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thanks, brooke. anyone who posted or tweeted a meme mocking tom brady in the first half of the game, this is totally on you. "the lead" starts right now. president trump goes after a federal judge and tells america anything negative about him is fake, but a real little battle is exploding over his travel ban. president trump off script. the west wing staff spent. sources telling cnn that president trump's white house staff is all over the place but that might be exactly how he wants it. plus, isis calling its shots through cyber space. and president trump's travel ban would likely not do anything to stop it. good afternoon and welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. president trump's tweets are windows into his soul. unfiltered and often seemingly unmoored. this weekend we all got to take quite a gander of judge james
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robart who temporarily suspended the president's travel and immigration ban. president trump attacked him as a, quote, so-called judge seeming to question his legitimacy and competence. he went on. just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. if something happens, blame him and court system. people pouring in. bad! of the many polls suggesting that a majority of the american public opposes the travel ban, the president wrote, quote, any negative polls are fake news, just like the cnn, abc, nbc polls. people want border security and extreme vetting. any negative polls are fake news? got that. any polling suggesting anything negative about the president or his policies is not, in his view, real. of well sourced stories reporting the president didn't know the extent to which he is putting steve bannon on the
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principals committee would be controversial he opined. i call my own shots based on an accumulation of data. everyone knows it. some fake news media, lies. >> if a judge rules against the so-called president he is a so-called judge. if a poll shows the majority of you disagrees with his policies, the poll is fake. if a well sourced news story reflects something unflattering about him, that story is fake. so the judicial branch of government and the free press, two fundamental pillars of our democracy, if we take actions he does not like, we are not legitimate. okay. what about a known geopolitical foe of the united states like, say, i don't know, russian president vladimir putin? coincidentally the president was asked about putin during yesterday's super bowl interview with bill o'reilly. >> will i get along with him? i have no idea. >> putin is a killer. >> a lot of killers. we got a lot of killers. what, you think our country is so innocent? >> so, as long as we all know
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where we stand. i suppose. let's focus on the legal battle erupting over the travel ban. pamela brown is following the story. yesterday the ninth circuit court of appeals held the stay of the ban. it looks like this is end up in front of the supreme court. >> right now as we speak the justice department only has two more hours to file its brief with the ninth circuit court. and then the world will have to wait and see what the court decides as the legal showdown ensues. people who were banned from entering the u.s. a few days ago are rushing to get in under the wire in fear of the ban going back into effect. an emotional reunion at dulles international airport as a somali mother with a valid u.s. immigrant visa and children are reunited with their father. >> i am feeling excited about my family coming to me here and living with me.
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it has been very difficult week. but i am happy that it ended happily. >> reporter: his family was turned away from coming to the u.s. last week because of president trump's travel ban, but friday a surprise window opened up when a washington state federal judge temporarily halted the ban nationwide. >> we must intervene -- >> reporter: district judge james robart ruled the plaintiffs washington state and minnesota demonstrated in certain areas which set off a media chain of events around the world and prompted the president to fire off angry tweets even attacking the judge. quote, the responsible of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned. and, quote, just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. if something happens, blame him and court system.
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speaking to a military crowd in tampa this afternoon, trump was confident he'll win the court battle. >> we've soon seeing what's been going on over the last few days. we need strong programs so that people that love us and want to love our country and will end up loving our country are allowed in. not people that want to destroy us and destroy our country. >> reporter: even people in trump's own party say the system of checks and balances is working as it should. >> we don't have so-called judges. we don't have so-called senators, we don't have so-called presidents. we have people from three different branches of government who take an oath to uphold and defend the constitution. >> we all want to try to keep terrorists out of the united states, but we can't shut down travel. >> reporter: today department of justice lawyers are trying to get an appeals court to reinstate the ban arguing the president, not the courts, should be making national security decisions in part
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because courts do not have access to classified information about the threat posed by terrorist organizations operating in particular nations. but ten high-ranking former national security officials including cia directors and secretaries of state have told the appeals court the ban would undermine the national security of the united states, endanger u.s. troops, and help isis. and the court has also heard from 97 tech companies like google and apple who depend on foreign-born labor and oppose the ban. so right now all eyes are on the ninth circuit court which will decide whether or not to reinstate the ban, as the appeals process moves its way through the court system, jake. >> thank you so much. joining me now is senator pat lahey of vermont. former chairman of the senate judiciary committee and a democrat. thank you for joining us. i want to play something for you the president said at centcom. >> we've seen what happened in paris and nice. all over europe.
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it's happening. it's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported, and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. they have their reasons, and you understand that. >> senator, i know you're not a spokesman for the trump white house but i am wondering, do you have any idea what he's talking about? >> i have no idea. i think i'm going to go back and reread george orwell. this kind of doublespeak makes no sense at all. look what the president has done. he has made it very clear he doesn't want muslims in our country. he issues an executive order that is so broad on its face we could be blocking people from virtually any country, including just tourists coming into the united states. he tells a federal judge -- or tells the country this federal judge disagrees with me, he is obviously not a valid federal judge.
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he said the same thing about another judge who found that he had been involved in business dealings he should not have been involved in. in other words, if you agree with him, you're valid. if you disagree with him, you're invalid. and then he doubled down this weekend, basically equating putin's russia as a moral equivalency with the united states of america. i don't know how anybody, republican or democrat, could accept that. the -- bill o'reilly, to his credit raised putin and what he does, a man who has ordered assassinations, has had members of the press anssassinated. political rifles assassinated. has stolen tens of billions of dollars from his country, and he says that's equivalent to the united states? no, it is not. >> the tweet about judge robart
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in which he called him a so-called judge. i have talked to people who defend trump and say this is just him insulting a judge. it's no big deal. you disagree? >> it's a huge deal. to use his words. it's a huge deal. i tell you why. we have three bafrns ranches of government. one of the reasons our democracy is now the oldest existing democracy in the world is because we have checks and balances between the legislative branch, judicial branch and executive branch. every single president -- i have been here since president ford -- whether they agree or disagree with a court order, they say, okay, it's got to be upheld. that's what we do. we have never had a president, of either party, try to undercut and lord the moral authority of our federal courts. it's just never been done. and i have had a lot of republican senators say this goes beyond the pale.
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>> so many trump voters might say that this is exactly why they voted for him, to send him to washington, to shake things up, to take on these out-of-control judges, et cetera. what would your response be to them? >> my response would be he took a solemn oath to uphold the constitution. you don't uphold the constitution by saying the courts are not valid. you are not upholding the constitution when you say the murders and the bribery and putin's russia are the moral equivalent of the united states of america. that i can't imagine anybody who would vote for a president to do that. >> so you say you're not voting for president trump's nominee to be attorney general, senator jeff sessions. he was a colleague of yours in the senate for years. certainly you don't think he lax the qualifications to be attorney general. >> i think part of the qualifications is what will you
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do as a the attorney general. he voted against a resolution saying we don't have a religious test in the united states. i was brought up to believe that. i thought everybody was. he voted against the violence against women act because we included native americans and immigrants and the lgbt community as well as the sexual trafficking of children. it passed overwhelmingly in the senate and the house. he thought it went too far. >> what do you want to hear from president trump's supreme court pick, judge neil gorsuch, who seems to have supporters both democrats and republicans? >> i'll sit down and talk with him. i want to know how independent he would be. i was worried about the way he was announced. the president did it like it was some kind of a game show. i'm flying in the two final contestants, and now open the door and here is the one i picked. the supreme court is not a reality show.
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it's the u.s. supreme court. and you get especially troubled when he says that he picked the name from vetting done by right-wing organizations, many of them lobbying organizations, that they would tell the president whom he could pick. that's not the way we do it. i voted for a lot of judicial nominees of both republicans and democrats, from the supreme court down through. i voted for them thinking they would be independent, not beholden to some special lobbying group. >> senator pat lahey, democrat from vermont. appreciate it. into the third week of his presidency donald trump says he is calling the shots but what's regular going on? sources say there is chaos and tension. what's the truth? that story next. tech: at safelite, we know how busy your life can be.
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requ welcome back. this is the start of the third week of president trump's term and his managing by conflict style we saw during the campaign appears to be firmly in place at the white house. not everybody considers it a success. many do. what does president trump think about how things are going in sara murray is live for us.
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they point to a seamless supreme court nominee rollout and a messy travel order to say nothing of the tweets. what's going on behind the scenes? >> reporter: the trump administration can point to a very busy and active first two weeks in the white house, but donald trump pulled those off while there were turf wars among staffers and while he was causing heartburn for official washington. some at the administration insist they're changing course, that those who are hoping donald trump may change may come up disappointed. president trump's top aides taking pains to insist everything is going smoothly in the west wing. >> we're a very tight group. we all live in the fox hole together. >> reporter: trump has delivered on many of his campaign promises in a whirlwind two weeks. >> we'll begin immediate construction of a border wall. >> reporter: he has done so with chaos churning in the background. the president faced backlash for putting chief strategist steve bannon on the principals
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committee of the national security council. and the rocky rollout of trump's travel ban was panned even by close allies who say he wasn't well served by his advisers. >> the president has a structure inside the white house with three folks who are predominantly in charge of operations at the white house. mr. bannon, mjared kushner and reince priebus. >> we'll concede sometimes the usual washington niceties of informing members of congress were not fully implemented. >> reporter: it's all part of a learning curve for trump and his team. advisers say the president didn't realize how controversial it would be to put steve bannon on the committee. and he has tasked priebus with
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ensuring future agenda items are implemented smoothly. sources tell cnn the trump administration is putting more energy into downplaying reports of staff fighting than actually solving tensions that persist between priebus, bannon and others in the west wing. those tensions may put trump's gop allies in washington on edge. but there is little sign they bother the president. this weekend he treated, i call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. trump is often the driving force behind the cycles of chaos and then calm. that were all too common in his presidential campaign. the big challenge for his team, moderating the impulse to act first and deal with the fallout later. >> donald trump doesn't have the filter that obama for george w. bush had. it can be a strength to communicate his message directly to voters. it also causes a great deal of concern amongst white house aides and the press operation. that's where they need to do the job of cleanup on aisle 5.
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>> reporter: president trump thrives in a tumultuous environment but that's not necessarily true of everyone he surrounds himself with. sources tell me a number of former campaign staffers, in fact, are opting for jobs in government agencies even as slots remain unfilled in the west wing because they just cannot bear to be this close to what one person described to me as the west wing circus. jake. >> chaos theory. sara murray. thank you very much. the panel here to discuss what we've heard. president trump hours ago suggested that paris and nice type attacks are happening all over europe and the press is not reporting it. what on earth is he talking about. think it over. we'll have that next. they're di. nice tells you what you want to hear. but kind is honest. this bar is made with cranberries and almonds. so, guess what? we call it cranberry almond. give kind a try.
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welcome back. in a speech at u.s. centcom headquarters in florida today president trump said the radical islamic terrorists are committing atrocities across the world are and determined to strike within the united states. true. then he added this. >> you have seen what happened in paris and nice. all over europe it's happening. it's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported. and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. they have their reasons, and you understand that. >> joining me now to talk about it my panel. republican strategist and pollster kristen and david ignatius and white house correspondent for the "wall street journal," carol lee. david, he is alleging the media does not cover terror attacks in europe and that we don't want to. do you have any idea what he's
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talking about? >> no, and i have to be honest. as a journalist i am really troubled by that. we have brave colleagues who every day are taking big risks to cover these stories, look at the "new york times" which the president demonizes often. the "new york times" this weekend had an outstanding piece of reporting about how isis has been reaching out, is more involved in some attacks in europe -- >> we're doing a version of that story later in the show with that reporter from the "times." >> it's particularly inappropriate when we have colleagues who are doing everything they can to bring this story to america. for the president to suggest we don't take the story seriously. i'd love to sit down with him. i have about a hundred examples to show him. >> i don't understand it. >> a lot of it has to do with donald trump views himself as being the voice of people who are very scared. when people sort of feel like, well, there are all these things happening in europe and donald
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trump says they're happening, donald trump validates that i should be afraid. i think that's a big piece of why this is -- in his message, this is why over the weekend he said if there is an attack in the united states as a result of this judge saying the muslim ban can't go into place it will be the judge's fault. for him, a population that is afraid, that is deeply concerned about threats coming in from overseas, people causing attacks here in the united states, that benefits him, he thinks, and i think that's why he stokes this. >> it occurred to me, the germans are very upset about the fact that there are all these fake news reports in germany and throughout europe of immigrants, refugees attacking european women and carrying out terrorist attacks. clearly, first of all, let me just say there are legitimate ones that happen but there are a lot of fake ones and that it explodes in social media and by the time the police and national security apparatus investigate nothing happened but the
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hysteria already got out there. maybe he is talking about the fake news stories. >> i asked the white house for examples. i'll let you know when they get back to me with examples. i don't know what he is talking about. but this is another way in which -- i know we're only several weeks into the transition. this is so dramatically different from the obama administration, which would say that journalists over-cover these things and hype up the terrorists. it's kind of a little bit of whiplash. i don't know what he is referring to, i do know that any news organization. when there is any attack we are all over it. >> sean spicer was on air force one and was asked about the crazy quote he said there are certain terror events which are not covered on a degree to which they should be which is what the president meant, which is not what he said. one thing i want to ask about what president trump said to bill o'reilly about putin. o'reilly said putin is a killer and he said there are a lot of killers. you think our country is so
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innocent. here is mitch mcconnell on that quote yesterday. >> i am trying to imagine your response if president obama had defended the murderous reign of putin by saying you think our country is so innocent? >> i'm not going to critique the president's every utterance but i do think america is exceptional, america is different. we don't operate in any way the way the russians do. >> retired general mccaffrey today called it unamerican. >> senator mcconnell's comment and mccaffrey's also suggests that donald trump is running out of runway with comments like this. these are so upsetting, so offensive to people in his own party. i think that, more and more of my focus as i try to cover this story of this presidency is on republicans in congress. they're the people who are going
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to have to draw clear lines, say this is unacceptable, this is not -- this does not speak for our party, for our country, and to the extent they do that i think there is some protection. if they don't, i am worried. >> i want to ask you because you have you're pollster. president trump said today, any negative poll is fake news. >> i almost enjoy the honesty of that tweet, because frankly, look -- >> you're such a positive person. >> i am trying to be chipper. you can say i think the polls are bad. i think the polls are broken. i think that the polls can't be trusted. those are valid statements to make. that's a debatable point. saying i only distrust the negative polls is not actually a position that is tenable. but frankly that's the position he holds. kudos to him for being honest about it. i think there is a lot the polling industry needs to do to enhance trust. you can't just say only the
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negative polls are bad. that's not how it works. >> with the work we do, the negative and unflattering stories are fake, he says. >> this is a pattern. donald trump is a president who needs an opponent. there is always an opponent. the polls is the opponent, the media is the opponent, whoever is getting in his way. the judge is the opponent. that's the way he sees the world. that's where a lot of this stuff is coming from. >> you were talking about republicans in congress. the checks and balances that we have set up in the system, freedom of the press and the press being one of them but also, of course, the judicial branch which some people think is now under attack because of his comments about the judge, judge robart. there is a legislative branch. are members of congress afraid of him? do they think they're next in terms of trying to undercut them? >> it depends upon how popular he is. members of congress kind of go with the political winds. his polls are down, and i think that's going to embolden members of congress. we're going to see how strong our system is. we're going to see whether the
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checks and balances work. i have been tremendously encouraged by rulings like judge robart's. it shows that we have rule of law. that's what we pride ourselves on. but it's going to be tested. >> it will be interesting to see how long republicans can kind of -- you can almost see in your interview with senator mcconnell. they're just like -- they really -- he keeps putting them in these very uncomfortable positions. >> mcconnell came on the show. he just wanted to talk about judge gorsuch. from the time we booked the interview until the time we did the interview there were 50 strains of crazy. >> there are a number of things you've seen senator mcconnell say that members of congress can tell his hair is on fire even though it doesn't sound that way because he is subdued. a number of things have led to that. senators bernie sanders and ted cruz face off over the future of obamacare tomorrow at
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welcome back. i am jake tapper. turning to our world lead. president trump continues to defend russian president vladimir putin whose political and journalistic critics have a habit of turning up dead. and also the incursions into ukraine and syria. this time mr. president trump seemed to equate united states' actions with those of the authoritarian regime. it's drawing fire and prompting reactions. a former cia director told cbs i think he has special affection for putin which is as a result of something we don't fully
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understand. bringing chief national security correspondent jim sciutto. seeming to equate the u.s. and putin. it's the kind of statement one usually hears on a propaganda outlet, something owned by the russian government. >> it's a time-worn tactic of then soviet and now russian propagandists. it's called what aboutism. you criticize a government, same with china, russia about something, they say what about a mistake your country has made in the past. time-worn. you expect it from moscow, not so much from an american president here. once again, the american president, donald trump, at odds with his own party on these comments. listen to senator ben sasse earlier today. >> putin is an enemy of freedom of religion and the free press. putin is an enemy of pril dissent. the u.s. celebrates political dissent and the right for people
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to argue free from violence about places where ideas are in conflict. there is no moral equivalency between the united states of america, the greatest freedom loving nation in the history of the world, and the murderous thugs in putin's defense. >> i spoke with the republican senator this afternoon who told me, jake, that his hope is that over time, over the weeks and months of being in the white house, that president trump will see the great care that america takes to avoid those kinds of things, speaking, for instance, specifically of not bombing civilians deliberately in syria and aleppo which we know russia does and of course, u.s. air strikes may kill civilians but we know how the u.s. tries to avoid it. that's just one example of, again, where republicans have very sharp differences with the president on this. >> including some in his own administration. and there are people in his administration who seem to be suggesting that the united states is going to come down hard on russia when it comes to
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its incursions into ukraine. >> you heard mike pence say the white house will be watching russia. you heard nikki haley at the u.s. security council saying we're watching in strong terms. not even diplomatic. you her mike flynn will push for montenegro's entrance into nato. the question is do the comments of president trump reflect the policy or the others? the truth is we don't know the answer to that question. has president donald trump left businessman donald trump behind? new documents that show he might still be making money while making decisions for america. vandalism and violence. is anti-semitism on the rise in america? stay with us. if you're searching other travel sites to find a better price...
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president trump defended the travel ban a short time ago during his first visit to u.s.
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central command in tampa, florida, vowing to defeat radical islamic terrorism. >> to these forces of death and destruction, america and its allies will defeat you. we will defeat them. we will defeat radical islamic terrorism and we will not allow it to take root in our country. we're not going to allow it. >> an eye-opening piece in the "new york times" explores how previous terrorist attacks around the world considered lone-wolf attacks were actually facilitated by isis through cyber space. >> quote, once you have found the car look at the front right tire. you'll find the keys placed on top. open it and retrieve the bag. this is just one of the chilling messages sent to new isis recruits from the terror group's virtual mentors thousands of miles away according to the "new york times." in a recent report journalist shows that not all of the
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so-called lone wolf attacks were in fact by lone wolves. she found terrorists using encrypted apps and explicit instructions to expand their reach from syria and iraq to online followers around the world. >> they basically reach over the internet into our communities and then -- and then almost like a puppeteer pulling the strings of a puppet, maneuvered that person towards the attack. they will sometimes provide everything down to the bullets that the person needs to use to kill victims. >> officials and analysts are not describing the actions as isis-directed or isis-inspired. they're known instead as isis-enabled pilots. such as the one carried out in a bangladesh cafè last year leaving 22 dead. and the 2015 shooting in garland, texas, where the would-be terrorists were killed. for isis these are cheaper, easier directives often discovered only after the
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suspects are caught. interrogation transcripts contain a trove of details. >> they show both what the attackers who survived the attacks said to police and also detailed reports of what was found on their smartphones and on their laptops. >> in 2014 isis sought to enable an attack in india. indian investigators said the isis recruit later detailed 17 months of instructions from virtual plotters. >> the isis handler who was sitting in syria, arranged for several drops of weapons and chemicals that were going to be used in this attack, and they were left in locations that ranged from a tree to a package that was to be left next to a railroad track, to an overpass, to a canal. >> intelligence officials continue to home in on the new trend in terror hoping to foil more plots before they're carried out.
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>> today's money lead now. exactly what has president trump done since taking office to separate himself from the global business empire he built? you'll recall his stacks of folders in a news conference days before his inauguration. he and his lawyer insisting that documents showed his efforts to transfer entities to his adult sons and a financial officer had been made. reporters were not permitted to look inside the files. in today's portion of conflict interest watch, cnn's cristina alesci joins me. what did propublica dig up? >> it essentially showed trump is still very much the boss. he has the final say when it comes to his companies. the trust, which those documents outline, creates another legal layer, but it's questionable if it resolves the issue of conflicts. the documents shed light on donald trump's trust, the one housing his business interests. the two takeaways here, the trust is for the exclusive
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benefit of president trump. that means he makes or loses money from his companies. also worth noting, president trump can revoke the trust. that's the second part that's highlighted there. remember that president trump said he'll continue to receive profit and loss statements for the companies. so he decides that his trustees are not running the business well, well, then he'll just tear up the arrangement. at least he has the power to do so. >> so just to try to understand this. he is not making day-to-day decisions, but these documents mean he still retains power over his companies and he still is making money from them. what do ethics lawyers have to say about this arrangement given the discovery of these documents by propublica? >> they're essentially, the once we spoke to today, anyway, calling it window dressing and that the documents prove that there is no real separation between trump and his businesses. and essentially, that's what democrats say too. in fact, the top democrat on the house oversight committee called the documents smoke and mirrors. and jake, a real-world test is
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coming up for president trump. remember, the trump organization leases a building for -- leases the building for his d.c. hotel from the federal government. now, the lease technically bars elected officials from being party to that arrangement. so the federal agency overseeing the lease, the general services administration, must decide whether this trust arrangement that we just talked about creates that separation between trump and his businesses. here is another possible conflict. trump appoints the head of the agency. so the person who will be making the call essentially will be appointed by the president. now, trump hasn't appointed that person yet, but democrats are pressing the gsa to make a call on whether president trump is violating the lease. and today is the deadline for the agency to provide some clarity around this jake. and i am watching to see if the dems get some answers. so far i spoke to several. they haven't heard anything from
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we're back with the buried lead. that's what we call stories we feel are not getting enough attention. today, two attempts by government entities to beat back efforts to combat political corruption. yesterday the government of romania backed down from a decree that would have decriminalized certain corrupt behaviors by politicians. the government last night withdrew the decree. no such luck in south dakota,
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where there are also protests. an anti-corruption referendum that passed in november was repealed last month by the legislature in an emergency move. protesters at the capit oil building in pierre. it would have curbed lobbyist gifts to lawmakers. they signed the repeal bill saying they had been hoodwinked by scam artist. one group called the repeal a bold power grab. in the national lead. a spate of troubling an anti-semitic incidents. slogans squalled slogans drawn on the subway. in houston a swastika drawn in chalk at rice university.
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dozens of jewish community centers across the country faced bomb threats. brynn, do authorities think any of the incidents are linked? >> no line to connect the dots yet. some people don't even want to make this political, but we have also been talking to the anti-defamation league, a leader from the north american jcc and authorities here in new york city. they tell us there is an uptick in the amount of anti-semitic crimes being reported in the last month. you mentioned many of them in which we saw an outbreak of incidents in multiple cities. in chicago police are trying to track down the person who they believe broke out synagogue windows and placed swastika decals on the front door of the temple. houston, texas, rice university officials found the swastika written in chalk under the trump
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statue. a rash of bomb threats being called in for the last month. 65 threats made to dozens of jccs in 26 states. in one of the threats in minnesota, about 500 people were inside the center from senior citizens as young as to infants. look at this picture. it's so sad. look at the cribs that had to be wheeled outside as the center followed its evacuation pro protocol. a director at the center told cnn this is, quote, the new normal for them. federal authorities have opened a probe into the calls. as a leader with the anti-defamation league noted on "new day" this morning, the technology the caller or callers are using is providing an obstacle for authorities. >> technology which masks the caller, it's -- and -- so you can't hear. distorts the voice. also technology which spoofs the phone number. when the calls are received by the jcc it looks as if the calls are coming from within the
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building. >> all the calls so far have turned out to be hoaxes. here is empowering news with all of these hate crime reports this weekend. these images posted on social media from a rider on the new york city subway. passengers noticed the swastika drawings and anti-semitic words on advertisements. one person remembered, hey, alcohol helps get sharpie out. so riders banded together. they used tissues and hand sanitizer and started scrubbing the subway car to get rid of the graffiti. i talked to one of the riders who told me he hopes this is a perfect example of what we have to do, come together, fight this and resist the hate. >> thank you so much. appreciate it. tomorrow you'll hear from senators bernie sanders of vermont and ted cruz of texas. they'll debate the future of obamacare. hear perspectives from democrats and republicans over what may happen to the program in addition to questions from moderators, senators sanders and cruz will take questions from a
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live audience, people affected positively and adversely by obamacare. tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. eastern only here on cnn. follow me on facebook and twitter @jaketapper or tweet the show @theleadcnn. i turn you over to my friend wolf blitzer next door in "the situation room." thanks for watching. happening now. breaking news. constitutional showdown. the justice department has just one hour left to file arguments in the latest effort to have president trump's travel ban reinstated. will the case redefine presidential power. hiding terror attacks? the president says they're happening all over europe but the news media he says doesn't want to report on them. kellyanne conway under scrutiny for citing a terror attack that never happened. how many times has she done that? not so innocent. president trump defends russian president vladimir putin and suggests the u