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>> mueller investigation is not close to wrapping. a new twist in the stormy daniels case. the president's legal team is now officially involved. >> we are not surprised at the effort to move it to federal court. >> stormy daniels is outmaneuvering them. >> vladimir putin is preparing to extend his powerful grip into a third decade. >> there are eight candidates standing in this presidential election but there is only one serious contender. >> the first returns from the russian election. >> putin won! ♪ i hope sunday has treated you well so far. though, it's early. 7:01. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. good sunday to you. the president is circulating this morning his attacks on his own law enforcement agencies and, once again, claiming that the russia investigation, it's important to point out, which
has already ended with some guilty pleas or indictments and sanctions, is a witch hunt. >> it's a view shared by one of his top lawyers certainly who is facing backlash for suggesting the justice department investigation needs to shut it down but none of this is stopping special counsel robert mueller who we know met with former fbi director andrew mccabe and has notes on mccabe's interactions with president trump. dan merica is following these developments. dan, what do we know what is in these memos? >> reporter: we know that mccabe met with the president about a host of issues. and that he took notes about his interactions with president trump during his tenure at the fbi and that those notes have now been turned over to a special counsel who has been briefed on all of these matters. this is a busy weekend on the russia investigation front.
andrew mccabe especially has been the focus and he was actually fired on friday night just hours before he was about to basically reach the point where he could receive his full pension for retiring from the fbi. he was fired by the department of justice because, according to attorney general jeff sessions, his handling of an investigation into the clinton foundation, but mccabe and others have said that his dismissal was nothing more than another attack on the russia investigation and just an escalation of what president trump has long done about the russia investigation which is undermine it and president trump responded to mccabe's firing by tweeting yesterday and i want to read to you exactly what he said. i think victor is exactly right, it's worth noting that this mueller probe has garnered
sanctions from the trump administration just announced this week of russian entities. so while president trump is calling it a witch hunt, he is not exactly getting back up from his administration. his lawyers, though, it's worth note being, john dowd put out a statement saying he prayed that acting attorney general rosenstein will follow the ko e courageous example of the fbi office of professional responsibility and attorney general jeff sessions and bring an end to alleged russia collusion investigation. you can expect more from trump feuding on twitter about mueller's probe. walter schaub is joining us and michael moore. gentlemen, good morning to you. >> good morning, good morning. >> reporter: walter, let me start with you.
this flurry of tweets offering andrew mccabe a job. when i saw those, i thought about you and your view. these members of congress are offering him employment, not because they need him to do a specific job, but because they just want to get him those extra two days so he can get to his full pension benefits now. and they have not read the office of the inspector general's report, they don't have the information from the office of professional responsibility. ethically, what is your view of these job offers, considering what we know and don't know about mccabe's firing? >> well, keep in mind that any job in congress is a political position. i don't really have a view on it because it's different than if somebody were offering him a career position for which there are safeguards and rules and procedures and you really ought to have a bona fide reason for hiring somebody. but people get hired for all kinds of reasons in congress.
you probably have a number of congressional aides who are the children of major donors. i mean, congress is just a completely different animal than the executive branch. so i don't really have a view on that. if they think they are going to salvage his pension, somebody ought to talk to a pension specialist, because i don't know for sure whether you have to be in a law enforcement officer position when you retire. i think they are right because law enforcement officers can get an enhanced retirement at an earlier age and that is what he lost. i believe he still is eligible for the standard federal employee retirement system pension at 56, but that would be a reduced pension. so they certainly have taken away a chunk of his pension that he earned. but look at this. you got general flynn who has admitted to critic committee crimes who gets to keep his pension. it was not from being fired but
a consequence of being terminated before being 5037. >> the timing. >> in that sense you have to look at the loss of the pension separate from the penalty of firing. >> okay. >> and they are not necessarily trying to tackle the heart of the issue. >> i want to read this statement from the attorney general and a statement from the president and then get to the question. this from jeff sessions on friday night. the president makes this hard for his supporters and the department of justice to offer a clean argument that this was by
the book when he reintroduces the political justification for this firing hours after the firing. >> i think that is true. i mean, this is sort of a classic trump move of controlled by chaos, i think here. it's always fascinating to me that he is so obsessed with the state senate race in virginia but he keeps going back to that with mccabe's wife and he can't disconnect the two. his problem is when he continues to tweet, when he continues to talk about it, when he continues to make a big deal about mccabe and his wife and what went on that he looks like he is putting pressure on the department, that is a problem. and i think it sort of takes away the white hat that the justice department should wear. jeff sessions was being called out numerous times called out for congress and mccabe needs to be fired because he was accused of having a lack of candor. at the same time, he got jared kushner who has been reside he'd re -- reading the presidential
briefing the last year. there is clearly double standards and clearly politics at play. as i said before, you don't have to have a degree in chemistry to analyze this. >> michael, what is the these notes? >> the fbi has a long history of documenting every conversation. i think in this case what we are seeing is the contemporaneous note writing by mccabe and ultimately by comey served just to corroborate their version of what went on. what is interesting you're stacking level upon level of ka r . >> when you have memos that track each other and tell the same story it gives reliability to what ultimately the witness says. so i think in this case mueller has got what needs to talk about what went on and ultimately what
the justice fication was for fig comey and it's interesting here because they have act after act and all involve russia and seems that trump wants to take out the key fbi officials as they get closer to the top. >> thank you both. >> thank you. multiple democrats are offering andrew mccabe a job after he was fired as deputy director of the fbi. i want to talk to one of them. democratic congressman luis gutierrez from illinois is with us right now. congressman, thank you for being with us. >> it's a pleasure to be with you this morning. >> absolutely. i want to read a quick tweet here that you had sent out regarding what is happening with this case to andrew mccabe. you said this yesterday. first of all, i know you said call him on monday. have you heard from him yet? >> no, i haven't. and i certainly hope he
understands that the proposal is serious. i see imbalance. i always look for equilibrium and balance in life. i think with when you're tired at 10:00 at night from the president of the united states, you should be fired because your wife ran for a state office in virginia? when you see something as political or indicative as this administration has done to him, i think fountain rules allow, i will certainly put him on the payroll so that he can reach his 50 years of age and be on the payroll at the same time if that is what is going to get him a pension. >> your intention is to give him a job so he can keep his pension? would this be a long-term job or a job for a couple of days and where would you put him? >> i tell you what, i'm going to be in congress until january 2nd, 2019.
i think his background fits perfectly in terms of the kind of work that we do on the judiciary committee, but let's be very clear. i'm looking for balance. i'm looking for equilibrium. a man who pays $130,000 to a porn star has no right to be talking about ethics. >> again, just to clarify. your intention is to make sure he is hired for a period of time, as you said, until next january. >> yes, yes, that is my -- >> so he can keep his pension? >> i want to make clear too. i'm looking for balance. i see a wrong. i want to make it right. i think they clearly he was fired for political reasons. look, you don't fire somebody at 10:00 at night on a friday night unless you got something to hide. unless you're not proud of your actions. >> congressman, may i -- >> you have attorney general jeff sessions who lied to congress, who lied to congress
about his interactions with russians? and have to go back and fix that? no. i'm not going to accept it and if i can see a wrong and i can make it right, i think we need to stand up to bullies. >> we have had fbi officials are this show, retired as well, who have said if he did lie, then this is protocol for the fbi, this is what the penalty would be. and we don't know what is in this report yet because it hasn't been -- it hasn't been released, but if the assertions are true that he lifed aed, are comfortable him hiring to secure his pension? >> here is what i to say. he was fired for political reasons in the dead of a night on friday when washington and everybody has gone home. it's clearly wrong. i want to make that right. i'm not the only one that sees it this way. i think the american public sees very clearly through this president, he wants to use the presidency, not as a bully pulpit to bring about his ideas,
but in order to pound against everybody that he perceives as an enemy and that could end -- remember, this is really all about mueller and his investigation, and mr. mccabe's relationship to that investigation. in order to sully and dirty the process up from a white house that wants to talk about dirtying and sullying up other people's reputation when they are paying $130,000 to quiet down the allegations of a porn star. >> congressman, we hope that if you hear from him, you'll certainly let us know. >> certainly. >> congressman luis gutierrez, we appreciate you being here. thank you, sir. >> it's been wonderful to be with you this morning. >> thank you. breaking news. sources are telling cnn that sweden is helping to negotiate the release of three americans who are being held in north korea. here are the detains ranging in age from 55 to 62.
this news comes as north korea's foreign policy is in stockholm for talks. why is the timing important? because, potentially, possibly, the u.s. president and the north korean supreme leader are months to sit down and negotiate with their nuclear arsenal and many in the u.s. say these talks should not happen longs there are americans being detained in north korea. could this negotiation with the swedes and the north koreans help to pave the way for that conversation? we will continue to follow that this morning. our david mckenzie is in seoul and we will speak with him later this hour. voters are at the polls in the russia voting for their
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i want to read to you the president's latest tweet because this is his subject right here. we do need to point out that there are several indictments already, charges have been brought in the mueller probe. do you see anything that would indicate a witch hunt here? >> well, as you pointed out, the mueller investigation has returned multiple guilty pleas and indictments at this point, including a pretty extensive indictment about the russian troll farm that was meddling in the election, which sort of ratified the initial conclusion of the u.s. intelligence
community, that there was a real russian campaign to meddle in our election, to denigrate hillary clinton and to boost donald trump. if you want to understand the mccabe firing, or at least trump's reaction to the mccabe firing, all you have to do is go to the opening scene in our book and which is january 6th, 2017, that is the moment that the u.s. intelligence community gives its presentation to then president-elect trump about the russian campaign and trump resists. he, once again, refuses to accept what the intelligence community says. then they all leave the room, except for james comey who stays behind and gives them the two-page synopsis of the dossier. comey says give them a heads-up what might be coming out in the media. after comey leaves the room, trump erupts. he says this is a shakedown. he thinks he is being
blackmailed by the fbi and by comey. mccabe was comey's loyal deputy. it explains why trump put comey in his sights, why he fired him, and why he wanted mccabe fired as well. >> michael, you and your co-author david cohen write stenks extensively about the dossier and christopher steele and how the work is manipulated in the conversation about the impetus for the russia investigation. >> sure. look. . we go into great depth about the dossier. there is no question, you know, that this was the result of a political opposition research firm hired by the democrats in the hillary clinton campaign, fusion gps, which reached out to christopher steele who, by the way, was not a political guy. he was the top russia specialist
for mi6. the accomplish intelligence ministry. he briefed prime ministers and cabinet ministers but he did have this extensive network in russia. he had produced reports that were viewed as reliable by the fbi and the state department and he's hired to go out and look at trump's ties to the -- to the creme lkremlin and what the kre up to. he comes back with a report that is called raw intelligence. some of it, in broad strokes, have turned out to be on target. there was, indeed, a kremlin influence opposition. they were targeting it. there are details that have not been confirmed and that were salacious and has given the opportunity for critics to go after. but if you want to understand how it all came about and who the players were, we lay it out in great depth. >> mike isikoff, we appreciate
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i think that would be the goal, because it could be a series precondition of president trump and others to get those americans out of the north korea before any formal talks between president trump and kim jong-un. now the swedes have long been involved in helping american interests in north korea, but this seems to have taken a whole new level of expen-- saying the swedes in the meetings the past few days with the foreign minister have not given any deadlines to the north koreans but they said that this could really be helpful in pushing forward things into right direction. quote, which means, of course, that they are suggesting to the north koreans that the fate of these three men could be crucial if that really high stakes meeting happens between trump and kim jong-un. two of the men were taken from a university. they were taken at the airport. one another from the university.
another has been convicted of espionage and serving ten years. the u.s. administration, ever since warmbier came back to america and died a few days later, this is hugely controversial. very big sticking point before they moved towards talks and, of course, the families of these three men would want any ray of hope. it seems, at least now, there is a sliver of hope that things might be moving in the right direction. christi? >> david mckenzie, we appreciate it so much and thank you for the update there. we will keep you posted how that continues to pan out. next week, first lady melania trump is hosting a gathering at the white house. >> she will speak with social media executives about helping to prevent cyberbullying and expected to talk to them what they have done to combat online harassment but while she is talking about cyberbullying, one thing she will not talk about is
the stormy daniels saga. joining us for talk more about this is kate bennett. we have not heard anything from the first lady or president about this. >> that's right. we haven't heard from the first lady. we haven't heard from her discuss any of her husband's bad pressers since 2017 when she addressed the aftermath of the "access hollywood" tape saying her husband had apologized to her. i have to say a strategy that worked well for her. she remains the most popular trump family member in terms of polling. she has garnered support from different corners in just her silence alone. i think the ways she has spoken out, via cancellinging trips or taking a separate vehicle up to the state of the union or a separate motorcade a couple of weeks ago to meet the president at andrews air force base instead of walk across the south lawn for her her office say is due to scheduling or low gistics
but it could be her converting mode of independence in the wake of these reports of salacious headlines. >> let's take a look at a list here that has been compiled by victor doing his research of insults that the president has used via twitter. it goes on and on. with that said, people -- a lot of people view him as being guilty off online bullying. what is melania's trump at this meeting giving what we see from her husband? >> reporter: melania trump's office has said to me when i asked about her about her tackling a topic of cyber bullying is flying in the face of her husband, her office says
she doesn't care. nothing about what she is doing that really is cohesive with the president in terms of her messaging and that is fine with her as she is independent. past administrations, imagine in michelle obama had said that about barack obama or his agenda. here she is picking a topic to fight something as that list indicates is sort of goes forward with name calling. i think it's interesting. it's the first lady doing something that she knows is going to add extra emphasis, extra pressure, picking a topic like this. however, i think they feels it's important. i think she is living with an example of perhaps what not to do and, in a way that could help even make the spotlight greater. i mean, we are discussing it. i don't think she just wants to focus on cyberbullying. her office tells me it's about
time online and what kids are seeing on online and general kindness online and sort of social habits. all of these combined. from covering the first lady, i think she would prefer if her husband sat in and perhaps paid attention but i don't think what his attitude is about social media and how he uses it is really something she is going to let stop her or influence her as she moves forward in this case. >> it takes every first lady sometime to decide what that platform will be, how they will best use their time in the white house. is this the platform that she has chosen, cyberbullying, this meeting is about children's time online, but is she growing beyond that or expanding beyond that or is this the laser focus for the first lady? >> she has yet to announce a social platform. she has just given a broad
umbrella so far of helping children and that could mean anything from helping them struggle with social media or online issues, health, wellness. the opioid abuse and how it affects families in this country. she has certainly chosen something where we could really -- we are sort of looking at her to hone in on one or two things or topics but, right now, it's helping children at large. >> kate bennett, thanks for walking us through. we appreciate it. >> sure. coming up, thousands are waking up with no power this morning after a really strong cyclone ripped through a city in australia. we will take a closer look at the damage and destruction left behind after the break. also, "snl" taking on the trump administration after two top officials are fired in just one week. if you missed it, we have got highlights. does this map show the
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this week's episode of "saturday night live" showcasing the latest round of firings in the white house. >> kate mckinnon and john goodman back as jeff sessions and rex tillerson to explain what happened. >> joining us now, cnn senior media correspondent, brian stelter. i call him stelter. >> thanks. >> so, yeah, they had a lot of material to work with this week. >> yes, and kate mckinnon, most always, appears on "snl" at this point as jeff sessions. he's a recurring character. it gives mckinnon a lot to do.
so let's take a look first at mckinnon playing sessions, reacting to the mccabe firing. >> sir, sir, can you give us the exact reason mccabe was fired? >> well, uh, yes. mr. mccabe was in clear violation, um, because of his lack of candor -- i don't know, i can't even dance around -- trump made me do it. mccabe saw too much, you know? >> okay, so this was not your decision? >> look, i'm always down for clown, but this was sneaky evil for me. i'm just a simple man who wanted to make things bad for immigrants, and now here i am taking away the pension of a christian white. >> maybe not surprising that's the way "snl" reacted to the mccabe firing. but what was surprising was john goodman showing up, playing rex tillerson. goodman, i thought, was the best part of this cold open. here's what he said about rex. >> now, it was widely reported
that you were fired by a tweet from the president. >> well, that's not true. john kelly called me personally. he said, where are you. i said, sir, that's private. i said, oh, good, are you on the toilet, because i've got some news. >> are you okay? >> i'm -- i'm fine. i just -- it's just crazy how one day you're the ceo of exxon, a $50 billion company and the next day, you get fired by a man who used to sell steaks in the mail. >> rex tillerson. obviously, still processing this. >> and by the way, you know, that's why i'm hoping tillerson gives some sort of interview now that he's leaving the state department, not john goodman, but the real tillerson. it will be really interesting to see if he ever comes out and
talks about his time in the trump white house, the claims that he called the president a moron, what it was like to be fired by a tweet. until now, we'll have to go with the "snl" version. >> mm. i don't even know what to say to that. >> i also wonder, guys, what it's like for anderson cooper. you know, alex moffett was playing cooper there. that's always tough to have to play a news anchor. i wonder if anderson liked the impression. >> well, we'd have to ask him. they do say, regardless of how they portray you, you get on "saturday night live" and you know you've made it. >> that's right, that's right. and haven't we left the most important news for last here? shouldn't we wish your grandma a happy 100th birthday, krischris! >> oh, thank you! grandma ruth. she was born in 1918. she gave birth to my dad when my grandfather was in world war ii. he was a mipilot. i always think about people having to do that -- not just her, but people having to give
birth, her firstborn, without him there by her side. >> that's the happiest birthday of all. that's incredible. >> yes, it is. thank you, brian. appreciate it! >> thank you so much. >> stelter, thank you very much! >> stelter! you can catch brian, he's got more, stelter, on "reliable sources" at 11:00 a.m. eastern right hear on cnn. thank you so much for starting your morning with us, as always, we appreciate it. and we hope you make some good memories today. >> there is a lot to talk about in the next hour. all of the events of the weekend with the firing of the deputy fbi director and the president's response there. and then looking ahead to next week, "inside politics" with john king starts after this short break. the more you know the the commute is worth it.me,
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welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. to our viewers in the united states and around the world, thank you for sharing your sunday. a lot to discuss. the president's lawyer says the special counsel should close his investigation. and as the president praises a decision to fire the former fbi deputy director, critics see yet another effort to undermine and intimidat intimidate. >> i found him to be an honest, decent person who knew a lot about the president's ties to russia and i just fear that this is a punitive act, a petty act, right before he's about to collect h