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immunity deal? fired national security visor general michael flynn says he has a story to tell about russia but onif the koncongress and fb willing to give him a deal. what does he know? the top democrat on the intelligence committee will be here live with the latest. . civil war. the infighting intensifies as president trump threatens the
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hard line conservatives who brought down his health care bill. >> i understand the president's frustration. i share frustration. >> will the bad blood poison trump's relationship with congress? plus, ivanka moves into the west wing. >> i think ivanka is going to be amazing. >> reporter: the first daughter joins the white house staff as documents show she and her husband jared kushner are worth millions of dollars. a new member in cabinet history joins us live. the best political minds will here on what happens next. hello, i'm jake tapper in washington. the state of our union is really, really rich. new financial documents filed late friday night reveal the wealthiest white house in history. newly official west wing employee ivanka trump and her husband jared kushner worth more than 740 million according to the papers filed.
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groups note that ivanka has a worth between 12 and 25 million in the trump international hotel here in washington, d.c. and they ask does she plan on keeping that investment while helping to run the government? the documents also reveal new information about fired national security visor retired lieutenant general michael flynn who this week asked congress for immunity in exchange for any testimony about russian meddling in the russian election. flynn failed to with or without thousands of dollars he had for speaking engagements. as well as for paid speeches by a russian airline in a russian cyber security company. he claims he was fired before he could complete his forms. i'm joined by representative adam schiff who serves as the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee. congressman schiff, thanks so much for joining.
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>> good to be with you, jake. >> let me ask you about general flynn. he says -- his lawyer says he is relying to testify before your committee if he is given immu immunity. president trump tweeted mike flynn should ask for immunity and a witch hunt. flynn's lawyer says that general flynn has a story to tell, congressman. what would it take for the committee to give him immunity? >> well, i think we start out with a very healthy skepticism. we know from the filings that were done by the white house on friday that general flynn failed to report the money that he received from that rt propaganda of the kremlin as well as two other russian entities. we also have requested the background security documents that general flynn filled out to find out whether he similarly failed to disclose work that he was doing as a financial agent of a foreign power or receiving
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financial support from a foreign power and, of course, the issue of whether general flynn made false statements that would also expose him to liability. so there is a lot we need to learn before entertaining anything like this. there is a lot we need to learn from other witnesses. i start out, i think, with a very healthy skepticism. >> a skepticism he has anything worth sharing? what is the skepticism about? >> well, the skepticism is we will need to consult with the justice department. they, obviously, have a lot of equities here. we don't want to do anything that will interfere in any case that the justice department may decide to bring. we also have to determine whether he really can add value to our investigation, whether we need him to learn information we can't learn from other sources. so it's very early, i think, even to be considering this. there is a lot more work that we need to do and i think we are properly bringing a degree of skepticism along with us. >> what did you think about president trump tweeting about the miimmunity deal?
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some say he was signaling to the fbi or justice department they should offer general flynn such a deal. >> you know, the president is pretty transparent in his tweets. i think he wanted to get across a message that he's not afraid of what general flynn has to say and basically daring the congress to give him immunity. and then if we make a judgment that, no, we shouldn't be giving him immunity the can say we don't want a story to come out. i think a strategic move by the president and transparent one. >> on friday you travel to the white house to view these documents that chairman nunez, your republican counterpart, has discussed, and nunez says that they suggest the raising of issues, issues that he has about incidental surveillance of trump advisers and maybe the president, himself. president feels vindicated by what nunez has said about these documents but nunez says they do not show what the president claimed the wiretap of trump or trump tower. now you've seen these documents,
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can you understand why chairman nunez might have some issues with the surveillance that was going on? >> well, i can't go into the contents of the documents, jake. i can't say i don't agree with the chairman's characterization which is where you don't share documents with one person or even two people. they need to be shared with both full committees. but the most important thing people need to know about these documents is not classified and it's a couple of thing. first, the deputy assistant to the white house informed me when i went to see them that these are exactly the same materials that were shown to the chairman. now this is a very interesting point. how does the white house know that these are the same materials that were shown to the chairman if the white house wasn't aware what the chairman was being shown? and the second point was also made to me, this is, i think, was also underscored by sean spicer and that is that it was told mie by the deputy assistan
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the materials were produced during the ordinary course of business. the question for the white house and mr. spicer is the ordinary course of whose business? because if these were produced either for or by the white house, then why all of the subtsu subterfu subterfuge? i think the answer may come from the president, himself, and you can say a lot of things about the president, but one thing you cannot say is he's not subtle. and i think his tweets tell the story and the story is look over there at leaks and look over there at anything the obama administration we can claim did wrong on incidental collection or anything else. but whatever you do, under no circumstances look here at me or at russia. i think that is really what is going on. >> do you think that chairman nunez was part of an attempt to provide some sort of cover for the president's claim about obama wiretapping him at trump
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tower which, obviously, this does not prove, but cover for that? or an attempt to distract, as you're suggesting? >> it certainly is an attempt to distract and to hide the origin of the materials, to hide the white house and the question is why. i think the answer to the question is this effort to point the congress in other directions. basically say don't look at me and don't look at russia there is nothing to see here. i would tell people when thever jever they see the president use the word fake it ought to set off alarm bells and i think that is really what has gone on here. >> you signed a letter with chairman nunez about three weeks ago asking the intelligence community about unmasking. that is when someone incidentally picked up and surveillance is named by official name and not just citizen a in intelligence reports. i guess the question that nunez is asking or suggesting that we should be asking in the media who unmasked these trump
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advisers and is it possible that any of this unmasking was done for political reasons instead of for legitimate ones? >> well, first of all, i can't talk about as i mentioned the contents of any documents. so at this point, i can't say whether anything was masked or unmasked improperly. i can say this. in the ordinary course of what we do as an oversight committee, we look at exactly these issues. if the white house had any concern about whether minute maization was used properly or how it was handled, that is material that should be given to us in the ordinary course of affairs. it doesn't need to be done, you know, by night through staff at the white house. the only reason to do that, again, if you want to hide where these materials are really coming from and who is behind it. and i think part of the reason why that was done is this effort to deflect attention from the russia investigation, to raise
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other issues, to effectively create a cloud through which the public cannot see what is at stake here and what is at stake here is a foreign intervention in our election. very serious issue about whether u.s. persons were involved and an investigation that is being conducted by the fbi into possible coordination with the trump campaign and i think among the most serious business the country has to do right now. the white house seems to be doing everything it can to point in other directions and say do not look here, there is nothing to see here. >> the big issue, of course, is whether or not there was collusion among members of the trump campaign or surrounding the trump campaign, trump advisers. can you say define tcan say peo working with the russians to time the release of damaging information about hillary clinton that had been hacked either from john podesta or the dnc shall. >> i don't think we can say
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anything definitively at this point. we are still at the very early stage of the investigation. the only thing i can say is that it would be irresponsible for us not to get to the bottom of this. we really need to find out exactly what the russians did. because one of the most important conclusions that the intelligence community reached is that they are going to do this again to the united states. they are doing it already in europe. so we can say conclusively this is something that need to be thoroughly investigated but it's way premature to be reaching conclusions. >> congressman adam schiff democrat of california, thank you for your time today. >> thank you very much, jake. president trump declaring his own party the enemy after his health care legislation failed and he is now threatening to torpedo those who stood in his way. will it work? we will ask the congressman who has been targeted by trump next.
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welcome back. president trump is still licking his proverbial wounds affair the stunning defeat of his health care bill. at the hands of his own party. he is pinning blame upon the freedom caucus a group of hard-core conservatives in the house of representatives. the president tweeting the freedom caucus will hurt the entire republican agenda if they don't get on team and fast. we must fight them and dems in 2018. so will the president's threats work? let's ask a top member of the freedom caucus who has been singled out by president trump. congressman jim jordan of ohio who joins me from cluolumbus. >> good to be with you. >> president trump is blaming you and two of your colleague in the freedom caucus for the health care debacle and tweeted, quote.
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the president seems to be placing the blame squarely on your shoulders. is that fair? >> jake, tweets and statements and blame don't change facts. the facts remain the same. when you look at the document, you look at the legislation, it doesn't repeal obamacare and people who support it have called it obamacare light and doesn't bring down premiums and cbo said the premiums rise the next three and a half years and doesn't unite republicans as evidenced by the fact you got conservatives and moderates who are opposed to the legislation. and it doesn't unite the country. when have you seen a bill come forward only 17% of the country supports it? so let's do better than that. let's start over. let's get this thing done right and keep our promises with the american people. >> dan is president trump's social media director at the white house over the weekend urged the defeat of one of your colleagues in the freedom caucus.
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he tweet, quote. congressman jordan, that is the white house saying that your freedom caucus colleague justin amash should lose his job. what is your response? >> justin is a good friend and one of the most principal members of congress. frankly, if he is primaried i'm beginning to do everything i can to help him. what concerns me more than this threat of primaries is keeping our word with the american people. and as i said, you would think even congress should be able to put together a piece of legislation that more than 17% of our fellow citizens like. and maybe one of the things we should learn from there jamaike this process was deeply flawed. and good process lead to good policy and i think translates into good politics and never happened here. in one in the country likes this bill. maybe instead of hiding the bill
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away and rolling it our four weeks ago and having hearings where no witnesses testify and no amends allowed to be offered or accepted maybe do the process right and if we do we will develop a product that more than 17% of the country actually approves of. so let's to do it that way and why not have doctors come in and testify. maybe hospitals testify. or maybe just some regular american families who this bill is going to impact why not have that process take place and we will get to a better process and the kind of thing that justin amash and other members of the freedom caucus think need to happen. >> let me show you what justin amash responded. quote. do you agree with congressman amash? has the trump administration merged into the same old establishment? >> i think justin is a good friend and someone i will help if he has a primary. what i alsond look at the four corners of the document and the actual legislation and read the legislation andnd what it does
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and doesn't do. it doesn't bring down premiums. every health care policy expert will tell you that. it doesn't do that even cbo said it doesn't do that. so let's take a pause here. sometime i think we are getting all spun up. the sun is coming up tomorrow and things will be okay. a delay in doing this legislation. even the president said we can get a better bill after it was postponed a week ago. so let's do that. let's put together a better piece of legislation that keeps our word with the american people. that is my focus and that is justin amash's focus and the focus of the freedom caucus. that is what the election in 2010, 2014 and 2016 was about. so let's do that. >> with all due respect, sir, if one year from today and awe amash and labrador and all of the other members of the freedom caucus are facing primary challenges from trump supported candidates, then you're not going to be able to focus on all of the things you want to accomplish for the american people. you have to focus on these
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threats that are coming directly from the white house. >> jake, you know, competition is fine. i've never shied away from competiti competition. if that happens, that happens. that supp. for the voters in each of those respective districts and up to the good families i get to serve in the fourth district of ohio. what i do know is what we told the american people. that is our focus and. to continue to be our focus. let's work with the white house and get that accomplished and all of our colleagues and work with democrats if they are willing to do what we told the voters we were going to do and if it's consistent what that election was about and what i told the people in the fourth district i was fighting for them for. if it's consistent with that let's do it but focus on that. we make this job way too complicate. our job is to do what we told the voters we were going to do when they gave us the privilege to serve and my focus and the focus of justin amash and anyone else in the freedom caucus. >> speaker ryan said if you, quote, let the perfect become the enemy of the good you'll push the president into working with democrats. does any part of speaker ryan's
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expression of concern make you worry at all? >> jake -- >> that this will become a liberal bill? >> what did good get defined as 17% approval ratesing? come on. legislation should be doing something better where 17% of our fellow citizens think it should pass? maybe we need to do the process right as i said before and actually let people come in and testify on the legislation. maybe we would put together something better that is consistent with what we told them we were going to do when they elected us on november 8th, 2016. >> congressman jim jordan of the great state of ohio, we appreciate it, sir. >> thank you. what is the connection between a bank on a mediterranean island and russian cabinet? that is next. ♪
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this week, president trump welcomes chinese president xi jinping for a visit to his private florida club mar-a-lago. auk wards to suggest a round of golf to a man's country you just accuse of raping america. what is on the agenda? wilbur ross joins me from new york. thank you for joining us. >> good to be out, jake. >> the president of china will president president trump on thursday and friday. chinese competition was responsible for the loss of 2.4 million jobs in the united states according to a recent economic study. during the campaign you know president trump promised he would get tough on china. specifically he made this promise. take a listen. >> i'm going to instruct my treasury secretary to label
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china current ma in my opinio m should have been done years ago. any country who devalues their currency to take unfair advantage of the u, which system countries, will be met with sharply. >> so president trump said this would happen on day one. we are now, i think we are on day 73. is this promise gone? has it been abandoned? >> well, currency manipulation determination is the province of the secretary of the treasury, not the problems of the secretary of commerce. >> but your general issue, though. >> my issue is not general. my issue is quite specific, which is trade enforcement and helping negotiate trade deals that make sense for the american worker. >> let's talk about executive orders that president trump delivered on friday. one of them, they had to deal with the trade deficit in china. one of the issues you pointed to
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that day was the promise of chinese steel dumping. let me ask you a question. was it a mistake for president trump when he was a developer to use dumped chinese steel alumin aluminum? did they did not bear responsibility for steel and aluminum dumping? >> frs of all developers don't the steel. they hire contractors. the contractors put the contract out to bid and the contractors are trying to get the lowest price. the whole dumping thing is not the dumping side inspect. problem is other nations are dumping product at unfairly low prices. that is what needs to be corrected. not the behavior of the contractor. >> you serve as the vice chairman of the bank of cyprus. a lot of russians did a lot of business with that bank as know. six senators sent you a letter posing a series of questions and haven't received answers from
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you. one says, quote, during your time at the bank of cyprus, was the bank involved with any individuals or entities placed under u.s. financial sanctions? >> was it? >> that's a question that is very complicated to answer because the bank had billions of dollars of loans that were made long before it got into trouble, long before i got involved with it. so researching all of the names that it might have had as borrowers or depositor historically is not something productive. i can tell you no loan that i approved knowingly was to a person unsanctioned. >> but there might have been individuals who were part of the bank from before you were involved or while you were involved but loans you didn't sign off on who might have been affected by u.s. sanctions, am i hearing that correctly? >> no. that's not what i said.
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i said all large loans were approved by the committee of the board that i was on. none of those loans went to anybody with sanctions that i'm aware of and nor were there any great big deposits from sanctioned parties that came in while ilves involv was involved of. >> another question the senators had did the bank provide any loans to the trump campaign either directly or through another financial institution? >> certainly not to my knowledge. >> let me ask you a question. as secretary of commerce, you oversee n.o.a.a. a government area that compiles data about the impact of climate change among many other missions. are they going to collect information under your watch? in 2012 president trump made an assertion in vast majority of
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the climate scientists. >> the science should dictate the results. as long as they stick to science and to facts, i'm comfortable with whatever is the outcome. >> something that happened at the white house on friday and you were present for it and curious. the president was supposed to sign executive orders on trade. take a listen. >> thank you, everybody. you're going to see some very, very strong results, very, very quickly. thank you very much. >> mr. president, with your tweet, were you trying to tell the justice department to grant immunity to michael flynn? were you trying to do that, mr. president? was that your intention, mr. president, sir? >> thank you for coming. >> mr. president, was that your intention in was that your intention, sir? >> a very curious moment and mike pence trying to tell him he forgot to sign the executive order and president trump said bring them into the other room and i will sign them there. is there anyone in the president's inner circle to tell him when he is making a mistake? >> well, as to the signing of
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the orders, he did sign the orders. i was there with him in the room when he signed them and, in fact, he gave me the pen that he used to sign the order most directly relevant to the department of commerce, so i don't see where the term mistake comes from. >> he was supposed to sign them before the cameras. it was a ceremony and he ended up walking out before he signed them which i'm sure was an honest mistake or maybe he didn't want to answer major garrett's question about immunity and michael flynn. does it raise the question anybody can tell the president when he is wrong? >> i don't see what he did is wrong. it's his decision where he wants to sign an order. he did sign the order. it's official. that's the relevant fact. whether it pleased some particular cameramen or not is of no concern. >> all right. secretary wilbur ross, appreciate your time this morning. thanks so much. >> thank you, jake. coming up, all in the family.
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the reason they get immunity is they do something wrong. >> president trump last year attacking hillary clinton's aides for receiving immune ity her private e-mail server. michael flynn is asking for immunity also. trump calls the investigation a witch hunt. we have lots to talk about with our panel. with us is republican
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congressman jason lewis of minnesota and president of the ceo for american progress and nina turner and mike rogers. so congressman lewis, let me start with you. immunity meant one thing last year and means something this year. bites of mike flynn saying you don't ask for immunity unless you committed a crime. >> they trying to get to the bottom of the story and if that helps, it helps. if i went in front of a congressional panel you don't have oversight. telling somebody to get immunity in front of congress is probably the smart legal thing to do. >> your face says you're skeptical of that? >> i'm sorry. i think the idea that mike flynn is asking for immunity is telling us there is something deep and seriously wrong here. we learned an fbi investigation, now 20 points of contacts between russians and the trump campaign and trump associates.
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>> exacontact is not collusion. >> i never ever met with russians working in presidential campaigns and russian government or official. there is a lot here and devin nunez's behavior demonstrates that the house intel committee seems incapable of doing it and i think lots of democrats are asking for an independent commission and i do not understand why republicans keep trying to block that. >> because three investigations going on here. there is the fbi, there is the senate intelligence committee, the richard burn and john weste boehner. james clapper said no evidence of collusion. >> clapper doesn't know that! ed that before the fbi -- >> on january 20th. >> ed as of the time he left the government january 20th he didn't know. >> but the fbi has a current investigation. >> let him do it. >> independent commission is the way for us publicly to see that. >> you're the former chairman of
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the house intelligence committee. let me ask you. what do you make of the request for immunity by general flynn's lawyer? >> well, there is two side to that story. one is if you've going to testify before congress, the way that the statute works for lying to an fbi agent is called the 101 violation, 1001 violation, you would want to make sure if you said something even inadvertently it might not jibe what you told the fbi. don't to get in that mess if you want to come out and testify. >> that is how the fbi squeeze people? >> that is how the fbi squeezes you. if you were the committee i wouldn't grant immunity. if this is an investigation everybody needs to clam up and including the president. stop talking about it. the most dangerous place in washington, d.c. is between a congressman read a classified report and a microphone. that needs to stop and it's both sides. i just heard adam schiff saying
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we can't talk about that but people are guilty of something. he is supposed to be the person helping lead an investigation for a conclusion. you can't go into this -- >> you're saying we need to find more -- >> no, no evidence. >> i think they all need to stop talking! >> there may be something there. jake, might not be. the fact that general flynn criticized clinton aides. he just asked for immunity so maybe is he guilty. quinnipiac poll showed that 2 out of 4 americans believe that there should be an independent investigation. >> congressman jordan. >> >> are you linking me to congressman jordan? >> you both like the poll number. >> president trump tweeted this morning and maybe he was watching "state of the union." the real story is surveillance and leaking. find the leakers. you heard congressman schiff say this is the whole point as
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president trump is trying to change the subject from any possible collusion. focus on the leaking. >> i think there is three issues here they need to get to the bottom of. i think the leaking is serious. you cannot have fisa material, which is the most sensitive -- foreign intelligence surveillance. if there was cause to have this information broadly distributed and leaked that is a crime and separate investigation in my mind. the fbi should do that. that sounds like a criminal action but the other two, this is important. then there is one on russia. this is where the committees could stay out of the way. the fact that the russians are engaged in information operations here and around the world with our allies is a serious matter. if they could help the public understand their intentions and their capabilities, this would go a long way in the public sop you have those at least different issues that are really important. really. this whole thing -- i mean, this is when you want your government to be a lot more like james bond than you do austin powers.
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the problem here is it looks like the latter. >> speaking of austin pawers. devin nunez has been part of the problem which -- what you're saying we shouldn't have this public discussion and he has been out in front of reporters and it turns out that he misled a lot of reporters over the last couple of weeks and that is another reason people think republicans, the house intelligence committee should not be -- >> whistle-blowers saying trump did this and that with the russians. whistle-blower said we have this information that incidental collection has captured u.s. citizens. >> but -- what was the whistle-blower? he went to the white house and got the information from the white house staffers. >> which is routine when you go to classified information. that is where you get it. >> are you calling the white house staff who are hired by the president whistle blowers? >> nunez got information and it's not proven with femurer obama aide said we had to collect the evidence. >> that is false! what you're saying does not make
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sense. if you're talking about elizabeth. >> i'll tell you what she said. >> devin nunez went to the white house and got information from three staffers and that is what he claimed was his information. i don't know why they couldn't brief the president directly themselves. >> where did we get the information on the russian collusion? >> the fbi is investigating that right now. >> how did it make it to the public atmosphere? >> the house intelligence committee had -- >> no. i think -- >> yes. >> here is the question for you. >> no, you're wrong! >> no! comey is testifying! >> one of the points. again, that is not to say that we should change the subject and stop focusing at all on possible russian collusion. but let me ask this. if there was surveillance of the russian ambassador and that did pick up this conversation with general flynn in which he was supposedly talking about sanctions or something. and then that was spread throughout the government, his name was unmasked, meaning that it was still within confidential
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government information, but it was unmasked said general flynn instead of citizen a. then "the washington post" broke that story in which i think attributed to eight or nine government sources saying that flynn had this conversation and a big blockbuster. that would be potentially a crime. >> yes. so here is what i think. >> the leaking of his -- >> i think the reason that happened is because mike flynn lied, right? so the question is when mike flynn and the vice president lied to the american people about what mike flynn did, is it whistle blowing or leaking? it may be both. i'm perfectly comfortable getting to the bottom of that as long as republicans are perfectly comfortable to have a process that people have faith in and i have to say people do not have faith in devin nunez after the gaubldebacle of the l two weeks. >> you were, obviously, chairman of the committee you had sources that were whistle-blowers.
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would you have handled it differently than the way nunez did? >> completely. i was in a high already charged political investigation. >> benghazi, sure. >> we had did a lot of other good investigations as well. we came to some common ground rules on how to do this investigation that was facts and facts-based only for our lane which was only intelligence. people wanted us to get into the state department but it wasn't our gig and wanted us to get into dod and wasn't our gig. we came up with ground rules to do our intelligence into the intelligence piece of that. the point we didn't have press conferences about it and didn't run out every time we got a new document saying this or that happened and didn't say we should find these conclusions in the investigation like i never went out and said we should find these conclusions in the investigations. i think it's dangerous. when the government does an investigation of any sort, it's serious. you're talking about people's character, maybe their freedom.
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right? they should go to jail. you need to take that as serious as it is. it is no place for sharp-edged partisan politics. people's reputations are at risk. >> are you concerned at all that democrats liberals, progressives are expecting this investigation to go someplace, that ultimately it might not? that ultimately it might turn up, oh, this aide did something and he gets some small fine and that is really all that the fbi and the intelligence committees can find? >> the congressman should recuse himself. >> nunez? >> nunez should recuse himself so we can bring back some integrity to this investigation. to your question, there might be something there, might not. i hope that democrats, liberals, and/or progressives are not putting all of their faith in the fact that something might be there. it might, might not. that's why we need an investigation and we need an independent investigation. >> the ranking member should quit going on television and saying we don't have any evidence, therefore, this is what the president did. >> come on! >> it happened at the beginning of an investigation. obviously, people have been
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saying there is nothing here. then we find out the fbi has current counterintelligence going on. >> jesus christ. can we focus in on anything but russia? >> i'm glad you said that! take a listen to ivanka trump to her dad talking about her new role. >> chancellor of germany is going to -- asked ivanka to go to germany and she will be working on similar issues with chancellor merkel. >> what do you think? >> what is next? a wealthy young president hiring his 35-year-old brother with no legal experience as attorney general? i mean, what is it coming to? >> the kennedys. >> this is much to do about nothing. they are following the ethics rule and taking no salary. that's fine. >> i think it's interesting that we have a situation in which
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ivanka trump has holdings, including into the trump hotel, jared kushner has $700 million worth of holdings and to divest. >> she has not divested at all. he has not divested from a lot of assets including buildings. he's not divested from a company that has tried to do business with the chinese. the president is meeting with this week. who the president is meeting with this week. i think the issue here is odd to say you're going to have a campaign that drains the swamp when the president feels to take -- >> it's an investigation. thanks one and all. coming up, the crack of the bat on opening day. it's part of what makes america great, right? then why is president trump missing the first pitch? stay with us.
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it's baseball's opening day
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and experts are watching to see if the cubs will go for another historic world series win. celebrities will be on hand with one notable exception. ♪ take me out to the ball game >> not this year. president trump declined the washington nationals invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day. he cited scheduling conflicts. a surprising decision from the new commander in chief who discovered america's pastime long before he discovered the board room. >> did you always know you were going to go into this business? >> no. i wanted to be a baseball player. >> that was no childhood fantasy. trump was a star player at the new york military academy. his coach told "rolling stone" he was once even scouted by the phillies. >> i was supposed to be a professional baseball player. fortunately i decided to go into real estate instead. >> he's stepped up to the mound for the cubs, red sox and his beloved yankees but even the
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leader of the free world apparently gets nervous when he goes into his windup. george h.w. bush a college baseball star at yale was visibly upset after a wide pitch at orioles opening day in 1992. bill clinton took note and tried to avoid the same fate in 1996. >> i practiced for a week before it. i went out and paced off the distance in the backyard of the white house. my practice made me better. i think i was nervous. >> one of george w. bush's unforgettable moments came at the 2001 world series in new york just weeks after the attacks on america. >> the gravity of the moment never really hit me until the first step coming out of that dugout standing on the mound at yankee stadium was by far the most nervous moment of my presidency. >> so in this long history of presidential pitches started by taft, how will trump stack up?
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