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brianna, is thanks to president donald trump. >> oren lieberman, thank you. follow me on twitter @brikeilar on cnn. happening now, breaking news. bracing for mueller. white house, congress and the country are on pins and needles, bracing for robert mueller's russia report, which could drop at any time. the trump legal team preparing to react to any eventuality. west wing what's app. top white house officials, including ivanka trump, have conducted government business with personal e-mails. and he claims jared kushner has used the what's app messaging system to communicate with foreign leaders. just say no. the white house refuses to comply with democrats' request for information on president trump's communications with
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russia's vladimir putin. does the president have something to hide? and in the heights. president trump drops a twitter bombshell saying it's time to recognize israel's sovereignty over the golan heights, captured in 1967. speaking of timing, is the president acting now because his support for prime minister netanyahu is in a very tough re-election fight? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." . breaking news as the white house braces for the mueller report, rejecting a request for documents on president trump's communications with vladimir putin. house oversight committee chairman says he has new information that senior white house officials, including ivanka trump, have used personal e-mail accounts for government business and he claims
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presidential son-in-law jared kushner has used a messaging app to communicate with foreign leaders. also breaking, the president moves to overturn a half century of u.s. policy by saying it's time to recognize israel's sovereignty over the golan heights, captured in 1967. the president denies it's a bid to support benjamin netanyahu in a closely contested election in less than three weeks. i'm speak with steve cohn of the judicial committee. and our correspondents are standing by with full coverage. chief white house correspondent jim acosta. jim, as the white house prepares for the mueller report, it's digging in against the democrats. >> reporter: that is correct, wolf. white house officials like the rest of washington are on the edge of their seats, waiting for the mueller report to drop. while those expectations are building, democrats are complaining the white house, as you said, are stonewalling their investigations into the president's conversations with
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russia's vladimir putin as well as another probe into trump family members jared kushner and ivanka trump. as the white house is awaiting the arrival on campaign ties to russia, gearing up for battle for the 2020 election, firing up the conservative base. >> you have a president who is also fighting for you. i'm with you all the way. >> reporter: tonight the president is facing new accusations ofstonewalling, as democrats complain they're blocking documents. democratic leaders release this had letter from white house counsel stating while we respectfully support russian interference in the 2016 election. >> i have great confidence in my intelligence people but i will
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tell you that president putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. >> reporter: house democrats are on the hunt for personal e-mails and encrypted text messages from ivanka trump and jared kushner, attorney for the president daughter and sornl son-in-law confirms that the president's son-in-law has been using what's app and confirmed that ms. trump use tins to receive official e-mails on her personal e-mail accounts and does not use a government account, something that the president slammed hillary clinton doing in 2016. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> reporter: the president is urging the mueller report release. >> that's up to the attorney general. he's a very highly respected man. we'll see what happens. >> one reason why? growing optimism inside trump
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world where advisers believe it will conclude the president did not commit any crimes. this clears the deck for us, one predicted. working to shore up support heading into the 2020 campaign as he lends a hand to a key political ally. the president announced that the u.s. will recognize control over the golan heights, an area hotly contested for decades tweeting after 52 years it's time for the united states to recognize israel's sovereignty over the golan heights. it's a gift to israeli prime  minister benjamin netanyahu who is facing re-election next month. the president denied he did it for any political reasons. >> no. i wouldn't even know about that. i wouldn't even know about that. i have no idea. i hear he is do iing okay. >> reporter: the president
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facing pushback that he approved the funeral for the late senator john mccain. >> 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 thank you. that's okay. >> reporter: the national cathedral released a statement, contradicting the president's comments saying, quote, only a state funeral for a former president involves consultation with government officials. no funeral at the cathedral requires the approval of the president or any other government official. attorney for ivanka trump and jared kushner pushed back on claims saying they were not completely accurate but the prospect of the president's own family members were conducting government business over private communications raises questions whether the trump family learned any lessons from the 2016 campaign when they hammered hillary clinton over her e-mail use. wolf, getting back to this mueller report that everybody in washington is waiting for, i talked to an administration official a short while ago who said that the white house does expect to get some kind of heads
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up as to when the mueller report is come iing out but not a headp on the contents of that mueller report. we'll see how all of that plays out. we'll find out, it seems, as the white house is finding out as well. >> everybody is waiting. jim acrofta at the white house, thank you very much. let's take a closer look at the president's call to fully recognize israel sovereignty over the golan heights. oren lieberman is joining us from jerusalem. it's hugely significant, overturning more than 50 years of u.s. policy when it comes to the golan heights. what fs behind this move? what are you hearing over there? >> reporter: no mention in the statements from secretary of state mike pompeo or prime minister benjamin net ana hoor hue or the president's tweets that this was about helping netanyahu win re-election. that is the proverbial elephant
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in the room. he is seeking a fifth term in office. it has not been a good week for him in that election. he was sliding in the polls and the press focused on the corruption investigations he faces and this changed all of that. it's difficult to believe trump when he says he wasn't aware that the elections were coming up, especially with pompeo's visit here. when he vifed the western wall, the holiest site that jus can pray inside jerusalem, he went with netanyahu. that's essentially unheard of. when president trump and mike pence visited the wall they did so alone out of respect of the sensitivity between israelis and palestinians. not so anymore. pompeo with netanyahu and it certainly looked like the trump administration campaigning for netanyahu in his next term as does trump's declaration of the sovereignty in the golan heights, considered occupied territory. on top of all of that, netanyahu
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will head to apac where he will stay at the blair house as an official guest of the white house. will he meet trump. that, for all intents and purposes, is a campaign stop for netanyahu and once again will look like trump is campaigning for netanyahu. could there be more in store there? before this election campaign? that's certainly a possibility. as for reaction, one european diplomat tells cnn trump is essentially once again ignoring international law and u.n. security council resolutions and from that perspective, it doesn't seem they're all that surprised. we're certain to hear consternation from lebanon, iran, iraq, no doubt. what's the kind of reaction we get from the de facto anti-iran states, sawed a arabia, are they legitimately angry about this one as they try to seek better relations with the u.s.? >> we'll have more on this later in the situation room. a very important development today.
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we'll stay on top of it. >> meanwhile, a powerful congressional democrat says white house officials have used personal e-mail. and in the case of jared kushner, private messaging app for government business. at the same time, democrats say the white house is rejecting request for information on the president's communications with russian sprpresident vladimir putin. manu raju, start with the e-mails. what are you learning? >> reporter: elijah cummings saying he has learned that former and current white house officials have used their own personal e-mails to conduct government business. namely jared kushner, the president's son-in-law, senior adviser, ivanka trump, senior adviser and his daughter, of course, as well as steve bannon and kt mcfarland. he says that he had a meeting
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with jared kushner and ivanka trump's lawyer, abby lowell, and he confirmed that jared kushner used what's app to conduct official business with foreign leaders. he said his staff had asked abby lowell at that meeting whether or not classified information had been passed along through the what's app application by kushner. he said lowell could not rule that out. ivanka trump in that december meeting, that lowell acknowledged that she perhaps may not have been following the presidential records app because, according to cummings, lowell revealed she continues to not forward e-mails that are received through her personal account, government e-mails, to her official account, which is required by federal law. now lowell pushed back, the attorney for trump and kushner sent a letter back to cummings today and said he never acknowledged that kushner talked to foreign leaders through the what's app application and that
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after september 2017, ivanka trump never -- excuse me, always forwarded e-mails that went from her personal account to her official account, saying they are both in compliance with federal law. nevertheless, wolf, cummings asking a range of questions to the white house tonight, demanding answers. the ultimate question is will the white house respond to those questions? no word yet as the white house says it is reviewing this letter. wolf? >> the white house is also stalling on request for information about the president's often secretive communications with russia's president putin. what are you hearing about that? >> the white house rejected the demand from three powerful democratic chairmen to provide any information about those trump/putin meetings. they wanted tribed interviews with the translators. they wanted notes that may reveal exactly what happened and they wanted the white house to disclose whether or not the president took action to conceal those notes, destroy those notes and what happened in those
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interactions with putin. today the white house counsel sent a letter to these democr democratic chairmen and said they would not give that information over to congress, specifically the president must be free to engage in discussion with foreign leaders without fear that those communications will be disclosed and used as fodder for partisan political purposes. and foreign leaders must be assured of this as well. it appears the white house may be gearing up to fight this if democrats are trying to issue subpoenas. he cites in the letter that he believes they're on firm ground. democrats have yet to respond to this but expect potential subpoenas in yet another ratcheting up of the fight between the white house and house democrats over their investigations here on capitol hill. >> not only continues, it intensifies. manu raju on capitol hill. thank you. as the white house brace for the mueller report to drop, the
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question everyone wants to know, what happens next? let's bring in evan perez. when mueller is finished with his investigation how do you expect all of this to unfold? >> wolf, we expect that once the report is delivered to the attorney general, bill barr, the attorney general, will notify congress, especially the judiciary committee, which oversees the justice department, that they have received the report, that essentially the mueller investigation is over, is closed and there will be a period in which he will be reviewing those findings before he will formally send what will essentially be the barr report, essentially his summary of what he sees in the mueller findings, what he thinks is releasable as a result of his own review of the mueller findings. >> you've been covering the mueller investigation for, what, two years, almost on a daily, sometimes hourly basis? >> who is counting, wolf? >> there's still unanswered questions whachlt do you anticipate? >> wolf, given the fact that this has gone on for 674 days now, i think there's still big
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overarching questions, collusion, whether or not there was obstruction, whether or not mueller found any proof of russian collusion or conspiracy by people either close to the president, the president himself, to collude with the russians with regard to the 2016 election. another question, obviously, that we expect bill barr will have to answer to congress is whether or not mueller asked to subpoena the president. we know that the president never gave a sit-down interview with mueller. the question is, did mueller ask for a subpoena, to subpoena the president and what happened to that? that's going to be a big question. again, bill barr is required to tell congress if he rejected any request requests from bob mueller and how detailed is this report? it makes it more difficult. the more detail in this report,
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the more difficult it is for bill barr and what he produces to congress. >> critically important questions. we're bracing for the release and word of the investigation has been completed. evan perez, thank you very much. joining us now, democratic congressman steve cohn of tennessee. congressman, thank you for joining us. i want to quickly get to the breaking news. according to the chairman of the house oversight committee, elien elijah cummings, senior white house officials used personal e-mails to conduct official government business. in particular, jared kushner used a private messaging app to communicate with foreign leaders. what concerns does all that raise for you? >> well one of the first things that jared kushner did was see if they could get a back channel between the white house and russia. there are communications that this administration or jared
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kushn kushner, particularly, and he's trump's guy, didn't wanto able to access or even the cia and the security departments to be able to access between the white house and russia. there's an issue about kusner and ivanka not being cleared and having the president have to get involved to give them those security clearances. they still don't have the top security clearances because of concerns at the cia, and that related to private business they could have with countries that were involved, israel and the middle east. the concern obviously is that jimmy breslin is writing this administration's handbook. they can't get, in their minds, what the law is and comply with it. they want to do everything off channel, away from the public's eye and it makes you wonder what are they hiding?
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it raises lots of issues. >> do you agree that congress needs to see these documents? >> to protect the united states against enemies foreign and domestic. one of our duties in oversight is to see to it that for the protection of our country and betterment of american society. we can't have anybody using foreign policy for their personal benefits. with this administration there's lots of issues that have been raised concerning involvement with russia, business practices, at 666 fifth avenue, who financed that, deutsch bank, who
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financed trump to legitimate concern of congress. >> let me interrupt. >> so we need to see what they talked about. >> let's talk about the white house response. in a formal letter to congress, legal counsel says that u.s. constitution assigns responsibility for dealing with foreign affairs to the president and that all presidents over the years have a right -- have a right to keep their communications with foreign leaders confidential. so why should lawmakers have the right to review these communications between the president and putin? >> i don't know that they have a right to keep them confidential. if subpoenas are issued we'll let a court decide that. in particular in these circumstances where they tried to hide so much from the american public in their communications with russia and here is a meeting and you want to know, did they discuss the
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trump tower in moscow, did they discuss lifting sanctions? did they discuss different situations in the baltic. both of which are possible russian sites of aggression or further encouragements into ukraine. this is something that the american people have entrusted congress with, it's part of their oversight duties. he sees everything in black and white. he doesn't see things in terms of governmental oversight and governmental practices and that's what this is. because the last two years he has had the republicans act as if they were an agent of the white house. both our judiciary committee and the intelligence committee. and david nunes ran over there whenever they asked him to. but it's a new game in town. >> robert mueller's report could be delivered to the new attorney
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general at any moment. do you trust that bill barr will be, as he testified in his confirmation hearings, as transparent as possible within justice department guidelines? >> well as possible leaves him a lot of leeway in terms of interpretation. no, i don't think donald trump would have made him and appointed him attorney general if he thought there would be any problem. after jeff sessions refucused himself, he wants his guy in there to take care of him and be the attorney general, personal attorney for the president and not the attorney for the united states of america. he probably went to the federal society or somebody and said get me a guy and they got bill barr. i have to think that the fix is in. that's why the house republicans voted for the resolution we had last week, to have the report made public. that's why trump is saying in
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much of a report and it's going to be flavored toward trump and he has no problem with that being released. what mueller gives to barr should be seen by congress and he should be made to testify before the committee about what he has found. the american public paid for that report. the american public deserves to see those reports. >> we'll find out fairly soon whether any of that will happen. steve cohen, thank you for joining us. >> you're welcome, wolf. breaking news, the white house is bracing for mueller's report, which could be wrapped up and delivered at any time now. how is the trump legal team preparing to respond? >> ivanka trump is among white house officials who have used personal e-mail for government business while jared kushner has used private messaging to communicate with foreign leaders. or other child. or their new friend. or your giant nephews
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tonight the trump white house is dealing with multiple demands while waiting for special counsel robert mueller to wrap up his investigation. let's ask our political and legal experts about all these developments. gloria borger, oversight committee chairman, elijah cummings says he has new information that senior white house officials, including the president's daughter and son-in-law were using private e-mail accounts or private messaging services to deal with official government business. that's a big deal. >> well, it is a big deal, particularly since the president has spent the last couple of years railing about hillary clinton and her private e-mail server. now the white house will say there wasn't a private server, but you shouldn't be using private e-mails for government business. the problem with jared kushner, in particular, is because
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they're charging he was using what's app and maybe some encrypted devices that were not so encrypted, to communicate with foreign leaders. and that shouldn't be done. now his attorney, abby lowell, is saying whenever he spoke with somebody out of the country, he took a screen shot of it and then transferred it to his regular e-mail. but there is some disagreement about whether he was talking to foreign leaders or just people he knows overseas. and that's what they want to investigate. >> yeah. but, you know, it's a very weird -- despite the irony, they used to attack hillary clinton all the time for her private e-mail server. there are serious national security risks. >> yeah. >> as well. you're communicating with a foreign leader over what's app, that's a problem. >> well, look, there's a reason that the attacks on hillary clinton by donald trump during the 2016 campaign had some resonance, because she was the secretary of state and there were concerns about potential security breaches.
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that has not changed. in fact, we know that russia hacked into the dnc and jon pode podesta's e-mails and released them via wikileaks. this is not a theatrical conversation. we know this is happening. we suspect other foreign powers are doing the same. given the water under the bridge, as gloria mentioned, with this issue, it's sort of -- some combination of negligence and whistling past your own political graveyard to do this. the one thing you would think that the trump administration on day one, they would say, look, you may have missed the campaign we just ran, but it was a lot focused on this one issue, so let's not repeat this mistake. >> don't forget, jared kushner was establish being the so-called back channel. >> that's right. >> to the russians. was he using what's app for those communications? and we don't know. we don't know the answer to that. and his lawyer says, no.
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the question is, was classified information used on these applications? >> remember, michael cohen, the president's former lawyer and fixer, was busted in part for using what's app that was discovered and they could monitor what was going on over what's app. bianna, we now learn that the house oversight committee has spent the past two years investigating the private use -- official private use of e-mail for official government business going back to march of 2017. that's when the republicans were still in the majority and controlled the committee. elijah cummings, the committee chairman says the white house has engaged in an unprecedented level of stonewalling, delay and obstruction, suggesting there's a pattern here, a serious pattern of concern. >> look, i think elijah cummings is setting the groundwork, and i think we saw it on display with this op-ed in the washington post, laying out what he has done thus far, the steps that they have taken as a committee. he said he sent 12 letters to
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the white house. the white house has not sent over any information at all. as you said, he accused them of stonewalling. and this could be viewed as his way of saying here is everything we've done thus far, step by step, in anticipation that, of course, the republicans in the white house may, in turn, accuse the committee and elijah cummings of aggressively attacking, going after or being too inquisitive as per the president calls it harassment. i think he's setting the groundwork for here is how things typically work. here is what i've done, the protocol i've followed. they're not complying. >> how much power, laura, does elijah cummings, committee chairman, have to take on the white house if they continue to refuse to provide these documents? >> he still has enormous amount of power because he has the subpoena in power. the nature of his actual committee has extensive authority to investigate any number of things in a federal government. that's an enormous umbrella of
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tasks that he actually has. the problem is that you're only as good as your subpoena power. how good are you if it's ignored? he has the constitutional authority to investigate a number of things will bode very well in a litigation involving how and to what sx extent the president could refute these subpoenas and ignore them but his power is absolute when it comes to people who would not have that legal hurdle to overcome. there is an overlap between what they're accusing ivanka and jared kushner of doing at this point in time. he is fighting for information and documents through evidence. one thing you cannot have, if you don't have it -- if you don't have it as part of the presidential or formal government record you can't get it. if they don't include or screen shot or have this information forwarded from their personal accounts to their official government accounts, guess what, it goes into essentially the ether. no one can see it again. that's why it's critical to have
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it captured under the presidential records act. why elijah cummings and his committee's power is so important. >> don't forget, this isn't just about protocol. this is about national security. it had been reported over the past couple of years now that our intelligence agencies knew of allies and adversaries who were aggressively trying to influence jared and ivanka, particularly jared, in his role in the middle east.chairmen to review the president -- white house counsel writes this congress, quote, while we respectfully seek to accommodate appropriate oversight requests
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we are unaware of any precedent supporting such sweeping. administrations of both partyie have consistently recognized that the conduct of foreign affairs is a matter that conditions contusion assigns exclusively to the president. >> vladimir putin and wanted to tear up the note of the translator who didn't have anybody else in the room with him, who was talking to putin. this is also a white house who does not give regular readouts of the president's conversations with foreign leaders. they kind of cherry pick which readouts they want to give. so we don't know which foreign leaders he's talking to, when and what they generally talked about. these readouts are not candid, but at least they become part of the official record. when historians go back, it is a matter of national security, as
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bianna says, but when historians go back and try to reconstruct, for example, trump's relationship with vladimir putin, foreign policy during the trump administration, they may not have a lot to go on and national security folks won't have a lot to go on. they won't be able to see any hard precedent. they're going to have to take people's words for what went on rather than translators, tribers, whatever it is. while you have to respect the right of the president to have candid conversations, there should always be somebody else in the room. >> and just one more thing, gloria. as she was talking, i was thinking of this. remember that after the meeting between putin and trump, where it was just translators and we later learned he wanted to get rid of the translator's notes they come out and trump says famously/infamously, we're both to blame in this whole hacking situation in front of vladimir putin. he could not have been happy ie
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basically saying it's a both sides thing. the precursor to that public event was this private conversation which i think makes it even more critical and more frustrating that we're not going -- we may never learn exactly what happened there. >> the legal precedent, laura, you're our legal analyst. >> they're being disingenuous when there's no precedent for this. other administrations, democratic and republican, trying to hold out information regarding foreign diplomacy involves, of course, with the bush and the obama administrations with respect to guantanamo detainees, repatriation, et cetera. however, the courts have clearly said that the executive privileges used as a foundation is actually qualified. it's not absolute for the president of the united states to say because i'm there, because i'm the person having the communication that the privilege can never go away. the courts have been quite clear in the notion that it has to be balanced against the compelling interest of the president to have those candid confessions, naturally the compelling
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interest of other foreign administrations to say we can trust we're able to have candid conversations with you against what congress and the public's right to know is. there are ways that that fulcrum and balancing test weighs in favor of congress, given the things that both chris and fwlora have laid out about the notions of the president having these conversations, references for the nato of alliance, the decision not to have anyone else in the room when you should have had others there as well. they weigh in favor of having a more compelling reason to having it disclosed. >> bianna, you wanted to weigh in? >> the purpose of a readout is to protect the president. you have a third party in there for that reason. following the president's meeting with vladimir putin in helsinki, putin would give subsequent e-mails in piecemeal and talk about some of the things he said he and the president spoke about in helsinki, which raised eyebrows
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for everyone here in the u.s. because it was the first we heard about it and it involved everything from ukraine to syria. that's exactly why you want documentation and a third party to witness exactly what took place in certain meetings. >> gloria, while everyone is waiting for the mueller report to be handed over to the attorney general, what are you hearing? what's going on behind the scenes at the white house? >> special counsel emmitt flood seems to be in charge of the operating team that's going to come up with a response. and in talking to people today, it's interesting because they believe that perhaps -- maybe it's that they hope that the mueller report won't be so bad for the president because he can't be indicted, after all, and that in the end the president could use it in his 2020 campaign. they don't know but that's one of the options, i was told. they're happy to think about it that way. >> told it's coming out soon. we'll have to wait and see. everybody stick around.
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barbara, what did he tell you? >> tonight the number one general in the u.s. military increasingly concerned about both russian and chinese military buildups. a u.s. b-5 bomber caught over the baltic sea. moscow claims a russian fighter jet forced the americans to back off, something adamantly denied by the u.s. air force which said the russian aircraft did not chase the b-52 away. it's all part of the new front line between moscow and washington over superpower dominance. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff says russia is working on new missiles, ships and aircraft aimed at making it harder for the u.s. to defend europe, a plan he says that is so far succeeding. >> absolutely no question that it would be more difficult for us to project power in europe today. >> general joseph dunford said
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the u.s. can still defend europe and the pentagon is funding new u.s. weapons to push back, but he has an unusually blunt warning about russian president vladimir putin. >> we're talking about putin putting together information operation operations unconventional. >> also pinning the 2016 election interference on putin, something president trump has not done even as the u.s. intelligence community believes it. >> putin is doing things. he did things in the united states in the context of the 2016 elections to try to undermine democracy, making an assumption that there's very little that russia does that putin is not aware of. >> and on the china front, general dunford expressed very deep concern about american high-tech companies doing business in china that their technology would be directed toward the other chinese
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military. he has signaled out again google for his concerns about this. we're now learning that general dunford next week here in washington plans to meet with top google executives at their request to discuss his concerns about china. wolf? >> will he show up for his team's super bowl celebration at the white house? hello to the best part of the day.... with italian quality pizza. get two medium, one-topping pizzas for just $6.99 each. every store. every day. the italian way. hello primo.
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new england patriots owner robert kraft fresh off a super bowl win is spurning a plea deal. brian todd has been looking into this for us. what are you learning? >> reporter: the owner is being defiant tonight, not only rejecting that deal, but also fighting to keep potentially damaging video of him from being released publically. as if that weren't enough, the president of the united states is becoming more involved in this inflammatory case. the billionaire owner of the new england patriots, tonight being as brash in his clash with the law as his team is clashing with opponents on the field. robert kraft, a pal of president trump, is accused of soliciting prostitutes at this day spa in florida and potentially embarrassing trump in the process. a source tells cnn, the 77-year-old kraft is rejecting a plea deal from state prosecutors, who offered to drop
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the charges in exchange for paying fines, doing community service and admitting that kraft would have been found guilty if he went to trial. the plea deal reportedly called for kraft to take an std test. kraft pleaded not guilty and denies any wrongdoing. >> he is worried about the embarrassment that would be caused by him admitting wrongdoing. he has a lot of money and time to try to hire the best lawyers possible and to fight this. >> reporter: kraft and his legal team are tonight fighting in court to stop the public release of surveillance video that alenalen allegedly shows kraft engaging in sex acts. the video would be a crucial piece of evidence against kraft if he goes to trial. he could still beat the charges if there's no audio where he can be heard agreeing to a transaction. >> the defense for mr. kraft has to be he was not paying for that service. >> he is becoming a famous guy
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for winning. >> reporter: president trump is being drawn further into the kraft saga. in an interview with nbc, the former owner of the spa and a frequent guest of trump, including at mar-a-lago, fired back at democrats who want to investigate whether she tried to sell chinese clients access to the president. >> i'm part of american. i love american. i love. so i don't do anything wrong. >> reporter: the president reportedly has told aides he wants kraft to come to the white house with the patriots players for a celebration of their super bowl win. that it would set up an awkward photo-op that would make headlines. it wouldn't be unusual. trump has stood by his friends and political allies who have been accused of sexual wrongdoing from former senate candidate roy moore to former fox news channel host bill o'reilly. >> i don't think bill would do anything wrong. >> reporter: o'reilly and moore denied wrongdoing. this could be worse for trump,
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because while kraft hasn't been accused of human trafficking, he is in the middle of a case where it's being investigated. could the optics of standing next to kraft hurt the president, especially on an issue mr. trump has championed? >> i don't think they do. the people that it's going ini hurt the president with, are people who won't vote for him. do i gain two, three votes from disinviting him? what i do is reaffirm my base when i stand by my friends. >> reporter: would robert kraft go to the white house? we reached out to kraft and the patriots about that. we didn't hear back. despite their friendship, kraft did clash with trump two years ago when the president attacked nfl players over their protests during the national anthem. robert kraft has praised mr. trump during a media interview. >> brian, thanks very much. we will watch it together with you. coming up, breaking news. as the white house braces for the mueller report, it's digging in against inkwquiry inquiries. .
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happening now, breaking news. using personal e-mails. a top democrat says some senior white house officials have been doing government business on private accounts, accusing jared kushner of communicating with foreign leaders through an
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insecure app. after the president raled about hillary clinton's e-mails, is his administration now doing the same thing? refusing to comply. white house officials say they won't give house democrats information about mr. trump's private conversations with vladimir putin. why are they insisting on secrecy? holding pattern. the trump team is on alert right now, awaiting robert mueller's report. we're learning about how the president's legal and political teams are getting ready. tweeting recognition. president trump overturns a u.s. policy on twitter, saying it's time for the united states to recognize israeli sovereignty over the golan heights. was it a gift to his prime minister pal who is in a very, very tough re-election fight? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room."


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