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this is just one of literally thousands of homes and businesses that are gone today caught in the path of a wind-swept wildfire, many of which are burning out of control in the los angeles area, and also in northern parts of california. this is just terrifying. people north of sacramento trying to get to safety, driving fast through an inferno. people who made there video were lucky. they made it. at least nine other people had died in these fires. many of them trapped in their cars. bad news from weather forecasters. the next few days will be dry and windy. the last thing firefighters want to hear. some of the fires right now are 0% contained. this is what daylight revealed this morning. in paradise, california, officials say nearly every building in town is gone. the only thing left burning, leaking gas lines in the remains of family homes there that have already burned. that town, paradise, is where cnn's dan simon is right now and scott mcclain is in malibu.
that is near los angeles. dan, show us where you are. what is left standing there? >> well, first of all, i want to start off with a piece of good news. the winds have died down, and the containment number is now 20%. snoo you can see some of the homes, and this is what it looks like all throughout town. typically when you come to a wildfire such as this, you might see pockets of homes that may be standing and some that have been destroyed. in this case you don't have that random effect. pretty much everything is destroyed. businesses, homes, schools, churches, restaurants. basically you name it.
that is what makes this fire such a phenomenon that even when you talk to police officers and firefighters pretty much everyone is saying the same thing. they have never seen anything like this. you can see that you have these firefighters here. they came dune from portland, oregon, assisting with the effort. what a lot of these crews are doing today is putting out some of the hot spots because we're anticipating these winds tonight, and so you don't want to create a situation where even you could see more destruction in the town of paradise. really when you talk to city officials, they're not too concerned about that because the fire swept through. there's not a whole lot left to burn. what they are concerned about now is the nearby community of chico. that's southwest of here. scott mcclain here with us as well telling us how people are processing this sudden and enormous destruction.
>> hey, anna. well, this area is under mandatory evacuation orders. in fact, there is a wide, wide swath of suburban los angeles that is currently out of their homes because of the fire. you can see some of the damage that came through. we're in malibu, california. about a mile from the ocean at point doom. >>. >> the power lines are partially melted down. there's really not much left at all. you can imagine just how quickly and how hot this fire was when it came through late yesterday and into the early hours this morning. they're now 75,000 plus acres that have been burned through by this fire, and, of course, it's
growing. what seems odd is you can just look over to the left here, some of the homes are completely destroyed, and then others are still standing. there are no residents in this area because, obviously, they are still evacuated, but we were in oak park yesterday, and we spoke to one woman who lost her house. she was the only one or one of the only ones on her block to lose her house and we spoke to her yesterday. listen. >> i'm glad that my family is safe. it's difficult trying to, you know, get all the clothes and little things. i mean, that's just stuff, and it's all replaceable. >> so just an amazing attitude that you hear from that. just really taking everything in stride. it was quite surprising to hear that. one other thing i wanted to mention, anna, you see that flame right there. that's actually from a gas that is still on. part of the problem here i just spoke to some of the gas workers that are trying to shut off the gas.
it's not that easy just to shut it off for the entire neighborhood. they actually have to go house to house, and in some cases the shut-off valve is where it's burning. you don't want to go in there, and it's obviously a danger. they're having to actually dig up under the ground. the gas line to cap it that way. a lot of challenges here for not only firefighters, but also power companies and, of course, the gas companies as well, anna. >> right. thank you so much. scott mcclain and dan simon. please stay safe, my friends. we appreciate the reports on the ground. by the way, the president has approved california's emergency dec declaration. he has tweeted overseas writing this today. there's no reason for this massive and doubly costly except that forest management is so poor. billions of dollars are given each year with so many lives lost all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. remedy now or no more fed payments. meanwhile, the president is continuing to distance himself from matthew whitaker, the man he just appointed to temporarily replace attorney general jeff
sessions. shortly after landing in paris, trump tweeted this, claiming he had no social contact with whitaker. earlier in the day the president reiterated he really, really did not know matt whitaker. >> i don't know matt whitaker. i didn't know matt whitaker. i didn't speak to matt whitaker about it. in all fairness to matt whitaker, who, again, i didn't know. >> we're learning this weekend both those claims are false. c cnn's sarah is here with us. what do we know about trump's and whitaker's relationship? >> i think we only have to go back and listen to what the president had told fox news just a couple of weeks ago where he said that he did know whitaker, and he was, you know, pretty straight forward about having had conversations with this man.
one of the most sprieszing things is whitaker was interviewed by trump's legal team as they considered bringing him on to be an attack dog against mueller and one of our other legal analysts had suggested that whitaker could have learned some strategy perhaps, confidential information during that interview. paul, do you think that's possible? >> oh, i think it's possible, and i think when you look at the history of this, the president met with whitaker. he was an intermediary between sessions and the justice department when sessions wasn't getting along with the president. for the president to say he doesn't even know who he is really disingenuous. i suspect whitaker's tenure will be about as long as the mooch's tenure was when he had served as communications director, was it? >> it was less than a dozen days. >> why do you think that he will -- his tenure will be short? >> because the president already looks like he is throwing him
overboard. there's a constitutional issue whether he can be acting as attorney general without being approved by the senate. snoo it does seem that whitaker's appointment was a surprise. jeff sessions' resignation, firing, essentially, was not a surprise given everything that the president had said about how angry he was. that sessions had recused himself from the mueller probe specifically. one could argue it makes some sense he would bring whitaker on because of his vocal criticism of mueller prior to this appointment. do you think mueller has taken steps to protect his investigation? >> i think he should have. i think he was already anticipating this. it was clear as day that jeff segments was going to get fired. i don't know that we expected it to be less than 24 hours after polls closed during midterms, and the whitaker pick was really
out of the blue. there is an order of succession at doj, and nowhere on that is the chief of staff to the attorney general. the only thing that stands out about whitaker is he has been so vocal against the mueller probe. i would bet good money that mueller is thinking ahead, and there are various escape hatches and safety nets out there that he hopefully has taken advantage of. >> has -- >> yeah. i mean, he officially is the one in charge of it. you know, there's a lot of unsternt even within doj about how they feel about him. you know, there's a hope i think among some of the rank-and-file that rod rosenstein will still
manage it on a day to day bays, but ultimately whitaker is the one in charge. it's not clear if he has had -- sought any briefings yet about, you know, really drilling down with mueller into the scope of the investigation, his timeline. i think our understanding that hasened occurred yet, but he is officially in charge. as we've been saying, the writing was a bit on the wall because when rod rosenstein was potentially going to be ousted after the times had reported that he suggested wearing a wire against the president, whitaker was the one that went over there secretly even unbeknownst to jeff sessions. this relationship is a lot more than what the president makes it out to seem today. >> can you see any reason why whitaker should be the attorney general, acting attorney general? is he qualified in any capacity? >> well, he is technically qualified because he is a lawyer. he did serve as u.s. attorney for a district in iowa for a period of time. you could argue that he at least has technical qualifications, but minimal qualifications for
the job. he has made public statements that are utterly and completely disqualifying in my view. one of those being any judge appointed to an official judgeship should have a biblical grounding and sort of the suggestion was that he would have to share whitaker's views on the bible. that is so against the american concept of independence between government and religion. a wall between the two. >> the praez was asked yesterday by our abby phillips if he appointed whitaker to reign in mueller, and he didn't answer the question. instead he attacked the questioner. can you think of any other reason he would have appointed whitaker other than to do just that?
whitaker has maybe the bare essentials to be attorney general. he wasn't next up in the line of succession. he is out there making these statements. what if he was saying the opposite? he would be an outrageous pick to oversee this investigation. people would be going nuts, and rightly so. i think it's quite transparent why the president chose him and i think it's going to be a real problem. >> is it time for congress to pass legislation to protect mueller? >> well, you know, it's interesting. i think the plingz of the situation will save mueller. i think that smart republicans have always been telling the president don't touch the mueller investigation. let it go.
it's not going to find anything of a criminal nature that you did. i suspect the president will follow that advice. the selection of whitaker is a huge error given whitaker's background and his public statements he is not attorney general material. >> thank you all for weighing in. i really appreciate. good to have you with us. >> now, with control of the house democratic committees are setting their sights on investigating the trump administration. congressman eric who sits on both the judiciary and the intel committees is here. you're live in the cnn newsroom. you're live in the cnn newsroom. he is next. you're live in the cnn newsroom. he is next. oh good, you're awake! finally. you're still here? come on, denise. we're voya! we stay with you to and through retirement... with solutions to help provide income throughout. i get that voya is with me through retirement,
in january democrats on the house intelligence committee will be able to compel testimony and perhaps to force the release of special counsel robert mueller's report, and one of those dems is joining us now. california congressman eric small smallwell. >> what investigations take top priority now that you are in the majority party? >> we see opportunities to collaborate where we can, but investigate where the republicans were unwilling to. that would be the russia investigation, filling in the gaps there. as you know, a number of times we tried to pursue subpoenas on bank records, phone records, communication in hotel logs and were stopped. when it comes to the president's taxes, the american people will see his taxes because we should know if he is a tax cheat or not. the "new york times" laid out in an exhaustive report that he is, and we're finding that a lot of his foreign policy decisions are
made around his financial entanglements. the days of cashing in on access to the oel office and getting a free pass on it, those are over. we saw a $500 million loan by the chinese to a trump property in indonesia the same week that the president eased sanction on a chinese company. you're going to start to see a lot more light where there was darkness in the past. >> you talked about the house intel russia investigation. which was closed initially by republicans. are you suggesting that will be one of the investigations that could be reopened, and you mentioned subpoenas. which specific individuals might you want to subpoena if they don't interview voluntarily? >> it was never closed on the democratic side. we continued to work, interview witnesses, pursue documents, and we want to know, for example, where the president's financing came from? was deutsche bank they've been his lender. november had a long history of being in trouble before for laundering russian money.
we want to check out that line of inquiry. roger stone, three times now has md ammed his testimony to the house intelligence committee. we were never able to pursue any of his communications that he was having with wikileaks or others. donald trump jr. who welcomed this trump tower meeting with the russians offereding dirt on hillary clinton. the question is still out there as to whether he told his father, and we were never allowed to pursue any communication logs there there's a lot to still learn, but we don't want to do anything redunda redundant. we want to best protect the country knowing that donald trump will be in the ballot, and the russians will still want to do all they can to keep him in office. >> with matthew whitaker's new appointment, what do you see happening to the mueller investigation? >> he is not stopping it. he was hired to be an assassin to take it out. that's not happening. we were powerless on monday. there appointment happened on wednesday. the american people spoke at the polls when they elect a majority in congress that will be a check on abuses of power and bring a
balance of power to washington. i'm confident we'll do all we can to preserve the integrity of the mueller investigation. >>. >> we've heard him mention that he could perhaps theoretically, this is prior to his appointment, make the budget so low for mueller that it comes to a gliending halt. he could say, no, you can't indict those people. no, you can't subpoena those people. democrats will be insisting that if the republicans want democratic votes chrks they have needed over the last two years, we will only do that if mueller is protected and if there's legislation put in place that he could only be fired for are to be cause. >> do you have any evidence so
far that whitaker has taken action to try to reign in mueller? >> we have evidence from a box story that this was premeditated, that donald trump and whitaker have been plot this takeover for a while. when you take the prior statements to whitaker, i think it's clear why sessions was fired and why whitaker was hired. we were a lot more helpless on monthan we are right now. they can try, but the reality of this new congress will set in for the president very quickly. >> in terms of action that you could take, as part of the intel committee, as part of the judiciary committee, will those committees either of them ask whitaker to come testify? >> we certainly can, anna, and bringing him under oath and asking him if there was an agreement with the president or despite the president saying he doesn't know mr. whitaker and all of the evidence to the contrary that we've seen in press reporting, we can find out just, you know, how close they
are, and then, again, in our oversight role and in the power of the purse we can not fund the president's priorities if he is going to continue to have someone in place who was trying to take out this investigation. >> i want to ask you about 2020. there's been a lot of talk about your intentions and whether you are going to run for president. politico is reporting this week that, oh, yeah, he is definitely going to run. i remember you also talking to poppy har lobach in august suggesting you were looking into a presidential run in 2020. i'm curious if you are in a different head space right now. does this week officially begin your 2020 campaign? snoo i am in iowa right now. i was invited to address the asian latino coalition here in des moines. i'm listening to iowans right now. it's a state where i was born, but when i look, ann yarks at what just happened in this midterm election, democrats elected 25 new members of congress who are in their 40s or under, and i see that as an
embrace by the american people of new energy, new ideas, and new leadership. >> what does going to be that makes your decision for whether you decide to run for president or not? skbro 100% family. we just had a baby girl two week ago, and she has a lot of insomnia and a lot of dirty diapers, and my wife only has two hands. >> i bet you have a rot of insomnia, both you and your wife. >> that's priority one. when we had our first child at the 40 week appointment, the doctor knew that i may have to be back in washington to vote to protect the affordable care act, and my wife insisted that if it came down to missing the birth of our sentence or voting to protect the affordable care act, she wanted me in washington. she hz sacrificed all the way through because we know what's on the line. family always has to come first. >> thanks for being with us, and congratulations on your new child. >> thank you.
>> a recount for three state-wide races now official. my colleague ryan nobles there. ryan. >> that's right. forgive the people of florida if they are having flashbacks. 18 years after the 2000 presidential recount, we have another big recount in the sunshine state. we'll break it down for you coming up next. i think we can do better. change is hard. try to keep an open mind. come on, dad. this is for me, son? principal. we can help you plan for that. this is big! t-mobile is offering the awesome iphone xr with an unlimited plan for just $40 bucks a month. unlimited. with the new iphone xr?! yeah, iphone xr included. for $40 bucks?!
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both democrats and republicans making their voices heard after razor thin margins triggered an automatic recount in both the governor's race and the senate race. a short time ago democratic candidate for governor andrew gillham withdrew the concession he made on election night. >> let me say clearly i am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote. >> let's go live to florida, cnn ryan nobles joining us from tallahassee, the state capital. no stranger to a recount. >> it could happen any minute where the counties in florida begin a process where they have a machine recount, and that means they're going to run every single vote that was count in florida. more than 8.5 million votes through their machines to recount and determine what the
outcome of this race was and if it's any different from what they discovered on election night. there are three state-wide races. the race for governor is only .4%. the margin of difference between the two candidates. the race for u.s. senate, even closer. .14% separates bill nelson, the incumbent. he is trailing rick scott. there is also a state agriculture tooul tour commissioner race that is incredibly, incredibly tight. to be clear andrew gill ham did with draus hi concession, but his aides tell me private will he that they don't believe that the margin is close enough where they'll ultimately flip the vote. democrats are feeling bullish that perhaps if this takes to the second stage of recount where they get to a hand recount of the under votes and the over votes, that perhaps there will be enough votes there to flip this into the democrats column.
next thursday is when the recount takes place. does this race entering every enter into a court of law. both sides say they are prepared to take this to level if they believe this count is not handled the way that it is supposed to. ryan nobles there in tallahassee. staying on top of florida. thank you. prufrp is in the city of love. his time in paris hasn't been so warm and fuzzy. ahead, the meeting and icy handshake that followed. you're live in the cn newsroom.
>> president trump is in paris attending armistice day as world leaders mark the 100th anniversary of the end of world war i. the president began his two-day visit with an opening salvo on twitter. just minutes after landing, slamming frencht president emmanuel macron's proposal as very insulting. trump and macron later appeared to gloss over their differences, but an icy handshake between the two men belied a lingering tension. cnn nick robertson is joining us now from paris. nick, our jim accosta says he is hearing the president appears to be in a sour mood when dealing
with other world leaders. even testy at times when it comes to burden-sharing and defense spending. what is trump trying to accomplish on this trip? >> he claerl dame every came into an agenda on the wrong foot for president macron. it would have been easy for his advisors to hear what he was saying for many months. in a mood for europe to ration ool defense forces to make better use of all that money that their country towards nato to have sort of one european fightser aircraft rather than several, one european type of tank rather than several. >> president trump coming in and, you know, wrong footing the french leader and president macron can probably attest privately to his testy mood. he was tapping him on the knee, explaining to him that he didn't mean that they say europe needs
to do better on exactly what president trump wants, which is contribute more to the spending of nato and be better ready for their own defense. i think president macron has reached out to kind of paper over the cracks there. perhaps unnecessarily so. president maccon, this is not a new position. it's very well known. not controversial here in europe. >> you have been following very closely the developments in the investigation. involving jamal khashoggi that was killed in the turkish consulate in the saudi arabian consulate in turkey, and turkey as president saying that his country has now handed over the recordings that were related to his killing. did they discuss this case today, do we know? >> sure, they did. what was fascinating about that, aina,ing is we've had a read-out
from french official who's were giving us, you know, what president macron took away from this meeting. we had actually reported several weeks ago that the french and germans and british and very likely the united states had been told the content, briefed fully on the content of the recordings. today getting that from president erdojan was the turkish authorities getting out ahead on this and not drip, drip, drip feeding information and actually saying it officially. that's clear. now, what president macron learned from president trump today is how concerned president trump is about destabilizing the situation in the middle east by upsetting the saudis, walking on eggshells of the quote there. interesting as well, president trump wants according to the french -- wants to know their precise chain of command. 15 people went from saudi, they were in the saudi consulate when jamal khashoggi was murdered. the turkish authorities say -- they're in jail in saudi right now. they want to know that precise
chain of command. why? because people want to know if it goes all the way to the top to crowned prince mohammed bin salomon. clearly that's an important issue for the united states that hasn't yet been determined and figured out. that came out of that meeting. another interesting and intriguing detail we've learned in the past 24 hours from the pentagon and from the saudis, they had requested that the united states stopped helping them with air-to-air refuelings for their coalition forces, bombing in yemen to push that -- essentially helping prosecute that war in yemen. what we learned today from the meeting from the french understanding of what the united states is doing, it was the united states who decided to stop doing that air-to-air refueling for saudi forces to pressure the saudi forces to get into peace talks over yemen. some sbrg details we've learned from the french because this has not been forthcoming from the white house so far. >> nick robertson in paris for us. thank you for that reporting.
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>> 102 women were electriced to the house. add to that number at least 23 women in the senate. call it what you want. some call it a pink wave. we're just calling it history. christine pelosi is joining me now from san francisco, and christine chairs the california democratic party's women's caucus. if her name sounds familiar, it is because she is the daughter of congresswoman and former house speaker nancy pelosi. she also wrote this book "campaign boot camp 2.0." christine, gooed to have you with us. thanks for making time. >> thank you, anna. >> so most of this record number of women electriced or re-electriced on tuesday are democrats. but putting party aside for just a moment, we'll have the first muslim women in congress, two of them, the first native american women in congress, two of them, the youngest woman ever elected to congress, possibly the first korean american immigrant woman elected to congress. that hasn't yet been called, but tell me what made all of these women candidates so appealing this midterm election? >> well, i think it is so exciting to see women come in to
power. of course, for years i have watched as my mom nancy pelosi has urged women to know their power. when she got to congress, there were less than 25 women in congress. she made a deliberate decision to want to increase those numbers. these women of color from marginalized communities that are coming in and centering those marginalized communities in the discussion means that the policy will be more authentic and effective for everyone. i couldn't be more excited. >> this is your mother talking to chris cuomo. they're talking about her possibly returning as speaker of the house. >> what is yoo you are level of confidence that you'll be the speaker of the house? >> total. >> 100%? >> 100%, yeah.
i feel very confident about where i am, and i feel very encouraged of the overwhelming support in my caucus that will go to the floor. >> 100%. a lot of people, including plenty of democrats say they do not want your mother to return as speaker of the house. why do you think they are wrong? >> well, because majority of the democrats do, and the fact of the matter is i spent the last couple of years in pashship with so many of our friends from patient groups and care giver groups and veterans groups going around the country to these events, and seeing nancy pelosi at the helm of this organizing effort to drumbeat the message of protecting our health care. that is the animating issue of this congress. it's the animating issue in the cause of her life, and i think that democrats also keeping people on track to deliver
amazing progress for the american people, and i think it's that vision of progress that discipline, and that personal connection that is not only going to make nancy pelosi speaker, but it's also going to make this congress and these 100 women and counting very effective voices for their constituents and communities. >> i want so know what it's really like for her to be the republican's boogie man, to the point that her members, members of her own party, think they have to disavow their support for her or even criticize her to get elected. how does she handle that in private? >> she's been saying for years and it was the banner across our red to blue san francisco headquarters. don't agonize. organize. for years when people said, well, this person -- >> what does she say in the confines of your home? when you are with her as mother-daughter, you see a different side that people in the political arena may not see.
tell me where her heart is. >> my mom has been resill yept. she raised five kids. she and my dad had five children, within six years and one week. then she's always told the five of us focus on your own self. work on what's best for you. don't worry about people or other people are saying about you. be strong. my daughter bella, who is 9 years old, she's an artist. she's at a play rehearsal right now. she can be a little sensitive to criticism. my mom will tell her, bella, don't listen. don't care. don't let people tease you. don't be embarrassed. her true nature is to be, look, if the five of us couldn't shake her criticism from the public doesn't. she's very clear about her why. she's very clear about her call
to service. the one in five children who call to poverty and trying to make a difference for them, and she tells us all, you don't have the excuse of, well, people were mean to me, so i couldn't succeed. no know your own power and your own confidence. the advice she gives my daughter is shake it off. just be yourself, and don't let anybody else's criticism be an excuse for you not doing your best. i think she'll take that spirit into the speakership come january. nancy pelosi deserves to be chosen speaker of the house. if they give her a hard time, we will have some republican votes. she has earned this great honor. how do you read that? is the president sincere, or is he trolling? >> well, i wish everybody would say it, and then we wouldn't have to worry about needing republican votes for the speakership race.
nobody works harder than nancy pelosi. this is another point to her resiliency. she'll say put it on a shelf. you can't talk about politics all the time. this is a person who still is best friends with awe handful of women she went to cleanly with. this is a woman who takes good care to listen to people and remember the details about what's going on in their lives. she said you need to be a good partner and a good friend, and you can't be so wrapped up in politics that you don't take the time out to be a human being. again, i think it's nice what the president said. i think she'll win on democratic votes and let's just say on that topic we agree. >> all right. christine pelosi, thank you so much for shedding some light for us. >> thank you, anna. to california where three huge wildfires are burning out of control. just an example of how dire the situation is. look at the long line of fire trucks and emergency vehicles. this is just outside of chico
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