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doesn't. this is an important moment in u.s./north korea relations right now. guys, thanks very much for that. and to our viewers, thanks very much for watching. you can follow me on twitter and instagram at wolf blitzer. tweet the show at cnn sit room. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. breaking news, michael cohen on capitol hill with documents he says prove team trump's lawyers edited his testimony to congress. cohen says he has even more information to share. plus, promise broken. president trump promised to shrink the trade deficit. so why is it soaring? ten-year high. and alexandria ocasio-cortez aligning herself with nancy pelosi. how the freshman democrat is helping pelosi move the party. let's go "outfront." good evening. i'm erin buffett. out front this evening, breaking news. michael cohen wrapping up his fourth and final hearing before congress. cohen today spending another eight hours behind closed doors with the house intelligence committee.
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>> the hearings went very, very well. i believe that all of the members were satisfied with the statements and the responses that i gave to them. i told them that any additional information that they would want, they should feel comfortable to reach out to my counsel, and i would continue to cooperate to the fullest extent of my capabilities. >> the top democrat on the committee for one seemed to be satisfied with what he heard. >> he answered every question that was put to him by members of both parties. he was fully cooperative with the committee. we had requested documents of mr. cohen. he has provided additional documents to the committee. there may be additional documents that he still has to offer, and his cooperation with our committee continues. >> what more could cohen know that we don't? all right. so that raises a very important and significant question. in addition, though, to
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additional documents and the willingness to provide even more, cohen also today provided the copy of his testimony to congress in which he lied about the timing of trump tower moscow negotiations. now, the copy he provided today is the one marked up by president trump's attorneys. now, we do not know exactly what they changed. we do know that cohen says the edits were made to fit the president's russia narrative. >> he doesn't give you questions. he doesn't give you orders. he speaks in a code. and i understand the code, because i've been around him for a decade. >> code perhaps not a direct change. well now cohen's lawyer lanny davis is admitting tonight that cohen himself wrote the false statement, saying the trump tower moscow negotiations ended before the primaries instead of going through the election. as rudy guiliani has stated. okay, so they're saying cohen put that line in himself. but cohen is also saying tonight
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that ivanka trump's lawyer signed off on the testimony with that lie in it. which could be a major development. >> this is in the regular course of business. >> do you recall, there's a question on the number of abbreviation. do you recall how many there might have been. >> i'm sorry, sir? >> do you recall how many of these briefings there might have been? >> approximately ten in total. >> okay. >> that's a lot of briefings, not something you forget about a project hugely significant for the trump organization. so if cohen's version is true, he put in the wrong date, under pressure from team trump to a false narrative. and ivanka trump's lawyer signed off on something that was false. could that be at least obstruction of justice?
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evan perez is "outfront" on capitol hill. and this is obviously going to be significant. if ivanka trump's lawyer signed off on the testimony knowing it was false, really briefed ten times about such an important project. >> that's right, erin. look, if you knowingly help someone lie to congress, then you also could be in trouble. and what michael cohen is doing here is not only implicating jay sekulow, who is one of the president's attorneys, but abbe lowell who represents jared and ivanka, as well as alan garten, two attorneys. at the time, if you remember, the president and michael cohen were part of a joint defense agreement, and so it wasn't unusual for everyone to be sharing information. the question is, what were those edits? according to michael cohen and the documents that he provided, he says that they changed -- they were -- they made some changes to the document that he was submitting, which was his false testimony. this is why -- one of the reasons why he's going to prison in may. he has admitted lying to
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congress. so the question, how substantive were those changes that were made. now, we have heard from jay sekulow, who last week commented on michael cohen's testimony, and he said that any suggestion that the president's attorneys were part of making changes to lie to congress is categorically false. so the question is now, what are democrats going to do about this, is this something that the committee is going to investigate further. and perhaps even prosecutors in the southern district of new york who have been looking at this, according to michael cohen. >> all right. thank you very much, evan. obviously significant developments, as all of this information keeps coming in. and i want to go now to david gergen, juliet kayam, and harry s s sandek former assistant attorney for the southern district of new york. harry, there is a question of who is telling the truth and what the documents show and the information. however, is michael cohen is right, briefed ivanka trump ten times and she knew full well of what would have been a crucial project for this family, this
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company, were going on well. she knew that date was a lie. her lawyer signed off on it. what could that mean? >> if the lawyer signed off on it after essentially taking it back to his client, to ivanka trump and said, you know, is this accurate, do you have any corrections, and she said no, it looks good, it could well be obstruction. the concern i would have as a prosecutor is, is this ivanka essentially saying, look, if that's what michael cohen remembers, i don't have any firsthand basis to challenge it. everything i've learned about this is from cohen, and so therefore not commenting on it. or is it not commenting on it, knowing full well it's false and hoping that the false statement gets accepted as true by others. >> right. and, of course, we don't know, juliet. we know based on michael cohen. and look, this is based on various people but he's saying he briefed her and her brother ten times. those briefings obviously continued well into the election. so when she saw a date saying this ended before the primaries, she would have known that was a lie, right?
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>> that's exactly right. so you have to put sort of the testimony about the piece of paper and change it to the piece of paper what he also testified to was that these ongoing meetings about moscow and the trump tower there. now, you know, whether -- and you have to believe at this stage that this was a substantial change. i know we're reporting we don't know the nature of the changes. i find it very hard to believe that these -- you know, these house members are coming out saying it was significant. it's not -- they didn't change the word "the" to "than." and it goes to the core of hiding the trump tower moscow deal. which is something that if trump thought he was going to lose the election, he wanted to continue to protect his empire. and that's the thing that he is clearly lying about now. >> so david, you know, this is going to get -- at the core of this is how exactly this happened. first of all, there is a document now, right, that he has submitted that shows edits. we don't know what those are. they're significant, they say. we don't know what, but we do know the specific date lie was
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inserted by cohen, signed off by ivanka trump's lawyer. when last week cohen was asked about this, why did you lie, he said he felt under immense pressure, he knew what the narrative was supposed to be when it came to the tower in moscow. but he was -- very explicit when he said what the president did and didn't do. here's what he said. >> mr. trump did not directly tell me to lie to congress. that's not how he operates. in conversations we had during the campaign, at the same time i was actively negotiating in russia for him, he would look me in the eye and tell me, there's no russian business and then go on to lie to the american people by saying the same thing. in his way, he was telling me to lie. he doesn't give you questions, he doesn't give you orders. he speaks in a code. and i understand the code, because i've been around him for a decade.
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>> you know, david, this is -- i'm going to ask kari the legality of this in a question. but this is obviously the way the president operates. john kelly writes a memo about how the president ordered him. but he said he felt ordered. he wasn't directly ordered but it was clear it was an order to clear jared kushner's security clearance over the concerns of the fbi and intelligence. jim comey writes a memo about his interactions with the president. all because they may not know the code or maybe by that point they do. but they know they're being told to do something, even though he's not directly doing it. >> absolutely. i think on that issue, whether the president uses a code, that he's indirect. but you know exactly what he means when you walk away. i think that's extremely credible. and we've heard it -- several people now, most recently mr. cohen. and so i think that part of the story -- we don't have to question that very much. and i -- you know, he basically understood he was supposed to go in and lie for the president about when these negotiations ended. as to the other figures or
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characters in this story, i must say if what cohen -- if it's true that anybody knew other than cohen there were lies in that testimony, they're going to be in real trouble. but we should be cautious. we don't have any direct proof yet that anybody else knew. for example, it may well be that cohen did not tell ivanka, and ivanka did not recognize the date or it may be that the -- her lawyer didn't bring her the document to have her go over paragraph by paragraph. >> that i suppose would be a separate issue. but i would imagine, if the whole thing at this point is the timing of whether you colluded with russia in a quid pro quo, you've been briefed ten times, involved in discussion about trump tower moscow through the election. the first thing you checked for was that date. >> i agree with that. but let's say -- it may well be the president didn't want ivanka told about some of this stuff. all i'm saying -- >> he's saying he briefed her ten times, david.
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i'm not trying to get in an argument. but i'm saying she knew those negotiations continued because she was being briefed on them and knew that was something the president was saying publicly was not happening, right? >> you may well be right. but it's also possible those ten briefings were earlier. we just don't know. now, i think we're going to be really curious to find out what the members of the committee tell us coming out of there, what they have heard. that's going to be -- that's going to tell us a lot about who actually knew. somebody probably knew beyond cohen. that somebody is going to be in trouble. but i just don't think we know for sure who that somebody is. >> so, juliet, let me just ask you purely on the legal issue of this. the president, you know, would look me in the eye and say there is no russian business, and he would go on to lie to the american people. in his way, he was telling me to lie. but he's not saying lie. so how does the law deal with that? is there any way that is a legal issue or not? >> there are two sides to this. the core legal point is that if you tell someone to lie directly or through code, it is illegal
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either way. and so telling someone indirectly with a nod and a wink the way -- >> and can you prove that? >> that's the second question, is the reason why many people when they give a legal instruction, they often couch it in a code or try to dress it up in some way that's deniable, because it makes it harder for prosecutors to prove it later on. so here it's certainly not impossible. and it's proved all the time in federal court, in trials, where, you know, drug dealers or mobsters or people engaging in insider trading say i want you to make that trade. bear in mind, i didn't know anything about that earnings announcement that's coming tomorrow. you know? and you say this, and it's, of course, not true. and that's essentially what cohen is saying here. so it makes it a little bit harder to prove. but it's just as illegal as if you tell the person directly. >> all right. juliet, go ahead. >> i just wanted to pick up on david's point. there will be a question about, you know, when these meetings occurred. i'll tell you who knew.
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i will tell you who did know that the president was lying about the trump tower dealings in moscow and that is putin and his team. and so while this is going on, what we have to remember is, you have a enemy of the state knowing that the candidate for the republican party at this stage is lying about his dealings. and so when people like me, you know -- you know, yes, maybe it's collusion. you don't even have to get to collusion. the question is, is did -- was the president compromised by what putin knew to be falsehoods that the president was telling the american public, his lawyers, maybe even his daughter. so we always have to remember that it's not just our lawyers and the legal debates that we're fighting about. putin knows all of this. and it's ongoing, and therefore had something on trump, which may explain all of this crazy behavior for the last two-and-a-half years. >> all right. >> good point. >> thank you all very much. and next, america's trade deficit soaring. so what happened to this promise
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tonight, a trump record that is not one he wants to celebrate. america's annual trade deficit at a ten-year high. and when it comes to goods, things we buy and sell, physical things, a record. all-time. this was something that president trump put at the core of his agenda. he said those days were over. >> how many nations can have a trade deficit of -- with one country, $505 billion. okay? nobody. you can't go on like that. china, this year, going to make $500 billion in terms of trade deficit. can't have it. we have trade deficits with mexico of $58 billion a year. japan, massive numbers. gets to it's going to end, folks. >> well, i don't know. >> maybe it ends in the next two years and there is just a dramatic, stunning plunge like we have never seen before. no, that would not happen, because that would be part of a
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massive financial crisis. so that is not adding up. and it's not just the trade deficit. the national debt, the budget deficit, all of them soaring under president trump. and we're going to hear his promises in a moment. i want to go first to steve moore, austan goolsbee, chairman of the council of economic advisers under president obama. steve, i understand there is always a tweet and a sound bite and, of course, there is here, too. you know, he said we weren't going to have these trade deficits. can't have them. it's over, it's over, it's over. we're now at a ten-year high all-in and a record for goods. >> is that for me? >> yeah, that's for you. i thought i had rendered you speechless. >> okay, sorry about that. so, look, erin, we have the best economy in 20 years. i'm so proud of where we are right now. >> i did render you speechless. you decided to change the subject. >> no, i just want to -- >> what's up with the promise and the -- >> no, no. erin, it's not changing the subject. because the booming economy -- i
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think even austin might agree with me on this, that when you have a booming economy, what happens? your trade deficit goes up, because you've got companies -- even larry summers said this in the "new york times" today. countries are lining up to invest in the united states, and that's why we have so many jobs in this country. the trade deficit, austin, tell me if you agree with me, is a sign of a good, strong economy. because we have consumers that are flush with cash. we've got investors who want to invest in the united states. >> but guess what he promised, to get rid of it and said it was a bad thing which was totally wrong. >> steve -- >> erin -- >> embracing the trumpian view. >> okay, go ahead. >> do you agree, first of all, the rising trade deficit is a good thing? >> the complete opposite of what trump has said. the place i'm going to agree with steve, the very quotes that you play there, erin, about the president's statements, about what the trade deficit means or what it means for the economy,
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we use that as a recruiting device here at the university of chicago business school. we say, this guy went to wharton, and we play those lines. so the fact that he proposed policies that we said at the time on this very program -- he says he's going to get rid of the trade deficit by having a massive tax cut, and by putting in these tariffs on china. that's confused, it's wrong, it's actually going to increase the trade deficit and it's going to increase the budget deficit. and it did both of those things. so this is exactly what you would have thought would happen. and they can't understand what's going on. >> and steve, okay, so could i just say -- about the trade deficit -- >> one thing. >> quickly. so trade deficit and then budget deficit. those numbers were no good. and then there is the national debt, which has gone up by more than $2 trillion since the president took office. i have young children. i try to explain big numbers.
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and it's like, how many books do you have to stack up to go to the moon? how many kids do you have to stack up to go to the moon to get to 2 trillion? i don't know, steve. it's a problem, is the bottom line. and, again, it's a broken promise. here he is. >> i know how to get the debt paid off. i mean, i know things that other people won't have a clue. where the economy grows, we'll start reducing our debt and reducing it bigly, which i want to do. i'll get us out of debt. nobody can do it like i do. we have to get rid of our debt. we have to balance our budget. >> does he care at all, steve, about what he said and what he's doing? >> well, first of all, you know, on the budget deficit, let's not forget, the national debt went up by $10 trillion under obama. so we have a long way to get to the $10 trillion mark. >> how many wrongs make a right when it comes to that? >> no, no, look. i'm just saying -- >> let's remember recessions and wars. >> we did. except -- >> there has never been a bigger increase in the deficit in the history of the united states outside of recessions and wars.
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and this is. this is the biggest ever. >> but you also created the weakest -- >> our deficits were from a giant recession. >> i love it, but your deficits are worse than my deficits. hold on, steve, seriously. he said he was going to do something about it. and all he has shown is complete and utter disregard for the fact that the number is only going one way, and that's up. >> so what i'm saying is, the number one goal of donald trump, from the first time i started talking to him about this, was to grow the economy, put americans back to work, get wages up, increase manufacturing, increase construction. i mean, look, erin, we have the best economy in 20 years. we have the best economy for workers in 50 years. you have to go back to when the bael beatles were still together. >> if things are so great, why do we have all these records on borrowing? >> because -- >> i mean, austin, look at the numbers. >> okay, austin. >> okay, let's look at the
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numbers. can i comment on the numbers? >> austin, respond, yeah. >> okay. in the second quarter last year, our growth rate was in the fours, which was very strong. the next quarter, in the threes. the fourth quarter, in the twos. the forecast for the quarter we're in now, in the ones. the tax cut was a sham of the highest order. promised to give us a decade of booming growth, over 3%. it's already petered out. it's not even 12 months later. >> we're not seeing it in the jobs numbers, austin. 300,000 jobs in december. 300,000 jobs in january. wage increases for workers. what's not to like about this picture? the reason we have a trade deficit right now, austin, because our economy is the envy of the world. those are the numbers -- >> steve, the debt matters! how can you say the debt does not matter? rjt so you're saying you would rather have a smaller deficit and fewer americans having jobs?
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i wouldn't. i would rather have more people working. i would like to see wage increases for workers. >> i would like to go back -- >> and workers working. >> final word, austin. >> the tax cut is not working. the tax cut is the most unpopular tax cut in the history of american polling. and the reason why it's unpopular, it isn't working! >> how did we get to 3% growth in trump's second year? you couldn't get 3%. >> we did it. it was 2.9%. i just told you. the growth rate -- >> 3%! >> from the fours to the threes to the twos and now the ones. so why is that happening? >> we're going to leave with that question. i will simply say this. the president said he cared so much about debt, steve, and yet just as he was beginning to run, he twice said, i am the king of debt. i love debt. i love debt. and that seems to be the truth. because that is -- >> we're going to get a good trade deal with china. >> all right. thank you both. and next, the congresswoman who had this heated exchange with the homeland security
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tonight, the homeland security chief, kirstjen nielsen, grilled, facing angry questions from members of congress on the president's immigration policies. >> you testified that asylum-seekers are not being turned away at the ports of
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entry. was that your testimony here today? >> they are not turned away. they are brought in. i'm not sure if you're talking about the migrant protection protocol. but in that case -- >> any asylum-seeker who comes to a port of entry, you basically -- >> they are allowed to make their claim. >> okay, well, let me tell you, m madam secretary, either you're lying to this committee or you don't know what's happening at the border. >> first i want to go to kaitlan collins, at the white house. and kaitlan, this was very combative, and nielsen has been under a lot of pressure by this president. how closely did he watch her testimony today? >> reporter: erin, we know he watches these hearings very closely, but typically cares more about the coverage coming out of them than what actually transpires during the hearings, but he's going to be watching clips like the one you just played on repeat, on television, over the next few days. nielsen is an interesting case. you saw her spar with several democrats today, but she is someone who has clashed with the president throughout most of her
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tenure. the president has claimed she's not doing enough on immigration and almost quit after the president reamed her out over immigration numbers. but things changed after the government shutdown. the president started to take a liking to nielsen and started praising her in front of other members of his cabinet at those meetings. so today she was sparring with those democrats and even refused to contradict the president on some of the claims he's made where he's gotten the numbers wrong. so it will be interesting to see how he evaluates her performance during those pretty testy exchanges. >> thank you very much, kaitlan. and all eyes on that. so now let's play some of these crucial clips. "outfront" now, the democratic congresswoman from california, nannette diaz barragan. i start with you, congresswoman, with the exchange we just heard, one of the heated exchanges you had with secretary nielsen today. do you stand by that statement that either nielsen is lying or doesn't know what's happening at the southern border? >> absolutely. the secretary, when asked
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questions, was unaware of what's happening down there. we have video footage of people being turned away. i heard it myself. she tried to lead congress into thinking that everybody had an opportunity to present themselves. we know that's not true. and i just couldn't have her sit there either lying to congress or telling her that that is not the case and what is happening at the southern border. >> now, you had several exchanges with her that i just played one of them, right. but i want to play more of another in the hearing when you asked her specifically about those asylum-seekers who are being turned back at the mexican/u.s. border. here is this exchange. >> can you produce every single list at the port of entry that's under u.s. -- >> we do not have the list, to be clear. the list is in mexico. >> so you have the authority to do a list but you don't have access to the list and you don't control that list? >> what i mean by the list,
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ma'am -- >> so you're basically farming this out to the mexican authorities -- >> would you like an answer to any of your questions? >> well, you don't have answers. >> how do you know, because you're not giving me the opportunity. >> okay. so first of all, on the substance of that, what is the status of this list? do you believe her, that there is a list that's in mexico? >> well, what's happening at some of the ports of entry is that officers are telling asylum-seekers, instead of processing them there, which is what they should be doing, is go get on a list. and we will call you later. and as i witnessed myself this weekend, the gentleman wasn't even told about a list. he was told to leave if he didn't have a visa. but there is no authority under u.s. law to have these lists. and she tried to explain that she had authority, and when questioned about it, she couldn't provide any regulation, a statute, a law. she just says they are -- have the ability to make sure migrants are safe. well, guess what? they're not safe in mexico if you're having them sit there and
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wait. and the fact that she doesn't even have these lists, can't produce these lists, it's outrageous. >> now, when you said to her, well, you don't have answers, she said how do you know when you're not giving me the do you know the, basically, to answer. do you think if you had given her more of an opportunity she would have had more answers? >> no. because it's not that challenging. if there is authority, tell me where it is. she started talking about process again. and this is what she does. she is great at doing it. she filibusters the time. she doesn't answer the question. and if you take a look, we actually had the screenshot for her on the dhs website. it says "myth," that people are turned away at the border. she was providing the answer from what's on that website. which is not authority at all. >> so, you know, the president has been using the words "humanitarian crisis" to talk about the border. he's been justifying his declaration of a national emergency. the customs and border patrol now says crossings are at a breaking point, 76,000 people
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apprehended, crossing illegally or without papers in the past month alone. these are all numbers, obviously, congresswoman, you know well. front page of yesterday's "washington post," now getting national coverage. this is a mother from honduras, clinging to her son as this record crossings continue. is this a crisis now? because it sure looks like one. a humanitarian crisis. >> well, the only humanitarian crisis is the one this president has created. look, i went down to the south border several times. i've been there to look at the cells where these kids were being held before they died. and it's just really not acceptable. there has to be a better way. and there is a better way. first, the agents at the border need to be following the law. there is nothing, again, that says they should be turned away. when i was down at the south border, the agent back in december said they didn't have capacity to process the asylum-seekers. well, if there is no capacity,
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show it to me. i said, i'm a member of congress. i was with another member. and they wouldn't do it. >> but just to the point of -- that there are human beings here that are going through such agony, as you are laying out yourself, it is a humanitarian crisis, right? >> it is a humanitarian crisis the way people are being treated at the border, the way that this administration is not following the law. but there is a problem going on in the northern triangle. and we as americans should look to make sure to see what we can do to help there. if you talk to people like secretary jeh johnson, he said they did that in the prior administration. that would help alleviate people coming here. so we need to a., invest in those countries, and b., we need to be following the law here at the border. and that isn't happening. >> all right. congresswoman barragan, thank you so much for your time. i appreciate it. >> thank you. and next, alexandria ocasio-cortez and nancy pelosi have, of course, been at odds. >> are you offended that speaker pelosi called this the green
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tonight, the aoc effect. freshman democratic congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez now aligning with the house speaker, nancy pelosi, after a rather rocky start. jason ca jas jason carroll is "outfront." >> it seemed only yesterday when nancy pelosi and alexandria ocasio-cortez might be politically at odds. given pelosi's thoughts soon after that upset primary win in new york's 14th district. >> they made a choice in one district. so let's not get yourself carried away as an expert on demographics and the rest of that. >> reporter: and then the speaker's initial take on
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alexandria ocasio-cortez's sweeping plan, saying the green dream, nobody knows what it is. but they're for it, right? >> are you offended that speaker pelosi called this the green dream? >> no, i think it is a green dream. >> reporter: that was then. now owe cocasio cortez, the fir brand of the left and house speaker have found common ground. the two teaming up to take on moderate democrats who supported a republican amendment to a gun control bill that would alert immigration and customs enforcement when an undocumented immigrant attempts to purchase a fi firearm. ocasio-cortez, siding with pelosi, tweeting, mind you, the same small splinter group of dems that tried to deny pelosi the speakership are now voting in surprise, i.c.e. amendments to gun safety legislation. being called the moderate wing of the party. >> i'm not here to bully or tell anyone else how to govern or what their communities feel.
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>> reporter: those comments coming despite reports ocasio-cortez threatened to draw up a list of democrats siding with republicans. retribution coming in the form of being challenged in the primary by progressive democrats. >> what i'm saying is that you are -- by separating yourselves out from the caucus, you have made a list in the vote count of the caucus of democrats that is susceptible to republican manipulation. and frankly, will be held accountable by progressive activists. >> reporter: centrist democratic speaking out against pressure to shift left. >> democrats shouldn't be in the business of primarying other democrats or producing nixonian-type lists. that makes no sense to me. we need to get together and work together. >> i know what it is to be a democrat. i know what it is to fight to be a democrat. i know what it is to be on a list for elimination for people that don't want you there for some reason, although it's usually not other democrats. it's usually republicans.
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but that never worries me. >> reporter: and erin, those moderate lawmakers telling us they're doing what their constituents want them to do. and while pelosi and ocasio cortez may be in line on a particular issue, the real challenge going forward is how the democratic party is going to deal with progressives who want to see it move more and more to the left. >> all right. jason. and "outfront" now, keith boykam. what's going on here? an allegiance or keep your friends close and enemies closer? >> they need each other. i've been saying this for a while privately. ocasio-cortez can only go so far without disappointing the establishment. and nancy pelosi needs the support of the left, the progressive movement. so in a way, they balance each other out. and they can sort of tag team on
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issues. they're going to disagree from time to time, but alexandria ocasio-cortez is not that far off from the mainstream of the party in some issues, because the party is moving in her direction. remember, barack obama and bernie sanders both endorsed her when she ran in the general election. >> here's the question, though. when it comes to -- i guess the question is she the future of the democratic party and the future of massive -- tens of millions of americans, or is this the future of a smaller group who are very powerful in the primaries? michael bloomberg is saying it's the latter. you know, when he said he wasn't going to run, he said, we cannot allow the primary process to drag the party to an extreme. that would diminish our chances in the general election and translate into four more years. obviously, the extreme there would refer to -- aoc wing of the party. >> i remember when michael bloomberg was a republican. i remember when he was an independent. i don't know that he is a democrat, so i'm not going to take advice from michael bloomberg on what the democrats should do. but i know that hillary clinton got 66 million votes when she ran in 2016 and she almost won, except for 77,000 votes in three states. i know that democrats -- >> she was a moderate. she ran from the middle. >> exactly my point.
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exactly my point. if you have somebody who motivates the base even more, that's likely to even turn out more people. those 77,000 people -- >> so you're counting -- the people in the middle are going to vote for that person on the extreme left no matter in the general. the base will turn out -- >> the majority of americans agree with the democrats on issues like jobs and health care and education. and climate change. the american people are with the democrats in that -- >> certainly on principle, but then when you say things like paying for it, people's views change quickly. it doesn't all come for free. >> remember this. democrats have won the popular vote in six of the last seven presidential elections. that's clearly an indication of where america is. that's the future. it's not the republican party of donald trump. they happened to get in this time because of a fluke with the electoral college. the country is aligned with the democratic party, moving in that direction. >> all right. thank you very much. and "outfront" next, senator martha mcsally of arizona with a shocking and emotional revelation today. she chose to publicly tell the world that she was sexually assaulted in the military.
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>> i was preyed upon and then raped by a superior officer. i stayed silent for many years.
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she was sexually assaulted and raped while she served in the fair force. mcsally is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat and shared her story during an extremely emotional senate hearing in front of the cameras. kyung lah is "outfront." >> so, like you, i am also a military sexual assault survivor. >> reporter: survivor and senator. representing arizona now, and revealing today that she was once a young air force member who felt she couldn't speak up. >> in one case, i was preyed upon and then raped by a superior officer. i stayed silent for many sexual assaulted. like so many women and men, i didn't trust the system at the time. i blame myself. i was ashamed and confused. and i thought i was strong, but felt powerless. >> reporter: mcsally's story even more astonishing because of who she is.
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mcsally crushed military and societal barriers, america's first female fighter pilot to fly in combat. she sued the department of defense over a policy requiring all women to cover themselves off base in saudi arabia. a policy that the d.o.d. would change. a proud veteran, mcsally told me as she launched her senate run how central her military career was to her identity, but when she eventually reported the assault to her superiors -- >> i was horrified at how my attempt to share generally my experiences were handled. i almost separated from the air force at 18 years over my despair. like many victims, i felt the system was raping me all over again. but i didn't quit. >> reporter: mcsally had
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survived assault before joining the military. telling "the wall street journal" that at age 17, her high school track coach sexually abused her. the coach denied the allegations to the "journal." >> are you going do be a fighter pilot? >> reporter: during her unsuccessful run for the senate as a republican, mcsally talked about the hard times she suffered as a younger woman. now as a u.s. senator appointed to fill the late senator john mccain's seat, she is fighting for change in the military on behalf of survivors like her. >> we must fix those distortions in the culture of our military that permit sexual harm toward women and, yes, some men as well. >> the air force released a statement after mcsally spoke in that subcommittee hearing writing, "the criminal actions reported today by senator mcsally violate every part of what it means to be an airman. we are appalled and deeply sorry for what senator mcsally experienced and we stand behind her and all victims of sexual assault. we are steadfast in our commitment to eliminate this reprehensible behavior and
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to scare the ayatollah, maybe hillary thought it was good enough to poke president trump. jeanne moos, cnn, sing it, mari mariah. ♪ why are you so obsessed with me ♪ new york. >> and thanks so much for joining us. "a.c. 360," sorry, starts right now. good evening. when michael cohen came out of his closed-door session of the house intelligence committee late today, chairman adam schiff said his testimony could substantially advance the investigation. as you'll see momentarily, some of what cohen offered up may speak to whether the president's legal team helped cohen lie to congress the first time around. whether they might have suborned perjury. first, though, the remarkable backdrop to it today which deals with something we already know the president and others lied repeatedly about, the efforts using michael cohen to silence two women in the closing days of the campaign. it is quite literally a paper trail. "the new york times" obtained copies of six additional checks written to michael cohen from

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