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into it much, no. i was too busy being super presidential by bombing a bunch of [ bleep ]. >> oh, my god. i wish we had more time. >> it was funny, but that skit with bill o'reilly was controversial. it was a really broad range of discussion. you should go online to check it out. >> okay. time for "cnn newsroom" with poppy harlow. good morning. >> good morning. do you know how many hours i was asleep before "saturday night live" even went on on saturday? >> me, too. >> you've got the baby, you've got the new gig. on the up side, at least you finally got rid of that side kick guy. >> where did john berman go? >> who? >> my goodness. who? >> he'll be on four other shows today. >> it's my little girl's first birthday. happy birthday, baby sienna. >> happy birthday to her. >> have a great day, guys. let's get started. good monday morning. this morning at the supreme court, history takes shape as
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neil gorsuch takes seat as the junior most justice. at this very moment he is behind closed doors taking a private oath of office in the first of what will be two ceremonies today. president donald trump, peace maker? the president forcing his top adviser, steve bannon and jared kushner, to broker a truce. but is the west wing big enough for both of these men? and fractures in foreign policy. just days after launching a military strike on syria the president's diplomats offer very different views of the path forward. so which is it? good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. john berman has the day off. we are now just a couple hours of the supreme court being back to the full strength of a nine hearn bench for the first time in 14 months. right now the widow of justice antonin scalia is on hand for the swearing in, the private swearing in of the man who will replace her husband on the bench of the nation's highest court. our arianne deveaux is here with how this is unfolding.
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the preeminent scholars on the high court. it is nice to have you both here. walk us through what's going to happen today. >> reporter: poppy, it's been more than a year since scalia's death. neil gorsuch will take two oaths. the first one is the constitutional oath that he'll take. he's probably starting it now at the supreme court. it will be administered by chief justice roberts. the justices and their spouses have been invited to attend and that includes maureen scalia. then the whole party will move down to the white house and there he will take the judicial oath. that's really for judges and justices, but what's interesting is he asked -- gorsuch asked for anthony kennedy to deliver that oath and that's because gorsuch is a former clerk of kennedy and what's a little bit symbolic here is this will be the first time that we have a former clerk serving at the same time as his boss. so, poppy, a little bit of symbolism today. >> indeed.
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jeffrey toobin, talk about how important the cases are that he's going to hear. right away, talking about second amendment, separation of church and state and voting rights. >> poppy, sometimes those of us on cable news are accused of over hyping events. >> never you. >> sometimes we say breaking news when it's not breaking news. >> never happens? >> that never happens. this is a very big deal by any standard. there have only been 112 people serve on the supreme court in the history of this country. when you look at how long neil gorsuch is likely to serve on the supreme court, 2040 perhaps, it's the magnitude of the issues he can confront we can't imagine them. right now a lot of church/state issues. a lot of how the government can support religious institutions. how much religious individuals or companies can get out of problems that other people have. those are big issues. gay rights, abortion rights,
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affirmative action. all of these hot button issues will be before the court sooner rather than later. >> he on the tenth circuit voted -- ruled when it came to sort of the hobby lobby line of cases. >> right. >> what does what he wrote there tell us about what he may do here? >> his decision in hobby lobby, it was a vote, he votes in a three-judge panel there and then the whole -- the whole tenth circuit heard that, of course, was upheld in a very narrow decision in hobby lobby. that was one of those cases where religious people said we do not feel we can abide by what the government requires of us because it would violate our religious obligations. in that case it was a company, actually very big company, hobby lobby, which said that we don't want to pay for birth control as the affordable care act requires because certain forms of birth control we feel are tantamount to abortion. that -- they were allowed to get
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out of their obligation under the affordable care act. religious people asking to be excused from government implications, those cases are going to be before the court. >> another case likely to be before him is the president's travel ban. 1.0. now 2.0. this is going to be before him, arian arianne. >> reporter: it will come. it is still percolating at the federal court appeals level. it could come up on an emergency basis. president trump is the man who put him on the bench, and one thing that he might look at pretty quickly is something that's very important to president trump, poppy. >> and, jeffrey, this is why a supreme court pick is why many reluctant republicans voted for trump anyways. you have a fascinating new piece in "the new york times."
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so many more democrats issued calls against attorney general jeff sessions than gorsuch. this is a much bigger deal than who the attorney general is for a much shorter period of time. >> one of the things the republican party has done much more successfully than the democratic party is focus on judicial appointments. it is true democrats were very pleased, very happy that president obama appointed sonya so t sotomayeur. you heard it during the fall where donald trump was a very unknown quantity and disliked by a lot of people in the republican party, but one of the things he did is he reached out to conservatives through the federal society, through leonard leo who i write about in the current issue of ""the new yorker"" and said, look, i am going to appoint these people to the supreme court. donald trump did something that no presidential candidate had done before, he released the
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list. first ten people, then another ten people of his likely appointments to his supreme court. by the way, we have three pretty elderly justices on the court, so that list is very likely to be returned to again in terms of who trump may nominate if there are other vacancies. >> remember his rollout of the nomination of gorsuch is even if you don't support the justice, it was praised by how the white house rolled it all out. >> this has been a pretty rocky 81 days for president trump. the nomination of neil gorsuch has been an unqualified success for this white house and for the republicans in the majority and in the senate it's not -- there are not a lot of other big successes. >> so far. jeffrey toobin, thank you so much. you should read this piece. it's fascinating. at the high court, thank you so much. we now turn to a show of force against north korea. president trump deployed a navy strike to tamp down north
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korea's nuclear threats or at least try to. certainly a show of force. it is on its way as secretary of state rex tillerson arrives next hour for the g7 meeting in italy. he is expected to deliver more tough words on russia and syria's tough chemical weapons attack. barbara starr is at the pentagon. will ripley is the only journalist inside north korea. the significance of this move, barbara. it's not like a carrier hasn't moved to that region before. >> reporter: carriers do operate there pretty routinely, poppy, but here's one of the big signals why this is a message sending exercise, at least in large part, and that's because the pentagon is talking about it. they issued a press release over the weekend detailing all of this, and when they don't want to talk about it, the answer you'll get from the pentagon is we don't talk about where our ships are. this time talking about it completely out in the open, very much send being the signal to
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jim kim jong-un that they are off shore. if he engages in provocations, look at what happened in syria. this could be a president that responds. does this carrier group really have that kind of response capability? the carrier actually, the "u.s.s. carl vincent," huge asset, aircraft on board but not terribly useful against the north korean threat. those aircraft aren't likely to go anywhere. there are missile ships along the carrier out there. they can shoot down missile launches. if it gets to that point, there's pretty serious trouble. this is sending that message to kim being very open about it. the national security adviser h.r. mcmaster talked about some of the reasoning over the weekend. >> north korea has been engaged in a pattern of provocative behavior. this is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear capable regime and
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president xi and president trump agreed that that is unacceptable, that what must happen is the denuclearization of the korean peninsula so the president has asked us to be prepared to give him a full range of options to remove that threat to the american people and to our allies and partners in the region. >> very tough words from the white house. we'll see how the north korean regime feels about it all. poppy? >> barbara starr at the pentagon. thank you so much. let's go to will ripley who is, again, the only american journalist inside of north korea now. will, for anyone not following your instagram account really real time with what you're seeing and hearing, tell us what it's like to be there and what reaction is to this u.s. carrier clearly moving as a signal to pyongyang. >> reporter: well, the north korean government officials we're speaking with here, poppy, say they are certainly receiving the message the united states and the trump administration is
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sending, however, their response may not be what the u.s. is anticipating. they say far from backing down, the deployment of the carrier strike group, i should say the redeployment because it was here in the region weeks ago for joint training, only makes them want to work faster. because we know the ultimate goal is to have an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the u.s. they tell their citizens they live under the threat of an imminent invasion by threat of the u.s. the state media here is reporting extensively about "the carl vincent" carrier strike group striking off the waters of the korean peninsula. they report about the missile strike in syria calling it a thinly veiled threat. they say the difference is if the united states were to take similar action in this country,
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they promise to retaliate. so it makes it a much more tricky situation. we are talking about military action on the korean peninsula even if north korea doesn't have a viable nuclear weapon just yet, they could do a lot of damage in the highly populated area of seoul just 30 miles from the demilitarized zone, the border between the demilitarized zone. the supreme people's assembly. saturday their most important holiday, the day of the sun. it's around the major political events and holidays in the past we have seen north korea try to show force with very provocative actions. they believe they could push the button at any moment on their sixth nuclear test. what a way to send defiance to their enemies in the west, poppy. >> no question about it. we do have reporting this morning about china and south korea being willing to take these increased steps, these increased sanctions trying to get on board a bit more with
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what the u.s. has been calling for. will ripley inside of north korea for us. we have a lot ahead this hour. the trump administration sending mixed signals so what message does that send. also, can the united states police the world when the president is trying to police his own white house staff? the latest on those clashes ahead. also, the wells fargo council. a scathing investigation concluding this morning. it is taking the former ceo to task clawing back millions and pay a live report on that straight ahead.
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tillerson, nikki haley offering two very different ideas about the future of syrian dictator bashar al assad. here to discuss is gayle who is a senior fellow who has written about the crisis in syria. alex burns joins us, and errol lewis, cnn political commentator. so nice to have you here. we have a lot to dive into. colonel, let me begin with you. let's listen to secretary of state rex tillerson and then u.n. ambassador nikki haley speaking just this weekend about what happens to assad now. >> we are hopeful that we can work with russia and use their influence to achieve areas of stabilization throughout syria and create the conditions for a political process through geneva in which we can engage all of the parties on a way forward. and it is through that political process that we believe the
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syrian people will ultimately be able to decide the fate of bashar al assad. >> there's not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with assad at the head of the regime. if you look at his actions, if you look at the situation it's going to be hard to see a government that's peaceful and stable with assad. >> nikki haley says assad has to go. tillerson said the syrian people can decide the future of assad because frankly they can't because they're being gassed by their own dictator. colonel, how much of a problem is it not to have the administration on the same page on that? >> i'm not sure they're not on the same page. i think the secretary was clear he wanted to focus on isis, he didn't be say that. focus on isis and then we'll hope for a political situation after isis is gone where everybody is sit down and figure out how we address the future of the syrian regime. nikki haley has gone one step forward. she goes, yes, we're going to have that happen, but at that meeting, at that confrontation,
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that political situation, we're going to demand bashar al assad is removed. that's where this administration is going to end up. we hope to do a military solution for isis, we'll hope for a political solution for the syrian regime. >> here's the thing. gayle, you've seen this firsthand. you've written about it extensively. if you are a mother and a father who lost their child in that chemical attack, you don't have time to wait. i mean, and this is the same thing that has been going on for the three, four years since the 2013 attack. does this administration need one clear message to assad? >> well, what is so fascinating, poppy, you and i have talked about this for years now, which is the same debate, same arguments, different administration. i mean, you see the exact same policy debate that was in more or less dividing the obama white house for years. you know, what is the priority? can you fight isis while also toppling assad?
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and then what comes after assad? these were all debates that were very much alive and taking a huge amount of time and attention inside the obama white house and were never fully resolved. now they have really seeped into the next administration. you see this playing out in real time and on the cameras here in washington and everywhere else. >> do you get the sense, gayle, just a quick follow-up from your reporting that the syrian people though have more hope in america helping them in the wake of this missile strike? >> well, what was fascinating, poppy, is my what's app is full of syrian activists writing, look, trump did what obama wouldn't. now the question we have, they would write, is what comes next? you know, is this one and done? is this simply a shot across the bow or will they be really serious about taking out bashir al assad? what comes next? what is the transition after the syrian regime is over. >> errol, to you. the president wrote this letter
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in the wake to speaker ryan and said, let's pull it up, the work is to degrade the syrian military to conduct further chemical attacks and to dissuade them from using or proliferating chemical weapons, but it is not just chemical weapons used by assad. frankly, the chemical weapons attack was much more deadly than this one. it seems like the administration is saying this is the line and if you cross it again with more chemical weapons attacks, we will strike again. does it appear to you as this was a one off or the beginning of increased military action or is that not clear from the trump administration? >> it's completely unclear. as you mentioned, in 2013 you saw much more deadly attack and you had donald trump who at that time wasn't even a candidate sort of saying, this will be a quagmire. don't respond with military response. don't get involved so on and so forth. a position he held until fairly recently. when you go in all of the questions gayle referenced come into play. who comes next?
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we know that. if you want to go in and sort of take out isis, you're not going to do it with tomahawk missiles, you're not going to do it alone. it's not clear what comes next. some of the most effective fighters against isis within syria are not the regime but some kurdish separatist militias who are in a shooting war. turkey is a strong ally. how do you work this out? again, it's not a military solution. >> it is the people around the president who advise him on this. we've learned that steve bannon, somebody he's trusted so much, alex, rarely gone against, and it helped him win the election, advised against these strikes. and this comes amid white house in fighting, forced sit down between bannon and kushner over the weekend at mar-a-lago where trump said, figure it out, cut it out, stop fighting, get on the same page. >> this is one in a series of set backs for steve bannon over the last few months. what we saw over and over during the campaign, poppy, when
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someone ends up crosswise with donald trump's actual family, it's actually, actually very tough to -- >> jared kushner is his son-in-law. >> his son-in-law, one of his advisers. one of his most trusted advisers. you can't win that fight. the president is not going to fire hid kids or his kids' spouses. who's on the rise across the board on policy, you do see folks including jared kushner but other associates of his and ivanka trump's who take generally speaking a much more internationalist view of how you get things done on the world stage. >> right. steve bannon, errol, is mr. america first. he's all about nationalism. economic nationalism or focusing on the united states militarily. what do you make of this divide i think that alex really rightly points out, that kushner takes much more of a world view? >> look, you've always had i think an establishment during the campaign when there were other candidates involved. criticism of this trump approach of america first is if a slogan
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was enough to resolve some of the enormously complex issues in the middle east and everywhere else. if it's really going to be trump's policy to say, america first and that's all that counts, he will immediately find, as he's finding right now, that it's not so easy to figure out where america's interests lies. here again in syria, you've got bashar al assad who serves a purpose. on the other hand, a lot of his opposition are now uniting under the banner of al qaeda. you have isis fighting the turkish separatists. you have the turkish government getting involved. it gets to be so complicated that simply saying america first is almost an empty slogan. >> it doesn't cut it. one bit of development. k.t. mcfarland, somebody who was brought in by mike flynn who used to be running the show over there, now leaving the post. going to be ambassador to singapore. what do you think the significance of that is at a moment like this when you're
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talking about what a complex situation and fight this is? >> i think it was a polite way to get her out of the white house. i think this is general mcmaster cleaning the white house bringing in his own team. this is one of the things the president is going to allow him to do. i think it was a good move. >> guys, thank you very much. gayle, colonel, errol lewis, we appreciate. the opening bell moments away on wall street. international tensions and pending investigations with china have investors pushing the pause button. our chief business correspondent christine romans has more. good morning. >> good morning, poppy. you're right, the 100 day clock has started between china and the united states. a lot of investors are wondering what are the discussions about trade going to be over the next hundred days. the president hasn't unveiled what he's going to do with china, at least in great detail. the 100 days that they decided
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on between the chinese and american officials has gun. investors are looking forward to janet yellen's speech later today and bank earnings, poppy. >> new york state is making college tuition free for students. this sounds a little bernie sandersish. >> yes. >> what can you tell us about what this means? who's going to be paying for it? >> taxpayers are paying for it. hundreds of thousands of new york students. the working logic is college has become what high school used to be. the governor of new york said it should be an option for every family even if they can't afford it. starting this fall, full-time student at two year and four year university, state colleges. they're only responsible for room and board. tuition is free. that's a savings of 6500 bucks a year. 4300 at community college. this is for middle class students. what is considered middle class? families earning less than $100,000. that threshold, poppy, will rise gradually.
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students have to take at least 30 credit hours to qualify. remember, it's tuition, not room and board. room and board can still reach $14,000 a year. families will need to plan and save. will other states follow? that's the big question. tennessee, oregon, city of san francisco have made tuition free for all citizens. i still need to be putting money into my 529. >> yes, yes, yes. >> christine romans, thank you so much. we appreciate it. before the break, a quick reminder our new podcast is out. boss files. with leaders from melinda gates to warren buffet. subscribe or tune in on amazon echo. we'll be right back.
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rated pg-13. [ screams ] you're looking at pictures of the high court. we know that the -- we're just learning that the private ceremony to swear in judge gorsuch to the high court has just -- they've just wrapped up the oath. it lasted about 15 minutes. he was there with his wife, with his two daughters, all of his fellow justices were there as well, obviously the widow of justice antonin scalia along with their son as well. this precedes the public event that will happen a little bit later this morning where you have judge gorsuch there in public. banking giant wells fargo announcing it is calling back
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$75 million from two former top executives including the former ceo. this is all because of the fake account scandal at this bank where at least 2 million fake customer accounts were opened over the course of five years without customer permission. this was all part of aggressive customer sales. this is by employees of how and why they created those accounts contributing to one of the biggest banking scandals in history. >> it was the norm to just open sales unethically. it was just what we were taught and we just did it. >> reporter: more than six months after the fake account scandal damaged wells fargo's reputation, there's been very little accountability at the top. attorney michael cade represents former wells fargo employees. >> i can understand if one district manager is putting pressure on the people below him or her, but if this is going on nationwide, you would think that there's somebody above the district manager that is putting
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pressure on the d.m. to get something done. >> reporter: when news of the scandal spread ceo john stump left the bank following a fiery congressional grilling. >> it's guttless leadership. >> reporter: and so did the head of the bank, terry tolsted. they walked away with millions in compensation boosted by aggressive sales tactics. stump said the bank never told employees to commit fraud, but many former workers say the pressure led to that. >> we had a lot of pressure. i remember as a teller we had the bankers just on our backs. >> reporter: to get the client. >> to get the client that i had as a teller standing up to get them sitting down with the banker. we would look at a phone number and maybe misconstrue one of the numbers. oh, is your home number still at 1234 even though on the screen it said 12345. it was anything to get them to our desk. >> reporter: in fact, she claims
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almost everyone at the branch, herself included, was either lying to customers or complicit in it. another former employee explained how simple it was to open a fake account. >> so it's pretty much like you signing a blank paper and then the rest of the information is filled in saying oh, this is just to reopen, you know, your savings account or reactivate your savings account but, you know, when the customer leaves they could put ten accounts on there and then open it and the signature is there. and even if the customer calls to complain, well, mr. customer, your signature is there. >> reporter: at best, customers with unauthorized or unnecessary accounts were confused and h hassled. some saw their credit scores suffer. >> reporter: how did you get the idea in your head that if i don't do this unethical thing, i'm going to lose my job? what made you think that? >> i mean, they would just tell us that. it was verbalized. we just, again, always had pressure from management, upper
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management. they were witness to what we were doing. i mean, they coached us because they had to sign off on everything. >> reporter: wells fargo says this is in the past now. its number one priority is rebuilding trust, and the bank has made fundamental changes to reduce the pressure on workers and ensure customers are aware of new accounts opened. banks paid $185 million so far in fines, although it still faces more than a dozen investigations and lawsuits. but just like the financial crisis, jail time for senior executives is unlikely. >> christina alessi filed that report. she joins me now. we're going to get to this new scathing report in just a moment that just came out. in terms of the responsibility, you have 5300 people at the bank who lost their job because of this. you know, there were a number of people, whistle blowers that called the ethics hotline. nothing happened. you do have four employees at the bank high level who were terminated in all of this, but
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still, i mean, what else is wells fargo saying? >> the problem here is context, right? very few, as you said, senior people, four or five senior people who are actually fired as a result of the scandal, 5300 probably lower level people who were fired over this but their actions actually helped enrich the executives at the top who are overseeing and should be accountable for the activity that happened under them because the stock price during the period of activity when this was happening, when these big accounts were being open was boosted by it. and that means the executives whose compensation is tied to the stock price were rewarded for this activity. >> regular employees have no -- they were not, exactly. >> what about what this independent board report tells us. the investigation, they're taking a big chunk of money away from the former ceo. how much and what else does this say? >> well, in total it's $75
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million in addition to other claw backs that the bank had already implemented. in total about $180 million clawed back from two former executives, former ceo and head of the retail bank. that is a lot of money. i don't want to minimize that at all, but at the end of the day the board felt pressure, too, because as -- it's responsible for overseeing the activity of its executives and it's under fire now, too. an independent watchdog came out and said the board lacked oversight over what was happening. it did take some responsibility for just that this morning. >> as you mentioned, there are other investigations. the sec is looking at that. do we know the justice department? >> we are not exactly sure of the status of that investigation. as you know, justice doesn't confirm or deny any. >> right. >> but there are definitely criminal investigations out there. >> thank you for the reporting. you can see much more of christina's piece. as if there was not enough drama around the house intel
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now that the chairman of the house committee has recused himself, former house intel chairman mike rogers is calling on the committee's top democrat, adam schiff to step aside. he writes both nunez and schiff are equally to blame with the committee's focus. even by insinuation publicly in front of the media? joining me is democratic congressman mike quigley. nice to have you here. let's just begin with that. is mike rodgers right? i mean, he used to run this committee, granted, a republican, but he says it was the right thing for nunez to go and now he says schiff should
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recuse himself as well. >> yeah, i remember someone telling me everything i learned i learned in kindergarten. this is the oh, yeah response from the former chairman of the committee. quite honestly, just as everyone is talking about resetting, getting this committee together, moving past everything that's taken place, mr. rogers finds time to put an op ed like this. it's really a shame. in all fairness, the ranking member has been the adult voice in the room among all the members. very calm and resolute and quite honestly, he's not the one who canceled the public meeting or talked about wire tapping in trump tower or misstatements. >> but, congressman, he did come out and talk a lot about this investigation as it's really just in the early stages. he came to the microphones and adam schiff said, you know, there is more than just circumstantial evidence here
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against the trump administration in terms of those alleged ties to russia but then didn't say what he was talking about. i mean, is he not partly guilty of this, too? >> not at all. here's what he's responding to, distractions. monumental distractions and trying to get this moved forward. we don't get this moved forward, we don't get the scope of the investigation to the degree it is now without public pressure unless the ranking member and others step forward and talk about why this matters, talking about beyond circumstantial evidence that there was core on bore rags. >> why serve everyone, democrat or republican, leading this independent investigation, such an important investigation, why should they talk, you know, publicly at all in the middle of it, frankly? you can call the witnesses that you guys want to call and hear from. why does it behoove anyone to hear incrementally this drip drip? >> i don't think it's increme incremental. i think what you're missing here
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is we can't schedule public meetings or even private ones. the majority can and only they can. so when they cancel the public meeting with brennan, clapper and yates, someone had to tell the american public. if there isn't a push back again from the american public through the media, through the press, nothing gets done. when we talk about the scope of this investigation, at the senate side and then it had to be repeated on the house side, republicans wanted a far more limited investigation. without people like the ranking member stepping forward and talking about how serious this is, they don't change the scope, and we aren't even looking at whether it was collusion or not. >> do you believe -- would you like to hear from former national security adviser susan rice to talk about the unmasking? which i know you will note correctly so unmasking not illegal, but are there questions that you want to ask her? >> i think anyone who has
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relevant information should step forward. i don't think anyone should be discouraged if the other side wants to hear their testimony. i don't want to be accused of doing the same thing that anybody else is doing. bring them all forward, let's listen to everyone. let's follow the facts wherever they take us and clearly unmasking is not surveillance. unmasking is not leaking. if we want to get to the bottom of that, i'd respectfully ask the president of the united states to declassify that entire body of information so, again, the american public knows what happens. let's reschedule that open hearing so, again, all the information you're talking about can come forward. >> congressman, quickly before i let you go i want your take in the wake of the airstrikes of syria by the trump administration, you were one of the few voices in 2013 after the chemical weapons attack to call on your fellow members of congress, democrats and republicans, to take a vote for the authorization of the use of military force.
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a number of people looking back on that would say that the congress shirked its responsibility to put their name on this to be willing to go that far. what are your thoughts now? i would assume you want to see congress take a vote on that. >> yeah, i think congress should put its votes where its mouth is. i see a lot of people who play both ends. they bluster and talk about strong responses and then they see the poll most americans don't want any american troops there. they say, well, we won't have to take a vote. constitutionally, it's our responsibility. whatever it is we decide to do, it should be a public debate. and decision on this issue. >> congressman mike quigley, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back.
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president trump condemning the deadly church bombings on sunday in egypt. this as egyptians are burying the victims of those twin blasts that targeted christians on palm sunday. 49 people were killed and dozens more wounded. isis has claimed responsibility. our ian lee is near one of those funerals in tanta, egypt. what can you tell us? >> well, poppy, behind me there is a woman who has fainted. just overwhelmed by how emotional this whole scene has become. people here are in mourning, but they're also angry at what happened saying that the government should have done more to secure this church. that has really been the theme. i spoke with the new chief of police for this area and he said this is a secure place and
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christians shouldn't be afraid to pray. we're hearing stories to the contrary. people are saying they are afraid. president sisi without charges although rights groups have criticized that as egypt has abused those powers in the past. but this is a very delicate time, as isis has said. they plan more attacks like what we saw yesterday that killed at least 49 people at these two churches and today, as you can see, people are going back into this church for the first time. there is extra security, but as easter approaches, there is concern that security won't be tight enough. poppy? >> of course, throughout all of this week which is, of course, holy week. ian lee,er thank y ethank you s moments from now, we'll be
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go to xfinity.com/myaccount good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. we are less than an hour away from a transition that will have decades of impact on the law of the land. justice neil gorsuch will take his second and final oath to become the junior most justice on the high court. now, gorsuch takes a seat on the bench after a largely partisan fight over his confirmation. his victory was secured by republicans deploying the so-called nuclear option requiring only a simple majority. 51 votes to confirm him. a move that will likely change the senate as we know it forever. ariana begins at the supreme court. this is a very big day. they justra

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