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former acting attorney general and the ties between russia and trump campaign officials. why the were hearings suddenly canceled. recusal refusal. amid claims he's secretly working with the white house the republican chairman of the house intelligence committee rejects calls he step aside. is he actually obstructing the investigation? climate changes. saying he wants to put coal miners back to work, president trump moves to roll back obama-era regulations aimed at curbing carbon emissions and global warming. does he still believe climate change is a hoax? and thwarted attack. police say they foiled a potential massacre planned by a student who allegedly gathered weapons to target her high school 90 minutes north of washington, d.c. new details on her father's excruciating decision. i'm wolf blither. you're in "the situation room."
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back news, the white house is flatly denying that it acted to block key testimony in the investigation of ties between trump aides and russia. the white house says there was no move to prevent an appearance by former acting attorney general sally yates before the house intelligence committee. yates who was fired by the president in january for refusing to enforce his travel ban had investigated former national security adviser michael flynn and his contacts with russian officials. yates was supposed to testify publicly testify, but that hearing and others were cancelled by the panel's republican chairman devin nunes who is rejecting calls by democrats to step aside from the entire russia investigation. critics say nun eds is too close to the white house to lead that probe after he made a secret visit to the white house complex and then publicly declared he found evidence of potential surveillance of trump campaign
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officials briefing the president before his own committee and vowing to put coal miners back to work, president trump today swung a sledgehammer at obama-era regulations aimed at limiting climate change. his latest executive order seeks town do those rules which he says limit economic growth and energy independence. the white house press secretary sean spicer won't say whether the president still believes climate change is a hoax. i'll talk to democratic congressman of the intelligence committee and our correspondence, analysts and guests are standing by with full coverage of the day's top stories. let's get right over to the breaking news, the white house denying that it's been interfering in the investigation of contacts between russia and trump campaign officials. let's gets to our senior white house correspondent jeff zeleny. what's the latest on this, jeff? >> wolf, the white house is trying to change the subject on this, even talking about trying to revive health care but that's done little to brush aside this
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russia investigation which tonight is hanging over this white house like a storm cloud. the white house going to new lengths to downplay a growing russia cloud hanging over the administration. >> if the president puts russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a russian connection. >> reporter: and questions over russia are intensifying from the white house to capitol hill with the house intelligence committee investigation has erupted in a partisan fury. the administration refusing again today to say who invited the committee's chairman devin nunes to the white house grounds last week to review classified information. the white house also denying suggestions today that it tried to keep former acting attorney general sally yates from testifying before the committee investigating any ties between russia agents and trump campaign advisers. >> i hope she testifies. i look forward to it. >> reporter: white house press secretary zane spicer called a "washington post" report 100% false that said the administration tried to block yates from testifying or from playing a role in cancelling the
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hearing originally set for today. >> we have no problem with her testifying, plain and simple. >> reporter: she could be a critical witness. president trump fired yates, a holdover from the obama administration, ten days after taking office for refusing to enforce the trump administration's travel ban. she was expected to testify about conversations between the russian ambassador and michael flynn. the former national security advisers fired by trump. the white house desperately trying to move beyond russia, trying to characterize the investigation today as a closed case. >> i know this will be a shock, but, again, part of it is that i think we've been very clear that when you actually get to the bottom of the facts every single person who has been briefed on this as i've said ad nauseum from this podium they have been very clear there's no connection between the president or the staff here and anyone doing anything with russia. >> reporter: but the investigation is very much alive on capitol hill and at the fbi which director james comey
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testified last week in this stunning revelation. >> the fbi as part of our counterintelligence mission is investigating the russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and russia's efforts. as with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed. >> reporter: the russia story is now riveting washington, whether the white house likes it or not. >> following the house investigation is like following a mystery no. you never know what's going to happen next. >> reporter: one of the things happening next is going to be that senate investigation. the senate intelligence committee. now they have tried to keep a distance from everything going on on the house side, and the top republican and top democrat, wolf, tomorrow are holding their
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first press conference giving an update into their own investigation. now, wolf, this is something that's spill. police not coming to an end despite what sean spicer says from the podium, the senate and fbi investigating the house and even though the investigation by the showers very much up in the air. >> looks like there's much better bipartisan cooperation in the senate intelligence committee than in the house intelligence committee. jeff zeleny, thanks very much. the republican chairman of the house intelligence committee says he'll continue to lead the russia investigation despite accusations that he's simply too close to the trump administration. let's go to our senior congressional reporter manu raju. manu, what's the late on the hill? >> reporter: yeah, wolf, tonight real questions boston whether or not the house intelligence committee will be able to produce a bipartisan report. the top democrat on the committee adam schiff saying moments ago that he wants to have a public hearing before this committee, something that was actually cancelled today by chairman devin nunes, in which that hearing with sally yates
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was expected to testify and right now no consensus and major questions about whether the investigation will move forward. tonight a meltdown in one of capitol hill's main investigations into russian ties to the trump campaign. the house intelligence committee locked in a partisan fueled over republican chairman devin nunes with democrats saying he should step aside after cancelling a public hearing and privately briefing the president on surveillance information he obtained from a source on white house grounds, but nunes is defiant, refusing to step aside and insisting he did nothing wrong by briefing president trump about communications picked up incidentally about the trump transition. >> but are you going to stay as chairman and run this investigation? >> well, why would i not? you guys need to go ask them why these things are being said. >> can this investigation continue with you as chairman? >> would it not? aren't you briefing you guys continue choice will you and keeping you up to speed. >> they are saying it cannot
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run -- >> you've got to go talk to them. that sounds like their problem. my colleagues are perfectly fine. they know we're doing an investigation and that will continue. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan was terse when asked if nunes should recuse himself and if he knew who the congressman's source it is. >> no one knows. >> reporter: and democrats sees the white house pulling strings. >> he seems to be working with the white house to obstruct this investigation. >> reporter: with the house panel cancelling public and private meet this is week the senate intelligence committee is quietly pushing ahead with new plans to interview trump's son-in-law jartd kushner over contacts he had and senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says this panel can do the job, rejecting calls for an independent commission. i have confidence in the senate intelligence community to do the
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job. >> i don't have any observations to raise about the house efforts. >> reporter: senator lindy graham questions his ability to lead an investigation if the house intelligence chairman doesn't share information with committee democrats. >> the problem that he's created is he's gone off on a lark by himself sort of an inspector kluso investigation here trying to find some unmasking information about colex, incidental with the trump campaign and some on agent outside of russia. >> meanwhile, today's new investigation casts a shot oh, overtoday's investigation? did they try to block sally yates to testifying before the panel? the white house flatly denied seeking to block her testimony, but when pressed nunes would not discuss the administration's role. >> did the trump administration seek to have sally yates not
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testify before your committee? >> look, you guys are just speculating. i'm sorry, wherever there's time we'll do a presser. >> did they ask you to cancel the hearing today? >> come on, guys. i mean, why did you cancel the hearinging? >> nothing has been cancelled. >> now, on the senate side, mark warner, the top democrat wants to hear from sally yates and i asked the fame question. he did not want to discuss any witness, likely testifying under oat in a private setting and no death yet set for that very important private interview. >> manu rajjo joining us from capitol hill. joining us now, democratic congressman from california. thanks for joining us. >> good evening, wolf. >> earlier today referring to
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the behavior of your chairman devin nunes and you said and i'm quoting you now. this is what a cover-up to a crime looks like. those are your words. that's an extraordinary acquisition. what alleged crimes specifically are you referring to? >> well, i'm referring to the white house's behavior and i'm putting in a in the context of michael flynn lying about his contacts with the russian ambassador. our attorney general misleading the in the about his prior commentsaged donald trump making claims and now the white house opening up its facilities so that the chairman connection conclusively receive classified information and then in a stunt the next day go and quote, unquote, brief the president. this is what a cover up looks like. we're expected to do a job and right now we over lost so much.
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>> do you see anything beyond circumstantial evidence to back up that claim? >> this is what a cover-up looks like. what did devin nunes receive at the white house and why could he not share it with the democratic committee members and when does he plan to do so that our comments with believe we're getting to the bott the tom of how we were attacked and how can we make sure we're never in a mess again? >> he says he'll make that information available to the committee members. has he done that yet? >> he's not and said that last week and i asked him today. i said i think it would serve us all well if we sat down as a committee and aired that up and we'll get to the bottom of it. this is more reason to have independent. >> it was always the most comprehensive way to get to the bottom of what happened and now it's an insurance policy against a compromised house investigation. >> what did he say to you today when you asked him for that
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information? >> i hope he considers it -- i think you should ask him, wolf, but i'm not too hopeful at this time and we need to take a step back and remember that we have a responsibility to the american part-time to conduct this in an independent way and we can only wear one uniform and we're a separate branch of government and we can't be working with the white house. >> do you believe that the chairman devin nunes was taking orders directly from the white house when he cancelled the hearing that was scheduled today, an open hearing, including the former acting attorney general sally yates, the former cia director, the former director of national intelligence? >> i can only tell you, wolf, that as much as i enjoy being in "the situation room" i'd rather in that hearing because it's a tfngs our duty to have a public hearing and hear from sally yates and director brennan and director clapper. we're not doing that, so that's why i think it would serve the chairman well and our committee well to recuse himself from all things russia. we also have important business outside of russia that we need to conduct as a committee, and i
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still believe we can work with this chairman on those issues, but right now his credibility is in jeopardy. >> why did he cancel that hearing? what was his explanation to you? it was supposed to be today. >> we were told that either the fbi director and add miller rogers from the nsa could brief us or that we could hear from the public group. we could have done both and i think, again, this is just an effort to delay and deflect from real questions that we have about the personal, financial and political ties between donald trump and his team that were converging at the time of russia's interference. >> is there a separate hearing scheduled now with the fbi director james comey and the director of national -- of the national security agency, the nsa admiral mike rogers? is there a separate hearing now scheduled? >> right now we're stalled, wolf. everything is kind of suspended and, again, i think we could all do a better job if our chairman would step aside and allow another republican to make an
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investigation on their side and make progress. last week the american people for the first time get a clims of what the evidence was against russia and it was validated by the fbi director saying the investigation was under way and now we're in darkness when there's these serious questions. >> as far as you know, congressman, are all the democrats on your committee unified right now in the opposition to nunes that he should at least recuse himself from this investigation, if not completely step down as chairman? >> wolf, we like chairman nunes. were unified in that we don't think he should be a part of this investigation. >> should he still be chairman? >> yes, i still have faith that he can chair our committee if he steps down, but the problem is if he loses credibility on this issue, i'm afraid what it will do is it will make it much harder follow all of us to work together on the other important issues that we are called to work on every day together. >> so just to be precise. you want him to recuse himself from this russia investigation but not step down as chairman. >> yes, wolf, and even if he believes there's not a conflict of interest, the perception of a
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conflict of interest can be just as bad. >> the senate intelligence committee, as you know, is pushing ahead with its own investigation. they plan to talk to president trump's senior adviser, son-in-law jared kushner, about meetings he with h with the russian ambassador as well as contacts with a top official at a major russian bank. are you interested in hearing testimony from kushner as well? >> i'm interested in why any u.s. person would be talking to a sanctioned russian bank but especially interested when somebody on the trump transition team like mr. kushner works has ties toss mr. trump's businesses, would be talking to them, and the stories are very different. jared kushner said he was meeting with hem in his duties as a member of the transition team and the bank's statement said they were meeting with him as far has his duties as a businessman. >> the house intelligence committee has not asked him to appear, right? >> we're still compiling our witness list. we've heard from u.s. government officials and we also want to hear from poem like paul fan
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aforth, michael page and other persons that may have been connected to russia. >> any agreed to testify before your committee because i know some of them have agreed to appear for at least interviews before the senate intelligence committee. >> they have publicly said so, and the chairman said that paul manafort has but i will insist that these be public hearings there. he's no reasons that these witnesses should testify in secret. we will not convey class floyd information to them or them to us. >> you want to name any other names you want to pay peeve before committee as well because the names you've mentioned are names that have about publicly disdiscussed? >> we're coming up with the right right now. these are individuals who will express their willingness to testify. that's a good starting ground for us. >> stand by, congressman. much more to discuss.
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we're talking with a key member of the intelligence committee and we'll get back to him shortly hand right now promising to put coal miners back to work president trump today took a sledgehammer to the obama administration's climate regulations. he signed an executive order rolling back rules and policies meant to limit carbon emissions saying they limit economic growth. cnn congressional correspondent
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sunlan serfati joins us now. what happened? >> reporter: president trump is making good on a campaign promise to bring back jobs to the hard-hit coal industry, but how many jobs and exactly at what cost to the environment, those remain something of an open question. >> my administration is putting an end to the war on coal. >> reporter: president trump taking major steps to strip down obama-era regulations to combat climate change. >> i am taking historic steps to lift the restrictions on american energy and to reverse government inconclusion and to cancel job-killing regulations. >> reporter: signing an executive order at the environmental protection agency that undoes the clean power plan. the initiative, to curb power elitions at coal-fired power plant but that effort by the obama administration has been tangled up in legal call earnings and hasn't even gone
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into full effect and president trump's oordt allows for new coal mines on federal lawns by lifting the three-year moratorium and rekrinds at least six executive orders aimed at reducing climate change and inclusion one that says climb thank is a theat to the further discussion. >> the action that president trump has taken today represents the largest attack on climate change in our country's history. >> and still in all of this the pairs its climb accord which doesn't touch but this will make it harder to meet the benchmarks of the agreement. >> we're going to bring the coal industry, mac. >> reporter: the white house touting that this is a campaign and the goal of job creation, aio, that he says the mining industry is embracing. >> the miners and owners are
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very, very bullish on this. >> but some top executives say things may not rise because of more automation and cnn money was told he suggestled that he temp earl his expectations. environmentalist see little benefit and a lot of harm. >> the coal industry has been losing jobs for year after year after year. coal jobs will not be coming back in any kind of large quantity whatsoever. >> and yet another sign of the difference between the obama and trump administrations on these ishls. donald trump did not say compliment or climate change and meantime former at the present time calling those moves discouraging and misguided. >> i'm sure he very much believes that. we've back with dommics
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congressman and and rolling back president obama's climb change legalsy? >> these protections were not a war on follow, but a war on the long cancer butts of the pollutants and that's enough to say to the come miner. what we towed to. we need to invest in alternative sources like wind, solar. >> what can you do about the president's executive action? do democrats have a realistic plan to fight back? >> yes, so it's the policies that we can put in place. we can put our value statements saying that those workers and every american deserve to breathe the air that's cleaner and the workers deserve to have jobs that are representing the new economy, so i think whether it's re-training programs, it's making sure that the schools in those areas are preparing them for this new science and
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technology workforce or making sure businesses have incentives to go into these areas that are left behind. we can do that and these are policies you'll see in the next couple of weeks. >> congressman, thanks for joining us. >> my pleasure. a foiled platt to attack a school. a student had a shotgun, bomb-making materials and a detailed written plan. usiness tg lessons. rodney wanted to know how his business was doing... he got quickbooks. it organizes all his accounts, so he can see his bottom line. ahhh...that's a profit. know where you stand instantly. visit quickbooks-dot-com.
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questions of his -- involving his own impartiality. let's get some insights from our experts. phil mudd, you're an expert in this area and worked at the cia, the fbi. a lot of us were really looking forward to the open public hearing today involving the former cia director john brennan, the former director of national intelligence james clapper and sally yates, the former acting attorney general, but the chairman cancelled that investigation. that testify taltd. why if they have a good reason for that, but allots of people are now questioning his imprargsity. are you? >> yes, i am, and i think not only should he be out but i think the committee should be out. this has been a mockery from day one. in the past week we've been discussing this issue of the chairman nunes coming to the public and the media about intelligence before he talked to his committee members. this cockamamy story about how he acquired that information from the white house which nobody can figure out and today the cancellation of hearings that i think would have helped
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us understand the foundational question. forget about talking to administration officials. what did russians do to interfere with american elections and how do we protect ourselves going forward? who better to speak about that than the cia director and director of national intelligence. here's the problem, wolf in, a nutshell. tell the committee to stop getting involved in political games and ask a question they haven't asked for a week at least. what did the russian dozen and how do we stop it from happening again? they are not talking about the real question. >> that's the real question. nia, a lot of people are suspecting -- suspect that all of this talk that devin nunes and other straight supporters are pointing to, incidental and all trying to change the subject from the main part of the investigation, was there any connection between trump associates and the russians? >> if you look at the opening
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statements with the fbi director comey last week they were all about this idea of incidental collection and now he's talking about unmasking, and that is part of why he had to go to the white house and some people see that as again nunes running interference for this white house in trying to give donald trump something of a fig leaf around his story about wiretapping claims and obama which, of course, have been proven false, so, again, this -- phil muld hits it -- phil mudd in terms of where it is and how chairman nunes is running interference for donald trump and the senate sees the committee as much more bipartisan and credible and the fbi is investigating all of these incidents as well. >> the white house press secretary, rebecca, sean spicer says that he hopes sally yates, the former acting attorney general will in fact testify and looking forward to that testimony. is that credible right now?
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>> well, i guess we'll have to see what happens, if she actually does testify in public before this committee. we can take sean at his word that he would be excited about that, but really this committee does have a problem right now, wolf, with its credibility. anything more that the committee does is going to be tainted by what's happened in the past week or two. it's sort of this indelible mark on the committee's work from this point forward so i think most people are going to be turning to the senate committee, to the fbi investigation that is ongoing for answers about this because the house frankly is a bit politicized at this point. >> you know, phil, help us better understand something. intercepted known conversation, let's say, or an intercepted conversation between two foreign targets of the u.s. intelligence community. let's say they are discussing an american citizen. when is the identity of that american citizen unmasked, identified to others in the u.s.
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intelligence community, and when is it still concealed? >> let's take a notion investigation. let's say the fbi is looking at foreign intelligence officials. let call them russians. let's say those foreign intelligence officials have a conversation with had a white house official that might involve let's say u.s. sanctions on russia. at that point fbi investigators might say we're trying to look at what these the russians are doing in america, who they are talking to and whether they are engaged in inappropriate activity, including collecting information inappropriately. at that point those investigators have a valid question, and by the way, in contrast to what you've heard over the last week, this happens all the time. this is not unusual. the question is who are the russians talking to not only because they think america might have done something wrong or because they might want to question them. i've been questioned when my name was unmarked in collection and said what was the nature of.
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it happens every day in washington. >> is it unmarked to a select group and the suspicion and accusation you hear from the white house supporters is that in the final weeks and months, if you will, of the obama administration, a much greater network of individuals were privy to that sensitive information. >> that's a fair question, and i think that is a subsidiary question that the committee might want to look at. that is do we have indications that people who are involved in getting the information because they have to investigate the russians are getting it properly, and is there an expanding audience of people who doesn't have what we -- what we call in government a need to know? i think that's a fair question. that said, i will guarantee you hover the next weeks that's entirely politicized by a suggestion that this whole effort was an effort to spy on americans, not true. fair question, but i think it's going to become politicizeded. >> is it really part of the overall investigation into russian meddling in the u.s. erection, or is it just sort of a sidebar to obfuscate?
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>> absolute sidebar. i think when you investigate complex issues like how the americans are collecting against foreigners, you learn about things that the intelligence oversight committees v a right to ask about. this is compared to the issue of russian interference in the american election which is tier one. this is about tier four. worthy of staffers looking into giving congressman or senators a report on the oversight committees and compared to the issues they should be that you canning about, this is chump change. >> stand by. a lot more to assess and discuss. we'll be right back.
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we're back with our experts. let me quickly go back to phil mudd. the president's senior adviser, son-in-law jared kushner, will be interviewed by the senate intelligence committee about his contacts with russian officials, including the ambassador as well as contacts with a top russian official of a major russian bank that actually has been sanctioned by the u.s. do. those meetings concern you? >> i wouldn't say concern. i do believe they mean that he should be questioned. i don't think he should be questioned by the committee, and let me explain why. in terms of concern. obviously the fbi has said to us that they have an open investigation about what happened during the election, and we had the president's national security adviser general flynn resign because he was embarrassed to tell his boss, the vice president, that he'd had an inappropriate conversation with the russian ambassador about sanctions. in that swirl i think it's fair to ask what was going on with campaign officials including the
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some of the president and let's talk to him. however, the fbi has the capability to investigate people, to investigate them over months. they are non-partisan and they have the ability to walk across the street to pennsylvania avenue to the department of justice and say here's our file. do you want to prosecute. you tell me. is the committee partisan? yes. do they have the capabilities of the fbi to investigate, no. do they have the capability to walk across to justice and prosecute? no. this is going to become a political show. the fbi should be running these questionings, not the committee. >> nia, the white house thinks the whole thing is a waste of time. you saw the president's tweet i guess it was last night, another hoax, this whole story about russia meddling, not necessarily even true and that's been debunked by officials across the board. listen to the white house press secretary sean spicer today. >> if the president puts russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a russian connection. >> but is the white house going to be distracted because of this
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for at least a while to come. >> >> yeah, because this is an investigation that's ongoing. i mean, if only it were russian salad dressing they would be lucky. instead it's paul manafort, it's roger stone, jared kushner, of course is now going to testify and has volunteered to talk about his conversations with the russian banker and with the russian ambassador, and it's -- it's just going to continue. we over got these three different investigations. they will likely go on for a while and phil knows more about this in terms of the length of an investigation like this than i do, but this will be months and months and months in terms because the white house was reactive to all of this. they react to what's in the headlines instead of being proactive in putting everything out in terms of these context so they end up being caught in suspicious -- in some ways cover-ups in having to explain why are we just now finding out that jared kushner had these meet when is we should have known weeks ago? >> usually the damage control
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experts say if there's bad information you put it out, rebecca. don't wait for your critics and enemies to put it out. >> right. there's one question, first of all, of whether they think these connections with bad in the first place because donald trump has spoken very positively about russia, about vladimir putin, so they might not have known that what they were doing at the time was bad. they might not think it was a bad thing worth investigating at all but there's that. this white house i think we've seen is not a master of damage control. maybe because they are creating more damage than they could possibly control all at one time, but their communications is a little bit disorganized and we see that reflected in the way they have handled this as well. >> everybody stand by. there's more news coming up, including this. police say a teenager had weapons and bomb-making materials ready for an attack on her high school, but the plot was foiled when her father discovered her plans and turned her in to police. i mean wish i had time to take care of my portfolio, but... well, what are you doing tomorrow -10am? staff meeting. 3:45? tai chi.
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. outside washington, d.c., police say a student's plot to attack a school was foiled because her father discovered what she was planning and then turned her in. cnn's brian todd is over at the school. brian, this is more than just wishful thinking. >> seems to be more than that, wolf. tonight, students, faculty members and law enforcement officials are processing what might have happened here. we are getting jarring new details of this 18-year-old's alleged plot to carry out a columbine style massacre inside this high school. police say nicole was on a
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mission to massacre if ello student at her high school in the shadow of camp david and she was prepared to die as part of her attack. tonight police say they will face multiple charges, accused of amassing an arsenal, including a pump shotgun, fireworks and nails which police believe would be used to make pipe bombs. >> she had the materials and means and we believe it was going to happen. >> leaving the small tight-knit community reeling, plans were thwarted by her own father who discovered her plot and turned her into police before she could carry it out next week. >> the father saw behavioral changes over a period of time. for some reason he looked into her diary. she told my deputies basically at the same time. >> the sheriff says the plans seem advanced. she mentioned columbine and sandy hook in her diary and recorded details of emergency
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details. she had video of the sheriff deputy assigned to the school. >> she was watching her pattern of coming and going and looking at the type of weep yoon she was carrying on her person. >> officialed say she was enrolled in a criminal justice program at school district's career center nearby. back at her high school just 90 minutes north of washington there is a sense of disbelief. >> she was a funny sweet person. you would never think that -- you would never think it would be her to do something like this. >> i knew something was up with her but i would have never imagined it was this bad. >> county school spokesman said there was nothing unusual in her disciplinary record. >> were there any signs of bullying issues, relationship issues with the stud snent. >> we had no idea there was something wrong with the student. >> there was something difference in her diary. >> you could see the emotional
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issues. how she could conduct the shooting. the fact she may have been the first female active school shooter in the country. >> tonight, sincere gratitude toward a father who had to make an excruciating decision to turn in his own daughter in order to save other people's children. >> it had to be a very agonizing decision. a decision i'm sure no parent would ever want to make but ultimately the right thing to do for his daughter. very difficult but the right thing to do. >> tonight, nicole savario is at a local hospital undergoing mental health evaluations. when she gets out she will be taken into custody on explosive charges. she could face up to 50 years in charges. her father hasn't spoken out publicly. we reached out to him and said he did not want it comment. >> is there any indication anyone else was involved in this alleged plot? >> no. the sheriff tells us there is no indication they had gotten that anybody else was involved.
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according to the sheriff it was all nicole's plotting down to the detail. and she bought all of the weaponry, shotgun, ammunition, all of the components, she bought legally, he says. >> very carry indeed. brian todd up in cotoctin maryland. coming up, breaking news. white house denies they tried to interfere in a congressional investigation involving ties between russia and trump campaign officials. >> if the president puts russian s salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a russian connection. amily, and we're usaa members for life.
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