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thanks so much for joining me. happy mother's day. we begin this hour with a mounting showdown between democrats in congress and the trump administration as the white house faces another critical week of subpoenas and document deadlines. the president and his allies are facing off with house democrats over dozens of allegations
involving trump. the washington post summing it up with this headline. trump and his allies are blocking more than 27 different probes in an all out war with congress. the two sides could be headed for more clashes. democrats are giving the irs and treasury department until friday to turn over six years of the president's personal taxes, and they're considering multiple obstruction charges. >> the trump administration has decided to say a blanket no to any oversite whatsoever, no witnesses, no documents, no nothing. claiming executive prifl for something they know there is no privilege for over the hundreds of thousands of documents. you can't have an executive privilege when you're not the
executive. they know that vast categories are inapplicable to the privilege here, so they're just stonewalling. >> jeremy, another big week, subpoenas, deadlines for the trump administration, but will it still be more of the same? >> it certainly appears that way, fredericka. the battle lines are drawn, and the fight is ongoing, a couple key dates to look out for this week. don tuesday, a federal judge is expected to rule in the subpoena issues by the house oversite committee seeking the president's financial records from one of his former accounting firms. on friday, the deadline for the house weighs and means subpoena for the president's tax returns. the treasury department and the irs have to answer by then, and sew far, the response from the administration on that has been no, they will not hand over those requests. the house democrats had also been hoping to see the special counsel robert mueller testify this week. they are not getting that yet,
but the house intelligence chairman adam schiff is vowing that they will at some point. listen. >> the american people have every right to hear what the man who did the investigation has to say. we know we can't rely on the attorney general who misrepresented his conclusions. he's going to testify and it's true that these additional acts of obstruction, the president having obstructed the justice department investigation, now obstructing congress does add weight to impeachment. he may get us there, he seems to be trying. and maybe this is his perverse way of dividing us more. and as you heard in the clip earlier, he thinks that's to his political advantage. >> beyond mueller, democrats are still grappling with how to get the white house to comply with a slew of other investigations and oversight requests. more than 20 house democratic investigations that the white house is not currently complying with, and the white house is
making its position quite clear. steve gross tells us in a statement, there are rules and norms governing congressional oversight and the democrats simply refuse to abide by them. he goes on to say this white house will not and cannot comply with unlawful demands made by increasingly unhinged and unmotivated democrats. the white house very much remaining firm in its stance and insisting that the democrats request for a lot of these documents are outside of the balance. >> jeremy diamond, thank you so much for the white house. >> with me now is elena plot. also with me, ken cuccinelli, a former attorney general for virginia, cnn legal and political commentator. good to see you both. elena, you first. congress is a co equal branch of government, expected to carry out its duty of oversight. and you've heard even from the house committee chair that he
believes that a constitutional crisis is in full swing right now. then what? >> i spoke to mick mulvaney recently. what he told me is that the white house is quite comfortable feeling they can sustain this refusal to comply with any subpoenas whatsoever, they also think they can politically repeat the benefits of this notion that everything i think gets framed in hysterical terms at this point. the trump administration has fallen prey to that, when they claim there is a national emergency and it took months for them to do anything about it, so they're trying to turn the cards back to democrats and say, if you believe we're in the midst of a constitutional crisis. start impeachment proceedings, we're fine with that, don't file multiple subpoenas under the per view of oversight. >> so ken, why does the white
house believe its beneficial to just go to the courts to challenge this, to stand their ground, to stonewall, to refuse any kind of compliance. won't this backfire for the white house? >> well, with some people. as a general matter, they're in a strong position. jerry nadler has overreached here. he sent 81 is a peens that, really as soon as he became chairman, not long thereafter, months and months before the mueller report was out. he jumped the gun on those. and they didn't have a legislative or oversight basis in the subpoenas themselves, which are the two reasons that congress is allowed to send subpoenas. and furthermore, the white house -- not the white house, the department of justice has offered to congress and to certain members of congress the ability to review the mueller report in toto, with the exception of the grand jury redactions, which are legally required. and congress hasn't done that yet.
jerry nadler, chairman nadler is in a difficult position to go in front of a judge and complain he's not getting what he asked for, and the obvious response is we offered him the whole mueller report and he wouldn't come read it, a judge isn't going to listen to that. he's going to have to exhaust his available remedies, before he's going to be in a position where the white house doesn't feel like they have an advantage. >> elena, whether it be jerry nadler or even you hear from some democratic presidential candidates who feel confident the courts will interpret the constitution the same way they are, that congress is a co equal branch of government. >> that's right, i think though most important for democrats right now, is not just to rely on courts siding with them, but trying to translate their case in a way that resonates with the american people. listen, at this point the reality is, the majority of the
american people as cnn has shown in its own polling, do not care that much about the mueller report and are ready to move on. i'm glad that this segment showed a pretty comprehensive list, that the subpoenas, that congress has issued go far beyond the mueller report. family separation being one of them i think this is a great thing to remind people of and the democrats aren't doing a good job translating. this is about much more than politically motivated. he's been on a tear lately. he says most recently, he's suggesting trump should be brought to justice if he isn't removed from office all together. conway's opinions should be taken seriously in washington,
is it a microcosm of what some conservatives are thinking and feeling, but not saying allowed? >> no, i don't think so. i think that -- i think the person who got this right the quickest was steny hoyer. steny hoyer not long after the mueller report came out said look, we're halfway through 2019. this is to be decided in the next election. and when you look back to bill clinton's impeachment, he was in his second term. there was no election, he had no electoral accountability. the white house has made it clear, they're ready to have that fight. both as a matter of accountability, i think it's the place for the debate to be had.
>> i think there is, because as we've been pointing out -- they're using a constitutional crisis. that carries a lot of weight. and in the same way people claim we're in the midst of a national emergency there was no action upon it for quite some time. i think that's why you're going to see weary voters say, fine, if we're in the midst of the constitutional crisis. let's start harnessing powers. >> that's how kamala harris saw it. take a listen. >> i think that we are seeing a breakdown of responsibilities. i am seeing up close where the -- there is a failure to
respect the significance of congress's duty to perform a rule of oversight over the administration, over the agencies. i'm seeing a failure to appreciate the importance of testifying before congress in a way that is straightforward or truthful. i think yes, it is fair to say that we are looking at a crisis not only of confidence, but a constitutional crisis, yes. >> quickly, there -- is there some kind of follow-up when you use that language? >> yes, we're having a hyperbole crisis, i think. something new and different in washington. kamala harris is knowingly misleading there. the congress has the ability to do oversite and subpoena for impeachment they are not doing those things. everything related to trump and the mueller report at least, is not oversite, they don't get to
question -- >> oversite of what? >> they don't get to exercise oversite of individual prosecution investigations. if they want to take the step, then their powders get much broader. that's where they are. and i don't think they're going to be willing to do that. they don't have a basis for a lot of the resolutions they're sending out in regard to the mueller report. >> it's oversite all the time, not just on occasion. >> no, no, i don't agree. you don't get to do oversite of every decision they make. is it within the law, is it so forth. the investigation by mueller was first and foremost about the potential prosecution, not just of the president, but others as
well. that is not a rule of oversight. >> elena, last word? >> does that mean they shouldn't hold eric holder in contempt for fast and furious. that was a specific thing with regard to one investigation. >> that was an agency program. they released 2,000 guns to illegal holders of guns when you got a law enforcement agent who's killed by a program in a department. a law enforcement agency killed as a result of a program run out of the department of justice, that is an appropriate role for oversight, and the obama administration stonewalled that effort. >> we'll leave it there. i think members of congress would argue their role as members of congress is oversight.
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larry kudlow says meeting between the president of the united states and china's leader is likely to happen next month, during the g-20 economic summit. his announcement coming just days after trade negotiations between china and the u.s. ended with no deal. leaving higher tariffs on $200 billion president trump has claimed the chinese alone will pay for those tariffs, and then today kudlow contradicted his boss and said americans will bear a burden. >> it's not china that pays tariffs, it's the american importers, the american companies that pay what in effect is a tax increase and passes it on to u.s. consumers. >> fair enough, both sides will
pay, and these things -- >> the tariffs on goods coming into the country the chinese aren't paying? >> no, but they will suffer gdp losses and so forth, with respect to a diminishing export market. and goods they may need for their own. >> it's u.s. businesses and u.s. consumers that pay, correct? >> yes, to some extent. i don't disagree with that. >> both sides will suffer on this. >> the increased tariffs means americans could pay more for everything, from toilet paper to lugga luggage. >> good too see you, david. >> did kudlow offer clarification on that or only confuse matters more? is it american consumers who will be bearing the brunt of paying more? >> he offered basic economics. american consumers and american
companies will pay more. the president is wrong about this economically, bust there's no question in the short term there's already been an inyees in some products. you mentioned toilet paper, you could see more electronics. american companies will pay the tariffs and increase their prices and consumers will pay for it. >> was the president's economic adviser breaking away from the president's message. or was it kind of a slip. was this intentional to have a different message than the president? >> i think it was good questions from chris wallace as he often does. i think kudlow is an economist, he knows what he is talking about. this is just economic fact who will pay for this. i think he maybe felt he couldn't with a straight face back up the president's claim, so we'll see the president has other aids that disagree with
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michigan, and the board of trustees on behalf of president isler and fairer state trustees, i infer upon you, ssharonda i present you a bachelor's degree that you have earned. >> with me now, sharonda with her son stephan. congratulations to you both. happen by mother's day, sharonda. you made this decision as most mothers would, to attend your southern's graduation. at what point did you learn or was it happening all in that moment, that you two would have your moment of graduation day? >> i learned it when you all saw it, that's when i learned it, the only thing i was told was, i want you to come down to the
floor to stand with stephan for a moment, but they didn't tell me why. and then when the young lady received a signal from dr. davys for me to walk up, she handed me the cap and said, i need you to start walking. what? and so i never seen a cap when she took me from the president's box to the floor. so she can't of held that from me. >> stephan, what was this like? graduation day is something else, you're already in the stars, you know, and feeling like you're on top of the mountain, then you got to share this with your mom. describe it. >> it's really hard to put into words, honestly, because the day was already special because i had finished my degree. my entire family had been there to see me walk across the stage. i was also singing at the commencement ceremony, i already thought it had been made special because all my family was going to be there to experience that
moment. when my name was called and i saw that something was going to be happening. i really just wanted to jump up and down. and you can see in the video a little bit that i was -- i had so many tears of joy, i could not keep my mouth closed. it was a lot, and i could tell when i finally got to embrace my mom, she was trying to get me to contain it, because we were in front of a lot of people. i couldn't. i was so proud of my mom, so proud of making it to where we both made it, you know, not being traditional students, it's like, we did it. >> wow! you did it together. that's so sweet. you're a music major and then mom, you are a business administration major. and so stephan, you know, your mom made this decision to be there for you. was there a moment that day where you were feeling conflicted at all knowing that your mom chose to be at your
ceremony instead of her own? >> yes, i did. i had a lot of this emotion throughout the week. which is why i had told abby, a friend of mine who works in the president's office. her and her mother stayed at the hotel i work at and i had expressed to them that my recital was that weekend. so we would be celebrating my mother and i that evening, that friday evening before commencement on saturday. i had let her know that. and i see what she did with that information. >> thank goodness, right? >> yes. >> so miss sharonda, talk to me about your journey, going to school, seeking this great bachelor's degree, your first degree from college, and then it would be simultaneous to your son also pursuing his college degree? >> so yes, i was a very good student in high school, i had a scholarship when i left high
school. but it was known as ami, now known as scattering, i wasn't ready for college. it wasn't my passion, and then life happened. when i was 911 operator for the city of flint i was there making good money. i don't want to say i was stuck, but i wanted to go back to school i just didn't do so. i decided i need to go back to school and get the ball rolling. i took a few classes at a time. and then the fall of 2015 i went back full time. the last two semesters, i took. credits just to get it done. >> miss sharonda as moms we make a lot of sacrifices for kids and put our own aspirations on the back burner. but at the same time, you did finally make some room for yourself. what's your message to moms
everywhere on this mother's day. as you get to celebrate your degree and your sons? >> don't forget about yourself. as you said, sometimes we do put ourselves on the back burner, but our children, they grow up, everything we have instilled in them, the seed we had planted, the water we add to those seeds, they bloom. not that they forget about mom, but they move on. we don't invest in our ownselves, we will have regrets. as of today i can say, no more regrets. >> you're both blooming on this day and beaming too. so stephan, what's next for you? >> actually, i decided that i was going to audition for a couple places this past spring and then after spring break i got an offer, so the end of june, i will be moving out of michigan to charleston, south carolina where i will be joining
the resident acting company at charleston stage theater. i will be there for 10 months, i am incredibly excited for the next step, and i'm excited for my family to have a place to come visit. i've never been. i cannot express the gratitude and the support for my family as i continue the journey in my career. >> you will enjoy charleston. it's where i lived after i graduated from college. congratulations to you both, so happy for you. and you're such an inspiration, both of you. >> thank you. thank you so much for being with me this sunday, happy mother's day to all the moms out there, especially to you, my mom noah whitfield. cnn newsroom continues with alex mar marquart right after this. and cat allergens. if it's not from irobot,
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