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reasons. and i was already a curry fan, and now i'm even more. so he should definitely come on the show monday and do an interview with us about it, right? >> i'm on it for you, girl. >> thank you, my friend. have a great weekend. and thank all of you for being with me today. i'm poppy harlow in new york. jim sciutto will be back with me on monday. have a great weekend. "at this hour" with kate bolduan starts now. >> hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. another day, another court appearance for one of the president's inner circle, as it becomes clear the special counsel views president trump as a central figure in the russia investigation. sources are telling cnn that the president is, quote, spooked and completely distracted. his former campaign chairman's case back in court today can't be helping that. setting a date for paul manafort's sentencing, the same manafort who was accused by the special counsel of breaking his plea deal by lying to
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investigators. also, more information coming out about michael cohen who pled guilty to misleading congress. why? he says loyalty to the president. cnn is learning cohen has spent more than 70 hours in interviews with the special counsel's team. let's start with manafort's team in court. cnn's senior justice correspondent evan perez is following all this. you were in the courtroom. what did we learn today? >> well, we learned today that march 2019, that's at least a date this so-called witch hunt the president refers to, the mueller investigation, that's how long we have been living with this investigation. paul manafort is scheduled to be sentenced on march 5th. between now and then, we'll see a new fight in court. prosecutors, the special counsel, have accused paul manafort of lying during the time he was supposed to be cooperating with investigators. they say they're going to lay out between now and next week,
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what exactly those lies are, and paul manafort's team, they say he hasn't lied. they say they'll try to get prosecutors to provide evidence of what the lies are. between now and march, we'll see a lot more fighting here in court. we're expecting to see a lot more detail of what exactly robert mueller and his prosecutors have gotten in the 18 months or so this investigation has been ongoing, and as you pointed out, the president has been distracted a little bit by this. just as he was going to the trip in argentina is when we learned about michael cohen's plea that he was pleading guilty to lying to congress. and it's clear from the president and his legal team that they believe this investigation has gone on too long. they believe it's distracting from the president and his job. and they think robert mueller is out to get the president. kate. >> all right. great to see you, evan. that's happening in court. also, we have from the president's former campaign
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chairman to his long-term attorney, michael cohen. surprising everyone by pleading guilty to misleading congress and also announcing he's voluntarily now working with the special counsel's team, having already sat for 70 hours of interviews. one key part in the court documents that came out yesterday, putting renewed attention on trump's family. especially don jr. and now white house adviser ivanka trump. alex marquardt is here with more on this. alex, how do don jr. and ivanka factor into this right now? >> both don jr. and ivanka were involved in the trump tower moscow project. though a source tells us that that was in a very limited role. now, this could still be a major problem for donald jr., because like michael cohen, he was questioned by congress. now in light of cohen's admission he lied to congress, if the new information that cohen has provided conflicts with what don jr. told them, he's going to be in some hot
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water. let's take a step back, break all this down. in the court documents regarding cohen's guilty plea, he admits the trump tower moscow project was discussed with candidate trump well beyond when the caucuses and primaries started in 2016. they went as late as june of 2016. that means as the presumptive republican nominee, trump was still involved in and being updated on business dealings with russia. but it wasn't just trump who was being briefed. cohen also says he briefed family members as well. now, look at this. it's not illegal to discuss that business side of things with trump's children, but here's part of what donald trump jr. told the senate judiciary committee, that he knew michael cohen and his russian american business partner were working on the project in 2015. a letter of intent was signed by his father. most of his testimony isn't public so it's not clear how
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much detail they got into, but again, if it conflicts with what cohen is now saying, that's going to be problematic for donald jr. democrats taking over the house in january, that could also mean subpoenas for his sister ivanka. >> alex, what about this -- the information we're getting about the plan to give russian president vladimir putin a multi-million dollar penthouse in this trump tower moscow project? >> crazy, right? $50 million, apparently, for a penthouse up there. what alex seder is saying, he described this as a marketing ploy. something to make the building more attractive to potential buyers. this was first reported by buzzfeed, which said as we mentioned the apartment was valued at some $50 million, but they were talking about giving it as a gift to putin. now, we did ask the president's lawyer, rudy giuliani, about this. he said that the president had never heard about this idea, kate. >> all right. great to see you.
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thank you so much. great to have alex lay that out because the webs are tangled, and in detail. >> cnn legal analyst and former pral prosculator renato mariotti is here, and shan wu, he was the attorney for paul manafort's righthand man, rick gates. let's start with manafort, shan. i want to ask you about what happened in court and what that could mean. if manafort's attorneys want to know from the mueller team what they think he lied about to break the deal, and they want to see evidence of what that could be. that could mean discovery. is that a problem for mueller's team if that's what happens? >> it's not likely that manafort's team is going to get what they want. this is the problem for cooperators. when you cooperator, the prosecutor is judge, jury, and executioner. they really hold the keys.
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they can challenge it, as they're doing. saying, no, we did tell the truth. he was forthright, but it's the prosecutors moo make that decision. ultimately, it's very much a discretionary call. judge is not in a practical decision to second guess them as to every piece of truthfulness and withholding. the judge would have to have not a mini trial but an entire trial at the sentencing. as renato know, that's not practical. you must convince the prosecutors you're trustworthy. if you have lost your favor with them, you're in a deep hole. that's where paul manafort siendz himself. >> how much information do you think we'll get out when the prosecutors lay out why they think he lied? >> i think it will be significant. i mean, we may not get some details because they're highly sensitive or classified, but i think we'll get enough detail because shan is right that certainly manafort has a very uphill battle, but the judge still needs to find by what's
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called a preponderance of the evidence by 51% that manafort did lie if she's going to consider that as part of the sentencing and certainly mueller's team is asking her to do so. so i spikt we'll see enough to make it clear that manafort was not being candid with the prosecutors. >> let's talk about michael cohen as well. shan, how important is it, how significant, i guess what did you think when you heard this detail that michael cohen has spent some 70 hours with the special counsel so far? >> the 70 hours is an enormous amount of time. what that tells me is that there is nothing that the prosecutors don't know about what cohen wants them to know about. and what he wants them to know about are things which will be damaging to the president, his family, his business. so that is plenty of time to fully explore that. that's a very big problem, it always was a problem for the president, if michael cohen flipped because this is your
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lawyer who is flipping. the person who hears you normally under confidence, under privilege. you're letting your hair down, confiding in him, brainstorming ideas. they may be crazy ideas, may be illegal ideas. he knows all of that. 70 hours is an enormous amount of time. it's very problematic for the president. >> renato, the president made the case yesterday, he said it a couple times, there's nothing wrong with looking into a business deal with russia when he was running for president. on its face, that's not illegal, but if that's the case, i know everybody keeps returning to this, but it is important. why are so many people lying about it? >> well, that's a great question. i think that's the $64,000 question, kate. and certainly, not only was the president not being candid about it, but his family wasn't being truthful about this, and you know, just to be clear, michael cohen made this lie to congress many months ago. no one corrected the record, no one came forward.
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it really begs the question, and what it suggests to me as somebody who was a prosecutor for a long time, is there's more here. and while we're all going to be waiting to see what happens, mueller has been digging and probably knows some more of those answers and we'll find them out in the months to come. >> shan, i mean, the president very famously in an interview with "the new york times" had said that mueller looking into his finances would be a red line. i think it was his family and his finances. this definitely seems to be what we're looking at now. what do you think that now means? >> yeah, really, for the president to say that, that's like waving a red flag rather than drawing a line in the sand for people to look at. >> look here. look here, yeah. >> don't look there. so that's -- he does not want that to happen. you know, the paragraph seven in that information filed yesterday is very troubling because it talks about the family members in the business. >> right. >> it mentions the mysterious campaign official which could be
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paul manafort, looking at trump's bsz is a big problem for him, and the biggest problem that's so blatant here is so many people seem potentially willing to lie about it to cover it up. and in d.c., in traditional white-collar investigations, it's the cover-up, the lying that gets you in trouble. this case now has is permeated with false statements. part is the legal strategy, part is probably that the client doesn't listen to the lawyers. but they have a lot to hide, and that attempt to hide it is getting them in tremendous hot water. this putin thing, it's unbelievable. renato said the $64,000 question. it's like the $50 million question. >> sounds like a bribe to me, frankly. >> well, renato, shan mentioned the family. do you think as alex marquardt was laying out what we have learned in the information from
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the court yesterday and michael cohen's pleading, do you think that the president's family is in trouble now, legal trouble? >> well, if i was the lawyer for donald trump jr., i would be very concerned. if you asked me a few days ago would i be worried about donald trump jr. being charged, one thing i would have said is, well, his biggest liability that's obvious is potentially lying to congress. and it's not clear to me that that will really be charged or whether mueller would see that as within his authority or his scope. and what we found out yesterday is mueller does believe that lying about these russia related matters is within his scope and, by the way, according to cnn, acting attorney general matt whitaker saw and learned of that plea deal in advance and didn't block it. so he apparently agrees with that. >> and that was another interesting fact to come out in all of this. great to see you both. thanks so much. let's see what happens today. coming up next, what are
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house democrats planning on the russia investigation? planning to do about the russia investigation when they take control of the house? will they be calling michael cohen back to capitol hill? i'm going to ask an incoming member of the house democratic leadership after this. plus, a major data breach alt one of the nation's largest hotel chains. details on the information that was potentially stolen from a half a billion guests of maruate hotels, and it's a lot of information. ♪ the greatest wish of all... is one that brings us together. the lincoln wish list event is here. sign and drive off in a new lincoln with $0 down, $0 due at signing, and a complimentary first month's payment. only at your lincoln dealer. and a complimentary first month's payment. well, here's to first dates! you look amazing.
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in the wake of everything that happened this week, democrats want former trump attorney michael cohen back on capitol hill to answer questions after pleading guilty to misleading congress. the likely incoming leader of the judiciary committee jerry
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nadler said he wants answers, but bob goodlatte, not so much. >> what mr. cohen was doing and mr. trump was doing are two different things. we need to find out about it. those interrogatories that were submitted to the president and he's answered, we have not seen. and maybe some day we will see. >> joining me right now, democratic congressman hakeem jeffries who was just elected the new head of the house democratic caucus and sits on the judiciary committee we're talking about. thanks for coming in. >> good morning. thanks for having me on. >> jerry nadler says he wants to investigate cohen's misstatem t misstatements to congress. should that be the first order of business for the committee in january? >> i think we have constituti constitutional responsibility as a separate and coequal branch of government to insure we conduct meaningful insight of an out of control executive branch. that hasn't happened in the last
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two years and we have to look alt some of the things that have been done as it relates to the undermining of our democracy. overall, house democrats are going to remained focused on kitchen table pocketbook issues anchored in our for the people agenda, increasing pay for everyday americans, a real infrastructure plan, and cle cleaning up corruption and the mess in washington, d.c. >> but if you do have -- if you say you want to look into these things, and they should be looked into, you say, you have house judiciary say they want to look into it. house intel saying they want to investigate it as well. as the new leader of the caucus, that investigation after investigation when the mueller team is still doing its work, do democrats run the risk of this becoming another benghazi investigation? >> well, i think the benghazi investigation was obviously totally out of control. that was a classic witch hunt. democrats aren't going to
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overinvestigate the trump administration. >> how do you avoid that? >> well, i'll tell you how we avoid it. first, we have made clear, leader pelosi has indicated hr-1 is going to be focused on our promise to clean up corruption in washington, d.c. involving trying to get dark unregulated money out of politics, which gives too much power to the special interests, and undermines the ability of members of congress to do the business of the people and focus on the issues that make life better for everyday americans. hr-1 will also involve dealing with the intense voter suppression that continues to take place throughout this country so that every american can just exercise their constitutional right to vote. then, we, of course, are going to turn to issues like infrastructure and lowering the high cost of prescription drugs. promises that we made to the american people, now it's time for us to deliver. >> you're saying -- but can you guarantee me that some of the first orders of business i'm
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going to hear coming out of the committees come january is not going to mention russia, trump, or michael cohen? >> well, i can say certainly from my perspective, and in all of the conversations i had during the process of running to be chair of the house democratic caucus and in the days since, members have consistently said that their singular focus will be on trying to make life better for the people that they represent by keeping the focus on kitchen table pocketbook issues. but kate, as i mention, we have a constitutional responsibility to conduct reasonable oversight. the other side of the aisle ignored that responsibility and engaged in conducting themselves like the cover-up caucus. that, of course, won't happen, but we'll keep the focus on issues that are front and center for the american people, health care at the top. sglet me ask you, there's a court hearing where former fbi director james comey is going to fight a subpoena from your
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committee, from house judiciary that would require him to appear before the committee next week. he says he wants to testify in public. republicans in the committee want it behind closed doors. is james comey right to fight the subpoena? >> i don't want to comment one way or the other on the appropriateness of james comey's legal strategy, but i will say it seems to me that all of these facts should be revealed to the american people. we want to let bob mueller's investigation to proceed and then ultimately, whatever conclusions he draws should be presented. whatever testimony james comey gives should be presented before the american people. >> do you think bob goodlatte's -- i don't want if you want to call it a compromise, but he said comey has nothing to worry about if he's worried about selective leaks. he said he would release a transcript of the internew the next day. >> why are republicans in the closing days of a lame duck
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session obsessed about james comey as opposed to focusing on trying to make sure we don't shut down the government, that we fund our ability to serve the people of the united states of america. >> congressman, republicans will say we can walk and chew gum. but when it comes to the judiciary committee, do you think that's a good compromise? >> no, i think the compromise that is appropriate is that james comey should be allowed to testify before the american people with democrats and republicans questioning him in a way that people can draw their own conclusions. >> congressman, thank you so much for coming on. congratulations on your election. see you soon. >> thank you. >> spooks and in a terrible mood. that's just how you definitely want to feel walking into a big meeting, right? that's how sources tell cnn the president is feeling at the g-20 summit. we'll take you there live next. ♪
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vladimir putin citing tensions between ukraine and russia. they also downgraded other meetings. what is going on here? jeff zeleny is traveling with the president at the g-20. what is the white house saying now about the canceled meeting with russia? >> well, kate, good morning. we do know that meeting is still not going to happen as it was originally scheduled. that was supposed to be on saturday. a long one-on-one meeting between vladimir putin and the u.s. president as well. that is now off. we have seen some indications of the odd body language already going on here this morning. you saw that photograph, all the world leaders always stand before the cameras and do a class photo, it's called. it seems like a class photo. as much awkwardness in the room as you might remember from a school photo or something. but the reality here is there's a lot of maneuvering behind the scenes. the kremlin announced there is still going to be a brief meeting between vladimir putin and president trump. somewhere on the sidelines. they're trying to save face,
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perhaps, after president trump canceled that meeting. we got a statement from white house press secretary sarah sanders that does not add much to this at all. it confuses the matter more. let's take a look add it and we'll explain what she says. she says this, the russian witch hunt hoax, which is hopefully now nearing an end, is doing very well. unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship with russia. however, the reason for our canceled meeting is ukraine. hopefully that will be resolved soon so productive conversations can begin. the reason the meeting was called off, the president said, was because of ukraine, a situation with the navy sailors there that russia is still holding them. the underlying reason without question and sarah sanders acknowledges there is, the uncomfortable optics of president trump appearing one-on-one with vladimir putin in the wake of the headlines yesterday still ongoing. we're at yet another world summit where the president distracted and trying to deal with the obstacle course of the
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russia probe. >> yeah. i'm having so many memories of awkward school photos as you lay it out that way. great to see you. a lot to discuss, especially what that statement meant from sarah sanders. joining me, samantha vinograd. former security adviser to president obama. also, max boot, the author of the corrosion of conservatism, why i left the right. sam, what do you make of the statement, put aside the befuddling first sentence about the russia investigation doing well, what does -- what is she saying in the statement? >> well, it's very clear she's echoing russian talking points. we heard the russians blaming u.s. politics for the reason president trump has canceled the meeting. she's probably not wrong, though, right? it's very clear that the president didn't cancel this meeting because of ukraine. he summited with vladimir putin several months ago in helsinki when vladimir putin was actively
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attacking our sovereignty. so attacking u.s. sovereignty wasn't a red line for canceling a meeting and the president has a consistency problem if he's now claiming russia's violation of the territorial integrity is why he's not meeting putin. plus, he to date has pursued a strategy that love and the answer. he's embraced despots and said talking at a summit level is better than not talking at all. >> this is contrary to that. >> he's undermining whatever semblance of a national security strategy he had before by saying my executive time is actually a reward for good behavior and now i'm not going to give it to you because of ukraine. >> there's been a combo or quite a range of reaction, if you will, max, to the president canceling this meeting with putin. let me play the reaction that came from democratic senator bob menendez when i spoke with him yesterday. >> just avoiding a meeting doesn't speak to all the issues that are out there.
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so he avoids that by not having a meeting. instead of confronting putin. and it is ironic that this president cannot find his spine to confront vladimir putin but can, you know, challenge the closest allies the united states has across the globe. >> but on the other side, republican lindsey graham called canceling it a show of strength and resolve that sends a signal to vladimir putin that his outrages against international norms will have consequences. where are you on this, max? who's right? >> i'm rolling my eyes at lindsey graham's latest obsequiousness to donald trump. the nogz of canceling this meeting is showing resolve is laughable. there's probably still going to be a meeting although the announced one supposedly will not take place. it was also stunning for me to read that statement you were just kweeting issued by sarah
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sanders and obviously written by trump himself blaming the so-called russia witch hunt for deteriorating relationships, saying investigating the attack on the 2016 election is trying to get to the bottom of what the russians did is hurting our relationship with russia. that is as sam said, the most pro-russian viewpoint imaginable. i would add seeing the video from the summit with putin and mbs giving each other the big handshake and smiles and bro love, that makes me sick to my stomach. these are guys with blood on their hands. and they are cavorting and happy as clams because they are gotten away with their crimes. and donald trump is not holding them to account. they're accepted as a normal part of the world community, even though they have committed these heinous offenses with mbs, the saudi crown prince, having overseen the murder of jamal khashoggi, and donald trump just
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a few days ago committing unprovoked violation against ukraine, and they're getting away with it, and donald trump is not going to stand up to them, of that i'm pretty sure. >> sam, president trump started this summit with a political win. a signing statement with canada and mexico over the new nafta. yes, u.s. congress still does need to ratify it, the other countries still need to approve it, but do you give this as a win for the president? i mean, that's what we heard from canada and mexico. >> it's somewhat up to him. i'm struck by the fact he signed the statement with enrico pena nieto on his last day of office, and justin trudeau, at the same time he's threatening to close borders. there are very contradictory facts ahead of the president now. that border is really critical to this new trade agreement being successful. i do want to point out that the g-20 itself, which is focused on
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this, the foundation of the g-20 is about international cooperation on international economic issues like trade. that is a foundational premise of the g-20, and this president has really decided that going rogue and riding solo on trade issues is his preferred course of action, so yes, he won in getting this document signed. if it's put into force. while at the same time, undermining this rules-based international order of which the g-20 is a key part. >> let's see what happens today, honestly. we're just going to have to wait and see together. thank you. >> it's going to be crazy. whatever happens. >> it's always crazy whenever you're around, max. that's what i say. >> coming up, there's been a major data breach of marriott hotels. hackers were able to access information for half a billion people. how did this go on for so long? first off, and also maybe most importantly, what do you need to know about it now? we'll be right back.
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potentially the biggest consumer data breach ever. marriott hotels says its guest reservation system has been hacked. the hack effects its starwood hotel brands. it's really amazing how big this is. christine romans is here and looking at this. this is a lot. >> i think we have data breach fatigue, and this one really
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brings back to the fore how your information is out there for the highest bidder. this is 500 million people, and starwood is saying they know for sure there could be some duplicated there. let's say 327 million people who have stayed at one of these hotels in the last four years, your information could be there. we're talking information, we're talking about your name, address, phone number, your gender, e-mail, passport number, date of birth, day you check in, day you check out. reservations you perhaps made in the past or future. imagine how much information that is. for some millions, there were credit card information that was also attached here. they don't know if it was encrypted or not encrypted. they're still trying to figure that out, which is also scary. they found this on september 8th, an internal warning than an unauthorized party had gotten into the information, was encrypting it and trying to get it out. itting to another month to
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figure out what the information was, it was the entire information database. we don't know who. was this smie spies, was is the government, a criminal entity? we don't know. they say an unauthorized party. >> starting back in 2014. it's amazing this has been going on so long. >> they'll start sending out e-mails to people who may have been exposed. you need to monitor your information. >> to everybody. so everybody, if you stayed in a marriott. >> stlee00 million e-mails coming. >> thank you. coming up for us, a new demaind from nancy pelosi, a threat to potentially shut down the government if they don't protect robert mueller. does she mean it? what makes this simple salad the best simple salad ever? great tasting, heart-healthy california walnuts.
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as congress races toward another deadline, the question must once again be asked. can lawmakers get their act together and avoid another shutdown? now, nancy pelosi is joining the calls for protecting special counsel robert mueller and saying that it should be and democrats will fight to have it included in any final spending bill if it's not done before then. the president has his own demands. he wants billions of dollars for the border wall be included. joining me now is a former republican governor of new jersey, christine todd whitman. thanks for coming in. >> good to see you. >> i checked your twitter feed and you said shame on you, republicans, if you don't move ahead in protecting bob mueller's investigation. mitch mcconnell says, though, this is a solution in search of a problem because mueller's investigation hasn't yet been impeded. does he have a point? >> he does have a point.
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except that when you hear all the rumblings and all of the threats about we want to get rid of it and we have the president threatening, you don't know what he's going to do. he says one thing one day and one thing the next day, there's a reason to be concerned. it just would be good practice for them to adopt legislation that does this not for the mueller investigation b any of these special counsels. they have got to be able to do their job. the american people want that. polls show that, they want this concluded and they want him to have the freedom to do it and do it right. that should be true of all special prosecutors. that's legislation the congress should take up. >> we'll see. doesn't seem likely. we'll see, though. you're also importantly an epa administrator under george w. bush. i say that because president trump's new pick to lead the epa has faced a lot of scrutiny and criticism on his position on climate change. andrew wheeler was asked this week about clean air initiatives. listen to what he said.
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>> what are three policies that the administration is championing that are reducing air pollution in absolute terms? >> i'm not sure i can give three off the top of my head. >> even later, he struggled to come up with it. should the head of the epa be able to answer that question or -- >> one would think so. one would hope so. but if you're stuck in this position where you might believe it's happening and humans have a role to play, but your boss doesn't, you're in an awkward position because you really have to toe the line or better yet say nothing else if it truly goes against what you think, and maybe he's trying to fudge that a little bit. >> let me ask you -- >> his belly may not be quite as bright as the president's, which seems to be brighter than any scientist or any of his intelligence people. who knows. >> let's talk about the president's position pretty devastating report about
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climate change. here's what the president had to say about that. >> i've seen it. i've read some of it. it's fine. yeah, i don't believe it. no. no. i don't believe it. right now we are at the cleanest we have ever been. that's very important to me. if we are clean and every other place on earth is dirty, that's not so good. i want clean air. >> the president doesn't believe the report coming out from his own administration. multiple agencies. hundreds of scientists. what do people do who work at the epa? >> they keep their heads down. that's part of the problem. they are very concerned. if they say anything or contradict the administration, they get sent to an administration or place they don't have the expertise. this is bad for the american people and bad for our health
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and bad for our future. it's happening. we see it every day. it's not just this report. you have the ipc report and you had another one in the interim yesterday that came out that just reaffirms that this is true and it's happening faster than we thought it was going to. we need to prepare. we are not going to stop it. it's a natural phenomenon, but we as human beings are impacting it so we need to slow it down to the extent we can and prepare for more wildfires and more mudslides and nor'easters. they cost us a lot and is a national security issue around the world that. affects us as well. >> national security implications are fascinating and important thing that doesn't get enough attention. thank you for coming in. >> good to see you. thank you. >> coming up, president trump eyeballing a new attorney general. details on why this man is a top contender for the job and what
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we are going to take you live. president trump is meeting with the japanese prime minister, shinzo abe. let's listen in. [speaking foreign language] >> every time when we see each other, we always have a very candid discussion and today i look forward to having another candid discussion on the regional a fears, including north korea as well as japan and the u.s. economic relations.
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>> thank you very much. thank you all very much. . >> we are not happy about it. nobody is. we look forward to meeting with president putin, but the basis of what took place with respect to the ships and the sailors, that was the sole reason. thank you very much, everybody. we will be meeting with china. tomorrow. we have already spoken. we are working very hard and we can make a deal, that will be good. i think they want to and we would like to. we will see. we will meet with president xi in a little while. tomorrow will be the big meeting. in the meantime, people are
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working and the staff is working and we have a lot of talented people working. larry kudlow's representatives are dealing with that on a constant basis. there is good sides. we will see what happens. thank you very much, everybody. the president giving questions. he was clearly asked about the cancellation of his meeting and the president saying the sole reason was ukraine. you don't like what is happening. he is looking forward to meeting with vladimir putin. we will follow the president at the g-20 summit. republicans and democrats continue to debate whether or not the president has a right to appoint matt whitaker with three senate democrats. cnn has reporting on who the
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president may be appointing as the permanent attorney general. for more on this, let's go to laura jarrett. laura, what are you picking up? >> a number of names have surfaced in recent days, including the head of the justice department over here. the head of the antitrust division. he has close ties to the white house, don mcgahn served in the white house counsel's office and helped shepherd through the nomination of neal gorsuch. his name has risen to the top. michael services the general counsel of boeing. the congressman close to the white house. we don't know which name will be the ultimate successor to jeff sessions, but the white house is very mindful of not naming anyone too soon and leaving a gap between when congress returns in january and leaving
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that person vulnerable to unearthing a mountain of evidence to when they will be highly watched. >> there is one name that was in contention, but seems to -- i don't know, be falling off of contention? >> a report from the miami herald said sources tell us it's impossible for him to get the position. he was a u.s. attorney in florida and oversaw a plea deal for a millionaire and appears to put him out of the running. he is serving as the acting attorney general and can serve until june. kate? >> is there any word on timing and traditionally when the president announces that someone is going to be out when the attorney general is long known that jeff sessions will be on his way out, the president would have someone lined up to be in that spot. the fact that there is lag time
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since then and what do you make of the timing? >> it's notable. whitaker can stay here for 210 days under the vacancies act. it gives the president wiggle room and he has come under fire for the special counsel's investigation before he was in the job. >> a moment's notice. you never know when they need to come back. appreciate it. thanks for your reporting. thank you for joining me. tuesday politics with john king starts right now.
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thank you and welcome to inside politics. thank you for sharing your day with us. president trump is at the g-20 summit in argentina, but his anger traveled with him. witch hunt returns to the twitter feed as robert mueller's new moves focus on business deals and possible collusion. the agenda is full of tension. the president met with japan's prime minister after signing a deal with canada and mexico. the biggest challenge is china. presidents trump and xi have dinner plans to talk things over. not all too willing to size up some for republican colleagues. >> he's not very friendly. ted cruz has g

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