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thank you for joining us on "inside politics." brianna keilar starts right now. have a great day. i'm brianna keilar looiive m cnn's washington headquarters. underway right now, white house tweets to big head nationalism. the president reports just a short time from now. we learn about robert mueller's pursuit of the former fixer. 2020 hopefuls backing plans to eliminate the electoral college and more and more states agree. and a republican lawmaker is suing twitter and a person behind a fake cow and a fake mom for mocking him on line. can he even do that, or is this just a stunt? up first, president trump doubling down on his criticism of the late senator john mccain.
in a photo op with the leader of brazil just moments ago, the president was asked about his weekend twitter tirade where he denigrated the senator. he pointed to mccain's vote on obamacare. >> why are you attacking senator john mccain? >> i'm very happy he didn't repeal and replace obamacare, as you know. he campaigned on repealing and replacing obamacare for years. then it got to a vote and he said thumbs down. our country would have saved a trillion dollars. we would have had great health care. so he campaigned. he told us hours before that he was going to repeal and replace, and then for some reason, i think i understand the reason, he ended up going thumbs up. frankly, had we even known that, i think we would have gotten the vote because we could have gotten somebody else. i think that's disgraceful. plus, there are other things. i was never a fan of john mccain and i never will be. >> our chief white house correspondent jim acosta is
joining us now from the white house lawn. the president says his dislike for john mccain is because of obamacare. over the weekend, though, it was about the so-called steele dossier. what is the root of some of his disdain for john mccain who most consider, even if they didn't agree with his politics, a lion of the senate and a hero? >> reporter: that's right, brianna. we were just in vietnam when the president had that summit with kim jong-un, and a bunch of us went by the hanoi hilton where john mccain was held in captivity. there is no question that john mccain is an american hero despite what the president of the united states thinks about him. you have to go back to, i think, the t they like to throw out these shiny objects to get out there other things than what might be under the president's skin. and you're right, the president
was accusing john mccain of that dossier, of misdeeds before he was elected to the white house. putting all that aside, the president does bear a grudge against mccain for giving that now famous thumbs-down vote on repealing and replacing obamacare. the president has talked about this at a number of occasions, at rallies and so on. it is startling that he holds a rally and hear him talk about john mccain when it comes to these teex the late senator. now matter how unseemly it comes across. my guess is when you saw that a few moments ago, when he was asked about this, he didn't hesitate. he was ready to jump right in and go after john mccain again even though he was laid to rest back in august. >> the president -- we're going to hear more from him. he's going to face some tough questions and certainly most of
them will be about this twitter storm that he had over the weekend p. >> what are you kpchg him to have to answer for. twoef ne-- two questions for th brazilian press, two questions for the u.s. press. i think a lot of it will be about the situation in venezuela. the u.s. would like to see where brazil strands on all ands on a. i think there is a deep concern in latin america, particularly bordering countries of venezuela, what happens if that country breaks down? what happens if the united states ultimately decides to be involved in some kind of military action there? there is a debate going on within the white house among the president's advisers as to how far he should go down that road in terms of u.s. military
involvement in ven zachl. the president ointd out all options are on the table. i talked to a source earlier this morning who advised both president trump and bolsonaro who said bolsonaro is donald trump. these two men are very similar in their views, especially on immigration. i think in particular the mueller investigation under a lot of speculation in washington that the mueller investigation may wind down and we may see a report from the special counsel soon. the president may ask about that as well. but certainly i think venezuela could be at the top of the administration. approximate this may be wup p -- he knows when he talks about
john mccain in that fashion, he knows it gets everybody fired up in washington and he knows it can drive the coverage away from things he perhaps doesn't really want to talk about, brianna. >> we'll go back to the white house when that begins, jim. thank you. new details were provided about president trump's former attorney and fixer, michael cohen. they revealed that special counsel robert mueller was allowed to view years of cohen's e-mails and other data from his first time working with trump. i have legal analyst laura coats, shimon prokupecz and sara murray to walk through these documents. what stands out to you, sara? >> i think we get for the first time a sense of the scope and volume that mueller is looking at. the special counsel team really knows everything, but this shows
you exactly what they were looking for with michael cohen. we know the special counsel was voted in. they had years and years of information. they had the phone calls that he was tracking, the times the calls were. they have everything. >> they have all the information one could have for one. it's about the investigation but not just michael cohen or other peop people. >> it's pretty clear the investigation was pretty broad, including michael cohen. they were looking at his phone calls, they were looking at his e-mails, they were going back in time to try to get this information. one of the things we do learn in going through these documents is what we're all interested in is
the campaign finance violations. there's not a lot of information in these documents that we can read about the campaign finance violations because that's all redacted. it's about 30 or so pages. clearly indicating to us that that still is very much under investigation, still potentially problems for the president. >> we should note he was implicated in that. >> he was implicated by michael cohen, by the department of justice as having directed all this. and also potentially problems for his family and the trump organization. so that is really the biggest take out of all of this. >> years of his e-mails, his icloud information, incoming and outgoing phone calls. why is this significant, laura? >> think about it. before you can establish who is a lawyer, you have to establish what the truth is and then compare it to actual knowledge. >> you know what, we're having a mic problem with you. i can't tell because i'm in person with you. but stand by, we'll come back to
you in just a moment. i want to go back to shimon. prosecutors got information on this warrant from the g-mail account, from the icloud account. this is a year from when it was actually done. is that significant? >> so what the southern district of new york was doing was they were following up on what mueller gave them. mueller had information. there were some information they needed to investigate further. mueller said, okay, this is now going to new york where the trump organization is headquarter headquartered, where michael cohen lives, where some of these many alleged crimes were mpl. but before that, mueller had already obtained a lot of information. that he shared with the southern district u678and this other stu
vov involving the campaign violations, it had to be what michael cohen was involved in, which was the collusion violation. and perhaps there was nothing there and this is what the mueller team found, so they said, here, fbi and southern district of new york, you take this. it has nothing to do with russian collusion. >> pz to to be able to, first o go to the justice department and say, we want to be looking at michael cohen's information, you first needed the justice department to sign off on the idea that they were going to be monitoring the president's personal attorney. and you'll need a bar to say that you're going to start moderati moderating. >> awas it not done because it
was potentially illegal? >> you can't shield yourself from crimes. this has been a big thing in terms of this whole investigati investigation, and to take out whatever may be privileged. but. it has been somewhat controversial that the fbi went and raided his property. >> they obviously had appointed this third party that was going to look through everything that was privileged and what wasn't. the special counsel's team had already done that with the information they were gathering. they had their own filter team looking at information and
privilege doesn't count anymore when it comes to committing a crime. >> where does this leave us now in the investigation? >> robert mueller will set up the receipts and compare and contrast to what you're actually saying. also the notice of the other redactions. redactions are important, because given michael co hem. we have heard from stormy daniels, karen mcdougal. we thought that chapter was closed with michael cohen's actual sentence being handed down. it seems there is still an loo at historical information compared to now. cnn has some new reporting that the white house will see the mueller report before it
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interviews with white house officials. joining us from memphis, sir, thank you for being here and giving us your perspective as a member of the house judiciary committee which is about russian meddling in the election and potential collusion by trump campaign members. what is your reaction to this? >> well s, first many, they waid their right to executive privilege when they cooperated with the investigation. when they cooperated with the investigation, the investigation goes on that at the end of the investigation they make a report to the attorney general who is then supposed to give it to congress. you don't just kind of reclaim your privilege after they've done their report to redact or eliminate portions of it that you don't like and claim executive privilege then. they've given up that right, number one. number two, any person who is under investigation would want to see the results of a study, normally in a criminal case an
fbi study before it went to the indicting authority, and in this case the indicting authority would be congress to look into impeachment since the president cannot be indicted. the white house in this situation is the subject of this investigation, the possible target of impeachment if there are shown to be violations of high crimes and misdemeanors, and the idea that they should be able to go back after they waived privilege and redact, edit the report fbefore congres sees it, the public sees it is so wrong. it's an obstruction of justice, and that's what they want to do, and they want to do it in front of the eyes of the american people. >> do you have confidence in this justice department that they would not allow the white house to successfully challenge information that should be given to congress? >> i don't have faith based on who appointed the attorney
general. trump learned when he appointed sessions that he made a mistake which he said many times because sessions had to recuse himself, and sessions did the ethical thing an attorney general is supposed to do, and that's recuse himself when he had prior involvement in the alleged -- or the potential crime, and he recused himself, as he should have. whitaker didn't recuse himself, but whitaker did not take the u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york off the case after he had recused himself because even that was a step too far, but trump tried to get him to do that. he did not, i believe, appoint bill barr, who has a good reputation in washington, without having some belief he wouldn't be making a second sessions appointment and he wanted someone to take care of him. this is his achilles heel. this is what will bring him down. i assure you what we've seen already has shown this to be the most corrupt administration
ever. they have a whole football team's worth of indictments or guilty pleas. there's been six indictments and guilty pleas in his business and his administration. >> what recourse does congress have, though? any? >> congress can bring special counsel mueller before sdpour i guess if he wanted torques. hopefully he would testify falsely about what he learned. the democracy is in the balance. truly the rule of law is in the balance. >> i want to ask you about these unsealed warrants we're now getting a look at from the michael cohen raid. we should be clear, there is much that should be redacted so we're not seeing it all. a lot of it the public can see for the first time.
have you been able to see these yet? >> no, and i'd like to, and what's interesting, what was the probable cause that gave the judge the reason to issue the warrant, and what did they know back in 2017? was it simply the affairs he had had with stormy daniels and katherine mcdoougal, or was thee more to it? some of it had to do with wor working as a foreign agent and some of it was bank fraud. was it his businesses or trump's businesses. bottom line, we know michael cohen was involved in illegal activities. he was making tremendous amounts of money representing at&t and others with interactions with the white house, and the fact that trump referred people to michael cohen, knowing that michael cohen would retract
large funds for them, and trump would want him to do a favor for them which was keep quiet. then when michael cohen got busted, he changed his tune and started speaking at the truth because he has no choice but to speak the truth because he knows robert mueller and the special counsel and the southern district of new york have more on him -- >> when you're talking about the referral to michael cohen, what are you talking about? >> well, i know of certain cases, i can't talk about them right now, that president trump suggested to certain individuals that they should contact michael cohen for representation. >> is that during the course of your work on the judiciary committee? >> i don't want to go any further than what i said, but it's come in the course of my life. >> all right. so at this point in time, the committee you're on, the judiciary committee, has gotten a few thousand documents from the former white house
strategist steve bannon. is there anyone who has refused to turn over documents to the committee? >> mr. nadler feels comfortable with what we received. we want to receive more, and only mr. nadler and his team, mr. iseman and mr. burke, really know the results. he hasn't disclosed it to the rest of the committee yet. >> i want to talk about how the house approved nationally the white nationalism. the president won't admit this is a rising threat. what's your reaction to that? >> it's really unamerican for the president to take a leadership position to protect the american public. we've seen jews killed at the synagogue in pittsburgh by white nationals. we've seen political figures put on a list with bombs sent top. and then a coast guard employee who had political democrats on
his agenda to kyle. they will not replace us in march with kkk and neo-nazis, and then we've seen new zealand around the world, and while that's national, it's part of the same white national movement. this is a threat, the southern poverty law center has pointed out more actions by white nationals and white supremacists killing people more than any group in history. all the president talks about is muslim dss achlt. he needs to start to act presidenti presidential in america's eyes and the eyes around the world. but that's beyond donald trump because everything relates to
donald trump personally. he's greedy, he's avari krirkav it's about his money. >> elizabeth warren wansaid tha the u.s. should get rid of the electoral college in the presidential elections. let's listen. >> come a general election, presidential candidates don't come to places like mississippi because we're not the battleground states. well, my view is that every vote matters. that means get rid of the electoral college and everybody -- >> do you agree? >> i introduced, i think, one in
january to get rid of the electoral college, a constitutional amendmenamendmen. we're going to send it to elizabeth warren and ask her to append it for us. >> but is the state running after the electoral college to make sure they go to the popular vote winner? >> it certainly would be difficult. you have to amend the constitution. it means to get three-quarters of the states. that's enough of the or probably won't if many -- colorado and a few states have tried to start a compact to say states with a total of 270 or more electoral votes agree that these states will come together and give
their vote to the winner of the popular vote. the country is different than it was when the constitution was drafted. when the constitution was drafted, a lot of it had to do with slavery. the stave states wanted -- the slave states wanted the electoral college where they would count at two-thirds and in the popular vote they would count as zero. so they didn't want the electoral vote because their votes wouldn't count. this affects people, the african-american people, directly. we need to give people who understand from town halls like elizabeth moorehead the opportunity to vote. like senator warren said, this doesn't give people in new york
and chicago and loss angeles a right to decide who wins. it gives those who aren't targeted states in the electoral college the opportunity to have their vote count. andme andment. many people will come to memphis and other place to get that vote, and it will be a much more democratic system and fair, and the american people need to take control of their government that's been lost to entities that have eliminated the middle class. >> congressman steve cohen, thank you so much for being with us. we appreciate it. ahead, a fake cow, a fake mom, two parody accounts that a republican congress says are abusing thim maem. and moments from now, the president along with the so-called trump of the tropics, the leader of brazil, give a
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defamatory content. those accounts he's talking about are parody accounts. one is from devin nunez' mom, who is not his mom, and another one is from a cow. cows can't tweet, not really his cow. one tweet, for example, says nunez' boots are full of manure and he's udderly worthworthless. you get the idea. here is the rose garden as we wait for the trump press conference along with the leader of brazil. laura coats first, the law usually protects platforms like twitter. it doesn't concern twitter to be, say, a publisher. does this even have a chance at succeeding? >> i think it might in the court of public opinion for those who
want to support him. but the notion that this would be a valid lawsuit is a far-fetched one. a cow is actually tweeting is parody. people like twitter, enterprises like that, are like a library. they're not an author of everything. they are trying to say, however, that because the platform itself has the ability to censor and can come on and off the platform is not truly one that should be regarded as a true hands-off laissez-faire approach. i think he's also showing he's had enough and this is a conspiracy theory about how there is this underlying conspiracy to say they want to silence this particular voice in contradiction of the first amendment. >> what is his goal here? does he feel like these accounts are actually having an effect on his popularity? is he thin-skinned and just sick of it? what do you think, rachel? >> a lot of people are
scratching their heads wondering the same thing. right now one of the theories, right, former chairman of a very powerful house committee when republicans controlled the house, lost the majority, maybe he's a little bored right now. no, there is actually a reason for this. he's getting at the politics. conservatives have long gone after twitter, after facebook alleging they have some sort of bias against conservatives in that they try to subvert conservative messages. clearly that is the bone he is picking right now, but that could have a potential backlash. judges don't, i wouldn't think, take well to being seen as ruling on some sort of political issue, a lawsuit that's not serious, right? and so i do wonder if it has a backlash on there. >> twitter says that, they feel facebook is unfair to them, but he feels this is unfair to do so, obviously the most unsuccessful person on twitter
in doing so. maybe that's a personal argument, maybe not a legal argument? >> but the notion here of who is right on the issue is going to come down to damages. nunez is going to say he didn't win by a large enough margin. that's why he's damaged. he is becoming increasingly unpopular and courts do not want to get involved in a popularity contest and judge is a quarter million dollars attached to whether or not you're popular enough to secure a victory? i think he's trying to use this as a pawn to get the message out that, look, i've been battered, i've been raked over the coals and i've had enough of it. >> there are a lot of parodies out there, though, and not just conservatives, democrats, too. >> one of my colleagues made a joke as i was walking in and i said, we're doing a segment on this. he said, you female reporters who get harassed on tv all the time, join together, do a
lawsuit on that. it was a joke. politicians get harassed frequently. you're right, parody, this is clear hyperbole. devin's boots are full of manure, he's udderly worthless in pasture, time to move him to prison. >> that's a pun crime, but otherwise -- bad joke. that's a total mom joke, but hmm. >> not the real devin nunez' mom. >> that's right. laura coats, thank you so much. democrats are taking on controversial issues and making them key points of their campaigns. plus, it's one of the companies that president trump has publicly shamed. but just a couple weeks after shutting down his iconic plant, gm with some news about the plant's workers. we're standing by, as you can see, for the president's news conference with brazil's president.
and right now we have live pictures of the rose garden as we are awaiting president trump's news conference with the president of brazil. we're going to bring that to you as soon as it begins. this week in my column "home front" where i try to bridge the civilian military divide, i talk about planning a family around a war. this is a constant challenge for families planning deployments and separations and they most often have to make a choice that
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international religious freedom ahead of his middle east trip. we have cnn senior diplomatic correspondent michelle kosinski who is here with us. >> for something like this, a call with the secretary himself where he's actually going to take questions, which is pretty rare for this kind of call, you would expect that the core state department press team would be a part of that. so one of those people accidentally got an invite to this so that caused everybody to say, what is this? why didn't anyone else get an invite? then that person rsvp'd and was immediately told, oh, this is just for faith-based media. so that raised a lot of questions that haven't been answered by the state department. why aren't they putting out a transcript about it? why won't they say who was invited? why won't they say who is on the call?
they're just not answering those questions. it doesn't make any sense. >> do you know who was on the call? >> now we know just from some of the articles that were written about it. we don't know everyone who was on the call but we know a few of the participants like religion new service, there were some catholic organizations, christian organizations, a few jewish ones that we know of. we don't know of any muslim faith-based media on the call, we don't know if they were invited or not. and also, for example, a catholic broadcaster. they only found out about this call because we had reported on it -- >> a catholic broadcaster only found out about it? >> yeah, they weren't invited initially, however, in trying to get to the bottom of this, we found out there is another faith-based media only call toid with somebody else in the state department with the ambassador at large for international freedom. he is also doing a faith-based media call only, but that call was organized by national religious broadcasters. but they were not invited to nor
were they part of the religious call yesterday with secretary of state mike pompeo. we don't really know why this is organized this way, but i think the biggest issue here is that the state department doesn't want to release a transcript or answer any questions at all about it. i mean, why? this was an on-the-record call with the secretary of state. wouldn't that be in the public interest? certainly you would think it would be. >> michelle kosinski, you would, indeed. thank you for your report and your reporting. coming up, gm says it's relocating at least 500 workers from its lordstown, ohio plant. this after the president insulted the leader. president trump and the brazilian leader will hold a news conference regarding his
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as we await president trump's news conference, we also have some developing news from general motors. the company saying a short time ago that he has relocated 500 workers from its recently closed lordstown, ohio, plant. president trump targeted general motors and the united autoworkers over this closure demanding that the company either sell the facility or reopen it and our vanessa is following all of this for us. you are there in ohio. tell us about this. >> reporter: hi, brianna. gm just a short time ago telling us that they have managed to relocate about 500 people who worked in this plant, but clearly the president is still frustrated by the closing of this plant here in lordstown, ohio, over the weekend he took to twitter to call for the company to reopen this plant or sell it. he even had a phone call from mary barr the ceo of gm over the weekend and that prompted gm to
come out with a statement saying that the only way that this plant would get back to business is if gm came to an agreement with the united autoworkers union. we spoke to people in town here. we went to a local diner because we wanted to hear from them how are they feeling about this twitter war between gm and the president. here's what they had to say. >> where was he at a year ago? it's not helping. i don't think it's helping a bit. >> not only did gm close but other little factories folded because of it and that was our bread and butter. >> reporter: and now, gm has told us that they are making it a point to relocate anyone from this plant who wants to move on to another gm location across the united states but it's also important to point out that this is the first of four gm plants across the country that are going to be closing throughout this year, so it won't be a surprise, brianna, if we do hear from the president on twitter again about this story.
>> yeah, no. very good point. thank you, vanessa. we have more on the news just in, president trump tripling down on his attacks against the late john mccain saying that he was never a fan of the senator and he never will be. plus any moment, another chance for the president to answer questions when he holds a news conference at the white house. this is cnn special live coverage. choosing my car insurance was the easiest decision ever. i switched to geico and saved hundreds. that's a win. but it's not the only reason i switched. thank you very much,
everyone. thank you. today i'm very thrilled to welcome president bolsonaro of brazil for his first visit to the white house. president bolsonaro, i want to congratulate you again on your tremendous election victory last october, it was an incredible feat and really a truly incredible challenge and the end result was something the whole world was talking about. you also know that we're going to have a fantastic working relationship. we have many views that are similar and we certainly feel very, very true to each other on trade. i think brazil's relationship with the united states because of our friendship is probably better than it's ever been by
far. i also want to congratulate you on your recovery from a truly horrible ordeal. it was an incredible recovery, and the people of your country know it. the great bravery you've shown, tremendous bravery of the for two centuries the american and brazilian people have been united by shared values, including an enduring love of faith and family and country. the united states was the first nation to recognize brazil's independence in 1822 and in the second world war, brazil was the only south american country to contribute troops to the allied war effort. today the united states and brazil are the two largest democracies and economies in the western hems fear. we're in close agreement of the incredible opportunities and continuing challenges facing our
region and we have a truly historic chance to forge even stronger ties between our two great nations. this afternoon the president and i discussed many of our mutual priorities, including venezuela. brazil has been an extraordinary leader in supporting the venezuelas people to reclaim their liberty and democracy. brazil has helped so much. along with the united states, brazil was one of the first nations to recognize venezuela's legitimate intern president juan guaido. i also want to express our profound gratitude to president bolsonaro and all the brazilian people for their efforts to provide humanitarian aid. we also thank you for allowing the united states to station extensive assistance and massive aid on the brazilian border, the brazilian people have been
incredible. together we could and have been really very happy to feed thousands and thousands of starving venezuelans. they have appreciated it and if the maduro forces would step aside, it could be a truly great and successful humanitarian project. we call on members of the venezuelan military toened their support for -- to end their support for maduro who is really nothing more than a cuban puppet and finally set their people free. the united states and brazil are also united in support of the long suffering people of cuba and nicaragua. the twilight hour of socialism has arrived in our hemisphere and hopefully, by the way, it's also arrived that twilight hour
in our great country, which is doing better than it's ever done economically. the last thing we wiretap in the united states -- the last thing we want in the united states is socialism. so president bolsonaro, i will tell you that we'll be consulting and talking a lot. we'll be working on all of our problems and assets and we're making tremendous strides. we had a great meeting today. as i told president bolsonaro, i also intend to designate brazil as a major nonnato ally or even possibly, if you start thinking about it, maybe a nato ally. i have to talk to a lot of people, but maybe a nato ally, which will greatly advance security and cooperation between our countries. our nations are already working together to protect our people from terrorism, transnational
crime and drugs and weapon trafficking, also human trafficking, which is really become something that's come to the forefront of crime, horrible, horrible situation. we look forward to an even deeper partnership in working together. in our meetings we also discussed the strong economic ties between our nation's grounded in the principles of fairness and reciprocity. president bolsonaro and i are both committed to rediscussing trade barriers, facilitating investment and supporting innovation across a range of industries, particularly energy, infrastructure, agriculture and technology. the president's vision for freeing the private sector and opening the economy is the right way for brazil to achieve strong economic growth and our great companies are ready to go when that table is flat and free. to improve our business