tv Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN August 15, 2019 2:00pm-3:01pm PDT
they landed, the plane caught fire. his father died in a horrific car crash in 2001. the faa is now investigating today's crash. you can follow me on facebook, instagram and twitter. coverage continues right now. thank for watching. \s. happening now, breaking news, calling corey, and amid speculation he's going to return for the senate, corey lewandowski is subpoenaed by the house judiciary committee, does he have information that will help the democrats build a case for impeachment? inaugural investigation, cnn is learning new details about the investigation into spending, a former friend of the first lady melania trump has been subpoenaed. there are new questions about what the trump family knew,
about as well as who profited from the most expensive inauguration ever staged. blocking the squad. urged on, israel announces two u.s. congresswomen won't by allowed into the country. will the outrage that followed the snub hurd the relationship? following a deadly explosion, experts worry russia may be covering up what could be the worst nuclear accident since chernobyl. is the russian government risking the lives of its own people to satisfy vladimir putin's military ambitions? i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. we're following multiple breaking stories, as we await to see whether president trump will take reporters' questions once he lands in new hampshire for a political rally. the president may be asked about the latest subpoenas from the
how judiciary commit year, which is raumping up a possible impeachment inquiry. the committee wants public testimony from corey lewandowski and one-time white house senior aide, rick dearborn, both mentioned in the section of mueller report dealing with possible obstruction of justice by the president. we also expect the president to be asked about his tweet, urging israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to prohibit two u.s. congresswomen from visiting israel. israel announced it won't let democratic representatives ilan omar and rashida tlaib into israel. i'll get reaction from mad lien dean of the judiciary commitary, and we'll have full coverage of the top stories. let's begin with phil mattingly and kaitlan collins. phil, first to you.
tell us about the subpoena today. >> reporter: jerry nadler is taking a much more aggressive posture towards drafting of articles of impeachment. now today we get in sharper focus what one of the primary targets is, that's potential obstruction of justice. the two subpoenas went to corey lewandowski, a and rick dearborn. the reason why? wolf, you mentioned it. they're both featured prominently as it pertains to the mueller investigation, in one part of the report, or at least according to the mueller report, president trump directly dictated to lewandowski a message he wanted to take to jeff sessions, calling for him to scale back the mueller investigation. a month later, he checked in to see if it had been done. lune douse we content to rick dearborn to ask him to deliver the message. the message was never delivered
by either, but now you know and now you see why democrats are so interested in the public testimony. they're asked to appear on september 17th. keep in mind, many of the subpoenas rolled out by the committee have essential been ignored or blocked by the white house on grounds of executive privilege. that's where the subpoena is so important. many democrats have been urging jerry nadler to, because they believe this is their best opportunity to get public testimony from somebody involved in the investigation. the question becomes, will anything actually come of it. corey lewandowski's lawyer put out a statement saying he testified before several committees, went and spoke to the special counsel. republicans on the committee said it was a waste of time and money, but clearly democrats are ramping up that investigation that may lead to the drafting of articles of impeachment.
>> kaitlan, what are you hearing? >> reporter: behind the scenes i'm told they're having preliminary discussions about potentially invoking executive privilege to limit corey lewandowski from complying. we have seen the white house take this route before. this would be the white house trying to invoke executive privilege over a conversation that lewandowski had with the president, even though he's never held any time in the white house or even in the administration overall. he's only been an informal adviser since the 2016 campaign, so there are questions about exactly how the white house would proceed with trying to invoke privilege over corey lewandowski. phil junior laid out exactly what the democrats want to talk about. those are conversations that the white house doesn't want lewandowski to -- so we're seeing skepticism that this route might actually work.
executive privilege exists so the president can have confidential conversations with people who are working within the highest level. they haven't made a final decision, this is the way they're going to try to go forward, but it's something we're being told is still being considered. >> indicate lan collins and phil mattingly, thank you. we're getting details on spending involving the inauguration. cnn has learned a former friend of the first lady melania trump, has been subpoenaed. we have exclusive details. vicky, first of all, what are you learning? >> right, wolf. the latest subpoena is from the d.c. attorney general's office. it is, according to two sources, the third subpoena that stephanie winston-will cot has received relating to the inaugural expenditure.
a source says that she is a me tick las record keeper and has responded. i have seen the subpoena. it does ask for correspondence between inaugural planners and the president's children and jared kushner. three of the children, donald trump trump jr., eric, ivanka and jared kushner. stephanie winston-willkof, you will remember, left the white house in 2018 amid a controversy. she left around the same time it was being reported that her company was paid $26 million by the inaugural. she disputed that. she said that her company -- most of that was paid to subcontractors and vendors, and she has since put out a statement saying she was thrown under the bus. >> i understand, vicky, you also heard from people involved with the inauguration planning who raised concerns about the enormous amount of spending in the weeks before.
>> yes. so, you know, wolf, remembering, this was the most expensive inauguration ever, right in at $107 million, double that of president obama's first inauguration and president bush's. we have seen e-mails and documents that show that there was a big fight, a big clash going on behind the scenes about the expenses, and stephanie winston-wallkof who's been accused of being a big spenders, is one of the most vocal people pushing back against some of the expenditures. one of the costs we have seen documents was double that. vicky ward reporting for us, thanks very much. the president now answering reporters' questions in
manchester. let's listen in. >> they haven't been to us at all, except the reporters who want to make it look that way. the tariffs we have taken in close to $60 billion in tariff money, and the consumer has not paid for it. now at some point they may have to pay something, but they understand that -- who really understands that is our great farmer. the farmers of this country understand it. they know we had to do something about china, and we're doing something about china. with that being said, i think we're having very good discussions with china. they very much want to make a deal. we'll see what happens. we had a deal and they decided not to make it. now i think they would like that opportunity again, because i think they really missed a great opportunity. i think they feel they missed a great opportunity. china very much wants to make a deal. we're talking to them. we'll see what happens. >> reporter: why did you feel the need to get involved in the two congresswomen's trip to
israel? >> i'm only involved from the standpoint of, they are very anti-jewish and very andy israel. i think it's disgraceful what they have said. this isn't just a one-line mistake. what they said about israel and jewish people is a horrible thing and they have become the face of the democrat party. i did put out a strong statement. if you look at their language, if i ever said it, it would be a horrible -- it would be a horrible month to put it mildly. the things that they have said, omar, tlaib, what they have said is disgraceful. i can't imagine why israel would let them in, but if they want to let them in, they did, but i can't imagine why they would do it. >> reporter: are you worried a full-on trade war with china will pitch the economy into a recession? >> no, i think the longer the trade war goes on, the weaker china gets and the stronger we
get. we're taking in billions, as you know. i think the longer it goes, i have a feel it's going to go fairly short. i think it's going to be didn't china has lost million of jobs, you've reported that. thousands of companies are closing. maybe they want to do this for a year. they would love somebody like biden, who doesn't know what he's doing. i saw a clip where he said we want to build up china. they gave us a very strong china. china has taken out over $a 00 billion a year from our country and that's not going to happen anymore. >> reporter: how concerned are you about a violent crackdown by china in hong kong. >> i am very concerned. i why want to see a crackdown. he's a man i like a lot, and i said that i would be willing to bet if he sat down with the
protesters, a group of representative protesters, i'll bet he could work it out in 15 minutes. i know it's not the kind of thing he does, but i think it wouldn't be a bad. i believe if he really sat down, they have a certain leadership pool. if he sat down with that leadership pool, i'll bet he could work something on the quickly. >> reporter: did you talk to prime minister netanyahu. >> i don't want to comment about who i spoke to. i think my social media statement pretty well speaks for itself. i feel that they are so anti-israel, so antijewish, if other people made that statement, there would have been hell to pay. i did speak to people. >> reporter: sir, china has said they're going to retaliate because of the tariff increase you announced. what's your response to that. >> if they did retaliate, which i don't think they will do. we're talking and they're offering things that are very
good. i don't think they'll retaliate, but if they did, we have the ultimate form of retaliation. i think there's very few jobs left in china. we would be able to step it up. i've been very mild about it, very, very mild. there's a long way i can go. somebody had to take on what was happening with china. we can't allow china to take out of our country $507 billion every year, not including intellectual property theft and so many other things. we're having very good talks with china. i think things will happen, but we'll see. >> reporter: if they do retailate would you want your team to meeting in september. >> september, the meeting is still on, as i understand it. but more importantly than september, we're talking about phone, having productive talks. they would like to do something. i will tell you that. the talk we had a few days ago with my two representatives, nobody knew what was on that
talk except for myself, china and those two people. that was a very good conversation. >> reporter: do you want jay powell to cut interest rates some more? >> jay powell should be cutting rates. every country all over the world is cutting. we want to stay sort of even. i don't mind if we're higher, we're a better credit, but we're way too high. jay powell has made a big mistake. he raised them too fast, and they did quantitative tightening. that was a big mistake. $50 billion a month. it put us in a position -- and interestingly, even with normalized interest rates, president obama was paying nothing. you have to look at our economy also from the day after my election. we picked up tremendous steam the day after the election. that's not attributable to president obama. they only did that because of us. when somebody says from january 20th, it's not from january 20th. it's from november 9th, the day after the election.
the fact that i won lifted hour economy greatly. if i didn't win, it would go down. frankly if for some reason that happened in the 2020 election, you'll see this economy go down the tubes. i will tell you that right now. >> do you have any idea on where china will follow through on the ag purchases and crack down on fentanyl. >> they want to follow through quickly. this was part of the conversation we had. they had a special representative actually come over and talk to us, a different group, and a message to me, a very strong message to me. they want to start doing that very quickly. i'll be honest, i'm not there yet. it's not china. i'm not there yet. we'll see what happens. i do -- i really would like to see china in a humane way solve the problem in hong kong. humanely solve the problem in hong kong.
i think they could do it very quickly. i said yesterday, i really have a lou of confidence in president xi. i know if he sat down with the representatives, i have no doubt he could solve that problem quickly. >> reporter: in your conversations with people connected to israel, did you encourage them to reject -- >> i don't encourage or discourage. i think if israel allowed them to come in for the normal reasons, i really believe that it would be a terrible thing for israel. i think it would show a terrible sign. they want to do boycotts. they said horrible things about jewish people, horrible things about israel and israelis. i think it would be a terrible thing for israel to let these two people who speak so badly about israel come in. they have become amazingly the face of the democrats. the democrats don't want to do anything to condemn them. if this were ten years ago or if
this were maybe a different time or different people or whatever, they would be condemned for the things they have said. they've said some of the worst things i've ever heard said about israel. so how can israel say welcome? >> reporter: mr. president, do you think that steve king needs to resign? >> i don't know the situation with steve king. it looked like i read a statement that supposedly he made. i haven't been briefed on it, but certainly it wasn't a very good statement. >> reporter: if you're going to go to the g-7 and i think you'll immediate with boris johnson, will you have a declaration be dealing with a trade deal. >> we're dealing with uk. we'll have a great deal. i just spoke to boris johnson yesterday. i'll speak again. we feel very good about each other. i think we'll have a fantastic and big trade deal with the uk.
we should do much more business than we're doing with the uk. i don't want to say our closest, because i don't want to insult other people -- or countries, but certainly they're one of our closest allies anywhere in the world. we'll have a fantastic relationship with the uk and a great trade deal. that's moving around rapidly. >> reporter: any other goals for the g-7? >> i think just relationships. we'll see what happens. we have a lot of things to discuss. a lot of things to discuss. >> reporter: is corey going to announce tonight? >> i don't know that he's going to run. i spoke to him about it a week ago. frankly i think it's something he would like to do. i think he would be very good. he loves new hampshire. i think he could be very formidable. [ inaudible question ] >> we're going to look at that very closely, looking at the whole gun situation.
i do want people to remember the words "mental illness." these people are mentally ill. nothing talks about that. people have to start thinking about it. you know, if you look at the '60s and '70s, so many institutions were closed. the people were just allowed to go onto the streets. that was a terrible thing for our country. cities couldn't afford them, and they closed them. i can tell you in new york they closed a lot of them. the people went out, went out onto the streets, and it's a terrible thing. a lot of our conversation has to do with the fact we have to open up institutions. we can't let these people be on the streets. we have a tremendous crowd in new hampshire. it's all over the place, everybody is saying, wow, our competitor has virtually no
crowd. new hampshire should have been won last time, except we had a lot of people come in at the last moment, which was a rather strange situation. thousands and thousands coming in from locations unknown. i think we'll have tremendous success in new hampshire, these people are great, and the relationship is very good. [ inaudible question ] >> we're looking at it. i think he was harshly sentenced. people feel very strongly about that. i floated it. i wanted to see where the democrats stood, where the republicans stood, people feel very strongly about rod blagojevich. what he did was terrible, but it's a long time. it's a long time.
>> reporter: are you pushing mitch mcconnell on background checks? >> i've been dealing with mitch mcconnell. we've had tremendous success with judges and judicial appointments. we're going to be up to 179 federal judges within the next two months. nobody would have believed that's possible. that was because president obama was unable to get them completed. so i inherited about 138 empty seats. nobody can believe it. we will have them almost all filled with tremendous judges and tremendously talented smart people. they'll be filled within two months. so i have 179 judges, and two supreme court justices. that's something that no one would everopathy possible. i want to thank president obama about that. >> reporter: i was talking about background checks on guns.
>> we all have been speaking about it. i also want to remember that mental illness is somebody that nobody wants to talk about. these people are mentally ill. we have to study that also. you know, it's them, they pull the trigger. the gun doesn't pull the trigger. they pull the trigger. and we're looking at mental illness at a level that hasn't been done before. >> reporter: -- is there anyone else you're talking to? >> many republicans. i'll tell you, it's been an amazing experience. they want to see something happen, and basically it's very simple. they don't want insane people, dangerous people, really bad people having guns. republicans agree with me on that. i would say pretty much uniformly. >> reporter: do you think this would be easy to do when the senate comes back? >> i'm afraid if we came up with a good bill, the democrats might
up it, and then do things that could be done and the public wouldn't want done. i would hope that wouldn't happen, but that's happened in the past, you understand that. >> reporter: do you support universal back ground checks? >> i support strong, meaningful background checks where people who do should not have guns, people who are insane, mentally ill, bad, bad people, like this guy in philadelphia who has been arrested numerous times, he's a bad guy. where people like that would not have guns. frankly people like that should be locked up. he shouldn't have even been on the streets. thank you, thank you very much. >> reporter: who did you -- >> we have a call scheduled soon, with president xi. we'll be speaking soon. i believe he can work it out. i know him well. if he wants to, he can work it out in a humane fashion. thank you.
all right. we just heard the president on several important issues. he's getting ready to fly for manchester, new hampshire. jim acosta is in manchester, where the president will be attending a large really. we heard the president go off on 1e6r8 important issues, including attacks those democratic congresswoman after causing a political firestorm earlier today, by a public tweet, urging the israeli government to ban them from entering the country. >> reporter: that's right. you heard the president say he did talk to the israelis about supporting this idea on the part of the israeli government to bar these two representative from traveling to israel in the coming dales. the president did not want to get into whether or not hi told the prime minister benjamin netanyahu to not let them into the country, but we've heard the president go after the lawmakers
known as the squad. we'll have to wait and see whether he does that later on this evening here in new hampshire. the president made it very clear that those lawmakers travel to israel, he wants the israeli government to send them back. president trump is reigniting his culture war. the president is now supporting benjamin neddenia hue's administration to block them from entering, tweeting -- they hate israel and all je windchillish people and there's nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. they are a disgrace. but that's not true, the congresswomen have never said they hate israel and all jewish people. the tweet came right before n
netanyahu's statement. democrats are railing against the move. >> it's an in1u89 to the american people. representative tlaib and omar are equal members of the united states congress. >> reporter: mr. trump's latest attack after some of the his supporters said she should be sent back to her native country of somalia at a rally last month. >> obviously and importantly omar has a history of launching vicious anti-semitic screeds. [ chanting ] >> she talked about the evil viewing and it's all about the benjamins. not a good thing to say. >> reporter: in response to israel's decision, omar fired back, saying in a statement -- the irony of the only democracy in the middle east making such a decision is that it's both an insult to democratic values and
a chilling responsibility from a visit from i government officials. they have drawn criticism supporting a movement to boycott israel. >> they're all around college campuses. there are all different backgrounds who are pushing back against racist policies in israel, because they see that the human rights violations of children being detained, the fact that my grandmother does not have equality. she doesn't have freedom of travel. >> reporter: even the powerful pro-israel organization said --. democrats say the push for israel to pan, is nothing more than a op distraction. >> we saw him go off the rails yesterday, now today it's this. it will be something tomorrow
and the more the heat gets cranked up, the less he's going to be able to keep his stuff together. >> reporter: one thing to remember about the president's attacks on the squad, they are tactical. i talk to an adviser close to the president earlier today, who said if democrats will lank the republicans to steve king, they are going to link democrats to the squad. one thing to point on the in the president's comments just a few moments ago to reporters, the president once again raised this false conspiracy theory that thousands of people voted illegally here in new hampshire in the 2016 election. there is no evidence of that. that's another unproven conspiracy theories that the president likes to spread around. wolf? jim acosta is in manchester, new hampshire, the president on his way there for a big political rally. joining us madeline dean. thank you for joining us.
>> thank you for having me, wolf. let me get your reaction from what we just heard. first of all, he bitterly went after these two congresswomen, and he applauded this decision what's your reaction? >> imagine what the president said of these women, that they hate israel and all jewish people. that's an extraordinary lie. the president should be ashamed and should take it back. i happen to have just come from eight days in israel. it's a country and a people that could not be more welcoming, and i would hope that the president would be embarrassed and apologize for his urging of prime minister netanyahu to bar the women from coming. these are equal members of congress. they are part of our congressional del grace. recall is one of our most important allies in the world, a
democracy, a partner, a friend. it's extraordinary bad move by our president, and unmistakenly bad move by prime minister netanyahu. it's such an undermining of the exact thing that israel should want to do and what theyed to do when they toured us about 41 members of the democratic kabul accounts and about another 30 republican members came in. they want to show us the beauty and richness of its place and its people. why would you want to bar two duly elected members of congress. it's wrongheaded by our president in extraordinarily dangerous ways, and i think it's a mistake by prime minister netanyahu. >> so whose your specific men? you and your fellow members of congress had a chance to meet with him when you were there. >> we did have a chance to listen to his presentation. he took about an hour and a half's worth of questions of us.
he was educated in my district, as you know. he graduated -- and i reminded him of our neighborhood. he knows very, very well that these are two duly elected members of congress. he wants to sell his country and the beauty of his country, let these women in so they can learn more. recognize also, one of these women, her grandmother, a palestinian woman, lives there. it's just an extraordinary obstruction by the prime minister, and i think it's a real mistake. >> let me read you to what congresswoman tlaib tweeted earlier. she tweeted a picture of her grandmother -- the decision by israel to bar her granddaughters is a sign of weakness because of truth of what is happening to palestinians is frightening. what's your reaction to the statements made by rashida tlaib and ilhan omar.
>> i'm just learning it from you. i had not read or heard those statements. i can understand they would be gravely disappointed and shocked frankly at two word leaders from trying to ban them. have them come in, let them learn of the richness of this country and its people, it's multiple peoples. that's where i see an extraordinary mistake. there's nothing to hide here. let's take a look. let the congresswomen in. >> let's get to another sensitive issue. your yew dishary committee has just issued subpoenas for corey lewandowski and former senior white house aide rick dearborn, how important is their testimony on this issue of obstruction of justice? >> i think it's very important. you know that we have gone to court to compel mr. mcgahn to come forward.
he was counsel to the president, but if you remember the timeline, june of 2017, about about june 14th, the president learned that now the special counsel was going to be expanding his investigation because of i have had of obstruction of justice by the president. three days later, the president meets with lewandowski, who is not a staffer. he was campaign. he meets with him in the oval office, and issues a message that he is to deliver to jeff sessions, to restrict the special counsel's investigation and it should only look to the future, not to the past. then two days later on the 19th, he talks to lewandowski again, and he wants to know what has happened, have you committed that message to mr. sessions? so it's a constant attempt to interfere, trying to use an outside person in lewandowski to get a message to sessions to
either un-recuse or reduce and limit the investigation. remember, sessions had reduced himself. we also subpoenaed mr. dearborn, because then lune do you can i, uncomfortable with the pledge to sessions says to dearborn, will you deliver the message to mr. sessions? there's an awful lot of tampering and obstruction going on there that is evidenced in the mueller report, so mr. lewandowski and mr. dearborn's testimony and facts will be important. >> as you correctly point out, corey lewandowski never served in the government, never severed in the trump administration. he worked in the campaign before that. so what's your reaction when you hear the white house is considering invoking executive privilege to prevent him from testifying before your judiciary committee? >> well, it's very much like some of the legal claims that they had falsely made in other areas. it just simply does not apply. he cannot invoke executive
privilege. he will attempt to. we have seen the obstructive behavior by this president of our duty of oversight. we've had to go to court. i have great confidence in our courts to uphold our ability to come in and testify. i can imagine the president will try it again. he'll have the help of attorney general barr, as we've seen. it's troubling times. i'm back here in my district. it's noose to be back in the district, but i have to tell what you my constituents say to me -- make sure you complete your duty of oversight. make sure you get the facts to us, continue your impeachment investigation through the judiciary and bring the facts for the american people. let me get your thoughts on yesterday's dramatic shootout in your neighboring district. you were at the news conference earlier this afternoon in philadelphia, the mayor of philadelphia gave a rather impassioned plea for gun
control. listen to what he said last night. >> our officers need help. they need help. they need help with gun control. they need help with keeping these weapons out of these people's hands. if the state and federal government don't want to stand up toed nra and other folks, let us police ourselves, but they preempt us on all kinds of legislation. our officers don't deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with an unlimited supply of weapons and bullets. >> the shooter, as you know, had this ar-15 style of rivals. what needs to happen right now? >> you heard the president not say universal background checks. he wants a swiss cheese version, and i hope we don't allow that to happen. i was at the press conference today. i think your reporting showed it's a miracle that this man with an assault style of weapon sitting in a house where there were hostages held and two
police officers held up in that location, was able to shoot six police officers and fortunately not one died. in fact, all were treated and released last night. it's extraordinary what the police force did in bringing everybody to safety, including the hostages, including the two police officers who for hours were in that house, and also, of course, the shooter. they were determined to protect everyone's safety, even the shooter, so it could have ended so much worse, and it didn't. what do we need to do? the senate needs to come back now. they should have acted on the bills we passed in february. we passed two background check bills, one universal, and one to close the charleston loop hope. that's more than 16 on days ago. i call the senate to come back. they've been on recess since february, as far as i can tell. the american people have severed gun violence day after day. what the mayor pointed out today was commending the police
officers and the commissioner ross, but he said, guess what? the police responded to another shooting last night, a 22-year-old male shot in the head, later declared dead. this is a problem of too many guns, illegal guns, assault weapons on our streets in our cities, in our suburbs and in our rural areas. this is america's uniquely grievous problem. the senate needs to come back and pass our two bills. i'm implied on the judiciary committee -- we were on a phone call today, to come back and mark up more bills. i want to have among them an assault weapons ban. we need to put that back in place. there's no reason to have assault weapons on the strits. think of the children. there were children holed up very close by. think of the trauma this day get dun violence d. the senate needs to acts. it's very add that they're not.
thank you so much for joins us. >> thank you very much, wolf. let's get our political experts here to discuss. let's start with what the president just said, dana, about the israelis decision to bar rashida tlaib and ilhan omar from coming into the country. they were suppose to do arrive this coming sunday. at one point he did say my social media statements up speak for itself. i did speak to people over there in one of the social media statements. he said it would show great weakness if is allowed the representatives to visit. >> i think the best way to respond is to read a quo from aipac. as everybody knows, they are very strong lobby -- american lobby for israel, and have been in lockstep pretty much on issue
after issue with president trump. here's what they say. they say though they disagree with these two congresswomen on key issues, we also believe every member of congress should be able to visit and experience or democratic ally israel firsthand. that says it all. so this is about as -- disthem speaking, but i've heard from republicans and democrats -- as un-american a move, and an undemocratic a move, as you can imagine, made be two democracies, two countries that pride themselves equally so as great democracies. to bar two people to go in there and, again, this is not my opinion, this is coming from in a bipartisan cry, because what way -- what better way to explain to these women, if they do have problems with israel,
which they do -- to try to get through to them or change their opinion than to bring them in. >> nia, a complete flip by the israeli government. only a few weeks ago the israeli ambassador to the united states said we disagree, he said, with these two members of congress, but we respect the united states congress, and we will welcome them into the country. >> and of course they welcomed other members of congress there. he wants to elevate them, make them the face of the democratic party. he wants to paint them as anti-semitic, which they aren't. of course, some democrats have had approximate with the statements they made in the past, but this -- it will be interesting to say the blowback, if there is more blowback from
republicans. you've heard some like marco rubio saying this was a bad thing for israel to do. >> because the president -- you just heard him saying it again, he treated the representatives are the face of the democratic party and they hate israel. >> that's what he's playing at. he wants the squad to be if not a face of the democratic party in 2020, it's a choice between maybe somebody you don't love, but you like his policies, and a social it's. it doesn't matter if it's bernie sanders, kamala harris, pete buttigieg or joe biden, that's the plan of attack. this is all in support of it. can i add one thing to what dana said? it's interesting that that quote is about weakness and strong.
real strength is a capacity to hear viewpoints that you know disagree with you. strength is not say, no, you don't agree, you can't come. the house speaker nancy pelosi was a strong supporter of israel. she issued a statement. israel's denial of entry to the congresswomen is a sign of weakness and beneath the dignity of the state of israel. the statements are a sign of ignorance and beneath the dignity of the office of the president. what's your reaction. >> ifs if there's one person that benefits in the short term, not the long term, is president
trump. israel and netanyahu don't benefit. he was pressured a few weeks ago, the israelis begrudgingly said they would allow the congresswomen in for precisely the reasons that have been discussed. the justification is their support of government ds, boycott, divest and sanction. that is something that these congresswomen supported last month when they were allowed entry as well. that doesn't even make sense as to why they would change their mind right now. remember netanyahu las an election next month as well, but out of all countries, they do not like to be called weak. given the relationships they have built up with conditions and leaders that have posed a far greatest threat to israel than these two congresswomen,
they have met with other leaders. why they view these two women as a threat is beyond me. the one takeaway would be pressure from the president. you heard him say ultimately, thereon, this is israel's decision. clearly there was a lot of pressure from this administration, this is a country, israel, that had special bipartisan support from both parties historically. you are hearing more and more reporters, especially leading up to the 2020 election about republican strategies to woo some je weismtish and pro-israel voters away from the democratic party to the republican party, and one of ways to do it is prop up the squad. >> important information indeed. everybody stand by. there's more breaking news we're following. a plane carry dale earnhardt,
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tonight, nuclear experts worry vladimir putin's government is trying to cover up a deadly nuclear explosion in russia, risking lives in order to avoid revealing military secrets. it all began last thursday, after a mysterious explosion off russia's northern coast. the u.s. believes the blast came during the testing of a nuclear-powered cruise missile. the kremlin will only say some kind of liquid fuel ignited. >> i think the russian state is going to try to maintain a brave face. they're trying to assure their public that there is absolutely no risk. i would not trust that. >> reporter: scientists warn a failed nuclear reactor inside that missile designed to help it fly thousands of miles through the sky, could now be at the bottom of the sea, if as russian state media reported, the explosion occurred on a platform above the water. scientists say the missile could have fallen in, with tides, wind, and rain factored in, they say, if this missile is leaking radio active material in the water --
>> those that are down current for long distances could be exposed to radioactivity. that would be very troubling and worrying if that were the case. >> reporter: russia's meteorological agency initially said that levels spiked at 4 to 16 times above the norm before going down. but russian military officials later told state media that no dangerous substances got into the air. among the crucial questions tonight, how far could any radiation have spread? >> in the air, it can spread hundreds of kilometers. >> reporter: on wednesday, the russian military ordered a nearby village to be evacuated due to military drills, then quickly scrapped the evacuation order. american analysts say they are concerned that if some areas are not evacuated now, the people who live there could become very sick, even though they may not show the symptoms of radiation sickness immediately. >> how long people are exposed to that is a key factor. and there may be health effects down the road. higher incidents of cancer. >> reporter: tonight, experts
say western intelligence agencies are likely scrambling to see what kind of recovery teams the russians are sending to that area off their northern coast. and studying satellite images and communications intercepts to see how seriously they are treating the explosion. one thinktank says it has already seen a russian nuclear transport ship on public satellite photos. >> i would look for sniffer planes to obtain samples of the air, to determine if there's any radioactive elements. i would also look for mother ships, recovery ships, submersibles, deep dive robotic equipment. that will tell you what they're trying to recover and at what depth. >> reporter: tonight, another critical signal that analysts say we should watch out for is whether vladimir putin continues to try to develop this nuclear-powered cruise missile. experts are concerned that since he's tried to build at least one of these things, he might try to manufacture hundreds or even thousands more, which they contend is a bad idea. multiple nuclear weapons experts have told us putin should scrap this missile entirely. it is simply too dangerous.
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israel bans two u.s. congresswomen from entering the country after president trump encourages a key foreign ally to side with him against his political opponents. tonight, mr. trump is attacking the lawmakers again, as democrats call the ban an insult to democratic values. lewandowski in limbo as president trump is about to appear with his former campaign manager, corey lewandowski is slapped with a subpoena in the house impeachment investigation. we're learning how the white house may brazenly try to block lewandowski from testifying. philadelphia standoff. police reveal new details on the man accused of shooting six police officers during a harrowing gun battle that lasted for hours. we're told he had an assault-style long gun and a long rap sheet. and nascar star plane crash. dale earnhardt jr. was onboard during a fiery runway accident in tennessee. we're going to tell you what we're learning about his condition and the crash. we want to welcome our