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the a.m. eastern for our special cnn coverage of michael cohen's testimony before the house oversight committee. in the meantime, follow me on twitter and instagram at wolf blitzer, tweet the show. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. breaking news, michael cohen speaking to cameras moments ago after what senator called an extensive grilling, nine hours. lawmakers surprised by what he revealed. what did he say? plus cohen going live tomorrow for all of us to see, publicly testifying. trump's former fixer is going to be there. and president trump about to sit down with kim jong un. but is trump just too focused on what's happening back at home? let's go "outfront." good evening, i'm erin burnett. breaking news, president trump's fixer, his personal lawyer, michael cohen just departing a
nine-hour session, taking questions from the senate intelligence committee. >> i want to thank you all for sticking around and waiting for me. at this point in time i really appreciate the opportunity that was given to me to clear the record and to tell the truth. i look forward to tomorrow, to being able to in my voice to tell the american people my story and i'm going to let the american people decide. >> reporter: the top democrat on the committee senator mark werner says today's testimony was important. >> two years ago when this investigation started, i said it may be the most important thing i'm involved in in my public life in the senate and nothing i've heard today dissuades me from that view. >> in the meantime, republican senator susan collins saying she's surprised by cohen's testimony and that he came across as a, quote, very different guy. we're told the nine hours were very intense and the grilling was extensive.
>> what i intend to keep focused on is untangling the very complicated financial arrangement between donald trump and russia. >> trump's finances, his businesses, his family, his dealings with russia, nothing was off limits today. kamala harris left the hearing today and said she learned something new. what was it? it's only 15 hours before michael cohen is back. it will be his final testimony before heading to prison. one thing we know, president trump is going to be glued to cohen's testimony tomorrow. a senior white house official telling cnn that trump plans to stay up overnight in hanoi, not sleep at all because he wants to watch michael cohen. manu, that's a hugely significant thing, the president not even able to sleep, focusing
on cohen and not kim. start with what you're learning what happened today. he just came out of that room with the senate intelligence committee. what happened inside? >> reporter: there was extensive discussion about the lies that michael cohen made to the committee back in 2017 when he discussed those conversations about the trump tower/moscow project. at that time he downplayed that and said those discussions ended in january of 2016. he later of course admitted lying to this committee, which is a crime, saying they were much more extensive than they were in the past and they occurred up until june of 2016, right at the onset of the russian interference campaign in the election. i'm told behind closed doors he apologized to the committee, expressed contrition and explained why he lied. there's still a lot of questions. this is classified testimony. members of congress who attended did not want to get into too much detail about what happened
and the president's involvement with this. the question is did he implicate the president further in crimes, did he provide more documents to this committee to back up his claims, those are still unanswered questions at this point. but what he said certainly unnerved some democrats on the committee, republicans are not commenting other than richard bird, the chairman of the committee saying he's not going to worry about michael cohen when he was asked if the president should worry about michael cohen. >> unclear sort of what he meant there. i mean, you did see cohen on his way out of the hearing. it was nine hours. what was his mood like up close? >> you know, he did not want to talk at length. he wanted to only make a very brief statement. he said that he appreciated the press sticking around for him. he said that he's looking forward to the opportunity to tell his story tomorrow. i asked him did the president commit any crimes in office, a yes or no question, what we
expect him to allege tomorrow. he would not answer that question. i asked if he provided any documents, tapes, nick lianythi this to the senate intelligence committee, he did not want to answer those questions. we'll see if he does tomorrow. we expect him to answer not just on the russian investigation, which is supposed to be classified but on the hush money scheme to silence the affairs of those women right before the election. those are going to be major areas of focus at tomorrow's hearing. >> and "outfront tonight", t congresswoman katie hill is back with me. good to have you back. there's 42 members on your committee, everybody is going to get five minutes, each person to question michael cohen. what are you going to do with your time? >> well, my focus is really
going to be about whether the president committed a crime or if there are implications of him committing a crime while he was in office. i think we need to be asking the questions that are going to elucidate that for us and lead us potentially to where we need to go next with the investigation. what other witnesses we might need to call. and ultimately give some light to the american people as to, you know, what is happening. and i think so much of this has been done behind closed doors and i thalso truly believe this has been a really confusing process for many americans. they thought this was about partisan bickering and i don't think that's true. i think we need to show in clear form what happened and what we need to do to move forward. >> so, you know, obviously he had a long day today. nine hours and heading back now and he's going to be back in just hours in front of your committee. how long is it going to go? is five minutes going to be enough? the vice chair, do you have think there will be a second
round? are you going to keep him as long as you need to keep him? >> it's a great question. it will go a long time. it's a large committee. everyone i would imagine will use their entire time. on our side we want to give mr. cohen the space to really share his side of the story. again, it's up to the american people to decide whether they believe it or not and it's up to us to decide where we go from here. >> let me ask you, you mentioned your focus is on crimes in office, which is the core of what would need to be proven if there is an impeachment proceeding that would go anywhere when you're dealing with republicans and not just have it be a political process. do you believe that cohen has evidence, whether it's tapes or e-mails or has he spittubmitted anything that would prove there were crimes committed by the president while he was in office, evidence that we have not yet heard about? >> i think that's what we're hoping to find out tomorrow.
if we get indications of that, that will lead us to the next steps in the process in the oversight committee. if there are suggestions that there is corroborating evidence, we need to take this investigation wherever it goes. >> are you aware if he submitted anything that's going to back up or support what he may say tomorrow, documentation, tapes, anything of any sort? >> i am not aware of that at this point. much of that will come after the fact. >> so part of the reason this has become so partisan is that michael cohen obviously has lied. he is an admitted liar. he apologized to the senate intelligence committee for lying to them. sarah sanders put out a statement today saying disgraced felon michael cohen is going to prison for lying to congress and making other false statements. sadly he will go before congress this week and we can expect more of the same. it's laughable that anyone would
take a convicted felon like cohen at his word and governor him another opportunity to spread his lies. he's obviously not a convicted liar, he's an admitted liar. but he's a liar. are you worried that he will not tell the truth tomorrow? >> first of all, i think when you're going to prison, you don't have a whole lot to lose anymore. second of all, when he was lying in the first place, it was to protect the president. so the irony of the white house saying he's a liar is hilarious to me. and thirdly, one of my colleagues made a great point yesterday when we were talking and he said, you know, of course we've heard about him lying, we've heard about so many members of the trump administration lying, including the president himself, but at what point do you continue to punish somebody for when they stop lying? this is whether we have to allow somebody the space to admit he lied and make reparations for that.
>> so you have spoken with anybody who questioned him in that nine-hour special. kamala harris said she indeed learn something new. do you know what she learned? >> no. we're all respecting each person's individual purviews and not potentially interfere with what might be an ongoing investigation. that's why we have our specific lanes and it's really important for us to adhere to that. >> reporter: i want to ask you about something republicanmatt gaetz said today, he wrote, "hey, michael cohen, do your mother and father-in-law know about your girl friends? maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. i wonder if she'll remain faithful when you're in prison. she's about to learn a lot." >> it's crazy to me that witness tampering can just happen in the open now and it seems to be without any repercussions. >> and you believe it is witness
tampering? >> what else can it be? it certainly is a threat being made. personally i think it's an invalid threat. it's not something that i think should matter. but mr. cohen has just been berated oaf aver and over by pe who are clearly trying to protect the president and trying to keep him from testifying in the open. you shouldn't be afraid of what he has to say. if you are, that's cause for suspicion. >> and you think that's what matt gaetz is going to be talking about, affairs and things like that? >> i'm sure on the republican side they're going to do anything they can to distract from the real issues at hand. but we're going to do everything that we can to bring it back to what we should be focusing on and hopefully that tactic of distraction, which is one that they learned from the president of the united states, and we'll
see whether that's anything that can be focused on. >> thank you very much. i appreciate your time, congresswoman. >> next, what is it like to take on the president of the united states? john dean, the former nixon white house counsel is o "outfront." a source says president trump will be watching michael cohen testify. could that give kim jong un the upper hand? and a threat to michael cohen just hours before his testimony. emreplenished,d,
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new tonight, michael cohen behind closed doors. it was nine hours and it just the beginning. senator susan collins says cohen has undergone extensive grilling and it just day one of three, today, tomorrow and thursday for michael cohen. he's just hours away from day two. that is the public testimony we will all see. outfront now, john dean, who has also given advice to michael cohen's team about tomorrow. so michael cohen is done but it was nine hours. that's grueling and embasxhaust for anyone. he's going to be tired tomorrow and that of course is when the world will be watching. >> tomorrow will be an intense day. i don't know if it's going to go nine hours but it's going to be i think pretty intense and there will be a lot of fighting.
he's going to be pushed. the democrats are going to have a lot of information they want to get out of him. there's a lot of potentially explosive information that michael cohen has and the republicans are going to want to cross-examine him and go step by step how many lies he's told and threaten his credibility. >> it's going to be theatrical, intense. john dean, you have been providing vice. what do you expect tomorrow? >> el wowell, i'm not sure. we do have some information about what he's going to do. you were discussing earlier with the congresswoman whether he would accuse the president of crimes. well, lanny davis tells me he will. >> crimes while in office. >> which is interesting to say the least. what i've been talking to them about is not the substance of testimony but rather the process
matters, the things i thought as once a former committee counsel in the house judiciary committee and as a very long-term witness, that sitting alone at the table is important is, holding your statement as long as you can so the other side can't chew it up, giving him process advice like that is what i've mainly done. >> what do you think? you've been there before. you testified before congress in these long sessions. does cohen have the stamina? you're talking about nine hours today. even if it's not that long tomorrow, which it may be. and then there's another day. does he have the stamina for this? >> it does take stamina and there's also just the tension of cross-examination. but i must say one thing. i testified for two weeks in a courtroom as the lead witness in -- against president nixon's former top aides, and that was much more stressful than before
the senate, where there's a certain give and take and it's a little looser, there are no rules of evidence. so it's a different atmosphere. i think the hardest thing for me was they forced me to read my entire statement. it was 60,000 words. had i known, i would have never written 60,000 words. it would have been more like 6,000 words. so it's going to be an ordeal. this is the beginning of educating the public as to what really was going on because i think michael will tell the truth. >> and as we pointed out, we don't have much to lose at this point. he's already going to prison. he was disbarred. >> he has a lot to lose if he lies. >> and things could get even worse. today we know russia-related issues were on the table. it was behind closed door, he lied to the senate intelligence committee admittedly and had to answer those question. tomorrow, though, in front of
the camera is perhaps the bigger issue, the business context, hush money payments. would that be more damaging? >> i think this could be much more damaging. cohen is in a position about ten years of donald's cheating people, which he did his whole life. he's in a position to tell us about about other people who have been paid to keep quiet or go away, to tell us about false filings, which donald has done repeatedly on tax returns and other government documents. those are crimes because you sign these documents under penalty of perjury. so i think there's a lot to come out tomorrow, particularly about whether donald is actually wealthy or, as i've said repeatedly, he appears to be wealthy because there's not scintilla of verifiable evidence and never has been that he's a billionaire but there's lots of evidence he's always grubbing
for cash. >> he doesn't have much to lose, when he says i'll tell the truth, he's going to prison. it was announced today he's going to be disbarred. we all know he's not getting a pardon, okay. does that mean he's going to tell the truth? that's going to be a partisan thing, put your lens on. as a lawyer, as an attorney general, what do you think? >> i would expect he is going to come in and be truthful. first of all, he's made the decision to plead guilty, to take responsibility and say i lied. and in trials and in criminal prosecutions, and this is not one, but you use cooperators all the time, people who have lied, who have committed crimes but you want their story because they are the insider. and to the points that have just been made, he's the guy that can tell us everything about the business, the president during the campaign, potentially after the campaign. so just because he's told a lie doesn't mean he won't be credible. the other point which i think is really important is he could be
prosecuted if he lied. we've already seen him lie to congress once. >> each lie could be a new thing, we could be talking new prison time. >> i would expect him to be truthful tomorrow. >> so, david, cohen never became a member of the trump administration, but you just heard what john said, that he leaves that the believe there is going to be at least the allegation made that the president broke the law and committed crimes while president. you've been covering this for a very long time. do you think cohen may have information, real evidence, to share tomorrow that donald trump broke the law as president? >> well, the way the payments were made in the stormy daniels case may whab we'be what we're about. but lanny davis would not be saying what john reported and others reported unless he figured there was something substantial there to make the case. but does it really matter to us whether the president of the united states committed crimes while he was running for president, in the run-up to his
running for president or while he was in office? >> well, for impeachment it could matter hugely, right? >> it could matter hugely but there aren't enough votes of the senate to convict him. i think impeachment is unlikely given the current set of facts today. >> john, you're shaking your head. >> i was shaking my head. prior crimes can be impeached. it happened to a federal judge not too long ago. they reached back for criminal behavior before he went on the bench and impeached him. so there is a precedent. but i don't think michael is in an impeachment hearing at this point. i think these will be broad statements. what david mentions is the payments to stormy daniels and the reimbursements. some of those looked like they could have stretched into the time he was in the white house and therefore he might have been signing checks to violate the campaign laws. >> so i want to just play for you, because these moments, you
never know when these moments comes, the moment upon which the presidency can turn. you were the creator for one of those moments for richard nixon. this is a moment when you were testifying and you were talking about when you told nixon to come clean. >> i began by telling the president that there was a cancer growing on the president sif and -- presidency and if the cancer was not removed, the presidency would be killed by it and i told him it was important it be removed immediately. >> do you think this could be a similar moment for donald trump tomorrow? >> it could be, particularly since lanny has told me he has testimony about criminal behavior since the man has become president. that could certainly make it a turning point. i agree he will be truthful. he has nothing to gain by lying at this point.
i think he'll lay it out. i think the republicans will try to chew him up. that's what they tried to do to me. that's what you do to an adverse witness and it won't be pretty, all of it tomorrow. >> we'll all be watching. thank you all very much. next, president trump just hours away from meeting kim jong un in vietnam. but his attention is far away. his attention is on michael cohen. plus breaking news, the house just voting to overturn trump's national emergency. trump is now threatening his first veto of his presidency. can we talk?
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the world. if he's watching, he's not sleeping, he's up all night. how closely is the president going to be watching cohen? >> reporter: erin, the white house is trying to downplay michael cohen's testimony, putting out a statement saying it's just another opportunity for him to spread his lies. the bottom line is they're going to be watching. white house officials back in d.c. will be watching so they can brief the president but there's a pretty good chance the president himself will be watching. michael cohen's testimony is going to air here in hanoi around 10 p.m. local. just take a look at the president's schedule. he's getting kicked off and meeting wednesday evening and a dinner with a few of their delegates there but after that the president is going to wrap up by 9:00 and be back at his hotel. that's about an hour before michael cohen will start testifying on capitol hill. so there's certainly a chance
that the president will be watching to see what it is that michael cohen, someone who he has tried to discredit several times, is going to say to him on capitol hill while he's under oath. >> and now former ambassador nicholas burns and former presidential adviser david gergen. you heard his advisers can't stop him from staying up all night to watch michael cohen. how much of a risk would that be? >> obviously that's going to be a distraction for the president. michael cohen represents a possible extension threat to the trump presidency. we know how thin skinned he is and the president is going to need to be focused on kim jong un.
these are high-stake negotiations. the president may try to engineer a summit result that might try to overshadow the cohen testimony. this is a marathon. i hope the president isn't going to entertain any ill-advised concessions to kim because kim hasn't done anything to deserve them yet. >> how concerned should we be that president trump does something rash or dramatic in vietnam to draw attention away from cohen? >> we should be concerned. i agree with every word that nick just said. listen, my experience, after you have your first set of summit meetings and you're in two-part sessions, in effect, when you end the first set of conferri s conversations, it's like half time, you go in the locker room, you figure out what have we done right, what have we done wrong, what can we do in the second session? the president can be surrounded
by high-level people who can prepare h prepare him for this really crucial second half. and there's already issues that's generated about his general negotiating with kim, and his reporting that he thought his first negotiating session with kim was gold in television ratings, that that will drive him to cut a deal that gives away more than he gets. and i think that is a very legitimate concern. >> well, you know, ambassador, here's the reality of it. the ratings matter to him, we all know that, the pageantry, the pomp and circumstance. he wanted the second summit with kim in no small part because of the first one. it was the ratings gold, the wall-to-wall historic coverage. but now here he is and he's not getting the coverage he was getting and all the ratings and
eyeballs are on michael cohen. so how hard is that for him? >> i think it's very difficult. i think the president is right to be trying to negotiate. it's better than the war of words of 2017. but it's very difficult. the north koreans have not even stated where their nuclear weapons are, their fissile material. if the president agrees to a peace agreement, has the president given away too much? that's going to worry people when we see the first reports coming out of vietnam. >> the first thing would be write a list of what you've got and allowing someone to go verify that. none of that has happened. how much of this is kim trying to take advantage of trump's vulnerability right now? >> we know kim is flattering
him, keeping this relationship, we've fallen in love, just as abe of japan has figured it out and made strides by ingratiating himself. most presidents would just throw away, forget it, let's get down to the real issues here. but i do think that coming into this kim is already at some advantage because, as nick says, he hasn't given anything away and yet he's gotten two summits with the most important leader in the world with doing very little for it. that's the reason people are already concerned in the national security community about how much are we really -- how tough are we really being in these negotiations. >> thank you beau so very much. >> thank you. >> next, a sitting member of congress, staunch trump ally
threatening michael cohen just hours before his public testimony. is it witness tampering? >> congressman, does your tweet amount to witness tampering? >> absolutely not. it's witness testing. >> plus cohen expected to talk about trump's finances. the only other person who may know as much as cohen does is the chief financial officers of the trump organization, allen weiselberg. who is he? >> my chief finance officer, allen weiselberg.
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breaking news, republican trump ally congressman matt gaetz threatening michael cohen who is set to give public testimony tomorrow on capitol hill, tweeting "hey, do your wife and father-in-law know about your girl friends? i wonder if she'll remain faithful when you're in prison? she's about to learn a lot."
congressman justin amash of michigan who sits on the committee. cohen will be appearing before you tomorrow. you're going to get the opportunity to ask him questions, obviously congressman gaetz is not. what do you think of that tweet? do you know what he's talking about? >> i don't know what he's talking about specifically and i can't tell you what he was thinking by doing the tweet. he's not a shy guy and that's all i can say about it really. >> i mean, you know, i guess my reaction to you is you're going to be asking questions, he's not. are you frustrated that he's wading in and doing this? what is this -- he says it's witness testing, not witness tampering. >> i don't know what the legal standard is. it's not the kind of thing that i think members of congress should be doing. certainly not something i would ever do. i don't think it's particularly helpful to what we're trying to do tomorrow.
>> so obviously the question is what you're going to be asking tomorrow, making it clear you wouldn't ask anything along those lines. what are you going to be asking? >> so i just want to get to the truth. we'd like to find out whether he knows anything about illegality during this administration and let's get to the truth of it and hear what he has to say. now, he's a person who is known to be a liar and he has a lot of -- a lot to overcome there but maybe he's got corroborating evidence and we'd like to hear from him. >> just talking to the former attorney general of new jersey and others, john dean was talking, their view is the guy's not going to lie because he is an admitted liar, because he's going to prison, because if he lies again, he's going to go to prison for even longer. he's been disbarred. do you expect him to tell the truth? is that your base?
when he comes out and makes allegations tomorrow, as we understand he will, is it going to be the truth? >> we hope it's truthful. somebody who has a habit of lying over many years, we hope he can tell the truth. i'd like to know what it is about him that the president wanted in an employee. let's hear from him and find out. >> obviously a big question is going to be when you say "crimes while in office," do you have a standard on what crime? is any kiem in office in your view impeachable because it is a crime and the president of the united states should not be committing a crime or do you have a standard where some things would be okay in your view? >> i haven't worked through all the various crimes that would be
impeachable versus nonimpeachable. obviously a fell any would be serious, anyone committing a felony. but you want to have a president who is honest and not involved in criminal activity and we hope that's the case. >> so when you say "felony," would you count payments to stormy dama ey daniels on that m trying to understand when you say in office, you mean from january of 2017? >> yeah, i think it's most important to know about things that have happened in office, but certainly something doesn't have to be be a crime to be impeachable. it can be something that congress defines as a crime, something that is not worthy of the presidency. the constitution isn't direct about that. so i think it could be broader than just a crime that happened while in office. >> which is an important thing. thank you for explaining that.
i want to turn to the other breaking news that just happened, congress issuing that national rebuke of the president's national declaration about the wall, you were the only republican co-sponsor. 13 republicans voted with democrats. that's only 13. but you're a co-sponsor. my question to you is what made you choose to do that, to take on the president on this issue, congressman? >> this was not a difficult within. i took on president obama on many, many issues related to executive overreach, and this was a very clear case of executive overreach. the legislative branch is charged with appropriations. the legislative branch has this power. we can't delegate it to the executive branch. this is a case where even if the law says that the president has been given this power, i don't think congress is capable of granting that power under our constitution. we have a separation of powers under our constitution and we're not able to grant that kind of delegation. so it was pretty clear cut for
me and not a difficult vote. >> pretty clear cut for you and it should be pretty clear cut for your colleagues about executive overreach that you point out you made with president obama. here's a few of them. >> it's been the pattern of the obama presidency over and over again to disregard the congress, disregard the law. >> this is tremendous presidential overreach. i will try to defund the effort. >> if the president truly follows through, he will have issued a rebuke to his own stated view of democracy. >> are you disappointed to so many republicans it appears to matter who's the president when it comes to whether they stand on appropriaprinciples of the constitution? >> yes, of course. i think the democrats do the same thing to be frank. the democrats are against the president on this but they were with president obama. so it's not just one party that does this.
certainly i'm upset with the republicans. i don't think they should be supporting the president in an action that i think is clearly executive overreach. but this is how it works on capitol hill. it's really unfortunate that partisan leanings tend to overcome principles time and again. >> well, i appreciate your time. thanks so much, congressman. >> thanks, erin. appreciate it. >> next, he could be a major top being of discussion when michael cohen testifies tomorrow, the president's chief finance officers, a man who knows trump's finances inside and out. how important, how dangerous could he be to president trump? plus lace up, kim jong un's men in black are back. it's inspected by mercedes-benz factory-trained technicians. or it isn't. it's backed by an unlimited mileage warranty, or it isn't. for those who never settle, it's either mercedes-benz certified pre-owned,
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and throughout donald trump's term, the trump family's top money man has been allen weisselberg, a person who knows every deal, anything and everything that's been done, a trump employee told cnn, for a president under investigation, the ultimate nightmare. weisselberg's name came up when donald trump and his then attorney michael cohen discussed what cohen says was hush money for a woman alleging an affair. trump has denied wrongdoing but weisselberg could confirm if trump did or did not order the payments and violate campaign finance laws. >> i've spoken to allen weisselberg about how to setup the whole thing up with funding. >> if you're not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for, right? >> trump his disparaged giving insiders immunity for testimony, and weisselberg's deal is only in regard to cohen. but the president's foes believe if the relationship is extended,
he could open the door to many secrets about trump's empire. >> nobody knows where the money has gone better than he does as the cfo of the trump organization. >> reporter: as cfo weisselberg likely has knowledge of trump's tax returns, documents traditionally released by all presidents but not this one. >> they're under audit. they have been for a long time. >> reporter: weisselberg could have information about allegations of shady business deals, possible misuse of inaugural funds and the financial dealings of the now defunct trump charity. he's handled personal finances for the trumps, too. so far the president says he believes weisselberg has not betrayed him. >> 100% he didn't. he's a wonderful guy. >> reporter: but others think the deal with the money man could yet bring big returns. it is not clear how much weisselberg might tell investigators and so far we don't know of him saying anything damaging to president
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good pair of on the job running shoes. take a look with jeanne. >> reporter: on your mark get set, go. it running body guards are back. the men in black, a dozen elite guards who jog alongside kim jong-un's mercedes. and when a limo picks up enough speed, they fall back and pile into their own vehicles, hand picked reportedly for their marksmanship, their martial arts skill, their looks. >> from now on hotties only. >> reporter: they became a thing in previous summits attended by the great leader and caught on with conen. >> okay, that's me. >> reporter: kim's body guards aren't the only ones running. when he arrived in vietnam kim headed down the red carpet minus his translator who then had to sprint to catch up, sprint like his life depended on it. like someone lit a fire under him. and speaking of lighting a fire
chairman kim was nabbed on camera lighting a cigarette. that's his sister holding the crystal ashtray. he was taking a smoking break on a train platform during his trip. even dictators have to smoke outside. not a good example for your running body guards. and then there was a guy who wasn't running, a guy who ended up getting run out of town. you know it's a kim jong-un look alike when he kisses donald trump on the mouth. vietnam ease officials deported the look alike after the pair were detained. >> what is to be expected with a one party state with no sense of humor. >> reporter: authorities say his visa was invalid. they caused mayhem when they strolled into a upscale hotel. police yanked away photographers. fake kim enjoyed the commotion, but he did have one complaint. >> mr. kim jong-un, please fix
your haircut. it's awful, okay? i do have a private life, and when i go out it's not very sexy. >> reporter: but he's so sexy at a summit he could have used a few of these guys. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> thanks so much to all of you for watching. anderson starts now. good evening. thanks for joining us. after testifying behind closed doors to the senate intelligence committee all day and into the evening tomorrow the president's former lawyer and fixer will testify publicly for the first time about what he says was the president's role in the crimes cohen himself pleaded guilty to last year, and he says he's looking forward to it. >> first of all, i want to thank you all for sticking around and waiting for me. at this point in time i really appreciate the opportunity that was given to me to clear the record and to tell the truth and i look forward to