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for joining us this evening. appreciate it. and thank you our audience here in atlanta. thank you for watching. be sure to tune in next wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. eastern. don lemon will be here where he'll moderate the next presidential town hall with new jersey senator cory booker. and "cnn tonight" starts right now. dana, thank you very much. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. you just heard from colorado governor john hickenlooper in cnn's town hall. still there in the room. the democratic presidential candidate answering questions from the audience for about an hour. questions about the rise of white nationalism, the toll of young black men killed by police, health care, legalizing marijuana, climate change and a whole lot more. so how did he do in terms of making his case with you, with the american voters? i want to bring in now cnn senior political analyst mr.
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mark preston who was at the town hall in atlanta. mark, thank you very much. for many people, you know, across the country this is the first time they're being introduced to the former governor. what are your take-aways? >> no doubt about that the headline out of this town hall is john hickenlooper acknowledging he took his mother to perhaps the most famous porn graphic movie ever made in history. and they stayed for the whole thing and thought the lighting was very good. he is somebody who is very likable. he was able to connect with the audience even in between the breaks. he islitted a lot of applause for some of his answers. and he's an interesting candidate because he walks that middle road. not only does he talk in progressive tones but also talks about being a centrist in some ways. he doesn't use that language, but he is. he talked about being a capitalist, and while he believes that health care is a right, he also said he doesn't
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believe in medicare for all, which is being pushed by bernie sanders. in addition to that we also heard him talk about the death penalty. he said he would suspend the death penalty, don, if in fact he is elected president. again, another headline that's come out tonight. john hickenlooper, the former governor of colorado trying to make inroads with the cnn town hall tonight, don. >> you mentioned the sort of centrist lane he's taking. i interviewed the governor back in january, and he told me when it comes to competing with trump in rust belt states it's going to take accomplishments in bringing people together. is that message, will it resonate with voters, you think? >> well, it's certainly going to resonate with voters in the middle of the country, democrats down here in the south who don't see themselves as ultimate liberals. but he does have a little bit of a challenge because right now the energy seems to be on the left, seems to be with these
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young democrats who have been elect today the house of representatives. he took question tonight on socialism. it's clearly a tag right now not going to work for democrats if they're going to run against donald trump because it is going to be hung around their neck. but i will say john hickenlooper seemed to get deftly past that. but the problem is there's a lot of them running. >> we'll be watching for that. mark, down in atlanta at the cnn center. i want to turn now to what the president has been saying about the mueller report, about his nemesis from beyond the grave, john mccain. and about his other nemesis, kellyanne conway's husband, george conway. so let's start with the mueller report. the president now says he wants people to see it. >> i don't mind. i mean, frankly, i told the house if you want, let them see it. let it come out, let people see it. >> you heard the president.
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he says he wants the report to come out. great. perfect, because that's what 87% of americans want. the house voted 420-0 to demand the public release of mueller's report. of course, lindsey graham locked the senate vote, and do you think he did that on his own without the president's say-so? just remember, lindsey graham can't even take a strong stand against the president's constant attacks on his friend john mccain. be that as it may, the attorney general should absolutely take the president at his word. he should let the american people see the mueller report. he should, but we all know this is trick the president has played before. remember when he said he wanted to sit down with mueller and answer questions under oath? remember how that worked out? >> would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of the events? >> 100%. >> are you going to talk to
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mueller? >> i'm looking forward to it, actually. >> you would do it under oath? >> i would do it under oath. >> mr. president, would you like to testify to special counsel robert mueller, sir? >> i would like to see because we've done nothing wrong. i would love to speak. nothing i want to do more. i would love to speak. nobody wants to speak more than me. in fact, against my lawyers. >> are you more likely to sit in an interview now? >> my lawyers are working on that. i've always wanted to do an interview because, look, there's been no collusion. >> is that your final position, there's going to be no sit-down interview and nothing written or in person on obstruction? >> i would say probably, probably. i mean, i can change my mind but probably. >> he sure can change his mind. we'll see if he keeps his word on the mueller report. now, let's talk about what the
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president said today about john mccain. you probably thought it couldn't get much worse. unfortunately, you're wrong. >> a lot of people are asking because they love me and they ask me about a man named john mccain, so i have to be honest. i've never liked him much. hasn't been for me. i've really probably never will, but there are certain reasons for it. and i'll tell you, and i do this to save a little time with the press later on. john mccain received a fake and phony dossier. did you hear about the dossier? it was paid for by crooked hillary clinton, right? and john mccain got it. he got it. and what did he do? he didn't call me. he turned it over to the fbi hoping to put me in jeopardy, and that's not the nicest thing to do.
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you know, when those people say because i'm a very loyal person -- john mccain campaigned for years to repeal and replace obamacare. when he finally had the chance to do it he voted against repeal and replace. he voted against at 2:00 in the morning. remember thumbs down. we said what the hell happened. he said two hours before he was voting to repeal and replace, and then he went to thumbs down. >> so this president apparently thinks an event at a plant that produces tanks for the military with many members of the military listening, he thinks it's an appropriate place to slam a deceased war hero. wrap your head around that. that wasn't even the worst of it. and even the low blows we've heard from this president over the past few days he managed to sink even further.
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the president actually complained -- he did -- that he didn't get a thank you for mccain's funeral. >> i gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president i had to approve. i don't care about this. i didn't get a thank you. that's okay. we sent him on his way. but i wasn't a fan of john mccain's. >> so i want you to remember president trump refused for two days after mccain's death to put out a formal statement praising his service. and he ordered the white house flag to fly at half staff until mccain's funeral only under pressure. can you even imagine any other president complaining because he didn't get a thank you for the funeral of his perceived enemy? a funeral for an american war hero. thank you, mr. president.
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oh, but there's more. there's much more. president trump taking his feud with george conway to def con one, who's the senior advisor and husband of kellyanne conway. referencing a belief among some of the president's advisers that one reason he's running for re-election is because he could have criminal exposure in the southern district of new york cases if he isn't in office. conway tweeting, quote, that isn't particularly a compelling reason for voters to re-elect individual-1. and going onto tweet a pretty sarcastic mock cam spain slogan. quote, vote for me and keep me free. individual-1, 2020. wow, that happened. just wow.
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it comes after the president said this about conway. >> he's a whack job, there's no question about it. but i really don't know him. i think he's doing a tremendous d disservice to a wonderful wife. kellyanne is wonderful woman and i call him mr. kellyanne. >> that's not all. there's also this tweet. the president of the united states calling conway, quote, a stone-cold loser and husband from hell. george conway pinned that to the top of his twitter feed which guarantees the feud is far from over. but he called him the husband from hell, someone married three times, cheated on his wives, a porn star, paid her off while his wife was at home with a baby and paid off a playboy playmate.
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but he calls someone else a husband from hell? as i've said before, we all know why the president is piling on the insults and doubling down on hisitudes, why he's waving the same shiny objects right in front of you. it's all about distracting and deflecting. distracting and deflecting from what could be in the mueller report. the question is will all his distracting and deflecting work? the president's attacks on the late senator john mccain, well they have my next guest saying enough already, enough. former governor of ohio john kasich joins me now. so good to have you on. thank you very much. we're going to talk to you right after the break. >> okay, don. reds. that's a win. but it's not the only reason i switched. geico's a company i can trust, with over 75 years of great savings and service.
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joining me now is former governor john kasich of the great state of ohio. again, it's an honor to have you on, sir. thank you very much. the president is once again attacking the late john mccain and you're saying enough. >> don, i don't know how many things i've had to say about this over the last few days. but, don, you've kind of said it all. there's a basic decency in our country where particularly with, i mean a war hero but with anybody who's departed, that we don't spend our time attacking them. obviously they can't defend themselves. and to continue this day after day is, you know, it's just to me a pathetic thing. and don, i was hoping, you know, after the primaries that we'd see a change. and now i don't believe there is any change coming. and i will tell you that i think people of ohio don't approve of this and don't like this.
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one of the things that's very odd to me, don, and something i can't quite figure out is, yeah, i mean i know people have a little bit more money in their 401k. i know there are more people working. i agree with all that. but maybe the beetles said it right. you know, the money can't buy you love. i don't tell my kids the only thing that matters in life is that you have money. there's a sort of values, a set of standards we must up hold in our own lives. and none of us here are to be saints, but there are certain things expected of you. and look, john mccain was a guy, don, who i was elected with him first time in 1982. john mccain was a guy that couldn't even raise his arms because of the torture that was inflicted upon him because his father was somebody special, they then just put the living daylights out of john. and he never folded, never caved. i don't even know how he with stood all that.
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and then he came off that airplane just a shadow of his form former self. just a tremendous leader in the united states senate. and we all heard at his funeral when john was put to rest, and i just don't know why everybody isn't as angry about it as i am. some are speaking out, but this is terrible. >> before we talk about the people who are not speaking out, the thing that got me, governor, is when he said i didn't get a thank you for the funeral for a war hero. john mccain was sent off in a way john mccain should have been sent off. should the president of the united states want to be thank frd doing what the president of the united states should do for someone who served the country the way john mccain did? >> i went to that funeral and also went to the capitol rotunda. in fact, had an opportunity to actually kneel and put my hands on that coffin and say good-bye to my friend. but there were long, long lines
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of people who wanted to go there and to honor john mccain's life because, you know, deep inside of all of us when the comes to the military and heroic actions it doesn't matter your party. it doesn't matter your race. it doesn't matter your religion. these are people that we honor. we give them medals. but john didn't stop there, of course, his service to his country. and by the way, i heard the president talk about, you know, repeal and replace obamacare. one of the great moments for me is when john mccain put his thumb down because you see they were about to strip health care coverage from 20 million americans. >> with nothing torio replace i. >> that's exactly right. if you have something to replace it, fine. but you just can't strip the health care coverage away from 20 million americans and say we'll get to it later. >> john mccain ran on repealing and replacing, there was no replace in that bill and he didn't like the way the president did it. i've got to ask you while i have
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you here if we can move on, a handful of republican senators -- you mentioned this -- they have spoken out against the president's comments. but the response has been really quite tepid. even senator lindsey graham appears to be rolling over in his grave now. why haven't -- why hasn't there been a stronger rebuke from mccain's friends? >> yeah, don, this is fairly interesting because the other day i got in a twitter conversation, something i swore i wouldn't do, with a friend of mine who was mad because i said that americans should put or that republicans should put the country ahead of party as it related to this national security designation on the border. and this gentleman was really angry at me. and, you know, we -- i knew that if i continued to argue with him it wouldn't go anywhere. but, you know, what i think the problem is that some of them are afraid to take heat. i've never been afraid to take heat. you know, pleasers -- there's two kinds of politicians, don,
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really. there's pleasers and there's leaders. if you're a pleaser you might be successful in the short run, but it doesn't work out in the long run. when you're a leader it doesn't always feel good in the beginning but yourermented in the long run. and i'm starting to wonder hom pleasers we have in the united states senate as opposed to leaders. this is a guy we should be standing up for. >> i was surprised to actually hear people applaud, you know, at that plant when he talked about john mccain. that was jocking to me. but, listen, i want to move on and ask about the president continuing to escalate this feud with kellyanne conway's husband, george, calling him a stone-cold loser, a husband from hell. one would think usually the president of the united states doesn't punch down, they were better things to do. what do you think? >> the whole thing is so bizarre. there's no other way to describe it.
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the whole situation, and i don't want to get into the personal lives of kellyanne and her husband -- >> but they are putting it out there. >> i don't like all that. look, i was in the congress and had a chance to work with reagan, got a chance to work with bill clinton, got a chance to work with the senior bush when all of them were presidents. this is unprecedented. i mean, i guess they say andrew jackson was this way. i don't know that i believe that. i don't understand it. look, some people, don, wanted to just throw everything off the table. throw all the chess pieces off the chessboard. let's just do something completely out there, and anytime it goes against the establishment i'm for it. now, right now we're seeing a good economy. i hope it continues for a long time. but if you look at the projections, the rising debt levels, we begin to see slower economic predictions. now, here's the question. what would it be like today if the president had a lower
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economic situation? what would people be saying? because what you don't want people to do is to say money buys my love. to me it's not good enough, don. this is about the way we expect our leaders to act and to be able to lead us. and i'm very disappointed in this. i mean, that's an understatement. i didn't go to the convention, i didn't endorse the guy. i've been outspoken now for two years, and it doesn't make me happy. i don't like to have to do this stuff. but you know what, sometimes you have to say what's on your mind. >> what's happened to your party? >> well, you know, it's -- don, look, i mean the party is, again, they're concerned about whether they're going to be unpopular with their base, okay? but let's not just talk about the republican party. down in virginia as you have covered yourself, you got a governor that's in trouble, a
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lieutenant governor in trouble, and an attorney general in trouble. they're all democrats. and they don't know what to do. and what they're worried about is if all those three guys get taken out there'll be a republican governor. you take a look at we couldn't even have the democrats condemn aept semitism on the floor floor of the house here a couple of weeks ago. it's not just one party. it's that we are not seeing the kind of leaders, don, that you and are i have studied and some of us have actually grown up watching. it is a shortage now. now, here's the good news, don. the good news is that change rarely comes from the top down. change in the america comes from the bottom up. civil rights, environmental awareness, womens suffrage. change comes where the people where they live say we've had enough. we've had enough. and remember in regard to the president, president trump, he's got 60% of the country that doesn't agree with him. they just don't.
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and almost a shrinking number of republicans who identify themselves as republicans. so it's going to be a very interesting 2020. the question is are the democrats going to pick somebody who's so far-out of the main stream that they're not electable? weave to watch that. >> listen, i think it's good advice that you just gave. i enjoyed hearing your perspective, and i can't wait to have you back on. >> yeah, don, i like to have a conversation like this. and and very much appreciate you taking the time and asking me to be here tonight. >> john kasich, thank you, sir. we'll be right back. naysayer said no one would subscribe to a car the way they subscribe to movies. we don't follow the naysayers. ♪ ♪
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but it's sort of interesting that a man out of the blue just writes a report. >> so just last week, jennifer, he tweeted that there should be no mueller report. what's behind this about face here? >> yeah, i think he's doing the same thing he did with respect to releasing his tax and sitting down with mueller, right? he wants to play the good guy. then he's going to hide behind his lawyers when he sees the report and they're negotiating. so i think he's just trying to get something out of this, but if it says anything negative about him, which it's almost certain to do, then he won't want it out. >> yeah, i heen he said he wanted the report public. but remember when he also said on multiple occasions when he said i want to speak directly with the special counsel 100%. should we take him at his advice -- at his word i should say? >> there's a little give away where he said we've got a great
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attorney general. he basically said i want it out there but i'm going to put it on him. and suddenly writing a report out of the blue. this isn't out of the blue. >> out of the blue, what did he mean by that? >> it's beyond me. has he not been paying attention? we all knew this was happening. surely he knew, too. >> it's in the regulations. he's required to write a report. >> i guess we shouldn't try to make sense about some of these things. >> i'm saying to myself, wait a minute, i just won of the greatest elections of all-time in the history of this country, and even you will admit that and i have somebody writing a report that never got a vote. >> okay, so he went onto repeat this is lie, that robert mueller and the fired fbi director james comey were best friends. is this the likely white house line of attack, do you think? >> so this one is really troubling to me because mueller is a federal prosecutor in this role, right? federal prosecutors are not
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elected. they're appointed. all of them always, for our whole country's history. so there's no way he was elected. this is another attempt to undermine what prosecutors do, what judges do and basically saying i'm above the law. you know, a prosecutor shouldn't be able to touch me, a judge shouldn't be able to touch me. he shouldn't be able to do anything to me. that's just another way of him saying i'm above it law. >> and releasing this report is really up to the attorney general bill barr. >> a yuls believe it is very important that the public and congress be informed of the results of the special counsel's work. my goal will be to provide as much transparency as i can consist with the law. i can assure you that where judgments are to be made i will make those judgments based solely on the law and i will not let personal, political or other
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improper interests influence my decision. >> still, the attorney general, he has a lot of wiggle room when it comes to releasing this report. >> i mean, a tremendous amount. and we could be in a situation where mueller himself delivers an incredibly terse report that says, you know, these are the people we charged, this is why we didn't. doesn't explain why other people, other crimes or potential crimes were in charge. and there's a whole counter intelligence piece, which is not about criminal prosecutions. and that is likely to remain classified because they would be under the idea that there's this foreign intelligence service that's still active and we're countering their intelligence, and this is the report on that. so there's huge chunks of this we're probably never going to see whether the president wants it or not. >> i was going to say what's interesting, though, is the president is actually the one person in this country with the power to give that report to the american people. because not only can he say white house counsel's office i am not going to exert executive
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privilege. he can also declassify anything he wants. so he wouldn't do it, and we wouldn't want him to do it if there really are truly national security concerns there, but he really could truly release this report the moment it's handed over if he wanted to. >> our previous reporting is that rod rosenstein the deputy a.g. was supposed to leave sometime in march. now he's going to stay on because he's supposed to be quote, a heat shield to avoid the punch if there's a fall out after the report. >> i don't think he's going to play the role of a heat shield here. i think it's smart for him to stay on because of the knowledge he has about the investigation. >> i can also imagine barr's attitude here is, look, you got the thing started, you better be here when it ends. from the left or right, somebody's going to be unhappy with how this thing comes out. and if rosenstein is there it
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gives the report credibility, gives the entire investigation credibility. if he's gone, they can say, look, he was gone and they corrupted this report. >> he started the whole thing, he appointed mueller and a lot of people who are gone now. but even to look back in history to say that he was, you know, the acting a.g. or the deputy a.g. when this -- >> i think he wants to see it through. it is common that bill barr coming in would be able to choose his own deputy. so it's the right thing to do for rosenstein to step out and say i will do that. we're going to dig further into the president's attacks on senator john mccain. how do people serving in the military view what the commander in chief is saying about a war hero?
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the president unloading on late senator john mccain at his event at a tank factory in ohio today. he even complained about not getting thanked for mccain's funeral. >> i gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president i had to approve. i don't care about this. i didn't get a thank you. that's okay. we sent him on the way, but i wasn't a fan of john mccain. >> i want to bring in now general james spider marx and ryan lizza. general, you knew john mccain for many years. what do you think when you see the president go after mccain for nearly five minutes? >> yeah, well, obviously it's
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very, very disturbing. look, john mccain is one of our greatest servants, incredibly self-less for years. spent five years in a box, never asked for anything. and when he comes out of that he maintains his dignity through all of that and then makes a decision to serve our nation over the course of the remainder of his life, and he does it with incredible -- gained incredible respect both in his party, outside of his party but more importantly globally. he really kmanldcommanded a lot respect and represented us well. i will say i'm political not partisan. i did that proudly and honorably, but i would say this president is incredibly tone-deaf. and i don't know on the political side what part of his base responds to that. i'm not sure who he's trying to embrace and who he's trying to
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ensure he is meeting their obligations he is in fact representing them well. kind of at a loss for words. >> many people are. i think most people are. you heard the president complaining he never got a thank you for giving is dedicated public servant the funeral he deserves. i'm sorry, doesn't this just prove what george conway said, the point about the president's narcissism? >> i think it does. i do get it. trump cannot stand the fact that this person was such -- so was celebrated when he died. and, you know, one of the most important instructional moments of the last couple of years was that day when john mccain was given a public service at national cathedral here in washington, and everyone in american public life was there except for the president, who
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was out playing golf. and i'll never forget there was a picture that day of trump alone on a golf course, and then next to a picture of the national cathedral with all of these people celebrating john mccain. and when in our history has it been that the president of the united states couldn't go to a senator from his own party's funeral because the family didn't want him there? i mean, and there's just no doubt that that has infuriated trump ever since, that he was sort of left out of this national celebration. and remember that day. all of the speeches were about mccain's bipartisan record, what a great military person he was, what a great colleague he was in the senate, how he famously had a streak of forgiving people. remember he led our approach to
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vietnam after they tortured him for five years. and all of those speeches were seen as a rebuke to trump not because trump was ever mentioned in those speeches but because all of the characteristics mccain was celebrated for everyone knows trump is not praised for. >> he's lack in all of those traits. you said you're at a loss of words, general. but what it does say about this president that he is making the late senator john mccain's funeral seven months later about himself? >> it's amazingly disappointed the leader of the free world is that petty in that regard. to say, look, it's not about me but cleary it is all about me. but what ryan just described is really a juxtaposition between two incredibly different men with a different arc of their lives. and the differences could not be more stark.
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you know, this president will always harbor the really the anger and the angst and the complaint about john mccain in that senator mccain did not vote for the repeal of obamacare. but my comment to the president would be, look, if it was that compelling i don't think the vote would have rested on one man. maybe you need to look yourself in the mirror and say maybe i needed to make a better argument about this. but if you're exclusively looking at an individual to help carry your water, you have failed in your effort to lead us in a particular direction. again, i'm not trying to be political here, but what i am trying to say is the president has an obligation. in the position he is he really could have assumed the high road. we all know there's precious little traffic up on the high road. but it's impossible for this president to do that. >> well, you're speaking like a leader and that's how leaders should speak. thank you both for your time.
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>> thank you, don. >> my next guest wrote the book on ivanka trump and jared kushner, and she is warning, that, quote, he can't underestimate the dangers of these two. what's behind that claim next. some things are out of your control. like bedhead. hmmmm. ♪ rub-a-dub ducky... and then...there's national car rental. at national, i'm in total control. i can just skip the counter and choose any car in the aisle i like. so i can rent fast without getting a hair out of place. heeeeey. hey! ah, control. (vo) go national. go like a pro.
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>> because they're in disguise. they're not what they seem. i think that president trump is very much in plain sight, right? 50 tweets over the weekend. you know, his stream of consciousness comes at us all the time to the point we're saturated. these two, you know, came into this administration and everybody thought that they would be moderating influence on the president, kind of like the adults in the room. but i think what my book shows is that, you know, they went in not for public service but for self-service. >> a brand. wasn't it a branding thing? >> i think it's for branding, but really for money, don. these are people who really, you know, come from a culture that disdains rules. jared -- you know, one rule for him and ivanka. one rule for everyone else.
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>> i want to hold that thought. but i just want to get to this. the book is called "kushner, inc." do you think they have broken any laws? >> the fact that it was really jared and not the president behind the closure of the white house logs in the first spring of the transition. and it was said at the time that that was don's for security reasons. but actually what my book shows is that it was really don because jared kushner was networking, doing all sorts of things that cause an outcry. he was meeting with the then ceo of goldman sachs, an investor in
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a company that jared kushner had a stake in and cofunded with his brother and had not divested from and not even disclosed initially. it was wrapped up in something else. >> his father has a new opinion piece out tonight where he defends his family business and he writes about his son jared kushner. he says in consultation with the office of government ethics, he diverted from more than 80 partnerships at a substantial financial sacrifice. we are happy to assist with all inquirie inquiries, but i just note we are volunteering to the strictest of standards. we have passed up on many business opportunities we normally would have pursued. the father is pushing back against that. >> i just read what charles
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kushner wrote. i think this is a version of events that charles kushner wishes were true. >> so you write about it. you say ivanka made no suck credit about the fact she wants to be the most powerful woman in the world. her father's reign is, she thinks, the start of a great american dynasty. one of their surrogates told me the exact same story, that it was -- that's how they perceive this to be, as a dynasty, much like the kennedys. where does she get all this confidence? seriously, for someone not qualified to be in government. >> one of jared's employees used it about him but he and ivanka are very similar. i think they live in a bubble,
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and, you know, ivanka herself wrote in one of her books deception d perception is more important than reality. >> that is her father. another antidote is how ivanka defended her father when cohen was considering resigning. she said, my dad is not a racist. that's not what he said. that's exactly what he said. it is on tape. how shocking is that? >> well, i think that that story is the moral center of the book. you know, that is the heart of the book. you just have to think about that and think about what that says about who she really is. >> white house officials have dismissed the book. a spokesperson said you have
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written a book of fiction. how do you respond to that? >> well, that was the fairest answer, right? i'll take my credibility against hers any time. >> thank you. it was fascinating. the book is called kushner inc. next weekend i will be hosting a town hall with corey booker wednesday, march 27th right here on cnn at 10:00 p.m. our coverage continues. hey mercedes! mix it up a little. how about something for a guy who doesn't want a corner office? hey mercedes, i don't even own a tie. do you think i need a mahogany dashboard? hey mercedes, can you make it a little cooler in here? [ a-class ] i am setting the temperature [ a-class ] to 68 degrees. we hear you. we made a car that does, too. the all-new a-class. all-new thinking starting at $32,500.
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good evening. hope hicks, one of the president's closest confidants during the campaign and in the white house now says she sl cooperate with house democrats investigating him. we'll have the latest on that. also joined tonight by congressman jerry nadler who chairs the house judiciary committee. there's also breaking news on yet another investigation, acting defense secretary, patrick shanahan, now at the center of a new pentagon ethics probe. additionally, the president escalated his attacks today on the late senator john mccain and took them in a direction no one saw coming and a direction that's pretty pathetic. but we begin with his new attacks on the special counsel, robert mueller, whose report is expected shortly. and whatever you think of the work of the special counsel, the president's remarks today invite le

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