Skip to main content

tv   CNN Newsroom With Brooke Baldwin  CNN  November 27, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm PST

12:00 pm
>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> hour two, you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. break being neing news out of m county, maryland, where police are investigating a report of an active shooter at walter reed medical center. let's go to shimon prokupecz. you're saying this has to do with one building on the walter reed campus that is currently on
12:01 pm
lockdown. >> that's right. it's a medical facility on this campus. we're told this appears to be confined to this one building. some concern, police have responded, they are searching through the building. important to note is that there are no reports of injuries at this point and no report of someone that they're looking for who has a weapon. people have reported hearing some things and as a result police are searching through the building. we're also hearing from people inside who said they're safe, they're taking shelter. all accounts right now appear to be that folks are safe, that they're doing what they're being told to do. there are announcements that are ongoing in the building telling people to take shelter. that right now is all we know. there is good news in the sense that we have no reports of injuries and no reports of an actual shooter, just reports that police are investigating a possible active shooter. and as we see these cases time and time again, a sort of substantial police response and then they just start to search
12:02 pm
through the building and they go through room by room to make sure it's all clear, to make sure that what police here are investigating isn't much more serious. but nonetheless, right now police on scene going through the building, making sure folks there are safe. >> as soon as we get more, we'll break back in and pass it along. shimon, thank you so much. don't go too far. to the other news of the day here, the white house is also facing questions today about two bombshells tied to the russia investigation. first, in a new court filing, special counsel robert mueller is accusing president trump's former campaign chairman, paul manafort, that he has breached his plea deal with mueller's team, indicating manafort continued to lie to investigators after striking a plea deal to cooperate. the move is prompting the question is manafort trying to maneuver his way to a presidential pardon? here is the white house response moment ago about a potential pardon and about if mueller is at risk of being fired.
12:03 pm
>> reporter: given what the president said this morning, that robert mueller is ruining people's lives, is he considering a pardon for paul manafort or for others who were prosecuted? >> i'm not aware of any conversations for anyone's pardon involving this process. >> reporter: if i can follow up, he also said this morning that mueller is doing tremendous damage to the criminal justice system. if that's true, is he considering picking up the phone, calling his acting attorney general and saying fire robert mueller? >> look, i think that the president has had robert mueller doing his job for the last two years, and he could have taken action at any point and he hasn't. so we'll let that speak for itself. he has no intent to do anything. >> that is bombshell number one. bombshell number two today, "the guardian" is reporting that manafort met with wikileaks founder julian assange back in 2013, 2015 and then the spring
12:04 pm
of 2016. the timing is key because that is right around the time manafort jumped in to work with the trump campaign. for one thing, it was just a couple months later when wikileaks published those stolen dn dnc e-mails. wikileaks responds "remember the day when the guardian permitted a serial fabricator to totally destroy the paper's reputation." let's go to garrett and dana. i wanted to start with you, garrett. pinning it on "the guardian" that the two of them, assange and -- why am i blanking -- >> manafort. >> thank you, dana.
12:05 pm
it's been a day. manafort, spring of 2016, what do you have make of that timing, garrett? >> well, i don't think paul manafort was going in there to get restaurant recommendations for a great night out in london. >> it is possible. >> it's possible but assange has been in there since 2012. he's not really got the finger on the pulse of the dining scene anymore. i think what you see is, you know, potentially one of the reasons why bob mueller has been so interested in julian assange, roger stone and jerome corsi, sort of this nexus of people that we have seen him zeroing in on since the spring, and that there appears to be some screws tightening on jerome corsi and even on roger stone in the last couple of weeks. remember the ecuadorian embassy in the last week really has been taking some interesting action. they removed the ambassador who has been julian assange's ally
12:06 pm
in london and they have been blocking julian assange's lawyers from meeting with him. so there is some speculation that maybe they are preparing to turn julian assange over to u.s. authorities. and this bombshell from "the guardian," if it's true and we have no reason to doubt it but it also hasn't been backed up by anyone else yet today, is a good sign of why paul manafort may be in some jeopardy with julian assange. >> right. just staying with you briefly, if they're saying wikileaks you saw the tweet flat out denying the two ever met. they're saying there weren't visitor logs but wouldn't it be easy to prove in manafort was there, flight records, security, surveillance cameras, et cetera? >> london is the most watched city in the western world. if paul manafort was there, there's also certainly cctv camera footage of that happening. of course we know paul
12:07 pm
manafort's travel records coming in and out of london as well. >> dana, to you and your reporting with trump's attorney rudy giuliani that the plea deal has been breached with manafort, he's been lying to federal investigators. so it sounds like giuliani was aware of the problems with manafort and mueller. >> that's right. he told me that he was aware because he is in contact with paul manafort's attorneys. in is an agreement that goes back a long time and the trump team, the trump legal team has such agreements with other related characters, if you will, as part of this drama who have similar interests, who have interests that at least for now dovetail. so, yes, giuliani is in contact with paul manafort's attorneys and knew about these problems and is also, as you can imagine, in keeping with what his boss is
12:08 pm
saying on twitter, the president, very aggressively going after robert mueller as well, saying that he and the mueller special counsel team are being too hard on manafort trying to from their perspective, at least their argument publicly is to try to get manafort to lie in order to hurt the president. >> with the solitary confinement, right? >> exactly. that's the argument that giuliani is making, that manafort has been put in and out of solitary confinement to squeeze him, they're trying to break him. we have other reporting, however, that that's not the reason manafort is in solitary confinement, that there are less nefarious reasons why he is there. but it all goes to kind of the broader picture that we have been painting and understanding that the president and his team are painting, continuing in a much more aggressive way, go
12:09 pm
after robert mueller in light of what's going on with manafort and what's going on with corsi and perhaps more importantly things that we don't know that they probably do know because of talks and negotiations going on back and forth with team mueller. >> here's the simplest of questions, garrett, and it's for you. how is mueller so confident that manafort is lying? >> well, this is one of the interesting aspects of this whole case. you know, paul manafort keeps thinking that he's going to get one past bob mueller. remember he's been caught already twice earlier this year, he was trying to ghost write an op-ed in support of himself and bob mueller confronted him with the track changes in the microsoft word document. and then he was trying to do some light witness tampering to align his story with another
12:10 pm
potential witness and bob mueller confronted him with the encrypted text messaging communications. the fact that paul manafort hasn't realized that bob mueller is one, two, six steps ahead of him at every turn through this case is one of the things that continues to astound me. >> incredible. garrett graff and dana bash, thank you. >> up next, we'll take you live to ohio and the site of one of the general motor plants that will be shutting down. the president threatening to cut off all gm subsidies in response. >> plus, the president went to mississippi to try to boost a republican candidate. and later, republican leaders may allow a vote on a bill to protect the special counsel investigation. details on the pressure coming from within their own party. lig communities have never been better,
12:11 pm
with amazing amenities like movie theaters, exercise rooms and swimming pools, public cafes, bars and bistros even pet care services. and there's never been an easier way to get great advice. a place for mom is a free service that pairs you with a local advisor to help you sort through your options and find a perfect place. a place for mom. you know your family we know senior living. together we'll make the right choice. discover card. i justis this for real?match, yep. we match all the cash back new cardmembers earn at the end of their first year, automatically. whoo! i got my money! hard to contain yourself, isn't it? uh huh! let it go! whoo! get a dollar-for-dollar match at the end of your first year. only from discover. but prevagen helps your brain with an ingredient originally discovered... in jellyfish. in clinical trials, prevagen has been shown to improve short-term memory. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. we've frozen out...out... and forgotten...
12:12 pm
by a white house and washington mired in special-interests politics. but we can take our country back with a democratic agenda for the people. that means lowering healthcare costs, increasing pay through rebuilding america, and cleaning up corruption. and it means having the strength to stand up for our values. it's time to make washington work for the people again.
12:13 pm
12:14 pm
♪ can you feel it ♪ can you feel it amazon has everything you need for your holiday get together. with low prices and free shipping on millions of items, for everything you need this holiday, visit amazon. billions of problems. morning breath? garlic breath? stinky breath? there's a therabreath for you. therabreath fresh breath oral rinse instantly fights all types of bad breath and works for 24 hours. so you can... breathe easy. there's therabreath at walmart.
12:15 pm
we're back here watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. now to a recent threat from the president of the united states aimed smack dab at an iconic american company. moments ago during the white house press briefing, the president tweeted threatening to retaliate against general motors for cutting thousands of jobs and closing five plants. in his blistering tweet the president warned that his administration may cut all subsidies for gm. this is exactly what he tweeted, quote, very disappointed with general motors and their ceo mary barra for closing plants in michigan, ohio and maryland. nothing being closed in mexico
12:16 pm
and china. the u.s. saved general motors and this is the thanks we get. we are now looking at cutting all at gm subsidies including for electric cars. i am here to protect america's workers. cristina alesci, when you hear $ preside -- the president is going to cut all subsidies, what does that mean for people in the town where you are? >> reporter: cutting subsidies distracts from the fact that the president made a promise to keep the jobs here and he's failed to deliver on that promise so far. you know what else this tweet does is it distracts from the actual story, which is the pain this town is now feeling, the
12:17 pm
shock and frustration it is feeling after it learns it might learn 1,500 jobs from the factory behind me. people are worried about local businesses here, they're worried about schools. i spoke to one mother who was worried about the fact that her daughter's class might shrink and that might impact federal funding. all of these are issues that the community here is dealing with, and that's really the story, brooke. not to mention the fact that people here are very frustrated with gm because they're not getting the kind of answers. you know, gm used this word that was a little confusing. they said that they were essentially stopping production of the chevy cruise and not shuttering the plant. that means that there is hope here that perhaps the company could start production of another vehicle, a better selling vehicle in this plant. so there's a lot of optimism but it's guarded optimism because this community is still reeling
12:18 pm
from layoffs not just now but in 2017 and earlier this year in 2018. this community has lost a massive amount of manufacturing jobs, and that continues seemingly unabated. it doesn't seem like trump's policies are really addressing the fundamental problem that gm is facing right now. >> devastating for schools. i'm so glad you pointed out parents and funding and school and classroom sizes. this all is affected by these sorts of decisions. in the snow, in lordstown, ohio, thank you. >> coming up next, the final vote of the 2018 midterms. thousands of people in mississippi going to the polls to decide a racially charged senate contest. and an update on the walter reed medical. a department of defense spokesperson says the situation at water reed was an exercise and there was no active shooter. we'll be right back.
12:19 pm
that's why i recommend a free service called a place for mom. we have local senior living advisors who can answer your questions about dementia or memory care and, if necessary, help you find the right place for your mom or dad. we all want what's best for our parents, so call today.
12:20 pm
your insurance rates skyrocket you could fix it with a pen. how about using that pen to sign up for new insurance instead? for drivers with accident forgiveness, liberty mutual won't raise their rates because of their first accident. switch and you could save $782 on home and auto insurance. call for a free quote today. liberty mutual insurance. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ our new, hot, fresh breakfast will get you the readiest.
12:21 pm
holiday inn express. book now for at least 20% off during our annual sale.
12:22 pm
12:23 pm
unstopand it's strengthenedting place, the by xfi pods,gateway. which plug in to extend the wifi even farther, past anything that stands in its way. ...well almost anything. leave no room behind with xfi pods. simple. easy. awesome. click or visit a retail store today. right now voters are headed to the polls in mississippi where this racially charged senate race is coming to a close. republican senator cindy hyde-smith, trying to fend off mike espy, who is trying to become the first african-american senator there in several years. president trump throwing his
12:24 pm
weight behind hyde-smith last night, headlining two rallies in mississippi. >> sicindy's far-left opponent oh, he's far out there. how does he fit in with mississippi? how does he fit in? >> my adviser with me, political reporter with the "washington post," he's been following this case mighty closely in mississippi areas and jackson. matt, good to see you. i know i'm setting you up with an impossible question to answer. the fact that trump was in mississippi twice yesterday, is the headline tomorrow trump saying "you're welcome"? how likely is that? >> i think it's pretty likely. trump coming is one indication of republicans being a little bit nervous. the president of the united states having to spend several hours in this state holding two different rallies in two different areas of the state, it's an indication of them being
12:25 pm
nervous about cindy hyde-smith, him trying to drag her across the finish line and expect him to claim credit for the victory if she wins. republicans are confident. they do say it's close. this should be a state that's easy for them to carry and it's a competitive race. >> given how much trump won mississippi in 2016 versus the percentage of the black vote, i think it's 40% in mississippi, there has been so much focus on hyde-smith. do you think mississippi here in 2018 is ready for mike espy? >> i mean, that's the big test. this election has become about big are things than just mike espy and cindy hyde-smith. it's about racial tension in a state with a dark history of racism. it's become about the confederacy and pride in the confederacy that exists in many
12:26 pm
parts of this state and that cindy hyde-smith herself as espoused. it's become a bigger issue than just the two of them. mike espy is trying to drive out african-american turnout in a state that has a greater proportion of black voters than any other state. it's a low-key election, a couple days after thanksgiving. i think that is the challenge in getting people to the polls. that's what he's testing today. >> you alluded to this a second ago on the embraces of the c confederate past. tell me more about that. >> so throughout her career, she has embraced, you know, pride in the confederacy. one of her first pieces of legislation as a state senator was to rename a portion of a highway in her district court after jefferson davis, the preds of the confederacy. there's photos of her visiting the homestead of jefferson davis
12:27 pm
and posing in photos for those. she's had a career out of doing that, which doesn't make her altogether out of step with many of her generation in mississippi. she also went to a school that was not integrated. it was a segregated school that her parents sent her to, a private school to avoid an integrated one. so she has a history that mike espy and his supporters have tried to say that we need to move past this kind of dialogue and this kind of pride in the confederacy. but, frankly, it still exists in the state and a lot of voters are telling us that today as we talk to them after they vote. >> matt viser in jackson, mississippi, we'll be watching to see who is the next senator in that great southern state. thank you. >> just in, president trump's former campaign chairman, paul manafort, has responded to this report to in "the guardian" that
12:28 pm
he had met with wikileaks found are julian assange three times as recently as 2016. what paul manafort is now saying next. (whooshing)
12:29 pm
- [narrator] for powerful suction, you need a shark. with two swappable batteries, at maximum suction the shark ion f80 has more run time than the dyson v10 absolute. or, choose the upright model for whole home cleaning only from shark. to severe rheumatoid arthritis was intense. or, choose the upright model fomy mom's pain from moderate i wondered if she could do the stuff she does for us, which is kind of, a lot.
12:30 pm
and if that pain could mean something worse? joint pain could mean joint damage. enbrel helps relieve joint pain, and helps stop irreversible joint damage. enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. serious sometimes fatal events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, nervous system and blood disorders and allergic reactions have occurred. tell your doctor if you've been some place where fungal infections are common, or if you're prone to infections, have cuts or sores, have had hepatitis b, have been treated for heart failure, or if you have persistent fever, bruising, bleeding, or paleness. don't start enbrel if you have an infection like the flu. since enbrel, my mom's back to being my mom. visit and use the joint damage simulator to see how joint damage could progress. ask about enbrel. enbrel. fda approved for over 19 years. today's senior living communities have never been better, with amazing amenities like movie theaters, exercise rooms and swimming pools, public cafes, bars and bistros
12:31 pm
even pet care services. and there's never been an easier way to get great advice. a place for mom is a free service that pairs you with a local advisor to help you sort through your options and find a perfect place. a place for mom. you know your family we know senior living. together we'll make the right choice. ♪ can you feel it there's endless fun with great toys and games for everyone at amazon, with low prices and free shipping on millions of items. for everything you need this holiday, visit amazon. ♪ billions of problems. sore gums? bleeding gums? painful flossing? there's a therabreath for you. therabreath healthy gums oral rinse fights gingivitis and plaque and prevents gum disease for 24 hours. so you can... breathe easy, there's therabreath at walmart.
12:32 pm
more now on the fallout over general motors' plan to slash thousands of jobs and close five plants. president trump tweeted moments ago that he is disappointed with gm's position to shutter plants in places like lordstown, ohio and is threatening to cut all gm subsidies in response. after more than 50 years and 16
12:33 pm
million assembled vehicles later, the lordstown gm plant is on the list to close. that move will leave 1,600 workers out of a job. with me now the mayor of lordstown, ohio. mr. mayor, welcome sir. my goodness, first just out of the gate, the president's tweet of we're looking at cutting all gm subsidies, what's your response to that threat? >> well, you know, you can't say that when he says he wants to do something he's going to go in at full force. i guess i can appreciate that, if he wants to keep general here. i've heard that many times. it was about six, eight months ago when they moved the hatchback production to mexico. he said something similar to that about tariffs. i'm hoping that we have something, a product here. they said they're ceasing production. they haven't said they're
12:34 pm
permanently shuttering the plant. i guess i feel we still have a pulse and a heartbeat and i would like to get another product here. >> do you then have faith in this president to fight and to keep those jobs where they are? >> yes, i do right now. the president has made his point perfectly clear. he feels that ohio is a very strong place where he wants to keep the manufacturing. he has said that from day one. he came and campaigned here and said that don't sell your homes, i'm going to help bring jobs. you know, this was just announced yesterday. of course i don't think it comes as a shock that the market has changed, we need another product, people aren't buying cars. it isn't just general motors. ford's announced they're not making cars. fiat/chrysler said the same. i guess he's trying to get
12:35 pm
general motors' attention. i hope it works and we get another product. >> you mentioned when he said "don't move," we have that sound from his rally in 2017. guys, roll it. >> i rode through your beautiful roads coming up from the airport, and i was looking at some of those big, once-incredible, job producing factories and my wife, melania said "what happened?" i said those jobs have left ohio. they're all coming back. they're all coming back. coming back. don't move. don't sell your house. >> mayor hill, what about this president's trade war? how much is that a factor not only with gm but the american auto industry on a whole? how much are you hearing it's really hurting it?
12:36 pm
>> i really can't say how much it is hurting it. i know he's talked about tariffs, but i do feel right now the big thing is we have a fabulous product here, but we have no market. with low gas prices, with people trending toward pickups, suvs and crossovers, we can't hold guns to people's heads and say, hey, you have to buy our product. everybody is moving towards a different way and gm's going to have to make some changes. when i read the direction yesterday, i thought i had -- they said they're going to be closing two plants in korea. that's where they make the enco encore. if they do, i'm hopeful something will be coming our way. >> on the personal aspect of this, this is like a punch in the gut for your community. i had read this quote from the lordstown school superintendent that parents of the school kids have already been feeling it
12:37 pm
with the elimination of the first and second shifts and now with these jobs presumably going away. what happens, mr. mayor, to these parents, to putting food on the table and their children? >> you know, i can agree. a lot of people have been laid off, especially two years ago. i'm sure a lot of their money has run out. their sub pay, their unemployment. i'm sure the kids who had one or both parents working there, they are feeling it. i know the local businesses -- now we don't have that many businesses here. we have a couple breakfast/lunch dine diners, one pub, a dairy queen. every one of those business owners said if it weren't for some of the other businesses which we've tried to bring in here, they would be closing their doors right now. we have a couple of businesses lined up. across the turnpike, in three,
12:38 pm
four months we're going to break ground for a 1.2 square foot tjx home goods distribution center, which will have a thousand plus jobs. i don't know if they'll be able to pay what general motors is paying, but we have tried to keep our community viable and try to bring jobs into our community. >> america is thinking of communities like yours and we want them to of course remain viable. mayor hill, thank you so much for your voice and relaying how everyone is feeling there. appreciate it. good luck, sir. >> thank you very much. appreciate the invite. form are trer trump campaig manager paul manafort is responding to a report that he met with julian assange. details next. introducing fidelity stock and bond index funds
12:39 pm
with lower expense ratios than comparable vanguard funds. and we're now offering zero expense ratio index funds. that's value you'll only find at fidelity. ♪ one thing leads another you might or joints.hingy find for your heart... 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.
12:40 pm
12:41 pm
12:42 pm
12:43 pm
just in to cnn, paul manafort is responding to this new report out of "the guardian" today that he met with wikileaks founder julian assange three times, the most recent in the spring of 2016, right around the same time that he joined the trump campaign. here's manafort's response, quoting him now -- "this story is totally false and deliberately libellous. i have never met julian assange or anyone connected to him. i have never been contact by anyone from wikileaks either directly or indirectly. i have never reached out to assange on any matter. we are considering all legal options against "the guardian" who proceeded with this story even after being notified by my representatives that it was false." now for some back door senate
12:44 pm
remaking today, legislation to protect robert mueller from being fired by president trump could get a senate vote after all. this is all part of a potential deal to appease fellow republican jeff flake. he is manu raju with more. what's at stake? >> reporter: jeff flake made that demand several days ago saying he would not allow a vote for any judicial nomination either on the floor or on the senate judiciary committee if the senate does not vote on that bill to protect special counsels like robert mueller. as a result, that's leading into issues as we head into the final stretch of this legislative session. mitch mcconnell wants to confirm a bunch of nominees to lower courts, including one controversial nominee, thomas farr, to sit on a district who democrats all oppose. by losing jeff flake's vote on
12:45 pm
that and potentially one other republican, that nomination and maybe some others could go down. so as a result, brooke, the republicans are considering giving him a vote on that special counsel bill, even though it will likely fail, but mitch mcconnell just moments ago poured some cold water on that, brooke, saying that he wants nothing to do with that bill. he doesn't think it's worthwhile doing it. nevertheless, he may ultimately have to give that a vote if he wants those judicial nominees confirmed, brooke. >> what about how leader mcconnell also said that the senate is discussing actions to punish saudi arabia for the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. what the options on the table? >> reporter: yeah, i asked him specifically if saudi arabia should be punished in light of what we know about -- what the intelligence believes is the crown prince's role in that murder, and mitch mcconnell went much further than the white house has gone just moments ago. >> so some kind of response to
12:46 pm
that certainly would be in order. but, yes, some kind of response is going to be appropriate and we're going to continue to talk about that. >> reporter: so tomorrow they'll talk about it with two members of the trump administration, jim mattis, mike pompeo, but they want geina haspel, the cia director, to come, too. some believe the white house is preventing her from coming. the white house denies it but that's a big question going forward. >> manu, thank you very much. coming up, a startling rise of anti-semitic acts around the country. what's behind it? a cnn special report is next. with low prices and free shipping on millions of items, for everything you need this holiday, visit amazon.
12:47 pm
your insurance rates skyrocket you could fix it with a pen. how about using that pen to sign up for new insurance instead? for drivers with accident forgiveness, liberty mutual won't raise their rates because of their first accident. switch and you could save $782 on home and auto insurance. call for a free quote today. liberty mutual insurance. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
12:48 pm
12:49 pm
12:50 pm
unstopand it's strengthenedting place, the by xfi pods,gateway. which plug in to extend the wifi even farther, past anything that stands in its way. ...well almost anything. leave no room behind with xfi pods. simple. easy. awesome. click or visit a retail store today.
12:51 pm
remember this? this photo of high school students in wisconsin posing in an apparent nazi salute? cnn has learned that the school district will not punish them, citing their first amendment right. the district writing, we cannot know the intentions in the hearts of those who were involved. what we do know is that this image was posted to social media with a comment to create harm. and create harm, it did. for millions of jews around the world who remember what the nazi salute stands for. it's not just the fact that these students did what they did. it's a sign of a bigger issue, of people not knowing about the holocaust coupled with the fact that anti-semitism is alive and well around the world. here's what cnn's chief international correspondent clarissa ward just found in germany last month. >> reporter: this man tells us,
12:52 pm
a shouted shadowy cabal of glob controls the world. >> when you talk about elites and finance, is that another way of saying jewish people? >> yes. >> reporter: yes? >> it is. >> reporter: and they are growing more brazen. one man flashes a quick but unmistakable nazi salute right in front of us, a crime in germany. >> a new cnn study found that the memory of the holocaust starting to fade in europe. a third of people there saying they knew just a little or nothing at all about the hall ca -- holocaust. let me repeat that. a third or europeans in this poll know little or nothing about the holocaust. and americans aren't doing a whole heck of a lot better. a survey shows that one in third adults in the u.s. weren't sure if they had ever heard about the holocaust. this isn't about one high school in wisconsin or one country in europe, it is about hate across the globe and with anti-semitism
12:53 pm
on the rise, we must remember the past and learn from the past so that we do not ever repeat it. we must never forget. and all of this ties in with the new cnn series examining the state of hate in america. when democrats take hold of the house in early january, they say they plan to investigate how the trump administration is tackling white nationalism. the incoming house judiciary chairman says he wants answers, after two years of getting little or no response to his questions on domestic terrorism and the unfair profiling of minority groups. meanwhile, victims of hate crimes are seeing an alarming rise in offenses. here is cnn's sara sidner. >> i'm not just concerned about the rise of anti-semitism, i'm concerned about the rise of hate in our country. >> reporter: a quiet saturday morning of prayer and reflection at rabbi jeffrey myers' synagogue in pittsburgh. >> contact! shots fired, shots fired! >> reporter: savagely interrupted by gunfire. >> he's got an automatic weapon. he's firing right in front of the synagogue.
12:54 pm
>> reporter: anti-semitism had blasted its way back into america's consciousness. >> we have four down in the atrium, doa at this time. >> barry warber was playing inside the tree of life synagogue when bullets started flying. he hid in a closet as a gunman mowed down 11 of his fellow worshippers. what is it like being a survivor? >> sometimes i just feel dead inside. no feeling at all. and i hate that feeling. but it's there. >> how many of your friends have you had to bury? >> too many to count. >> reporter: it was the deadliest anti-semitic attack in american history. the personification of a rising state of hate in this country. the anti-defamation league says anti-semitism in america was already exploding, from neo-nazi marches to more subtle propaganda. in 2017, the adl logged nearly
12:55 pm
2,000 anti-semitic incidents, a 57% spike in just one year. that's the signal largest surge we've ever seen since we've started tracking this data. >> reporter: the fbi, which only counts hate crimes reported by police, saw an astonishing 37% rise in anti-semitic crimes. the police in pittsburgh says the gunman's anti-semitic fervor was spelled out on social media, one site in particular that attracts neo-nazi because of its loose policies on free speech. experts say those sites are becoming echo chambers that are getting louder and helping motivate real-life attacks. >> [ bleep ]! >> reporter: the anger and misguided ideology of neo-nazi which has been permeating the dark corners of the internet now materializing on street corners and being scrawled across the american landscape. swastikas on a temple in indiana, on a school in colorado, on a school bus in florida, on political signs in
12:56 pm
california, and on street signs in nevada. words of hate on a temple in california. >> what was spelled out here? >> expletive, "f" you, expletive and jews in red spray paint. >> reporter: and bullet holes shot through a temple in indiana. cars were set ablaze at a jewish cultural center in tennessee. and across the country, posters are popping up on college campuses meant to instill nazi ideals in young minds. even the dead are targets. at 92 years old, millard bronstein knows the pain of loss. >> this was the love of my life. >> reporter: but he's never personally experienced anti-semitism until this year, when 175 tombstones at a jewish cemetery in philadelphia were desecrated. >> my mother's stone was knocked over and it was really very upsetting. i said, how could this happen in america today?
12:57 pm
>> reporter: for the victims of anti-semitism, the question is, why has it returned with such a vengean vengeance? >> anti-semitism is nothing new. what is new is, number one, the public conversation. the charged atmosphere, the incredibly polarized phenomenon in our society today. >> reporter: experts say charlottesville, virginia, last year was a turning point. the moment the growing rise in racism and anti-semitism went public. hundreds of white nationalists, neo-nazi, and klansmen took to the streets, protesting the decision to remove a confederate statue. it was one of several protests last year, but this was different. it began with a torch-lit march on friday night. [ chanting: jews will not replace us ] >> reporter: that turned into a violent confrontation the next morning between white nationalists and count counter-protesters.
12:58 pm
in the end, police say a man with neo-nazi ideals killed 32-year-old heather heyer. those who monitor neo-nazis say the aftermath may have encouraged the movement. >> but you also had people that were very fine people -- on both sides! >> reporter: especially because the president's lack of a complete condemnation of what happened was cheered by white nationalists. >> show me a good neo-nazi and show me a good ku klux klanman. i mean, it just isn't there. >> instead of saying, well, there's wrong on both sides, how were we wrong? what were we doing wrong? except praying. that can't be wrong. >> reporter: barry warber likens that kind of thinking to hitlerism. he's well aware of the torture that regime meted out on a family member. >> he was used by the german scientists for experiments. they had literally cut the
12:59 pm
muscles out of his arms to see if they would regrow. and he had to live with that. thank god i never had to go through that. >> reporter: jews have a saying about the holocaust. never again. after what he's been through, warber is terrified it really could happen again. >> now, the jewish community, like every community, has diversity of opinion and there are plenty of jews, including one of the rabbis we spoke to here in california who support donald trump and they don't blame him at all for the rise in anti-semitism. actually, they feel he supports jewish people, because he is a big supporter of israel. but one thing that everyone we spoke with said needs to change, and that is, the heightened political rhetoric that is dividing this country. >> sara sidner, who's been reporting on so much of this
1:00 pm
hate in this country, you can read more of her report, go to i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me for the last two hours. let's go to washington now. "the lead with jake tapper" starts right now. is robert mueller about to show his hand? "the lead" starts right now. significant new insight today into robert mueller's playbook, as we're learning new details about the potential case against trump's former campaign chairman. and alleged efforts by trump associates to try to get information from russian hackers. this while president trump is going on defense with an offensive, accusing mueller of nasty things and lashing out against his own justice department. plus, vladimir putin testing president trump, just days before they meet again. will matters be different with an international crisis unfolding and actual lives at