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sent jared's dad to prison and now works for jared. that does it for us tonight. we will see >> rachel, remember when some people wondered why we were covering so much time on a traffic jam on a bridge that was so much more than a traffic jam on a bridge? >> in the alternate universe where nobody covered it, we would be talking about president christie in all likelihood now. >> exactly. it's amazing how so many people after all that of that, after everything that came out that. >> still had him in the presidential sweepstakes as if he ever could have possibly won a single state. >> no. exactly. and if that scandal was anything to do with traffic rather than being a gross new jersey style "the sopranos" episode of abuse of power. and people who got that from the beginning were riveted by that story. people who resisted that central truth of it never understood why
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traffic was on the national news. >> no one was more riveted by it than new jersey voters with whom popularity is about like donald trump's is with the country. >> maybe even worse. thank you, lawrence. >> thanks, rachel. cecil richard series going to join us tonight because planned parenthood is once again under a new threat directly from paul ryan after his health care bill failed last week. first, we'll be joined by a member of the house intelligence committee, which has fallen into chaos. while the senate intelligence committee today showed washington and the country how a bipartisan committee is supposed to work. and that was not good news for anyone named trump. >> we're here to assure you that we will get to the bottom of this. >> the russians interfere in our election. it wasn't some 400 pound guyton bed. >> we're trying to do this in a serious bipartisan way so that
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it has credibility. >> are you implying that's not what is happening in the house rights now? >> oh, i would never imply such a thing. thinking is a mess. i don't like what nunes did. >> it's going over to the white house, looking at the stuff and then telling donald trump about it. >> you have to begin to wonder if the house intelligence committee is an oxymoron now. >> when and where he shares things, et cetera, are issues for him in the committee and the house of representatives. not for us. >> still refusing to reveal who cleared nunes in. >> i have asked some preliminary questions. have i not gotten answer yet. >> any white house could learn in five minutes who signed nunes into the white house. >> nunes is locked in the deep end of the pool. >> i've got a job in the united states senate. i take that job extremely seriously. it overrides any personal beliefs that i have or loyalties that i might have. >> the president has a problem, and that problem is from north carolina.
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and there is something reminiscent about that republican senator richard bury, the chairman of the senate intelligence committee is that problem. >> senator bury, have you -- have you personally coordinated with the white house at all on the scope of this investigation? and how do you prevent it from going off track? >> no, sir, i have not. and it's the relationship and the trust we have. >> that was chairman bury appearing today with democrat mark warner. the working relationship that they displayed today is the exact opposite of the chaos created in the house intelligence committee by its stunningly unprofessional and obviously incompetent chairman devin nunes. you just heard former senator bob kerrey say that devin nunes is like a guy who can't swim locked in the deep end of the pool. senator kerrey served on the senate intelligence committee. he also served on the 9/11 commission.
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he knows what professionalism looks like in this arena. he knows that devin nunes, as we've been saying on this program, is in way over his head. senator richard bury shamed devin nunes today without ever mentioning his name. senator bury and senator warner specifically said they had no intention of answering any questionabout the house intelligence committee and instead they tried to restore america's faith in the senate intelligence committee's ability to dig out the facts involves russia's interference in our presidential election. >> we will always say to you this investigation's scope will go wherever the intelligence leads it. so it is absolutely crucial that every day we spend trying to separate fact from fiction and to find some intelligence thread that sends us to the factual side of all the names and all the places that you in this room
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have written about. >> while all of the democrats on the house intelligence committee are now calling for chairman nunes to recuse himself or resign his chairmanship, here is what mark warner had to say about the republican chairman of the senate intelligence committee. >> let me just i have confidence in richard bury that we together with the members of our committee are going to get to the bill of this. >> north carolina has been here before. richard bury occupies the same senate seat that was occupied by the legendary senator sam irvin, who in 1973 was the chairman of the senate select committee to investigate campaign practices. that was its formal title. it was known as the watergate committee. here is chairman ervin questioning president nixon's commerce secretary maurice stands, who is also the campaign treasurer who after this testimony was charged with
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perjury and a ultimately plead guilty to accepting illegal campaign contributions. >> you think it's perfectly normal of the kind of things you would expect people who had records concerning outlays of campaign funds to destroy those records after five men are caught in an act of burglary with money that came from the committee in their pockets? >> the fact that they came to me after the watergate was pure and innocent coincidence. >> that testimony was in the summer of 1973. in the summer of 1974, president nixon resigned and was immediately pardoned so that he never had to face criminal charges himself. north carolina was proud of the work sam ervin did on the watergate committee. america was proud of him. sam ervin was in the senate for 20 years, and he has his place
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in history now thanks entirely to the work he did for one year. work he never expected to do, conducting a special investigation of the president of the united states. the senator who holds sam ervin's seat now knows that his entire senate career will be judged by how he handles his duties investigating the president of the united states. >> served as an adviser on the trump campaign, can you say hand over heart that you can oversee an impartial and serious -- >> absolutely. i'll do something i've never done. i'll admit that i voted for him. we always hide through we vote for. that's part of the democratic process. but i've got a job in the united states senate. and i take that job extremely serious. it overrides any personal beliefs that i have or loyalties that i might have. mark and i might look at
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politics differently. we don't look at the spongesabilities we have on the committee differently. and that's to earn the trust and the respect of the intelligence community so they feel open and good about sharing information with us. because that enables us to do our oversight job that much better. >> every word of that directly shamed the way devin nunes has conducted himself as chairman of the house intelligence committee. every word of that shames the way paul ryan has worked as a partner to devin nunes' cover-up of how he obtained intelligence information last week that he first shared with paul ryan before sharing it with the president. and every word of what richard bird just said should make donald trump fear him as much as richard nixon feared sam irvin. we don't know where this investigation is going. we don't know who might end up
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in jail because of this investigation. the way so many nixon people did. and we don't know who in this investigation will find a place of honor in history the way sam ervin did. but we do know that at least on this day, if sam ervin could have seen what we saw today, he would no doubt be proud of the man who now holds the senate seat that once was his. >> i'm sorry that my distinguished friend from florida does not approve of my method of examining my witness. i'm an old country lawyer. i don't know the finer ways to do it. i just have to do it my way. >> joining us now eric swalwell, member of the house permanent select committee on intelligence. congressman, thank you very much for joining us again tonight. i can imagine if you were watching the leaders of the senate intelligence committee
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today, it must have been a difficult thing to watch, watching the way this is supposed to be done, watching the way this is supposed to be handles while your chairman is out there saying the democrats aren't serious. the democrats don't want to do this job. >> good evening, lawrence. i did watch that press conference with envy. but also a sense of familiarity. our chairman and ranking member just weeks ago for working hand in hand. so were all the republicans and democrats on the committee. we had a pledge to follow the evidence. we had a productive open hearing as we went down an investigative road together. unfortunately, the chairman exited that road to go and work with the white house. and what is at stake now is our committee's independence, credibility and ability to make progress. lawrence, i'll give you one other example that informs me. i was a 20-year-old intern in washington on capitol hill when september 11th happened. i saw republicans and democrats after that attack stand hand in hand on the capitol steps saying god bless america, and went to work to make the reforms
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necessary to make sure this never happened again. and that also i think should be a model of how we can unite around an attack and protect the american people, and our very democracy that we hold so sacred. >> and there was a bipartisan commission investigation of 9/11, how that happened, how that found its way -- how things found their way through the cracks of intelligence and fbi intelligence collection. and that was done in a completely bipartisan way. we heard something from bud kerrey who was a member of that commission about your chairman and how disappoint shed in your chairman. what are you hearing, or are you hearing anything from republicans, including republicans not on the committee who are worried about the way this is looking for the republicans in the house of representatives? i yeah, lawrence, i wrote the legislation with elijah cummings to have an independent commission which we thought was a way to get the bottom.
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jones has called for devin nunes to step aside. he has joined us on the independent commission bill. a lot of republicans have told myong we need a commission because we have a house investigation under way. they're rethinking that now. so i hope they reconsider it. leader nancy pelosi reminds me often that the september 11th commission was not created on september 12th. that it actually was over a year later. and that's because people doggedly pursued how we could bring republicans and democrats together to have such a commission. and it was the appeals of the families who came to washington that made it happen. so now we're hoping that it's the appeals of our constituents who care about free and fair elections that also get us to that point. >> i want to look at another moment in the press conference today that the senators had talking about their working relationship with each other. >> is there any circumstance with which you wouldn't share with mr. warner one of your
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sources of intelligence on this investigation? >> he usually know miss sboufrs i do. >> and i've also got his cell phone, which he hears from me sometimes more than he likes. >> and congressman swalwell, we show these little bits simply because it's such a stark contrast to the way things are working on your committee. and you point out it's the way things were working on your committee two weeks ago, as recently as two weeks ago. what do you believe happened to change all that? >> i believe that after the open hearing, the dots that we were connecting as far as donald trump's and his team's personal, political and financial ties to russia that were converging with russia's interference campaign were brought to light. they were validated by fbi directors stating to the world that the president and his campaign were under federal criminal counter intelligence investigations. so i believe that the chairman panicked. and the next day he goes to the white house without telling democrats, receives classified
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information, and then goes back there the day after that to brief the president when he was just there the day before. so it looks like he is now working with the white house rather than showing the independence we need him to show. that's why, lawrence, this investigation is bigger than one person. and he would do us all a service if he just stepped aside and allowed us to again show progress. >> what do you think of the point that some people are making today that, look, it's actually the road gets crowded when both committees are doing the same thing. the senate investigative process and the intelligence committee, house investigative process and the same thing at the same time. and it may be better for one committee to voluntarily step aside. that wouldn't be what's happening here. it would be one committee falling into chaos while the senate proceeds. but what do you say to that point that it may be better to have one concentrated center of this investigation in the senate committee? >> it would be better if we had a joint house and senate investigation that would avoid redundancies.
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i actually think if we had done that, that would have prevented the chairman from going over there, or he probably would have been removed i think from a team investigation between the house and senate. but i'm not going to let this just be a senate investigation, lawrence. democrats on our committee, we're going to continue to follow all leads, receive evidence, and hear from any relevant witnesses. the question right now, will there be an asterisk around our investigation, or can we go back to being one that is credible, independent and making progrs. >> well, give us a quick answer to that. what are the possibilities for that? >> recusal from the chairman. and then to have that open hearing we were supposed to have yesterday with sally yates, john brennan and a james clapper. that's a good first step. and then there is relevant witnesses like carter page, roger stone, michael flynn and paul manafort who i think would be logical witnesses to hear from in the public as well. >> congressman eric swalwell, thank you very much for joining us tonight. i appreciate it. wump, could congressman nunes face an ethics
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after the most embarrassing week in the life of a congressman since anthony weiner, house intelligence committee chair devin nunes has now decided it's up to him to say who the serious people are. >> beginning to figure out who is actually serious about the investigation. because it appears like the democrats are not very serious about this investigation. at the end of the day, we're going to do an investigation with or without them. >> so legal observers are now saying that devin nunes could be the subject of an investigation himself for something he said last week. >> in the dozens of reports i was able to see, i was able to
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determine that it was -- it looks like it was legal collection, incidental collection, but then made itself into intelligence reports. so it has to deal with fisa. and there is multiple number of fisa warrants that are out there. but there is nothing -- nothing criminal at all involved. >> simply by mentioning the existence of fisa warrants, devin nunes may have disclosed classified information breaching an intelligence committee rule that states the committee on ethics shall investigate any unauthorized disclosure of intelligence or intelligence-related information. one national security lawyer told the daily beast's tim mak, quote, in my humble opinion, yes, nunes disclosed classified information that day. the existence or nonexistence of a fisa warrant is a classified fact. a spokesperson for congressman nunes said the chairman did not reveal any of the specific details of the information such as the target of the collection, and did not reveal classified information. joining us now, tim mak, senior
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correspondent for the daily beast. ned price, former senior director and spokesperson for the national security council. also with us mieke ouyang and vice president of third way. tim mak, first in the legal question, what did you dig up on whether or not devin nunes crossed a legal line? >> so the house rules state that if there is an allegation by as few as a single member of congress, that the house ethics committee shall investige the issue. that they shall launch some sort of inquiry as to whether the rules were broken. this is really different from other house ethics issues. if there are campaign finance issues or there are other situations where people have been suspected of breaking house rules. there is usually committee vote and it gets more complicated. but the rules are very specific when it comes to classified information.
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and it means that there is a mandatory command shall investigate this issue. and it looks like it's very possible that such an investigation has already begun, given the low bar to start such an investigation. >> mieke, when you worked on the committee, you were subject to those same kinds of rules. what is your understanding of the rule, and what do you see when you listen to the chairman speaking in the white house driveway there? >> i mean, these kinds of investigations are very rare because usually members are very careful about not revealing classified information, which is what was so unusual about the chairman's statement there in front of the white house. usually you don't talk about these things. you talk about them behind closed doors. >> ned price, i just want to -- there is a point in your resume that is pretty unusual. you quit the cia because of the election of donald trump. could you just talk than for a moment? >> sure, lawrence. this was a decision i came to
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very reluctantly over the course of several months, having seen president trump, now president trump as republican nominee call the intelligence community liars, casually cast aside their high confidence judgment that russia was responsible for meddling in our election, calling them nazis as the president-elect. and then as president on his first day in office, paying a highly disrespectful visit to langley where he stood in front of the most solemn memorial in all of cia headquarters and talked about the size the crowd at his inauguration the previous day. it waseally the culmination of a series of data point, lawrence, that led me to conclude that i could not in good faith serve this president as an intelligence professional. >> tell me what you're seeing in this devin nunes story, including all the details about how he got access to the white house, who would have given him access. why the white house covering up who gave him access. and why who the white house be involved at all in this story? >> that's exactly it.
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the focus on chairman nunes in my opinion obscures the key role of the white house in all of this. chairman nunes is a pawn. he is a puppet. as soon as he confirmed that his meeting took place in the white house grounds, we knew one of two things. the white house was either the source of his information or they played matchmaker, pairing chairman nunes with his -- with the source who provided him this information. you do not gain access to the white house compound without a white house staff member clearing in i don't in. you do not gain access to a secure facility on the white house grounds without a staff member escorting you in. and you do not gain access to a white house electronic network as chairman nunes claimed he did without a staff member logging you in. you know, sean spicer said today 72 hours after he was first asked that he still didn't know who cleared in chairman nunes. it would take about 120 seconds for a white house staffer to look into that matter. look, i know the team there is new. so i will tell them exactly how to do it. you go into the waves database,
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a datase that most people at the white house have accs to. type in nunes, n-u-n-e-s, and it will show exactly who cleared him in. and if it's not in there, that means his name was purged, which i think, lawrence, raises even more serious questions what exactly happened. >> and tim mak, previous white houses have actually had these logs of visitors made public on a regular basis. it wasn't really a mystery about who was visiting the white house when. >> certainly the obama white house decided to make these logs public. the trump administration has not made a determination, or at least is stalling on making a decision on whether to do so. when asked, white house spokesman sean spicer said they're still trying to figure out exactly how that's going to be done. if you go to the white house website right now and try to look at the visitor log, it's empty there is nothing there. so it will be interesting to see whether investigations, the house or senate investigation, other investigations looked into this visitor log, try to obtain who visited the white house.
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and that may show the role of the white house behind this whole situation with nunes. >> mieke, as a former staffer, if a member of the chairman in this instance called you, told you i've just been told about this information, i now want to go see it. and i'm being offered the white house. what would you have said? >> i would have asked who in the white house is organizing this. i mean, members of congress don't go to the white house to review information, usually without clearance from the highest levels of white house personnel who know what's going on there. you don't just come into the white house grounds without clearance. it's really surprising. >> and mieke, to the point of devin nunes' behavior after all of this, after that night or that time at the white house where he looks at this, he then decides that he is going to go tell paul ryan. and after telling paul ryan, he
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then decides he is going to tell the press. then he is going to the tell president and he is going to tell the press again that whole sequence, beginning with paul ryan as the first stop, what do you read in that? >> what that says to me is that this wasn't about furthering the committee's investigation. it was about furthering the committee's investigation, he would have brought that information back to the committee, briefed all the committee members about it, shared wit a ranking member, asked for follow-up information from the white house. it's one thing to go to the speaker of the house to have the conversation to seek some guidance. but then to go from there to the press, from the press to the white house, back out to the public, i mean, that whole sequence of events i've never seen anything like it. >> and ned price, what's your reading of whether the chairman crossed the legal line here? >> well, lawrence, as you played, he certainly referred to the existence of fisa warrants. anyone who has worked in the world of intelligence, whether
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on capitol hill or at langley or anywhere in between will know that feiss is intercepts are the most sensitive form of signals intelligence out there. not only it is marked top secret, but there are also handling caveats under that top secret marking. but revealing the existence of fisa warrants, in my machine, chairman nunes certainly revealed classified information. what he said has the potential to tip off subjects of fisa warrants to the fact that they were being surveilled, wch is what this classification seeks to prevent >> mieke -- jeremy bash last night on this program offered the theory that the chairman did all of this very deliberately and deliberately, publicly, chaotically. that he wanted it to be a public mess so that it would completely derail the house investigation. he sees this as completely willful conduct from the start that was planned to have the effect that it has had.
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>> if that's what devin nunes is trying to do, i don't understand why he is sacrificing the bipartisan relationship that he has with mr. schiff, the relationship of the committee, the committee's work on all the other important intelligence issues to be deliberate, to distract from the underlying issues of russian interference and cooperation with potentially members of the trump campaign to undermine our electoral process. i mean, this is -- there is important work that has to happen at the committee. and all of that son hold while we have to observe this whole sideshow. >> and tim mak, if the house ethics committee is investigating the chairman, we would not necessarily know that? >> we wouldn't necessarily know that. and in fact, their findings wouldn't be publicized unless they were substantiated. this investigation could go on for some time and we would never know about it. and believe me, it's very
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difficult to talk to house ethics committee members or staff who would ever reveal the nature of such an investigation. they're very, very professional. but to mieke's point, regarding chairman nunes, it would seem to me very strange that he was actually a mastermind of this entire thing. the idea that he would sacrifice his reputation, his committee's work, and all the other important work that they do, it's very strange to me. he is now seen -- he is mocked by a member of his own party. senator graham called him inspector clouseau yesterday. he seems bumbling. he seems not being able to have a clear message at a press conference. it's not even obvious to people like me who have been following this issue for days and days and days what he's actually said. >> i might, it is undeniable that last monday's hearing was suchn unmitigad disaster for republicans and for the trump administration that it is
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certainly conceivable that the white house set up chairman nunes to do exactly what he has done. and that is to put the brakes on all committee proceedings. there has been absolutely no business done in the committee there has been nothing in public there has been nothing in private. and for the past week, jail discussed is this, chairman nunes' antics. in a way chairman nunes working with the white house were quite successful if that was their goal. >> i'm not sure they would imagine they would be even this successful, though. >> well, there is always the senate intelligence committee. and so far it's working. tim mak, ned price, mieke ouyang, thank you all for joining me tonight. i really appreciate it. coming up, a new report out tonight says the fbi director james comey may have actually tried to publicly reveal that the fbi was investigating russia's interference in the presidential campaign as early as last summer.
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the breaking news of the night is "newsweek" reporting tonight fbi director james comey attempted to go public as early as summer of 2016 on russians tampering with the election. two sources of the matter tell "newsweek." and that well before the department of homeland security and the office of the director of national intelligence accused the russian government of tampering with the u.s. election, in an october 7 statement, comey pitched the
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idea of writing an op-ed about the russian campaign. the other national security officials didn't like the idea, and white house officials thought the announcement should be a coordinated message backed by multiple agencies. joining us now, the co-author of that "neweek" report, max gutner, senior writer for "newsweek." max, this is a real stunner. because people have already been questioning why the obama administration revealed as little as it did when it did. and now it turns out there was a push to reveal more and reveal it sooner. >> we heard a little bit of information from the federal government in october. we heard a lot of information in this declassified report that came out in january. but yes, this would have been half a year before that. we're told in june or july. >> and was this part of just a general underestimation of what russia was up to? >> hard to say. what i'm told by people who know
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fbi director james comey and know his leadership style, he is very transparent. that's what we saw in july with his press conference over the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. that's what we've seen since then. a lot of people say he is actually too transparent. so this would have been in line with that. he wanted to get out what he wanted to say perhaps to "the new york times." that's what we're told. >> any indication -- what are your best indications about why the obama administration did not want to make this public earlier? >> sure. we're told that they wanted a more coordinated effort. and that's the kind of effort that we did see in their october statement. and then we saw again later on in january. they felt that to write an op-ed to "the new york times" could not be enough of a joint effort. >> and were they afraid that no matter what they did, it would look political? that they were just struggling with how do we get out there and not look like we are using administration assets to politicize this?
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>> it wouldn't surprise me if they were thinking that, given that this was happening we're told in june or july. this is not only the height of the election season with the conventions were going on at this time. but it's also at the height of this hillary clinton e-mail controversy and the fbi's investigation into that. in july we saw director holme comey holding his press conference that a lot of people said was unusual. so the february was already being seen, scrutinized as seen as being political. and that scrutiny only continued later on into october 28th with his letter. >> but right in the middle of all that heat about comey's public comments about the hillary clinton investigation and the heat being that the fbi never comments, except this time they did, in the middle of all that, he wanted more. he actually wanted to step into that same heat, or that same issue of comments on another investigation, in this case the russian investigation. >> that's what my colleague josh shawl and i found.
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patiently so. and this is what i'm told by several people with the fbi. this is his style. this certainly was not the style of his predecessors, his media pretty sers, director muller. this is james comey. hes a transparent person. and a lot of people have scrutinized him for it. >> max kuttner, thanks very much for joining us tonight. appreciate it. >> thanks. coming up, an enemy of vladimir putin who was poisoned and almost killed testified to a senate committee today. that's next.
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now that republican itempts to repeal and replace obamacare has failed, paul ryan thinks he has a new way to defunct plannedparent hood. >> we think reconciliation is the tool. because that gets it in law. reconciliation is the way to go. >> paul ryan expects to be able to attach defunding of planned parenthood to pass the senate. what is clear is as long as the republicans control the house and senate and a republican in the white house, planned parenthood will be under threat. the president of planned parenthood of america will join us next.
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i think that he's made very clear what his position is on planned parenthood and obviously this was an opportunity to defund it. and he -- but i don't want to get ahead of our legislative strategy. we'll look at other opportunities. >> that's about the president's disappointment in not being able to defund planned parenthood. that was part of the ryan/trump bill. and joining us now, president of planned parenthood federation of america. how did you feel last week when the health care bill went down
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and with it, its attempt to defund planned parenthood? >> it was an extraordinary win for the women of america. i think all of this started when 4 million plus americans marched for women's roishs the day after the inauguration and i think that's a large part why this bill was unsuccessful and the efforts to defund planned parenthood were unsuccessful as well. and from the moment ryan announced he was going to plan to defund, the phone lines were so jammed and that's what we've been seeing ever since. this is wildly unpopular. but it looks like they're going to continue to try to do it so the threat is very real. >> as of this week it seems that defunding planned parenthood is the only thing they're going to continue to try to do that was in that health care bill. >> which is completely crazy.
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1 in 5 women in this country have gone to planned parenthood. the day before this was supposed to be voted on, 80% of americans supported federal funding for the health care that we provide. this is wildly unpopular. but as you say, certainly paul ryan and members of -- and we're seeing it's a suplidifier across america. >> the latest gallop pole is that he's at an all time low, 35% approval for the president. 59% disprove. and so when you see a president with that kind of approval rating trying to take this kind of action, there can be some encouragement that at least the public is not behind him on
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this. >> the public is absolutely not behind him. in fact president trump's own voters, own supporters disprove of defunding planned parenthood. president trump voters are patients. they come to planned parenthood not to make a political statement but because they need access to affordable health care. i was in paul ryan's health district. women are livid. they can't think of where he thinks they're going to go ifthy ends funding to planned parenthood. >> and the idea that planned parenthood is the one thing left out of that bill they can keep going at, they are now deeply embarrassed by this loss. and they so desperately need something. they need something to be able to say they got. it strikes me that possibly increase the pressure on you more than before. >> i think that's right.
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that was their signature issue and it didn't happen and they marched and mobilized and we're going to keep fighting. the american people are on our side. it is exextremely unpopular to end women's access to family planning too, pap smears, to well women visits and that's what they're trying to do. the american people know it and they don't support it. >> paul ryan just tonight has been quoted saying he specifically does not want the president to work with democrats on health care legislation. and again that may be another reason for paul rin to push the defunding of planned parenthood to keep president trump where he wants him on this issue. >> he can continue to try to do this. we will continue to mobilize
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folks round the country and it has to get through the united states senate where there is bipartisan support for planned parent hood that's been very public and clear. i think they should turn their attention to try to figure out how to get more access to health care in amaircuand when people hear his entire agenda is in defunding planned parenthood, they wonder for what reason. taking on the only nationa women's health care provider in the country. it's not popular with women or men. >> we heard from paul ryan he wants to do a reconciliation meeting, 21 votes in the sen -- 51 votes in the senate. >> i don't think they could. it has been wildly unpopular as well. and he's not only talking about that, there have been a what are of rurmers they want to put it on appropriations bill.
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what they've try dood before threatened to shut down the federal government over the issue of planned parent hood and so we're really watching that, making sure people understand the danger of them driving the government literally to shut down over the access of women to health care. but i think that paul ryan is looking at all of these a options and we have to be ready for them. >> suseal richards who is not getting a chance to relax and the guest gets tonight's last word. the 11th hour with brian williams is next. > tonight the adults have arrived. that was the unmistakable message from the house committee that is a diligence and cooperation. maybe she aced the interview. ivanka trump is now a public
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servient, official title, assistant to the president. the last president to hire one of his kids was ike. and we all know there's no crying in baseball but what about not showing up for the game? the 11th hour begins now. good evening once again from our headquarters in new york and 69 of the trump administration, the biggest story where the white house is concerned came from across town. a lot of people on this broadcast and elsewhere has said what the russia investigation is missing is a president saying he wants to get to the bottom of it all. this was a hugely consequential day and not in ways that they would like. today we heard from the top two members of the senate intelligence committee. on the right, richard burr of north carolina. on the left, mark warner of virginia. in plain english, they sounded like senators ought to sound.

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