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europe see it as another slap in plus, the fbi agent the president sees as proof of a russia witch hunt is on capitol hill this hour. now, we don't know what peter strzok is saying about his texts because republicans decided to keep that meeting private. and the shock of the primary season. a 28-year-old latina who has never run for office, thumps the veteran congressman viewed as the heir to nancy pelosi. >> i would support impeachment. i think that, you know, we have the grounds to do it. making sure that we e need are advocating for the policies to win in november. but ultimately, i think that we need to focus on is assuring that we can, you know, when people break the law, thate have to hold everyone and that no person is above that law. >> we begin right there, with a new name in the democratic forcer. alexandria ocasio-cortez is just
28, a new yorker, a political novice, a democratic socialist, and w, a giant. she walloped nancy pelosi's heir apparent in a primary last night. suffice to say, even she was surprised. >> i'm going to grab her. she's right here. she's looking at herself on television right now. how are you feeling? can you put it into words? nope. [ laughter ] i cannot put this into words. >> she is celebrating today. her party is scrambling, tryinga key nancy pelosi lieutenant, in
line to eventually place a 70 something white woman. >> we won because we or we won because i had a very clear, winning message. and we took that message to door that is had never been knocked on before. we spoke to communi had typically been dismissed. and they responded. we need to talk about reaching out to young people, people that are usually nonvoters, communities of color, people who speak english as a second language, working class people, people with two jobs that are usually too business to vote. >> with me here to share the reporting and their insights is my panel. so which is it? is this a one-off? she beat a congressman who sent a surrogate to a debate, neighbor insulting the voters and his opponent? or is this younger democrats of color, more progressive, telling
the democratic leadership, you know what? sorry, get out of the way? >> first of all, credit to her. if you win that kind of an election, you've really done something and you found a way to win an election you shouldn't have won. i think the irony here is that joe crowley was the youth movement in the house of representatives. [ laughter ] now he's been replaced and i think this is -- you know, it's not a one off, but there will be very few of these in this primary season, but they always send a real message. this is the message that democrats have been wrestling with and republie been wrestling with longer. how do you meld these two parts of your party into a winning coalition? i think that it's helpful to the democrats in this election. it shows there's real energy behind these candidates. the problem is going to become when they get into the congress and have to work together and find somebody to be the standard bearer for 2020.
like how are you going to reconcile these different views. you know, i think that this is a political time right now where we're in for surprise >> it's funny in california just brve tefore out,s so interesting talking to voters who had come and volunteered for her campaign, because they talked about someone rsenting them that looked like them, who understood them. there's such dissatisfaction with nancy pelosi being the leader again. i think we've seen that in a lot of districts in california. for example, where more younger democrats are coming out because th really feel like it's their time to take the party back. >> you see the flip side. we saw it in 2016. a lot of blue color workers, when donald trump talked aboutce he was talking about their issues and the democrats stopped talking about their issues.
they didn't see hillary clinton talking about their issues. here's nancy pelosi. there are 60 something democrats who said they don't know if they're goingo vote pelosi. nancy pelosi says this is joe crowley, his district changed. it became more expert on demographics and the rest of that. the fact that in a very progressive district in nothing, it went more progressive than -- joe crowley is a progressive. but more to the left than joe crowley. it's about that district.
she w now,his is in a new york district, left of centerjoe ley center.she co not win in omaha, nebraska, or in most parts of michigan. but the republicans are going to say, mitch mcconnell already saying it today, look where the democrats are going, universal health oft borders. will she become a -- sort of a national weapon for republicans?
>> i think what we're seeing with this race and also with what's been going o this week, is both parties continuing to push to their partest extremes. so with this race, we're seeing like a very left candidate, and really talking about these very left of policies. and you're seeing president trump, especially after the supreme court ruling yesterday, real doubling down again and again on the extreme immigration policies, the far right immigration policies that brought him to the white house. i think what we're going to see really is juxtaposition of thtwo sides. >> one note on that, i was in a mcadams. we have to remember that pelosi is just as big a problem in those red drikts sistricts.he's love. he said i will not support her. it's time for new leadership. he's very conscious of not being tied tot old guard of
democratic adership. when i spoke to mia love about that, she said well, we'll see. they're going to try to put the nancy pelosi taint on him in that district to defeat him. >> it's also proof, especially if you're a democrat and you have a young woman running in your primary, wa you're seeing it across the country. it's the year of the woman in american politics. she did all the right things, but congressman crowley got a tad lazy andogant in that race. up next, the supreme court's conservative wing wins again. the loser, organized labor. ouave moderate to replaque psor,
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mitch mcconnell got all his troops to fall in line. and you're right. >> david axelrod sees it this way, after one effort on the 5-4 ruling, tis manifest. >> you saw donald trump campaign on this. he released a list of possible people he would appoint to the supreme court. and that was something obviously was a big talking point for him. yesterday he did offer mitch
mcconnell, you know, a thanks, a big wet kiss for doing this, because it is mitch mcconnell's legacy. you're going to see mitch mcconnell in his role as senate majority leader, at least for now, try to pack the courts. interview earlier this year, that this case was exactly the reason that he kep that seat vacant. that this was an example of the kind of case, and he's got his rewards yesterday. i think what thiseek done, maybe last ten days, is to highlight the political nature of the court. it's so highly politicized now. and i think the court itself is going to have to deal with this new image that's developing. >> part of the question there is, do any of the justices want out? will any of the justices opt out knowing that president trump would make the appointment? the focus has been justice kennedy. there was a conservative pause
that clarence thomas might go. they have a lunch of e. >> while we are talking about them, they are having lunch. >> no way i can live stream it? >> they're all getting savvy enough with their two iphones that they might be paying attens you know, i would think that if we get through the end of today with no announcement from justice kennedy, and as i told you sterday, i don't see it coming, but we can all be caught off guard. i don't think it's going to happen. i don't think that clarence thomas is leaving any time soon. so i think we have these five in the majority. even if someone leaves, it's still going to be a very hard core conservative majority, because it will be donald trump making the appointment. >> they put out a list during the campaign and have updated it since then, it's conservatives, senator mike lee is on there and made clear that's where the pick will come from.
they view the xwstgorsuch appointment, as well as the judicial nominees as a real achievement of this white house, and something that is very motivating for republican voters. >> i think this is where control of the senate is so important t democrats were able to take back the senate, i think we can be pretty sure they would move no supreme court nomination. >> in two years. >> i 100% believe that. that's why the republicans are going, what's going to happen? although the chances right now are -- >> at the moment, at the moment. justices calling for that lunch, we're here. when we come back, house republicans vote on a bill they know they won't pass, even despite a vote of approval from the president.
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important breaking news just in to cnn. bill shine, the former fox news executive forced out over his handling of sexually harassment, now in serious discussions to become the next white house communications director. the job has been vacant since hopleft in march. caitlin collins is at the white house. is this likely to happen? >> reporter: it does seem to happen. this is something that's happened before, they've had these discussions before about him coming on as the next communications director. but this time it seems serious, and it seems he is likely to accept the offer. he and president trump have had several discussions about taking this job since hope hicks left the white house earlier this year. they've had those discussions in recent days.
they are expected to discuss it once more today that. is likely when he is expected to be offered that position. he is likely to accept. to give a little background to who bill shine is, he was the former co-pres of fox news who stepped down last year after being criticized for the way he handled sexual harassment claims at the network. it's been thought in the past that's why he did accept this job, because that would put that back again in the spotlight. but we are told by a source that sean hannity, one of the netw k network's anchors, has been pushing president trump to hire to be the communications director here in the white house. and we know that sean hannity and the president speak off. so he's been trying to use his influence to hire bill shine and he does seem ready to accept this job aft. it does seem likely that bill shine will be the next white
house communications director. >> kaitlan collins, thank you. let's bring the conversation in the room. it's a job that has been vacant since march. it tells you a lot, the sean hannity connection, more and more, right? this president turning to fox personalities and people who have television experience. >> the president really had looked to tv folks increasingly. throughout his presidency, we've seen it a lot, ambassador bolton, forexample, was a fox contributor. larry kudlow was a tv personali personality. you have other folks in the administration who previously were fox contributors. we know the president likes the message, and where he gets a lot of information, he talks to a lot of fox hosts and contributors privately. we know that kaitlan mentioned
sean hannity. so it is a strong back and forth -- >> and so there's an idealogical simpatico between fox news and the president, if you will. but is it a risk for this president or does he not care to bring somebody who left a high profile job, in significant part because of his handling of very serious sexual harassment allegations, and complaints throughout the hierarchy of the work? >> i think it's possibly a risk, and he certainly doesn't care. here is a person in the wake of that "access hollywood" tape, forced to apologiapologize. this is a president who feels more comfortable with hiring people he likes, who kind of speak the same language. we know that fox news has essentially run the communication staff at the white house any way. he gets a lot of his talking points from fox news. so it seems to be inevitable
that somebody from fox is now in use, because they're obviously on in the white house any way. so yeah, this is where we see the president basically flexing his muscle. initially we saw the president, kind of surround myself with establishment picks, people like reince priebus, hope picks, john kelly. so now he's doing what he wanted to do in the first place and go with his director. >> we've seen some of these figures who were caught up in the me too movement, who stepped down from their job and try to make these comebacks. often there's a huge backlash. so i think it is a risk for trump in the sense that this is the kind of thing that gets the left very riled up and sort of energized to potentially come out in 2020, to come out in the midterms. it's just sort of exemplifies the fact that he doesn't care, and it gets people hot. >> he does think very
differently how he structures the white house staff. the communications director, somebody that is looking a week, a month down the road, building events, to keep members of congress, and constituency groups, out to organizations around the country. that does not strike me as bill shine's wheel house. >> i just think this institutionalizes the relationship that's been going on. i think mainly what it reflect to me is president trump feels free to do whatever he wants. people used to advice, we can't do this, women are going to really respond to this. i think he feels right now that he's winning being trump. >> you wonder who is in the white house advising him on this? >> as they're looking ahead to 2020, he's assembling a team,
they know that suburban women are going to be a big problem, especially after family separations. and it just seems -- [ overlapping speakers ] >> i think going into the fall he's thinking about the base, not suburban women. and we know that coming out of the singapore summit, some of the recent victories for this white house, he doesn't necessarily feel like he's getting aigorous enough defense. so he's obviously looking to beef that up. >> we're going to move on to breaking news now. joe jackson, the father of michael jackson, has died at the age of 89. he was the driving force in the family's rise to fame in the 1960s. cnn's nick watt joins us from los angeles. you can argue no parent in the history of music was more successful guiding his children to international stardom. >> that's right, john. he was the patriarch of
america's first family of pop, and we are hearing that he passed away early this morning. as you mentioned, aged 89, in las vegas, nevada. now, he was a father of ten, in the '50s and '60s, he was a crane operator. he started his own band, the falcons, and he noticed some talent in his own childrening a -- children, and he was the manager. he was a notoriously famous tough parent. he guided his kids to international superstardom. he was, of course, married to ka there katherine. they apparently never divorced but lived separately. as you mentioned at the top, the king of pop's father, the man who shaped the jackson five, dead in las vegas, aged 89. john? >> nick watt, appreciate the
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i don't know how you read the text, i don't know how any reasonable person reads the texts and suggests there's no bias. even the inspector general indicated that there has the potential of being bias as it relates to other investigations. the only reason they concluded there was not bias in the ig's report is because there were multiple people in the decision making process, to dugt thsugge peter strzok wasn't biased doesn't correspond with the decisions the ig made. >> the text messages about stopping the president, democrats said he referred to it as an intimate conversation with intimate friends. >> if they're saying that, i wouldn't ever counteract what a colleague would suggest came out of a transcribed interview that's supposed to be confidential. yet at the same time, if you have intimate, personal conversations between two people, thatormally would show
the intent more so than perhaps something that would be said out in public. >> did you have a direct line of questioning about the opening of the russia investigation and the specific intelligence that precipitated the investigation and how early the intelligence gathering began? >> those question also be asked before the day is over. that line of questioning will actually be asked before the day is over. >> has he answered the questions? >> most of the questions that have been declined to be answered have been because of the need to go into a confidential, classified setting. and certainly we'll do that. >> have you learned anything new beyond what was in the ig report? >> i think we have, and the interesting thing is w build on that in this next hour. so yes, there is new information that was not include the ig's report. >> about what topic? >> obviously, i can't -- manu, i
appreciate you asking that, and you're a good reporter to ask that, but i can't gnto the specifics. >> do you still have the same concerns about political bias? >> none of my concerns about political bias have been alleviated based on what i've heard so far. and yet, at the same time, you know, the day is young. we've got a number of hours to continue on with this investigation. >> is he still employed by the fbi? >> i have -- i don't know that that question has been asked. >> do you really think -- i mean, he said he didn't have political bias. why don't you believe what he's saying, that this investigation was not prioritized over the clinton investigation. >> i've read the text messages, i've read e-mails, i've read other information that would seem to convince a reasonable person that the totalbsence of bias in any decision making oce.
>> is he lying to the committee? >> listen, lying is a different word. but i'm just saying the facts that i've read makes me come to a different conclusion than perhaps what the witness may or may not claim on the bias question. >> do you think he's a cooperating witness? >> oh, yeah, he's been a cooperative witness n negative there. i've got to run in. >> thank you, congressman. >> manu, thank you for sharing that with us here on "inside politics." it's interesting, trying to piece together, from following the investigation, what mark meadows is talking about. it would be easier if they had this hearing in public. it would have been easier if they would have this on public. why did the republicans decide behind closed doors? >> reporter: this was a decision made by the chairman who is run thing investigation with trey gowdy. all the witnesses that have come
before this investigation have happened behind closed doors. and there's just been five if witnesses since this investigation started last october. but a number of republicans are raising that same question, saying have this public. that's what the president tweeted earlier this week. there was some questions about exactly what he was going to say, some of the members wanted to hear what he had to say privately before they decided to open this up publicly. but bob goodlat said he will have a public hearing at some point soon. when that happens is unclear. but right now, john, we're trying to piece together what happened to the participants in the room and the big headline is peter strzok saying he had no political bias whatsoever in this investigation so far. but mark meadows not believing a word he says. >> take us through quickly what we expect, more sessions, and then a classified session? >> reporter: this is just all
going to be behind closed door for the rest of the day, john. we'll expect this to go late into the afternoon, early evening. we won't see this come out -- this is not classified, just confidential, which means they're not supposed to talk about it publicly. but some members are. but we're not going to see any of this happen publicly for a few weeks, john. >> give us a shout if you learn any more. always nice to see how the sausage is made. when we come back, oklahoma joining a growing national trend. it's not about congress or running for governor, it's about marijuana. what about him? let's do it. ♪ come on. this summer, add a new member to the family. at the mercedes-benz summer event. lease the glc300
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house you can actually afford in just three nutes. welcome back. last night, voters oklahoma approved a ballot measure for medical marijuana. this headline says it all, high turnout. the governor says she respects the will of the people, but says the law needs to be tightened up. but oeshg oakland now beco-- ok
the latest of changing views of marijuana. 64% now, 2/3 of americans think pot should be legal, at least in let's loo at this from deand republicans. this is from 2003. 15 years of polling. look at the republicans, from 20% to 51%, a majority of republicans favor some legalization. democrats from 35% to 72%. it is the democrats pushing this more quickly. so here's what is happening. nine states have legalized, 13 states have partial or full decriminalization. 21 states allow the use of medical marijuana. and it's an issue this year in the midterms. michigan will vote. you like the effect there? michigan will vote to legalize marijuana. oklahoma, we have the asterisks there. as we know, the governor wants the legislators to peek at it. missouri and utah also to vote. some democrats expressing the view maybe they should have asked for more of this, because they think it drives out turnout among their voters.
>> i don't think there's any question that in the places where we've seen legalization on the ballot that it has increased interest on the part of young voters in particular, it's increased turnout in those states. that's not the reason somebody should be for it. but i think it's a winne in terms of just the pure polit politickipolitics of it. >> it's striking. pot politics have changed amatically over the last couple of years. >> yeah, it has. even if you look more broadly, back to the '70s, it was sort of white liberals pushing for decriminalization. a lot of black politicians didn't want decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. now you have cory booker moving in this direction. thinking about this new generation and the high rates of incarceration that they've seen in some of these african-american and low income communities. so it's striking and we'll see if it's something that can boost turnout in these elections.
>> some of the red states have had these votes. in utah, the strategists there are completely sort of recalculating what the turnout is going to be in november, and what -- on the republican side, what they might have to do to balance out younger voters turning out for that initiative. it reaes change the political calculus in an interesting way. >> and it's brought different people into the mix.f the thingn some of the western and mid western states, where maybe it's just the medical marijuana is really effective grassroots campaigns. [ laughter ] >> all pun intended. >> you see families, people with children looking for certain types of treatments, and you see those folks in statehouses. that has been effective in changing the messaging around. >> chuck schumer just today, a tax benefit to stat
that's how you move libertarians and more conservatives, some of them come over, we make some money out of this. chuck schumer, delivering today to introduce legislation decriminalizing marijuana on the federal level. look at this list of potential 2020 democratic candidates who have supported pot legalization or decriminalization. it runs from the governor of new york and mayors and senators. th a time when this position would be trouble. >> i think that there's always been a sense this is good with young voters. but i think it's good with all voters and baby boomers who grew up in the pot era. i think this cuts across a lot of lines. and i think jeff sessions is back in the reefer madness days where he's still trying to crack down on this. the train has left the station on this. everybody else is trying to figure out how to do it. when chuck schumer does
something like this, you know he's examined this and it's a political winner. >> didn't the president say he was open to it? >> he said he would be for states, that states should govern. which is different than sessions has been saying. i think the interesting clash will become between trump and the white house and other republicans and jeff sessions. >> but the law and order party has a harder issue with this. >> and white evangelicals, what are they going to say? they're big backers of this president. >> from this issue, we shift to capitol hill, where the house votes on what would be considered major immigration legislation. the republican leadership is calling the vote again in an hour from now, even though it knows the bill is unlikely to pass. it did get an 11th hour tweet of support from the president. passage will show we want strong borders while democrats want open borders and crime.
that from the president who last week said congress is wasting their t phil, what's going to happen? >> reporter: that will vote and the vote will fail. i think the interesting element of this, you think about the house republican conference in years of going at one another on this extremely divisive issue that it is immigration, they're going to have a vote on the floor, on a bill that ovs the u.s. immigration system, one that includes a solution and a pathway to citizenship for daca eligible, one that cuts the diversity visa program, one that cuts family visas down, like the president requested. yet it is on path to fail rather miserably according to several aides that i've spoken to. there is no real what i've been told many times unicorn when it comes to immigration inside the republican party. this is something that has to be done in the house in a bipartisan manner if it isng to get the number of requisite
votes. i point you to what speaker paul ryan has said, he says even if this doesn't pass, this will sow the seeds for a future solution. when the supreme court weighs in on daca, which it is expected to by the end of the year, that will force a deadline. maybe you see the components of this bill be in that endgame there. but at the moment, there is no clear end game. you mentioned the president's tweet. had that come a week ago, maybe it would have had an effect. i'm not doubting it could swing one or two votes. but nobody has known where he has been on this bill. a lot of conservatives are very uncomfortable how they treat daca individuals in this bill. so the final number might tick up a little bit. i will note according to one republican aide, the all caps in the president's tweet, that was not the direct request of leadership. the tweet was, not the all caps. >> phil mattingly up on capitol
welcome back. a big announcement today that is sending some fresh chilling across europe. the kremlin says the trump-putin summit is a go. this morning, john bolton huddled with vladamir putin to discuss the details. the administration is eyeing helsinki. some allies say they see this summit as a slight and more evidence the american president has little respect for the world order america helped build. one european diplomat saying, you're going to go talk to putin and then nato? that doesn't look good. john bolton saying look, two superpowers, they should meet.
he says the russian meddling in election also be discus will be. so why are the europeans thinking this is a slap in the face? >> there's a lot of concern about a real shift in the western alliances. you saw it with the g7 meeting going into that. the president said he would like russia to be brought back in. and then he proceeded to really sort of threaten, unravel trade relationships there. so there is a lot of uncertainty about what kind of partner america is going to be with. >> polanpoland's top diplomat s she worries trump will pull ut u. -- out u.s. troops. they look at crimea and vladamir putin saying maybe we have a, forgive the word, a reset.
>> this visit has brought us hope that we'll be able to take the first steps toward restoring fullrelations between russia and the u.s. >> this is one area where congressional republicans and senate republicans still resist. they have no faith in russia, and i think that there will be some pushback here, opposed to north korea. this also reflects that trump is very happy with what came out of north korea. he showed up, the pictures happened. he looks like he's dealing with an adversary and pushing back. and i think he's like, let's repeat that again, maybe even if we don't get that much, but i love the coverage. >> and it changes the conversation certainly from what we've been talking about over the last week, which is family separations at the and now that's something he is moving away from. and now it's putin and the kremlin. >> but to the europeans, it
comes in the middle of this trade war, now the president is talking about european cars. it comes at a time when the president never misses an ies aren't paying enough ropean into nato. and now he's going to sit down with putin after he just said, let's invite him back into the club. >> he bashed nato on the campaign trail. this is like a dream come true for donald trump. >> this is another case where game, set, match, putin wins? >> lots of fodder for "saturday night live." >> russia is on the world stage now with the wucorld cup. you know, he wants to take advantage of this moment. >> a victory for putin. we'll see how the summit plays out. we'll see if the president will publicly say anything about
russia meddling in the united states. that would be progress. thanks for joining us today on "inside politics." see you back here tomorrow. "wolf" starts right now. washington.m wolf blitzer in wherever you're watching from around the world, thank you very much for joining us. we begin with primary politics here in the united states. and the upset victory that stundemocrats and ousted a long-time lawmaker. 28-year-old democratic socialist alexandria casio-cortez, defeated ten-term congressman joe crowley in their new york district. she says her win is a victory for communities that feel ignored by the democratic establishment. she tells our poppy harlow it sends a message to n. >> i think it says right now that women