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questioning trump world. executives may be among the next star witnesses to face congress. do officials know of any crimes committed by their boss? speaking out. otto warmbier's parents say they hold kim jong-un responsible for their son's death after the president said he trusted the dictator's denials. tonight, mr. trump is responding to the rebuke. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. world bli wolf blitzer is off today. i'm brianna keilar. you are in "the situation room." this is cnn breaking news. >> we're following breaking news on paul manafort battling to limit his prison time ahead of his sentencing in virginia next week. in a court filing tonight, the former trump campaign chairman's lawyers are arguing against the recommended sentence for his
crimes. they are suggesting that manafort is being railroaded because special counsel robert mueller hasn't been able to prove collusion. breaking, a top house democrat is raising questions about why the president tried to hide his role in ordering a top secret security clearance for jared kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser. eli elijah cummings is asking about dirt that might have prompted intel officials to warn against gra granting him clearance. our correspondents and analysts are standing by. let's go to pamela brown and shimon pr shimon. >> manafort's team says he apologizes. these crimes were serious. they claim that the proposal of
24 years, which is what mueller's team is asking the judge for, is disproportionate to the crimes. they are saying the punishment that's proposed does not fit the crimes. they are claiming in this latest filing that because mueller couldn't find any evidence of collusion, that paul manafort was involved in, that they were so intent on charging him they are charging him for bank and tax fraud that goes back decade. he worked hard and was proud of what he achieved. mr. manafort's career culminated in serving as an adviser and campaign chairman for then candidate donald trump's successful presidential campaign. shortly after mr. trump's election, the acting attorney general appointed the special counsel to investigate allegations that mr. trump's campaign colluded with the russian government to influence the 2016 election. in october 2017, unable to establish that mr. manafort engaged in any such collusion, the special counsel charged him in the district of columbia with
crimes unrelated to mr. manafort's work on the 2016 campaign. the special counsel's strategy in bringing charges against mr. manafort had nothing to do with the special counsel's core mandate, russian collusion, was to compel him to cooperate and provide incriminating evidence. this is not the first time that he has made this argument. his team has made this argument. they have been persistent with this saying this to two judges. neither judge bought this. >> we had jerry connolly on. he said this is fishing for a pardon. >> it's possible. he is speaking to an audience of one. audience of one being jmedonald trump. the judge has been sympathetic to the manafort team. he criticized what mueller was doing. at one point saying they were only putting pressure on manafort because they wanted him
to cooperate. it was a big splash when he said that. this is the second time that we're seeing this paul manafort team put this in these arguments that the core mission, what the mueller team was brought to do was the russia collusion investigation. they keep highlighting nothing so far -- there have been no charges against manafort that would suggest any kind of collusion. >> the president says no collusion. it matches very much what he asserts as well. is there a case to be made by the manafort team that these are things that normally would not be pursued legally? is that just not true? >> i think that this argument that this is outside the scope of what mueller is supposed to be looking at is something that -- they may have credibility in saying. if you look at the mandate, it does say this is about russian collusion and the campaign. it says that they can investigate any matters that arise or arose. in this case, mueller's team followed the money. they were able to trace this money from russian oligarchs,
ukrainian oligarchs back to manafort. that's what they built this case on and built the bank and tax fraud charges on. that's not stopping manafort as the case. they are making the argument this is outside of the mandate. >> did manafort cooperate because he was under pressure with some of the evidence? >> i would say partially, probably, there was pressure. i think after the trial, there was indications that they were going to try to cooperate right before the trial in washington, d.c. started. i think it's very clear and it's been very clear to us that they always wanted manafort to cooperate. this was something that was being used to leverage pressure over him. keep in mind, rick gates, facing similar charges, has been fully cooperating with the special counsel's team. when they got him in there, they thought they were going to get good information out of him. now we know the judge found he lied. the other thing they point
out -- this is interesting -- is that the -- manafort was known to the state department, he was known to u.s. officials. this is a big deal for them. they came out and said, he was meeting with people in kiev, in theembassy. u.s. officials were aware of what he was doing there, why he was there. i think the whole point of that argument is, if they thought he was doing something illegal back then in the years leading up to the mueller investigation, why didn't anyone charge him? >> let's not forget, he broke the law and he acknowledged that he broke the law. he said that his crimes were serious. mueller's team made this argument that, look, it's true that maybe because -- if he wasn't the trump campaign chairman that he wouldn't have been charged. they make the argument, shows how brazen he was that he was committing these crimes and then didn't think anything of becoming the campaign chairman, putting himself in the spotlight. >> one final note. let's not forget the kilimnik
thing, the meeting with the russian where he shared the campaign -- >> steps out -- >> the heart of their investigation. we don't see that addressed here. >> he shared sensitive internal polling. good point. thank you. now to the breaking news on the president's role in getting jared kushner a top secret security clearance. we have an yut daupdate to get information on that. let's go to abby philip. what are you learning? >> reporter: house oversight committee democrats are growing frustrated with the white house and what they say is the white house's attempt to stonewall them on documents related to the security clearance issue. elijah cummings tweeted earlier today that he asked staff at the white house whether or not two memos written by john kelly, then white house chief of staff, and the white house counsel about jared kushner's security clearance even exist. according to cummings, the white
house declined to confirm or deny the existence three times. tonight, white house now defending president trump's power to grant a top secret clearance to his son-in-law and top white house adviser jared kushner. over the objections of officials who raised concerns about his background check. >> was the president involved in jared kushner's security clearance process? >> we don't discuss security clearances. i'm not going to discuss my own. i will tell you that the president has the right to do what was described. >> counselor to the president kellyanne conway not standing by ivanka's trump in an interview that her father wasn't involved in the process. >> the president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband's clearance."the new york
times" reports that the white house ordered john kelly to give him clearance. >> you tell anyone to -- >> i don't think i have the authority to do that. i'm not sure i do. i wouldn't do it. >> reporter: kushner's lawyer's claim to wolf blitzer. >> there's a special office that does security measures. they're all career people. there was nobody in the political process that had anything to do with it. there was nb who pressuobody wh tur pressured it. >> reporter: elijah cummings is demanding the white house turn over all documents by monday. president trump now back from his trip to vietnam is firing back in a tweet storm at his former fixer michael cohen. two days after he testified before cummings' committee.
>> he is a racist. he is a con man. he is a cheat. >> reporter: the president suggesting congress demand a manuscript of cohen's book that he claims say love letter to trump. tweeting, your heads will spin when you see the lies, misrepresentations and contradictions against his thursday testimony. like a different person. he is totally discredited. as trump remains fixated on cohen, his comments giving kim jong-un a pass for the death of an american student who was returned to the u.s. in a coma after months of detention by the north korean regime is coming under fire. the family of otto warmbier, who once sat with the first lady at the state of the union address, now saying this. kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. no excuses or lavish praise can change that. president trump is now trying to clean up his comments on kim.
he tweeted this afternoon, i never liked being misinterpr misinterpreted. he adds, of course, i hold north korea responsible for otto's mistreatment and death. in vietnam earlier this week, he was asked about whether he held kim personally responsible for warmbier's death. he answered saying he tells me he didn't know about it and i take him at his word. >> doesn't seem that he was misinterpreted. abby philip, thank you. i want to bring in a democrat who serves on the armed services committee. thank you for being with us. let's talk about this sentencing memo. manafort's lawyers, former campaign chairman for president trump, accuse the special counsel of vilifying manafort and of spreading misinformation. they say that there was no collusion. when you see that argument, do you think that they are for their client fishing for a
pardon from the president? >> whatever they are trying to do, i'm sure that when manafort puts forth the argument this is some sort of a witch hunt and that there's no collusion, that certainly catches the president's attention. the thing is for manafort, he will get sentenced. if somehow the president pardons him because the president thinks that a pardoning manafort will be good for the president because as i have said many times, the president cares about protecting himself and money. if he thought it would do him good to do a pardon, he will do that. let's not forget the attorney -- the attorney general of new york as well as the district attorney of new york are totally prepared to bring charges against manafort themselves.
>> he ignored these concerns from intel community folks. >> it's very typical of the president that he does not listen to people who actually know what they're talking about. for one thing, jared kushner does not have the qualifications to do the job that he has been tasked to do, to bring about peace between the palestinians and the israelis. give me a break. he never should gotten a top level clearance. jared kushner does have business dealings in parts of the wofrrl that would create concerns for the intel community about him being compromised. the president continues to run this country as though it's a family business. he certainly has familys.
for many reasons, it's not surprising that he wanted this clearance for jared kushner and that he would lie about it. then to be supported in that lie by ivanka trump and pretty much the rest of his people in the white house who even refuse to talk about it now. i think elijah cummings should get to the bottom of this particular fiasco. >> the president on tape, when he was asked, he lied, it appears also about knowing whether he had the authority to do this. he does have the authority. he sort of said he didn't -- he didn't even know if he had the authority at the time that he had gone ahead and done this. what did you make of that? not only appearing to lie about whether or not he did this, but even about whether or not he had this authority to grant clearances. >> we know the president lies every single day. i don't know how he keeps all his lies in place. he just comes out with all kinds
of responses. it has no basis in fact. this is another instance where he thought it would be okay to say, i don't know if i even have such power. yes, he does. then it's always they then lie about it. >> i want your reaction to the president talking about otto warmbier. he said he was misinterpreted. listen, if you would, to what the president said in that press conference. >> i did speak to him. he felt badly. he knew the case very well. he knew it later. got a lot of people, big country. a lot of people. in those prisons and those camps, you have a lot of people. some really bad things happened to otto. >> why are you -- >> he tells me that he didn't know about it. i will take him at his word. >> he responded to the rebuke
from the warmbiers saying he blames north korea. he didn't blame kim though. he said, president trump, that he was misinterpreted. >> i would say that in these matters, north korea is kim jong-un. once again, the president tries to walk back. we know what we heard. don't trust our lying ears, our lying eyes. give me a break. this whole thing was very tragic. again, points out how the president is more than willing to take the word of dictators or murderers over the information that he gets from his own intel community. >> senator, thank you for being with us. have a great weekend. >> thank you. you too. more breaking news ahead as we dig deeper into the new sentencing memo from paul manafort and his complaints about the special counsel. is the argument to the court also an appeal to president trump? a trio of trump organization executives are now under scrutiny. who are they? what might they know about potential crimes involving the president?
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members. >> michael cohen has credibility problems. now it appears he is creating new headaches for some top officials at the trump family business. >> reporter: some little known trump organization officials may face congressional scrutiny after michael cohen suggested in his testimony they could have knowledge of potential crimes. >> did the president ever provide inflated assets to an insurance company? >> yes. >> who else knows that the president did this? >> allen weisselberg. >> reporter: allen wiseeisselbe has been swept up in the investigation. he was granted immunity for providing information open cohen's role in hush money payments to women alleging affairs with donald trump. trump denies those affairs.
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>> this isn't the only time the president benefitted at the expense of the public. >> reporter: we know the democrats who lead house oversight as well as the house intelligence committee have expressed interest in speaking to some of the people michael cohen nape med. we shall see. >> we will see. we had a democrat on earlier who was very interested in them. we will see. thanks for the report. paul manafort facie ining p and fighting the special counsel until the end. will a judge be swayed by his new legal filing? we will talk about the grave questions being raised by jared kushner and his connections as the controversy over his security clearance reignites. c. it's the official truck of calloused hands and elbow grease. the official truck of getting to work,
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the pale. the special counsel's conduct comes as no surprise and falls within the government's pattern of spreading misinformation about mr. manafort to impugn his character in a manner this country has not experienced in decades. you have to -- you notice over and over, they talk about there's no collusion. according to jerry connolly we had on, feels like he has an audience of president trump here. >> right. he said, is he fishing for a pardon here with what he has been saying? you do make the point that he said repeatedly in this latest filing, or his lawyers said, there's no collusion. it's true, he is not charged with anything about collusion, which would be conspiracy in legal terms. they are making the case that mueller wept ont outside of his scope because it was about russia collusion. but it does raise the question of whether they are trying to spend a message to that audience of one, president trump, for a
pardon by helping to make his case that the president himself says no collusion. >> i want to get your reaction, phil, to another argument. they say he spent a lifetime promoting democratic values, unquote. his work in ukraine was, quote, clearly designed to distance ukraine from putin, end quote. does that -- i don't -- your laughter -- you are laughing. >> let me be serious. you play monopoly. you have a get out of jail free card. he had a plea agreement. it wasn't mueller who decided whether that plea agreement was violated. mueller said it was and a judge concurred. manafort said, i don't know why gates is cooperating. a jury of his peers in alexandria said, you are guilty. what about probation? he violated a plea deal.
he sri late violates probation. time and time again, judges and american citizens say, forget about mueller. the guy is going to get three slops and a flop. he will go to federal prison. the answer is not just because mueller says you are guilty. it's because judges say you violated agreements. a jury of your peers say, i don't care what you say about director mueller, special counselor mueller. we say, you are done. he is trying to divert attention. >> is it believe -- is it believable when -- just fact check this. when the manafort team says he spent a lifetime promoting democratic values and this pro-putin candidate was designed to distance ukraine from putin, does that stand up? >> no. the short answer is no. as phil said, this not merely a question of how he feels as how
he is being treated by director mueller. he has gone through the legal process over and over again and compounded his problems as he has gone along. now this kind of -- this strong language -- in some cases barely germane to the issues at hand looks as though he is seeking to reach out to the president. you can imagine that among republican elected officials, the idea of pardoning anybody associated with this investigation before the 2020 election would be beyond the pale even from any elected republicans. >> i want to ask about another breaking story we have been covering. reports from "the new york times" and "the post" that jared kushner's foreign connections -- they are under new scrutiny. it's because the president ordered a top secret security clearance for his son-in-law. he wasn't meeting the standard. the president pushes it through. this was against the recommendations of the white
house counsel, against recommendations of the intel community. then the president denied not only this, but whether or not he had the authority to do this whether he talked to the new york typeimes. listen."new york times. liste" listen. >> i don't think i have the authority. i wouldn't do it. jared is a good -- i was never involved with the security. i know that he -- from read, i know there was issues back and forth about security for numerous people, actually. i don't want to get involved in that stuff. >> various lies it appears in that. what do you think? >> this is a classic example of the white house misleading the american public. then trying to move the goalposts when they are caught in the midst of a lie. you had the president deny
involvement in jared kushner's security clearclearance. ivanka said her father had no involvement. now the line is, we don't discuss occursecurity clearance. the president has authority, which is the case. the reason they didn't make that argument from the outset is because they knew that this was clearly an example of nepotism. jared kushner had to amend his disclosure forms because he had omitted more than 100 form contacts, which included contacts with then the russian am bobassador to the u.s., the d of a bank under sanctions. . he was part of the trump tower meeting in 2016. there were reasons why he shouldn't have had a security clearance in the first place. the president once again prioritized family over protocol. >> what do you think about this? >> this is pretty straightforward. i find this sken acenario funny.
when you are in this business, and you have a change in administration and somebody says the president of the united states would like to have this person get security clearcleara they will not want to say, mr. trump, thank you very much, but we kind of decided we don't like for political reasons your son-in-law. they want to give him a security clearance. there's one other thing that goes on. you can't pick up the phone to security people. if you say, by the way, i would like to see what happened in the polygraph and i would like you to interpret what you think about mr. kushner's security background in terms of his business relationships overseas that he might not have declared, the security guys would say, i'm sorry, you do intelligence. we do security. you can't interfere in that process. they will say no. >> we have more ahead with all of you. we have more breaking news.
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democrats -- they want to hear from these men. how likely is it we will see them go before congress? >> very likely. the democratic lawmakers who oversee the committee wants to bring allen weisselberg in and the other officials. their names come up repeatedly during the hearing with michael cohen. particularly weisselberg who was mentioned as part of the hush money. he oversaw the payments. matt calamari is a senior official in the trump organization. it took cohen testifies in order for them to now say, we're going to bring them before the committee. it's well-known that they are the top officials in the trump organization. the democrats have been looking at trump organization. >> what is to be learned? >> a ton. if i were to republicans, would
be flef be nervous. let me give you one question for the former cfo of the trump organization. why did you write the checks to michael cohen? he says, we wrote them so he could pay stormy daniels. all the arguments about -- we have two people saying that. the final thing i is forget about the people. there's a ton of documents behind these individuals. for example, documents about how buildings were declared for insurance purposes. documents about how those buildings were declared to the irs. where are the documents? it's not just about who said what. it's about bringing the documents to the table. forget what the people say. i want to see the paper. >> ron? >> i think it's interesting. in terms of the private secto ce way he handled himself, very
little defense from the subpoena and the reach of the committee. on the other hand, indications are that this white house is going to be extremely aggressive about trying to use executive privilege to defeat democratic attempts at oversight. we saw matthew whitaker refuse to talk. the letter responding to the requests for documents on security clearances perfect the white house, again, it's hinting at that. the supreme court in 1974, with the decision on the nixon watergate tapes, made clear executive privilege is not a limitless authority. i would think the odds are high that john roberts will tell us what they can learn. you can bet this white house will dig in, use executive privilege wherever it can to avoid material from becoming public. >> i want to ask about a
different subject, otto warmbier, after the president's summit with kim jong-un. the american college student who was detained by north korea officials. when he was returned to the u.s., it was in a vegetative state. he later died. he said, president trump, that he takes kim jong-un's word that he didn't know how badly warmbier was being treated. the parents of otto warmbier were so upset about this, as you can imagine. the president responding to that said that he didn't like being misinterpreted. he said he does hold north korea responsible. what did you make of this? >> the president made these comments at a press conference on tape where he said he took kim jong-un at his word. did not hold him responsible for otto warmbier's death. he is willing to take kim jong-un at his word. he is willing to take the saudi crown prince at his word with respect to the murder of jamal khashoggi. he sides with putin.
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the house oversight committee is giving the white house until monday to turn over documents about security clearances including jared kushner's. the ultimatum following a "new york times" report saying that president trump ordered his son-in-law and adviser get a high level clearance despite concern among intelligence officials. let's dig deeper with fareed zakaria, the host of gps. you were examining kushner's role in the middle east this sunday in your special report, saudi arabia, kingdom of secrets. fareed, tell us about this. >> well, you know, on jared kushn kushner, i think the important thing to realize is donald trump trusts him like almost no one else. and thinks that he has a stake in it because of his, i suppose his own and his family's ties to israel and a desire to have
peace between the israelis and the arabs, but the result is that jared kushner, this young man without much foreign policy experience at all, in fact zero foreign policy experience, is interacting with mohammed bin salman, the crown prince of saudi arabia, who is himself a young man with very little experience, and the two of them are really forging the policy for the middle east in a way that is really unprecedented. and the result is you have a certain degree of recklessness, shall we say, at the heart of the policy. >> in thus documentary, you reveal just how pivotal a role kushner has played in the trump administration's grand plan for the middle east as you were just discussing. let's watch a clip of this. >> donald trump, a president with no previous foreign policy experience, saw saudi arabia as the linchpin of his middle east plan. donald trump had no ambassador in saudi arabia.
he did not understand the religious dynamics. he did not understand the regional dynamics. he put his son-in-law, jared kushner, in charge of it all. this policy was being run on jared kushner's whatsapp directly with mohammed bin salman, and jared kushner had no clue about the internal dynamics of saudi arabia, let alone how to manage such a young man. it was flat out crazy stupid. >> this is highly unusual. what's at stake here, fareed? >> well, a lot. because the united states has now in a sense subcontracted its policy in the middle east to saudi arabia. the united states has essentially said, whatever the saudis want to do is okay with us. wage a war in yemen, that's fine. engage in some shenanigans in lebanon where they tried to effectively do a power play,
fine. blockade qatar and isolate that country even though it has an american base there. that's fine. and of course, you have the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi and donald trump has essentially from the start accepted the saudi government's version of what happened. so that is -- we have very rarely seen the united states simply subcontract its policy in a crucial part of the world to another country. not that saudi arabia is, you know, particularly evil or monstrous, but our interests are different. the united states has to protect its interests, and it's very unusual to see this kind of wholesale subcontracting. and it is because of the personal relationship that donald trump feels with mohammed bin salman and jared kushner feels with mohammed bin salman. >> in that relationship and also the headlines with the killing of jamal khashoggi, many people find it so difficult to believe this was not done with knowledge from the highest levels of saudi
arabia. this has now been thrust into people's consciousness. with that said, what are you hoping people will take away here? >> well, i think the important thing we have to realize is the united states cannot dictate who runs saudi arabia. the royal family has been in power for a long time because they're good at it. and yet you have this horrific incident. so what i try to do at the end is grapple with this paradox, this dilemma, and find a way forward for the united states for a better middle east policy. >> all right. fareed, this is going to be wonderful and so informative. thank you so much for doing this documentary, and we really look forward to seeing it. this is saudi arabia, kingdom of secrets. sunday night at 8:00 here on cnn. >> and this sunday night at 9:00, join us for the premiere of the new cnn original series, the bush years. here's bush, the grandson of one president, the nephew of another, sat down with wolf to discuss his experiences covering
the bush family. >> what are some of your memories interviewing george h.w. bush? you interviewed him when he was vice president, president, former president, correct? >> correct, and you know, you should be very, very proud of your grandfather, because he really was a truly remarkable man. he really saw his public service as critical. i remember vividly the tsunami in indonesia. and in thailand when his son, the then-president george w. bush, asked him and bill clinton to work together to underscore america's commitment to help the hundreds of thousands of people who were suffering, and they went to thailand. they went to indonesia, and i had a chance to interview them from the road. he noted that here there was a former democratic president of the united states, a former republican president of the united states. they were asked to go represent the u.s. and they established this very
close partnership, very close friendship. and your grandfather told me how he was determined to make this work. and people there couldn't believe that these two presidents, former presidents, were working together. >> my uncle became president in 2000. and obviously, ran as a compassionate conservative. had a really kind of broad optimistic domestic agenda. and then september 11th happened here in the united states. america was attacked. and his presidency certainly changed. >> having interviewed him before 9/11, during the campaign, interviewing him after, one thing that really stands out in my mind is how 9/11 changed him. how the collapse of the world trade centers, the attack on pennsylvania, the hijacking of those planes, he was a different man after 9/11 than he was before. and you could see the concern he
had every day that it could happen again. and he was going to do as president of the united states everything possible to make sure it didn't happen again. >> my family has achieved kind of a unique level of success in the political arena. what do you think it is about the bushes? because when i think of my family, i think of a family that is very loving. that gives the gift of unconditional love, which i do think allows you to take on challenges and try to do what's right and try to make a difference. >> but i think it was public service. it was built in your grandfather, your uncle. it was so critical. it was just part of your life that you have been blessed with a lot, and you got to give back. you have to give back to the community. you have to give back to the american people. i think that's what certainly came through. as i said, you can be very proud of that. >> sunday night at 9:00, and
finally tonight, on behalf of wolf and the entire team, we want to wish the best of luck to our friend and colleague adam mincer, as he heads off on his new on-air adventure in south carolina. i'm brianna keilar. wolf will be back on monday. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. >> "outfront" next, breaking news. house investigators give the white house an ultimatum as democrats vow to investigate security clearances. team trump is fighting back tonight. plus, president trump takes on michael cohen and his former fixer says not so fast. who's winning this war? >> and trump accused of low-balling the value of his properties. is he saving millions of taxes or violating the law? let's go "outfront." >> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, a top secret ultimatum. the chairman of the house oversight committee demanding more information about jared kushner and how he got top