tv At This Hour With Kate Bolduan CNN May 17, 2018 8:00am-9:00am PDT
erupting. >> a lot of people that listen to music as they golf, can you imagine what that would be like if you're seeing those types of things going on behind you. >> thank you. >> thank you for being with us today. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm john berman. "at this hour" with kate bolduan starts right now. hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. the russia investigation turns one year old today. i guess happy birthday is in order. well wishes you're probably not going to get from president trump. but he does offer up at least this congratulations, congratulations, america, he writes in a tweet. we're now into the second year of the greatest witch-hunt in american history and there is still no collusion and no obstruction. the only collusion was that done by democrats who were unable to win an election despite the spending of far more money. and the president's legal team marking the big day by ramping up big demands that the special counsel wrap up the investigation. trump's attorney rudy giuliani seems to have a new message on this anniversary as well.
maybe we consider that an anniversary gift to donald trump. what giuliani says mueller told him. >> i asked him specifically if they -- if they realized or acknowledged they didn't have the power to indict. both under the justice department memo, which gives them their power in essence, confines their power, and under the constitution. and he said, well, he wouldn't answer. and one of his assistants said they acknowledge they had to be bound by justice department policies. and then the next day, the day after, they clarified it for jay sekulow, with me at the meeting, that they didn't have the power to indict, that what they would eventually do is write a memorandum and give it to the deputy attorney general. >> but, not so fast, says at least one democratic senator, richard blumenthal who serves on the judiciary committee and is a former u.s. attorney. >> i will grant you that there are a lot of legal scholars who
say that a president cannot be indicted while in office. i happen to believe, having reviewed a lot of the same law, that a president can be indicted. why? because no one is above the law. >> so what is going on here now on this anniversary. dana bash is joining me with much more. you spoke with rudy giuliani. why is he hammering so hard on this indict or not indict in question? >> it is an important point, kate. there are a couple of things going on here. first of all, on the specifics on indict or not indict. what the trump legal team is trying to do with this is make the case to the public, and more importantly to the special counsel's office that if they don't believe that a sitting president can be indicted, then if the president ultimately refuses to be interviewed, and the special counsel's office says, well, we need you and we're going to subpoena you, then the argument can be if and when they go into the courts,
these are all big ifs, but if and when they go to the courts, up to the supreme court about whether the president can be indicted, the argument that the trump team can make is, well, why would you have to subpoena a president when you know that he can't be indicted and you believe that legally. that's the legal argument. but let's talk about the public relations argument, which is a big part of this. what the trump legal team is trying to do with this anniversary and rudy giuliani was very transparent about this. they are trying to shape the story line in a way that is favorable to their client, meaning if the president can't be indicted, the next thought in the american public's head would be, well, maybe that means he didn't do anything wrong. the reality is, just because a sitting president can't be indicted didn't mean that he's out of hot water. we don't know the specifics of this case. we don't know ultimately what robert mueller is going to find in the report that he's required to write and give to his
supervisors and they in turn are required to give to capitol hill. and although an indictment may be off the table, the reality is that that doesn't separate the president or shield the president for -- from what is constitutionally very explicit, which is potential impeachment process. so that's all down the road, these are all hypotheticals, but just, again, there is the legal explanation and there is the public relations explanation and i think at this point, because the president has hired rudy giuliani, giuliani is doing the president's bidding by going out and saying these things to reporters like me, to television networks like fox, it is to shape the story line in a way that makes the president calm and happy. >> calm and happy. and away from his twitter feed or at least away from saying let's sit down with mueller right now and get this all out there. >> that's exactly right. >> great to see you, thank you.
michael cohen, the president's personal attorney, he is facing more trouble this morning. the whistle-blower who leaked president trump's personal attorney michael cohen's bank records is now speaking out, saying this they leaked the financial documents when they noticed other critical records were missing. cnn's mj lee joins me more with more on this. what do we know the mixing records and the database this is centering around. >> this document is called a suspicious activity report and this is basically a report that banks have to file to the treasury department if they suspect that something weird is going on. one of the banks as you know, that filed one of these reports, is first republic bank. this is a bank that michael cohen used to set up a bank account for essential consultants, the shell company he used to make his payment to stormy daniels and we now know that he also used that bank account to receive a lot of money from companies where he was trying to do business consulting for. now, a law enforcement official is now telling the new yorker's
ronan farrow the reason he decided to leak some of the reports to the media is because he happened to notice that two of these reports appeared to be missing and he was so alarmed, he figured he better get these out to the public. now, this is what ronan farrow said on new day this morning about why he thinks all of this is so significant. >> it is possible, prosecutors we talked to and people experienced with the database we talked to said that for instance the southern district of new york or special counsel mueller went in and said, please quarantine these, restrict them in some way. what i would highlight is that every expert we spoke to said that almost never happens. they didn't know of a procedure for doing that. so if indeed that's the case, it suggests there is something very, very sensitive in these remaining reports. >> now, this law enforcement official says he has basically never seen these reports go missing from the government's system and so he was extremely troubled. but what is also clear, kate, is that he clearly did not make
this decision lightly. he also said to say i am terrified right now would be an understatement. >> i think it is probably a fair statement as well, considering what is -- it actually -- he could be facing, he or she, could be facing real jail time if this came down to it. there is also more though with michael cohen. new reports that he tried to, failed to, but tried to solicit something like a million dollars from a foreign government. this is the first time we're hearing he's trying to solicit money from a foreign government for advice regard the new administration early on. >> that's right. if you recall a few days ago, cnn reported there was a qatari government delegation, accompanied by a qatari investor that went to trump tower in 2016, weeks after the election, and they had a meeting with trump transition officials. now, that qatari investor, ahmed al ramahi, he told the intercept that michael cohen, at various points, asked him for a million dollars and he basically expressed he wanted to be the middle person between what could
be lucrative qatari investments in the united states and this investor tells the intercept that he rejected this request, he said no, and michael cohen is now pushing back on this as well telling the intercept this actually never happened. so little bit of a he said/he said right now. but at the very least we know that this is an unflattering headline, yet another one, for michael cohen, when we already know that he appeared to be very aggressive in pushing for these kinds of business consulting deals after the election. >> great to see you. a lot to get through today. joining me to discuss, asha rangappa, former fbi special agent and michael morris here as well, former u.s. attorney. great to see both of you. asha, what -- getting to where we are, mj was laying out for us, what does it mean to you that these bank reports, these reports could be missing?
>> well, kate, i trust this employee when he says that this is unusual, having worked in the fbi, i understand that there are certain protocols and if i had -- if i were to go into a case file, for example, and there were certain serials or documents missing, that would be alarming. but i want to point out that what the special counsel is investigating is extraordinary as well. this is an unprecedented election interference by a hostile foreign power that has counterintelligence elements, so i think that it could be possible that these may have been removed because they are relevant to a highly sensitive investigation. on the other side, if they were removed illegally, i would be surprised if that was not on the radar of mueller's team, he has the lead prosecutor for the enron case, so he has people who are very familiar with these processes and i'm not sure whether the leak was the right
way to go forward with this person's concern. >> you think this person, you disagree with how this was handled? >> absolutely. i think that, you know, leaking, there really is no other avenue. at the very least this could have been brought to the special counsel's attention if not the inspector general. i would have suggested to him he at least consult a whistle-blower attorney first to protect himself. i think that, you know, i don't know this was the way forward for this person. >> that's interesting. michael, what do you think, though, of do you see a scenario where the southern district of new york or robert mueller would remove the -- the records, kind of proactively? >> i think it is unlikely, but i don't think it is necessarily impossible. the sars investigation and the bank secrecy act and all this stuff, the sars documents themselves are meant to be secret. and they're meant to protect both the banking institution and the customer of the bank so that
you don't necessarily ruin the reputation, the business as it goes forward. i think it is unusual for these to be missing. they're not as secret as a federal grand jury process but they are very system information. i sort of agree that the better course here might have been to copy everything you still had, lock it up in a safe and talk to somebody else like a prosecutor rather than run to the media about it. i appreciate the fact he wants to get the information out, i assume it is a he, and tell us what his fears are about the documents being missing, but it would be unusual for these things to go and to not be some reason they're taking it. i think bob mueller has known about this for a long time. that alarms me a little bit. if they are missing, nobody knows, then that's a whole different story. that's a different scenario where we really are talking about some serious problems. >> let's talk about rudy giuliani. from everything that has been
discussed over time, with this investigation, it seems unlikely that -- there is a debate, it seems unlikely that you can indict a president. you can weigh in in one second. giuliani is, it seems, is trying to suggest because they don't think the president can be indicted that then he shouldn't be able to be subpoenaed to testify. do you see that argument? >> i don't see that argument, kate. so, first of all, let's remember that we're hearing a secondhand account of this conversation from rudy giuliani, who hasn't always been known to give the details appropriately and has walked back conversations before. i think that mueller may have stated what is, in fact, the department of justice policy, which is the office of legal counsel stating a sitting president can't be indicted. i think that's different than him stating that he does not plan to indict the president. and that's for two reasons. number one, he may not have come to a conclusion yet on whether a
crime here has been committed. remember that with the hillary clinton investigation, one of the critiques was that the prosecutors had already come to a conclusion before interviewing hillary. i think he may not have his conclusion yet. the second more important point is that mueller, under the special counsel regulations has the power to depart from department of justice guidelines. he can submit a request to rod rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, to depart from the guidelines if he believes that it is warranted. so i don't think that an indictment is necessarily off the table. and i think that you don't only subpoena a witness when you plan to indict them. they could be relevant to other -- they may have information that is relevant to other investigations. i don't think that itself takes the president off the hook for giving an interview or testimony. >> michael, what do you think? the same reason you can't indict a president, is it the same reason you can't subpoena a
president? >> i think there is absolutely no intention on his part to put the president up for an interview. and i think that he's looking for a reason to tell the people, this is why we can't put him up. but they're right. mueller can ask for an exception and expansion of his authority under the special counsel memorandum and the department of policy to move forward. there is a legal debate, never tested in court, on whether or not a president can be indicted. but i will say this. a grand jury is there to investigati investigate. that's the difference. they have investigative powers to bring in and investigate crimes. trump can be an unindicted co-conspirator in some collusion or conspiracy. let me say this, bob mueller is -- he's a vietnam combat veteran. he led his men in battle. i imagine he's about as distracted by this stuff from giuliani as he was from a jugnge
gnat out there buzzing around. he has his head down, he's moving around. this is nothing more than giuliani trying to shape the narrative, get us talk about whether or not he has the ability to move forward. it is a good argument. >> when you don't know what the investigator has, maybe all you have is to try to get on the public and shape that narrative. maybe that's it. >> i think it is right, but i think what he's doing is he's -- he's saying things that kind of throw a curve at it without necessarily being well grounded in the law and the facts. and if he thinks about it, even from an impeachment standpoint, the constitution allows for the president to be impeached for what, high crimes and misdemeanors. he's claiming that bob mueller has no authority to investigate criminal conduct, but mueller has the authority to do this report and turn it over to congress. and they will look at high crimes and misdemeanor and the information he's uncovered during his investigation can be part of that report.
>> asha, michael, thank you so much. >> great to see you. coming up for us, is a new battle over immigration turning into a rebellion on capitol hill? the fight right now is between republicans and republicans. details ahead. plus, a racist rant caught on video goes viral. a man in new york city walks into a restaurant, whatever transpires threatens to call ice on workers speaking spanish to each other. each other. now the backlash.
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the leadership who, of course, control what votes are held, what votes are called to the floor. if five more republicans sign on with the addition of all of the democrats you would assume would be on board, this republican rebellion against their own leadlead lead leaders to get a vote could work. the message now, listen. >> we don't want to advance something we know won't become law and just get vetoed even if it made it to the president's desk. >> this bold move, successful or not, thrusts the nation's immigration debate back into the spotlight. just as the president is ratcheting back up his own rhetoric on the issue. of course, no one can forget how the president launched his presidency. >> when mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. they're not sending you. they're not sending you. they're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems with us. they're bringing drugs. they're bringing crime.
their rapists. >> that was launching his presidential campaign and once in office, he softened his tone. >> we're going to deal with daca with heart. i have to deal with a lot of politicians, don't forget. i have to convince them that what i'm saying is right. >> then what is old is new again, from the president yesterday, going back to his biting language, when asked about ms-13 gang members and other undocumented immigrant who have committed crimes. >> we have people coming into the country, trying to come in, we're stopping a lot of them. but we're taking people out of the country, you wouldn't believe how bad these people are. these aren't people. these are animals. >> joining any now to discuss, cnn senior political analyst mark preston and cnn political director david chalian. mark, first to you. let's talk about the move in the house what is happening in the
house of representatives. it is really fascinating. what is behind this rebellion in the works on immigration right now? >> you have so many republicans right now who aren't necessarily in lockstep with what donald trump wants to do with building our wall or some of his enforcement mechanisms because they realized that's not going to fit their district in many ways. we have seen a republican conference now on the house side not really express where they want to go on immigration for fear that it will upset president trump. this is an issue that they clearly understand that is going to hurt them at the polls if it looks like they continually are attacking hispanic voters heading into the midterms. >> and then, david, paul ryan, he says that he's telling republicans that they are working on something already and that he doesn't want them to kind of move ahead or get ahead of them because he doesn't want to put anything on the floor, have it pass and have it head to the president and get vetoed right away. is paul ryan right on this?
he wants to get something done with daca. could he sign something, anything, if it comes to his desk? >> trump wants to get something done. we should remind everyone it was president trump who rescinded the daca program. >> so conflicted on this. >> exactly. but what paul ryan, if you want to understand, if paul ryan thinks he has a problem on his happened hands, look at the emergency meeting he called on this, wuns t once he went around the leadership here. he understands there is a problem. this immigration issue, kate, you can't sort of look at it in a vacuum. look at it over the last 12 years, certainly a decade plus, the republican party has been roiled by this issue, from george w. bush days, when senator kennedy and senator mccain were trying to do immigration reform, this is a rift inside the republican party and if you look at the people who have signed on to this
discharge petition, to understand the politics behind this, match it up with the map of the vulnerable districts that republicans are in this fall. they know as mark was saying the american people have made themselves clear on this, and they know they're on the side of the majority of americans on this, that's why they're trying to force paul ryan's hand here. >> stand by to stand by on that. on the broader immigration conversation, mark, the president yesterday said this about the dhs policy that could separate parents from their children if they try to come to the country illegally. listen to this. >> those are the bad laws that the democrats gave us. we have to break up families. the democrats gave us that law. it is a horrible thing. we have to break up families. the democrats gave us that law and they don't want to do anything about it. they'll leave it like that. because they don't want to make any changes. and now you break up families because of the democrats. it is terrible. >> everything i've seen, the
president isn't correct there. and please tell me if i'm wrong. i haven't seen a law that says children are to be separated from their parents. what is going on here? what is he getting at? >> well, i mean, i wish i could tell you. i wish i could try to explain -- >> that's your job, mark. >> i can tell you, you know in the past he has been known to be very loose with the facts when he's explaining something. but, you know, as he's talking about that, and perhaps he's trying to do so, maybe he's not doing so, but what is happening is that that's a little dog whistle from donald trump to all of his supporters out there. that's a little dog whistle to them saying, hey, listen, i'm the one tough on immigration, i'm the one who will take care of this, it is not democrats. that's the message he's trying to send. >> this whole thing, as donald trump has gone from candidate to president, has become a sticky issue i would argue. let me play for you something else that the president said just yesterday. >> like ms-13 gang members putting innocent men, women and
children at the mercy of these sadistic criminals. but we're moving them out of this country by the thousands. ms-13, we're grabbing them by the thousands and we're getting them out. >> the president has hit continually on the theme of we're under siege. he also then tweets out and says that border crossings are at a 46-year low. he wants to claim credit but he also wants to continue to call it a crisis. how is that going to work? >> you're right, it is a tricky proposition. he clearly wants to appeal to the law and order sensibility that many americans have about wanting to sort of follow the rule of the road and believe those that don't -- should have some form of punishment. he wants them to seem tough while also trying at times to show compassion like on the daca issue. like he was doing in that cabinet meeting with that bipartisan group of legislators not that long ago. he's been all over the map on this because he understands that
standing in just one place on this issue is -- means he's not always standing with where a majority of the country is and he's torn between his base and satisfying his base with the broader electorate and now torn between those things with so many head winds facing his party in advance of this fall's election. >> it becomes tricky. claiming victory, which he likes to do, on an issue that animates and excites the base might be a problem. in a weird twisted way. great to see you guys. thank you. then there is this, the rant that went viral. an ugly incident in new york city. the tirade was captured on video. watch it. >> clients of your staff speaking spanish to customers when they should be speaking -- every person -- he spoke it, he spoke it, she's speaking it.
this is america. >> yeah, this is america! >> he's very ignorant and he shouldn't be allowed -- >> my next call is to ice. they live off of my money. i pay for their welfare. i pay for their ability to be here. you're running a place in midtown manhattan. >> people like you are -- >> this video has been seen something like more than 4 million times on line. polo sandoval has been watching this. when i sta it took off like wildfire yesterday. >> here we are, another racist rant caught on video, right here in new york.
according to authorities, this took place in a manhattan restaurant. this gentleman calling the employees of this restaurant undocumented, threatens to call immigration authorities and then eventually makes his way out of the restaurant. we have spoken to the woman who recorded that video. apparently according to her, this gentleman says go back to what -- she's from puerto rico, and we're learning this is not first time this man has been captured on video making these kinds of -- or behind these kinds of rants. in 2016, there was a consultant in new york who happened to have been born in massachusetts, but this man calls him a foreigner in the video you're seeing here. it is certainly not the first time this individual has exhibited this kind of behavior. we have reached out to the law firm that this man reportedly owns. no response as of yet. but extremely important to hear from this individual who expressed himself in such an awful way here as we try to find out what exactly happened in the restaurant on tuesday as more and more people sound off.
the person who shot this video is saying this is a direct result of a very divisive, very heated political rhetoric that we're experiencing right in the united states. and you hear from experts, we all have iphones now, we all have technology with us now, able to capture these kinds of terrible incidents more often. >> and yet we have not heard this -- whoever everyone thinks this person is, we haven't heard him speak out or deny it. thank you. coming up, the president calls it a witch-hunt, but one year into the mueller investigation, the special counsel has now brought 75 criminal charges against two dozen people and companies. we'll separate fact from fiction next. if this is what you think a mercedes-benz for under $34,000 looks like... ...think again... ...and...again. the 2018 cla and gla, both starting at under $34,000.
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>> we are hopefully coming to the end. it is a bad thing for our country, very, very bad thing for our country. but there has been no collusion, they won't find any collusion. it doesn't exist. >> in the interest of the country, i think it is time to wrap it up. and i would very respectfully encourage the special counsel and his team to bring their work to completion. >> i call on my republican colleagues to join me in calling for the firing of bob mueller and, look, it is time for mueller to put up or shut up. >> while mueller isn't necessarily speaking out, he's making his voice heard. i don't know if maybe that is putting up in court. in one year, mueller has brought 75 criminal charges against 22 people and companies and this includes a former white house adviser, three former trump campaign aides and that also includes a -- one campaign chairman. a prominent russian oligarch and five defendants have pleaded guilty, one already sentenced. joining me now, democratic
congressman jerry connolly. thank you for coming in. let me read for you the president's tweet today marking this anniversary. it says, congratulations, america, we are now into the second year of the greatest witch hunt in american history. there is still no collusion, no obstruction. the only collusion was that done by democrats who are unable to win an election despite the spending of far more money. what is your reaction? >> i never understand somebody like donald trump constantly repeating the phrase no collusion, no collusion, by the way, dimension there i di did i collusion, no collusion. that sounds like somebody who has something to be afraid of. >> or someone who just thinks he didn't do anything wrong. >> i think that underscores why we need the mueller probe. >> but, congressman what if it is just someone who think he's been wronged. >> he has nothing to be afraid
up from the mueller probe. why do you want to end it? you're about to be exonerated apparently. >> but, good, bad or indifferent? the longer the mueller probe goes on, do you think it though allows more time for the president and his allies to paint this exactly as they want to as a witch-hunt and isn't that counterproductive, with what -- to what you believe should happen? >> i'm not sure about the premise of your question. because the president might have an advantage in a pr war because mueller doesn't speak to the press, we got to give up the investigation? this is a matter of rule of law. this is a matter of trying to find the truth. and that's why the mueller investigation needs to proceed until its logical conclusion. it shouldn't be influenced by people like me or people like donald trump and his attorneys. >> i hear you. reason that it could be an icky question is when it comes to
public opinion. that's a political question not a legal one. >> well, it can be a political question. but mueller is beyond politics, right? he wasn't appointed because of a political decision. he was appointed because of a decision made by the department of justice, there was sufficient grounds to warrant the appointment of a special counsel. that special counsel needs to be allowed to continue his work until its completion. without interference, from the white house or the congress. >> it does seem that donald trump's legal team with rudy giuliani speaking out is trying to make the case that if you can't technically indict a sitting president, then there is no grounds then to subpoena him to force him to testify. do you think that's the case? >> i think it is an open question whether a president can, a, be forced to testify, compelled to testify, and whether or not a president, a sitting president could be indicted. richard nixon was named as an
unindicted co-conspirator. and once he left office, it was felt that he needed the presidential pardon of gerald ford to escape possible prosecution. so this is a gray and murky area. we haven't had a lot of experience in it. i wouldn't be so certain the president can't be subpoenaed and possibly indicted should there be sufficient grounds to justify that. we don't know the answer to that, which is all the more reason why mueller's investigation needs to proceed unimpeded. >> you're pushing for further congressional investigation into donald trump's personal attorney michael cohen's financial dealing with a company connected to a russian oligarch. are you -- i do wonder, if you're running on the russia investigation or if you think democrats should. i ask that because one of your democratic colleagues told me something last week that i thought was surprising. listen to this. >> when i'm back home in my district, like i was this past week in philadelphia, when i'm
engaming with constituents, yes, i'll talk about the mueller investigation, i'll say we need to protect the integrity of it, but that's up to mueller and his career prosecutors to investigate this. what i spend most of my time talking about is what i'm actually working on, health care, raising living standards, opposing extreme legislation from this majority. i think as democrats, the more we talk about those issues, the better we'll do this november. >> that was congressman brendan boyle. he says it is not what constituents are talking about. do you agree? >> not entirely. certainly in my district northern virginia, the russia investigation, the possibility of extensive russian interference with our election is a topic of paramount importance. not something i run away from, not something i want to avoid, nor is it something my constituents avoid. they bring it up. >> they bring it up to you? >> yeah. in town hall meetings, comes up all the time. when i'm out in the street, it
comes up. i hope you're going to pursue that, i hope you're going to protect the country, i hope you're not going to let trump interfere with that investigation. that comes up all the time. >> let us see, playing out different ways in different districts. that's for sure. thank you for coming in. >> thank you for having me. coming up, one senator is trying to force lawmakers to act on a sexual harassment bill that has been stalled for months. what's the move and what's the holdup? be right back. let's take a look at some numbers: 4 out of 5 people who have a stroke, their first symptom... is a stroke. 80 percent of all strokes and heart disease? preventable. and 149 dollars is all it takes to get screened and help take control of your health. we're life line screening... and if you're over 50... call this number, to schedule an appointment... for five painless screenings that go beyond regular check-ups. we use ultrasound technology to literally look inside your arteries... for plaque which builds up as you age- and increases your risk for stroke and cardiovascular disease.
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senate? cnn's congressional correspondent sunlen serfaty is joining me now from the capitol with much more on this. lay out what -- basically what the maneuver is, what she's trying to do here and what exactly is going to happen. >> reporter: this is largely a symbolic procedural maneuver, kate, by the new york democrat kirsten gillibrand, trying to call out the senate for inaction over this issue. this marks 100 days since the house passed their version of the legislation, so gillibrand taking to the floor today to demand action over here on the senate. here is what she said a moment ago. >> we have all witnessed harassment and discrimination. we all see what it actually does to society. whether it is happening in factories or in restaurants or in hollywood or the halls of congress or right here in this building, but the difference is while practically every other industry in the country seems to be taking this issue far more seriously, and at least trying
to make an effort to change their workplaces, congress is dragging its feet. once again, a problem is staring us right in the face and we are looking the other way. enough is enough. we should do better. >> and behind the scenes there are bipartisan negotiations in here in the senate going on, taking place, and negotiators told me this week that they're inching towards finalizing that agreement, but as of now, as gillibrand notes, nothing has been done. kate? >> nothing happened. that's the issue that leaders are taking. they have the compromise legislation in the works, but this is playing out on the floor at the same time. thanks, sunlen. two days to go until meghan markle and prince harry tie the knot. the royal wedding around the corner. the bride to be is breaking her silence on had her father and whether he's going to be on hand for the big day. first, for us, when disaster strikes, tom is of the essence to find survivors.
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officially over now, confirming that her father thomas markle, will not be in attendance. are you hearing anything more about this decision, the announcement and markle's reaction? >> reporter: yeah, we finally got a decision which is what people really wanted. the whole fiasco has been rather sad, and most of the people i've spoken to have reallyempathized and felt sorry for thomas markle. meghan wrote a statement saying, sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. i have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health. it's raised the question whether the royal family did enough to protect and advise the markles on how to deal with the media.
but we don't know yet who will walk her down the aisle, but it's finally time to really get wedding preparations and rehearsals under way. >> exactly right. two days away now. great to see you. thanks so much. manying up for icoming up one-year anniversary of the mueller investigation, are they being forced now to really try examine wrap it up? that's next. which most pills don't. and all from a gentle mist you can barely feel. flonase sensimist. "i donald john trump do solemnly swear."
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