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>> harris: thank you for watching. here's julie bandares in for dana perino. join me online outnumbered overtime across all platforms. have a great blessed weekend. >> good afternoon to you. four hours and counting, that's how long james comey has been behind closed doors on capitol hill getting grilled by lawmakers. hello everyone. i'm julie banderas and this is "the daily briefing." fired fbi director sitting down with the house oversight and judiciary committees after initially refusing to do so, saying he'd prefer a public hearing. well, he didn't get it. lawmaker tos cussing on his handling of the clinton e-mail
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investigation leading up to the 2016 presidential election. catherine herridge is live on capitol hill. boy, to be a fly on the wall. >> reporter: that's right, julie. for republican, they say it comes down to two issues. it's about power and accountability for the fbi during the 2016 presidential election. because remember we had this extraordinary situation where the fbi was doing a criminal investigation of hillary clinton and her e-mail server and the handling of classified information. when they closed that and opened a counter intelligence investigation on the opposing campaign with donald trump. democrats say this is really about the republicans trying to tarnish the special counsel investigation and kind of dirty up mueller and some of the key witnesses in that investigation. what we know several hours in is that director comey is not answering a lot of the questions and the republicans say it's at the direction of a government
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lawyer democrats say that it's fair game. let's listen. >> director comey is in there with two attorneys. one from the department of justice has repeatedly, i would say, at his lethal acceptance, instructed that he will not be answering a great many questions that are clearly items at the core of our investigation. >> i see it in a different way. i was there. i heard every question. i heard every answer. i certainly know that people were at the table. i was left with the impression that they were instructing him for the right reasons to either answer or not answer. >> reporter: as part of this deal that was brokered is that there will be a transcript released to the public, probably within a 24 hour period. so we'll be able to see for ourselves what the questions were that the government lawyer told the former director not to
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answer, then we can decide for ourselves whether that seemed justified with the on going investigation. >> is this it today or are they because there's a hard stop today, just about 2 1/2 hours from now, that they want director comey to come back for another transcribed interview under oath. but they're all saying that they're going to push very hard now to get the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, to also sit for a similar interview before the end of the session. one republicans said is because there's evidence that conflicts with his public explanation of the secretly recording the president, evoking the 25th. rosenstein said he made those comments in jest. >> deputy attorney general rosenstein's public statements that he did not really talk seriously about taping the president and invoking the 25th amendment is not consistent with
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a number of other sworn testimony testimony we've had. >> reporter: we're looking at perhaps a second session with the former fbi director and maybe even a session with the deputy attorney general before republicans lose control of these committees and the democrats take the gavel. just as a foot note, the incoming chairman for the house judiciary committee said he is going to shut down the investigation. that's one of the first steps he takes when he gains the gavel. >> all the more pressure for this thing to wrap up. thank you very much. president trump revealing two new members to his team today, announcing plans to nominate william barr for attorney general and heather knower for u.n. ambassador. john roberts is live on the north lawn, trying to keep up with all the happenings behind you. what's going on, john? >> reporter: i just got off the phone. we've got another change that is going to be announced tomorrow.
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tomorrow is army/navy football game that he's attending. president trump will announce he is going to put in the line of succession to replace the chairman of the joint chiefs of staffs at the pentagon. the current army chief of staff, general mark milly. the president is very enamored of milly. he is sort of the textbook hollywood version, if you will, of joint chiefs of staff. so the president will be making that announcement tomorrow. we do not know if joe dunford will work out for the rest of his term, which would run until october 1st of next year, or if we might be leaving early. we're trying to run that track down. we do know tomorrow the president will announce the current army chief of staff to succeed the current chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general joe dunford. now on to the news that by now is really old because it happened all about four hours ago. the president doesn't know a whole lot about william barr,
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who he has nominated to be his next attorney general. there are some people who advised the president from outside the white house, who were cautioning him against it. just a few minutes ago in kansas city speaking to law enforcement officers, the president had high praise for his nominee. listen here. >> bill previously led the justice department with distinction under george h.w. bush following his unanimous confirmation by the united states senate. during his tenure, he demonstrated an unwaivering adherence to the rule of law. no one more capable or more qualified for this role. he deserves overwhelming bipartisan support. >> reporter: barr served as bush 41's attorney general was put in the establishment column. he does share some common ground with the president. he believes there was more cause to investigate ate -- possible collusion with russia and he
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fully backed the president's decision to fire james comey. washington post op ed in may of 2017 saying, quote, i know of no former senior justice official, democrat or republican, who does not view comey's conduct to have been a grave overpatience of authority. barr got a big vote of support from the interim attorney general matt whitaker. listen here. >> president's selection of bill barr as the next attorney general is a continuation of this law and order of presidency. bill is supremely qualified, highly respected at the department of justice and will continue to support the men and women in blue. >> reporter: even though barr attracted bipartisan support for his first confirmation back in 1991, democrats are already signaling that it is going to be a tough time for him. nancy pelosi, presumed to be the speaker of the house saying barr
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has spent the past two years auditioning by stoking partisan attacks on our nation's law enforcement community. this nomination is the latest in the president's pattern of installing partisan hacks in the highest reaches of our government who will happily do his bidding. senator schumer saying that barr's got a steep hill to climb, that he must make a commitment to continuing the mueller investigation if he hopes to make it through senate confirmation. mean time, the knives are already out for the president's nominee to replace nikki haley at the united nations. the former state department spokeswoman and former fox news ko respondent the center for american progress saying, quote, this nomination reinforces the trump administration's complete lack of interest in diplomacy to nominate someone with zero experience is another reminder that the trump administration which has gutted the state department does not prioritize diplomacy. trump is not putting america first. he's assuring america is alone in the world.
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contrast that, though, with what south carolina senator lindsey graham said. i have known heather for many years. she is a fine and capable person. she was an effective spokeswoman for the department of state and enjoys the confidence of secretary pompeo and president trump. i'm sure she will perform well and look forward to supporting her nomination. anyone that the president sends up to capitol hill for confirmation will face a rough ride, but these two may be particularly rough because democrats really want to make a point, particularly that these confirmations don't start until the new year when the house is firmly in democratic hands even though they don't have anything to do with senate confirmation. but just an overall sense of asserting their authority. >> i was gonna say, man, you got to sit down after that one. john roberts, thank you very much. great reporting. for more on all of this, chris stirewalt, editor of "halftime report." you got all of that?
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>> i think so. >> three changes in the administration. john roberts just making news that we learned of most recently the news of joint chiefs of staff will be general mark mille. we knew there were rumors of it. i first want to get to the president's pick for attorney general, william barr. president trump said he was my choice from day one. ca calling him one of the best jurists in the world. what do you think? >> he should be a very confirmable choice. he was widely respected for his time in the justice department, leading the justice department. then, of course, he went on to become an mega corporate titan. he helped make the deal that became known as verizon. he was an attorney dealing with
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anti-trust stuff. he has a lot of rich friends. he has a lot of admirerers. he has a lot of credibility dealing with issues like the l.a. riots and other things that were part of the bush term. he should be in good shape. >> he previously, obviously, served as attorney general under george h.w. bush and ironically we bid our good-byes to him this week. his background could help the trump administration bigley, as some would say, as i moves into the next -- that is your word, right? >> that's correct. >> see, i remember those things. as it moves into the next two highly political years. the next two years are going to be highly political especially come january when the democrats are going to be taking control of the house. how is he going to affect the trump administration moving forward and the trump campaign as the president goes to seek a second term? >> we don't know about timing here. this is depending on consideration.
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as long as trump has whitaker over there treading water as the acting attorney general, it's hard to wrap up mueller, hard to get things done, hard to move on. the justice department necessarily is a holding pattern because there's plenty of doubt about whether whitaker with constitutionally hold that office. he is a tool for killing time for trump and all keeping an eye on mueller and what's going on there. the sooner the better in terms of what the republicans in the senate want and what the justice department needs. soon as barr's in, then you'll have a greater degree of confidence that these matters can be wrapped up. >> speaking of getting things wrapped up in the mueller investigation. james comey, as you know, testifying today. he was in there for four hours behind closed doors talking about the fbi's handling of the investigation. and all his dealings with hillary clinton's e-mails.
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as you know, comey requested a public hearing. didn't quite get that, but he is allowed to come out and speak after ward, which, you know, seems interesting. what do you think about him having chance to speak to the public about something as a key witness in the investigation? >> well, if james comey says something interesting, it will be the first time in a long time. the nearly -- to a large extent, who cares? to a large extent, who cares about this hearing? i think republicans should remember, they just lost 40 seats in the house of representative. >> all right. we gotta go. >> all right. >> i wanted you to finish that thought. we have 15 seconds. >> you just used it. >> chris, sorry. >> bye. >> robert mueller preparing to file court documents on paul
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expected to file papers on the investigation going forward. judge napolitano writes -- joining me now, former federal prosecutor. thank you very much for talking to us. what a day. let's talk about this cohen and manafort thing. more information coming out expected today, special counsel robert mueller facing a couple deadlines to publish new documents related to it. first let's talk about cohen. what are we going to learn about mueller's court filings on him? >> it's not quite clear what
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they're going to say, but i think what many people are going to be looking for is further evidence that ties directly to trump himself with respect to either obstruction of justice or on going contacts with russia during the 2016 campaign at a time in which trump and other campaign officials were denying that there were such contacts. and whether you can make any leap from that to active cooperation with any russian agents which, of course, what started the entire investigation. >> julie: the court document also expected to offer a detailed account of just how paul manafort committed crimes by lying to the fbi which is likely to be heavily redacted in areas concerning the probe. what will the court filings reveal about manafort? >> i think what a lot of people are looking for is more information about the extent to which manafort violated the plea deal that he had with mueller.
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we were thinking that the manafort situation was getting wrapped up. now it may be opening back up again. >> julie: we're gonna find out more. we also have sentencing for michael cohen on december 12th. he has asked for no prison time in exchange for the fact that he's cooperated with mueller. i'm wondering if mueller is gonna grant him that. what do you think? >> it seems very unlikely given what mueller said about manafort violating the deal. the idea that they would provide the seal of approval on assistant the prosecutor would give for reduction in sentencing. seems unlikely. >> julie: i want to move on to a couple real quick notes. william barr, attorney general, president making that atphoupbment today. you worked under barr so i just want your personal reaction to his pick and what changes he's gonna make in the trump administration and in washington moving forward. >> well, when i first joined the
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justice department under then attorney general william barr, his reputation was sort of a solid establishment, certainly conservative, but not radical attorney general. certainly qualified given all of his experience up to that point in the department of justice. under george h.w. bush, sort a more establishment moderate presidency. although he has made public statements that have been critical of the mueller investigation, not as harshly critical as matt whitaker, who is the acting attorney general right now. >> julie: you obviously want to have it seem as if somebody's coming in with an open plate and not bias than someone who is going to abide by the law and someone who the president will respect. seems that he's found that person. thank you very much. that's all the time we have, but thank you for coming on today. >> thank you. >> julie: dow jones now triple digits down today. what is behind this dip?
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the dow plunging triple digits amid confusion over the direction of president trump trade war with china. this as we learn more about a chinese tech executive accused of evading u.s. sanctions on iran. susan lee fox business network joins us with more. >> we're talking about one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. largest telecommunications maker in china. they brought in $93 billion in revenue last year. this the third largest global seller of smart phones. we've been watching the daughter of the founder taking place in canada as she was changing planes in vancouver. today she was in a vancouver court on that bail hearing. we're getting reports out of vancouver, the chief financial officer, also the deputy chair of the board of the chinese tech giant is wanted now in the u.s. on allegations of fraud. according to this bail hearing the report coming through u.s. counsel said on friday that mung
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is accused of using subseud saeurs including one called sky com to evade u.s. sanctions on iran from the years of 2009 to 2014. it's also alleged that she made public misrepresentations about sky come a subsidiary, saying it was separate which the u.s. contends were the same company doing business with iran. now, also there are questions as to whether or not the trump administration had any notion that this arrest was going to take place before it did on saturday december 1st. that's also the same day the dinner took place between president trump and president xi of china at the g-20. we did hear from national security adviser john bolton telling npr news he had received word about the arrest before it took place. he had not reached the u.s. president or the white house on this, so the president had no idea. peter navarro said no one knew. we heard from larry kudlow as
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well. >> violated sanctions with iran. okay? they violated the sanctions. they had the warrant. finally we had to prosecute that. >> so china all hitting back as well. china, one of the tabloids there called "global times" calling washington a rogue regime and they are asking for the release of li. julie, back to you. >> julie: thank you very much. great to see you. president trump will attend the army/navy football game tomorrow in philadelphia. he'll be handling the opening coin toss where the black knights will be trying for their third straight win against the midshipmen. as john roberts reported earlier making news here at the beginning of our hour, the president will announce plans to put the current army chief of staff in the line of succession to replace general joe dunford as chairman of the joint chief of staff. there are key deadlines today involving michael cohen and paul
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counsel robert mueller, cohen admitted to lying to congress about building a trump tower in moscow. he said negotiation ended in january 2016 when they continued until june. that contradicts comments made by president trump. the most serious is being prosecuted in southern district includes violating federal campaign finance law. cohen plead guilty to eight counts and could be sentenced to just over five years in prison. these charges are in connection to arranged payouts to stormy daniels and carry mcdougal. both claim to have had affairs with mr. trump. citing cooperation with prosecutor, cohen's attorneys argued he should not be sentenced to prison. the question soon to be answered, what if anything new will be learned from the
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government sentencing memo about mueller's russia investigation. case of former trump adviser michael flynn is any guide, what we can expect today is a heavily redacted document. following cohen's latest guilty plea, the president called his former attorney, quote, a weak person who should receive and serve a full sentence. this is the same michael cohen who once said he would take a bullet for mr. trump. julie? >> julie: david lee miller, thank you. for more on this i'm joined by a former ethics attorney in the white house counsel's office. couple deadlines here. cohen deadline is 5 p.m. cohen deadline is midnight tonight. what are we going to learn from the court filings? >> let's start with mueller. mueller, he's indicated to the judge that he basically is withdrawing the plea deal. he is not going to recommend minimum or reduced sentencing
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for mr. manafort based on what he said are lies and potential new crimes committed by mr. manafort. >> julie: michael cohen has pleaded that he does not believe he deserves prison time. he has pleaded guilty. he has admitted to lying on numerous issues. and he believes he has cooperated with the special counsel. it doesn't seem that robert mueller sees it that way. a judge asked that he come up with a recommendation. what do you believe he's going to recommend? >> i think mueller is going to say he didn't cooperate to the extent he should have under the plea deal. mr. manafort was looking at, by my count, about 15 years. he could be looking at a new trial on the ten counts he plead guilty to, potentially new charges based on the claims of new lies. >> julie: wow.
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so the special counsel's team, explain why it accused paul manafort in imploding his plea deal. we're talking about the fact that he imploded his plea deal by lying to investigators. when you cop a plea that is when you tell the truth. that is how you are going to spare yourself prison time. will he be punished further because of that? >> that's absolutely true. we've got to look at exactly what kinds of lies mr. mueller is alleging. let's look at for example the popapopolous case. he's been accused of lying to mr. mueller, but based on minimizing the important of a meeting. it can be -- it can range from, i didn't have the meeting, to the meeting wasn't that important. >> julie: i want to pull up some
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sound from alan dershowitz talking about the president dangling pardons in the face of some. i want your reaction. >> people complain all the time that president trump may have dangled pardons in front of people. think of what the government does every day, what prosecutors do every day. they literally bribe witnesses by their freedom, sometimes their life an their money. >> julie: what do you make of that? >> i agree with mr. dershowitz. the president has complete pardon power under the u.s. constitution. he can say he's going to pardon someone and really there's not much anyone can do about it. he has that absolute right. >> julie: he certainly does. when he has a right, people love to attack the fact that he is just pushing through his powers as president of the united states, unfortunately. >> absolutely. you know, julie, sometimes we forget in the mueller
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investigation that mr. mueller is exercising authority granted to him by the president. he is an agent of the president. so the president is the chief one in office effectively. >> julie: debra, thank you very much for coming in. the battle for north carolina's 9th congressional district is still up in the air. it's been more than a month since the midterms. officials are holding off on certifying the winner in that race. jonathan serry is live in atlanta. it's been more than four weeks since election night. was that really four weeks ago? the democrat is withdrawing his concession four weeks later. what's up? >> reporter: yeah. we thought the midterms were over, right? no. it's still going on, at least in north carolina. dan mccready said there's enough evidence of voter fraud to call the result of this race into question. he took to social media to rescind his concession. take a listen. >> i didn't serve overseas in the marine corps just to come back home and watch politician
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and career criminals attack our democracy. that's why today i withdraw my concession to mark harris, who's remained completely silent. i call on mark harris to tell us exactly what he knew and when he knew it. >> the new york times reports the campaign of mark harris disclosed it owes $34,000 in connection with a voter turnout operation in bladen county, north carolina, that's been called into question. investigators are investigating allegations of a door to door effort to collect absentee ballots. today his campaign said he had no idea and points to a news report suggesting a democrat affiliated group may have also been involved in some sort of illegal vote in the same county. republicans say they would support a completely new election if state officials can show ballot irregularities affected the outcome of the
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race. >> calling for transparency. we're calling for a fully bipartisan task force to lead the investigation. finally, that the investigation be broad enough, having a broad enough scope to satisfy the concerns of all north carolinians. >> and, julie, harris currently leads mccready by 905 votes but that tally remains unofficial because state election officials have yet to certify the results as they continue to investigate allegations of voter fraud. >> julie: some winter weather on the way. plus rex tiller son telling some secrets about his time working for president trump. we'll give you more details next 37 your insurance rates skyrocket after a scratch so small
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>> special counsel robert mueller making deadlines on not one, but two front. we could see details on michael cohen and paul manafort. we'll look at what this could mean for president trump. we're watching a dive on the dow this afternoon after jobs
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numbers came out and after new concerns about trade with china. big news day. we'll have it all for you when i report again top of the hour. >> julie: people in much of the country will be in the eye of mother nature this weekend. take a look at the map. a winter storm i'm told moving from southern california through new mexico and east across parts of texas, oklahoma, arkansas, then the mid-atlantic. roads are already being treated in north carolina and elsewhere. many airlines are waiving change fees for travellers who need to rebook their flight. that's the light at the end of that tunnel. rex tillerson speaking out about his time working for president trump. he normally does not speak to the public, nor does he make public appearances. this time tillerson is going further. he left his post in october. he talked about the challenges he faced when talking with the
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president. >> he acts on instints and in some respects that looks like impulliveness, but it's not his intent to act on impulse. it's pretty undisciplined, doesn't like to read, doesn't read briefing reports, doesn't like to get into the details of a lot of things, but rather says, look, this is what i believe and you can try to convince me otherwise but most of the time you're not going to. >> julie: john saunders and lauren classy a former communications director for senator chambliss joins me. what do you think of the former secretary of state there speaking so openly to the public about the president? saying things like the president doesn't read, for example? >> i think this is probably one of the most unsurprising comments to be coming out of rex tillerson, former secretary of state, that we could have expected. he has gone under ground for the past nine months.
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everything he said has been things that people already knew about the president. we know he doesn't like deep policy discussions. the american people knew that. if they had wanted somebody who wanted to go into details on policy discussions they would have elected jeb bush or hillary clinton because they were much more policy forward candidates. trump runs the executive branch like a ceo. he is instinctual. he wants to delegate down. he tells people broadly what he believes in. is that the right thing for the country? that's left to be decided, but it is the way he chooses to lead and is his style of leadership. >> julie: sometimes there's no question russia interfered in our elections. also said it was difficult to work with president trump since they had different styles and didn't share a value system. here's the issue here. tillerson knew who the president was, right, when he took the job? he knew what he was getting into
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when he took the position. then why did he take it? >> that's a great question to ask him. i agree with lauren. this is the interesting thing. in any other administration, this would be huge news. this would be on the cover of every paper. but that's not the case because this is something that the american people are so used to hearing already. so the fact is that rex tillerson, while he said some pretty incredible things, didn't make any news. he's corroborated everything we knew. on the leadership side, that's an interesting.that lauren raised. tillerson also is a former ceo. one of the differences is tillerson was a ceo of a successful company, donald trump was ceo of one that had its troubles in the past. >> julie: they're working for america not necessarily the man in the white house. but then to go and talk about the white house, or whomever is
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in the oval office at the time is almost a slap in the face, is it not? >> it depends -- >> julie: is it not giving a message to other countries that clearly he does not respect the president. if you had respect for your former boss, you don't speak to him about that way, lauren? >> i don't agree with that. i think we're a democracy. yes, tillerson served at the pleasure of the president. we are a democracy. that means everyone has a voice. there does need to be transparency about what is going on in the white house at any given moment. i don't think that he was also being disrespectful. he wasn't bashing the president during the remarks. he was very much saying we disagreed. that's why i'm not secretary of state anymore. we didn't see eye to eye. he was leaving the president to run the country as he saw fit. >> julie: i got to move on to another topic. the boston globe.
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in 2015 they got behind. they wanted her to challenge hillary clinton at the time. now they're changing their tune when it comes to elizabeth warren and a popular run. i want to read part of what the editorial board has out now. a different message. warren missed her moment in 2016. there's reason to be skeptical of her candidacy in 2020. while warren has been ineffective and impactful senator with an important voice, she has become a dismissive figure. a unifying voice is what the country needs now. what did her in, john? was it the dna test? is that what did it? or is it her credible has been damageed so much so that she doesn't have chance of winning? >> i think you hit the nail on the head. i take issue with the notion that she is a divisive figure. i don't think that's the case. i give her credit for working hard on progressive issues, things that matter to people like me. i think that the dna thing was
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not a smart move. when you compare her to donald trump and this particular situation, it makes it very difficult for her. regardless of what we know about donald trump and his loose relationship with the truth, people view him as being someone who's authentic. this has created a situation where she is being viewed as inauthentic and that creates a contrast that you don't want to have. >> julie: we have to go, but i want you to pick up on john's description of the president's loose relationship with the truth. i'll let you take that one. >> i think the president speaks as truthfully as he can in the moment. i think that narrative is overdone. >> julie: all right. thank you very much. great to see you both. thank you. >> thank you. >> julie: former president george h.w. bush in his final resting place. a spokesman tweeting this picture of the president's grave where he lies between his wife barbara and his daughter robin who died of leukemia at just 3
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>> while the trump administration attempts to ease trade tensions with china, american cherry farms are feeling the pressure. dan springer is live in duval, washington to explain. hi, dan. >> yeah, hey. the cherry industry has been absolutely hammered by the trade issue. if you want to look at the financial markets, look at the trade here in michigan. which was harvesting their perishable crop as a trade war with china was starting. china is the number 1 export for sweet cherries. they buy the best fruit in washington and pay as premium. the overall value of the crop was lost. no growers went out of business but many will if nothing changes next year. >> they're upset, clearly. they are patriotic.
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they want to do the right things. they know there's problem with the trade relationship with china. >> the impacts are being felt across the country, especially in the middle of the country in states won by donald trump. the nebraska farm bureau issued a report saying the trade war with china has cost farmers there $1 billion in farm workers in nebraska lost over $200 million in income. congress authorized a $12 billion aid package to help farmers hurt by the trade war. but the worry is soy beam farmers will lose a big chunk to argentina and brazil and may never get it back. >> certainly by next fall, we will be back to a more robust, more even, fair tariff-free trading environment. >> of course, that will be
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welcome news to farmers across the country as they have this emotional roller coaster every time they see new headlines about the trade issue with china. >> thanks very much, jonathan. have a great weekend. here's shep. >> shepard: it's noon on the west coast, 3:00 in new york and washington where at any minute now, the special counsel robert mueller could reveal inside info about president trump's former campaign chairman and the president's former personal lawyer and fixer. now the president promising what he calls a major counter report to the special counsel's case. also, the former fbi director, james comey, is on capitol hill. he has cut a deal with republicans to make his private testimony public. and a live look at the big board on wall street. stocks have plummeted again today as we get new numbers on jobs and fears escalate about possible new trade troubles with china.

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