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recent days. there's still the question of whether his return will lead to a change. the answer is it seems to be nothing will happen anytime soon. >> dramatic moments. that is it for me. erica hill is in for brooke baldwin today and newsroom starts right now. >> hello and thanks for join in me. we begin this hour with a striking comprehensive list. 81 people in entities with connections to the president now being asked to provide documents to the house judiciary committee nicinitiating investigations. among the name, two of the president's sons. jared kushner. committee chairman says these investigations would lay the groundwork for impeachment should democrats choose to pursue it. >> it's a long way down the
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road. we don't have the facts yet, but we're going to initiate proper investigations. it's our job to protect the rule of law. to do that, we are going to initiate investigations into awuss of power, into corruption and into into obstruction of justice. >> the president has just responded. take a listen. >> are you going to cooperate with mr. nadler? >> i cooperate all the time. no collusion. all a hoax. >> manu is on capitol hill. so what more to we know b about what the committee is seeking? >> they are trying to investigate what they believe is obstruction of justice by this president. abuse of power in their view and they are looking into all aspects of the president's financial life. personal life. as well as his political life.
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suggesting that there was nefarious activity going on all three. now they've sent 81 letters to individuals and entities connected to the white house. family member, kids, his chief financial officers of trump organization. including the head of the national enquirer's parent company, david pecker, so silence at least one story alleging an affair with the president in the run up to the 2016 elections. so-called catch and kill scheme that was conducted by the national enquirer. all this is going to play out in a matter of weeks and months. the committee has given these individuals two weeks to respond asking a wide range of matters. they want answers to there could be subpoena fights and public
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hearings. the committee says that is something they are open to doing going forward, having public hearings oz a push foraward on this. this is just one of several committees investigating all aspects of this president, but today, jerry nadler offering up a very far reaching investigation. >> also reporting about a letter sent by some other democrats. what more do we know about that. >> three democratic chairman, adam schiff, eliot engel and elijah cummings who chairs the house oversight committee, democrats, are demanding information from the white house and state department about communications the president had with putin.
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there have been no records of these interactions. including concerns, notes that were taken by an american interpreter were taken by the president and not release d in any way. in these letters that these democratic chairman are writing today, they are asking the white house chief of acting chief of staff, mick mulvaney and mike pompeo to detail what happened in this meeting. they are also asking whether the president destroyed any of these notes and they want to have interviews with white house personnel and others connected to the president who may be be aware of what happened. so yet another line of inquiry by democrats in the house. just the third month of power. the questions one of the administration ultimately complies with any of these requests or whether there's going to be a subpoena fight or court battle. >> joseph joins us now.
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i'd like to get your reaction to the letter we're going through that manu was just talking about, specifically asking sent to pompeo, asking for information about translators, access to them and noting the allegations were destroyed and raised profound national security counterintelligence and foreign policy concerns. >> sure. so between the letters and 81 or so document requests, it's clear the democrats are not going to dip their toe into the investigation pool. they are diving into the deep end. sparing no expense. no detail here. this is two years of pent up frustration about all the information that the democrats alleged republicans slowed, that the republicans when they controlled the house, didn't look into these areas, so democrats are now aggressive aggressive and going to basically stop at nothing to get the information they want. >> you mentioned they're aggressive. diving in. that's the case when you look at this list. there are 81 different people and entities here. some are somewhat dramatic.
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doj, fbi, the white house. at number 65. are they, do they risk perhaps in some instances, going too far on this? >> always a possibility. they have to get a information they need without appearing to ov overreach and also frankly without wasting time. there is time sensitive nature to a lot of these issues. so i notice that, too. the request to agencies are going to be hard fought. fot going to just turn over information from the executive branch just because congress asks r for it. so going work its way into the courts, then subpoenas. see what comes from that. i think it's the information requests from individuals that may be more fruitful because they're going to be more compelled, more voluntarily willing to cooperate a lot faster than the government agencies will. >> what's interesting, the names not on this list.
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ivanka trump, senior adviser. her brother, donald jr. and eric. her husband. ivanka is not. kellyanne conway is not. is there anything you would read into that? >> the list so far reaching. hard the say. i'd be really guessing. i think that the real take away is that for the individuals who are named on this list, unfortunately now weeks and months of uhl pulling together information, having to retain legal counsel, deciding to fight which is a tough battle. wouldn't surprise fe me if those names show up on other lis coming down the road. >> stay with me for a moment. want to bring in michelle kosinski with more on this letter sent to secretary pompeo.
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on this news. >> these are the house chairman of foreign affairs and yoef sight. for a long time, we have heard multiple complaints from members of congress who have requested information from the white house and state department on different subjects related to national security or related to foreign affairs and haven't gotten responses back. they haven't gotten complete or timely responses. now they are clearly playing hardball now that the house is controlled by democrats. they're looking for more with conversations with putin. they say both in person and over the phone. they're saying that they believe that during these in person encounters and phone calls, the contents of document, they want to know what the effects of these communications have been on the foreign policy.
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whether the president or anyone acting on his behalf have sought to conceal those communications and whether the president or anyone he directed to have failed to create records or mishandled those records in violation of federal law. so they've put out a release on what exactly they're look iing for. and they're say thag the president reportedly seized notes pertaining to president putin and directed at least one american interpreter not to discuss the communications with putin with other federal officials. these members of congress asked the white house for all documents and information rel relating to these conversations last month. they say they have gotten no response. they believe the content of these conversations could be important to national security. to american foreign policy. and they want to know more they
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want the information and they want it to be known, that they're looking for it and they want the american people to know they haven't gotten a response to this. they feel this information could be concealed based on the reporting out there. that the president wanted the notes from the interpreter when he's had these meetings with put b b b one-on-one with just the translators present. >> we will watch for reaction to that letter. michelle, thank you. we want to get you to a new report that president trump may have tried to interfere with the media merger between time warner and at&t. "the new yorker" in a lengthy piece describing an ins debcide where the president calls john kelly and gary cohen into the oval office and said he was angry the justice department hadn't filed suit and he want it had the deal block. the justice department was unsuccessful in blocking the merger. of of course, it was our parent
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company. cnn white house correspondent abby phillip joining me now. is the president's public dislike of cnn really at the heart of this? >> it seems to be one of it have key factors here. given that the president has been so vocal about what he calls fake news from cnn. he has called cnn the enemy of the people and dating back to the campaign, he said his administration wouldn't approve this. time warner is the parent company of cnn. now this new yorker article seems to imply the president went as far as to direct two of his top aide, gary cohen, the nshl economic adviser, an his chief of staff, john kelly, to influence the justice department to move forward with a lawsuit that would block the merger. here's what the no"the new york says. trump calls cohen into the oval office along with john kelly and said in exasperation to kelly,
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i've been telling cohen to get this lawsuit filed and nothing has happened. i've mentioned it 50 times and nothing's happened. i want to deal blocked. now "the new yorker" goes on to say that coh nn told kelly afte the meeting, this is not how we do business, do not call the justice department and the justice department said we do not believe they were influenced in in way by political considerations to file this lawsuit, which was unsuccessful, but that hasn't stopped the president's critics and particularly, house democrats ch the chairman, adam schiff, from tweeting this this afternoon. the president's dislike of cnn he implies was long feared would be instruments of state power used to carry out his vendetta on the press that he's attacked as the enemy of the people. so schiff is making a direct connection to cnn and members of the press and this new anecdote
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of "the new yorker," he cites the president repeatedly attacking amazon, r which is owned by jeff bezos and jeff bezos owneded "the washington post." another target of the president's 'tacks, so it seems to be a pattern here, but of course the white house is denying it. the justice department is denying it, but there is evidence of the president making his opinions on this case known and frankly, this is something that past presidents have tried to avoid. they typically avoid discussing ongoing litigation, particularly things that have to do with the justice department, but in this case, president trump has publicly made clear that he really does not, did not want this merger to go through ultimately he was unsuccessful. >> thank you. i want to bring back joseph now. when we look at this, as she points out in the past, p presidents typically try to stay out of this. how he felt about the merger and what became warner media under at&t. as you look at this, there is this incident that's laid out in
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"the new yorker" about what the president had to say. what's the difference between ordering and asking or suggest ing? >> erica, she hit the nail right on the head. most presidents avoid this problem by not making these public statements and not being caught giving directives, whether explicit or implicit, to their subordinates. so here if the president has explicitly ordered someone to interfere with the justice department prosecution or the civil action to stop the merger, that would have been really, really improper because we have to keep apart the political from the career individuals at the justice department. so now, if it was more of an implicit like i want this to not go through or i want this to be blocked and that individual to the justice department felt pressured or felt like they had to do that to make the white house happy, that's also really problematic. this is why presidents avoid this tension by not laying into highly charged political cases
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or cases at all. president trump is as usual, his own worst enemy because his own words are now being used to scrutinize this decision. >> always appreciate your insight. thank you. >> thank you. now that michael cohen has pointed fingers at the president's family, the president's children involving his business empire, one reporter says the president may have his own attorney, rudy giuliani, to thank. hear why. plus another republican says he plans to vote against the president's national emergency declaration on the border. what's next in the stand off over a border wall? and breaking news out of alabama. where the full impact of those deadly tornados is just being realized. with only five minutes of warning, some 23 lives are lost. we are live with more on what survivors need most now.
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in alabama, tough recovery is underway following an outbreak of deadly tornados. the devastation in parts of lee county, alabama is massive. emergency workers still digging through debris, hoping to find a few u people who remain unaccounted for. we can tell you 23 people have been confirmed dead. the youngest victim is just 6 years old. this tornado, this is just one of at least a dozen that struck on sunday afternoon. just look at the size of that. homes ripped apart, entire neighborhoods flattened. survivors today surveying the aftermath. one discovered her elderly aunt sit ng the middle of what was once her home and took a video of her aunt face timing with her grandson.
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>> thank you. you hear me, boy? you hear me? tell god thank you. >> the president taking to twitter to direct fema to give the victims in alabama the a plus treatment. drew griffin is in lee county. what are you seeing? >> just the unbelievable awe of nature. the fury of the storm. this tree that is covered can insulation. it goes on to the forest behind me. just looks like spanish moss in pink. it all came off of this home, which wasn't destroyed, but tum u babled. the roof has come off. we're told the man inside rode it out. didn't have a chance to get out until his whole life was turned upside down, erica. but he did make it out. he is okay. one of the fortunate ones. and all around here what you're seeing is not just a community
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devastated by a storm, but immediately bouncing back. we took these pictures just about a couple of hours ago. workers are just going at it, trying to get at the trees, get at the various pieces of metal strewn across this county u. of course coming all the way back for those who have lost their homes is going to be a big struggle, but r for now, the community just trying to get things at least nominal ly back to some order where they can drive on the roads and get in and out of their houses. just terrible devastation though. >> so tough to see those pictures and i know it's worst this person. thank you. another democratic is jumping into the 2020 race. how the former governor of colorado plans to stand out from the rest. plus more on our breaking news. democrats demanding documents from 81 people and organizations. plus, we're also learning they want to speak with translators and the president's mystery meetings with putin. - why are drivers 50 and over switching to
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zblnc donald trump may soon to cast the first veto of his presidency. rand paul of kentucky saying he'll support the resolution, disapproving the president's national emergency declaration for his border wall. even if democrats though force a presidential veto, can they then override it? cnn politics reporter joins me now. nice to see you. >> hello,er kai. i'm going to go through it. got a lot to cover. it's basic math that i think even my kids could figure out. start with this. 47 democrats or people who caucus with democrat, sanders
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and king are independents. we start there. 47 people we eck pecht to vote for this resolution that would take away the national emergency. so what does that mean? well, 47 plus one, two, three, fou, gets you to 51. that's trouble for donald trump. now 51 on the record now. say joe manchin in west virginia decides to vote against this. who else might be in there? these two. actually, all three. these are all going to be major democratic targets in 2020. gardner i think probably in the most trouble of this group. these are all people and there's also people we don't have on this list. mike lee. ted cruz. there are constitutional conservatives who are worried about this. resolution passes the senate as expected. didn't go to the president. this is for people who think the
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border wall funding isn't going to happen. democrats got 245 votes in the house for this resolution. 13 republicans. they need 43 to 45 more republicans to get two-thirds majority. that's what you need to overturn presidential veto. if that happen, it goes here. democrats need 16 additional republican votes. you need 67 votes in the senate to overturn that veto that we expect to come. this this isn't going to happen. there's not 67 votes for national chris cillizza day in the senate. much less something that is this fraught. it's donald trump's first priority. so most likely the senate will approve. it goes back to the house and that's where it ends and mitch mcconnell in louisville today said as much. >> we've got that. can't let you go without talking quickly about the democratic field. quickly, quickly, for 2020 because we have someone else jumping in today. >> okay. i'm going to do this real fast.
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john hickenlooper, former mayor of denver, brewer he was on the front end of the brewing craze. is in. not that surprising. was actually a finalist to be hillary clinton's vp. not a lot of people knew that in 2016. eric holder, friend of president obama, out. again not terribly surprising. hooe going to focus on redrrting. who's in, who's out? a lot of people. we've got all of these people, ten main right now. mayor pete and kirsten gillibrand are in. we're going to have to get a bigger wall because it doesn't have joe biden, whoa who's going to run barring last minute snafu, beto o'rourke. ening i think the field will have 20ish candidates. could be higher or lower. and why. next slide. i'll tell you why this is nbc
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"wall street journal," which is new. 46, 52 disapprove. not terrible for him. given what he's had to deal with in the last couple of weeks. my guess if you look at the average of his polling, erica, he's in the low 40s. usually, presidents in that place struggle to win re-elections. not always true. presidents can have high approval. george h.w. bush's was in 70s because of the iraq war. it dropped. become g bill clinton gets elected in '92. it indicates vulnerability, particularly when you couple with the fact he lost. you're going to have a massive field of candidates in this race for democrats. >> you're going to need a bigger wall. >> yeah. going to have to get a bigger one or a double wall or make the pictures small. >> tiny little thumbnail. >> thank you. a programming note. live from south by southwest in austin, texas, three cnn presidential town halls,
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back-to-ba back-to-back. john delaney is seventh. mayor pete at nine. jake tapper and dana bash will moderate. happening here sunday starting at 7:00 eastern. 2016's democratic presidential nominee, hillary clinton, sounding the alarm on the state of the country. she's in selma, alabama over the weekend for the 54th anniversary of a landmark civil rights march and said america's core values are peril. >> this is a time, my friends, when fundamental rights, civic virtue, freedom of the press, the rule of law, truth, facts and reason are under assault. and make no mistake, we are living through a full fledged crisis in our democracy. >> my next guest spoke with hillary clinton on her podcast. tina brown is the ceo and founder of tina brown live media, also the founder of women
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in the world. we're going to talk about in a moment. first though, it was fascinating to listen to your conversation with hillary clinton and she said some similar things to you. saying that she is concerned about democracy, not in this country only, but western democracy as a whole. >> she is deeply concern ed abot this and in a way, what's spresing talking to her is she has so much moved on from the 2016 election. i felt strongly in this interview that she had really put that behind and is tremendously focused now on really the upshot of what happened. as she sees this unbelievable stream of disinformation that came in to being. obviously during her campaign and unsettle and totally disturbed that result, but beyond that, what has happened from this unbelievable assault on our democracy from trump? >> part of what she talked about, too, as if she's looking at things in hindsight, processing everything that's happened, she's talking to you
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about putin and why specifically she believes he look eed at dond trump and thought donald trump would be a much more favorable president and we can play that sound quickly i think. >> and he was scared because he had seen what had happened in georgia. what had happened in ukraine. and he was scared. so he needed an enemy. he clearly favored in the campaign first in the primary, bernie sanders. of being favorable toward russia. he favored trump, who he had reason to believe would be also incredibly favorable. >> and she said, this isn't emotional. too cold, coo cal katoo calculated. >> she talked about how she ran afoul of putin when she went and made a speech in 2011 in lithuania where she talked about the need for a free and open
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democracy in russia. that enraged putin because he was in an unstable moment at the time and it was a huge amount of uphee value and he was afraid of an uprising in russia and sure enough, six months after she spoke in december of 2011, there were demonstrations in the streets for the first time people came out against putin, rattled him before the 2012 lech, which he did win for all kinds of various mean, however he won it, who knows how he won it, but he was afraid and didn't like that at all. he always blamed hillary for the demonstrations this came out in the end of 2011. >> you covered a lot in this interview. tried to get her to bite on who she would support. she wouldn't. we know it's a larnl field. but one o the things i think that's fascinating is you're having all these discussions, not only with hillary clinton, b but women in the world in 2019. all of this is really sort of snowballing. how is this impacting what you choose to be the focus of the
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discussion? >> well, the 2019 women in the world summit, which is april 10th to the 12th this year, the theme can women save the world. because a real sense there is as hillary clinton, that democracy is in crisis. we see a huge kind of seismic shift with the me too movement et cetera. and a sense of perhaps women now have got to take over and give us the next couple of thousand years to sort of make a difference. because it ain't going so well right now with the rise of all these you know, authoritarian leaders with the sense that you know these really sort of strong men have taken over in corridors of power and it isn't working. the whole democracy is in pearl. we have women saving the planet. stacy abrams talking about voter rights. we have susan rice talking about foreign policy.
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oprah who is giving a major address about how women can save the world. even brie larson. so it's going to be a very exciting lineup of women who are all addressing this question. what could with do better to make it a better world we're in right now. >> i think women may have some very strong ideas and the short answer to your question is yes. we do, it's true, but somehow, we got it done. nice to see you. thank you. democrats now demanding to speak with the translators who were inside the president's mystery chat with putin. this as they also announce broad investigations into president trump. plus, tragic news out of hollywood. luke perry, just 52 years old, has died. what we're learning about his final days. stay with us. ng... could there be another around the corner? or could it turn out differently? i wanted to help protect myself. my doctor recommended eliquis. eliquis is proven to treat and help prevent
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this just coming in from capitol hill. democrats getting ready to produce an anti-semitism resolution on the house floor. who drafted this resolution and when is this going to happen? >> well, this is drafted by top democrats in the house and this is whgoing to spawn controversy from congresswoman omar. she has sparked quite controversy since she's become a new freshman member of congress over the united states relationship with israel. she's gotten in hot water from my colleagues up here blasted some of things she's had to say, so tomorrow, we will see the house again vote on another. that will be on the house floor
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on wednesday. notable here that leaders including nancy pelosi and hoyer were involved in the writing of this resolution. now her latest comments came last week at a progressive town hall here in washington, d.c. and the congresswoman who was also still reeling from this controversy from earlier in the year about her comments after aip aipac, she said quote, i want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country and that got immediate pushback from her democratic colleagues, most notably, the chairman of the house foreign affairs committee, who called for her to retract those comments, called for her to apologize and said they are unacceptable and deeply offensive. we'll see how this continues for the freshman member of congress. >> all right, thank you. more now on our breaking news. democrats laying the foundation for possible impeachment
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proceedings against president trump, b sending requests to 81 people or entities. a look at the list, in an effort to get their hands on information about president trump's businesses, his campaign, his transition and his administration. among those receiving letters, the president's two oldest sons. the chief financial officer of the trump organization, former white house u staffers, even the nra. garrett is the author of the threat matrix inside robert mueller's fbi and the war on global terror. you've seen the list. i'm just curious, anything that really jumps out to you? >> just how clear it is when the probe wraps up, that this cycle of investigations for the president is really just beginning. that is a stunningly comprehensive list of people, not just who have been questioned by mueller as part of the special counsel probe in the past, but also people who are tied into the 2016 campaign,
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people tied into the trump business world. even his -- who's remained in the trump organization and they're asking for. this is very interesting. they think she might have insight into what donald trump was talking about with russian president putin during their four meetings. >> also notable not on there. ivanka trump, kellyanne conway. i want to get to some interesting points in your most recent piece. one of the things we learned last week, "the new york times" reporting that in talking about security clearances for jared kushner that john kelly, apparently had kept notes. had some memos on these meetings. what's fascinating in a new piece in "the new yorker" is laid out for us about an oval office meeting involving gary
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cohen, john kelly and the president where the president said to him hemted to stop this merger between at&t and time warner. what stands out to me is that this is not normally the way the president does business. someone who could have been taking notes. and it's not typical because he operates more like a mob boss in a lot of ways. >> yeah. >> this is one of the things we heard michael cohen say. donald trump speaks in code. he doesn't come out and order someone to take a specific action, but makes clear obliquely or abstractly the way that he wants something to be handled. in that reference to the security clearances and in the reference to the new yorker piece, you have these instances
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where officials sort of proudly go out and say look, i know what the ppt wanted me to do. i'm not going to do it. in the case of john kelly, we also saw in the security clearance story them writing memos to memorialize the fact they were not taking the action that the president wanted or that they were taking an action the president wanted against their own advice. which you know, just, it's worth stating again and we say this time and time again in this administration, this is not how normal administrations operate. you have a thorough and policymaypolic policymako iing process that hes ensure the president isn't taking action his staff disagrees with and you don't have staff feel like god, i got to write down that i disagree
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with this because this is going to come back and blow up some day. this is what you saw with jim comey. with andy mccabe. john kelly and you saw it with don mcgahn. those are officials not used to having to sit down and write down their objections to the actions they're being asked to take. >> i want to get you on what else you talked about in this piece. that rudy giuliani and the example he set, that example could in fact end up really hurting the president. >>. >> when you listen to cohen's testimony, listenedtalked, it se a mafia family. it sounded a lot like a racketeering enterprise. you had sort of a small number of key players. multiple crimes and
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conspiracies. that mod l of how to tackle a krups ber surprise was something that rudy giuliani really p perfected in the 1980s with the mafia. when he was attorney in southern district of new york. manhattan prosecutors who were now after president trump's businesses. they're the country's best at racketeering prosecutions. i'm sure they are sitting there looking at michael cohen's testimony last week looking at the evidence they've gathered and saying this looks a lot like one of rudy giuliani's rico cases from the 1980s. >> it is remarkable when you put it through that lens. good to see you. thank you. still ahead, new accusations surfacing of sex abuse against michael jackson in a new film re-examining his legacy.
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top of the hour here on cnn. thanks for joining us. the congressional committee that is in charge of impeachment proceedings just announced a sweeping investigation of president trump's administration. campaign, transition and private businesses. 81 people and entities are receiving requests for information. among them, the president's two oldest sons, his son-in-law and the chief financial officer for the trump organization. house judiciary committee chairman says their investigation will be wide range ing, including whether the president b obstructed justice. >> impeachment is a long way do r