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garlique this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. big developments in the russia investigation. rod rosenstein the deputy attorney general is not leaving his post this month after all. and tonight we know why. a source telling cnn that rosenstein will remain at the justice department until special counsel robert mueller files his much anticipated report. the source adding that rosenstein's sticking around so he can act as the heat shield, in other words, absorb the punches if there's fall out or backlash from mueller's report. we're going to talk more about that in just a moment. also tonight, what could be a clue from mueller's notoriously tight-lipped office. a senior lawyer asking a federal judge to extend the deadline for mueller's team to respond to a request that documents in one part of paul manafort's case be unsealed. the deadline is this friday. they're asking for a two-week
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delay due to a very busy week. what's unclear is if that means they're wrapping up their investigation. so there's lot to discuss. shimon prokupecz is here, matthew rosenberg, and jennifer rogers. we are told that rod rosenstein is staying at the doj longer than planned, all right, this heat shield thing, absorbing the blow back from mueller's reports. what does that say to you, shimon? >> i think what it's making things clear to all of us is rod rosenstein wants to stick this through, stay with this until it's all complete. that is until the mueller report is handed to the department of justice and robert mueller actually gives this report to the attorney general. and rod wants to stick through it. he wants to stay there until it's done, until it's complete. and we'll see what happens afterwards. and if there are any issues i think it's very clear rod rosenstein wants to be the one that answers them because it's he who initiated this whole thing. he's the one who put this robert
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mueller in place, appointed the special counsel and everything since that happened since then -- >> so many key players who are no longer there. so he may feel he has to stick it out, to put this thing to bed so to speak. what or who might rosenstein be trying to protect? could it be the new attorney general william barr or trying to protect the whole process? >> i think he's invested in making sure that no one interferes with mueller's work. but what also may have happened is bill barr comes in. he doesn't know anything that's been going on behind the scenes. and i'm sure he eventually wants to put his own deputy in place, but he may have realized once he got there, this is a complicated investigation, there are a lot of tentacles to it. it may make sense for rosenstein to stay in the short-term. so it may have been a joenint
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decision. >> why do you think rosenstein feels he can't leave until the mueller report drops? >> i think, yeah, he want to be there to take the fire. but i think we have to be careful who we assume that fire's going to be coming from. for a big chunk of congress rod rosenstein being in place there gives credibility. and i think when this report comes if it's something that let's say isn't that bad for the president, there are going to a lot of people in question having rosenstein in place. it could be they want to take fire from the president and his allies. but it kind of gives the doj, mueller's team and probably the attorney general a fair degree of cover from both sides if rosenstein remains in place. >> so shimon, we also learned today that mueller's top appellate lawyer told the judge he's unable to respond due to a press of other work that he has this week. what's keeping him that busy?
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>> yeah, it's not really clear. when we saw that today it certainly was surprising to all of us because we weren't expecting that, for them to say they're too busy to responds to something that appears kind of not to be that complicated. it's information that "the washington post" is requesting that's been sealed and some transcripts and court documents. so it's not really clear why this would be so complicated. the only thing that i could think of is that one of the lead prosecutors, some of them obviously have been leaving. but one of the ones that did leave is now at the department of justice handling other national security matters, and that could be the reason why. i mean, it's really not if tirely clear. because what this request is all about is not very complicate, but we really don't know, don. >> you said it's not clear. what do you think? is this another sign this might be wrapping up or they need a bit longer? >> it's very strange. the government is always ready. that's the position you take as a prosecutor, so for them to
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come in and say we're not ready even though they're ranks have been depleted in recent weeks it doesn't make a lot of sense. it makes me wonder if there's something in there they don't want to disclose and they're buying a little bit of time, which might imply there's more charges coming or something down the pipe but it's hard to tell. >> i want to get to the michael cohen documents. today we saw almost 20 pages of redacted information in the section titled the illegal campaign contribution scheme. how likely that this is all about trump? >> i mean, it's all about an ongoing investigation. and we know from previous court filings u.s. person number one is the president, is donald trump. >> individual one. >> yeah, individual one. that's what it is. and that is the president. and, you know, if there were 20 pages of redacted -- 20 redacted pages in court filings that i knew touched on an investigation that related to me i'd probably
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be pretty worried about it. overall i think there were 150 pages fully redacted. there's a lot in there but there's also a lot we're not seeing here. >> shimon, we also learned that federal prosecutors used a new law actually signed by trump to go after cohen. explain that. >> so we had to gepack and kind of look at this because it was kind of interesting to read this. so essentially this is something that trump eventually signed. it's called the cloud act law. and what it now allows is investigators to be able to retrieve information on servers that are abroad, that are outside the united states. and for a while companies were a little nervous. they refused to allow the fbi and the u.s. government with search warnants to have access to this information because they didn't want to violate any treaties or agreements that they have with these countries. but this now law now allows the fbi to go ahead and have access
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to it. what happened in this case is when the fbi when they went and they wanted this information that's on these servers, the company said, no, you can't have it because it's overseas, it's abroad. so when trump signed a new law just weeks after the fbi had asked for this, they got it. they went ahead and were able to get that information because of this new law. so it's a little interesting in terms of how things developed here and the fbi had to wait just about a month or so before they had access to this information. >> jennifer rogers, these documents really reveal mueller's extensive reach into cohen's data and communications. and i'm wondering what these tactics tell you, if anything, about the way mueller is conducting this investigation? >> mueller, of course, did the first reach into e-mail accounts and then when they found the campaign finance violations and bank fraud they turned it over to sdny who did another round of searchers. this is what law enforcement has been doing for years. you want to talk to witness, you want to develop human sources of
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information, but you actually go for the documents, the heart and physical evidence. so that's all they're doing here. they're trying to build a case based on hard pieces of evidence, documents, e-mails, communications. that then helps develop more leads, more witnesses. it's how you put a case together. >> matthew do you think that people like cohen, how worried should the current mueller targets like roger cohen -- roger stone, excuse me -- be about his extensive access to cohen, even before the raid? >> look, it can't feel good. if you were dealing in the president's circle before the election or even after, the prosecution is it's not just cohen they've had access to. it's been aggressive to a number of people we do or don't know ability. one of the amazing things in these documents is how long it took us and the public to learn about what the special counsel was doing. there were discussions of a payment from a russian oligarch with some ties to the kremlin.
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you know, mueller's team was on that well over a year before anyone in the public figured that out. there's a lot going on behind the scenes here we don't know about. >> we're also learning tonight, shimon, that a lot of people are cooperating with the house judiciary committee's investigation into trump. including steve bannon, and head of trump's ininaugural committee tom barrett. they've provided thousands of documents to the committee. you've covered the story from the beginning. any idea what could be in them? >> no, i think a lot of this information what's important to note has already been produced. and i think what's making it easy for them to give this to the committee is a lot of this was given over to the mueller team. so these documents, some of them have been given back to these people. some of them have duplicate copies, though they've been able to so easily give it to members of congress. and i think what this also tells us is some of this stuff is already done. mueller has looked at it, reviewed it and said, okay, guys you can go ahead and give it to
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members of congress because eventually this is going to be made public. when you look at a guy like tom barrack has has to do with the investigation. that's still of interest to federal investigators in new york. so that's where that is. you know, obviously steve bannon is going to have to do with a lot of communications and e-mails. i think that was really interesting now cooperative steve bannon is being. but a lot of this has already been out there and certainly has been with the mueller team. and i think congress is going to get all of their hands on this eventually. >> thank you so much. appreciate it. remember that facebook meme from congressman steve king about a new civil war that he said red states would win because they have, quote, 8 trillion bullets while the blue states, quote, don't know which bathrooms tonight? well, tonight he's facing some tough questions from cnn about it. and we're going to tell you what he said. that's next. you should be mad at tech that's unnecessarily complicated.
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alluding to a new civil war that red states would apparently win because that side has, quote, 8 trillion bullets while the blue states, quote, don't know which bathrooms to use. no one asked king about his post at his town hall today so gary tuchman jumped right in. >> i just want to give you a chance to explain the posting on facebook, which talked about red states having 8 trillion bullets in case of another civil war. >> i think it's interesting that no one here has asked that question. it was this, that i found about it being posted yesterday morning at the same time and i thought it would been taken down about 8:30. it wasn't until a few hours later. the only people that care about that is national news media. no one has raised the issue -- >> well, you posted it. so why did you post it? >> i answered your question. i've answered their question.
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>> he posted it, and he asked people not to react to it? sar sarah snider joins me now. mind-boggling gary was the only person to asked. there was someone in the audience who said we care about it, but how was he the only one to ask? >> in these meetings they are very small, you're putting your congressman on the spot and you're also there to ask him things or see what he's doing for your particular district. and sometimes a lot of folks worrying, for example, about economic developments or very personal things going to affect their personal lives they want to ask him and have access to him. but there's certainly a strategy here. i have seen this before right after the gop stripped him of his committee assignments after he made those racist remarks, even the gop, his own party saying that was just way over the top, and they removed him from committee assignments. he went to a tonhown hall, it w
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his first one. and it wasn't publicized. even the mayor of the town, about 900 people in that town, a very, very small place. the mayor didn't even know he was coming. he was not told by steve king's folks. so it seems to be partly a strategy to have folks in there, very small number of people and also people that aren't necessarily going to ask him the tough questions when he is there to be put on the spot. and lastly, to be honest with you, having been at one of these meetings before there are some folks who think it's funny in his constituency and some folks who agree with him. that is there. i saw that plain and simple, a woman saying to him she was proud of him and he should stand up and continue his comments about white europeans being important and the most important to civilization. she also said let's take the sting out of racism. so there are some folks who actually agree with him in his
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constituency. >> did anyone in that audience ask king about his offensive rhetoric? >> you heard the person there say actually we do care about it. so there was a follow-up. i'll let you listen to the question here. >> do you think a white society is superior to a non-white? >> i don't have an answer for that. that's so hypothetical. america is not a white society. it's never been a completely white society. we came here and joined the native-americans there were here many times numbers greater than ours. i've long said that a baby can be lifted out of a cradle anywhere in the world and brought into any home in america whatever the color of the folks in that household, and they can be raised to be as american as any other. >> so not having the answer to a question about whether he believes white folks are more important to a society than people who are not white, and saying, well, i don't really have an answer for that is an answer. he has also made comments that actually very much say that,
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that nonwhites have not contributed enough to society. here's some of the things he's said, some of his racist comments from the past. this is january. we all looked and talked about this. i even asked him about this, and he refused to answer. what he said to "the new york times" why that language is considered offensive and before that, called for a travel ban, caravan for central american countries, endorses a white nationalist running for the mayor of turauporonto, raises questions what does this diversity bring that we don't already have. and that was in response to saying nonwhites haven't contributed enough. he talks about western civilization being a superior culture. these are just a few. there are a lot more. it goes way back to 2000 -- whenever he's been in office. he's been re-elected many, many times and making these comments. >> yeah, the cantaloupe
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comments. joining me now, thank you congressman for joining us this evening. i've got to get your reaction. how is that a hard question? >> yeah, right, don. isn't that a softball? isn't the simple answer no? i just find his comments so atrocious because it's continuing this refrain that it's okay to talk about white supremacy or nationalism in ways that can be a dog whistle for folks out there. in my community, in our district, we are dealing with a rise in white nationalism. we are dealing with nazism. we are dealing with people painting swastikas on schools, churches and synagogues. and this is a real issue. and we need our leaders to take this serious. >> let's talk about the work of your community because the house oversight chairman elijah
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cummings says that the white house hasn't turned over a single piece of paper to your committee or made a single official available for testimony. give me some next steps here. >> i think if we cannot get the cooperation of the white house and the administration to meet their obligations under the constitution, to work with us in providing that information, then we're left with no other choice than to start issuing subpoenas. >> let's talk about the mueller report now. we're told that white house lawyers are preparing to review the special counsel's findings before congress or the public sees it. red flags? does that raise any red flags for you? >> not necessarily. if the end result is that we still make sure that members of congress are reviewing the report, making sure that anything of national security concerns is redacted and the rest is shared with the public, then i'm comfortable if that process takes place. but if there's a process taking
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place where they're attempting to prevent members of congress and the intelligence committee and other individuals from being able to ascertain whether that information should be distributed or not, that's not satisfactory. >> so does that mean executive privilege? because if the white house exerts executive privilege, what's your recourse? are you going to sue for mueller's reports? are you going to push congress to sue for it? >> i think we're going to look at that option. you also have to remember there's three investigations going on right now. we've got the mueller report and we expect that out very soon. and you also have what's going on in the southern district of new york and the eastern district of virginia. and those two cases also have bearing on what has transpired before the campaign, during the campaign and during the presidency all need to come to fruition. we need to see all three of those full investigations to ascertain exactly what's going on. >> congressman, i want to ask
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you about the state department's refusal to release a transcript or list of attendees from a briefing call with secretary pompeo last night. the department's press corp was excluded and the only faith based media was allowed. is that problematic? >> oh, it's problematic throughout the administration. i just submitted a resolution to try and make sure that when the president meet with foreign leaders that that information is held and preserved. we go back and look at what transpired between him and president putin in helsinki and prior to that in the g-20 summit where the g-20 summit he actually took the interpreter's notes and hid them and then also told the interpreter you can't share the information here. and then did a two-hour meeting at helsinki with putin where there were no notes taken whatsoever. this is not how our government is supposed to work. and we have to hold the
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administration accountable. >> congressman, i appreciate your time. see you soon. please come back. >> thanks, don. >> thank you. it's not unusual for this president to lash out. but this week his attacks seemed wilder than ever. what may be behind this combative mood? next. to be nobody but yourselfa world which is doing it's best to make you everybody else... ♪ ♪ means to fight the hardest battle, which any human being can fight and never stop. does this sound dismal? it isn't. ♪ ♪ it's the most wonderful life on earth. ♪ ♪ it's the most wonderful life on earth. with 25 million bookable [can we switch sides?] [yeah!] in hotels... [maybe, like tilt] resorts... homes and more... [you got it?] [oh that's good, yeah] bookers always find what they're looking for... be a booker at booking.com
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is president trump feeling the pressure from robert mueller's impending report? he's lashing out ramping his attacks on senator john mccain who died in august. mike shield is here, and april ryan, the author of "under fire reporting from the front lines of the trump white house." dug douglas brinkley is with us as well mooch we don't play around here. i appreciate all of you joining us. douglas brinkley, i want to start with you. when you see the president attack everyone from senator john mccain to john conway, does
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it feel this presidency is reaching a crisis point? what do you make of this? >> i think the core is donald trump pouts sometimes on weekends and on days where he doesn't have a lot to do and does all those crazy tweets. but i would separate what he did to john mccain the last few days as just disgusting. i mean john mccain's an american profile in courage hero. he's in the theodore roosevelt tradition of public service, and here's trump who was a chicken hawk during the vietnam war using bone spurs as an excuse. starting not just to speak ill but to just destroy or try to destroy the reputation of an american veteran and hero. it's mind-boggling to me, but it tells you how much that thumbs down that mccain gave got under donald trump's skin. and he seems to be in believing, don, that lashing outright now at these people who he feels
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have slighted him in his past, scores him some points. "saturday night live" was a rerun going on, i don't know what got him upset about the rerun. it's all very babyish and immature. >> we probabhe probably didn't original. >> it was a christmas rerun, too. >> it's been a while. so, look, all these attacks and tweets, mike, what do you think? is it the pressure? what do you think is going on here? >> it's not like he suddenly started doing it and under pressure. he talked like this before especially about john mccain. a report came out on friday that said mccain had something to do with giving the steele dossier to the fbi. so he was responding to that. obviously, it's not something maybe i would tweet about someone like that. but he's very sincere. he's not one of these people you'd see at a funeral where they suddenly are glowingly nice about the person who passed away
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and everyone's like what are you talking about? you hated that guy. he still doesn't care for john mccain. he's upset about what john mccain did and he's going to talk about it. there's an authenticity to that that voters like. >> it wasn't like it was new news about the steele dossier because john mccain wrote in his book that he turned it over to the fbi and he said anybody who criticizes him, to hell with them. so i don't understand what's new, and the facts he tweeted about or what he tweeted about in his tweet, it was inaccurate. hold on, april. mike, it was inaccurate. you're saying if he was responding to this information, this is not new information. >> well, there was a report that came out. there was a new report that came out that talked about it again on friday. so this was sort of brought back up. my point is that's not him
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feeling pressure from mueller but responding to a news report which he does all the time. >> point taken, but does it bother you he's attacking a war hero? >> i respect john mccain's service to the country. he was a war hero. i completely disagree to john mccain as a politician. >> i understand that but does it bother you -- >> i openly disagree with him -- >> does it bother you he's attacking a war hero the that doesn't bother you? >> no, i disagree with the president's take on john mccain. and when i first happened -- as for the war hero stuff, i disagree with him on that. >> go on, april. >> no worries. you know, for anyone to question, and i don't care if you're democrat, republican or whatever you think you are, to chastise this man who was a prisoner of war for our freedoms, so we could sit here and talk the way we're talking.
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he was a prisoner of war he was beaten, bloodied and broken. i've said that over and over again -- >> hey, april, i want to ask you a question about that. >> yes. go ahead. >> how much did you talk -- >> it shouldn't even be a question. >> how much did you talk about that when he was running -- >> the media suddenly hated john mccain during the -- >> let me finish. you want to bring barack obama in this. let me finish. let me finish. i'm not in the military. my father was in the army. i have family members who are in the military. okay, this man stayed when he could have left. his family has a history of the u.s. naval academy. now, they served this country. this president has not. that is blaring disparity. now, when it comes to john mccain, john mccain -- i used to ask john mccain, senator john mccain for interviews.
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i never got one. i was hoping to get one when he was pushing the issue of jack johnson. john mccain was a politician who had a very -- he was sometimes -- he was prickly, but iermented him as someone who fought for us, who bled for us, for our freedoms. that has nothing to do with barack obama. and let me say this to you. when that woman at the end of that campaign, that presidential campaign when he was running against barack obama and he told that woman, where that woman said he's an airborne and i don't like that, he chastised her kindly and she sat down. he corrected the record. you don't hear anyone that's doing that. >> i think she said he was a muslim, but here's the thing. we get offtrack with these shiny
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things. i don't remember barack obama attacking john mccain and saying i prefer heroes who weren't captured, and then going onto demean him. people challenge each other during election and the election process all the time, but to continue to do it -- >> that's not the point there. the point is that for conservatives we kind of roll our eyes when we hear liberal media people now have stolen the amazing virtues of john mccain and what he was -- >> who said i'm a liberal? because i'm black you assume i'm a liberal? >> no because of your words. i listen to what you say -- >> we're getting offtrack here. listen, i think that -- hold on please because i've got a time crunch here. i think the what about-ism should stop because people compete against each other for an office, talk about each other's records. most people try not to disparage people personally except for
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a fox news contributor actually tried to argue that since slavey existed throughout history america should get credit for ending it within 150
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years. katey pavollic said that. listen, doug, i want to play the clip of her. she was responding to elizabeth warren's call to talk about reparations. here it is. >> they keep blaming america for the sin of slavery, but the truth is throughout human history slavery has existed and america came along as the first country to end it within 150 years. and we get no credit for that to move forward and try and make -- >> so she said that america doesn't get enough credit for ending slavery. what credit is she looking for, and where is she getting this from, and isn't her math off? but go on. >> off. >> well, i think everything's off with that clip. she was just speaking
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off-the-cuff. kind of was an idiotic response to that question. any time people talk about slavery not being very bad and america should get credit for it. whether it's her or kanye west when he did it, raises eyebrows, make people understand you don't really understand history and haven't taken time to go to places like montgomery, alabama, where they just opened up a museum that deals with slavery and lynchings and beatings and what's it's like to be an african-american in the south. so it's sad she september more educated and offers that kind of gobly loot garbage on the national air waves. >> her argument is actually inaccurate, april. there were several countries that outlawed slavery before the u.s. did in 1865. what do you think when you heard this? >> ignorance. not knowing. she needs to go to the new
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museum in washington, d.c. for one. the first exhibit you go through is the slave exhibit. so let's go back. let's go back factually. this year marks 400 years since the first slaves were brought to this country from africa. even though slavery was abolished, there's still a residue. descendants of slaves in this country, blacks, african-americans still have the highest numbers of negatives in almost every category. so you may have ended slavery, but there is still a disparity and still racism and bigotry. we do not have on the books yet, i believe that lynching law, anti-lynching law, it's not a federal crime, okay? there was lynching back in slavery. so for her to say this, she needs to understand her history and the history of a people who we are still oppressed. and i'm going to say this, our jewish brothers and sisters
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always say never forget so it won't happen again, but yet this person and others who think like her want us to forget. we will never forget because the residue still lingers. and the democratic party is right. this is something that needs to be dealt with, and it hasn't been dealt with as of yet. an apology to correct the wrong. > she walked back her comments slightly by saying she would have said one of the first countries but she says her argument stands. do you find that persuasive? >> the advice i want to give is the same advice i want to give to other people when they want to make a hitler or nazi analogies. for republicans or democrats, just stop. you're going to step in it, you don't know what you're talking about. you're going to kplet aoffend millions of people. slavery is hatred and one of the worst things america ever did. it's a stain we still live with, and we have to continually find a way to overcome what happened.
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neck too." the woman added a c word at the end of the tweet. cindy mccain tweeted the message in full john mccain sarcasm mode saying "i want to make sure all of you could see how kind and loving a stranger can be. how did we get here? again, the president apparently spending another weekend in front of the television watching bill clinton's prosecutor ken starr, who is selling a book on fox news, making unsubstantiated claims about john mccain and the way the now infamous steele dossier became public. >> john mccain was an american hero who did so much for the country. but this is unfortunately a very dark stain. >> reporter: that was saturday morning. this from the president saturday afternoon. "spreading the fake and totally discredited dossier is unfortunately a very dark stain against john mccain. ken starr, former independent counsel. he had far worse stains than this including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years
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of campaigning to repeal and replace." the president still angry about this moment when mccain along with two other republican senators voted with democrats killing trump's effort to repeal obamacare. >> he spends his weekend obsessing over great men because he knows it and i know it and all of you know it. he will never be a great man. >> reporter: john mccain's near state funeral last september a bipartisan who's who of washington from george w. bush to barack obama was meant to be trump-free. the president specifically left off the invite list. meagan mccain in her eulogy sent a pointed message. >> we gather here to mourn the passing of american greatness. the real thing. not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly. >> reporter: jared and ivanka attended. months later mccain told stephen colbert they crashed her father's funeral.
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>> i was surprised when they were there. and it made me uncomfortable. and i hope i made them uncomfortable, honestly. >> reporter: the enmity between mcsxan trump started as far back as 1999 when trump said this on "60 minutes." >> does being captured make you a hero? i don't know. i'm not sure. >> reporter: in 2015 as the primary heated up, trump returned to the same claim. >> he's not a war hero. >> he's a war hero. 5 1/2 years -- >> he's a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured. okay? i hate to tell you. >> reporter: a month after trump said mccain wasn't a war hero mccain said this. >> i don't like to respond to mr. trump because there's an old line about you don't want to get into a wrestling match with a pig. you both get dirty and the pig likes it. >> reporter: in 2017 mccain didn't hold back, calling trump and his rhetoric -- >> half-baked, spurious
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nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems. >> reporter: donald trump, who considers himself a fighter, still throwing punches at the war hero maverick john mccain nearly seven months now in his grave. miguel marquez, cnn, new york. >> may he rest in peace. thanks for watching. be sure to tune in tomorrow night at 10:00 when cnn hosts a presidential ton hall with 2020 candidate former colorado governor john hickenlooper. then i'll be on right after that at 11:00 p.m. so make sure you constitution in. then next week i'm going to be hosting a town hall with another candidate. tles on your screen. senator cory booker. wednesday march 27th right here on cnn at 10:00 p.m. make sure you tune in to that as well. our coverage continues. so, you're open all day, every day. that's what 24/7 means, sugar. kind of like how you get 24/7 access to licensed agents with geico. hmm? yeah, you just go online, or give them a call anytime. you don't say.
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