tv New Day With Alisyn Camerota and John Berman CNN April 4, 2019 3:00am-4:00am PDT
>> >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> it is thursday, april 4, in new york. we have breaking news. the "new york times" reveals the mueller report may be more damaging for president trump than attorney general bill barr let on. the times says some of the investigators told close associates that bill barr didn't adequately capture the findings of the nearly two-year-long probe in the four-page summary to congress. investigators are concerned that americans' views of the investigation have hardened already before they have seen the report. >> new this morning a moment the president avoided for years. house democrats put in a formal request to the irs for six years of the president's personal and business tax returns. this is more than a normal please may we have them congressional request. there is a law in place that
requires the irs to turn over tax returns if requested by certain committees. in a letter to the irs obtained by cnn richard neil demanded returns from 2013 through 2018. the president responded that he's not inclined to comply until he is no longer under audit which in and of itself is a claim that's never been confirmed. we are going to begin with the "new york times" report on robert mueller and the mueller team. joining us is washington correspondent for the "new york times" and cnn national security analyst, one of the reporters that broke the story about the mueller team. there haven't been many stories at all. really none about sentiment from the mueller team. that's significant itself. mark, let me read the first paragraph so people know what the reporting is. some of robert mueller's investigators told associates william barr failed to adequately portray the findings of the inquiry and they were more troubling for president
trump than william barr indicated according to those familiar with their simmering frustrations. what exactly are they? >> there is this anger inside the mueller investigation among the team of lawyers and investigators that william barr had the first shot at shaping the narrative here. in doing so he certainly downplayed the information that was potentially perilous for donald trump. this is one of the most consequential investigations in american government history. the barr letter that was four pages, according to the concerns of people we have heard from, significantly down plays the significance of the findings.
we have not had a sense of tension between the special counsel's office and senior department justice officials. >> we haven't heard a complaint directly or indirectly from the mueller team yet which makes this significant. shaping the narrative is an interesting way to phrase it. that's specifically in your article. why do these folks on the mueller team feel it is their job to shape the narrative as opposed to just presenting the facts? >> you're absolutely right. it is presenting the facts. we don't want to imply in the story that william barr's letter in any way massaged or doctored any language or conclusions of the mueller team. we report in the story also there were summaries written by the mueller team about their report and their conclusions. there was concern that there was not more material inside, from those summaries, drawn from the
summaries to be put in the barr letter which had only two fragments of sentences lifted directly from the mueller report. so those summaries were prepared in part where some of that information could come out nearly simultaneously with the barr letter. so that's kind of in terms of presenting is conclusions and the significance and damning nature. >> this was brand new information in your report that the mueller team drafted their own summaries, yet barr used only 101 words -- we counted -- from the actual mueller report. was there the expectation that barr would use more direct quotes or more information from the summary that the mueller team prepared? >> that's still unclear exactly what the expectation was with the summaries. we don't report that these summaries were prepared to be
put out immediately -- in other words, in lieu of the report. that they would have been ready for primetime without redactions. we have not heard that. the justice department says, yes, there were summaries, but some had classified material, grand jury material. they couldn't have put them out right away. the dispute is over exactly how much of the summaries could have been put in. some within the special counsel's team believed they could have used at least some to flesh out more than barr did what the special counsel found in its investigation. >> one of the questions here is the collusion or conspiracy issue and also obstruction. when you write and when people from the mueller team express that barr report doesn't convey the concerns they have over the president's behavior, are they just talking about obstruction or do you get the sense they feel there is more to learn
about collusion that could be harmful to the president? >> maybe some of both. we are trying to get clarity on that. the barr letter said succinctly they found no conspiracy on the collusion issue. there is an expectation that the mueller report has more damning information. short of any kind of criminal conspiracy. on obstruction, the letter said mueller refused to come to a conclusion, lays out evidence in column a, column b and it was for barr to make a judgment -- he says -- and our expectation is maybe more of the battle here is on the obstruction issue. >> the "the washington post" which followed your story, matched much of the reporting noted on obstruction, some of the people connected to the mueller team feel there is information that's alarming and
significant that barr withheld. >> right. >> we would certainly expect that. the barr letter hints at it. it says they found information that was amassed evidence that may not have reached the bar mueller had about criminally charging obstruction of justice. but certainly when put in a large report and made public would certainly be damning, potentially damning for the president. so that's what we are expecting in this, even though we know the top line conclusions there will be far more in the report. >> so the mueller team was 19 lawyers and some 40 fbi agents. do we have a sense if this is a universal conclusion among the team and the secondary question is why now? why do they feel, those who are coming forward directly or
through intermediaries that it is important to get the message out now? >> i think people have different motives. we don't know how extensive this frustration and concern is inside the team. we don't suggest it is every member. we suggest there is a significant strain inside the investigation of concern and frustration about how this all played out. >> one of my questions has been will the mueller team serve as a guardrail once they turned in the report. will they be more proactive in the coming months and years in deciding how the story is told? is this an indication that the answer to the question is yes? >> we can certainly expect after the report comes out in whatever form, although it will be redacted, i would expect we'll hear down the road some members of the team if not from robert mueller himself, about the process, how they came to the conclusions, what they found. there will be restrictions based
on grand jury material. i think the report will still be just the beginning in terms of us learning about what went on inside the team and the course of the investigation. >> of course your story has another interesting nugget which is frustration within the justice department that the mueller team didn't reach a conclusion on obstruction of justice. i thought that was interesting in and of itself and with this article. >> there are two things going on at the justice department at the highest level. there is a degree of frustration that this decision was left, they believe, for barr. that mueller's team didn't make a prosecutorial judgment on obstruction of justice and barr and his deputy weighed in and felt this fell on their lap. the other sense of frustration is, you know, barr was hamstrung in terms of what he could say in
the letter. that there are restrictions of what you can put out that's damaging to people you don't charge. also there was this wariness of repeating what jim comey did when he decided not to charge hillary clinton and yet spoke about her actions as being reckless. that was a precedent that many criticized in the fbi and the justice department. barr himself criticized it. there was concern of going down that path again. >> mark, thank you very much for joining us. i think you can tell i found the article fascinating. i'm a big fan of your work in general. thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you, john. now to this story. a key house democrat is requesting president trump's tax returns from the irs. the chairman of the house ways & means committee wants to see six years of president trump's personal tax returns and returns from eight of his businesses. the demand is expected to spark a legal battle with the administration that could stretch months or years. it could go all the way to the supreme court.
let's bring in a key member of the house ways & means committee, democratic congressman dan hilde. thank you very much for being with us. so many people thought you all would do this on january 3 when the new congress came in and democrats took over the house. do you know why your chairman waited three months to make the request? >> well, the chairman took a deliberate approach and wanted to make sure we get it right, not just get it fast. he was in consultation with house counsel and developed this request. we expect the president and his team to push back. obviously we want to make sure everything was done completely within our authority. we had to establish the legal basis and the factual basis for this request. we have done it in terms of public hearings we have held and in the work that the chairman himself has been conducting over the last few months. the result is a specific request
to the irs commissioner. it's provided under section 6103 of the tax code which says the chairman of the ways & means committee can seek tax returns from taxpayers when there is a public interest and a public policy purpose. there very much is one in this case. >> it is not just the president pushing back. it's republican members of your own committee. for instance, congressman kevin brady put out this statement. weaponizing our nation's tax code by targeting political foes sets a dangerous precedent and weakens american's privacy rights. by law all americans have a fundamental right to the privacy of the personal information found in their tax returns. is he right? >> first of all, it's amazing to the extent to which republicans in congress are willing to sacrifice their own obligations. the oath they swore to provide oversight on the executive branch of government in order to defend a president whose standards are taking us to a dark place. having said that, no.
the president of the united states is a unique position. clearly he has the right to privacy but let's be clear. donald trump broke near a half century of tradition when he didn't provide access to his tax returns. every president since nixon has done so. the necessity to use this provision is not because we are on, as he would call it, a witch hunt. the president himself has broken precedent and not provided the american public with access to the returns. we have a specific question we are trying to get at, a policy question. that is whether the irs is auditing and enforcing the tax laws of the united states on the president of the united states. we don't know, for example, whether or not the president's returns are actually under audit. >> will you be able to determine that? >> in order for us to determine whether there should be changes in law to strengthen that, we
have to have a look at the returns and the associated documents. the only way we can get that, the only way we can determine that is to have the chairman have access to those individual returns and the eight business entities that we think constitute a full view of the president's business empire. >> yeah. the president has said he's not inclined to do this though he promised during the campaign to release his taxes. yesterday when he found out about the request he said he's not inclined to release them. does it matter how the president feels? can the irs make the decision separate and apart from how the president feels? >> with all due respect to the president, the request didn't go to him. it went to the irs commissioner who swore an oath to uphold the laws of the united states and specifically to uphold the tax code. i would direct the commissioner to section 6103 of the irs of the tax code itself and he'll see in plain language he is
duty-bound to provide the returns to the chairman of the ways & means committee. >> once you have them in the committee can they be made public to voters and americans? >> i don't think we should get ahead of ourselves. we don't know what's in the returns. at this point in time we would have no intent of releasing them. obviously the information that we'll glean will make it clear whether additional steps are necessary. the point, i think, at this point right now for us is to ensure that as we examine the question as to whether or not the president is being subjected to the tax laws of the united states properly, whether, for example, he's being audited which has been the practice of the irs, we have to get a look at those returns. the chairman and his team will make the determination. i don't want to predict exactly what the outcome will be. but let's be clear. this is really on the president. he said quite clearly that he would provide the american
people with his tax returns. this is not simply a case of him contradicting one tweet with another. this is a promise he made as he was running for president, assuring the american people he will be transparent as almost a half a century of presidents and candidates have been. and now he's completely oblique when it comes to his personal interests. we ought to be able to know, as a society, as a people whether the president's private interests influence his public decision-making. we cannot know that when he's unwilling to be transparent with the american people. >> thank you very much for explaining this to us representative kildee. >> there is a lot going on this morning. we have a lot to talk about. it's good that i got here in time for the show today. we have much more on what the congressman was saying about the
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the "new york times" reports some members of robert mueller's team believe the mueller report is more damaging to donald trump than the attorney general revealed. also some on mueller's team say the evidence they gathered on obstruction is alarming and significant. let's bring in john avlon, cnn political analyst and ellie hoenig and laura coates. great to have all of you this morning. ellie, i hate to say i told you so. i seem to recall the day after the barr summary came out, maybe you were on the program and i said, what if he mischaracterized robert mueller's -- >> i want the videotape. >> jen! i said it a million times.
>> that rings a bell. >> i said it a million times. it seemed to me four pages -- we don't know it was 400 pages but i recall saying whether it's 50 pages or 500, what if they mischaracterized some of it? would robert mueller's investigators speak out? i had to wait ten days for this to happen, but they are telling close associates they feel it was mischaracterized. >> alisyn camerota is always right. >> thank you. we're done with the segment. >> and -- wrap. here's the thing. prosecutors, a little inside information. prosecutors are human beings. i tried to put myself in the position of someone who worked for robert mueller for 22 months. if i felt my work was being misrepresented, misstated, suppressed, i would feel every inclination to speak out. i know mueller runs a tight ship. he has not spoken. his public information officer has said nothing. they are human beings.
several dozen prosecutors and fbi agents. i think we'll see a backlash against the bar lr letter. three weeks ago we had the 420-0 vote in the house saying to release it all. every republican on the committee yesterday voted no on the subpoena. we are seeing a changing tone. the president has gone from let everyone have it, no big deal, to it's a disgrace that people want to see it. things are changing. >> laura? >> i'm reminded of the quote i once read about lincoln that said i'm sorry i wrote a long letter. i didn't have time to write a short one. barr's four-page summary of things was so short that of course it was going to be und underinclusive. you have a 22-month investigation whittled down to 101 words that are taken perhaps out of context, perhaps in context. we don't know. it summarizes all of this and leaves the question open that
makes it seem like the mueller probe was fumbling around not understanding what they should have done with respect to the obstruction charge in particular. i harp on this because the obstruction was the basis for two presidents having to answer to calls for potential impeachment -- clinton and nixon. remember, it is the head of the executive branch they are talking about, the president, whose job it is to enforce the laws. this above the law sentiment around obstruction will be relevant here. barr did himself no great service when he said, i think i will lahastily try to do somethg even though it wasn't comprehensive. if you are part of the probe, to have your work whittled down to 101 statements and say, is everyone satisfied? that was a joke to begin with. >> obviously barr put forward the most positive version for the president consistent with
the top-line findings. there is no reason to think barr changed the top-line findings, but he drove a truck through openings mueller gave him with regard to obstruction. it is surprising it took ten days for people to start coming out. in the politics of it what trump gained comfort from and barr has done the president a solid on is framing a narrative that will harden partisan positions potentially at the expense of the actual information when it is released. >> when it comes out -- say it comes out tomorrow. people can change their opinions. if there is a blockbuster in there, i think people's opinions can change. >> i would temper expectations for a blockbuster and unfortunately also for many people to change their minds. partisan positions are hard. the tribalism is deep. barr framing it early was designed to deepen that. >> in a close election if it is a 5-vote margin you want to be
up before the recount. if not you are the one who stole the election. >> that's right. >> this feels to me like this is a significant moment only because there was always the question of if the president and his team were, in fact, mischaracterizing this, why weren't the mueller people saying something? now they are. it is a guardrail perhaps. it gives a sense that there are limits to what they'll accept. >> it's interesting and we now knew the mueller team provided their own summary that was longer than four pages. they summarized every chapter of this. they summarized it and thought that would be released to the public. they attempted to scrub it of classified information and thought that's what the attorney general would release. he distilled that summary down to his four-page summary. >> it raises questions about why william barr did this.
it appears they gave him cliff's notes and he said, i'll do cliff's notes of your cliff's notes. why not just produce the summaries that come closer to the source? there definitely is the initial impression, first impression that barr created. pushing against that is people reject the idea of someone hiding something. if you are arguing against transparency, you are losing. if the jury thinks you are trying to hide something, they will rebel on you as a trial lawyer. >> 86% of the american people want the mueller report released. that doesn't mean compromising other ongoing investigations. look how the trump folks said, look, complete exoneration. even the four-page summary says that's not true. this doesn't constitute exoneration and saying there is no obstruction. they are messaging to the base a complete free pass they are trying to taint any ongoing
investigations. >> you wanted to ask laura about tax law? >> very detailed. >> i wanted to read aloud the tax code. ratings though. >> bring it on. i can't get enough of tax code. >> here you go. it's scintillating. the house ways and means chairman asked the irs to release six years of president trump's personal taxes. here is where i think they get into trouble. the secretary of the irs shall furnish such a committee with any return or return information specified in such a request except that any return or return information which can be associated with or otherwise identified with directly or indirectly at a particular taxpayer. doesn't that nullify the request so we know it's donald trump's taxes? >> it's not hard to lift the veil of who we are talking about. this has the individual number one quality michael cohen once spoke about with the sdny.
they aren't clear in the law that this is one of the committees in congress that has every right to request the actual taxes from an individual, particularly the president of the united states. there is a precedent set, ironically, by nixon who was facing questions about charitable deductions and ended up volunteering it that may influence the democrats' ability to make it public or at least amongst themselves. the issue is whether this is a weaponized for political reasons. the three-month delay may be to the benefit of the democrats saying we wanted to make sure there was a lawful, nonpolitical purpose of doing so. part of the mandate as the committee is to ensure the irs policy related to the auditing or evaluation of presidential tax returns is our hook. that's a good hook to have. however, making it public may, in fact, be an exercise in futility. >> they're bending over backwards to make sure they don't get blindsided in court by
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control of that plane. cnn's tom foreman is live with the details. it sounds like the pilots knew more than we were aware. >> ethiopian authorities say the pilots did exactly what they should have done in the sequence outlined by the faa and boeing. listen to the transport minister. >> the crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer, but was not able to control the craft. >> what they are driving at is the idea we have been talking about that there is something inherent to the airplane, perhaps with this mcas system but they didn't hone in on that, but the behavior of the plane driving down is consistent with the questions about this automatic stabilizing system. basically they are pushing toward that, the idea that there is a fundamental flaw in the
design of the plane that has to be addressed. and this, because we know boeing had some knowledge about what's going on in the investigation, possibly explains why we initially thought the software fix would come out and boeing is saying it could take weeks. it may be boeing wants to move forward with a little more thorough review and fix on this ahead of time because frankly if boeing doesn't get it right now as they move out, it could be a problem. maybe that's why they put their ceo up on one of the planes and released a picture yesterday showing him as they tested it out to prove the point, we believe we are moving toward a solution that will work. you can see what happened this morning. it continues to be a battle between people saying the pilots did everything right, there is something wrong with the plane and people saying there is something wrong with the plane. maybe the pilots didn't do everything right. >> thank you very much for the report. let's talk more about exactly
that point. joining me now, cnn aviation analyst miles o'brien, a pilot and science correspondent at pbs news hour. thank you very much for being with us. it seems the ethiopian investigators are sending a clear message directed at boeing which is the pilots did everything they were supposed to do. they did this by the book. what boeing has been saying directly or indirectly is, well, look, there were procedures in place that might have saved these people. that's not what the investigators found. >> what they found was these pilots learned enough from the crash which happened five months prior in indonesia to do exactly what they were supposed to do, follow the procedure, disengage the automatic system which was trying to put the nose over based on erroneous information, disengaged it and attempted to manually realign the aircraft but didn't have the capability, the manual systems were
overruled if you will by the forces on the surface. they didn't have enough authority on the wheel to fix it in time. so clearly you have here a fundamental problem with the design of the aircraft. you're not going to get away in this case with pointing the finger at the deceased crew. >> a fundamental flaw in the design of the aircraft. is that something that a software fix -- which is what we are told boeing is working on and we are all waiting for -- could fix? >> it's a combination of software and the data that goes into the software. remember, there is this weather vane device on the outside of the craft called an angle of attack sensor. there are two. only one was feeding data into the software designed to keep the nose from pitching up too high which causes an aerodynamic stall. that's a single point of failure on a system that's critical to flight. as we have just learned if it
fails, in certain circumstances it is impossible for the pilot to recover. you had a single-point failure there. introducing at least one other stream of data and it should be triply redundant into the system is fundamentally mandatory at this point. >> do you feel boeing knew there was the issue or should have known at least after the first crash, the lion air crash? >> i think there was enough evidence after the first crash to ground the fleet and fix it. all the basics were there. they realized they had to begin a fix. the fix began before the second crash. if it was that critical and that difficult for pilots to recover under circumstances and these were low to the ground, fatal crashes that happened very quickly, why wasn't the aircraft grounded then so the fix could happen before the second crash? >> miles o'brien, these are very important questions. thank you very much for being with us.
we have breaking news in the 2020 race. pete buttigieg, the mayor of south bend, indiana, is touting a special announcement on april 14th. whatever could that be? well, look, up until this point he only had an exploratory committee. you can bet on april 14th he will be announcing he's running for president. as we await the official announcement from pete buttigieg, democrats are focused on the highly anticipated decision from former vice president joe biden. >> biden just released a new video promising to change his ways and be more mindful about respecting personal space after numerous women have come forward to say he made them feel uncomfortable. here is a bit of biden's video. >> i expect to be talking to you about a lot of issues. today i want to talk about as support and encouragement i have made to women and some men that
made them uncomfortable. >> i want to know what you say. >> i was watching closely. in addition to the stuff about personal space there was a clear sub text which was i'm running. >> for sure. >> for sure. >> all right. joining us now, cnn senior politics writer -- >> whatever. >> there it is. so much stuff there. tell us about joe biden. what do the numbers tell us about this week and the questions, what they mean? >> first off, if you are wondering whether or not this news is breaking through, it has clearly done so. biden had more google searches this week than the prior four weeks combined. a lot of people are hearing the news and searching. >> you mean the women, not his potential -- >> correct. that's exactly right. different allegations. it's clearly breaking through. lucy flores is searched alongside joe biden. it's not necessarily that people are changing their mind about
joe biden. it should be pointed out in the limited data, sometimes these things take time in order to change course. in the limited data we have so far his lead is holding in a democratic primary poll. he's still around 30% in the harry's average poll. limited data. no discouraging signs of him to run in the polling data at least. >> since he teased it in the video and said in the coming month we'll have a lot of issues to talk about, what's he waiting for? >> he was waiting for -- what he was waiting for were fund raising numbers. >> now he's waiting for the cloud to blow over. >> waiting to get his ducks in a row and hire the staff. on the fund raising numbers, harry, there is a clear leader here. >> bernie sanders so far is a clear leader with $18.2 million, well ahead of kamala harris's $12 million. beto o'rourke's $9.4. what we see with bernie sanders is he entered late compared to harris and raised more than she
did. even pete buttigieg who formed the exploratory committee which will obviously change into an actual one, we believe, he formed on january 23. i wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the $7 million was raised at the end of the quarter after the cnn town hall where he caught fire. >> this is not as impressive as some thought but you break it down. >> if people look at the money raised on launch day, beto o'rourke got 6.1, 5.9. harris at 1.5. look at the average dollar raised per day since day two excluding the day one totals. 308,000 for bernie sanders. impressive. beto o'rourke is down at only $194,000. that's much closer to harris's total. it seem like beto o'rourke went through a lot of fundraisers on day one, people contributed to the campaign but it didn't extend beyond that day to the extent we expected.
>> given that i think we are downplaying bernie sanders's run runaway front runner status. he's significantly ahead. >> he is. but none of these people are all that ahead. hillary clinton raised $46.9 million in the second quarter of 2015 when she declared. that's basically the sum total of all four combined. that looks exactly like the polling where we see clinton was well ahead at the end of quarter two in 2015 versus here we have a very close together match-up. >> stay tuned. we have april 14, pete buttigieg and some day soon for joe biden. >> someday soon, so we believe. that's the beauty of it all. >> it is. thanks, harry. a teenager was found in kentucky, the same boy who went missing in illinois nearly eight years.
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we have breaking news from new zealand. police say the suspect in the attack on two mosques in christchurch will be charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder. he's due to appear in court on friday when he'll be formally charged. police statement says other charges are being considered. the alleged attacker is expected to defend himself at trial. listen to this story. authorities say a teenager found wandering in kentucky identified himself to police as timothy pitson who went missing in illinois nearly eight years ago. he said he had just escaped from his kidnappers. cnn's athena jones has more on a possible break in this case. >> we could see the fear on him and how nervous he was, how he kept pacing. he just looked odd. >> reporter: a stunning discovery in a kentucky town after a teenager told authorities he's this missing boy -- timothy pitson -- last seen nearly eight years ago. this age progressed photo shows
what he may look like today. timothy's family said they are cautiously hopeful. >> i'm hopeful it's him and that he's okay and has been in a good place when he was gone, that he's going to come back to us. >> reporter: an ohio police report says the male identified himself as now 14-year-old pitson adding that he, quote, just escaped from two kidnappers holding him for seven years. running across a bridge into kentucky from a red roof inn. the boy was unsure where the inn was located. a woman said her neighbor called police after the boy said he had been running for two hours and didn't know where he was. >> he had bruises on his face. he looked real shaky like he was hungry, unsure. even a little noise he was jumping. he was very uneasy. >> reporter: timothy pitzen vanished at 6 years old after his mother checked him out of school and took him on a three-day road trip.
the child was last seen leaving this wisconsin resort with his mother. the next day amy was discovered dead inside this illinois motel from an apparent suicide. police finding a note that read, tim is somewhere safe with people who love him and will care for him. you will never find him. timothy's disappearance has puzzled law enforcement for years. >> i have yet to meet one person who believes she would ever harm her child. the other option is she turned him over to someone who, as she wrote in the note, would love and care for him. >> reporter: the family relaying this message to the teen they are praying is their loved one. >> we have never stopped looking for him, thinking about him and we love him and will do everything to get him back to a good life. >> reporter: the teen describes the alleged kidnappers as two white men with body builder if i seeks, one with curly black hair and a spider web tattoo on his
neck. the second, short with a snake tattoo on his arms. they may be driving a white ford suv with wisconsin license plates. alisyn? >> this just obviously raises millions of questions. it strains kcredulity. some of robert mueller's investigators say their findings are more alarming than the attorney general depicted. a new report says the evidence they gathered on obstruction was significant. the latest next. just go together.
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