hurts his wife because he's jealous of his success. potus doesn't even know him. >> george actually introduced
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kellyanne conway to donald trump. i'm sure i got that right. if i understand the history. the conway's lived in a trump building. it's wrong to say that george conway doesn't know trump. he very much started the relationship with trump. i think one of the problems with the biggest problem with trumps tweets and the way he's coursing to the public dialogue is not just trump. we all know how he is. and what he's like. when i see 50 tweets on sunday. you roll your eyes. it's normal. what i think is more worrying is how it is bled into the larger republican party. and frankly to people who should know better. to me what was worse this weekend than trumps tweets was when the main republican account
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at gop tweeted a disgusting antiirish meme. attacking beto o'rourke as a drunk. i lived 44 years. i have never actually encountered antiirish bias. to bring that back, that to me is what is worrying. that you have so many republicans who have now courseened and degraded themselves by joining in with this kind of rhetoric. >> yeah. i'm glad you side that. let me put that -- that and then this response from brad. the substance of the issue of what he was talking about. it's very trumpen. calling him mr. kellyanne conway. turned down for a job. he was fired or quit. he didn't want the scrutiny and
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he's jealous. all the attacks on him. not addressing the substance of what he says. >> this is all unworthy of the public discourse. we don't need to hear what brad has to say. about this. we certainly don't need to see this kind of bigoted commentary about irish americans. think about who would be better informed than george conway. about donald trump and what goes on in the white house. what do mr. and mrs. conway talk about at night? what happened at work. what happened for you, dear? her stories have been to be hair raising. this is a woman who has been in the white house longer than anyone else. she knows everything about what goes on. george conway is well informed. and remember, it was spouses in the case of martha mitchell during the nixon administration who helped bring down nixon. because they got fed up. they started to tell the truth to reporters about what was
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really going on. i would watch out for the husband and wives of people who work for trump. >> a word of warning. thank you. i appreciate it. is the white house trying to hide mueller's report before congress and you get to see it? the details next. everyone's got to listen to mom. when it comes to reducing the sugar in your family's diet, coke, dr pepper and pepsi hear you. we're working together to do just that. bringing you more great tasting beverages with less sugar or no sugar at all. smaller portion sizes, clear calorie labels and reminders to think balance. because we know mom wants what's best. more beverage choices, smaller portions, less sugar. but i'm more than a number. when i'm not teaching, i'm taking steep grades and tight corners. my essilor lenses offer more than vision correction with three innovative technologies for my ultimate in vision
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the administration wants to ensure they have the opportunity to claim executive privilege. what are you learning tonight about the white house plans on the mueller findings? >> the white house wants to review any version of mueller's report that the attorney general plans to share before the lawmakers see it. this could be a flash point. this could set up a political battle of the hotly contested document. the white house lawyers we have learned. they want to have the opportunity to assert executive privilege from the information gleamed from interviews with white house staff. or other documents that were turned over to mueller's team. over the course of the two year investigation. the president has the right to assert executive privilege. it's something the president can do to protect conversations he's had with other officials to keep them confidential.
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this could be litigated nd court. if it's challenged. and something democrats would almost certainly do. we could see this battle playing out soon. we're expecting mueller to hand over the report to the attorney general any day now. >> speaking of battles. there's a political one. the president may be trying to shield someone. there's a political battle in that. with democrats saying all of this should be released and the public shoultd see it. >> that's the political battle that could play out. you have the situation just the perception of the president putting his thumb on this scale. or looking like the president shielding information going out to the public. in an investigation that is swirled around him since day one. of his presidency. so while it is in the white house to the president's legal per view and the white house per view. there's a political aspect. i spoke to one source who said there's a tension between the
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political optics and what's best for the institution. of the office of the presidency. this person says protect executive privilege. trump is the political optics. we're likely going to see this play out very soon. >> also tonight. house jay chairman nadler says he's encouraged by the responses they received from the investigation into president trump. what else do you know? >> he spoke to reporters today. he said since they released the 81 letters to different individuals and entities. there's been a response. quite a response of tens of thousands of documents going to his committee or commitments to provide documents. nadler said to reporters that he's been pleased by the response so far. and rals said he may issue what's called in his words friendly subpoena. to some witnesses who basically indicated to him that they need cover. through the means of a subpoena.
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he indicated today that that maybe something he did in order to give witnesses cover to cooperate with his committee. >> breaking news tonight. thank you so much. congressman steve king. posting a meme to facebook. to his facebook page claiming red states would beat blue states in a modern day civil war. it gets more offensive from there. eals, family reunion attendance is up. we're all related! yeah, i see it. and because priceline offers great deals by comparing thousands of prices in real time, sports fans are seeing more away games. various: yeah-h-h! is that safe? oh, y... ahh! not at all. no, ma'am. nope. and more people than ever are enjoying romantic getaways. (romantic music) that's gross priceline. every trip is a big deal. is it to carry cargo... greatness of an suv? that's gross or to carry on a legacy?
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he said folks keep talking about another civil war. one side has about $8 trillion bullets. while the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use. the post was later removed from his facebook page. so now we want to discuss it. keith boykin is here as well as alice stewart. good evening to both of you. thank you for coming on this evening. alice, i want to start with you because you know representative king. you spoke to him about this meme. why was this ever posted? >> don, thanks for having me on to talk about this. look, he says this was put up by someone on his staff that manages his facebook posts and as soon as it was brought to his attention, he recommended that it be taken down. he says this is something he certainly would never personally advocate for civil war and this is a -- this is a meme that was posted, and he disagrees with it. i asked him if it had been brought to his attention before it was posted and they asked for his permission.
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>> he says that he would have recommended that it not be put up, but i think more than anything the fact he realizes this was offensive and something that should not have been posted in the first place and it was taken down. >> okay. >> we can all agree -- >> in the interest of time. >> he might not have done that. >> i want to try to get keith in. we're truncated because of the town hall. what does it say, alice, about king that his staff thinks that's something that he would or should communicate to his constituents, that he would be okay with it? >> look, at the end of the day this is something that someone on his staff decided that they wanted to put up. the congressman saw it and decided it should be taken down. >> okay. >> because it is offensive. and that's the takeaway. >> are they going to take action? are they going to be fired or disciplined in any way? >> he didn't indicate that was going to happen, but i think the main thing is he realizes that it shouldn't have been put up and it's no longer up there. >> so, keith, i want you to weigh in. you heard what she had to say. you know he was stripped of his committee assignments for a controversial quote in "the new york times."
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you know, all of this is happening while the president's acting chief of staff has to say -- deny that the president is a white supremacist. >> right. it's crazy. yeah, i don't know if i buy steve king's response to alice, first of all. i feel like he hasn't apologized as far as i can tell. he just took it down, right? secondly, he hasn't disciplined the staff member who allegedly put that up there against his will. >> that we know of. >> that we know of. thirdly, he has a history of saying statements exactly like this. this isn't the first time he's made a statement threatening civil war, talking about the possibility of civil war if the white majority loses its power. it's perfectly on message for this to be said. it's so tone deaf because this happens on the day after 50 people were shot and killed by a white supremacist in new zealand and trump is going on talking about "snl" and the republican
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national committee is busy tweeting drunken stereotypes about irish people and steve king is threatening a civil war. this is exactly the time you want the country to come together and not be divided. trump isn't helping with that at all. the republican party isn't helping with that at all. steve king is not helping with that at all and trump has not condemned him. he had time to condemn everybody else. he didn't say a word about steve king or this outrageous meme. >> alice, there a lot of memes on his facebook page. dozens in the past week. >> look, i think more than anything we can all agree this particular meme was inappropriate. it was offensive. there is no place in the public arena for a meme like this, and the congressman, when it was brought to his attention, he ordered that it be taken down. >> two days later. >> i'll push back on something that keith said. the congressman, while he has said a lot of things in the past that i disagree with, he is not and never has and never would advocated for civil war. i think that's highly --
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>> he has threatened the possibility of civil war. >> factually incorrect and not what he's doing here. >> alice, he has threatened the possibility of civil war in the white majority loses its power. that's a fact that's on record. go check that out if you don't believe me. this is not inconsistent with his past statements at all and that's the reason why people believe that he probably did authorize this, or at least his staff thought he would authorize it. >> out of time. thank you both. i appreciate it. white house lawyers say they expect to see mueller's findings before his report ever gets to congress or the public. will that spark a huge political battle? i have a vision correction number,
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new wok fired shrimp, another american chinese creation from panda express. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. robert mueller's report on the russia investigation hotly anticipated on capitol hill and at the white house. it could come any day now. tonight, multiple sources telling cnn that white house lawyers expect to have an opportunity to review mueller's
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findings before attorney general bill barr submits them to congress. sources saying attorneys want an opportunity to claim executive privilege over information drawn from documents and interviews with white house officials. that sure to set up a political battle with congressional democrats and it could also lead to the perception that president trump is trying to keep information from the american public. there's lots to discuss. so joining me now, shimon prokupecz, renato mariotti and garrett graff. garrett is the author of "the threat matrix: inside robert mueller's fbi and the war on terror." gentlemen, good to be with you. let's get to the details here. how significant is it that white house lawyers are preparing to review mueller's findings before the public or even congress gets to see it? >> right, it certainly could be significant in terms of the perception and the view that the white house is getting a heads up on this. members of congress would certainly have an issue with that as well. the way, you know, it really
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should be working is when ever the department of justice decides that they want to make portions of this report public, it should just go straight to congress and should go to the public at the same time. whether or not the white house gets any heads up, whether or not the white house gets to review it, the perception of it certainly could be problematic for the department of justice, which, you know, right now is trying to kind of stay -- stay away from getting in the middle of any kind of political fight. they know they're about to take on a lot once mueller is done and the report is submitted to him. bill barr is going to have to ultimately decide, the attorney general, how much he's going to release. we don't expect it to be the full report. certainly not initially. but then if the white house starts intervening and starts meddling in that, it's certainly going to create problems politically for everyone involved. >> i can only imagine. this is really about whether a.g. barr decides to give congress and maybe make public not the full report.
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if the white house claims executive privilege, can that be challenged in court? >> absolutely. and i'd expect there to be a very lengthy legal challenge. and, frankly, i think that's a loser for the trump administration no matter how that goes. in other words, if the courts say that trump and his attorneys can review this in advance and keep information from congress, well, congress is -- i think that will set off their suspicions. they're going to want to know what did trump and his administration think was so damaging that they didn't want congress to know or concerned enough that they were going to fight to keep it from congress? so i would expect congress to conduct its own investigation. perhaps haul in mueller and try to find out the information anyway. so to me this is a real loser of a move politically. it also legally, it's bizarre because usually when you disclose information, in this case to mueller, usually that waives privilege. there is really bizarre unusual legal arguments being made by trump's team to assert privilege.
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it's interesting to see how those will hold up in court. >> garrett, you say this is yet another example of the trump administration acting like they're guilty. is this approach doing them more hard than good, do you think? >> yeah, i mean, i think it's notable how little of the president's public defense for this entire two-year period has been "i did nothing wrong, i have nothing to hide, i welcome a full airing of all of the relevant facts." which is something you have virtually never heard from the president on twitter or his tv lawyers or his legal team. that this is a situation yet again where the trump white house immediately is defaulting to trying to hide information before they even know what the information is. which is why, by the why, i don't think we necessarily need to be all that worried about this. this is surely something that bob mueller has been thinking about, and i really believe that mueller is not going to be
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tripped up in the final moments of this investigation by the white house getting to review it with executive privilege. if there is information that bob mueller thinks is material to the public's understanding of this investigation, it will get out and he has surely had time and legal thought to think through how to do that. that's one of the reasons i really believe that we're going to see one more big round of indictments prior to a report coming out. that he's not going to hinge everything on a report that he doesn't know what of that might ever be made public. if it's in a court document, if it's in a court filing, he controls when it gets made public and what gets made public. >> remember, renato, during barr's confirmation hearings he said he was friends with robert mueller and would be friends with him after. do you think he would sort of water down mueller's investigation this way? >> i would suspect he may
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because he has such an expansive view of executive power. potentially of executive privilege. i mean, i am skeptical if, for example, there is information in there that the white house wants to protect even if congress might consider it relevant to impeachment. i think barr might be willing to do that. i mean, here's a man who felt so strongly about views that the justice department was taking regarding whether our president could be charged with obstruction of justice that he wrote a 19-page single-spaced memo to provide to trump's attorneys and to officials at the justice department. that strikes me as somebody who has very strong views on that subject, so i wouldn't be surprised if he took aggressive views, and that ultimately may create some problems for the administration. >> shimon, back to you now because there is another big development tomorrow that we're going to see. we're going to see the search warrant and other documents related to the fbi raids on michael cohen. what are you going to be looking for? >> the affidavit is going to be the big thing in the release tomorrow.
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these are being released because the media had asked the judge, you know, cnn and other media outlets filed a motion with the judge asking for this information to be released. the judge said today that this is going to be released. there will be some redactions. but the key here is the affidavit. what did the government use to support to get these search warrants? remember, the way in which they did this, it's really not something that the fbi does often. they don't go in and raid the offices of attorneys, especially someone who is the attorney of the president, the personal attorney, so i think the affidavit is going to be key here because it maybe gives us a better explanation as to why the fbi went in the way they went in. remember, they were concerned that someone was going to destroy evidence, so perhaps we'll learn more about that. but it's going to be all about their sort of -- the gathering of information that they put together to the judge to try and get these search warrants. we already know a lot of the information that was in the search warrants, but it's going to be the affidavits that's
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going to be the key here. >> interesting. garrett, do you think these documents, do you think they might shed some light on other ongoing investigations involving the president? >> well, they will certainly give some context to what initially interested investigators, whether that was ultimately this campaign finance violation that michael cohen pleaded guilty to last ago or other cases related to his tax fraud, bank fraud, we don't really know. but, again, you know, this is a great example, an important example of how bob mueller hasn't found nothing. that even if at the end of this, you know, he closes shop tomorrow and heads home, that he has already exposed that the trump campaign in 2016 was the most criminal presidential campaign in in american history. there was a stunning amount of
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aggressive widespread and extensive criminality by many of the senior executives around trump throughout that 2016 campaign, and that's something that's something that could not have come to light without the mueller investigation. >> michael cohen is heading to prison in may. he continues to cooperate in the ongoing investigations. do you think he's a valuable resource to prosecutors? >> absolutely. anyone who had that much contact, not only with president trump, but with a lot of the people around him, on a pretty regular basis, is going to be valuable. on so many different levels, he understands how the trump organization works. he was familiar with the inaugural communicating with a of the individuals in the suit.
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i would expect him to be of aid to them. he said he was helpful with the justice department and with state, as well. >> we're learning another prosecutor is leaving the special counsel's office? >> i know her for quite some time. she used to be a prosecutor in brooklyn. been with mueller since the beginning. she's been with andrew weissman, another prosecutor that is leaving. she wascused on michael flynn. she is involved in that, as well. what peter carr, the spokesperson from the special couple's office said, she is going to continue to handle
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matters, even though she will not be with the special counsel's office. her detail at the special counsel's office is over. she's done there. she's going to take whatever she's been working on with her. when mueller is done, whatevene that may be, there are parts of this investigation that are going to continue and live on, like people like this prosecutor. and that's something that, you know, i think it's important for people to understand. that even if mueller is done, that does not mane that parts of this investigation do not live on. and there can be many parts of this investigation that are going to live on for quite some time. >> gentlemen, thank you. i appreciate it. if the white house exerts executive privilege over mueller's findings? congressman eric swalwell will abc that, next. kind of like how you get 24/7 access to licensed agents with geico. hmm? yeah, you just go online,
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lawyers say they expect to see robert mueller's findings before a report goes to congress. they want the opportunity to claim executive privilege, a claim that would set up a political battle over the perception that president trump is trying to shield information from the public. let's discuss now. congressman eric swalwell is here. he serves on the house intelligence and judiciary committees. good evening to you. thank you to coming on. >> of course. >> the attorney general bill barr is going to have an opportunity to review this, decide if it comes out. do you think the white house is going to claim executive privilege? >> i do. but they don't sound like a team that has nothing to hide. only someone who has something to hide would be so interested in prescreening what the outcome is. if the president truly was interested in transparency and did nothing wrong in his businesses as a candidate and at transition and leading the administration, then you would say, hey, you know what? this is all nonsense. i cooperated. here you go. but that's not -- he knows. he -- because he has a guilty
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conscience, he has tried to obstruct. so i suspect we're going to have to litigate this. >> our reporting is -- cnn's reporting is that mueller's confidential report to the attorney general is expected any day now. so he's going to have a lot of discretion in deciding what he's going to share, what he's not going to share, even with lawmakers. what are you -- what are you going to do and democrats, others in your committee, whatever, to ensure that the american public learn about whatever the findings are in mueller's investigation in the report? >> you know, i spent the last two years with many of my colleagues going across the country as people marched in the streets, went to town halls, and went to the ballot box to make sure that we could see this report. so i'm going to fight like hell to make sure we see this report, whether it's organizing again, whether it's using my lungs, you know, whether it's outmaneuvering with our minds. the american people are going to see this report. if we had not won the house, i
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wouldn't say that so confidently will see every word of this ple report. >> one senior official told cnn that they're going to do everything to work with the democrats, right? but they said they want it to be fair. they want it to be fair. do you expect the white house to cooperate? >> no. >> at all? do you think that's just lip service? >> we have to be realistic. they have not cooperated on a single thing as it relates to what russia did to attack our elections. and they have shown no interest in protecting us from future attacks. and so, no, i'm fully prepared for them not to cooperate. i do expect republicans, though, in congress to cooperate. they just went on record last week, 420 of us to 0 saying that
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we want to see every single word of the mueller report. so they're on record now. so, you know, i expect them to keep their word. right now i'm not going to hit them over the head with that because, you know, i think they should do what's right. >> you're on the judiciary committee. >> yeah. >> the chairman of the judiciary committee is jerry nadler. he says he's received tens of thousands of documents, that's a quote, from as many -- from many of the 81 individuals and entities contacted as part of the investigation into president trump and his inner circle. do you know anything about that and what can you tell us? >> so, right. we're looking at abuse of power. we're looking at corrupt practices by the president and we're looking at obstruction of justice. you know, 81, i mean, when i heard that, i thought, that's it? it seems like there's a lot more, you know, folks out there, but, you know, i do believe that seeking voluntary information first is the way we should go about this. ideally they turn over the documents. if they don't, we have subpoena power that we didn't have before, but i do believe we've seen already in daylight, broad daylight obstruction of justice, abuse of power and a corrupt presidency, and these documents will affirm that. >> all right. that's from your work on the judiciary committee. you're on the house intel committee as well. chairman adam schiff asking the


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