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this as the president says he is willing to testify under oath. >> so he said those things under oath. would you be willing to speak under oath sf. >> 100%. >> the president is spending the weekend at his bedminstering new jersey, golf club as teams on both sides of the investigation are staffing up with special counsel robert mueller, adding michael dreeben to his team. we're learning more this week. they could receive the comey memos as early as monday and on tuesday jeff sessions will testify before the senate panel where he'll likely be grilled on his own alleged contact with the russians and the firing of james comey. -- captions by vitac -- cnn's ryan comey is following all of this. >> feinstein using language,
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fredericka, that we haven't heard her use before. she's been pretty even measured despite being a democrat. she sits in a unique position as she sits on both the judiciary and intelligence committees. she sent a letter to them saying they need to specifically look into obstruction of justice. listen to a part of this letter. she wrote in part, as a member of both the judiciary and int intelligence committees i see firsthand the distinction between the legal and counterintelligence aspects by the attorney general this week. it's my strong recommendation that the judiciary committee investigate all issues that raise a question of obstruction of justy. these issues should be developed by our legal staff presented to us and be subject to full
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committee hearings. >> it's important to point out she was subject to the closed session hearing where comey went into more detail of what he learned and interactions that he had with president trump so one has to wonder whether there was something in the closed session that led her to this point where she's now asking her fellow judiciary members to take the step of specifically looking into obstruction of justice. this is an important development that will continue to play itself out. >> indeed. indeed. ryan nobles in washington. let's talk to a political analyst. laura coats is a cnn analyst and former federal prosecutor and lauren jarrett is a cnn justice reporter. give to see all of you. lauria laura squared. >> we're learning that mueller has been methodically and
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quietly adding formidable minds to this team, five now. perhaps most significant is michael dreeben from the solicitor general's office. he's argues over 100 cases before the supreme court. you know, mueller has added people who know everything from watergate to enron. these are serious former prosecutors. we're also learning that mueller is taking this case even so seriously he's now dressing like he used to back when he was at the doj and fbi wearing crisp white shirts and dark suits so even the dress code is matching. >> this is very serious. if you are muller, was this risky? if you were him, did you
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potentially undermine your case by allowing chief witness james comey to testify? >> i don't wear crisp white shirts but if i were mueller i would have confidence the former fbi director would stick to the script, that he would tell the tale prior to his being fired and any memorandum that he would talk about. you have o remember this. obstruction of justice, even if you concede that the come men taish given to the president by james comey on those three occasions that he explained about. even if he would concede that, which i'm not conceding, but if you concede it, the relevant point in time is the fearing of james comey. that's the moment of time that's very pivotal. >> you're saying even if he didn't ask james comey, you know, this russia thinging you're looking at the sequence
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of events. >> that's correct. that's so important. remember, james comey only knows so much until he's no longer the director of the fbi. at that point in time the question becomes whether the president acting corruptly to influence or interfere. by his own admissions, by his own statements of the press, he talks about the decision to terminate james comey partly in basis on his investigation into the russia collusion. that is the point in time you're talking about. that's why the big guns at large that eric has intelligently talked about have come up. the point in time, the fixation of trump is prefiring. the fixation by the department of justice when he was fired and beyond. >> julian, the president has said, he said it from rose garden, that he 00% would be willing to testify. and if he does, you know, it's his word versus james comey. it boils down to believability
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and credibility. who would the american public side with if there are no tapes and there are no contemporaneous notes and one man's word against the other? >> president trump is someone who has a long record of statements that are not true. this has not been one of his virtues, and i think that would be very difficult to counteract especially sense james comey kept these memos right after the meetings. and while many people love comey or don't like comey, his trustworthiness is not something that's been under question. so i think he put himself in a pretty precarious situation if he simply denies under oath that all of this took place. >> all right. l.j., can i do that? laura jarrett, the house and senate have requested the comey memos, any white house tapes if there are such things. is the president in a position where he could refuse to hand over the tapes if indeed they were white house tapes or even
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if he had personal tapes since he's known to have tape recorded people when he was in the business of, you know, trump business? >> well, a couple of things. number one, if there are any tapes, they have an obligation to preserve them. the white house office needs to be involved here. they need to be preserved. but the second thing is, it's going to be hard to see how he's going to avoid producing them if they exist, especially to the special counsel bob mueller here and you could foresee a situation where the aggressive defense lawyer says aggressive privilege here. but, of course, courts have routinely held that disappears if congress makes a showing that there's been any sort of governmental wrongdoing or any sort of malfeasance there. that privilege disappears. >> l.c., laura coats, his
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testimony shows no collusion, no obstruction. is that what that testimony was all about? is that the conclusion to be drawn from james comey's testimony? >> well, the conclusion to be drawn, of course, is what was surprising by many. there had been at least three specification of this. what they're trying to do is have you forget, which is they have a theme here that says believe them when it suits me and when it core operates me. but i know he's a lawyer. that juxtaposition does not work for commonsense people. it doesn't work for anyone trying to figure out in the battle of credibility, who would win. in that context, it would be comey. what it really signifies here is the need for special counsel was even more special when comey described having a fundamental
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distrust of who he could go to. it's a signal of, look, if you want to have a battle between comey and the president, that's your prerogative, but the real question is here, what were you trying to prevent the director from finding out? why was there obstruction? remember, the end game is not obstruction. we're a long way from finding out but we're going to get there with that legal team. >> the president saying no corruption, no collusion, let's get on with business, you know, the business of his agenda, the american people. can he do that with these coed lingers testimony. it set rachlt how difficult is it for the president to get on with his agenda? >> it's extraordinarily difficult. where we're at right now is most members of congress are focused this issue, not just members on the committee, but every member in both parties thinking what
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they're going to do tomorrow and how things will unfold in 2018. the special council investigation is expanding rather draw mightily, it seems, after comey's testimony, and the journalists are naturally following the story. so this doesn't go away, and at the same time, whatever president trump says, it's clear that within the white house, this is a central issue. this is the clot. as he said, it hovers over the white house. it's very hard for him to move over on the agenda especially when they're you nighted. >> thanks to all of you. >> thanks you. >> we've got j.z., l.c., l.j. tomorrow we sit down with senator feinstein to discuss her call with the senate ju dishly to discuss any gustfication for
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the firing of james comey. that's at 9:00 right here on cnn. sadly this breaking news. we're getting some very sad news from the world of entertainment. actor adam west, the man known as "batman," the quintessential "batman," has died. >> don't worry. it would have deflected the beam. >> nobody delivered it like him. adam west previously played a kampe version of "batman." hoe struggled for years being typecast for batman and then finding a reoccurring role on "family guy." he died after a short battle with leukemia. he was 88 years old. >> we have more on adam wests
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life and career that adam west was -- ♪ batman, batman >> reruns. it occurred long after his three seasons ended in 1968. 40 years later the self-d self-deprecating adam west got his star. >> think i've waited the longest. >> he was born william west anderson in walla walla, washington. he possessed brawn and brans. he developed that trademark voice as a disc jockey and his batman spoke was above ordinary.
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sure the show was kampe, but batman's alter ego bruce wayne offered even more substance. >> all music is important, dick. it's the universal language. >> he has to have the maturity to get the award. >> precisely, robin. >> but batman's cape seemed to hang around his neck. >> when i call, the operator knows my voice immediately as does everyone else. >> he meade lit got typecast. >> when you wear a mask and tight it guesses frustrating from time to time. i was turned down for a number of parts over the years, i feel, because of that. >> the other parts he did get seemed to vanish into tv haze, but cartoons revived him. >> of course, i'm batman. >> heed adam west on "the
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come across. the fallout from fired fbi director james comey's testimony. president trump says he has been vindicated that comey's testimony showed there was no obstruction or collusion with russia, but how is the kremlin reacting to all of this because, after all, comey said there's no doubt they interfered with the election and is trying to undermine everything america stands for. good to see you, jill. what is the reaction there? >> hey, fredericka. take the specific issue of interfering with the election. the kremlin has said all along, we didn't do it. that is not correct. and the latest coming from the spokesperson for the president, he said they listen to what comey said but they take it with dystrust. that's kind of what you would expect, but overall, i would say
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the media coverage and the way it's depicted here is really kind of a big nothing burger. one person in the due ma, the parliament said all of this, all of comey's testimony is really kind of a soap bubble as he said. in other words, they're not really getting into the substance of what comey was saying or a lot of the legal parts of it. they're essentially saying these are the enemies of donald trump who want to bring him down. another tweet is they're thirsty for blood and it reminds him of mccarthyism. that brings you the flavor. i can tell you they did not broadcast live coverage with translation of the hearing because it could cut both ways. i mean just think of having here in russia the head of the former kgb accusing the president of
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lying. it would be quite extraordinary. so that didn't happen. but they were talking about it and dismissing it. >> i want the ask you another question as we look at the tiny box on the screen. you see them there arriving in milwaukee, the live pictures of getting off the plane and getting into the vehicle there. we'll take his comments later and tighter shots. right there he ee going to be talk about about health care and the movement on the hill with trying to replace the affordable health care act with. right now they're crediting the russians with calming the situation in syria following the u.s.-led air raids over pro-assad fighters this week. do you think the russians might be willing to assist in that? >> you know, they have been assisting, but i think you'd have to call it kind of limited. they're really working in that deacon fliksz zone.
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that's on a practical basis. on a broader basis, they're very critical of what the united states is doing. they're worried that the strikes the u.s. is using to basically keep the militias away that that's a pattern and that the united states relate wants to get at the sear yas phenomenonens. i don't think that they're going to be very patient. they do not like the deconfliction zone the united states has, so that not very likely, fred. >> all right. jill dougherty in moscow, thank you so much. sharing the screen with the vice president arriving in milwaukee. wheel continue to monitor his journey there. meantime, as the president russellet. he said just turn to the history books for help. what trump could learn from the whitewater scandal. next. girls are taught you're not supposed to do. you seal it and send it back
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hello again. thanks so much for joining me. i'm fredericka whitfield. the testimony is over but the challenges are bigger than ever. president trump and some of his closest advisers are under fire. is there anything president trump can learn from history to deal with this crisis? my next guest says the president only has to look back at the clinton presidency and the whitewater scandal. good to see you. >> good to be with you, fredericka. >> so the first comparison you make to whitewater is how this investigation will open up to the inner workings of trump empire. how do you expect this to unfold? >> these things don't go away. once they start turning over rocks, it takes a very, very strong line to exhaust the inquiry. what started in the early '90s
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started as a land deal in rural arkansas ended up leading to the impeachment of bill clintonover not telling the trugts. >> leading to monica lewinsky. >> exactly. once bob mueller begins this investigation and what several alumni tell me, there's no love loss for donald trumping they say trump should learn from their experience because once they start turning over rocks, they're going to look at the whole trump empiring look at the tax returns which we have never seen, look at the associates and their business dealings. what they say is those things are a million times more complicated than bill and hillary's financial dealings in the early '90s. there's a lot more for the investigators to go through and it's going to take a lot more time. >> while trump has been able to leverage executive privilege, you know, the keep certain things private, might he not be able to do that especially as it pertains to his tax returns? >> so there's a lot of legal precedent from the clinton era
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that's more relevant to the trump case than the richard nixon stuff. we like to talk about watergate all the time. but there were a couple of key court decisions in the '90s about what rights he had and what lawyers had. those are pertinent to trump. i think certainly bob mueller the special counsel is going to be able to get access to president trump's tax returns. whether he releases them publicly, we don't know. we don't know how it ends. we don't know if the fbi has reviewed them or are reviewing them, but that would end up being significant. >> and you talk about it. what impact does it have when the investigation does get into full gear in this case? >> well, there's so many things that could end up being important that we don't know about. what was said in some meeting on may 13th of a year ago becomes
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relevant. and so anyone sit hello the meeting could end up theoretically having to appear before a grand jury or get interviewed by fbi agencies and if there's any inconsistency, all of a sudden they could get in trouble for making false statements to the fbi. so a lot of even junior staffers have to get lawyers to make sure they don't end up in legal peril. what happens you're not allowed to corroborate to get your stories straight. you have this fog mentality where you don't know if your colleague and friend has had to appear before a grand jury and what they might have told the grand jury about you and all of a sudden the web keeps getting bitter and bigger and it -- you need esprit decor in the white house to get things done and all of a sudden maybe you're not as trustful or there are communications you want to stay out of because you don't want to have to hire a lawyer.
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it's hard enough to get anything done as president, it all of a sudden gets much, much harder if you're under a legal cloud as the white house is. >> we know the white house is not big on the logging of guests, for example. so if there isn't that kind of documentation of things of meetings of people, then that might make it fairly difficult for those investigating as well, right? >> absolutely. i think the question is are trump folks because they're concerned about the investigation not going to keep record? are there things they're not going to write down because they don't want them to end up getting uncovered as part of the investigation or will they write everything down to try to cover themselves in the event something becomes problematic later. the point is the cloud that hangs over the white house is going to affect everything, every policies, everything that they're trying to do. bill clinton was able to get quite a lot done even while he was under investigation.
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it doesn't mean you can't do anything. this is something that the clinton people tell me could very well last beyond the trump presidency, even if he's in office until 2020, 2024 and this cloud may never go awade. >> he continues to get even more so. thanks for joining us from washington. >> thanks. >> coming up. as the russian investigation weighs on the white house, questions over what's actually getting accomplished on the hill. that's next.
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grover norbert. good to see you. >> thank you. >> are you worriey eiey eied th investigations surrounding the president and the gop will be difficult to get anything accomplished? >> no. they ee focused on all of the russia inquiry. the house and the senate have passed 14 laws undoing significant clinton regulations. all have been signed by trump. those got almost no attention. it had only been done once before in american history. it's been done 14 times since trump came in. the keystone pipeline was approved in which the previous administration stalled. there are a series of permits rolling out. legislatively, the house, the senate, and the white house principals are meeting. the senate's meeting -- the
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entire republican caucus in senate is meeting three time as week and twice a week for the subgroup that's working on this. >> the big ticket items that they've met on haven't been accomplish and completed. we're talking health care and tax reform. >> right. but if you go back to previous administrations, clinton didn't get his health care ever and obama was a year plus in when he passed his bill. reagan's tax cut was around september. and tax reform was a year and a half in the making. so we will see. >> and you don't think it's being stalled as a result. >> no. we're a month delayed because the freedom caucus didn't approve the early bill and therefore we're late getting over to the senate on health care, but that has nothing to do with russians and everything to to with trying to get it perfect when actually what you need to do is get a discussion going in the house and senate. this summer, this fall by
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september, you'll have both the obamacare repeal reform and significant tax reform. the consensus items are what's impressive. 15 or 20% corporate rate. 15 or 20% business taxes on people who pay through their individual taxes, the sub chapter s corporations or partnerships. a lot of small businesses pay taxes that way. the dealt tax is gochblt doubling the personal exception. >> those are the proposals. >> those are the ones the house senate and house agree on. there are others where there certain agreement, but that alone, if you only pass those would change the world. >> okay. so that's the work in progress. so this weekend is the faith and freedom coalition. vice president mike pence is speenging there tonight. what is the message the white house does want to deliver as the white house grapples with the russian investigation and other matters? >> i think if you look, the
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faith and freedom group is ralph read's conservative pro family traditional values organization. trump has spoken five times. some people thought trump was kind of new to politics. this was the fifth time he's spoken there. always very well received. i think what the republicans and the house and senate are doing and also across the states is they're focused on reducing taxes. they're discussing how many and how much, not weather, and making health care centered on consumers rather than centered on the government telling you what to do but individuals making their own decisions. and then on infrastructure and permitting, you're talking about getting the government out of the way and reducing the regulatory burden between wanting to get a factory built and having to go through all the hoops you have to go through now. so as we deregulation, i think that will have as much impact on
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the economy as tax deduction did. certainly you saw that many the reagan years. it was not just the tax increase, but the massive flow of regulations that he tolerated to push 41. that slowed the economy down. so moving away from overregulation, the appointments the president's made has been a big deal but it gets almost no attention. they're deregulating 16% of the economy. the fda, gottlieb, he's moving to get more and better drugs faster, particularly people who are terminallile who can't wait for people to keep thinking about something long after they're dead. these kind of reforms help move the whole economy forward and that's happening by executive order from the commissions. >> all right. grover norquist. thank you so much. good to see you. >> appreciate it.
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the sixth congressional district for seven years. thanks to voters like her, it's been a republican stronghold. a lot has changed. >> i always voted for tom price when he was our representative, so i'm sorry to see this change. >> you're changing your vote now from a republican. >> i am. i definitely am. >> humphries says under president trump she hates what the party has become. so come november her vote will be for the runoff t. >> they say they're also upset at president trump and what he's turned washington into. >> ericeibolt is a lifelong republican. >> wouldn't be surprised if someone showed up with a big red nose squirting water. it's a joke.
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>> reporter: he's most interested in what they're up to. >> did they have to bring in people to support this kid out from out of our district? aren't there enough people home grown that really want him? >> the out of state influence really bothers you. >> it does. >> it doesn't take long to find out what he feels about the 38-year-old democrat and his republican opponent karen han dell. >> hand l. >> here's how you vote. >> these right. >> you think karen handel will? >> no. nobody will. >> reporter: it's that political fatigue that's making sixth congressional race so interesting and competitive. we wanted to see how washington was affecting voter sentiment and other parts of district 6. >> you like karen handel. >> it's going to be democrats showing support to ourselves and
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welcome back. comedian bill maher was hit with a ton of backlash after using the "n" word during an on-air interview. the host of hbo said he didn't mean it in malice and has since apologized. he had an in-depth interview. here's part of that interview. >> for black folks, that word, i don't care who you are, has caused pain. i didn't mean to do it. it doesn't matter that it was said in malice if it brought back pain to people. that's why i apologized freely and i reiterate it tonight. >> i want to bring in now cmn intermediate correspondent brian
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stellar. brian, there's been enormous amount of outrage. has the network said anything further? >> i think it's notable and might deseb some credit for having an in-depth program on his program, having his guests weigh in on the matter and in some ways educate him about this. on the other hand, there are critics of maher who says he does not belong on the airways and does not belong on the air and should have at least have been suspended. there was a moment involving ice cube, one of maher's guest. he talked in blunt terms about the history of the "n" word. here it is. >> you know, it's a word that has been used against us. it's like a knife, man. you can use it as a weapon or
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you can use it as a tool. it's been used as a weapon against us by white people, and we not going to let that happen again by nobody. when i hear my homeys say it, it don't feel like venom. when i hear a white person say it, it feel like that knife stabbing me, even if they don't mean it. i think it's a teachable moment, not just to you but to the people that's watching right now, you know what i'm saying? >> i think the people watching right now are saying that point has been made. >> not by me. >> okay. >> there were times maher felt uncomfortable with the comments from his guest, sometimes he seemed a appreciative. one guest said accept maher's apology and move on. cy mosimon sanders also weighed
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in. it was remark to see an in-depth conversation about it and maher to say, hey, this was not meant to be hateful or with malice. i'm just a comedian and trying to make people laugh and evolving like everybody else. >> there was a guest on earlier. we didn't get to hear all of michael eric dyson but did you get a sense from dyson whether he tried to school him as well or if he took a different approach? >> dyson had been on before. i think he is viewed as maher's friend. he said, bill, listen, this is why it's so disturbing. he talked to maher about unconscious white privilege. i got the sense that he was not in all cases comfortable. sometimes he was the victim of the outrage and coverage of the racial epitaph. he made a comment about work
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manager the field. his word went to the "n" word and maher used it. maher said i'm a comedian. sometimes i go too far and i'm learning from this episode. that's essentially his defense or argument. we should point out he did apologize one day after. he reiterated the apology on the program. i think in his mind it is over but i think it's valuable with ice cube sitting there with him saying that word is a knife being used as a tool or a weapon. you rarely get blunt conversation on tv like ha. >> of course, we'll watch you tomorrow ott "reliable sources" right here on c. >> we've got so much more ahead on "cnn newsroom" and it all starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- hello, everyone. thanks s


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