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"this week" with george stephanopoulos starts right now. >> robert mueller makes his move. >> did you clud with the russians? >> two indictments. a secret witness. with the white house surprised by new revelations on the trump campaign's ties to the president tries to turn the table. >> they should be looking at the democrats. a lot of people are disappointed in the justice department, his case?about the strength and his strategy? has president trump crossed the line by calling for the doj to investigate his opponents? we'll tackle those questions with whitewater independent counsel ken starr and the u.s. attorney fired by president trump - preet bharara . and democrats rocked by the explosive charge from former
chair donna brazile. the president pounces. >> i want -- you tugt look at hy clinton. she basically bought the dnc, and she stole the election from bernie. >> donna brazile responds here live in our exclusive interview. plus, trump pushes his tax plan. >> people are loving it. >> but our brand-new poll shows weak support. big questions now about the bill's impact on middle class families, the deficit, and lobbyists line up to save their special breaks. so can the gop stick together and pass this bill? what will it mean for you? we'll break down the politics. smoke out the spin. the facts that matter, "this week." >> from abc news, it's "this week." here now chief anchor george stephanopoulos. >> good morning. it's the first anniversary of his election approaching this week. president trump is in a deep hol with the american public. more americans disapprove of the president than ever before. 59% are unsatisfied with his performance. only 37% approv
president at this point in office since polling began. he's the only president since harry truman whose first year approval rating is underwater. every other president has had positive number. special counsel robert mueller's investigation has cast a cloud over his presidency. nearly half of americans think it's likely trump committed a crime with russian attempts to influence the election. that may explain why president trump worked hard this week to focus tire back on the democrats. he got ammunition with the explosive revelations in former dnc chair donna brazile's new book, "hacks." brazile claims the dnc gave hillary clinton an unfair edge over bernie sanders. and reveals she considered replacing clinton as a nominee after clinton fainted at the 9/11 ceremony. the ticket i liked most, she
booker. i felt certain that that combination would win the election. and donna br zil who has been a long time abc contributor, joins us now. welcome back. >> thank you. >> row didn't have the power on your own to replace hillary clinton? >> no. the charter and the convention rules say that the charp, shall, in consultation with the leadership and others. i had to put in on the the table. i was under tremendous pressure after secretary clinton fainted to have a quote unquote plan "b." i didn't want a plan "b." plan "a" was great for me. i supported hillary. i wanted her to win. we were under pressure. >> how serious was snit you got a call from vice president at the time. did you mention it to the vice president? >> no. i did not. everyone called to see, do you know anything? how is she doing? my job was to reassure people, not just the vice president, but also the democratic parrot, the members of party
was doing find she would resume her campaign the following week. >> to you still think biden and booker would have won? >> had a lot of other combinations. this was something you play out in your mind. at the time, i was sitting next to charlie baker, her chief -- >> clinton's campaign. >> charlie and i picked out. i had the former chair call me. what are you doing? look, the bottom line is she -- she resumed campaigning. i went on tv. to say that the campaign was back on track. >> as you can imagine, there's been quite a reaction to this, including this open letter from the hillary for america 2016 team signed by about 100 people. they say they are shocked to learn this. it is particularly troubling and puzzling that she would seemingly buy into russian fueled propaganda pred by the russians and our can't.
>> did you mention this to him? >> i kept my own counsel. i'm the chair of the party. i wanted to be up front with someone inside the campaign. charlie was there sitting across from me. i wasn't a staff person. i did not work for the hillary clinton campaign. i was not only a daily strategy calls. i had nothing to do with their data analystics. i was the chair of democratic national committee. i was concerned about the entire party. not just the presidential. >> it sounds like you had a dysfunctional relationship with the high command in hillary's campaign. you talk about saying i'm not patsy the slave? >> i could not control the -- the purse string of the democratic party. i had to figure out what was going on within the party that the chair of the party, remember, i wasn't just the chair. i'm also a vice chair. i was an officer for eight years. eight years under president obama. i knew what was going on within the party. i become ch
something. i raised the the money. they're like, you have to get signed off from brooklyn. i said brooklyn? this wasn't a standard agreement. they had a memorandum of understanding. i had to break it. in order to break it, i would cause a great commotion. yeah, i'm not patsy the slave because i got sick and tired of people trying to tell me how the spend the money. i wasn't getting a salary. i was volunteering my time. i was trying to increase the level of enthusiasm and passion for hillary clinton and the rest of the ticket across the country. >> they take exception to your description as the campaign as an ant septic, sterile inside the head quarter nairps saying that's not the campaign they knew. >> they should take page from hillary's book. i enjoyed per book. part memoir. a history book. i loved reading her book. if they don't like my book.
let me say this. i have every right as a former chair of the party, next year, i'll celebrate almost 50 years in american politics. the democratic party is 170 year old. >> i get that. there's traffic on twitter. i have gotten e-mails from m ds. passionate democrats who say they feel betrayed by all this. any regrets? >> do i regret taking on a job the second time in my life as chair of the party? cleaning up everyone's mess? taking all of the encoming? being unable to spend funds that i raised? do i regret being on the road 100% of the time? being hacked by the russians? being -- being harassed, getting death threats? do i regret any of that? george, this was worse than hurricane katrina in terms of the emotional toll? do i regret stranding up for what is right? helping hillary clinton? helping the democratic party? as somebody who went through the hacking experience. te
regret that? i wish i could have done more. >> do you think this helps for the book to come out? >> well, george, this is a lesson of 2016. if i released it next year, they would say, donna, you're impacting our 2018. donna, you're impacting -- for those who are eling the me to shut up, they told hillary that a couple of months ago. you know what i tell them, go to hell. i'm going to tell my story. i'm going the tell my story, george. this is a story of a young girl who started in american politics at the age of 9. who continues to fight each and every week of her life. i went down to -- virginia last week, to kick off the canvassing campaign. nobody paid me to do that. nobody -- i'm not on the payroll, george. i care about my country. i care about our democracy. i say go the hell because, why am i supposed to be the only person that is unable to tell my story? now, if -- i have heard a lot of people tell me various things as
what it was like to be over at the dnc during the hacking. what it's like to bury a child. i did, seth rich. they don't know what it's like to protect a staff from further harassment. they don't know what it's like because they're -- the high command of brooklyn. the people making the decisions, even for the dnc, they didn't come and work with us. they told us to shut up. and basically let them win the election. when we tried to intervene, we had to spend money we raised to try to help them win. that was my job as chair of the party. >> clear you have no regrets. you mentioned seth richards. killed during the campaign. did you feel under threat? >> every day. especially when donald trump -- donald trump would go out there and tweet. i have worked on campaigns all my adult life. i have been called some of the the worst things in america. when donald trump would attack me, i got the threats were just unbearable. my house right now is -- i
every different kind of security device. i had to get my home swept. the dnc swept twice. it was horrible. >> as you know, he's tweeting again, based on your book. he put out, the real story on collusion is in donna b.s' new book. crooked hillary bought the dnc and stole the primary from crazy bernie. >> well, donald trump likes to distract. what he should be focusing on is protecting our country from being hacked again. he should be working with congress to ensure that the american people will feel confident that we are going to have a good election season in 2017, 2018. donald trump loves to distract us and divide us. i'm not playing his game. >> he wants an investigation. >> i think he needs to look at his own house before he tries to clean up someone else ps? >> do you think the joint fund raise age agreement was illegal? >> i didn't like the fact that there was an additional memorandum that spelled out what the clinton campaign could d
exchange for bailing the democratic party out. i give secretary clinton credit for bailing the democratic party out. we were in debt. >> i have seen the e-mail traffic. it appears from at least one e-mail that the sanders campaign was taufrd exact same term. they could offer an agreement of their own if they raised more money. they chose not to. >> the sanders campaign set up a joint fund-raising campaign. they chose not to put money in it. this was a separate. what this was was an additional memorandum. >> they were aufd that same thing. here's the e-mail. if you're raising significantly more than the amount to cover the vote apart from the dnc. the dnc would be happy to chat with the sanders team. they were offered a similar chance. >> george, when i went, when i found out, the reason the chair of the party, the chair of the democratic national committee could not spend the funds, i found the agreement myself. this is the agreement they put out. this is the agreement i
to work within the program paraf the agreement to hire staff, spend money that we raised, so i could help hillary and tim kaine and all the other democrats win. as for any agreements or side agreements with senator sanders. i have never seen that before, george. >> do you agree with elizabeth warren that the primaries were rigged? >> i don't think she meant the word rigged. what i said, george, as you well know, after i left the show on july 24th, i said i would get to the bottom of everything. that's what i daid. i'm on the rule and bylaws committee. i found no evidence. the only thing i found, which i said, i found the cancer. i'm not killing the patient. was this memorandum that prevented the dnc from running its own operation. >> you write about the e-mail where you appear to share questions with the clinton campaign. >> yes, i did. >> we're showing it on the
those e-mails was a mistake youl forever regret. in the book, you're not sure you sent the e-mail. >> when you're hacked. i have seven e-mail accounts, maybe more. when you're hacked. and you don't know. i'm the only person in america that had to go and look and say, where is it, where sit. i knew i sent e-mails. >> you're not denying you sent it? >> i, first of all, i said, straight up, i said, look, if this was sent, i know why i sent it. i apologize. i spent the entire month of august apologizing for the leaked hacked e-mails. which is a crime. and so far, no one has been charged with a crime. i've apologized. said i'm sorry. here's what i also say in the book that i thought was helpful to the reader. to tell people that during this time when we were under pressure to add more debates to the schedule. i went out to get more debates. cnn was the beneficiary. but i
more diverse voices. i wanted issues people cared about. people were, as you recall, black lives matter were marching in the streets nape wanted us to address krill justice reform. yes, when cnn agreed to go to flint, michigan, we wanted to discussi discuss the water crisis. >> did you share questions with the sanders campaign? >> i spoke to republicans. when the debates were on abc. i is didn't want the candidates shocked by the nature of the questions. for the first time, we were going the go beyond talking about the usual issues that animate democratic primaries. we were going to the you can that about issues that concern black lives matter. >> you have tough words for the leaders of your party in there as well. you say, we have had three democratic parties. the party of barack obama. the party of hillary clinton. and th
was doing a very poor job of getting people who were not represented elected. these three titanic egos have stripped the party to a shell for their own purposes. >> i take responsibility, too, george. i'm a democrat. we lost thousands of state legislative seats. gubernatorial seats. we have an opportunity on tuesday in new jersey and virginia to fight back. to regain some of the lost ground over the last ten years. that's what i'm hoping will happen. every voter should know their vote counts. their voice must be heard. i encourage them to vote in virginia, new jersey, and alabama by the end of the month. it's important that everybody votes. yes, i take a hard, hard hit at pop within the party because i love my party. i of my country. i'm going to continue the fight for it. >> continue the fight for it. and are you confident now that the democratic
fixed? >> i'm confident that tom perez is leading in the right direction. we have a unity commission that is going to examine the things i raised about the primary contest and the caucus system. we have keith ellison and others energizing the grass roots. one of the things that bothered me in the patsy the slave chapter. i got some controversial chapters. anyone from louisiana knows i'm going to put hot sauce on every page. it's if not dripping with hot and spicy, it's not me. what i'm most confident of is we now have a party that is invest not all 50 states. imagine you're the chair of the party. i'm from louisiana. i'm from the south. i cannot get one poster outside of florida, virginia, north carolina, to go home to louisiana or mississippi or louisiana. i can't send resources to those states.
i didn't ask to be chair. when i left your show on july 24th, i thought i was going to have a nice brunch. i was called. they said, we need you to step up again. and i did. >> always a pleasure. it's been some year. ken starr, preet bah rar ra, and dane abrams join us lye next. i had this chest cold, but my medicine kept wearing off. oughs)!
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coming on the air that special counsel robert mueller has filed his first charges in the russia investigation. that move from mueller on friday morning. targeting rick gates and paul manafort. both men pled not guilty. even more surprising, mueller revealed his first secret witness, george papadopoulos. he admitted lying to the fbi about his contacts with the russians and others in the trump campaign. among the details, conversations about getting dirt on hillary clint clinton. let's analyze the fallout with ken starr. he served as solicitor general for the u.s. preet bharara. form form formerly of new york. and dan abrams. let me begin with you president what message did rob
send on monday about where he's going, where he's heading? >> i don't think he's in the business to send message. he's doing the job he was apointed to do. follow the facts. find out the truth. hold people accountable if they've crossed the line into criminal conduct. a by-product of his action is you know, something other people are hearing as a message. and that is, among other thing, that the charges against george papadopoulos, and that he's almost certainly flipped to provide more information means you'll see more charges coming. second thing i would say is, the fact that the mueller team takes very seriously being lied to. the fbi agents don't like that. it undermines their ability to get the truth out and to hold people accountable. lying to the fbi is a form of obstruction. to the exe tent people are wondering how they feel about obstruction, they feel seriously about it. some people should be
believe the plea a agreement is the most significant thing wee saw on monday? >> in some ways. manafort indictment shows there is a power and force in what bob mule sir doing. i have great respect for him. in terms of draining the swamp. that indictment doesn't speak with respect to russian collusion. it talks about corruption. corruption on k street. i think it's significant. i have read the papadopoulos indictment with some care. some of the dirt was going to come to him. he was interested in that. he was really seeking to be a policymaker guy who could arrange a meeting with vladimir putin. the russian ambassador to the uk and so forth. he was a real wannabe. but the point that reaches me that is so powerful, don't lie to the fbi. i think that
bob moouler chose to send on this particular day that it's not just about paul manafort. it's about the integrity of the investigation. tell the truth. >> george papadopoulos may have been a wannabe. tangential. but you learn he had lots of conversations. e-mail traffic inside the campaign about russian contacts that was denied by trump and the white house all along. >> that becomes the key now. assessing who were the people he was talking to? why were they enkoujing him to continue speaking with the russians? and most importantly, in the context of the investigation, what happened between the time he was arrested in july and until october 5th? so you have a period there, where he likely was helping. he may have been wearing a wire for all we know. in terms of getting information which could lead to additional charges on other people, with regard to some of the same things we're talking about. potentially
papadopoulos lie? why, in this context, was he covering up? the answer may be he didn't want to admit it. he didn't want to come clean. didn't want to talk what about he was doing. there's a bigger question to be answered. >> what does this tell you about a possible obstruction case against the president and the associates? >> the charges against papadopoulos don't tell us much. but it means they take it seriously. throwing sand in the eyes of the umpire is frowned upon. >> this is a small part of a larger investigation. >> you have seen, professor starr, something you're familiar with. people criticizing the actions of the special counsel. you have some members of congress saying robert mueller should step down because he was the head of the fbi when that uranium one deal was approved by nine agencies under the
administration. what do you make of those attempts to say he was compromised by this? >> i think that's silly. he needs to step aside in terms of an investigation with respect to that. that can the handled. there's though need for his investigation to include that. there are inspectors general and the like. there are other mechanisms to hold folks accountable for what may have been done. criticism goes with the territory. if you don't have the facts, argue the law. if you don't have the facts in law, attack the prosecutor. what is very significant is even though the president's very frustrated and lashes out, he appears to be following the advice of his lawyers. the lawyers are saying the right thing. as far as we know, they're doing the right thing. cooperating with the investigation instead of stone walling. >> meantime, the the president is active on twitter.
criticizing his own justice department. even is asking why the justice department and the fbi is not looking into the dishonesty looking on with crooked hillary and the democrats. right after that, jon karl asked about it? >> will you fire jeff sessions? >> i don't know. i'm not involved with the justice department. they should be looking at the democrats. podesta. all of that dishonesty. they should be look at a lot of things. a lot of people are disappointed in the justice department, including me. >> extraordinary the president taking on his own justice department. is he crossinging a line? n't he's crossed the line a couple of time. it's a terrible thing for a president to tell his justice department who to investigate, who to prosecute, and who to keep their hands off of. we have evidence he told jim comb yi to back off on mike
back off on joe arpaio. both of those things are terrible for the rule of law in our country. >> general flynn, you have to believe he has similar issues to that of paul manafort. he didn't properly reveal his lobbying activity. the question is is he next? >> is he cooperating? months ago, he seemed to be publicly offering up his cooperation in exchange for a deal. i don't think we know what is happening with flynn. with regard to the president's public comments there are separate questions of crossing the line in terms of protocol. morality. ethics. and law. right? i think that it doesn't cross the line yet. people are asking, isn't this obstruction? twhat president is doing already? and isn't he improperly speaking out? the answer is, improper, i think that's pretty clear. but, when it comes to the -- the im
department, it would have to be an order or directive. >> is the president getting close to the line? >> no, he's just spouting off. but until he does, exactly what preet said, until he issues a direct i have. directly or indirectly. he's expressing the frustration. it's not crossing the line. in in to criminality. >> thank you all very much. >> thank you. coming up, our "roundtable" takes on the fallout. and we'll check in live on the asia trip with jonathan karl. how much money do you think you'll need in retirement? then we found out how many years that money would last them. how long do you think we'll keep -- oooooohhh! you stopped! you're gonna leave me back here at year 9? how did this happen? it turned out, a lot of people fell short, of even the average length of retirement. we have to think about not when we expect to live to, but when we could live to. let's plan for income that lasts all our years in retirement.
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big push on tax cut. president trump and house republicans launched their bill this week. a 400-page rewrite on the tax code. new cuts and credits for individuals and families. that will increase the the deficit by at least $1.5 trillion over ten years and should cut income taxes for most americans. five years out, many middle class families will see taxes go up as credits expire. most of the benefits go to the wealthiest americans. but the bills supporters' argue that economic growth will be a big boom for every american. we're joined by house republicans with different views of the plan. mark meadows of north carolina and congressman peter king of new york. congressman king, let me begin with you. you have been an outspoken critic of the bill's doing away with state and local income taxes. are you a to vote? >> as of now, i
i'm a romd reagan, jack kemp republican when it comes to tax cuts. this bill, by taking away the state and local tax deduction has a particularly devastating effect on new york and new jersey. we already get treated unfairly. new york gets back 79 cents on the dollar. a $40 billion deficit on money we send to washington and doet get back. since 1913, it's been a principle not to have a tax on a tax. one other policy suction is that the republican party has always stood for federalism. encouraging state and local developments to do all that they can. now, we're being penalized for that. it's strong. it would have an extremely damaging effect on my constituents. who are middle, in some cases upper middle, but mostly middle income. a district that went for barack obama. donald trump carried it by nine. that's a 14-point turn
from trump voters. >> one no vote. congressman meadows, let me bring it to you. you and fellows have been deficit hawks. this is going to increase the deficit. independent analysts say it koud be far more than what's expected. can you vote for the bill? >> we can. it's a work in progress. obviously, peter sing is advocating real hard on behalf of his constituents. i appreciate that. peter and i were on the house floor just the other day. and, as we were talking about, what it does for his constitu t constituen constituents. what it does for mine. i can tell you, on the deficit side of thirngs even though we're looking at a 1.5 trillion increase in the deficit in the short run, preliminary numbers look good in terms of economic growth. over a longer period of time, some 10 to 15 years, we believe that the economic growth will outweigh any short term deficit increase that we
and so, peter and i are going to have to continue to work together to hopefully get this right. we're going to start the markup on monday. in the house. the senate will be rolling out their bill in the next few days. but, at the end of the day, we -- you know, failure is not an option. >> you're willing to vote to increase the deficit over ten years? >> i am. i mean, we have looked that. of course, i'm a numbers guy, george. as i have looked that particular bill, it appears that we should be able to get hopefully a 3.5 to.6 gdp growth bump. when we do, that actually means higher wages. a stronger economy. and as you look at a longer budge window, what it does is, even though we're looking at increasing the deficit in the short run, over a 15-year period, it appears we could have these tax cuts paid for because of economic growth. >> congressman king, president trump added a wrinkle
said we should repeal the obamacare mandate. can you go along with that? >> i think we should confine this for tax reform. i agree with mark. i hope we can work it out. right now, as i look ate for my district and my state. you would have my voters subsidizing over states in the country. new york does subsidize the rest of the country already. i want to work this right now. if it's worked out, i support almost everything else in the bill. i agree with mark. i think it is going the bring about growth for the country. i just don't want the rest of the country to be growing and more and more people having to move out of new york or lose their homes. >> congressman meadows. one other issue. when the tax credit expire, five years from now, 2023, there will be on average tax increase for families earning $20,000 to $40,000 a year. and for families $200,000 to
$500,000. can you go along with that sthnchts one of the things i have been advocating for is to include a repeal of the individual mandate in the tax bill. the reason for that, it gives us probably close to $40 billion more to not only extend those tax credits you're talking about -- $400 billion more. to address the state and local tax situation peter is seeing. we're advocating on behalf of that. when you look at those tax credits, it's spiring. most of what we're seeing is, as we start to reconcile with the senate. they will be permanent tax decreases for not only middle income americans. but across the spectrum that will be permanent for a ten-year period. so, looking at the detailed numbers, i think that the analysis that perhaps some nay sayers have right now is not going to be me
i'm hope physicful we vote on t november 16th in the house and the first part of december in the senate. >> thank you for your time. we'll be right back with "the roundtable." we35 mules,ur doors with 70 mega-watts, and an ice plant. but we brought power to the people- redefining what that meant from one era to the next. over 90 years later, we continue to build as america's 3rd largest investor in infrastructure.
we're part of it. we have great hopes that it wraps up. it is very distracting to the president, as it would be to any citizen to be investigated for something while at the same time, trying to carry the weight of what being president of the united states means. >> general kelly after the indictments came out on monday. let talk about wit "the roundtable." julie pace. sara fagen, republican strategist and cnbc critter. marc lotter, former press secretary for vice president mike pence. and charles, i want to start with you. >> amazing. >> no regrets. no backing down. at all fromon
hell. >> okay, so full disclosure. i know donna. known her for a long time. i saw her this summer. she let me read the first page. i knew it was going to be disruptive. she felt like her story had not been told fully. i think everybody has the right to do it. it's a political memoir. that said, it's horrible for the democratic party because it confirms a lot of what people who were cleaving apart from the party believed already. that it's -- that it -- that it's -- didn't function well. that there was some -- weirdness. about treatment of bernie sanders. and if cow talk to young liberals now, there's incredible energy. they're there's a lot of direct member okay si kind of work. people showing up to rallies. they're almost completely separate from the democratic party
>> you do see a real division. two days ahead of a big election in the state of virginia for governor. >> absolutely. you think donald trump's challenges in his favorability depressed northern is a have a population of moderate republicans? but ed gillespie is tied. in virginia, there's a good chance he'll win. >> that would be a huge blow to the democrats. >> it would. absolutely. democrats haven't had a lot to cheer about this year. they look at is a have a. they see a state they look at as less of a swing state and more of a blue state. to lose a gubernatorial race at this point. all the party stars, barack obama has been down there. to lose this would be a huge blow. it would underscore that this year for democrats has been a wasted year in terms of figuring out the direction that the party goes in after the shocking loss that they had
>> president trump treated this like it was the best gift he got all week. >> one of the surprising things was when the hillary clinton team signed the letter for donna brazile. it's like a child with a blang kooe that everything they do revolves around russia. not taking a critical look at the party apparatus. >> julie, they want to talk about russia. the week began with the big news. from robert mueller. you cover the white house. washington. every day. the white house was braced for the manafort indictments. they didn't see this p papadopoulos thing coming. >> it was a total surprise to the white house that this was someone who would face charges. two, if you talk about mueller sending a message, the recall message is through papadopoulos. he's going to
on of the campaign to the top and he'll take lying to his prosecutor as a criminal offense. multiple people in the trump administration, who left in the first couple of months and who are currently there. >> one of them sam clovis. if you go through the indictments and the plea agreements. he's the campaign staffer who said it was okay in an e-mail for. a dop on on loss to go the russia. the day after this comes out, he pulls back from his nomination for the agriculture department. >> that's right. there will be consequences across the board here because of this. to me, there's no -- evidence yet that there's any collusion. no evidence yet that the president or anybody in the current white house had conducted thechlss in any way improper. but, this does get to a wider judgment question. particularly in the early days of the campaign formation. that too many of his
had no idea that engages in this behavior was wrong and inappropriate. >> and marc lotter, one of the things it shows, we have heard president trump, his entire team, no contact with russia at all during the campaign. i mean, these indictments and the papadopoulos plea agreement show that is not even close to true. >> you're seeing a young guy trying to build a portfolio for himself. whether it was dealing with getting dirt or trying to build a relationship with, from a foreign policy standpoint. that's what we were lking at. where we stand right now is that the only proof where we have of actually a campaign organization working in collusion with the russians is on the clinton side and through the hiring of fusion gps and getting into the russian dossier. >> how can you say that? they hired a british agent who interviewed russians? up with of the things we have seen, charles blow is
russian about gaining dirt on hillary clinton? sharing it with higher ups in the clinton campaign? pop d papadopoulos being encouraged to go to russia. >> that's the thing. you have the buy into the concept that there was an epidemic of amnesia. even forgot all of the contacts they were having with the russians. came out, saying no contacts whatsoever. everybody said no contacts whatsoever. now what we're finding is that one after another, these were all lice. maybe they all forgot. if you believe that, as a journalist. been in journalism for 25 years. i can't believe that. there's to way that happens. >> there may not be collusion or criminali criminality. >> collusion is not a legal term. >> it's not. but we're using it. it appears this is not going to be the
see out of this investigation. >> how worried are the people inside the white house? >> they're worried. you have staffers who are having to pay high-priced lawyers right now, who are having to go in, talk to mueller's prosecutors. and, talk to folks who worked in the clinton administration when they were facing similar situations, part of the problem is that people don't know who to trust right now. they know that day after day, they're colleagues sitting in meetings with are going the to talk about what they know. >> i lived through this in the bush white house. that's the challenge. once everybody lawyers up. no one is allowed to speak to anyone else about what conversation i that is may or may not be having with whom. it has a dampening effect. in most white house, this happens late. we're nine months in. >> not only do you not know what you're colleagues are saying. you don't know what
prosecutors a have. that is one of the biggest lessons we take away there robert mueller this week. in revealing what george papadopoulos has, he shows he ha has a lot more information than any of us knew. >> if you just tell the truth, it doesn't matter. right? >> that's fair. >> my mother always said, you tell the truth, you don't have to remember what you said. tell the truth. >> unless the truth is damning. >> well, that's the problem. if you're having sympathy for somebody because they have to hire lawyer, it's because they are getting caught up in something. if you're telling the truth, that should not matter. >> i was in the white house earlier in week talking to the communications team. h is very focusing. they're focused on the the president's trip to air asia. on tax reform. this has the opportunity of making sure you are focused on the things you -- >> you think they compartmentalized the russia questions outside the day-to-day operations? >> it's not coming up in the day-to-day
it was focused on tax reform. the president's trip to asia. >> that's not entirely true. the staffers may be trying to compartmentalize. the person at the top of the organization, he was spending hours in the residence on monday morning when he could have been focused on the asia trip, tax reform, he was focused on the investigation. >> let's talk taxes. sara, you heard the two congressmen. senator james lankford saying he can't vote for a tax increase that increases the deficit, increases the the debt. this is bill on track to pass by christmas or more trouble than that? >> i think it will be tough to get it passed by christmas. i think it will ultimately pass. this is a one in a generation opportunity for republicans. there's an undering across the board that, that if republicans blow this opportunity, it's going to be an ugly november 2018. and, most importantly,
politics in the advocacy community for 20 years. i have never seen washington as organized. in terms of people moving in one direction. there are some groups, group that are opposed to this. the business community, the broader conservative movement is coming together in way i have not seen in decades. >> we don't have more time. thank you all very much. that's all for us today. check out "world news" tonight. i'll see you tomorrow on "gma."
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