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>> really going to work those. >> i this and that for exercise also. i've had a couple of meals with the president and i will say, before he was president, not a fan of vegetables. i've tried to point this out that maybe he should add that to his diet. not that interested. >> not a lot to love there. >> in terms of the plate. time for cnn "newsroom" with poppy harlow and brianna kielar. see you tomorrow. top of the hour, good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> and i'm brianna kielar and what's happening right now in a manhattan high rise could mean the success or failure of a summit between the president and north korean dictator kim jong-un, or even whether a summit take place at all. >> as we speak, mike pompeo is starting what's expected to be a half day meeting with the north korean point man on nuclear negotiations, the former top spy, these are two ex-spy chiefs coming together for a critical negotiation.
our alex marquardt is outside of the building. they've arrived and getting this under way, is that right? >> reporter: they haven't quite arrived. we're hearing sirens. you probably hear them as well. we believe that is kim yong-chol arriving here at the condominiums which is normally the residents of the deputy u.s. representatives to the united nations. earlier there was another motorcade that showed up. we assume that was mike pompeo. these meetings are due to get started very shortly. expected to last around four and a half hours and the goal today between these two top representatives of these two respective countries is to bridge this massive divide to bridge the understanding so that a possible summit can take place right now it is scheduled for june 12th, but the u.s. is calling it a potential sum mist we just saw a tweet moments ago from mike pompeo, he wrote the potential summit between potus and chairman kim presents dprk, north korea, with a great opportunity to achieve security
and economic prosperity. the people of north korea can have a brighter future and the world can be more peaceful. poppy, in order to set up this day of meetings after kim arrived yesterday here in new york, there was what they called a working dinner. the state department releasing pictures of mike pompeo showing kim the skyline of new york including the freedom tower, the u.n. headquarters. we know that they dined on steak, corn, cheese and vanilla ice cream, so a warm dinner to start off these very intense talks which as i mentioned are expected to last around four and a half hours after which secretary pompeo is due to give a press conference. hopefully will get details about what transpires in these important meetings. >> last night went well but there's a lot of work to do as you laid out. appreciate the reporting. thank you. steak, corn, cheese and vanilla ice cream.
>> ice cream solves all world problems, apparently. >> maybe chocolate. let's bring in alyss lavet. what's the trump team looking for here? >> they're looking to bridge the gap of what the north koreans are willing to give at this summit versus what the u.s. wants to get from the north koreans. the u.s. is looking for a very concrete sign that the north koreans are looking to denuclearize and what does that big buzz phrase we keep talking about, give up their nuclear weapons program and that's a very tall order for the north koreans. they thought for years is the one thing they need is regime survival. that's all they wanted was for the regime to survive and they thought the nuclear weapons were the way to do that. now the u.s. is trying to convince them that those weapons are not keeping them safe and the way to do that is through these security guarantees that president trump is teasing out, also economic prosperity.
you see with that steak and that skyline and everything, you know, kim yong-chol just showed up in a cadillac and showing him what north korea could get in a return. it's a very tall order for the north koreans so you have all these circles of meetings going on. you have one in singapore on logistics. you have one in north korea. a team there led by ambassador sung kim about content and then these two leaders, the point people, secretary pompeo for president trump and kim yong-chol for kim jong-un to try and see if there's enough common ground to have this summit. >> all right. thank you so much. poppy? this morning the president is claiming he did not fire former fbi director james comey over russia. here's the problem with that assertion. he previously said this. >> regardless of recommendation, i was going to fire comey, knowing there was no good time to do it and, in fact, when i
decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a madeup story. it's an excuse by the democrats for having lost an election that they should have won. >> you're looking at live pictures right now of secretary of state mike pompeo meeting with the chief nuclear negotiator of north korea, kim yong-chol both the former top spy chiefs of the respective nations. they're at this condominium in mid-town manhattan just a few blocks of where i am right now sitting down for an extraordinary meeting. this is one of three meetings the two are having. we heard earlier they dined last night and were told by a state department spokeswoman that that was a, quote, great dinner but there is a lost work to do. so now they sit down for what will be a half day meeting and they'll do a lot of work. these two men just below
president trump and kim jong-un, they are setting the table for what will be or likely will be the june 12th summit in the singapore and brianna, let me bring you in here. this is extraordinary these images we're seeing. >> this is fascinating. you don't normally get all this access where you're looking into a meeting and i think it just goes to show how important this is to this administration to show that there is some -- that there is some obviously work being done on the affront end here, poppy. >> let's bring in our foreign policy guests as well to talk about this as we look at those pictures and try to rerack here so people can see what's going on. do we have our guests, guys? all right. thank you both for being here very, very much. john, let me just begin with you. we're told by the state
department that this went well. the dinner last night but there's a lot of work still to do and you have warned against underestimating kim jong-un here, so set the table for what you think is happening at that table right now in mid-town manhattan? >> so, i think that it's great that they're establishing rapport but steak is not going to get kim yong-chol to give away the store as others have mentioned. the north koreans consider the nuclear weapons program as a guarantee of regime security, so the next four hours is a hard task for our secretary pompeo. i see that state department and cia are represented at that table, so we've got some season -- >> i'm so sorry to interrupt you. you want to listen to president trump speaking on the tarmac. >> and we're going to dallas, we're going to houston and we'll have a little fun today.
thank you very much. i don't know. i don't know. if you know steve, let me know. i think -- the meetings have been very -- we'll see what happens. it's a process. it's all a process. we'll see and hopefully will have a meeting on the 12th that's going along very well but i want it to be meaningful. it doesn't mean it gets all done at one meeting. maybe you have to have a second third and maybe we'll have none, but it's in good hands. that i can tell you. you know that, actually. thank you. >> president trump there just moments ago in that tape we were just able to turn around as he's leaving for a fund-raising tour. it's just -- it's stunning, right, how you watch this. you see that video that we just saw coming in from where you are in new york and it's all being so stage managed right now. this is made for television
negotiations. >> it is, right? he was, you know, the apprentice, reality television and this is diplomacy playing out in real life on television in front of our lives and we'll go back to you, jung, we saw those pictures just moments ago of secretary of state mike pompeo and kim yong-chol sitting down and we have the president saying just there, yeah, it looks like we'll maybe have the summit, maybe we can get this done in one meeting. maybe it'll take two or three meetings, you know, but it's all in good hands. what do you make of the fact that so much of this is playing out in realtime in front of the world? >> if anybody knows how to play realtime and optics its the north koreans. their rejet stream is built on propaganda and and making sure the people see what they want to see. the north koreans have been pretty clear and consistent that they're not going to give up their nuclear weapons, but i
think kim yong-chol is going to dangle just enough in front of secretary pompeo so pompeo can return to trump and say that everything's fine and that the summit can go ahead. >> shawn, you heard the president speaking there. he said a lot of it was just platitudes. it's very positive. the meetings have been positive. hopefully still going to have the june 12th summit going on. maybe there will be a second or third meeting. that was curious, did he mean a second or third meeting between him and kim jong-un? so he's opening the door to that but then he also says maybe there will be no meeting, so all possibilities here on the table. >> right. i think we have to recognize this for what it is. over the past couple of weeks there has been this effort to manage expectations with regard to this meeting if it should happen. this is interesting because the administration has gone from a very clear and matter of fact decision to want clear,
verifiable and irreversible dismantling of the nuclear program to maybe there will be a second meeting, maybe this will take place over time. i found it very interesting what the president said there. i also think it's interesting that you've got two former heads of intelligence agencies that have been adversaries for a long time sitting down across the table from each other and these two men -- this is not for them. it's not just about getting the summit back on track. it's about getting a sense for what the other side is thinking and figuring out how much wiggle room there is and whether or not there's a reason to go forward. for right now, we're still fairly far apart with regard to what north korea's willing to give and what the united states absolutely wants. >> russia is now a larger part of the picture here, right, because you have the foreign minister sergei lavrov sitting down with kim jong-un this morning and two notable things that came out of that meeting. we all know where russia stands in terms of being more an ally
with north korea than the united states on this, but he said that sanctions must be lifted against north korea until denuclearization can happen, one. and he also warned against, quote, sudden moves in these negotiations. jung, what do you think russia is trying to do here? >> russia's been side lined in most of this process and the russians, like the chinese, want denuclearization, but the russians and then chinese do agree that there has to be some sort of phased approach that north korea has to have some incentives to move forward on denuclearization. so what the north koreans have been successful in doing is to rally the chinese and the russians on their side so they can have a stronger position going into the summit with president trump. >> shawn, can you imagine -- we just heard elise lab ott reporting about how there is this sticking point over denuclearization. it seems like there's just one but this is huge. this is a gulf between how north korea is going to define
this, what they're going to accept, what the u.s. wants to see. clearly the president wants to shut it all down but it's very difficult to see how kim jong-un would be on board with anything really close to that. >> as this summit goes forward, we know what the united states wants and kim jong-un actually goes into this meeting with somewhat of an advantage, because what we're really trying to figure out here is what he's willing to give. there's no ambiguity about what the united states wants. it's about what he's willing to give. i think at this point as we move forward, if the president stays at the table, knowing that he's not going to get the grand deal, then that is somewhat of a victory for kim and for nuclear. depending on what he does when he stays at the table that will tell us whether or not the president is going to be able to get something that his predecessors have not been able to get. we still got a vast gulf here between what the united states wants and what north korea is
willing to give. >> that's what he wants, poppy. the grand deal. it's hard to imagine the president wanting something different, right? >> very hard to imagine. thank you very much. we appreciate it. the president falsely claiming he not fire jim comey, the fbi director because of the russia investigation even though he's on tape saying the exact opposite. we're digging more into that. also president trump not calling out roseanne for those racist tweets. he did have some choice words, though for someone else, the ceo of disney. ies of smart choices. and when you replace one meal or snack a day with glucerna made with carbsteady to help minimize blood sugar spikes you can really feel it. glucerna. everyday progress. sometimes a day at the ballpark is more than just a day at the ballpark. [park announcer] all military members stand and be recognized. sometimes fans cheer for those who wear a different uniform.
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more about it, joe? >> reporter: are you going to starbucks? >> both from laura jared of cnn as well as "the new york times" and it is about a memo that was written by the former acting fbi director and andrew mccabe relating to his impressions of a meeting he had in turn with the deputy attorney general, rod rosenstein, and some information apparently in this memo about whether rosenstein had, in fact, provided cover, if you will, for the president when he fired the fbi director james comey. it also raises some questions, if you will, about whether that very same situation would have been enough reason for rod rosenstein to recuse himself from the investigation because,
in fact, he had become at that point part of it. so new questions, questions about rod rosenstein, questions about whether he can actually be perceived as not having any type of a conflict of interest and interesting point in this investigation, of course, because it gives us a little more of a view about the state of mind of the players right after the fbi director james comey was fired. back to you. >> joe johns, thank you so much with that update. joining us now we have cnn legal analyst and former federal prosecutor laura coates and joined by mary katherine ham and josh dawsey with us. in the middle of all of this just moments ago the president tweets you guys. not that it matters but i never fired james comey because of russia. the corrupt mainstream media loves to keep pushing that narrative but they know it is not true. also pushing that narrative, though we should point out the president himself. let's listen to what he said in
may of last year to lester holt. >> he made a recommendation, but regardless of recommendation, i was going to fire comey. i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a madeup story -- >> mary katherine, there it is, his words. >> yeah, surprise, trump contradicts himself and he will continue to do so. he'll probably say 79 different reasons that he fired comey but he'll always come back to this one. i do think that it's the thing that rests most heavily on him. the other part of this, the reporting on mccabe that we should remember is that mccabe was -- he's now implicating rosenstein with this memo. he also was let go for reason according to the inspector general and that reason is he made false statements, so that is a thing we should keep in mind when we talk about mccabe's assertion on this as well. >> that's an important point and
josh, to you, just looking at that. "the new york times" reporting certainly complicates things or there's a potential to complicate things for the . how believable is this stuff? >> the president himself came out right at the time and said i've been told several times i wasn't under investigation. you saw the lester holt interview there. he also told the russians in the oval office that great pressure had been taken off of him because he fired the quote/unquote, nut job james comey, so the president was making his intentions pretty clear at the time. he was channeling it in public comments n private comments, saying he wasn't under investigation. i'm not sure what the mccabe significance of that will end up
being because -- the justification he gave was that comey was basically too harsh on hillary clinton. he mishandled that investigation, that he shouldn't have been so public with his findings. it was a long scathing letter that he wrote about comey's performance. i'm not sure how that would have changed. >> laura, from a legal perspective here, because it appears at least according to sourcing in the this article that what the president wanted mentioned aside from comey had done a bad job when it came to hillary clinton was that he wanted this exoneration to becoming right in this memo, basically rosenstein saying, hey, the president hasn't done anything wrong when -- as it pertains to this russia probe. that did not ends up in there according to this mccabe memo. rosenstein pulled that from a legal perspective that he wrote this at the time, is that believable and also what impact will that have?
>> just because somebody has been dishonest in other areas of their life, they can see corroborate details and the president has actually had the opportunity for andrew mccabe to corroborate and bolster their credibility. what rosenstein chose not to include in the actual paper, when he chose not to do so, it did demonstrate autonomy and refusal to bow down. what that tells you is the chronology is important here. that was written on may 7th. the president had the interview with lester holt on may 9th. rod rosenstein decided to have a special counsel appointed largely because he realized that based on his particular input in that memo about comey, he anticipated there being a discussion about his conflict of interest. he has contemplated it, he has handled it and always been an issue and it's right now a very
promising concept that we know about this and he took action proactively. >> laura, could it be seen as the counter as it could be seen rosenstein trying to protect the president legally or at least politically by not including russia in the memo, by knowing that's going to look so problematic if i say he fired comey because of russia. so i'm not going to include that. i'm just going to talk about hillary clinton. >> that would be very generous and i think one that would follow the president's wishes to have a loyalist in the department who is looking out for his best interest. that may be the case but i think realistically it's because he is well aware, rod rosenstein, being one of the longest serving u.s. attorneys, bipartisanly supported in every aspect that he is aware that the reason why he personally was writing a memo about it is because of what was universally panned about james comey usurp of loretta lynch role. that was his perhaps self-serving motivation as
opposed to one trying to protect the president of the united states but if that is, in fact, the case it undermines what the president has tried to put out there that he has nobody who's objective or on his side in the doj. >> as we see the president tweeting this morning about russia, let's take a look walk down memory lane to two days ago. i think we have his tweet where he's talking about how he's too busy. i've got to start focusing my energy on north korea nuclear, bad trade deals. not on the rigged russia witch hunt that should be investigating clinton/russia/fbi/justice/obama /comey/lynch, et cetera. it seems he's had a change of heart here. >> twitter physician heal thy self. it would be good advice if he would take it. he's not interested in taking his own good advice or mine and he'll continue to tweet and continue to contradict himself on this and so many other
points. >> indeed. stick around with us if you will. laura coates, thank you so much for your legal expertise. coming up, the president is still not criticizing roseanne at all after her racist tweets. you know who is he going after? the ceo of disney demanding an apology from bob iger. we'll dig into that next. ones that make it fast and easy to analyze and take action? how about some of the lowest options fees? are you raising your hand? good then it's time for power e*trade the platform, price and service that gives you the edge you need. alright one quick game of rock, paper, scissors. 1, 2, 3, go. e*trade. the original place to invest online. behr presents: ordinary versus overachiever. behr premium plus, "behr" through it all
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the head of disney. >> he did this yesterday and is doing it again this morning. he writes, iger where's my call of apology. you and abc have offended millions of people, and they demand a response. how is brian ross doing? he tanked the market with an abc lie, yet no apology. double standard. a report that abc did retract and apologize for, ross was suspended. let's bring back mary katherine ham and josh dawsey. let's just listen to the president himself in his own words making racist remarks. >> you had some very bad people in that group but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides -- >> look at my african-american over here. >> when mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best, they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists. >> wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners when somebody iz respects our flag to
say get that son of a [ bleep ] off the field right now. >> they call her pocahontas. >> so mary katherine, i was scratching my head this morning, thinking why wouldn't he just denounce at least the roseanne comment, but then you think of it full circle and he hasn't taken back any of those things he said, right, so why would he condemn someone else? >> i'm totally unsurprised that he's not taking that opportunity. also i'm not sure that i want like a nine day roseanne news cycle. we can all denounce her and move on, but this is who he is and it's one of the reasons that i talked about that before he got the nomination for the gop and before he was elected and i'm not sure you're going to fix it. he's not entitled to apologies for news outlets just criticizing him. i will say you can recognize the racism of roseanne in that she should have been punished for it
socially and recognize that there is a double standard including the fact that one samantha bee called ivanka trump a feckless word i cannot say that is the worst word you can say and it will not be part of the news cycle. >> i understand what you're saying, mary katherine. i wonder if you guys heard what tom arnold said. he's the ex-husband of roseanne barr and this is what he said about sort of whether he was expecting something like this to happen. >> i had a feeling this was going to happen when i first heard it was coming back. she was so in to the conspiracy stuff with donald trump and so how far gone she was and the pizzagate and hillary's a pedophile and obama wasn't born here that she was a birther and how crazy that was, i just knew that this would not end well.
>> josh, he seemed -- this is the question, right, as we look back on part of the issue with roseanne also to your point, mary katherine, it wasn't just one isolated thing she said. there was a pattern of things she was saying. we understood she previously called under black female obama administration official an ape in the past. this was something that susan rice showed an old tweet of. there were so many data points when it came to roseanne that this is certainly no surprise to the people who know her very well. >> right. i don't think myself to be a roseanne expert. the president saw her as an ally, obviously he was on the stage at a rally recently bragging about her ratings, saying he called her personally to say she was representing, you know, the quote/unquote, deplorable supporters that love him so much. it's hard to imagine the president's going to condemn her and by his attack on bob iger
and abc, he's pointing out other people are offensive too. sarah huckabee sanders at the podium said that the white house did not support her comments but she also came prepared with a whole litany of comments that other folks had made against the president. it's a deflection strategy by the white house on these comments. the president -- you're not going to see him condemn her. i just don't think it's going to happen. >> mary katherine, point of fact here, abc did apologize. maybe bob iger didn't pick up the phone and call the president but let me remind you, within 24 hours of that brian ross report the head of abc news who works directly for bob iger said we deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made. i just don't understand what the president has to gain even politically by making this all about him and saying why didn't bob iger call me. do you? >> i think it's his impulse and i think -- you know, a lot of people in the base and even
beyond the base actually agree that the media's often unfair to him and he is more than welcome to point that out and apologies and retractions should be forthcoming when people gets things wrong and sometimes they are not. he's not entitled to a personal call from every reporter or every head of a network that gets something wrong. we should do our best to get things right, but this is not just about the person of the president and trump never recognizes that. it's always about the person of the president because that president happens to be trump. >> thank you both. coming up, fascinating new book revealing how deeply the election of donald trump shook president obama, the question he asked himself after voters made their choice.
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president trump clearly doing something that is unexpected but, brianna, should we ever -- >> there's something interesting here. a, this is the fifth time the president has used his pardoning powers. you see the end of the tweet where the president says he was treated unfairly by our government. one of the lead usa attorneys on the case was preet ba rara. >> well, listen, he also thinks for the fact is he also is when he makes these pardons, he said the same thing about joe arpaio. and -- >> but the president and preet have no love between those two. >> of course. no love between those two but it's also president trump is trying to make the point that he two is also being treated unfairly by the government. certainly by the fbi and the justice department as we speak right now, and this author who he has pardoned is also a very
well-known conservative and a donald trump supporter. >> so what's his game here? who's he sending this message to? >> well, couple things. he's sending it to all of his supporters across the country that he is going to stand up for those that he thinks have been treated unfairly and in this case it happens to be a conservative celeb so that's who he's reaching out to and he's trying to make a point that other people are being treated unfairly. hey, everybody, look at me because i'm being treated unfairly. >> mark, what about, you know, is michael cohen? michael cohen was in court yesterday. michael cohen is someone who could be damaging to the president, potentially, and is this also an assertion of i have pardon power? >> you have to wonder is there a little underlying message there that no matter what happens to
y you, you could be there for you. poppy, you're right. there could be a little subtle message being sent. >> thank you so much. we'll be right back. kyle: mom! mom! kyle, we talked about this. there's no monsters. but you said they'd be watching us all the time. no, no. no, honey, we meant that progressive would be protecting us 24/7. we just bundled home and auto and saved money. that's nothing to be afraid of. -but -- -good night, kyle. [ switch clicks, door closes ] ♪ i told you i was just checking the wiring in here, kyle. he's never like this. i think something's going on at school. -[ sighs ] -he's not engaging.
and villaraigosa's being bankrolled by a handful of billionaires. it's everything that's wrong with politics. and none of it is helping struggling families. here's my pledge to you. i'll keep our budget balanced. invest in affordable housing. fight for universal healthcare. and stand up to donald trump. as governor, you can trust me to do what's right- because i always have. all right, we have more breaking news this morning. wilbur ross, the commerce secretary, has just announced that the united states will slap some hefty tariffs on our allies. canada, mexico, european union. christine romans here with more. this is very significant. >> it is. this is the steel and aluminum tariffs we talked about in march. though administration granted some exemptions to some of our
key allies and now the commerce secretary saying the exemptions will expire. tariffs on steel, imported steel from those places into the united states and 10% on aluminum. still some negotiations going on with some other countries as well. the eu has vowed to retaliate and said it is not fair that it is casting itself as sort of the free trade -- the free trade beacon of the world while the united states is america first protectionist, that will be bad for everyone, they say. you can expect retaliation on kentucky bourbon, on motorcycles from wisconsin, and some -- >> can you help me understand what this does to nafta negotiations and how does this help american jobs, the trump base, you talk about maybe retaliation on key products out of kentucky, for example. i don't get the play here in terms of helping u.s. jobs. >> it raises the cost for people who consume this kind of stuff and then make it. so there will be one part of the economy that could have trouble with jobs. but then this should, according
to the white house, help aluminum workers and steel workers. we have seen steel production growing over recent years without adding more workers. one wonders how that's going to affect on the margin. nafta, what it seems is that as though the united states was not getting what it wanted from canada and mexico in its negotiations on nafta. so this clearly complicates ongoing negotiations on nafta. the commerce secretary told reporters that, look, going forward, there is flexibility, there will be more negotiation, but as of now, these are tariffs on key american allies. >> okay. it is a huge development, christine romans, thank you very much. >> a russian journalist who staged his own death to foil an assassination plot is hitting back at critics who say he went too far. he shocked the world yesterday when he showed up alive at a press conference in ukraine, a day after his reported killing and questions are being raised if ukrainian authorityies acted
ethically. joining me now, we have frederik pleitgen. fred, what is he saying? >> well, he's lashing out at critics who are not only criticizing him, but also the ukrainian security forces as well and asked what do you think we were thinking when we decided to do this? one quote on his facebook page earlier today is, i'll quote this, he says, we are kind of bored talking about their thinking. we are kind of bored. we have nothing to do. let's paint babchenko's back with blood, take him to the morgue and say that it was like that from the beginning? they said he had died there, which was not true the ukrainians say it was necessary. they say they netted two suspects under questioning and may be able to get to a wider network there are many people who are highly critical of what happened.
the committee to protect journalists is saying you need to explain why you thought there was no other way to conduct this operation rather than to fake a journalist's death. >> good point. fred, thank you so much. two people are dead in boone, north carolina, this morning after a landslide caused their home to collapse. heavy rain due to subtropical storm alberto triggered this landslide on wednesday night. it caused a gas leak and an explosion that destroyed the home. the identities of the victims have not yet been released as they await families being notified. four people have died in north carolina this week, kauding the governor roy cooper to declare a state of emergency for the western part of the state. movie producer harvey weinstein has been indicted by a new york grand jury on rape and criminal sex act charges. the charges stemming from incidents with two different women in 2004 and 2013. and his attorney says he will plead not guilty. he remains free after posting a
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good morning. i'm brianna keilar in washington. >> i'm poppy harlow in new york. breaking news this hour, a new presidential pardon, a significant one. president trump announces just moments ago that conservative author, filmmaker, fire brand dinesh d'souza will have his conviction for campaign finance violations wiped off the books. he will be pardoned. d'souza said the president says
d'souza was treated very unfairly by our government. to kaitlan collins at the white house. this is the fifth pardon for this president, comes after other controversial pardons, scooter libby, joe arpaio. what is most significant about this one? >> reporter: it is pretty unexpected here. the president tweeted this minutes after he had been speaking with reporters at joint base andrews as he's on his way to texas today. he made no mention of this pardon and then tweeted out he is going to give dinesh d'souza this right conservative author and filmmaker a full pardon saying he was treated unfairly by the government. d'souza did plead guilty to these violating these federal campaign finance laws back in 2014. he did not do any time in jail. instead, he spent a few months in a confinement place, also fined $30,000. the president announcing this, quite surprisingly. i've been reporting on this white house for the past 16 months that the president has been in office and i never heard him mention dinesh