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hi there, i'm brooke baldwin and you're watching cnn. after 22 months of the special counsel at work, 34 people charged, five people sentenced, we begin with something never before seen from robert mueller and his team. leaks. about this letter by attorney general bill barr detailing the major conclusions of the mueller report. several investigators on the special counsel team are in a word, frustrated. they believe that barr did not
adequately describe how the case for obstruction of justice included derogatory information about what the president did, from sources familiar with those conversations and you remember the a.g. found that the evidence, quote, is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense. now the president and the doj are hitting back. the president went after "the new york times," the first two report the story calling it a quote, unquote, fake newspaper. for more let's go to cara skinnal, what are you learning? why did the folks from team mueller speak up like this? >> reporter: well according to our reporting that several of mueller's investigators, it is not clear how many share this view, but some are frustrated that the four-page letter summarizing the 400-page investigation that took two years to complete did not adequately reflect the views of the investigators. and according to the people
that -- these concerns rest a lot on the obstruction of justice issue which in the four-page letter barr said that mueller's team did not reach a conclusion one way or the other and there was evidence on both sides. now an issue here is that also the mueller's team, according to sources, had written summaries about the findings that were prefaced to the sections and there is frustration this was not adequately reflected in the report either. they thought they would have used that as a guide post to make these explanations more public when barr was writing his report to say these are what the findings were and using the language of mueller's team rather than barr doing a quick summary 48 hours after he received the report, brooke. >> cara, thank you so much for that. so much to discuss. i've got with me now cnn chief political analyst gloria borger or james galliano and special agent kerry cordero who was
counsel to the assistant attorney general for national security. so i want to begin with you on all of this, and we didn't hear anything from the investigators for two years. >> yeah. >> why now? why not wait until this report is out there? >> so, brooke, let's understand how the special counsel started. special counsel point is apointed by the attorney general they could choose any investigators or prosecutors they want. they don't have to be from doj or the fbi. we know the mueller team, 19 prosecutors, 40 fbi agents. and i think one of the important things here, prosecutors investigators, they argue. i argue with my closest friends that are prosecutors. heated battled and kicking cans ore and the whole nine yards and then you come to a consensus. former director mueller decided not to come to that assessment and as far as the people that the "new york times" and washington post are reporting
on, keep in mind second-hand. "the washington post," some of the special counsel team have been confiding to associates, according to people familiar with the responses of some on the special counsel team at "the new york times," some of robert s. mueller iii investigators have told associates so we are getting this from people that breaks my heart to say this are current on board employees at a barbecue or bar or family event and spoke to somebody on the team who shared it with the media. so it is not the team itself, from what i read in this -- >> the associates being the key word there. >> yes. >> and nonetheless, we are talking, from the "times" it sounds like they are speaking because they want to correct the narrative. i don't know if it's the narrative of republicans and trump saying exonerated and that whole thing. but -- >> i think it is reactive to the president coming out and saying i've been completely exonerated. it is also reactive to the four-page letter that we got
from the attorney general. by the way, the the attorney general is upset clearly when you read his letters that he said this wasn't meant to be a summary, it was meant to be a bottom line and sort of in response to what we saw initially in "the new york times," he also put out his -- his spokesperson put out a statement saying, you know, every page of the confidential report was marked "may contain material protected under federal criminal law" which protects grand jury information. so he was sort of saying, well this is why i can't release it, even the summaries, which some of these people, these people clearly talking believe should have been released because they had been pre-scrubbed. so there is a whole lot of back and forth here and i'm sure barr is upset that mueller's team didn't come to any conclusion on obstruction, he decided to take the bull by the horns and then decide about obstruction. i'm sure mueller is upset.
because of these leaks and i'm sure his team is upset that their product wasn't used. so it is kind of a mess. >> so among all of this, though, kerry, it is the obstruction piece. even in the reporting, bill barr was surprised, the a.g. was surprised that mueller didn't come down on that conclusively and it seems from reporting that they felt barr's letter did not describe how the case for obstruction included what they referred to as derogatory information about the president's actions. is that significant? >> well, we haven't seen the report yet, obviously. and so we don't actually know the way that the lead prosecutors who off drafted that report that special counsel submitted, how they have characterized the evidence. the attorney general and deputy attorney general decided to make a legal judgment in the absence of a recommendation from the special counsel to describe in that four-page letter that the
evidence did not meet a prosecutive standard of obstruction. that does not mean that when this report eventually becomes provided to congress and becomes public, which i think the -- based on the indications from the attorney general, the vast majority of it will, congress still will have the ability to evaluate that evidence, that underlying factual scenario to determine whether or not it is an impeachable offense. but also i agree with jim in distinguishing between who is providing information to these reports, just because these reports are saying that associates of investigators on the team, that does not mean that the lead prosecutors are the pop -- are the people providing this information to the press. >> sure. it is noteworthy that after so long, nothing. and then now we're getting these bits and pieces. and part of the information that we're getting was that the
mueller team wrote summaries of their own and expected more of it to be used which would make you -- wonder why bill barr won't use that. >> because every page of the mueller report that some suggest is between 300 pages and 400 pages will be marked with confidential 6-e material that prosecutors have to go through and scrub that. so i take the attorney general at his word. it is going to take some time to do that. he wanted to get something out quickly and some have argued against the efficacy, was it prudent to do a four-page report that people will treat like a wror shack test. >> in the two-page letter he said i've been mischaracterized. but on president trump, responding on twitter, and throw the tweet up and we've seen the reversal on i trust the a.g. and get the report out there, it is a disgrace and nothing will satisfy the dems. now he said "the new york times" had no legitimate sources which is illegal and probably they had no sources at all.
they're a fake newspaper who have been forced to apologize for incorrect and very bad reporting on me. we'll be talking to one of the -- mark next hour and i'll get him to respond to that. but first of all, just, kerry, have these associates of the prosecutor, have they done anything illegal here, first of all, just by talking about it? >> well, again, it depends -- well first of all, let me say, the president, it is so against the office of the presidency to constantly be talking about the media in this way. so just -- i want to make that point. he shouldn't be doing it. it is dangerous for him to do. but on the illegality, it depends on whether the individuals who were under, for example, grand jury secrecy rules, whether they provided specific information. i'm inclined to think that people know the consequences for doing that and they would not have provided. it sounds more like somebody who was on the investigation told somebody else about their
opinion about what is being reported in the press and that is very different than actually violating any of the secrecy rules that they would be subject to. >> but looking at the president's words, it seems like he's a little agitated. >> you think? >> a little worried about this getting out. >> very agitated. rudy giuliani talked about 13 angry democrats again, and team mueller. it wasn't too long ago after the barr four-page letter came out that the president said that he thought mueller was honorable. now he's worried about what is -- what going to be contained in the mueller report -- in the mueller report. clearly now he's also flipped on whether it should be released. he was particularly after the barr letter, let the whole thing hang out. now -- >> totally changed his tune. >> now he's saying the democrats will never be satisfied. even if they get the whole thing. so there is a total flip flop on that.
you have to assume there is a reason behind that. >> and by the way, just my last 60 seconds i have to you, you know mr. mueller and apparently mueller and mr. barr are quite close. >> yeah. >> they have known each other for 30 years and their families are friends and this must mean there is a little tension. >> look, i served under former director mueller for 12 years, he was the fbi director for 12 years, he doesn't suffer fools and straight as an arrow and nobody will question his occur ablg -- courage from vietnam and the difficulty is obstruction of justice because it is subject to interpretation and people can look at it, good people can look at it from the legal and investigative ends and people could look at it and say it is not. >> brooke, quickly. >> go ahead. >> super fast. the lawyers at the justice department and senior officials at the fbi and justice department disagree all of the time and it doesn't have anything to do with the personal
relationship. they have disagreement over fact and law and how it applies to fact and it is part of the professional relationship. >> i got you. kerry, thank you and gloria and james, thank you so much. a new and big punch from president trump. moments ago the president walking back his threat to shut down the u.s. border with mexico. he now said he is giving mexico a one-year warning to stop massive amounts of drugs coming into the united states or face a border shut down and tariffs on vehicles made in mexico. here is what the president said a little while ago. >> frankly better but less drastic than closing the borders to tariff the cars coming in. a and i will do it. you know i will do. it i don't play games. we'll give them a one-year warning and if the drugs don't stop or largely stop, we'll put tariffs on mexico and products. >> let's go to our white house
correspondent abby phillips. so president first was shut down the border and then shut down parts of the border and now he's saying, all right, you get one year. >> reporter: this is the slow walkback days in the making since last week president trump was beating the drum against mexico saying they weren't doing enough to stop illegal immigration saying he would close down the southern border with the u.s. if they didn't do more and now all of a sudden the president has completely changed course and now saying that closing the border is a sort of a last resort, but he's adding a new criteria. he's asking mexico to stop the flow of drugs and in addition to dealing with the immigration issue and if they don't, if they don't within the next year, then he'll turn to tariffs first and if that doesn't work, then he's going to close the border. so it is hard to imagine a more complete walk-back for the president than what he's done in the few minutes in the white house this afternoon. but it demonstrates what has
been happening behind the scenes for the last several days. white house aides, even republicans on capitol hill, you heard them publicly and privately saying to the president, it would be catastrophic to the u.s. economy if we closed the border with mexico and so now the president is walking back from that. just on the eve of him making a trip to the border, i think he's clearly going with a different tact and is giving mexico more time and frankly he's just kicking the can down the road on this issue for yet another year, brooke. >> even the president the other day with the nato secretary general acknowledging the negative impact shutting down the border would have. abby phillip. thank you so much. and democrats now closer than ever before to getting their hands on president trump's tax returns. specifically one key democrat on one key committee. how he could get the documents and soon and what the president has to say about that. plus cnn is the first to receive the preliminary report from the deadly ethiopian
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request the tax information from any individual, even the president of the united states. he has also requested the tax returns of eight of trump's business entities. and cnn's warren fox asked the congressman this morning why the committee chose six years, just six years to request instead of ten? >> we followed irs guidelines which suggest to taxpayers that six years is generally the measurement that they use for advising taxpayers on how long to keep their forms. so we didn't want to have the case perhaps dismissed on a technical glitch so again as i said to you now for a long period of time, we've taken a very methodical approach to will likely be an established court case. >> and president trump's reaction was swift but familiar. >> we're under audit despite what people said and we're
working that out as -- i'm always under audit it seems. but i've been under audit for many years because the -- the numbers are big and i guess when you have a name you're audited. but until such time as i'm not under audit, i would not be inclined to do that. thank you. >> chris cillizza. >> this is so exciting. >> he mentioned audit. take us down memory lane of why he can't release his tax returns. >> there have been a lot but audit is the one he comes back to. he repeatedly says i'm under audit. but just one point, you can release your tax returns when you are under audit. richard nixon did it in 1973 to prove he wasn't a crook. that is common. but hard to prove he's under audit or not. we don't know that. irs keeps that information and doesn't release it publicly. let's go to the next trump explanation. this one is really -- i laugh because it is ridiculous.
so they're extremely complex. he said this a lot of different ways but you don't need to see them and you wouldn't understand them. i think we have sound of him saying that. let's play that. >> okay. >> point blank, democrats go saver your tax returns, will you try to block that or will you allow them to have it. >> well, look, as i've told you, they're under audit and they have been for a long time, they're extremely complex, people wouldn't understand them. >> my favorite part -- that is the day after the election. that press conference and my favorite part is he goes on to say, a lot of big firms working on them. i don't know what that has to do with anything. but okay, so that is two reasons. let's go to explanation number three. people didn't care. now this is more trump senior counsel kellyanne conway but she was asked about this and i think we have sound of that, of why they shouldn't release it. we'll play that. >> the white house response is that he's not going to release his tax returns. we litigated this all through
the election. people didn't care. they voted for him and let me make this very clear, most americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like preside-- while president s in office and not what his look like. >> there is no way of people measuring that people voted on tax returns or no question on the exit polling suggesting this is a referendum on his taxes. >> but you could tell -- >> and quinnipiac university, march, should donald trump publicly release tax returns? yes, should, two-thirds. i'm no mathematician but that is more than the people who say no. and again, this is just -- they don't want to do this, brooke. where they've decided that whatever is in the returns, he is not going to release them under any circumstances unless he is forced to legally. me take up a bunch of excuses, audit and you wouldn't understand and big firms and
people don't care. there is no factual basis out of those three reasons that would suggest he can't. he is choosing not to. and that is the important thing. >> sounds like chairman neal is on it and is using one little rule to see if they could get their hands on the six years worth of tax returns. >> that is the only path by which this is going to happen. >> chris, thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. we have also now today learned some details -- disturbing details about the ethiopian airlines crash. first on cnn, what it was like in the doomed plane's final minutes and what it says about pilot error versus mechanical failure. we're live at boeing headquarters next. and meet number 17, tim ryan the latest democrat to join the 2020 presidential race and why he has what it takes to send president trump back to mar-a-lago full time. biopharmaceutical researchers.
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there are major new developments in the investigation into last month's crash of the ethiopian flight 302 that killed everyone on board. cnn is the first to obtain a copy of the preliminary report and it states there are significant similarities to october's deadly lion air crash in indonesia. both planes a boeing 737 max 8 but doesn't give a probable cause for the accident and cnn spoke to the ceo of the airline and he said it looks like the pilots were cleared of any wrongdoing. >> we're very proud of our pilots because it is proved in the preliminary report that they have done beyond what they are expected to do and today was a
day light for us to prove wrong all of the speculators with false allegations. >> drew griffin is our cnn senior correspondent live in washington. so drew, what similarities are in the report and what is boeing's response? >> reporter: well, i think boeing's response goes even further than that ceo of the airline and this preliminary report do in saying what the cause of the two crashes are. because in their response, boeing is now acknowledging that a single aoa sensor, an angle of attack sensor feeding erroneous information to the software, the anti-stall mcas was involved in both of the crashes. boeing pointing the finger at itself and the design and that
it is trying to fix the problem which to me beyond anything we've heard shows this was indeed the problem in both crashes. in its response, brooke, boeing said that to ensurin intended mcas activation will not occur again, boeing has developed and planning to release a software update to mcas, i'm right by a airfield, as you can hear, and an associated pilot training and supplemental training and adds addition additional layers of protection and will prevent erroneous data causing mcas. we know it pushed this plane into a nosedive at a very high rate of speed. i've talked to pilots who say that physically the fix to try to pull it out of that dive is to just turn basically a wheel which would have been very, very hard to do at the angle and the
speed of flight -- at the time. so we're still waiting for a reaction specifically from dennis muhlenberg, the ceo of boeing, but it does look like boeing is basically taking the fact that its design of this plane may have shipped out the door with some bad software indications on it. >> drew, there was also audio evidence that in 2017 boeing ceo boasted about the streamlined approval process implemented under this current administration. what did he say? >> right. and that is going to come back to bite him as well and also bite the faa. because a lot of coziness for years, this is the complaint that boeing and the faa are just too cozy. but in 2017 the ceo dennis mulenberg was talking to a press conference and i'll just let you listen to what he said about how the new trump administration is
handling regulation within the aviation industry. >> yes, just to comment on that, one, the overall focus on deregulation and simplifying processes is one that we've been a strong prouponent for and the administration has been engaged across agencies and within the industry to find ideas and ways and opportunities to simplify and streamline. things like faa certification processes is one place that we're seeing some solid progress. that is helping us more efficiently work through certification on some of the new model aircraft such as the max as it is going through flight test and entering into service. so we're seeing a change there with work that's been doing with the faa. >> reporter: brooke, the transportation committee in the
house and senate are digging in, was the faa giving too much authority to boeing to certify its own planes. those investigations continue. brooke. >> drew, thank you so much. of course we now know boeing said the software fix will take longer than first expected. just 24 hours ago the boeing ceo went on a test flight to inspect the software. mean time the first u.s. wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of a massachusetts native sammia studio and they include not only boeing and ethiopian airlines but the faa. justin green is our aviation analyst and lawyer representing other families of victims from this ethiopian airlines crash. so thank you so much for coming back and i have a lot i want to ask you about. starting with this report that we've now looked at in the words stunningly similar timeline to that of the lion air crash. what does that tell you? >> i mean it says what boeing apparently has admitted, that
mcas is the cause of both of the accidents and that raises two issues. one is what did boeing and the faa do during certification to make sure this was safe and then why didn't they stop the airplane from flying after they knew lion air had been caused by the mcas system. they sent out a service bulletin telling the pilots about mcas and pilots hadn't been told about the mcas system before that but told them the mcas is there and this is what it will do and how to prevent the accident. it sounds like the ethiopian pilots did exactly what boeing told them to do and still couldn't save the airplane. >> drew also mentioned, it sounds like -- you tell me if all signs pointing to boeing now and he made the point about boeing and the faa being too cozy. >> yeah. >> what would you say. >> you mentioned the faa in that lawsuit. the faa not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, you have to go through a process to name the faa but there is a conspiracy
claim in that lawsuit where they're saying that boeing and the faa were in conspiracy to get this airplane out. whether that claim could be proven and whether the faa could be proven and it is difficult to hold the government liable in these circumstances remains to be seen but there is clearly a problem where the faa is supposed to be an independent check and safety and they are not being independent, they are in cahoots with boeing. >> we mentioned the first wrongful death lawsuit has been filed. i'll play the sound as one of the victim's families has spoken out. >> we flew there to bring her home. but we learned there were no survivors. then we learned we could not bring home her body. or even fragments of her body. i stood on that ethiopian agricultural field with my family looking at the crater
sealing her. this should not happen to anyone again. that is why we're here. the butterfly effect of the ethiopian crash is massive and the potential of my sister and 156 others driven straight into the ground because of boeing's greed. >> you're representing families of some of the victims and respecting attorney/client privilege could you share some of what they must be going through? >> it is the terrible thing to sit with a family member who just lost a loved one that -- in a terrible tragedy like this. and there is the financial problems and getting the bodies back home and paying proper respects but ultimately the families of every one of my cases for the last 25 years, the main thing they want is answers about what happened and the more than anything else they want to make sure it doesn't happen to
. ohio congressman tim ryan is now the 17th democrat to join the 2020 presidential race. president trump actually flipped ryan's district in 2016 making promises on jobs and while congressman ryan is often perceived as more of a moderate not afraid to challenge speaker nancy pelosi today he is running as a progressive. >> most progressives will see that as a candidate that cannot only advance a progressive agenda, but also win.
i can win western p.a. and i can win ohio, i can win michigan and i can win wisconsin and that means donald trump is going back to mar-a-lago full time. >> meantime south bend, indiana, mayor, pete buttigieg teases he might make it official and he has only launched an exploratory committee so with me now, cnn senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny. he is number 17. and we're going to be into the 20s. >> no question. probably six more. so 23 or so i think. >> at one point, and are we there, where the field gets a tad too crowded and it is more hurtful than helpful. >> you hear that from voters because they have a lot to pick from. and think of answering the phone, if a pollster calls, running through a list of 23 names how can you accurately survey this. that is one challenge. but i do think there is at this early stage probably a moment for all of the candidates to have their moment or their
ideas. but i think it benefits bernie sanders. >> why? >> this could absolutely -- because he has the base of support from before. he doesn't need to grow support but he could lose support but there are other people in their own lanes so i think it benefits bernie sanders. he is the front-runner in this case. and tim ryan is filling the old sherrod brown, the ohio senator who decided against running and will focus on white working class voters in the places obama won but trump won in 2016. >> someone else has been on the rise and crushed it during our cnn town hall and that is mayor pete buttigieg. and this amazing column from kirsten powers usa today columnist and interviewed him and he talks about the intersection of politics and christianity and led me read part of it. we need not to be afraid to invoke arguments on why christian faith will point you in a progressive direction. when i think about where most of scripture points me, it is toward defending the poor and the immigrant and those who are left behind by the way society
works. might he have an opportunity to attract christian voters who maybe are on the fence about president trump? >> i think he certainly is trying that. and you could tell how authentic this is. this isn't just coming out in a newspaper column. he talks about this a lot. as i've been out there with him, he mentioned this and he believes that the left is sort of forgetting the religion moment. but it is one of the things that distinguishes him, not just his biography, it is what he says and makes arguments for democrats to think about it. now, look, i don't think the religious right and which consolidated behind the president because of the supreme court and because of abortion, i don't think they will leave. but there will people in the middle and others who are hearing this message. so i think it is interesting. he's one of the few candidates talking about this when not asked. it is always a debate question but he brings it up on his own so if you read that whole piece, it is pretty fascinating.
>> jeff zeleny, thank you very much. >> good to see you. a programming note, the four part series "tricky dick" experienced the nixon rise and fall and comeback and the destruction and featuring never-before-seen footage, the series continues on sunday at 9:00 eastern and pacific here on cnn. could the mystery of a missing child case finally be solved? a 14-year-old shows up out of nowhere and said his name is timmothy pitzen. a boy who disappeared more than seven years ago. could dna results expected any minute now help resolve the case?
the fbi is investigating the woman under arrest for carrying mal-ware into president trump's mar-a-lago resort was spying for china. this chinese woman who walked into the resort over the weekend was discovered to be carrying two chinese passports, four cell phones, a laptop and a thumb drive with mal-ware. the president has brushed off the incident saying this -- >> i'm not concerned at all. i have -- we have very good control and we have extremely good -- that was just a fluke situation. the result is they were able to get her. and she's now suffering the consequences of whatever it is she had in mind. >> larry johnson is a former secret service agent and the ceo of cyber response. >> thanks for having me. >> so the president said he's not concerned at all. should he be? >> well, um, from my point of
view, the secret service deals with these type of issues every day. there is four or five different problems that the secret service has to solve with access that while it would be a bit concerning that the person got through the outer perimeter, even though they were under escort, they never got to the inner perimeter where much more scrutinization is done. >> on the more techie piece of this, from what i've read it is not clear what type of mal-ware was on the woman's usb drive but could you tell me what kind of damage a usb drive could do at mar-a-lago. >> i suspect it is either middle ware or spy ware. middle ware is sitting in between the user and at network. spy ware will download as much data as possible that can be downloaded on a usb drive. but the access at a resort like
mar-a-lago would be to the mar-a-lago network, not a network that the secret service uses, the staff or the president would use. so it is really unsure how much they -- she could have gotten by using a memory stick at a network that is owned by a resort. >> okay. and again, the fbi is investigating this, seeing if she was possibly spying for chinese. i just described the thing she was carrying with her. she said she was just trying to get to the pool. what is your gut tell you? >> yeah, it is interesting, i would love to have been a fly on the wall, it takes me back to my days in the secret service because i'd like to know just like everyone else would know what was her purpose for being there, what did she -- what did she intend to accomplish. one of the secret service expertise is in behavior. they see behavior at check points and they notice if a person looks out of place, if they're nervous or sweating.
and if she did not exhibit any of these type of features, then she was very good in controlling herself. depending on her motives, again, we don't know that and we're not privy to that investigative information. >> fbi is investigating. larry johnson, thank you. >> thanks, brooke. president trump is lashing out today, apparently not happy about the new reports on investigators from robert mueller's team and their concerns about a.g. bill barr and his four-page summary of the report. one of the "new york times" reporters who broke the story joins me next. ♪ pardon the interruption but this is big! now at t-mobile buy any samsung galaxy s10
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a stunning discovery could finally provide answers to a nearly eight-year saga. the fbi is investigating the kats of a teenager found in kentucky claiming to be a boy missing in 2011 after people in the newport neighborhood reported a fidgety teenager walking around. >> i asked him what was going on and he told me he was kidnapped and traded through people and he just wanted to go home and he needed help. >> he was last seen with his mother at a water park in wisconsin in may of 2011. three days later her body was found in a hotel room in rockford, illinois, killed herself and left behind a note saying her son was with "people" who love him. the boy's family who has been searching for him for years are cautiously optimistic.
>> i'm very hopeful that it is him and that he's okay and he's been in a good place when he was gone that he's going to come back to us. we never stopped looking for him, thinking about him and that we love him and we'll do everything to get him back to a good life. >> police say they are tracking every lead possible at moment. let's continue on. hour two, you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. and after 22 months of the special counsel at work, 199 criminal counts and seven guilty pleas we begin with something never before seen from robert mueller and the members of his investigative team and they are speaking out about the letter that bill barr wrote from the conclusions of the mueller report and several investigators on the mueller team are frustrated with it, believing barr did not describe how the case for obstruction included derogatory information about the president and what the president did. this from sources