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it's all the ones after that. after he quit his summit with kim jong un there are signs putting a rocket facility back in business? how big of a threat is that to the united states and allies? i'm wolf blitzer and you're in the situation room. breaking news, the attorney general bill bar says the will have the mueller report ready to be reloosed by mid-april if not sooner. in a lotter barr sites progress on scrubbing the report which he says runs nearly 400 page and importantly the attorney general says there are no plains to send the report to the white house for an executive privilege to make it public after delivering it to congress. house judiciary committee wants the complete report by next week with no redactions. president trump just said he has
confidence in the attorney general and has nothing to hide. he is returning to hot button campaign themes indeluding immigration. the president warning he will close the southern border next week if mexico doesn't immediately stop all illegal immigration. let's begin with our senior justice correspondent and our chief legal analyst. barr says the justice department is well along in the process of redacting the 400 page report. how much of it will the public see? >> it is not the complete report. they are telling members of congress they will see a lot of it. he will release that information to the public as well. [outdoor♪ambiance] he says that justice department hi, mrs. gorman. lawyers are much further along hey, theo. police radio: i have the stolen vehicle in sight. in the process of scrubbing the [police siren] ♪ nearly 400 page report. [police siren] he says they will reprove grand ♪
jury informs and classified [police siren] information and information from police radio: onstar, it's safe to slow it down. the special counsel robert ♪ mueller as well as any personal information for third parties. it appears in the next couple of onstar advisor: mr. grantham, this is onstar. weeks the public and members of congress will get to see a great onstar advisor: the police have your vehicle. mr. grantham: thank you so much. deal more of the bar report or i'm sorry, of the mueller report. here is this, one part of the there's breaking news just letter he sent to members of now. president trump says he reversed congress says the following about bl or not the president sanctions on north korea last and his team will be able to week partly because conditions review the mueller report. there are so dire. just weeks after president trump walked out of a summit with kim jong-un, there are now new signs north korea may be putting one of its weapon sites back in business, a move that could -- could pose a serious threat to the united states and its allies. brian todd has been looking into this. >> reporter: there are worries about kim jong-un's efforts to ramp this rocket testing facility back up. he promised to close that place. that was before things fell apart between kim and president trump in hanoi.
it is before he sends the tonight, intelligence and redacted version of this report military officials are watching to see if kim is resuming his and releases it to the public. aggressive posture.reached in t >> the president said he has full confidence to do the right thing. special counsel robert mule are between president trump and kim jong-un. kim has almost completely according to this letter is restored his long-range assisting us in this process of satellite rocket launch facility reviewing what can be released publicly and what can't be according to south korean intelligence. released publicly. kim promised to dismantle the place. it looked like he was. one mobile building on tracks it really jumped out at me the had its roof and the walls taken fact that he has some role in off. over the last month, that the editing of his own report. building's walls and roof appear it could be a great political to have been added back on and the build is back in position. benefit to attorney general bar >> this sends a very, very because if there are redactions negative signal. that democrats in the house of if they launch a satellite representatives object to barr launch, it will be a very negative signal that would, i could say this was insisted upon think, drive trump crazy. by mueller. >> reporter: no response tonight that would insulate him from a from the white house or the state department to the activity great deal of political at that site. although the north koreans claim it's used for rocket launches which put commercial satellites into space, those launches are a
major security concern for the u.s. and its allies. >> the so-call eed rockets are long-range ballistic missiles. the satellite payload is testing to put nuclear weapons on the payload. these are weapons seasons. criticism. the u.n. security council over everyone will be able to read it on their own. the last 13 years has repeat lid he did list restrictions on why told north korea that they must he would black out or redact not do this. >> reporter: this comes only a certain parts. >> right. month after the failed summit in again, this is not going to be the full unfiltered report. hanoi. president trump walking away this is still going to be when kim pushed for almost all heavily redacted. there will be a great deal of sanctions against him to be dropped in exchange for shutting information not being released down one major nuclear facility. publicly. i think he is pointing to the analysts say it was a setback right point here. kim likely didn't expect. >> i do believe he was the attorney general is handling humiliated in hanoi. this in a way. he is trying to protect the remember, it took 65 hours to pieces of this investigation get there by train. that are living on. he is trying to again abide by and then 65 hours to get back. i mean, this was billed as a big the grand jury rules information which are not released unless a summit between leaders of two judge said he can release it. great countries, and he is going back empty-handed. >> reporter: with tension in the
air, moon jae-in is scheduled to meet with president trump in washington on april 11. for now, president trump says he would prefer to hold off on imposing more sanctions on kim's he still has robert mueller regime. >> i think it's very important waiting in the wings. that you maintain that he is making sure it is done in relationship at least as long as a collaborative way so she not you can. but we get along very well. the one being accused of hiding we have a very good thins that are maybe not -- that understanding. so i didn't think that those sanctions were necessary at this time. might be negative towards the >> reporter: one expert calls president. the state of the relationship this is as good as you can do between trump and kim, this no this. keep in mind this was largely man's land, a quote, freeze for freeze situation. finished in february. north korea's frozen its nuclear they could have handed off the report. it could have been handed over and missile tests. while america has frozen its military exercises with south to whitaker. korea. this expert says this is not a good situation to be in. >> freeze for freeze is a bad idea because the north koreans it is the problem that could stop testing nuclear weapons and have been facing everyone with ballistic missiles but do regard to that. nothing in this arrangement to given the fact that it is being done in this way it's being done give up nuclear weapons or allow verification they have frozen. for a reason in order to give in fact, there's multiple pieces the justice department and give
members of congress as mump as of evidence demonstrating they continue to expand their arsenal. they can and protect this investigation. >> a very good point. >> reporter: that freeze for freeze is dangerous on the >> if you look at those american side. analysts say with the joint exercises between the u.s. and categories they are judgment south korea now frozen, america and its ally are losing their calls. >> all right. military edge, losing their you tell me if they are readiness for a possible attack from north korea. wolf? >> another significant legitimate areas preventing the development there. public from seeing certain brian todd, thank you very much. coming up, breaking news. information is legitimate. attorney general barr tells congress the mueller report is subject to criminal procedure nearly 400 pages long, is being that by law cannot be made scrubbed for sensitive public. is that legitimate? information. will be ready for release by mid >> well, it's legitimate but april. congressional democrats say it's in the hands of the justice that's not good enough. department. president trump warns he will close the entire the justice department can always go to a judge and say we u.s./mexico southern border next week and he will keep it closed if mexico doesn't somehow stop all illegal immigration into the united states. want this released. it is not justice department's hands are tied. if they want that material to come out it could come out. also grand jury material has
lots of different definitions. it can be expensiansive or smal. >> a lot of these witnesses appeared before the special counsel and went to the grand jury. the question is how much of that will get shielded when the special counsel has the same if you have postmenopausal osteoporosis information from interviews that were not before the grand jury. and a high risk for fracture now might not be the best time to ask yourself >> that's a good point too. are my bones strong? material the intelligence as poe life is full of make-or-break moments. that's why it's so important to help reduce your risk of fracture with prolia®. ten shlly sources and methods. only prolia® is proven to help strengthen >> yes. this is where the administration and protect bones from fracture with 1 shot every 6 months. is on the most solid ground. do not take prolia® if you have low blood calcium, are pregnant, classified information, it is are allergic to it, or take xgeva®. the holyist of holies. serious allergic reactions, like low blood pressure; trouble breathing; it is something no throat tightness; face, lip, or tongue swelling; administration would release. rash; itching; or hives have happened. again, what counts could be up tell your doctor about dental problems for debate. as severe jaw bone problems may happen >> the question is will members of congress who are ready and or new or unusual pain in your hip groin, or thigh, the gang of eight be brought in
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investigations. this is in many respects the biggest category in terms of volume at least it could be. all of this decides on what bar decides to do. >> information that would undually infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interest of third (danny) after a long day of hard work... ...you have to do more work? parties. (vo) automatically sort your expenses and save over 40 hours a month. he did release information on individuals who were not (danny) every day you're nearly fried to a crisp, professionally! (vo) you earned it, we're here to make sure you get it. quickbooks. backing you. charged. n they wanted to create a category. those words are very difficult to define. you know, again, gives tremendous discretion to the attorney general m yes. if it were a sexual matter it
would be covered by this. it would damage helpation to talk about obstruction of justice. again, this gives the attorney general a tremendous amount of discretion. we are going to have to see this. >> as you correctly pointed out if robert mueller who is assisting the attorney general in making all of these decisions stands by the attorney general it will be a huge huge development in giving credibility, right? >> if smuler says i don't see how the democrats could get on their action of it. if mueller says nothing and he even if no one in your home smokes, usually says nothing, then you secondhand smoke can be closer than you think. skrould a political free for
all. again, i don't she we should secondhand smoke from a neighbor's apartment can enter your home through air vents, through light fixtures and even through cracks in the walls and the floors. prejudge. if there are a lot of them app he doesn't impras them. secondhand smoke is toxic. especially to children. protect your family. visit tobaccofreeca.com. >> the why did the special counsel arrive at sort of the -- one of the most important happening now, breaking things, two members of congress news. was they aid a lot of mid april release. the attorney general reveals his timetable for sending the mueller report to congress. obstructive would be whether or we're breaking down all the new not he had core represented ch details from william barr, a new it has been publicly reported. reaction from top democrats who are not satisfied. everyone will read it. barr says he is aiming for i think it tells us i think barr transparency even as he outlines the type of information that's being scrubbed. is trying to signal that you how much of mueller's nearly guys know a lot of stories here. 400-page report will we actually it didn't reach to level of get to see? closing the border.
obstruction of justy bice. president trump is warning he will cut off traffic and trade there is no big explosive hidden in and out of mexico next week. story about the president's we have heard similar threats before. is he really serious about doing that this time? isis threat. as the president declares the terror group is defeated, cnn obstructive behavior. what it does is then she can't. goes inside iraq and finds isis has not died. stand by for exclusive reporting on the danger the brutal killers will rise again. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." the attorney general says he is not going to share in advance with the white house or with the president this report, the redactions. he says he has complete confidence in the attorney general. that's pretty significant. >> it is although the wording is a little peculiar. he doesn't exactly say that there will be no invocation of executive privilege. he only says he will make all of those judgments about executive
privilege. usually executive privilege can only be invoked by the president or the president's office. the question is will barr invoke privilege on the president's behalf to sensor anything? >> bar explain line by line on what basis he censored things? that could be very significant or he might just say i censored thins on a variety of gunshot wounds which would put democrats in a more difficult position. >> a lot more going on will it
satisfy it? >> no. the house democrats are not enough. the concerns are being raised about the redactions that bill barr is siting in this letter. democrats are saying the president is on their side particularly as it relates to the grand jury information that bill barr says will be redacted from the mueller report. congress required the full and complete mueller report without
redactions as well adds access to the underlying evidence by april 2nd. that deadline still stands. he also said he should work to request a court order to release any and all grand jury information to the house judiciary committee as occurred in every similar investigation in the past. he goes onto say he wants barr to come even before may 2nd to explain why the president president trump was not prosecuted. now there's not satisfying. republicans on other hand. the top republican on the house judiciary committee, while i look forward to enjoying it at a future line pd kauing the attorney general to reall right
without this fight is -- how that question and he told it was not answered. so what that ultimately see a big question. >> all right. thanks very much. >> president trump to temperature does the president support barr's plan if. >> well, the president seemed to be saying he is giving the all clear on this one. he spoke with reporters a few minutes ago down in palm beach florida he said he is deferring to the attorney general here.
it was a hoax and a witch hunt. i think a lot of things are coming out with respect to the other side. he said he has no plans before it goes up to capitol hill. he did say it is not because he doesn't have the right to do that. where it will be interesting and the key findings he released on sunday as a victory for the president they worried that other information in this report could be politically damaging to the president. that is what peechl ople inside white house. and the other thing when the
president threatened to come pleatly shut down the border, u.s. mexico border next week. >> it's important to note this is a threat the president had has made at least twice before but never followed through on. what's different is not only is the president giving a deadline saying a few moments ago he could close the border down with mexico next week it is also the underlying factor surrounding this decision. not only does numbers 76,000 happening an 11 year high but listen to what the president had to say about caravans. >> there's a likelihood i'll be
closing the border next week. >> you can see that there. we should note last night during the first rally during the mueller investigation the president seemed to mock people saying some of them he believes are faking it when they come across the border and they don't actually need asylum. >> yeah. significant developments indeed. joining us now is a member of judiciary an armed services kmechlt thanks so much for join ugh us. >> goo to see you again the attorney general saying he plans to make the mueller report. are you sts fied with the time line? >> i'm glad they say he will release the report. it's not mad for thoim get the
unredacted verse as well as all of the material. i think it's interesting he is saying he doesn't have to look to see if he wants exercise prif lemg. it's good he is getting mueller to participate. first of all i think the house does need the unredacted version and that there's precedent for that. we both want the house and senate want all of the
underlying materials. >> so if you want all of this information to be made available 140u8d they see -- should the american people see everything including sense tifr classified information including grand jury testimony including information that could smear private have forward but are not being the ed with any seeing that th committee that any investigation into impeachment starts with the
house. this is something the american people clearly want. >> just to interrupt for a second from your spperspective would be okay to share this information with house judiciary on a confidential basis but could not be made public, is that right? >> it is entitled to a nonredacted version. they entitled. i'm not saying it should get that. >> why should the house committee be entitled? >> everything related started at the house. they need the full report. >> the attorney general confirmed willingness in frpt of both of these committees may 1st and may 2nd.
are you one ocht lawmakers in the senate and house that thinks impeachment proceedings around the table? >> i say everything should be on the table. i say let's see what happens. i want the american people to know we are not focusing on the mueller report of course but notice that the president is trying to take away health care from millions of people. i think it's also of tremendous interest to the american public. we'll need to continue to focus on that danger that confronts
all of us. >> it will shut down your entire border next week unless all illegal immigration is stopped. he says there's a very good likely had he'll do that and he said she looking forward to doing that. what do you make of that? >> does he think it is mexico's responsibility to stop immigrants coming from central america, families coming from central america and who did he talk to to come up with this idea? i think there are a lot of concern about what he is doing. >> silt a complete shutdown whether in san diego or el paso
or arizona. >> i'm pretty sure that he did not consider those ramifications as generally the case when he comes up with these decisions. >> senator, thanks, as usual, for joining us. all right. we'll have more on the breaking news. barr says the mueller report is nearly 400 pages long and will be ready for release by plid april. mid-april. -guys, i want you to meet someone. this is jamie. you're going to be seeing a lot more of him now. -i'm not calling him "dad." -oh, n-no. -look, [sighs] i get it. some new guy comes in helping your mom bundle and save with progressive, but hey, we're all in this together.
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if not sooner. there will be redactions. let's ask about the new revelations. we have been discussing this. what stands out the most to you in this? if mueller publicly embraces the redactions in his own report that barr makes i think it will give barr a tremendous amount of political cover. i think bar will be in much less political shape. >> it is an important point. the attorney general says there
making the redactions for various legal reasons the special counsel is assisting us. it could be so significant he is not going to call that. having him part of the process is important. he wasn't part of the process when barr did his four-page letter. it is something they made the decision they were not going to prosecute or they didn't see anyone should prosecute obstruction. what also struck me here is that barr sort of did a little rebuttal here. he was cloorly upset they have called his four-page letter a summary of what was in this
report. so he is preparing for you a lot more. he wants to make it very clear it was not his intent to tell you what was in it but to tell you what his bottom line was. he is saying that in advance and trying to sort of fast track this. he is saying we'll hear it by mid-april. we'll have hearings on may 1 and may 2nd. i will testify and i'm done with this. >> principle conclusion in that four-page letter. what you hearing? >> democrats are trying to keep up the political pressure to release as much as possible not redact key information, not claim that the president has any sort of executive privilege. so that's what we are going to hear over the next few weeks as far as going through this
process. democrats continuing to call for the full report even seener than mid-april and reminding people he needs to come testify on capitol hill to be able to >> he did say he is is willing to testify before he a lot of questions. >> absolutely. the house is already giving a glimpse of what's to come. democrats are going press him behind his four-page letter. i think you'll ask if there are anymore throughout this no
press. it is determines which needed to be redacted. i think to his point if mueller that there is an effort to prevent the lease of incriminating evidence. i think you can expect after bar testified and when they deem it to be appropriate they with l call on him to testify on capitol hill. >> when we come back the other really big story that's unfolding today. the president of the united states threatening to completely shut down all traffic between the united states and mexico next week. we'll have that and more when we come back.
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>> the president threatened to shut down completely the u.s. mexico border next week because of all of the illegal traffic coming into the united states. what's your reaction? >> he probably does have the legal authority to shut down the legal border crossings. he is the head of the military and someone who controls the border. it would cause economic chaos. there is a tremendous amount of traffic that goes between the two countries on a normal day.
if he wanted to exercise his authority at least for some period of time i think he could do it. >> the smallest thinnest neck we have ever seen. we don't know. there could have been russia collusion. sick. these are sick people. they came from the valleys, the money tans. they came out of the rivers. i don't know what you were doing in the river. i have a better education than them. i'm smarter than them. i went to the best schools.
much more beautiful house. much more beautiful apartment. much more beautiful everything. 2 windmills. resist the rush to the border. another two caravans are pouring up. they are all met by the lawyers. they say i am very afraid for my life. i'm afraid for my life. i look at the guy. he looks like he just got out of the ring. he is a heavyweight champion of the world. >> it sounds like a reelection strategy in the works.
he had one of the best weeks with the mueller report on obstruction for example the barr letter. instead he is going back to the way he was during the campaign. maybe it will work for him and maybe it won't. he is full of the need to say i'm better than you are. i'm better than my political opponents. i have a bigger house. i have, you know, a bigger apartment, etcetera. he has the need to say whatever they believe in is phony. the resistance is stupid and ridiculous. what we see is the real donald trump. let's not mention the language coming from the podium of the president of the united states highly inappropriate. this is who he is. >> it is interesting that the
president feels following the conclusion of the mueller information. he is continuing to claim he has been exonerated when barr's letter did not exonerate the president. they were simply inconclusive on obstruction of justice. he is going back to his strategy as it is mounting. you can see him going heavily on the immigration which has been the pillar of his presidency. the question is bl or not he had this in terms of his support for some of the more far reaching proposals. i don't think he is going to get a great deal of support if he chooses to shut down the border especially when it is worth pointing out. >> you grew up in san diego. you know the kind of traffic that goes between the u.s. and mexico in both directions. >> absolutely. it is worth noting that the may
jr. of san diego is a republican. if the president does try to move forward with this plan to close the border he is going get an earful. that is the effect that you could see from a decision like this. he could cause $13 mimports fro into the united states. i mean, you kn a lot of republicans not just the mayor of san diego but a lot of republicans out west saying what are you doing to our economy? >> ramifications could be significa significant. stick around more troubling news coming out involve north korea. tengs with kim jong un now ton
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