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tv   Wolf  CNN  May 17, 2018 10:00am-11:00am PDT

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congratulations, america. 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 done by democrats who were unable to win an election despite the spending of far more money, closed quote. we're also hearing from the president's attorney, rudy giuliani. he said there was nothing illegal about the trump tower meeting in 2016 involving donald trump jr. and russians. >> the headlines on cnn, don jr. admits he was looking for dirt on hillary from -- >> oh, wow. and they weren't looking for dirt on donald trump? even if it comes from a russian or a german or an american, it doesn't matter. they never used it, is the main thing. never used it. they rejected it. if there was collusion with the russians, they would have used it. >> let's bring in our senior white house correspondent standing by in the briefing room getting ready for the press
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briefing. giuliani is also weighing in on whether the president can be indicted. set the scene for us. >> reporter: wolf, he is, indeed. rudy giuliani, who is the president's lawyer, he's been on the team about three weeks or so. he is trying to set the stage here certainly in a political sense and a legal sense as well on this one-year anniversary at the beginning of bob mueller's russian probe here. he is saying the president cannot be indicted. that, of course, is the word from the justice department, he says. and following the protocol that the justice department has had since the nixon administration. saying the president cannot be indicted, trying to make the beginnings of the argument that if he can't be indicted, perhaps there is nothing to this investigation. but that doesn't mean the president would be out of the woods. he could still be in hot water, of course. the special counsel could make a referral to the house of representatives, he could make a referral elsewhere. so what rudy giuliani is trying to do is set the table here as the president is -- we're not
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hearing from him, but we're reading his tweets today really going after this investigation once against as a witch hunt t simply is going after nothing, it is a politically motivated investigation here. wolf, marking the one-year anniversary, the lawyers assured the president this would be over a long time ago. remember, it was supposed to be over at thanksgiving time, then christmas time, and here we are middle of may and this investigation, wolf, is still alive and well. >> rudy giuliani suggests the president can't be indicted if you believe what he says that mueller told him. rudy giuliani himself believes the president can be subpoenaed. back in 1998 during the bill clinton/monica lewinsky impeachment developments, he was asked if a president can be subpoenaed. if he's subpoenaed, is he forced to testify. giuliani said, you got to do it. i mean, you don't have a choice. so presumably, even though the
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president, according to giuliani, cannoten indicte be ie can be subpoenaed to testify. >> he certainly can be subpoenaed to testify. the clinton case was a civil matter. since this is a potential criminal investigation, rudy giuliani believes a subpoena might be different. rudy giuliani is putting out his case of this. he is talking to reporters, really every reporter in washington and beyond about this, because we know that bob mueller's team does not talk, does not leak, does not put their side of this out. he's definitely trying to frame this discussion, if you will, as, you know, a sense that it's time for this investigation to be over. but wolf, we still don't know the answer to the basic question, is the president going to sit down and take questions from bob mueller's team or not? it seems to be that rudy giuliani is setting the table for him not to do that. again, that remains an open question in this investigation
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that is also very much open, wolf. >> does it look like this briefing is getting ready to start, or is it going to be delayed for a while? >> reporter: that's a good question. the briefing room is filling up here, but these white house briefings are on delayed. the president is meeting with nato secretary general this afternoon. there was a press conference scheduled at 3:00 initially. that has been taken off the schedule overnight, so we're not going to be able to ask the president questions today, but he will be seen briefly in the oval office here. so i would suspect, wolf, he might have something to say as he's been tweeting all morning about this one-year anniversary that he, of course, would like not to mark. >> all right, jeff, i will stand by for the press briefing. sarah sanders will be answering reporters' questions, and we know there are plenty of questions that need to be answered. there is a mysterious gap in the russian investigation story. it's part of the information released on that very sensitive trump tower meeting in 2016
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involving donald trump jr. and the russians. in a press conference he said he didn't remember speaking to his father either before the meeting or after, but there are a number of calls around the same time, some right after he spoke to others about the meeting, made to a blocked number. when asked about that, donald trump jr. said he didn't remember who he called. joining us now, california congresswoman jackie speier. congresswoman, thanks so much for joining us. those questions about those calls to that blocked number. they keep coming up in this investigation. what do you know, if anything, about them? >> we don't know anything about the blocked calls because, again, our committee was hamstrung by the republicans who really didn't want to find out. but we should have subpoenaed the telecom company to get that number for the blocked call.
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the meeting happened on the 3rd. the meetings took place between donald trump jr., agilof and the other intermediary. president trump said, now that we are the actual nominee for the republicans, i'm going to give a very important speech next monday on how and why hillary clinton is a horrible candidate to be president. on the 9th, that meeting takes place, and there was no dirt coming from it, so that speech never took place. so i'm convinced that trump jr. went to his father immediately by phone or in person going up one flight of stairs to talk to him about what they were going to get. >> we do know from corwin lewandowski, the former trump campaign manager, that the phone
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that donald trump's personal residence over there at trump tower was a blocked phone number. once again, we don't know who donald trump jr. was calling, but we do know it was a blocked number. do you believe the special prosecutor, robert mueller, knows who don jr. called? >> i believe he does, virtually because he has access to any information he wants to get in terms of due diligence and the investigation. >> i want to ask you about the latest comments from rudy giuliani. he's the president's personal lawyer right now who says the special counsel can't and won't try to indict the president. here's what connecticut senator richard blumenthal said to me about that. listen. >> the president is not above the law, skpand an indictment, that's the course robert mueller chooses to go, i believe would
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be upheld by the court, it goes to the united states supreme court, and i happen to think he could be indicted even if the trial is postponed. >> could you see this potentially going to the u.s. supreme court, whether or not a sitting president of the united states can be indicted? >> it's an area of the law that's never fully been vetted. so we don't really know and that's why everyone is coming up with this particular idea of robert mueller making his findings available. once that is public, the congress can evaluate those findings and determine whether they were impeachable offenses. i would think from a congressional standpoint, that is our pathway.
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certainly if he were indicted, it would have to be postponed until he was out of office, if he actually resigned or his term was up. >> we're hearing about payments to the president's long-time fixer, his personal lawyer, michael cohen, who promised access or insight into the new trump administration and to the president, for that matter. the "washington post" reporting that cohen solicited a $1 million payment from the cuttery government for that kind of insight. what do you think of the demand of a million dollars, though, from a foreign government for access, potential access to the new president? >> what it suggests to me is all the rhetoric of the president as a candidate to drain the swamp was misplaced. what he is doing is filling the swamp. and that is very consistent with what michael cohen was doing. he was going to shake the money
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tree, and i wouldn't be a bit surprised if there wasn't some side deal between the president and michael cohen for a finders fee or something. it's all about money in terms of the trump organization and michael cohen. >> i want you to explain that, congresswoman. what do you mean about a finders fee? let's say michael cohen did get a million dollars to represent the cuttery government. are you suggesting he would hand over a percentage of that to the president? >> i'm just saying as part of the trump organization, which i guess he no longer is, certainly there could be some arrangement within the trump organization that any clients that he was successful in getting would also benefit the trump organization. we're just finding out now that the qatar government is about to bail out the kushner property in man
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manhattan. it is about the families to make money off their positions in government, and that is a violation of our duty of being elected to office. >> you're referring to a "time" article which has this company and one of the biggest investors of qatar going ahead to try to close a deal with the kushner family trying to bail out a property they have in manhattan right now. there is other information i want to get to as well, information about those payments michael cohen was receiving from various major businesses. apparently it came from leaked material. i don't know if you have seen this article by ronan fehrer in the magazine. we're learning it actually came from a whistle blower. he noticed that data had
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disappeared from the qatar database. what is your feeling about that? >> i'm shocked by it. any report is supposed to be available on that database. the fact that those reports were available and all of a sudden they are missing is very suspect to me, and i would think that we would want oversight committees within the house to investigate that issue. it would suggest tampering with evidence and that is a very serious offense. >> let me get to another issue, a sensitive issue that you guys in the house of representatives are dealing with right now involving the dreamers, the young people brought here to the united states by their parents, undocumented immigrant. two more republican members of the house have now signed on to a petition to try to bring several of these so-called daca bills to the house floor for formal votes against the express wishes of the house speaker, paul ryan. that would make about 20
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republicans right now total if five more sign on, along with all of the democrats in the house. it will actually force the speaker's hand. will you get those five more republicans and force a vote on this sensitive issue? >> i think it really depends on the polling that they're seeing in their districts. i really do think it's self-preservation at this point from any of the republicans and that's why you see them willing to join on. it's a fairness issue as well. these daca kids, everyone agrees, a vast majority of americans agrees they have a right to stay in this country and enjoy a pathway to citizenship as long as they haven't committed any crimes and were brought here by the age of 16. it's something the president himself said he was supportive of. it's time for us to act. that's the biggest problem right now, is the inability to act on certain issues.
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>> but only if you and the house and the senate approve billions of dollars to build a new wall along the u.s.-mexico border. you're not ready to do that, right snt. >> no. if what we were doing was build a useless wall to then tear down, i'm willing to pay that price so the daca kids can stay in the country. i'm not willing to put new immigration restrictions that will split up families and the like. if it's just the wall, i would certainly entertain that. >> i've heard that from several of your other democratics. we haven't had a press briefing since monday. we'll tune in to that.
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we anticipate lots of questions about the special counsel, robert mueller's investigation. today marks exactly one year since it began. we're going to bring you the briefing live as soon as it begi begins. you're looking at live pictures right now. stand by for that. we're also waiting for breaking legal news about the president of the united states. following the ruling of a new york appeals court that has just denied the motion from president trump's attorney for stay. zervos is the former
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"apprentice" star suing president trump for defamation. tell us what's going on. >> summer zervos made a claim because they ignored her saying he groped her. the lower court said, the president can be sued. the next step is what we call discovery which means the president can get hit with some subpoenas, maybe a deposition to tell his side of the story. in his defense, defamation has to be truth. the question is going to be, did he actually grope her or not? that is going to go to the fact-gathering process and ultimately to trial. >> so michael, if the president is hit with what's called discovery, they want to question
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him. can he say, look, i'm the president, forget about it? >> no. in fact, we saw that exactly play out in clinton versus jones. that's what clinton tried to say in respect to paula jones' request for a deposition. the court upheld her right to take that deposition. he went into that deposition. he lied. it gave rise to his lying in the grand jury and his impeachment. this is very dangerous territory for the president, because as kim says, the defense here is, i didn't have that acting, i didn't grope her. if he says it didn't happen, and she says it does happen, and she can prove that it happened, then he's lied. >> in that deposition in the paula jones case, that was part of the reason he was eventually impeached in the house of representatives. not convicted in the senate but impeached in the house. >> that's exactly right, wolf.
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these brave men and bwomen have given so much to our country. in keeping with his campaign pledge, the president donates his salary on a quarterly basis to further important projects. today the president is proud to donate his 2018 first quarter salary to the department of veterans affairs to support their caregiver programs. acting secretary veterans of affairs robert wilke is here to
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accept the check. i'd like to bring him up here to say a few words about how these funds will be used and make sure i give you the all-important actual check. >> thank you very much, sarah, and good afternoon. before i address the president's generosity, i want to say a couple things about what happened in the house yesterday. i want to send my thanks and the thanks of veterans affairs to the chairman of the house veterans affairs committee, dr. rowe, and thank him for the bipartisan coalition he forged together. the vote yesterday was overwhelming, 407-70. this is long-a waited legislation our veterans have been waiting in anticipation of. this takes 70 community care programs we've been using for the last 15 to 20 years and con den dens them into one.
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it also makes it much easier for our veterans to obtain care they need at the moment when they need it in homes and facilities closer to where they live. this also opens up the caregiver program to long-waiting communities within our veterans' world. those veterans from world war ii, korea, vietnam and the gulf war who had not had access to a community caregiver program that was opened up for those who have served in the military since 9/11. so with this strong bipartisan support, we urge the senate to take up the house bill and give it to president trump hopefully before memorial day. but i also want to single out the major veterans service organizations. 38 of them signed a letter in support of this legislation to the house and senate leadership. their people have been walking the halls of congress for the last week. they will be in the senate next week, and we can't thank them enough for their support for our
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nation's 20 million veterans. sarah, i want to thank you for the announcement. i want to thank you for president trump's generosity. the president's gift underscores his promise to do all that he can for veterans, which includes supporting those who care for our veterans, not just those of us at va, but the husbands, the wives, the families and the community caregivers who are out there, day in and day out, making life easier for those who have borne the battle. president trump understands the critical role of caregivers in meeting the veterans' needs. mental health and support peer programs and other programs. i am deeply thankful to president trump for giving me the opportunity to support our
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world's veterans and his generosity in supporting them. i know how much this means to america's veterans. thank you. >> thank you very much. lastly, this week is set aside each year to honor those across our country who wear the badge. in the spirit of police week, i want to read a quick letter from samuel of san antonio, texas that he sent the president. dear mr. president, donald j. trump. last year i raised about $375 for our police. i went down to mcdonald's and bought 75 $5 gift cards so the police officers could get coffee or lunch. i wish i could meet you but i'm only 11. my mom has met you. i listened to your talks and went to your inauguration. you're awesome. i had the opportunity to meet samuel earlier today. he was adopted by his family in
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guatemala. he is incredibly thankful to be an american and he is very grateful to law enforcement officers around the country. the president believes this country needs more people like samuel who are willing to give back to our communities. it was a pleasure to meet him. i'll take your questions. john? >> sarah, we haven't had a chance to hear any kind of in-depth analysis. where are we with the summit with kim jong-un and the statements we've heard from north korea. do you think this throws in jeopardy a summit, or is this just north korea doing what it does in trying to get the best deal possible? >> look, the president is prepared and will be ready to meet, and we're continuing to move forward with the preparations at this point. and if the north koreans want to meet, we'll be there. at this point there is not a lot of change beyond that and certainly not in our process.
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>> so what did north korea say now about the joint military exercises after moon jae-in said kim jong-un knows these have to take place? what game are they playing? >> i can tell you what we're doing and we're continuing to move forward in preparations. and the president, as we've said all along, will be prepared and ready to meet, and there's really not a lot to add beyond that point. john? >> thanks a lot, sarah. what leverage does the u.s. have as it relates to having this meeting take place on june 12 and where that meeting takes place? what leverage does the u.s. have of accomplishing the american goal of denuclearizing the korean peninsula? >> we're continuing in the maximum pressure campaign. but again, nothing has changed on our end. this was an invitation that north korea offered and that we've accepted, and we're
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continuing to move forward in those preparations. sorry, i'm going to keep going because we're really tight on time. steve, go ahead. >> what the north koreans also announced was they were stopping the dialogue with south korea. is it possible there could be a meeting between the united states and north korea if that whole dialogue between the north and south is on ice? >> the meeting that would take place on june 12 is between the united states and north korea should it take place. we're going to be with president moon next week, and beyond that, again, there are no changes at this point to our schedule or anything else. blake? >> does president trump believe that the fbi had a spy at one point spying on his campaign? >> i haven't spoken with him directly about that, but certainly seeing the reports, and if there is any truth to that, it should certainly be looked into. i'm going to keep going because we're tight. emeril, go ahead. >> if it is proven without a
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shadow of a doubt there was a spy planted in the trump campaign, does that change the president's position on firing robert mueller? >> i'm not going to speak about hypotheticals or get into a what could happen if. we'll move forward on the process and make a determination at that point. john? >> thank you, sarah. the iraqi elections are over, and it's very clear that the two big winners, the two top vote getters were the party that was linked to melcada el sader, someone aligned with the iraqi party. the second party was aligned with a warlord that was once backed by iran. it puts the u.s. having either of those individuals as the key player. >> i'll start with the fact that
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i'm glad you said the names and not me because i probably wouldn't have gotten them right. in terms of policy, we don't have any new policy announcements with a potential change there. >> you don't care if either of them -- >> certainly we care, but i don't have any specific changes in u.s. policy while that's happened. >> sarah, what does the united states expect out of negotiations today with china on trade, and what are the president's intentions on helping or changing a policy toward chinese companies' zte? >> those conversations are ongoing. when we have something from that, i'll be happy to share it with you. right now those are just discussions and there's nothing to add to that at this point since they're just now taking place. i can say we expect the president will meet with the head of the chinese delegation later this afternoon.
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on zte, look, the united states and china relationship has a lot of issues that we have regular ongoing conversations about. national security trade and zte is one of them. as the president stated, he has asked secretary ross to look into the issue and do whatever is consistent with the law and regulations, but right now it's just something he's asked them to look into. julie. >> on trade, the president said mexico does nothing for us except on the border. we know there are nafta talks today and tomorrow, and i wonder if they are going to have a third-country agreement with mexico or if mexico is trying to get into the u.s. >> those are negotiations we're in the middle of, but i can tell
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you the president does want to see them step up and do more. he wants them to be tougher and more agressive on that front. jeff? >> this morning the president marked the one-year anniversary of the mueller investigation saying it's disgusting, illegal, unwarranted and a witch hunt. the fbi director said it is not a witch hunt. why does the white how else still believe it is a witch hunt, and why did he cancel his other meeting? >> they felt no evidence of collusion and still strongly believe it's a witch hunt. i'm not sure how we could be any more clear, and certainly not sure how the president could be any more clear about his believes and opinibeliefs and opinion. in terms of a press engagement, the president will have press at his event here shortly, which is why we'll have to keep it quick
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and short today and likely take a few questions at that event. jordan? >> sarah, on immigration there seems to be moving closer to action in the house of representatives, and i'm wondering what bill the president would accept anything short of the four pillars he laid out this month. border security and daca are things that he seems to be supporting. >> border security is certainly something he laid out yesterday. he would like to see border security. he would like to see loopholes closed. our policies have not changed in the immigration conclusion at all. >> you had said the president would be willing to meet with north korea. does that meet north korea in the driver's seat here? is it north korea that will decide whether a meeting takes place? also the president said yesterday that the white house
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hadn't heard anything from north korea. has that changed? have you heard anything since these talks were called off by south korea? >> they're certainly not in the driver's seat. nothing could be further from the truth, but they're the ones that extended the invitation. if they're happy to meet, we're happy to do that. as the president said, we'll see what happens but we'll continue the maximum pressure campaign. in the meantime, i don't know how they would be in the driver's seat in any capacity, form or fashion in this process. >> does the white house have a standard for, we won't meet with you unless you do x, y and z. >> the north koreans have already made concessions. three americans are home now that weren't. the president has had some success in this process, and certainly we've given up nothing and we'll continue moving forward, and we're moving into this with our eyes wide open. we're not naive in this process but the president is fully
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prepared to have the meeting. if not, that's okay, too, and we'll see what happens beyond that. >> i know you asked this a few times -- >> it's okay, it's what we do here, answering the same question over and over and over again. >> can you tell us when michael cohen stopped being the president's personal lawyer? >> i'm not going to get into that. you'll have to ask the president's outside counsel. >> why didn't the president reimburse michael cohen in last year's financial report? and has any question been given to potentially cancelling those joint military exercises with south korea? >> in the first question, it was addressed in the financial disclosure and that would be determined by the white house counselor how things would be categorized in the filings. on the second part, those are ongoing exercises that are routine, that they're aware of,
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they're annual, and we have no intention of getting rid of them. >> what did the president mean when he said, some immigrants are not people, they're animals. >> the president was very quickly referring to gang mat r matter. this is one of the most vicious and deadly gangs that operates by the motto of rape, control and kill. if the media and liberals want to defend ms-13, they're more than welcome to. frankly, i don't think the term the president used was strong enough. ms-13 has done heinous acts. it took an animal to stab a man 100 times and decapitate him and rip his heart out. it took an animal they were raping. i think the term animal doesn't go far enough and i think the
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president should continue using his platform and everything he can do under the law to stop these types of horrible, horrible, disgusting people. i'm going to take one more question. peter? >> are chances of a summit less likely than they were a week ago? >> if they happen, we're prepared. if they don't, they don't, and we'll see what happens. >> has the president ever lied to us? >> so there you have the white house press briefing. sarah sanders, the white house press secretary, answering reporters' questions, not providing a whole lot of information although you did see her speak out very, very forcefully defending the president's use of the word "animals" in describing these ms-13 gang members who come into the united states illegally. she was obviously very passionate on that front. on north korea, she simply said
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the president is prepared, ready to meet with kim jong-un, the north korean leader. they will continue to move forward on the plans, at least on the u.s. side. at this point, she says, there is not a lot of change. but no specific information on that front. she also strongly defended the president's tweets this morning, series of tweets in which the president once again on this, the first anniversary, first one-year anniversary of the robert mueller russia probe, the president continuing to call this a witch hunt. in fact, he tweeted earlier this morning, congratulations, america. we are now in the second year of the greatest witch hunt in american history. let's discuss all of this and more with our panel. mary catherine hamm is joining us as well. as far as the witch hunt statement by the president, he
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often, several times a day usually, calls it a witch hunt. his fbi director, the man he nominated confirmed that, christopher wray, as early as yesterday, told congress in testimony this is not a witch hunt. he's got a problem with his own fbi director. >> chris wray has done this several times -- this is legit because he wants to stand up for his investigators. it's not an illegal investigation who is appointed as special counsel to do this. he wants to turn the whole thing into the frew of the poison tree. he knows a news hook when he sees one, and at the one-year anniversary, he was ready to go with a barrage of tweets so he could be part of that celebration of his birthday. >> let me read a little more of that tweet. after he said this is the
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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. >> that's right. the difference between christopher wray, the fbi director, and donald trump is that christopher wray may have a window into the evidence that actually is being gathered. so when he says it's not a witch hunt, he perhaps is saying an informed, we saw richard nixon saying it at the one-year anniversary of watergate, saying it should. so we can take the president's wishful thinking for what it is and christopher wray's thinking for what it is. one is fact based, probably, and one is aspirational.
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on the robert mueller team, there are prosecutors, there are justice department officials, but there's also a delegation, a whole. would they normally be updating the director on what's going on. >> sure. as michael mentioned, there are a lot of facts that we have no idea what they're about. we don't need to know what's inside the fbi's coffers of information. we know it's public. we have guilty indictments, we have a federal judge denying mr. manafort's motion to deny it and this is about known as a matter of law. >> it's enough that we should take it well beyond the conversation because it's more
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than that. >> the president tweeted, wow. word seems to be coming out that the obama fbi spied on the trump campaign with an embedded inform answer. do you want to react to that? >> we heard this previously when the president said, or the candidate then said, that he had been bugged by the obama administration which was proven to not be true. we'll see if this turns out to be a similar allegation that has no factual basis for it. i would be stunned if there was a mole in the trump organization that the fbi knowingly put there. what they describe as an informant could be someone like a law enforcement official. >> jeff zeleny is in the briefing room. jeff, what is the president referring to when he said the fbi spied on the trump campaign?
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>> reporter: wolf, it's a good question. we'll see if the president answers that himself. et cete he is in the oval office meeting with the secretary general. we'll see if he sheds more light. what it appears he was talking about was a report by a conservative commentator who was making this a suggestion here. sarah sanders, white house press secretary, was asked to expound or if the trump campaign had a spy. she did not really answer. she said if that did happen, it certainly should be looked into. but it's unclear what the president was referring to specifically. we have no reason to believe there is any basis on that. on to the witch hunt, i was trying to get. -- there's no collusion here,
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there's no obstruction of justice. of course, we don't know the answer to that question. that's what the investigation could be all about. it could turn out toshl. keep an eye on the oval office because the president is speaking in there. we'll have to see what questions he's answering today, wolf. >> as sarah sanders pointed on you, he will take a few questions from reporters. we'll stand by for that. did you get a sense on her carefully chosen words on the summit, if it does take place in singapore, right now. there is not a lot of change. what are you hearing over there because there has been a significant change in toenl.
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a change in tone without a white house connection. we've seen this president almost week by week increase his eagerness at the willingness to meet with kim jong-un. of course, just a week ago we were standing on a tarmac with him. he has left little room. if the meeting happens, if it goes through, she was certainly leading the possibility more than the president has. he has from time to time, but he's certainly left open the impression that he's very, very eager to meet. she was asked by a reporter here, is north korea in the driver's seat. and she said, no f. i'll also see how the president will react to that. there is no question the
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president has raised expectations for that senate. if it does not happen, the white house does not want it to look like it's the president's fault. one reason >> we have not seen him react in a sharp way like everything else. >> what's interesting, the north koreans in their public statements keep going a john bolton, the president's new national security adviser, words he uttered over the past weekend but also going back years, 2005, even earlier, some of the strong statements he's made against north korea. clearly they're very sensitive to this, aren't they? >> reporter: very sensitive indeed. we've not heard from john bolton this week either. that is one of the openings the president has been to north korea. mike pompeo, who has met with kim jong un a couple of times, which is extraordinary in and of
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itself, over the weekend he was talking about libya and that resulted in the elimination and killing of cad k gadhafi there. we've not seen the president weigh in much at all directly on this. wolf, he has raised expectations on the summit, just the sheer fact of having the summit, never mind the outcome of the summit, are pretty high here. these next three weeks are very important. the white house is still planning to go ahead with the summit. they're still making plans. they have people on the ground inso singapore but the summit i more of an open question than it was a few days ago. >> and the enough secretary of state, pmike pompeo, refers to him as chairman.
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pompeo has been to pyongyang twice. the preside we'll have taped coverage if there's no live coverage inside the oval office. some dramatic muovement on the dreamers, to allow the dreamers to stay in the united states legally, potentially have a pathway to u.s. citizenship. what's the latest? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. right now we are about five republican signatures away from potentially having a floor vote in the house be forced on immigration, including over the wshs of house speaker paul ryan. this is interesting on the couple of levels. so a couple hundred thousand immigrants who are unsure of their status, they're watching
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very closely. this is also an incredibly precarious situation for house leadership, which is trying to quash this effort before it could hit the requisite number of signatures. they're concerned it could take the process ut of their hand and produce legislation that would not necessarily be republican leadership's preferred outcome. so if we get to 25 republicans, we're at 20 right now, and every single democrat, which isn't a lock yet, but if we hit that mark, this will hit the floor, whether leadership likes it or not. and the house is voting right now. that is when these signatures happen. a democratic member tells me democrats are going to begin signing potentially in large numbers today. so we're watching this very closely. it's all unfolding right now. >> a very dramatic development indeed and the impact it will have on the dreamers here in the united states, the daca
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legislation. thank you for that, tal. this could be an embarrassing setback for the speaker of the house, if there are 25 members who side with the democrats. >> this hand over some power to the minority in the process. i don't think he's against the actual idea of coming up with an ideal. i'm not sure anything will get past the house. mostly because this this is a rational, reasonable, bipartisan compromise that makes some sense and as such it will not happen in congress. >> we'll see what happens. it is a sensitive moment indeed. guys stick around. we're standing by to hear from the president of the united states. also residents on hawaii's big island are being told to take shelter following another volcanic eruption. we'll be live on the ground when we come back.
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what are the conditions now, scott? >> reporter: the town is actually called volcano. they've dodged a bit of a bullet, the rain is coming down fairly heavily, which is diluting it faster. you can see from the early web cam images just how much debris is raining down in this area. they said this would blanket the area with ash. it blowing more toward the northeast but they said the plume itself could reach as far as hilo, which is an hour away from where we are. the reason we're not going any further is because authorities aren't letting us stop anywhere for the next ten miles because it's simply too close to that main crater that is giving off those eruptions. i can tell you right now there are some air quality issues for sure. there are actually school closure in the bohoa area which is east of here, 45 minutes away, because the sulfur dioxide
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levels are high. they want people staying indoors with their windows shut. originally they were worried as this plume originally erupted that it would cause problems on the roads. it hasn't really happened because of this rain but there are still air quality issues with those schools, wolf. >> any idea just how large this eruption was? >> reporter: yeah, it is hard to say at this point but, wolf, this was not the big one. they are still warning there could be other explosions inside that main crater at the summit of ki. there were pictures yesterday of a rock two feet wide covered in ash. a rock that big can do a heck of a lot of damage. they're warning future explosions could be even bigger
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than that. that is definitely in the back of people's minds here. >> thanks very much. we'll stay in touch with you. >> and just hours before and after that infamous trump meeting in new york where dirt was promised on hillary clinton, donald trump jr. made multiple calls to a blocked number. who was he calling? >> hi there, i'm brianna keilar in for brooke baldwin. thanks for joining me. it's been one year in the russia investigation. the president tweeted "congratulations, america, we are