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happening now, breaking news. breaking the bank. some of the president's closely guarded financial records now are being turned over to investigators. what will the documents from deutsche bank reveal? subpoena showdown. mr. trump said he's fighting every new democratic demand for interviews and information. tonight a key committee chairman is accusing the administration of, quote, a growing pattern of obstruction. don't tell trump. that is the message reportedly sent to the former homeland security chief as she tried to get the president to focus in on the the 2020 election security issue. is the administration ill prepared to stop russian attacks on the american democracy. and unleashed. the president going off on a tangent over border security praising drug detecting dogs as the greatest equipment in the world. i get reaction from tom freedman
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who said mr. trump is wasting the border crisis. welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. breaking news tonight, investigators are now getting a window into president trump's secret finances. cnn has learned that deutsche bank started to turn over documents related to loans made to mr. trump and his business in response to a subpoena from the new york state attorney general. this comes as the president said he's fighting all of the subpoenas issued by house democrats in the wake of the mueller report calling their demands ridiculous. tonight the house oversight committee chairman said mr. trump and his attorney general are openly ordering federal employees to ignore congressional subpoenas, calling it a massive unprecedented and growing pattern of obstruction.
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this hour i'll talk with house oversight committee member ro khanna and tom freidman is standing by with our correspondents and analysts as we cover all of the breaking news. first, let's go to our chief white house correspondent jim acosta. some of the president's fiercely guarded financial records are now heading to investigators in new york. >> reporter: that is right, wolf. it sounds like they're being pried open. another dark cloud over the white house and the president can't do much about it as new york investigators have obtained financial records from deutsche bank related to his businesses but on nearly every other front in the trump investigation, the president is in a fighting mood. but that could be setting up a big constitutional showdown. the president came out swinging against the investigation launched by house democrats. giving a thumbs down to their demands for tax returns and a subpoena for the testimony of former white house counsel don mcgahn. >> we're fighting all of the
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subpoenas. look, these aren't impartial people. the democrats are trying to win 2020. they're not going to win with the people that i see. the only way they can look out is by constantly going after me on nonsense. >> reporter: but there is another big headache for the president. cnn learned deutsche bank is providing financial records to the new york attorney general who issued a subpoena for documen documents connected to his business empire. he said he was cooperative with congressional investigators even as he scoffed at them. but that is not true. the president has not released the long-sought tax returns. >> i've been the most transparent and administration in the history of our country by far. >> reporter: a source familiar with discussions inside of the president's legal team told cnn mr. trump's attorneys believe special counsel robert mueller already has them. something the president assumes as well. >> now, mueller, i assume, for $35 million, checked my taxes,
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checked my financials which are great, by the way. you know they're great. all you have to do is go look at the records. they're all over the place. but they checked my financials and they checked my taxes, i assume. >> reporter: democrats say they're not giving up on obtaining the president's tax returns. >> it is the oversight duty of ways and means to see that the law is properly complied with and the chair is exercising his duty to make sure that the returns of the president were done properly. and we also want to know whether the president is paying his fair share of taxes. >> reporter: the white house is also pushing back against a report in "the new york times" that former homeland security secretary kirstjen nell seen was blocked by mick mulvaney about talking to the president about russian election meddling. mulvaney said i don't recall anything along those lines happening at any meeting but unlike obama administration who knew about russian actions in 2014 and did nothing, the trump administration will not tolerate
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foreign interference in our elections and we've taken some steps to prevent it in the future. obama said he warned vladimir putin to stay out of presidential elections. >> i felt the most effective way to ensure that that didn't happen was to talk to him directly. and tell him to cut it out and there were going to be serious consequences if he didn't. >> reporter: white house critics wonder whether the west wing is serious about kremlin interference given jared kushner's comments on the subject this week. >> you look at what russia did, buying some facebook ads to sow dissent and it is a terrible thing but i think the investigations and the speculation that happened for the last two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple of facebook ads. >> reporter: now senior white house official conceded the president and his team are more focused on border security than cia security saying it is the first second and third topic on the -- president's agenda and
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former secretary nielsen may try tock repair her image not being remembered as the secretary of immigration. >> jim acosta at the white house. thank you. and as house democrats are struggling with the president's stonewalling and the prospect of impeachment, they're getting advice from hillary clinton, the 2016 presidential nominee has a new op-ed in "the washington post." let's bring in david chalian. what is hillary clinton's message. >> she notes that some pay may say she's not anything but a flawed messenger because she was his 2016 opponent but she's making a clear argument for how house democrats should proceed. take a look at this first part of what she said. our election was corrupted, our democracy assaulted, our sovereignty and security violated. this is the definitive conclusion of special counsel robert s. mueller iii report. it documents a serious crime against the american people. the debate about how to respond to russia's, quote, sweeping and systemic attack and how to hold
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president trump accountable for obstructing the investigation and possibly breaking the law has been reduced to a false choice. immediate impeachment or nothing. clinton goes on to say, congress should hold substantive hearings that build on the mueller report and fill in gaps, not jump straight to an up or down vote on impeachment. in 1998 the republican-led house rushed to judgment. that was a mistake then, and would be a mistake now. and, wolf, what is so interesting here is that hillary clinton speaks to her unique historic perspective. she was a staff member as you know in 1974 on the watergate house impeachment inquiry and she says watergate should be the model, not what the republicans did in 1998. she is envisioning watergate-style televised hearings to educate the public, she said. so that they can understand fully what this very dense legal
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document that mueller put forth said. and she summarizes at the end this way in "the washington post" op-ed. the mueller report isn't just a reckoning about our recent history. it is a warning about the future. and unless checked, the russians will interfere again in 2020 and possibly other adversaries such as china or north korea will as well. this is an urgent threat. nobody but americans should be able to decide america's future and unless he's held accountable, the president may show even more disregard for the laws of the land and the obligations of his office. >> are you surprised, david, that hillary clinton is weighing in on all of this? at this sensitive moment? >> i'm not surprised that she feels so committed to seeing this through all the way to the end and she thinks that involves this thorough investigation by the house, not just robert mueller delivering a report. but do think it is fascinating and noteworthy she's not leaving this argument for others to make, that hillary clinton wants to take to the pages of the
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washington post and be in this argument, be in this fight and make this case herself. >> let's see how long it takes the respond to respond to the hillary clintonson ed. i suspect it will be quick. david, thank you very much. let's go to capitol hill right now. where democrats are ramping up criticism of the president's defiance of the subpoenas. our congressional correspondent phil mattingly is joining us. democrats are furious right now. what are you hearing tonight? >> reporter: wolf, each day that passes is ratcheted up the outrage and with good reason according to congressional democrats. the out right defiance and sheer and scope has been laid bear. if you go through the last couple of days you could tick through subpoenas that were not complied with, outright blocked for testimony related to census issues, testimony related to security clearance and a letter yesterday from the treasury secretary making clear the administration has no plans to comply with request for the president's tax returns and a lawsuit from the trump
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organization and his personal lawyers trying to block one of the accounting firms from turning over documents in compliance with a subpoena on those grounds. time after time it has become clear the white house is just outright saying no to every one of house democrats' demands and that led to this today. from house oversight committee chairman elijah cummings saying, quote, this is a massive unpress dentded and growing pattern of obstruction. both president trump and attorney general barr are now openly ordering federal  employees to ignore congressional subpoenas and simply not show up without any assertion of valid legal privilege. these employees and their personal attorneys should think very careful about their own legal interest rather than being swept up in the obstruction schemes of the trump administration. and democrats hope at this point given the white house clear-cut position that the individuals they subpoena and including don mcgahn will cluz to comply on their own. however there is no expectation that will happen and what that means is likely a court battle.
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democrats are weighing the possibility of holding these individuals in contempt. but the reality is there will likely be lawsuits to come and that means this process could play out not over the course of days or weeks, but perhaps months and even years. something that some people involved with the trump administration has acknowledged might go past the election. might be something the trump administration might want, a fight they are clearly gearing up for at this point in time. >> phil mattingly on capitol hill. thank you. joining us now congressman ro khanna on the oversight and reform committee and armed services committee. thank you for coming in. >> thank you for having me. >> what is your advice offered by hillary clinton in "the washington post" op-ed. >> i agree with every single word of the op-ed. every member of congress should read it. i take three things away. one, she's endorsing the strategy speaker pelosi outlined. committee should do their job. second she understands the power of television and how that could actually inform american public opinion and finally she said
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let's listen to sam erwin as a model and how he got white house aides to testify and got around the executive privilege. >> you obviously want these hearings and you want them on television. you know how powerful that would be to hear some of the president's former aides say on television what they said to the mueller team and that is all in writing. but the president is vowing, as you know, to fight every single subpoena that house democrats issue. do you agree with the chairman of the -- your oversight committee, elijah cummings, who said this is a -- this represents a growing pattern of obstruction. >> it does. and it is unprecedented. every white house goes to war with the legislature. but they at least give some documents. they at least have some people come and testify. this has been no cooperation. and look, these individuals can be held in the contempt of congress. that is a serious thing. it could destroy their future careers. so they need to weigh carefully whether they want to take a bullet for the white house and
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be held in contempt. >> what does a subpoena from congress really mean? if the president said no way, you're not getting anything. >> well, look, sam irwin in watergate would send the sergeant of arms to get folks and people showed up. ip don't know if we'll go that far but we could vote to hold them in contempt and in the courts we'll win because congress' power to subpoena is at its peak when there is misconduct. >> a legal battle in courts could go on for months and months. >> and i agree with that. and that is the president's strategy that drag this out past the election and i support holding them in contempt and i don't see why any single person would want to be held in contempt of congress. >> connelly of virginia said the president's actions are pushing democrats into the impeachment camp. do you think that is true? >> we're not going to be swayed by the president's action. we're going to be swayed bit facts and we need to do our job and let the committee do our job and this is a data point. he's not helping his cause. >> the president directed two
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officials not to comply with your committee subpoenas. you say you'll go to court over this. but how is a fight like that going to unwind? continue over the next few weeks? >> well, let's take the example of don mcgahn. i don't understand why he wouldn't want to come testify. he's the hero in this face defying the president. >> the former white house counsel who is now a private citizen. >> and he convinced the president not to fire mueller. the president should be thanking him and don mcgahn should come in front of congress and redeem himself, he did the right thing. so i hope mcgahn will look at this and say why am i going to cover up for the president and when i did the right thing and i'll tell congress what i did. >> he spent 30 hours answering questions from the mueller team so this notion of executive privilege is farfetched if they already let him do that. >> exactly. he waived his executive privilege by talking to the mueller team so for him to claim executive privilege now is wrong. i think this will get settled.
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what happened in watergate is public opinion shifted and demanded that people come to the committees. house democrats aren't going to roll over. i know elijah cummings, he will fight back. >> he's a tough guy. >> he is. tough and fair. >> ro khanna, thank you for coming in. tom freedman's take on the mueller report impeachment and the recommendations or nonrecommendations and the immigration wars. why is he now concerned. he's convinced apparently there really is a crisis at the u.s./mexico border. but, is fast enough? or, do you want speed and style? introducing performance, born of refinement. the lexus rc line. experience amazing at your lexus dealer. omar, check this out. uh, yeah, i was calling to see if you do laser hair removal. for men. notice that my hips are off the ground. [ engine revving ]
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we're following multiple breaking stories including hillary clinton new warning to democrats that rushing to impeach president trump would be a mistake despite what she calls, and i'm quoting now, a serious crime against the american people. that is document the in the mueller report. let's discuss this and more. joining us now, "new york times" columnist tom freedman is the author of the very important book "thank you for being late, an optimist guide for thriving in the age of acceleration." thank you for coming in. what is your reaction to the hillary clinton column. >> she makes an important point that the most important part was
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the russian interference in our election for three maybe -- main purposes, to divide us and suppress the vote and elect donald trump because they thought he would keep the country in turmoil and make it less of a rival to russia and at the same time have an america that could not lead the west against russia. and the evidence that he induced that the interference was at a scope and scale unprecedented. other countries including russia have tried to intervene before. it was unprecedented. the fact and the fact that president has never really given a single speech about this attack on our democracy, hasn't initiated any sanctions, he was grudgingly accepted those imposed by congress. that to me is the most troubling part of this story. you have a 2020 election -- >> you heard jared kushner his senior adviser son-in-law say what the russias did and bought a couple of facebook ads. >> they bought 3,500 and it wasn't just facebook it is a
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whole strategy. to tip the election, i don't know. democrats should have run a better election. i certainly feel that. but the fact is we have another election coming up. we want to make sure we're resilient and resist about to that kind of intervention again. >> is there enough here for the democrats to launch impeachment proceedings in the house of representatives? >> you know, wolf, i'm not a legal expert here. but from a political point of view, which is how i look at it, i'm a firm believer that donald trump has to be voted out the way he was voted in. by persuading a majority of the american people that he is not fit to be president for another term. and if i had one wish for the democrats, whatever they do on these kind of investigations, i'm not an expert on those, i would be focusing all of my energy right now, wolf, on registering voters and making sure the three constituencies that tipped the election, suburban women and independent and moderate republicans stay in the democratic camp and have a
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democratic presidential candidate who they will support. wolf, this is about power. everything i've been listening to on your show, trump resisting the subpoenas and could you tell him that is illegal and we're going to take you to court and you're a bad guy, these guys understand one thing. they understand power. and when they've got it, they exercise it. and unless you take power away from them, all of the other arguments are utterly -- i'm afraid irrelevant. >> these guys, who do you mean? >> i mean trump and the republican party. i go back, wolf, to my main point we discussed before. we have a president without shame. he's backed by a party without spine and they are both backed by a network utterly without integrity. that has become the proud of american journalism and that is a powerful trifecta. it could only be defeated ultimately at the ballot box by democrats putting forward a candidate who is more compelling to the american people and registering voters, getting enough support for that candidate to win. my view, nothing else matters.
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>> some democrats argue they have a constitutional responsibility to begin impeachment proceedings even if it is t won't go anywhere, they think it is their constitutional responsibility. >> what i like about hillary's op-ed, how about we hold hearings on what mueller said about russia. understand this deeply. if republicans aren't interested, maybe we are interested and we should be sharing with the american people how big of a threat that was, what the implications are, what the size of it is and what we do about it. >> let's talk about another important issue, border security. you did reporting, you went to the u.s./mexico border and you've written a powerful article. i recommend our viewers go to "the new york times" and read it. among other things you write this, quote, the whole day left me more certain than ever that we have a real immigration crisis and that the solution is a high wall with a big gate, but a smart gate. so you talk about a wall. you want a wall along the
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u.s./mexico border. a high wall with a -- would you call a smart gate. >> a big gate. i smart gate and a compassionate gate i said. i'm as radically pro-immigration as they come. but it is pretty clear to me that unless we can assure a significant number of americans that we can control our border, we're never going to have the proper immigration flow i think we need, we desire and that we have a moral responsibility given our history as a nation of migrants and a refuge for people fleeing persecution, the only way is a come compromise on. this and the tragedy -- and i said trump is wasting this crisis. a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. we have a president who actually, when you think about it, wolf, he has the chops with his base. if he were to sit down and call nancy pelosi and say we're going up to camp david, you bring your immigration team and i'll bring mine and leave stephen miller at home and we'll sort out a
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compromise but democrats were ready to fund more border security but we'll create a legal pathway for people here and limit the number of i.c.e. arrests and have a rational in-flow of people of the kind of people that are both high energy, high iq that could drive our country forward. we need a compromise. >> when you say, though, you want a high wall with a big gate. a smart gate. but a high wall, that is going to sound to a lot of folks out there, that is what donald trump wants. >> well, i think you got to control the border. when you have an increase of illegal apprehensions of illegal entries by 374% since october, obviously you've got a situation where the border security is not sufficient and that will drive people who we should want to be pro-immigration against immigration. democrats have been willing to fund more border security, okay. i'm for a high wall with a big gate, a compassionate and smart gate so we could keep immigration going but you're not going to do that -- wolf, if people think can just walk into
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this country, they're not going to support the immigration that we need. >> and you're pro-immigration. and it is interesting that jared kushner, the president's son-in-law, senior adviser, trying to bring peace to the middle east the subject you and i have covered for many years. but now all of a sudden he's going to be in charge of immigration as well. what do you think? >> um, you know, i have no idea what his views are on this. but if somehow he is able to bring a little more sense to this, take it away from the hardliners and the stephen millers and the fox hosts who seem to be driving this issue for trump, it is a tragedy, when you think about it, donald trump, again, i say, he has the chops with his base. if he wanted to have a compromise, he could do something historic. we know the deal is there. it was there under bush. there has always been a core of republicans and democrats in congress ready for a compromise. can he be the guy to do it? i have no idea. all i know is the people
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currently running the immigration policy, the stephen millers of the world and the fox hosts who seem to be the key players in this, if you have someone like jared kushner who can actualliel vay -- to elevat discussion if that is his intention. >> and the president said he's running immigration. forget about stephen miller and the hosts on fox news. it is the president of the united states. how do you convince him for what we would call comprehensive immigration reform, the compromise you support. >> i'm afraid you don't. only way you do it is elect a different president because president trump has decided not to be the forger of a compromise and decided to use immigration and the wall as a wedge to divide the american people and energize his base and as long as that is the case, i don't think we'll get the compromise we need. that doesn't stop me from saying here is the compromise and have an intelligent discussion about it maybe because we have north year and a half of trump there
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is a way to bring sense to him. but one can hardly be optimistic. >> one thing about tom friedman, you do reporting and you go to the border and see what is going on and travel around the world and see what is going on and write powerful columns based on serious reporting. which is always very, very nice. tom friedman, thank you for coming on. >> great to be here. more breaking news on the trump financial records being turned over to the new york state authorities by deutsche bank. n begin with flakes. it's a reminder of your struggles with psoriasis. but what if your psoriasis symptoms didn't follow you around? that's why there's ilumya. with just 2 doses, a majority of people were clear or almost clear. and over time, even more people were clear or almost clear. all with dosing 4 times a year... after 2 initial doses. plus, ilumya was shown to have similar risks of infections compared to placebo. don't use if you are allergic to ilumya
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breaking tonight, the house oversight committee chairman said president trump and the attorney general are openly ordering federal employees to ignore congressional subpoenas. this has hillary clinton is warning how democrats against rushing toward impeachment. let's bring in our analyst in jeff zeleny. i'll read from the hillary clinton op-ed in "the washington post." congress should hold substantive hearings that build on the mueller report and fill in its gaps, not jump straight to an up or down vote on impeachment. in 1998 the republican-led house rushed to judgment. that was a mistake then and it would be a mistake now. is she offering good advise. >> it is good advise that follows in the line with what speaker nancy pelosi is trying to get democrats on capitol hill to hill. in that respect, politically it is sound advice. at least goes with the mainstream. and it could be used as an argument for other democrats to follow along here. who knows better about any of
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this than perhaps hillary clinton. she's a unique figure as she argues. but i think the question here is how much will this presidential campaign interfere with all of this. because of course elizabeth warren is jumping out there, really ahead of any other presidential candidate, senator kamala harris is following close behind saying they do believe it is time for impeachment. but of course this is a function of the house. so i think one effect of this op-ed is to kind of cool tempers in the house and say, do your work, follow the mueller report and do more investigating. impeachment might be too easy. >> what do you think? >> i think that she's right in making the case. the choice right now is not impeachment or not impeachment. it is about whether or not it is time to initiate an inquiry and fact-finding about whether or not the impeachment decision needs to be made. that is obviously true. the information on the mueller report is more than enough. clinton notes are there serious
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gaps in the record and the factual record and gaps that in public understanding about what occurred. giving an opportunity public hearings for people to tell their own stories before the american people. her op-ed also notes we shouldn't let republicans off the hook here. just because the president is a member of their own party, that doesn't mean they get to shirk their constitutional obligations. and i do think that that is an important point. it may sound sort of naive to the point of absurdity to suggest that after serious fact-finding and in the kind of evidence we've seen in the mueller report, that seven republicans in the senate might say, we believe that the matter of conscious and constitutional duty we should remove the president. and i think it is not unreasonable to say, hey, let's give them a chance to make that decision and if not let's force them to record their votes for history. >> you need two-thirds majority in the senate to remove -- to convict even if the president is impeached in the house of representatives. the hillary clinton article, she
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argues, laura, that televised hearings in her words would add a new dimension to the investigation in a way that no dense legal report could. do you agree? >> i absolutely do. and the power of television is extraordinary. mostly because in a political process like impeachment would be which we rely on constituents to guide those representing them in congress, you have to have every part of the electorate become the jurors and access credibility and weigh what is going on in realtime and look through a 400-page document and hope we are thoroughly reading it in a comprehensive way and footnotes including but the power of hearing somebody tell the story to name somebody as a problem to talk about the one person as legitimate or not, that is very important and should be used. remember, politicians rely very heavily on the public debate process for that very reason, to say i want to talk to the american people and let you judge who i am and assess my credibility as an actual person to represent you. same thing is true in this kind
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because impeachment is about a political decision and it relies on the constituents to guide those in power. >> in the article she acknowledges she may not be the right messenger, the best messenger for this but it is impossible to ignore and she mentioned she was a young staff lawyer for the house watergate committee back in the '70s, her husband was impeached and she was the first lady of the united states 20 years ago and a democratic presidential nominee. >> and she was secretary of state and worked across the table from vladimir putin and understands exactly what his attack plan would be against this country and she also mentions the notion of being a senator from new york having served during 9/11 and having gone through the 9/11 commission and their fact-finding mission saying that something similar should happen about election security in this country. that is why you say it is truly unique. you can't find somebody that has all of the pieces in one body to put their own perspective on
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this. but i do think what is important to note here, nancy pelosi said one step at a heim and hold hearings and hillary clinton is in the same place and hillary clinton is leaning into the notion that she believes that the hearings would lead to an impeachment inquiry. i'm not sure nancy pelosi is quite there yet. >> stick around. there is more news. we have to follow and we'll do that right after a quick break. missing. e the ceramides in cerave. they help restore my natural barrier, so i can lock in moisture. we've got to have each other's backs... cerave. now the #1 dermatologist recommended skincare brand. has been excellent. they really appreciate the military family and it really shows. with all that usaa offers why go with anybody else? we know their rates are good, we know that they're always going to take care of us. it was an instant savings and i should have changed a long time ago. it was funny because when we would call another insurance company, hey would say "oh we can't beat usaa" we're the webber family.
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we're back with our analysts and experts. and dana chalian, a u.s. officials tell cnn, it was like pulling teeth to get the white house to focus in on russian election meddling. how alarming is that revelation? >> i think this whole thing is really alarming about learning how the president has obviously inspired a culture around him that said he wants nothing to do with this topic on his desk. that mick mulvaney the chief of staff is saying, he said he doesn't recall, but he said this doesn't need to get to the president's level. what are we talking about? this is a clear and present danger to the american democracy and his chief of staff is saying this shouldn't be at the president's level. they have to pull teeth -- this is, i think, the largest ab dockation of his responsibility of president that he's had to day. >> but something he's never been able to reconcile with because
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he said from day one that his legitimacy will be questioned if he even entertains a discussion about any vulnerabilities. so that is why he doesn't want to talk about it. but it is extraordinary. this is the third chief of staff who has not brought this to his desk to say, mr. president trump, this is an issue and what if they try to helps the democrats in 2020. we don't know the political leanings of exterior forces so that is why everyone should be concerned about this 18 months from now when we have an election. >> and it shows the president placing his own ego over basic national security one thing that the mueller report makes clear and indictments that came before it was the degree of the russian assault on the u.s. election. we now know the president was aware of that and welcomed and encouraged it even if he didn't participate in terms of being part of a criminal conspiracy, he wasn't concerned about it as a candidate and not concerned about it now as president. you have to ask yourself, if you are vladimir putin and you're sitting there trying to make the
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calculus of what you will do in 2020, you're looking at what the president has said and done, would you have any hesitation whatsoever about running the exact same playbook again. >> putin or any other country with an interest in interfering with our election and it is the chicken versus the egg argument. one of the reasons people doubted the president's loyalty to his duty and his abductation of his thrown is think about helsinki and the moments in time which it was easy to confirm the intelligence community or saying, yes, russia has endeavored to interfere with the election but instead he chosen not to do that buzz he questions whether or not it will question his own legitimacy so you have this circumstance lal argument going around and around and as people want to interview the president of the united states and ask him questions about what was his motivation behind being to pandering in catering to people and other causes. >> the main russian goal was to weaken american by sowing dissent in this country and from the russian perspective, clearly
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mission accomplished. i've said that repeatedly. stick around. there is more news. kim jong-un gets a warm welcome in russia ahead of the summit with vladimir putin. are the north korean and russian leaders making president trump jealous? (ding) hey, who are you? oh, hey jeff, i'm a car thief... what?! i'm here to steal your car because, well, that's my job. what? what?? what?! (laughing) what?? what?! what?! [crash] what?! haha, it happens. and if you've got cut-rate car insurance, paying for this could feel like getting robbed twice. so get allstate... and be better protected from mayhem... like me. ♪
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tonight kim jong un is getting the red carpet treatment from vladimir putin. the north korea leader arrived
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in russia for his first meeting with the kremlin base. our senior international correspondent matthew chance is at the summit site for us. what do we expect from the kim putin zblumt the main event of the day is coming up in the next few hours with those face-to-face meetings between president putin of russia and kim jong un. the kremlin call it first contact with the north korean leader. after a lengthy armored train ride from pyongyang, north korea's leader kim jong un today made his entrance into russia. greeted with a traditional offering of bread and salt and honored by members of the russian military. it's the young dictator's first visit to russia and the time is key. less than two months after failed nuclear negotiations with donald trump from vietnam kim is welcoming the spotlight with vladimir putin. he even stopped to speak with
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russian state television >> translator: i came to russia with the warm feelings of our people. i hope that this visit will be successful and useful, and that during the negotiations with esteemed president putin i will be able to specifically discuss issues of resolving the situation on the korean peninsula. >> the kremlin says talks about north korea's nuclear program are scheduled for thursday. but the rest of kim's plans with putin remain shrouded in secrecy. this is an important visit for kim jong un, because he wants to show that he has, you know, basically he is not isolated internationally, he has powerful allies not just china but now russian support as well. and he wants to send that message very much to the u.s. president. >> the trip comes as washington and pyongyang are at an impasse. kim unwilling to give up his nuclear arsenal in exchange for sanctions relieve from the
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united states. now he may be hoping for support in pressuring the white house from someone proven to get trump's attention. well the kremlin already saying they are not expected to have a joint news conference at the end of in or even joint statement. expectations for the summit are already pretty low. wolf. >> we'll watch it close with you matthew. thanks very much we'll have more on all the news right after this. uh-oh, looks like someone's still nervous about buying a new house. is it that obvious? yes it is. you know, maybe you'd worry less if you got geico to help with your homeowners insurance. i didn't know geico could helps with homeowners insurance. yep, they've been doing it for years. what are you doing? big steve? thanks, man. there he is. get to know geico and see how much you could save on homeowners and renters insurance. but draper saw a way yoto fight disease.ellite... ♪
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font iran's foreign minister slamming the trump administration accusing the u.s. officials as seeking a confrontation with tehran. let's bring in kiley atwood.
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the they are saying the foreign minister is trying to pick a night. >> saying the trump administration alongside allies in the region are plotting confrontation with iran and leading u.s. policy toward disaster. he said the folks leading the charge include national security adviser john bolton. he said that in is team b. it also includes prime minister to israel, benjamin newtown had you, including foreign -- crown prince for the united arab emirates. and mohamed bin salman. he said that plotted accidents are increasingly possible by these actors against iran. and that those are even more possible as we come up on elections, obviously u.s., presidential elections are next year. this is important because it's something that the u.s. congress is also worried about with the trump administration. they've been asking the administration officials, secretary pompeo if the
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administration is looking for military confrontation with iran. and i actually asked the secretary about that just last week and pompeo said that, no, we are not. but he left the door slightly say jar. saying trump will act within authorities. understanding the legislation that puts control on such action. and essentially they have the authority. so leaving the door slightly open there which is noting weather. >> the foreign minister of iran proposing a prisoner swap with the united states. he says he has the authority to do it and ready to do it. that is an invitation to the u.s. in a very important invitation, because there are at least six unjustly detained americans in iran. now the state department said they saw the comments and referenced their position here which is not yes or no when it comes to a prisoner swap but saying that iran should be the
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first to act to show how serious they are to release alm of the americans first. what they didn't respond to was that zarif said he asked about this six months ago and heard nothing. >> thank you. let's get the americaning home. erin burnett outfront starts right now. outfront next, president trump insisting he is the most transparent president in history. so then why is he going to war with democrats vowing to fight every subpoena? plus breaking news, hillary clinton speaking out tonight about the mueller report and warning of what she calls an urgent threat. plus why is president trump's embattled pick for the federal reserve now comparing himself to brett kavanaugh? let's go outfront. goeng, everyone i'm kate baldwin in for erin burnett outfront tonight it's war. president trump taking his fight with congressional democrats to new heights. vowing to fight every subpoena sent

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