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it just seems very, very risky and in the end of the day, i don't think the president's doing them a favor by loading them up that way. >> we're going to continue listening to this and a lot more. that's it for me. thanks for kwampg. er >> north korea firing off a projectile. we have if latest on this. plus a top democrat warning trump on russia "some people end up in jail. "this as we learn about two more meetings with trump associates and russians tonight. 18 companies and counting dropping bill o'reilly. can he survive? let's go out front. good evening. i'm erin burnett. north korea fired a project i'm. this has been confirmed to cnn.
the south crane news agency report that it was launched into the sea of japan. this comes as a white house official kwishd a dire warning to north korea declaring "the clock has run out and all options are on the table. yoits" it's a toning statement. barbara starr is at the white house. what can you tell us? >> reporter: u.s. officials confirming that u.s. satellites did detect the firing of a missile off the east coast. there's important things we do not yet know tonight. we don't know how long a range a missile, this was one of their more modern. it fell, by all accounts, into the east sea, also known as the sea of japan. it went a distance. we don't know how far. the concern tonight will be if, in fact, this was another
testing of one of north korea's more advanced ballistic missiles. they regularly do fire off some of their older missiles. it's not a big concern to the united states. but that missile program has been modernizing and advancing and the u.s. has been waiting to see when they will next test one of those more modern missiles. this launch tonight came out of a place called the sempo shipyard on north korea's east coast. u.s. satellites over the last several days had noticed increased activity at that ship yard. trains and equipment moving around and now tonight a launch from that very area. erin? >> thank you very much, barbara starr. the trump administration says the clock has run out. our other breaking story this hour. people will end up in jail. that is the stark warning from one top democrat investigating trump's ties to russia.
whether asked if there's any hard evidence of clugs between the president's associates and russians. >> i wouldn't be surprised after all this is said and done that some people end up in jail. castro's threat comes tonight. we have learned the that former campaign advisor carter page met with the russian spy in 2013. especially troubling. especially since reports are that's russians were recruiting him as a source. page admits to the meeting but inns cysts he didn't know the russian was a spy. plus, erik prince, the brother of the education second betsy devos had a secret meeting days before trump's inauguration. that effort, trying to establish
a back channel of communication between trump and russia. there were people who had direct contact with russians known to u.s. intelligence. jared curb her, jeff sessions, manet forth, roger stone, j.d. gordon and carter page now and erik prince. jim sciutto is out front. jim, these are new meetings and the timing of some of these meetings is raising red flags, right? >> reporter: that's right. i spoeblg to a congressional intelligence source who told me there's a number of things. the time of them, during the transition in december and january. the number of these meetings, the level of the people tied to trump involved in these meetings but also a key question, the substance, what was discussed in those meetings and in particular, were u.s. sanctions on russia discussed and was the
possibility of softening those sanctions on russia discussed. that is not known yet but the intelligence committees want to investigate it as they continue their broader investigation of u.s. and russia. >> thank you, jim. i want to get to new details about the previously unknown contacts between trump associates and prominent russians. jessica snider is out front. roip cnn is told erik prince met with a russian businessman connected to russian president vladimir putin in the seychelles islands. he is the brother of medication secretary betsy devause. the meeting was set up to create a back channel communication to russia according to a source. the washington post reports the fbi is investigating that
meeting. prince's spokesperson said it had nothing toe do with trump and the white house denied any knowledge of the meeting. nick burns was a foreign officer for two decades and said transitions don't usually operate this way. >> the president would t wait until he becomes president and exercise the full responsibility of office. there is no reason to find some russian business person or some contact with the russian government when you could easily have asked the state department or the obama administration. >> another development. >> reporter: carter page admits that in 2013 he met with victor dabaney, a russian spy. m describing his efforts to recruit page as an intelligence source. male one said he is sorry. he flies to moscow more often than i do.
he page insists he believes he was working in new york and shared only basic immaterial information on the energy policy. in doing so i provided him nothing more than a few samples from the far more details i was providing. >> you might be announcing your foreign policy advisor soon. >> we've got carter page ph.d.. >> reporter: the russian spy was part of that same spy ring as another russian employment by v.e.b. bank, the state-sponsored russian bank whose representedive met with jared kushner at the request of russian ambassador. >> i want to go to mike quigley, member of the intelligence
committee. congressman when you hear all of this, does it add 7-to fire to you? >> oh, what a tangled kweb we weave. i take this in a little more reserved way. we follow the facts wherever they lead. but as an old criminal defense attorney, we have a presumption of innocence. we need to find the facts and determine more later on. this is the infancy of the investigation. it's going to take a long time but we're certainly learning a fascinating amount of information in an accelerated fashion. >> when it comes to carter page -- we're learning, of course, about him and this meeting that he passed information to a russian spy. this meeting, of course, was before trump was running for president and you heard what faj said. he has no idea, had no idea that that this person was a spy. we've heard a lot of different meetings. so far nothing has added up to
collusion. >> we haven't even begun licensing to witness testimony. i look forward to mr. page's testimony. they all say they're willing to come forward and tell us everything we need to know. we are still literally reviewing the diemts. we haven't interviewed a single person yet. it is premature to say one thing or another. there's probable cause to believe that there was collusion. there's not guilt beyond a right handreasonable doubt but we've just started this. give us some time to do it right. >> your colleague congressman castro said some could be going to jail as a result of this investigation. do you -- >> we all look at things differently. i want to take a more deliberate approach to this. i am very, very tired of the three fakt tactics of the white house on this, delay, disrupt
and detract. the first open hearing was a nightmare for them where director comey announced there was an investigation. he said that there was no evidence that trump tower was wiretapped. he said 24r5 the russians were absolutely trying to influence if -- the elections to hurt trump and hurt hillary clinton. i want the american public to learn exactly what took place. >> on that, some of the information you're trying to get, some members of your committee have been briefed on the wiretapping documents. have you seen those or been briefed on them yet? >> i've been briefed on them. >> is there anything you can tell us? was there any kind of a game changer in there? >> it's inappropriate for me to kmenltd on that. my belief is the white house is so concerned about this, they
can tomorrow they can declassify these documents. take them to the full committee if you're concerned about unmasking but clearly this is more about distracting, slowing things down, being very upset about how this process is going. it's not about finding the truth. so for me to comment is prejudging, clearly what's important information, but if they're that fascinated with the american public knowing what took place, declassify them. >> you keep saying don't prejudge but obviously this investigation has been going on for a while. you didn't see anything in the briefly that led you one way or the other? >> i would say everything influences me one way or another but for me to talk about that probably would be inappropriate. >> susan rice did not deny masking the associates picked up in legal surveillance in some of the documents you may have been briefed about.
she did, though, categorically deny leaking any such information. here she is. >> i leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would. >> that's definitive. do you want her to testify on what intelligence she saw involving trump soirktsz? >> i welcome her to testify. i want to say unmarking is normal furcprotocol. i don't believe anything was done inappropriately. again, we're now on step five of distraction. let allegations about wire tanning trump tower, canceling the public meerkts not wanting ms. yates to testify and now bringing up this issue after chairman nunes's extraordinary late-night excursion is all evidence that they don't want the truth to come out. >> you keep -- >> this is silly. >> you keep saying it was a
distract. is it irrelevant or not? >> i would say the totality of the circumstances is that the white house is doing nothing but distract. >> all right, thank you. i appreciate your time. >> thank you. >> and next, who is erik prince. >> what does the keyword patriot mean to you? >> someone that answer the call of their country when needed. >> plus, dozens dead in syria, including at least ten children. the white house blaming it on obama. what is president bush saying about trump cutting funding to one of his tom causes? i realize that ah, that $100k is not exactly a fortune.
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donor. the secret sit down taking place on a excluded island. it involves a person kwekted to vladimir putin and the founder of the controversial security firm blackwater. erik prince is the name. his connections to trump is pretty tight. tom foreman is out front. >> watch out. let me get a shot. >> reporter: in the middle of the fighting in iraq and afghanistan, there was black water. in the middle of that private security force, its founder, former navy sale erik prinsz. >> i disagree with the assertion that they acted like cowboys. >> reporter: he burszed on to the scene after one of his team opened fire. prince said they were under attack. a court disagreed and four blackwater contractors were convicted of violent crimes. >> reckless use of weapons. >> reporter: the image soured
black water's deal with the u.s. government and prince's feelings, too. >> they were just not worth it for the men killed or injured doing that job. >> reporter: yet his ties to the new administration run deep. prince donated at lesion $250,000 in support of president donald trump's president yacht bid. his sister is betsy devause. he's appeared on the ultra conservative radio station bright batter. >> hopefully 34r6r789 trump is elected because cleerld our generals don't have the stomach for a fight. >> reporter: prince seems ready for any fight suggesting the death of chris stevens and three others in benghazi, libya, could have been avoided. >> no one under our care kill their injured.
i think we could have kept him alive. >> reporter: officials from the united arab emirates around a meeting to set a back channel communications with moscow although a spoke for prinz denies it. he continues to consult on what critics call mercinarywork but prince. >> what does it mean to you? >> someone who answers the call when their country need them. roiptd nothing indicates he was involved in setting up a pipeline from the white house to the kremlin. but someone with ties with the trump administration was at least in a position where they could have done such a thing. >> thank you, tom. now, the reporter who helped break the story. juliette khaim and our jim sciutto, national security
correspondent. adam, you first broke this story. what are you learning about the secret meeting in the seychelles? >> we're trying to determine did anybody in the trump world give a green light for prince to approach the crown prince of abu dhabi and present himself as the envoy to meet with the russian? the crown prince of abu dhabi is not known to be someone who takes meetings like this willy-nilly. usually there would be some communication beforehand to ensure that both trump and putin intended for the crown prince to bring these two people together. >> erik prince spends most of his time in the uae. here's more of what we know about erik prince. he donated at least a quarter of a million dollars to the
presidential campaign. he is 2 brother of betsy devos, the education secretary for donald trump. a lot of the contacts lead directly to donald trump. >> thaert. let's remember how erik made his money, blackwater, one would say this firm subject to acts of rurts abuses and other things in iraq. his background i describe him as when you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail. sort of a military type aggressive person, and so the amazing thing about the washington post story is not only that the meeting happened, erik had to have known his contacts with the trump administration, even if the meetings were benign, but also this whole notion of the back channel. i don't get it. it keeps coming up with the trump administration. they were about to be a president. it was about to be official.
you don't need back channels. >> unless there's some sort of a smoke there. jim, here's the thing. erik prince had a point of view of russia. he went on steve bannon's bright batter radio station. he defended loudly the russians against accusations of hacking the clinton campaign chairman. here he is. >> john podesta's e-mails i can assure you did not come from the russians, so this idea that the left and even the administration from the intelligence community are now claiming it's all the russians is entirely too cute and very, very thin on any kind of fact or legitimacy. >> jim? >> well, look, let's listen to the people who disagree with the people who disagree with the intelligence community. democrats certainly but the republican speaker of the house, the republican senate majority
leader, the chairman of both the senate and house intelligence committees. that assessment does not measure up the facts. for him to characterize it this way is not accurate. that point of view is one that the president himself held and publicly expressed many times during the campaign, even during the transition, although he has mod rated on that. >> erik prince lives in the uae most of the time. the meeting took place in the seychelles island. remote islands that the arabs have bank rolled. i've been there. you can see the influence physically in that house. the islands pride themselves in operating in secret. their secretary of state for foreign affairs told you this, "the seychelles is the kind of
place you can have a good time away from the eyes of the media. now action the question is if there's nothing to hide, why the secrecy here? >> yeah. i know, i think that's the central question here. it's a question that we are asking ourselves time and time again. why did flynn not just come clean about his communicationcommunications with the russian ambassador. why didn't sessions decide to err on the side of transparency. you can sort of understand in the context here leading up to this meeting in the seychelles, why there was concern about having official contacts, because official contacts were under scrutiny, both from law enforcement and the press. you can understand why you'd want to go with something that's not attracting attention. it's called the cut-out. picking somebody who is not officially connected to you and then after you have that meeting you can disown it and pretend like it never happened, which is
basically what we see -- what i think we're seeing from the white house. >> the timing of this meeting, right before the inauguration. >> that's right. and it's not isolated. in december you had jared kushner, the president's son-in-law, then president-elect's son-in-law meeting with a bank official who is under u.s. sanctions. the proximity and the timing of these meetings, is that drawing the attention of the congressional committee now investigating russian interference. >> thanks to you all. next, a horrific chemical attack. nearly a dozen children among the 70 dead. it is a stunning attack. a huge challenge to plumresiden trump. after new sexual harassment
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administration. damages are horrific. they are difficult to look at. what you see are children stunned. others unresponsive, burns on their bodies. they're crying, causing, wheezing, rescue workers there racing as you can see to try to hose them down. in another video you see the chaos inside a crowded hospital. children covered in blankets are hooked up to respirators and you can see their tiny bodies trichg and kpulsing. it's horrific to see. at this time we don't know what kind of chemical was used. we do know how the victims died. those who died suffocated. tonight the white house sending mixed messages as to who was responsible. jeff zelleny is out front. what is the message? they see those pictures. president is now the president of the united states. what's the message? >> reporter: erin we did not hear the president talk about
this today. the white house saw these gruesome grisly images. they saw the images throughout the day. they essentially placed blame on the obama administration for crossing that red line. let's look at the president's statement here and then dissect it a little bit. this is what he said. he said today's chemical attack in syria against innocent people is reprehensible. he goes on to say they're the consequence of the past administration's weakness and yir resolution. right there, that is this trump administration passing the buck here saying that this is the obama administration's fault. sean spicer, the white house press secretary today was asked in a briefing with reporters, at what does this become the trump administration's challenge, problem, issue here.
and spicer punted on that, but he did say that, look, they are deciding a response to this, but this president does not intend to sort of show or prove or telegraph in spicer's words the next actions going forward here. erin, if you look at the full history of president trump, then candidate trump on syria, it is very mixed. we found a tweet today which is very interesting, since the president likes to communicate that way. we went back and saw this tweet. take a look at this. he said this. trump -- this is in 2013 mr. trump said "president obama do not attack syria. there is no up side and a serious downside. save your powder for another day. blame the obama administration or not, this is this administration's challenge and problem. erin?
>> thank you very much, jeff. now to mark preston, arwa damon, jamie gingel. you've been in syria covering 24 war. you've seen the aftermath of attacks. this is one of the worst we've seen in years. >> it is. i think the tragedy of it all is in the challenge of trying to find woshds of what the syrian population is going through and what is it going to take to galvanize. everybody is watching. there's going to reach a certain point in time when we are going to have to create new words to define what has happened at this stage. yes, there is a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of the obama administration, but if the trump administration wants to uphold the so-called laws and principles of the civilized world there is an onus of them to take action.
a moral kump as hack passed on syria. the world is not there to do it. >> you heard the statement blaming this on obama's weakness and resolution, he noted in the statement that president obama had drawn the red line. we remember that that august and did nothing. this is in fact something twrump called out repeatedly on the campaign trail. here he is. >> another humiliation came when president obama drew a red line in syria and the whole world knew it meant absolutely nothing. >> this was started by. obama when he drew the line in the sand which turns out to be an artificial line. obama draws the line in the sand. it was laughed at all over the world what happened. >> that's what he said. in the past few days,ing the secretary of state, trump's u.n. ambassador has said the syrian
people should decide the fate. that's less action than barack obama who said that bashar assad needed to go. at least he said that. >> and somebody else said it's not going to be the top priority anymore to try to end the syrian war. backlash is coming to the trump administration for these comments and for their decision not to focus on trying to end the syrian conflict and remove basher. we saw john mccain this morning on cnn say a couple of things that were jarring. he said that the trump administration has no clear foreign policy doctrine. this is john mccain saying this about donald trump, that he has no confidence in his security team. that is damning in a big way and sending a message throughout the world. he goes on to say it's another disgraceful chapter in american history which i think is what
arwa is saying. at some point it's on us as the united states to take the moral high ground and try to end it. >> it's pretty shocking for john mccain to say that. jail anmi mccain to say that. jail ane this is a test. according to this today seems as they failed. >> especially if you go to the two words arwa just said, moral compass. what are they going to do? i don't think they know. they thought that they were going to be taking on isis. they did not want to have to be dealing with this. now, how do you square those pictures -- i know you've been twhachg for six years and we all have. but now it's president trump who has to look at those pictures and make a decision. and i also wonder with what
tillerson and nikki haley said recently and our genuine concern about national security. does assad feel even more emboldened right now to do something like that? and the white house may say that they're not saying what they're going to do next because they don't want to tip their hand. i don't think they they are going to do. >> this was always the issue with syria, saying you're going to draw a red line begs the question of what you would do if it were crossed. trump can't just go in and do something, can he? >> it's not easier. it's a more complex situation right now. but there's also a very important point to be picked up on. that is that when the 2013 clel attack happened and that was president obama's red line that
resulted in no accountedability, that served as one of the key radicalization factors of the resolution. that regarded in us ra and isis to come in and use the images and say to the more moderate that were in the majority at the time, look, you want to be like the west? the west isn't standing up for you while you're getting gassed by your own government. this is the rallying point for organizations like isis. >> when you mentioned john mccain criticizing president trump which he has done in the past, the president getting criticism from the president george w. bush. this related to a program near and dear to the former president's heart. he almost never speaks out about a current president but he did today. here's what he said. >> i hope our government when
they analyze what works around the world will understand that they've saved over 11 million lives and while progress is being made, we've got to continue to save in this battle in order to save lives. every human life matters. >> that was a signature atd program. what he said there, interesting. every human life matters. not with the president trump's doctrine of every american life matters. >> the u.s. foreign aid can save lives. on the hiv program, more than 11 million lives have been saved. you will notice he did not say donald trump's name. >> no. >> he said our government. trump has said he wants to -- the white house has said they want to cut the state department
28%. no one thinks it's going to be that high but the hill won't allow it. but this program is not something that is near and dear to donald trump's heart and this was jush george bush's way of saying something back and even making the trip. this is his seventh trip. he did not have to go right now. i think making that trip was a message, this is important, this counts. >> and criticizing. thank you all. >> 18 advertisers pulling out of bill o'riley. >> if you can't beat them, bill them.
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spirited. >> but thousands of miles away from the campaign, hereby in the desert of new mexico on the border with cuidad juarez. >> it's 6.7% right now. we have created these jobs. we have 120 employees now working for us. our employees have families that they need to feed just like we do. >> the idea of hispanics playing a role in the wall's construction has not been without controversy. this week, the archdiocese of mexico city launched an attack on mexican companies willing to work on the border wall immoral and traitors. >> i'm an american. i go back to we have boarders. every country in the world has border. >> he said on-line trolls are already calling him names.
>> call me names. i'm going to go work on it. >> if it's going to happen, he wants the economics windfall. >> if there's going to be a border built in mexico, i'd like to see us as subcontractors, the folks that live here, work here, coach soccer here, they should be able to participate in building the wall and the truth is, if you can't beat them, bill them. >> he's not alone. of the nor than 600 contractors who have registered to build the wall, about 10% are hispanic owned. >> that's a pretty incredible story. thanks to you, boris. next, 18 advertisers fleeing bill o'reilly.
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kline are the latest to drop o'reilly. fox news released a statement, we value our partners. at this time the ad buys of those clients have been reassigned. let's understand, first, the scale of all of this, this has happened literally over a die after the story in the new york city times. >> there were two advertisers yesterday, we have been calling these companies, now today every hour there were new firms added to the list. these are firms that are saying it publicly, privately there are other advertisers who have said move our ads away from o'reilly. however as you said, they have only moved their ads to other shows on the fox news schedule, this may not be hurting fox, but it may be hurting o'reilly's pr.
>> if they're not going to run ads on his show, that's fine, they can move them for now. but the highest rated show on the network isn't able to get the ad dollars, the new question is what is he going to do? >> he didn't speak of this at all tonight, and i'm told he's being counseled to do not, do not respond to it. others in fox have known his reputation all along. this "new york times" story wasn't all that surprising. >> some of them, you know, what he was doing on the phone while calling someone had actually been out for quite some time, so it was sort of just because the "new york times" did it in a very public way that is forcing this issue. o'reilly did put out a statement on his website, in which he said just like other prominent and controversial people i'm vulnerable to lawsuits from people who want me to pay them
to avoid negative publicity. but he told a reporter that interviewed a woman. and here's what she said as to why he's speaking out. >> i just want a nontoxic work environment for my daughters and their generation, we need to change the system. the workplace is not a mating marketplace. and if you're looking for a date, do like everyone else and go on tinder. >> where does all this go for him? >> these things, these sexual harassment cases kind of function on two levels. one is the ordinary person level. if you're in a company, you harass two, three sets of women, settle the cases, you're going to get fired. the corporation is not going to take a risk on it. if you're a bill o'reilly and you're a big star, and you generate $175 million a year in
revenues, you can settle a lot of $5 million cases and still be profitable. >> all these cases are settled and in her case she said she's actually not suing him. >> in the end, as brian said, it's all about the money. now once enough advertisers start to walk, though, the thing changes. if he can't pull advertisers to the show, then fox has no reason to keep him. and when women start saying, i'm not watching that guy, i'm not watching that network, then the network will have to act. >> brian, at what point do we know whether he can survive this and get those advertisers back, we know rush limbaugh went through something similar, although it wasn't about sexual harassme harassment, but about comments he made. >> rupert murdock's sons are deeply uncomfortable. they help run the company,
they're very uncomfortable with this advertiser backlash, whether or not they do anything about it is the question. >> obviously they're not uncomfortable with the fact that he's doing that, because they've been settling these lawsuit force a long time. >> there is an ongoing federal investigation involving payments involving roger ails who stepped down amid his own allegations of sexual harassment. >> just because there's a settlement, doesn't necessarily mean that he's guilty. and i have seen cases where men have said, settle the case, i can't deal with the embarrassment or the insurance company or the corporation you work for says okay. we don't know whether he's guilty in all of these cases or any of these cases. >> and they also don't know what is fox going to do. his contract was going to expire at the end of this year, at some point they said it was extended but this may be enough to keep them from extending ill. out front next, jeanie mos
so you'rhow nice.a party? i'll be right there. and the butchery begins. what am i gonna wear? this party is super fancy. let's go. i'm ready. are you my uber? [ horn honks ] [ tires screech ] hold on. [ upbeat music ] the biggest week in tv is back. [ doorbell rings ] who's that? show me watchathon. xfinity watchathon week! now until april 9. get unlimited access to all of netflix and more, free with xfinity on demand. are president trump's tweets too hot to handle?
here's jeanne mos. >> reporter: when president trump tweets, it can leave his critics burning, so a robot builder decided to burn them. each and every trump tweet goes up in smoke, with a message to @realdonaldtrump, i burned your tweet. how often do you empty the ashtray? >> about once a day. >> reporter: daniel says he's giving trump's tweets the attention they deserve. he found himself annoyed by them, to him the burning is cathartic. he specializes in making goldburg like gizmos that solve problems in difficult ways. like this oreo separating machine, that separates the cream from the cookie, or the bottle cap remove activated by opening the refrigerator door,
or the mannequin. where do you keep a tweet burning robot. it's got to be someplace low on the flamability scale. >> it's in the bathtub. >> reporter: and while trump rails against the failing "new york times," the tweet burner itself sometimes fails, missing the ashtray or burning its own arm, it's cheap toy shop lighter failed to light. he then gives the command to burn, rub-a-dub-dub, presidential tweets burned in the tub. when the president tweeted about a witch hunt, little did he know
his tweet would end up burned at the stake. jeanne mos, cnn, new york. >> look at the robots you can build. thanks for watching us, you can catch up any time, anywhere on cnn go. acc 360 starts now. thank you for joining us, tonight after weeks of seeing one puzzle piece after another emerge about conversations between trump and russia. it now stretches into the indian oce ocean, on a string of islands, the say shells in january and met with a russian confidant of vladimir putin. we don't yet know exactly what it means or if it means anything at all. it has led one house committee member to say this evening that some people in his opinion will