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trump worked directly with his former lawyer, michael cohen, on hush money payments and spoke at least twice on the phone with cohen the day he paid off stormy daniels. running on hate. president trump tries to distance himself from the disturbing chants of "send her back" that erupted at his rally as the crowd echoed his racist attacks on a democratic congresswoman. the debate draw. tonight cnn will draw names for the lineup of the new democratic presidential debates live, providing full transparency as we learn which candidates will face off against whom. and record heat. dangerous and potentially deadly high temperatures are roasting much of the u.s. along with soaring humidity expected to last into the weekend. tonight more than 150 million people in 30 states are sweltering. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room.
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we're following breaking news. newly revealed details of president trump's role in the hush money scheme to silence women who say they had an affair with him. federal search warrants that were just released show the fbi believed then candidate donald trump worked directly with his former lawyer, michael cohen, to cover up the alleged affairs just before the 2016 election. and tonight, the president is disavowing the disturbing chants at his rally last night where the crowd echoed his attack on an african-american congresswoman yelling "send her back." the president now says he disagrees with the chant and that he thinks he tried to stop it when in fact he let it go on for 13 seconds. we'll talk about the breaking news much more with senator richard blumenthal of the judiciary and armed services committees, and our correspondents and analysts are also standing by. first let's go to our justice correspondent jessica schneider.
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stunning details about the hush money scheme in those unsealed warrants. >> that's absolutely right, wolf. this flurry of documents do reveal this flurry of communication in those frantic days leading up to the 2016 election. also the fact that fbi agents in reviewing these texts and calls, they now believe that the president played a direct role in trying to keep at least one woman quiet about this alleged affair. and the man at the center of it all, this middle man, michael cohen, he of course is now serving three years in prison for his role in this cover-up. tonight newly disclosed details in a search warrant show the fbi believe president trump was directly involved in the decision right before the election to pay off stormy daniels, who alleged having a sexual relationship with him. >> when you're a star, they let you do it. you can do anything. >> whatever you want. >> grab them -- >> reporter: after the release of the "access hollywood" tape trump's team was fearful more allegations would derail his
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chances of being elected so his fixer michael cohen began working to buy the women's silence. the search warrants which the judge ordered be fully release show the timing of phone calls between cohen, trump and other players, including trump's spokeswoman, hope hicks. the most damning are a series of calls on october 26th, the day cohen orchestrated a $130,000 hush money payment to silence stormy daniels, who was threatening to go public with allegations of a sexual affair with the now president. the warrant shows trump spoke at least twice on the phone with michael cohen that day. 30 minutes after speaking to trump, cohen called his bank, opened a new account and transferred the money needed to pay off daniels. all the while, cohen was in communication with the porn star's lawyer giving him wiring instructions. that timing is key, experts say, because prosecutors have said cohen acted in coordination with and at the direction of trump when he made the payments, an act that is illegal under federal campaign finance laws.
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michael cohen is now in prison after pleading guilty to violating those laws. but trump has not been charged, and guidelines from the department of justice prohibit the indictment of a sitting president. sources familiar with the investigation say prosecutors are unlikely to charge any trump organization executives. while the president's lawyers declared victory, saying they were pleased that the investigation surrounding these ridiculous campaign finance allegations is now closed, the decision drew a fiery rebuke from cohen today who said from prison that the conclusion of the investigation without other charges, quote, should be of great concern to the american people and investigated by congress and the department of justice. >> the president of the united states thus wrote a personal check for the payment of hush money as part of a criminal scheme to violate campaign finance laws. >> cohen has repeatedly said the president was directly involved in the payment scheme, something the president denied last year. >> did you know about the
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$130,000 payment to stormy daniels? >> no. no. >> why did michael cohen make that payment -- >> well, you'll have to ask michael cohen. michael is my attorney. you'll have to ask michael cohen. >> do you know where he got the money to make that payment? >> i don't know, no. >> reporter: four months later the president changed his story saying he only knew about daniels' payout after it happened. >> did you know about the payments? >> later on i knew, later on. >> we're also seeing text messages between michael cohen and hope hicks for the first time when they talked about that "wall street journal" story concerning karen mcdougal. it turns out their concern soon turned to celebration when they realized that story was not getting much traction in the media. those were the claims that karen mcdougal made about having an affair with the president. we've also learned that the house judiciary committee will be looking into the statements that hope hicks has already made, looking into the
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truthfulness of those statements. hope hicks has told my colleague, sara murray, that everything that she said was truthful. >> very interestingschneider, t that report. now to the white house where president trump is walking back on the shocking chant that broke out at his rally last night. our chief white house correspondent, jim acosta, is joining us. jim, as the president launched new attacks on ilhan omar, the crowd started screaming "send her back of t." >> reporter: that's right, wolf. president trump is now gaslighting himself out of this mess. he claimed he tried to put a stop to the "send her back" chants coming from his crowd last night but that's not true. unlike the president, the video does not lie. president trump is finding out there's no going back after "send her back." the president tried to fudge his way around accusations that he didn't do enough to stop chants of "send her back" aimed at
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congresswoman ilhan omar at his rally in north carolina. >> i felt a little bit badly about it, but i will say this. i did -- and i started speaking very quickly. >> reporter: but that's not true. watch the video. the president paused and allowed the chants to continue for a full 13 seconds as he attacked omar. >> and obviously and importantly, omar has a history of launching vicious anti-semitic screeds. [ crowd chanting "send her back" ] she talked about the evil israel and its all about the benjamins, not a good thing to say. >> reporter: pressed on the chant, the president pointed the finger at his own crowd. >> i disagree with it, but, again, i didn't say -- i didn't say that, they did. >> reporter: but hold on. the crowd was essentially
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echoing the president's racist tweet from earlier in the week when he told four democratic women of color to go back to where they came from. asked a second time about the chants, the president praised his audience and blasted the congresswomen once again. >> these are people that love our country. i want them to keep loving our country, and i think the congresswomen, by the way, should be more positive than they are. the congresswomen have a lot of problems. >> reporter: but the president's targets aren't holdings back either, as omar accused mr. trump of fascism. >> i believe he is fascist. this is not about me, this is about us fighting for what this country truly should be and what it deserves to be. >> reporter: while democrat alexandria ocasio-cortez says the president is playing with fire. >> his rhetoric is endangering lots of people. this is not just about threats to individual members of congress, but it is about creating a volatile environment in this country. >> reporter: top republicans are
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backing the president. >> i did talk to somebody there. he said it was a small group off to the side. the president did not join in. the president moved on. >> reporter: senator lindsey graham said the president is just fighting back against his critics. >> if you're a somali refugee wearing a maga hat, he doesn't want to send you back. >> reporter: graham was asked why mr. trump didn't control his crowd the same way the late senator john mccain corrected one of his supporters who attacked barack obama in 2008. >> i can't trust obama. i have read about him and he's not -- he's not -- he's an arab. he is not -- no? >> no, ma'am. no, ma'am. he's a decent family man, citizen, that i just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues. and that's what this campaign is all about. >> i don't remember anybody treating john mccain the way they're treating trump. i don't remember john mccain having to go through this crap
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every day all the time. >> reporter: and the white house is encouraging its allies to stay focused in their attacks on the four democratic congresswomen being targeted by the president. but we're being told some of the administration surrogates are very concerned about the chants at last night's rally. at one trump advisor put it to me, wolf, the chants were gross. >> what are you learning, jim, about the u.s. targeting of an iranian drone? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. just a short while ago the president revealed that the uss boxer downed an iranian drone in the strait of hormuz, according to u.s. defense officials talking to cnn. this happened after that drone came within about 1,000 yards of the u schlt schlss boxer and the was downed using electric jamming. that is the initial information coming from the defense department at this point, wolf. we should point out it is early on in this incident and of course it comes as the president is trying to get out of this
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controversy over those racist tweets. wolf. >> jim acosta at the white house, thank you. the "send her back" chant is worrying a lot of republicans but few are willing to criticize the president over it. manu raju is up on capitol hill. manu, how are republicans reacting? >> reporter: once again, wolf, the president putting his party on capitol hill in a very difficult spot, an awkward spot. a party that has grown weary of defending the president and side stepping all the controversies that are emerging. the aftermath of the racist tweets over the weekend. republicans thought they were past all of that, but after the "send her back" chants it brought the issue back into the news. today on capitol hill, some republicans defended the president. others side stepped questions and would not respond to multiple inquiries about the matter. others said the president should disavow those comments. >> people need to respect america. if folks just want to be critics of this country, this isn't
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cuba. you have a right to leave if you don't like it. >> i don't think it's something that should be said. i think the president should make sure the next time a chant like that happens at one of his rallies, he puts an end to it. >> you know, honestly, guys, i've said all i want to say on this subject. >> senator, was it appropriate for people at the trump rally to chant "send her back" to congresswoman omar? >> i didn't get a chance to see it. >> reporter: so in a closed-door breakfast this morning, some house republicans raised their concerns directly to the vice president, mike pence, saying that this kind of rhetoric at the rallies "send her back" should not be repeated. so privately some republicans also raising those concerns. but wolf, some member republicans who are up for re-election in 2020 did everything they could not to get on the bad side of the president, not wanting to embrace these remarks but also not wanting to criticize him. joni ernst who's up for re-election in 2020 did not want to respond to questions. neither did martha mcsally,
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another vulnerable republican in the key state of arizona did not want to answer questions directly when i asked her. just completely ignored them in the hallways of the capitol, wolf. >> you heard jessica schneider that house democrats may scrutinize the testimony of hope hicks. what else can you tell bus that? >> reporter: in the aftermath of those fbi documents revealing that there was a phone call after the "access hollywood" tape came out about the alleged affair with stormy daniels, there were questions whether hope hicks was truthful to the house committee. she was asked by sheila jackson lee last month whether she was ever present for any conversation between michael cohen and donald trump about stormy daniels. she said no on multiple occasions. she also said she relayed information to the press that there was no affair between donald trump and stormy daniels based on information that was dictated to her. i'm told, wolf, that they are
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going to examine this information, this testimony, and perhaps will have follow-up questions for her in the days ahead, wolf. >> manu, thanks very much. we're going to talk about the disturbing chant at the president's rally and more with democratic senator richard blumenthal, a member of the judiciary and armed services committee. thank you so much for coming in. >> thank you. >> do you believe that this chant that we heard at the political rally, "send her back" was any different than the president's tweet earlier when he told congresswoman omar go back to where you came from. >> they were the president's own words, they were not original to that group. in fact donald trump gloried in them. he allowed the chant to continue until it died down on its own. and he owns that chant. >> you know, he's now trying to distance himself from that chant, "send her back" but he actually praised the people at the rally who chanted it. he says they love our country. so what's to stop this from
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happening again? >> nothing is to stop it from happening again. in fact it's part of a pattern. there are good people on both sides after the charlottesville murder. and there are abundant evidence that he will glory in it again if it occurs, so i think it's time for my republican colleagues to stand up and speak out. >> what do you say to your republican colleagues who are defending the president? >> what i say to them is i know it's hard, but we're at a pivotal moment in history. the president is indeed playing with fire. this issue is as volatile and vile as it ever gets. and you have a duty to our country. you will be judged by history. >> do they say anything differently to you in private than we're hearing publicly? >> their take on donald trump is totally different in private. many are deeply repulsed by it. and they have to face the historic obligation that they have. and we both know the poll
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numbers show the republican party is firmly under donald trump's control. they're behind him. that's why it takes courage and grit to stand up. >> let's get to the other major news we're following today, these new documents released in new york by the fbi and the u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york. these warrants involving the michael cohen investigation. he's serving a three-year prison sentence. what does it tell you about president trump's role, his involvement in these hush money payments? >> donald trump lied to the american people. he not only knew about those payments, he directed michael cohen to do them. in fact there is abundant evidence to convict donald trump of many of the same crimes that michael cohen is serving years in prison for committing. and he would be in fact in handcuffs and a criminal defendant but for his being a sitting president of the united states and there being a justice department policy that a sitting
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president cannot be indicted. >> so you think if he loses his bid for re-election, he potentially could be indicted? >> very potentially could be indicted. >> once he's a private citizen? >> once he's a private citizen, no longer in the white house, he would be the same as anyone else, subject to the criminal laws of the united states and potentially indictable. >> do you think that's realistic that they would go ahead and indict a former president of the united states over this issue? >> whether he will be is a different question. he could be certainly. and this evidence is beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed many of the same crimes that michael cohen was convicted of committing. >> you tweeted just a little while ago congress must hold public hearings about this criminal scheme to know about all his lies and criminal wrongdoing and whether the white house or attorney general barr has interfered in any way in this investigation. tell us what you're getting at. >> what i'm getting at is attorney general barr's response
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we're about an hour and a half or so away from finding out which democratic candidates will face off on each night of the next presidential debates. the draw for the cnn democratic debates will take place live here tonight 8:00 p.m. eastern on cnn. our political director, david chalian, is here with a preview. first of all, david, tell us how this is going to work. >> the challenge here was 20 democratic candidates have qualified for this debate, the largest amount of democrats that we've seen on a debate stage. so we need to divide them equally between two nights of debating, wolf. we are going to have a random draw. it's going to happen in three different sections. i'll get to that in a moment. during each draw, there is going to be a shuffling of names in one box and a shuffling of dates in the other. then there will be a random draw of an anchor at cnn reaching into the box, pulling out a name, reaching into the date box, pulling out a date, july 30th or 31st and we'll go through all of the candidates.
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>> why will there be three separate draws? >> we wanted to ensure that we were spreading equally between the two nights where these candidates were in the polls. their strength of support. what we saw in the first debate -- remember, four of the top five ended up on one debate night and only elizabeth warren was alone on the debate night basically of her own. so we wanted to do our best to avoid that and ensure we were equally distributing across the entire field. so the first draw is ten candidates. the ones that are polling a little lower right now. then there's going to be a middle section draw for six candidates. they'll split evenly, 3-3 between the two nights and finally the final draw, the top four candidates, joe biden, kamala harris, bernie sanders and elizabeth warren will split 2-2 between the two nights. >> what dynamics are you looking at? >> this is fascinating to see
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who will ending up on a stage whom. biden and harris had a heated interaction in the last debate. some are watching is there going to be a rematch this time around? are they on the same debate stage? biden and sanders have been going at it over health care the last week. i'm curious to see if those two ending up on the stage together and battle that out in front of the american public on a debate stage. and elizabeth warren last time around, for the top tier she had a stage to herself. now she'll be with another close competitor. i want to see what that dynamic is, who she ends up with and how she contrasts herself. >> we'll be watching it very, very closely. david chalian, thanks very much. watch the draw for the cnn democratic presidential debates right here tonight, 8:00 p.m. eastern. the breaking news continues. next, president trump disavowing the chant at his rally that echos his own racist attacks on minority congresswomen. is he trying to have it both ways? plus, more on the stunning details revealed in unsealed
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clip for those of you are viewers who didn't see it, watch this. >> omar has a history of launching vicious, anti-semitic screeds. [ crowd chanting "send her back" ] >> you know, it's interesting, the president now says he disagrees with that chant. but on sunday he tweeted that congresswoman omar and the squad should, quote, go back to the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came. is that chant that we heard any different? >> no, it's just sort of the second stanza of the trump poem or the second movement of the trump pale. he came out with the go back to africa or your s-hole countries appendicit and now his supporters have
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permission to have that chant. he gave them a good 10, 12 seconds to air it out. i will note in that clip you played, he said that congresswoman omar had a history of anti-semitic statements. i do think her, for instance, benjamins tweet was anti-semitic, but the president also has his own anti-semitic statement. he said i'm a negotiator like you folks. you're not going to support me because i don't want your money. you want to control your politicians, that's fine. that to me is like a "all about the benjamins" tweet. >> the crowd started to chant and the president praised the crowd today. he said they love our country. can the president really have it both ways? >> well, not with media and not with us replaying what actually happened. in his mind he may want to believe that. but when you have people like the head of the congressional black caucus saying you should
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have denounced it right away, being the president of the united states versus looking like a white nationalist, i mean those are some strong words from the head of the congressional black caucus, karen bass. but he wants to say now that if indeed something happens again, you know, he said certainly i will try to stop it. but let's see what happens, because we need to see how this plays in his base and if he's gaining momentum or lost momentum. that's how the president basically carries on his day. if this plays well. unfortunately, he said again, as we've talked about this week, he enjoys this fight. >> gloria, what does the response tell you about the %-p trump can get away with looking ahead to 2020? >> the republican party is donald trump's party, period, end of paragraph. he's got 85% popularity at least in the republican party. it is all about donald trump.
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and i think he can get away with just about anything in the republican party. when you saw republicans twisting themselves into pretzels, hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. oh, i didn't see that, i didn't hear that, i can't talk about that, i didn't see that. privately they're calling the white house, they're meeting at the white house and saying, did you have to do that? it creates a problem for me. then you see the president allegedly disavowing, because i'm not sure that it was in the very least at all a disavowel. >> i was in the oval office. he said it. >> he said it. but in 2016 he also said that he didn't like the "lock her up" chants. well, hello, that continued. so we'll have to see how this plays out. but this is donald trump's republican party. and nobody wants to cross him because he is so popular. if they do, they'll get primaried on the right and they're not willing to do that. >> i want jeffrey toobin to weigh in.
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we just got some video of congresswoman omar returning back home in minnesota. watch this. we can watch it together. >> welcome home, ilhan! welcome home, ilhan! welcome home, ilhan! welcome home,ilhan. >> you hear a very warm welcome, "welcome home, ilhan." go ahead and give us your analysis. >> this is something we've never seen in american politics before. george wallace camouflaged his racism a lot better when he ran for president in 1968 and 1972 than donald trump has in the past two weeks. i mean there's just no more pretense anymore. you know, we're going to have an election in a year and a half about whether someone who is by any definition an out-and-out
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there's more breaking news we're following. newly unsealed search warrants show the fbi believed president trump worked directly with his former lawyer, michael cohen, on hush money payments and that he and top campaign aides scrambled along with michael cohen to cover up his alleged affair with a porn star. jeffly to lerey toobin, what c tell us looking at these new documents just released today about the pattern of communication involving hush money payments that occurred? >> it's really amazing to take a step back and look at all the evidence. the department of justice has said that this money to stormy daniels was an illegal campaign contribution. okay. well, whose money was it? ultimately it was donald trump's money. he paid michael cohen to -- he reimbursed michael cohen, who benefited from that illegal campaign contribution. it was donald trump because he
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was the one running for president. and who directed that the money be paid? that word was used by the department of justice in a court filing. but who's in prison because of this campaign -- illegal campaign contribution? michael cohen. why? it just seems so crazily unjust that michael cohen is prosecuted an donald trump isn't. i just can't -- i can't fathom how this worked out. >> the justice department guidelines say this a sitting president can't be indicted. are you surprised that no one else is being charged? >> that's a little less clear to me, frankly. hope hicks was involved in some of these phone calls, but it's not established that she -- what exactly she knew. but it's quite clear what candidate trump knew. and yes, it is true that currently there is a policy that says the president can't be prosecuted. but, you know, he's not going to be president forever. >> that's right. >> and if you -- if you
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prosecute michael cohen for this, i don't see why you shut this down as apparently the southern district has done, when the real cup prlprit, the persoo was behind this, the beneficiary of it, has gotten away with it. >> it's interesting, gloria, because after "the wall street journal" published its additional story about all of this, michael cohen, according to the documents we now have, texted hope hicks, who was then working for donald trump and the campaign, and said so far i see only six stories getting little to no traction. hicks, same. keep praying. it's working. so what do you make of that? >> well, first of all, hicks' loyalty was to donald trump. and still is, i believe. and so what she was saying is, oh, good, this stormy daniels' story is not getting a lot of pickup, not getting a lot of traction here. the point that jeffrey is raising is the right one, which is the question about hope hicks, for example. they probably won't prosecute her, but the fbi says that she had called cohen and they had a
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discussion and perhaps trump joined them on the line. well, what were they talking about? were they talking about stormy daniels? were they talking about "access hollywood"? i don't know the answer to that. and i think that there are all these questions that are raised. the only one who seems to be sort of walking off is the president of the united states, because it was his cover-up, it was his affair, and it was his checks that he was writing from cohen is sitting in jail. >> you know, april, let's remember what the president said aboard air force one. this is april 5th, 2018, last year, when he was questioned about this. watch this. >> did you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels? >> no. no. >> why did michael cohen make that -- >> well, you'll have to ask michael cohen. michael is my attorney. you'll have to ask michael
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cohen. >> do you know where he got the money to make that payment? >> i don't know, no. >> these just released documents paint a very different picture. >> they paint a very different picture for the president. you cannot say that he doesn't know, because these tapes are showing that he directly told michael cohen what to do in reference to this affair with stormy daniels at the time that his wife was pregnant and had the last child. so bottom line, i talked to lanny davis, michael cohen's attorney just moments before we came on air. lanny davis said, look, this proves that in public and private testimony that michael cohen was absolutely correct. and not only that his credibility stands, he says that hope hicks at this point, she could be indicted for the lies that she told and he also says in going back to what jeffrey toobin and what gloria was just talking about, the fact that once the president loses his immunity as president of the
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united states, he could be charged on crimes, the crimes that michael cohen was charged on. so this has tentacles. and i'm giving you a synopsis of a synopsis. jay sekulow said the case is closed. it is not closed by any stretch of the imagination. >> the house judiciary committee has just said they're going to look into hope hicks' testimony to see if there are any inconsistencies there. >> what do you think? >> i think, yeah, this is a situation where if you look at the testimony and you look at the documents released, it's easy to imagine what was going on then. october 7th, 2016, you have the "access hollywood" tape, you had wikileaks dump, you had the dhs saying russia was behind the dnc leak. there's reporting today that hope hicks, michael cohen and donald trump, then candidate trump, were on the phone together. we don't know exactly what was said, but it does paint, as april is saying, a very different picture than what we have been told by the president previous low aly an also by hop hicks.
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but like everybody else, it reminds me that president trump seems to have somehow dipped and dodged his way out of this. everybody else is in a lot of hot water. >> can i just add, i just don't think this is as incriminating of hope hicks as some people are making it out to be. you know, she was the press person. she was dealing with damage control. she was dealing with how to respond to the press. i'm not sure this says that she knew what was going on with stormy daniels. donald trump is a completely different story, and it was his money and he set this up. he's the one who is the real -- if there was a crime committed here, it's not michael cohen who was the principal criminal, it was donald trump. >> everybody stick around, there's more breaking news we're following. a new forecast for the dangerous heat wave searing much of the united states tonight. pelessly i . content on their endless quest, to nowhere. but perhaps this year, a more exhilarating endeavor awaits.
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