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thank you for your comments as always and thank you for being with us here on cuomo prime time. "cnn tonight" with don lemon starts right now. i was sleeping on the primaries but you got a -- >> i'm glad you said that. now there is a projected winner in the district here in new york. it is the 11th -- new york 11th primary. this young woman, very young, newcomer is going to set a ten term incumbent. this is on the democratic side. chris, we've been paying so much to the republican side. we were talking about here in new york, mitt romney, maybe you think we should be paying more attention to the flask side? >> 100%. they have to figure out what their messages that will be presented as better for voters than what they're getting from trump. they can't just win on hostility, they're seeing that in realtime. joe crowley, who they project
will lose, he's a ten termer, that's 20 years, the young woman woman. >> cortez. >> we'll see. >> the last time he saw a primary, she was a teenager. it's interesting, democrats used to think in order to win over -- at least meaning in recent history -- in order to win over the working class, the folks they lost during the obama years, they'd have to somehow become more conservative. i don't know if that's the right strategy considering whose been winning these races. >> all parties have to get back to the three rs, reach, reason to believe, what is your message that elevates people. especially important for democrats. and rationale. why is it better than now? how do they make that case? who make that is case? big questions. that i have got to check those
books. >> thank you, sir. i went to tell them what your nickname is from your brother, that's why i'm talking to you about all this stuff, i'll save that. >> every time you bringim up, put a frown on my face, don. get back to news brother. this is "cnn tonight," i'm don lemon. primary in amica, votes cast in states around the country, including new york where a major upset is happening. here's where cnn project, john crowley, a member of the democratic team, could have been speaker, who lost to a democratic socialist, andrea cortez. we're going to take it to utah tonight, polls have just closed in mitt romney's run for the senate. we'll bring you the results as we get them. the president of the united states is claiming victory as
the supreme court upholds his travel ban. it restricts people from iran, north korea, syria, libya, yemen, somalia and venezuela from entering the united states. most of those countries are muslim majority. today's ruling,on for the president who was forced to cave last week on immigration, but repeatedly call from some version of travel ban on his campaign. that brings us back to our breaking election news tonight. primary night, cnn's senior political writer sarah hansen with me. and katelyn conner joins me, dana bash is going to join me in just a moment. thank you that you all for joining us. harry, this is a huge upset, what's going on?
>> nobody thought that crowley was going down. there was some noise on the left that there was going to be a challenge. the intercept got behind joe crowleys. in the ninth district of new york in that kor cucaucus, and in that race is doing particularly well. there does seem there was some argue before tonight there was a lot of energy on the progressive side, there certainly was this evening. >> let's talk about her a little more. she's running to crowley's left. it says even with universal healthcare, federal jobs guarantees, crowley is a formidable liberal record to lean on. so, she is young, but -- >> she is young, she's also a minority candidate in a district that is majority minority, she's a woman in the year of a woman. to me it's amazing joe crowley
didn't have a fire in the fe he wasn't liberal enough. >> what discuss this say to you about this? you say this is paying attention to what has hash we beame question i asked chris -- should we be paying for attention to democratic primaries instead of so much focus on the republicans? >> absolutely. more than just for this year, i think it's a preview of the 2020 primaryeason the presidential race, and it could be a lot of energy on the left. it seems to me you can't be against trump. you have to stand for something at least in the primaries tonight. >> he brings forth primaries and it's stated he could have taken over for nancy pelosi. >> absolutely. what that was on the republican side is what it is on the flask si democratic side. it's huge. >> all right. i want to get to katelyn.
the president threw his weight behind came out ahead -- >> that's true and this is a test of the president's endorsement. so far he's had mixed refeviews when he's done that. we hear from the president last night when he was in south carona at that rally for governor mcmaster, trying to get out the last-minute votes. thete house has put their full weight behind him. not only was trump t but vice p been there over theweekend. that was an indication of what really that was going to mean for the president. the president tried to couch it last night by saying mcmaster did loss, he was going to make the president look bad. he was telling people to get out and vote ford that that would not happen. mcmaster is someone who is a loyal supporter of the president. he game governor when the president picked nikki haley to
be the ambassa of the united nation. the president doesn't typically tweet this late at night, clearly his pleased with the results of that race there. it does seem to go well for the president in his min going forwt he does go and throw hiseigh behind someone there. you can see there, a tremendous win for congressman dan donvan. someone the president endorsed earlier this year saying he had voted for the tax cuts. the president saying he showed great courage in a tough race. this race was interesting, don, people thought that dan, donvan the deponent was like president trump than dan donvan. he was the trump-like candidate that would appeal to the president's base. the president clearly expressing pleasure, he's happy with the results of these results here tonight. >> dan, what does this mean for the 2018, for so-called which you wave? can we read anything in there? >> i think, obviously at this
point in the night, the most stunning election result is what we've seen from representative joe crowley. the fact that he has been defeated from within his own party, a democratic leader defeated from within his own party from the left. now, this is something that we have seen for a decade among republicans. leaders and others who have been in office for many many years being much more worried about their right blank than anything else. obviously, we've heard from our colleagues that since a sentiment and sensible has been growing inside a democratic party, but nothing is going to shock. and already i can tell you from talking to sources inside the house democratic caucus, it's already sending major shock waves through their rank. joe crowley is the conference
chairman in charge of messaging and much more importantly, up until an hour ago, he was somebody who was very seriously considering and considered for potentially the speakerf the house. , that's why this is incredibly symbolic and also a real wake-up call for democratics. tonight, not just in new york, not just in washington, but frankly, around the country. >> let's talk about, dana, why you're there. i see a romney sign behind you. tell us what's happening in utah right now. >> meanwhile, in the republican this picture else k scenery behind me. the republican nominee in 2012, mitt romney, who is now considered as a guest, he is hoping he's going to be able to claim victory in his primary here tonight, don.
this is something that he didn't expect -- nobody in his family or anywhere else expect it, but the long-time serving senator from utah announced he was going to retire, he asked romney to consider running for his seat, and he is. this is something that is incredibly significant. when we're talking about the splits within each party, this is probably as kind of iconic as it gets. you, of course remember mitt romney went after donald trump in the heat and heart of the republican primary season, calling him a phony and a fraud, since certainly when the president was elected, he was considered for secretary of state. he's gone back and forth. the main reason mitt romney wants to go back to washingtona needs to be a voice in that wing of the republican party. i think i hear one of mitt romney's sons starting to speak behind me.
i'll toss it back to you. >> dana stand by. i want to brink harry back in. leta let's talk about the democratsbs will mean for the democratic party. i'm wondering in this race in new york here, is that some indication we are going to be looking at the whole -- or at least a lot of possibilities? >> i think we could be looking at a lot of new and younger folks. joe crowley is the youngest leader in the seat. chuck schumer is not a young man, either. i think there's a lot of energy, not just on the left side but a lot of people. when you have a 28-year-old latino woman fighting and looking like she has won that race, indicates to me there's a lot of balls going on jumping in the air, i think it could be a very very interesting time ahead. >> does this say to you in some
instance, and maybe on a macro level, that democrats, especially the strongest part of the party right now, i'd imagine, they really want people to fight back against this administration and its policies. >> i think that's definitely the case. i should say we should point out there are differences within the resistance. there's plent of resistance that's not far left. this is definitely a sign the left wing of the party is very very strong and they want a seat at the table. >> thank you very much. harry, dana and katelyn. a major upset in new york, cnn projects alex sandhya cortez, a 21-year-old runner if the campaign. the most shocking upset of a political season. plus, president trump's travel ban may be watered down. he said so himself, but it's still a win. family unlimited plan.
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let's bring in scott jennings and angela wry. here we are and there's a lot going on. angela give me your reaction. joe crowley, selected fourth among hou democrats, losing. >> yeah, he's the chair of the democratic caucus. i think one of the things we're seeing, it reminds me of that 2010 election, going into the 2010 election whether you saw the tea party really rise and say they're taking their country back, and whatever's behind that, we don't have to debate right now. i think the interesting thing is, people really start battling with an identity of a pear. you're seeing folks saying you're not liberal, progressive enough or recognize support or rep my value system anymany. wei going to bring people who do. i think you're going to see that more, not just within the
democratic rank, more with liberal and progressive, along racial lines. you're seeing that in boston as well. i think you'll see more of this. >> before i bring the other guys in, do you thinkhat strategy, angela, seems to be working in a bunch of local, and maybe state races? what about on a national level, do you think nationally people are going to say, okay, at least for democrats, we want to country to be less progressive and have more liberal value instead of trying to reach out to the people that was said to have been missed? 2017? >> sure. it has national implications, you talked on the fact that joe crowley is in congressional leadership. i point to two states i think folks watch closely, the georgia governor, with stacy adams who ran against saytacy evans.
then you also have the florida race where andrew gillim just pulled ahead. two african-american candidates, soon to become the first african-american women governor in the history of the united in 2018. >> david, what do you think of this upset here in new york? what do you think this means for dallas and for nancy pelosi? >> sure, i think both parties are having hard conversations right now. the right lane in the last two years the republican conversation shall be under the spotlight and it should have been because of donald trump's leadership and tone, and how we've seen division within the republican party. flats ademocrats are facing a hard time as well. how do we win the fly over state's wing, that is a hard formula for democrats to work
through. the right lane eality is immedir the november elections, that's going to be on full display. donald trump has disrupted the historian party in such a way. they do face a challenge of how do you define a party going into the next few years. we saw that in joe crowley's race. >> scott, what kin of message -- first of all your overall thoughts -- but what message does this send to republicans in this race? >> in the case of this new york race where crowley goes down, this might surprise you to hear me say it but i'd like to let angela keep talking. if this race is a foreshadowing for a 2020 petitioner president, donald trump's going to win 49 states. there's no possible way to nominate people this far left and expect them to beat a national election.
she is way out of touch. >> i'm not sure -- >> hang on. that was the reason i asked you a question where i said, does it work on the local and state level and how does it play nationally. go ahead i didn't mean to cut you off. >> there are a couple thing, one thing i think david raised good points about the identity of the democratic party. you just brought up pelosi, i would say what happened today or yesterday. maxine waters who some of us call queen maxine or aunte maxine, a celebrated hero and how she's been treated in the house is demon centra tiff of the value we have going on. you have -- endorse in a primary in new york. we're running into the same mistakes over and over again. i'm not opposed to having a family conversation on the big screen, scott.
i'm going to tell the party i traditionally support the truth. i don't believe in lying to make people feel better like some of e trump supporters do. >> this is for you david, i'll put it up on the screen. the president says wow, big trump hater congressman joe crowley who many expected was going to take possessielosi's p just lost his primary election, in other words he's out. perhaps he should have been nicer and more respectful to his president. so, he lost because donald trump doesn't feel he was nice enough to him. >> it's nonsense. the republican candidate on long island who endorsed trump also lost. people will you night democrats, it is the theme and story of the moment. this is a president who has defined the republican party through hatred. this is a party, who you can draw a direct line by the president from the central park five to calling mexicans rapist
and criminals. from saying we're not going to allow muslims in the country, and haitians have aids. this is a president that int interjects hatred and division into the state. republicans have lost suburban moms across the country which is why the president is looking at doom in november. >> thank you all i appreciate it. when we come back, donald trump claiming victory on a supreme court upholding his travel ban. is it vindication for the president who was forced to cave on the immigration?
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for the american people, and for or constitution. this is a great victory for our constitution. we have to be tough and we have to be safe and we have to be secure. >> i want to bring in jeffrey too lin, and matt lewis. good evening gentlemen. a lot of news to cover. this came out from the "new york times." here's the headline, biggoted infectless. the travel ban is president trump. white racial fear has always been at the trump core view. what's so dangerous, the supreme court now blessed his use of this strategy as a politically organizing tool and a governor philosophy. what's your view of this? >> we're going to be talking about the supreme court ruling 25 years from now, 50 years from now. the real question here is, are we going to let presidents use
the sub te fuj to hide ethic bigotry. i think everybody knows this was the muslim ban dressed up in a tutu. >> you said sub fuj, i don't know how subtle it was. >> well, as the supreme court majority said repeatedly. if you look at the travel ban itself, they never say muslim, they include venezuela and north korea, which are not muslim countries. but, if you look at how this document came about and how this policy came about and the basis for it, it is the muslim ban. and, the supreme court said, that's okay, even though they even knew. even the majority knew how biggoted the impulse was -- the
defense said, let's not kid around, we know why this rule was issued, why this directive became government law. >> yeah. >> and they'll -- >> and the president himself called it a muslim ban in the beginning. >> sure did. >> matt, we heard the president on this travel ban. it was tweeted steve bannon is unprompted from following the supreme court's decision. instincts are right and the hatest are wrong. does this reenforce the president's instincts, matt? >> no i don't think it does. it took him three -- this is like passing the baron your third test. are you going to really celebrate it that much? maybe go out and have a beer. it's not a huge victory. i would say, i think the bigger victory is for the supreme
court, who i think actually got this right. i was actually happy to see their job is not to divide what donald trump's original motivates were. nor is their job to decide whether or not this is a good policy. their job is to interpreter the nstitution, the president wide latitude on this. if you look at the actual order at the actual travel ban, which, as you noted earlier includes north korea, and venezuela -- >> that wasn't in the original -- >> they made the right call and i'm happy -- >> i think i disagree with ever word you said matt, including the ands, and thes and everything else. i think it is a huge victory for donald trump and i think he's going to take it that way. he's going to keep pushing immigration and on the mexican border. this is the issue that made him president of the united states. i think he believes that and he's going to continue to use it
in the most devisive way possible. it is shameful for the supreme court because they are the last word on what kind of country we are and it's an embarrassment. >> this is a big issue, this is why people -- >> they're is to interpret the constitution and what the order is. not to try -- look, i agree. i think donald trump's original motivates, the first time he issued this order, which by the way has changed. originally there were u.s. citizens who couldn't come into the country. people who had visas couldn't get back into the country. their job is to look at the travel ban whow it exists. it doesn't target people based on religious, it excludes people based on what country they come from. it's certainly a le gym thigiti thing for the president today.
>> this is like the argue, well it doesn't ban every country, it doesn't ban indonesia or pack stan, it's like you robbed some banks but not all banks. >> this has to do with north korea, yemen, countries, that i think we would agree are unstable and probably aren't doing a great job of vetting immigrants. >> i got to get this in, what does this say about justice kennedy? is he going to announce something that he's going to be retiring? >> well, tomorrow's the big day. it is not required for supreme court justices to announce their retirement on the last day of the term. tomorrow is the last day of the term, anthony kennedy is 81, he's a republican. he might want to turn his s over to a republican president. the concurrent opinion he issued was pretty hostile to the way
donald trump has conducted himself. he talked about how, even if it's not unconstitutional, public officials should be careful of how they express themselves. it had a good deal for the president -- >> the president should be held in check as well. >> absolutely. his vote is the one that gave trump the victory, i thought it should suggest -- i don't want to pretend i know what' going on about retirement. it subject . when we come back an important investigation in the runner investigation. police the russi police. plus, the russian pop star at the trump tower meeting releasing a video that seeps to be controlling the president. you got to see this. oh, you brought butch. yeah! (butch growls at man) he's looking at me right now, isn't he? yup.
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good evening to you. federal judge has denied a request by paul manafort to dismiss criminal charges against him in virginia. tell us more about the ruling. >> that's right. paul manafort was basically arguing the special counsel didn't have the authority to bring these charges against him in virginia. what was interesting about this case, this judge looked like sort of the most symptom thetic figure to paul manafort's polite in months. months ago it appeared prosecutors were using paul manafort to try to get to donald trump. and these comments stuck out. frankly the one kind of ray of hope for paul manafort. they stuck out so much that even the president himself latched on to that it, uponed it out, used to insist that manafort's investigation was in fact a manhunt. today, manafort got another blow, it now means he's preparing for trials in d.c. as well as in virginia. prosecutors have brought roughly
25 criminal charges against him. if he is convicted he'll face more than 300 years in prison. he's still pleading not guilty, insisting he's going to fight his way to trial, don. >> there is a new music video, sarah, we leased by a russian pop star with a connection to the trump family and the russian investigation. tell us about the video and the man behind it. >> well, don the russian investigation has brought together an interesting cast of characters, and now a music video, if you can believe that. this is the russian pop star who helped to facility this meeting at trump tower during the presidential campaign. it's hard to describe this video as anything other than trolling president trump. >> the russian pop star who helped facilitate the meeting between donald trump jr. and the russians at trump tower, teaking a cheeky jab at president trump. ♪
>> and an aguilar of new music video, titled gunshot got me goodme good." ♪ aguilar roe, the son of a millionaire came under scrutiny for his contact offering up dirt on hillary clinton. if its what you say i love it, trump junior replied. one year lair, after meeting came to life, it sparked a deeper dive into trump's year long relationship with the a gui laro. back in 2013, the real trump partied with the family when
they brought the union to mon s moscow. documented in the dossier that is dogged the president. the images of a trump impersenator, as long as side the scantily dressed women in the hotel room, particularly adjusted after trump's long-time body guard testified to lawmakers he rejected to send women to trump's hotel room during the trip. i had a great weekend with you and your family, you have done a fan task job. trump tower moscow is next. the project never came to fruition but has emerged as another area of interest in the mueller probe. the video peachers appearances from hillary clinton. stormy daniels and moark
zuckerberg. trump edited out of the footage. all of this out of the watchful eye of a look alike of kim jong-un. >> don, i'm not sure if that's going to be the pop hit of the summer. it gives you the latest indication of how president trump cannot escape the investigation that he calls a witch hundred evt even when it o music videos. >> let's bring if philip mud and michael -- i have to laugh -- good evening to you guys. you know, you call this a very bizarre music video. what's the significance beyond just how strange and trolling it is? >> it certainly is bizarre. the real question is, what the
the message that he's trying to communicate here? some of those lines, i wish you could be honest, i wished you had told me the truth, suggest that the family, who are so key on the whole russia story believe that trump may have been some way, betrayed them or promised something he didn't deliver. that's certainly one iterpretation. another interpretation here is that the guy is truly trying to exploit the russia scandal for his own personal profit to get attention from this video -- >> didn't ding didn't ding -- >> -- to get attention for his music career. that's probably the one we should lie on for the moment, absent further sound effects. >> i'm sure you heard the sound effectives, you hit right on it. let's put up some of the video and shows more of this.
it shows him hanging out with impersonators of trump, ivanka, stormy, hillary clinton. handing over briefcases and envelopes, you just heard, he is no stranger to e trump family. why do you think he's mocking the president? do you think he's exploiting it for his own gain, what is the message? >> there is no message here. let's cut to the chase about what this is. this is kim kardashian meets a kremlin. this guy is saying, how do i make a career in pop culture. let's see how many hits i can get not only on youtube, facebook or my space. this is about somebody saying, i want to get hit so i can increase minot requirety. if we're trying to saying this some deep dark message, i don't think it's true. i think this guy's trying to make a name in my pop culture interpretation, this is not very deep. that's it.
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disparaging texted about president trump to a colleague set to answer questions behind closed doors. back with me the panel. the fbi agent who obtained text mees by given the political fire storm that is raging all around him about this, are you going to expect what he says? >> and sure and i'm sure he's going to have to testify in public. and interestingly on thursday christopher ray, the fbi director and rod rosenstein are going to be testifying in public before the same committee, the house judiciary committee. and that's going to be a really interesting session because you know where the house republicans are coming from on this. they are -- you know, they've
convinced themselves that the entire mueller investigation is, you know, fruit from a poisoned tree that originated by biased fbi agents, peter struck being the prime example. andod rosenstein has been trying to walk a very fine line here. he's the guy overseeing mueller's investigation. he's the guy in charge of it. the house republicans are going to be coming after him to defend the mueller investigation. it's going to be really interesting to see how he handles that, how he responds to what's going to be hostile questions at that hearing on thursday. >> phil, listen, you have a unique perspective here because you have work would the fbi. so what kind of information can struck provide? >> he can offer some context. yore dealing with an investigation that involves hundreds of people. he made an epically stupid
mistake, using a government issued phone. >> had an affair.>> not only an talk about a political candidate in an investigation he was already involved in. every american voter was saying negative things about either hillary clinton or donald trump. his mistake was using a government issued phone to do this. i've learned one lesson about what he's going to go do on the hill, when you're in a situation like this go dumb earlych had he. he's going to walk in and have to say i'm sorry, i made a mistake, i was trying to impress my girlfriend. >> you say no, we'll stop him, what do you mean by that? >> what i interpret that to mean is i've got a chick i'm trying to work on, she's my new girlfriend, i'm trying to say i'm the tough guy. i don't think the american
people understand how many people would have been involved in this investigation, hundreds. among all of us, not just me and lisa page, peter struck, lisa page and the 200 people involved in the investigation, i'm going to persuade you to have a massive conspiracy no one else is going to reveal to undermine the president. he maden epic mistake, i don't think he's going to undermine the investigation. >> michael, let's talk about eric prince now, given access to his phone, computer and special counsel. we know it's supposed to be a secret meeting. what is mueller looking to find out? >> look, mueller is coming to a crucial point in his investigation. i think there's a sense that he's got a couple of months here. if he's got something big to deliver, to deliver it.
because, you know, come labor day, i think anything he does after that would be perceived as trying to do something on the, you know, the eve of an election. given all the criticism of what jim comey did, mueller's not going to fall into that trap. so, you know, we're at a crucial point. now, the eric prince story, you know, it seems in one sense a big tangential to the core issues, to what extent it took place after the election. to what extent was that part of some sort of conspiracy involving the russians and the trump campaign? you know, there's still a lot of murkiness to this. and certainly prince's answers that he's given so far have been inconsistent with some of the testimony that mueller's gotten from others about what he knew about who he was meeting with, that he was going to be meeting with a russian there.
i think we just have to sort of, you know, hold off until we see the full story before we reach any conclusions about it. but i do think we're coming to a critical moment for mueller. >> but his testimony, there is some scrutiny here because he said it was a chance meeting, but then saying maybe not so much because it was a planned meeting. thoi they're saying it was planned, and it could have been to establish this back channel between the kremlin and the administration. his testimony is under scrutiny. >> it is. but let's make sure we keep our eye on the ball here. whether or not somebody had meeting it might be stupid but not illegal. the real issue here is whether something happened in the state shells that involved eric prince arranging a meeting where somebody offered something of value to the trump camp. for example, we will put stuff up in pennsylvania that's
negative on hillary clinton. if mueller doesn't lay out something by early september he's not going to want to do something, more indictments for example in october and november. we're going to see something within 60 days. >> yeah, someone really smart sat there recently and said maybe it's going to be by labor day. otherwise it's too late after that or he's going to have to wait until after the election. when we come back, a prima shocker in new york tonight. a ten term democratic leader defeated by a newcomer. we're going do have more in just a moment. save 33% or more on select teva men's and ladies' sandals. and bring the kids for free workshops and activities. directv gives you more for your thing. if you've been waiting for a sign to quit cable, then here's some signs.
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