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assign homework. wait, was i the only one that did that? i was eight. ""star wars" didn't only change movies forever but merchandising forever. everything from light sabre to handles solo frozen in carbon item refrigerators. of course the seek wells, yes, even the phantom menace. that's it for jake tapper and the lead. we have wolf blitzer right now. >> happening now, breaking news. travel ban blocked. another major setback for president trump's travel back as a federal appeals court refuses to clear the way for implementation. so what is the white house's next move? withholding the memos. the justice department informs house investigators it won't hand over documents pertaining to conversations between president trump and fired fbi chief james comey citing the new
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special prosecutor's investigation. they have been granted broad subpoena powers. will they use them? lecturing allies. president trump scolds leaders of nato countries for not meeting financial commitments while allies express anger over u.s. intelligence leaks. do they have enough trust in the trump administration to share sensitive information? an unprovoked attack. a closely watched house election is rocked when one candidate allegedly body slams a reporting. voting is under way right now. how will the assault charge against the republican candidate impact the outcome of this race? i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." ♪ >> this is "cnn breaking news." >> we're following breaking news. another major leal setback for president trump's efforts to restrict travel to the united
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states from six muslim majority countries. the fourth circuit court of appeals has upheld a lower court ruling blocking the revised travel ban. also breaking news, the senate intelligence committee just voted to give broad subpoena power to the chairman and the ranking member of the panel for its probe of russian election meddling and possible, possible collusion with the trump campaign. at the same time, the fbi is declining the house oversight committee's request, at least for now, for documents related to president trump's communications with fired fbi director james comey. we're also following president trump's remarkable lecture to nato allies at a meeting of member state leaders in brussels. the president scolded them publicly for not meeting financial commitments to the alliance, and he pointedly failed to affirm nato's mutual defense pledge. we're covering all of that. much more this hour with our guests including the former foreign policy adviser to hillary clinton, jake sullivan.
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and our correspondents and specialists are also standing by. let's begin with breaking news about president trump's revised travel ban. our justice reporter laura jarrod is working the story for us. laura, 10 of the 13 justices who heard the case ruled against the trump administration. >> yes, wolf. another significant setback for the trump administration in this ongoi ongoing legal drama over the president's travel ban. this time a majority of judges on the fourth circuit court of appeals up holding a lower court's decision to indefinitely halt the ban, finding it likely violates the constitution because its primary purpose was to disfavor muslims. the court's ruling was lengthy and scathing, explaining in part that the congress grabted the president broad power but when it comes to immigration the president's power cannot go unchecked when as here the president wielded through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across the nation. the president -- the trump
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administration tried to justify to ban foreign nationals from six muslim majority countries on national security grounds, but at the end of the day trump's own words doom any leal justification his lawyers could have offered in this case with a ma zwrort of the judges finding that then candidate trump's campaign statements revealed on numerous occasions he expressed anti-muslim sentiment as well as his intent if elected to ban muslims from the united states. now, we haven't heard any reaction from the white house or the justice department on next steps here, and we also still await a decision from a different federal appeals court in the ninth circuit that heard arguments in another travel ban appeal earlier this month. but at least now this travel ban is on hold, wolf. >> another huge setback. the fourth circuit court of appeals ruling 10-3 against the president. the ninth circuit presumably will do something similar. >> you know, the ninth circuit is made up of three clinton
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appointed judges so i think you can imagine the result there. but obviously they have a little differing views so we have the see what the opinion says. >> good reporting. thanks for that. let's get more on president trump's nato speech. a major speech raising though new questions among allies about the u.s. commitment to the nato alliance. our senior white house correspondent jim acosta is traveling with the president. jim. >> reporter: wolf, president trump took the extraordinary step of scolding much of the nato alliance for failing to pay its fair share to the partnership. he also stopped short of endorsing a key nato agreement to come to the common defense of the alliance. >> thank you. terrible thing. >> reporter: for president trump it was a day of shattering the norms of global diplomacy. moments after calling for a moment of silence to remember the victims of the manchester attack and a stepped up fight in the battle against terrorism -- >> all people who cherish life must unite in finding, exposing
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and removing these killers and extremists and, yes, losers. they are losers. >> reporter: the president stuck it to nato, chastising member countries he insists aren't meeting their financial obligations to the alliance. >> but 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense. this is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the united states. >> reporter: he even seemed to mock nato's new headquarters as extravagant. >> and never asked once what the new nato headqurters cost. i refuse to do that, but it is beautiful. that's sure to worrisome of the alliance's smaller, more vulnerable nations, the president did not express support for article five that mandates an attack on one
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country is an attack on all. the president made the remarks at a dedication to a memorial for 9/11. the last time article five was invoked, but he only mentioned it in passing. >> our nato allies responded swiftly and decisively, invoking for the first time in its history the article five collective defense commitments. >> reporter: the president was hardly feeling bashful throwing his weight around, pushing past the prime minister of montenegro and engaging in a power handshake with president macron. is great britain is furious out of leaks coming out about the manchester investigation. >> i will make clear that the information was shared must remain secure. >> reporter: the president warned he will get to the bottom of leaks asking, i'm asking the department of justice and other agencies the launch a complete review of this matter, and if
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appropriate the culprit should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. president trump has more trouble waiting at home as the special prosecutor investigation into russia is getting under way. the white house is preparing a war room rapid response room to deal with the inquiry with one official saying, this is the reality of the new world we live in. it could bring corey lewendowski back into the fold. [[ inaudible ]]. >> reporter: so far mr. trump is refusing to follow presidential tradition on overseas trip, declining to take but a few questions from reporter. >> thank you. thank you all. >> reporter: contrast that with his fellow leaders. fielding questions from reporters from nato. asked to explain the president's comments here at nato, one senior administration official told cnn they are the president's own words. asked whether the president will at all take questions from a reporter at a formal news conference on this overseas
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trip, a senior white house official said nothing is final, wolf. >> jim acosta traveling with the president. jim, thank you very, very much. there's also -- by the way, these are live pictures coming in from sicily right now. the president and the first lady, you see them there. they have just arrived for g7 meetings in sicily. it is getting late into the night, but that arrival has just taken place. they've just walked down from air force one, sicily the final stop on this, the president's first overseas mission as president of the united states. we're going to have extensive live coverage of that coming up, stand by. there's other breaking news we're following in the russia investigation. the heads of the u.s. senate intelligence committee, they have just received broad authority to issue subpoenas for their probe of the russian election mettling and possible collusion with the trump campaign. elise labott is joining us.
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this is a major development. >> reporter: that's right. they now have blanket authority to issue spp of subpoenas without the committee voting on them. this as lawmakers are frustrated they've not received any documents they've asked for since robert mueller was appointed special counsel last week and they're concerned his investigation will hamper their own probes. tonight the fbi is refusing to share with congress former director james comey's private memos about his meetings with president trump. in a letter to house oversight chairman jason chaffetz, the department of justice blames the new special counsel robert mueller as well as "other considerations." tonight chaffetz, who spoke this week with comey, has set a new deadline of june 8 for the fbi to turn over the memos, saying in a letter he hopes the bureau will "make the right decision." >> i'm skeptical and want to see them ourselves, but director comey was -- he would not answer that question. he would not confirm where they are, what their presence -- if
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there was a presence of these dock utilitie documents. he would not say a word about that. >> reporter: the fbi decision is the latest example of the russian investigation stalling on capitol hill, blamed in part on mueller's new investigation. >> i think we have the exact same rights to proceed with mueller as special counsel as we had with rosenstein as acting attorney general and that we should take advantage of that. clearly there are decon flick sh -- >> raised the prospects following comey's abrupt firing earlier this month when he tweeted, james comey better hope there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press. cnn has learned the white house has yet to tell the senate committee if the tapes even exist, and witnesses including former national security adviser
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michael flynn are not turned over documents to the intelligence committees leading to threats of subpoenas. >> we will keep pushing, quite frankly. we're going to continue to work through the process. we work with our attorneys to determine what are the parameters of where we can go, and we're going the try to use every tool we can to get to the facts. >> reporter: meantime, growing concern on capitol hill about a new document that may show even more russian meddling in last year's presidential election. a "washington post" reports former fbi director comey may have been duped by fake intelligence created by the russians. sources tell the post that the false document which claimed loretta lynch privately assured the clinton -- lead him to by pass the justice department and why he was claiming that the democratic candidate not be charged in the probe.
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>> though there is evidence of miss handing, our judgment is no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. >> reporter: democrats say that criticism of flynn by comey set a chain of events in motion that helped trump win the presidency. now sources close to the investigation tell the newspaper that the document was fake and may have been intentionally planted to harm clinton. >> and the man who was the leading candidate to replace comey, former senator joe lieberman, has bowed out. in a letter to president trump he cited the president's hiring of mark tasowitz who is a partner at the same law firm. there's been widespread dissatisfaction with lieberman for the post and officials say the president wants to expand that search. >> thanks so much. let's get more on all of this. jake sullivan is joining us. he was joe biden's national
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security adviser, later a former adviser to hillary clinton as well. thanks for coming in. >> thanks for having me. >> let me get to breaking news. another major setback for the travel ban targeting the six muslim majority countries. let me read part of the decision from the fourth circuit court down in virginia. quote, "we need not probe anyone's heart of hearts to discover the purpose of this executive order," eo-2, the revised version, "for president trump and his aides have explained it on numerous occasions and in no uncertain terms." your reaction to this legal setback? >> i think the court got it right. donald trump didn't issue an executive order that banned all muslims. he issued an executive order that ban as many as he thought he could ban. he went to his lawyers and policy makers and said, i promised a muslim ban. i went all over the country talking about a muslim ban. i know i won't be able to get
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away with that, so cook up something we think can stand up. and the court saw right through it. they saw that the purpose of this order was to discriminate on the basis of religion which the u.s. constitution does not permit. >> the argument that the administration made, the trump justice department, is absolutely necessary for national security to have this limited travel ban against these six muslim majority countries, and they assert that the president has statutory authority to restrict immigration however he sees it. why do you think they're wrong? >> if you go to any senior intelligence official, any senior counterterrorism official in the clinton, bush or obama administrations and ask them, does it make sense to identify these six countries as the six countries to ban people from when not a single american has been killed in a terrorist attack in the last two decades from any of them, whereas americans have been killed in terrorist attacks by people from other countries, they would all tell you know, absolutely not.
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that's just more evidence of the real motivation behind this. like the court said, we don't have to look into trump's heart. he told us over and over again what he was trying to do here. it wasn't to protect americans. it was to ban muslims. >> let's talk about the other big story today. the president lecturing the nato allies. you pointed out correctly only five of the twenty-eight nato allies devote 2% of their gdp to defense spending, 23 do not. he was very angry at that and it became clear during the course of his scolding the allies at this event in brussels, was he justified? >> look, what donald trump basically did today was carry vice president-elect pence putin's water. going to brussels and standing in front of the 9/11 memorial and haranguing our allies while refusing to stand behind bed rom american commitments, that's
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what putin wanted donald trump to do. so i'm sure they're toasting in the kremlin tonight. >> he says -- he didn't specifically cite article 5, which is attack on one nato ally is an attack on all nato allies, but his aides said later by showing up there he supports nato and that's the bed rock issue of nato. >> donald trump has spent the last two years calling nato into question, so there was a baiting concern as he headed to brussels today. will he or will he not affirm what american presidents, democrat and republican, from truman to reagan to obama have said, which is if russia attacks one of our allies we will be there to defend him. that was the question on everyone's mind, and donald trump refused to make that commitment. >> but you agree with him that the nato allies, each nato ally should donate 2% gdp to defense spending? >> of course i do. donald trump is by no means the first to say this. barack obama said it, secretary
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of defense gates went around europe saying it. there's a right way and wrong way to say it. the wrong way is to drive a wedge in our alliance and give cause to russia in carrying this out. that's what donald trump did today. >> he points out earlier administration officials failed in that effort. by doing it publicly he will succeed and he says he is already seeing changes. >> first of all, we started seeing changes to did before donald trump came into office. secondly, he's not first person to raise it publicly. you can find numerous quotes from president obama on the same issue. ultimately, i do think we have to succeed. but the best way to succeed is to come in and tell our nato members that the united states is good to its word, that an attack on one is an attack on all. and let's not forget as i said before, he was standing before the 9/11 memorial when he did this. article five has only been invoked one time in the history of nato, and it was invoked by our europe allies to come to our defense after 9/11, and it was our nato allies who sent
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thousands of their men and women to afghanistan to fight and die alongside us. i think donald trump should be reminded of that. >> not just the europe allies, canada as well. don't forget our north american ally, we have a lot in canada who are very sensitive to that. >> absolutely. >> let's talk a little bit about angela merkel, chancellor of germany. she gave a lecture of her own today in remarks over there. she mentioned the berlin wall, she grew up on the other side, the eastern side of germany, and she said this. walls, it is not isolation and the building of walls that make us successful but open societies that share the same values. i saw this, a lot of people saw this as at least a veiled swipe at president trump who wants to build a wall between the united states and mexico. how did you see it? >> i think it is hard to read it any other way. angela merkel was not just focused on a wall or
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immigration. she was focused on that we share certain core values as democracies, as countries that care about human rights of our citizens and citizens everywhere. frankly, a big concern all of us have had about president trump is he basically said, i don't care about those values or human rights. i'm happy to embrace strong men and dictators elsewhere, i'm happy to do putin's bidding. i think that is one of the core messages angela merkel was trying to say. >> she opposed building a wall but also opposed isolation. i saw that as another veiled swipe at the president and the america-first policy. but we have breaking news that we're following. the justice department refusing to provide valuable information to the congress. we're going to take a quick break, resume our interview right after this. "the situation room" with wolf blitzer is brought to you by ibm. with watson your world is safer, healthier and more efficient.
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kig wi . we're following breaking news. the fbi now declining the house oversight committee's request for documents related to president trump's communications with the fired fbi director james comey. back with jake sullivan. he was vice president biden's national security advisor, former policy adviceor to hillary clinton as well. they're citing the justice department, the fact that the new special council robert mueller, a former fbi director, has an ongoing investigation. that's why they're declining the release to congress of these memorandum, memorandum of these conversations. do you believe the mem ranorand should be sent to congress? >> i believe they shut sit down and work it out so congress can get them and perform the oversight function. threes there's a way for the investigation to proceed and the congress to get the memos and they should work it out. >> comey hhat that is, if not about the separate investigation? >> look, i don't want to weigh in on whether he should be fired or not. i will say what rod rosenstein wrote in his letter, he wrote about how comey handled this last year. i thought it was right and fair that comey took stems in this investigation that were unprecedented and, frankly, an abuse of power. >> would hillary clinton have been elected had it not been for comey did? >> i think there's a lot of polling data that nate silver put together to suggest it is the case, but i can't say for certain anything. what i do know is that before the comey announcement in late october, secretary clinton was leading in the polls by three, four, five points. as nate silver has shown, after that letter dropped her lead shh rank by two or three points. pretty direct evidence it had a major impact on the outcome of
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the election. >> you're seen this "washington post" story that came out suggesting there was a fake memo circulating that maybe the russians circulated that had an impact in july in convincing comey to ignore the justice department leadership and go out and make his statements? >> i saw it, and, honestly, when i read it i didn't know whether to laugh or cry. it is so out landish and outrageous. the idea that the russians managed to slip a memo into the fbi that is basically a caricature of a right wing fever dream, somehow loretta lynch, hillary clinton and george soros and debbie wasserman schultz were conspireing together, just utter, complete nonsense. either the fbi fell for something or else they were using this for political purposes, but either way this is a huge problem and it is just further evidence of the need both for the special prosecutor and for a robust investigation
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on the hill. >> well, there is a special counsel right now. you're pleased about that? >> i am. what i'm saying, this is just evidence of why it is so important they be able to do their work. >> what was so surprising about the fake memo is it could have been checked out very quickly, but apparently they never interviewed any of the people even mentioned in that memo. >> i mean the memo, to even hear it described, you don't have to be a professional law enforcement person to know it is crazy and nonsense. so how this ever became part of the justification for why jim comey went out publicly against hillary clinton, i want to know the answer to that question because this is just a kind of nuts scenario we have seen unfold. >> jake sullivan, thanks for coming in. >> thanks for having me. >> coming up, new revelations in the fast-moving investigation of the manchester bombing. a u.s. official says the suicide bomber likely received training from isis in syria. plus, as pictures from the scene of the bombing leak,
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>> reporter: basically everyone has heard about it. now, we spent a good deal of time this morning as the polls opened talking to voters. we spoke to about 75 voters, both democrat and republican, and everyone had heard this audio. this is audio between the "guardian" reporter ben jacobs and gee an fort. jacobs recorded a question about health care. here is what happened. >> the cbo score because you were waiting to make a decision about health care when you saw the bill. >> we'll talk to you about it later. >> there will not be time. >> speak with shane, please. just. >> i'm sick and tired of you guys. the last guy that came in here, did you the same thing. get the -- out of here. get the -- out of here. last guy did the same thing. are you with the guardian? >> yes, and you just broke my glasses the last guy did the same -- thing. >> you just body slammed me and broke my glasses. >> get the -- out of here.
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>> you would like me to get the -- out of here. i would also like to call the police. can i get your guys' names? >> you got to leave. >> he just body slammed me. >> you got to leave. >> jacobs did end up caling the police. the sheriff's department eventually charged gianforte with misdemeanor assault. the court appearance has yet to happen, but it is affecting at least a trickle of some of the voters here. we spoke with the missoula county election administrator, and she said early in the morning she got a dozen calls from voters asking if they could legally change their vote. here is what she told us. >> if the audio had not surfaced last night, if there's no confrontation with this reporter, how many calls do you think you would be getting about changing the vote? >> probably none. voters are fairly decisive unless things change and we had that last-minute change last night with new information. >> reporter: now, the quist campaign, i'm here at their
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election watch party. they're hoping this will make a difference in that group of undecideds or democrats that might be reluctant to vote. they're hoping it will inspire them to get out as far as turnout. wolf, we spoke to a lot of people. i can tell you of all of the people i spoke with, only one said it had changed his mind to go from gianforte to quist. i was surprised by the number of people who said they didn't just accept what happened, that they were actually cheering it on. one person as he went in to vote said to us as he was walking in, you're lucky someone doesn't pop one of you. wolf. >> very quickly. the house speaker, paul ryan, he suggested that gianforte apologize. has he? >> reporter: he has not. we haven't heard a peep out of him on social media, on his campaign website. he has not had any public appearances that we are aware of. >> reporter: kyung lah on the scene for us in montana. thank you very much. let's bring in our specialist. what do you think, how much impact will it have on the
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outcome? >> it is unclear because as kyung was saying, you could envision a scenario where democrats in a special election, off year, who may not turn out street are inspired to sort of take it on. you could easily imagine some gianforte supporters not necessarily encouraging more body slamming in our politics, but who could be like, oh, he took it to the media, i'm okay with that. so i don't think it is at all clear how it will affect. remember, wolf, both sides, republicans and democrats are moeldi modelling off the 2014 election as perhaps the scope of the electorate, the size of the electorate. if that's the case, roughly seven in ten voters may have already voted before any of this news was out here. here is what i think was clear. you saw a candidate there on a hair trigger. this race is so much closer than it ever should have been, and that republican candidate gianforte was clearly feeling that and snapped. i'm not excusing his behavior, should never do what he did, but that i think is quite clear, the pressure of this race was
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getting to him. >> there's a lot of early voting though in montana, a lot of absentee ballots have already been sent in. trump carried montana, dana, by, what, 20 points over hillary clinton. it should have been a lock, but it could be very, very close. >> well, he carried montana and gianforte was on the ballot. he was running for governor and he did much, much worse than president trump. i think he was like 47,000 votes less than the president, and he lost. he didn't become the governor of montana. so he's got that up against, and i totally agree with what you said, david. this is a race that should not have been tight going in, that republicans felt that this is a republican seat, that they were going to keep it in the republican column and it has tightened even before this, and especially before this in a big, big way. republicans had been pouring a lot of money into this, a lot of manpower. don trump jr., the vice
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president and others going in there to try to make sure they didn't lose this seat. that's the context, the backdrop of this unbelievable event last night. >> everybody stand by. we have breaking news. ♪ >> just getting in reaction from the department of justice on this setback. a major legal setback to president trump's travel ban. let me read the statement from the department of justice. president trump's executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe. the department of justice strongly dils agrees with the decision of the divided court, which blocks the president's efforts to strengthen the country's national security. as the dissenting judges explained, the executive order is a constitutional exercise of the president's duty to protect our communities from terrorism. the president is not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism until he determines that they can be properly vetted and do not pose a security risk to the united states. here is the last sentence. "this department of justice will continue to vigorously defend the power and duty of the
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executive branch to protect the people of this country from danger and will seek review of this case in the united states supreme court." laura jarrett, looks like it is going to the supreme court. >> yeah, not a surprise here. their options were pretty limited. they could try to see if the full panel on the fourth circuit wanted to reconsider, but given the decision here that seemed unlikely. so their only path here was really to try to go to the supreme court, get an emergency stay of this decision and see if they have any hope there. but obviously, wolf, this was a decisive blow to the trump administration. it was a 10-3 decision and obviously the justice department, relying there on the dissents which were strong, three republican nominated judges came out and said the president was well within nis authority to do this. >> 10-3 vote against the president. in a white house statement, by the way, quoted one of the dissenting judges as saying the real losers in this case are the millions of individual americans whose security is threatened on a daily basis by those who seek to do us harm.
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phil, is there a real national security issue at stake here? >> heck no. this is backwards. if you come into the office, into the oval office you have a simple question. let's go to the practitioners and say we want to be a lot more aggressive. what might be helpful. let me tell you a couple of things that the fbi and the cia and the major city police chiefs would not say. number one, immigrants are not the source of most of the terrorist problems we had. when we did terror threat cases every day, i did four-and-a-half years of these, thousands of cases, these are typically native born americans or people who have been here a long time. they're not immigrants. second, let's assume they were, which is incorrect, these aren't the countries you would pick. i would look at others. some happen to be american friends, which suggests to me this list is politicized. saudi arabia, pakistan, egypt, those are places i would worry about more than this list. when i go to the supreme court to say this is about protecting millions of americans, i would
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say, did you ask anybody who has done it for a living, and the answer will be no, it is not. >> the terrorist who did this in man chest, he was born in the uk, in manchester. >> you had given me this list and told me run this list against the cases on the table, you would be saying people from these countries are not significant in these cases. why would we spend american taxpayer money on this. >> a series of setbacks for the president on this. this is the second version they've come up with. now they're saying they're going to the supreme court. at what point do they cut their losses and move on? >> clearly not yet because they're taking it to the highest court. this is a fight that will be with us, and there's no indication that will happen right away. this is a fight that will be with us for a while. i urge you to go back to december 2015 when donald trump announced the muslim ban as part of his campaign. most republicans went fleeing. they saw this as a huge political problem, including mike pence who was governor of indiana at the time and said it was unconstitutional. the fact the courts keep going
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back to those words as intent i think demonstrates what an enormous political problem it is for donald trump and his party. >> the leadership and his colleagues who are elected republican officials fleed, but the polls showed at the time that his voters were with it. >> no doubt, obviously. he went on to win the nomination. >> they don't necessarily controlled what is deemed constitutional in the united states federal courts. >> fair point. stand by. there's a lot more news developing, surprising new revelations in the british bombing investigation. it now looks like the killer trained in syria. plus, as information and pictures from the bombing investigation leak, angry british officials confront president trump. will the leaks hurt u.s. intelligence gathering in the long term? travel with my daughter. roller derby. ♪ now give up half of 'em. do i have to? this is a tough financial choice we could face when we retire.
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. we're following breaking news in the investigation into the terrorist bombingout side a concert in britain. our correspondent is in manchester. now it appears the suspected bomber recently traveled to sir what's the latest. >> this is an interesting one, wolf, that they believe that the bomber spent some time in syria training with isis in the months before he launched this horrific attack but this is a little bit at odds with what we're hearing from turkish officials who tell cnn that the bomber did indeed pass through istanbul airport but he never actually left the airport. he never entered the country
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but, of course the primary way to get into isis is through turkey. we're hearing a little bit of discrepancy on whether or not he went into syria. u.s. officials said he did and he spent time there training with isis. raids have continued on various places, one house in particular in the town of wigan had a cordon around it for most of the day. police reportedly finding suspicious materials in that house. they have now arrested eight people in conjunction with this attack as they go out about the business of trying to find out who helped him build that bomb, because according to experts that cnn has spoken to the bomb was above rudimentary level sophistication. it doesn't appear possible that the bomber from what we know about him and his education level would have the kind of know how or expertise to build this weapon. meanwhile another angle that everyone is focusing on is the libya connection as you may already know, the father of the
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bomber and the brother of the bomber have both now been arrested by a libyan malisha in the capitol all these leads being explored by chorts here and around the globe as they try to drill down on whether this is a larger isis terror cell, whether there is more of a presence of a network here in the united kingdom so they can ensure this does not happen again. >> it all explains why the british government is now on the highest state of alert fearing another terror strike could be eminent. thank you british officials are also angry blaming the united states for leaks about the bombing investigation. this comes on the heels of controversies involving president trump himself supposedly sharing classified intelligence with russian diplomats among others. brian todd has been looking into the impact of all of this, what are you finding out? >> reporter: two of america's closest allies britain and
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israel are furious over crucial intelligence leaks. the mayor of manchester calling the leaks air gant. we're getting warnings that america's allies will now think twice before sharing some intelligence with washington. president trump's meeting with nato allies fraught with tension over leaks of intelligence, leaks that tonight threaten to harm u.s. intelligence gathering. >> i will be making clear to president trump today that intelligence that is shared between law enforcement agencies must remain secure. >> reporter: british officials angered that the name of the manchester bomber and these photos in the "the new york times" were leaked likely by americans they believe. >> i say to the u.s. government today from the very topically a statement will be made that this will -- britain briefly suspended intelligence sharing at least on this manchester investigation. intelligence experts warn that any such disruptions could come at a cost. >> when you turn off the flow of information among cooperating
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partners you do run a risk that some piece of information could have stopped another attack won't get through. >> reporter: president trump today vowing to get to the bottom of the leaks. trump in the past has repeatedly slammed the intelligence community for leaks about him. >> i think it's a disgrace. >> reporter: but the president himself is also blamed for alleging disclosing this month to russians. israeli defense minister asked if an israeli's life was put in danger but israel made a correction. >> we took the measures needed, some measures to defend whatever assets it was but israelis will be concerned about whatever asset they had and they'll think twice about sharing it. >> reporter: the president claims he never identified israel by name. >> i never mentioned the word or the name israel. >> reporter: president trump is also under fire for alleging
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divulge something to the that is usually kept secrets that two u.s. submarines were near the korean peninsula. according to a transcript of the conversation leaked to the intercept this week. >> someone has got to get to president trump and let him know that he can't just say whatever comes into his head when he's talking to another government. he can't tell them where our nuclear submarines are. he can't tell our number one adversary where israeli spies are. >> reporter: has the u.s. endangered intelligence cooperation with its two closest allies in just a couple of weeks. >> you never know what little details is important to an u.s. investigator or what detail might do have tail way u.s. investigation that the brits don't know about for example. >> reporter: and that may not be shared now? >> my fear is that that type of information sort of the broad general information is not going to get shared. >> how long is this so-called intelligence freeze between these allies going to last. analysts say this adjustment in
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intelligence sharing with the u.s. may only be temporary. britain and israel need u.s. intelligence every bit as much as the americans need theirs. a british official told me today there will be no shift in the broader intelligence sharing arrangement between britain and the u.s. >> brian, in the manchester investigation, u.s. officials really had to do some serious damage control? >> reporter: they sure did. just moments ago, in fact, that intelligence corporation between britain in the u.s. in the manchester case resumed but only after britain got quote fresh assurances from the americans and secretary of state rex tillerson is head to go britain tomorrow to smooth things over. >> thank you. breaking news next. president trump's travel ban suffers another major setback in federal court. we're getting new reaction from the white house. your insurance company raises your rates. maybe you should've done more research on them. for drivers with accident forgiveness, liberty mutual won't raise your rates due to
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happening now. breaking news. major setback. tonight a new court ruling against president trump's revised travel ban. this campaign comments about muslims they are coming back to haunt him again. russia probed push back as the fbi refuses to hand over documents about james comey's communication with the president. dramatic new moves in congress to get answers with one committee approving blanket subpoena authority and another making new demands and setting a new deadline. and allies. president trump is front and center at the nato lecturing other leaders and getting called on the carpet himself by a fuming prime minister. and montana meltdown.

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