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violence. thoughts and prayers to of course. here is the leader of the right leaning party has put it simply saying the reality has changed, the laws will too. >> thank you for that report. you can tweet the show at the lead cnn. our coverage on cnn continues right now. it was to answer a house judiciary request to face possible administration abuses. >> bitter on twitter. president trump goes on a twitter tirade and even fox news. general motors and the late snafrt john mccain. it comes as he plays down the
role in the new zealand attack. george conway says it's something all americans should be thinking seriously about. cashing in he has a record fundraising of more than $6 million in his first 24 hours. can he keep it going? i'm wolf blitzer and you're in the situation room. demanding an fbi investigation into a florida spa tied to president trump and whether she sought to leverage
the ties by selling access to chinese clients that as 81 individuals face a deadline tonight to respond to a house judiciary committee request for information on possible obstruction and abuses by the trump administration and campaign and business. also tonight the dust still hasn't settled from trump's latest twitter storm. a 24 hour rant aimed in all directions and taking place in the aftermath of the new zealand terror attack. let's begin with breaking news. showing president trump's approval rating as he melts down an extraordinary twitter rant.
>> the twitter feed is cooling down after a fiery weekend after trump sweets aimed at all of the adversaries it seems both real and imagined. top white house firms found themselves cleaning up after the president's social media messes. white house officials have had to both say that the president is not mentally ill and not a white supremacist. an unholy tweet storm it was the new zealand killer that called attention to the rhetoric.
>> i don't really. i think it's a small group of people if you look at what happened perhaps that's a case. i don't know enough about it yet. the husband of white house counselor d.c. attorney george con ray sugiested the president suffered from some kind of personality disorder. it is a view not shared by his wife. >> i don't share those concerns. misdeeds before the 2016 election tweeting so it was indeed mccain that sent the fake dossier to the media.
>> obsessing over great men you could never live up to. >> that tells you. >> mccain's old friend only offered a muted response to the president tweeting nothing about mccain's service will ever be clanged or diminished. president's poll numbers ticked up in part because of the healthy committee. 71% of the nation saying he is in good fiscal shape. >> is this islamic doctrine to
law which in itself is to the united states constitution? it was on the same weekend as people were reeling from a terror attack on muslims. white house acting chief of staff insists mr. trump is not a racist. >> the president is not a white supremacist. >> as the president attended church on sunday he was exposed to a message of tolerance at the service as the reverend called on americans to reject hatred. >> it's just not us. >> president will soon find himself in the company of a like mind minded foreign leader. has been described as the trump of the tropics.
one saying immigrants are the scum of the earth. >> all right. thank you. more breaking news right now. senior democrats from the house and senate and judiciary committees are demanding they look into the ties to president trump. our senior congressional is joining us from capitol hill. what are these top democrats specifically want the fbi to now investigate? it was massage parlors in the florida area because of concerns that she may have improperly sought to sell access to chinese clients to try to leverage her relationship with president trump and other top political
leaders. now cindy yang came under attention when robert kraft was charged with soliciting prostitution. it shows yang is a prominent republican donor. she had ties to apparently to republicans a key of of l lawmakers and the president's estate. what the democrats say in this letter is they say although activities may only be those of a scrupulous actor the politicians and her activities also could permit governments or
their agenerats for blackmail o other even more purposes. tonight yang's attorney calling this all a politically driven expedition. they said they will address more of these matters in the coming days ahead. it includes the president and donald trump junior. do we flow where things stand on this huge request? they say they would only comply
they expect others to not come forward with anything expecting a longer fight that they are requesting. you mentioned people all within trump's orbit, his family members, people in his business, other people in the white house, 81 individual and entities demanding information from. dppt hearings going forward. >> all right. thanks very much. up on capitol hill nearly a year after law enforcement raid on michael cohen's office and residents. redacted documents are about to be made public.
>> you also know michael cohen immediately said afterwards that he believed that the fbi behaved after their carried out this raid. if you remember the fbi carried out a raid as well as his home in a hotel room where he had been staying. now we'll see a little bit more about what exactly the fbi was working with. >> he begins his prison sentence in early may. that's coming up fairly soon as well. thank you very much. the fbi to investigate cindy yang and whether by selling access to chinese clients.
the chinese government has demonstrated throughout the years in acute expertise at placing specific assets and targets to really target and hone in on high profile folks. if it is the dais case we have see. >> we'll see where this heads. also tonight that's the deadline for some 81 individuals and entities to respond to the house judiciary request for documents pertaining to multiple investigations involving president trump. the trump administration indicated they intend to fight many of these requests. how should they respond if the white house tries to stone wall your colleagues congressional investigators? >> i think if there's nothing to hide i hope the administration
would be cooperative with the investigation. those who are subpoenaed are certainly there required to cooperate. they should cooperate. anybody that refuses to cooperate it raises red flags for me. listen, the legislative branch was created to act as an kpekt live branch. republicans had two years to act. they failed miserably. democrats are assuming respo responsibility in line with vision for our government and i think it's panning out quite well. >> you heard them if they don't respond subpoenas could be down the road. redacted documents pertaining to the raid are also about to be released. they learned new information about the circumstances surrounding the search warrant for example as well as the documents seized by authorities.
perez also reporting about that. cohen has been cooperating with your committee with federal investigators. do you access to all of the documents that you need? >> we are waiting on documents to be released. i think it will be very inciteful. i think it will allow what's to have a clearer path in terms of where the congress goes from here. we are waiting patiently. i was hopeful they were getting a chance the see that the democratically controlled congress were acting as trustees over their interest in taxpayer dollars. >> i want to get your thoughts on the president's response of muslim worshippers last week. the president said he doesn't see a growing global threat from white nationalists.
you're one of three muslim members of congress what's your response with the president? >> well, i was disappoint as it related to addressing the cancerous. one would argue centuries now. i think our resources, law enforcement resources, intell resources have been largely devoted to exploring and identifying extremists. many had been harder to detect. constitutionally they have been
protected. >> i will say that the president has been dog wlis ling, tiptoeing through the tulips, signaling in a way that is reaffirming, in a way that allows them to assume that he is in absolute support of them and he appreciates their support. >> thank you. always a pleasure. a melt down lashing out in all dreks and what's behind this stunning outburst. fisher investments tailors portfolios to your goals and needs. some only call when they have something to sell. fisher calls regularly so you stay informed.
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edging up as the president's weekend got a long tirade on fwiter has white house aids scrambling. let's ask our analysts about all of this. a weekend tirade on twitter. it sort of among other things the president's acting chief of staff of mulvaney went on some of the sunday shows. >> i think he had free time. we know what he does in his free
time. he either watches television or taped television. that gets him fired up. you know what? i think he is a very grievance oriented person. he tends to see himself as a victim here. >> he floated a lot of these. >> retweets on a single sun. i tweet a lot and a lot more than my wife would like me to. remember, twieter is the closest thing to a peak inside his mind
at any given time. >> we all read those tweets. what was pretty shocking is this tweet attacking the late senator john mccain for massing along that so called steel dossier. what did you make of that accusation against the late senator? >> i looked at the comment that the president was making. remember, senator mccain was a veteran that was a prison mer o war. he decided he couldn't go because he had fake phones first. he is making fun of mccain.
it is why pelosi has around his neck. the president what looks like opposition research the president's son was so embarrassed about meeting a russian to acquire information about hillary clinton from an adversary. the president tried to lie about whether that meeting happened. sit laughable if it weren't so sad. >> it is to hear that kind of talk. there was sort of a mild response from mccain's best
friend in the senate. she tweeted nice words adding nothing about his service will be clanghanged or diminished. why are so many republicans right now so afraid to criticize the president at all? >> first of all you can't underscore how anemic it was it has become a smart conventional wisdom that you don't cross him for fear in the primary challenge. as we have often talked about
republican supporters are not the only people listening to these decisions. it all voted to uphold in states that will be on the front line of the 2020 election where his approval is now at 50% or below. the idea of using eminent domain to take land from mostly conservative ranchers is going to be a very i think polarizing issue. i think if your voting to open hold this emergency declaration you're saying there is essentially nothing that trump can do that i will vote to constrain. >> in our new poll 89% say they appro approve of the job. the tirade on twitter to some suggests he is bracing for a new development in the mueller
probe. what do you think? >> remember, he is equally concerned about the mueller probe. he wants to be able to use the opportunity to say hey, can i get an amen to my choir without consideration that he may be able to convert down the line. one will be robert mueller. i think he is very aware of the notion that i have to get ahead of this. i have to get ahead of the notion that everyone is against me. i want to use networks like fox news. one included bringing it back because he needs to have a mouthpiece in the court of public opinion among so many other thing. i think he is very aware of his role and about the looming proposition of a mueller report that may be condemning or at least give him that over his head the last two years. >> stick around.
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i think she is try trying to accomplish. >> a smart move. >> the facts are there. >> it will be close to insanity. i think every day they will be pounding the president and pounding with information requests. the house is just going to be a bear pit. wi they are there to stop trump. if they can wound him enough that he is not competitive in 2020. >> what do you think though? >> john boehner was a war horse.
i think the problem is not whether she iss talented. it is whether she can get all of these new people elected not to get out there every day and say impeachment should happen. i think that's the problem they have that saved the same problem john boehner had that got him out of the congress. >> yes. pelosi has done an extremely good job. he is also right that the 2020 democrats will be run to the liberal wing of the party. we will see what the information bears in the meantime we will work on behalf of the american people. that's the right message.
she and her leadership team can but can newer members two are more liberal than her who will be siding much more then that's the real question. >> let's talk about the new poll numbers. they are pretty specific. 51% disapprove. how is trump handling the committee? 51% approved of the job he is doing. 42% disapprove. they say it is certainly encouraging and 71% say current economic conditions in the country are good. >> right. that's the trump gap right there between the 71% that say the curre current economic conditions are good. those are voters most uneasy.
you look particularly at college educated white voters. they say the economy is good and strong. only half that many, so while he is drifting slightly up in this poll with the improvement he still remains in a position because of doubts about his personal behavior as president. it is worth noting on the election day exit poll 45% slightly better said they approved president trump and republicans lost the popular vote by about 10 million. it's the biggest midterm margin. >> but that gap is theoretically where he makes this argument. you may not like me. you may not like my tone. you may not like me personally but do you like the economy? do you like the jobs reports? do you like feeling better about things? do you like affording that car or your kids school?
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solidify. he met with abrams that ran last year almost but there was widespread voter fraud in georgia. sources are saying they did not necessarily discuss this. show would be an interesting person for biden to reach out to. we expected him to announce he is running next month. he let it slip in joe biden fashion. let's listen what he had to say. >> i'm the most progressive of anybody two would run. >> anybody that would run. >> and there you have it. a lot of people thinking he would be going more to the middle lane, someone that could
reach out. he is trying to solidify with that comment. >> you know, you're there in jackson, mississippi where warren will be answering questions tonight at a cnn town hall. what will she be pressed on? >> listen, we are down here. it is in the a place you see democrats campaigning in such a big event. i have to tell you, the questions are very much what we have seen throughout the past couple of months through other voters that have spoken to candidates specifically in our town halls. people are concerned about the economy and concerned about the future and concerned about their children. we'll hear it from a different perspective here down in what is known as the deep south. it will be a very interesting night on cnn. >> it will be. thanks very much.
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kellyanne conway is being forced to distance herself from her husband's latest truly stunning attack on president trump. conservative lawyer george conway is publicly arguing that the president of the united states is mentally ill. brian todd has been looking into this for us. brian, what are you learning? >> wolf, this has been a crescendo from george conway, over the past several days he's tweeted many times that the president's mental health is deteriorating, conway has even tried to play amateur psychiatrist, himself, pulling excerpts from a top diagnostic manual. george conway is a staunch conservative, but he's never been afraid to consistently and openly express disdain for president trump and his administration. all the more notable because he's also married to one of the president's top advisers and possibly his most staunch defender, kellyanne conway. >> now, if people -- >> reporter: tonight, george conway is moving beyond mere insults. in a series of new tweets, conway now says he believes
president trump's mental health is spiraling downward, saying, "all americans should be thinking seriously now about it." saying, "the president's conditions is getting worse." >> all bundled up. >> reporter: his wife was asked today if she agrees with his tweets. >> no, i don't share those concerns and i was getting -- i have four kids and i was getting out of the house this morning before i got here, so talked to the president about substance, so i may not be up to speed on all of them. >> reporter: george conway appeared to be talking substance, too, in an attempt to bolster his argument, he posted screen grabs from the definitive diagnostic manual used by psychiatrists detailing the definitions of certain mental conditions. one is narcissistic permsonalit disorder. among the criteria the person has a grandiose sense of self-importance, exaggerates achievements and talents and requires excessive admiration. conway also posted criteria for anti-social personality disorder including deceitfulness as indicated by repeated lying, impulsivity. forensic psychiatrist and
progressive activist lisa van susteren believes conway is on to something. >> i haven't personally examined the president, obviously, but i think most of us can see on television and have seen in reports and in written material that the president does embody many of these characteristics. >> actually be higher than 40 -- >> reporter: the president has repeatedly not only defended his mental health, but bragged about it. >> i'm very consistent. i'm a very stable genius. >> reporter: psychiatrist daniel lieberman says it's not fair for george conway to make an amateur diagnosis of the president from afar. >> there are a couple of problems with an untrained clinician trying to make a diagnosis. first of all, it's not going to be valid without proper training. a layperson can't just match up the criteria. the second is, even for a physician, they can't make diagnoses from across the room. >> reporter: but george conway has never held back from diagnosing what he believes is wrong with trump or his administration. after years of tweets and
op-peds questioning mr. trump's competen competence, conway unloaded back in november on the yahoo! podcast, "skullduggery." >> the administration is like a shit show in a dumpster fire. >> reporter: the president has taken conway's barbs in stride. >> mr. kellyanne conway? he's just trying to get publicity for himself. >> reporter: but tonight, as george conway's criticisms of president trump become more serious, van susteren says his tweets raise add important question. >> certainly, the question arises in my mind, is this good cop/bad cop, is he hearing something from his wife? is she telling him something? is this pillow talk? i, obviously, have no idea, but that is a question that comes to mind. >> we reached out to the white house on that very question of whether kellyanne conway said anything to her husband about the president's mental condition. the white house refused to comment on that, or any other aspect of our story and did not make kellyanne conway available for an interview with us. we also reached out to george conway to ask him why he sent
that series of tweets, and whether his wife had said anything to him about the president's mental health. he never got back to us. also, wolf, it looks like george conway is not letting up tonight, just moments ago, he retweeted this about the president's mental state. "it doesn't take a person with an advanced degree in psychology to see trump's narcissism and lack of empathy. his vindictiveness and pathological lying." the tweet goes on to say, "his condition is getting worse, not better, and there are now fewer people in the administration able to contain the president and act as a check on his worst impulses." and, again, wolf, the white house tonight not commenting on any of this as of now. >> that's truly stunning, indeed. all right, brian, thank you very, very much. coming ing news. a new cnn poll shows president trump's approval rate has edged up a bit even as he melts down in a truly extraordinary twitter rant.
happening now, breaking news, illegal leverage? top congressional democrats demand an fbi probe into president trump's ties to a florida spa chain founder and whether she tried to sell chinese clients access to the president. plus, the deadline arrives for documents requested by the house judiciary committee, as part of its sweeping new probe of the president's world. tweet insanity. president trump goes on a twitter tirade touting his conspiracy theories, lashing out at democrats and a dead republican senator and defending one of his favorite tv personalities while not even mentioning the shooting massacre in new zealand. all of that and more prompting
kellyanne conway's husband to tweet that the president is mentally ill. and getting worse. high lows. our exclusive cnn poll shows president trump's approval number up thanks to a healthy economy, but it's still near the bottom of polling on modern day presidents. so what do the numbers tell us about the 2020 campaig? and putin's rallying cry. russian president vladimir putin holds a rally marking the fifth anniversary of his annexation of crimea, holding firm to his land grab despite international sanctions. russia says it believes president trump wants better relations. is the administration being tough enough on putin? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." this is cnn breaking news. >> the breaking news tonight, the top democrats on the house and senate intel