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. hi there. i'm brianna keilar in for brooke baldwin. new details on president trump's personal attorney was peddling his access to the president. we now know michael cohen received more money than reported and his sales pitch was more aggressive than initially known. as we learn how cohen tried to profit off his proximity to the president, the president's new attorney is distancing trump
from cohen. rudy giuliani says the president, quote, wasn't aware of cohen's pitches. and giuliani added i'll only get concerned about it if somebody says it involves the president. so far they're not saying that. joining me now we have cnn chief political analyst gloria borger, sarah murray and white house reporter sarah westwood. she has the details on how cohen pitched himself to companies after the months president trump was elected. describe this pitch, sarah, and also if cohen was able to make good on it. >> we're hearing cohen had an opportunity to pitch himself after the leelection and he seid it. one republican strategist described his pitch like this, "i don't know who has been representing you but you should fire them all, i'm the guy you should hire, i'm closest to the president, i'm his personal lawyer." it's important to remember this was coming at a time when
corporations were desperate to make inroads with a new administration, it's an outsider president. >> and they thought hillary clinton was going to win and she didn't, right, so they found themselves sort of flat-footed, not with the in that they thought they would need there. so it seems like it's widespread practice for high-ranking associates to -- >> it's called cashing in. >> corey lewandowski did it. is there something different about michael cohen here? >> the question is is here misrepresenting what he could provide. we don't know if he was lobbying or providing insight. that's an important distinction on whether have to register or doesn't have to register. we know from novartis that after one meeting, they just desicide
this wasn't worth it. they wanted to know about health care and clearly didn't get the was in they wanted, though they had to continue paying him for the rest of his contract because they couldn't fire him, there wasn't any cause to fire him. think what you're saying, sarah, is that cohen is saying, look, i know how this guy ticks, i can tell you what he's going to like, what he's not going to like, but was he substantive? did he have substantive conversations about the president with his clients? i.e., did he lobby? one of my sources said not at all, he didn't have substantive caus causes. >> i wonder how that isn't cause. seems like great cause. >> depends what you want. >> novartis is trying to distance themselves. this is $100,000. how are these companies feeling? what are their thoughts on whether he was able to deliver
? >> i think a lot of these companies are embarrassed that they are embroiled with the president's attorney who is not under investigation. a lot of them have come out and said the services he provided for us were completely legal, they were business advice. a number of them have said we've also heard from special counsel robert mueller and we're cooperating in that investigation. so they've ended up in certainly a mess that they did not consider. look, this really does highlight the desperate state corporate america was in. they said this a guy who knows the president. they didn't care or didn't bother to do their due diligence to see if he knew anything about washington or policy and companies didn't get a lot of return on their investment. >> legal but it doesn't mean it's not swampy, right? >> swampy. >> i'm going to go with that. novartis has a top exec who ends up having dinner in davos with the president.
i believe this was a group dinner, right, but at the same time, the appearance, the swampy appearance of that is these payments were preceding that dinner. they have tried to say, no, this top exec at the time is not the one who would have okayed the payments, the payments had nothing to do with this but at the same time it doesn't look good. >> this is why the reaction we've seen from the white house is so interesting. sarah sanders going out there yesterday and saying i'm refusing to talk about anything talking about michael cohen. we understand why you don't want to wade into the special counsel investigation, that's why the president has an outside legal team and michael cohen has his own set of lawyers but the question is is this administration living up to what they promised, which is to say drain the swamswamp, which is ty this is a president who is not going to be owned by lobbyists, consultants or perhaps his personal lawyer. that's certainly the white house should answer for. >> giuliani said trump didn't know cohen was pitching himself
this way. cnn reporting shows it was pretty widely known that cohen was doing this. >> the president isn't going to like people harvesting money off his back. how is this going to affect his relationship with cohen? we don't know. there are a lot of other extenuating circumstances within that relationship right now. have you heard of stormy daniels? will this affect their relationship? i think their relationship has already been severed to a degree because of stormy daniels. he didn't have a direct line into the president. i don't think he's going to have one now. >> cohen was able to consult because he was not at the white house. it's not because he did not want to be at the white house, right? he wanted to be at the white house, but as we understand it, he was kept away.
>> right. our reporting shows he did want a high-level position in the white house but potentially he felt even a little bit person personally wounded. he wasn't a formal part of the campaign, he evidence is as a media circuit. >> does that have anything to do with why we see this play out or no? >> we've seen this from so many trump aides. the notion that it was just michael cohen doing this -- again, we've seen this from every administration. chances are if you were a consultant talking about how you're happy to make introductions around town. like it or not, that is how this
town still works, even though the president promised to drain the swamp. >> but that's lobbying. to me was michael cohen lobbying or was he saying sit down and let me tell you a little bit about donald trump -- >> or let me introduce you here and there. >> or maybe selling a false bill of goods from some these companies. thank you very. we have some breaking news, days after president trump withdrew from the iran nuclear deal, two enemies erupt in the most direct confrontation yesterday, both sides facing a barrage of missile fire. we'll bring you the latest on that. also, multiple failures. the pentagon revealing its investigation on what went wrong in niger and the ambush of four americans and why did it take so long to locate the body of sergeant la david johnson? and it might be the most brutal take down of vice president mike
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a barrage of rockets and missiles. you can see them streaking across the sky in this picture here. it's just marked the most direct confrontation to date between israel and iran. this comes less than two days after the u.s. withdrew from the deal to curb iran's nuclear program. israel has released a map claiming it destroyed these targets here on this map, representing almost all of iran's military capabilities in syria, this after what it says was an iranian missile attack on the golan heights, considered israeli occupied territory. we have frederick pleitgen for
us from tehran. warren, to you first. talk us through what has happened in the past 24 hours. >> so this all started shortly after midnight when iran iian rockets were fired off. some of them the military says didn't even make it into territory here and fell in syria. we came here standing in almost this exact same position a short time later to see the israeli response and that was some of the video you showed just a moment ago. israeli surface-to-surface missiles. we saw those fired and launched and hit in syria behind us, as well as artillery fire that echoed across the valley here. we saw the syrians firing anti-aircraft fire to try to down some of those missiles.
all in an incredible volatile, active few hours here. israel holds iran responsible for that fire. as you point issed out, fired a dozens of compounds, command and control headquarters, as well as rocket launchers. a very different picture as the day progressed here. this deceptive quiet is a far cry from what we saw last night but now it's the international community stepping in to make sure this de-escalates. in is the first direct confrontation between israel and iran and there is a fear this could go very much worse and the word war has been used here. but the u.s. has stepped in, russia has stepped in urging both israel and iran to show restraint, to take a step back, essentially to back off here. the u.s., and this is no surprise, siding firmly with israel saying israel has a right to self-defense, prime minister benjamin netanyahu saying whoever tries to strike israel will be struck back seven fold.
it is quiet. you can see that behind me but that tension is still in the air and it can still go either way here. it wasn't even 24 hours ago that this all began. >> fred, tehran has vowed retaliation for two other reasons, strikes that killed at least 13 iranian nationals. this is entirely unexpected. what is iran saying now after this? >> reporter: yeah, the interesting thing is that the iranians aren't saying anything. it seems as though they're struggling to come up with any sort of explanation as to what might have happened there yesterday not just in the golan heights but on syrian territory as well. we've been watching iranian state media and to get in touch with officials to see if there would be an explanation. even on iranian state media they were saying there were israeli strikes on to syrian territory, hinting that they might be strikes between syria and israel. they said the israelis did hold the iranians accountable but at no point did they say the
iranians made any official statement. there's still nothing official coming out of tehran. for attacks montain the past, t iranians have vowed there would be retaliation. the folks here are very, very concerned. this is just a day and a half after president trump pulled the united states out of the iran nuclear agreement. we've been going around tehran for the better part of the day. the people say they're very concerned about the fact that they now don't only have even more economic isolation internation internationally of their country but it seems as though on the front in the middle east things are heating up as well. >> fred pleitgen and oren lieberman, thank you for your reports. >> and this is the most direct confrontation that we've seen to date. what's your reaction to it? >> this is the beginnings of a
potential war. i think we do need to realize while all the diplomatic to and fro has been going on over the disagreement, slowly and steadily iran has been developing an actual military capability in syria. the israeli have has find responded. i think what we should imagine about this, imagine if iran had a nuclear weapon right now, israel would not be able to do this. the reason the israelis care so much about stopping an iranian nuclear weapon is because if iran had a nuclear weapon the way israeli has a nuclear weapon, both sides would be deterred from getting into a conventional battle. right now so long as israel has a monopoly, so long as the iranians don't have this weapon, israel can use its jets, use its surface-to-air missiles, use its conventional superiority and prevent iran from getting a base in syria, which tells you
stopping iran from going nuclear should be our highest priority, which is why those of us in the diplomatic community cannot understand why we would pull out of a deal like this. >> pulling out of the deal, is at that a factor of the timing of this here? >> israel wanted to show it would respond to an iranian step. the iranians are less likely to be restrained because they know the united states is not in the agreement anyway. it's hard to know exactly who caused what, but i think what's absolutely clear is if iran goes back into the nuclear arms business the way it was going just a few years ago, israel's security will be severely damaged. it won't be able to did what it did in the last 24 hours with the freedom and the knowledge it doesn't face a real threat from iran. that's why this is so important, that's why it's so illogical to allow iran now to go back in the nuclear business. that's what we can't understand. >> i want to ask you about north korea. we've seen the release of these
three detainees overnight. the president now, we are looking toward the summit with kim jong un and the possibilities there for progress or perhaps not. even the president himself has said that. when you look at these developments, at the potential promise of the summit, do you see this as something as a real breakthrough? >> it's very hard to predict what's going to happen because we know so little about kim jong un. i used to be in the arms control business in the days of the soviet union and people at those times didn't believe that gorbachev, who ran the soviet union, was going to give up all his weapons and give up the soviet power so we have to be careful. it's possible kim jong un will do that and say the nuclear weapons aren't getting me anything for my people, i'm going to disarm. that's possible. but if he act as his father as
acted and his father before him acted the last 40 years, then i don't expect an agreement to happen any time soon. it will be a breaking of the ice that for the first time an american and north korean leader will meet and perhaps they can start the process. but we got to get past the hype and past the hoopla and look at the substance. and right now north korea has what they've never had before, which is nuclear weapons and probably ballistic missile that can launch them all the way to the united states. that's what's been happening over the last year. that's why this is so important and if we don't get that reversed in a concrete way, not a promise, but a real wait, then all this talk about a bre breakthrough will turn out to be a disaster. >> it is a lofty goal. jamie rubin, thank you so much. really appreciate it. >> and next it is time to wrap it up, wrap up that russia probe. that message from vice president mike pence to special counsel robert mueller in his most direct comments yet to end the
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>> now this as conservative columnist george will rips the vice president in a new column in "the washington post." cnn politics reporter and editor at large chris cizzilla joining us with that. walk us through this, chris. >> i would not have said george will was the guy who was going to absolutely eviscerate mike pence, but she that guy. -- he is that guy. this is will talking about mike pence. because his is the authentic voice of today's lickspitele republican party, he clarifies this year's elections, vote republican to ratify groveling as governing. and let's go to our next quote.
will's point is donald trump is who he is, he can't help it. mike pence has molded himself to be like donald trump and he is in fact not. i want to go to the next slide because it shows how different these two men are. mike pence, he came to prominence as a guy who could unite social conservatives and business conservatives. donald trump, he was a democrat and independent, he's been all over the map prior to running for president. mike pence has been in office since he's been in the office to the second congressional district court in 2000. mike pence is from indiana. donald trump is not from indiana and is not a quiet guy. mike pence doesn't eat dinner out with any women by himself other than his wife, karen. donald trump, i'm not going to go through all of his past, but he's been married three times, lots of allegations against him. now, despite all of these differences, you would think this is oil and water, right,
brianna? listen to mike pence talk about his boss, donald trump. >> i'm deeply humbled as your vice president to be able to be here. because of your leadership, mr. president, and because of the strong support of the leadership in the congress of the united states, you're delivering on that middle-class miracle. >> he's got broad shoulders, he's got high energy. >> i have faith in this president's broad shoulders and big heart and his vision. he's my friend. he's a man who loves his family. he loves this country. boundless energy and optimism, broad shoulders and a big heart. >> brianna, i wanted to thank you for this opportunity that you've given me to talk on television. i want to throw it back to you with the reminder that you are always a lifelong friend standing up for america. >> but what about my big heart? >> well, it is only eclipsed by your kindness. >> thank you, chris.
chris, i appreciate that. >> well, you know, that's just who i am. >> i have to ask you about the president's tweets. there were some today and there was a key one. and who is this troll of the day, would you say? >> so do we have -- this makes me happy. i love internet trolling. donald trump goes with senator crying chuck schumer fought hard against the bad iran deal, basically saying schumer is a hypocrite when it comes to iran. schumer goes with the #be best. they call back two none other than first lady melania trump, remember her campaign that they called back, we need it cut down on bullying, be kind are to one another. well done, chuck schumer, that is a-level trolling. >> thank you for that. breaking news, what went wrong in niger after four soldiers
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just in, criminal charges have just been filed against a nurse in the death of the father of former national security adviser general h.r. mcmaster. mcmaster's father died last month inside of a philadelphia retirement facility. authorities say that the elder mcmaster died from blunt impact head trauma. pennsylvania's attorney general said today that the nurse did not perform the necessary neurological checks that would have saved his life and then lied about it. and we are told that the nurse could face up to 20 years in prison. >> breaking news on what happened to four u.s. troops ambushed and killed in niger. the pentagon report was released today, citing multiple failures
but no direct blame. we're learning more about what happened to sergeant la david johnson. he was one of the soldiers killed and his remains were found later, farther away from those of his comrades. take a listen. >> he was never captured alive. his hands were never bound. his serviceable equipment was stripped and taken from him. but he was never in enemy hands alive. they did have access to his remains and to beok his equipme. that first mission was not properly characterized. it was focused on the isis g.s. sub commander. there were a series of contributing factors to what happened in tongo tongo. the direct cause of the enemy attack was the enemy achieved tactical surprise there. >> so just weeks after the october 2017 ambush in niger,
cnn's arwa damon visited the site of the attack where four u.s. troops lost their lives. >> reporter: october 4th may have been america's first casualties in these lands, but not niger's. their patrols regularly come under attack. the ground outside tongo tong otongo is littered with heavy machine gun casings. we asked them if they know if they're fired by american or nigerian forces. they say they can't be sure. there are signs of attack everywhere. there's the school we're told was burnt down in the attack. it's a single classroom. >> i want to bring in cnn's david mckenzie, who was part of the first team of reporters allowed in after that deadly attack months ago. what stood out to you in this
report? >> reporter: what stood out to me, brianna, is there are still. questions about what happened and who is at fault. they said there were many failures in the chain of command and training even before the soldiers left for niger. perhaps the most serious issue touched on is there was a falsification or hastily done authorization request for a much simil similar, potentially less dangerous mission that it seems these green berets and soldiers e ended up going out on. why wasn't their aerial support and why didn't senior commanders know what was going on? why did it take so long for them to get to the scene? we do know this is an instance where the americans soldiers fought bravely, fought down to
the last man standing and that la david johnson managed to get on his own steam, heavily injured most likely, and wasn't captured by those forces. they fought valiantly said the investigating officers. >> and what we learned that was the senior commander, who was a lieutenant colonel in chad, so far away from where all this was going on but still serving a very important supervisory role, was in charge of approving what the mission was. initially lawmakers thought that this was this unit on a training mission and that they were ambushed. it seems like that is in large part because that was the mission that that command aer approved, that is what was okayed, not this manhunt, going after a local terrorist, right? >> well, that's right. the regional commander on the ground who approved the mission, they approved a mission that the
team wasn't actually on. so that is the question are these falsified or hastily drawn together documents that they put in to get approved. now speaking to nigerian soldiers on the ground, one of the first responders on the scene, cnn talked to him, he described much of the same details you see in that pentagon report, that this group of soldiers was heavily outgunned, they were outmanned and they fought bravely. the question he had at the time was, well, why do those american soldiers go out without the force protection given how they know how dangerous this border region between niger and isis and al qaeda-linked groups that operate there. after this investigation, the pentagon has said they will give the option to soldiers for more heavily armed support on the ground, and it seemed to have curtailed these kind of active operations for the moment and really pushing the
advise-and-assist role, which is on paper they are there to supposed to do. >> thank you very. >> next, anothwhy did police cot a black female student sleeping in a dormitory lounge? and are these incidents starting to get more attention? but with scotts turf builder weed & feed, bill has nothing to worry about. it kills weeds and greens grass, guaranteed. this is a scotts yard. and greens grass, guaranteed. i'start at the new carfax.comar. show me minivans with no reported accidents.
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yale university. a black female graduate student was confronted by four campus police officers after a white student called to report her sleeping in a dormitory lounge. the black student recorded it and posted it on facebook. >> i have an absolute right to document what's going on. >> you have no right to take my picture. >> i'm not taking your picture. this is facebook live. i need to go back and finish writing my paper. >> do you have your i.d. on you? >> yes, i do. >> can i see it? >> why? >> we need to make sure you belong here. let me open my apartment for you. you probably can commit her to an institution. >> as long as we verify you're a resident here, we'll be on our way. are you a yale student?
>> of course i'm a yale student. >> well, you have three other cops here. >> i'm a supervisor. it's going to be okay. >> my ancestors built this university. >> well, i'm not going to be harassed. >> you're not being harassed, ma'am. >> that's exactly what it is. >> cnn has made several attempts to attempt to contact the person who called the police. yale university said it was troubled by what happened and that it is committed to redoubling efforts to build a supportive community. it also said the student who called police was admonished. but many say what happened at yale and the other places is nothing new, that this happens all of the time. and with me now is georgetown university sociology professor michael eric dyson. he is the author of "tears we
cannot stop, a sermon to white america." what do you make of all these incidents? they're getting a lot of attention. this isn't new but they're now coming to a forefront. >> the smartphone lives up to its advertisement and its billing. this has happened for a century or more. black people have said it but we were not believed. that couldn't have happened. the cop would never have done that without you having provocative behavior, of course provocative behavior that when white people do it it's never leading to the kind of behavior that when black people did it. now we have the cameras rolling. did police act in similar fashion to the white student who called, let me see your i.d. where do you live? it the unquestioned legitimacy
of the white woman and that leads to the kind of racial microaggressions and harassment to which she so eloquently refers. >> what is the role of police here, the rialto, california airbnb, three of the four women are black, a neighbor calls the police questioning if they are where they belong. the police after 20 minutes or so, it's still quite an inconvenience, or an affront. you can see from the point of view of these women. what are police supposed to do in their role when they have been called by somebody? it sounds like to you they need to be questioning the legitimacy of the call. >> of course. you have to. are you sure when you get a call it's not the robber, that people are not putting on a face so to speak. the uncomfortable police is the police share many of the same unconscious biasses as people who call the police.
there's a collective regard -- regardless of color. you saw the black policeman engage with the black woman and say you're not being harassed, yes, i am. so blue is more important than black. the biasses are held by people against black people. we know right away there's a racial code that triggers the doubt and skepticism to begin with. >> can i ask you, i don't know the stats on this, i would be curious. for police the shortcut is to take the word of someone who has said something because in general, i suspect, that they do rely a lot on people reporting and it does lead stieometimes t bad behavior. how do they circumvent that, even if some of these police officers feel very much that they are being sensitive but that that's an eessentissentialf
their job to rely on those reporting so they can ascertain if someone is a burglar or dangerous. >> that's a broader problem. it's not just what black folks do and what cops think they have done or not done. you can't go to waffle house, you can't fall asleep, you can't sell lucys on the street, you can't sell cds. you can't tell a cop in atlanta, i have a gun, i'm letting you know and 7 seconds later he's dead. the fear and skepticism of blackness, the notion that black people themselves are illegitimate. we have the president of the united states question the man who had the job before him along these same line. if that's been normalized, if the attack on blackness has become ritual and habit and custom and tradition, these police people are victims of the same kind of assumptions. the short cuts means they do the
thing that's quickest but it disserves the community citizens of color who say if you see something, say something. white people sitting at starbucks don't got the cops called on them, black people do. when we challenge this, we say it's not just the fault of the police, it's the fault of the larger society that has weaponized with the concept we are skeptical and suspicious and don't believe black people and that we have to attend to. >> thank you for being with us. >> the president's new lawyer rudy giuliani. and john mcenroe giving details about a million dollar deal to play against serena williams.
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tennis legend john mcenroe is speaking about a $1 million deal that he was once offered to play a match against venus or serena williams. and who made that offer? none other than donald trump. >> it was after serena and venus said they could play against a lot of guys. i was calling a match and it's an envelope from donald trump. he wrote me a letter and said, dear john, i want to offer you
$1 million again to play either serena or venus. >> well, mcenroe, a former world number one player known for his fiery attitude on the court turned down the offer because he said he had no idea to play a woman. he did say at the time that he is sure he would have won. christine brennan joins me to talk about this. can we talk about him saying that he was sure that he would have beaten serena or venus williams? i mean, i don't think he can be so sure. >> well,