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institutions across, across the country to review their security procedures in light of all of these disturbing events. wolf. >> so far no arrests. but authorities are working on it. in a major, major way. allison kosic, thank you for that report. that's it for me. thank you for watching. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. "outfront" next, top republican doubling down calling for an investigation into russia including alleged contacts between trump associates and russians. one republican says angry town halls could stop the party repealing obama care as the president said nobody knew health care could be so complicated? really? witnesses say a man shouted get out of my country before shooting three men in a bar. killing one. who is to blame? let's go "outfront." good evening, i'm erin
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burnett. we begin with breaking news on this monday evening. top republican doubling down calling for an independent investigation into russia including alleged connections between trump associates and russians nonto u.s. intelligence. congressman daryl issa, top supporter, issued a statement saying the american people need a clear eyed view. including questions about russia's actions, what the fbi knew of the cyberbreaches, what the oba administration did in response, and potential actions of former national security adviser, michael flynn. look, a stunning statement from a republican, such a staunch supporter of the president. and in stark contrast to what the chairman of the house intelligence committee, told reporters earlier today. he says he has seen mo evidence of regular contact between trump campaign officials and the russian government. he said any congressional investigation shouldn't even be looking at that. it should be looking at leaks.
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>> major skriemz hacrimes have committed. what i am concerned about is -- no one is focusing on major leaks that have occurred here. we can't run a government like this. >> the white house spokesman, sean spicer also spoke out today. and his view, again and again, there is nothing to see here, people. >> you have had the intelligence community look at russia's involvement in the election, you had the house and the senate, both do the same. and so what i am trying to ascertain is at what point, how many people have to say that there is nothing there before you realize there is nothing there? >> outfront on capitol hill, and manu, a major fight brewing about what happened here, right? democrats and republicans, what, really important to emphasize here they have seen the same evidence. yet we are seeing starkly different conclusions. >> reporter: fundamental divide right now between democrats and
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republicans over this key question. did the russians have repeated contacts with trump campaign officials during the presidential election? republicans like devin nunez saying no evidence they have seen it yet. some democrats are saying this is an issue that still needs to be investigated. erin, this comes as new questions are emerging over the congressional investigation that is taking shape on capitol hill. tonight, new questions over whether congressional investigations into the trump campaign's contacts with russian officials have been mpmised. this after the republican chairman of the house and senate intelligence committees privately discussed the matter with the white house. and agreed to rebutt news accounts of russian contacts with the trump campaign. >> if these press reports are really accurate, it is hard to see how the public will regard this as an impartial inquiry. a firewall between the investigative committee, the white house, the executive
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branch, you have a system that ensures that you can really have an objective inquiry. >> republican devin nunez, chairs the house committee was conveying the same information that he has said publicly. can you say categorically that there were no contacts whatsoever between any officials affiliated with the russian government and the trump campaign? >> yeah, not that i am aware of. we have still not seen any evidence of anyone that, from the trump campaign or any other campaign for that matter that has communicated with the russian government. >> is it compromised in any way? the fact that you have -- >> you have already -- >> how is it compromised if i am trying to be transparent with the press? >> press secretary sean spicer strongly defended the administration's efforts to enlist the gop chairman in pushing back and said the fbi director told the white house a "the new york times" report about russian contacts was "bs." >> i think we did a good job of
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saying, sure, we will share with reporters, other people who have come to the same conclusion. >> reporter: democrats say such discussions between the fbi and the white house, about an ongoing inquiry, violate restrictions limiting contact between the two. and could undermine ongoing investigations. >> i am concerned that the -- the fbi engaging in conversations with the white house about an ongoing investigation or potentially ongoing investigation, if the cia director was brought tune push down news reports that threatens the integrity of what they're doing. >> reporter: at least one republican says it may be time for a special prosecutor. >> you are going to need to use the special prosecutor's statute and office to -- to take not just to recuse, that's, you can't give tight your deputy, another political appointee. you do have to do that. >> reporter: now, erin, tonight a key member of the senate
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intelligence committee, republican susan collins telling me this about the contact with the white house to push back on the reports. saying "i think all of us have to be careful to not create a perception that the white house has any role in this investigation." she does not support an independent prosecutor as of yet. but perhaps, those calls could change. and i just spoke to richard burr moments ago, he had no reaction. slapped me on the shoulder and walked into his office. erin. >> manu, thank you very much. and outfront tonight, congressman adam shif, you heard manu reporting senator collins not ready to support special prosecutor. darrell issa very clearly is. do you have support for a special prosecutor at this time? >> well i don't think so. frankly i think there are more important thing for us to do right now if we are going add another investigation is to have an independent investigation look into this. if there is a criminal referral,
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yes the attorney general has the to recuse himself. i would look to see an independent prosecutor. but first let's make sure there is a fully independent commission set up. let's make sure that the house and senate intelligence committees are free to do their work unfettered by interference from the white house. i think that really has to be -- the most immediate priority. >> right, obviouslyhe white house had conversations with the republican colleagues. in fact the chair of the committee, devin nunez one of them. he says there is no evidence, congressman, of regular contact between russia and the trump campaign. theoretically you both have seen the same evidence. have you seen anything he hasn't or would you agree with him at this point, there is no evidence showing that? >> well, first of all, there is no evidence that has been even received by the committee. we are still in the process of gathering documents, examining documents apt tt the community offices no witnesses, no subpoenas, the beginning of the investigation not the end. we shouldn't be drawing any
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conclusion as bs about what our investigation will show conclude. >> he has not seen any evidence. you are saying he hasn't seen any evidence at all. >> we haven't seen any evidence at all. in fact we haven't had the director come testify before a committee. we haven't had, agents doing the counter intelligence investigation appear. we haven't gotten the documents related to the work they may, may not have done. part of our responsibility is going to be to oversee what has the bureau looked at, what leads have they chased down, what leads have they not investigated. how complete has the review been, we are, we are far from reaching any conclusions on one of the core issues that we are meant to investigate. and, in terms of sean spicer's comments today, i take very strong issue with this, this its not been investigated by the house or senate. the most you do, the most you have is a intelligence, either officials, or, the deputy director of the fbi making
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statements that they should not be making at the beginning of this investigation. >> he said, he said, actually, russia's involve, in the activity has been investigated up and down. itch the if there is nothing further to investigate what are you asking people to investigate. you find that offensive? >> that is complete nonsense. that's as if saying, before you begin the investigation because you haven't started it yet, you should never start it because you don't have the evidence. that's nonsense. if we are going to do this in a thorough and on jek tibjective, nonpartisan way, we need to follow the facts and not begin with the conclusion the white house would look us to do. to the degree, the deputy director of the fbi is having conversations with the white house, and their allegations, that the cia director did as well. that is completely inappropriate. and i think it not only threatens the investigation, but, threatens the integ ri tee of the organizations and i think, they ought to call a halt to that. i would encourage all members of the house and senate intelligence committees, including our chair, and our ranking members, not to be talking about what we have found
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thus far and what we have not found thus far. because -- the investigation is just beginning. >> all right. well i thank you very much. congressman. good to have you on. appreciate your time. >> thank you, echtrin. i want to go to the former attorney general, he was attorney general when the justice department limited direct communications on pending investigations between the white house and the fbi judge, thank you for being with me. you just heard congressman s skrch schiff. the conversations shouldn't have happened. when they said the report is b.s. in their word, and followed up, why don't you walk to reporters about background that would seem to violate your rule? >> no, it doesn't. the rule is put in place to prevent the white house from calling up with regard to cases that were pending. criminal investigations that were pending. and, saying -- you know, what's going on with this case. why don't you bring it sooner, why don't you not bring it, so on. that was the point of that. of putting that in place. what is going on here,
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apparently, its a lot of folks are getting caught up in a lot of political fun and games. i haven't heard anybody identify a crime that has been committed. congressman, s skrchltchiff said to hear from the counter intelligence agents who are involved in this. when he mentioned the fbi, if that's the case, then it turns out it is the fbi and its intelligence gathering function not in its crime investigating function. they're always gathering intelligence. >> but this investigation is pending. right, there is a pending investigation into connections between russians known to u.s. intelligence, the trump campaign, in the house, senate, fbi right now? >> if this is an intelligence inquiry. the fbi is looking at the activities of our, of our adversaries, looking at the chinese, looking at the russians, they're looking at our friend, looking at the israelis. looking all the time. if this is intelligence inquiry. even if it has been moved up to an intelligence gairks notinves.
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>> it is okay, it is not criminal. if it was fund to ound to be tr. >> not okay to leak it. it is natural when the deputy director of the fbi is at a meeting at the white house which happens all the time. >> yes. >> and, and, inadvertently says, by the way the report, the report in "the new york times" today was bs, asn asked by priebus, would you repeat that in public, a nach reatural reac. >> when he was called and asked if they would do that, that is okay? >> okay. >> to go to the republican chairman of the committee and investigating it and do that too? >> whole different thing. the republican chairs of the committees have their own, have their own rules. and do, do their own thing. the point is -- it's question of tamping down publicity about something that may, may not be happening. it is not attempting to interfere with the pending case. >> so the, the attorney general sessions weighed tine day about
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this. okay. offcamera. let me read -- the fbi and doj have to remain in pennant, but every contact is not improper. i have not examined these in detail. >> correct. >> it sounded from reading that like he is trying to give himself cover in case something improper did happen. this isn't a full-throated defense. every contact may not be improper, but i haven't look add these. >> that's what any person would say in his position. he hasn't looked at them. nor should he waste his time looking at them. >> should he recuse himself -- >> no. >> do a special prosecutor? >> special prosecutor of what? where is the crime? we haven't named a crime let alone suggested that charges are going to be brought? >> until congress comes out and says here is the proof. we now see. there was connections between the trump campaign and russians known to u.s. intelligence. if, then, only then, then you would say, that would be possibly a criminal act, right? >> no it wouldn't. >> even if they had regular contact, talking about working
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together. >> only way that that violates is the logan act. which hasn't been prosecuted since 1793. when they get to jimmy carter, jesse jackson, and dennis -- >> talking about collusion, or would be great if you could find things on hillary clinton. those sorts of conversations. that would be treason, right? >> what? >> no? >> no. >> you are fine. >> not a question of being fine. there is a difference between treason and what i am fine with or not. saying you ought to get stuff on hillary clinton, believe it or not, is not a crime even if you are saying it to the russians. >> wow, i will leave it there. thank you very much. >> next, press secretary sean spicer is going to check staff cell phones during crackdown on white house leaks. plus president trump says "nobody knew health care could be so complicated." really, nobody knew that. and jeanie moos, and the epic oscar mistake. and from steve harvey, who had his own snafu, it was something
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new, president trump intensifying crackdown on leaks from inside the white house. learning the president himself, the president himself gave the press secretary sean spicer the okay to search the government issued phones and personal phones also of his staff. this move was in response to the president's growing frustration with the press getting ahold of inside information. there is a big leak problem in the white house. >> reporter: the job of white house press secretary sean spicer increasingly includes being president trump's enforcer. >> we did our job. >> reporter: leading a crackdown on leaks inside the white house. going as far as launching a random check of staffer's phones during an emergency meeting last week to see if they were sharing information by text or e-mail. or using encrypted apps to do so. the white house counsel's office
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authorized checks. cnn learned that president trump directly signed off on the move eager to send a signal across the administration that he is furious at leaks during his first five weeks in office. spicer also had the president's blessing last week, cnn learned, from blocking reporters from several news organizations from a white house news briefing. >> i'm not going to discuss what we did -- >> at his briefing spicer would not directly say whether he asked the director of the cia to help push back on news reports about alleged contacts between the trump campaign and russian intelligence operatives. >> respectfully, i think it is interesting that i am being asked whats appropriate when, what we are doing is actually urging reporters to engauge with subject matter experts who can corroborate whether or not something is accurate or not. >> reporter: the white house did enlist the republican chairman of the house and senate intelligence committees to speak to reporters urging them to speak out against news reports of leaks. >> it was about the accuracy of
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the reporting and claims made. >> reporter: the moves have added tension to an already combustible environment in the west wing. from the moment he stepped into the briefing room on the second day of trump's presidency, spicer has been a lightning rod. >> this was the largest audience to witness an inauguration period. he soon became an easy caricature on "saturday night live" with melissa mccarthy amplifying spicer's anger. >> you know that was, we blowing away their dishonesty. he's become one of the leading faces of the trump white house which can be tricky terrain serving under a president. and spicer is trying to prove his loyalty to the president. the last republican in the white house, former president george w. bush disagreed with that assessment during an interview today with nbc news. >> that we need an independent media to hold people like me to account. power can be very addictive. and it can be corrosive.
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>> now, erin, sean spicer is telling us the president did not sign off on that. he said the president did not know that he was going to ask his staff members to look at text messages and those encrypted apps, erin, multiple sources tell us he did in fact know about this. he approved of this. the reality here is bottom line, i am told it was intended to send ape message more than anything else. not specifically looking after text messages to send a message across the government he is serious about leaks. erin. >> the fact he was serious about leaks, leaked out immediately after. thank you, jeff. all jokes aside. outfront, dan pfifer, and director for four presidential campaigns. alice, did the president go to far? sean spicer do it. take the special phones. government issued phones. check them. did it go too far? >> it are some concerns whether
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the potus signed off on this. doesn't matter whose decision it is. it is a little bit much to get to the point. we are not talking drip here, drip there. a steady flow of confidential information leaving the administration. and, when we have that type of information drastic times call for drastic measures. that's what happened here. while this is unusual and not something that we often see very much. this has to be stopped. and look there a lot of people in many administration whose want to gain favor with the media or appear as though they have access to the top or they want to undermine their colleagues or just not loyal. that has to be stopped. this one way or the other it has to be stopped. >> dan, what do you say? it is a stunning move, right? to collect the cell phones even if just to make a statement. it also to be clear. it is significant this went all the way up to the president of the united states? al i alice is right is goes too far.
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it is dumb. guaranteed to leak. causes problems. makes the white house look bad. dumb of sean spicer to do this. every white house deals with leaks. we did. the way you reduce leaks, you build a culture within the white house of people who trust each other, are loyal, and that is something that is absent in the white house. the way they are handling this is going to make the problem worse. going to lead toore leaks not fewer. >> because here is the thing though, allison, i am curious about. donald trump tweeted, the spotlight has been put on the low-life leakers they will be caught. that, he is, he is very, very angry. he made this clear. and people are still leaking more than ever. so it is not that they don't trust each other. they're not scared of their boss which is something that should really, really make him angry. >> sure. this is a situation, where it is difficult to be putting the toothpaste in the tube at this point. when i start off with any campaign as a communications director or administration which
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i have done before, you lay this out from the very beginning with the entire staff. not just those in the shop, you say leaks will not be tolerated. when caught you will be terminated. period. no questions asked. and that needs to be laid out very firmly with not just the shop there but the administration. and put an end to this. and unfortunately, soon, fortunately for the trump administration, someone will be caught. an example will be made of them. hopefully for their sake they can, plug up these leaks and focus on the things really important. big speech tomorrow night. budget rollout. that's what they need to talk about not the leaks that continue to come up. >> what's the reason do you think for all the leaking? you say it is important. a was that has to trust each other and work together. what is the real reason we are seeing this? as alice points out. these people are risking their jobs now and whether they will be hired in the future in this line of work, right, this is their career. they're risking that every time they leak. they're leaking all day long.
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>> it is paranoia. in the trump white house believe that people at the very top whether it is priebus, bannon, kushner, are leaking telling stories that improve in the eyes of their boss. one that sends a signal to everyone down the line that is okay behavior. then people feel a need to do it. because they need to feel to correct themselves. sean spiecer knows some one in the white house is telling reporters terrible things about him. he needs to defend himself. that goes on and on. that's the culture of paranoia trump created in his campaign what existed in his businesses terrible way to run a government. going to lead off to continued problems. if they fire someone this will be a problem until they build a better culture and hire people loyal to each other. >> yeah, one quick thing. difference between, tip to a reporter and leak. sean is the boss there. sean is in charge of how this goes down and new communications director. one thing for him to get together with the team.
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say as press secretary, i will give a tip to this reporter about this story. coordinated and calculated pushing of a message out there. when you have people underneath him, pushing out leaks that are harmful to the administration, that its when you absolutely have to take measures to put an end to that. >> all right. thank you. >> outfront next, we are learning at this thour, ntagon now has a plan in place. presented it to the president t. what's in it? di does it mean more american lives on the ground? president trump talking landmark health care law that took years to craft. >> nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.
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spending by $54 billion. the plan to. do it he will slash funding for agencies by $54 billion. he will have a lot more details in tomorrow night's speech. sarah murray is out front. >> donald trump is aiming to ratchet up u.s. defense spending as he prepares his first presidential budget. >> this budget will be a public safety and national security budget. it will include an historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the united states of america at a time we most need it. >> budget official telling reporters today that trump will ask for $54 billion in defense spending. that's a 10% increase. and more than the total discretionary spending for the entire state department and environmental protection agency combined. but so far, there are few details about how the add strags would pay for sharp increase in military spending. most federal agencies will see
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their budget shrink, and the epa and frn aoreign aid expected toe sharp cutbacks. we will do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the people. trump's security focused budget sure to be a key topic in his address to congress tuesday. but all eyes are on what trump will say about repealing and replacing obamacare and whether he will finally serve up specifics. >> i have to tell you it is an unbelievably complex subject. nobody knew that health care could be so complicated. as trump huddled with mitch mcconnell and house speaker paul ryan today the two gop leaders plan to press him to publicly tout the house gop plan. the president regularly blasts obamacare. >> people hate it. now they see that the end is coming and they they're saying, oh, maybe we love it. there is nothing to love. it is a disaster, folks, okay. the political risks of the appeal and replace process appear to be weigh on him. >> let it implode.
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plitical politically, a great solution. if we touch it. a tiny little change, what's going to happen they're going to say it's the republican's problem. >> his meeting with gop leaders comes amid rising concern from republicans on the hill that trump hasn't embraced the role of salesman in chief for health care overhaul which could put plans to repeal obamacare. >> obamacare is collapsing right now. >> after meeting with insurers, trump joked if health care goes awry he won't be shouldering the blame. >> if things don't work out, i'm blaming you anyhow, you know that, right? >> tonight, senior administration officials say the president is still fine tuning this address he will deliver to a joint session of congress tomorrow. expected to focus heavily on national security as well as the creating economic opportunity. of the big question is still how far he will delve into specifics not only on health care and time line for repeal
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and replace process, but on tax reform. the question still going unanswered at least for now. erin. >> thank you, outfront, mo brooks from alabama. congressman, good to have you back. >> my pleasure. >> obamacare approval right now, at a record, really, pretty popular. the latest pew poll shows the with a 54% approval rating. of course the highest yet. are you concerned at this point about a backlash if obamacare is repealed? >> no, none whatsoever. people who are informed on the issue know that what the republicans are undertaking is a rescue effort of a leaky boat. this ship, obamacare is sinking. it's going to take a lot of people with it. it is going to degrade the quality of health care in the united states of america. and it is already costing regular working men and women of our country thousands of additional dollars in premium costs they were told by the previous president would be a $2,500 cost savings. as pple understand more and
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more, the bad shape that obamacare is in, more and mr. they're going to understand why a rescue effort is necessary. >> the thing is, it is really complicated right. i know you know. you know it is not simple. if it were really simple this would have been done a long time ago. here's what the president said today. i want to play it again for you, congressman. here is president trump. >> now, i have to till you, it is an unbelievably complex subject. nobody knew that health care could be so complicated. >> what is your reaction to that from the president of the united states? surely you knew health care is complicated? >> well my reaction is that we ought to simplify it. any time you create an enormous federal government program, or sets of programs dealing with health care or any other segment of the american economy, you can naturally anticipate it is going to get more and more complicated as thousands upon thousands of pages of regulation are imposed on the ordinary day-to-day
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transactions between in this case, doctors/patients, and insurance companies. we need to simplify it. best way is to get the federal government out of the business. let it be more patient/doctor centered. let states play a larger rolen the process instead of this one size shoe fits all huge bureaucracy we are cretating in washington d.c. frankly hurting our country. the best simplification, repeal obamacare, send it to the states, let the 50 states diet as they wish. if a state like new york or ohio or pennsylvania, massachusetts, if they want obamacare, fine. pass it. states like mine in alabama we, don't have to and we won't. >> so the rlity though of course is that in terms of the votes, right? you may not have the votes to do this. okay, democratic senate leader schumer said today that the gop probably doesn't have the votes. i know you have blamed your gop colleagues saying a few days ago some are scared by townhall protests. you said they have weak spines. why are they caving?
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right? sounds like they're the ones who aren't going to give you the votes to go ahead and get this for repeal. >> you are focused on the true crux of the problem. if we had 218 house members who were truly committed to repeal of obamacare, we would have voted long ago to repeal obamacare. if we had 51 republican senators truly committed to the repeal of obamacare, that 51 can repeal obamacare. the first step would be to eliminate the filibuster rules impact on a vote on obamacare. then the second step would be to actually repeal it. so it is going to be up to the american citizenry to provide counterbalance to the strong effort being put forth by liberal part of our society in the townhall meetings and elsewhere frying to convince some of our less, trying to thing of a polite way of saying it. those of us that have strong backbone we will stick to our principles. some being swayed by the
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townhall. >> become to the pew poll rating. that's what we have. 54% of americans approve of obamacare of the people who don't approve of obamacare, 25% want it modified. 17% want it fully repealed. >> i don't believe the numbers. >> you may not believe them. does the president believe them? he is saying health care is complicated. do you think he is really committed to what you want? a full real? frankly, it doesn't sound as if he totally is. he would be fine with maybe some adjustments, he said he likes a lot of things in it? >> you are asking me to read the mind of donald trump, quite frankly, i don't think i have that capability. i wish i did. i am sure there are plenty of people in the country wish they did. typically, with an elect owed feshl whowed -- official, i look at their track record. get an idea. and in this instance, donald trump's track record, as an elected official is over 1-month-old. it will take time to establish a track record where we can decide
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to heap is going this way, this way, or that way. right now, i don't know which way heap is going with respect to obamacare. time will answer that. >> congressman, before we go. you mentioned talking about the town halls. obviously you haven't held them in person, you had one on the phone. you told alabama media you were concerned about violence. i just wanted to play for you what senator bernie sanders said about gop congress people who made the same decision as you. here is senator sanders. >> if you don't have the guts to face your constituents then you shouldn't be in the united states congress. and if you need police at the meetings, that's fine, have police at the meetings. have security at the meetings. but don't use that as an excuse to run away from your constituents. >> are you running away? he is saying if you don't have the guts to meet face to face you shouldn't be in your jobs? >> bernie sanders has absolutely no idea what high have done in my district. just this past week i had 20-something meetings with constituents, went to a number of public meetings, interacted with constituents, i also had
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what some people call a townhall, others would not call a townhall. one at huntsville high school, another one at lasertele, a research park in huntsville, interacted, gave washington update remarks, they grilled me with whatever questions they want to ask of me. so we can get into how it is best to interact with people in their districts, i would submit to you that the fact that i have within these last few elections with 65%r more, indicates that the people in myongressional district are very satisfied with my interaction with them. i would add i have never turned away a meeting with any constituent who wants to meet with me in my district offices in huntsville, decatur, or florence, alabama. over six years we have 100% success rate in meeting with constituent whose want to meet with me in the confines of an office, where we can have candid discussion on any concern they may have. >> thank you, congressman. >> thank you.
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>> next, breaking news on capitol hill. we will take you right there after the break. and the pentagon giving president trump a plan to obliterate isis. they say it can be done in months. what's in it. a man allegedly shoots three people, killing one, witnesses say he shouted "get out of my country." this was in kansas. awww. try this. for minor arthritis pain, only aleve is fda approved to work for up to 12 straight hours with just one pill. thank you. come on everybody. aleve. live whole. not part. why pause a spontaneous moment? cialis for daily use treats ed and the urinary symptoms of bph. tell your doctor about your medicines, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, or adempas® for pulmonary hypertension, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess. to avoid long-term injury, get medical help right away for an erection lasting more than four hours.
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breaking news, the senate confirming billionaire wilbur ross as commerce secretar the vote three months after the president tapd the famed investor for his cabinet. ro was a key economic adviser during president trump's campaign and expected to be a powerful figure. during his confirmation hearing in january, ross push ford taking a tough stance on china. also expected to lead administration efforts to renegotiate nafta and trade deals. obviously central to this administration. >> new at this hour how to destroy isis in months. according to a u.s. official that is a plan that was delivered to president trump's desk today. barbara star is out front. >> reporter: the pentagon plan according to a senior official lays out how to rapidly destroy isis in less than ten months.
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>> i have also directed the defense community to develop a plan to totally obliterate isis. >> reporter: part of the 30-day review, significantly increasing the u.s. military presence and risk to u.s. troops inside syria. options being explored include -- sending u.s. artillery units into syria for long-range support for local units moving on the city of raqqa. and putting u.s. spotters near the front lines to look for isis targets. it is already happening inside iraq. >> if we go ahead and bring up the smoke, they can take it now, and move up and try to mark that location. >> reporter: the plan also includes diplomatic and financial options. but the pentagon leads stepping up the military campaign something president trump has long advocated. >> i know more about isis than the generals do, believe me. i would bomb the [ bleep ] out
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of them. >> reporter: top u.s. generals warn even with more than 50,000 isis operatives killed, the international reach of the threat is a worry. >> we estimate probably over 100, 120 countries have provided 45 a,000 foreign fighters to syria and iraq alone. that's one element that makes it a transregional threat. >> reporter: national security adviser, lieutenant general h.r. mcmaster, breaking his his boss, cautioning the term, radical islamic terrorism isn't helpful for u.s. goals. president trump seemingly with a vote of no confidence so far on the military campaign. >> everybody used say we never lost a war. we never lost a war. you rememb. some of you are right there with me. and you remember, we never lost a war. america never lost. and now, we never win a war. we never win. we don't fight to win. >> reporter: the coalition has liberated about 60% of isis-held
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territory in iraq and is pushing to get isis out of its stronghold in raqqa, syria. putting more troops into the fight will be costly, and risky. but no one can yet say just how costly and how much risk there may be for u.s. troops. erin. >> barbara, thank you very much. incredible detail there in a ten month plan. next, witnesses say a man shouted get out of my country before allegedly shooting three men, killing one. and why? and jeanie moos with celebrities at a loss. as a control enthusiast, i'm all-business when i travel... even when i travel... for leisure. so i go national, where i can choose any available upgrade
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tonight, a possible hate crime, a man accused of shooting three men, one fatally at a bar in kansas makes his first court appearance. he yelled "get out of my country" before opening fire. brian young is out front. >> reporter: the fbi is assessing whether this man should be charged with a hate crime after allegedly shooting three people in a kansas city area bar. adam puritan charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of murder.
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police say puritan was arrested after he walked into a restaurant, 70 miles away, and told the bartender he shot two iranian people. the victims were in fact two indian men grabbing a drink after work. puritan became agitated at the bar and started taunting them. witnesses tell cnn he shouted "gut "get out of my contuntry." >> i got under the fire when he started firing. >> reporter: 32-year-old srinivas kuchibhotla was shot and killed. two others were shot and wounded. >> i got up and proceeded to chase him down, tried to subdue him so the police could come in. >> reporter: kuchibhotla worked as an engineer for g.p.s. engineering company garmin. >> i told him many times should
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we think about going back? should we think about going to a different country? he said no. >> reporter: indian officials are demanding a thorough investigation. kuchibhotla's widow wants to know how she's supposed to confident his grieving parents. >> i need an answer from the government. i need an answer. >> reporter: the white house has strongly rejected the notion that there might be any connection between the shooting and the trump administration's sharp language about immigration. >> it was rage and malice in an individual's heart that killed my friend, killed our friend. we are to ask all of you for toleran tolerance of our diversity. >> reporter: the community support here growing. in fact, there was a large candlelight vigil last night where people were trying to remember the victims of this. today in court, the accused shooter had a suicide prevention
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vest on during that court appearance. we're told his next court date is march 9. erin? >> ryan, thank you very much. just horrific. next on a much lighter note, clyde stole the show at the oscars. well, a 103 yeah, 103. well, let me ask you guys. how long did it take you two to save that? a long time. then it's a fortune. well, i'm sure you talk to people all the time who think $100k is just pocket change. right now we're just talking to you. i told you we had a fortune. yes, you did. getting closer to your investment goals starts with a conversation. schedule a complimentary goal planning session today.
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president trump weighs in on the oscars saying the show was sad because the show was too focused on him. but the best story of the night had nothing to do with him. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: when warren beatty paused for five seconds, it was a give away that the oscar --
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>> for best picture -- >> reporter: would go to the wrong picture. >> "la la land." >> reporter: soon the staff crashed the stage checking the velope meryl streep didn't even have to ahh to look like this. cue the tweets. "we rob oscars." >> there's a mistake. "moonlight," you won best picture. >> reporter: someone asked is there an envelope somewhere that reads hillary clinton? and when the producer held up the correct winner, the name swapping began, featuring everything from hillary's popular vote tally to the fast food change, what a burger, promoting itself. one of president trump's executive orders was rechristened "la la moon." there were jokes how warren
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beatty just handed it to faye dunaway. he even looked inside the envelope before fate declined -- >> "la la land." >> some invoked steve harvey since he himmed miss colombia miss universe. >> call me, warren beatty. >> reporter: the accounting firm apologizing, saying the presenters mistakenly had been given the wrong category envelope. right before the mistake was consummated, the presenter's eyes met. eerily similar to the last moments of bonnie and clyde. [ gunfire ] no point in chooting the messenger. jeanne moos, cnn, new york.
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well, thanks for joining us. you can watch "outfront" any time anywhere on cnn go. see you back here tomorrow night. it will be a crucial nht for president trump tomorrow night. "ac 360" starts right now. good evening from washington, d.c. thank you very much for joining us. we have former presidential candidate senator bernie sanders on the program tonight. there are late details on president trump's plans on the eve of his first speech to congress tomorrow for a double digit boost in defense spending and massive cuts elsewhere. we begin, however, with continuing question of contact during the campaign and later between the trump campaign and russia. friday, a republican congressman said a special prosecutor is needed and appeared to backtrack today. also today, the white house said there's no need for one. the gop chairman of the house intelligence committee essentially threw cold water on the story, denying reports he was enlisted by the white house to pour cold water on the story. there is much we simply d

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