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a question fiea defiant att general. >> it's my decision how and when to make it public, not bob mueller's. >> this retort from the house speaker. >> he lied to congress. nobody is above the law. not the president of the united states and mott the attorney general. >> plus, the instant democratic front-runner. >> we choose hope over fear, we choose unity over division. >> i helped lead the fight against nafta.
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he voted for nafta. >> a booming jobs report means a happy president. >> the economy is unbelievable. never probably has done as well as it's doing right now. >> "inside politics," the biggest stories sourced by the best reporters now. welcome to "inside politics," i'm john king. to our viewers around the united states and the world, thank you for sharing your sunday. in a moment we'll go live to seoul for the latest on a north korean provocation. be we ginn with a challenge here at home. what you might call the trump paradox. the american economy is humming, yet the american president, heading into re-election season has an approval rating stuck in the low to mid 40s. across the country saturday, headlines marking another big economic milestone. a hiring surge is how the orlando sentinel put it. in sioux city, unemployment hits a 49-year low.
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the arizona daily star connecting the dots, hiring surge gives boost to the economy, trump's bid for second term. in the president's hometown, it looked like a re-election ad. how did the president spend his saturday? there were a few retweets, but the president took time to lash out at the news media and took a considerable time against facebook and twitter. republicans complained such play-to-the-base tweet storms are one of the reasons gop got crushed in 2018. president trump doesn't buy that. he thinks 2020 will be different because he's atop the ballot. his chief of staff, well, listen here, nick mulvaney has a somewhat different take. >> hate to sound like a cliche,
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but are you better off four years ago? it's pretty simple. it's the economy, stupid. people will vote for someone they don't like if they think it's good for them. we think, generally speaking, the economy has been good for everybody. >> remember what he just said. with us to share reporter and insielts, nia-malika hander son, miker cherrer of the new york times, paul cain of "the washington post" and rachel bane also of the washington post. >> people will vote for people they don't like. that's the president's chief of staff. is that the trump re-election message. you may not like me, but you need me. look at the economy. >> give him credit for being honest, at least, about the reality there are a lot of people out there who are put off by president trump and his behavior. i don't think that's the message that's going to be a sort of -- >> you don't think the boss is going to read that script? >> no. they're not going to read that script.
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if they're smart, and some of the people helping run the president's re-election campaign are smart people, they're going to recognize that fact. they're going to have to deal with the reality that they're not going to change president trump. they're not going to change his behavior. he's going to continue to tweet, continue to put off people. there's going to be a lot of people in the country that are put off. they're go into have to craft a re-election message kind of around that that focuses on the economy if they can and gets around his tweets. >> i just want to show some of the numbers. this is a site called the trump paradox. if you look now, look at the president's approval of the economy. way up here, way up here, 56%. that's a great number for any president. take his name out of the equation, whether you like or don't like president trump, 56% of americans say you're doing a good job on the economy. that is usually the tide that lifts this. in his case, it's not. his approval rating, you see it go up and down, but it's been stuck since he was inaugurated, stuck in the low to mid 40s.
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is it past time to think if you're in the trump re-election campaign, that this good news up here that you've got to love is going to ever pull that up. this is the environment in i with they have to operate. >> the mulvaney point, he was citing the only clinton campaign that you covered so closely. it's the economy, stupid. bill clinton himself had personal issues that a lot of americans did not like, but the economy kept going up. what clinton did was he really sold that. trump is just not the same type of salesman, because, as you noted, he keeps getting diverted. one minute he's tweeting about the economy and next it's info wars. >> in order to close the gap between approval rating and how people think the economy is doing, he's got to talk economy, economy, economy and only economy. stay on message. stay on message. that's the problem republicans had with the president in the 2018 eye lex. paul ryan would call him and say
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let's talk about economic numbers, talk about anything other than controversy coming out of the white house, infighting coming out of the white house. >> caravans. >> caravans, immigration. they couldn't keep him on message. >> he likes it. it works for him. you have the president of the united states who had a golden age economy. richard nixon was president the last time the unemployment rate was so low. listen to the president here and one of the democrats, we'll choose front-runner here, former vice president joe biden, how do you talk about the economy where democrats have to concede the news for the president is pretty good. >> we're doing phenomenally, the best unemployment numbers, african-american, asians, hispanics, best numbers we've ever had. women, the best in 61 years, unemployment numbers, job numbers, wealth numbers. >> $2 trillion tax cut last
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year. did you feel it? did you get anything from it? of course not. of course not. all of it went to folks at the top. >> here is the challenge for the president and the opening, if you will, if there is for democrats even though you have this booming economy, the stock market is up, the unemployment rate is at this historic 50-year low. look at this. 54% of americans, despite this great economy, 54% of americans say not much if at all have they benefited from it. the president has to do a better job selling this economy to people who don't feel they're being lifted up. that's the opening for democrats to make the case the numbers look great, but how are you doing? >> you saw that in 2018. it's a message that worked. they talked about the economy, but talked about it through the lens of health care, through the lens of are you able to pay for your prescription drugs, are you able to pay for your kids going to college and this idea of income inequality. you may have gotten a little bit of a raise. i think wages are up 2%, 3%,
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something like that. if you look at how the top earners are doing, they're the ones really benefiting. i think it's a more nuanced argument. it's also how people experience the economy. it's not just whether or not you have job. it's how far does that paycheck take you and whether or not you see any economic mobility in your own household. >> i think the question for democrats is what is going to be whether they -- their message feels dissident with what people's experience is. presidents and candidates always have to factor in, not only what they're saying, but how it's being received. sometimes presidents will talk about how things are improving when, in fact, things are bad and how people are feeling. >> they'll focus on how is your health care working, are you working two jobs to get by? i want to show these numbers.
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the president pays attention to this stuff. this is the president, how do you do against trump? beto o'rourke kbeelts him by ten points. hillary clinton, if you hut her back on the ballot will beat the president by two. that will cause the internet to break. these are very early numbers. president trump was nowhere in the early numbers. he's president of the united states. to the point where you're heading into the cycle, the democrats will see that as we still have a chance despite the big economic numbers. my bigger question is how does the president react to that. the only person he's winning is warren. his advisers are telling him, don't attack joe biden, don't meddle in the democratic race. if i'm the president, no, it works. >> he gets out there early and often trying to frame joe biden. one of the main messages is he's a version of low energy jeb, he's too old. it did apparently work at least for elizabeth warren.
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joe biden is a very different candidate, obviously, than elizabeth warren. it's a little more difficult to attack a man. we haven't seen donald trump go against a person of joe biden's stature yet. >> he reads and studies such things. up next we go to the global stage and big questions front and center. a controversial call of vladimir putin and a defiant act by north korea. low sugar. tastes great! high protein. low sugar. so good! high protein. low sugar. mmmm, birthday cake! pure protein. the best combination for every fitness routine. 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
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to several pressing global security challenges now
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beginning with new tensions on the korean peninsula. north korea filed projectiles into waters off its coast on saturday morning. said it was testing technical guided weapons. it undermines president trump's argument that his two summits with kim jong-un were a big success even though north korea has done nothing to dial back its nuclear program. >> i think there's a lot of excitement toward getting a deal done with north korea. in the meantime, when i came here there were nuclear tests, missile tests, rocket tests, we got our hostages back. we got remains back and continue to come back from the war, great hero heroes' remains. >> in his confrontation replacing diplomacy. cnn's paula hancock live in seoul. what's the latest and what's the take on what kim jong-un is up to? >> reporter: well, john, we got new information from the defense
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ministry here in south korea agreeing with north korea that it was multiple rocket launches we saw being tested and also the weapons system, the guided weapons system. they believe that's a new model. it looks as if pyongyang is testing something new. there are analysts here questioning why is the south korean and u.s. intelligence not mentioning the word missile. they are saying from the images they say, clearly one of those does look like a short range ballistic missile is being tested. it is just a word, but it is very significant because president trump has said that as long as kim jong-un is not testing missiles or his nuclear capability, then he's happy. clearly the omission of the word missiles has to be noted. north korea is showing this as a victory. they have their famous news anchor coming out to announce this. she's the one who announces big tests, big things that kim jong-un wants to show off. the assessment is kim jong-un is trying to pressure the u.s.
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president into doing something. he has made it clear he wants him to change his attitude by the end of the year and get back to the negotiations on north korean terms, but he's not pushing him so far that it could backfire on north korea. john? >> fascinating to watch. look at those images released by the north koreans. subtle is not the word i'm trying to use. paula hancocks live in seoul, thanks very much. add north korea to a hot spot list that includes venezuela. add a curious call with vladimir putin. guess what didn't come up? s, month after month, the clock is ticking on irreversible joint damage. ongoing pain and stiffness are signs of joint erosion. humira can help stop the clock. prescribed for 15 years, humira targets and blocks a source of inflammation that contributes to joint pain and irreversible damage. vo: humira can lower your ability to fight infections. serious and sometimes fatal infections
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now north korea, venezuela and russia all major challenges for the white house and at issue with what the president says is out of sync from what his foreign policy deputies say. hours after the weapons test on saturday, the president tweeted kim jong-un, quote, does not want to break his promise to me. dial will happen. his national security team considers the promise broken and the odds of a denuclearization deal near zero. the team is wondering about russian meddling in venezuela's crisis. after he talked with the russian president, mr. trump taking vladimir putin's word over his own advisers. >> it's been a long time since anyone has seen maduro. he had an airplane on the tarmac, was ready to leave this morning. the russians indicated he should stay. >> the russians like nothing better than putting a thumb in our eye, using the cure bans as surrogates. they'd love to get effective control of a counted in this
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hemisphere. >> i had a very good talk with president putin. he is not looking at all to get involved in venezuela. >> about that call with president putin, the fbi -- the fbi director and attorney general in recent days said more needs to be done to counter continuing rurgssian interferen. >> did you address the russian election interference with mr. putin today? >> he smiled when he said something to the effect that it started off as a mountain and ended up being a mouse. but he knew that because he knew there was no collusion. >> did you tell him not to meddle in the next election? >> we didn't discuss that. >> a lot to digest. the mueller report comes out, read the first 100 pages, no obstruction or collusion debate, read the first 100 pages about russian interference and how detailed mueller's case is about what they did. you have a conversation with the
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russian president. we didn't discuss it. what? >> i think the thing that brings all of those topics together is this remarkable reality that people in the united states government are having to work around the president, right? the people who are frantically trying to make sure the russians don't interfere with the 2020 election are doing so without the help of the president, without the support, the active support of the president. north korea, same thing, venezuela, same thing. that is the situation. there are always disagreements inside governments, obama, bush. there's always debates about what exactly to do. i don't think there's ever been a case where the people charged with actually running these foreign policy programs are having to go around and have combat -- political, bureaucratic combat with the president of the united states to get their job done. >> on the venezuela issue, that was the secretary of state and
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the national security adviser, not some copy guy, not to go back to another story. that's the national security adviser and the secretary of state and the president says, nah. >> democrats feeling this is one area where, whoever their nominee is, they want that person to be standing up and basically saying it's going to be normal again. we're not going to have this sort of dispute where the president doesn't believe any of his advisers. they want to say, look, it's going to be a steady hand. don't worry, america. we're going to try to do away with some of the more crazy parts of this. >> to go back to the point on russia, him not bringing up 2020 in his hour and a half long conversation with putin. mueller talked about what happened in 2016. he also made a very clear warning and that was the russians are coming back and trying to do it again. there's been talk about that on capitol hill. of course, it's being totally subverted while people analyze the mueller report and democrats suggest the president obstructed
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justice. this is something you would think politicians would be talking about more and more as we get closer to 2020. again, the president wants nothing to do with that conversation. >> he won't have that conversation. he takes putin's sides over public words by his own deputies over issues of russian involvement. a strange tweet yesterday saying i'm with kim, kim is with me, we're going to get a deal. being like, everything is okay when everything is clearly not okay. the president says we're fine. this is ben sasse a constant trump questioner, to be find, about connecting the dates. kim' conversations after his summit with putin tell you all you need to know about denuclearization and about putin's desire for peace. these two her der rouse tyrants have no interest in peace. implicit in that is, mr. president, you're nuts. you're wrong. you're in a parallel universe. why are you trusting these people? >> he's been in this parallel
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universe for many, many months. you think about the love letters they've exchanged and his praise of kim jong-un and really elevating the north korean dictator, this brutal dictator on the world stage. the venezuela policy, it was always so odd. how do you go after maduro because of what's going on there on the one hand but sort of coddle kim jong-un which is exactly the dynamic that was playing out. there is no consistency in terms of foreign policy, no consistency in terms of america's standing in the world as a moral authority. >> if you're juan goeido, the opposition leader who the united states recognizes as the president of venezuela, he continues to call for protests. do you listen to the secretary of state on the other end of the phone or watch what the president is saying. back to domestic politics, joe biden out of the gate strong. bernie sanders has noticed and is dusting off a familiar playbook. politicians say the darndest
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things, hillary clinton plays the china card dripping with sarcasm. >> why should russia have all the fun? and since russia is clearly backing republicans, why don't we ask china to back us? china, if you're listening, why don't you get trump's tax returns. i'm sure our media would richly reward you. hey, let's have a great power contest and let's get the chinese in on the side of somebody else. just saying that shows how absurd the situation we find ourselves in. at panera, our salads are uniquely crafted.
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discover social security alerts. there are giant risks to being the front-runner, but the benefits are big, too. >> if i'm going to be able to beat donald trump in 2020, it's going to happen here. donald trump is only president -- is the only president who has decided not to represent the whole country. we're reminded again that we are in a battle. we are in a battle for america's soul. >> have to choose hope over fear, unity over division and maybe most importantly truth over lies. >> president trump is joe biden's singular focus. to biden, as he moved from pennsylvania to iowa and now on to south carolina this past week, the other democrats in the race, too many to count, too far back to criticize. >> we agree on basically everything, all of us running, all 400 of us. >> i'm not going to get into a
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debate with my colleagues here. plenty of time on the stage. >> i'm not going to speak ill of other democrats. that's not useful. >> remember that unlike other democrats part. cnn polling shows a commanding biden national lead, supported by 39% of democrats. 24 points ahead of his closest challenger. brr bernie sanders, that challenger was a distant second in 2015, too. this time, same playbook. senator sanders reading from the attack chapter sooner. >> when people take a look at my record versus vice president biden's record, i helped lead the fight against nafta. he voted for nafta. i helped lead the fight against pncr with china. he voted for it. i voted against the war in iraq. he voted for it. i have understood from day one our trade policies have cost us,
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nafta, pncr, millions of jobs it took hillary clinton a long time to come on board. >> i voted against the war in iraq. hillary clinton voted for the war in iraq. >> sounds familiar. but he waited a little longer last time. his decision has been joe biden has got to lead, not as big as hillary clinton's lead, but bernie sanders has decided to be aggressive from the get-go. >> i think that's right. you saw biden there essentially name checking him about doing that, saying i'm not going to be like bernie sanders in attacking other democrats. bernie sanders isn't the only person doing that. warren is doing it as well because of a credit card dispute they had way back when. the strength of biden is because he does well among a broad swath of democrats, right? he's the one that can go to pittsburgh, to iowa and to columbia, south carolina in front of african-american voters and do well. he's doing well in front of all of those constituencies. bernie sanders found that last
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time. he did have a solid con constituency. it isn't broad. >> that's a blessing to being a front-runner. supported by liberals, moderates, women, men, african-americans. that's his strength right now. the problem is, if he starts to drift, people say aha. this morning we have video of joe biden at an african-american church in west columbia, south carolina, a critical state early on the calendar. his wife jill is with him as well. he has deep support in the african-american community. he also, as he campaigns, does not have an endorsement, but he has a history, eight years at the side of a very, very popular democratic president. >> you listen to barack and think i climbed out of a coal mine from a lunch bucket, always talks about joe from scranton. by the way, he's a hell of a guy. i worked with him for eight years. i watched him. he has enormous integrity. he has enormous integrity. nobody i've ever worked with is
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smarter. >> it helps when you're allowed to say barack, first-name basis. >> right. >> the voters so far -- there have been a lot of stories about biden, his record on busing in the '70s, the anita hill stuff. bernie sanders is talking about pntr. a lot of voters have sort of pushed all that to the back of their minds because they had eight years of him with my buddy barack. they need to start looking at some other things that he's done more recently to try to sort of check him. biden was one of the top salesmen for tpa, the fast-track trade deal of 2015. he was going to be a big salesman for the tpp trade deal that even hillary clinton backed away from. maybe some of the more recent stuff about biden would have a bigger impact. >> i honestly don't think bernie
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sanders' winning slogan will be pntr with china. he needs to chip away at some of these constituencies. i think he needs to take the young people and the people who really were affected by trade deals and somehow sew doubt in their minds that joe biden is one -- would be working on behalf of them. if he can do that, what you would think would happen is those numbers -- biden's numbers would fall and sanders' numbers would increase. there's 20 million other people running, too. >> the question, can biden hold support among constituencies. if joe biden won this election, he would be the oldest president elected in the united states. he addresses it heads on on the trail. >> i think it's fair for people to ask about my age. what i say is watch me. determine whether i have the energy to do it. i have significant experience. i've learned a great deal. people are looking for my party to lead the country, for someone who can, first of all, win this
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time and beat donald trump, and secondly, the moment they're there, no on-the-job training. they're able to move in immediately and command the world stage. so i think my experience puts me in a better position to do that than anyone else. >> we beat him up a lot. sometimes joe biden's tongue gets out ahead of his brain. this is what to watch. that's pretty disciplined. deals with age, significant experience, i've learned a great deal. that's to your point. he says i've learned a great deal and pivots to, let's beat donald trump. if he can keep in that discipline, it's hard to chip away. >> i think that's right. that's his strongest argument, too, electability. we'll see what the others can do. i think part of that electability is about the constituency, part is about whether people like kamala harris can chip away at some of the african-american voters. >> i was going to jump in and say, it's like he's embracing. the fact he's a white plael, this is not the dem krask we would see emerge at the top of
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the democratic field. he's sort of embracing that, i'm older, i'm wiser. i've earned and that makes me the better candidate. >> the challenge for some of the other candidates, especially if you have a biden-bernie battle at the top of the race. for kamala harris that was a senate hearing with the attorney general in the witness chair. >> has the president or anyone at the white house ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone? yes or no, please, sir. >> the president or anybody else. >> seems you'd remember something like that and be able to tell us. >> yeah, but i'm trying to grapple with the word suggest. there have been discussions of matters out there that -- they have not asked me to open an investigation. >> perhaps they've suggested. >> i wouldn't say suggest. >> hinted. >> i don't know. >> you can see another candidate right next to her cory booker who is acknowledging kamala is having a moment here.
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she's asking for an ig investigation to say, wait a minute. that was not, shall we say -- if we're going to have an argument about it depends on your definition of suggest. >> this is how she rocketed to fame. these hearings in cross examining folks like jeff sessions, gina has skill. >> biden will have to watch that to see how this plays out. for all the other candidates, you're looking for your moment to break through. speaker nancy pelosi says she believes that attorney general lied to congress. now she says if president trump loses a close election in 2020, he worries he will refuse to honor the results. ♪
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the attorney general faces a
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monday deadline to surrender to congress a full unredacted copy of the mueller report plus the underlying investigative files. there's little doubt that demand will be ignored and another example added to a mounting list of executive branch confrontations with house democrats. this already tense test of constitutional powers became very personal this past week after it was revealed that special counsel mueller on march 27th sent william barr a letter complaining the attorney general's characterization of the special counsel's report was misleading. barr and mueller spoke by phone about the special counsel's concerns. again, remember, that was last march. this is the attorney general in early april. >> reports have emerged recently, general, that members of the special counsel's team are frustrated at some level with the limited information included in your march 24th letter, that it does not adequately or accurately necessarily portray the report's findings. do you know what they're
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referencing with that? >> no, i don't. >> did bob mueller support your conclusion? >> i don't know whether bob mueller supported my conclusion. >> speaker nancy pelosi says the attorney general broke the law. >> the attorney general of the united states of america was not telling the truth to the congress of the united states. that's a crime. he lied to congress. he lied to congress. and if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime. nobody is above the law, not the president of the united states and not the attorney general. >> again, add the context, for the speaker of the house to say that, not a rank and file mem r member, the speaker of the house, you have these big constitutional questions. does congress have a right to see these things? now you have this personal element of the speaker of the house telling -- essentially saying the attorney general is a criminal. >> especially when watching how she handles a lot of this stuff. she has put impeachment of the president on the back burner,
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very much pushed that aside. pelosi doesn't say stuff like this. when she does, she has a calculated reason for her doing so. we saw her escalate her rhetoric when it came to attorney general barr this week, but also the president himself. there were a lot of members fwrus streeted with the mueller report. there was a turning point last week when the president said i'm going to ignore all the subpoenas, and on top of that, you had barr say i'm not going to give congress the full mueller report. you have that episode where democrats felt he was not truthful. and then he didn't show up at a hearing when he was summoned and scheduled to appear. this ramping up we're seeing between the executive and the legislative branch and pelosi is at the ed of that. >> let's come back to bar but stick with the speaker. if you picked up your sunday "new york times," you'll see something else that is a bit eye-popping.
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pelosi warns democrats stay in the center or trump macon test election results. she's said she does not automatically trust the president to respect the results of any election short of an overwhelming defeat. that's one of the reason it's imperative not to play into the president's hands, especially on the impeachment. she's the speaker of the house, not a freshman from nowhere saying, if this is a close election she legitimately worries the president of the united states is going to say i'm not moving out. >> she also told the times she was worried about the 2018 midterms, that if it had only been a three or four-seat majority for democrats, that trump would throw his hands up and say, no, that race is illegitimate, we really should have the majority. she wants an overwhelming victory in 2020, and she wants that and fears that driving into a partisan impeachment that ends
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in deadlock will only sort of gin up everybody's bases and it's going to be a very narrow race. that's her fear, that he doesn't accept the outcome. >> a remarkable outcome. back to the attorney general who, if you watched him last week on capitol hill, it's clear he has some issues -- let's just say i'm bob mueller's boss. >> the letter is a bit snitity and i think it was probably written by one of his staff people. his work concluded when he sent his report to the attorney general. at that point it was mie baby, my decision how and when to make it public, not bob mueller's. the president was falsely accused of colluding with the russians and accused of being treasonous and accused of being a russian agent. the evidence now is that was without a basis. >> a little bit of a power play there. >> yeah. it is clear that when william barr was brought on to be the
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attorney general, that he made a decision that the role that he was going to play was essentially to be the president's lawyer in some fashion, not just the country's leading law enforcement person. he's demonstrated that since the moment he was -- that he's been in that office. i think the democrats, unfortunately for them, don't have anything they can really do. they can try to hold him in contempt. the process takes conceivably years. they can try to impeach him, that it's not going to go anywhere in the senate. at the end of the day all they have is pelosi and others expressing their disdain and that will be it. >> what it does is really raises the stakes for what mueller is going to say. jerry nadler says mueller will testify in the next couple weeks. we'll see how he hits back at barr. >> the house wants him in the chair. we shall see. this chapter is not closed. our reporters share from their notebooks next including a good
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one last time around the "inside politics" table and ask our great reporters to share something from their notebooks to get you ahead of the fwbig political news. nia-malika henderson. >> kamala harris is headed to the midwest. i'll get on a plane in a couple hours so i can cover her. she's going to michigan and basically talk about electability and argue in front of an audience, an african-american audience, naacp that electability is broader than being a white male and that
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she can be a competitor in a place like the midwest. this campaign in 2020 is all about whether or not a democratic candidate can reclaim the blue wall. you saw african-american voters down in a place like michigan, 10 10,000 votes. she'll also be talking to suburb voters as well on monday. i'll be there covering it. we'll see what happens. >> all the more important, the former vice president in the race. michael. >> john, nothing is ever certain. it looks like this might be the week that jared kushner unveils his plan to overhaul the nation's immigration system. he had success pushing through modest changes in the criminal justice system before. now turning his attention to something bigger. immigration is more complicated and divisive. his plan would raise significantly the number of immigrants who business groups can bring in, lowering the number that can come in through family ties. some business groups are happy with this. anti immigration activists don't
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think it lowers the overall immigration number far enough. of course, advocates for immigrants themselves are already lining up to try to fight against it. all of which has people in washington giving jared about the same odds for success as one of his other projects, bringing peace to the middle east. >> you say controversial and divisive. i say quicksand. we'll see. paul? >> yesterday senator mike enzi of wyoming announced he would retire at the end of 2020. all eyes are on liz cheney of wyoming to see whether or not she is going to give up her house seat and run for the senate. there are other republicans who have already announced their intentions to retire. this is a real sign of whether or not they think they have any chance of winning back the majority. liz cheney is already number three in house leadership. she could one day become house speaker, not that far off. if house republicans are going to stay in the minority, they might want to jump in the
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senate. >> rachel. >> following up on congress stonewalling democrats. i've been particularly interested to trump blocking these congressional investigations. i covered the irs controversy, the benghazi investigations, investigations run by house republicans when they were in the majority when obama was in the white house. in the obama administration, they hated these investigations but allowed a number of people to come in and give investigations, they gave thousands of documents. republicans, i said aren't you concerned about what this does to your oversight in the future in the case where we have a democrat in the white house again and you don't have a majority. i have not heard a single republican say they are worried about precedent here which again speaks to how much trump has changed this party and how they put loyalty to him above potentially a future problem for themselves. >> buttoned lips. i'll close with this. they would be the most u unlikely allies, there are two
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potential areas of cooperation between democratic speaker nancy pelosi and republican president donald trump. they would be infrastructure and trade. agreement on both fronts could be getting less likely. the president began the week praising pelosi's target of a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. a tweet yesterday suggests the president is retreating the a smaller number. she drew a very hard line on the proposed u.s./mexico trade agreement, the speaker says it must be renegotiated on several points. she said separate legislation in mexico are not good enough. that's a blow to the white house and business groups who are hoping side agreements are enough to win democratic support. some in the business community see some hope of getting the speaker on board, but the clock is ticking as the election year gets closer. that's it for "inside politics." don't go anywhere. big "state of the union" with jake tapper up next. his guests include cory booker and amy klobuchar. thanks for sharing your sunday.
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. friend or foe. north korea fires off a new missile test. president trump says he still trusts kim jong-un and the president passes on a chance to warn vladimir putin against interfering in the next election. >> we didn't discuss that. >> 2020 democratic presidential candidate senator amy klobuchar responds in moments. playing to win, democratic voters zero in on electability. what makes a candidate most electable. the former newark mayor makes his pitch. how would senator

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