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model that will bring us to victory. >> i think to your point, washington, professional politicians don't still are behind the curve. >> totally behind the curve. >> how big this is. >> not taking it seriously. >> it will change. >> has to. >> thanks for joining me. awesome. that was "all in" for this evening. "the rachel maddow show" starts now. >> good evening. thank you. much appreciated. thanks to you for joining us. shutdown is over but don't worry, in all likelihood, we'll have another one two weeks from thursday. you can mark it on your calendar now. government shutdown started at midnight on friday. it ended this afternoon. the point of it all is absolutely up for debate. but in terms of concrete consequences, here is the best i can tell. the government is funneled again for 17 more days. so that's why i say we're maybe shutting down again two weeks from thursday on february 8th. the chip program, which is almost literally the least
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controversial seriously consequential policy in washington, the chip program which nobody is against, which provides health insurance to 9 million kids and lots of pregnant women, that chip program did finally get reupped. republicans had let that program expire in september. again, this is not a controversial program, at all. which means they could have held a vote to reauthorize this any time in the past year, let alone since it expired but until we have this ridiculous three-day shut down this weekend, they wouldn't do it. but now they have. chip reauthorized for six years. this means parents who have kids in on going treatment forillnese to worry about their kids' health insurance will get yanked. in terms of political accomplishments, celebrating this is the rough equivalent of throwing a huge congratulatory party because you remembered to close the fridge door after
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taking your milk out for your seria cereal. this isn't the thing we should celebrate. look, shoes tied, wow! on daca, on the d.r.e.a.m.ers, democrats had said they were not going to vote for any funding bill for the government unless it settled the daca matter and protected the 700,000 young people. in the end the democrats in the senate did for the most part vote for a funding bill without those protections. but the democrats did make the republican senate leader mitch mcconnell agree for the first time that he will hold a vote on the daca issue. that means they will work out the d.r.e.a.m.ers, the daca issue as part of the next bill to fund the government before february 8th, 17 days from now or if they don't, thereafter, after february 8th, mitch mcconnell will put daca up for a vote. two immediate problems. if a d.r.e.a.m.ers bill passes the senate, who thinks house
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speaker paul ryan will let it pass the house? so the d.r.e.a.m.ers are still going to be up a creek without a paddle if democrats do succeed in getting a senate bill. problem one. problem two, if there isn't another deal reached to fund the government by february 8th, 17 days from now, we're going to have another government shut down at which point raise your hand if you think everybody will keep their promises what bills they intend to bring up under regular order. so the shutdown is done for now. we know when the next one is likely to arrive. d.r.e.a.m.ers are still at the end of a tether with nothing resolved, chip did get reupped, which is a huge deal for millions of american families but why is that something -- something that simple and uncontroversial, why is it that something that simple and uncontroversial had to get forced into being by the most extreme possible measures? anybody's guess. when this goes down in the
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history books as the first weird government shut down of 2018, this goes down as the first ever u.s. government shutdown with one party controlling the white house, the house and senate. there will be a little bottom line boldfaced reserved spot underneath the entry where they are supposed to explain why this particular shutdown happened and what came of it. what anybody is going to put in that spot, what is the point is a question, who knows. once we regain the basic ability to govern in this country, this pointless three-day shutdown that we had, which only achieved something everybody already agreed on and otherwise changed nothing, this is something future generations will not understand. why did they do that? a bunch of other news broke late in the day today. supreme court and the state of pennsylvania, so that the top court in the state, not the u.s. supreme court just ruled that congressional districts in pennsylvania were drawn by the
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republican-led legislature in a way that unconstitutionally tilts the playing field. pennsylvania is a swing state. in the 2016 election there was less than a single point difference between trump and clinton, although trump won. despite the closeness of the politics, in pennsylvania, republicans drew the congressional maps in that state so that out of the 18 congressional seats in that state, 13 of them are held by republicans. 13 out of 18 seats are republican in a state that is basically even steven, totally because of the maps. well, that prorepublican map is struck down by the state supreme court. they said they need to redraw the districts in a less partisan way and need to do it by february 15th. republicans don't want to do it. they will take their case to the federal system. if this ruling stands in pennsylvania, democrats would stand to pick up seats in that state, maybe two, three, four
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seats. they would pick them up from the court forcing a less bias map for the next election. last week the government asked for a sentencing for george papadopoulos that plead guilty to lying to the fbi and agreed to be a cooperating witness for the robert mueller special counsel investigation. the way it works, a judge is supposed to factor into your senten sentence. to measure that, they have to wait until you're done cooperating. they wait until law enforcement has everything they might want to get out of you before they bring you up for your sentencing before the judge. today was the day that lawyers on both sides of the george pop dop laus case were supposed to have a conference that will
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sentence papadopoulos. the government is nowhere near done with them yet and that is not happening. they delayed the initial conversation about sentencing for three months. so we don't know what that means but then tonight in an interview with the washington post, george papadopoulos' fiancee proclaims, you can see in the headline. she proclaimed george papadopoulos will be the john dean of the russia investigation. john dean, of course, was white house counsel to richard nixon and plead guilty in watergate and became the single most important witness against nixon and officials. i have no idea why george papadopoulos' fiancee says that the john dean rule is the one that her beloved fiancee is going to play in the russia investigation, but that is just what she told t"the washington pos post". there might be a language thing
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going on. mr. papadopoulos' fiancee is e italian. she says she's going to be the john dean of the russia investigation, but she also says at one point in the interview, quote, there is a lot to come. he was the first one to break a hole on all of this. the first one to break a hole. he was the first one to break a hole. i don't know what that means. there might be a little language thing here. i know what john dean means. i don't know what it means to be the first one to break a hole. we'll have to see how that shakes out. as i say, a bunch of news broke late in the day today but we're scrambling the show today a bit because a big story has just broken within the last hour from jonathan swan at reported within the last hour dramatic news about the fbi. he's reporting fbi director chris ray is threatening to
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resign from the fbi or at least has threatened to resign from the fbi because of pressure being put on him by attorney general jeff sessions, that he should fire his deputy, that he should fire his -- the number two person at the fbi, deputy director andrew mccabe. here is the lead from this new report. quote, attorney general jeff sessions at the public urging of president donald trump has been pressuring fbi director chris ray to fire fbi deputy director andrew mccabe but ray threatened to resign if mccabe was removed. that's according to three sources with direct knowledge. according to the new reporting tonight, attorney general jeff sessions told the white house counsel don mcgahn how upset the fbi director was about the pressure to fire his deputy andrew mccabe. he said this issue was not worth losing the fbi director over. that's according to a source familiar with the situation. we do not know when this
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occurred. the fbi director threatening to resign on the face of pressure to remove the deputy director of the burro. of course, the president nominated chris ray to be fbi director this past summer, after he fired the previous fbi director james comey. james comey testified to congress he was fired after he refused to let go of the fbi investigation into the president's national security advisor mike flynn. but this reporting tonight about the pressure being applied by administration to james comey's successor chris ray, this is new. we've known that republicans in congress have for a long time wanted to get rid of the number two, they wanted to get rid of mccabe and attacked him as compromised and the fbi investigation of hillary clinton and e-mails, they think he's compromised in part because his wife ran for office in virginia as a democrat. republicans have kept on attacking him month after month despite the fbi recently releasing records that showed
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that in fact, the fbi did not believe he had any conflict of interest in the clinton investigation and handled all matters with the clinton e-mail investigation and his wife's candidacy. he handled them within fbi ethics guidelines. we knew about the republican attacks on the fbi deputy director. we did not know until this evening what lengths the president and attorney general had been going to to get rid of the fbi director including direct pressure on the current fbi director so uncomfortable for him he threatened to resign over it. joining us now on the phone is the editor and chief of the law fair blog. he's written about law for decades and a legal analyst and joins us tonight on very short notice as we digest this breaking news. thank you for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> so part of the reason i wanted to talk to you about this tonight is because you are not a lawyer, as best i know but you are very good at explaining
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justice department norms and politics around justice deputy independence to those of us who aren't lawyers and who don't understand this stuff. can i just get your top line reaction to this news that the fbi director threatened to resign over this pressure on him? >> well, so my top line reaction is that chris ray behaved, seems to have behaved with a lot of backbone here. he's under -- we've known he's under enormous pressure. it's hard to stand up to the attorney general of the united stat states. it's harder to stand up to the president of the united states. we knew donald trump was angry at chris ray after appointing him and we seem and it had to do with andrew mccabe, which the president hates. what we learned today from this story is that at some point and
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my suspicion it was a number of weeks ago but i'm not sure of that that really came to ahead and involved a serious confrontation between the fbi director and attorney general in which the fbi director was forced to defend the line of the political nature of the law enforcement function and to chris ray's credit, he appears to have done that and said i don't, you know, i don't get rid of my deputy director, who is accused of really nothing more than being married to a democrat. i'm also married to a democrat, by the way. i don't consider that the worst crime in the world. and chris ray seems to have passed that test with flying colors. >> who would fire the deputy director of the fbi if he was
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going to be fired? is that one of the things the president could reach down and do that himself or the attorney general or the director, the burro director himself? who is -- how does that chain of command work? >> the staffing of the burro is the province of the fbi director. the wrinkle is the fbi director himself is on the chart, reports to the attorney general and of course, can be as we learned last year, can be fired by the president himself and so, you know, the power to fire is inherently the power to direct the conduct of the staffing of the burro or fbi director unless you remove him. >> this is the second report from the same reporter, jonathan swan about pressure on christopher wray, pressure on the upper ranks of the fbi. he previously reported that in addition to this pressure to fire andrew mccabe, jeff sessions, the attorney general
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had been pressuring the burro, pressuring director ray he should clean house and get rid of jim baker who is the fbi counsel who has recently reported to have been reassigned within the burro out of the top lawyer position. i don't know what to make about this idea that the white house or the attorney general is pressuring the fbi to remove multiple senior officials under the director. if it's an ax to grind against each of the people individually, if he's just going -- if they are going after everybody james comey spoke to when he had his conversations with the president that bothered him so much. how do you see this pressure overall? >> look, i want to be clear. i'm not a neutral observer of this, you know. jim baker is a friend and i, you know, i could not be more appalled by the treatment of sensse senior long-serving career law
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enforcement people by this administration. look, i think it is very clear that the president personally has it in for a group of people he says is close to comey or comey's senior management team and i think the president also very clear, by the way, the president, you don't have to take my word. the president tweeted about jim baker and andy mccabe and that is a remarkable thing for the president to be tweeting about members of the bureaucracy, not the cabinet level but these are not even subcabinet. these are sort of, you know, senior level career burro cats
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in the justice department is an unbelievable breach of every protocol we thought we knew about the way the president interacts with law enforcement. it also reflects, let's be frank, the fbi should do political bidding and there is a group of people that run the fbi who actually have this quaint notion that the fbi should be an institution that enforces the law and protects the national security of the united states in certain types of domestic national security investigations and without reference to political favor. and this seems to be an idea that the president is not capable of getting his hands around and i think we should be
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candid that is what is going on here. >> msnbc legal analyst, ben, really appreciate you joining us on the short notice. thank you. >> thanks for having me. i will say, this is a dramatic report from christopher wray reportedly threatening to resign if attorney general jeff sessions and the president were to prevail in pressuring andrew mccabe, the fbi deputy director, able to prevail and pressure him out of the organization. it was reported toward the end of last year mccabe was going to step down around crihristmastim and retire from the fbi. he may have the number of years in that would allow him to retire sometime soon. he's 49 years old, though. this is not a time people typically retire. "the new york times" reported in late december that mccabe was going to retire early this year. axios is reporting mccabe is
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still there and the fbi director is threatening to quit if mccabe is removed. mccabe and jim baker, the counsel who sessions apparently has been pressuring the fbi to remove both of them, those were two of the people james comey confided in when he had conversations with the president that were later described as like lly forming the obstructio of justice case if robert mueller goes in that direction with the special counsel investigation. we've been watching them one by one go after the people comey confided in after he had the conversations with the president to discredit them would be a way to under mooine the credibility. around mike flynn and the russia investigation before comey was fired. serious stuff. all right. we'll be right back. stay with us. ♪ let your inner light loose with one a day women's. ♪
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so, a bunch of late-breaking news this evening. the president just in the last few minutes signed the continuing resolution to keep the government open for the next 17 days. which is the conclusion to the weird three-day government shutdown we just had, axios reported jeff sessions had been pressuring the fbi director to fire the deputy, the number two official. that pressure reportedly leading the fbi director to threaten to quit in protest. nbc is not confirming that reporting. it is just that has that story but we're continuing to follow that. a lot going on. but for my money, it is adam
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entis and evan who have broken maybe the biggest story of the year so far. according to their new reporting in the new yorker, u.s. intelligence agaencies felt compelled to give an unusual briefing/warning to the trump administration. we don't know how many people they briefed or who exactly, but given the contents of the warning, the contents of the briefing, one might imagine this was a very senior level thing. quoting from the new yorker, in december u.s. intelligence agencies briefed officials saying that a member of the president's family was being targeted by a chinese influence operation. now, what influence operation means in this context, i think, that the chinese government was allegedly running an intelligence operation to try to compromise a member of the president's family. or to induce a member of the president's family to do the bidding of the chinese government, whether or not they were aware that was happening.
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which member of the trump family are we talking about? according to adam entis and adam, they say it's not clear which trump family member the warning was about but honestly, this is starting to seem like a game of clue where all but three characters are dead and three rooms left and you know it was the candle stick. not a lot of suspension. this is about jared kushner, the president's son-in-law. you might remember last week we got an unusual report from the wall street journal that said u.s. counter intelligence officials had come to jar rish kushner with a warning that a prominent chinese american businesswoman could be using her close friendship with mr. kushner and his wife ivanka trump to further the interest of the chinese government. what was crazy about the report, is a guy who owns the wall street journal quite recently
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was married to the subject of the article. according to this article, she was the is subject, the elephant in the room, that was her ex-husband's paper first to report on that warning. well, now we got a little more explanation where that came from. this is from "the new yorker." no march 2017, the fbi chief of counter intelligence visit the the white house and briefed jared kushner about the danger of foreign influence operations. he told kushner he was among the top intelligence targets worldwide including the ex-wife of rupert murdoch. they long speculated about wendy murdoch's ties. internally, some chinese officials spoke about her in ways they suggested had influence over her.
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according to a person close to kushner, which cu when kushner d by the fbi, he saw cause for alarm. we had previously heard about this strange warning involving rupert murdoch's ex-wife. now we have that in context. that what jared kushner was being warned about was a larger scale threat that he was being targeted by sophisticated foreign intelligence operations. now it's clear both in the wall street journal reporting last week and in this new reporting from the new yorker that jared kushner was unphased by these warnings he was getting. he thinks there was nothing to worry about. why are these people concerned? i am 36 years old. i can handle myself. i imagine him saying. well, now we know at least in part why counter intelligence officials might have been so concerned about mr. kushner and it's because of the intelligence intercepts they reportedly have about jared kushner.
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this is a big deal story. to understand how this got to be so bad, you have to understand a little bit about the distance how a normal american government handles this kind of risk and what the trump administration has been doing, there is quite a distance. shortly before the election, staffers prepared a memo for chris christie was the head of the transition team that concerned the sensitive matter of conversations with foreign powers. the memo said in part, because the current president barack obama is still in office, calls made during the transition period should be high-level n - non-substantive and trump would be indicated with requests for thousands of calls from around the world, those requests would come through campaign staff, advisors and other third parties. according to this advice memo for the transition, trump must not accept these requests. requests must be methodically returned in a system of calls that will not create negative
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press stories. the president elect must have a classified intelligence briefing before conversations with foreign leaders and conduct the meetings only when a note taker and national security aid is press acceptable. th they suggested trump start with the u.k. and end with pakistan. they recalled quote, obviously all that just got tossed aside. because trump was excited that important people were calling him. trump spoke to more than two dozen heads of state before his campaign ever contacted the state department. that free willing access extended to in person meetings. and the in person meetings were in the just held by the president elect and new president but his son-in-law, jared kushner. it's reported despite the protocols and well-earned reason there are national security standards around contacts with foreign governments like this,
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right, which require having a note taken and national security aids and being briefed by people experts on the subject matter before you have those conversations, despite that well-earned caution, jared kushner reportedly, repeatedly took unstaffed meetings with the chinese ambassador including at least one occasion in which they met alone. it's one thing if you're meeting with an old pal but if you're meeting with a high-ranking and experienced government official from a foreign power aggressively spying on the united states and trying to recruit or manipulate u.s. officials, in support of their incredibly sophisticated intelligence, those solo meetings your bud might be a problem. part of what happens after jared kushner decided to take solo or unstaffed meetings with the chinese ambassador is the chinese ambassador started reporting home to beijing what
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jared kushner was telling them. agencies aggressively target communications including their american ambassador reports about meetings in the u.s. according to you are can rent -- excuse me. according to current and former communication communications, the chinese ambassador and jared kushner discussed kushner's business interests along with policy. now, jared kushner is denying this. a spokesman for mr. kushner told the new yorker quote, there was never a time, never, that mr. kushn kushner. he was talking to the chinese government, not so much as a taker could he prove he didn't
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talk about business interest? is being described are u.s. intelligence about chinese co communications. chinese may be lying about what jared told them and may be conducting a plot to look like he was conducting a meeting. it may be made up by the chinese but if you've been taking solo meetings with the chinese government without protecting yourself against that possibility, then you have put china in a position to exert leverage over you. right? when they talk in intelligence circles about people being compromised, this is being compromised by a foreign intelligence operation. i mean, think back to those easy days after russia trying to get the floor plans and security arrangements for the american embassy in moscow, back in the cold war days. russia mounted an intelligence operation to get that material and the way they did it was
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convincing a lonely bored marine working security they should bend the rules a bit and date a nice russian girl. now there are rules against fraternizing with local women in these countries but that's not the worst. the reason the russians did that to the marines with that is not because the end in itself was getting them to date russian women. it was so they could collect evidence of the ma enradmrines something bad, something wrong, something against the rules to get them in trouble and once they had that evidence dead to rights, once they have that to lord over them, then they slowly twisted those marines into ultimately getting the real intel about the embassy that they wanted from that operation. that's how it works. right? so did jared kushner try to talk about a little family business? hey, i got a billion-dollar big building on park avenue i need
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to pay back some of the mortgage this year. did he discuss that while he was discussing bringing president shii. he denies it and maybe he didn't bring up personal and family business in the conversations but if he did and the chinese have evidence of that, or if something like that or if they can concoct that evidence because jared kushner is casting a i si aside meeting alone with foreign countries targeting us, then what were the words of that warning from the u.s. intelligence agency? were the words of that? quote a member of the president's family was being targeted by a chinese influence operation. there is one last piece of this. the presidents' daily brief, highly classified summery of intelligence delivered daily to the president in person. according to this new reporting
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at the new yorker, by the time president obama was wrapping up, officials allowed to receive the same version given to the president had expanded to pretty significant group. a total of seven white house officials were authorized to receive those crowned jewels, the same version of the pdb that appeared on president obama's ipad. again, that was at the end of eight years in office they allowed seven people to see that information. donald trump has just hit one year in office and his first national security advisor just pled guilty to the fbi for lying to his contacts with the russian government but nevertheless, the number of people inside the trump administration who have been cleared to receive the president's version of the pdb is a remarkable 14 already and that number includes jared kushner. and jared kushner does not have a security clearance. and the reason he cannot get one is because apparently, he cannot
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get one. there was controversy from the outset about his security clearance two days before the inauguration, jared kushner made the initial application and reportedly listed zero contacts on that application with foreign govr governments. this is after his meeting with the chinese and secretly meeting with the trump tower of russia. all of those foreign meetings he disclosed zero foreign meetings initially on his security clearance operation and mr. kushner sent updates, supplements to the application each time listing more and more foreign contacts. there has been controversy around his security application already. but jared kushner's process of trying to get a security clearance started a year ago, started in january. quote, as months passed, some members of the white house received their permanent security clearances but kushner continued to wait for high level
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appointees like him, the process is normally expedited says one former senior white house official. it can be completed in several months unless derogatory information pops up during the review. jared kushner apparently still has not received a false security clear ranance to this but gets access to the daily brief every day along with 13 other people. david priest is a former cia officer who we've had on the show before. he wrote the president's book of secrets about the history of the pdb and tells the new yorker this situation with jared kushner is unprecedented the in u.s. history. quote, having study the president's six-decade history, i have not come across the case of another white house official being a designated recipient for that length of time without having a false security clearance. here is obvious questions here, why can't jared kushner get a security clearance? when u.s. intelligence give that
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briefing last month telling trump administration officials that a member of the president's family was being targeted by a chinese influence operation, was jared kushner that member of the president's family? and if these intelligence intercepts happen as described here, and the chinese government has been saying among themselves that jared keeps bringing up kushner family business alongside u.s. government policy, what's the counter espionage cure to that? are intelligence agencies supposed to do with a problem like this? hold that thought. how do you win at business?
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joining us is a reporter from the new yorker and after taking solo meetings on intelligence intercepts, chinese officials said jared kushner raised his own private business interest with the chinese. jared kushner is denying that and there is the question why one year on after applying for a security clearance does he not have one and intelligence officials were warning the trump administration that a member of the trump family had been tar gett -- targeted in a chinese influence operation. >> thanks for having me on. >> let me ask you about the last point first. it's a very provocative scene
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you described. last month intelligence officials warning officials this a member of the trump family has been targeted by a chinese influence operation. what is an influence operation in this context and how unusual is that warning? >> well, an influence operation is in some sense an effort by a foreign government to try to alter the decision making of powerful people in a foreign power. as we all know and heard now, russia sought to impact american politics by getting involved in the election itself. china takes a different approach. it's trying to leverage or bring ever bring pressure or persuade foreign leaders in australia, new zealand and indeed in the united states to try to make policy choices. this is growing over the last couple years and we have begun to hear more specific information about what might be happening at the top of the u.s. government. >> i'm struck by the strenuous
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denial that you received from mr. kushner's spokesman, that's unusual for a white house advisor to have his own spokesman but these are the times that we're in. he's denying that he ever spoke on personal or family business matters with the chinese, but your reporting, again, very compelling scene is that intelligence intercepts show chinese officials discussing among themselves, mr. kushner making those kinds of personal requests or personal describing those personal business matters basically mixing them in with policy discussions. do we know, first of all, is that accurate the way i'm describing it and do we know if the u.s. intelligence community has a view whether or not mr. kushner did these things? >> we know a couple things. there is always reasons to be careful and to be wary around intercepted communications because it's very possible that a foreign government is mischaracterizing what happened in the room and that's a reason
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why protocol and tradition and best practices call for various specialists, basically people to help fortify your side of the story. one of the sources in our reporting was clear that as far as they are concerned, they didn't see evidence that mr. kushner was successful lly compromised. that's an important point to know. not clear who raised it. the reason is was it in fact, not clear who raised the matter if it was raised of personal or family business. now if it was raised by the chinese side, that would be consistent with what was warned about. the possibility they would beer deuce business incentives to introduce an effort to curry favor. so at this point, mr. kushner is clear and as far as he's concerned, he made no effort to try to raise any discussion of his businesses and it's not clear it was successful. the broader point by taking the
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approach he did of in a sense going around the system and machinery of government as he calls it, that he put himself into a position of being at greater risk than he would have if he relied on tools of his disposal to help him. >> staff writer with "the new yorker." super compelling story with a lot of eloquembedded, important information. thanks. >> my pleasure. >> the pdb thing alone is remarkable if jared kushner is receiving the president's vision of the pdb, which is highly close fi close f class pified information, he's been trying to get a security clearance for a year and failing. i'd love to know why. stay with us. .
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on the night before the night before the night before the night before christmas, on december 20th, broke the news that for weeks a group of republican members of congress had been quietly running a working group on capitol hill, they were obtaining material for purposes of the russia investigation but using that material to try to take down the fbi. they're meeting secretly to put together materials that the fbi and justice department were the
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real criminals in the russia investigation. the secret group of republicans hope today release a report early next year so the final product could be used by republicans to discredit special counsel robert mueller's investigation. early next year. which would be now. and now we know what they're releasing. now we know what they got. that's next. coming at you with my brand-new vlog. just making some ice in my freezer here. so check back for that follow-up vid. this is my cashew guy bruno. holler at 'em, brun. kicking it live and direct here at the fountain. should i go habanero or maui onion? should i buy a chinchilla? comment below. did i mention i save people $620 for switching? chinchilla update -- got that chinchilla after all. say what up, rocco. ♪ syou or joints. something for your heart... but do you take something for your brain. with an ingredient originally found in jellyfish, prevagen is the number one selling brain-health supplement in drug stores nationwide.
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late last year broke did news a group of
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republican congressmen formed a group in the house to try to indict the fbi, discredit the fbi. it was led by congressman nunez and they have a memo that outlines their case against the fbi. it uses material for a fisa warrant, targeting carter page. although the application is said to have drawn on a variety of memo, the information comes from one strand, the michael steele dossier that president trump had been compromised by russian intelligence. the committee voted last week that they would make this memo available to all members of the house. that surprised democrats on the intelligence committee who
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didn't know this memo existed. but this led to a huge right wing campaign that this memo be declassified and released to the public. >> this is a memo written by republicans. it's not like it's a secret document that's been unearthed or pried out of the fbi. this is something house republicans wrote themselves and now they've created a campaign saying it must be released, this thing we wrote ourselves. but this release the memo cause has become a leading cause of russian bots and trolls on line. # release the memo has gone around hundreds of times. whatever it is the house republicans are trying to gin up with the memo they wrote, the russians are trying to help. it is weird it's a rallying cry
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for both republicans and russians online. the secret republican group wants everybody to see their memo attacking the fbi with one exception. they're not showing the material to the fbi. the fbi has asked congressman nunez for a kroep to evaluate the information and take appropriate steps if necessary. the fbi apparently is not being allowed to see this memo about them. steps if necessary. the fbi apparently is not being allowed to see this memo about them.
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your one a day is showing. the second annual women's march happened this weekend. the first one last year the day after the inauguration may have been the largest single day of protest in history. after that no one knew what to expect for the second annual marches this weekend. as it turned out more than 200,000 people hit the streets in new york city, in los angeles it was triple that number. 600,000 people turned out in la. in nova scotia, half the town turned out. there's a population of 65 in the town. 32 people turned out and a baby. that's half. no one was home to answer the phone. i know for a fact nobody expected the women's marches last year to be as big as they were. but i don't think anybody thought they'd be as b


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