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theories. >> i didn't say -- wait, wait, wait, wait. >> that's not what he said. >> he shade that somebody else organized these care advance and the president suggested that -- >> he wasn't doing the conspiracy theory, the soros thing. he was talking about the ngo thing. >> other conspiracy theories. that's not what he's saying. that's all the time we have. cnn continues right now. happening now, breaking news. closing in on collusion. an e-mail exchange from the 2016 campaign reveals that trump confidant roger stone was in touch with the highest level of the trump campaign about the forthcoming wikileaks release of democratic e-mails stolen by russia. is there a collusion case for the special counsel robert mueller? no safe harbor. president trump takes another step to divert attention ahead of the mid terms denouncing what he calls a, quote, invasion on the southern border, demanding that care advance of migrants
turn back and announcing a change in asylum rules. fear factor, the president moves to stoke fears about immigration promoting a racially charged video that shocks even key republicans who say he's trying to frighten his loyalists so they turn out to vote. will it work. and mob boss murder. shocking new details about the savage killing of imprisoned mob boss whitey bulger. why was he beaten beyond recognition? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." breaking news. an e-mail exchange from the peak of the 2016 presidential campaign shows longtime trump ally roger stone had contact with top trump campaign official steve bannon about the wikileaks release of stolen democratic e-mails. a source says the special counsel robert mueller now has those e-mails. mueller's team has been focusing
in on roger stone and has interviewed steve bannon at least three times. that comes as president trump tries to change the subject in these, the waning days of the mid-term campaign, playing the race card and stoking fears about immigration. i'll speak with senator ron widen of the senate intelligence committee and our correspondents and specialists are standing by with full coverage. let's begin with the breaking news about roger stone's communications with the highest level of the trump campaign. bring in our cnn political correspondent sara murray and justice correspondent evan perez. first of all, take us through these e-mails. >> these are e-mails in the campaign, as you mentioned, october 2016, and the backdrop is that julian assange was going to have a big press conference. he was going to release a bunch of new documents. math two boyle for the right wing breitbart news e-mails roger stone and says what has he
got? what has he got? >> it is but steve bannon doesn't call me back, and matthew boyle sailed you should call roger, you didn't get it from me. >> he said i've got pretty important stuff to worry about. >> and clearly he said he knows what assange has. these two have a rapport because these two used to be the head of bryant news. october 4th, assange did a two-hour media event and didn't release anything new and then the candidate supporters were very angry and thought a bombshell was going to drop, and steve bannon said what was that this morning? >> what, fear, serious security concern, talking about assange. he thinks they are going to kill him and that london police are standing down. however, a load every week going forward. wolf, this is another one of those instances where it appears that stone looks like he's about
to predict something, although julian assange did say that he had more information to share and there would be more coming, but it also tells you that he was in touch with a very senior trump campaign official in the weeks leading up to the election about wick heekz. >> -- about wikileaks. >> robert mueller and his team have interviewed seven or eight of roger stone's interviews and steve bannon has been called before the mueller team. what kind of case potentially is mueller building against roger stone and potentially others? >> first of all, we don't know whether roger stone is actually bluffing or whether this is actually true, right? that's the essence of what the issue here is, but this is one reason why we keep saying that the collusion case is still very much alive. it is still very much something that robert mueller's investigators are pursuing and you can see perhaps a conspiracy case against roger stone if it is a proved that he did know something that perhaps if he was conspireing with wikileaks, and
he was in communication with people in the campaign, that's where the crux of this lies, whether or not this is actually what mueller -- remember, this is what mueller was actually assigned to do, and so this is what, you know, the central case that they can make. as you said, nine of roger stone's associates have been brought before mueller and have provided information. there's one more that's been fighting a subpoena, so we'll see whether or not this is a -- whether the investigators are able to get there. >> it's very interesting. you know, jeffrey toobin is with us as well. jeffrey, take a little bit into the big picture of what's going on right now. what does this tell us about, first of all, what the campaign thought about roger stone, his ties toss wikileaks, the clinton e-mail hack. as you know, the u.s. government alleged that the wikileaks got all those e-mails courtesy of russia. >> well, the big question at the heart of the mueller investigation is we know that the russian government through intermediaries made efforts to help donald trump win this election. that's beyond dispute at this
point. the question is did anyone in the trump campaign know or assist, that is, collude with the russian government to assist trump win the election? that has the potential to be illegal. stone is the potential intermediary between wikileaks which got these hacked e-mails from the russians to the trump campaign. these -- these e-mails suggest there were certainly conversations going on about that wikileaks effort. it's suggestive but it's not proof of a crime yet, i don't think. >> sara, from roger stone gets into trouble does that implicate the trump campaign because almost every other day the president says no collusion, no collusion, no collusion. >> it really depends on what he gets in trouble for. we don't know the extent of the conversation that roger stone may have had. he denied over and over in again
he shared any information with donald trump, the candidate, but reality is these two are talking directly, and nobody is really monitoring their communications at the time. i mean i think it's possible where no one else in donald trump's inner circle is caught up in this. it could just be something that roger stone gets in trouble for and then you end up with this lasting perception that the president, you know, decided to surround himself over the course of his life essentially with crooks and with people who are up to no good. roger stone still insists he's done nothing wrong. >> wolf, can i just add one point about roger stone. evan made an illusion to this. there's a technical legal term for roger stone. he's a bs artist. he lies to everybody. he boasts. he tells stories. that may actually help him. he may actually be saying, oh, come on, i was just puffing, i didn't really know what was going on with wikileaks, and if you know roger stone as i do, it is entirely possible that he was just boasting and he didn't know what was going on, and that's an
overlay to all these e-mails and these conversations that the mueller office, which certainly knows -- knows who roger stone is at this point, will have to where. >> evan, here's what some lyle experts who are knowledgeable that perhaps is roger stone the ultimate target or are they squeezing him in this way and he cooperates and ghe to a higher up? >> that's an interesting theory. obviously we know that under justice department rules the president can't be charged and that's the ultimate end game if you are looking for a bigger. wolf, i think if, if the special counsel is able to get the charges on roger stone and if, again, it has something to do with the campaign, i think that does tremendous damage to the president, and i think that is in itself a big deal, so i'm not sure that you need to roll him on anyone. in any case as jeffrey just pointed out, i mean, there's so
much bs from him i don't think you can even use him as a witness and have that stand up in court. >> jeffrey made a really good point. they had all these messages with boyle and bannon and roger stone, though stone published some of them himself,ings it seems like he was selling himself to the trump campaign with the inside track from wikileaks and people didn't know what to make of it. steve bannon said i've got important stuff to worry about and i can't worry and was there any kind of regular contact with wikileaks, or was it a tie who wanted to be -- 5z a bs artist had access to the candidate at the time. he's somebody who still talked to the president with some
regularity. >> certainly had access to steve bannon, chief strategist. jeffrey, how does this fit into other evidence that -- that -- against the trump campaign, specifically the very controversial trump tower meeting in which they all got together with some russians to get so-called dirt on hillary clinton? >> well, they both deal with the same general issue was were the russians, the russian government, people affiliated with the russian government, trying to help the trump campaign? obviously the trump tower meeting, based on the e-mail terrific although that information didn't pan out. here the question is did the russian government and/or interests through wikileaks try to hurt the clinton campaign to benefit the trump campaign? it's the same question. it's just -- it's a. >> and the thing that you have
have to ask about this saying to anybody who was associated with the trump campaign. we can't get hacked e-mails. those are crimes. we don't want any part of it. that's certainly not something we've seen. >> apparently nobody from the trump campaign called up the fbi or any other law enforcement authority and said, hey, there's some illegal stuff going on. we want you to -- we want to alert you about this. >> right. i think that much has been clear, including obviously when -- when they decided to do the trump tower meeting with the russians. nobody called the fbi that everybody would have preferred that the trump campaign did. >> everybody stand by. a lot of dramatic developments and right now senator ron widen, a key member of the senate intelligence committee. thanks for joining us. >> thank you wolf. >> do the newly released e-mails that we've just gotten our hands
on strengthen the case that roger stone was a potential back channel to the trump campaign to the wikileaks which was getting a lot of stolen hacked e-mails from the russians? >> wolf, intelligence members, of course, can't get into classified matters, but let me tell you what i think the bottom line is today. if roger stone and steve bannon were coordinating with wikileaks, it seems to me that raises a wide variety of potential criminal and civil violation. >> we'll talk a little bit about that. do you buy stone's excuse that this was all just bluster? >> again, i can't get into classified matters, but i think we know that these two were very high up and very influential in the campaign, and that's why "the times'" story in my view
raises very substantial and troubling questions, and what i want to know and i can't get into classified matters is were these two coordinating with wikileaks, and if they were, seems to me they got a whole lot of trouble facing them sfll. >> what kind of trouble? >> criminal and civil. i mean, there are questions of criminal violations when you're talking about foreign interferences in elections, certainly issues with respect to hacking. there are civil questions with respect to reporting, so there is a wide variety of potential criminal and civil violations here. >> so do you think roger stone will be indicted? >> well, roger stone himself has been on both sides of the question. sometimes y'all are reporting that he's saying he's going to be, and i think i'll leave it at that. he's on both sides. >> he has suggested that, he has said he probably will be.
we'll see if that happens. mueller and his team are really interviewing a lot of his associates. he did testify up on capitol hill, why do you think that mueller hasn't called roger stone to actually appear either in a question andans session or before a grand jury? >> well, bob mueller has been running a textbook investigation and i'm not going to kind of sideline quarterback his work. if you look number of guilty pleas and indictments. he's going at this very methodically and this is vintage bob mueller. keeping the politics out and doing it by the book. >> your committee, the senate intelligence committee, has been trying to get documents from roger stone. has he cooperated with you? >> again, you cannot under the committee rules talk about that kind of business. what i can tell you i think there are substantial questions left for the committee to
address. some people are talking about whether the committee should wind up its work shortly. i think we've got a lot to do. >> bottom line right now based on everything that you know, do you believe there was what's called collusion? >> people ask about that, and i've been across town hall meetings across oregon and they ask that specific question. when you examine donald trump jr.'s e-mail with respect to that particular meeting that's got all the attention, there was a clear intent to collude there, so there's a lot of follow-up work to be done. >> while i have you, senator, let me get your thoughts on the president's closing argument just ahead of next week's mid-term election. he's clearly trying to turn the focus to immigration, releasing a deeply racist video ordering a military buildup on the southern border with mexico. what do you make of president trump's closing argument just five days before the election? >> democrats have been trying to
work with this administration for 22 months on serious policy. we voted for billions of dollars for border security. i think what you heard a little bit ago was a president trying to whip his base up into just extraordinary fear so they would not pick up on the fact that the president's legal team is in court trying to take away their he can hea healthcare. >> when president trump said if these young men throw stones at the border, that it's okay to shoot and kill? >> there's laws to protect our people on the border. what the president is doing is playing political games that if anything makes enforcement tougher. >> senator wyden, thanks so much
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after promoting a racially charged video that really shocked fellow republicans, the president is heading back on the campaign trail later tonight. he's trying to drum up what he calls a crisis on the southern border making his closing argument about immigration. now, let's go live to our white house correspondent kaitlan collins. what exactly is going on? what's the latest? >> reporter: well, wolf, what we're seeing is the president make this last-minute pitch to voters because he wants the mid terms next tuesday to be about immigration. we just left the white house and is headed to missouri for
another rally in the blitz of rallies he's doing ahead of next tuesday, but before he left the white house, he gave this presidential address that the white house says was warranted by what they are calling a quote, immigration crisis, but when the president addressed reporters he didn't disclose any new information or unveil any new policy proposals instead putting them off saying they are coming next week and not saying anything specific. essentially what we saw was the president reiterate what he says at these campaign rallies. just this time it was here in the roosevelt room at the white house and it was more of that larger argument that we've seen from the administration and from president trump specifically as they are hoping to pollster republican support ahead of next tuesday and make this all about immigration. wolf, it's just that on top of the president's idea saying he's going to deploy thoses of troops to the u.s. and mexico border, his claim that he wants to end birth right citizenship with an executive order and the ad which he tweeted which he said was the
official statement of an illegal immigrant who killed police officers, all of this is really a larger effort by the president to make the immigration not -- make the mid terms not about healthcare or anything else, but about immigration, and that's what we're seeing and likely more of what we'll hear more of tonight. >> the kaitlan, the only thing i heard new in that talk at the white house in the roosevelt room, some of the migrants, young men, for example, were to throw a stone or rock at a law enforcement official or a u.s. military official that they -- they could respond with gunfire. they could shoot and kill these young migrants. had you heard that before from white house officials, that that was going to be the new u.s. policy? >> reporter: no, wolf, and i don't know that the white house knew that the president was going to make that remark earlier. he said that in response to a question that one of the reporters there in the room said to him but that was pretty much as close to us that we got to a
policy change. he said when it comes to something like that he considers a rock to be equal with a fireball. >> kaitlan collins, thanks very much. our political experts are here. we'll be discussing president trump's decision to go all in on the scare tactics. i want everybody to stand by. we have lots going on. we'll be right back. you might take something for your heart... or joints. but do you take something for your brain. with an ingredient originally discovered in jellyfish, prevagen has been shown in clinical trials to improve short-term memory. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. i'm thomas carrasco with the department of defense. you were employed at the homecoming center? years ago. what is this about? what were your duties there? i don't know. a staff member reported that your son was being held
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we're following multiple breaking stories including president trump's attempt to keep voters focused on what he calls a threat posed by mass, uncontrolled immigration. lots to discuss with our experts. chris cillizza, does it look like the president has settled in with five days to go on his closing arguments? >> yeah, no question, and i think you need to see this, you know, alleged policy address that was a campaign speech in the roosevelt room as a piece of the larger puzzle. this was billed as something that it was not. no policy, donald trump saying there's a roving horde -- i'm paraphrasing, a roving horde of immigrants on the way to the country and they want to overwhelm our borders and there's criminals in there and i'm not going to let that happen. the facts that left the barn a long time ago on this in terms of the details. he's clearly settled on this though as the message, not terribly surprising given that immigration, his plan to build a wall, the travel ban, these were things that animated the trump
base in 2015 and then 2016. he's going back to what he knows. you're going to hear more and more of this. you know, he's holding a ton of rallies. he'll hear this rhetoric. this will be the closing argument and it will be i think effective for this base. that will help in the senate because of where the races are. there's so many suburban districts, california, minnesota, pennsylvania, where this message i think will be lost on them or may even lead to a bigger -- >> or new jersey as well. >> jamie gangel, you've been talking to some republican sources. the president is clearly doubling down right now. what are you hearing? >> one of them said to me he's tripling down. we've seen very few republicans actually pubically take him on. most of them are hiding under desks or looking for a bigger desk to hide under, but they don't like it. they don't want this. it is not good for them.
it is not good for the party long term, and as chris said it's going to work in some districts, but in a lot of them it won't, and it can backfire. >> you know, the president is getting a lot of pushback for this racially charged video that he forwarded to his 55 million followers on twitter. senator jeff flake tweeted this is a sickening ad. republicans everywhere should denounce it, but there hasn't been universal condemnation, why? >> because i think you hear it from senator flake because he's not running for re-election and i'll say the same thing about senator flake that i said about speaker ryan yesterday. it's a little late to grow a back bone and stick up to the president when you're days away from essentially being out the door. republicans have had two years to try and claim back a different version of republicanism. they haven't done it. this is donald trump's republican party, president trump's party, and he and as chris and james resaying, he's
settled in on his closing argument, tripling down on immigration because this is where he's comfortable. >> the president keeps appealing to his base, but in the process he's not necessarily reaching out to those independent voters that the republicans will need if they want to retain majority in the house and the senate. why not try to broaden? he's the president of the united states, the republican coalition? >> well, look, there may be a few factors at play. one, this is what the president knows. this is what won him the 2016 election when everybody said immigration and building a wall were not the issues to go after, so in his mind, in one aspect he can say, look, i was right when so many people were wrong. secondly, it's what he knows best, too. this president isn't well versed in healthcare and not well versed in a lot of different issues, but he is well versed and does know how to stop on the campaign trail when it comes to immigrants and when it comes to
that wall and the caravan. third, i think jamie was right. you do statistically see that voters don't reward incumbents during a mid-term. they come out when they are angry and when they are outraged, and the sense that this caravan may be approaching, the use of the word invaders possibly in his mind could be an attempt to spark that outrage and that concern. >> you know, what's really upsetting, he once again uses the word invaders, invasion of america. doesn't he know that this -- this shooter at the synagogue in pittsburgh was motivated he himself said hoe didn't like the word illegals that much, but he really likes the word invaders? >> i think he understands it. i just don't think he cares. in an interview with axios that they are publishing out, he's asked about this. you know, the implications, not
specifically of the pittsburgh incident but more specifically his language, he says it's my only way of fighting back. again, i always come back to this, but the people who have held this office before saw the office as it carried with it a burden of moral leadership. >> right. >> whether you wanted that or not, you know, whether you wanted to be a role model or not, you were because you're the president of the united states. he absolutely rejects that idea. he does what is good for him, and that's the opposite of being a moral leader. >> and he believes in those two words, fear and rage. as he said to bob woodward, that's what gives him respect and rage is what he thinks motivates. >> to jamie's point. he has said this. it's how he won. you have to always remember in 2016 everyone said he's not going to win. he's too angry, playing on people's force and racial animus. that won't work in this country and it did, so that everything that he thought that everyone said wouldn't work did, and he
views that as the ultimate justification which is why he's going back to it. >> until he's proven wrong. just to contrast with what president obama said, i wrote this down before we came on set. what he said in 2014 when he went to the east room in primetime to talk about immigration. he said scripture tells us we shall not oppress a stranger for we know the heart of a stranger. we were strangers once, too. we're a nation of immigrants. that was that presidential unifying message. you don't have it. >> bianna, go ahead. once again it shows that this president is willing to bet that immigration and fear over immigrants coming into this country will trump talking about the economy. the economy was on an upswing when he won in 2016. the economy has only improved since then. we have another jobs report coming out this friday just a few days before the mid terms and yet this is not an issue that the president is focusing on as a priority. >> everybody stand by. there's a lot more news that
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give us thoughts on the president's closing argument because i know yesterday you said it looked like he was losing a little bit of his footing, but what do you think today? >> after the pipe bombs were sent to all of the democrats and to cnn after -- to cnn, after the massacre at the synagogue, it didn't seem what way the president wanted to go or how he was going to get a handle on the whole and steer the narrative into election day. it's clear he's got that footing now for himself. he knows he wants it to be on immigration. he wants to go very hard at it. i think every day from now through two, wolf, we're going to hear a very hard core immigration border security message from the president. he thinks that's the best way to get his base out, not just save the senate from slipping into democratic hands which is where he has the most influence because of the way the map is, but also in some of these battleground house districts where he actually won by double digits. >> we have some new poll numbers
had. i want you to take us through the new poll numbers, because they underscore maybe why the president is doing what he's doing. >> yeah. we're seeing razor-thin races in the key battleground state of florida. take a look at these numbers here. you have in the governor's race andr andrew gillum, 49% for gillum and 48% of likely voters in desantis. you don't get that much closer. same story in the senate race between bill nelson and wick scott. the democrat incumbent 49% and rick scott, seeking to move to washington as a senator at 47%, and take a look, wolf, and what has happened to the president's approval rating in the sunshine state. look at where he was in mid-october when we polled into, 43% approval among likely voters. now he's at 47% approval. he's still slightly upside down, but his approval uptick is what is bringing these race closer together. see a similar story in tennessee.
the senate race there critical for democratic chances at all in taking back the senate. right now phil bredesen is running behind at 45%. the republican congresswoman marsha blackburn is at 49%. you can see a complete flip-flop in those numbers from september. what happened between september and now, the kavanaugh effect certainly happened, but this immigration message. blackburn is echoing president obama on everything that he says about the caravan, about birth right citizenship hand look at the president's approval rating in tennessee as well. we see an uptick there. at 53% approval rate, majority approval. right side up by what is that, 11 points, 53% approve and 42% disapprove, that's quite better than where he was back in september. that presidential performance that has been enhanced for trump, his approval rating going up is having a benefit, especially in a deep red state like tennessee. >> so it looks like these final days before next tuesday's election the republicans have
developed a bit of a momentum? >> well, in the senate i think they have. in some of these deep red states. i can't stress enough how totally different the two atmospheres are in the battle for control of the house and the battle for control of the senate. the senate, it's all about those red states that have democrats in them and can they win re-election in trump country? the house is about the suburban districts, these independent voters that are going to be key. you know, i asked a republican operative just a little while ago who is in charge of a lot of the strategy behind these house races, if you could script donald trump's closing message for your party, would this be your script, and his answer was it would be part of the script. i would want immigration to be a piece of this and i would want other things like healthcare and the economy and the republican message on those issues to be also a piece of that. that's sub-running the house races. on the senate they are very happy to see the hardline immigration message because that's the part of deep red trump country america where it
resonates the most, and those are the voters they need for the senate. >> how serious are these proposals on immigration that president is now throwing out suggesting he's going to haveent cities for any illegal immigrant who comes into the united states and the u.s. military will be surrounding all these tent cities, these people will never be able to leave unless they are kicked out of the united states or if some young migrant throws a stone at a soldier, that soldier or law enforcement officers can shoot to kill? >> yeah. i listened very hard to the president today to hear a new proposal, a new actual policy rollout. there was none. there was not an executive order for us to read and see what he's talking about. immigration activists on both sides of the equation let's say were waiting to hear what the president was going to say because what ended up happening was it was much more gain rhetoric in the roosevelt room today, mott specific policy, and the campaign rhetoric does not equal policy. i think the president has learned that time and again
throughout the last year and a half in office. >> looked like a campaign rally speech in the roosevelt room with the difference being there was no applause going on at a rally where there's a lot of applause and people interrupting with words like lock her up, lock her up, stuff like that. >> right. >> thanks. our political director david chalian. more shocking details about the brutal killing of prison mobster whitey bulger. was it revenge? yeah, and when you move in, geico could help you save on renters' insurance! man 1: (behind wall) yep, geico helped me with renters insurance, too! um... the walls seem a bit thin... man 2: (behind wall) they are! and craig practices the accordion every night! says the guy who sings karaoke by himself. i'm a very shy singer. you're tone deaf! ehh... should we move on to the next one? it's a great building! you'll love it here! we have mixers every thursday. geico®. it's easy to switch and save on homeowners and renters insurance. little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla.
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tonight, there are shocking new details and many unanswered questions about the killing of the imprisoned former mob boss, fbi informant fugitive whitey bulger. he was murdered inside a federal prison. >> wolf, looks like he was murdered in a ferocious way in that prison. we have new information on what took place inside the facility and on a possible suspect. new information indicating boston's most notorious crime boss was targeted in prison. "new york times" cites law enforcement officials saying he was in a wheelchair when attacked at hazelton prison in west virginia, that he was beaten beyond recognition with a padlock stuck inside a sock. citing a source not directly to the case, reports his eyes appear to have been dislodged from his head. it is not clear whether the
attackers gouged out his eyes or if they were knocked out because he was beaten so severely. >> frankly, the way he lived, that is what he did to his victims. he was vicious. he was convicted of strangling a woman and he would go upstairs and take a nap while his friends buried the body. >> reporter: the attorney for inma inmate tells cnn he believes his client is a suspect in the murder. >> my understanding is he is in solitary confinement, in the segregation unit because he is under investigation for being involved in this. >> he is a mafia hitman from west springfield, massachusetts, convicted for murdering a boss in the crime family as well as an associate. >> he did not like informers, he is doing two life sentences because somebody close to him was an informer. going back, i represented him the better part of two decades. >> he was a well known
informant. investigators said that for years, until he was tipped off on charges against him. he gave information on rival mobsters, leading south boston's winter hill gang at the time. >> whitey is a gangster and sociopathic murderer. he is someone that sold out his colleagues to law enforcement to get advantages for himself. >> his exploits as a murderous gangster and fbi informant were depicted in the hit movies "the departed" and "black mass." johnny depp played bulger. >> you can't win, it is an alliance. >> alliance between you and the fbi? >> between you and me. >> he was found culpable of 11 killings. the attorney that represented the family of a woman strangled by bulger doesn't believe they're taking pleasure in his
murder. >> there's such loathing for bulger and what he did with his murders, his drugs, his corruption. obviously he is not a person that engenders many feelings of sympathy from anyone. >> but there are many serious questions regarding the circumstances at hazelton prison, according to his lawyer said was a violent place. why was a high profile inmate, informant placed in general population of the prison when he arrived the day before his murder. cnn tried multiple times to get answers from the federal bureau of prisons. a spokesperson for the bureau said they couldn't comment because the matter is under investigation. >> brian, there's disturbing new information about patterns of violence and chaos at the prison, that federal prison in west virginia. >> that's right, wolf. "new york times" did a big investigation recently, reported the hazelton prison was routinely understaffed, overwhelmed. the times says they have been
short on guards since 2016, and there were 275 violent episodes there just last year, including fights among inmates, attacks on staff. the bureau of prisons hasn't commented when we inquired about that. >> brian todd, thank you. coming up, breaking news. an e-mail exchange from the peak of the 2016 presidential campaign shows long time trump ally roger stone was in touch with the highest level of the trump campaign about wikileaks of democratic e-mails stolen by russia. is there a collusion case for the special counsel, robert mueller? liberty mutual saved us almost $800
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