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i'm erin burnett. "out front," breaking news. we now know the fbi interviewed general michael flynn about his russian contacts and tonight the big question -- what did the president know and when did he know it about his national security advisor? press secretary sean spicer today telling reporters something very important. he says the president first learned about flynn's lie nearly three weeks ago. >> they didn't notify the white house counsel's office until january 26th. at that time there was an immediate -- the president was immediately informed of that. and asked the white house counsel to conduct a thorough review. the first part of that review was focused on whether or not there was any legal issue. that's it. once that became the issue, then there was -- it shifted into phase two, which is whether or not there was trust still maintained. >> that was january 26 tth president of the united states found out about this. of course it's now february 14th. law enforcement sources telling
cnn flynn was interviewed by the fbi before that january 26th warning. until yesterday, flynn was fully participating in high level confidential white house meetings even though the justice department warned his situation made him vulnerable to russian blackmail. now top democrats and republicans led by mitch mcconnell and chuck schumer calling for investigations into flynn and the trump administration's involvement with russia. jim acosta is "out front" at the white house. you're getting conflicting information from the white house about what exactly happened to general flynn. >> reporter: lots of contradicti contradiction, erin. the white house is putting the blame scarily on former national security adviser michael flynn for misleading the administration about his call with the russian ambassador and the white house insisted today the president was not misleading reporters himself when he claimed he didn't know about the story. one day after the trump administration offered conflicting stories about the fate of now former national security adviser michael flynn, the white house tried to give
one simple explanation. flynn lost the trust of the president and it was time to go. >> the evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation in a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for general flynn's resignation. >> reporter: white house press secretary sean spicer says it was flynn who sealed his own fate by misleading top administration officials including the vice president about his phone conversation about sanctions against russia with the russian ambassador during the transition. but spicer declined to say whether flynn had intentionally lied about the call. >> i don't know that it was intentional. he may have just forgotten. i think at some point trust -- >> -- forget the conversation -- >> that's the point, jim, at some point that trust eroded to a point where the president did not feel comfortable with him serving in that position and asked for and received his resignation. >> reporter: in his resignation letter, flynn would only say he briefed the vice president-elect
regarding informs regarding the russian ambassador. the white house says there were questions about his story. on january 26th the justice department relayed its concerns about the call to white house counsel don mcginn, who informed the president. spicer says a white house investigation concluded there was nothing illegal about flynn's actions. all of that raises questions as to why the president claimed he didn't know about a report about the matter when he was asked about it friday. >> i don't know about it. i haven't seen it. what report is that? [ inaudible ] i'll look at that. >> he was asked if he was aware of a "washington post" story. he hadn't seen that at the time. >> reporter: spicer deflected questions about wh what the president knew and when he knew it claiming mr. trump had been tough on russia. >> the irony of this entire situation is the president has been incredibly tough on russia. >> to a lot of americans it seems this president has not been tough on russia. how can you say that. >> there's a difference between the president wanting to have an understanding of how a good relationship with russia can help us defeat isis and terrorism throughout the world. look, the obama administration tried to have a reset with
russia. they failed. >> reporter: clearly frustrated by the spectacle, top republicans say the president had no other choice. >> you think not have a national security adviser misleading the vice president and others. so i think the president was right to ask for his resignation. and i believe it was the right thing to do. >> reporter: and the white house reveals vice president mike pence was not informed about all of this until february 9th as in last week. we're told pence first found out not from the white house but from news reports that flynn was changing his story about whether he had discussed sanctions with the russian ambassador but tonight the white house insists pence was not kept in the dark although it sure sounds that way. >> it sure does. especially if he's finding out february 9th and the president of the united states on january 26th. jim acosta, thank you. let's go to pamela brown in washington. you have more information about what now is the crucial question, getting to the details. who knew what and when? >> you heard sean spicer today, erin, putting the blame on the
department of justice not coming to the white house sooner and it's still unclear when exactly the acting attorney general sally yates found out about this phone call between michael flynn and the russian ambassador and when that decision was made to bring it to the white house's attention. we're told in the waning days of the obama administration there were discussions between the acting attorney general, between leaders in the intelligence community, about what to do with this information that michael flynn did, in fact, talk to the ambassador about sanctions but yet was denying it publicly, and this decision was ultimately made from these leaders they should bring it to the white house attention. now, why this wasn't done sooner is still unclear. we know that that phone call happened december 29th, presumably shortly after that through these routine counterintelligence operations it was brought to the fbi's attention and within leaders of the fbi, within the department of justice, and we've also learned erin that the fbi did interview michael flynn about this conversation in january
shortly after trump officially became president and before the department of justice went to the white house to warn them of the discrepancy what actually happened. and we're told through our sources, my colleague evan perez, have been told that michael flynn during that interview with the fbi was cooperative and did not intend to mislead them. >> thank you very much, pamela. "out front," democratic senator jeff markley who sits on the foreign relations committee. thanks for your time. we know the president was briefed on general flynn's discussions with the russians on january 26th. the time line we now know. yet he didn't is ask for flynn's resignation until yesterday, february 13th, when he no longer had the trust, his words, in his adviser. why did it take so long? >> it's very disturbing it took so long because essentially the briefing said your national security adviser is exposed to the potential for russian blackmail, he has lied to your press secretary, he has lied to
your vice president, and with that information vuyou would ha thought within an hour michael flynn would have been fired. and he wasn't. but this whole issue raises many more questions than it answers. there's all kinds of questions about the campaigns, contacts with the russians, furthermore did really michael flynn by himself have this conversation about sanctions and then the next day russia acts or were there other people involved in this conversation? he's very close to steve bannon. what did bsteve bannon know and when? and so forth for key members of the team. >> so, you know, obviously you heard pamela reporting that general flynn was cooperative during the questioning, that he was open about everything with the fbi, the department of justice. do you think the president at this point is hiding anything? >> i think it's very possible, quite frankly. there's a lot of close connections between the president and russia.
there's various reports that need to be examined closely. this is why we need an independent investigation. and because of the potential among members of the administration to have engaged in really what is criminal conduct, we should have this special prosecutor take this on. >> when you say i think it's very possible, do you have any sense of what we're talking about? obviously our chujim sciutto, e perez have confirmed that the intelligence officials have cob crated some elements of that russian dossier, although we don't know which ones. when you say it's possible he is hiding something, what are you referring to? >> i was referring to the negotiations taking place between civilians before the transition had occurred to president trump with a foreign power to change that foreign power's action and to undermine the policies of the united states of america. >> so trump as you know on that line said he didn't know flynn discussed sanctions with the russian ambassador. but the day after flynn's phone
call with the ambassador, trump congratulated putin on not retail year to dating to president obama's sanctions demand a tweet said, great move on delay by the putin -- i always knew he was very smart. the dates on here, the phone call with general flynn and the russian ambassador december 29th, trump's tweet december 30th. the president said he did not know flynn discussed sanctions with the russians. when you take that time line, does it add up to you? >> it doesn't add up to me. it's possible it's all just a coincidence, but it fits into a pattern of communication with the russians about doing things that really went against the obama team's sanctions regarding russia. the president has talked about how much he admires putin, how much of a buddy he is, how much he doesn't like the sanctions, and all of this amounts to -- it sound very likely there were more conversations than just michael flynn by himself making that phone call. now, i'm not asserting that we know for sure because we don't. all i'm saying is that this really merits an independent
investigation. it's not an investigation that should take place by jeff sessions. jeff sessions too tied to the campaign, too tied to the president, needs to be an independent or a special prosecutor. >> donald trump says that this is not the issue, okay. today he went on twitter, senator, saying the real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of washington? will these leaks be happening as i deal on north korea, et cetera? is it possible he's right, that it's leaks that are a the real story here? >> well, every time there's a serious question regarding his policies he's trying to change the story line to something else. this is about substantive issues of civilians negotiating with a hostile -- i won't say necessarily enemy but a hostile foreign power with which we have deep differences, and that is -- we need to keep our eyes focused on that and not allow ourselves to be distracted by middle of
the night tweets or pursuing a leak. this is very serious independent of any leaks. it is concerning, by the way. there is a tie-in here, which is they shouldn't have taken public awareness in order to force the president to act on something as egregious as your national security adviser has lied and he is exposed to potential russian blackmail. >> all right. thank you very much, senator. i appreciate your time. next, top republican asking the white house for answers about these photos. did the president review sensitive information about north korea over dinner? plus more breaking news this hour. the office of government ethics saying the white house needs to launch an investigation into kellyanne conway. we have the details. and then sanctuary churches, havens for those in this country illegally, doubling in number since trump became president. >> i feel like they're my children. and they're coming after my children.
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usual for flynn even after the white house was notified of these contacts and conversations with the russians on january 26th? >> reporter: well, look, erin, to some extent this was indeed a scandal hiding in plain sight. flynn by all accounts continued to conduct and attend meetings. he went to mar-a-lago to be there when president trump met with the japanese leader, shinzo abe. he pretty much seemed to hold to a public schedule, to be seen by reporters. but what we now know is something different was going on. in fact, flynn had been interviewed by the fbi in the opening days of the trump administration a and that president trump himself knew for over two weeks as you pointed out that he had a very big problem here with mike flynn. so we are seeing sort of this dual track. and it is a fact that somewhere, somebody started leaking some of
the information about what was really going on and that is what began to shed light on all of this. would it have happened without that? hard to say. >> and obviously this is crucial, who knew what and when and who still knows information. the fbi still leading multiple investigations as you're reporting into current and former trump advisers all relating to ties to russia. >> reporter: absolutely. they are still very much looking at the flynn situation. you have multiple calls from congress democrats and key republicans now calling for an investigation into all of this and two other fbi investigations worth reminding people of, trump campaigning paul men afort under review for his alleged contacts with pro-russian ukraine officials and former trump aide carter paige also under review for his alleged contacts with russian elements, people under potential sanctions. all of those are allegations. none of it has been proven, but
these people are very much under review by the federal government. erin? >> barbara, thank you very much. david gergen, gloria borger, steve hall, former cia chief of russian operations. steve, you heard barbara's reporting. carter paige, paul manafort, general flynn, very much ongoing, several people under investigation for ties to russia in the trump world. how much bigger could this get? >> well, that's why it's absolutely critical i think to undertake one of these independent investigations that the people are talking about on both sides of the political aisle. it's interesting, it's always been the case, with the trump camp that the more that you pull on the string that connects back to russia the more stuff that comes out. as was mentioned, manafort, paige, now flynn. so we really don't know exactly where it's going to end and having spent a lot of time doing counterintelligence myself, as you start to pull on strings like that it often turns very
quickly into a ball of yarn you have to pay a lot of attention to and try to run every single thing down that you can. you have to wear a black hat. you have to think of what the worst-case scenario might be, even though it might not be the case, you still have to consider it. a lot of investigative work remains. >> what is the worst case? >> well, the worst-case scenario, it depend on who you're talking about, but in the case of somebody like flynn, let's not forget who flynn is and what he's done. he's traveled to moscow a numb per of times. he's taken money from r.t., which is nothing more than the propaganda arm of the russian government. refused to tell how much he got for doing those things. it's not only a difficult day for donald trump and the administration in terms of the political, i think it's also a sad day in moscow because i think vladimir putin and the russians were hoping to have somebody that they could count on, somebody that they could trust and get along well with and perhaps even control a bit depending on what he was up to when he was in moscow. so that's kind of the worst-case
scenario. not saying that's what's happening but it's something you have to take a look at. >> it's interesting what steve pointing out. general flynn spent time in russia, sat next to vladimir putin. the two men have a relationship. jim sciutto has confirmed some parts of that russian dossier are true pertaining to conversations between russian nationals. how deep did the ties go beyond flynn, do you think? >> we don't know. what i do think is investigations are going to be necessary and serious ones on capitol hill, independent would be far better. but they're going to have to call michael flynn to testify. under oath he'll have to answer some questions he's been unwilling to or lied about and with the threat of perjury there's a good chance we'll get more answers than we have now. our problem now in part is not only is this story complicated, not only are there lots of questions that are unanswered such as who really instructed michael flynn to call this
russian ambassador -- he called him five times on december 29th? that was not just some mer mere random idea. sound like he was on a mission. >> trump weighed if himself on twitter not even 24 hours later, so. >> yeah, exactly. so was it the president himself? was it steve bannon? where did this come from? the white house is giving conflicting accounts and so much misleading information and lies from this white house it's hard to -- this is the downside when you start lying. and that is you lose your credibility. and when it comes to really something serious like this, we are left in a position of not really being willing to totally believe them and we need more facts, we need some kind of -- for the country to understand this, you need to put some people under oath. >> and gloria, as i said, you heard jeff merkley calling for a special prosecutor to that very point. but, you know, the white house seems in many ways to be in
disarray with its metsage. you're reporting tonight when it comes to the crucial time line the person who was sent out to go out and publicly defend flynn and say he didn't have any conversations about the sanctions, the vice president of the united states, mike pence, was not told that flynn didn't tell him the truth until february 9th. the president of the united states knew that flynn had not said the truth on january 26th. >> and to make matters worse, he read it in published reports presumably in "the washington post" on february 9th. i mean, if you look at this time line, and i must say that administration officials say that pence is not upset because he didn't feel that he needed to be in the loop on what was then considered a legal matter. but he goes out on tv on january 15th and defend flynn and says sanctions were not discussed. january 26th the white house learns in fact that the fai is concerned about this that sanctions were discussed and that perhaps flynn could be subject to some sort of
blackmail. on february 9th, "the washington post" publishes a piece saying, wait a minute, flynn did talk about sanctions. if you're the vice president and you put yourself out on a limb and you pick up the paper or you read published reports and you see it, then he started investigating. he started investigating from the time it was pointed out to me that pence knew what had transpired to the time this all unraveled was pretty fast. so i think you'd have to draw a conclusion that the vice president was a key player in what transpired after he found out. >> all right. thank you all very much. and i think as gloria makes the point, give than the president knew on january 26th then there were those published reports the vice president found out january 13th is finally relieved of his duties. it was the fact that this went public that seemed for it to be a problem at all in this white house. that's the best conclusion you can draw right now from what we
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a call for an investigation into kellyanne conway. the office of government ethics saying the white house should look into comments conway made promoting ivanka trump's clothing line. and there's strong reason to believe she violated ethics rules. jessica schneider is out front. >> reporter: kellyanne conway's pitch for ivanka trump's fashion line. >> go buy ivanka's stuff. i'm getting some myself today. >> reporter: prompting the office of got ethics ta to call for a white house investigation and possible disciplinary action against conway. the latest blow to trump's top adviser after what was a manic monday. her credibility questioned after a rapid-fire chain of events that started with this effort to shut down speculation about national security adviser michael flynn.
and his future. >> yes, general flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the president. >> reporter: that succinct statement coming at 4:07 p.m. but as the minutes ticked by reporters were unrelenting. they swarmed sean spicer, demanding more information from the press secretary. at 5:11 p.m., just 64 minutes later, a stark shift in tone by way of a statement leased by spicer saying the president is evaluating the situation, a simple six words seeming to undermine conway's initial message. then just before 11:00 p.m., the full confidence of the president that conway insisted upon appeared to have eroded. at 10:45 p.m., sources told cnn that michael flynn resigned from his post as national security adviser. why was conway so off? sources say conway and other top officials aren't communicating. instead they're all trying to take each other out "game of thrones" style. but this morning conway pushed
back insisting she wasn't out of the loop and that her statement jived with sean spicer's. >> both were true. the president is very loyal. he's a very loyal person. and by night's end michael flynn had decided it was best to resign. he knew he'd become a lightning rod and he made that decision. >> reporter: later this afternoon tweeting i serve at the pleasure of @potus. his message is my message. his goals are my goals. uninformed chatter doesn't matter. kellyanne's fumbles front and center over the past few weeks. >> president obama had a six-month ban on the iraqi refugee program after two iraqis came here to this country, were ral calized and were the mastermind behind the bowling green massacre. it didn't get covered. >> reporter: conjuring up a made-up masker before saying she misspoke and drawing ridicule for her twisting of the truth. >> sean spicer our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that. but the point is -- >> wait a minute. alternative facts? alternative facts are not facts.
they're falsehoods. >> reporter: the office of government ethics says the evidence is quite strong that conway violated the standard of conduct when she made that sales pism. now, o.g. is requesting the white house report back to them by february 28th laying out the results of their investigation into conway and any resulting disciplinary action. but erin, tonight, no response from the white house as to whether an investigation is even under way. erin? >> jessica, thank you very much. "out front" now, the former communications for ted cruz's campaign, ali stewart. she's known kellyanne conway more than a decade. jen socky and michael nutter also join us. mayor nutter, how big of a problem is kellyanne conway to this white house? >> she's a big problem for the president and the office of the president. let me first say kellyanne conway certainly served candidate donald trump very, very well. she's obviously a very strong
woman and i recognize strong women. my wife and my daughter are pretty strong women as well. but campaigns are different than governing. as some say, the streets weren't made for everybody. that's why they made sidewalks. kellyanne needs to get on the sidewalk. i think she has damaged her own credibility but even worse she's hurting the credibility of president trump and causing massive problems within his own administration. so as she said, she serves at the pleasure of the president. she should do the president a favor and resign herself. >> alex? >> i think he's way off on that. she is someone that is extremely loyal to the president and he is reciprocating. look, when it comes to her service to the president, as she says, she serves at the pleasure of the president. and she has done a tremendous job. look, with regard to whether or not he has confidence in her, look, she worked till midnight last night and he called her this morning first thing and asked her to go on the morning
shows and represent her, and right after that she was in a closed-door meeting with education officials and talked about how he has full faith a and confidence in kellyanne. she is certainly not in the understanding that her job is in jeopardy as it should not be, because she has been doing a good job for the president and will continue to do so. she won't be deterred by comments made about her on twitter at a 140-character takedown of her character. she is in good shape and will continue to be so. she is there for the long haul without a doubt. >> alice talks about loyalty and that's important. a president needs people who are loyal. you now that. it is perhaps paramount. but it is not to the point of being blind. we're talking about a person who talked aba massacre multiple times that didn't happen. said she misspoked. talked about it at least three times. she was completely wrong about general flynn and misled the american people yesterday. she talked about alternate facts. you worked as communications
director in the white house. would you keep at the least putting kellyanne conway out front? the president picked up the phone and called her and said get on tv. he picked her to do that this morning. >> i think credibility is more important than loyalty. and your job as an adviser to any president is to tell them when the strategy is off, tell them when something isn't going well, even if it involves you. i don't know if that's happening inside the white house. it doesn't seem like it is. but this is much larger than one individual adviser. the problem here is that there's a president who's not driving a strategy. it's not clear what their priorities are. they're not selling anything. so therefore there's a big focus on staff stories and who's up and who's down, and that's a huge problem for any white house because that creates the "game of thrones" environment that you were talking about earlier in your program. >> jen, on that front, right, this is what sources are telling us, top officials at the white house, so you talk about the ones we always hear about, sean
spicer and reince priebus and steve bannon and kellyanne conway, they're not even speaking to each other because they're too busy trying to take each other down. that's where the "game of thrones" reference comes. you've been in a white house. everybody wants to be the person that's the adviser of the president. what we're seeing now, did you ever experience it? >> this is not normal. this is malicious to me. i would say when i was in the white house and we were starting off in the early days, the financial crisis was happening, no one was getting sleep. we were off the campaign. but we were a family. and the fact is i could punch my brother or hit my brother, make fun of my brother who worked next to me but nobody else could. and i think the problem -- one of the problems you're seeing here is a hot of the senior team didn't come up in the campaign together. they weren't -- they didn't develop those family relationships, and it seems like there's a lot of out for oneself happening here. and that's a really unhealthy environment in any white house. >> alex, do you feel this is
something that kelly kahn is suffering from, the knives are out, the "game of thrones" analogy? >> what we're seeing is clear hi this administration has been doing quite a bit since he was sworn in, and they've been doing a lot with regard to executive orders and following through on campaign promises. and as jessica mentioned in her piece, things have been going at rapid-fire and that's exactly what happened yesterday. and there's been a lot of confusion as to she mentioned the time line of events yesterday and kellyanne coming out at 4:00 saying flynn had the full confidence of the president, which he did based on the fact that he was instrumental in the foreign policy meetings and conversations and dialogue that the president -- >> that's contradictory to what they're saying today, a gradual eroding of trust over the past 13 days, alex. >> the point is that was -- at that time he had the full faith and confidence of the president but it was such a fluid day and everything was changing by hour. everything was changing minute by minute. after she said that was when
clearly they were looking at it more closely and shortly after that was when flynn decided it was just too much of a distraction and it was time for him to stem down. >> i have to say if that is actually the case, that is terrifying on so many levels, terrifying. go ahead, mayor nutter. >> come on. what happened between 4:00 and 5:00? more analysis of "the washington post" story? i mean, this is a whole lot of hogwash here. this is not an eroding situation. the president should have brought mike flynn in about 15 minutes after the justice department came to see him on january 26th, sat him down, looked him in the eye, and said did you misinform vice president pence? yes or no? and at that point, when hopefully the general would say yes, i misinformed him, because mr. flynn, general flynn, also serves at the pleasure of the president, mr. trump should have said, i'm relieving you of your duty, that's unacceptable, end of conversation.
you know and the time line has been up on the screen, this went on for days and days. what due process are we talking about? this is a whole lot of nonsense, and flynn would probably still be serving in his position but for the press and "the washington post" story, which caused that erosion. this is a lot of nonsense here. you know, we talk about abraham lincoln and the team of rivals. this is mr. trump and a group of enemie enemies. they are at each other's throats. it is a mess down there in that white house. and probably more to come. >> thank you all very much. next, the immigration raids going on across this country. tonight, some immigrants holed up inside churches. our special report on the ground tonight. and kim jong-un's brother dieing a mysterious sudden death. this is absolutely bizarre. cloak and dagger. with my moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, the possibility of a flare was almost always on my mind.
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immigrants across the united states living in fear, immigrations and customs enforcement officers have stepped up raids. at this time nearly 700 people have been arrested. for those who are afraid of deportati deportation, some of them are turning to their churches. rosa flores is out. >> reporter: this church congregation in chicago is made up of nearly all undocumented immigrant ts and refugees. the renewed panic is fueled by the story of guadelupe fernando garcia, an arizona woman with two u.s. citizen children and no
violent criminal background deported after a routine check-in with i.c.e. multiple people here have to do exactly that in the coming day, including this mother. she only wanted to be identified as jessica. she says that since guadalupe was deported in arizona she can't sleep. she can't have peace. because she's afraid that she'll be next. >> like guadalupe, jessica's immediate family is in the u.s. legally. her one run-in with the law using a fake visa in the '90s. because of that crime, she's been required to check in with i.c.e. for more than a decade now. her appointment in three weeks is especially stressful. she said that her message to president trump is that she's not a criminal. she's not a terrorist. and she doesn't want her family to be separated.
the pastor says her church is a sanctuary for people like jessica. this weekend alone she says she received multiple calls from her congregation asking her to save a space for them in the church just in case immigration knocks on their front door. >> i feel like they're my children and they're coming after my children and it's been extremely difficult. and i want to stand up for them. >> the fear is spreading across the country. more than 6,000 people have signed up to provide sanctuary around the country including 800 churches. that number doubled from 400 since president trump became president according to leaders of the sanctuary church mooismt. but the pastor thinks that's not enough. we need a lot of people to stand up and i'm going to do whatever i can for them. i'm only one pastor.
>> reporter: she understands why some people are hesitant to provide sanctuary to the undocumented. her church has been tagged with hate speech at least five times in ten months. as for jessica, she doesn't plan to take refuge inside the chsm. >> se says that she would rather follow the law, check in with i.c.e. even if that means getting deported. the fear in the undocumented community appears to be hurting business in little village or little mexico here in chicago. that's according to the executive director of the chamber of commerce there who says that sales are down 10% to 20% since donald trump got elected. erin, he says they attribute that to the undocumented being in fear and not wanting to leave their homes. >> thank you, rosa. "out front" next, kim jong-un's brother dying mysteriously as an airport. was it an assassination?
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stunning details emerging tonight about the sudden and mysterious death of kim jong-un's half brother. kim jong-nam was walking through the kuala lumpur international airport in malaysia when according to officials he ill. there are reports that kim may have been attacked. one official telling reuters that kim said he felt like someone grabbed his face from behind. he was said to have felt dizzy. he then went and asked for help and then it happened quickly. he died moments later on the way to the hospital. the investigation into his half brother coming at the same time that the north korean country claims its first ballistic missile test of the year, saying it was a success. will rippley is the only western
journalist reporting live from pyongyang and he is live tonight. what are officials in north korea saying about the latest launch which we understand showed serious new capabilities? >> reporter: well, they're celebrating it here and we saw when we arrived last night, erin, on the night we propaganda broadcast the vitd owe showing the north korean leader kim jong-un standing by this mobile missile launcher ordering the missile launch itself, i had a meeting tonight with north korean officials who say that this particular missile has been under development basically engineers working around the clock for the last six months. there was a submarine launch ballistic missile test back in august that was a success and we're told that kim ordered this new land version of that same missile so it's a solid fuel-powered missile which allows it to be hidden underground, quickly loaded and fired with minimal detection from spy satellites above. certainly a major technological
development. and analysts in south korea are saying even though this travelled just over 300 miles known in the sea of japan, or the east sea, it has a range of closer to 1,200 miles which puts all of south korea including 10 million people in seoul within striking distance and 28,000 u.s. troops and 50,000 u.s. troops stationed in japan and all of metropolitan tokyo. and this is a country, erin, that continues to struggle with generating electricity, adequately feeding much of its population -- >> obviously going to be a lot of celebrating there going on over the next day. we'll talk to will ripley as he's there covering that. i want to bring in gordon chang, the author of "nuclear showdown: north korea takes on the world." talk about the missile test. obviously crucial. new capability. harder to detect.
mobile. farther than they've ever been able to send a missile. they have reporters in pyongyang right now, the only western journalist is our will rippley. obviously proud of this. >> they should be but this is probably a chinese-based missile, the jl-1. there are lot of things we have to ask. how did the north koreans do this? because they didn't do it on their own. this is too much of a technological leap. they did it much too fast. >> all right. and now this comes as kim jong-un's half brother mysteriously killed in the malaysian airport. pretty stunning story. you have a police chief there saying that someone literally may have put something over his head. he breathes it in. he goes and asks for help. he dies moments later. a mysterious woman is seen nearby, unclear whether she's involved. what happened? >> the latest malaysian reporting is a woman came up from behind and put a cloth over his face and that's when he started to feel ill. this does look like a hit. in north korea, the legitimacy
is dependent on bloodlines so killing a brother, a blood relative, is especially heinous. ? and he was favored, older brother, for a long time perceived he was going to be the heir. >> right. in 2001 he sort of lost that designation. but the thing that's important here is that shows that kim jong-un is really desperate because this could destabilize his regime because this is such a bad act. we have to remember this is the third thing we've seen this month of showing instability. beginning of the month we learned the minister of state security was purged and on sunday when the missile was launched the head of the north korean streeategic rocket force was not there. >> and he could have killed his own brother. >> he probably did. and not on chinese soil because china was protecting him. >> that's why it happened in malaysia. mystery there. we'll check back in with will ripley tomorrow. next jeanne moos on the internet
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here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: general michael flynn went from being sworn in -- to being forced out so fast. >> after less than a month in office. >> this is the shortest tenure of any national security adviser in modern history. >> reporter: so naturally the interset decided to document things that last longer than flynn. for instance, i have food in my fridge that lasted longer than michael flynn. someone else said my diet lasted honger. so does amazon's return policy, which happens to be 30 days. flynn lasted only 23. even dragonflies with a life span of a mere four months outlast the general. the role of paper towels in my kitchen lasted longer than michael flynn. sure everyone is making the same
joke, but it does put things in perspective. this lasted longer than michael flynn's tenure. kim kardashian's marriage to kris humphries survived 72 days, three times as long as the general's did. tweeted someone, i once had a fun gal infection that lasted longer than flynn. noted another, in fact, milk bought when he assumed his role may still be good. but only if it was ultrapasteurized. you can bet a car air freshener could outlive flynn. posted someone i'm pretty sure at least one david blaine stunt lasted longer. bingo. blaine starved himself in a plexiglas cube suspended over london for 44 days. >> will the air supply get cut off and suddenly cause suffocation and death? >> reporter: he survived but lost 55 pounds.
flynn will no longer be throwing his weight around. they aye used to say you're in like flynn. now it's in and out. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> does change that whole in like flynn thing, doesn't it. thanks for join us. "ac 360" stars right now. official answers to the question of what president trump knew about his national security adviser's vulnerability to russian black maim and when he knew it. also breaking news on how long he kept vice president pence in the dark about it. that and new questions about michael flynn's relationship with moscow and what the president knew about or whether he condoned it or why, knowing general flynn had lied about his phone call to the russian ambassador, the president waited three weeks before cutting him loose. questions about whether the republican-controlled congress will fully investigate and what all this says about the trump administration after less than one month in office. the only reaction the president has had so far saying the real