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and add voice and tv for $34.90 more per month. call or go online today. thanks to all of you for being part of my program this week, and i will see you next week. hello everyone, thanks for joining me this sunday i'm fredricka whitfield. for the first time ever the fbi has pub cli released a fisa request. the more than 100 page surveillance warrant application is on trump campaign foreign policy add visor carter page, listing him as an agent of foreign power. it is heavily redacted but lays out why the fbi was able to conduct surveillance on page in 2016.
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carter page reacting for the first time on cnn this morning. >> i've never been an agent of a foreign power in any -- by any stretch of the imagination. i sat in on some meetings but to call me an adviser i think is way over the top. >> and now we are finally get to see some of the facts. the truth behind the previously classified document that triggered the memo wars on capitol hill. where both sides of the aisle released their own contradictory summaries of the warrant. republicans accusing the fbi of abusing its surveillance powers and now after the release of the document, president trump believes republicans are vindicated. cnn is covering the story from all angles shimon prokupecz is standing by in washington with a break down of the details of the warrant. ryan nobles is near new jersey where the president is spending
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the weekend and has his reaction. we have shawn turner, bradley moss and julian selletser but let's hear more of what carter page had to say about this today. >> you did advise the kremlin in 2013 or 2012, somewhere in there? >> jake, it's really spin. i sat in on some meetings but you know to call me an adviser i think is way over the top. >> except in the 2013 letter you wrote that it says, quote, over the past half year, i have had the privilege to serve as an informal adviser to the staff of the kremlin in preparation for the g-20 summit next month where energy issues will be prominent on the agenda. that's yourself calling yourself an informal adviser to the kremlin. >> informal having conversations with people. this is really nothing and just an attempt to distract from the
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real crimes that are shown in this misleading document. you know, page 8 it talks about disguised propaganda, including the planting of false or misleading articles, which is exactly what this is. this is kind of the pot calling the kettle black. >> it says the fbi believes mr. page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the russian government, and it's redacted, under mine and influence the outcome of the 2016 u.s. presidential election in violation of u.s. criminal law. it says the russians were trying to recruit you. we know you said you went to russia in the summer of 2016 to deliver a commencement address. is it not a possibility that russians were trying to recruit you, even if you didn't try to take the bait? it seems to me that would be their job. you were working for trump, worked with the kremlin in the past, that would be a reasonable thing for them to try to do?
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>> it's tolly unreasonable jake and speaks to another misleading testimony relating to the indictments that eric holder and preet bharara submitted on january 2015 talking about that prior case. and, you know, a lot of that is incorrect spin. that individual, mr. padobmi, a young diplomat in new york, i talked with him about my class. we had coffee one time. i met him at a conference, we met once for coffee and i gave him some of my class notes that my students at new york university were looking at. and it was in one ear and out the other. he never asked me to do anything. it's just so preposterous. >> did anyone at any time, any russian government official, at any time in 2016 talk to you about lifting the sanctions or compromising material that they claim to have on hillary
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clinton? >> on compromising material, not one word. i was hearing about things when you were hearing about things, in the mainstream media. look, when i was there in july of 2016, you know, a few people might have brought it up in passing, but, you know, again it's a major economic issue. and so, you know, there may have been a loose conversation. i'm very careful in terms of making sure that there's a clear record. there is nothing in terms of any nefarious behavior. >> okay. >> that's carter page. what about the details we're learning from this 400 page newly released fisa warrant. shimon prokupecz joins me from watch with more on this. what stands out the most to you? >> reporter: certainly the fact this is the first time in the fbi's history, in the department of justice history that such a document is released. and really, it gives us an inside look at some of what the
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fbi was thinking, some of what the fbi was believing. and certainly the way they characterize carter page is significant. they call him possibly a foreign agent. the different ways in which they describe in which he was communicating with the russians and what they perhaps were trying to do to him. it says that this target -- he's the target of this application in the fisa court. then it goes on to say that the fbi believes page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the russian government. and by that point, as we know, the fbi had, along with intelligence partners, certainly, there was a lot of concern that the russians were trying to somehow influence certainly the trump campaign and others and perhaps cause harm to hillary clinton. but most significant, i think, fred, is finally how they describe carter page. and here's how they say that the fbi believes that the russian
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government's efforts are being coordinated with page and perhaps other individuals associated with candidate number one's campaign. and that is the trump campaign. you know, all along we have heard that perhaps there were people who were unwitting, who didn't know, who didn't think that the russians were trying to do this. but this seems -- certainly this last line i read here seems to indicate that the fbi had reason to believe that carter page was working with the russians in this effort and even others perhaps in in the campaign. and significant in all of this is this is still an ongoing investigation. so all of that information that they had other information perhaps to support this fisa, to support such a secret move by the fbi, we don't know. we also know that robert mueller, the special counsel, is still looking into all of this. so perhaps we'll learn more down the line. certainly the way in which carter page is being described in all of this is extremely
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significant. >> shimon prokupecz thank you so much for that. let's check in with cnn's ryan nobles who's near the president's golf resort in new jersey. tell us about the president's reaction and why he believes it's vindication. >> reporter: no doubt the president is going to use this document as an opportunity ton further cast apersons on the mueller investigation. the president has fired off many tweets and talking about how he believes the mueller investigation is flawed and out to get him. he said, quote, congratulations to judicial watch on being successful in getting the carter page fisa documents as usually they are redacted but confirmed with little doubt that the department of justice, he puts justice in quotes, and the fbi mislead the courts. he goes on to use his refrain of
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witch hunt, rigged and a scam. basically what the president is doing is he's using this to kind of play in line with the republican talking point on this pla particular issue, that the fisa warrant application that was designed for the government to conduct surveillance on carter page was based on the fact of using this dossier. the president has called that dossier phony, and it shouldn't be used for anything, let alone the basis of a federal investigation. it's important to point out that the fbi was clearly interested in and investigating carter page long before the revelation of that document. there are many prominent republicans that disagree with the president's assessment of this document's release. marco rubio among them said he read the document and to him it appears that the government
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lawyers and the justice department did the correct accounting. they followed the law. they applied and they were given the opportunity to conduct surveillance on carter page. one other point we'll make, fred, this fisa law has been on the books for some time and congress has had multiple opportunities to reign it in, making it more difficult for the united states to conduct surveillance on its own citizens and they have decided not to do that. in fact, beginning of this year, they were confronted with that, they toyed with the idea but ultimately renewed the fisa law in the current form and the president of the united states signed that into law. >> ryan nobles thank you so much. joining me shawn turner, bradley moss, and one of the lawyers who filed the lawsuit requesting the release of the fisa warrant and cnn political analyst julian
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zeller. good to see all of you. your reaction of the release of this application and what it says. >> this is an unprecedented moment. no one has ever before had a fisa warrant released. the only reason this probably ever came to light was because of the issuance of the memoranda, controversial as it was. but when the president declassified the nunes memo and the justice department declassified in part the schiff memo it allowed these documents to be published, with these redactions, admittedly. now we have a fight. we have the information that came out, all the open source info, and the steele dossier. but there's pages upon pages that have been redacted, government information, confidential source information, we don't know what went into this, we don't know the full story. >> do you believe it should be challenged?
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the unredacted version should be released? >> when the government issued this four month time frame to produce the records in march, we spent a letter to the president, care of don mcgahn, saying don't make the fbi go through this process, declassify the entirety of the applications, you can make specific redactions for very specific sources and methods to protect lives but give the public the full context. he has not done that. and instead he has a piece for his narrative. >> what's the danger or perhaps benefit of the release of this application, unredacted or otherwise? do you have concerns about other applications forthcoming as a result of how this one is being handled? >> i take a very different approach to this. i think it's unfortunate potentially dangerous we have gone down this path of releasing fisa documents but also delving into the work of this court.
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look, when the president and the justice department made the decision to release those earlier memos regarding this investigation, we talked about the fact that they were necessarily politicizing intelligence for their own purposes. the fisa court and the process is a process that throughout the past, you know, several decades has allowed us to be able to identify threats to the nation and be able to pursue avenues to prevent attacks on this nation in a way we would not had been able to do had the information regarding the law and the documents been public. i think we're setting a dangerous precedence here. i understand and believe in the idea we need to be more transparent but i also think as you look at the documents and see they're heavily redacted. as someone who spent time in the intelligence community, i can read these and understand the redacted comments, and others
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can. but the biggest concern is people who know about this process and how this process works, this is the kind of thing that causes our adversaries to change their behavior and makes it difficult to find individuals acting against us. >> so some republicans have accused the fbi of misleading the fisa court by presenting information from a former british spy who compiled that dossier on the alleged trump russia ties. here is how so many have described the warrant in the past. listen. >> the fbi should not go to secret courts using information paid for by the democrats to open up investigations and get warrants on people of the other political party. that's the type of stuff that happens in banana repolitics. >> think the substance of this memo implicates senior officials of the justice department and
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fbi, i think it shows the entire mueller investigation should have never been started in the first place, it is built on a false, rot ten premises. >> i'm concerned if top people of the fbi took a campaign document into a court to get a warrant to spy on an american, i think that undermine it is rule of law, and that's what i'm concerned about. >> will the release now change any of those arguments? >> it won't change the arguments, even though the document doesn't support the argument. the document, the parts that are redacted show there was probable cause, it shows that they identified what this document was, the steele file. and they still moved forward. and we're talking about republican judges who were involved in confirming this decision. that said, the facts don't matter. i think you're going to see the same argument from the president and the republicans in an effort to question the legitimacy of the fbi and robert mueller. >> so, bradley, the president's
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already tweeted out vindication. is this vindication? >> no, not at all. actually, those three clips you played, that's all political pass blocking by members of congress who are clearly trying to protect the president to some extent here. every one of them made the same kind of argument that the fbi went to the court with only the dossier. but as julian was saying these applications, which are each 100 pages long, have tons of information, nothing to do with the dossier but we don't know what it is because it was classified. it was redacted because it would reveal human sources. until we know the full story, this narrative will continue. unfortunately that's why this publication had to come out to give the public some context that there's more to the story than you're hearing from some media outlets. >> senator marco rubio was on this morning as well and had
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this to say about the surveillance of carter page. >> by the trump campaign's admission, carter page was not a big player. i don't think it means they were spying on the campaign, i don't think it proves anything about collusion. i think carter page is one of these guys -- we never would have heard of him before all this. but he was a guy on their screen even before the campaign and when he comes into the kind of near orbit of the campaign they get interested when they put that together when they put that together with what's happening with russian interference. >> how suspicious are you of carter page? how more more convinced are you that this fisa application was appropriate for him? >> i think prior to this fisa application coming out, there were people in the national security space, myself included, who believed there was a possibility that carter page was particularly naive and unwitting of russia's efforts to
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infiltrate the campaign and use him as an option to do that. now that i've read the document, it's clear that carter page was not unwitting. he clearly knew what was happening. the document talks about how he knowingly established relationships with russian intelligence officers. this morning he said it was unreasonable that the russians would try to get him as an agent of the russian government. so i think that the days of giving him some sort of benefit of the doubt are over. it's clear he had some understanding of what he was doing, and i think that there's probably a lot more information that would help paint this picture in the parts of the document that are redacted. >> all right. we'll leave it there for now. thank you so much, gentlemen. >> thank you. >> thank you. next, remember this moment when the u.s. director of national intelligence appears to be blind-sided by news of the information that the white house
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add-on advantage. discounted hotel rates when you add on to your trip. only when you book with expedia. welcome back. director of national intelligence dan coats is apologizing for his public reaction when told that president trump had invited russian president vladimir putin to the white house in the fall at a public event coats appeared to mock the idea of putin coming to the u.s. in his apology coats said some press coverage has mischaracterized my intentions in responding to breaking news presented to me during a live
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interview. my admittedly awkward response was in no way meant to be disrespectful or criticize the actions of the president. i want to bring in susan glasser, she is a cnn global affairs analysts and a staff writer at "the new yorker" why did mr. coats feel like he needed to handle it this way? >> it's an interesting question. as you note it didn't take place right away this apology. it came a couple days after he made those remarks during the live interview when he was informed about president trump's surprise decision to invite vladimir putin to the white house this fall. so i guess the question is, did other advisers close to the president suggest that president trump is still angry with former senator coats? does it mean that his job is in jeopardy in some way and he's trying to save it? that would be the obvious implication from it but it's also a carefully worded
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statement. he didn't say i take back my concern about the way in which the meeting was handled. he also told andrea mitchell in that interview that he would not have advised the president to have the private meeting one on one with vladimir putin. so he didn't take that back or apologize for that interestingly. >> it leads you to extra late and think what he may have been responding to based on what feedback he may have received. i want to look at how president trump's performance in helsinki is being received. a new poll showed that overall 33% of americans approved of the meeting with putin while 50% disapprove. if you dig deeper 66 of republicans say they approve of his performance while just 8% of democrats think the same.
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division along party lines continues but does this mean trump has anything to worry about about how he is forging ahead with this relationship with putin? >> the numbers, as you said, suggest a division between the two parties and right now it's very hard to get people to change their mind about president trump, even when he does things that are seen as outrageous or totally beyond the pale in a policy sense. people have such fixed views on him, republicans have stuck with him, democrats have not. i'm struck by the 66% gop approval rating. remember the overall ratings are higher than that right now. so actually it reflects some at least of the party's traditional skepticism of russia. this was until donald trump the party of residual cold war hawks, the republican party. so that 66% number is lower than president trump gets approval on most other issues.
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>> among republicans. >> so that's something for him to worry about. and republicans on capitol hill have made it clear this week they're not really on board with president trump's renewed opening. you mentioned senator lindsey graham suggesting maybe even new sanctions need to be imposed on russia if it continues. >> in fact, this is lindsey graham on that very issue. listen. >> just have sanctions that can fall on russia like a hammer. do not meet with this guy from a position of weakens. we need to harden the electoral infrastructure, you need to be the leader of that movement. and you need to work with congress to come up with new sanctions because putin is not getting the message. >> one has to wonder whether the president is going to take that advise because so many in the circle say he doesn't really take advice. so is that lindsey graham speaking on behalf of he and congress who agreed to put new sanctions on russia last year even though it took many months
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for those sanctions to be enacted. >> that's right. i think you're right to be skeptical about whether president trump is listening to lindsey graham or anybody else. in fact, lindsey graham said in that interview also, i thought it was really important, he still doesn't know, as do apparently the rest of the government what was actually said or agreed to in the private meeting between president trump and president putin. this is one week after the summit. we still don't know what actually was agreed upon. susan glasser, thank you so much. good to see you. still ahead, in public the president is out ttouting the so-called success with north korea but in private he's reportedly frustrated over the lack of progress his administration is meeting. what does this mean for a potential deal on denuclearization? we explore more next. where your ancestors are from... ...and the paths they took, to a new home. could their journey inspire yours?
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for the process of implementation of this agreement with president trump that they had in singapore. obviously secretary pompeo went to north korea expecting that there would be some kind of meeting with kim jong-un that never took place. and then all of a sudden there was supposed to be a meeting on the remains of u.s. soldiers which was supposed to be a show of good faith of the north koreans, that didn't take place. president trump we understand has griped in meetings to officials about the slow pace of progress. still he does think it's a good sign that the north koreans have not tested any nuclear or missile tests in many months. take a listen to general vincent brooks. he's the commander of the u.s. forces in korea, who also was president trump's nominee ton ambassador to south korea,
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saying that diplomacy takes time and a process is under way. >> our expectations have to be tempered properly, diplomacy is a process that takes time, engageme engagement. it's founded on dialogue and trust. dialogue is opened. there's posturing, sensing, and there has to be room for our diplomats, especially our secretary of state, mike pompeo, to gain the traction, find the opportunity and maneuver towards the outcomes we all seek. >> now, yes, a process is under way,, but this is really the north korean's playbook here. they draw it out, try to do as little as possible and there could be the ongoing process of no implementation of the agreement with president trump. >> it's going to come down to whether there can be an agreement at all on what
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denuclearization really means? >> yes, that's one of the hangups, what does denuclearization mean to the north koreans. to the u.s. it means complete, final, irreversible. i think the real question is whether the north koreans have made what they call that strategic choice to give up their nuclear weapons. they said they did at the summit, but there's no indication they're doing anything towards implementing that agreement. the question, i think, fred, are they willing to do anything at all? they'll do as little as they can to get as much as they can from the u.s. moments of privacy broadcast live on the internet, a ride share driver is in the hot seat after exposing customers' intimate moments and conversations online without their consent. a live report is next. [music playing] (vo) from the beginning,
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reported earlier this weekend that a 32-year-old man had been essentially streaming using the application twitch, some of these fairs he was accepting while working with lyft and uber. we've blurred some of the video but you can see how the interior of this pickup truck has been lit so he in essence can provide the clear picture for viewers around the world with the exchanges harp happening, the conversations that were happening with his customers. why did he do this? i can tell you the st. louis post dispatch did speak to him directly and he said it was mainly because of security reasons so he could potentially feel protected while he's doing these uber and lyft rides. but at the same time in the post reporting he also says that he was trying to, in his own words, capture the natural interactions between himself and those passengers. but again the primary reason is
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for security. ultimately, though, lyft and uber have released statements. they have said that they have essentially cut ties with this individual and suspended his ability to accept some of these fares. and when you look at some of the policies that the ride share programs have in place, there certainly is some wiggle room there. for example, uber has on their website for the general public, the answer to this question of whether or not their drivers can use video cameras. and they say they can install video cameras as long as it's for safety. however they also recommend for drivers to look at state laws. where the video was shot, it's a one party state so only one person has to give consent, the other person, not so much. that's the expectation of
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may end up spending the night inside this giant shelter that officials are confident will hold up. >> and see how president bush led the nation in these hards p hardships watch the 2000s tonight at 9:00 on cnn. the past week has not been a smooth one for president trump, backlash over his summit with vladimir putin is not just coming from democrats it's also coming from other americans. according to a new poll, 50% of the country disapproves of the way president trump handled the summit. 33% had no problem with it at all, but the polls skew more towards president trump's favor when you ask voters 65 and older. 41% approve of the way he handled the meeting. 47% disapprove. cnn national correspondent gary tuckman visited a retirement community in florida, and voters were eager to speak their minds
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about what went down in helsinki. >> reporter: the villages florida is a possible place for republicans to retire. making it easy to find people who voted for donald trump for president. but for some trump voters things went south this week. especially following president trump's presentation as he stood next to russian president vladimir putin. >> he's an embarrassment to me, and as a republican i still feel that -- i just wish he would just learn to say things properly and maybe he wouldn't get himself into so much trouble. >> reporter: and this day hundreds of republicans in the villages showed up at a forum attended by florida's candidates for governor. which is a good place to ask voters what happened in finland. >> when he says there's blame on
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the united states, does that trouble you? >> it's donald trump, you expect that. >> do you think the united states should be blamed? >> no. >> so should donald trump should not have said that about his country. >> he says a lot of stuff he should not say. >> but there are voters like dick hoffman. >> i think he's doing a wonderful job. i love the fact that he plays the press. >> reporter: voters say the president has nothing to apologize for. are you uncomfortable with how comfortable he was with vladimir putin? >> didn't bother me a bit because i don't know what went on in their meeting before that. >> no one does. >> i have faith in him. >> what donald trump said standing next to vladimir putin regarding russian meddling, he said i will tell you president putin was strong and powerful in his denial today. what does that mean to you, strong and powerful? what did he say that was so powerful? did it sound a bit creepy for
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you for donald trump to be talking about the russian leader -- >> the way you're questioning me, i think you're questioning me in a strong and powerful way. i don't see that as a big deal. >> reporter: many of the republicans here have been alive for 13 presidents, have seen a lot, and some while continuing to support the president and their party are a bit wistful. you were born when fdr was present, you've seen truman, kennedy, johnson, nixon, up until donald trump today, you said you love donald trump but would you be more comfortable with reagan or eisenhower were president? >> if ronald reagan were to run again, yeah. >> reporter: viewpoints from republicans in america's largest retirement community. still to come for the first time ever the fbi has publy released a fisa surveillance warrant and it's all about campaign adviser carter page.
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president trump is planning to liven up one of the most recognizable plane designs in the world. that's this week state of the cartoonian. here's jake tapper. >> air force one is getting a makeover and president trump's design ideas are already taking off. >> air force one is going to be incredible. it's going to be the top of the line. >> first on trump's list nix the colors selected by the kennedys in 1962. >> i wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors and we're not. >> i think it's lovely. i hate to make changes really. >> the president says he wants to go with something more on the nose. >> you know what colors we're
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using? take a guess. red, white and blue. >> another idea perhaps the former real estate developer is known for selecting only the finest materials maybe a solid gold plane and marble for the wings. >> i want the plane to be immaculate. i want everything polished. >> perhaps that's not the most arrow dynamic idea. of course, the president could go with his favorite image? >> do i look like a president? how handsome am i? how handsome. >> on the other hand, there is a famous plane with a red, white and blue design. perhaps the president got inspiration on the tarmac in helsinki. >> i think i could have a good relationship with russia and with president putin. >> we will see what takes flight. we have so much more straight ahead in the "newsroom" and it all starts right now.
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hello again, everyone. thank you for being with me i'm fredricka whitfield. the fbi has publically released a highly sensitive fisa request for the first time ever. it's on trump campaign foreign policy adviser carter page listing him as an agent of foreign power. something carter page denied to cnn this morning. the warrant is heavily redacted, but lays out why the fbi was allowed to conduct surveillance on page starting in 2016. so what other details are we learning from this 400-page, newly released warrant? shimon prokupecz joins me from washington with more on this. what stands out to you. >> when you get around the rhetoric sur roungd this and read the lengthy document and some of what the fbi is alleging is troubling, and


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