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here we go. you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. we're following breaking news out of boston this afternoon ho felicity huffman and lori loughlin will face a federal judge on conspiracy and mail fraud charges in connection to one of the big college admission scandals in american history. prosecutors calling for jail time for the wealthy and connected parents who are accused of gaming the system to get their kids into elite colleges and universities. so we'll take you straight to that courthouse momentarily. but first we start this hour on capitol hill. where a congressional panel just voted to arm itself with a subpoena in case attorney general bill barr does not hand over the full unredacted mueller report. the a.g. told lawmakers he will give them some version of the
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report by mid-april latest and he may need to exclude certain portions, ie, grand jury testimony and classified information and information that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interest of peripheral third parties. today republicans on the house judiciary committee put up a passionate fight to defend the president and his privacy. but it was democratic chairman jerry nadler that said no way, we want every single page in full. >> the trump administration has an idea, they want to redact the mueller report before they provide it to congress. the department of justice said the proposal is a means to protect sensitive information that would not ordinarily be made part of the record. but we have reason to suspect this administration's motives. the mueller report probably isn't the, quote, total exoneration, unquote, the
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president claims it to be. >> what the attorney general tell us that the principal finding of the report were, no new indictment or no new sealed indictment or on -- on construction. >> will the gentlemen yield. >> you've made reference to the mueller report. because we haven't. >> i saw what the attorney general -- >> it is the death rattle of the democrats russia collusion lie. for 22 months my colleagues on the other side said there was actual evidence of collusion and so now clearly seeing that that is not true, we observe our colleagues moving through the stages of grief. >> cnn correspondent manu raju is on this from capitol hill. you talked to the chairman after this contentious hearing. does he feel like he may have to use the subpoena? >> reporter: he said it could happen in very short order. i tried to push him about what that means, do you expect to --
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this to happen this week? he would not say. he said i can't talk about time frame but i do expect it to happen shortly. and he also said they plan to go to court to demand the release of grand jury information as part of the mueller investigation. as republicans try to prevent the grand jury information from going to capitol hill but that is -- but the democrats rejected it an effort to prevent that from happening so that is another step in the days ahead. now i tried to get clarity about whether or not the democrats would be open in any way to compromise with the justice department over redactions and jerry nadler made clear, he's not open to compromise. >> are you willing to negotiate any middle ground in terms of redactions -- >> no. >> -- of the mueller -- >> you're not? >> no. >> the committee needs to see everything as in every prief instance. the committee must see the material and make judgments as
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to what should be redacted to the public by ourselves and we're not willing to let the attorney general who, after all, is a political appointee of the president, make that -- substitute his judgment for ours. >> reporter: so in a way they are trying to pressure the justice department to comply with their request before deciding to go forward. but when they issue the subpoena, the democrats are not necessarily expecting it to be turned over immediately. they're preparing for what could be a pthe underlying informatio. so that could take some time. but in the meantime, the redacted mueller report could come out while the court fight is playing out separately. brooke. >> manu, thank you. let's talk about what he just discussed. ali honig is with me and gloria borger. and so i have so many questions. let me start with you, sir. just on -- would this just be the subpoena, would this be more of a warning shot to thea.g., like hey i have this in my back
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pocket and i'm not afraid to release it. >> i think the vote serves two purposes. first of all there is a technical legal purpose. you have to get the report to cue up the subpoena and its in his back pocket and that could tee up the issue for the courts but the second issue is political and symbolic. for jerry nadler to make a statement we are not having all of the various reasons that barr put out there for why it must be redacted which i don't think hold up to legal scrutiny, he makes clear we're ready to figh is it all or nothing or might someone rule partial redaction? >> we could see a partial type -- this is like civics class come to life. we learn about -- >> welcome to our day every day. >> you have the legislative branch congress fighting with the white house or doj and that is resolved in the third branch
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the judiciary. but we'll have a find over grand jury material and that is the big one. and we may have an executive privilege fight and a fight over this idea if we don't say anything bad about third persons when is not the case but barr is putting it out there and there seems to be a pattern of barr coming up with every excuse to take that sharpy and zip out as much as he can. >> gloria, the president has repeatedly said he doesn't mind if this report is released and it is up to the attorney general and now president trump said it is a disgrace, quote, no amount of pages will satisfy the democrats, well what is behind the trump reversal? >> well, in the barr letter, let me just say, it makes it very clear that the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question of obstruction and leaves unresolved what the special counsel views as difficult issues of law and fact. so what i am sure his attorneys are telling him is that, you know what, this isn't going to look terrific for you in every
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circumstance. and while the attorney general may have said there is no case for obstruction, what mueller laid out was both sides of the issue. so it is probably going to talk about, you know, some bad behavior. >> can you be specific? what specifically would the white house be worried about in this thing. >> they would be worried about, for example, the question of what did donald trump mean and what exactly did he say to james comey about leaving flynn alone, what exactly did he do to kind of undermine the investigation in any way, shape, or form and his interview with lester holt saying he fired comey because of the russia thing. now i believe that because mueller is there, sitting next to barr and i believe that mueller probably wrote a report that doesn't need a lot of redaction in many ways because he's not new to washington. and he probably presumed that a lot of this was going to find
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its way into the public view anyway. so let's see what happens. but nadler just decided to do these pre emtive strikes to put pressure on barr. >> and chairman nadler said he would respect the redaction of a public report and congress would make judgments as to what can and cannot be redacted at that time. do you think the white house would be able to jump in and review whatever they deem necessary? >> that is a decision for william barr. will he give them a chance. there is a couple o in the whit house and the administration are starting to get concerned. first of all, wasn't it two weeks ago the house voted 420 to zero for full disclosure and today we have all of the republicans on the committee voting no. so what is changing? >> that is a great question. >> and the other thing is, if this report is as wonderful as william barr suggested, wouldn't he have it online and under everyone's windshield wiper. it is easy to make this whole
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thing public. he does have to go through a process to take out classified information and take out investigative materials. we know there are ongoing investigations and that should come out too, but this grand jury stuff is a pretext as is this third party stuff. there is easy ways around that if he wants to take them. >> okay, thank you guys very much. also today, the president just cannot seem to quit health care. first in a surprise move he pushes to invalidate the whole affordable care act and then promises a republican replacement plan, then he punts and said wait, we'll do that after you re-elect me come 2020. and now he's prodding republicans to embrace health care in the coming campaign. >> you're going to get elected because of it and doing the right thing. it is a great incentive for the voters to vote for you. so instead of when they ask you a health care question, i would rather not answer that question, well what about pre-existing -- ah, ah, alice take me ome,
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alice. >> republicans should not run away from health care. you can't do it. you're going to get clobbered. we blew it the last time. man, i was fed a bill of goods, i want to tell you. some of you, i'm still a little bit angry but not all of you. it wasn't even your fault. but we should have done it while we had the position. but we're going to get it back. >> kaitlan collins is at the white house and what is this all about for the president? >> reporter: well as he said last night during the dinner, he feels that democrats have the upper hand on health care. but this is a fight that republicans do not want to have. you hard the president saying there that republicans need to be prepared to run on this in 2020 but actually republican lawmakers were opening to run on that democrat idea of medicare for all in attacking it. not focusing on what their own party will produce for health care and that is unexpected when the president suddenly started pushing for it last week. now today the president said he did not have to be convinced not to have a vote on health care before the 2020 election but actually he kind of did based on
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our reporting. we heard from several sources that the president got a slew of phone calls from republicans in recent days telling him that this is not a fight they want to have. but senate majority leader mitch mcconnell saying wait until after the 2020 election for something like this to become a fight in the senate. we are not ready to have this fight right now. but with the president pushing this to 2020 book, now republicans are going to face questions about what their health care plan is and right now based on what we've heard from dozens of sources, there is no republican health care plan. >> kaitlan collins, thank you. a lot of people are wondering what is going on with president trump and this story he keeps telling about his father. mainly because it is just not true. but also because he keeps repeating it. why the white house is struggling to explain this one. plus republicans calling on the president to stand down on his threats to close the southern border as americans already start to feel the economic impact, a top republican senator will join me live. and as we mentioned, all
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eyes on boston today where hollywood stars felicity huffman and lori loughlin will soon face a federal judge in connection to the massive college cheating scandal. might they face jail time? you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. if you're a veteran paying 1500 dollars or more a month in rent, newday's operation home can help you buy a home for what you're paying in rent. and you don't need a down payment or one dollar out of pocket for closing costs.
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a book that you're ready to share with the world? get published now, call for your free publisher kit today! here is just some of what the president said last week. fix health care, fix the border. but in the days that have followed, a walk-back of sorts. here is what the president said at the border last week and last night. >> if they don't stop them, we're closing the border. they'll close it and we'll keep it closed for a long time. i'm not playing games. >> i said i'm closing -- i
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wanted to close it but mexico said, no, no, no, first time in decades, we will not let anybody get through. and they've apprehended over a thousand people today. >> when it comes to health care, republicans sounded the alarm saying this could be a gift to democrats. dana bash is our chief political correspondent and good to see you. we've seen this movie before, the trump reversal but might the whiplash on health care really be a problem for him? >> reporter: maybe. but truthfully, every republican i've talked to both on capitol hill and those who thought this was a big mistake in his orbit think that the bigger problem would have been to keep going down the road that he appeared to be going on, or at least the road that people on capitol hill thought he was going on, which is to reopen aggressively -- reopen the repeal obamacare legislative debate right now.
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because they believe politically speaking that they could be in pretty good shape when it comes to the contrast that they could have in 2020. depending on who the democratic nominee is, brooke, because so many of them, the candidates, are all about medicare for all and when it comes to that choice, republicans feel like they are in much better shape to have that conversation, meaning what we have now or maybe fixing what we have now versus getting rid of private insurance and they saw what happened particularly in the house when they tried and failed in a very spectacular way to repeal and replace obamacare legislatively. it didn't work and republicans felt that -- the burn big-time in losing the majority in the house. not just because of it not working because of democrats getting on top of the issue and arguing that democrats are going
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to save everybody from having the pre-existing condition problem. so short-term, yes, political problem. but long-term they're hoping that pulling back from the political brink is the best thing. >> how about another moment from the speech last night when the president hits former vice president joe biden who has been forced to respond to some allegations that he made some women feel uncomfortable in his interactions with them. here was the president. >> our former vice president, he's -- i was going to call him and i don't know him well but i said welcome to the world, joe. you having a good time, joe? are you having a good time? i said general, come here, give me a kiss. i felt like joe biden. >> i mean, aside from the glaring hypocrisy of all of this, to me it is also totally making light of some of the women who have come forward.
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>> reporter: of course. look this is classic donald trump. and fortunately or unfortunately it is something that people have become accustomed to. he's putting on a show. he's speaking last night to a room of republicans, of donors trying to give him the best trump show he can and for him that means saying things that nobody else would or should say. and that is what that is about. you can see somebody like a late-night talk show host saying something along those lines but he's the president of the united states. never mind as you said the irony but that is classic donald trump. the notion of taking something that you should be frankly ashamed to talk about and trying to, and in many times with his history successfully, turning it into a political positive and it has had his opponents both republicans and democrats scratching their heads and i don't anticipate that to change
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any time soon. >> that was foreshadowing to what could be to come. speaking of classic donald trump, during the spray with the general from nato and he did discuss that fred trump -- he was born in the bronx. >> reporter: he sure was. >> and that is not the first time the president said that. >> my father is german, right. was german. and born in a very wonderful place in germany, so i have a great feeling for germany. >> my father is from germany. both of my parents are from the e.u. >> both of my parents were born in e.u. sectors, okay. my mother was scotland, my father was germany. >> so we followed up with the white house and we've gotten radio silence when asking for clarity, a trump adviser offered on background, quote, obamacare
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thought we had 57 states, sometimes mistakes happen. dana? >> not the same. and this is kind of back to a version of what we were just talking about which is donald trump the storyteller and just kind of says things. and sometimes when he said them so much, when he's telling a story or sort of sowing a narrative about him or his family, he didn't tell the truth and this is something that doesn't make any sense because it is not like it is hard to follow up on and it doesn't get him anywhere. his father of is german decent but he was born in the bronx. i was talking to somebody in trump world before coming on with you, brooke, who was talking about the fact that -- admitted that this is the issue for donald trump. not now, when he doesn't have an opponent, but if he gets somebody who he is running against who appears and comes across as genuinely presidential
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and likeable, it is this kind of thing that will hurt him. not with the base who loves him, we know that and they love hearing tales and they don't care if some of the things he talks about are not accurate. but with the people he's going to need to win, who didn't really care as much necessarily about these things in 2016 because they like the idea of a disruptor and somebody different and they didn't like the idea of hillary clinton, that is where those kinds of moments, talking about his father being born if germany, for no reason. it doesn't get him anywhere. only makes him look unpresidential, that is where it is going to get him. but this person i talked to said don't expect it to change. if it was going to change, it would change the day he came down the escalator four years ago. >> i don't think it is. you could hear the potential opponent be like bronx and berlin and what else? dana bash, perfectly put by you as always. thank you. keep scratching your head on that one, i guess. we're keeping a close eye on the federal courthouse in boston
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huffman arrived three hours early and this is a preliminary hearing and prosecutor will ask for jail time. bren gwynngrass is there live in boston. so what is happening? >> reporter: we know that felicity huffman and lori loughlin are inside of the courtroom and hearing about to get started. they are among a number of defendants in this case. a number of parents. 33 were charged in all. a whole group of them were having their preliminary hearing last week. and they've been somewhat -- no fireworks really. we don't expect anything major to come out of this. it is just a first time to get in front of the judge. but you're right, law enforcement sources tell us that prosecutors are asking for jail time, if an actress or not. so there is pressure on the defendants to have cooperation with the government. we've seen court filings where we're seeing some parents may already be in talks with the government in order to not face
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some jail time. so we'll see what happens. but if they do talk, felicity huffman and lori loughlin, it is the first time that they've addressed these charges, brooke. >> brynn thank you so much and we'll keep our eye to the ground with your help. joey jackson is with me and anchor of people tv back with me and so, and so it begins, today's hearing from what i read is standard. so what happens today. >> not much at all. it is the beginning of what could be a long journey or could be short depending on plea dispositions but you are getting everyone in the jurisdiction of the court once they are in. there is a criminal complaint that is out there that is filed that details the charges and do you know what the complaint is and the defendants needs to know their rights and they have this criminal complaint and they are represented by counsel and issues of bail and custody and can we travel and move on and thereafter the goods begin, discovery and sharing of information and what do the
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prosecutors have and i wouldn't be surprised if there have not been discussions between the lawyers and certainly the prosecutors and the lawyers of clients to have a discussion about where we go from here and this is a decision to make. do you want to fight the power so to speak or cut a deal early in the event they are guilty because it is often better to resolve a situation early in the event you are guilty than to move on because the stakes get higher and that means more jail. >> do we know what these -- i know it involves so many parents. but these are the faces, these are the women in that courtroom today in terms of why this is gripped the nation so totally, what they've been up to since the case broke and the children. you tell me. >> that is a good question and the reason it gripped the nation because it is a clear-cut scandal. there is so much going on in the news and so much is opaque to people and a lot of it is in side baseball. what going on with brexit? i don't know. how did jussie smollett beat the charges? i don't know. the mueller report, what is in
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it? i don't know. but this appears to be a clear-cut scandal. you have privileged people paying for children to get into elite colleges, simple and done. >> and very relatable. >> and very relatable. and the average person that doesn't understand the headlines can understand this one scandal. >> and a mention of a private jet. >> so we're reporting on people.com that yesterday lori loughlin and her husband who you mentioned was mossimo flew into boston on a private jet. now if you used your privilege to get your two children into college unfairly, why would you arrive on a private jet? that is just bad for optics. whoever advised them that was the way to fly deserves to be fired today. >> these women, we should -- this is incredibly serious what they are facing and they face -- it is different cases, right? huffman only spent $15,000 for test scores and loughlin and her husband spent half a million dollars to bribe a athletic
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coach. can you compare and contrast? >> what ends up happening is to be clear they are charged with the same thing. with kickbacks and bribery but at the end of the day one is more because of the money spent. in the other instance where you have the 15,000 relating to cheating and upgrading the exam after they took it and she was going to do the same thing for the other daughter and thought twice about it but in court we talk about aggravating factors and the mitigating factors. aggravating factors seem worse and mitigating what makes something better but the fact is a crime is a crime is a crime but the degree of money spent on it who are not so similarly situated not so similarly situated and if they are guilty there will be a plea deal which has to include jail and we're talking about privilege and a system that has to work for everyone and people who took advantage of their celebrity, of that privilege and as a result
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of that a judge has to deter you. so always remember, brooke, no matter what prosecutors and ultimately the attorneys for lori loughlin, et cetera, come up with, a judge has to approve it. >> but for optics, one of the things they can do in the foreseeable future to endear themselves to the court is set up a scholarship fund for kids who are deserving of going to college but can't afford to do so. but half a million dollars that lori loughlin and her husband spent to get the two undeserving children into college could go a long way to help those deserving get into school or pay for s.a.t. prep courses or legitimate memberships on crew teams as faking you are a member of a sports team and photo shop your child's head on to someone else's body. i hope they are watching. >> that is an excellent suggestion. >> at the end of the day there has to be contrition and something that moves the needle in terms of recognizing what you did and allowing other people not so privileged to perhaps and
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engage in something to help their families. >> we have brynn there and we'll keep following on in that federal courthouse in boston. thank you very much. president trump is once again causing whiplash for his party, policy makers from health care to the u.s./mexico border and republicans are still trying to keep up with the daily dramatic changes. we're talk to senator john kennedy from the great state of indiana on where he would like to see some focus, next. every day, newday helps veterans buy a home with no down payment and not one dollar out of pocket for closing costs. no down payment, no closing costs. why rent when you can buy?
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on to two big issues, it is the president of the united states versus the party for health care and the u.s./mexico border and the latest tweets are pitting him against republican senate majority mitch mcconnell. to show you one of the president's tweets today on health care, he wrote this. i was never planning a vote prior to the 2020 election on the wonderful health care package that some very talented
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people are now developing for me and the republican party and it will be on full display during the re-election as a much less expensive alternative to obamacare but leader mcconnell said this. >> i pointed out to him, the senate republicans's vieh w on dealing with comprehensive health care reform, i made it clear we will not be doing that in the senate. >> and on the border the president threatened this. congress must get together and immediately eliminate the loopholes at the border. if no action border or large sections of border will close. this is a national emergency. and again, i point to leader mcconnell. >> closing down the border would have potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country and i would hope we would not be doing that sort of thing.
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>> with me now, republican senator john kennedy from louisiana. senator, welcome back. nice to have you back. >> thank you, brooke. >> so the president on health care is essentially saying we're going to repeal and replace and then said we'll repeal and if you re-elect me i'll come up with a plan and so he's tweeting he has people working on it. now, a lot of folks, senator, are calling it whiplash and you have a penchant for colorful vernacular. what would you call that? >> i think waiting is probably good politics. but i'm in the minority on this, but i think it is bad policy. >> which part is bad policy? >> the part about not tackling health care. we tried it one time. we failed. this time it is clear we're going to need a bigger boat, which means we're going to need democratic support. it doesn't give me any joy to
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say, brooke, that the affordable care act hasn't worked. we were told that the aca would give us cheaper health insurance and more accessible health insurance and it's done neither. we need to either start over or fix it. and i don't think it is going to be any easier if we wait two years. now i understand -- >> yeah, but, senator, hang on. because democrats would point out, if it is nine years since this debate began with obamacare and republicans have yet to come up with a coherent plan. i remember your words from february of this year, two words, obamacare sucks. >> it does. >> but when you think about the good folks in louisiana and they're saying, all right, senator, you want to take my health care away, what do you tell them is the replacement plan? >> i would tell them, look, i must have misspoken, because i've never said take their health care away. but before i would end the
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affordable care act it seems to me that it would behoove all of us, especially the american people, to have a replacement ready. that is why we need to get started now. i don't know a single person, republican or democrat, who thinks we shouldn't cover pre-existing conditions. i think we have a little time because the aca is working its way through the courts. the courts aren't going to give us a definitive ruling next week or maybe even this time next year. but -- and again, my views are heterodox on this and we understand the politics of waiting but we need to think about the next generation and not the next election. and one of things when moms and dads lie down at night and can't sleep, one of the things they're worried about is the cost of health insurance so let's try to get with the democrats and do something about it. >> sure. i'm not saying you said take
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health care away, it was the president who kept saying now repeal and it is just -- a lot of people are wondering -- it is a long time depending on what the appellate court decides. >> we tried it alone. we failed. let's do it together. >> let me move on. to the president last night and his wide-ranging speech at that nrcc dinner. and so the president warned in one portion of the speech, he warned house republicans that they should be more paranoid about vote tallies come 2020. here he was. >> there were a lot of close elections that were -- they seemed to every single one of them went democrat. hey, you got to be a little bit more paranoid than you are, okay. i don't like the way the votes are being tallied. >> senator, is that -- is the president playing with fire there? >> well, that is one you'll have to ask him. if you are asking me what i
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think about our state elections and ask the state of elections because even in federal office our states run them. i think our states do a pretty good job. in the last two budgets we've given states extra money to try to beef up their security. i think having the states run the elections is a lot more secure when you are trying to prevent hacking by a foreign agent. >> so you shouldn't be paranoid, to use the president's words. >> i think our states are doing a good job. are there some exceptions to that? yeah. are there some instances that you could point to of voter fraud? sure. but i don't think it is rampant. i think our states do a pretty good job. that is my personal opinion. >> let me ask you about the mueller report. the house judiciary approved a subpoena to obtain that full confidential report and so this is what your republican colleague in the senate lindsey graham just told us today. here you go. >> who in the world wants to violate the grand jury rule?
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i don't. who in the world wants to reclees classified information that shouldn't be released, i don't. barr is going to tell us about the inclusions and we'll see the report. and that will be that. -- this paranoia that my friends on the left have that the conclusio conclusions are really not what they are and that we're going to re-try and mueller's conclusions are not good enough. >> do you agree with senator graham? >> to an extent. look, i think we ought to let it all hang out. i'm okay releasing the complete report. now, we can't violate law. if the federal lawsuit says you can't release a grand jury materials, then we'll have to figure out a way around that. i also don't want to violate any national security concerns or -- or get anybody killed but i have confidence in bill barr and i think he will release as much as he can. i will not be adverse to having
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mr. mueller if he is coming to the relevant committee and testify and let it all hong out. >> that is news worthy what you are saying. and i wand to end with the border. you want to talk about the u.s./mexico border and so this morning you have the president threatening to shut down the border and we did some digging and in your state alone, did $8.7 billion worth of trade with mexico. that was in 2017. mexico is louisiana's second largest export market so what do you think, senator kennedy, of the president threatening to close down the border? >> well the president, as we know, has a philosophy that if you are going to be a bear, be a grizzly. he's very aggressive. i think in this case he's overly aggressive. and here is why. if you shut down the border, the cure is as bad as the disease. number one, it will take probably a point off our gdp, mexico is our third biggest trading partner, about 500,000
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people legally cross that border every day and number two it is not going to do anything to stem illegal immigration. just closing the legal points of entry. people are still going to come. if we want to stop the illegal immigration, we have to do two things. we need to -- we need to change the asylum laws and do something and surprise ourselves in congress and do something intelligent and change the asylum laws and, number two, i would like to see the president sit down with the presidents of mexico and the northern triangle countries and let's see if we can come up with a specific plan, we'll put up some money and in return for specific commitments from the presidents of the central american countries and we can model it on the plan columbia proposal that we implemented with columbia when we pretty much stopped -- not completely -- the cocaine.
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>> got it. have that conversation with all of the presidents and come to some productive conclusion, perhaps instead of just yanking aid. >> yeah, people are calling it -- some people, not all, but many people are coming here from central america not out of hunger, but out of fear. because their countries are corrupt. >> no, senator, john kennedy, i so appreciate you and thank you for wanting to talk and have this conversation. i appreciate it very much. let it all hang out. that is what it sticking with me on the mueller report. thank you, sir. big news just in from beto o'rourke's team. his campaign is raised $9.4 million in just 18 days. we will break down those numbers for you next. at hilton.com, i can choose from all their different hotel brands... like a doubletree for my cousins. a homewood suites for my uncle. a hampton for my sister and her kids. and the waldorf astoria beverly hills for me. can i get a..? thank you. book at hilton.com and get the hilton price match guarantee.
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new fundraising numbers for democrat beto o'rourke, the candidate revealing his campaign raised some $9.4 million in the first 18 days. the average donation $43 but senator bernie sanders is leading the field overall, his campaign raising $18.2 million in the first six weeks. so our cnn correspondent jeff zeleny an in-person treat on this wednesday. so you just came from his events, beto's event. >> i did. >> can you tell me about that and what your analysis of his money is? >> well, look, i think people were expecting a big number. we're sort of getting used to the eye-popping multimillion-dollar numbers but it is smaller than democrats were thinking. $9.4 million, nothing to sneeze at at all over 18 days. but if you think about it, he raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours. so by the candidates releasing
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that, it raises expectations so i think it brings beto o'rourke back to earth a little bit. and shows that he is going to have to slug it out like every other presidential candidate. and the fact that bernie sanders has $18 million, he is now the indisputable -- undisputable front-runner in this case without question. and he's run before. only $2 million more than pete butteigig and kamala harris $12 million. so this means people will have enough money to run a full campaign but it means that it is going to be difficult to perhaps have record-breaking numbers. i covered the obama campaign years ago and he first proved he can go head to head with hillary clinton when he raised $25 million in the first quarter of '07 to her slightly less than that. so these are all smaller numbers, he just got in, take a
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pause. but it brings a bit of a reality check today i think for beto o'rourke. >> interesting the context from '07 to -- can you believe it has been so long. >> i know, right. >> jeff zeleny, thank you. programming note. the four part series "tricky dick" explores the comeback and political destruction featuring never before seen footage on sunday night at 9:00 eastern here on cnn. we're going to take you in a bit back to boston. live pictures outside of the federal courthouse. two hollywood actresses among several parents facing the federal judge. you know the story. they are all accused in the massive college admissions cheating scandal. we're live with the very latest. we'll be right back. and buying a car 100% online. now we've created a brand new way for you to sell your car. whether it's a year old or a few years old, we want to buy your car. so go to carvana and enter your license plate, answer a few questions, and our techno-wizardry calculates your car's value
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welcome back. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being here. we begin with a combatant day on capitol hill where a panel just approved a subpoena for the full unredacted mueller report to thwart any chance of the attorney general bill barr sending anything less than transparent. republicans on the house judiciary committee argue that the full report contained classified information and grand jury testimony. the chairman jerry nadler said there is zero negotiation on this. he wants to see every single page in full. >> are you willing to negotiate any middle ground in terms of redactions -- >> no. >> -- of the mueller report -- >> no. >> you're not? >> no. the committee