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>> and i remember the days of no drama obama. >> and tillerson that and kelly said -- saiditiot. that is it for the lead. i turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." thanks for watching. happening now, breaking news. powerpointing fingers. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has proof of the secret nuclear program prompting president trump saying, he, referring to himself, has been 100% on iran. le rip up the deal with iran even as he tries to strike another deal with north korea. weak and pathetic. president trump attacks u.s. immigration laws calling them a total disaster. and he said there is no reason to apologize for his campaign call for a total ban on muslims entering the united states. is the president hurting his own case as the u.s. supreme court
weighs the future of his travel ban. stormy's knew suit. stormy daniels filed a second lawsuit against president trump with a california court putting her first suit on pause. she's now using a new york court to accuse the president of defamation. what is the basis of her case? and an alleged uber assault. our investigation finds more than 100 uber drivers have been accused of sexual assault or abuse over the last four years. and as victims speak out, a pattern in the cases is emerging. it is a cnn exclusive. i'm wolf and you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. we're following breaking news. president trump seizing on accusations against iran by israeli prime benjamin netanyahu as mr. trump weighs whether to rip up the iran nuclear deal.
netanyahu accused the iranian government of lying about its nuclear program and said israel has proof the regime is pursuing nuclear weapons at a secret compound. also an exclusive cnn investigation is revealing that more than 100 uber drivers have been accused of sexual assault or abuse and at least 31 of the drivers have been convicted on charges ranging from battery to rape and dozens of criminal and civil cases, they are now pending. we're going to show you -- talk about the breaking news and show you much more. congressman adam kinsinger is standing by and our reporters and experts are also standing by. first let's get straight to the breaking news. jim acosta is joining us. north korea and iran are both very much on the president's mind today. >> that is right. in different ways. the president is still raising expectations for his plan to hold a summit with kim jong-un. pitching the idea of having the talks at the dmz, but just as'
peers to be lowering tensions with one nuclear power, he's ramping up the rhetoric on nukes when it comes to iran. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: it is a tale of two nuclear deals. north korea and iran. the president seems eager to stage craft an agreement with kim jong-un in the demiltarized zone separating north korea and south korea, a possible sequel to last week's talks between the two countries. >> there is something i like about it because you're there. you're actually where if things work out, there is a great celebration to be had on the site not in a third party country. so we are looking at the possibility of doing it in that location. >> reporter: the president sounded ready to place his trust in the north korean leader. >> he's talking about getting rid of the site and talking about no research and no launching of ballistic missiles and no nuclear testing and he has lived up to that for a long
period of time. longer period of time than anybody has seen. >> reporter: but mr. trump is prepared to rip up a nuclear agreement with iran brokered during the obama administration with other world powers. the president is putting his faith in netanyahu who accused them of cheating on the deal in a powerpoint presentation. >> tonight i'm here to tell you one thing. iran lied. big-time. >> reporter: that appeared to have an audience of one. >> we have nothing. we got nothing. so that doesn't mean i wouldn't negotiate a new agreement. we'll see what happens. but i think if anything, what is happening today and what is happened over the last little while and what we've learned has really shown that i've been 100% right. >> reporter: mr. trump was unwaivering at a news conference with the niejann president when he was asked if he referred to some africa countries as shitholes this year and he didn't deny it.
>> we didn't discuss it. and you do have some countries that are in very bad shape and very tough places to live in. but we didn't discuss it because the president knows me. and he knows where i'm coming from and i appreciate that. we did not discuss it. >> reporter: and he was pressed on the controversy this year and he ordered cnn out of the oval office. >> just caucasian or white countries or from other parts of the world? >> out -- >> perhaps in some damage control mode, the president lavished praise on nigeria. >> i would like very much to visit nigeria. it is an amazing country and in certain ways i hear from the standpoint of the beauty of the country that there is no country more beautiful. >> reporter: still there were no regrets from the president as he again slammed the small caravan of migrants seeking asylum at the border and declined to apologize for his past call for a ban on all muslims entering the u.s. >> there is no reason to apologize. our immigration laws in this country are a total disaster. they are obsolete and they are
weak. and they are pathetic. >> reporter: now as for the talks on north korea, the president said singapore is also being considered for the upcoming nuclear talks. a summit that may well happen at nearly the exact same time as he pulls the u.s. out of the iran nuclear deal. as you know, wolf, that is a move that most analysts believe will shatter the agreement and prompt iran to restart a dangerous nuclear program. i talked to a source today who is closed to the discussions and said it is fully expected that iran will pull out of that agreement if the u.s. does as well. >> jim acosta at white house. let's get more on the breaking news. republican congressman adam kinsinger and member of the foreign affairs committee. should the president pull out of the iran nuclear deal next month? >> it depends on what his following strategy is. i thif it is a bad deal. and in fact when secretary kerry was in front of my committee before we had the nuclear deal, he said we're willing to walk away and i knew they were not willing to walk away.
and iran knew that and they extracted concessions. my question when macron was here, i have a great deal of respect, he said i want the deal to continue but want to create another deal and when it comes to ballistic weapons and how do you do that without any kind of a stick approach. iran got everything they wanted in this deal. including a lot of cash which they are now expending in syria and other places around the area. how do you get them back to the table to get a broader, more comprehensive deal and the president and his team are look at this saying, the nuclear thing is one thing and in 15 years or in ten years they'll be able to sprint toward nuclear weapons any way. but in the meantime we have all of this broad behavior that we have to do something about and maybe we can wrap this altogether. >> so let me repeat the question. he has to make a decision and by may 12th. should he rip up the deal from the u.s. perspective? >> well he knows the follow-on strategy and that is what i
don't know. if there is no follow-on strategy, don't do it on may 12th but i think he has a follow-on strategy, so sure let's get out tv and try to find a better way to get a deal that broadened to iran's behavior -- look at syria. the idea that this is magic, it is just not. >> the international atomic energy agency, the five other countries involves, the u.k. and france, germany, china, russia, they all say that the iranians are honoring what they lived up to. they're honoring the commitment to freeze the nuclear program, the other aspects of it. they are not cheating. so why would you support ripping up the deal? >> two points. number one all of the allies who i have a great deal of respect for said president trump was being to angry with kim jong-un and with north korea. secondly, as we found out from the israelis today and i would love to be able to read all of the information that the prime minister had, iran has lied. they lied to the iaea and been
pursuing ballistic missile capability and even though the premise of the deal was based on the fact it was for peaceful atomic energy. so if the president decides to stay in the deal, i trust him on that because i think he'll have a fall follow-on strategy and if he decided to get out i believe there is a follow on strategy that we are walking away and see you later. >> would pulling out of the iran nuclear deal undermine a potential nuclear deal with north korea. clearly the president wants the denuclearization of the korean peninsula. >> no, i don't think so. a deal with north korea is not going to be flawed. i think that is been very clear. this president has invested a lot of energy in saying that the iran deal was bad and that he's going to have a good one in north korea that is verifiable and solidified, plus he put somebody like a mike pompeo around the president, i have no doubt it will be a verifiable solid issue if we do it. there is bargaining chips that we can bargain with. so to say we're going to walk
away from iran if we do that, i think it could strengthen the president's hand to not just get a deal in north korea, but to get one unlike in the past that actually works. >> the president's new national security adviser john bolton said north korea should look to libya as a model for denuclearization, given what happened though to qadhafi, the late libyan leader, isn't that the wrong message to be sending kim jong-un, he gave up the nuclear program after the iraq war and all of a sudden a few years later he's gone. >> think it should be a lesson to kim jong-un to treat your peemt -- treat your people better and otherwise they will rise up and kill you. and in libya they rose up against qadhafi and people don't like to beo pressed. that happens in syria and elsewhere and the u.s. and allies and i think we should have been more aggressive in the follow-up in libya but we came in and supported the free
aspirations of the people of libya. that is a lesson to kim jong-un and to bashar al assad and dictators around the world, if you abuse your people, they'll rise up and you'll die ultimately basically in the back of a pickup truck being stabbed. >> the president said kim jong-un has been very straightforward so far. do you think the north koreans are serious about full denuclearization which the president repeatedly said that means giving up all of their nukes. >> i don't know. i don't trust north korea at all. i've seen so many situations in the past where they have acted genuine and we led to a really bad situation, especially under clinton and et cetera. so i wouldn't say these things about kim jong-un. but at the same time, if this is an tonight and there is all of this rhetoric, that is one thing. but when we ultimately come to a conclusion on this, if it is solid and it is correct and verifiable and we can have inspectors in north korea that aren't going to be played with and other things, the president
deserves a ton of credit and to be where we are now, we cannot overstate the importance of this moment. this is the height of the diplomacy. if this fails the only thing left is north korea gets a nuke or there is military action. that is it. >> well this -- the consequences could be enormous. congressman, thank you for joining us. >> any time. there is more breaking news. we're following the porn star stormy daniels files a second lawsuit against president trurp, accusing him of defamation. and we're learning new details. and more than a hundred uber drivers accused of sexual assault and abuse. we have details. it is a cnn exclusive. average "the situation room" with wolf blitzer brought to you by cigna. merica, and we may not know much about medicine, but we know a lot about drama. from scandalous romance, to ridiculous plot twists. (gasping) son?
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♪ olly. more breaking news. the porn star stormy daniels has filed a second separate lawsuit against president trump. accusing him of defamation. to our national correspondent sara sidner. this new case centers on comments the president made about a sketch that daniels released of a man she said threatened her. >> that is right. and this defamation case, they are asking for 75,000, in excess of that for damages. this is the sketch that stormy daniels had made. it was a person she said who threatened her in 2011 in a las vegas parking lot. she said her -- she was with her infant daughter at the time and the person told her to stop talking about trump. told her to shut up. she said she felt very shaky and threatened and then had someone make this sketch alongside her attorney michael avenatti. he has now filed the defamation
case because of the tweet from president trump on april 18th. the president tweeted here a sketch years later about a nonexistent man, a total con job playing the fake news media for fools but they know it and he has a picture of the sketch below with a picture next to that of stormy daniels husband or ex-husband at the time. and someone is trying to make the point they look alike. but stormy daniels' attorney said look, this is defamation. this is basically calling her also saying she's done something illegal and calling it a con job. and so he is suing for what i said in excess of $75,000. he said it will likely be much more and so that is what has been put forth. and it is put forth in new york court, not here in los angeles. remember, there is still a case that is on a 90-day hold here in los angeles which is a civil case against the president, stormy daniels suing the president to get out of her
nondisclosure agreement. wolf. >> there is also new information we're getting in that lawsuit about how stormy daniels ended up talking to "in touch" magazine. tell us about that. >> it is interesting, in the lawsuit it says that basically it was her ex-husband that was pushing this to "in touch" magazine and without her knowledge. and the lawsuit said the magazine -- the publisher basically said either we're going to do the story with or without you. that is not how two sources we spoke to remember it. they say that they couldn't have done the story at all without stormy daniels and they reminded us that she did sit down for a lie detector test in order for this story to go forward, wolf. >> sara sidner with the latest on that front. thanks so much. coming up, our investigation uncovers dozens of cases of alleged sexual assault and abuse by uber drivers with a pattern emerging as women speak out. it is a cnn exclusive. you wouldn't accept an incomplete job
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reporters and experts, phil mudd, the presentation, the powerpoint presentation that we saw live on tv, did it make sense to you. was there something new there that you saw? >> well i don't know. because i don't trust him. netanyahu has been busting us for years to do more on iran. and low and behold, when the president is supposed to make a certification before -- on or before may 12th, we have him coming out and saying, well i've got new intelligence and meanwhile the president has a new national security adviser and a new state department adviser who are known to be pro-netanyahu and anti-iran so i think he's playing politics rather than intelligence. >> timing is rare in politics and woe know that world -- leaders paying attention to the deadline -- >> may 12th. >> right. trump has -- we keep getting hints and rumors and pompeo
saying things like he's likely to pull out. rumors are this and that the other thing. it seems donald trump is doing what he does always, which is sort of putting himself out there as i'm open to a negotiation. we heard it last week with macron and with ang angela merkel. on the campaign he said it is the worst deal ever done in the history of deals. >> and he said it all of the time. >> and not only exaggerating that is his words. so i think it would be hard for him to suddenly say, it is not that bad of a deal. it is a one pillar, a building block. but i don't think there is question that we know this president is malleable. netanyahu knows that and he is trying to mold him. >> and he ended his presentation by sagging somethi -- saying sog the lines he is confident the president will do the right thing. what do you think will happen between now and the 12th. >> it seems the president is poised to withdraw the u.s. from
the agreement despite a last-minute lobbying campaign by macron and merkel but the important piece to remember about any new framework if the president will go back to the table and negotiate a new deal, it would require the buy-in of the other signatories of russia and cloo-- of china and iran an then they would not come back to the negotiating ta-- table, the will walk away. >> and if they were to restart the nuclear program, they would regret it because they would suffer enormously. he's making a direct threat there. >> he is. but we haven't heard many other details about what he would be looking for in terms of an agreement and how would he enforce on that threat. what would he do if iran were to violate an agreement and restart the nuclear program? and so these are the questions that donald trump moving forward is going to need to answer. these are the thorny details that he's going to need to fill in.
it is easy to say the deal we have now is terrible. and i want to withdraw. the hard part comes after when you are talking about crafting a new deal potentially, we're look at how do you keep iran in check. >> and he always talks about -- he talked about it on the campaign trail on saturday in michigan and he said i don't blame, fill in the black world leader -- for getting us over a barrel as it related to trade, but i need to look out for america. well to rebecca's point, while donald trump is looking out for america in whatever deal he will tear up, so are all of the other nations looking out for their own interest and because donald trump said they'll renegotiate, and the other countries will say, okay, well let's go back. it is not that simple. it is like many of his promises, it sounds good, this is a bad deal and we're giving them billion dollars and put money in a barrel and he said -- oh, that is outrageous. the problem is, if you get rid of it, the prospect of something
new to replace this much hard tore make real than he portrays it to be. >> he seems to be getting ready to rip up the iran nuclear deal and get a new nuclear deal with north korea. let's say he does rip it up by may 12th, supposed to meet laettner may and june with kim jong-un. how does that affect u.s. and north korean efforts at denuclearization of the korean peninsula. >> i think like everything in washington these days, it depends on which side of the aisle you are sitting on. if you think how could you negotiate with the north koreans in good faith and look over their shoulder and say why the heck would we trust you and by the way if you are the russians and -- and the chinese, you are saying what and if you say we are proving it is serious and he better show up to the table with real denuclearization or else we'll rip this up like we did the iran deal. >> and there is a story reporting that john kelly the
chief of staff referred to the staff as an idiot. we referred to rex tillerson referring to him as a moran and an adjective describing what kind of moron. he just put out a statement saying, i spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have a candid and strong relationship. he always knows where i stand and we both know this story is total b.s. i'm committed to the president and his agenda and our country. there is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to president trump and distract from the administrations many success. there is tension between kelly and the president but that is his response. >> yes. and i don't expect that john kelly would admit to having called the president an idiot behind closed doors but he is brought in to try to bring sense of stability to the white house and to try and exercise some control over the president. but as we know, time and again, at the end of the day, the president is not someone who can
be reined in. he will tweet and say what he wants and people like john kelly who have taken criticism for continuing to work for this president, they often frame this as service to the country and they talk more behind closed doors about what they prevented the president from doing and seeing that as their real commitment on a date to day basis and so i think the comments are reflective of the ongoing friction behind closed doors. >> we do no, rebecca, some of his authority -- kelly's authority have been undermined. larry kudlow reports directly to the president. not to the white house chief of staff. john bolton, the new national security adviser reports directly to the president. not to the white house chief of staff. that is a sign of potential friction. >> absolutely. and the question is for how long is that sustainable or how long does john kelly put up with being a chief of staff without any real power, how long does the president decide he wants to keep john kelly around when he's not actually fulfilling the full role of achieve of staff but i
want to comment also quickly on the theme that has emerged. john kelly denies he used the word idiot to describe the president but clearly a theme has emerged of people in positions of power in the white house and in congress consistently describing him in private and public and the president as splun who needs to be managed and someone who needs to be watched and baby-sat to use the words of bob corker in the senate. it is an astounding situation. with the president of the united states. >> and just one point, just to disagree slightly with rebecca, i'm not sure -- the statement does not say i did not call donald trump an idiot. it said the story -- >> is total b.s. >> remember when rex tillerson said i'm not going to go down that road. well that doesn't mean you didn't call him a moron. it means you won't go down that road. you could disagree broadly with the story, which is chaos and undermining by kelly of trump, i think they're trying to square that circle a little bit.
that he may well have done that in private, but that the broad sweep of the story is wrong. if anything, this will probably keep john kelly on the job another week or two longer because we know donald trump doesn't like to do any -- make goods -- >> we reported the other day that the president is using his personal cell phone increasingly to get around kelly. not go through the white house switchboard, which kelly can certainly monitor with whom the president is speaking. >> and let's get the bet board out here. i keep saying we need one here. he won't be here for -- with a four star on discipline and order and dealing with issues like iran and north korea, and when you get a story like this, i got to believe he's saying i'm doing my duty for the country but i won't last -- and he should stay in. an idiot is better than a moron. so i think the president should be thankful -- >> do you have a hierarchy. >> i do. so i think this is a good news story. >> stick around. there is more news we're following, including a cnn
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it is a problem the $70 billion transportation giant uber has gone to great lengths to keep quiet. our senior reporter drew griffin spoke to two victims who are refusing to remain silent. drew, what have you found out? >> uber doesn't release the number of drivers who are accused of sexual assault. so cnn decided to count up ourselves. we comb through police reports and court records and the storys we heard were frightening. >> anxiety, depression -- >> like many victims she feeled shame and is trying to protect her children and still wants every woman to know what she said happened to her when she began feeling intoxicated at a miami area bar so to seek a safe ride home and use a uber app to summon a ride. >> and don't remember anything until the next morning. >> and the next morning? >> the next morning i woke up
and both my pants and my underwear were on the floor. >> evidence pointed to assault. her uber driver. he is charged with felony saex you'll battery and pled not guilty and awaiting trial. she is suing the company that promised a safe ride home. a cnn investigation has uncovered dozens of cases like hers, none of the information comes from uber. which did not provide cnn numbers on how many of the drivers have been accused of sexual assault, the company saying they are working through their data. instead, cnn scoured public records and police reports and civil and crimminal court cases and talked to a dozen attorneys representing victims. results cnn documented at least 103 uber drivers in the u.s. who have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers in the last four years. at least 31 have been convicted
on charges ranging from battery to dozens of criminal and civil cases are pending. ube ser by far the largest ride-share company with 15 million riders per day worldwide and how to compare directly, the smaller ride share company lyft with 1 million rides per day is also dealing with sexual assaults by its drivers. a similar cnn review found 18 cases of lyft drivers accused, four have been convicted and a dozen criminal and civil cases are pending. lyft told cnn the safety of the lyft community is our top priority and the company said it has worked hard to design policies and features that protect our community. many of the cases fit a pattern. like this one. when this woman was he is -- escorted out of a bar in long beach, california and got in the
uber. >> i fell asleep. >> and what should have been a ten minute uber drive home turned into three hours. >> you're in the backseat. >> yep. >> you were -- i assume you were passed out. >> yeah. he woke me up. he had to. he was already penetrating me and then i remember him performing oral sex and then after that i don't really remember. >> she awoke the next day with severe pain. like the victim in miami, she went to a hospital and called police. her driver, a 47-year-old man was found care yig her cell phone at a car wash and arrested. he had been charged with a prior sexual crime but never convicted, which allowed him to pass uber's background check. charges against him in this case eventually dismissed. the uber driver insisted the sex in the backseat of his car was consensual. she is now suing uber. >> were you able to fight back,
tell him no? >> i was too inebriated. >> the individual reports from across the country are horrific. in san diego an un uber driver pled guilty to raping one woman and in a sear cal case that sent him to prison. in ohio a driver pled guilty to unlawful sex with a minor, forcing a rider to perform sex on himt and a kidnapping of an elderly paerng driving to a wooded area where according to the police officer he raped and beater. he has not -- enterered a plea. and trapped in cars with electronic locks, one victim told police she was forced to drink her driver's urine. and multiple experts from police to lawyers to prosecutors tell cnn the actual number of uber drivers accused is much higher than the 103 we found. either the crimes aren't reported, there isn't enough evidence to prosecute, or uber
quietly settled the matter before a civil case can even be filed. uber first agreed to and then canceled an interview with cnn about the story. and instead they gave us a statement about safety updates the company has made since cnn first started asking about the pattern of sexual assaults months ago. including an emergency button, drivers screening improvements and the addition of the former secretary of homeland security to head up uber safety advisory board, the company insists it is putting safety at the core of everything we do. >> uber has done a miraculous job of keeping the story quiet. >> >> attorney jean christianson has been suing uber on behalf of victims since 2010. uber, she said, settled cases and demands silence, nondisclosure agreements in exchange for a settlement. >> how many cases have you and your firm handled? >> i can't go on the record and say that.
because of confidentiality. >> multiple attorneys have told cnn the same, like other major corporations, any settlement from uber comes first with a confidentiality agreement to be signed by the sexual assault victim. in fact eight attorneys told cnn they couldn't even discuss their uber cases. >> it is one reason why our firm decided to file a class-action at this time. we're not simply filing cases so that uber pays women money and their lawyers to be quiet about it any more. and that was a conscious decision that we made. >> in addition to money, her class-action lawsuit against uber seeks more thorough screening of drivers. >> wolf, you can become a driver for uber completely online. now uber does do its own background checks. but it is far requiring back-checks that involve fingerprints and critics including government regulators said the company needs to do
much more to make sure the riders are safe. >> what is uber doing about all of this right now? >> it was only after cnn began asking these questions about sexual assaults that the company tells us that they're implementing the new changes like rerunning background checks each year and nobody would tell us that on camera and an interview with an uber executive canceled at the last minute. they provide millions of safe rides every day as we reported but as we discovers, your ride is only as safe as your driver and one describes it as electronic hitchhiking. riders are especially women ride ago loan need to be cautious how they use the service. wolf. >> good advice. excellent reporting. thanks to you and your team. i know you work really hard preparing this exclusive report. we appreciate it very much. coming up, a startling revelation about russian spies right here in the united states. who they are watching and the deadly danger they could pose.
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tonight we have disturbing details about the danger posed by russian spies inside the united states. let's go to cnn's brian todd. brian, what are the russians up to? >> we are told of an operation conducted by russian diplomats, some of them who were expelled from the u.s. last month. some of those diplomats were actually spies. and u.s. officials tell us they
believe they were doing vladimir putin's bidding to track and possibly harm russian defectors in the u.s. tonight, strong indications that vladimir putin shows no hesitation in ordering his spies to be aggressive, even inside the united states. cnn is told putin's spies were among those russian diplomats expelled from the u.s. last month in retaliation for the poisoning of former russian spy sergey scripal in britain. they were tracking britain defectors, in one case, following one to give them new identity. and u.s. officials believe they could have been trying to target the defectors. >> the defectors in the u.s. could be in danger. and it is quite possibly the russian intelligence or the russian government could be seeking to end their lives. >> if the intent was assassination or intimidation of some sort, i think it sends a
very clear signal, just as the scr scripal case does. even if you are part of the russian exchange, the russian government can come for you. >> reporter: it is right out of a scene from the fx drama "the americans" depicting sleeper spies who settled in the u.s. and posed as an american couple. >> defected with his wife and your child. >> it could be them. >> see if you can find out. if it is, he has to be dealt with. >> reporter: officials in britain and the u.s. have recently warned that putin's government appears emboldened to carry out assassinations in western democracies. eric o'neal, the former fbi counter intelligence agent who took down robert hanson says it is not likely the russian spies working under diplomatic cover in the u.s. would have actually pulled the trigger themselves on the defectors. >> that would leave no grounds
for the russians to have deniability. it's more likely that you would have stringers or mercenaries or people who are here illegally who don't have russian cover, have no tie to the diplomacy or consulate who would carry out these sort of things. >> reporter: experts this shows that for putin there are no rules in the spy game with the u.s. almost nothing holding him back from ordering surveillance or worse on foreign soil. what accountability does he have? there are sanctions, but aside from that? >> i think he still remains quite popular to the russian people. he's surrounded himself with people that support him. there's a network there. and i just don't see this domestically really weighing against him at all. >> reporter: putin's government is denying this operation. his spokesman challenging reporters to provide names and saying, this looks like some kind of pair know ya on the part of the u.s. neither the cia or the u.s. government would report on the spies. >> the spies masquerading as
diplomats, i'm talking about those among the 60-so-called russian diplomats expelled, with the russians replace them with the spy targets and defectors? >> the russians will likely try tos replace them with tracking the defectors, but they say the russians have lost a lot of intelligence assets with those expulsions last month that is going to take them a while to get the operation back up and running and the eyes of the u.s. counter intelligence are going to be even more keenly watching for this. >> we'll be watching this. brian, good report. thank you. breaking news as president trump said had prompted stormy daniels to file a second lawsuit against him. we're learning new details and information. we'll be right back. you wouldn't accept an incomplete job
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