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simply stay indoors. we've seen several wicked winter related deaths already. they want to make sure that figure doesn't go up any higher. >> polo sandoval from scituate, massachusetts. i'm fredricka whitfield. ana cabrera is up next. hello, i'm ana cabrera. you are live in the cnn newsroom. it was hard to know where to start the show today between big new developments in the russia investigation, a bombshell book and now questions aboutme menta. we begin with lawmakers looking to push their 2018 agenda and instead questions about this message from president trump writing "now that russian collusion and one year of intense study has appeared to be
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a hoax on the american public, the fake news mainstream media are taking out the old ronald reagan play book and screaming mental stability and intelligence. i went from very successful businessman to top tv star to president of the united states on my first try. i think that would qualify as not smart but genius, and a very stable genius at that." those tweets an apparent response to the instant best selling book "fire and fury" by michael wolff in which he claims trump's closest aides have referred to him as an idiot, a moron. president trump responded from camp david.
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>> i went to college, i had a situation where i was an excellent student, came out and made billions and billions of dollars, became one of the top business people and went to television and for ten years was a tremendous success, as you probably have heard. ran for president within time and then won. and i hear this guy that does not know me, did not interview me -- said he interviewed me for three hours at the white house. it didn't exist. it's in his imagination. >> i want to bring in boris sanchez at the white house. what a scene. the president defending his mental fitness with the top republicans in congress all lined up behind him. >> reporter: that's right. the president answering that question about why he sent out those tweets this morning by listing his accomplishments, saying he was a great student, went to the best college, he was a successful college man and he ran for president and won. he's clearly taken the message
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from michael wolff and his book personal li personally and calling wolff a fraud and calling claims that people question his fitness for office, he personal lip ly refu having those three hours of interview with michael wolff. the president calling himself a stable genius. let's be clear, though, these conversations about the president's mental fitness for office have been coming up long before this book. some one dozen lawmakers were briefed by a yale psychiatrist on the president's mental state, ana. >> and we're learning about pressure on jeff sessions to not recu recu recuse himself from the russia
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probe. >> that was done by don mcgahn and aided by associates. >> did you ask the white house counsel to ask the attorney general not to recuse himself? >> everything i did was 100% proper. the story, by the way, in the "times" was way off or at least off. every i've done is 100% proper. that's what i do, i do things proper. >> interestingly that news puts into context the president's anger and remarks high made about jeff sessions on twitter last year. though he said in this briefing he backed his attorney general, the timing is interesting because just a few days ago you had key republicans in congress in the freedom caucus calling for a new attorney general. >> boris sanchez at the white house. thank you. i want to bring in crime and
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justice reporter shimon prokupecz. how important could this be to robert mueller's investigation? >> it would be an important aspect but there also may be nothing wrong in this case that what he was doing here was appropriate and proper. at the time the only reason why jeff sessions of considering recusing himself and wound up reach k recusing himself was because of his own conversations with the russian ambassador. that was the reason why sessions and the career attorneys at the department of justice decided and informed sessions he should recuse himself. the president himself, at least from everything we know and the former fbi director at that time, president trump was not under investigation. so it may have not necessarily been inappropriate for the president and his staff to do that, but that's actually
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something perhaps maybe mueller would look into. but there's no indication at least from anything we've heard that has been an issue that mueller has addressed. >> go ahead, finish. >> go ahead. >> the president, i wanted to ask you about attorney general jeff sessions because he said during the press conference today in fact that he does stand with the attorney general. there are these people, though, in his party who have been calling for jeff sessions to resign. are the people in the justice department, have they been wondering about sessions' future? >> i think there are people at the justice department, there are people in other parts of law enforcement that feel the situation, the relationship between jeff sessions and the president is causing problems, is polarizing. it's also paralyzing parts of the department of justice and certainly parts of the fbi because there are investigations that are under way and there really is not this great relationship right now between the department of justice and the fbi. outside of the mueller
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investigation, which is completely separate and apart from the department of justice, it just seems that the relationship between law enforcement, the fbi and the department of justice and even people within the department of justice just is not really good right now. >> thank you. i want to get right to our panel, cnn legal analyst paul callin, former director of the nixon presidential library and the "new york times" reporter tim vogel. tim, have we ever seen a president have to go out and defend his own mental fitness publicly like this before? >> no, we haven't seen this before because we haven't had a president who ranted publicly before. richard nixon ranted privately. we learned a lot about that when the tapes were released but nixon was very careful not to let the public see the inner turmoil. only a couple of times near the end of his administration did the people actually see the anger within. so president trump has actually
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put on display even before the wolf book came out, this turmoil and anger. it's really damaging for him. frankly, a president should not be telling the world that he's not unfit and mentally unstable. i mean, that's not what the world needs to see. that's not what our adversaries need to hear. >> but he's telling the world he's a genius. >> he's being a sales man interesman there. the point is, it's damaging. >> he hasn't done anything differently than what we've seen him do previously. he's been consistent as far as that goes. ken, the president, though, is supposed to be planning the 2018 agenda today with the biggest republican leaders in congress. if you are mitch mcconnell and
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paul ryan in that group, what's going through your mind as you stand behind the president at that press conference? >> obviously he's distracted and their efforts to get on the same page as far as the legislative agenda that the media was called to hash out, the efforts are being diverted. the fact that he's repeating the charge that is made by sources who talked to michael wolff, the author of this book in the book and repeating other charges to deny them is drawing attention to them in a way that is not helpful. it's part of this pattern that has a lot of republicans worried about his ability to be an effective surrogate for the party heading into the 2018 mid-term elections. i think you're going to see him selectively deployed by party leaders to just a few districts that are maybe deep red districts, maybe in contested
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primaries but not necessarily in swing districts where his historically low unfavorable ratings could be a drag on the party overall in a mid term that is already shaping up as difficult and an historical trends show is difficult for the party in power to do well in. >> paul, let's talk about this russia investigation. we're learning information about three white house officials pressuring attorney general jeff sessions who was still in charge of the russia probe not to recuse himself. he didn't listen to them but what do you think mueller is going to do with this information? >> i think the back story on this is if mueller is closing in on an obstruction of justice charge against the president, this might be one portion of that charge, that he was actively considering forcing sessions to resign from any involvement -- rather to participate in involvement in the investigation to help the president. in and of itself, though, it's not criminal. he's the president.
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jeff sessions is his attorney general. he has the right to issue orders to him and he has the right, frankly, to remove him from office. so mueller would have to have a lot more evidence to make a criminal charge here. this would just be one small piece of a criminal charge. >> i want to ask about michael wolff's book. "comey was a rat. there were rats of where. john dean, john dean, he repeated, do you know what john dean did to nixon?" what does it mean he's referencing quotes related to watergate? we don't have sourcing behind everything that's written. >> it wouldn't surprise me that donald trump knows about watergate because donald trump admired richard nixon. we know that. donald trump showed people a letter that richard nixon had
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sent him. donald trump, one of his close friends at one point was roger stone, who has a bunch of ideas about richard nixon. so it wouldn't surprise me that he is aware of watergate and that he would share the nixon defense line about watergate, that john dean is the ultimate enemy, the ultimate rat, if you will. i'm in the surprised it's in his mind. the fact that he connected john dean so quickly to comey gives you a sense of why he's so obsessed with comey. >> it reinforces his insistence to people around him are loyal to him. that's a theme that has been without him throughout his presidency, throughout his campaign and it's been consistent with the reporting that's out there. wolff also writes about that now infamous trump tower report, quote, trump insisted that
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meeting in trump tower was purely and simply about russian adoption policy. that was what discussed period. period. >> as the book alludes to, the setup for that meeting, the dangle, if you will, by this publicist who set up this meeting between had russian lawyer and russian american lobbyist, jared kushner, donald trump jr. and paul manafort was that there was the possibility that this russian lawyer had dirt from the russian government on hillary clinton that she was going to offer. so that e-mail and donald trump's reaction to it -- donald trump jr.'s reaction to it, "i love it," which was also in an e-mail made public subsequently, is pretty damning. whether president trump wants to cast this as content of the meeting tfitself, we know the
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setup of the meeting is something very different. if you're looking for collusion, actual efforts by the campaign to work with the russians to hurt hillary clinton, that would be a key piece of evidence in such a case. >> so i want too ask about this other statement that was made or not made. it's hard to say, we were trying to decipher exactly what the president said when he was asked whether he would be willing to sit down with mueller's team. let's listen. i want to get your take, paul. >> there's been no collusion, no crime. in theory everybody tells me i'm not under investigation -- maybe hillary is, i don't know, but i'm not. but there's been no collusion, there's been no crime. but we have been very open. we could have been very closed and it would have taken years, but sort of like when you've done nothing wrong, let's be open and get it over with because, honestly, it's very, very bad for our country. >> paul, do you think the
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president will ultimately have to sit down with robert muleell? >> he doesn't have to. he could be compelled to appear before a grand jury if mueller issued a grand jury subpoena. he doesn't have to voluntarily comply. i will say this, though. he is correct that the white house has been very cooperative with mueller. mcgahn, white house counsel has been remarkably open in describing the procedures followed at the white house and that sort of thing. they have not shut down the white house. and i think the reason you hear the president repeat "no collusion, no collusion", it's like it's on a loop, he says it every time he appears publicly, is he wants to stop the investigation at that point, no collusion with the russians. he's fearful if mueller continues as he did with manafort and starts looking into the operation of the trump business empire or he sees
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something there that's suspicious, that opens a whole box of problems for the president and that's why the president wants to say this investigation stops because there's no evidence of collusion. >> the the "new york times" is also reporting, quote, four days before mr. coachy was fired, one of mr. sessions' aides asked a staff member whether he had damaging information about mr. comey. what's your reaction, tim? >> when people are under stress and weep saw this when richard nixon was under stress, the public line he'll take is the line he thinks is the easiest to defend. in the watergate period, what they kept pushing was the president had no foreknowledge of the break-in. a lot of the other president's abuses of power they couldn't defend. but what they did was they figured out something for which there was no evidence. richard nixon did not know before the break-in at the watergate. it may be that this defense that
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this current president is following is about something he knows he didn't do and no one could prove. the other things, whether it's money laundering, whether it's obstruction of justice, the things that he may well have done, he's not talking about. so we've seen this before. i'm not saying it's the same story or it's going to have the same outcome. but the nixon white house focused on certainly they knew they could defend successfully. and everything else they tried to either deny or not talk about. >> and just stay focused on what they wanted. so about this issue with the "new york times," since we want to get everybody involved in the conversation, i'll turn to you, ken gvogel, what i just mentiond about the efforts to dig up dirt on james comey, i heard from lawyers who said that alone would be reasons for jeff sessions to have to go.
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we started to hear more and more calls by republicans who also want to see jeff sessions resign. currently what would that do for the russia investigation? >> well, i think that that effort that you mentioned there that we reported about asking congressional aides about whether they had dirt on comey was really the beginning of this pattern that we've seen sort of emerge and bloom of an effort to undermine not just the mueller investigation but even before that any sort of preliminary investigations by the fbi and the fbi writ large and even the justice department and it's now a multi-pronged effort citing texts between fbi agents working on the clinton investigation and then the mueller investigation suggests they are biased. it's pointing to donations by lawyers on the mueller team. it pointing to former fbi acting director andrew mccabe's wife's
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campaign from virginia state legislature and the donations that it got from terry mcauliffe's democratic party there. so this is an effort to sort of delegitimize the fbi as a whole and the mueller investigations in particular so if there are any findings averse to trump, he can say, look, there is an illegitimate investigation by an illegitimate body. >> if i were interviewing a lawyer to work at my law firm and i said what are your two greatest assets and he said "i'm mentally stable and i'm really smart," that would be the end of the interview. to hear the president touting those two things as the things that make him great, it's extraordinary i recaily disturb. and i think a lot of people
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around the united states are shaking their head at how the president can speak like this. >> thank you all. coming up, a psychiatrist on the president's mental state. and now federal investigators now actively looking into the clinton foundation. what they're searching for and the allegations next. you're life in the cnn newsroom. aleve pm is the only one to combine a safe sleep aid plus the 12 hour pain relieving strength of aleve. i'm back. aleve pm for a better am.
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>> very smart, very stable and maybe even a genius. that's how president trump is describing himself and defending himself in a series of tweets after a new book raised questions about his competence. michael wolff is defending his depiction of trump's closest aides, believing he is like a child and an idiot and he went even further in an interview with the "today" show. listen. >> one of the more disturbing remarks you make in the book is
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that they have observed him making expression after expression in a short period. . >> in a shortening period of time. in the beginning it was in the first 20 minutes, you'd get the same three stories repeated. and now it's the same three stories in ten minutes. >> what's the suggestion there? that goes beyond saying the president is not an intellectual. you're saying he was at mar-a-lago and didn't recognize lifelong friends. >> i will quote steve bannon. he's lost it. >> i want to bring in our cnn political commentator, presidential assistant to president bush, scott jenning. scott, what if this was a topic
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of discussion among the staff. how would you handle it? >> it's strange. a lot of things about this presidency are unprecedented. we're dealing with issues for the first time we've really never dealt with. one of those issues, of course, is the president's ability to change the course of conversations in the blink of an eye. sometimes i see these tweets that he does like the one today and i try to put myself in his shoes, and today, think about it, he's endured 72 hours of the most brutal news cycles you can endure. this book and the subsequent coverage has questioned his fitness for office, has questioned whether he's smart are has questioned whether he's a child, which is what some people alleged in the book. it hurts. >> it's not the first time people like bob corker previously tweeting he's in an adult day care center. >> sure. but my point is this, for three straight days he's been watching and consuming this coverage. i would submit if any one of us were in his condition and anyone
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said, sir, ma'am, in your pocket is a imagimagic device that cou change the conversation, we would all do it. what does he do? he's picked up his phone and sends out a tweet to defend himself. it's unusual. the author has some credibility issues, but if i were the president, i think if any one of us were in his position today, i bet you we'd all pick up the phone to tweet something to try to change this conversation because it's been absolutely terrible. >> did he actually change the conversation, patty? what he tweeted seemed to add fuel to the fire. >> that's exactly right. we are in unprecedented and uncomfortable territory when we have a sitting president who has to defend his own mental stability. the problem is more so than any book or any reporting, it's the president himself to makes the case for his mental instability, whether it's his tweets, you
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know, playing a game of chicken with the leader of north korea or whether it's his own public appearances, let's take the charlottesville press conference where a young woman is tragically killed by neonazis and he defends the neo nazis, whether it's screaming at reporters, telling them they're fake news in the middle of a press conference. and today's tweet, defending your own mental stability. that's just not normal, ana. he makes the best case for his own mental instability. >> can i add one thing to this conversation just very briefly? i was listening to that answer and something that popped into my head that you asked me about in my white house that i worked in. i did watch the national press and the president's political opponents, president george bush's opponents caricature him as someone who wasn't smart. they called him dumb. this was the whole way the democrats and news media tried
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to portray george w. bush. and i personally witnessed this man dealing with high-level stuff, handling things, acting exactly the way you'd want a president to act and it was a complete opposite picture internally than what the caricature was. i would just say i see this happening again. they're trying to make a caricature of trump. does he do things to feed this fire? absolutely. but it is possible to make it so much more exaggerated than it may be. i would sound a note of caution on this as someone who has seen it up close. >> sure. at the same time as you just talked about how george w. bush a handled the attacks on him is very different from what president trump is doing. >> and this is a president who has a magic button in his pocket who can defend himself and change the conversation in an instant. we've never had in the history
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of electronic communications to literally change or add yourself in the conversation in a moment. i've been on cnn to break in and read the tweets on television. as we move forward in the future, this is going to be a temptation that presidents are going to be hard to resist. if you're consuming coverage you don't like and you could insert yourself into it, i think a lot of us would want to do it. >> the lawmakers from the house and senate had a briefing with a yale psychiatrist back in december who said this to cnn, "as he is unraveling, he seems to be losing his grip on reality and reverting to conspiracy theories. there are signs that he is going into attack mode when he is under stress. that means he has the potential to become impulsive and very volatile." this is a psychiatrist saying that. does that trouble you?
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>> it's a psychiatrist who clearly hasn't met with the president so it doesn't trouble me. you have a lot of partisans out there who will say things about the president. the democrats got together to do something in the middle of a news cycle that was already hurting president. we've not heard the white house physician come out and make any statements like this. it's designed to build a caricature of the president. >> cnn has learned that the feds of actively investigating the clintons. what is your reaction to this? >> i think this is as clear as it appears to be, and that is president trump and republicans in congress are trying to deflect from the current russia probe by saying but look, hillary is the one who used a
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private e-mail server and, look, hillary is the one. i think it's very clear. president trump has been livid with a.g. sessions for recusing himself from the russia investigation. he has let him know that. he has let the entire country know that. he has been tweeting that the fbi needs to investigate secretary clinton. he has been doing coordinated campaign with fox news and republicans in congress, and i believe that jeff sessions in an effort to save his own job has now complied with the president's wishes. we have been through a vigorous fbi investigation of secretary clinton's e-mails. the fbi also looked into the clinton foundation and found that there was not enough there there to pursue any kind of investigation. and now lo and behold because the president has been tweeting about it, they are now taking it
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up. >> scott, your response? >> that's a great story but it doesn't match up with the facts. number one, this investigation of the clinton foundation started under the obama administration and according to the reporting today, it was never closed. number two, the clinton foundation, we know from reporting, reteenoutinely did n disclose major donors, such as massive donations and hillary clinton when secretary of state was routinely asked to take meetings with clinton foundation donors. honestly this sounds like something looking into to me. i don't know what's going to come of it and i'm not going to say something definitely happened that was illegal, but when you look at the facts as they exist, it sound like it ought to be looked into and i believe the fbi is continuing something they started under the ba obama administration. >> thank you both for coming on. coming, what cnn has now learned to get steve bannon fired from his job after he made some
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he was once dubbed the great manipulator and most dangerous political operative in america, but today steve bannon is facing an uncertain future. cnn has learned there is a very hard push by influential people to get steve bannon fired from his job as executive chairman at breitbart because of unflattering he made about the president and his family in the book "fire and fury," including saying that don jr.'s and jared kushner's meeting at trump tower was treasonous and that ivanka trump was dumb as a brick. the president expressing his rage is now referring to his former chief strategy as sloppy
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steve. i want to bring in my guests. bannon has lost the support of a major donor, rebecca mercer. he's on the outs with the president. if he loses his job, too, does he continue to be a relative force in politics? >> no. because seemingly within a week, he'll have lost everything that made him useful to the president. his major financial backer, the mercers, the person who is supposed to fund the entire effort to take out the 2018 republican primaries, go after the establishment, run these league of extraordinary candidates he boasted about, he doesn't have any money now to do that. if he loses breitbart, he loses his platform, his mouth piece, it gave him the opportunity to be a front in the republican party. all of those things are gone and in jeopardy. why would anyone care about
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steve bannon at this point? he has nothing to bring to the table. >> other than jared kushner, though, bannon was the guy who was closer to the oval office, closer than reince priebus. now listen to how the president is talking about him. >> did steve bannon betray you, mr. president? any words about steve bannon? >> i don't know. he called me a great man last night. he obviously changed his tune pretty quick. thank you all that much. i don't talk to him. i don't talk to him. that's just a misnomer. thank you. >> what might the fallout of this book do to the growing republican divide? >> that's a great question, ana, one i'm not hearing enough people asking. steve bannon has been the head of the war on the republican party. honestly, i don't understand why his career wasn't over after the alabama senate race.
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here he managed to take one of the deep, reddest states in america and give it to the democrats. i think steve bannon almost single handedly is responsible for a shocking political failure. it's amazing to me that people took him seriously after that. it's quite amazing it's only very personal comments about the president and his family that have finally seen him fall from grace. it will be interesting to see what happens with the republicans. i was kind of curious, the sort of trump base, where were they going to come down on this? reading comments on breitbart, they are firmly with the president. i think that says a lot and that might mean maybe a little bit of stability in the republican party except for the fact that the president of the united states is a republican and certainly not on board with a traditional republican agenda. >> we are seeing some of those candidates, those primary challengers to the establishment are now distancing themselves from bannon. the president has sent bannon a
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cease and desist letter, accusing him of def maamation b bannon had nothing to say but nice things about the president in a radio interview. >> the president of the united states is a great man, you know i support him. >> what do you make of bannon's response there? >> bannon's on a contrition tour now. he's going to do everything he can to get back in donald trump's good graces. and history shows donald trump can be susceptible to flattery from people in and out of his own staff before. you can be on the bad end of donald trump today and at the end of the day back in again. sessions spent half the time attacking republican senators and he's working with them now trying to get an agenda moved forward. he's very hot and very cold.
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in a fight between trump and bannon, it's not really even a real fight. it's trump beating down steve. bannon is trying to be much more conciliatory, looking for that reconciliation opportunity. ultimately the american people don't know who steve bannon is. i've never heard of any voter or their candidate what do you think of steve bannon? it's usually what do you think of donald trump? it's why trump has the advantage here. >> it's like bannon became a person bass of donald trumpecaus rise in politician. i want to read something to you -- "bannon's tone veered from absurdum desperation to resignation. let's do it, let's get it on.
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why not? what's your reaction to this comment from someone inside the administration? >> it's a little shocking to those of us even here in washington who don't think there's anything we can be shocked by anymore. it's incredible. why did steve bannon make all these comments? he certainly -- we actually saw some news outlets reporting that he had actually drafted a statement before trump attacked him that was going to sort of apologize ahead of time for his comments that were in the book, but then trump attacked him and he had to scrap that statement. but this is the thing, i mean, steve bannon has been probably the biggest supporter and apologist for donald trump in america since the guy started running for election. and so if even he is making comments like this and if even he thinks that it's possible to impeach the president, that there's reasons to do it, then that really should worry everyone else, that trump's
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biggest apologist think it's possible that donald trump will get impeached. >> kelly-jane and kirk, thank you for being here. coming up from cars frozen in floodwaters and icy shrapnel, a closer look at the deep freeze. it's happening rye of rigight n down the east coast. sit back, get a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, some tea and join us in the newsroom.
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so january in new england is supposed to be cold, right? but really, 30 degrees below average? that's what a lot of people are living with this weekend. even the national weather service is using the words "brutally cold" talking about massachusetts, upstate new york, from the great lakes eastward. look at this neighborhood in revere, massachusetts, flooded up to the car doors and now frozen solid! cnn's polo sandoval is in scituate, massachusetts where
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it's looking very sunny and mild out there, polo. >> reporter: you've lived in denver. you know what cold is. but something about 9 degrees and forecast is 0 degrees tonight that just doesn't seem normal, at least not for this south texan. look at what's going on here. some of these boats here in scituate, not only are they covered in snow, they are filled with snow. earlier there were fishermen out here, literally shoveling the snow out of these fishing boats. if you look out in the distance, you can see some of these boats look for like those ice breaking ships in the arctic. take a look at it from high above, courtesy of some of our cnn drone video. a lot of these ice chunks were washed into some of the streets in these towns along the northeast, particularly here in massachusetts with some of these record level tides. however, the water has receded, taking some of the ice with it and what's left behind are some of these temperatures. this is a serious threat,
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according to officials, who warn that if the temperature, at least the wind chill drops from 15 to 25 below, it takes only ten minutes for frostbite to set in. that's something we're not ready to demonstrate. we are bundled up. the people that i have seen braving the elements to make take their dogs out for a little while are bundled up from head to toe. but new englanders are a hearty bunch, they can handle much of this and they are taking warnings from officials and choosing to stay indoors. >> we saw the pictures of cars frozen solid after the flooding. what are people expecting to find in terms of what a cold snap like this does to houses and roads and cars? >> reporter: power outages are a concern here. we did see a couple of days ago some of the waters that receded left behind some fairly minimal damage here. that is not something they're expecting once things actually
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thaw out. the main concern is for people to stay in place, stay indoors. anything above freezing they would gladly take. >> polo, i am so impressed that your mouth didn't freeze, that you got out all of those words so gracefully and fluently. i'd be looking like rudolph the red-nosed reindeer stumbling and mumbling. go get warm. >> this was new york's john f. kennedy airport in the middle of this whiteout when no one was flying anywhere. the ground stop caused a back log that is still a big problem this weekend. frustrated passengers are taking to social media today, tldelaye for hours waiting for very long lines. not helping, two airliners coming up, it is known as
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cnn stephanie elam has the preview. >> reporter: it is that time of the year, awards season in hollywood. the golden globes kickoff the festivities by honoring the best in film in television from the last year. "the shape of water," leads the seven nominations including best picture, drama. >> it is a very artful and fantastic film. >> the romance faces off by call me by your name. >> how long has this thing been going on? the inclusion of get out stirred up some controversies. the racially tense thriller was a fan favorite in theaters. the box office hit is up against
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the disaster artist, the greatest showman, and "lady bird." it is all about the ladies of big little lies. the hbo series is up for six awards, the most of any television program including best the movies in limited series. in addition to be a great show, it is also on point of the conversations of hollywood right now. >> reporter: expect sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry to be addressed in the show. nominees like meryl streep is preparing to wear all black in support of the "me too" movement. >> everyone is going to be there, oh what's that? he's not going to be there. seth myers is hosting the show. his quote, hollywood, we have a lot to talk about. >> i think it will be difficult to avoid having some national
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and presidential politics creep into what seth myers had to say for the stage. >> reporter: a lot to expect for hollywood's biggest party, stephanie elam. >> cnn hollywood. >> come up, the bomb shell book that's raising one question loud and clear, is president trump fit to be president, hear why the author of the revelation in this book are enough to end the trump's presidency. resolution #1: binge more. join the un-carrier, and get four unlimited lines for only forty bucks each. plus, netflix for the whole family. on us. so, they get their shows... let's go, girl! you're gonna love this bit! and you get yours. watch however you want. on your phone, tablet, or tv. for just forty bucks per line. with no extra charges. let's rock this joint!
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