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going out to the service member who died and the four additional service members who have been wounded and med evaced out of the area. >> barbara starr at the pentagon. thank you. tune in sunday to cnn for state of the union. my ges guest is diane fine stoond stein and will start at 9:00 a.m. and noon eastern. i turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." see you sunday. happening now, breaking news. new manafort charges. the special counsel issues a new indictment against former trump campaign chairman paul manafort. slapping him and a russian associate with obstruction and conspiracy charges. is there a connection to russian intelligence? making russia g-8 again. already feuding with close u.s. allies, president trump cast a darker cloud over the g-7 summit by saying russia should be welcomed back making it the g-8 summit again. why is he rewarding bad behavior? pardon my friends.
he called the power to pardon a beautiful thing and he could pardon himself but won't need to. and now he's suggesting nfl players who kneel during the national anthem should recommend people they think should be pardoned. and leaking senate secrets? a long time senate intelligence committee staff ser dharjed with lying to the fbi during a leaked investigation. did he share secrets about the russia probe with reporters? i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. breaking news. special counsel robert mueller hits former trump campaign chairman paul manafort with a new indictment charging him and the russia ally with obstruction and conspiracy for alleged witness tampering as president trump refused to rule out a pardon for manafort andin fury ated allies at the g-7 summit along with the republicans by
saying russia should be readmitted to the group of nations. i'll speak with foremaner obama adviser and author ben rhodes and our correspondents are standing by with full coverage. but to the breaking news. a new indictment by the special counsel robert mueller. we begin with our justice correspondent evan perez. walk us through these new charges. >> reporter: these new charges represent the latest effort to pile on pressure on paul manafort to make a deal and tell prosecutors what he knows. the former trump campaign chairman is now charged obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct this investigation. and this week we saw prosecutors accuse manafort of witness tam perg and they asked a judge to consider revoking his bail until he goes to trial later this year. he's already facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison if he's found guilty of the charges that he's already facing which are money laundering and other financial crimes and failing to register as a foreign agent. this is all related to work that
manafort did before he joined the trump campaign to lobby on behalf of the pro-russian government in ukraine. and manafort is said to contact witnesses to try to get them to lie to prosecutors. manafort has pleaded not guilty to charges he's -- he's facing and he has a deadline today to respond to witness tampering allegations and due in court next week. where a judge could decide that he could go back to jail. >> who is the other individual, this russian who also has now been charged? >> his name is konstantin kilimnik and a business partner of manafort and he's believed to live in moscow and until today prosecutors have only cited him in court papers without naming him. he's facing the same charges of obstruction and conspiracy that manafort now faced and prosecutors claim that the fbi considers kilimnik to be closely
tied to russian intelligence. kilimnik said in media interviews he's not tied to russian intelligence and he has nothing to do with it. but he's now the 20th person who has been charged in the mueller investigation. >> stand by. i want to bring in our chief legal analyst jeff ty toobin. how serious is the case manafort now faces? >> this is just a world of trouble for manafort. in part because this case is so much simpler than the rest of the case. the rest of the case involves complex financial crimes. this case is simply about going to people who are obviously kooptsing with t -- who are cooperating with the mueller investigation and telling them, according to the indictment, they should lie to investigators and about a straightforward fact and about whether they were lobbying europe, which would be legal, or lobbying the united states which would be require registration which they didn't do. it is another charge and it is
pretty simple one to prove and it is -- it is a big problem. yet another for paul manafort. >> and it certainly is. what does it tell us right now about what mueller is trying to achieve? his strategy. >> well it is quite obvious that they are leaning on paul manafort in every possible way in order to get him to cooperate. plead guilty and tell him what they know. and he is facing just a blizzard of charges. remember he has one set of charges in the district of columbia and another set of charges in virginia, in arlington, just across the river. two separate trials. this presumably will be added to the d.c. case. but it is a legal or deal that month people would try toe avoid in every possible -- >> hold on for a moment. the president is now speaking with the prime minister of -- the prime minister trudeau of canada. i want to listen in. >> thank you very much. >> we didn't discuss it.
>> can you come to an agreement on a joint statement -- >> i think we'll have a joints -- >> we'll see. >> are you leaving early? >> [ inaudible question ] -- >> there at the g7 summit in canada right now. and evan, we'll find out what the president said at the beginning of that for our viewers and you were about to make one more point. >> in addition to what jeffrey was saying, manafort had a choice of making -- consolidating the two cases so he only faced one trial but now he has two trials, one here in d.c. and one in virginia. the one in virginia is coming up at the end of july, later on in d.c. and so even if he's found guilty -- or innocent in one venue, he is facing sig charges and could spend the rest of his life in prison -- >> and you are also saying in the coming days, his bail could be revoked. he could wind up spending time in jail. >> as the prosecutors point out, one of the quickest ways to get people to cooperate is to let them spend a few days in jail. >> we'll see what happens on that. i know you'll both be back
later. but other news we're following. feuding with america's closest allies, president trump raised the stakes today before he left washington for the g7 summit in quebec by calling for russia readmission to the group. let's go to our chief white house correspondent jim acosta in canada for us at the summit. the president has been meeting face-to-face with his counterparts today. so what is the mood like? >> reporter: that is right. wolf, president trump met with two u.s. allies turned adversaries and you just saw one of them. justib trudeau and macron earlier today and before he arrived at the summit, the president made jaws drop when he declared russia should be welcomed back into the g7, that is hardly the most alarming comment of the day. rocking critical relationships with major u.s. allies, president trump has turned this summit into the omg-7. the world top economic powers gathered in canada rattled by
the president saiz trade threats cringed again when he suggested welcoming russia back into what was once known as the g-8. >> i'm russia's worst nightmare. and putin will say, man, i wish hillary won because you see what i do. but with that being said, russia should be in this meeting. why are we having a meeting without russia being in the meeting? >> reporter: that left other foreign leaders and members of congress to remind the president that russia was kicked out of the g-8 for the invasion of ukraine and the meddling in the 2016 election and the recent poison attack in the u.k. blamed on the kremlin. >> naturally they will change their mind at the same time we will not stop trying to convince our american friends and president trump that undermining this order makes no sense at
all. >> reporter: john mccain said in a statement, the president has shown our adversaries the deference and esteem for our closest allies, leaving the white house he tries to clean up this comment when he down played preparing for the upcoming summit with kim jong-un. >> i don't have to prepare very much. it is about attitude and what it is to get things done. >> reporter: the president attempted to make the case that his career in real estate prepared him for his nuclear talks. >> i say i've been preparing all of my life. i believe in preparation. but i've been preparing all of my life. you know, these one week preparations, they don't work. just ask hillary what happened to her in the debates. >> reporter: the president is still z-- defending the tariffs on key trading partners. >> we have massive trade deficit with almost every country. >> reporter: but that has other leaders at the summit referring to this as the g-6 plus 1 and
the trump the odd man out and macron said the american president might not mind being isolated. >> and the president is talking about granting more pardons with other celebrities on his mind like muhammad ali convicted for evading the u.s. draft. >> you have to get it right and get the right people. i am looking at muhammad ali. >> reporter: the problem is the pardon isn't necessary as his attorney said in a statement, the u.s. supreme court overturned the conviction of him in a unanimous decision in 1971. there is no conviction from which a pardon is needed. still the president has another pardon he can't stop talking about or himself. >> no, i'm not above the law. i never want anybody to be alove the law. and yes, i do have an absolute right to pardon myself but i'll never to do it because i didn't do anything wrong. and everybody knows it. >> reporter: now the president plans to leave the summit
earlier than expected, tomorrow he will miss out on meetings here in quebec on climate change and on the state of the world's oceans but mr. trump has oceans to cross of his own to sit down for what may be the most important negotiation of his life and that is the nuclear talks with kim jong-un set to begin next week in singapore. you could hear the music here playing and in quebec city and the president looking to make some harmony with kim jong-un here in a few days in singapore. >> flying from canada to singapore. jim accost aurks thank you. and now joining us, ben rhodes the national security adviser to obama and author of a book entitled "the world as it is, a memoir of the obama white house." thanks for joining us. congratulations on the new book. i'll ask you about it in a moment and i want to talk about the summits and let pl-- let me get the reaction to the charges of paul manafort and his russian associate. >> i think this is the 20th indictment that we've seen come
down and it just shows that while there is all of the noise and trump tries to create distraction, bob mueller is building a case that i think leads up to high levels around trump. >> be specific? when you say very high levels around trump, what do you suspect what will happen? >> only bob mueller knows that, wolf. but i think there is a lot of smoke and i suspect there is fire there when we comes to the fact that we know russia interfered in the election and we've learned about far more contacts between trump associates and the russians than i knew when i walked out of the white house so i think mueller will put that picture together for us. >> let's talk about the summit. there is serious strings -- not necessarily with some of the nonallies but with allies of the united states and now the president is suggesting openly, he was boasting about this, russia should be readmitted to the g7 -- make it the g8 once again. and you were in the obama administration when it went from
the g8 to the g7. what is your reaction to the president's proposal to bring in the russians and let them be part of the g7. >> it is astonishing. we kicked russia out of the g8 because they annexed crimea and worked with europe to put sanctions on russia. and what we're seeing is the unraveling of the post world war ii international border with the u.s. and allies at the center and that will have impact on the global security for the years to come and frankly it is exactly what putin would want. why would putin interfere in our election and help donald trump get elektss, a split between the alliance of the world's democrats would be the greatest return. >> so you think putin is winning right now. >> he's absolutely winning. that is what he wants. >> and who do you credit for that win? >> what is so astonishing, the atlantic alliance, the alliance of democrat with stood adversaries over the years and
decades. it is a u.s. president donald trump who is precipitating this crisis for no good reason. >> the other big summit on tuesday in singapore, the president with kim jong-un. the president sug-- suggested h been preparing a long time. it is more attitude that is important in dealing with kim jong-un than preparation. the key is, is kim jong-un ready to take concrete steps toward denuclearization of the korean peninsula. do you believe he is? >> i don't see that he is. i see he believes he's in a position of strength having consolidated the nuclear weapons and missile program. frankly, it takes a huge amount of preparation. i talk about the iran deal took seven years of sanctions to get there. the opening to cuba, i must have it 20 meetings with castro, raul castro's son before we put barack obama in the room and in north korea you are talking about issues of nuclear program and what is their program and what do we put in place in inspections and do with our
sanctions and very intricate details and frankly i don't think president trump has done the necessary preparation to have this successful summit. >> low expectations. you are speaking before the iran nuclear deal which the president ripped up. you were part of the team that put that deal together and now a senate report from republicans are saying the obama administration, you served in the obama administration, actively misled congress about an -- an effort to help iran before the deal was signed get access to $5.7 billion held in -- and the treasury department would lift sanctions for the one-time deal and they are angry that you did this and they say you never informed congress about it. >> no, look, jack lew said -- >> he was the treasury secretary. >> yes. and we said we'll have to find ways to help iran get access to the own money -- >> before the deal was signed. >> this is how the deal was implemented. >> but it not been signed when you lifted the sanctions on the $5.7 billion. >> this is part of our commitm as we were negotiating the deal.
it was iran's own money that they had to get access to. and by the way -- >> but they wouldn't have had access unless the treasury department said they could -- a couple of u.s. banks make the transition from their currency to dollars and then to euros. the banks didn't want to do it because they thought it would violate the sanctions. >> and this is the point. this is a single license granted and never even used. and the fact that here we are -- they got what they wanted. they tore up the iran deal and scrapped the iran deal and instead of actually putting forward a policy for nuclear weapons going forward, they are investigating things in a partisan way that happened years ago. and frankly what is more concerning to me is the fact that a few days ago the supreme leader of iran said they're going to resume the nuclear enrichment activities. that is what we should be worried about here. >> to be precise, of the $5.7 billion, did you notify congress that you wanted a one-time lifting of sanctions to allow that money to be freed up, iranian money, in order to -- so
they would have access to it? >> my understanding is that -- at the end of the administration. and again, i think jack lew in testimony and adam zubbin our sanctions expert had said that we're going to have to take steps to allow iran access its own money and this was a routine license that the treasury department issued so i think this is consistent with how we've approached sanctions for many years. >> you saw the release yesterday. and the book, anybody who reads the book, you spent time writing it, what is the most important thing a reading will learn from this book? >> well i want them to know what experience is like. i had the unique position of being 29 years old and pretty anonymous when i went to work on the obama came and 31 when i came into the white house and then close to president obama and i wanted to take people into that experience and what is it like to be in those rooms an walk into the west wing and realize it is just you and 20 or 30 officers making the decision and what is president obama like
not just in the moments at the situation table, not this one but the one in the white house. >> you mean there is one at the house? >> there is. but what is he like behind closed door and in between s sum -- summits and i wanted to take people through that -- and through the eight years to have the unique opportunity to be there the first day of the administration and fly with him on the final flight on air force one to california with his family after the inauguration and to tell that storey, and . u >> you spent a lot of time in the white house situation room and what do you think of our situation room. >> the graphics are much better. >> years are 1980s. >> but i think we have more comfortable chairs and you have better graphics. >> ben rhodes is the author, thanks very much for coming in. >> thanks. up next, more breaking news. former trump chairman paul manafort is hit with new charges by the special counsel, including obstruction and conspiracy charged along with him an associate said to have
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breaking news. more indictments in the special counsel russia investigation. former trump campaign chairman paul manafort already facing charges ranging from money laundering to lying to investigators and now standing accused of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice and those same charges were -- levied against konstantin kilimnik. and our experts are watching this. and kilimnik has suspected tied
to russian intelligence services. how does he fit and how does all of this fit into the mueller investigation? >> well first off, i think we learned today that paul manafort's disregard for the rule of law knows no bounds, regardless of how many ankle bracelets he's wearing and the fact that he's been indicted for a second time along with kilimnik tells us there is one more potential touch point with russian intelligence. and he's denied the claims and we don't yet have any information from the fbi directly linking him to russian intelligence. but we do know that there are multiple touch points between members of the campaign and the gru, the fsb and various parts of the russian government and my question from a national security perspective is whether the fbi now comes back and does have more information about kilimnik's direct ties with russian intelligence. >> and he denies any ties with russian -- and these are allegations. nothing proven yet and manafort
has pled not guilty in all of these charges. at least so far. but big picture, jeffrey toobin and i want your analysis because you've seen the cases unfold. it tells us a lot about where the robert mueller investigation is heading. >> right. and the simple message here is that they are putting every bit of pressure they can on paul manafort to plead guilty and cooperate. to flip. to testify and tell the investigators what they know. this -- this indictment is worse than just another indictment. because this claim that he approached these witnesses and tried to get them to lie to investigators, it is also the basis for the mueller team's effort to -- to end his bail. to revoke his bail. and next week, there is going to be a hearing at the same time that manafort is arraigned.
the mueller team will go to the judge and say, look, this guy should not be out on bail because he's obstructing justice while he is out on bail and that is something judges look very unkindly on. they don't have to find proof beyond a reasonable doubt and i would say paul manafort's freedom is hanging by a thread at this moment and it is even more pressure to plead guilty if you are waiting for your trial in jail as opposed to out on bail. >> it is one thing to have an ankle bracelet and another thing to be in a cell which he potentially could be in the coming days. jackie kissin itch, the president was asked about a pardon for manafort. he didn't rule it out and reiterated his belief -- his strong belief that he has the power to even pardon himself. listen to this exchange. >> i'm not above the law. i never want anybody to be above the law. but the pardons are very positive thing for a president. i think you see the way i'm using them. and yes, i do have an absolute right to pardon myself.
but i'll never have to do it because i didn't do anything wrong. and everybody knows it. there is no collusion, there has been no obstruction. >> will you pardon paul manafort? >> i haven't even -- i haven't even thought about it. >> what about michael cohen? >> i haven't thought about any of it. it is certainly -- it is far too early to be thinking about that. they haven't been convicted of anything. there is nothing to pardon. it is far too early -- it is far too early to be thinking about it. >> does that seem like he's sending a signal of sorts? >> one of the things we've seen over the past -- i don't know how many months at this point -- is between giuliani and president trump his associates trying to undermine the mueller investigation and when he's talking about the pardons, he didn't say it there but he talks about being frooet treat-- abou treated unfairly and that is laying the ground work for pardons if the russian witch hunt and these people are
treated unfairly, he might use that as a way to pardon them. >> but pardoning manafort, that would be a huge deal and cause a big uproar. do you think the president will do that? >> he would not rule out pardoning paul manafort and paul manafort is someone who has been indictmented indictment on conspiracy and money laundering and lying to the fbi and pled not guilty and declined to cooperate with the special counsel. now you have the obstruction charges on top of everything else. and so while the president has brought authority when it comes to pardons, paul manafort is not someone who has behaved like an innocent man and i also think that the big question is the intent of the president's pardon and if it is seen as an effort to protect himself and to prevent witnesses from cooperating who may testify against him or his campaign, that looks like, to a lot of people, obstruction of justice. >> and jeffrey toobin, i want to ask the question, and give me your reaction, do you think manafort is holding out for a
possible pardon? >> it has to occur to him and he has to be encouraged by what he's seen. look at the people he's pardons. desouza who pled guilty to campaign finance and he can hardly claim it is unjust case since he pled guilty and scooter libby deeply involved in republican politics and most importantly to quote john boehner, this is the trump party now. it is not the republican party. there is nothing he can do that will alienate the members of the house of representatives. they are so closely tied to the president at this point that he could pardon -- he could pardon paul manafort tomorrow and good old jeff flake would come out and say, this is really bad and paul ryan would say, i'm very concerned and then nothing would happen. and that has to be on everybody's mind. the pardons have come at no political cost to the president. in fact, it is some benefit.
>> and the republicans you mentioned and others are not seeking re-election either which is a significant point. let's talk about the g7 summit, sam. the president today said, you know what, it should be the g8 and russia should be brought back in even though back in 2014 russia was kicked out for invading crimea and ukraine. >> and i was at the last g 8 and i could tell you it was a intense meeting. and interesting thing is what the president didn't say in that statement before the media, it should be an aspirational goal for all of us that russia be invited back into the now g7 and they are a major economy and playing a huge role in the world stage but what he didn't add on is what they had to do to be invited back to the party and that is similar to what he said about kim jong-un, maybe he'll invite kim jong-un to the white house. again, should be an aspirational goal at some point but we have to lay out the preconditions for getting these carrots that people hold out so much hope for. >> in saying, jacking, that russia should be part of the g8
and the president said may not be politically correct to say that. but what does it say to you about his sort of vision for diplomacy? >> well he's reached out his hand to despots and dik-- and ds and stress testing the relationship with u.s. allies. we've seen it over and over again. but sam and i were talking about this in the green room. it is also -- it is not politically incorrect, it is politically tone deaf because there is a bipartisan coalition in the house and the senate that favor russia sanctions and that favor what happens with the g8 when russia did leave. so the fact that he continues to be -- so accommodating to russia, it really is -- it is troubling for a lot of politicians here in the u.s. >> let me read to you, sabrina, john mccain's statement that he released today after the president said bring the russians back in. the president has inexplicably shown our adversaries the
deference and esteem reserved for the closest allies and those nations that share our values and sacrificed along us for decades are being treated with contempt. this is the antithesis of so-called principaled realism and a sure path to diminishing america's leadership in the world. very strong words from senator john mccain blasting the statement from the president. >> and sarah mccain is one of the vocal critics against vladimir putin and moscow and to jeffrey's point that the republicans in congress by enlarge have been willing to give this president a pass and that includes on his posture toward russia. you think about the sanctions passed by congress last year and the new round of sanctions against mosquo and the president implements those with great delay, a month and a half and declined to take punitive action toward the support of the assad regime in syria and he testified on capitol hill that he's not doing enough to prevent moscow
from meddling in our election and despite the assertion he's taken a tough line against russia, you have more and more evidence that he's doing the opposite. >> before he left washington, left the white house, jeffrey to head off to canada for the g7, he spent 20 minutes answering reporters questions on the south lawn of the white house and out of the blue he sugts-- he sugge the nfl players that want to protest -- and get down on a knee, he would welcome them perhaps offering some ideas for additional pardons. listen to this. >> you should stand for our national anthem. you shouldn't go in a locker room when our national anthem is played. i'm going to ask all of those people to recommend to me because that is what their protesting, people they think were unfairly treated by the justice system and i understand that. and i'm going to ask them to
recommend to me people that were unfairly treated, friends of theirs or people that they know about and i'm going to take a look at those applications and if i find in my committee and they find they are unfairly treated, then we will pardon them or at least let them out. >> what does that say to you, jeffrey, about the president reaching out to the nfl players? >> well, no one can certainly object to the idea that people that are unjustly impressed could get a hearing from the president. it is worth remembering that president obama had a elaborate program after 2014 where he offer offered commutation and letting people out of prison to more than a thousand low level drug offenders who he thought he had received excessive sentences. so there is some press den-- pr for this. obama didn't do it by asking football players their advice. they had a more structured
program. but if the president wants to take seriously claims of unjust imprisonment, so much the better. >> how do you see it jackie? the political implication, this is a specific proposal he offered the nfl players. >> right. but that is a -- it is handing a get out of jail free card is different than the reforming criminal justice system. he has an attorney general who has been -- who has completely reversed everything that eric holder and president obama did to try to -- to reschedule how drug offenses are handled. i think those actions speak louder than words. we'll see what he does as jeffrey said. it is not -- it is not necessarily a negative thing but it does overlook the systemic problems in that system. >> sabrina? >> i think the president is clearly trying to exploit the so-called culture wars when it comes to this issue. but jackie's point gets to the crux of this issue, which is these protests were designed to draw attention to police brutality and criminal justice
reform. there is bipartisan support in congress, both republicans and democrats alike, prefer to move away from mandatory minimums for low level drug offenses as jackie pointed out and jeff sessions and trump justice department have done the opposite and reversed the obama era policy and gone back to mandatory minimums but it is not just about pardons but changing his own policy, we went through a lot. >> stick around. there is plor news. a senate staffer charged with lying to federal agents as they investigate leaks of classified information. we'll bring you the very latest. and whiskers on kittens ♪ s ♪ bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens ♪ ♪ brown paper packages tied up with strings ♪ ♪ these are a few of my favorite things ♪ ♪ ♪
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breaking news, a top staffer on the senate intelligence committee is charged with lying to forward investigators as they probe for leaks of classified information. our justice correspondent jessica schneider is working the story. gue give us the latest details. >> reporter: he was the senate staffer who was in charge of safeguarding that sensitive and classified information. and now charged with lying to the fbi. and when james wolff left the federal courthouse and he was stone faced and silent and refusing to answer questions from reporters but federal prosecutors say in the past few years he did plenty of talking to reporters and they say when he was questioned about it, they say he lied. mr. wolfe, did you leak classified documents?
>> tonight a charge of false statements during a leak investigation and the president and the justice department made cracking down on leakers a top priority. >> it is very interesting that they caught a leaker. and a very important -- and it is a very important leaker. >> reporter: 57-year-old james wolfe from the senate intelligence committee was arrested for lying to federal agents during the investigation into the leaking of classified information. acording to a federal indictment. he lied to fbi last december about contacts with four reporters, including using encrypt apps to community and he told investigators he had no personal relationships with any reporters. but after being confronted with evidence, he admitted to engaging in a multi-year personal relationship with one reporter who now works for the new york times, ally watkins. federal prosecutors say the pair exchanged tens of thousands of electronic communications. in one text, he said, i always try to give you as much
information that i could and to do the right thing with it so you could get that scoop before anyone else. i felt like i was part of your excitement and was always very supportive of your career and the tenacity that you exhibited to chase down a good story. according to the court filing, watkins who then worked for buzzfeed wrote a story revealing the identity of an individual who appears to be carter page a foreign policy adviser who previously met with russians. wolfe had access to a classified document that identified page and was in touch with watkins the same day she published the story. the indictment alleged that wolfe revealed that the committee had subpoenaed a witness who also appears to be carter page. >> i'm a big believer in freedom of the press but i'm also a believer that you cannot leak classified information. >> reporter: wolf blitz pressed mark warner the committee vice chairman and he refused to provide any details.
>> this is an ongoing legal proceeding. it is now in the hands of the department of justice and i'll have nothing to add. >> reporter: but in a joint statement, warner and senator richard burr, the chairman of the intelligence committee called the news disappointing saying the charges don't appear to include anything about the mishandling of classified information, the committee take this is matter seriously. the the indictment and details of the investigation are raising concerns for some about this administration's aggressive pursuit of leakers. "the new york times" reported that the department of justice ceased her e-mail and phone records but not the content of the communications. >> the reason we know about the government is because some people have the courage to come forward and reveal often misconduct by government officials. if you -- if the government over-reaches, though, and places roer reporters under this kind of skrut- -- skrutsinny and investigation, it
will affect the press and sources for the press. >> reporter: and the attorney for that new york times reporter called it disconcerting that her phone and e-mail records were seized. now when it comes to james wolfe, he has been released until the next court appearance in washington, d.c. on tuesday and if he is convicted of the three charges of lying to the fbi, he does face up to 15 years in prison. >> jessica, thank you. coming up, president trump huddling with world leaders in canada amid an escalating trade war and why is he stoking tensions with american allies and calling for russia's readmission to an exclusive global club. and later, we remember the life of chef and author and adventurer anthony bourdain and talk candidly about suicide. and if you or someone you love need help, you could call the national suicide prevention lifeline 24 hours a day. here is the number.
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wanted to happen. >> reporter: he's facing trouble at home like a stagnant economy. he isn't so much trying to sprenten his own hand as he is trying to destroy others. that's why analysts say trump's public battles with his allies play right into putin's hands. >> putin's goal is to weaken democratic institutions in the west whether it's in formal organizations. the fact that trump is playing along for mr. putin leaves the united states in a bad place. >> reporter: tonight some members of trump's own party appear to agree with the assessment. senator ben sass saying in statement this is weak. putin is not our friend and not the president's buddy. she a thug using soviet style aggression. from john mccain.
the president has shown our adversaries the deference and a esteem for our closest allies. putin allows his war planes to buzz board ships and threatening adversaries even on foreign soil. the president claims he's been tough on putin. >> i have been russia's worst nightmare. if hillary got in, i think putin was going man, i wish hillary won. >> reporter: many analysts disagree say it's only fueled putin's swagger. in interviews this week putin has says he no intention of handing crimea back to ukraine.
>> i hope there will not be provocations by ukraine during the world cup. if this happens, it will negatively affect ukraine state hood. >> he's also already instigated war in ukraine. the fact he's threatening their state hood, sovereignty is problematic. >> reporter: for his part, sl vladmir putin wanted to divide the union saying the eu is his biggest trading partner. wolf. >> there are weaknesses that putin is starting to show especially domestically. those were caused by president trump's retaliation against them. is that right? >> that's light. we have to point that out in fairness to mr. president trump. t the sanctions imposed on several russian oligarchs.
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