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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 d'souza before.
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here today, he is announcing he's giving him a full pardon. now, d'souza is a very controversial figure. typically presidents in the past have waited until the end of their term to issue pardons like these. either after lobbying from that person's friends or because they have a personal relationship with them, but the president here tweeting this out now. but i should note that d'souza is a controversial figure, he's made some inflammatory remarks about president barack obama, adolf hitler, several other people as well. certainly someone very interesting for the president to pardon, but it does seem to fall in line with other people that the president has pardoned. of course, they're also controversial in their own ways. you think of to come to mind former vice president dick cheney's chief of staff scooter libby who was recently pardoned. joe arpaio as well, the president's first pardons in the fall. several figures like that, and, of course, this here is going to raise questions of whether the president is sending a message with these pardons, sending a message to people like paul
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manafort, michael flynn, those are the obvious questions that are going to come about here for why the president somewhat randomly is issuing this pardon for dinesh d'souza today. >> good point. i want to bring in cnn's chief political correspondent dana bash to talk with us here. it also seems to be a message that the president is sending that says if you're with me, i'm with you, right? if we look at -- ier libby one aside. even his, you know, president bush did not pardon scooter libby. he commuted the sentence, but didn't actually pardon him. >> and the relationship with dick cheney. >> you look at joe arpaio, someone who disobeyed a federal judge's orders when it came to racial profiling, now you have someone who is admittedly committed a campaign finance violation giving money in the name of others for a new york
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senate race, he's admitted wrongdoing. he's sending a message to people in his corner, trump is. >> you're exactly right. you know this just happened as kaitlan was saying. this is not something that was expected. so we're all doing reporting to try to figure out what was behind this. but i think on its face, knowing the way this president makes decisions and i think you hit on a really important point, first and foremost, he likes to send messages to conservatives especially that he's going to stick with you. this is also somebody who is wildly popular among many in the gop base, on the conservative side. from -- for his books, for his commentary, for his films that he makes, and so he is kind of a cult figure, a pop culture figure, if you will, within the conservative movement. so that in and of itself is kind of an indicator that president
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trump was very likely talking to somebody who is a friend of his, of d'souza's, or watching something on conservative media, getting a call from one of his friends late night, you know, maybe all of the above. but i think at the end of the day, your point is dead on, brian brianna, that is that despite the fact that it is the norm for presidents to wait until the end of their terms or even the end of the year around christmas time to do pardons, this president is doing it to send very clear messages. >> what is the fun of having the power if you can't use it, i guess. that's how this feels -- >> wouldn't be surprised if that's a direct quote. >> all right, let's -- sorry, poppy, go ahead. >> no, no, no, that's fine. i'm fascinated by all of this. but, dana, because we have you, you have new reporting on rudy giuliani, someone you talked to frequently. and i wonder if you could tick through some of the thinking he.
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he gave this long contemporaneous interview yesterday to kaitlan collins outside the white house that made a lot of headlines. you argue he knows exactly what he's doing here. >> that's right. i think that that was -- that improm i impromptu press conference was a case of the president's lawyer being, as i call it, crazy like a fox. let's be honest. those of us who have covered white houses under siege, under investigation, lawyers, if they go and meet with their client, the president, they go in, have a meeting and stay behind the scenes. he made a b-line for the press yesterday, rudy giuliani. which is in keeping with the strategy, which is big picture, to basically take hits for the president, and to chip away at public support for the mueller investigation. and in order to do that, you have to have somebody like rudy
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giuliani who has got a very thick skin, thanks to his years dealing with new york media, the new york tabloids especially, and somebody who speaks fluent trumpian. and he does both. and so he's gotten a lot of -- taken a lot of hits for not being the most traditional lawyer and the most traditional representative of the president when it comes to the legal strategy but giuliani is so much more than that. and he is somebody who is trying to represent the president in the court of public opinion and is not afraid to say things that get him in trouble and things that would make other people cower, but for him, he doesn't really care. and at the end of the day, he and the president are kindred spirits. they're both geminis from new york city who are in their early 70s and rudy giuliani is more than happy to be back in the game and take on this mission.
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>> hey, when the stars align, you're both geminis, you know. >> that's right. >> it is fascinating to watch. just your interview within this weekend on state of the union, all the things he was willing to say about how obstruction makes him nervous. >> very transparent. >> very. dana bash, thank you very much. we have more breaking news out of the trump administration. if you can believe it. more breaking news this morning. the trump administration, commerce secretary wilbur ross, has just slapped some hefty tariffs on our allies, canada, mexico, european union, and the question is, is this good for american jobs? what does this actually mean? christine romans here with more. >> could it raise prices for american consumers. that's the other big question there. you knew there was this exemption for tariffs on steel and aluminum for america's biggest trading partners, canada, mexico and the eu. the president decided according to the commerce secretary, the president made the call to let those exemptions expire at midnight tonight.
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that means for american companies that are importing aluminum and steel, it will be a 10%, 25% tariff respectively on those products. this is meant to be the america first strategy. we have been hearing so much about. the eu angry about this, saying they are now the free traders and hold the free trade beacon for the rest of the world. they will retaliate, they say. they have threatened retaliating on everything from, you know, genes to bourbon to whiskey to motorcycles and a whole bunch of other things too. this comes at an interesting time because at the same time you've got the commerce secretary wilbur ross who wrapped up a call with reporters, he's negotiating with the chinese. there was an overall framework, the treasury secretary said we hit the pause button and this week we announced new tariffs with china and the commerce secretary has to go to china and try to work this out. we are -- on multiple fronts dealing with trade issues here and at least on this one, right here, the eu, canada and mexico, there will be tariffs on those.
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>> that means nafta negotiations go where? >> so this complicates nafta negotiations. what we heard from the commerce secretary is that in these negotiations, the united states is not getting what it wanted. the negotiations were dragging on. if you read the president's book, art of the deal, you have to know when to walk away. they gave the exemptions in march until june and this is clearly the president walking away. >> thank you. appreciate it. coming up, the president this morning falsely claiming that he didn't fire james comey because of the russia investigation even though he said exactly that on tape. you'll hear it here. plus, the president is not backing down from claims of a spy planted in his campaign by the obama administration, claims that were debunked by a top republican lawmaker briefed on that topic. we'll get new gop reaction. so, my portfolio did pretty well last year. that's great. but the market was up nearly twice as much. that's a tough pill to swallow. exactly. so i started trading. but with everything out there,
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this morning, president trump is claiming he did not fire former fbi director james
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comey over russia. it is a point that he's tried to make before, but here is the big issue with that. he's on camera, saying the exact opposite thing just last year. >> 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 made up story, it is an excuse by the democrats for having lost an election that they should have won. >> okay so the president said the exact opposite thing in a tweet this morning. and then there is this "new york times" report complicating things, it says former deputy fbi director andy mccabe was so concerned about the motive behind the firing that he took contemporaneous notes and turned that memo over to mueller's team. first time we're learning about that. a lot to unpack.
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the political side of it first, it doesn't seem like this fbi, you know, report is a bombshell in terms of us knowing that russia was on the president's mind and part of his reason for, if not the whole reason for firing james comey. what is the significance here when you put it all together and look at the president trying to say the exact opposite thing this morning? >> well, it gives us one more piece of information about the process of firing comey and how trump was sort of manipulating that, that process, right? and the fact that mccabe was concerned enough that president trump was pushing the justice department into making this recommendation on the basis of russia rather than some other reason on the merits, that, you know, that speaks to this whole question of obstruction of
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justice, was his fire iing part of -- was that -- did he cross the line into obstruction of justice when he fired the fbi director. so i think it is important. we all know that the memo that rosenstein wrote criticizing comey for the way he handled the hillary clinton investigation, we all know that donald trump did not fire comey because of that. we know that donald trump celebrated the way that comey handled that investigation in 2016. it was always an surbsurd on it face, the rosenstein memo and now we have a piece of information that trump wanted rosenstein to mention russia and we know from half a dozen different pieces of information that russia is the reason that comey was fired. and now, of course, we saw trump tweet today, something to the opposite effect, but there is a long pattern here that russia was on his mind when he fired the fbi director. >> and mentioned russia, right,
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in the way according to a source in the story that it would be to essentially exonerate donald trump to say that, you know, there was no problem for donald trump with the russia investigation. what does that tell you? we know that in the memo it said he wanted russia mentioned, right? that was his guidance. mccabe details that. other sources say the kind of mention he wanted was basically one that he later stressed with jim comey when he fired him, which was jim comey told me i'm not under investigation. that's what he wanted. what does it tell you? >> i think that's a very important point because it continues to support the idea that trump really wanted to get that piece of information out, which he's going to get out somehow, even if he has to say it to himself. i think something that troubles me about this, which could be a problem, i don't want to make any suggestions to the president's legal team, but if the issue presented by the
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mccabe memo is that rosenstein was asked by the president to do something, refuse to do it, obviously he needs to be questioned by that. it potentially leads to him being more of a fact witness in the probe than we may have realized. and that could potentially cause a problem with somebody trying to say, well, he should be stepping down, he has a conflict as well. >> and to that point, you'll remember, rosenstein sat down with the folks that oversee this, the ethics folks, and said, like, can i ethically lead this, oversee the mueller probe independently and the determination was yes. do you think this changes that in any way? >> he is in such an unusual position in all of this because he's a witness in the investigation. we knew before this new york times report already that he was a witness in the investigation, just because he wrote that memo. now we have an additional piece of information that puts him more at the center of the firing
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of comey. and, of course, you know, because of jeff sessions' recusal, he's overseeing the mueller investigation as a witness in that investigation, and he has said that he consulted with the ethics advisers at the justice department, the same kind of people who recommended that sessions recuse himself and that they have said that he doesn't see a reason to recuse himself -- no reason to recuse himself yet. and he's also said that if that changes, he will be public about that. certainly people think he should recuse himself because of that. a lot of other people think he is the only thing coming in between donald trump firing mueller and that he's actually, you know, doing his best to protect that investigation. but he is in the center of this thing in so many ways.
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>> one source told cnn's jim acosta that the president is really directing much of the political strategy on the investigation. the legal strategy seems to be a political strategy here. rudy giuliani is embracing that. i wonder what you think his lawyers should be thinking about this approach. >> yeah, i think giuliani's tactics are beginning to bear some fruit. he's getting more consistency in terms of what he's putting out there, but it is clear, his role is completely that of a spokesperson, a pr person, looking to plant the seeds to undermine any eventual result. his idea, the assertion he makes that things will be wrapped up by september 1st with regard to the president's obstruction seems unrooted in any semblance of the investigative reality. it is fine to try to compartmentalize the president's obstruction issues, but the probe has got to finish looking at the other witnesses, other cases, other possible cooperations before he could get there. his strategy seems clear, but
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what it is grounded in seems increasingly weak. >> unrooted in the investigative reality. thank you so much. coming up, president trump doubling down on his unproven claim that fbi spies infiltrated his campaign. we'll be getting reaction from a republican who sits on the house intelligence committee. ♪ ♪ don't juggle your home life and work life without it. business financing to help grow your business. another way we have your back. the powerful backing of american express. don't do business without it. man: one, two, here we go! ♪ i'm alive, i'm alive, i'm alive ♪ alive! gives you more vitamins and minerals than leading brands. because when you start with more, you own the morning. alive!
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welcome back. the president once again this morning claims there were spies in his campaign. and this comes after republican congressman trey gowdy who has seen the intelligence says, that is just not the case. with me is republican
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congressman chris stewart of utah. nice to have you here. thank you for joining us during your week at home. >> good morning. thank you. >> i'm sure you heard congressman, your fellow congressman trey gowdy say, look, the fbi in the early days of the russia probe in 2016 did exactly, exactly what the american people would want them to do, acted appropriately, these were not spies in the trump campaign, the president says the complete opposite. who's right? >> yeah. the thing is, poppy, we don't know yet. and part of the reason we don't know is because we actually haven't seen the documents. trey was briefed on this. but we haven't actually seen the documents, which is very, very important. if the fbi has nothing -- >> to be clear, congressman, trey gowdy has seen all -- the most amount, given he sits on oversight, given his position. have you seen any documents then that would point you to believe that the president's assertion that there are spies has any merit? >> no.
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none of us have. that's one of the concerns i have. wait -- >> but is it -- if he can't -- you haven't seen documents that say there were spies, can the president -- should the president keep pointing to this completely unfounded claim? >> well, i don't know. look, a couple of things, number one, you report and others report on things all of the time which is undocumented, from unverified sources and documents which we haven't seen. that can't be the threshold for making a comment on something. that happens virtually every day. >> we verify our sources, that's the whole -- hold on, congressman. that's the whole definition of a source is that you verify who the source is, you -- oftentimes we have two and three and four sources on it, to be that careful. >> i understand that. i know you try to be careful, i think most of the media does. the truth is we do report on things without having the documents before us. and this is a good example of this. there is one of two things that
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is either true, either all of the reporting on this, which is coming from the new york times, the wall street journal, the washington post and many others, either all of that is wrong or there are questions here that we need to have answered and that was was this individual placed within the campaign, did he reach out to individuals within the campaign, was he wearing a wire, was he being monitored during the conversations, he did report back to the fbi? if those things are true, and we don't know if they're true yet, because we haven't seen the documents, but if those things are true, then that would be very troubling and that's what they were trying to find out -- >> what we do know -- i want to understand fully here your argument, we do know that there was a confidential source working with the fbi who spoke to george papadopoulos who spoke to carter page, they were concerned about russia's nefarious actions and intent here and reported that back to the fbi. and that is how counterintelligence investigations work. so what is wrong with that?
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there is nothing to point to it being trump is a candidate being a target. i'm confused at what the problem is with the fbi operating, utilizing a confidential source in a very careful way. >> well, look, first place, of course he was the target. the fbi, director comey made that very clear in our -- >> excuse me, you believe that the fbi targeting president trump? is that what you're saying? >> he was targeting the campaign. that was no question about that. that was director comey's very words, we were investigating the trump campaign. >> investigating whether russia -- whether russia was acting nefariously through trying to use the trump campaign to impact the election. they're very different things. >> no, look, you can parse this any way you want, it is very, very clear, he said we were investigating russian ties to the trump campaign. >> to find out -- it is not
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parsing words, they are two distinct things. >> you've got to let me answer, if i could. you say it is a confidential source. the president says it is a spy. rather than use a word, i'll describe what they have reportedly done. once again, directed by someone in the fbi, reach out to people you don't know, go talk to them, record and report back on what you've learned, continue to foster relationship with them, to most americans that sounds like spying. you can call it a confidential source, or you can call it a spy, once again, i think the most important thing is what they did and why they did it and did they have reasons for doing that. that's what we're trying to find out. and that doesn't seem -- >> the reason that the fbi was doing this, which we know from our great justice team of reporters, is to find out what russia was doing. let me get you to respond to this. as you probably read this morning, the washington post editorial board writes about republicans, republicans in congress who it argues stand by
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while the president, quote, shreds the reputation of the fbi for political gain. and it ends by saying, whom history will remember as moral weaklings in the face of a president who assaulted democratic institutions. do they have a point? does it sit well in your stomach to see the president making unfounded claims and ripping into our intelligence community over and over again? >> i would make two, maybe three points on this. number one, i've talked to dozens of fbi and doj officials who have thanked us for our work because they are embarrassed and ashamed by some of the actions of their leadership. we're not attacking the fbi. we're -- >> i'm talking about standing by -- hold on. i hear you. i'm talking about standing by while the president attacks the institutions. >> i think he's doing the same thing. i think he's clearly holding accountable some of the leadership. look, would you want to live in a country -- >> he called them criminals last week. >> well, he's not calling every
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fbi agent a criminal. >> he's not making that clear in his tweets, congressman. >> well, look, once again, we can argue about semantics, but i think most people really understand he's talking about individuals. i got to make this point, it is important and i think you bring it up. we can't live in a government where we tell the department of justice and fbi go do whatever you want. you can spy on people, you can survey them, read their e-mails, listen to their phone calls, you can have secret meetings, and don't tell us about it. we're going to close our eyes, we're going to cover our ears, we don't want to know, none of us want to live in a country like that. all congress is trying to do is find out what happened and to report to the american people. that seems like a reasonable thing for us to do. >> your committee wrapped up its investigation on this, already. >> our committee -- >> the committee wrapped up its investigation on this. >> two points on that. one, we called it an initial report because we said if there is new information, we would continue to pursue that. that was on the russia
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investigation or interference in the campaign. this is different than that. this isn't related to russia's actions. these are department of justice and fbi officials actions. and that's different. >> but, fair point, before you go, i want to get you on the breaking news we learned moments ago from the president, tweeting he has issued a full pardon of the conservative commentator and filmmaker dinesh d'souza, who pled guilty to a felony charge of campaign finance violations, this is the fifth pardon from president trump. according to our reporting, really came out of nowhere. is this the president rewarding loyalty here? as the ultimate prize? and is that -- >> i don't think dinesh had anything at all to do with the trump campaign. >> he was a huge and vocal supporter of the president while he was running. >> buit the legal proceedings have nothing to do with the trump campaign this happ. this happened years before.
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i don't think president trump is rewarding him -- i don't know. i'm only responding to your question. you said was he rewarding dinesh. again, this had nothing at all to do with president trump and him. this happened in the previous campaign, four years before, how could that possibly be rewarding him for something -- >> it was a crime -- it was a crime in 2014 and then he was a very vocal supporter of the president and now he's pardoned. that's what i'm asking. >> well, once again, your original question was do i think he's rewarding. clearly not. do i think this is a good idea? i don't know. as we were talking when i first came on, first i heard of it, i would like to look into it. >> i appreciate your time. thank you. >> thank you. bye-bye. coming up, can the north korea summit be salvaged? the world waits to see the results of a meeting going on right now between secretary of state mike pompeo and kim jong-un. a live report ahead. i feel a great deal of urgency...
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like none the world has ever seen. potential is the word used by secretary of state and former cia director mike pompeo, going into a half day of talks with former north korean spy chief and current nuclear negotiator kim yong chol. they're planning the first ever summit between the sitting u.s. president and north korean leader and here is how the president sees it. he spoke to reporters at joint base andrews last hour. >> hopefully we'll 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 have to have a second or a third and maybe we'll have none. but it is in good hands. >> well, the president also said he's expecting a hand delivered letter from kim jong-un sometime tomorrow. joining us now, jim walsh, international security analyst and sam vinograd, our cnn national security analyst with us as well. sa sam, you bring to the table here some experience putting together a summit.
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you were involved in the sunny land summit between president xi and president obama. you prepared for many high stakes presidential meetings, serving under bush as well as obama. you think this is a dress rehearsal? is that right? for the bigger summit? >> i do think that these interactions that we're having with the north koreans, both secretary pompeo's meeting or the meeting with north korean experts and the dmz are intelligence gathering opportunities. typically before a high stakes meeting or summit, advisers to a president tell the president what to expect, but also how his counterpart is going to approach the meeting in terms of tone, in terms of negotiating posture, in terms of mannerisms. and the truth is, brianna, we had such limited interactions with the north koreans that these hours pompeo is spending with his north korean counterpart can help provide insights for the president's advisers to say this is what to expect when you sit down with kim jong-un, and that can be
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helpful if the president chooses to listen so he's not thrown off guard in any way. >> you would expect that one of the things that pompeo can get here is insight, right, to where kim jong-un is. he might be learning a lot of things he didn't know. >> absolutely. we have more data on kim jong-un and the north korean regime that we have gotten in the last month than we have gotten in the last ten years. part of it is that chairman kim does not travel or has not traveled outside of the country, and now he's been to china twice and to south korea or at least a step over into south korea twice. so he's put himself out there more. that's a terrific intelligence opportunity. and it will help the president. these people -- they have not met each other. and i think that, you know, sort of chemistry will matter. but it won't be the only thing. there is some big challenges here. both generally, like will the north koreans trust us to follow through on our commitments, and us them, and that very
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specifically they're going to be tough issues like what do you do about space launches, the north koreans want to do that, the u.s. will not want them to do that, so there are real issues in addition to the atmospherics and getting to know the personalities. >> it is so interesting as we watch, what is expected to be -- what happens with a bilateral summit. all the different players in the region who want to get their two cents in before president trump and kim jong-un meet. the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov met with kim jong-un this morning. he suggested, sam, that there can be no denuclearization before sanctions are lifted. he also warned against what he called sudden moves in the negotiations. what is he trying to do here? >> i think foreign minister lavrov is trying to torpedo the effort under way. that's not surprising to me. if you think about it, russia wins in a scenario where by these negotiations drag on, but there is not any near term success because if negotiations are on going, it is less likely
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that we're going to pursue a military strike. remember, russia does not want the united states to strike north korea. they don't want any more u.s. troops near the russian border and they like kim jong-un being in power. but if these negotiations drag on and president trump can't say this was a breakthrough, i had a massive success, that undermines u.s. credibility. and as we know from the intelligence community, putin is deeply focused on undermining the u.s. leadership around the world. i think lavrov literally said everything he could to undermine our effort. >> what do you think, jim, as you watch these efforts by russia? >> well, i think sam was right, i would add to that, some other factors. one, just plain old power politics. the russians are schett o are ss process right now. and historical elements here, it was russia -- i should say the soviet union that founded north korea. we think of china, china, china. the soviets were by far the north koreans most important
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ally historically and they're now part of this process and they probably feel like they need to be up on stage too, in addition to the things that sam says. >> i don't know that we know that russia hasn't been part of this process. we have been so fixated on what is playing out in front of the cameras because this has been a made for tv negotiation, but it is really unlikely to me that kim jong-un and his patron vladimir putin would be the be coordinating behind the scenes, so i think we have to be careful when we assume what russia is or is not doing with kim jong-un behind the scenes. >> sam vinograd, jim walsh, thank you so much to both of you for your insights here. late night comedian goes too far. you may not believe what she said.
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way over the line, comedian samantha bee going after ivanka trump using an extremely vulgar term. listen to this. >> let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad's immigration practices, you feckless [ bleep ]. he listens to you. >> that's the c-word, incredibly offensive. let me bring in cnn money senior media report er. what was she talking about? what was the context sneer. >> a disgusting remark. she made this in the context of trying to go after ivanka trump for her father's immigration policies and there has been a lot of discussion in the national discourse over the past few weeks about children being separated from their parents at the border. and so she was making a comment
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about a photo that ivanka trump had posted on instagram, i believe, she was holding her child and saying, why don't you do anything about the immigration policies that your father has implemented that are tearing up families at the border. that said, this comment is extremely crass and critics are rightfully upset and saying that this is not something that should be used while discussing politics and -- >> ever. >> right. >> what is cbs saying, her employer. >> i reached out to tbs, they haven't said anything so far. i asked if she'll be disciplined in any way, or any statements. we're still waiting to see what happens and how they react. this does come in the same week as roseanne being fired for making racist remark. they say if you condemn that, why aren't you condemning this? >> the point she was trying to make completely gets drowned out by her using a term like that. >> right. all the headlines are focused on this vulgar term she used.
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i'm not really sure how effective this was. if she was trying to make a larger point about immigration policies and trying to make a serious point. people are now focusing on this vulgar remark. i think that might have been perhaps something she was looking for. >> she used this word before. talking about other people and other commentary. >> she has used this word before and her monologue. so it is not something that is unusual for her to do. i think the way she use ed it, though, in this case, particularly, against the president's daughter is just raising a lot of eyebrows and it is -- >> do you feel like as someone who covers the media, constantly, where has the lines gone? >> i think, you know, there really don't seem to be many lines these days. we saw with roseanne, you can't make racist remarks online. >> she did it before and kept her job. >> yeah.
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so it is like where are the lines. the president made a lot of inflammatory remarks from the campaign trail to the oval office. so it seems like a lot of these areas are dissolving. >> you know what, what one person says never makes what another person says okay. but it is important reporting. thank you. appreciate it very much. >> movie producer harvey weinstein has been indicted by a new york grand jury on rape and criminal sex act charges. these are charges that stem from incidents with two different women in 2004 and 2013. weinstein's attorney says he will plead not guilty and he remains free right now after posting a $1 million cash bail last week. he's going to be in court july 30th. that will be next. so going to college just got a whole lot cheaper for walmart employees. the nation's largest retailer just announced a new benefit program where employees can pay just a dollar a day to earn their degree. walmart says they'll cover the remaining costs for tuition,
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fees and books. this is a program that applies to brand branman university, bellevue university, or the university of florida. and it covers all part time, full time, and salaried employees who have been with the company for at least 90 days being able to do that education online. a sensational save helps washington battle back to win their first ever stanley cup final game, poppy. >> love that. more on the bleacher report. >> now you're going to be in the thick of the excitement in washington. last night was the capitals first ever win in a stanley cup final and this weekend now will be first time in 20 years that they will host a stanley cup playoff game. it is going to be an electric atmosphere, but there is one thing that washington, d.c. cannot compete with. this bleacher report brought to you by ford, going further, so you can. it is the pregame show that vegas puts on night after night. it was just ridiculously awesome last night. leaves you glued to your tv set, like a super bowl halftime show.
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kind of a medieval rock concert that turns scary at times. washington on the ice, had to find composure and alex ovechkin, tied at one, scored on the power plant, with ty. with two minutes left, holtby, with this eye popping save on the night. there was no hiding behind how big that moment was for washington. you see the reaction and alex ovechkin and his teammates' faces there, and relief on the capitals' bench. 3-2. game three saturday night down there in washington. obviously the goal is to get closer to winning that stanley cup. to the nba now, the warriors and cavaliers, they're about to begin their quest for another nba title. game one of the nba finals tonight in oakland, guys, my son is 4 and in his lifetime he has never seen another nba finals matchup because this is the fourth straight year these two teams are meeting with the championship on the line. but the last thing the players want to hear is that this is
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same old, same old. >> they have their opportunity to beat the cavs over the last four years and teams had opportunities to beat the warriors over the last four years. if you want to see somebody else in the post season, got to beat them. >> may not be as suspenseful as a lot of people may want it to be as drama-filled, that's what you got movies and music for. >> kevin durant and his team on a mission. the goose is loose. this is a rain delay in detroit last night. a wild goose decided to show up on the field and entertain the crowd. before the game could begin, again, there was a wild goose chase. it looked like it was going to run out of energy and eventually kind of ran itself into the scoreboard, but the goose is okay. we should say that. it was, you know, it was contained and then released. so all is well. >> so afraid for it. okay, good, we needed that update. >> anytime. anytime.
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