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christine? and why is it so controversial? >> reporter: so the deal is to keep the chinese state-controlled zte in business. it was reached just hours ago between china and the u.s. with a big fine and american supervision. a billion dollar fine, $400 million in an escrow account as a deterrent and an entirely new board of directors and new management within 30 days. and then this, something i have never seen before, an american chosen compliance team embedded in the chinese company. the commerce secretary is hailing this as the first time a major foreign company will have on the ground oversight to make sure it stays in compliance with u.s. export control rules and doesn't cheat. so why does it need a baby-sitter? well, brianna, zte violated u.s. sanctions, sold products to iran and north korea, got caught, was fined, and then the company lied about punishing the violators. on top of that, you mentioned the national security concerns. experts in the u.s. and britain have warned zte phones are a
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national security threat. zte's majority shareholder is a chinese state run company. in april, the pentagon banned sales of zte phones on u.s. military bases to protect against spying. now, this deal, this deal just announced, reverses a commerce department ban that would have essentially put this company out of business. and then remember the president tweeted he was concerned about chinese jobs being lost, so a big shift in the treatment of zte. it is clear zte is an important piece of ongoing trade negotiations with china. the dispute out of the way, this particular zte dispute out of the way, it really clears the way for more discussion of china buying more american products to shrink the huge trade deficit, but it raises the question, has the white house exchanged a trade win here for national security? the commerce secretary was on cnbc a few moments ago and said there is a new marshal in town. this is the u.s. being tough on china, there is a new marshal in town, he's donald j. trump and he's a good shot.
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chuck schumer responded, this deal with zte proves the president just shoots blanks. he says that zte doesn't deserve a second try, second chance. >> a lot of republicans joined chuck schumer in that sentiment too. christine romans, thank you so much. china, of course, has a complicated trade situation with the u.s. these days. but they're not the only ones. u.s. allies as well, some new u.s. tariffs hitting europe, canada, and mexico and that is sure to complicate this year's g-7 summit, taking place starting tomorrow in canada. cnn's kaitlan collins is at the white house. this could be awkward, kaitlan. >> awkward is a gentle way to put it. it is like making a decision that none of your friends agree with and showing up to a party with them and having to defend that decision. that's what president trump is going to be doing this weekend when he shows up to this summit, knowing that these leaders, he's antagonized for weeks, they had testy phone calls and canada feels especially scorned by the
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recent steel and aluminum tariffs that the president said he was imposing last week. so that certainly is going to be quite an awkward meeting, sparks could certainly fly. though the white house maintains that the president, this is just a family kwaequarrel between th u.s. and allies and the president is sticking by his guns here. this is an argument he made long before he ran for office. he does believe the global trade scale is tilted against the united states. this is certainly going to be the elephant in the room when the president shows up in canada. that is what we're going to watch, how does the president deal with that, because he's not just getting pushback on the new trade moves from republicans here in washington, but also abroad. and how does he deal with that? he's got all of that going on, he's focusing on that, but also he's welcoming the prime minister of japan here at the white house today, someone who
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is hoping to make the argument that he can convince trump to maintain a hard-line when he meets with the north korean dictator in singapore on tuesday. >> all right, kaitlan collins at the white house, thank you so much. joining me to talk more about this, we have cnn political commentator patty solis doyle and doug heye with us as well. let's talk about the zte deal and just to put into context, because a lot of people, zt what? this is a huge chinese telecom company, they make affordable cell phones, among other things, and they have violated u.s. sanctions. the department of defense actually said, hey, we're not going to let these products be sold on military bases because we're just not sure that china can't use them as a back door to basically have surveillance to use them as part of a spying operation. is it -- is this the right company to be striking a deal with? >> the question is why, right? the president has ben advised
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against this by members of his own national security team, by members of his own party on the hill, by democrats certainly. and the president's own rhetoric on the campaign against china was, you know, crazy. so the question is why is he doing this and why is he doing this now? is it to save chinese jobs? is it because, you know, president xi really vetted him when he went to visit and, you know, threw a parade for him or because of ivanka trump just got some new patents from china? it doesn't make sense why he's doing this and why he's doing this now while he's actually punishing our allies, right? china is an adversary. right now he's punishing our allies, canada, mexico with tariffs. so it just doesn't make sense politically for him or for our country. >> what are the long-term impacts of an environment where, you know, china gets this sweet
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deal, and then mexico, canada, eu, are facing tariffs from the u.s.? >> almost as if the poles are being reversed and the north pole is the south pole and vice versa. he's campaigned about being tough on trade deficits and tough on china, but our allies are having the toughest phone calls with president trump, they're leaking the phone calls with president trump. i think the broad and long-term implications here is you go back to a central thing that the president said when he was campaigning and still says, he says the world is laughing at us. what we know is that when we talk to our allies, they're not laughing at us, they're concerned about the directions moving forward. >> they're scratching their heads at the u.s. david gergen who advised many administrations was just on and he said that he looks at this and he worries moving forward you're not going to see the u.s.
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essentially upholding -- not going to have the company of these other countries that it is normally counted on as allies to move forward with, like, a united idea about what the world should look like and shared values. do you worry about that when you look at this, doug? >> absolutely. again, if you talk to our allies, they're concerned, they have a million different questions. the uncertainty is one of their biggest problems. forget the decisions that donald trump makes, which they may agree with, may disagree with, the uncertainty is what causes them so much concern. and look at everything that you talked about just in this segment and the previous one. these are a whole lot of things we didn't necessarily think the trump administration was going to be having to deal with, we know every administration has things that come up by surprise, zte was on no one's radar screen as we were talking about. the access hollywood tape or hillary's e-mails or anything else. >> as republicans are concerned about what the president is doing with allies on tariffs, you have senator bob corker, he's unburdened by re-election
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fight, right? he's got a bill up, it has bipartisan support it would force the president to get congressional approval on things like tariffs. there is a minor problem. and mitch mcconnell explains this. let's listen. >> i don't think we need to be trying to rein in the president through legislation, number one. exercise of futility because he wouldn't sign it. >> there is that -- >> that's true. >> right. look, nbc news poll just came out this morning that says that by 25 points, you know, voters want a check on this president, right? that's why they are looking to see whether republicans in the general are going to be -- have supported the president or have gone against him in certain areas, you know, that matter, like tariffs, like national security, like keeping the mueller probe, you know, solid and there and safe.
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so i really think that it will behoove republicans to, you know, stand their ground, paul ryan yesterday, you know, is an example, not a great example. pouring water on the whole idea of spy gate. finally grew a spine. i think voters are paying close attention to the polls this morning. >> you mentioned paul ryan, he's not running for re-election. is it republicans who in their heart of hearts feel, doug, that they should be in opposition to the president, but they only feel free to do it when they don't have a political future on the line? >> i think you've got two things. one, you know, i saw the same poll, it chuabsolutely says tha. republican primary voters, are almost unanimously behind this president. >> huge. >> that makes an impact.
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>> we're talking about actually winning. >> sure. but you have to get there first. and that's the struggle that republicans feel. certainly what a lot of republican members say privately is not what they say publicly. but that's also because they feel other pressures. they want to pass legislation. they want to have the president sign this legislation into law, and so if you're out there attack the president, if you're being as bold and brave as someone in the media call on you to do, you're not passing your bill and ultimately that's the question they're asking, how they can best serve their constituents. >> g-7, patti, last question to you here. the washington post is reporting the president is frustrated to be going to the g-7. he's got this big summit with kim jong-un in a few days. can you blame him, though? if you had possibly one of the biggest tests of your professional life coming up, would you want to take a trip somewhere even if it is your actions that upset your allies there? >> no. i mean, of course he doesn't want to go. all the leaders are mad at him. and they don't particularly like the way he leads and president
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trump has isolated america from its allies. it is not just the tariffs. it is the paris climate accord, it is the iran deal, it is, you know, all of these things that these leaders have worked together on for years and years and suddenly trump came in and said not so much, no thank you. so it is in the going to be comfortable for him. it is going to be awkward. it is not going to be talent. they're not going to fight sit next to him or take a picture with him like most leaders do with the american president. so do i blame him? no. but he could work on his people skills with these leaders. >> patti and doug, thank you so much to both of you. appreciate it. republican senator rob portman calls zte a national security issue. so will he or any other senators take action to stop this new deal between the chinese tech company and the trump administration? can they? i'll be asking him next. and it is set to be a scathing report out of the
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president trump heads to canada tomorrow for the g-7 summit where he will likely get a chilly reception from leaders now that he's hit several allies with steel and aluminum tariffs. joining me now is republican senator rob portman, he is from ohio, and he's also a member of the foreign relations and finance committees, thank you for being with us, senator. >> thank you, brianna. >> representing ohio, a state with considerable industrial interests, of course. you have warned that these tariffs could spiral out of control, you also see the goal of the president, you think that
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maybe the goal at least is well intentioned. but what do you see that goal being? >> i think you said it well, i think the goal in the case with canada is to get an agreement on the north american free trade agreement and i think, you know, frankly it could be helpful to say, you know, unless we get an agreement, we have to put these tariffs in place. on the other hand, if both sides escalate and increase tariffs as seems to be happening, you could end up with two situations, one, no agreement in the end because both sides are in conflict, and for ohio consumers and for ohio exporters, a bad deal. canada is our biggest trading partner in ohio, biggest trading partner nationally, we send half our exports to canada and mexico. by the way, as a country, we send more steel to canada than they send to us, but we send more, so canada has not been viewed as one of the countries that is cheating or using unfair trade practices with regard to steel or aluminum. so we need to be careful. >> is there a better way to try
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to get a better nafta deal than the way the president is doing it? >> i think it is tough negotiations. look, the canadians have protectionist policies in place, definitely should be addressed. one would be dairy, which is a concern around the country, but specifically in ohio. they have other nontariff barriers in place. so there are things we would like to see changed and things they would like to see changed on our side. that's what a negotiation is about. you can say, you know, unless we can achieve this negotiated product here, which would be a final north american free trade agreement, you know, that there will be negative consequences. but the problem with this approach is i think you're seeing an escalation that may result in both higher tariffs, which is bad for our exporters or farmers or service providers, factory workers, also bad for consumer because you see tariffs or taxes going up on both sides. >> i know being on the foreign relations committee you have an eye trained on what is going on with north korea. listen to what the president's personal lawyer rudy giuliani
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said. >> well, somehow, north korea after he canceled the summit because they insulted the vice president, they insulted the -- his national security adviser, and they also said they were going to go to nuclear war against us. they were going to defeat us in a nuclear war. we said, we're not going to have a summit under those circumstances. well, kim jong-un got back on his hands and knees and begged for it. >> this isn't even rudy giuliani's wheel house of what he's supposed to be doing. is this helpful? is this unhelpful? >> i don't know that it has much impact one way or the other. >> really? >> i do think -- look, i think there is a lot being said on both sides if you look at the rhetoric from the north koreans, similarly bombastic at times. but i think the point here is direct talks are a good idea. i have felt this most acutely
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sns i wo since trying to get otto warmbier back and he came back in a vegetative state and had been for 16 months, they refused to tell us because we had no direct diplomacy with him. with regard to the nuclear program and other issues including human rights, we need direct relations, direct talks and they need to be frank and productive and i hope this one will be. i support the summit. i think it is overdue. >> you are unveiling a report from senate republicans, just to be clear, this is a majority report, what it found was that following the iran nuclear deal in 2015, the obama administration tried to give iran access to the u.s. financial system. they were converting millions of dollars worth of reals to euros and the easiest way to do it, the best way to do it is to go through the u.s. dollar, that's what the currency is tied to. they were trying to give them access to do that. and in the end, banks actually refused to do this and the obama administration was not telling
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congress they were doing and certainly republicans feel very much that the administration wasn't being honest with them. what is the objective of your report here? >> by the way it is not just republicans, the state department itself at the time said that it was outside the scope of the agreement. so i think you stated it very well objectively speaking, they misled congress and misled the american people. and the permanent subcommittee on investigations is an oversight body. it is our job to expose those kind of misleading statements and in this case misleading testimony and the report also, of course, lays out legislative solutions. one is transparency. in other words, in the future, whether it is another agreement, which i hope we will have another one in the future, i hope we have a better one, whether it is an agreement with north korea, i hope we will end up with at some point following this summit, we need to be sure that congress and the american people are told in this case we were told that there was going to be no access to the u.s. financial system because as you recall, the primary sanctions
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stayed in lace with regaplace w iran. they were saying there was no access to the financial system, they were providing a license, a specific license to iran to be able to convert these reials to dollars and euros. it is important to have that oversight. >> as the administration leaves this deal, republicans don't like the deal. they're making the case certainly why leaving the deal was the right thing to do. but that said, how are you making the case for keeping americans safe? especially as we just heard here in recent days the ayatollah saying that they're going to enrich -- ordering an upgrade in uranium enrichment. >> well, there are several problems that i've had with the agreement all along. a majority of the united states senate, bipartisan majority, voted against the agreement. it wasn't adequate because you had to have a two-thirds vote under the rules we had.
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normally if it is a treaty, the other way around. you need a two-thirds vote to support it. but president obama chose not to pursue a treaty and instead he did something by executive action, which gave president trump the ability to change -- >> can you answer the question, senator, about just at this point in time, this is where we are, what about keeping america safe, as you have the ayatollah ordering more enrichment. >> again, the reason, we didn't think it kept america safe. it does have certain restrictions, but it does allow them to be able to enrich within the 15-year period and now within less 12-year period, so it frankly gives them a path to be able to not just enrich but move ahead with nuclear weapons program, but didn't do anything with regard to the other issue. this is where i think there was a -- not just a grave mistake, but we have seen over the last few years what has happened. look what is happening in syria, look what is happening with hezbollah, with the number one state sponsored terrorist in the world, none of them was pushed back. billions of dollars were given to the regime to support that.
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so it is further destabilized the region. since the agreement, look what happened in yemen as an example. we have put ourselves on a track where the -- has become more dangerous as a result of the agreement many my view. it means that we need a new agreement and get the europeans and others to work with us on that. that's what i support. >> senator portman, thank you so much. >> thank you. major developments out of the justice department, why former leaders of the fbi and doj are expected to face tough criticism. you wouldn't accept an incomplete job from any one else. why accept it from your allergy pills? flonase relieves your worst symptoms including nasal congestion, which most pills don't. flonase helps block 6 key inflammatory substances. most pills only block one. flonase.
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head investigator will likely mean tough new criticism for former fbi and doj officials. sources telling cnn the report will sharply rebuke james comey, the former fbi director, for his handling of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation, also expected to criticize actions by loretta lynch, the attorney general, and andrew mccabe, the number two then at the fbi. cnn's laura jarrett breaking this news for us this morning. great reporting, laura. tell us what you learned. >> well, this long awaited report is still not publicly released yet, but sources tell us it will be exhaustive and thorough, running over the course of nearly 500 pages. and here's what we expect. the role of james comey, especially leading up to that july 2016 controversial announcement when he came out to the public without any justice department approval, he said that he was recommending no charges against clinton, but he also said that he found her
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extremely careless. but the ig is also looking into, of course, that letter that he sent to lawmakers just days before the november 2016 election, informing them that he had essentially reopened the clinton e-mail probe despite, again, justice officials telling him that that would be against department protocol, so close to the election. now, comey said in the past he's open to a full airing on this. he doesn't think he did anything wrong, if he did, he wants to hear about it. the crucial question here, brianna, how much the inspector general will assist the motives of these former officials as opposed to criticizing just process. >> and we also learned that the department of justice is prepared to make an offer to the gang of eight, so top intel committee officials, top leadership in congress, to get a briefing on this confidential fbi source that met with trump campaign advisers during the 2016 election. this is the spy gate allegation unfounded by the president. he said there was a spy in his campaign, a confidential informant.
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tell us about that. >> that was a new development late last night. and at first glance, you might think this is a major concession from the justice department. of course, for months they had been saying they couldn't turn over the documents to those on capitol hill, because they were trying to protect the source and their methods and the relationships with foreign countries. but we learned last night they made that concession weeks ago and at the gang of eight meeting in late may, they offered the documents to lawmakers, but they went untouched in that meeting, so now they will offer more documents, answers to more questions, early next week, and this comes on the heels of house speaker paul ryan breaking with the president, saying he has found no evidence that the fbi did anything wrong in the handling of this confidential intelligence source. >> made them available and went up touched. laura jarrett, thank you so much. for more, let's bring in former federal prosecutor shan wu with us here.
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so, shan, thank you for being with us. the report as you heard laura detail is going to really take issue with a couple of moments when we're talking specifically about jim comey. first one has to do with what he said in july 2016, sort of the time it looked like the cap on the clinton e-mail investigation, she had used a private e-mail as secretary of state, a private server housed in the basement of her home, and this was the sort of unusual statement that he made. let's refresh our memories. >> although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. >> he took this unusual step of publicly saying that, right? that was very odd for people who know how this normally goes down. then there was the decision that he made just days before the election to alert members of congress which, let's be honest, is basically going public with something, that there were more
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e-mails found on anthony weiner's computer, hillary clinton e-mails, that could be of concern that many democrats say that's what cost the election, debatable. how significant is this? >> i think when you take a look at comey's statement there, it is fascinating, he says no reasonable prosecutor. he's not a prosecutor. he's head of the fbi. that really highlights what an unusual situation that was for him to be delivering that news at that time without going through the doj -- without going through the attorney general lynch at that time. >> doesn't surprise you that this is something that the inspector general, the independent inspector general is taking issue with? >> no. that's a very long tradition when i was at justice, very cognizant of that issue, not saying anything about an investigation that could interfe interfere, too close to election. i think that horowitz will take a close look at that and will be quite critical. >> that's what the ig is going to say, hello, should have known this, you did know this, you were made aware. >> absolutely.
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comey, in many public statements, talks about how he wrestled with that issue, he was the loser of that wrestling match. >> loretta lynch, she was the attorney general at the time, and during the election, bill clinton on the tarmac in arizona, goes up into her plane, they have a chat for a considerable period of time considering the former president's wife was being looked at for her e-mail practices. she, along with andrew mccabe, the number two at the department, he's criticized for lag time, right? there was an awareness that these e-mails were on anthony weiner's laptop in september and then they didn't get the warrant until late october. so these two are also going to be criticized, we understand. >> yeah, absolutely. i think for former ag lynch, a big concern is failure of leadership. i get the fact she had been burned by the tarmac conversation but she doubled down on that. with regard to mccabe, the big question is the timing. that's a great october surprise.
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and the question is going to be what intent was really going on there. >> could it have just been a september surprise? who knows? these are all questions we may never know the answers to. shan, thank you so much. appreciate it. samantha bee back on her show and apologizing to ivanka trump for a very vulgar comment using a word that begins with "c." what she says she would have done differently. do not mistake serenity for weakness. do not misjudge quiet tranquility for the power of 335 turbo-charged horses. the lincoln mkx, more horsepower than the lexus rx350. and a quiet interior from which to admire them. for a limited time,
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comedian samantha bee returning to her show "full frontal" last night for first time since she called ivanka trump the "c" word. she apologized and went a step further questioning the outrage over her comment. take a listen. >> if you are worried about the death of civility, don't sweat it. i'm a comedian. people who hone their voices in basement bars while yelling back at drunk hecklers are not paragonz par paragons of civility. i'm sorry i said the word. but civility is just nice words.
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maybe we should all worry a little bit more about the niceness of our actions. >> joining me now, comedian heather mcdonald, with us, and cnn political commentator se cupp as well. i was -- starting with you, heather, what did you think about the apology? >> i thought it was really good. you know, it is a comedy show, though it is extremely political. and it is definitely her point of view. so if you weren't watching it before, maybe now you've discovered it or you probably don't like her because it is not your point of view. so as far as she's saying -- using the words, yeah, i mean, it is a comedy show. and i said this before that i just kind of -- i think the censors and her producer and the people at tbs are the ones that kind of failed her in that situation. they should have thought a step ahead of her and edited it, but now that it is out there, i thought she handled it well. >> se, as part of the apology, she said she uses that word before in her show, which we
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have reported, to sort of reclaim the word, right? but in this case, she said she -- essentially she was saying that's not the use that she gave it in this case, and she apologized. what it did you think of her -- i see it on your face, tell us. >> to heather's point, it is a comedy show. and there is nothing funny about calling a mother the "c" word as an insult, as a misogynistic slur because she posted a picture with her kid. so, those are sort of incongruous. the apology was fine, but it was couched in like a dozen different cod sills, one, i'm a comedian, don't look to me for civility. also, you should be more civil in your own actions. and i used the word before. and i've been using it to reclaim it. and i'm not sorry to ted cruz and men. so somewhere in there was an
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apology. but when you have to stuff all that other stuff around it, the apology kind of gets lost. look, i'm ready to move on and let sam bee go back to her job of being funny, i guess, but that conversation can be over now. but there is still a conversation, i think, to be had about whether the left gets let off the hook a bit more easily than the right. >> and, sorry, heather, go on. >> as a comedian in the last -- especially the last five or six years, especially -- there has been words that suddenly as you know are no longer appropriate, that people have had jokes for a long time, the r word, which is, if i can just say it, is retarded, you cannot say that word in comedy acts anymore, you really shouldn't. we know about f-a-g, if this is a word that probably shouldn't be used directed at a specific
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person anymore, i think that's okay. we can change our vernacular. i think that's the lesson to be learned. i don't think it is worth it. i think now we know that it did offend the majority of people and when you're dependent on advertisers and a big network keeping your show going and paying your bills, take it out of your vocabulary. i don't think she'll say it again if she's smart. >> she said it, while she was trying to make a point about immigration, which i mean, like, who even pays attention now to what she was saying? she really sort of shot herself in the foot when it came to making her point, right? she used the word before and it is -- there is something about this that was different. different to advertisers too. but you say it is not fair treatment. >> look, just do an exercise, do a mental exercise, close your eyes, and imagine roseanne saying, and i'm not equating the two, what roseanne said was worse, imagine roseanne saying
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about her racist slur, i'm a comedian, don't look to me for civility, you should be more civil in your acts, i used planet of the apes as a reference before, no one would buy that as a sufficient apology. i'm not equating them, but at the same time, what sam bee did was a whole lot of self-rationalizing, some virtue signaling as well, in the midst of an apology. i'll note, not a real apology to ivanka trump, who she slurred for no reason. and if she was trying to make some political point, that was lost. so she used her to join the misogynist club and call her the "c" word which may have been funny for comedians, never appropriate for individual women, and didn't really heart feldt felt way apologize to ivanka. >> she does say i didn't mean to offend anyone. yes, you did. you wanted to offend ivanka and
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the administration. so, yes, you did. you realized not the whole world agree with you, sometimes there are people in the show and with the staff and the point of view of the show they believe the whole world agrees with them and everything they say, once she got that backlash, she realized, no, i hurt a lot of other women in the process of that and i think that's what she was apologizing to. >> heather and se, i appreciate the conversation. thank you so much, heather mcdonelm mcdonald, se cupp with us. rudy giuliani is standing by comments after he attacked stormy daniels' credibility for her profession, what he's telling cnn about his remarks. we'll have that next. hear that sizzle? yeah. red lobster's lobster & shrimp summerfest is back! get all the lobster and shrimp you crave, together in so many new ways. there's new cedar plank seafood bake. tender maine lobster and shrimp, cedar roasted to perfection. or new caribbean lobster and shrimp. sweet pineapple salsa on grilled rock lobster, paired with jumbo coconut shrimp.
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stormy daniels filing a new lawsuit, the president filing -- filing a new lawsuit, daniels suing cohen and keith davidson claiming the two men worked together in an attempt to manipulate her into denying the affair with trump. and joining me now is cnn national political reporter m.j. lee. so it continues. >> that's right. michael cohen is being sued again by stormy daniels, but in this new lawsuit stormy daniels is not only suing michael cohen, but also her former lawyer keith davidson. what she's alleging in this new lawsuit filed yesterday is basically that the two men colluded to work against her, and to try to protect president trump and what is at the basis of this lawsuit are a series of text messages that keith davidson and michael cohen exchanged between january and march of this year. and according to the lawsuit,
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this is at a point in time when the two men allegedly learned about an "in touch" magazine interview that was going to come out and they wanted to stop that from happening and wanted stormy daniels to go on the sean hannity show to deny that she had an affair with donald trump. here is a part of the text messages, this is after they had already gone back and forth, discussing this interview, and michael cohen appears to have changed his mind. he said, keith, the wise men all believe the story is dying and don't think it's smart for her to do any interviews. let her do her thing, but no interviews at all with anyone. and then you see keith davidson response, 100% in agreement. and michael cohen says, thanks, pal. now, the lawyers for both keith davidson and michael cohen have responded. they are dismissing this as a frivolous lawsuit and an attempt by michael avenatti, stormy daniels' current lawyer, a part of his publicity tour, essentially. however, michael avenatti, of course, is arguing that all of this show s that this is a big
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cover-up, there was something nefarious going on and he said there is more text messages he's trying to get his hands on. >> hard to know if -- they do sound pretty cozy, it is hard to know if that's just how they talk, but, okay, so rudy giuliani, listen to what he said about stormy daniels yesterday. >> when you look at stormy daniels, i know donald trump, look at his three wives, right? beautiful women, classy women, women of great substance, stormy daniels? explain to me how she could be damaged? she has no reputation. if you're going to sell your body for money, you just don't have a reputation. >> now what is he saying about this, m.j.? >> well, you can imagine the comments created a bit of an uproar. he's standing by them. dana bash spoke with giuliani today and he said feminists should not defend the porn industry and said this, if you're involved in a slimy business that says something
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about you, says something about how far you'll go to make money, a real point about her is that she's not just generally uncredible, she's uncredible from the point of view of wanting to get money. she is a con artist. if that's what the president's lawyer is saying, you can easily imagine, brianna, how all of this is going to get nastier and nastier. >> says a man who is a lawyer who has talked about paying off people for his client and one of clients, one client he's representing now has appeared on "playboy" specials, i guess. we have to point out all the facts there. m.j. lee, thank you. golden state warrior fans, they have the brooms out. they're now one win away from being back-to-back nba champs. the bleacher report is next. ♪ with expedia you could book a flight, hotel, car and activity all in one place. ♪
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it is the bar. the golden state warriors now one win away from the third title in four years and andy scholes, you know what that means, here with this morning's bleacher report. >> it is not looking good for the cavs. 131 times in nba history a team has fallen behind 0-3 in a playoff series, every single one of those times, that team lost. this series is over. the warriors will be champions again, only a matter of time. this bleacher report update brought to you by ford. game three last night, another good game. first quarter lebron continuing to look super human, throwing the alley hoop to himself. he was great again, finishing with 33 points. kevin durant even better. under a minute to go, from way
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downtown, he led golden state with 43 points, they win 110-102. lebron saying durant is one of best the game has ever seen. >> one of the best players that i've ever played against. this league has ever seen. his ability to handle the ball, shoot the ball, you know, make plays, at his length, his size, his speed, so there it is, margin of error is very low. you can't, you know, it is like playing the patriots, you can't have mistakes, they won't beat themselves. >> the warriors go for the sweep and third title friday night in game four. steelers linebacker ryan shazier holding his first press conference. he's able to walk in with the help of a cane. he said his plan is to one day play again. >> my dream is to come back and play football again. i've been working my tail off every single day. i have that in my back of my mind every single time i go to
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rehab, and, you know, i try to stay positive every single day. i'm just trying to do everything i can to get back. >> good luck to ryan and his battle to get back to playing once again. >> indeed. andy scholes, thank you so much. i'm brianna keilar. "at this hour" with kate bolduan starts right now. >> hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. pulling back the curtain at the justice department today. cnn is learning new details about the highly anticipated report from the department's internal watchdog. the inspector general's report that is not yet released is expected to cite a number of mistakes in the government's handling of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. and sources say that the ig is finding misconduct coming from the very top of the department. we're talking about former attorney general loretta lynch, fired fbi director james comey, specifically his handling of the investigation at key moments, you can probably guess what those are, we're also learning the justice department is

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