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hi, there. i'm brooke baldwin. thanks for being with me. in a white house often criticized for its lack of transparency and even unprecedented obstruction, if you listen to some congressional democrats, president trump is actually taking a stance surprising so many people. it's a stance on a mon who has become one of his favorite targets, special counsel robert mueller. >> doesn't the public have a right to see the mueller report? >> i don't mind. frankly, i told the house if you want let them see it. let it come out. let people see it. that's up to the attorney general. we have a very good attorney general. he's a very highly respected man and we'll see what happens, but it's sort of interesting that a man out of the blue just writes a report -- >> i know what you're thinking. isn't this the same mueller investigation the president has repeatedly called a hoax and the
single greatest witch-hunt in political history? isn't this the same mueller investigation that he has publicly attacked 361 times by one count? with so many attempts to discredit this investigation, why would he now want all of us to see it? let's start with abby phillip. she's in lima, ohio, where the president will soon be speaking. just last month the president wouldn't commit to making the mueller report public telling cbs, quote, it depends. i have no idea what it's going to say. so what's up with the switch? >> reporter: it's not clear what's behind that switch, brooke. it doesn't seem that he knows any more today about what's in the mueller report than what he knew several weeks ago, but the president said today that he thinks that his 63 million voters want to see what's in it, they want to see what this is all about and so he's encouraged the house republicans who had a vote on this just about a week ago and voted unanimously to
release it to go ahead and vote their conscience, vote for transparency in his words and release the report. it seems to suggest the president thinks that the report is not going to have any kind of smoking gun in it, but again as he pointed out, this is not up to him. this is up to attorney general bill barr, though we have reported that the white house does expect to get a sense of what's -- of what's in the report before it's published so they can weigh in on whether there's any privileged information that's apart that have as well. >> yes, you are correct and while the president says he wants the public to see this whole mueller report, you have democrats saying that the white house is blocking its oversight efforts by ignoring or delaying all these requests to provide documents. they're not doing it. >> reporter: they are not. they haven't submitted a single document to the house oversight committee which reached out with numerous requests on a number of different issues asking for documentation on things from the security clearance probe to various other issues at the
white house and the white house has basically been saying, this is not your turf and we have to protect our employees, but in response to those requests, they haven't submitted anything at all and that committee chairman elijah cummings is raising the alarm bells and saying this could all end in a massive subpoena fight. the white house has been signaling for weeks that they are going to restrict how many documents are turned over. they're going to try to protect conversations between white house employees and the president and they're going to try to slow this whole thing down expecting that it's going to be going on for -- for months and potentially even years now that testimonies are in control of the house, brooke? >> abby, thank you so much in ohio ahead of the president. moments from now a consistent trump supporter in and out of congress is expected to unleash a, quote, whipping, against the president. senator isakson of georgia says he is outraged by trump's treatment of the late senator mccain.
the president said he will never be a fan of the war hero and senate stalwart. isakson told bulwark this, quote, i just want to lay it on the line that this country deserves better. the mccain family deserves better. i don't care if he's the president of the united states, nothing is more important than the integrity of the country and those who fought and risked their lives for all of us. when the president is saying that he doesn't respect john mccain and he's never going to respect john mccain and all these kids are out there listening to the president of the united states talk the way about the most decorated senator in history who is dead, it just sets the worst possible tone. the senator there is set to speak out against the president on a georgia radio program right now. as we wait to hear from the senator, let me turn to our congressional correspondent manu raju up on capitol hill. have any other republicans where you are joined the georgia senator in protesting the
president who is going after mccain? are you hearing them talk both about mccain and about trump at all? >> reporter: it's been a lot of silence from republicans about the attacks from president trump towards their former colleague, someone who was respected deeply by both sides of the aisle but republicans don't want to get cross wise with this president and few have spoken out. the ones that have have largely avoided going after the president instead defending john mccain in his legacy. senator mitch mcconnell, the majority leader, just broke his silence over the attacks tweeting today and every day, i miss my good friend, john mccain. it was a blessing to serve alongside a rare patriot and genuine american hero in the senate. his memory continues to remind me every day that our nation is sustained by the sacrifices of heroes. now one senator who went a little bit further mitt romney, the new utah senator, former
governor of massachusetts said, i can't understand why the president would, once again, disparage a man as great as my friend, john mccain, here are heroic, courageous, patriotic, honestly self-he have facing, sel self-sacrificing, empathetic and driven by duty to family, country and god. one reason why republicans have not weighed in is that the senate is in recess this week and reporters aren't asking questions to the senators who are back in their home states, some have not been in public or other -- have not been facing questions from people like me who would ask them about to respond to the president's attacks. that probably would change next week when they return here to washington. one thing the democrats are trying to renew is the democratic leader chuck schumer. he wants to rename this building that i'm standing in right now to the mccain office building. this is something that was
actually pushed in the aftermath of mccain's death last summer. schumer proposed it then. it went into mitch mcconnell formed a bipartisan group to look into this issue. it never really went anywhere but in the wake of the president's attacks, schumer trying to renew this effort. we'll see how republicans ultimately respond but it'll be a significant change on the hill if they were to do that. not many republicans pushing back on the president's latest attacks on mccain. >> got it. thank you. megan mccain rose above the abhorrent trolling that her family's facing after the president's remarks and her own cindy mccain retweeted a hateful message. i'm glad he's dead and she wishes mccain's daughter chokes to death. those are the sections we can share. >> i think if i had told my dad seven months after you're dead,
you'll be dominating the news and all over twitter, he would think it was hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death as well. do not feel bad for me and my family. we are blessed. we are a family of privilege. feel bad for people out there who are being bull yid that don't have support, that don't have women of the view to come out and support their family. there are kids committing suicide because of cyberbullying online, people going through rough times. there are veterans committing suicide. focus on these issues. these are the issues i beg the white house to pay attention to. >> i'm just surprised because i do think this is a new bizarre low. >> yeah. >> i will say attacking someone who isn't here is a bizarre low. >> bizarre low. it is that that i want to begin my next conversation. tim neff tally who is the
director of the library. we had this whole conversation about integrity in this country and lack thereof. i wanted to have this conversation in front of cameras but first to megan mccain's point to this new bizarre low. when you look at what cindy mccain shared, it's disgusting. why do people feel so free, emboldened to speak like this now? >> well, two things we have to keep in mind. one, is we're talking about a new national low. we're not talking about a low. there's been times in our history when a fellow americans have done unspeakable things to each other, but what we've got now is an enabling climate where cyberbullies feel that somehow it's okay. there are no social sanctions. there's no stigma attached to being wretched in public. there's no other way to describe the attacks on the mccain family than heartless, wretched, inhuman attacks.
the folks that do it feel somehow it's okay. donald trump is not responsible for every bad deed and every bad thought by every american. i want to put that on the table. >> uh-hum. >> but there are some presidents that believe they have a moral purpose. look, every president's a human being that mean that every president's flawed. with the office comes the opportunity to remind people of their better angels. that's when they talk about human rights. that's when they talk about a sense of community. that's when they talk about liberty, liberty for all, not just liberty for one group. this president consistently refuses to accept that he has a moral obligation and so he acts like a street fighter every day and sends the -- really the message to people that it's okay to be a street fighter always. >> so i appreciate you saying that the president isn't responsible for every bad thing and horrible thing that people are uttering.
there have been so many crazy things that have been happening in the news cycle for the past however many months. we're not as disgusted or shocked. i tried to be but i feel like there is a little bit of -- what's the word -- numbness? >> we're immuned, sadly, we've got the new normal is for this ugliness to be publicly stated. it's -- it's as if every day the president is putting up his middle finger to part of america or at least one person in america and we've gotten used to it. it's a terrible thing to get used to and -- i think -- >> it's a way to survive in a sense. every day if you were like oh, my -- >> when this period is over we'll need to take a collective shower and -- because this cannot be the way that this country is evolving. >> thank you. that's what i wanted to talk about. >> it's not possible because, you know, reality shows are actually not real.
we call them reality shows but they're -- they're people engaging in acting out. this is a moment when there are people who want to show their loyalty to donald trump by acting out by basically acting like him, and the idea that our president should set as a tone this kind of mockery and dislike and hatred is something that i think the founders would find abhorrent. >> as we take this collective shower, final thought, how do we -- how do we get it to come back, the pendulum? >> i don't have kids. i have a niece and nephew. all those people out there who have children just remind them that this is not the way to act, that we're a community. you may not agree with everyone in the community but the fact that we're in a community means everyone deserves respect. so parents, faith leaders, local and state leaders, there is a
way to remind people about the better angels of the american experience. we're a good people. we will be a good people. we can get through this, but at this point let's not let it be the new normal. in 2016, donald trump learned that he could cross over red lines attacking a pow, talking about gold star families and he learned he could still win. that doesn't mean that those lines don't matter and we as americans are not upset. >> sure. >> just because he won an election doesn't mean he's changing american culture forever. >> tim, thank you so much. >> thank you. speaking of new insults, president trump putting himself in the middle of a high profile marriage. kellyanne conway just in the past few minutes now is defending the president in his feud with her husband. plus supreme court justice clarence thomas asking a rare question today in a case involving racial bias. we'll tell you what's going on there. and just disturbing new
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that he doesn't mind if the special counsel's report is made public once it is completed, there are new clues about the status of robert mueller's investigation. in response to a media request to unseal court documents related to paul manafort, a senior litigator told the federal judge that he does not have time to respond because he and the cocounsel, quote, face the press of other work this week. all right? since manafort's case wrapped, fbi agents and prosecutors have visited the courthouse at least two times while swarming mueller's office daily and just this other hint comes from the documents detailing the fbi raid into michael cohen case. 18 and a half pages, you see this, totally blacked out under the title, the illegal campaign contribution scheme. why so heavily redacted? if new york prosecutors want those details kept out of the public eye, it suggests their investigations have already and directly implicated president trump may not be over.
nicolle argen teary is a attorney. good to see you again. help translate this for me. litigators is saying the office is too busy and face the press of other work. what's that mean? >> everyone is sort of ready to read all of the tea leaves about the mueller investigation in these moments, but i think what they're saying is he needs more time to respond, which means they're working on other things, that's the press of other matters but he also says that he needed to sort of consult with other members of government because you'll remember that "the washington post" motion in the manafort case moved to unseal many documents. they wanted transcripts that were under seal, the government sentencing memorandum, search warrants and i think it would be fair for the special counsel to say, we need to look at this. it's going to take some time to figure out, you know, what needs to be unredacted and make sure they're being consistent across the doj with what they're doing.
>> what can any of these new clues, tea leaves, help you tell us anything about mueller's strategy going forward? >> there's some interesting things that have come out recently. the fact that at least two of the senior prosecutors on the mueller team have left. the fact that the lead fbi agent has left to head another office. those, i think, are probably the best signals that the mueller investigation is winding down because typically you don't really have senior people on a case like this leaving before it's significantly complete. >> uh-hum. i wanted to ask you about this heat shield. this is our reporting that the deputy ag rod rosenstein intends to stay in his post until after this mueller report comes out so that he can be quote/unquote, a heat shield if there is fallout. when you hear heat shield, you think, does he think there's going to be heat? what's your inference from that? >> so i'm sure there's going to be some heat. %-ps writing his report, he's writing a report that's going to have
explanations for the decisions he made. who he decided to prosecute, who he decided not to prosecute and why? rod rosenstein as the supervisor of the case was necessarily involved in some of those decisions. indeed he may have said no to the special prosecutor at different times a fact that will be reported to congress. so it's possible that he's decided to stay to sort of deal with that, you know, more easily as part of the department of justice. >> as a person with the knowledge as a person who can take the heat as it all comes out good, bad or indifferent. nicole, thank you very much for that. we know president trump loves to watch and tweet about "fox news," but might we be missing a new turn in that relationship. we'll explain. chilling new reports of that lion air crash pilot scrambling for manuals as the plane went down and another pilot saving the same jet from crashing just one day earlier. we'll be right back.
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for a handbook for answers before crashing into the java seat. the voice recorder has not been made public until now. let's talk about all of it. david, i got a lot of questions for you starting with, you know, the knowledge of this offduty pilot -- there's a lot we don't know. we don't know if he filed some sort of report or alerted the airline, but typically, my question is f a pilot thwarts a nosedive like this, does he or she file some sort of formal incident report alerting the airline? >> absolutely. it goes even further than that, brooke. even if there's -- even if someone at least in the united states, even if something like that happened and it was the pilot's fault, they have a voluntary disclosure program so the pilot can say, oh, i screwed up, i fixed it, it's okay. nobody died but here's the deal. they can do that without any kind of retribution and that
creates an open sharing environment. now, in this case, i'd be very surprised if that wasn't reported, if it wasn't dealt with, if there wasn't a mechanic who looked at it, tried to replicate the problem. i just can't understand how this can happen. >> if all of what you said is true, then should the plane then be grounded? why was it flying the next day? >> well, many times when you look through the log books which i do a lot of after aircraft accidents, you'll see that there was an event that happened and it was an anomaly and the mechanic goes out, fires up the airplane, tries to rereplicate the problem and it goes away. it's like when you take your car into the shop and the mechanic says there's nothing wrong with it. bring it back later. >> got it. >> this is what i call it the fly it and watch it attitude but that should not have occurred here. this was replicatable and i can't understand why at least it wasn't test flown or brought out on the ramp and tested again. >> what about this just in the
cockpit, if that autopilot feature is doing anything out of the ordinary, if there seems to be bugs in the system, would you have easy access to a kill switch, like a self-driving car where you want to actually take the wheel? >> it's a really complicated system i think exceedingly so, but it's designed where -- if you're flying and this starts to happen, of course, first the autopilot has to be off. if the autopilot's on, the system doesn't engage. with the autopilot off and your hand flying it, then that's when it starts happening which is very confusing to the pilot because he thinks i'm completely flying the airplane and that's the mindset, even if he's been trained about this mcas system, he's been trained with it, he understands it, he's expecting it, it's still not the first thing that comes to mind when someone's pushing the airplane nose down, you want to pull back. if they do have the foresight to push the trim, that actually resets the mcas so it stops the mcas from pushing the nose down but then after you let go of the
trim button, he reengages and it sets at the new location so it can continue to go further and further down every time you hit that trim button. so it's a very, very sad situation and something that, being in that situation as a pilot, i couldn't imagine trying to remember there are two switches down below that you can say, oh, this is happening to me, recognize that, try the trim. that didn't work so now let's reach down and turn two switches off that are down there right where both pilots can reach them. it's a simple thing to do but it's not getting through the pilot's head that that's the way i get out of this mess. >> the mental images of these pilots frantically going through these manuals as the plane is going down. i just -- no words for the family and everyone involved, david. i know they're trying to get to the bottom of it. thank you very much. it is the first ever treatment for postpartum depression to get fda approval,
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the president today quickly escalating his attacks on the husband of his senior aide, kellyanne conway. >> i don't know him. i don't know him. he's a whack job, no question about it, but i really don't know him. i think he's doing a tremendous disservice to a wonderful wife. kelly anne is a wonderful woman and i call him mr. kelly anne, the fact that he's doing a tremendous disservice to a wife and family. she's a wonderful woman. >> so you heard the president
there calling george conway a whack job and today for the first time the president of the united states is publicly inserting himself smack dab into this marriage calling him a husband from hell. george conway started this round by questioning the president's mental health. april ryan is at the white house for us. she's the white house correspondent and april, april. >> reporter: brooke, brooke -- >> what -- what are your sources telling you? why is kellyanne conway now defending trump and not her husband? >> reporter: you know, in washington there are strange relationships and this is one of them. you just -- you don't know what goes on in someone's home, but, you know, this president is going on attack, but, you know, against george conway, here's the thing brooke, we keep talking about kellyanne conway
and george conway but there's collateral damage as well. there's children as well. >> four kids. >> reporter: yes. so when the president talks about george conway being a whack job even though george conway talked about his mental state which many americans are doing, there are children who are listening and i know for a fact, i know for fakt, kelly anne loves her children. she's a mother. kellyanne conway she's a 51-year-old woman who is really there for her kids as she's carrying this big job, so this back and forth, you know, it may be with adults but there are children who are listening as well. >> what has changed for this president to take on george conway the way he has in the last couple of days because he was quiet for so long? >> reporter: what's changed? you know, people are listening and because he is the husband of his senior adviser who has withstood the test, she's
remained standing while others have fallen along the way side, have been fired on fire me friday or whatever day they're fired on, she's been left standing and her husband who has the proximitytokellyanne be it pillow talk or whatever, she has the ear of the president, people are listening to what he has to say because of the proximity and the relationship and also his standing and who he is. >> i just think a lot of people -- i don't understand. i don't understand. >> reporter: i don't either. i don't either. look, again, you cannot figure out what's going on in someone else's marriage. they probably can't even figure it out. >> no, it's just -- and that's their deal behind the closed doors but it's how the president and how even george conway all in front of everyone, april ryan, thank you very much for that and just a programming note for all of you tonight, cnn will host a presidential town hall with 2020 candidate and former
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postpartum depression, the first ever drug to treat the condition has just been approved by the fda but it comes with a hefty price tag. interest gupta is our chief medical correspondent and first of all, postpartum depression effects an estimated one in nine new mothers, so -- tell me about the drug, where is it administered, side effects, how does it work? >> yeah. it's a serious problem, brooke, no question. hundreds of thousands of women dealing with this issue and there's been no medication ever approved just to treat postpartum tdepression. i remember reporting on this 18 years ago and people were talking, will there be a medication specifically for postpartum depression. now there is. the fda's approved this. take a look at some of the facts about this medication. we know that it went through clinical trials. we know it can be quite effective at reducing depression. often times these were women who
had severe depression and had not gotten any success with existing medications, brooke. they were really looking for something. there was an unmet need here. the two biggest headlines, brooke, one is that this is an antidepressant medication that can work very quickly, within 48 hours. so think about someone who is suffering, who says that they're not sure if they can still take care of their baby or still take care of themselves. antidepressants can take weeks to work. the other thing you mentioned, price tag. $34,000 for a single dose. 60 hours of an i.v. that's what takes it takes, $34,000. the company says, look, they'll be discounts that are offered. people will be able to get this medication if they need it but that's a big concern. those are -- this is a new kind of drug in a new kind of administration. >> the fda designated this as a
breakthrough therapy in 2016 which got this drug to trials and ultimately this approval, but what did scientific studies of this drug find? >> what they basically found was they looked at this medication in different dosing and they compared it to what's called a placebo. it was just an i.v. that had no medication going through it and they basically measured depression scores and the depression scores in the women that were in this trial were really high. these were women who just were not getting any relief. again, postpartum depression can be very significant and possibly even deadly to baby and to mom. they found that the depression scores dropped significantly in the people who got a certain dose of the medication, but the big thing i think and the thing that the medical community really zeroed in on was the pace at which it worked, within 48 hours. there were some reports for women who were in the trial saying even within 12 to 18 hours, they're still getting the
i.v. and already they feel better. the intrusive thoughts, the melancholy thoughts were no longer entering into their minds. that part of it was very significant. they also wanted to pay attention over the last couple years, brooke, to the potential side effects here. dizziness, light-headedness, people becoming sleepy, even passing out, which is why for those 60 hours which is two and a half days, people have to be in some sort of clinical setting to get this medication. >> glad moms are getting the help they need, but my goodness, that is costly. dr. gupta, thank you. question for you, is the president of the united states changing his tune when it comes to his favorite news network. just this week he has slammed "fox news" for suspended janine pirro. he has suggested that some of fox's weekend news anchor were trained by other news networks and he disparaged another prominent news anchor there. it's usually praise that he
reserves for all things "fox news." sarah ellison wrote all about this. you're the one that asked the question, is he changing his tune? it seems to be, so why now? >> well, i mean, first of all, immediately this sunday tweetstorm that not only hit fox but pretty much everything else. >> yeah. >> that has much more to do with the president than it does with fox specifically. >> okay. >> but fox has gone through a very significant change in its primetime line-up. roger ailes left in 2016 and i think that -- so i think it has more to do with the president than it does with fox immediately. >> what about now paul ryan's new role, the former speaker of the house and his new role over on the board of fox corp and do you think that factors in? >> yeah, the other big thing that's happening is there's a new ceo of fox corporation, lock lynn murdock is taking over, the corporation is much smaller than
it used to be. they sold all of their television and studio assets to disney. paul ryan has joined the board. he's definitely someone who represents the conservative principal that's "fox news" opinion hosts would be supportive of but he's not a trump person. he's somebody who has really, you know, trump was very negative about him. he didn't support trump. >> they weren't buddy buddy. >> no. i think what you can read into that is that, there is this effort -- i think "fox news" has realized that people like sean hannity or janine pirro can have their opinions but that's branding the entire network as trump tv as we've seen. the big new yorker piece was very much about that mind meld and there are people inside who are frustrated by that. >> but for people who are wondering, okay, oh, my gosh, president trump seems to have had this love affair with this
news network forever with him picking up the phone like a puppet with the strings dictating how they cover, what they say, what they do, the short answer is, no, but he is quite close with some of these "fox news" hosts and as you pointed out he's on the phone with janine before he hits tweet. >> my reporting indicates that he talks to certain people with regularity. >> on the phone? >> on the phone. sean hannity, janine pirro, lou dobbs, he loves ansley air heart. he's not calling people in the control room he sees -- one is he's talking to people that he sees on the air but these are also people that have had relationships with him for a long time. he's known janine pirro since the '80s in new york. he knew sean hannity certainly before he was president, so some of this is just -- i think he enjoys -- he's such a fish out of water in official washington that there are these new yorkers who are on fox that he feels
like a real kinship, they get him, they like him, something like what janine pirro said on the air is the kind of thing that i think he's like pretty comfortable with and likes. >> sarah ellison, thank you very much. supreme court justice clarence thomas is asking a rare question today in a case involving racial bias. we'll tell you what happened there. and it is the video you have to see. thing we ever wanted to do. oy drive. to hit start and just go. fast and far. around town and around hairpins. to leave everyone in the dust, and leave rubber on the road. because mini was born to drive. drive for yourself at the mini born to drive sales event. special offers at your local mini dealer.
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secretary of defense is now under investigation for potential violations of his ethics agreement. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr is with me now with more on this. so what does this have to do with? >> reporter: well, brooke, it's important to say right off the top this is an administrative investigation by the pentagon inspector general. several days ago they received a complaint from a public interest group that shanahan had violated his ethics agreement as a former boeing executive when he came to the pentagon, he agreed that he would not participate in any decision making or anything here at the defense department that could benefit boeing, his former employer. the inspector general now says they have enough information about the complaint and other information that it is it warrant an investigation. let me just read you the statement they put out a short time ago. the department of defense office of inspector general has decided to investigate complaints that we recently received that acting
secretary shanahan allegedly took actions to promote his former employer, boeing, and disparage its competitors allegedly in violation of ethics rules. then it goes on to say, they've informed shanahan and congress and it was just a few days ago, actually, in front of congress that shanahan was asked by senator blumenthal if he would agree to an ethics investigation and he said that he would, and, in fact, shanahan's office putting out a statement saying acting secretary shanahan has at all times remained committed to upholding his ethics agreement and mentioning again that he said on capitol hill that he would welcome an investigation. so inside the pentagon, not a huge surprise, but the critical question, of course, is, what does this mean for the possibility of the white house nominating patrick shanahan to become the permanent secretary of defense here? he's been in an active role since mattis resigned at the end
of last year. the president still has not nominated him to take on the job permanently. shanahan is with the president. they are traveling today, of course, to that army tank plant in lima, ohio, to look at military systems there and the question now will be while this administrative investigation is going on, what does happen here at the pentagon? will there be a nomination for a secretary of defense? it will be shanahan? or will the white house have to turn to somebody else, brooke? >> we'll come back to you on that when the time comes. thank you very much. here's the best video of the day. we need this. a tennessee day with six kids, national guard staff sergeant rob sternino has been deployed since may of last year and every two weeks he talked to his 9-year-old son, luca. the sergeant returned home early so his wife and him arranged for