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flipping? there's more legal turmoil tonight for president trump's long time personal lawyer michael cohen. cnn learns he's splitting from his team of lawyers. sources say he's likely to face charges. could the president's lawyer flip and tell prosecutors what he knows about president trump? consulting the counsel, cnn has learned that on his way home from singapore, the president called his lawyers to talk about what he faces next in robert mueller's russia investigation. will mr. trump's attorney soon be sitting down with the special counsel? questions tonight about whether or not president trump was acting on putin's suggestion when he cancelled war games in concession to kim jong-un. now the russian president is celebrating the summit. we'll go live to moscow. allies and enemies. as president trump praises the north korean dictator, he lashes out at members of his own party and calls the news media the
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country's biggest enemy. is the president seething about summit news coverage? welcome to our viewers from the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the "situation room." breaking news. s cnn breaking news tonight. growing concern among president trump's all his personal attorney michael cohen could flip on the president at any moment. that fear ramping up as cohen under criminal investigation is now splitting from his own legal team. we'll talk about it with congressman eric swalwell. and our specialists and analysts are all standing by. let's go to sarah murray. she has details on the breaking news. you're getting new information from your sources tonight. >> that's right, wolf. michael cohen is preparing to make this switch with his legal team. and in many ways it makes a lot of sense. they're reaching the end of this very complicated fight over can see the documents that were
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collected in the raid on his home office and other places. but this is also a move in its uncertainty that's causing a new wave of concern amongst some of the president's allies. michael cohen splitting with his legal team amid a high profile criminal investigation that's likely to lead to charges against president trump's long time lawyer, a source tells cnn. sources familiar with hen'ss sa new legal team with experience in the southern driistrict of n york. but the move could also signal a change in legal strategy. a source says cohen has not met with prosecutors yet to speak about a potential deal. it's still unclear whether either side is seeking an agreement. >> a lot of talk about you flipping. any possibility for th? >> the impending switch comes at a crucial time as cone's legal team is pouring over the files seized during an fbi raidn early april. cohen has not faced any charges
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yet. the raid reveals that prosecutors were zeroing in on cohen's personal financial dealings, including a payment to porn star stormy daniels. cohen's original legal team was led by an experienced washington attorney, initially hired to represent cohen before congressional inquiries. instead the team has been shepherding cohen thr a criminal investigation and a complex document figh challenging pror's ability to see all the documents seized in the raid. the president's personal attorney for more than a decade, cohen has often professed his loyalty to his boss over the years. >> i'd protect mr. trump. if there's an issue that relates to mr. trump that is of concern to him, it's of course of concern to me. and i will use my leg skills within which to protect mr. trump to the best of my ability. >> but the exceedingly public and expensive legalattle has some of trump's allies worried cohen could eventually decide to flip on president trump. >> you see the president still
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has your back? >> while trump has down played the amount of actual legal work cohen provided for him -- >> how much of your legal work was handled by michael cohen? >> as a percentage, a finally little fraction. >>n viewed as a fixer for all sorts of issues that could pose problems for mr. trump. >> they s i'm mr. trump's pit bull, that i'm his right hand man. >> for the president's part, he took to twitter in april to predict cohen would remain loyal, calling cohen a fine person with a wonderful family and saying most people will flip if the government lets them out of trouble even if it means lying or making up stories. sorry. i don't see mng that despite the horrible witch hunt and the dishonest media. now the reality is it's probably premature to determine whether michael cohen will flip. he doesn't even know what kind of charges he could be potentially facing in this criminal investigation. we know, as we've seen from
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others who are players in the russia investigation, that it's a push and pull when you are deciding if you're going to fight this out to trial or strike a deal and cooperate with t on t ors. breaking news. our cef political correspondent dana bash is joining us. >> michael cohen realizes that the legal jeopardy he's in requires a law firm or maybe two firms that have experience with and expertise in the southern district of new york nap's where he is being investigated. to that end, i'm told that cohen spent the day today meeting with potential lawyers, at least three firms that fit that bill. and why now? my colleague mj lee is told by someone close to cohen that he's fully cognizant of the real possibility he could be indicted. >> there are also some money concerns here? >> very much.
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he doesn't want to spend all of his savings on legal fees. he owes a lot tois current lawyer steven ryan's firm. they have deployed seven or eight lawyers to spend countless hours going through millions of documents for cohen. those legal fees have added up. that's why money is a big part of the consideration that michael is putting into who he chooses new representation. of course that pressure that i talked about could always play into concerns that sarah murray was reporting on from the white house that michael cohen could cooperate or flip on the president or maybe anybody else in this orbit. i'm told those discussions between prosecutors and michael cohen or any of his lawyers have happened yet. >> stand by. we want to also bring in our chief political analyst gloria borger. you and dana have reported on the imminent decision facing the president, whether to sit down with the special counsel robert mueller for an interview.
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what are you learning? >> well, we've learned this is very much on the president's mind and that, in fact, as he was flying back in kind of a euphoric mood from north korea, calling members of congress to talk about the summit with kim jong-un, he was also calling his attorneys to kind of game out what would happen next. his attorneys have assembled in washington. they hope to meet with the president as early as this week. and with the special counsel very soon to try and get back to a discussion about the president's testimony. of course, the big question right now in front of them is will bob mueller decide to subpoena the president, or is there some way that the president's attneys working with the special counsel can hone in on questions that thepro sit down and answer without a
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subpoena. >> you had a chance to speak to rudy giuliani, the president's personal lawyer. what does he have to say about all of this? >> like gloria was saying, what the legal team is saying that they need to do soon and they hope to do it as soon as this week is to sit down and have what giuliani called a lengthy relaxing conversation with their client, the president of the united states, about these issues, which they really haven't had a t do g where the president has been on north korea and other world events. on the notion and the question that is still out the about whether or not -- question, whe president will answer questions from robert mueller, here's what rudy giuliani said to me. he said of the president, i think he would like to testify in a situation in which we tell him fair and he's going to be received objectively.ni went he still carve out a way in whi can y. i think it's our job to figure out a way we can do that. it's very interesting that although people in and around
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the president have said for months and months they think it would be a terrible idea for him to testify, the fact of the matter is he is the president, he has legal and political considerations about potentially testifying and they have really start to nail this down and do it soon. >> what is the relationship between the trump legal team and mueller right now? >>, it's been a long road. and i will tell you that in ta sources, it really hit bump in the road after the michael cohen raid, that the president's attorneys were all set to meet with bob mueller's team. they hear about the raid in the they still met with mueller's team in the afternoon. but i'm told it was a very tense meeting and that the raid itself was a game changer. because i think issue of trust evaporated for a certain amount of time. and the president, as you heard, came out and said at the time that he thought the raid was a
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disgrace. so they were very upset. i think right now the attorneys and rudy are trying to get back on the right track with the mueller team and they have been talking to them about how they can negotiate something that would appeal to both sides. whether they'll be able to get there, who knows. the trump lawyers are kind of mueller doesn't want a subpoena, or at least they're hoping that, but they don't know. >> dana, what are you hearing from the trump legal team? what's their thinking about a subpoena? >> they're just guessing at this point. they don't really know what robert mueller's intent is. giuliani said to me, for example, he wentnto some of the possibilities. it depends if he does issue a subpoena, how narrow it is or how broad it is that could determine whether or not robert mueller is successful. but -- and t the important
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butt -- he and the president and other members of the legal team are hoping they don't get to that point, that they can negotiate something. giuliani said they hope to do that so that they're all in control of it rather than a court. they don't know if they're going to get there, but they're certainly going to try. that is why we're at a very key moment in tim with this very important question. they were putting it off until after the north korea summit. that's over. the president knows that, his legal team knows that and robert mueller knows that. >> i suspect things are going to moving very very quickly. let's get more on all of this. democratic congressman eric swalwell of california, thanks for coming in. so the president had a chance, he stared down kim jong-un. how do you think he would do if he has an opportunity to sit down with robert mueller? >> well, it's time for him to come clean with mr. mueller and sit in the chair. he's been given the questions
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they want to ask him, but he's shown a willingness to go anywhere in the world and meet with anyone but mueller. he's now planning a vladimir putin. for the president to complain time after time that they need to wrap this up, the only person who is delaying this investigation is the president. and then of course his team. when you lie to investigators, when you tampe with witnesses, and when you engage in the bogus allegations like he made with devin nunes last we, if you sit in that chair, we'll get to the bottom of this a lot sooner. >> your committee had a chance to interview michael cohen last october. do you think cohen has information that could help this russia probe? >> absolutely. we wereompletely unwilling as a committee because t republicans wouldn't use the subpoena power to look into his communication logs, to look at his travel records, because there have been allegations that he went over to prague and went
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over to budapest during the campaign and met with individuals associated with russia. we asked mr. cohen for records to show that he wasn't over there and he wasn't willing to turn that over. i think this has to be a wakeup call for house intelligence republicans, that weur investigation prematurely and now we're going to learn a lot more about a key witness. >> if he does flip and cooperates with the federal prosecutors and the u.s. attorney in the southern district of new york, what do you think that means for president trump? >> he's in real trouble. >> why? >> because you don't flip if you don't have anything to say. innocent people don't worry about whether someone's going to flip on them. and also let's just be real. honest presidents don't have fixers. we're so in the thick of this that when you take a step and d realize talk about mr. cohen as donald trump's fixer, that's a problem. innocent people don't need fixers. innocent people fix things by just shooting straight and telling the truth. so i think this is the beginni
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of a dark, dark storm coming for president trump. rkh donald trump for a en decade, if not longer, long before he became president of the united states.he did a lot him and a lot of fixing for him. >> yeah. but he's never had light shined like this on his work. now i think he's going to have to ask himself does he want to cooperate with an investigation looking into what an advsary did to america, or does he want to stand close to this president. this president, by saying i can pardon myself, what he's really saying, is i can pardon you. that, to me, is also obstructive and may cause problems for the esident. >> he hasn't been charged with anything, michael cohen. if he does flip, though, would it be to his advantage to flip before charges are formally fired or after? >> always before. but it's not too late afterges . that's something that may be negotiated now. as a former prosecutor, you know, the sooner someone is willing to cooperate, the more likely that they are telling you the truth.
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if you have them coming forward once charges are dropped, you have to be a little bit more skeptical about what their motivation is. still, people who have done very bad thingsll be truthful about what they saw around them. happens every day in america's courtrooms. e was the president's attorney for ten years. isn't there attorney/client privilege that he can't discuss? >> looks like he was lawyer-ish, as they described him on "saturday night live." as the court is now assessing as they pour through these hundreds thousands of pag of documents, only a small percentage have been marked as attorney/client privilege, swhih suggests he was just a fixer. there's no fixer/client privilege. >> the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein wants staffers on your house intelligence committee to be investigated by the house. this is an argument that's unfolded over some i'm going back to january. tell us about that, because it's a little confusing. >> we're ee're learning a littl
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more about this too. from my observation of mr. rosenstein on the judiciary and intelligence committee, he has conducted himself in an honorable and has been a person of integrity. what i have seen from devin nunes and many people on his team is they have sought to obstruct, they've put out bogus claims about the investigation and they are trying to reach very deeply into the fbi evidence locker so they can turn over evidence to subjects in this investigation. we don't do that. we have oversight of what the fbi and doj do, but we don't get involved in ongoing investigations. all i can say is i think mr. rosenstein has to start saying no to mr. nunes. once he continues to let many nunes reach into the evidence locker, we're going to start to see the investigation compromised. >> do you know which staffers he wanted investigates? >> i do. i know what's been reported. i have seen a lot of troubling things on the committee, but i can't say more than that. >> do you believe a special investigation is warranted?
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>> i can't say right now. i can just say that what i saw, we saw a lot of witnesses c in whof information to tell and when we asked the republicans to subpoena them and have them provide us with documents that are rele, at every single request we were turned down. >> let's turn to north korea. you're on the intelligence committ committee. the president tweeted this morning, theres no longer a nuclear threat from north korea. when you saw that, is that credible? >> no. north korea's nuclear capabilities are the same today as they were last week. nothing has changed. i hope it changes. i hope this summit produces denuclearization. but i also hope that it is not united states giving up our security presence in the region and getting nothing in return. north korea has a long record of iving u.s. officials when it comes to denuclearizing.
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>> they may have as many as 60 nuclear bombs right now plus short-range, medium-range, long-range and intercontinental ballistic missiles. >> i've seen their capabilities. they should worry all of us. the president should see himself as the leader of america, the strongest country in the world, not as kim jong-un's publicist. right now i think he is giving too much credibility to a ruthless dictator who needs to beonted wit a forceful leader who is willing to help em rejoin the table of nations, but not somebody who's his new pal. >> let me ask you a question about the president's going after the news media. i'll put it up on the screen. he tweeted, so funny to watch the fake news and especially nbc and cnn. they arehting hard to down play the deal with nor korea. our country's enemy is the fake news. so easily promulgated by fools.?
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>> that could have been issued from pyongyang. that could have been issued from moscow. that could have been issued from ankara, turkey. that's what dictators sound like. i wrote the journalist protection act because the president declavred the media te enemy of the state, it allows a federal enforcement if any ju journalist is assaulted by somebody. it's because of this president. we're seeing escalating rhetoric and violence against journalists correlated with the president's words. that's deeply troubling. >> the president has every right to criticize the news media. other presidents have done it frequently. i've been a victim of that other many years. but to say that our country's biggest enemy is the fake news so easily promulgated by fools, that is a very, very serious and awful assertion. >> i think our country's biggest enemy is the person who the president was paling around with and says loves his people
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president trump proclaiming victory in a summit with north korea's kim jong-un. both sides are making broad and bold claims about what was accomplished, but with vy little to back them up. pamela brown is working this part of the story for us. what are you picking up over there? >> reporter: an administration official telling me tonight that president trump feels like he has a good personal relationship with kim jong-un following the summit in singapore. and that is why you're seeing him put so much trust in a regime known for cheating the system. tonight, president trump isat t victory lap about his with north korean dictator kim jong-un, tweeting everybody can now feel much safer than the day i took office. there is no longer a nuclear
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threat from north korea. and president obama said that north korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. no longer. sleep wellto trump's premature victory tweets ding a lot like former president george w. bush's mission accomplished speech in 2003. >> in the battle of iraq, the united states and our allies have prevailed. >> reporter: and a lot less like trump'stious tone at his news conference immediately after the negotiations. >> today is the beginning of an arduous process. our eyes are wide open. >> reporter: today's tweets a reminder of trums hyperbolic statements made toward north korea. >> we will have no choice but t. rocket man is on a suicide mission. north korea best not make any more threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury like the world has n
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seen. >> reporter: statements he now says helped facilitate the eventual negotiations. >> without the rhetoric, it wouldn't have happened. >> reporter: but that he now admitted made him feelsilly. >> i think the rhetoric, i hated to do it. sometimes i felt foolish doing it, b we had no choice. >> reporter: meantime, north korea's state run media is touting trump's decision to suspend joint militaryxercises with south korea, without mentioning any concessions by kim jong-un. trump again tweeting, we save a fortune by not doing war games as long as we are negotiating in good faith, which both sides are. once again, aferent tone from a few months ago whe trump argued against stopping the military exercises in exchange for north korea halting its nuclear program. >> we would not accept a so-called freezereeze agreement, like those that have consistently failed in the past. >> reporter: and while the president has seemingly removed
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called his lawyers from air force one to talk about next steps. and the lawypresident's lawyerse all assembled in washington. want to meet wir ient very soon, this week. and they expect a meeting with the special counsel either later this week or sometime next week. the issue on the table, of course, is the president's testimony. and the question ofther they can strike some kind of a deal of a limited questions for this president, or whether mueller will subpoena the president of the united states. some of the lawyers are saying they don't expect a subpoena from bob mueller, but that is not at all clear to them. >> there's a legal term for what's going on here, which is groundhog day. this has just been going on and on about whether going to give an interview. you know what? it's a complicated question, but it's not that complicated. you limit the subject areas, you limit the amount of time or you
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don't do it. i have to believe the mueller office is sick of having their chain yanke for months now about whether he's going to do this interview. >> the president's changed lawyers too, don't forget. you have to sort of get acquainted with a whole new team of lawyers, including the raskins and rudy giuliani and go through this song and dance again. remember, the president is telling his lawyers that he wants to testify. as you know, all of you are lawyers, you know that most lawyers would say to this client, don't do it. but if you have a client who wants to testify, what do you do? >> can they resolve this without a subpoena? >> ultimately that's going to be up to the president. it is to the benefit of both sides that they actually agree to this voluntarily. it spared the special counsel's office a lengthy legal battle and it's going to allow the president's legal team to limit the scope of that. what trump can do here is decide to fight it.
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i think that he can build in quite a bit of delay and cost to the special counsel's office. but he is overwhelmingly unlikely to win on the merits. i think he knows that at the end of the day. the larger point here is it's really not possible to expect robert mueller to be able to conclude an investigation that has lots of open questions about the president's mental state, why he did certain things, what he was thinking at the time with sitting down and speaking to the president. he is kind of the master of his own destiny. >> prosecutors investigate people all the time without talking to them. most defendants, most suspects take the fifth. they don't cooperate. >> but he can't. >> the difference is it's a president of the united states. >> the idea that he can't complete his investigation without talking to president trump, i don't think that's necessarily true. i think he will just go on ahead. i do think he wil subpoena him and he'll try to talk to him. but if he doesn't talk to him,
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he's going to complete the investigation. >> on north korea, the president gave an interview to fox and he sa this about his meetings with kim jong-un. listen. >> when you take over a country, tough country, tough people, and you take it over from your father, i don't care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have, if you can do that at 27 years old, that's one in 10,000 that could do that. he's a v smart guy. he's a great negotiator. i think we understand each other. >> he's still done som really bad things. >> yeah, but so have a lot of other people done some really bad things. i could go through a lot of nations where really bad done. >> what do you makef that? at one point not that long ago he said something very similar about russia when somebody pointed out the russians have done some bad things. >> that's a little bit of a cal back to that interview that
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president trump did where he talked about if idea, well, if you say president putin is bad, here in the united stat we've done some bad things too. start hear the president of the united states making that kind of uation. it's also not the point. it's whether or not we ashe leader of the fe world are going to interact with someone who's widely recognized as a dictator who jails people, who assassinates people in a particular way. i think that's what people are reacting to. >> we're seeing this sort of persistent what about-ism. it's trump's instinct that the principles and values don't matter to him. he has this really transactional approach to the way he speaks to foreign it's startling but it isn't necessarily surprising. >> presidents have to sit down with people they don't like, in fact, people they disdain all the time. but then they don't have to give interviews and say, wait a minute, this guy's okay. you know, had a really tough
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job and forget about the human rights issues and the murders and everything else. i mean, you just can't sweep aside. that's what's different. it's not saying that trump shouldn't meet with kim jong-un. it's what he says afterward about the man. >> brian stelter is wit as well. brian, all of us have seen that tweet from the president this morning. so funny to watch theake e, especially nbc and cnn. they are fighting hard to down play the deal with north korea. 500 days ago they would have begged for thisdeal. looked like war would break out. our country's biggest enemy is the fake news, so easily mom promulgated by fools. he says the u.s. news media, what he calls the fake news, is the biggest enemy of the united states. >> this relates to what he was saying in that interview with fox. the approximate cause of this really disturbing tweet is the
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coverage of the north korea meeting. it also has something that is much bigger than just a single summit or a single meeting. it is no wonder why most americans think this president is not fit to serve. tweets like this suggest he know what has made america so great for over 200 years. that is the check and balance system between the executive and the judiciary and the press. he seems to still miss that or ignore that. i just think we should recognize how extreme his rhetoric is on this subject. he's harkening back to something he said back in february 2017, very early on in his presidency. that's when he called the press the enemy of the american people, singling out this network and a few others. now he's calling back to that again. i wish we could have sat here and said after a rough few months, the president started to understand the role of the press and he toned down his tweets. no. instead he's doubling down, trippitrip
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i ling down on this kind of extreme rhetoric. i think the only president in moderns times who spoke this way was president mnixon. it r am of poison that continues to infect the public. >> if you believe what the president said, our country's biggest enemy is the fake news, it's a bigger threat, the news media tn al qaeda or isis or terror groups. >> we're going to look back in 20 years on the trump presidency and we're going to read things like that. either the country is going to move one direction or another. either we will return to the traditional values in this country that are reflected in the bill of or we're going to move in an authoritarian direction like that. that vision of the united states is not one that has ever been shared by a president before in
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public. >> i do think it's worth noting that the president strips to this rhetoric, attacks on the press, whenever we doesn have a defense o the critiques. he didn't like the criticism for that and he appeared to not have anything to say to sort of make his casehe american people, make his case to the public, the international stage about why this actually was a success. instead he immediately pivots to attacking the media. >> he did say we're safer, right? that was the explanation. i will say something about richard nixon. he had an enemies list, we all know it, but it s secret. he didn't publish it. donald trump has an enemies list but it's completely public and it's the media and almost everyone in it. >> the president earlier in that same tweet gave away the game en he said 500 days ago we would have wanted a better deal. 500 days ago we had a better deal. it was called the iran deal.
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some people don't like it, some people do, but it was an actual agreement hammered out by the world powers with iran. in this case you have some kind words and santr and a few signatures. not the same thing. >> the banner on the screen talking about this new quote from the president saying that many countries have done bad things. he is not recognizing the american exceptionalism that involves the press many other aspects as well when he's muddying the waters like this. i think it does go to the president's fitness. i know a lot of folks are numb to his media attacks, but this does go to whether he's fit for office. there's more breaking news, why president trump's allies are worried tonight that his personal lawyer michael cohen flight fli might flip. plus, what president trump says
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live pictures. take a look at red square in moscow where tonight a source is telling cnn that russian president vladimir putin was not behind president trump's decision to cancel war games with south korea, joint military exercises, as a concession to
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kim jong-un. our senior international correspondent fred pleitgen is joining us from red square tonight. the russians seem extremely happy with the concessions president trump made to kim jong-un. what are you learning over there? >> reporter: it was no secret that the russians were highly critical of those joint exercises between the u.s. and the south koreans. they feel it undermines their position in the pacific and also their security as well. that's why after the summit, talking about the results of the summit, the russians seemed to be quite ecstatic about what happened there. the spokesman for vladimir putin today on a call said that the results of the summit between kim jong-un and president trump show that vladimir putin was right all the time, that it was only through dialogue that this whole conflict on the korean peninsula could be resolved. also the russian foreign ministry came out with a statement saying that it was important for presumptive nominee to stop what they call provocative actions. of course president trump himself called those joint military exercises provocative
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as well. at the same time, of course, the russians very happy with some other things that president trump has been saying, namely that he believes russia should be admitted once again to the group of 8, the most powerful industrial nations in the world. in fact, just a couple of minutes ago president trump on fox seemed to closer with president putin. leets ha let's have a listen. >> i'm not for russia. i'm for the united states. as an example, if putin were sitting next to me at a table instead of one of the others an we were having dinner the other night in canada. i could say will you do me a favor? get out of syria? out of the you craukraine? i think i'd probably have good relationship with him. >> and president putin seems to think that good relationship
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could transcend between those two, wolf. in fact, he said he wouldn't mind president trump coming hdu have world cup which kicks a you have only tomorrow, wolf. >> i suspect that's not happening. timing not that good. a beautiful scene behind you. thank you very much. breaking news. new details about president trump's legal team and the russia investigation. are they about to sit down with the special counsel robert mueller? ake more than 10 years to develop a single medication. and only 1 in 10,000 ever make it to market. but what if ai could find connections faster. to help this researcher discover new treatments. that's why she's working with watson. it's a smart way to find new hope, which really can't wait. ♪ ♪ we've got something borrowed, something blue,
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tonight cnn has learned president trump and his lawyers are discussing their nmoves in the russia investigation even as michael cohen is splitting from his legal team, raising concern among trump allies he may flip on the president. let's get more with the host of cuomo prime time, chris cuomo. chris, i know you're sitting down with former trump aide, sam nunberg tonight. wh srt of perspective will he give us on the latest in the investigation and on the fate of michael cohen? >> he knows cohen and well.stands the die tham iblg i often fell he's been out of pog talking about the russia probe per se. you know he wasn't there at a time where it would have been relevant. so it's been a little strained to get new perspective out of
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him, but when it comes to michael cohen and the relationship to the president and h that has been strengthen order suffered during this process, you know, we know from filings that trump campaign cut thing thousand dollars, 228 osedly for legal e fees, but how much support has there been? in these situation, the strength of the relationship is all but dispositive. so we want to get that going to dove tail it with what we're learning from rudy giuliani. from the beginning, it has that what the trump legal team is really doing is engaging in a pr campaign more than legal strategy. they want tonegotiate. they know it's their best opportunity. they know going down the road of legal op cig to mueller may be a dead end for them. so it will be interesting to get his take on where this is going to wind up. >> you're also going to be interviewing corey stewart.
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he just won the republican senate primary in virginia. you know he's promoted the birther con spear theory. defends confederate monuments. he had the support of one of the organizers of last year's rally in charlottesville, virginia. >> put up the tweet from president trump. he got the endorsement of the president of the united states. this man, he beat nick and these other guys. he was a state rep there. and he is part of a new movement within that party. part of the invigorating base. as they were known. part of trump's stronghold. that's why he's backing this guy who's also his state chair within his campaign. during the 2016 race. so w going to talk to about what does he think is working for him. what does he represent in terms of the new face of the gop then we're going to test him on what he is really about and not about. it's going to be b a battle of fact versus feelings tonight on
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cuomo prime time. >> at leadoff big time republican senator, they're not endorsing him. they don't want the to get involved in this race in virginia in which he's going to face the incumbent, tim king. >> an he has returned that lack of am any to them and i think he is reflective of somereen chutes in that party of a new wave. we had seen a conservative extremism there, but that was policy and eyed logical. this is difference. f this isre politics that donald trump stoked during the 2016 election and this man is emblematic of its early success. that we're seeing in primaries. how we'll do against tim kaine. who knows. he's an underdog, but he's worth having on because people need the know this is the new face of the gop. >> really disturbing face indeed. we'll see what whaps on that front. thank you. thank you very, very much. and an important note to our
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viewers. cuomo prime time begins 9:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. i'mblitzer in "the situation room." erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. >> "outfront" next, braegi news. michael cohen meeting with multiple potential new lawyers today, cutting ties with his own legal team. is this a sign he's about to flip? also breaking, the secretary of state claim iing the north korea agreement including the word ver b fibl. what agreement is he looking at? and top democrat accusing ack people to be in the back of the bus again. let's go "outfront." good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, the breaking news. flipping at any moment. cnn learning that trump'sllies are afraid that the president's long time attorney who is under criminal investigation could be about to flip on

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