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all right, good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. the president going with brevity this morning in a new attack on the special counsel's russia investigation. just nine words from executive time, but enough to make the point. it says, quote, a total witch-hunt with massive conflicts of interest. this latest statement followed the barrage of attacks over the
weekend which included the first time the president attacked the special counsel by name. it was so much that the white house lawyer had to issue a new statement overnight that the president has no plans to fire special counsel robert mueller. kaitlan collins live at the white house this morning. kaitlan, you've been doing some digging, giving us a sense of what the president is thinking here. >> reporter: as we saw from twitter there, john, what
exactly the president is thinking. white house lawyer ty cobb had to issue a statement over the weekend and he said media speculation, saying the white house yet again confirms that president trump is not considering or discussing the firing of the special counsel robert mueller. but the only reason the media was speculating about the president potentially firing the special counsel is because of the president himself directly attacking robert mueller, first time he's done so by name on twitter. that's the reason why the media was thinking it. another reason it was on everyone's mind is because the president's outside lawyer john dowd issued a statement saying that the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein should follow in the steps of the attorney general jeff sessions after he fired andrew mccabe on friday night by ending the russia investigation and then he later said, john, he was not speaking on behalf of the president. publicly, we saw the president going after robert mueller and the investigation over the weekend, saying that it is unfair and biased against him,
even though we should point out that robert mueller is a republican, but we also know privately that the president was going and alternating between celebrating that mccabe -- boasting about the fact that mccabe had been fired on friday night, but also being angry about the special counsel's investigation because he clearly realizes here, john, that it is not coming to an investigation -- not coming to aner that kind of overshadowed his delight over the fact that mccabe was fired. now, if you're wondering if sessions firing mccabe is going to patch things up between him and the president, we're told by sources that that's just not likely, because the president was pleased with sessions and his decision to fire mccabe, but it doesn't seem like it is going to make him forget anytime soon that jeff sessions has recused himself here, john, from overseeing the russia investigation. >> kaitlan collins at the white house, thank you very much. here to discuss, doug high and patty solis doyle and washington bureau chief for the chicago sun-times lynn sweet. lynn, ty cobb, the white house
lawyer, blaming the media for wondering if the president is going to fire special counsel robert mueller. why would the media get that idea? could it be tweets like the president's calling the investigation a witch-hunt or the president's other lawyer john dowd saying the investigation should end or the tweet from the president over the weekend saying the mueller probe should never have been started in the first place? you know, the president obviously sending these messages. the question is what is he trying to do with it if not fire the special counsel? >> well, he certainly -- this isn't even telegraphing your -- telegraphs suggests subtle difference, or a signal, this isn't a signal. it is not a smoke screen. it is trump laying the ground work to get rid of people he doesn't like. we have seen this time and time again. so i don't know why there would even be much of a mystery as to what the president wants, which goes to state of mind. so when you look at obstruction of justice charges, this is the boss basically saying i really wouldn't like that guy around. so, yeah, that's why this is not
mysterious. >> it is a single entendre we like to say. the president is saying exactly what he means. telling us exactly what he is thinking. >> no decoder necessary. >> no decoder ring. i left mine at home. some republicans are speaki inip against this right now trey gowdy from south carolina is one of them. this is what he said. >> to suggest that mueller should shut down and that all he's looking at is collusion, if you have an innocent client, mr. dowd, act like it. russia attacked our country. let special counsel mueller figure that out. and if you believe as we found there is no evidence of collusion, you should want special counsel mueller to take all the time and have all the independence he needs to do his job. >> are republicans who are not retiring, doug high, doing enough here to say mr. president, you're going too far. >> the short answer is no. i think paul ryan's office put
out a good statement this weekend, saying that the special counsel out to ght to be able t his job. i would like to hear from more republicans saying that. this is where electoral politics come into play here. republican candidates know, republican incumbents know that donald trump remains overwhelmingly popular in their district. if they cross donald trump they will do so at their own peril. it is a shame that politics has gotten involved here but it shouldn't be any surprise. >> he's testing. he's testing the republicans to an extent here. they're the ones that control the future if he were to fire the special counsel. and he's perhaps testing to see what the response might be. patty solis doyle, there is precedent for attacking a special counsel's investigation, calling it political. we saw it happen. it was the independent counsel in the 1990s, kenneth starr. but the clinton white house, which you were part of for some time, did attack the independent counsel's investigation and did it a lot. is this different? >> i think so, john. without question we, in the
clinton white house, did sort of attack ken starr, tried to discredit him, in anticipation of whatever results may come out. this is different in that, you know, president trump may actually fire the special counsel. he has fired other people when we didn't think it was going to happen. most notably over the weekend mccabe with the firing of mccabe, which, you know, is a pretty rhymes like rick move if indeed he -- it wasn't warranted. we'll find out during the id report when it comes out. but to deprive someone with 22 years of service of their pension 36 hours before the pension was supposed to kick in is just really something that i don't think any working person in america can respect or look well upon. but, you know, we know going back to mueller, we know that
donald trump wants to fire him. what we don't know is why. is it because he does believe in his heart of hearts it is a witch-hunt and there is no collusion? if that's the case, then let the investigation continue and he'll be exonerated and he'll ride into the midterms saying i told you guys, i told you guys. but if it is because he feels mueller is closing in, whether it is because of the subpoena to the trump organization, or whether it's because he feels the questions that are coming from mueller to his lawyers, you know, are too close, then that's because he feels he's guilty. that's obstruction of justice. and there is no way the american people will stand for that. >> it is interesting, he keeps attacking the special counsel's investigation as a witch-hunt and says no collusion. his own government just issued new sanctions on three entities and a dozen individuals that have been listed in an indictment from the special counsel, so the -- his government is endorsing to an extent the special counsel's
finding at the same time he's calling it a witch-hunt. it is extraordinary. >> i want to make a point that i se sometimes needs to be amplified. president trump may know, he personally had no interaction, that's his allegation, he doesn't know everything about what everybody else did on the campaign. so that is where collusion investigation can also go. so you cannot say there is no collusion until you know for sure and that's the whole point of the investigation. and that's the point that president trump seems to lose in his assertions he's making from the beginning, because even the president, even if this was a normal time, you would have an inquiry because he -- there is no way reasonably he could have known everything about everybody and all the context in a campaign that had offshoots. >> and, look -- >> that's where we're at on it. >> the investigation may be going on beyond just collusion.
there is an obstruction angle, axios reporting doug high that one of the things that, you know, the special counsel has been asking the white house about, specifically things having to do with the issue of obstruction, the and y mccabe firing is something we're getting a lot of issues on both sides. it has given the white house and the president, they feel he feels he has new ammunition. >> maggie haverman says he feels emboldened. he feels emboldened, which means buckle up, we'll probably see more of this. >> it is interesting. you're seeing it not just on this front, but also on all issues domestic policy, foreign policy as well. lost in all of this is the stephanie clifford situation, stormy daniels situation, which i find to be an extraordinary case, both legally and politically. and one of the things that
happened, roughly at the same time that andy mccabe was being fired, the president had a lawyer, a lawyer working for the president has joined in this lawsuit to keep stormy daniels quiet and trying to move it to federal court. it seems to me to be something that is worthy of note that the president is now admitting he is part of a legal action to keep a porn star quiet. >> that's exactly right. i mean, if nothing happened, if there was no hush money paid, then why, why be a part of this lawsuit, why sue her for $20 million to keep quiet. and the timing also of it is for me very interesting in that politically, in that next week if reports are true, we will hear directly from stormy daniels on sunday with anderson cooper on "60 minutes" and soon
thereafter we'll hear from james comey a few weeks after that on his book tour and his much publicized interviews. and then we're going to hear from bob mueller. we're going to hear, you know, the results of his investigation, whether it will be more indictments, whether the president is exonerated and then have the midterm elections. so we have all of these momentous, you know, points heading towards the midterm elections and they're all going to have an effect, john, and it is go to be a tumultuous few months. >> a hell of a spring television season there, you just announced. thanks so much for being with us. appreciate it. >> thank you, john. we have breaking news out of austin, texas. a new explosion that happened overnight. this is the fourth explosion just this month. and in about an hour we're going to get an update from the police on the investigation. this is what we know at this moment. two men were hurt. police are scouring the area, warning people to stay inside. that is because officials tell us the bomb might have been set off by a trip wire.
again, as we mentioned, this would be the fourth explosion. police say they're acting as if this new bombing is connected to the past bombings. i had a chance to speak to the mayor of austin a little while ago. >> the warning that we're giving to our community is broader now than it was 24 hours ago. at this point we're telling people to call in to 911 if they see anything that is suspicious. >> all right, cnn's ed lavandera now in austin, texas, for us to give us a sense of the latest in the investigation. ed? >> reporter: good morning, john. here, about 100 fbi agents and atf agents have descended here on this neighborhood where the latest explosion took place sunday night. they have been canvassing the neighborhood. authorities have been waiting until the sun broke here and to get into the neighborhood to begin processing the crime scene. but at this point, still no suspects. still no motive for what is
behind these parcel attacks, these explosions in various neighborhoods. this particular one on sunday night, very different from the previous three that we have seen over the last couple of weeks. the first three took place on the eastern side of austin. this is in far southwest austin and obviously as you mentioned, talked about there, the possible use of a trip wire, this particular situation, two of those victims were believed to be either riding their bike or walking their bike near where this package was left on the side of the street here in this residential neighborhood. and that's when the explosion occurred. we're told those two victims will be okay. you can listen to some of the scanner -- radio scanner traffic from the first responders that arrived here in the scene sunday night and were transporting the victims out of the neighborhood. that's where some of the first indications. the talk of the trip wire came from. talk here is some of that audio. >> our patients that we're transporting, 22-year-old male
patient, closest trauma center. >> that's affirmative. demand three closest trauma is south austin at seven minutes. >> second adult male patient transported shortly. as far as we can tell from conversing with the officers on scene, this is a single incident, there is no second incident a block over. >> be aware, we just there -- we have nmore stuff active right there. >> reporter: that's from some of the first responders coming into this neighborhood last knight. wh several hours before this latest explosion, the police chief here in austin was actually trying to communicate with the person or persons responsible for these attacks urging them and telling them essentially that they believe that there was some sort of message being sent with these explosions and they wanted to be able to communicate with them, interested in hearing what the culprits might have to say. and trying to open up some sort
of line of dialogue. so far clearly that hasn't happened and hours after that statement was made, this fourth explosion went off in southwest austin. john? >> ed lavandera in austin with the latest again. we'll hear from the police, an update on the investigation very shortly. so stand by for that. ed, thank you very much. some republican lawmakers say they have their own red line when it comes to the president. if he tries to have robert mueller fired, at least one republican says it would be the end of his presidency. plus, mounting pressure on facebook after a data firm linked to the trump campaign reportedly obtained private information from millions of users. and the president heads to the state he once called a drug infested den to push his own new opioid policy. he's not the only republican lawmakers who might be eyeing a run for the white house headed to new hampshire. what's going on with that? hi. how's it going? alright, how ya doing? welcome! so, this is the all-new chevy traverse. what do ya think? this looks better than 99% of the suvs out there.
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is attacking the special counsel robert mueller by name. is this some kind of education -- indication that perhaps he'll try to remove the special counsel? joining me to discuss, congressman charlie dent, republican from pennsylvania. thank you so much for being with us. this is something of a milestone from the president over the weekend, for the first time going after special counsel robert mueller by name. what does it indicate to you? >> well, first, i believe director mueller is a man of integrity. should be allowed to do his work uninterrupted and unimpeded. it would be a terrible mistake for the president to fire him. i don't think it serves the president's own interests to attack him. if the president has done nothing wrong, as he and his attorneys have asserted, why interfere? he should just be happy to let the special counsel do his job and then he should say i'm look forward to being exonerated when it is all over. by attacking the special prosecutor, and by -- intimations he might be
relieved, it appears he has something the -- the president has something to hide. i hope that's not the case. i think it is alarming we're seeing attacks from the special prosecutor. >> your colleague trey gowdy of south carolina on the house intelligence committee says if you're innocent, act like it. is he acting like it? >> well, trey gowdy gave some really good advice. i was frankly stunned by mr. dowd's comments over the weekend that he would say that the special prosecutor should back off or end the investigation. he said he put that out as a private citizen. he's not just some private citizen, he's the president's lawyer for heaven's sake. i'm a public official, i can't say i'm just talking to the private citizen today. it is hard to separate myself from my official duties an my private statements. i'm just shocked that mr. dowd would have said something like that, so, again, let the special counsel do his job, and if he's really -- i'll tell you that would be the equivalent of a
saturday night massacre like when archibald cox was fired during the nixon days, a political earthquake. >> lindsey graham says it would be the end of the presidency. do you think it would be that grave? >> well, i don't know if it would be the end of the presidency, but would set off a -- i think it would be a catastrophic on many levels politically. just bring washington to a stand still. that's the whole issue. we would be fighting over how do we let the investigation proceed, any other business would not be able to get done, in many respects, it would throw us into a complete and utter stalemate. and lindsey graham is right, maybe it would end the presidency. >> do you think the president is acting like he's innocent right now? >> well, again, i -- if i were the president, i would be completely and utterly silent about the especially prosecutor. i -- he's not acting like -- he's acting like he's concerned
about something. when -- in fact, you know, he's -- i have not so far seen any evidence of collusion between the president and russians. i haven't seen it. doesn't mean there isn't any. i haven't seen it. if the president asserts he's done nothing wrong, well, then, he should just be silent and let the special prosecutor go about his business and be prepared to -- >> do you think -- >> to talk about his innocence at the end of the process. >> you said the special counsel should be able to complete his investigation uninterrupted and unimpeded. at this point, given where we are, given what the president keeps saying, do you think legislation is necessary to protect the special counsel? >> well, i would support that legislation. i believe there is legislation in the senate, senator kuhns and tillis have legislation. i would support that legislation to protect the special prosecutor if necessary. and we may need to do it because of these most recent actions and statements. >> the firing of deputy fbi director, former fbi director andy mccabe 26 hours before he
would reach his full pension, apparently fired because of a lack of candor is what the inspector general found and the office of professional responsibility. how did you find the timing? >> well, i first started learning about this i guess on thursday and friday night by 10:00 mr. mccabe was fired. it struck me that this process was a bit rushed. and forced. that is his firing. i haven't read the inspector general's report, it is not public. it is a serious issue they're accusing mr. mccabe of not being candid. that said, i would have let him complete the weekend and if we find out later that these allegations are as serious as they seem, then could always go back and go after his pension if they wanted to. it seems it was petty and vindictive and almost an act of retribution to fire him, you know, a day before he would become eligible for his pension. i didn't particularly like that. i thought that was a -- maybe a
bit unnecessary. but, again, i like to see the inspector general's report before i say too much in defense of mr. mccabe. >> great point. none of us have seen the inspector general's report. that will be a key piece of information here. congressman charlie dent of pennsylvania, always a pleasure to have you. >> thank you, john. great to be with you. private information for some 50 million facebook users reportedly exploited by a data firm connected to the trump campaign. how did this happen? and is it time for mark zuckerberg to face lawmakers. one more just came out and said yes. ♪ if you have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not an injection or a cream. it's a pill that treats psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable
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analytica, the firm reportedly paid by the trump campaign to use their data to target voters. is this data still out there? joining us now, matthew rosenberg, cnn national security analyst, national security correspondent for the new york times matthew part of the team that broke the story over the weekend. there is a lot in this story, matthew. so help us -- help us understand it. cambridge analytica harvested private information from more than 50 million users. explain to us who is cambridge analytica and how were they able to get this information. >> cambridge analytica is a political data analytics firm founded by robert mercer, the very wealthy republican donor. and steve bannon, president trump's former senior adviser. it was founded with this idea in 2014 they can map personality of every american voter. and through that kind of predict their behavior and message at people. it was the mercer's bid to reshape american politics. now, look, when it was founded, you have this team of data scientists who got $15 million
from this incredibly wealthy hedge fund magnate steve bannon who is a bit impatient and they had to come up with technology. and they needed good data for that. they found it in facebook. what they did is they got a researcher, cambridge university, where this technique was pioneered, to basically create -- take -- have users take a quiz, personality quiz, wasn't on the app at all. you take this quiz, it would then give you a code, you would login to facebook, download an app, scrape all your data and your friend's data and get a payment code, get paid a little bit of money for taking this longer quiz. and through that you get 50 million profiles. >> psychoographic modeling techniques. that's what we're talking about here. what is that? how would the trump campaign be able to use that? >> so the idea here, and the technique that was developed prior to cambridge analytica is
you could tell a tremendous amount from people just from their facebook likes. almost how they base their likes. are they neurotic. wu-tang clan fans mostly hete heterosexual men, they wanted to take those traits, match that up with voter data from voter databases and create this rich idea of who is out there, and what messages are going to best resonate with them. did it work? it is a very big question. and it is not entirely clear. >> no. that comes through in the article. the other big thing here is this is as much a cambridge analytica story as it is a facebook story, maybe more a facebook story. how much did facebook know when did they know it and what are they doing about it? >> so, facebook knew about it by december 2015. they quietly went out and tried to get everybody to delete the data. we saw the letters they sent to various people sent to cambridge
analytica, we know they contacted the company. we know the data was still out there as of last week, we saw a copy of it. so it has not been destroyed. facebook is still saying we think maybe we don't know, as of last week, it definitely still existed beyond facebook's control. i know that. >> now i'm seeing democrats and republicans calling for a public hearing that will include facebook's ceo mark disturbingerbudisturbing zuckerberg. that will be fascinating. great article. thank you. >> thanks a lot. the former fbi deputy director fired within 26 hours of being eligible for a full pension. the president is cheering, but what does the internal report say about andrew mccabe? insight from two former special agents. that's next.
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conflicts of interest is what the president wrote. this, of course, follows attorney general jeff sessions firing former deputy fbi director andy mccabe. joining me now, josh campbell, former fbi supervisory agent, also asha rangappa, former special agent in the fbi. there are three sort of separate but connected things here. number one, the firing of and kwy mccabe. number two, the timing. and number three, the issue of whether or not the president has been providing pressure here in this case. i know they're connected. but if we can break them down one by one. josh, lacking candor inside the fbi. that is something that will get anyone fired, correct? >> that's correct, john. and good to be with you and asha. i'll start by saying you're right, lack of candor in the fbi
is a serious offense and something that every fbi employee from day one is drilled into them that if you lack candor, which is your currency in this agency, and you're no longer of use to this organization, you're done. the organization is based on truth. here is a problem here with the issue of andy mccabe and, you know, full disclosure, i work for andy as his special assistant. let me put that out on the table. i think there has been a tremendous disservice done to him here, we can hold in our heads two thoughts. the first of which being that it is possible that he lacks candor in which case he should suffer the full consequences for that. the second thing is that this service has been done not only to him, but to the american people, because essentially what the attorney general is asking is trust me, we're going to put out a press release, very, you know, lacking in detail, mainly focused on process, and saying trust me without providing the american people the underlying facts of which that decision was based. >> we do not know what is in the inspector general report, we'll hear that at some point. asha, the second last beat on this first issue is the inspector general and the office
of professional conduct, insofar as anything can be a-political here, these two organizations, groups within the justice department and the fbi, fairly a-political, talking about the ig and opc, right? >> yes, that's their point of being there, to be an independent and, you know, insulated oversight for the department of justice and the fbi. so, you know, these processes are there for a reason, it is a good thing. that is exactly why these tweets by the president weighing in on what he thinks should happen is so damaging to the credibility of the institutions as a whole. because then whatever they come out with is only seen in that context, and not seen as something that has been done independently. i think that's the problem here, john, one of the problems as you mentioned with the timing, and all of these other -- the commentary going on by someone who, by the way, is self-interested in the outcome here because andy mccabe is a
witness against the president, in his obstruction case. >> so talk to me about the timing, asha. why does the timing seem funny to you? >> well, i have to see the oig report, but, you know, depending on when this started, was this after the house intelligence committee testimony where andy mccabe revealed he might have information against the president, was there any pressure put on externally to launch this investigation and also was this speeded up in any way to give a decision before what would have normally occurred. i think what we want to know is were there any departures from normal procedure for anybody else in the way that this was handled? >> and the overall impact, josh, talking about the political pressure, going back to december, are you going to find a tweet from the president where he notes that andy mccabe has 90 days left before he collects a
full pension. clearly the president was weighing in on this whole process from early on? >> right. here is my concern here. if you look at what happens in politics, politics is all about trying to create a narrative and essentially prove to the american people that you are the one to be trusted, that they should focus on supporting you, and a large part of that is oftentimes discrediting your opponent, which is completely fair game in politics, we see it every day. i think the issue here is that in our system of justice, there not be doubt by the public on the rule of law in the united states. it is fairness, it is independence. when you start using political tactics to go after law enforcement, i think it is a very dangerous road to start down. >> the issue, though, the president may be political here. we don't have any reason to think the inspector general or the office of professional conduct is being political, do we? >> i don't think we do. the problem is we're essentially left to make the decisions in a vacuum. without that full detail, we simply don't know. if you look at ig investigation some of the reports done over the years, i mean, when they
issue something, if there is a scathing report that faulted an agency for something, at least you have the information and you can have an informed debate. we don't have that information. this debate is anything but informed. >> and now we have this memo war, asha, where andy mccabe let it be known that he wrote contemporaneous memos of his meetings with the president, the president trying to suggest that those memos should be trusted. this gets to the issue of credibility again. who is credible here. >> that's right. and i just want to say from a legal perspective there is something called president recollection recorded which means when you write something down at the time that it happens, if it becomes relevant later, that written recording carries great evidentiary weight, because it is presumed to be a truthful representation of what happened. this is not great for the president, and i also want to point out that his tweets today concerning the conflict of interest actually goes to one of the grounds that the special counsel could be fired.
so i think it is important to know that he is starting to use the language that is actually in the special counsel regulations that would give grounds for firing mueller. >> it is a very important point right there. he's using specific language that means something when you're talking about a special counsel, whether he knows that or not, i guess we can't be sure. but you should give the benefit of the doubt, i suppose to the president of the united states saying something specific. josh campbell, asha rangappa, thank you for being with us. appreciate it. >> thanks. >> thank you. so is this the opening curtain for the 2020 possible presidential primary? when any politician goes to new hampshire, it is a big deal. today, the president is going there. we'll talk about the political implications. he's also there for a very important policy event too.
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very, very few politicians ever step foot in the first in the nation state of new hampshire without having it mean something politically. the president heads there in just a few hours. another republican was there on friday, so what does it all mean? joining me now, cnn political director david chalian. david, before we talk about the state of new hampshire, what it means, the political implications, the president has a real reason for going, to talk about the opioid crisis. it is something very important in new hampshire. and something the president has talked about in new hampshire. >>ia, iyeah, it was a big them during the campaign when he was campaigning in new hampshire. that opioid epidemic is a crisis across the nation, but it is particularly acute up in new england and specifically in new
hampshire. so it is something we have heard from politicians up there. the president plans to roll out the plan of how to spend the $6 billion that congress recently appropriated for it and that includes things like an education campaign, advertising, treatment for people who are addicted to opioids, some job helping folks get jobs. but also cracking down on drug traffickers and perhaps going as far as what some drug traffickers using the death penalty. >> and that will get a great deal of attention. the president in new hampshire today, jeff flake, who is also a republican, a republican not terribly fond of the president, was there on friday. john kasich, another person going there again very shortly, i'm sure he's been there already. does this mean that the president faces a potential primary challenge in this state. >> it doesn't mean it yet. but it does mean that clearly some folks in his party are looking at the prospect of if that might be something to
pursue. obviously we have seen donald trump pretty healthy in the polls among republicans. around 80% support or if not a little higher. it is tough to see a wide opening for a republican to get in there and really mackke a serious challenge. the president and first lady in new hampshire today, ivanka trump in iowa today, it seems to me the trump administration and the trump campaign not taking anything for granted and ensuring to try to tamp down talk of a potential primary challenge because you know how devastating that could be, even if it is not successful, for an incumbent president. >> even if it is not successful. let's walk down memory lane if we can. 1992, pat buchanan, president george h.w. bush. buchanan didn't win, but got 37%. that was seen as something that was crippling to george h.w. bush in the primary. go back to 1968, the democrats, lyndon johnson hadn't dropped out yet, he was at 50%, he won, but the fact that eugene mccarthy did so well drove him
from the race. that's the concern here, that someone else shows pretty well, not necessarily even beating the president, correct? >> that's right. remember in 1980, i think teddy kennedy got 37% of the vote up there in new hampshire against incumbent jimmy carter at that time as well. when an incumbent president faces a primary challenge, even not a successful one, but a substantial one, where they can make a nick from inside his own party, that has proven to be quite troubling for the president running for re-election come the fall in november in the general election. >> indeed. remember, trips to new hampshire and iowa don't happen by accident as a rule. david chalian, always great to see you. thanks so much. >> you too, john. another number one seed is done. i don't know what the heck is going on anymore in the tournament. march madness going beyond its name. andy scholes has the latest bracket busters.bracket busters after the break.
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gone including north carolina, michigan state, who both lost yesterday. xavier, meanwhile, becoming the second one seed to go down in the tournament. florida state down by 9, 5:30 to go in this game. they went on an 18-4 run to close it out. the seminoles just storming back to win the game, 75-70. the party was on, on the court, after the win, and in the locker room afterwards. florida state will move on to the sweet 16 for first time since 2011. umbc, the university of maryland baltimore county, became first 16 seed ever to knock off a one seed on friday beating virginia. their cinderella run coming to an end last night at the hands of kansas state. the players getting a standing ovation as they left the floor, sharing hugs with each other and the coach. and the twitter account, it was fun, y'all, k-state may have won, but we hope to have won your hearts. nevada meanwhile had the comeback of the tournament. the wolf pack down by 22 to
cincinnati with under 12 to play. and they just made an epic comeback. josh hall, that floater there, ten seconds left, put them up for good. the win ties the second largest comeback in tournament history. and check out nevada coach eric musselman after the game, taking off his shirt and tie, on the way to the locker room. he knew what was coming. nevada on to the sweet 16 for first time since 2004. >> unbelievable determination, grit! nobody -- nobody quit! guys, guess what? we're going to the sweet 16! >> all right, nevada now moves on to take on sister jean and loyola chicago in the sweet 16. sister jean, the 98-year-old chaplin for the team, of course helped make the ramblers the sentimental favorite going on. erin burnett doing well with victor blackwell.
you're further down. i'm way at the bottom. i'll say this, this is the worst bracket i've ever filled out in my life. >> i didn't think it was possible for somebody to be behind me. >> i'll take that. >> andy scholes, thank you very much. i appreciate you being here and for that. i'm john berman. thank you for watching. "at this hour" starts now. this is cnn breaking news. >> hello. i'm dana bash in for kate bolduan. and we're starting with breaking news. at any minute now we're expecting an update from police in austin, texas. a city rocked by yet another explosion, the fourth in less than a month. authorities are telling people this morning not to leave their homes while they sleep the neighborhood where the explosion happened. two men were injured in the