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well. there's reason for alarm bells here, but the reality is that members of congress really just want to get the answers as to what the u.s. is actually sharing and what they're teaching the saudis with this fram. >> all right. kylie atwood, thank you so much for our exclusive report. that's it for now. "newsroom" with brooke baldwin starts right now. brianna, we'll take it. hi, there. i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. an intensifying battle on capitol hill and the mueller report is at the center of
it all. for the second time in three days the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell has blocked efforts by senate democrats to make the report public. he said, the justice department needs more time to complete its review, but this fight isn't just about releasing this report. it is also about what it says, specifically on the issue of collusion. the white house based on that four page summary from attorney general bill barr says that mueller cleared the president
and the campaign of any wrongdoing. house intel committee adam schiff says, not so fast. the high ranking democrat is not backing away from his claim that there was, in fact, collusion saying his committee will continue to investigate that. and now you have james comey the man who's firing prompted mueller's hiring is also weighing in on the other big headline from the special counsel, the decision not to charge or exonerate trump on obstruction, quoting now. the part that's confusing is i can't quite understand what's going on with the obstruction stuff and i have great faith in bob mueller but i just can't tell from the letter why didn't he decide these questions when the entire rational for special counsel is to make sure the politicalals aren't making the key charging decisions. sarah murray is our political correspondent and greg bauer worked for james comey. he was at the bureau from 2016 to 2018 in the obama and trump administrations, so great to have both of you on and greg i'm
coming to you first here. you just heard me quote james comey. he says he's confused by mueller's decision or lack thereof, are you confused? >> well, i had the same exact reaction, brooke, that jim comey did. it's confusing for two reasons, number one, as mr. comey suggested, the whole point of the special counsel concept is to take decisions like these involving such a high profile investigation away from the president's own appointees at doj and so, what appears to be the case that mueller somehow punted the obstruction decision to attorney general barr is confusing. secondly, given attorney general barr's history and specifically having written the memo last year on the obstruction issue that caused so many democrats to vote against his confirmation, it would seem to be the last
thing that attorney general barr would want to do is to give the appearance that the special counsel is punting that decision to him. it just creates all kinds of questions. >> okay. all this talk of punting, let's go further. sarah, the fact is that mueller was supposed to make this concrete decision, he was tasked with the legal piece on this and specifically on obstruction he punted, either to congress or to bill barr, both of them make it political. >> uh-hum. mueller had to have known that by not drawing his own conclusion that whatever happened next was going to become some kind of a political battle and in many ways that's what this was going to be from the start because we have these doj guidelines that say you cannot indict a sitting president and so by essentially laying out the facts on both sides, we'll learn more of that when they release more of the report, it becomes a political fight. obviously barr deciding to draw his own conclusion makes it political because he's a political appointee and because of this memo he's previously written. once it's kicked to congress, it's a political question that
maybe they didn't meet the criminal threshold of obstruction but is there something here where we feel like the president essentially abused his power while he was in the white house that would, you know, inspire them to move forward with impeachment. i think we're already seeing democrats back away from that a little bit. we'll see when we get more details from the report. >> waiting for the details on the report. just reminding everyone we haven't seen the report, we don't know exactly what he found, we don't know how long this report is, so, greg, is it possible -- hear me out -- is it possible that this was less of a punt from robert mueller and instead he could have laid out in however x many pages laid out the bread crumbs of his findings in the report? >> right. we simply don't know. like james comey, i do implicitly trust robert mueller and so this four page letter really doesn't do a great job of explaining what exactly transpired. that'll have to be explained probably in testimony on the hill. but -- let me just make one
point, with respect to this idea of bob mueller referring or deferring to congress, that, of course, is inevitable regardless of what bob mueller did or does and, in fact, even without a special counsel being appointed, even without a special counsel investigation, congress could take up an impeachment proceeding on this president or any other president any time it wishes for whatever reason. >> but it's more nebulous for them. >> exactly. all of this is going to have to be explained, again, bob mueller's reputation would suggest very strongly there's a logical, legal explanation from this but it's not clear from that letter. >> thank you so much. i want to move on to the trump's administration effort to get rid of obamacare. the full law should be struck down. so here is president trump
talking about what will happen if the court rules against obamacare. >> the only difference between now and the other administration is that we're administering obamacare very well, so we've made it better, but it's still horrible, no good. i understand health care now, especially very well, a lot of people don't understand it. we are going to be the republicans, the party of great health care, so we're coming up with plans. we have a lawsuit right now going where phase one of the lawsuit terminates obamacare, essentially terminates obamacare. you know that, that's the texas lawsuit. we think it'll be upheld and do very well in the supreme court and if the supreme court rules that obamacare is out, we will have a plan that's far better than obamacare. >> cnn is also learning the administration's choice to go against all of the obamacare was as a result of a month's long debate between members of the
president's inner circle and acting chief-of-staff mick mulvaney and his allies came out on the winning side. the losers, those who disagreed, two of the most relevant members of the cabinet regarding this very issue, health and human services secretary, on the left of your screen here and attorney general bill barr who we've been talking a lot about. so political analyst eliana jouns johnson, you helped break the story wide-open. the azar -- azar and barr did not want to invalidate all of obamacare for different reasons. let me just start with your reporting on mr. azar. why was he protesting this move to go against the full law? >> azar and barr were opposing this move because the trump administration came in saying that they were going to repeal obamacare but those efforts failed in congress because there was no consensus republican
alternative and though you hear the president saying step one is the court will invalidate obamacare and step two is will put in place a much better alternative, i think history shows going back to 2017 that republicans have failed to unite behind an alternative and so simply repealing obamacare without republicans coalescing behind an alternative would throw the health care system into chaos and that's not to mention the fact that democrats control the house right now so it would be impossible to pass a republican alternative in the first place. >> also just to hear the president there quickly saying, we will have a plan. this is the chief republican essentially saying, yeah, we don't have a plan. we will have a plan but we don't have a plan. you also report that health and human services said that there was no dispute whatsoever between azar and mulvaney and the white house, doj declined to comment about the internal divide within the administration. what did your sources tell you
about barr's opposition to this whole thing? >> barr himself -- the trump administration got into this by backing a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate obamacare and that lawsuit conservatives, even though who have vocally opposed obamacare are very sceptical of the legal mer its of that lawsuit. you played the president saying he's very optimistic that the supreme court will rule in favor of that lawsuit but that's really not what you hear when you talk to even opponents of obamacare in a conservative legal world. i think barr is interested in replenishing the reputation of the justice department, particularly among conservatives who have been sceptical about the mueller investigation and the source of his opposition was really that, the backing this lawsuit that seems likely to be overturned isn't a good move. >> got it.
eliana johnson, thank you. good to have you on. meantime, in chicago, boy oh, boy, this decision to drop charges against jussie smollett has sparked outrage across the country. some are furious with the prosecutors, some are furious with smollett and chicago police are furious enough to take action. we'll talk to a member of the fraternal order of police. also betsy devos is fighting back. how she is now defending her decision calling for funding cuts to the special olympics? and some news just in about the fate of the british prime minister, theresa may, why she just offered to leave her post as p.m. early? this is cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. and elbow grease. the official truck of getting to work, and getting to work. of late nights, and date nights. it's the official truck of homecoming,
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just in to cnn, theresa may just offered to leave her post earlier than expected in order to get a brexit deal done. cnn's bianca nobilo is outside the houses of parliament there and this is incredibly significant for folks in the uk. what exactly is she offering here? >> reporter: brooke, i was right outside the room where the prime minister made that announcement. it's in one of the corridors deep within the oldest part of parliamentary buildings and all of her party were gathered there. the mood was really subdued when they all went in because they know the country is facing this national crisis and the party is in the doldrums, they don't know what to do and how to move forward, then the prime minister announced that she wouldn't be the leader to take the helm of the next phase of negotiations and that is something which members of her party and lawmakers in the uk have been pushing for because brexit has
gone through such a messy, chaotic point they argue that the leader who got us to this point cannot be the leader who takes us through the next phase of negotiations so the prime minister, brooke, will be hoping that by bargaining that and pledging that she will stand down if her brexit deal passes that she'll be able to get those last votes that she needs in order to pass her deal at this 11th hour in the process. but it still looks like an incredibly tricky order for her to do that, and, in fact, today parliament is wrestling back control from the british government trying to impose their own view of what brexit should look like, all of this happening in the very week that the united kingdom was supposed to leave the european union. so british politics is definitely nothing that i recognize having worked in the building behind me for a few years and it is definitely a very chaotic situation which politicians now are referring to as the new normal here in britain. >> you can hear those protesters
and it sounds like a whopping big if, if she gets her deal through, then she will be out. bianca, thank you for the update there from london. the chicago police department has just released two police reports in the jussie smollett case but those reports still don't really reveal any new information as to why prosecutors abruptly drop those charges against the "empire" star. smollett had been facing 16 felony counts after investigators accused him of staging this elaborate attack himself. smollett says two men targeted him because he's black and gay. he says prosecutors' decision to drop the charges vindicate him but prosecutors say that's not the case. >> do you think mr. smollett did what he was charged with doing? >> yes, we stand behind the cpd's investigation in this case. >> do you consider him innocent? >> no. this was not an exoneration. to say that he was exonerated by us or anyone else is not true. i called an alternative
disposition in that he agreed to do community service, he agreed to forfeit his bail to the city of his chicago and in return for him doing those things, we agreed to dismiss the indictment. >> but here's the thing, smollett walks away with his entire record expunged and what appears to be an extremely clear conscience. >> i've been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. i would not be my mother's son if i was capable of one drop of what i've been accused of. >> now chicago's police union is calling for a federal investigation into state attorney general kim fox. emails and text messages obtained by cnn show communications between fox and smollett family friend tina chen who is the former chief-of-staff to michelle obama. this was when smollett was being treated as the victim. fox reducused herself soon afte
the case took a turn and my next guest is one of the officers investigating into possible interference. martin tribe, martin thank you so much for being here. >> thank you. >> got to get your reaction first, though, to the prosecutors decision and his comments that dropping the charges does not exonerate him. >> well, you're in a chicago world here where one prosecutor is saying one thing, the investigation that the police conducted and brought to the prosecutors has been completely messed up. it's just a disaster. >> what are you being told? >> no, i don't think he's exonerated. pardon? >> what are you being told? >> well, we're being -- i haven't had any direct contact
with kimberly fox or with the second person in charge that you showed there, so, you know, i don't even think they have a clear message of what they're trying to put out here. it just is a true message, another mess in the kimberly fox administration. this has been going on for the entire two years she's been in office. >> if it's such a mess, what's the missing -- what's the missing piece here? do you think kim fox was still involved in this decision despite as we just mentioned her own recusal? >> you know what? everybody in chicago is wondering about the motive behind this and what's going on and the speculation runs rampant. it's very clear she should have appointed a special prosecutor. the law is very clear. she can't recuse herself and not her entire administration. there's, for one, a blatant conflict of interest there when
you're second in command takes over, of course they're going to be -- there's a conflict of interest with your boss. she should have given it to a special prosecutor immediately and it should have been gone to trial. >> in this decision, prosecutors are basically making this case that chicago has no shortage of serious crime, law enforcement, justice resources are already overwhelmed and pursuing this smollett case farther just wasn't worth the resources, wasn't worth the effort. is that valid? >> who would believe such nonsense? who would believe such nonsense? as you said there were 16 felony counts here. that is one of the lamest excuses we've ever heard. this isn't the only thing that we've criticized kimberly fox for. she's transformed her office into a political advocacy
agency, not an agency that goes after prosecuting criminals and protecting public safety and backing up good investigations by police officers. our members of the union have very little faith in her ability and in her office at this point. >> i hear you. you're making that crystal clear, but on the case itself, martin, what if -- playing the what if game, what if jussie smollett wasn't famous? do you feel like there are two justice systems in the city of chicago? >> i don't believe there's much of a justice system at all in chicago at this point. the criminal justice system is on life support. i don't think that's because of the police officers, although a lot of people on the left, you know, constantly attack the chicago police department, but i think this gives an important window for the national audience to see how the public
institutions in chicago often function which is to say that they don't function very well at all, and, you know, this is a violent city and there are a lot of people -- mr. smollett saying that he protects marginalized people and those things, well, you know what? that's what the police do. that's what the police do every day. they go into whatever neighborhood is out there, whatever group of people it is and they try and enforce the law fairly and equitably and so -- no, i think that -- you know, there's a tremendous loss of faith. mayor emanuel spoke very passionately yesterday condemning this decision and we certainly hope he's going to join us and ask for a federal investigation into this incident. >> martin prooib, thank you for not holding back. i hear you and what is the message all of this sends the people of chicago when it comes to trust and justice, thank you
very much for coming on. i appreciate your opinion. i want to move on. freshman congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez once again going viral with a lecture on climate change as the senate shoots down her green new deal. congress set to grill the faa over the grounding of those boeing max jets. and just in the company revealed a company overhaul after two deadly crashes.
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hill about airline safety in the wake of two deadly crashes involving boeing 737 max jet. u.s. senators are expected to press federal aviation officials on whether the flying public, whether any of us are at risk. transportation secretary elaine chow has already appeared before the appropriations committee. she expressed concerns about possible inappropriate relationships between federal regulators and plane manufacturers. >> having the manufacturer also be involved in looking at these standards is really necessary because once again, the faa cannot do it on their own. they need to have the input from the manufacturer. having said that, i am, of course, concerned about any allegations of coziness with any company, manufacturer.
>> secretary chao also defended the faa's decision not to immediately ground those 737 max. they make fact based decisions not hasty ones. >> shimon prokupecz is in seattle for us today. what's going on there and what is this really about? >> reporter: well, for one brooke a very different setting for me than what i'm usually covering, but -- >> planes look good on you shimon. >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: big day for boeing nonetheless. this was their way of trying to rebuild this plane to rebuild the american people, flyers' trust in this plane and what they did today was they presented all the features of this plane and then they also said they're going to be enhancing this plane. they're issuing new software to try and avoid this issue and they're also enhancing training and that is the big thing here.
when they had initially put this out, when they put out this plane, there really wasn't any kind of enhanced training, so as a result after these two crashes they're now saying we're going to enhance training so that pilots can get a better understanding of this plane, how it operates. the issue here obviously has been the automated system. we've heard a lot about this, the mcas systems. if there is erroneous data, they're trying to prevent erroneous data from triggering the mcas system and by updating the software, boeing officials say they hope they can prevent future crashes. obviously they want to get these planes back in the air. the airlines want these planes back in the air and so they're hoping -- their hope is by the end of the week they can submit some of these changes to the faa and, therefore, start the process of getting these plane back in the air, brooke. >> got you and we'll be listening in to those federal aviation officials getting grilled on the hill next hour,
shimon. shimon in seattle, thank you. let me show everyone a picture here. a republican senator this photo of a bunch of babies and what says is a solution to climate change. you have to stick around to watch this. also monica lewinsky is weighing in on bill barr's summary of the mueller report and it involves the f. word.
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the green new deal championed by freshman democratic congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez getting shot down in the u.s. senate. mitch mcconnell brought it to the floor late tuesday, but not a single senator voted to take up this resolution. senate democrats say they saw it as a trap to depict them as socialists in the 2020 election. over on the house side, the congresswoman ripped leader mcconnell for saying the senate, vote, saying he doesn't want to
save our planet. let me play you the back and forth before alexandria ocasio-cortez and her republican colleagues. >> we should not focus on the rich, wealthy elites who will look at this and go i've got big money in debate. everyone we should do this. we should all sign up for it. if you're a poor family just trying to make ends meet. it's a horrible idea. it's kind of like saying, i'll sign on to the green new deal but i'll take a private jet from d.c. to california. a private jet? or i'll take my uber suv. i won't take the train. or i'll go to davos and fly my private jet. the hypocrisy. >> this is not an elitist issue, this is a quality of life issue. you want to tell people that their concern and desire for clean air and clean water is elitist? tell that to the kids in the south bronx which are suffering from the highest rate of childhood asthma in the country. tell that to the families in
flint who's kids -- their blood is ascending in lead levels, their brains are damaged for the rest of their lives. call them elitist. you're telling me those kids are trying to get on a plane to davos. people are dying. they're dying. >> let's discuss all of that with bill weir. >> hi, brooke. >> hi, friend. what did you make of that? >> at least people are talking about it. this wasn't even on anybody's radar the last couple of election cycles but this green new deal has sparked conversation that's scientists have been hoping for for so long. how they talk about this in the halls of congress is much more benign and mellow than when you go into climate labs around the world. as the congresswoman from new york was pointing out, the midwest is under water right now after the bomb cyclone, after the flooding and the freezing and the thawing and all of that water is coming down stream into
missouri and mississippi. the headquarters off air force base in nebraska was seven feet under water on friday. it's a national security issue. the green new deal, nonbinding resolution just saying, hey, the problem is so grave, it's bigger than we can imagine, why don't we all muscle behind this and create a manhattan project, but now republicans are being forced to figure out how do they knock it down, what do they have on their side as far as ideas? lamar alexander this week said climate change is real. it's mostly manmade. we should do something about it. her plan is way too pie in the sky and too crazy, but again, at least there's a conversation. >> as part of the conversation, senator mike lee, republican, took to the senate floor with props because he says he has an idea. roll it. >> this is the real solution to climate change. babies.
climate change is an engineering problem, knots social engineering but the real kind. it's a challenge of creativity, ingenuity and most of all technological innovation and problems of human imagination are not solved by more laws, they're solved by more humans. >> so he says making babies creates more creativity, it creates more ideas, it creates more problem solving? >> diddle while the world burns is a way to think about it. he's right. his argument is that american babies are going to be the best educated and the most innovative and all of those sorts of things, but for perspective, there are about 3.5 billion planet when i was born, now my daughter's 15, we're at 7.5. they'll be close to ten by the time she's my age. so adding more people to the spaceship earth is one issue. for other perspectives, i was
just reading a scientific survey, if nothing is done, the way the ocean is heating up, if you have a baby today, she never know what wild seafood is by the time she's 30. >> i was saying to you on a commercial break, there are real conversations among women who are at that age where everyone is trying to figure out do i want to and because of the issues with climate they're choosing not to, because of that. >> babies born today when they are 30, there will be tens of millions of climate refugees looking for high ground and the idea that technology will save us from this by one estimate we would need a carbon capture machine like a big air scrubber, we need to be putting one online every day for the next 70 years. right now, there are 20 on the planet and meanwhile, what's more likely to happen is billions of air-conditioners will go out into the stream. >> right. >> and so, again, the conversation, you want to figure out the particulars of how we get to the moon, let's just get
to the moon and save life as we know it. >> so glad we have you here, you're just in on the science and bringing the issue to light and, you know, it's been such an issue even on the campaign trail so far talking to former vice president al gore the other week, he was saying at least that's a dramatic change from when he was coming along a number of years ago. big weir, thank you so much -- big weir, thank you so much. betsy devos is firing back when she announced funding cuts for the special olympics. new reservations today including barbara bush why she kept a trump countdown clock on her bedside table until the very end. we'll be right back. (vo) we're carvana,
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president trump, again, slams puerto rico telling a group of senate republicans during this closed door meeting that the u.s. territory is mismanaging disaster relief funds after being hit by a series of deadly storms and hurricanes in 2017. the president's comments could complicate the upcoming senate vote on disaster aid. so let's start there with anna navarro and, you know, i know how you feel about trump. i also know apparently how trump feels about puerto rico, but just given the setting of where the president was making these comments, it was this big republican policy luncheon. what does that tell you? >> it tells me that it's top of mind for him, you know, that he goes in there and he's talking about that. we've read reports this week about this where he feels that puerto rico's mismanaging the
funds, where he wants to find ways to cut the aid and cut the funds to puerto rico. look, i hope, you know, puerto rico doesn't have senators. i hope that the senators from my state, florida, marco rubio and rick scott step up. we have an enormous puerto rican community in florida. what happens when puerto rico affects florida directly. it should be the concern of every senator and every congress person because puerto ricans are americans too. they are just as american as you and me, as people in new york and texas and florida. the difference is and why donald trump might see them differently and treat them differently, that they don't -- they do not vote in a presidential election. >> the fact that he threw out this number, puerto ricos received more than 90 billion in aid wen we were doing all the fact checking, "the washington post" found congress has approved only 1.5 billion so no one can figure out where he got
the 90 billion. >> no one can ever figure out where he gets his numbers. more than that, from the number hurricane maria happened and remember it was a very active hurricane season. texas had a hurricane, florida had a hurricane and i can tell you as a floridian that the difference in treatment between florida and puerto rico was night and day, whereas florida and texas got immediate and a lot of aid, puerto rico, which needed it more and we knew it needed it more because the infrastructure was in worse shape and because it's an island and it did not get the same level of aid at the same speed that florida and texas did, from day one, donald trump has been treating puerto rico and puerto ricans as second class citizens and that is unacceptable. >> he makes those comments a day or two after the biggest day of his presidency, the mueller report and bill barr coming out with this four page note on that and because of this, this usc law professor tweets the following, tweeting, imagine if the star report had been
provided only to president clinton's attorney so he's going back to whitewater, general janet reno who then read it privately and published a four-page letter stating her conclusion that president clinton committed no crimes. guess who responds to that and we had to blur the middle clarififul word of hers, monica lewinsky, she tweets, if f'ing only. you think she's right. >> she brings up a good point. one of the biggest problems in politics today and why people are so fed up with washington and politics in general is hypocrisy and inconsistency. the point that the professor there is making is true. what if the shoe had been on the other foot? what if it was a democratic precedent getting away with this type of thing from a political appointee? republicans would be setting their hair on fire. we're paying attention to it because certainly monica lewinsky, you can't make this
stuff up, who would have thought that decades later monica lewinsky would be owning the internet through a tweet -- >> with three little words. >> twitter wasn't even invent the with the ken starr thing, thank god. there is a valid political point and any time one of these circumstances or situations happen, politicians, elected officials on both sides should ask themselves, what would i be doing and what would i be demanding and what will i be pounding the podium over if this were not my party, if it were the other party? >> i wanted to also ask you just about the barbara bush book is coming out. our friend susan page over at "usa today," she wrote this book. we're getting a glimpse of what's inside. you haven't heard these. barbara bush jokingly blaming her health problems on donald trump. she wouldn't classify herself as a republican and she actually
kept a trump countdown clock on her bedside table until the very end and when i read all of this minus the heart problems, i was like, is this anna navarro? trump countdown clock sounds like something you might have in your house. >> listen, i interacted with her some -- through jeb mostly and she had a wicked sense of humor. she had a very dry sense of humor. i suspect some of this was said in jest but not without some truth behind it. i think like so much of the country, she was feeling angst and she was feeling conflict and she was feeling worry and concern for what's going on -- >> even in a great republican family. >> one of the most interesting parts of that book is where susan page says that when she last asked her if she was still a republican, she said no. it's something that so many
republicans mainstream republicans, establishment republicans, sane republicans, normal republicans, you know, republicans bt, before trump, before this hostile takeover by a man that wasn't republican until five years ago wrestle with a lot. there's a lot of people don't soul searching. there are some who have left the party. there are some who are clinging to the last palm tree on this deserted island feeling like a castaway. not that i'm self-reflecting or anything. >> i know. love having you on, love that you just let it rip. you're the best. thank you very much. we are keeping a close eye on news on north korea. a warning from lawmakers, why the u.s. might not be able to see an attack coming. the worst...
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for more information on how to be prepared and keep your family safe, visit pge.com/safety. despite coming under fire for proposing funding cuts to the special olympics, education secretary betsy devos is defending her move. devos writes, the special olympics is not a federal program. it's a private organization. i love its work and i've personally supported its mission but given our current budget realities the federal government cannot fund every worthy program, particularly ones that enjoy robust support from private donations. and secretary devos told a house panel tough decisions had to be made. >> the cuts to special olympics, do you know how many kids are going to be affected by that cut, madam secretary?
>> mr. pocan -- >> this is a question of how many kids, not about the budget. >> i don't know the number of kids. >> it's 272,000 kids. i'll answer it for you. that's okay. no problem. >> let me just say that i think special olympics is an awesome organization. one that is well supported by the philanthropic sector -- >> cnn's lauren fox is live on capitol hill and, lauren, during the hearing, how did secretary devos ultimately explain why she chose special olympics for those funding cuts? >> reporter: she said that these are tough decisions and these are hard fiscal times for the u.s. government and essentially they get a lot of money in donations and therefore it's not the federal government's responsibility to fund it, but she also said in her statement, quote, it is unacceptable, shameful and counterproductive that the media and some members of congress have spun up falsehood as and fully misrepresented the facts. she's going on the defense here. she's saying basically that her
budget does include money for families and people with disabilities. she said it includes $3 billion for students with disabilities and she tweeted a series of number, $12.4 billion of goes for grants to state programs, 3 391 million for preschool grants, 470 million for infants and families and brooke, you do have to remember that on capitol hill the president's budget comes up here, it is not going to pass out of a democratic controlled house of representatives. it doesn't even have enough votes in the senate to pass, so the president will never actually sign it. this will never actually go into law, but obviously it is supposed to be a statement, policy priorities for the trump administration and for betsy devos which is why democrats are saying she deserves to come under fire for these cuts. >> lauren fox, thank you. let's continue on. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. top of this hour, all eyes on capitol hill