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president trump is shaking up the department of homeland security. more departures expected soon. >> it indicates turmoil at an ajgency that needs to be runnin at full speed. >> you see cabinet secretaries come and go in any administration. >> a pivotal moment for the attorney general. the first time he will be in front of congress since the mueller report. >> just going to try to avoid anything that goes beyond what he put in his letter. >> you need to understand why he chose that four-page summary. in hours, prime minister benjamin netanyahu will learn whether he's secured a fifth term in office. >> netanyahu is playing the underdog, trying to energize his supporters. >> there could be a situation where netanyahu loses because
the people of israel want a leader who doesn't have corruption charges. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> good morning. welcome to your new day. first, upheaval in the department of homeland security. a senior white house official tells cnn the president is overseeing a near systematic purge, end quote. the homeland security secretary are out. more heads could roll, ignoring a shift to a hard line immigration policy, led by white house adviser stephen miller. it could lead to more families being separated at the border. the most senior republican, chuck grassley, alarmed by the changes. in reference to miller, quote, they haven't accomplished a whole lot, so they need to find some other way to make themselves look important. in a couple hours, william barr testifies on capitol hill. this is his first time answering any questions since the mueller
report was given to him. he will be grilled on the reporting that some in mueller's team say his summary, barr's summary, does not adequately portray the mueller findings. joining us now, maggie haberman, cnn political analyst. we want to start on immigration. it seems the president now, in the midst of this period where he is pushing everyone out and pushing legal boundaries, if not overstepping legal boundaries. >> we've seen him the last two years try to run up into what the law will allow on any number of topics across the board. we've seen it on immigration. he has been stopped and stymies by courts, law, international law, and u.s. law. right now, he seems to be wa wanting someone he feels will be aqcquiesce ent to what he desires. he's wanting people who are willing to go against what the
courts have said. he'll be frustrated with whoever is in the job. the relationship between him and kears kearse kirstjen nielsen deteriorated a long time ago. i think he is going to run into the same headaches over and over. >> family separations were so unpopular. i, as you know, interviewed trump supporters, panels. that's the one they got stuck on. they didn't like that. it was so unpopnpopular. why would he go back to this? >> he wants to look as if he is taking a hard line against a system he now controls as he heads into a re-election effort, where he has a challenge. his numbers are not terrific. the economy has helped to bolster them. he is looking to show his supporters he is trying to tackle a system, and it is the system keeping him from doing things, not his own softness on immigration, as hard line supporters would put it. he sees political gain. however, we're talking about families being separated. this is not a political game.
there are many children who still are not reunited with their families. it is surprising that the president is choosing this as the route to go. again, i think this is where he thinks he has a political edge. i think there are a lot of critics of his who would say this is going to cause him greater headaches. >> john cornyn, number two in the senate, says the one thing we agree on is we shouldn't be separating families. there is pushback that the president just wants to separate famili families. i know it is in the "times" and other places. telling border agents last week, going to california and telling agents, ignore the judges. >> yes. i mean, again, it goes against -- he is constantly trying to see whether he can either bend or, no some cases, push past laws. he is doing this consistently. this is another area he is doing it. people have chosen not to listen to the directives. again, we saw that at dhs any number of times. i don't know he's going to get a different result with ore
people. i think he is going to keep trying. i think you raise a point that's really important, which is republicans in the senate taking issue with this. the republicans in the senate have been basically his, you know, fail safe against criticism, against being seen as going too far. they have generally supported his agenda. chuck grassley is not somebody who criticizes the president easily. he is criticizing the white house over planned purges. still may not happen but are expected to happen at dhs. >> i have a few things grassley said. this is the interview with "the new york times," not the "washington post." he's talking about stephen miller inside the white house. he, they, haven't accomplished a lot, so they need some way to make themselves look important. that's the idea stephen miller is seizing power there. chuck grassley isn't happy about that. he said, i can't name a single accomplishment stephen miller has in the white house on
immigration. >> we don't normally see that from grassley. this is not a position stephen miller likes to be in. stephen miller, who is one of the president's longest serving advisers, he was known before this administration as an immigration restrictionist, and he's pushed the policies. he likes to operate in stealth mode. he doesn't like his fingerprints attached to a lot of things. he's out for all to take a swing at. i'm not sure how he'll withstand the pressure. >> great grandson of refugees. pleaed to the united states. we've heard from his uncle about how he can be doing this and the family feels betrayed or some level. back to family separations. not only was it a pr disaster, it didn't work. >> right. >> the idea that the president has fastened on this as some sort of solution, we have the numbers. we went back to look at the numbers. the apprehensions at the border fluctuate up and down. they spiked after family separations began.
they fluctuated ed up and down. the word he opened to get back to honduras as a deterrent, didn't work. >> i wonder how much of this is him doing talks and floats, seeing whether anything has an impact verse a policy they plan on implementing. to your benjamin netanyapoint, . there was legal blowback. i'm not sure they'll go ahead with this. we've seen this president invoke possible initiatives he doesn't enact, but he says he will use as a -- look, there are supporters in this country who support his view. that is true. he feels as if he is trying to, you know, lean into that. i think that what we have seen is he ran on a campaign of i alone can fix this. he is discovering this system has a lot of problems, and it is almost impossible the do it without congress. >> we brought up john cornyn, truck grassley, other republican senators who might speak up. does the president care? >> i do. i don't know what the impact
will be. may save the jobs here grassley is concerned about. he does care about that kind of thing. on the other hand, he also seems to be trying to leave more of a mark and churn at dhs. whether it'll get to him this time, i don't know. i do think he hears stuff like this. it depends on what he sees on television and how much criticism he gets. >> it is also interesting, the amount of vacancies. if more heads roll at dhs today, you know, he often does things that seem to be at counter purposes to what he is trying to do. can the country function well without enough people at dhs? you know, all sorts of people who have run it before say that it can't and it gets dangerous at some point. >> right. it is a scrawling security agency, and it is getting lost in the questions of who may be fired. there is only so long the ghost in the machine can keep things running. they're testing the bounds of what the system will handle
right now. >> secret service head is one of the people pushed out. the reporting is it was in the works prior to the mar-a-lago fiasco, but where does the mar-a-lago fiasco fit into this? >> this was a great jake tapper scoop yesterday, that we all had to catch up on. i think that 11 days ago now, is what i was told, the head of the secret service was told to start figuring out an exit plan. he was going to be allowed to leave sort of as he wanted to. he is not somebody who the president has ever liked particularly. he was a john kelly person. i do think some of what you're seeing right now the post john kelly era purge. kirstjen nielsen would be a part of that. the mar-a-lago thing didn't help, obviously. it is not going to add to keeping someone. i understand this was in the works. >> former marine general, and the president made fun of his appearance. >> dumb bow eo ears. >> mature. >> classy. let's move on.
taxes. president trump, as you know, donald trump during the campaign said he wanted to release them. he looked forward to releasing them. he was going to release them, as soon as the pesty aky audit was over, which he never provided evidence of. all the way to mick mulvaney this weekend saying, democrats will never see his taxes. they have no right to. do you have any sense of what's going on and whether president trump is -- i mean, look, i don't want to say hiding something, but there are different speculations that his taxes would show that he is not as wealthy as he thinks. who cares? that's about ego. or it would show something wrong. >> by definition, he is hiding something. he's not produced tax returns as any other president or presidential candidate did for 40 years, including mitt romney, who fought it tooth and nail in 2012 and ultimately did, to his political detriment, by the way.
he did release them. i think folks in his orbit remember that very well, as they watch this. i don't know why he has not released them. i don't know why he won't provide proof he is under audit. i thought mick mulvaney actually said the quiet part out loud over the weekend, when he said the democrats won't get these. it was taking away any separation, where this will be up to the irs and this is not going to be a political concern. he was just saying it. again, i have no idea. i have heard theories over a very long period of time, why donald trump will never release his taxes. we heard this during the campaign. we heard nit in 2011 when he wa thinking about running. i think they decided voters don't care. we'll find out. >> there is the irony, romney and his team saying it showed he was wealthy. >> low effective tax rate. >> there could be the reverse here, which is that the president's returns show he is
not as wealthy as he lets on. there is the topsy-turviness. >> donald trump likes to dig in when criticized and told to do something. i don't disavow that, but i do think that the question of how much financial disclosure he was going to be interested in making has plagued him long before he ran for president. it is going to continue until he shows something. >> great to have you with us. thank you very much. in a moment, he is running for president. he wants to give every american over 18 $1,000 a month. how is that going to work? andrew yang tells us how. he'll explain his plan next. no matter where you are in life or what your dreams entail, a cfp professional is trained, knowledgeable, and committed to financial planning in your best interest. find your certified financial planner™ professional at letsmakeaplan.org. when cravings hit, hit back. find your certified financial planner™ professional choose glucerna, with slow release carbs
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if you heard anything about me, you heard that there's an asian man running for president who wants to give everyone $1,000 a month. all those things are true. we'll take this case all the way to the white house and win because the opposite of donald trump is an asian man who likes math. >> all right. in a crowded field of 2020 democratic candidates, andrew
ya yang is standing out. the former tech executive wants to give everyone over 18 an income of $1,000 a month. why? let's ask him. andrew yang, democratic candidate for president joins me now. thank you very much for being with us. universal basic income, $1,000 a month for everyone, including, say, alisyn camerota? >> exactly right. we need to make this move because we're in the midst of the greatest economic and technical transition in the history of the country. the reason donald trump is the president is we automated 4 million jobs in ohio, west virginia, wisconsin, pennsylvania. we are about to do the same to retail workers, fast food workers, truck drivers, on and on through the economy. >> not to shorthand it, but people joke this is the robot apocalyp apocalypse. you look at automation as a threat to the fabric of the
nation, right? >> 30% of malls and stores are closing in the next few years because amazon is soaking up 20 billion dollars a year. if you go to an amazon fulfillment center, it is robots. it is not science fiction. >> is amazon the enemy? >> amazon a winner in the system we built. we need to make it so more people can share in the progress that's being driven by this innovation. >> universal basic income, $1,000 a month, is an insurance policy against the threat of automation? >> yeah, it helps give tens of millions of americans a real path forward. the thing that excites me the most is you can see it would improve people's health, nutrition. it'd elevate graduation rates, improve people's mental health. it'd help people make transitions in a time of change. >> if you're pushed out of a job by automation, how is $12,000 a year changing your life? >> i've looked at the numbers
around the country and spent the last few years creating jobs in the midwest and the south. $1,000 a month would be a game-changer for tens of millions of americans. it'd also lead to 2 million new jobs because of the economic activity. it would make our labor force much more dynamic. right now, a lot of americans are stuck in place, having a hard time moving for different opportunities. >> why does the 1% deserve $1,000 a month, as does someone making $35,000 a year? >> well, if you look at our own country, alaska had a dividend for the last 30 years. it is wildly popular in large part because it is universal. it is a, oh, you get it and i don't. i'm giving it to you. it is a right of citizenship in alaska. because of that, it is very popular. we should do the exact same thing in the rest of the country. >> alaska has 700,000 people and a lot of oil. america has, what, 350 million people. >> yes. >> and a huge national debt. this will add to that. >> well, it won't necessarily. if you look around, again, one of the big winners from this
process is going to be amazon, and amazon paid zero in federal taxes last year. we have to join every advanced economy and have a value added tax that will give the american people a tiny slice of every amazon sale. >> it adds burdens on people who don't make a lot. you're talking about taxes on everyday goods. >> it can fall on luxury goods, not consumer staples. if you have artificial intelligence, right now, the income tax system will do a very, very poor job of getting some of the resources in the hands of the american people. >> i want to ask you some questions on other subjects. you worked at manhattan prep, you ran it, which is a test preparation company. >> that's right. >> here in the city. it is the type of place that is now seen as tied up in this entire higher education machine, complex. do you -- how do you see the college admissions scandal recently, and what is a way to solve it? >> yeah, so the college admissions scandal is a symptom
of all sorts of problems. college has gotten 2 1/2 times more expensive and not changed in quality. >> the automation of getting in, the common application as a form of automation. >> that's one reason. a lot of it is that people are incredibly stressed out about their children's futures. they think if their kid doesn't get into a certain school, it'll be tend of the world. you reflect on that and you're like, why is that? the reason that is, our economy has changed so that if you feel like if you don't get a certain degree, then your child is going to have a very bleak path forward. >> do you think organizations like manhattan prep add to the anxiety, by creating this place people think they need to go to improve test scores? >> after manhattan prep was acquired, i went and started an organization, venture for america, that helped train entrepreneurs around the country. because of in part of what you're describing. we need a more diverse set of paths for the young people, so they don't think they can only
do one thing in a few places. >> the president is having issues at the border. he wants to alter if not end the asylum process. how would you solve what's going on at the border right now, with more and more families coming over, with more and more kids? how would you get them or process them more efficiently? >> yeah. so i'm the son of immigrants. i feel very, very strongly that this country has an important role to play. we need to secure the border and do a much more efficient job of helping process people who are applying for asylum under the processes. >> how. >> now, there is a multi-month wait process. >> how? >> putting more resources to work. also, giving people more authority on the ground. right now, a lot of people's hands are tied with bureaucracy. >> not judges, people who aren't judges, give them more authority? >> to me, it is unacceptable that you have, in some cases, like 8 or 10 or 12 month waiting period. could be we need more judges. >> all right. you say you have qualified for the democratic debates in june
and july. by your accounting, you have the fundraising and number -- >> and the polling. >> when you're standing on that stage with the other democratic candidates, what is going to distinguish you? why should democratic voters pick you instead of the other democratic candidates? >> well, i believe i have the right vision for the country, to help create a path forward for tens of millions of american families, who right now are being sidelined and swept aside by the economic changes. unfortunately, most political leaders do not want to confront the magnitude of this fourth industrial revolution we're in the midst of. now, because of my work in technology and business over the last number of years, i can see it plain as day. i can see what we need to do to move our country forward. >> i have a million more questions for you, andrew yang. fascinating issues among certai groups of surprising people who are supporting you. but the good news is cnn viewers will get to see more of you coming up shortly. thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you. it is a pleasure. >> this sunday, cnn will host a town hall with andrew yang.
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president trump's purge of top officials at the department of homeland security fueling fears even inside the republican party. senior senator chuck grassley tells "the new york times" he is, quote, very, very concerned, end quote. cnn has learned the president is pushing to reinstate his controversial family separation policy. joining us now is independent senator angus king. good morning, senator. >> good morning, alisyn. how are you? >> good. you say the dismissal of secretary nielsen should worry everyone. why is that? >> couple levels. it is not only secretary nielsen. i counted 13 empty positions or acting positions. i don't think they were acting,
at the top of the homeland security. we're talking the secret service. we're talking immigration. all of those important functions. that's a concern, i think, for us. deeper than that is why were these people being fired? it appear they were being fired for the offense of telling the president that what he wants to do is against the law. when you start firing people because they tell you you have to follow the law, you know, that's a really bad sign. >> here's what senator ron johnson, republican, not a critic of the president routinely, here's what he says about this. he echoes your concerns. i'm concerned with the growing leadership void within the department, tasked with addressing some of the most significant problems facing the nation. so, senator, help us understand, is this -- is the department of homeland security such a kind of big, chucking juggernaut, that i can go on doing its work without the 13 people, or is it truly a
risk to american safety? >> well, i think it is a risk. you know, there are many, there are thousands of good people who are going to get up this morning, working for homeland security, whether in the coast guard or customs and border control. all the people will go to work and do their jobs. when you don't have leadership at the top, when you see people being fired for essentially doing their jobs, it's got to be corrosive of the morale and the effectiveness of the agency. that's a concern in itself. as i said, what really concerns me is the deeper issue of a guy who can't stand to have people around him, who tell him what he doesn't want to hear. that's a looming disaster for a president, or for any leader. you're shutting out diverse voices. that's what you need. particularly when you're shutting out people for telling you you have to follow the law. the problem, alisyn, i think, a friend of mine said, this guy thinks he is ceo of america and it is a family owned company.
he doesn't have to answer to anybody. i was listening so quotes this morning. he wants to get rid of the judges. we don't need the judges. te tell them not to worry about congress. that's not the way the system works. you have to learn to work, make changes, get the policies enacted you want. you can't bull through these things. >> senator, that's not the way democracy works. i hear you loud and clear. the reporting that jake tapper has from two sources that on friday the president told border agents, ban asylum seekers, ban all migrants at the border, and tell the judges you're going to do it. tell the judges they don't -- what they say doesn't matter. do you think that is -- was he telling border agents to break the law? >> well, it was pretty damn close. i don't know. i don't know how you define it any other way. he is telling people to ignore the law. let me back up one step further. i used to be the governor in the state of maine. i would get frustrated with the
legislature. i'd get mad and say, why aren't they doing what i want? they're not listening. they're not doing the policies that i think are important for the state. then i had a kind of, you know, moment, where i realized, wait a minute, if they're not doing what i think is important, that's on me. it's my responsibility to find a way to work with them, to get those policies enacted. he hasn't reached that point yet. he thinks he can just, you know, run over everybody. if he doesn't like the law that congress passed years ago, he can ignore it or tell his people to ignore it. he's got to figure out if he wants to get something done how to sit down with chuck schumer and mitch mcconnell and nancy pelosi, mccarthy, all those people, and try to persuade them to get the policies he wants. the wall thing is a perfect example. he didn't get the money he wanted from a bipartisan congress, bipartisan appropriations process. he says, heck with you, i'm going to end run you and do this
national emergency. that shreds our constitution and the democratic system, as you said. >> senator, what do you think of the president bringing back -- wanting to bring back the family separation policy? >> i think it is terrible. ironically, he said a couple months ago, we have a humanitarian crisis. well, we do. he wants to make it worse. it hasn't worked. i think they thought it was going to be some kind of deterrent. people leaving these terribly violent, unstable countries are having to make a judgment. i have a chance at a decent life in mexico or in the united states versus virtually no chance in my neighborhood in dwat guatemala or honduras. they'll take the chances. the idea you're using the family separation policy, which is inhumane under any definition, as a deterrent is shocking. it didn't work before. it won't now. it'll cause more problems. it is a defiance of the law. >> senator chuck grandson leess
speaking out and criticizing stephen miller, who is apparently the architect of the family separation policy. here's what grassley told the "washington post." i think it'd hard for him to show he accomplished anything for the president. when asked to elaborate, he chuckled and said, it is hard to elaborate when there hasn't been any accomplishments. these republican senators, who have been reluctant to speak out in the past against president trump or his policies, are doing so now about this. >> it is significant. i think they're doing what their job is, to try to defend the country and work on behalf of their constituents. everybody -- by the way, i should have said at the very beginning, nobody here that i've ever met wants open borders. the idea that the president and the vice president keep throwing out, you're either for the wall and these harsh, inhumane policies, or you're for open borders, is nonsense. what the people around here
want, that i'm talking to on both sides of the aisle, is a sensible policy that deals with some of these issues. for example, the asylum issue -- by the way, asylum seekers are not illegal immigrants. they're coming in under the law. they have an opportunity to request asylum, then they have to be processed through the immigration court, which is grossly understaffed. one solution would be more immigration judges. the other solution, it seeks to me, is to work with the countries in central america to try to stabilize them so that you don't have these refugee flows to start with. instead, the administration is cutting funding to those countries. i know there are corruption problems. we have to work with those. to cut funding, to make it worse down there, is just self-defeating. >> senator x ve, very quickly, w you're not on the committee that will be hearing from attorney general barr today, but if you were, or if you've told your colleagues tomorrow in the senate, what do you most want to hear from him?
>> mr. barr, turn over that report. i think that's the simple, short answer. we need to see the report. the committees of congress can handle classified material. we ought to have it. ultimately, the american people ought to see it. >> senator angus king, thank you very much for weighing in on all of this for us. >> sure. >> always disorienting when you get a short answer to a basic question. >> i should have sat there and stared with dead air. >> that's the answer? all right. huge day in israel. a pivotal election. the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, faces his toughest test yet. what impact will it have on middle east peace? we'll discuss next. i had no symptoms of hepatitis c.
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mar-a-lago, saying the drive immediately began downloading malicious malware of an agent's computer. prosecutors suggest the woman was trying to spy on the united states and warned the judge she is a flight risk. the judge will decide next week whether she should stay in jail before her trial. a maryland man is expected in court, charged with attempting to carry out an isis inspired plot. henry stole a u-haul man and planned to drive into a crowd in washington, d.c. the 28-year-old drove to national harbor last month in hopes of recreating the 2016 truck attack in france. he was arrested after authorities found the stolen van. israelis are heading to the polls this morning to elect a new government. will they give the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, a fifth term, despite several corruption probes? joining me now is aaron david miller, vice president and distinguished scholar at the
wo woodrow wilson international center. thank you for being with us. what's at stake in the election? every israeli election determines, to some extent, the future of the middle east, but there's a lot on the line today. >> i think there is an important inflection point. first of all, john, alisyn, you have the historic consequence of the first sitting israeli prime minister, running for re-election under indictment. it is a preliminary indictment to be sure. the formal indictment may come after the prime minister gets a hearing. so that's a serious issue and raises all kinds of questions about the netanyahu years, style of governance, values, liberal tendencies, corruption, a variety offish sh issues. if, in fact, gantz, his challenger, former israeli chief of staff, really authentic, ends upbe beating him, i think, perhaps, maybe, the tone and
character of the israeli political discourse will begin to change. on the national security front, i think that the differences between gantz and netanyahu on issues relating to iran, gaza, there probably is some difference, with respect to the palestinian issue. but gantz has, you know, avoided any reference whatsoever to anything remotely resembling a palestinian state during the campaign. >> on the other hand, netanyahu tends to use shock and awe in the waning days of his campaign. this go around, he was suggesting that israel should annex west bank jewish settlements in the west bank. i know there's some question about if he will follow through with it if he does win the election, but would that mean an effective end to the two-state solution? albeit a two-state solution that is teetering at best, completely failed at worst, but still the nominal goal in the middle east and for the world. >> i think what it would do essentially is eliminate any
political space whatsoever, even prospects for a meaningful two-state solution strike me as being slim to none. if the israelis are claiming the west bank and israel are to be won, and there will be no separation, political separation unilaterally or through a negotiation, it binds israelis and palestinians to a much different and, i would argue, much less hopeful future. the first time i met mr. kushner, i said to him, i wish my father-in-law had as much confidence in me as your father-in-law appears to have in you. he has given you mission impossible. in the middle of all this, as if israeli politics were not complicated enough, trump administration is seriously contemplating putting out this 50 or 60 page initiative. you have to wonder exactly what the objective, what the intentions, what are the options here, given the fraught nature of israeli politics? >> you bring up mission
impossible. the truth is, ethan hunt goes through with the mission. if the objection is to find middle east peace, where is the plan? two years in, kushner doesn't have a plan. it gets to the relationship between president trump and benjamin netanyahu. we have never seen a relationship between an israeli prime minister and a u.s. president like this one. >> there's no question about that. i mean, worked for half a dozen administrations since the reagan administration. i've never seen an administration that appears to be more ak w determined not to support israel but support the policies of a particular israeli prime minister. i mean, there are so many historic firsts here. first president to visit israel on his first foreign foray. first president to recognize jerusalem as the capital state of israel. first president to open the embassy. first president to wage a pretty consistent, tough war politically and economically
against the palestinians. and he has interceded and is trying to put, i think, his thumb on the scale, to sway te electi an election to a guy he has tremendous sympathy. they see, in respects, twinning going on here. i think they see the world in much the same way. it'd be much different, a relationship between benny gantz and a donald trump. that's for sure. though gantz will want a close relationship with the united states. >> in the region, yesterday, the united states declared the iranian revolutionary guard corps a terrorist organization. what is the practical impact of that? >> my concern, it is a nasty organization. orchestrated iranian policies, cracking down on the green revolution, spread terror discreetly, not so discreetly throughout the region. my real concern is, what will this change on the ground? american forces in syria and iraq are going to be operating in close proximity to iranian
revolutionary guard units. they've been declared like isis and like al qaeda, a foreign terrorist organization. does that mean the administration is going to go kinetic with respect to these units? that could trigger intentionally or otherwise an escalation, frankly, i don't think the administration wants, given the uncertainties of where it might go. >> aaron david miller, thank you. we are watching the israel election results closely. we'll have a lot to talk about in the coming days. audit, the truth about president trump's tax returns in a must-see reality check, next. ] what's that, girl? [ engine revving ] flo needs help?! [ engine revving ] take me to her! ♪ coming, flo! why aren't we taking roads?! flo. [ horn honking ] -oh. you made it. do you have change for a dollar? -this was the emergency? [ engine revving ]
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story has changed dramatically. john avalon has our reality check. john, what have you found? >> pretty fascinating stuff if you look at the tale of the tape. look, it's a tradition that started with richard nixon which is why people have been asking donald trump about his tax returns since he started even thinking about running for president. >> i will produce my tax returns, absolutely, and i would love to do that. >> i will absolutely give me returns but i'm being audited now. >> i can't release tax returns when there is an audit. >> in fact, we counted at least 16 times that donald trump said he wanted to release his taxes. an audit isn't the only reason he has pumped the brakes, he also found a way to weaponize his returns. >> maybe i'm going to do the tax returns when obama does his birth certificate. >> and of course at hillary clinton. >> i will release my tax returns against my lawyers' wishes when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted. >> get this, trump even played the god card to explain his game of hide the taxes.
>> i'm a strong christian and i feel strongly about it and maybe there is a bias. >> spoiler alert, if donald trump is still being audited, god has got nothing to do with it. in fact, there is no legal reason an audit would prevent him from releasing his taxes. nixon released his taxes because he was under audit not in spite of it. >> people have to know whether or not their president is a crook. well, i'm not a crook. >> not only that, former irs chief as well as trump's own pick for the post both said the irs doesn't chase after any filer year after year after year as trump has claimed. it should be clear that the audit excuse isn't worth the 1040 it's printed on. other excuses have to take its place. >> nobody cares. the only one who cares is, you know, you and a few people that asked that question. >> we litigated this all through the election. people didn't care. >> actually, people do care. around 74% of americans said trump should release his taxes when kelly ann said that. >> now team trump is giving up
any pretense of an excuse. >> you believe democrats will never see the president's tax returns. >> no, never, nor should they. >> so we are left asking what's the president trying to hide? there are a few possibilities, first, president donald trump isn't as rich as he says he is. we know he has inflated his wealth for years and seems really insecure about the size of his bank account. >> i'm rich. >> i'm much richer than people think. >> i'm much rcher, right? you see. much richer. >> second, he could be paying far less tax than any normal working american. when you're scrambling to pay your taxes next week some of the super rich pay nothing thanks to loopholes. take jared kushner who paid almost no federal income taxes for years despite being worried a $30 million. third his taxes may reveal undisclosed sources from foreign sources. third, releases his tax returns complicate his life. >> what he didn't want was to have an entire group of think thanks that are tax experts run
through his tax return and start ripping it to pieces. >> so for what it's worth cohen added he didn't think trump was under audit at all in 2016. only trump's tax returns can clear up these key questions. democrats are using an obscure anti-corruption law to compel their release and the president is digging in, so buckle up for a court fight in the coming months that could be titled trump versus transparency. and that's your reality check. >> very helpful to see it all in one place, john. thank you for reminding us of how we got here. >> that audit, yeah, not so disqualifying. you can get your tax returns even if they are under audit. >> ask president nixon. so three california women are suing uber, they say that uber failed to warn customers about a string of assaults. the women say they were sexual assaulted by drivers posing as uber drivers. drew griffin joins us now with more of his investigation. what have you learned? >> in total the lawsuit claims
nine women were sexual assaulted, this all took place within a five-mile radius of west hollywood and its clubs, all by fake uber drivers. it took place between september 2016 and february of 2018. what's different here, alisyn, is this lawsuit is alleging uber knew about these assaults, were warned by police that fake drivers were targeting uber customers and according to jane doe's, one, two and three, did nothing to warn them that sexual predators were luring victims into vehicles. five assaults took place before jane doe 1 was assaulted. two men were arrested for attacking women in separate cases, one has already been sentenced to eight years in prison. the lawsuit claims uber egregiously chose to hide and minimize its safety problems and alleges that uber makes it easy for predators to obtain print at home uber labels to deceive passengers. uber says it hasn't seen this
lawsuit yet, but did tell cnn we have been working with local law enforcement, including the lapd, to educate the public about how to avoid fake ride share drivers for several years. the suit, of course, comes after the university of south carolina student san that josephson was kidnapped and killed when she got into a vehicle she mistakenly thought was an uber. "new day" interviewed two women who yesterday claimed they, too, were victims of fake ride share drivers. our own reporting shows uber has a sexual assault problem with its own real drivers targeting mostly women riding alone after being picked up from parties and bars. uber continues to refuse to release its own internal numbers on the problem. cnn has documented cases in the hundreds, but our sources are telling us it is much, much higher. >> all right, drew, thank you very much for your reporting on that. >> that's a really important cautionary note. this whole thing has just told us how much more careful we have to be with ride sharing, even with uber. so i appreciate your story.
>> it's on all of us. we're an hour away from attorney general william barr testifying before congress for the first time since the mueller report was released and for the first time since he put forth his four-page summary. so let's get to it. >> all eyes on bill barr as he comes to capitol hill. democratic members plan to ask about the mueller report. >> what's on everybody's mind is how much is he going to redact. >> barr can duck, he will say we are still evaluating. >> a full scale purge, the president has fired the secret service director. >> the president is removing people because they refuse to violate the law. >> he has been undermined, it's not surprising loyalty would become verification. >> 13 parents including actress felicity huffman will plead guilty to charges in the college admission scandal. >> the government plans on asking between six months and nearly two years in prison as punishment. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john
berman. >> good morning and welcome to your "new day." it is tuesday, april 9th, 8:00 in the east and what a day this could turn out to be. in about an hour attorney general william barr will be on capitol hill testifying before lawmakers. he will face questions, tough questions, about the release of the mueller report and his summary that some of the special counsel's team say did not adequately portray their findings. this is the first time he will speak out loud about any of this. >> and president trump's purge at the department of homeland security continues. a day after forcing the head of dhs to resign, more officials seem to be on the way out. republican senator chuck grassley tells the "washington post" that he is, quote, very concerned, end quote, about the upheaval. the president is pushing for hard line immigration policies. a senior administration official tells jake tapper that the president, quote, just wants to separate families. he ordered the closure of the border at el paso and even told border agents to ignore the law.
cnn is live in the hearing room where bill barr will testify soon and much of all of this could come up today. >> that's absolutely right, alisyn. such a big moment for the attorney general today. right behind me this desk here is where he will be sitting where he no doubt will be facing so many tough questions. this is actually an appropriations committee hearing room, this is a previously scheduled committee hearing where he was slated to testify about department of justices' budget but this comes right smack dab in the middle of this tough and fierce battle between capitol hill and himself over the battle for information over the mueller report. democrats going to this hearing today have made it very clear that they not only want the full unredacted report, but they also want the underlying evidence. they've made clear that they are going to make this essentially a focal point of their questioning today. house