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who voted for him to do, what, make sure that they were taken care of and he's been nothing but a fraud. >> he makes a plea to congress that it's not a republican or democratic issue but points out that congress voted to increase spending for the national institute of health in this budget. contrary to the fact that all of these things are being gutted. >> a republican member of the house went on air and said that pre-existing conditions should have been eliminated because those with pre-existing conditions haven't lived the right way. now, as far as i know, like jimmy kimmel's child, they are dealing with it because of health care problems. there's no democrat saying that.
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the republican party is voting to eliminate coverage for pre-existing conditions. >> we'll have to wait and see what happens. they are one "no" vote away from a failure. we'll have to see what happens there. all right. top of the hour. i'm pamela brown. more on our breaking news. a very candid and blunt hillary clinton sitting down with hillary clinton will cnn and taking jabs at donald trump in the process. she joined christiane amanpour. >> he had one message, your opponent, and it was a successful message. make america great again. where was your message? do you take any personal responsibility? >> oh, of course. i take absolute personal responsibility. i was the candidate. i was the person who was on the
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ballot and i am very aware of the problems and the shortfalls. i'm very proud of the campaign we ran and of the staff and the vowel l volunteers and the people out there day after day and it wasn't a perfect campaign. there's no such thing. but i was on the way to winning until a combination of james comey's letters on october 28th and the russian wikileaks who raised doubts in the minds of people inclined to vote for me and got scared off. and the evidence for that interveni intervening event is, i think, compelling, persuasive and so we
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overcame a lot in the campaign. we overcame an enormous barrage of negativity, false equivalency and so much else. but as nate silver, who i -- he doesn't work for me. he's an independent analyst but one considered to be very reliable has concluded, if the election was on october 27th, i would be your president. but it wasn't. it was on october 28th and there was funny business going on around that. and ask yourself this. within an hour or two of the "hollywood access" tape being made public, the russian theft of john podesta's echl-mails occurred. so did we make mistakes? of course we did. did i make mistakes? yes. you'll read my confession and my
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request for absolution. but the reason why i believe we lost were the intervening events in the last ten days and i think you can see i was leading in the early vote, i had a very strong and not just our polling and data analysis but a very strong assessment going on across the country about where i was in terms of, you know, the mess votes and electoral votes. i did win more than 3 million votes than my opponent. so it's like -- >> well, this is just one of two events the former secretary of state has planned in new york today. clinton will also headline planned parenthood's 100-year anniversary gala. joining me is brianna keilar and jeff zeleny. both of you covered hillary clinton on the campaign trail. reunited again. i can't wait to hear your
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thoughts on what we heard from her today, brianna. this seemed to be a more raw hillary clinton. >> it was. jeff and i were discussing this because at first i thought this is the hillary clinton who's very stoic as she talks about foreign policy and then all of a sudden things got very interesting. and at times she was almost trolling donald trump by saying i won by 3 million votes and then sort of saying that she would rather he tweeted her than tweet about foreign policy. she said she was happy to be the diversion and she also did some intraspection and she seemed to really point fingers at the fbi director james comey and russia. >> she did. she said, look, i take personal responsibility. but it's clear she put most of the blame on russia and james comey saying, i would have won october 27th. of course, the next day is when
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james comey released that letter. >> the election isn't on october 27th. she knows that better than anyone. it is the most reflective we've heard her and a road map for where she's going. she said she's back to being an activist, not a candidate. i'm part of the resistance. so this is part of her coming out process. if you want to know what is going on here, i spoke to a very close confidant who said she's not running for anything but she's just not hiding. and then i think at this point of her life, she wants to have a voice in what is a very important time, a critical time here. i think she said a couple things. let's sort of say what she didn't say, though, as well. she missed the mood of the country. her campaign missed the mood of the country. she did not campaign in rural areas. she talked briefly about how there were no cell phones there. you were on that trip, i believe, in harrisburg. that's the only time she went
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there. in other areas, she largely campaigned in urban areas. she didn't talk about her private e-mail server or paid campaign speeches. she accused the president of making back-door deals with russians or suggesting that could be a possibility in the strikes on syria. this shows a new engagement from her in the policies of our day as the democratic party finds a leader, finds a voice and a candidate, which they don't have. >> she did clearly miss the mood of the country and didn't address that. she talked about -- and that seemed so characteristically of hillary clinton. on that trip in harrisburg, i remember there was a different feeling from people in the area and that was missed.
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and there wasn't that support and the other thing was, the e-mail. there is no james comey pertaining to e-mails without the e-mails, without her setting up or at least going along with her e-mails being set up the way they were. >> too much attention was paid to that at the time, not enough attention was paid to donald trump. >> the reality is, let's boil all of this down. it was going to be difficult for a democrat to win, as she pointed out, the history does not have many democrats who follow looking for change, not presented as change. that candidate today, that person speaking was presented in a raw way, sort of unfiltered. we didn't see someone like that very often, i don't think, and we both logged the thousands of
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miles. she doesn't want to run with your reporting but wants to be back in the conversation, part of the conversation and part of the resistance. >> stand by. we have a lot more to discuss. we have more details about today's conversation between president trump and russian president vladimir putin. this call comes at a moment when the relationship between washington and moscow is strained over syria's long-running war. the two leaders have been instead deacon tact since trump's win prior to today's call trump and putin have spoken on the phone three times since trump's november election victory. but today wasin syria. let's get right to cnn's diplomat diplomatic correspondence michelle kosinski. >> tensions were high since the u.s. strikes on the syrian regime airfield and when the secretary of state rex tillerson went to moscow and met with
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putin, some of the statements were very strong, taking a harder line on russia. there was tension back and forth between tillerson and his counterparts. so now we have this phone call, a lengthy one. we think it lasted a the least an hour. we're not sure of those details just yet. theust come out. but each side wants to get its points across. the u.s. white house readout is much shorter than the one coming from the kremlin but the white house has described the conversation as very good. it sounds like it was productive trying to establish a better framework for a seize-fire and to create safe zones to get to the people there. so that is positive. that's where the u.s. and russia have both stated that there needs to be more dialogue. it's clear from this phone call that that dialogue is going to
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continue. the u.s. is going to send a representative to talks that are upcoming in kazakhstan but also the kremlin wanted to mention north korea. the kremlin described the conversation as businesslike and constructive. they wanted to, again, call for a reduction in tension. this is a message to the united states and its readout saying that the russian state called for restraint and a reduction in the level of tension and agreed to establish joint work focused on trying to find solutions on that as well, pam. >> michelle kosinski, a lot of interest. thank you. appreciate it. up next on this tuesday, the emotional moment that has clinton and president obama speaking out. jimmy kimmel's tearful plea about health care after his newborn's surgery. we'll discuss. >> i saw a lot of families there and no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to
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the white house was on the defense about the spending bill that will avoid a government
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shutdown and about the president's tweet that actually encourages a government shutdown in order to change the rules. the white house budget director is up in arms about how the democrats are claiming victory because planned parenthood was not cut and there was no border wall. >> the president tweeted out this morning, looking ahead to fiscal year '18, a shutdown may be needed to clean up this budget mess. do you agree with him on that? can you expand with him on that? >> let me answer the question this way. if the president has illustrated the fact that they tried to spike a football and maybe you look bad, i get that and it's a terrible posture for the democrats to take if we try to prove that washington is going to be different and figure out a way to work with them and they
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do that to this president, listen, i would have taken offense at that. it doesn't surprise me that his frustration was manifested in that way. if negotiations -- if the democrats aren't going to behave any better than they have, it may be inevitable. >> they were faced with possibly shutting the government now. my guess is their base will not be happy to know that we are building this. that's not going to sell well with some folks on the left but they are going to have to deal with it. >> let's go to jeremy diamond. john kelly also made a case today. what can you tell me about what is prompting this? >> reporter: that's right. let me give you the backstory here as far as why we saw these two cabinet level officials come out in the briefing room to make this case and what happened here
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today is we saw president donald trump's frustrations in some ways saying that the president was unhappy and baffled that the democrats were taking a victory lap here, trying to claim that the budget deal was better for them than the white house and that's why you saw homeland security secretary john kelly making the case here that the administration is going to be improving border security, touting the fact that they got the biggest increase in border security spending bringing totals to higher than in the past decade and they'll be able to start fixing parts of theist examining border wall and fencing on the border there and democrats should not be claiming victory and really president trump upset at the way that the democrats have been handling this, trying to claim victory
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and pushing back in a public manner at the white house today. >> jeremy diamond, thank you so much for the latest there at the white house. i want to bring back in jeff zeleny and sally quinn, a contributor for "the washington post." great to have you both with us. sally, first to you. this is on the heels of a really s surreal interview that the president has done. and he's fairly frustrated. >> first of all, i think we should both hold hands and have a moment of silence for those people in the administration who have to speak for the president. because as you noticed just now, they are stuttering. they don't know how to explain it because it's one crazy thing after the other. and we've heard the word unhinged before but i don't think i've ever seen, even in
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the last year and a half since the campaign and certainly not in the last 100 and some days, i don't think i've ever seen a set of 24, 48-hour period where there's been so much chaos and disinformation and incompetence and craziness as i have seen in the last few days. the embrace of the strong man. duterte and kim jong-un, he's honored. and duterte has been an assassinating 7,000 people and sisi calling erdogan and congratulating him when he got re-elected. all of this reaching out to people, i just find, where are we on human rights?
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and the john dickerson interview was extraordinary. the whole part about the health care, well, you know, we have pre-existing conditions. ex cue excuse me, sir, it didn't make any sense at all and he started asking about president obama and the fact that he had said that he was spying on him and the trump tower where everyone has said there's no evidence and he continues to insist that it happened and then refused and walked out on john dickerson. i just think that nothing is making sense anymore. the budget doesn't make any sense. i can't think of one thing that he said, oh, and never mind andrew jackson who would have been against the civil war and andrew jackson had already died before the civil war and that should have never happened. i mean, i don't even know where to begin is all i can say.
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>> set the stage for what happened today, jeff zeleny, where clearly the headlines got under his skin. he put out his budget chief and he really -- mick mulvaney, to his credit, really tried to put a positive spin on the budget bill and the notion that the priorities were funded. >> this is a back-to-back view, almost feels like a year ago with hillary clinton in the news. president trump is in the news but he's the president. the news this afternoon is that the white house was frustrated that democrats actually seized a bit of a rhetorical win on the budget. first and foremost, the president's border wall was not funded in this short-term funding bill and yesterday the president seemed okay with that. it's only a three-month deal. in an interview with bloomberg, he was not upset at all. house republicans, senate republicans are furious that
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democrats are getting the better upper hand here messaging-wise. that's why we're seeing the full court impress from the white house saying, look, we've got everything in this. >> tweeting the border fence but then the president tweeting this morning that he wants the government shutdown. that it would be a good thing. >> the only republican in town who wants them. if you're running for the house, the senate in 2018, i promise you, you don't want a shutdown because it never works out well for the party in power. the president is saying that and republicans actually wanting it are two different things. >> i don't think he even actually understands what it means, the government shutdown. i don't think he knows what it is because he doesn't seem to know what the health care bill is about. he doesn't seem to know the details of anything. i mean, when we dropped the mother of all bombs, it was kind of like, well, the military is going to do what they are going to do. it was clear that he hadn't even been consulted. do you think he knows what the shutdown means?
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>> well, sure. i think that -- >> i mean -- on a personal level? >> one of the reasons he was elected is because people wanted change in washington. now they are getting that change. the reality is, how does this work out? he's a delegate for, at the ver least. he's not answering questions directly because there was some confusion. the administration is putting out its vast array of people here to talk about these issues. >> sean spicer didn't answer any questio questions. thank you both for that interesting discussion. up next, late-night host jimmy kimmel makes an emotional plea that has people on both sides of the health care debate applauding. you know who likes to be in control? this guy. check it out! self-appendectomy!
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i'm gonna just go back to doing what i was doing. find your awesome with the xfinity x1 voice remote. well, president trump says the time is now for republicans to pass a bill to change obamacare and even encourage a shutdown to change senate rules. but right now, we're hearing that the gop is just one "no" vote away from the bill crashing and burning. again, it seems the central issue is a disconnect between president trump's promise for people with pre-existing conditions and what the bill actually guarantees and it's this very sticking point that elicited a revelation from late-night host jimmy kimmel. >> a little over a week ago on friday, april 21st, my wife molly, gave birth to a boy, baby
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boy. his name is william. we call him billy. it was an easy delivery. six pushes and he was out. he appeared to be a healthy baby until three hours he was born and we were out of the delivery room and moved to the recovery room. our whole family was there and introduced him to his 2 1/2-year-old sister. she was cute with him. we were happy. my wife was in bed relaxing and when a very attentive nurse at the hospital checked him out and heard a murmur in his heart but also noticed he was a bit purchase well, which is not common. she asked me to come with her and my wife and i assumed it would be nothing. our daughter had a heart murmur too and we didn't notice he wasn't the color that he was supposed to be. so now more doctors and nurses and equipment come in and it's
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terrifying thing. my wife is back in the recovery room. she has no idea what's going on. they did an echo cardio graham and found that billy was born with a heart disease, something called tetralogy of fallot with pulmonary atresia. he has a hole in the wall between the left and right sides of his heart and they brought my wife in and they wheeled her in and the doctor told her what was going on and what our options were. we decided to take him to children's hospital where there's a world renowned cardiac surgery. he's a genius. we put the baby in an ambulance to children's hospital los angeles and on monday morning, the doctor opened his chest and
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fixed one of the two defects of his heart. he went in there with a scalpel and did magic that i can't even begin to explain. he opened the valve and the operation was a success. it was the longs guest three hours of my life. we were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world. but until a few years ago, millions of americans had no access to health insurance at all. if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there is a good chance you'd never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. you were born with a pre-existing condition and if your parents did not have life insurance, you may not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition. if your baby is going to die and it doesn't have to, it shouldn't matter how much money you make. i think that's something whether you're a republican or a democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right? i mean, we do. [cheers and applause ]
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whatever your party is, whatever you believe or support, we need to make sure that the people who are supposed to represent us and people meeting about this right now in washington understand that very clearly. let's stop with the nonsense. this isn't football. there are no teams. we are the team. it's the united states. don't let their partisan squabbles divide us on something that every decent person wants. we need to take care of each other. [ applause ] i saw a lot of families there and no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life. it just shouldn't happen. not here. >> all right. i'm going to bring in brad carson and beverly halberg.
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thank you both for being here. first up, your reaction, brad, to what we just heard from that very emotional plea from jimmy kimmel. >> i think he speaks for tens of millions of americans who dpind themselves with health conditions and find it difficult to access insurance, perhaps not even possible to get insurance and i think it's a fundamental debate rather than all of the intracracies of health insurance. do people have the right to have health insurance or not? and should it be based on your income level or not? that's why republicans are finding it so hard to repeal obamacare. >> rebecca, you don't necessarily agree with the point that he made about pre-existing conditions, is that right? >> when i watched that, i teared up the first time i saw it. >> it's hard not to. >> i'm an aunt of a little boy who had open heart surgery because of a heart defect. when i heard this story, i teared up. i think it's great that he was that transparent and open.
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i would agree with him that we as americans, whether republican or democrat, any child going through this should get the care that he or she needs. what i disagree about is that the answer to these problems is obamacare. so when it comes to pre-existing conditions, republicans are talking about having a health care that does have pre-existing conditions as an element of that. but the issue is, one of the reasons why health care is so unaffordable to begin with is because of so many of these policies of obamacare. my premiums have tripled since oou obamacare. we need to get to the heart of the issue which is cost and quality of care. >> let me ask you this, brad. we heard the president say that the gop bill will guarantee coverage for those with pre-existing conditions but the reality is, states can opt out. i mean, this is sort of the big
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sticking point between conservatives and moderate conservatives. >> the freedom caucus and perhaps the people on the far right of the house gop conference don't believe in covering pre-existing conditions. the waiver will no doubt be exercised by 30 or more states effectively ending the requirement that pre-existing conditions be ignored in the issue wants issuance of insurance. >> beverly, our reporting is that republicans are one "no" vote away from this crashing and burning again. what do you think is going to happen? do you think they are going to get it? >> i would hope that the republicans make sure that they have all of the votes. it's a pr disaster the first time and will be this time. one of the reasons they are working so hard, because let's not forget that president trump said he was going to move on to tax reform, the reason they are pushing this forward is because this is what americans want.
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this is one of the reasons why many of them got re-elected, that people are struggling under the weight of rising health care costs and they are saying that you have to do something about it. and so i think you're going to see republicans continue to battle this out. i would be surprised if they put anything on the house floor for a vote that they weren't sure they had all of the votes on. it would be disastrous if that happened. >> paul ryan won't bring it to the floor unless he knows he has the votes. >> beverly brad, thank you. appreciate it. in south carolina caroline, a police officer pled guilty for killing an unarmed man after shooting him in the back. details on the deal he's getting and how long he could spend in prison. ♪
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fmy doctor recommended ibgard. abdominal pain and bloating. now i'm in control of my ibs. nonprescription ibgard - calms the angry gut. happening now in charleston, south carolina, michael slager who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a traffic stop just pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge after insisting it was self-defense. slager shot walter scott in the back five times during the 2015 encounter. this incident was caught on tape and reignited nationwide protests over police killings of black men. slager pleaded guilty to one felony count using excessive force. other charges, including the state murder charge, were dropped. his state murder charge ended in a hung jury and was declared a mistrial. slager could be sentenced up to life in prison. joining me to discuss is paul
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butler, professor at georgetown law school. convictions are rare for police officers when it comes to on-duty killings. >> that's right. >> so what do you think happened with this plea deal? do you think he knew he was going to lose this civil case? >> most criminal defendants end up pleading guilty but cops are the exception. they usually are not prosecuted. when they are prosecuted, they usually prefer to take their chances with the jury. well, officer slager did that and it didn't work out so well for him. he got a mistrial but reportedly this split was 11 for conviction, 1 for acquittal. so the state promised to retry him. officer slager had to be concerned if he was con convicted of murder, he would face the death penalty. death is off the table. it's even unlikely that he'll get the maximum punishment, which is life in prison. >> what could his sentence be?
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>> under the federal law, if you accept responsibility, which means plead guilty, you get points, which means you get time taken off your sentence. the prosecutors have worked out other arrangements for him to be punished for a lower level offense. the judge doesn't have to go for this but frequently they do. both defense attorneys and prosecutors like plea bargains. you never know what will happen when put before a jury. >> paul, thank you for your analysis. up next, an fbi translator gone rogue marrying an isis fighter she was assigned to investigate. the stunning story up next. to lose weight? braid contrave is an fda-approved weight-loss medicine that may help adults who are overweight or struggle with obesity lose weight and keep it off. contrave is believed to work on two areas of the brain: your hunger center... (woman) i'm so hungry.
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and now to a cnn exclusive. the real-life story of an fbi investigator gone rogue, traveling to syria to marry the isis fighter she was assigned to investigate. drew griffin has the story. >> reporter: he is known by isis as the german. abu al amani, a notorious isis fighter, a former german rapper who called for violent jihad and held this severed head of an isis victim. he's a germ nan national target as a global terrorist who survived a u.s. missile strike in 2015 and is believed to be
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still alive somewhere in syria. she lied to her bosses, secretly traveled to syria and married him for a short time, becoming the isis bride of the very terrorist she was assigned to investigate. that now former employee is daniella green, her face obscured for her safety. green served just two years in prison and is now free. she wouldn't answer cnn's question saying, if i talk to you, my family will be in danger. the information about her case comes from previously sealed court documents. the records unsealed only after green finished cooperating with authorities. and after prosecutors asked the judge to make them public, unceiling these documents, they write, will allow appropriate
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public access to this case. greene, who was already married, travel to syria in the summer of 2014 and not only spent time in the company of members of isis but ended up marrying an infamous isis terrorist. >> he is calling upon his followers to commit attacks inside europe. he says, i quote, europe is in your battleground. go and slaughter them. and shed their blood, take hostages, kill them. >> daniela greene was born in czech and met and married a u.s. army soldier. greene enrolled in clemson university history department seeking her master's degree. >> daniela was a hard-working conscientious student. >> reporter: this was her thesis
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adviser. greene was assigned to the field detroit office and tasked with helping investigate a terrorist labeled individual a in court documents. cnn has learned individual "a" is the german greene was able to track the terrorist using three skype accounts, but it turns out the fbi knew of only two. greene had able to gain access and greene told her supervisor she was making a trip to germany to visit family. she threw from toronto into istanbul and into turkey and crossed the syrian border with the help of the terrorist and disappeared. there in isis-controlled syria, government prosecutors say danella greene met up with the isis terrorist and not only married him and told him she was employed by the fbi and that the fbi had an open investigation into his activities. professor alan grubb says any
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tale involving terrorism simply could not involve the daniela greene he knew. if i told you she got wrapped up in a terror investigation where she was the target, i would assume you would find that hard to believe. >> i would be dumbfounded by that. it would be hard to believe. i don't think there's anything in her background that would suggest to me or any of the people she worked with her proclivities in that direction, so, yes, i would be surprised. >> reporter: shortly after arriving in syria daniela greene had a change of heart and within weeks was sending e-mails back in the united states. i was weak she wrote in one. i really made a mess of things this time. the following day she wrote i am gone and i can't come back. i'm in syria. i'm in a very harsh environment, i don't know how long i will last here, but it doesn't matter. it's all a little too late. she goes on i will probably go to prison for a long time if i come back, but that is life.
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on august 6th, it 2014, daniela greene left syria, left isis and did return to the united states where she was immediately arrested. unlike other terrorism-related cases, daniela greene's arrest and plea deal would receive no publicity at all from the department of justice. the case quietly hidden. court roorecords sealed for mon. even after her case became a matter of public record, still, silence. a look on the fbi and the department of justice website show page after page of press releases about similar terrorism arrest over the years, but this one stayed buried until now. >> this is a very wild tale involving terrorism, the fbi, matters of national security, and it's hard to imagine that there would not be public interest in it. >> reporter: cnn investigative reporter scott glover discovered the court documents. >> i think it's a fair assessment to say it's
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embarrassing that an employee with a top national security clearance secretly travels to syria and maris a terrorist who is the subject of the investigation that she's working on. >> reporter: who is even more stun begun this secretive case is how it ended. greene began cooperating with the fbi immediately upon her arrest. she pleaded guilty to making false statements involving international terrorism and the government said she skirted a line dangerously close to other more serious charges. the assistant u.s. attorney wrote the nature and circumstances of this offense weren't serious punishment. serious cases have ended in sentences of 8, 10, 15 years in federal prison. greene was sentenced to just two. according to prosecutors, it was because of her cooperation. she's already out on probation but free. as for denis cuspert the german rapper turned isis soldier who
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remains the fbi agent's husband and still remains at large. joining me now, investigative reporter scott glover. what an incredible story that you really stumbled upon in many ways. >> it sounds like, you know, the script for a thriller, for a movie. >> really, it does, and, i mean, this is something obviously that the fbi does not want out there and you really have been doing digging about the sentence that she received. the two years. what the can you explain about the two-year sentence. >> i mean, to the extent that it strikes people as something less than they would expect. the government cited miss groene's substantial cooperation. i think they said gas long running, significant and substantial. the details of that remain a secret because that portion of the case remains sealed for security reasons and, you know, various other reasons, so we can't learn everything about
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that, but that is up reason that the prosecutor asked the judge to give a sentence that was below the guidelines for this crime. >> all right. scott glover, incredible work. thank you so much. >> thank you. and up next, a shameful episode of racism at fenway park targeting a player. we'll discuss after this break.
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well, the mayor of boston is joining the boston red sox in apologizing to a baltimore orioles outfielder after he was taunted by race of the fans inside fenway park. now, during the game adam jones said fans called him the "n" word and threw a bag of peanuts at him. quote, it's unfortunate. the best thing about myself is i continue to move on and still play the game hard. let people be who they are. let them show their true colors. the red sox said they were sickened. with me now is sports editor for "the nation." does fenway have a problem?
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what's going hon here? i mean, this really beyond crosses the line. >> yeah. the only thing that's really distinct about this particular issue is adam jones works has always been an outspoken ballplayer on political issues, decided to be outspoken about what took place. i mean, when you talk to african-american major ballplayers they speak of fenway park being a specific environment where they are subject to this kind of invective and it runs very deep. what jackie robinson, jim rice and barry bonds all have in common beyond hall of fame numbers is they were all called the "n" word at fenway park. the boston red sox were the last team to integrate in major league baseball and a street leading to the park is still named after the owner tom yawkey who kept the team from integrating. that's true it's not every boston fan and you see a lot of people online saying this is not all boston fans, et cetera, but that doesn't change the fact that the boston red sox are not confronting this issue at their park, and if they are not going to confront, it major league baseball needs to confront it.
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it's going to take a lot more than words. i think the team maybe needs to be fined. maybe they need to take a page from european soccer and play an entire game in front of emt enstands. that's what they do in europe when racist incidents occur but something needs to be done. >> and the mayor of boston has also spoken up. he talked to a local radio station. this is not something that he approves of. what about the city of city of boston? >> it's nas negotiate, because boston is such a city of contradictions, and it was recently in the news big time when comedian michael chi said that boston is the most racist city and boston has a reputation of being a very liberal city so as long as there's been a city of boston, it's been reflected in sports so many times in the 20th century. i'll recommend a book called "shut out" about the history of race and baseball in the city of boston, and i think because it runs so deeply it's so baked
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into the cake of boston sports that it needs to be confronted much more fundament aolly. >> and like you said though, not every fan, of course, is racist. >> the sure. >> but clearly this kind of behavior is unacceptable. thanks so much for coming on. we appreciate it, and "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. thanks, pamela. hillary clinton today accepting full responsibility for the election loss except for the part when she blamed putin, wikileaks, misogyny and the media. "the lead" starts right now. president trump speaking with vladimir putin for the first time since the u.s. bombed an air base in syria, and all the good vibes over trump being elect had had gone south. did the president bring up russia's hacking and interference and speaking of which. hillary clinton opening up about the campaign in a big way taking full responsibility before suggesting all the other people who were to blame for her loss, stating she would be president if not for fbi director comey. comedian bill maher will be here to react.