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the east. president trump admits it, he admits it. he admits he brought up unfounded corruption allegations against joe biden during a phone call with the president of ukraine over the summer. the question now is, what are democrats going to do about it? there are some new signs this might be a tipping point even a tipping point on impeachment. speaker nancy pelosi is promising a new stage of investigation unless the trump administration turns over a whistleblower's complaint about the president's conduct by thursday. the house intelligence chair adam schiff now says impeachment may be the only remedy. >> trump claims he hopes a transcript of his ukraine phone call will be released. well, good news, mr. president, you have the authority to order that. moments ago the top republican on the house intelligence committee seemed to suggest that he supports that trips being released, though he couched it this way. >> if we're now going to be -- congress we get to listen in and read tripses of the president's
talking, i mean, i'm all for it, but i want to start what did biden say to the ukrainians. >> that's what the president -- >> what did obama say to putin. we want to know all of that. >> i'm all for it, having the trips released. is that what he really means? joining us is democratic congressm congressman dan. thank you for being with us right now. you're part of leadership. what needs to happen now? >> well, first of all, i long ago arrived at the conclusion that president should be impeached. i hope more come to that conclusion based on past facts and what we see right now. the most immediate need is that the law be followed. the whistleblower act has a process in place that allows us to protect our intelligence information, protect individuals who see a need to come forward, to do it in an orderly fashion, and that law is simply being ignored. most immediate need is for
congress to assert itself and i would hope democrats and republicans assert itself and tell the president direct your people to follow the laws of the united states. if they did that, the information that the inspector general wants to see forwarded to the intelligence committee would be delivered in a timely fashion and then we could make our judgements based on the facts. >> nancy pelosi says if the administration persists in blocking this whistleblower from disclosing to congress a serious possible breach of tutional duties it will take us into a new stage of investigation. if the transcript is not produced and the intelligence chief does not testify in public about this on thursday, my question, what are you going to do about it? i've heard this lawlessness claim before from democrats, all spring, we were hearing if people with subpoenas didn't come we would take it to court. what happens thursday? >> we go to the constitution and
the constitution has a prescribed process for dealing with a president that ignores the law and it's an impeachment. we need to continue to pursue through the courts the enforcement of u.s. law and the enforcement of our constitutional separation of powers which is what that law is founded upon. but that does not mean we ignore what is in black letters in the constitution and that is that we have the authority to exercise our responsibility through that process and i don't see any alternative to it. >> what's your message to the house speaker not where you are yet? >> first of all, i think she is doing what she has to do. she has to have a majority within you are her caucus and 218 votes to get there. it's really up to the members of the house who have not come to the conclusion to take a very close look at these facts and see whether or not that pushes them to the place where we have to go through this process. >> congressman steve cohen of tennessee says we look weak.
he says he thinks you all are looking weak now by not taking action. what's your response to that? >> if these particular facts are allowed to stand without us doing something very strong and decisive, i think he has a point. i think we have to be careful about this and we have to ignore whatever people think the political implications are of this. history will not treat anyone well if they -- if they put foremost either their own politics or what we think the 2020 political implications are when we have a president who is just running sleuabsolutely roughshot over the rule of law. >> why is this different than the mueller investigation? >> one, i think people understand it better. a lot of the information in the mueller report around obstruction, for example, seems like these sort of arcane principles of law. this is the case of a president turning to a foreign power, potentially, now again, we need to see the facts, but this is
what's being alleged -- >> he told us he did. >> we don't know what the nature of the conversation, whether there was some inducement offered or reward offered or penalty offered? >> does that matter? >> it would make a difference in terms of the way the public would understand how this president operates. >> what if he didn't make a quid pro quo, didn't include money -- >> obviously still problematic and still very wrong, no question about it. i mean just the idea that a president would turn to a foreign power and ask them to investigate a -- the family of a political opponent, that's what we're talking about -- >> that's what he admits to. >> this is the stuff that, you know, is basically banana republic behavior and the idea that the president has created this sort of numbness around his corruption and that people will kind of say well, yeah, that's trump being trump. no. it's not about trump. it's about the constitution of the united states and it's about what kind of principles we think ought to stand.
this is so far beyond anything we've seen in any other circumstance. this is, you know, beyond nixonian. >> the president admitted he had the conversation about joe biden with the president of ukraine. that's an established fact. mitt romney senator from utah is really the only republican to go this far and i'm not sure how far this far really is, let me read you what he said. if the president asked or pressured ukraine's president to investigate his investigate his political rival directly or through his personal attorney it would be troubling in the extreme and critical for the facts to come out. the president said he had the discussion about joe biden with the ukraine president. rudy giuliani said he pressured them to investigate joe biden. that much is established. what do you make of romney's statement? >> well, it's refreshing to hear that voice, you know. the framers of our constitution anticipated the possibility of a rogue presidency. what they did not anticipate is
that an entire political party, they didn't think about parties, but a faction as they would call it, would wrap their arms around a president who so clearly is flaunting the law. so disturbing to see the political messaging gymnastics that some of these republicans are doing to try to either divert attention away from this terrible moment or to somehow justify it as if well, it's really not that bad. lindsey graham, for example, i don't get what's going on with him. this is really disturbing to see them take hook, line and sinker the bizarre messaging that the president and his people are putting out and treat it as if it's rationale. it is completely irrational. >> the president was asked if he would release the trips this week. let me read the words. he says, well i'm going to talk about it. i mean, i love it. i would love to do whatever i want to do. let me repeat that.
i would love to do whatever i want to do. i would love to do it. but you have to be a little bit shy about doing that. it's a perfect -- everything we said on that call was perfect. >> it's his pattern to -- first deny something and then go through the process of trying to normalize it and treat it as if it's okay. whatever he says he can do something and didn't do it that means he absolutely did whatever that might be. this is his pattern. and it's -- it's pretty frightening. i think people need to keep in mind, it was a trump appointed inspector general. >> still is. >> that is raising this issue. >> he says it's of urgent concern. >> wrote to the intelligence committee on september 9, wrote again on september 17, reiterating the point and taking issue with the position that the dni and obviously the justice department and those around trump are taking. this is a real crisis because you have some of trump's own appointed officials fighting with one another as to whether or not the president is breaking
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the kaes lating tensions with iran and president trump's demand or reported demand on ukraine for political gain threatened to overshadow this year's united nations general assembly. joining us to talk about what to expect, senior global affairs analyst bianna gola dre ba and dana bash. here are the few things we have been told about this meeting with president trump and ukraine's president. a senior administration official said that in wednesday's meeting trump would congratulate zelensky on his election victory and his energy and success thus far in tackling corruption while raising his concerns about predatory chinese economic
activity in ukraine. well, dana, that's i guess they will have to look for some body language in that case to see what the subtext is for this meeting. >> listen, even president trump, who takes great pride in, you know, thumbing his nose at people telling him that he didn't -- shouldn't do things, that he probably knows he shouldn't do, even for him it's hard to imagine that there will be any reprisal of the content of the phone conversation that even he admitted over the weekend existed talking about the -- in july about joe biden and questioning whether or not the ukraine -- at that point the brand new ukrainian leader could investigate or look into quote/unquote corruption, which there is no basis -- evidenceal basis so far for with joe biden and his son. it's hard to imagine that happening. but i think more broadly, the reality is that donald trump is going to have meeting after
meeting, whether official or unofficial, with world leaders and the backdrop is going to be that they're going to be thinking well at any point i could get a call from donald trump with a very clear, even though he doesn't actually ask for a quid pro quo, it's to the clear -- not clear the content and implication is clear, if i don't do something we're going to lose some financial aid or have some other diplomatic problem. that's a reality that the president is going to be facing with every meeting he has. >> i have to say the scheduling god's giveth in this case to have this meeting between president trump and president zelensky of ukraine and bianna, imagine the pressure that president zelensky is under at this point. he needs the united states, he needs nato, he needs the protection that he gets against russia which is invading his
country and has occupied parts of his country, so it's very awkward for him to say or do anything that would offend the president of the united states. this has to be an enormously difficult position to be in. >> difficult indeed. the one thing these presidents share is they're very familiar with the camera. zelensky is the political neophyte but he was an actor, comedian, very familiar with public audiences and how perception comes across. that being said, he is a political neophyte so this having been the first interaction he's had with the u.s. president is pretty stunning and unprecedented. there is a difference between breaking norms and breaking the laws. we will see if that's, in fact, what the president of the united states did. but you're absolutely right, ukraine is in a very tough position right now. you have zelensky who ran and won in part on wanting to simmer down tensions between russia and try to establish any sort of relationship that they can. they had a prisoner swap a few weeks ago. the president commented on that, congratulated both countries.
you have zelensky knowing what we all know now about donald trump's affinity towards putin and the things that he said about russia in the past. he's really between a rock and a hard place when he does need to have military support to defend his country against russia, knowing how president trump feels about russia, so eight times having a u.s. president in your first conversation as it has been reported by "the wall street journal" suggest they should look into vice president biden's son before they hand over that money, is a very, very serious predicament for him to have been in. >> another big issue is the apparent iranian attack on the saudi oil fields. how will that be tackled this week? >> you know, the president has shown so far that he is consistent in how he has been for the past three or four decades with regard to being very reluctant to use military
intervention, despite his rhetoric at the beginning of this crisis, the most repeat crisis, locked and loaded, despite the fact that you have, you know, other members of his cabinet being much more forward leaning rhetorically on iran, the president is not there. he has made it clear he is not there and that is obviously going to be a huge part of the discussion, not just with the united states, but other nations about what is the united states' role vis-a-vis protecting a country like saudi arabia or is it saudi arabia who should use the, you know, millions and millions of dollars worth of weapons that it has purchased from the u.s. to protect itself or others in the recentregion? >> to do that would be the traditional donald trump approach. what he campaigned on successfully and what he said vocally as a businessman. >> it is interesting, iran comes
to this unga in a vastly different position than it was a year ago when they may have engengerred some sympathy for the fact that u.s. pulled out of the nuclear deal, now the entire world is looking at them as being to an extent behind this attack on the saudi oil facilities, i do wonder what happens next. >> they are a thorn in everyone's side. this really exposes a vulnerability for the saudis, right, whether it was a proxy or what have you, iran proved that they could really do significant damage to saudi arabia and to their oil facilities and if they were able to do it once, the question is will they do it again? that is the message that the iranians are trying to send. dana is right, the last thing this president wants to do is enter a war going into an election year on top of that. the biggest risk is still a miscalculation. we don't have diplomatic relations with iran. the president clearly walked into this thinking he could pressure iran into sitting down and renegotiating a deal. that has not proven to be the case. many suggesting we should have stuck with the iran deal.
that having been said it's going to be that much harder to renegotiate a new one. iran has been squeezed and they feel the pressure, but it doesn't seem at this point that they're letting up. we shall see what happens this week. >> dana, we only have 30 seconds left. the president is skipping the event today which many consider the existential crisis of our time, and that is the climate crisis. >> listen, this is a huge problem political already fly f the key suburbs. four years ago polls showed -- focus groups did not show the climate crisis penetrated as much as a front tier issue for voters who will matter for this president and the democratic nominee. it matters much more now. this is a risky move he is making. it will please his base who -- and the people who are climate crisis die crisis denirs but not so much for the voters he needs. >> thank you so much. joy quickly turns into
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life-changing moment turned into a nightmare. a louisiana man drowned after proposing to his girlfriend underwater. steven weber and ka knee shah antoine were staying in a cabin submerged in the ocean, it was an underwater cabin. weber swam underwater outside the cabin and held a note against the window but never made it back to the surface. in that note he wrote, i can't hold my breath long enough to tell you everything i love about you, but everything i love about you i love more every day. it was a wedding proposal. joining me is steven's sister mandy weber. we are so sorry for your loss and just know we're sending our love to you and your family. did you know your brother planned to propose? what did he tell you of his plans? >> yes. i did. he had been planning this for
quite a while. obviously the trip has been planned for, you know, almost a year. and they were very much looking forward to it and we knew that he wanted to propose to her and he decided that this was the most wonderful time to do it, the trip of a lifetime, and really wanted to surprise kenesha with this proposal. >> what have you been told at this point about your brother's passing about what happened? >> well, what we know is that he, as you had mentioned, that he had kenesha go down to the room that is underwater so she could look through one of the windows and he proposed to her. she ran up to the top of the cabin to meet him and to embrace him and at that time he never came up. so what -- we don't know yet if
he was injured on the way up, if he hit his head on something or if he had a heart attack or -- we really don't know all of the details yet, other than he did drown. kenesha was not able to get through to the main resort. she tried to use the telephone that was there, and she tried to use the radio that was there and could not get through and so she was able to flag down some passing boaters. they came and helped her, helped to get him out of the water after searching for him and they did everything they could to try to revive him, but he just would not -- he didn't come back, obviously. >> it just sounds awful. we're so sorry. i want to read you something that kenesha did write on facebook after his death that gets to i think the strength of the relationship. she said, you never emerged from those depths so you never got to hear my answer.
yes, yes, a million times yes, i will marry you. the best day of our lives turned into the worst and the cruelest twist of fate imaginable. i will try to take solace in the fact that we enjoyed the most amazing bucket list experiences these past few days and we both were so happy and giddy with excitement in our final moments together. have you had a chance to speak with kenesha? how is she holding up? >> she and i, we've spoken quite a bit. you know, unfortunately the travel time from tanzania back to the united states is lengthy and she, as you can imagine, is just devastated and distraught. i really am ready for her to be here so that we can get her from the airport, embrace her, and just give her all of the support that she needs. kenesha was and is part of our family now. >> are there any answers from authorities in tanzania, whether
if the medal examiner or the law enforcement? >> we haven't heard anything at this point, not at all. we are hoping that -- to get an autopsy result. they were required to perform an autopsy in that country. so with we are under the impression and we have been told that we will get a report. just to confirm what exactly happened. i think the unknown is what is the most difficult to deal with right now on top of his passing. we're just ready for him to be back in the united states so that we can touch him, we can be with him, and that we can lay him to rest. >> i do want to tell people in case they want to help, you've created a gofundme page and we'll put that up on the screen there. >> yes. >> to raise funds to bring
steven back home. how do you -- >> thank you. >> how do you want your brother to be remembered? >> i want everyone to remember that steven was one of the most selfless persons that i have ever known in my life. as you can imagine, there's been sibling rivalry our whole lives, but he never ceased to make me laugh. every time he walked into a room he has an infectious smile and he has a sense of humor that is like no other. his beautiful eyes, he is just a selfless person who gave to many, many people. he's a beautiful soul that we are going to miss dearly. >> look, mandy weber hoffman, we're so sorry for your loss. we put that gofundme up on the screen so people can help if they can. please know that we're thinking of you. this has to be such a difficult time. we can see your brother's smile there and we hear you say that
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from kiev on the reaction in ukraine. >> reporter: this is why ukraine is so horrified at being dragged into america's political trauma. the flow of millions of dollars of u.s. military aid needed to fight russian-backed rebels in its war-torn east. crucial assistance that was briefly suspended earlier this year and that ukraine fears could be cut off any time washington is displeased. it's against this backdrop of dependency that ukraine's president volodymyr zelensky only sworn in this may is reported to have been pressured by president trump, putting to a source an intelligence whistleblower complained that trump urged zelensky in a july phone call to investigate joe biden's son hunter who worked for a ukrainian gas company when his father was u.s. vice
president. something u.s. and ukrainian officials have acknowledged >> translator: there was talk. conversations are different. leaders have the right to discuss any problems that exists. this conversation was long, friendly and it touched on a lot of questions, including those requiring serious answers. >> we had a great conversation. the conversation i had was largely congratulatory, was largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place, was largely the fact that we don't want our people like vice president biden and his son creating to the corruption -- >> reporter: ukraine officials say there's no evidence of wrongdoing by joe or hunter biden, but the july 25th telephone call has raised concerns that president trump withheld military aid to coerce a foreign leader to dig up dirt on his political rival, driving calls for an investigation into possible abuse of power.
the ukrainian leadership which has only been in office for a few months is watching all this unfold with alarm. president zelensky and his closest aides are refusing even to speak to us as they try to keep their heads down ahead of a planned meeting with president trump later this week in new york. they know this is a scandal that could damage a crucial ukrainian relationship with the current american president. and depending on the outcome of the 2020 u.s. election, possibly with the next president too. matthew chance, cnn, kiev. >> like i was saying an incredibly awkward and dangerous position for ukraine to be in right now. >> we'll see how it goes this week. >> all right. last night's prime time emmy's, a celebration of firsts and bittersweet lasts. the polarizing final season of "game of thrones" took home the drama prize. the british comedy "fleabag" was the big surprise. stephanie elam live in los angeles with the big moments,
"game of thrones" people seem to like that show. >> one or two people. "game of thrones" taking away the big prize, peter getting a win for his supporting role in that. people were expecting him to sweep the night. that is not how it went. they didn't win a lot of the acting categories but the big prize of the night. "fleabag" walking away with four awards with phoebe waller-bridge who created the show, she took three of the awards, big win for her for that show as well. if you're looking for an emotional moment take a look at when jerle jerome won for his role in lead actor "when they see it" the young man who played cory wise, the man who was in jail the longest of what are known as the exonerated five. listen to what he said on stage. >> most importantly this is for the men we know as the
exonerated five. raymond, yousef, kevin and king cory wise! >> that's cory on the left. the five men in the audience when he's giving that speech and cory was crying. an emotional moment. jharrel jerome beating out the actor in "moonlight." then you have alex bernstein who won for "the marvelous mrs. maisel." she's funny and had a message to share about her lineage and how she could be on that stage. >> to my mother, where are you? to my grandmother naji, they are im immigrants, holocaust survivors. my grandmother turned to a guard she turned to a guard and says what happens if i step out of line, he says i don't have the heart to shoot you and somebody will. she stepped out of line. for that i am here and my
children are here. step out of line, ladies. step out of line. >> a poignant moment no doubt. >> wow. yeah, that was intense. now obviously there was a lot of buzz there was going to be no host. seemed like there were many hosts. how did it go? >> i know, like no host but then homer simpson starting off shows and he's gone. there was a very funny bit where you had ben stiller and bob newhart which was awesome. bob newhart is awesome. a lot of different jokes that aim came along, host ajacement, an emmy announcer, thomas linen, and he had one joke, presumably about felicity huffman, take a listen. >> the producers have asked me to give a special shoutout to our previous lead actress winners watching tonight from prison. hopefully those two weeks will fly right back. keep your chin up. >> too soon, too soon. >> here's the other thing she
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personal and corporate tax returns. this is the tactic that mr. trump uses. do his lawsuits work? joining us is james, a former united states attorney for the southern district of new york and author of "plaintiff in chief a portrait of donald trump's 3,500 lawsuits." great to have you. 3,500 lawsuits. that barely seems humanly possible. >> wonderful to be here. actually he had more lawsuits than the five other real estate magnets in the united states combined. so he had at least five times as many lawsuits as those five real estate magnets. >> that's important context. you told me this number is now out of date. since becoming president he's added to this total. >> at least 200 more. >> does he sue people more often or get sued more often? >> he sues slightly more often
than he's sued, but it's both. he's both on the receiving end and brings lawsuits, many of the lawsuits he settles, many of the lawsuits are dismissed but he loves to litigate. >> he must. it sounds like it. in terms of what he sues people for, i would read a portion of your book. here it is. as his life evolved, trump saw litigation as being only about winning. he sued at the drop of a hat. he sued for sport. he sued to achieve a sense of control. he sued to make a point. he sued as a means of destroying or silencing those who crossed him. he became a plaintiff in chief. and do those lawsuits work? are they effective? does he win? >> well, often they worked because people don't have the funds to defend against a trump lawsuit. i mean one of the sickest suits he brought was against a father and daughter travel agency in siosit called trump travel. trump has never been in the
travel business. they never competed with trump. it's a small business. they exhausted their life savings defending against this lawsuit which sought to have them take the trump name down from the travel agency. >> was trump their name? >> trump was not their name. actually, they used trump because they booked tours where people played bridge and they used the name trump and they thought it was a good name. like ace hardware. the fact is, he sued another family from south africa, two brothers, who had the name trump, he lost the case. sued them for a billion dollars. they had more money than he had. they were multibillionaires and defended the case and successfully. >> does he just have incredibly deep pockets willing to spend his fortune on this? >> well -- >> it's not easy to bring a lawsuit. >> that's true. people ask me, how can he bring 3500 lawsuits and the answer is he isn't pay most of his
lawyers. >> is that right? he doesn't pay his lawyers? >> doesn't pay his lawyers, architect, creditors, goes into bankruptcy. he really pushes the system for all that it's worth. >> so, people must stop representing him at some point if you hear he doesn't pay his lawyers? >> he would say to lawyers repeatedly, you know it's such an honor to represent me, you don't need to be paid. >> i hope -- apparently that has worked because he has this next lawsuit against the prosecutors in new york who want to see his tax returns. given your exhaustive research into all of his lawsuits will he win that one? >> well, my exhaustive research would indicate there he goes again. he should not win this lawsuit. the lawsuit is ridiculous. the first place, there is a statute of congress which has existed since the dawn of the republic, 1793, which says a federal court will not interfere with state court proceedings. it's called the anti-injunction act.
that absolutely bars trump from bringing this claim to get the federal court to enjoin the subpoenas vance issued to the trump organization and the trump's outside accountants. >> tell me, how does he see the legal system? >> he sees the legal system as a weapon. he's weaponized the legal system. he sees it as something which he can use offensively and he sees it as something where he can beat the system and get around requirements of the law. >> we'll see what happens in this case. james zirin, "plaintiff in chief" thanks for bringing it to our attention. >> i'm delighted to be here. >> fascinating read. >> the good stuff is next. greee roasters costa rica paraíso. meet sergio. and his daughter, maria. sergio's coffee tastes spectacular. because costa rica is spectacular. so we support farmers who use natural compost. to help keep the soil healthy. and the coffee delicious. for future generations. all for a smoother tasting cup. green mountain coffee roasters.
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fights heartburn fast. ♪ >> it is time for the good stuff. when funeral directors in nashville cannot find friends or family for the funeral of fallen veteran staff sergeant linden badgette they sent out an invitation to the public on-line. what happened? dozens of fellow veterans showed up, even though they had never met. >> it's hard to say. i can't imagine a veteran being buried without some recognition. it broke my heart. >> he wasn't because other veterans showed up there and shared in that moment. the staff sergeant was buried with full military honors. this is something we see more and more now. jake tapper is terrific about giving publicity to funerals for people who may not have friends
or family but should be honored for the service they give to the country. >> you could hear how choked up that fellow veteran was. that was so nice they do that. all right. that's it for us. "newsroom" with poppy harlow and jim sciutto starts right now. all right. good monday morning, everyone. i'm poply harlow. >> it's monday. i'm jim sciutto. a stunning admission and reversal by president trump. will it be enough to make democrats now act? the president now confirming that he spoke to the president of ukraine about joe biden and his son. trump's fast evolution on ukraine reflects a familiar pattern, deny potential wrongdoing and then admit and justify it while declaring the discovery of the activity the real crime. a reminder four days ago he started with what appeared to be a total denial via twitter writing it never ends. virtually every time i speak on the phone to a f