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sunday shows and says impeachment will teach him a lesson, and he'll be restrained after this, he's going to listen? >> they're appealing to a president that campaigned on being somewhat anti-war. they're hoping this one lands a little better. >> big vote next hour. stay with us. thanks for joining us for "inside politics" today. see you back at noontime tomorrow. don't go anywhere. brianna keilar starts right now. don't go anywhere. have a great afternoon. i'm brianna keilar live from cnn's washington headquarters. underway right now, the president's unprecedented influence over the justice department and his retaliation against subpoenaed witnesses in his impeachment are amounting to a stress test ton america's justice system. how far can it bend before it breaks. and one of the president's former chiefs of staff criticizing his ex-boss on criticizing of his handling, defending a key impeachment witness. and now the president is firing
back, not only at general john kelly, but his wife. plus, as the 2020 race intensifies, is the president's biggest fear michael bloomberg? the actual billionaire is clearly getting under the self-described billionaire president's skin. and we start with an agency on r prosecutors who are pursuing justice, some of whom have resigned, the other led by attorney general william barr and his allies acting a little bit like the president's personal legal team. "the new york times" reports that prosecutors across the country already feeder getting caught in president trump's crosshairs if they were to take part in a case that drew his attention. and now they also fear that their boss, attorney general barr, will not have their backs in political lly charged prosecutions. we're learning from sources that on the heels of four federal prosecutors walking out over barr's interference in the roger stone case to downgrade his seven to nine-year sentence
recommendation walking off this case, that more could soon be on the way out. i want to bring in our sara murray to discuss this. te tell us what you're hearing about that. are there going to be more resignations, sara? >> it's certainly possible. there's a lot of unhappiness and uneasy at the justice department right now over the way that this roger stone case was handled. as you pointed out, there were four prosecutors who pulled themselves from the stone case. one who resigned from the justice department entirely. and people are looking at that situation very warily. we could see some additionresig. they're looking at what bill barr did and concerned about main justice intervening in politically sensitive cases. that's part of what's fueling this. we're also learning about other resignations that are going on in the trump administration right now. jessie lew resigned. she was at the treasury department. she had moved over and she had been nominated for a top job at the justice department and that was yanked because her former
office oversaw the roger stone case. you know, with that nomination no longer on the table, she opted to resign. i think we're beginning to see some of the fallout of this and i think there still could be more to come. >> thank you so much for that. now, donald trump is trashing his former white house chief of staff, general john kelly, after kelly criticized trump at a public event last night. at drew university in new jersey, kelly made his most pointed comments so far about the president, about a year after his leaving the west wing. and the president did not react kindly to this. he tweeted, when i terminated john kelly, which i couldn't do fast enough, he knew full well that he was way over his head. being chief of staff just wasn't for him. he came in with a bang, went out with a whimper, but like so many exes, he misses the action and just can't keep his mouth shut. which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do. his incredible wife, karen, who i have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside and said strongly that john respects you
greatly. when we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you. wrong. well, the president is responding to kelly's comments, including his defense of lieutenant colonel alexander vindman, who was fired as retribution for his testimony in the impeachment investigation. testimony that was given under subpoena. kelly said that when the president raised the biden issue on the phone call with ukraine, it amounted to, quote, an illegal order. he said, we teach them, don't follow an illegal order. and if you're ever given one, you'll raise it to whoever gives it to you, that this is an illegal order, and then tell your boss. quote, he did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave. he went and told his boss what he just heard. gloria borger is here with me now. we also have eliot williams. i really wonder what you think, just about everything that john kelly has said. >> i think john kelly is spot on, but i also wish that john kelly had said it a little bit sooner. we have just been through a very
divisive impeachment in this country. the president has been tweeting about colonel vindman saying terrible things, as we all know, and he put himself at some risk, as we all know, because he lost his job over at the nsc, he's been moved to another job. and so it's kind of odd that kelly at a paid speech, i presume it was, is now talking about this. when, in fact, i think early on, he might have been able to have some impact on the debate in congress. >> i wonder what you think, eliot? >> look, an extension of that, look, every public servant, as we saw this week with four people, has to have an uncle point at which they say, the morals of the place at which i work are so corrupted i can't serve there anymore. and john kelly, number one, was in the room when the president made the "shitholes countries" comment. andille" comment.
he took the job after hearing the president saying that mexicans are all rapists. the notion that the moral epiphany has come on february 12th, 2020, or whatever, is a little bit ludicrous. certainly, he has a long career as a military public servant and we should be grateful and thankful for that service. we should all be grateful for that service. but at a certain point the idea that you just didn't know what you were getting with donald trump is preposterous. >> and his notion is that he tried to reign him in. >> he does say that. i wonder what you think about donald trump saying that john kelly has a legal and mill obligation -- first off, the military thing. i mean, it's a matter of whether you -- whether you even think he should have taken the job, right, which is so politicized, as a member of the military. that's an entire discussion to have. there's nothing in the military or being a veteran or retired officer saying that you can't speak freely. in fact, once you're retired, maybe you can. but i wonder what you think
about this legal obligation to be quiet. >> did he sign an nda? >> no, but to be fair to the president, executive privilege does exist for certain communications that happen within the white house. we want a president, even the crazy one, but you want a president to be able to have protected conversations with his most senior staff on sensitive national security matters and so on. now, the idea, as the president seems to be saying, that everything he said to john kelly -- >> some of this isn't what he said. some of this is what happened after john kelly left. is there a legal obligation that john kelly has to not weigh in on anything that has to do with the president? >> no. and to add to what eliot is saying, kelly himself did not have a perfect tenure at the white house he was there. don't forget, under his watch, rob porter got a security clearance and rob porter has been accused by two of his ex-wives of abuse. and he was somebody who tried to reign in the president and the president bristled under it. and he wasn't successful. i think the one thing he did was
get soomarosa fired, if you'll recall that. but it was uneasy, and it was difficult. and i think you can see if you read these remarks, that this is somebody who is still reeling from his tenure there. now, we hear today that hope hicks is coming back, and you kind of wonder, why would anyone go back? >> i want to talk about hope hicks, but first, i want to ask you, eliot, just to sort of close out this conversation about the doj, you saw this report from "the new york times" that there are a lot of people who are fearful, not just that they don't want to touch these cases, that the president would hate, but that they also think that the attorney general completely does not have their back. >> literally, let me tell you about it. i mentioned it earlier, but let me tell you about a text i got verbatim from a former prosecutor friend i started with. he said, i'm glad that the doj took this step this week, because it confirms why i was right to get the hell out when i did. people do not feel supported there. and it's just, the justice department seems to have thrown its back on the rule of law. and the problem, again, is far more the president than william
barr. the president created the conditions that allowed barr to behave in the way he did with his views about the justice department. >> eliot, gloria, thank you so much to both of you. president trump and former new york city mayor michael bloomberg, they're both new yorkers, they're both billionaires. well, one verifiably, the other, self-described. and now they're going after each other on the campaign trail. plus, just a week after being awarded the medal of freedom, rush limbaugh launch an offensive ramp about pete buttigieg's sexuality. and it's not just the justice department in chaos. why the former u.s. ambassador to ukraine, who was ousted by president trump, warns that the state department is in trouble. you've gotta use these because we don't mean it. buy any pair at regular price, get one free. really! visionworks. see the difference.
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president trump is ramping up his attacks on michael bloomberg. on his twitter feed, the president is hurling insults. he has repeatedly labeled bloomberg mini mike
and he's mocking his height. in one tweet, he writes, mini mike bloomberg is a loser who has money, but can't debate and has zero presence. you will see, he reminds me of a tiny version of jeb "low energy" bush, but jeb has more political skill and has treated the black community much better than many. so that last part refers to controversy surrounding new york city's stop and frisk policing, which, ps, trump supported himself. this doesn't, though, seemed to have phased bloomberg at all. >> somebody said, you know, that he's tall and he calls me little mike and the answer is, donald, where i come from, we measure your height from your neck up.
i am not afraid of donald trump. donald trump is ahead of us -- afraid of us. and that's why he keeps tweeting all the time. if he doesn't mention you, you've got a big problem. >> but the president attacked me again this morning on twitter, thank you very much, donald. he sees our poll numbers and i think it's fair to say he is scared because he knows i have the record and the resources to defeat him. >> reporter: to bring in cnn political correspondent, abby phillip to talk about this. i mean, this would be a pretty interesting pairing. and i wonder, it's pretty clear from the tweets, donald trump is scared of this. >> we need to check the fec tror reports next quarter to make sure there isn't a donation from bloomberg to donald trump. thi this is what he has wanted. trump just day after day evaluating him, the same way he did almost a year ago with joe
biden, almost saying to the whole world, this is the guy i'm worried about. and this is how bloomberg is using about the campaign trail. for the democratic primary, that's a really powerful message. democrats respond to the idea that trump is afraid of you. as, you know, as a political opponent. because that's what they want to know. which one of these people actually will do well up on a debate stage with trump. which one of these people actually is a threat to the guy in the oval office. so, on the one hand, this is all for bloomberg, really great. but on the other hand, as you pointed out, in the intro, i mean, he has some real problems. and a lot of video and quotes and photographic evidence and things that are going to come out about his record and about his past, his very long political history, that i think he will have to contend with, whether it will be an issue or not, i think it's a little too soon. >> so you're talking about things that are going to affect his support from black voters, like stop and frisk, but kind of fact check that for us, considering the president is taking him on for that issue,
which is a vulnerability for bloomberg. but president trump has many vulnerabilities of his own, including that he still hasn't apologized to the central park five, who were exonerated in the rape of the central park jogger. >> and very recently, president trump was not only defending stop and frisk, but he was urging other cities like chicago to use exactly the same tactics. he, at one point, said that cops should not worry about suspects' rights and bang their heads up against a police cruiser. this is the record that is out there. >> or the death penalty for drugs, recently. >> the death penalty for drugs. look, it is going to be very difficult, if not impossible for a president trump to make stop and frisk a liability for bloomberg and not a liability for him. not to say that stop and frisk is not a real problem for bloomberg. his description of it in explicitly racist terms is a problem. but for the president to make those arguments, i think will be pretty tough, because to this
day, it's not clear to me that president trump even thinks that stop and frisk is bad policy. he said that he wanted chicago to utilize it, you know, within the last two years, and then beyond that, i mean, i think that, as you pointed out, the central park five, he has not apologized for that. he still thinks that he was right on that issue, and we all know that that is -- that's something that i think we all know is not correct and the president hasn't polapologized hasn't walked it back. >> exonerated by dna evidence after their lives were arguably ruined. abby, thank you so much for that. and as the primary contest turns to more diverse states, democratic candidate pete buttigieg has picked up his first endorsement among south carolina black voters. state representative jay a. moore has announced he is backing mayor pete. moore recently introduced buttigieg at a campaign event last month and he is joining me now from columbia. sir, thank you so much for joining us. and i want to point out, you originally supported kamala harris, who has dropped out of
the race. >> that's right. >> what drew you to buttigieg? >> i tell you what. thank you so much for having me, first of all. what it was is right now in this country, in this election cycle, what we need is generational new leadership in d.c. and quite frankly all over the country. and what was so great about pete is that ever since kamala withdrew from the race, i've been very actively advising a number of different campaigns and one thing i can say about pete andcampaign, they were very, very receptive to constructive criticis me. it showed me how he will be as president. >> i wonder, because when you look -- you've seen the poll numbers on how buttigieg does with black voters. he does not do well.
that is a majority segment of the voting bloc, democratic primary voting bloc there in south carolina. what do you believe that he can do in the south carolina primary? >> well, i think what iowa and new hampshire has shown us is that, you know, look, quite frankly, polls are just that, they're polls. they give us a guideline of what's going to happen, but people are actually voting now. and so i was very, very encouraged by the coalition that pete was able to put together in iowa, in new hampshire. he has a lot of momentum coming into nevada and south carolina. so i'm very encouraged by what we've seen so far from pete. and i'm very, very excited to see what happens here in south carolina. >> reporter: you said that the buttigieg campaign was very open to constructive criticism. and that was something that drew you in. he also commemorated -- it was
commemoration of the south carolina dome. and it was brought to the campaign's attention -- you brought this to their attention, that he needed to be there and he did end up attending. i wonder if you think, was that a wake-up call for the campaign? what more do they need to do, so that's automatic to make those choices that were guiding them on? >> well, look. to be fair to pete, he was -- he had already previously made commitments in his hometown, in south bend. and what i simply did was pointed out to him how important in this campaign, quite frankly, how important it was to be here in columbia. and i was encouraged by that. so it wasn't that he was doing the wrong thing. he was definitely celebrating the legacy of martin luther king. i just encouraged a campaign that it would be great for him to be here and he was. >> how does he need to bolster his support with
african-american voters, who thus far have been pretty skeptical of him, especially considering that he's faced some heat because of his handling of race relations in south bend. >> look, i mean, i think the thing about pete is he's new on the national scene.ow him, just got to know him, studied his douglas plan, and like i said, listened to him and realized what i first noticed about pete, you know, before i endorsed is that he's a person that likes to listen first and then respond. so you know, i think that we have a really big opportunity here in south carolina. we have a really big opportunity in nevada and then going into super tuesday. so, look, does he have some challenges, in a number of different sectors? yes. but he's new on the national stage. and people are getting to know him and they're very excited and fired up about him. >> representative, thank you so much for joining us.
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. just a week after receiving the presidential medal of freedom, right wing radio personality rush limbaugh is making offensive and what you could easily call homophobic remarks. they are homophobic, about pete buttigieg, the first openly gay presidential candidate. this is what limbaugh said. >> they're sitting there and they're looking at mayor pete.
37-year-old gay guy, mayor of south bend, loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage. and they're saying, okay, how is this -- a 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage next to mr. man, donald trump. what's going to happen there? and they got to be looking at that. and they've got to be saying, that despite all the great progress and despite all the great wokeness, and despite all the great ground that's been covered, america still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage president. they have to be saying this, don't they? now, there may be some democrats who think that is the ticket. there may be some democrats who think that's exactly what we need to do, rush. get a gay guy kissing his husband on stage, ram it down trump's throat, and beat him in the general election. really.
having fun envisioning that. >> i want to bring in s.e. cupp. you have longtime been an advocate for gay rights, especially at a time when many conservatives weren't, s.e. so i want to get your reaction to rush limbaugh's comments. >> well, it's kind of a laughable argument that a five-time draft dodger germaphobe is somehow more manly than a guy who served in afghanistan. but, you know, you do you, rush. look, a funny thing happened in 2016. republicans, when they voted for donald trump and accepted his multiple infidelities, multiple accusations of sexual assault, his "gab 'em by the pussy" remarks. whether they voted for him enthusiastically or through some sort of faustian bargain, they
really let go of any moral authority about what a guy does behind closed doors. in this case, mayor pete's private, monogamous gay marriage. and that's who rush is speaking to. he's speaking to republicans, who i don't think were going to vote for pete buttigieg anyway. but that's going to be a real interesting argument, if republicans try to make it against buttigieg, given the guy they elected. >> well, and so to that point, because you have said in the past that you've warned this for years. you said that if republicans -- you said, republicans would become relics if they didn't move to accept gay marriage. how does that fit into what you're seeing here, and whether you think the president actually would, if pete buttigieg, if he was up against him in a general election, what he would do with this topic of the former mayor's sexuality. >> well, look, i think rush sounds like a relic.
because there's been so much progress, and as you mentioned, i've been in the equality fight for nearly two decades, and there's been so much progress, even within republican voters, a full 60% of moderate republican voters support gay marriage now. i just think this issue has moved so far and progressed so far that it's just not going to be a hindrance to pete buttigieg's electability. as we saw with that one voter in iowa who learned of his sexuality sort of on the spot, i'm not saying it won't be an issue for any voters, including some democrats, and we can assume she was a democrat, voting in the democratic caucus, but i don't think it's going to be a significant enough issue for democrats. and it certainly shouldn't be a significant enough issue for republicans, who as i say, voted for a gay who does a lot of truly terrible things in his private life. and has absolutely no claim to
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four federal prosecutors have walked off the roger stone case. one of them resigning altogether. this is in response to attorney general bill barr's involvement in downgrading stone's initial seven to nine-year sentencing recommendation. and now cnn has learned that more federal prosecutors could soon leave as well, in protest. but as president trump flexes his post-impeachment muscle and republicans refuse to hold him accountable, it's raising a question. in practice, is congress really still a co-equal branch of government? joining me now to discuss this is pennsylvania congresswoman,
madeleine dean. she is a democrat on the very pertinent house judiciary committee. i wonder, congresswoman, what you think of that. if the president, with some of the actions he's taken and the justice department clearly not being impartial here at the leadership, is something that kind of neuters congress in its ability to do oversight when you look at how the administration has resisted any documents or witnesses or anything. >> well, the events of this week are an important reminder that the department of justice must be an independent department. attorney general barr is supposed to be the top law enforcement officer. he's not the personal attorney of the president. and the events of this week, with the president publicly proclaiming that he thought that the sentencing recommendation for roger stone was too great, and then within hours, attorney general barr and his department reducing the sentencing recommendation, the four hero who is stood up, think of it, career politicians who left their post in protest over this
interference by the president. it could be a more serious time. we need an independent judiciary. we need an independent department of justice to enforce the rule of law and the president is attempting to corrupt all of that. >> we can hear over and over frustration from democratic voters who don't understand why congress isn't able to carry out oversight. so when you're looking, especially at the impeachment inquiry and investigation as a model for how the trump administration resists oversight, which is quite effectively, what can congress really do? >> well, we did do something that was effective. this president stands forever impeached. he's one of only three presidents in our history. he is forever impeached for his abuse of power and his obstruction of congress. it's utter corruption. and it's unconstitutional. so we in the house did our job. and he stands forever impeached. i was honored to be a part of that sober process. what i think the framers didn't anticipate and what it was hard
for us to watch, frankly, was a complicit republican senate. imagine these grown senators gave up their own credibility in support of a corrupt president. think of the silly words now, when you think of senator susan collins' words. oh, well, the president's learned his lesson. what the president learned was that he's not going to be held accountable by the republican party or by republican senators, sworn to do impartial justice. so we in the house, we're going to continue to do our role of oversight. and it's for the people. if this president will never learn his lesson, the people need to know what's at stake. our constitution and the rule of law. and then they'll go to the polls in november and cast their vote for either decency or corruption. i have faith in the american people. >> what do you say to some observers who say the impeachment process, look, we knew, right, we knew it was going to happen. i mean, it was clear that there was a very high likelihood that
republicans were not going to join with democrats to impeach the president. it would be historically -- it's never happened. so they say, well, you kind of knew how this was going to turn out. and even knowing that, post-impeachment, the president is so emboldened, they actually, some of them point a finger at democrats and say, wow, you really got him to -- you really got to show him that actually, you can't do much to him, other than put a scarlet letter on him. what do you say to that? >> well, we did. forever he is impeached. >> how does that stop him from what we've seen, witness retaliation this week and his justice department intervening in the roger stone sentencing? >> clearly, it doesn't stop him. as maya angelou said, when someone reveals himself, believe him the first time. and i would remind the republican senators, believe this president. he is going to continue his corrupt behaviors, now much more emboldened by their complicity. but i say, the american people want congress still doing its
work. >> is it doing its work? >> we are doing our work. we're not only investigating, we are litigating, we're passing legislation. we hope to pass infrastructure. but let me go back to one thing. i did hold out hope that, "a," we would actually have a trial. we never had a trial in the senate, as you know. mitch mcconnell blocked all witnesses, all evidence. but what we did get was mitt romney. a republican senator voted eloquently to convict the president on the first article of impeachment. i thought that was a very courageous moment. i thought it should have been matched by many, many other republican senators, but there were people of goodwill, democrats who voted to convict, and a republican who voted against this president. recognizing the grievous wrongs he did. the american people need us to keep showing that. >> and really quickly, knowing that it's a month off, but i want to ask you before i let you go, bill barr going to appear before your committee. what do you want to ask him? >> i'm pleased that he's coming forward. it's about time. we tried to have him in last
year. he had agreed to come and then didn't come. and it is his responsibility, actually, to report to the congress every year. we certainly want to ask about the -- what appears to be a very lack of independence of the department that he is running. he has poured away his credibility. we saw it at the time of the mueller report. now we see it as a result of these convictions and personal favors for this president. so i want to know why is it that he appears also to be on a domestic political errand for the president instead of being the top law enforcement officer. >> congresswoman dean, thank you so much, for coming into the studio. >> thank you. >> we appreciate it. the state department is in trouble. that is the warning coming from former ambassador marie yovanovitch in her first public comments since her ouster. what else she's saying about the state of american diplomacy, next. plus, the president versus his home state. why the new york governor, who is a big critic of the president's, is meeting with him at the white house in what's become a bitter standoff. the relaxing feeling of knowing you're getting the best price.
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ousted ambassador marie yovanovitch, the highly respected career diplomat who became one of the central figures in trump's impeachment is doubling down on a message that she warned about during her testimony before the house. she said that the state department is in trouble. that is a quote, something she said as she addressed a crowd at georgetown university for the first time since her testimony back in november. >> right now, the state department is in trouble. senior leaders lack policy vision, moral clarity, and leadership skills. the policy process has been replaced by decisions emanating
from the top with little discussion. vacancies at all levels go unfilled and officers are increasingly wondering whether it is safe to express concerns about policy, even behind closed doors. it's not news the state department is this is no time to undercut our diplomats. >> and joining us now to discuss is retired ambassador ronald newman. he is the former u.s. ambassador to afghanistan as well as algeria. sir, thank you so much for being with us. >> you're most welcome. >> you know, you were actually -- you were there, so you were able to witness this address by the former ambassador. what did think about it overall? >> overall, i think it was very serious until -- well, parts of it were lighter. she talked about how she came as a child, what her parents went through escaping from the nazis and things like that. she had the pieces you picked up. i mean, she's very critical, but
it was fairly low key. >> did you think that it would kind of cause the splash that it has? >> i shouldn't say this, but i hadn't thought about it. >> you hadn't thought about it. i appreciate your candor. >> it seemed like it was one more statement of the p kikind statements many people have made, but it happened to pick up the right news moment, i suppose. >> and a lot of people share her opinion in the diplomatic community. i know you're watching the state department. when you look at just this drain we've seen of expertise from the state department, do you think that's the biggest issue that is facing the state department? >> the drain of senior experience, i think that hurts. the biggest issue to me mind is the lack of career appointees in the senior positions. i'm not saying they should all be career, but the career brings to the discussion is they can tell you when an idea just won't work or even if they don't like
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any minute now the senate will vote on the final passage of the iran war powers resolution. this is a measure that is expected to pass with bipartisan support but not a veto proof majority, and the president has threatened that he is going to veto this. so keep that in mind. we will be keeping ab eye on this. we'll let you know how this plays out. and this sunday, cnn presents the story of the world's most famous royal family. this week's premier takes a look at prince edward and a choice that he faces, his mistress or his throne. >> king edward has been on the throne for just nine months.
until now he's managed to keep his two-year affair with wallace secret from the british public. the world knows all about this relationship, but in britain they're still in the dark. >> his pat yachts in america are writing home to britain saying what is happening? >> finally, edward has a meeting with the prime minister baldwin. >> edward declares his hand. he says that he is determined to marry. >> this is a bombshell. >> the prime minister tells him that he has three options. he can give up his relationship with mrs. simpson, he can marry mrs. simpson against the express wishes of his ministers who will then resign or he can abdicate.
>> the windsors premiers sunday at 10:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. that is it for me. "newsroom" with brooke baldwin starts right now. hi there, you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being here. president trump wanted an attorney general to protect him, one who would investigate whoever trump wanted. those were just some of the findings in the nearly 500-page mueller report, and now here we are almost a year after that report was released, and fears are growing that the president may have gotten his wish and that the department of justice could be thrown into turmoil. prosecutors around the country tell the "new york times" that they are worried that president trump's actions in this whole roger stone case could become the norm and not just a one-off event. that as cnn learns more officials may be following the lead of these four prosecutors who abruptly quit the roger stone case after the doj's leadership overruled their