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now. >> president trump is with his team at mar-a-lago, his legal team there. where some have now declared victory. >> a source tells cnn they have a conference call scheduled at 3:00 this afternoon. we begin now with smerconish. i can michael smer wonnico n consmerconish -- michael smerconish in philadelphia. the president's often repeated claim of no collusion will soon be validated and presumably that there will be no case made for obstruction of justice or at least not now. no wonder then that the president was said to be celebrating quietly last night at mar-a-lago. meanwhile, democrats are channeling their energy towards demanding release of the full report and its supporting evidence. here's something about which we should all be in agreement.
robert mueller is deserving of our gratitude. the former director of the fbi has dedicated most of his professional life to government service. he wore the nation's uniform in vietnam, where he earned a bronze star and a purple heart and did it again figuratively of the span over the last two years, keeping his head down, his mouth shut, while doing his job and taking never ending fire from those who didn't want him to finish his task. no one knew the outcome up until he delivered the report is a tribute to mueller and his staff. there is no evidence mueller ever leaked, never, none. mueller himself has been so silent that robert deniro wasn't sure how to imitate his voice on "snl". he presumably didn't construct a case for conspiracy or collusion or destruction, it doesn't mean his efforts weren't if vain or fruitful, first, by investigating the president and reaching conclusions, he did us all the favor.
he has been the sunshine that will be a source of disinfectant for years to come, of course, mueller recommend nos indictments doesn't mean he didn't find the president exited crimes. remember, he's operating on the disputed premise the president can't be indicted. more importantly, we would have no ideas as to mechanics and depth of the russian hacking and meddling in our election without his investigation. 37 people and entities were charged as a result of the mueller probe. seven guilty pleas, one conviction at trial. about two-thirds of them are russians charged with hacking and meddling in the 2016 election. some of those entangled in the investigation are individuals from the trump orbit, largely charged with lying and other non-conspiracy offenses, that's all stunning. it would have been earth shattering if announced all at once. last month, the washington post made this brilliant observation. he wrote, quote, president trump has benefitted from the frog in
hot water nature of special counsel robert mueller's investigation into his campaign and possible overlap with russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. imagine if, instead of mueller releasing new public indictments as we went along, leveraging criminal charges to obtain more information from the targets of he is probe, he instead had kept his information private. imagine if he and his lawyers had been working in quiet for 20 months, submitting expenses to the department of justice and suffering the president's tweettweet ferocity. after that, they suddenly produced dozens of indictments and plea deals detailing former trump campaign chair paul manafort's legal and questionable financial dealings, those of his deputy rick gates, full details of russia's efforts to influence social media and steal information from democratic targets and detail a half dozen targets who had mit to lying to federal investigators.
imagine if that had landed with a thud on the attorney general's desk? what, bump is right, of course, that in the end there was no case constructed against donald trump for conspiracy or obstruction good news for the president of the united states. but let it not mask that ourmation was the victim of a hostile effort by a world power to disrupt that which we hold most sacred, free and fair elections. >> that happened, regardless of whether the russians were aided and abetted by members of the trump campaign or the president, himself. and that is something about which we should all be mind. so thank you, robert mueller. joining me now a member of the senate judiciary committee chris coo coons, the democratic senator and vice chair of the ethics committee. senator, 37 people or entities charged, seven guilty pleas, one conviction at trial.
five sentenced. was the impact of mueller's work lessened by the incremental release? would we on any other day had it all been dropped by once be floored by the outcome? >> reporter: that's right, michael, if this had been released as one final report or spray of indictments and then proceedings in terms of both guilty pleas and convictions, it would have a stunning impact. the fact that it has happened over nearly two years i think has lessened the impact, as most americans have absorbed. what is a really stunning story, first that there was an intentional effort by a hostile power to interfere in our presidential elections. second, that there were a dozen senior people in the trump campaign seeking help from russia, trying to connect and coordinate with them and trying to have some influence that runs well outside what we would expect from patriotic folks
pursuing election or supporting a candidate. whether or not bob mueller has ultimately made some case for conspiracy, we don't yet know. as you pointed out correctly, it rests with the attorney general, but the leak by a senior justice department official that there will be no more indictments coming strongly suggests that at least for the narrow charge that robert mueller had, there may be no more everyday forthcoming. i'll join you if you can, briefly, michael, in thanking robert mueller for his service and the professional way if which he's conducted himself. >> the fact that there will be no further indictments doesn't necessarily mean there was not a cog nizable claim against the president or is that a reflection of that justice department policy that says you can't indict a sitting president. i guess what i mean, senator coons is this, might there nevertheless be evidence in that report that rises to the high crimes and misdemeanor standard for impeachment? >> reporter: that's possible.
that's why the report needs to be released as fully as possible, as soon as possible, to congress. because it's our job to conduct oversight. it's entirely possible that there was evidence of misdeeds of inappropriate, unpatriotic behalf-your that did not rise to the level of a chargeable offense, either because the president under doj policy cannot himself be indicted while serving in office or because these were, you know, untoward, inappropriate things that deserve oversight and sunshine, but did not rise to the level of a crime. i'll remind you robert mueller's charge was quite narrow. where he found things that seem to be indicators of crime, he fairly quickly shed them to other jurisdictions, to the southern district of new york. to the state of new york, to the eastern district of virginia. so, this does not mean the end of investigations into the trump campaign. trump organization, trump foundation and so forth. but it may well be the end of any prosecution that might come
out of robert mueller's narrow investigation into russian interference in the 2016 and the possibility of conspiracy with the trump campaign. >> is your demand and the demand of other democrats to see it all born of a distrust of this process? >> reporter: it's born out of a concern for transparency. the good news here, i think, michael is that we are all aligned on this, meaning president trump is publicly saying the report should be fully released. rudy guiliani said within the last day that the white house should not get an advance peek look at it. it should be released to the congress and the white house at the same time. land say graham, chairman of the judiciary is saying it should be released as fully and quickly as possible. the few legitimate reasons why there might be a narrowing of all the investigatory materials and the report delivered to the attorney general and what comes to congress would be threefold, first, interference with ongoing investigations.
we know there are several. second, classified information, which, of course, congress is qualified to handle in our intelligence committees, and third, excuse me, grand jury information. there is a longstanding rule without a judicial order, grand jury information is not shared. so, that's the three areas where i think attorney general barr and his team may well be reviewing the report and its work product so see what is appropriate. but frankly, unexpecting this weekend, given the attorney general's letter that congress will get notified of the principle conclusion of the report and that i hope as soon as next week that we'll be seeing the vast majority of the report with only minor redaction. >> we showed on a split screen, senator coons, while you were speaking, the president on the move right now in west palm beach. he's been unusually restrained and quiet. i want to ask you a political question about all of this, do you have any concern your party
will overplay its hand? look, the reality seems to be no collusion, no obstruction of justice. if this now tees up a series of never ending investigations by democrats in the house or the senate, will you not play into his hands as it was a witch hunt? >> reporter: well, we have to be careful to use the resources a and the abilities of the house majority in a focused and a responsible way. i think there were 13 investigations by the house republicans of the benghazi incident. i, miempl, syself, sat through three different hearings and the republicans in that instance demonstrated overreach. i will remind you the phrase move on, the organization move on, was coined late in the improoei impeachment against bill clinton because they got tired of kenneth starr's investigation that went on for years and the
impeachment process. we need to focus on matters relevant to the average american. i support to speaker pelosi's view we ought to explain what we are investigating and why? there are lots of issues we have known, whether it's trump's taxes and the allegations of some impropriety there. or its ways in which his decision-making and policy is unpredictable or even inappropriate. just yesterday, there was an incident where the trump administration rolled out significant new sanctions against north korea and then abruptly in a tweet, president trump reversed them, even as his own cabinet leadership, secretary of the treasury, national security adviser were trumpeting these new sanctions, the president without consultation within his own administration abruptly reversed them out of his average, for ff
kim jong-un. there is plenty of things to debate concerning policy and a few that determine focus and ongoing investigation. we should not overdue it. we have to remember there is a 2020 election coming up, michael. the question the average american is going to ask is not about any of these investigations, they're going to ask, what would you do, democratic party, that would make a difference in my life that would help my family, my kids, my immediate community deal with opioids, deal with healthcare, get a better job, those are the things that i hear in delaware that are on the mind of the average american. i'm not saying with eshouldwe s abandon. we should be focussed. >> are you willing to give president credit for the defeat of isis in syria? >> absolutely, i am willing to
give credit to our democratic forces, this was begun by barack obama, who pulled together an international coalition, it was continued by president trump. his gut instinct seems to be to pull us out of all foreign conflicts, but his national security team prevailed on him to stay engaged and finish the fight. it's my hope he really has changed what was that abrupt policy decision i referenced a moment ago and we will retain a thousand american troops for the near term to make sure that iran does not take advantage of the vacuum created by the defeat of isis on the ground and given that our military leaders estimate there are tens of thousands of isis fighters embedded in the community. of course i will giver credit to our commander-in-chief and troops for the success in the fight against isis. >> okay. me toomp me, too. thank you, senator as soon as.
i appreciate -- senator coons, i appreciate it. >> thank you. what do we have? watching on cnn, are you that delusion a delusional, thanking mueller? you stating that there is still crimes that could have been committed poisoning mind and viewers of this country. hey, deso, maybe you read the report. i have yet to read it. i fullied a knowledge the advance reporting, there will be no further indictments. i raise a reason why is the justice department policy that you can't indict a sitting president. i think that's entirely fair and reasonable. but if you listen to the totality of my commentary, i fullying a only in it appears to be a win for the president and i don't beskdrudge him. i'm happen for the country. i as an american are happy with that outcome. i want to sa light mueller, the president has been kicking his
butt for the last two years and mueller hasn't said a word. he's just toiled ahead, and gotten the job done. i think we need to single that out. i want to know who the rest of you think, go to my website smerconish.com. answer this question, will the full mueller report. will it be released to the public? vo vote. up next, russian roulette author michaeli ishikopf. how is the president reacting to the report? we'll have a live report from west palm. ners insurance. nice tip. i'll give you two bucks for the chair. two?! that's a victorian antique! all right, how much for the recliner, then? wait wait... how did that get out here? that is definitely not for sale! is this a yard sale? if it's in the yard then it's... for sale.
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book now and enjoy free unlimited open bar and more. norwegian cruise line. feel free. special counsel robert mueller turned over his report to attorney general william barr with no further indictments. barr hopes to return it over this weekend. joining me is the chief investigative correspondent at yahoo news, also the co-author of the book "kwugs roulette, the inside story of putin's war on america and the election of donald trump." michael, what's your headline? >> well, the headline i think is going to be superseded by
whatever we learn later today or foreman in terms of the principle conclusions. and i have to say, beyond the obvious fact that there are no more indictments, which is something that a lot of people were speculating about you know as recently as the last few days, you heard people suggesting that mueller would go out with a flurry of a grand finale with indictments of perhaps the president's son or jared kushner or others. he, obviously, hasn't done that that's a win for the president. no question about it. but what really struck me most in bar's letter, that was released late yesterday, was the fact that there are principle conclusions from this report. a lot of us thought that mueller's report would be minimalist. he would say, here's who i have indicted. here are the areas that i investigated. it wasn't clear to me that he was financial to reach
conclusions about some of the core issues, obstruction of justice, or, you know, the extent to which there may have been collusion or conspiracy that he didn't charge and put in indictments. mueller is a by the book guy that you know i thought that it was likely the report would be very narrowly focused and simply state, you know, what he did, who he charged, who he didn't, and then, supporting evidence. the fact that he reached conclusions, which is what barr said in his letter yesterday, you know, raises a whole host of questions to me that go beyond where i thought mueller was going to go. so we'll have to wait and see what those conclusions are. but that's the ball game. >> but michael, i'm find i mindful of attorney general barr's confirmation hearing, where without referencing jim comey by name, i think he made
very clear his distaste for the comey announcement, where he lamb basted hillary clinton, secretary clinton and didn't indict her. so i would be surprised if the president were publicly taken to the wood shed in any part of what's to come, given that he's fought going to be indicted or there will be no recommendation he be indicted in the future. >> right. which is again why that phrase principle conclusions leapt out at me. because if you read what rod rosenstein, the speech he gave the other day, in which he replicated that principle we don't opine on uncharged conduct, you know, that was almost, it's been a mantra of rosenstein from the beginning. that was the grounds upon which he wrote his memo that led to the firing of comey. so who sort of conclusions are we talking about? you know, i would suggest that's
probably tends to more exonerating the president than implicating him? because if they were implicating him, they would be opining, those occlusions would be opining on uncharged conduct. we have to wait to see. we are speculating here. i don't like to do that. >> don't take the fun out of this. >> okay. >> nike i michael. there are so many aspects of it that intrigue me, like you, i have been eat, sleeping, drinking it for the last two years. i have to hit you with one of the more bit players in all there. jerome corsi, what are you making of the fact that corsi at the end of the day wasn't indicted, when, in fact, we were told he was presented with an indictment they wanted him to agree to? >> i have to say, that is a surprise. because if you talk to veteran prosecutors, and you sa you the chain of events, including the draft of plea agreement, guilty
plea that they gave to corsi, and then they didn't deliver. they didn't take it to the next step and actually charge him. you know, most prosecutors i talk to said, of course, corsi is going to get charged. you don't go that far and then not indict somebody. so, it does indicate that to me what i suspected for a while that all the time and attention that mueller put into the roger stone case was because they were convinced, they were going to be able to show that stone was in direct communication with wikileaks, that that was the, you know, the pot at the end of this rainbow, that they were going to be able to prove, you know, something that did amount to collusion with at least an entity that was leaked to the russians, wreaks, which got it's males from the russians. at the end of the day, if you read the stone indictment, you
don't see that. they did not accuse stone of being in direct communication with wreaks. i think they were trying to prove that i suspect they were frustrated they could not prove it. and that's why they were going after corsi. they thought they could lean on corsi and get him there. and at the end of the day, they didn't have it. >> michael ishikopf, thank you, as always. >> thank you. what do we have? smerconish, anything short of releasing the full mueller report to the pub slick a statement of guilt of trump claiming executive privilege is very telling and just an excuse. if trump is totally innocent, prove it. >> it's not guilty that comes out of a criminal kriel, right? the jury has to determine guilt or not guilty. not innocence. i think it's the same sort of
thing here. i want to see it all. of course, i want to see it all. just like you i feel there is a transparency aspect of this, we have a right to demand it. one more if we have time. smerconish, funny liberals say they are for laws and procedures but want mueller report which to be completely release and ignore the procedures and process. wow. i think it's not a justification for the public to be shut out entirely. that's what i would say. answer the survey, will the full mueller report, will it, not should it, will it be released to the public? go vote. up a ahead, president trump got international news, u.s.-backed forces defeated isis and fully liberated its last strong hold in eastern syria. ben weidman will join us from
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rightly claim for the defeat of isis in this latest chapter? >> reporter: well, michael, i think there is no question about it, the united states was key in making this victory over isis possible. we have been watching as almost daily u.s. aircraft along with, we believe, french aircraft as well have been striking the isis positions in this last strong hold of the terror group in this part of the country. but going beyond just that, they have been providing support and training and weapons and ammunition to the u.s.-backed syrian democratic forces now for in years. going back, of course, to the obama administration. there are now about 2,000 u.s. troops and other personnel in this part of the country. where we were, we saw that there were -- there's an american artillery battery. there are french and british special forces in the area as well. and their help was critical.
without them, without that kind of air support and support on the ground, a victory simply wouldn't have been possible and going beyond syria, iraq is the same case. the americans as well a as their coalition allies, supported, trained, armed the iraqi forces and the kurdish forces in the northern part of iraq and their air cover and the presence of u.s. special forces and others in british and italian and spanish and french forces were key to this victory, so, yes, in this case, the united nations can rightly claim credit for this final victory over what is the so-called or was the islamic state. michael. >> what's the future now of the assad regime? what's the future for syria as you see it, ben? >> reporter: the assad regime, separate from isis, actually
probably looking more likely to survive than it has in many years. they have established, re-established the regime, their control over major parts of the country, not this one, of course, this is run, this part of the country is run by the autonomous kurdish authorities, with their arab allies in northeastern syria. so the assad regime, thanks to the russians, the iranians and hezbollah, have managed to survive. around that's major reversal. i remember covering the conflict in syria in 2015, until the russians intervened in september of that year, it did look like this assad regime was starting to teeter. as far as syria this part of syria is concerned, victory over isis doesn't bring any sort of prospect of long-term paetz aea prosperity. the worry in this country is
turkey has ambitions to crush the kurdish forces in this part of syria because it is turks believe they are simply, a, the syrian wing of the pkk. the kurdistan workers party, that in turkey has been waging a separatist war against the turkish state since 1984 so there is no confidence that things are going to -- that everything is going to become rosie now that isis has been defeated. michael. >> ben wedeman, stay safe, thanks for an excellent report. we'll check in now with your tweets and facebook comments. what do we have, katherine? smerconish, it's refreshing to hear someone give credit to anyone from the a posing party as chris coons just did in giving the president credit for the defeat of isis in syria. how much does the u.s. deserve
for the fume of the caliphate from the latest chapter and verse? absolutely, credit is deserving of the united states. i will just add my own two cents that what a case of strange bed fellows, when you look at this recent result in syria, you got the united states pleased, obviously, putin pleads, assad pleased, the iranians pleased. on this one thing there is commonality. that one thing ridding the planet of isis. up a asaid, we go to mar-a-lago, the president and his lawyers are awaiting for robert mueller's report. ♪ 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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>> reporter: it was a very big night and it is playing out today as well. we just saw the president about 9:08 arrive at his golf club there with a newspaper in his hand, looking at it, he was reading that newspaper. so we assume he will be playing golf potentially with his regular golf buddy senator lindsey graham who attended a big gop fundraiser last night. the way that this played out is what we saw. the president rather quiet. we haven't really heard from him in the twitter world yet. but we did see at this fundraiser at mar-a-lago, he introduced lindsey graham. lindsey graham went in full on. he went after this investigation, a document that was an integral part of the investigation, calling it a piece of garbage. he mentioned hillary clinton and classified intelligence and the fact that he felt that the election and the campaign was not treated fairly between donald trump and hillary clinton. when he mentioned hillary
clinton, the audience at that private fundraiser went broke out into the chant, lock her up, lock her up again. so those are the kind of things that we've seen play out potentially hinting at the messaging that is taking place. he has his team here. his legal team as well as two press secretaries who are hunkerred down. they are strategizing, trying to figure out how to respond. i think one of the challenges will be here you got campaign advisers saying, yes, this is good news, this is a win, potentially no more indictments. but you've had a president saying time and time again for the last two years, this is a hoax, it's a witch hunt. it's an illegitimate enterprise, it was last weekend he went after mueller in a twitter storm. so they're going to have to do some sort of pivot if you will, if there is exculpatory information out of this report. if they want to present this as a winning six. that's what they are trafficked
to do, to figure out what is the best strategy and messaging and perhaps changing the tone in response to this president in the report. >> the restraint is so out of character for him. it's as if he misplaced his iphone today. i wonder if they fear even though there won't be an indictment recommend, the report is nevertheless ugly with regard to what mueller found? >> reporter: yes. and it is quite amazing that we have not seen a tweet from this president so far. everybody has been watching kind of to see what happens and what he says next. and there is quite a number of people who are in his world that are here, present at mar-a-lago, perhaps trying to make sure that that doesn't happen and it really is a very delicate balancing act. on the one hand have you some people who believe this could be a turning point for his presidency, that it could be a sense of relief. but on the other hand, you do
have these other congressional hearings and investigations, unanswered questions that will continue to dog him as he moves forward. and we still don't know. there still is a process that has to play out with the attorney general. it's interesting that the president parades his attorney general yesterday as being someone who was credible. they have to work with the white house lawyers and with the attorney general in trying to sort out what is admissible and what is not admissible in moving forward to give that to the congress and the public, whether or not there is some executive privilege, concerns coming from officials or documents that they want protected from the public to see, that, too, will be a very delicate balancing act, if you will, this white house having to prove that it is transparent and at the same time really take on some of these investigations that are looming in the future. >> it's going to be fascinating to watch all day long.
thank you for a great report, susan. >> reporter: thank you, have a good day. for more on the probe, elly honig, his latest piece, cnn.com, a multifront battle behind the mueller report. i don't want to lead you, take it. tell me what you moept most want to say. >> one is the procedural. how is this going to play layout as between doj, the white house and congress? and that's what the piece i wrote is about. we can see a real sort of collision here between the executive and legislacive branch and within branches, between the white house and doj. there is a lot of questions. how much detail does mueller go into the report? house it dintd over send it ove white house first? what if there is an executive privilege? that can land in the courts.
what will happen when the house tries to subpoena the report or robert mueller, what happens if the executive branch resists? we can be in court on an onensaried and constitutional question. >> you and i sort of game theories this on radio yesterday. are you surprised when all is said and done, are you surprised that seemingly the result will not involve any additional indictments for conspiracy, clue, call it what you will or for obstruction? >> i'm surprised bbt a couple things, i'm surprised in a good the way report came through and there were no events mueller wanted to do something and it was overruled. were there things mueller wanted to do and the ag said no that was a surprise there were no further indictments. the big question is, how does mueller frame his findings in his report? the fact that there is no indictments is important. it's undoubtedly the win for the
people around him. it's not the whole ball game. he could say, robert mueller saying, here are my findings, i find significant evidence of collusion or obstruction, i think there is more smoke and i refer to you for further proceedings as you see necessary, especially given the doj policy against the sitting president, indicting a sitting president. i think a key question will be did mueller hold off on further action because of that policy or the quality of the evidence? >> you know, i'm so glad you brought that up. in my discussion earlier this hour with senator coons, that's what i was getting at, should we be surprised the mueller report will not have an indictment when the policy says you can't die. it's into the law, it's a policy. i don't mean to suggest that's what the finding will be. there really couldn't have been a different outcome today, right? >> there is no possible way that mueller was going to indict the
president. if you look back at the ken starr report, i was reading through yesterday. he didn't excited the president, clinton. he doesn't recommend indicting the president. what he does is say, here are my findings, starr goes, i don't think we will see mueller going, here are some grounds you may want to consider. throughout the reports, all of the findings relate to obstruction of justice. so i wouldn't be spiking the football just yet if i were in the president's orbit. >> that may be why we've seen a measured, quiet response thus far from the white house team. >> and all focus seemingly will shift to your old venue, the southern district, western we get past this, right? >> no doubt about it. that's where the focus can and should turn. we already know mueller sent specific portions of his work to the michael cohen case, which has led to the campaign finance case. we saw the search warrants, it's clear, southern district is
digging in hard on that campaign finance case, which leads to the trump org, which leads to the inauguration. this is how things work. they follow the chain where ever it may go. it is not constrained in substance. mueller had a core mission to investigate interference with the election. southern district can go wherever the information takes it. >> thank you, as always, we appreciate it. >> thank you, michael still to come,? the best and worst tweets? smerconish, what a bunch of liars, spin it anyway you want, the intention of this investigation was to find collusion, there was none found, end of story. brenda, again, have you read this report? i've not seen the report. all i know is that which was announcedied, should we all take our time and read it? mine is not an idea logically based focus. it's
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