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♪ >> i will remember this forever. >> reporter: -- new york. >> and thank you all so much for joining us. don't forget, you can watch "outfront" anytime, anywhere, just go to cnngo. "a.c. 360" starts now. good evening. there is a lot going on tonight, including concerns we're moving toward an armed conflict with iran, something i'll talk to senator and presidential candidate bernie sanders about in a moment. but first, the president's wish granted. he's called to investigate the investigators and now it's happening. attorney general william barr has assigned the top federal prosecutor in connecticut to examine how the russia probe started in the first place. as i mentioned, this is something the president has been calling for, but this morning, he denied he had anything to do with it. >> i didn't ask him to do that. i didn't know it. i didn't know it, but i think it's a great thing that he did it. >> "i didn't ask, i didn't know it," he says. now, perhaps he didn't, or maybe
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perhaps he didn't go directly to the attorney general barr and tell him to do this. keeping 'em honest, if that's the case and that's a big if, the president didn't really need to tell mr. barr he wanted this done. he's said so much already. over and over and over and over. even as far back as june as 2018, he was saying it or re-saying it, sharing something said on his favorite news channel. quote, with all the bias, lying, and hate by the investigators, people want the investigators investigated. people want the investigators investigated. so that was nearly a year ago. and what do you know? they are now investigating the investigators. back on may 1st, mr. barr testified on capitol hill that he intended to look into the origins of the russia investigation and the exchanges attorney general barr had with senator kamala harris, which raised eyebrows when it happened. that's possibly coming into clearer view today. so keep everything i just said in mind as you watch that exchange. >> attorney general barr, has the president or anyone at the white house ever asked or suggested that you open an
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investigation of anyone? >> um, i wouldn't -- i wouldn't, uh -- >> yes or no? >> could you -- could you repeat that question? >> i will repeat it. 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. >> uh, 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." i mean, there have been discussions of matters out there that -- they have not asked me to open an investigation -- >> perhaps they've suggested? >> i don't know, i wouldn't say "suggest." >> hinted? >> i don't know. >> inferred? you don't know? >> no. >> okay. >> well, that was awkward. now, while asking for his investigation into the investigation, the president has also suggested it was a quote, attempted coup, unquote. despite the opinions of his own
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political appointees that the russia probe was appropriate, warranted and there was no illegal spying on his campaign. thereon what the former deputy attorney general rod rosenstein who oversaw the russia probe said just last night followed by fbi director chris wray. >> based upon what i knew, in may of 2017, the investigation of russia election interference was justified. >> do you have any evidence that any illegal surveillance into the campaigns or individuals associated with the campaigns by the fbi occurred? >> i don't think i personally have any evidence of that sort. >> no evidence of that sort. and last night, on this program, james baker, the former fbi general counsel, who served during the start of the russia probe, backed up what rosenstein and christopher wray had to say. >> the idea that this was a coup attempt against the president of the united states is -- what do you make of those who say that
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this was a coup attempt? >> it's preposterous. it's preposterous. i was there, i was the general counsel to the fbi. i didn't see any coup. i didn't see any attempted coup. i didn't see any conspiracy to commit a coup. there was nothing that was going on like that. and i've said before, i would have stopped such a thing. >> so, despite all of that, a new investigation is now underway, one of at least three being conducted. the others are led by the department of justice inspector general and the u.s. attorney in utah. while on capitol hill, republican senator lindsey graham announced today his judiciary committee will now back off, in his words, their own investigation to give the investigator appointed by barr space to do his job. joining me now is democratic congressman, jim himes, who serves sonnet house intelligence committee. so congressman himes, the president may not have explicitly told barr to launch this investigation, he may have, we'll never know, but is there any doubt that he did so implicitly with all his tweets and comments about it? >> of course not. this is the ongoing theme of
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this administration. it's a little bit like the godfather. the godfather doesn't need to explicitly ask for everything. but when you tweet something out multiple times and allude to something, eventually your people, especially people like attorney general barr, who we know learned the lessons of jeff sessions, and therefore has dedicated himself to the service of donald trump, you know that he got the message. >> so the man tasked with overseeing this investigation, john adodurham, he's the attorn general of your state, connecticut, are you confident he'll conduct the investigation fairly and impartially? >> well, i certainly hope so. i don't know a lot about the attorney general, the u.s. attorney. he has done this sort of investigation before. and i don't worry at all, anderson. you know, as a member of the intelligence committee, i've seen a lot of the typically secret documents that were the predicate for this investigation. a lot of the original affidavits, a lot of the original material that went into this. and though not a lawyer, you know, hey, it was really clear that the fbi, at a point and
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time, was worried that there might have been some russian compromise of the trump campaign. not necessarily of trump himself. the other thing sadly, anderson, this is really important, we are seeing a re-run of a movie that we have seen time and time again. remember a year ago, it was a scandal that the obama administration was doing too many unmaskings of classified information. nothing there. ten benghazi investigations. how many convictions, indictments? what results from ten benghazi investigations? uranium one, a completely made-up scandal. so, in fact, what's going to happen here is exactly what has happened by all -- with all of the other manufactured, politically driven scandals that the republicans and the defenders of the president cook up, which is that a fair investigation will show that there is absolutely nothing there. >> in terms of your committee, which now is investigating the attorneys for the president and his family, the trump organization for possible obstruction, that's obviously pretty extraordinary. what evidence do you have that's led you in this direction?
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>> well, i guess the way i would answer that, anderson, is that when you read the mueller report, you realize that he looked hard at what was in his scope of investigation. that is to say, russian contacts, that sort of thing. if you read the mueller investigation, you also see that he did very little in terms of looking at other ways -- and remember, it is this that is at the core of what the intelligence committee must do, looking at other ways in which foreign powers, russia in particular, might have compromised the president. that takes us into the realm of possible real estate transactions that are out there, that look a little strange. that takes us into the realm of where was the trump organization getting their money? the president's son himself said that they were getting money from the russians. that's the kind of thing that my committee, as an intelligence committee, should and will look at. >> all right. congressman himes, appreciate your time. thank you very much. lots to discuss with cnn chief legal analyst, jeffrey toobin, david urban, and cnn legal analyst, carrie cordero. so jeff, this investigation into the investigators, this is what
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the president has been calling for. so, to say he knows nothing about it or didn't ask for it, do you buy that? >> not only don't i buy it, think about the chilling message it sends to career non-political people in the fbi, in the justice department. what it means is, if you defy the president's wishes, his political appointees like the attorney general, they won't initiate one investigation, they won't initiate two. three investigations of you for doing your job. it's a really chilling message. this is a completely unnecessary investigation by the connecticut u.s. attorney. it's completely duplicative of the inspector general's investigation. and it's just a way of harassing people who have done their jobs, but not to the satisfaction of the president of the united states. >> david, if there is this
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inspector general of the department of justice investigation already ongoing, is there really a need for the state's attorney in connecticut to launch one? >> well, anderson, look, i think that there's lots of questions to be answered and we'll see what the ig report comes out with, because obviously to take a contrary position to jeffrey, i do think that the american people deserve an answer on what exactly prompted the fbi to begin this -- you know, not cross fire hurricane. was it one single meeting that george papadopoulos had at a bar with a, you know, with an asset overseas. it seems that if you look at the documents, the mueller report cites that one single incident is the nexus, is the seminole event which began this all. and if that's what it plays out to be, you know, so be it. but it seems, you know, a huge investigation was undertaken on an ongoing presidential campaign, because of one suspect
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meeting. it doesn't seem to me like that's quite possible. i want seems that there may be more more there. and i think people deserve an answer. >> carrie, do you think there's more there there? >> here's what i think. as far as looking, doing a look back in terms of what was the impetus for the investigation, i think that does sound like what the inspector general is already doing. what i do think would be useful, and i can hope that this is the direction that they'll take this review, which i hope is a review and not an investigation, is there is a legitimate question about what will happen in 2020. what are the rules of the road for the fbi to be empowered to be able to fulfill its counterintelligence responsibilities? if the attorney general wants a u.s. attorney to take a review of what are the rules, how would -- how would an investigation get started, what would the approval levels be at the fbi and at the justice department, what matters that are really sensitive if they involve political
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investigations, does the attorney general want to come all the way up to him. that type of procedure about what happens in a politically sensitive investigation seems to me really legitimate for the attorney general to ask for a review done in 2019. i don't know that that's really what this investigation is going to be about. i think that would be a useful aspect of the investigation. but that may or may not be the direction. >> you know, anderson, i would just point out that the u.s. attorney in connecticut, who's undertaking this, is hardly a rapid partisan. >> jeff? >> that may be, but let's remember what this investigation led to. we're talking about, you know, the crazy fbi, just this one meeting and they set off on this wild goose chase. it was ant wild goose chase. they found that there was this incredibly elaborate effort by the russians to elect donald trump president. they found the internet research agency in st. petersburg, which
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was using social media. they found that the gru was hacking the dnc e-mails. so -- >> didn't the obama administration know this already was ongoing in 2016? >> they knew some of it and mitch mcconnell wouldn't agree to have it made public. you know, mitch mcconnell said, if you reveal this, i'm going to say it's a partisan smear against donald trump. >> so the obama administration backed away for fear of mitch mcconnell? >> that's right! >> they backed away the potential underpinning of our democracy because they fear mitch mcconnell? >> well -- >> but see, this is the whole problem with the whole backward-looking part, you end up with this debate of what the obama administration did in the last three months before the election. the real focus should be, should be on 2020. >> i agree, carrie. >> we know that there is an ongoing threat of foreign interference in the 2020 election. so that's where the focus should be. >> and you saw secretary pompeo give that message to vladimir putin today. >> but we don't have the
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president providing any leadership in terms of saying that that should be the priority and that's where the review. instead, he's saying, investigate the investigators. >> isn't that something that the president should be spearheading with cabinet info-level meeting. >> the secretary of state spoke pretty loudly standing right next to vladimir putin today. >> the president of the united states, his chief of staff has informed the department of homeland security that she was not even allowed to mention russian interference in the election, because donald trump is so offended by the idea that this is, that this discredits his victory. he has, at every opportunity, pretended that this doesn't exist. he has -- he was the enormous beneficiary of this russian effort and he has done everything in his power to pretend that it never happened. >> so, jeff, i don't know that you could say that he's an enormous beneficiary. i don't know how you can quantify that. do you know for a fact how many people voted one way or the
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other because of what happened? i don't think you can say that. you can say that the russians attempted to interfere with the election. they may have interfered with the election, but i don't think you can state with any certainty that he was an enormous beneficiary. i think that's way outside -- you can't! >> come on, you don't think -- >> oh, come on! >> you don't think john podesta's e-mails -- >> the russians did -- >> so are you telling me that people in pennsylvania voted a different way because of that? that the election would have gone the other way? >> why was donald trump talking about it all the time if it wasn't important? >> i do not believe -- i do not ascribe to that the guy that was on the ground there -- >> david, you agree that the russians wanted donald trump to win, don't you? >> i agree the russians wanted to get exactly what they have now. tumult in america in our election. they have democrats and republicans pitted against each other. >> but you don't believe they were supporting donald trump? you don't believe they wanted donald trump as president? >> listen -- >> the mueller report is absolutely clear on that point.
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the mueller report is absolutely clear on that point, that they were intending to assist the candidate trump. >> right. >> well, i'm not quite certain why, because this president has put for the first time since world war ii, 750 marines on the russian border of norway, is going to deploy u.s. forces to poland in the strongest show of force, has sanctioned the russians tremendously. i'm not quite sure -- >> he's actually weakened the sanctions that congress put on. but david urban, i see your poin poin point. up next, i'll talk about all of this and more with bernie sanders. also tonight, what u.s. farmers have to say about president trump's trade war with china, they don't think it's a little squabble as the president suggested today. we'll take you to iowa. ly craft. with peak season berries, creamy avocado. and a dressing fit for a goddess. come taste what a salad should be. and with panera catering, there's more to go around. panera. food as it should be. (music throughout)
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troops to the middle east should iran attack american forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons. senator sanders is not a fan of the idea to put it mildly. here's his tweet earlier today, no war with iran. this would be an unmitigated disaster. we must stop trump and his national security adviser john bolton. someone who likes endless wars. senator brrernie sanders joins now. is there any scenario under which sending 120,000 u.s. troops to the middle east to counter iran would be justified, short of a declaration of all of that war? >> not that i can think of, anderson. you know, what is unbelievable to me is that after all of what we experienced in iraq and all of the unintended consequences and the fact that we went into war based on lies claiming that they had weapons of mass destruction, that we would think again of going into another country, in this case, iran, would be even worse. general -- we've had generals
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who have told us that if you like the war in afghanistan and you like the war in iraq, you're really going to love going to war in iran. this would be an incredible destabilization of the region. it would lead to endless wars. i mean, i think this is what perpetual warfare is about. that our kids and our grandchildren will never see a time that there would be peace. there would be asymmetrical response all over the world. there would be bombings, there would be sniper attacks. it is just unimaginable. but here is what is very interesting. is one of the great cheerleaders for the war in iraq who is a part of the bush administration then, john bolton, of course, is now the major adviser, national security adviser today for president trump. and once again, he has learned nothing. in fact, he is one of the few people in the world who actually believes that the war in iraq was a good decision.
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so i think that we have got to do everything that we can to see that we do not get involved in a war in iran. i will do what i can in trying to get at least 51 members of the united states senate to make it clear that going to war is not a presidential decision. the constitution is clear. that power rests with the united states congress and we've got to tell the president that this makes no sense at all. >> the pentagon certainly makes contingency plans all the time. shouldn't they have plans in place in order to be able to respond at a moment's notice? >> i don't think -- and this is not just the contingency plan. trump has been very, very provocative towards iran. he's trying to egg them on. we are in a situation right now in that region where trump loves mohammad bin salman, the murdering dictator of saudi arabia, and we're supposed to hate iran. look, nobody believes that iran is a model government. they are bad news people. it's they suppress democracy,
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they are a lot of corruption. they are involved in terrorism. this is not a great government. but you know what? saudi arabia is no great shakes either. so we have picked sides and we have gone with the dictatorship and the brutal regime in saudi arabia, which treats women as third class citizens, which is now waging a terrible, terrible war in yemen that we are part of. so with the function in my view of the united states government right now is to use our power and our strength to bring saudi arabia and iran to the table to try to create diplomatic solutions to the problems in the area, not to get involved in a horrible war, which will be never-ending, cost of hundreds of billions of dollars in human life, destabilize the region, makes no sense to me at all. >> james clapper, the former director of national intelligence said this morning if the u.s. presence in the
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region is bolstered, it could heighten the possibility for an inadvertent encounter between iraqi and u.s. forces, almost an accidental slide into war. >> let's remember, the answer is, yeah, that can happen. when tension gets high, stupid things can happen and you have a president that might be trigger happy here or bolton might be trigger happy, we're off and running. and you know, what -- a lesson that we have -- should have learned a long time ago is the unintended consequences of war. and that if you think something's going to happen, but the result is very, very different. you know, going into iraq, that was going to be a very, very quick war. we go in, establish democracy, we'd get out and everybody would live happily ever after. not exactly what happened. you know, i used to be the chairman of the veterans -- senate veterans committee. and i have talked to so many veterans whose lives were changed for the worst with ptsd, amputations, and other problems
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as a result of that war. so we should have learned the lesson of iraq and apparently at least john bolton has not. >> president rouhani's advisers tweeted the president today, and you mentioned bolton, the tweet said, you wanted a better deal with iran. looks like you're going to get a war instead. that's what happens when you listen to the mustache. i think it's an apparent reference to john bolton. is this largely about bolton's influence on the president, do you think? >> you know, who knows. but i think it is. this is a guy who, you know, sad to say, again, he thinks he pushed -- he was one of the architects along with dick cheney of the war in iraq. i believe, if you speak to him today, he will tell you that was the right decision. and that has been his history. this is, i hesitate to use the word, a guy who likes war and apparently hasn't learned the lessons he should have learned. >> if you can, senator, i would ask you to stick around, i need to take a quick break, but i want to ask you about the trade
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called a, quote, little squabble, unquote. senator sanders, perhaps this is maybe where you come closest to agreeing with president trump, because on trade policy, you've talked about support for tariffs against china. i know you've said you disagree with how the president is implementing it. how should he be handling this? >> well, for a start, no, i don't agree with donald trump in terms of his trade policy. i think historically, our trade policies have been a disaster for american workers. the permanent normal trade relations trade agreement has cost us some 3 million decent-paying jobs. it's part of the race to the bottom, where workers today are working longer hours for low wages, because companies have threatened to shut down in america and move abroad. farmers in the midwest have been hurt very, very hard by these tariffs. so, no, i am not in agreement with trump on that. what i do understand is that our trade policies in the past have failed. last i saw, the last numbers they saw, we had about a $400
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billion trade deficit with china, which is not a good thing. but what we need to do is figure out a way that we develop a trade policy, which is fair for american workers, it is fair for our farmers, it is not written by the ceos of large corporations, who then are throwing american workers out on the street. one of the ways, anderson, that i think we have got to move, we have got to demand decent corporate citizenship of the major corporations in this country. you know, what's happening today and has happened for many, many years now is corporations that are making money shut down in america, move to lowlow-wage countries, and the next day they're in line to get government contracts. they give themselves compensation packages for the ceos that are 300 times what their workers are making. and i think we have got to say to those corporations, you know what, if you want a government contract, you're going to have to be a decent employer. pay your workers a decent wage, allow them to form unions, if
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they want to. you cannot afford to be as greedy as you have been. >> i want to talk to you about this yf of investigating the investigators. there's an inspector general investigation already ongoing. is there any harm making sure everything was done by the book and having this state's attorney general from -- or the state's attorney from connecticut at the direction of barr looking into it? >> look, this is what i think. last i heard, six people associated with trump's campaign were indicted. cohen is now in jail. i think manafort is either in jail or will be going to jail. and i think as trump does all of the time, he tries to divert attention from the realities that are associated with the white house or in fact his campaign. as i understand it, what the fbi did is they had reason to
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believe that there was collusion and they investigated that collusion. so, no, i don't think we should be investigating the investigators. i think that's an effort on the part of trump to deflect attention from the problems that his campaign had. >> senator sanders, i appreciate your time. thank you. >> my pleasure. >> let's turn back to the escalating tensions between the u.s. and iran. joining us now is lieutenant mark hurtling, he's also a cnn military analyst. general hurtling, you were somebody in charge of maintaining war plans during your time with the joint staff at the pentagon. how dangerous is this brewing conflict with iran? >> it concerns me, anderson, truthfully. i see the focus on deterrent measures and the emphasis on things like moving carriers and deploying forces and citing numbers of soldiers or troops that might go to the middle east
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to be significant. that's not something you normally publicize. >> you don't normally publicize the movement, the numbers. >> the numbers, yeah. because each one of the contingency plans we reviewed that are on the shelf. when the commander in chief says, hey, we're thinking about a military option, because diplomacy has failed, we pull one of the plans off and adjust it. when you're just saying, we're going to send 120,000 forces somewhere, it means you probably have an end state in mind, and i'm not sure that's the case. because as we throw these numbers around, the thing we haven't heard is what's the strategy and what are we trying to do? and if you don't have a mission, it doesn't matter how many troops you have. i can tell you, having worked a number of contingency plans in this area, there is more than one. so people have talked about the potential for using different plans in iran. and i still don't know what the mission is. >> if the idea is -- if iran
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goes after u.s. force in the region, anything short of -- i mean, you said there are a variety of issues, it would seem like trying to overthrow the iranian regime would be the main one. >> not so sure. i mean, an attack against a military -- a u.s. military force might result in a retaliatory response. certainly, something that all the administrations consider. but when you're talking about this size of a force, which is about a little less than what we sent into iraq, and that's what so many people have cited, i still would like to know what's the mission for this force. where's it going? what's it going to do? >> what are the capabilities of iran, just as a fighting force? >> well, first of all, the country is about twice as big as iraq. you can look at it on a map. anyone that's studied the terrain and the culture know it's much more complex than iraq.
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it has a substantiative military force, both army, navy, and air force, and missile defense. it wouldn't be the same kind of force that we went up against in 2003 in iraq or certainly not the same kind that you saw in afghanistan. the other thing that's important is the fact that it would cause global repercussions. when you're talking about potentially attack organize sending a force into iran, it means other people would react. >> iran is deeply involved throughout the region and many people support it. >> that's right. and it would cause that kind of turmoil that it's hard to put the genie back in the bottle. >> general hurtling, appreciate it. thank you very much. just ahead, president trump has said he's going to protect farmers in this trade war, but do they, many of whom voted for him, believe him? we sent out a reporter to find out. you'll want to see what he found. -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.
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we touched on this earlier with senator bernie sanders. here's president trump this morning, downplaying his all-out trade war with china. >> we're having a little squabble with china because we've been treated very unfairly for many, many decades. for actually, a long time, and it should have been handled a long time ago and it wasn't. and we'll handle it now. i think it's going to be -- i think it's going to turn out extremely well. >> reporter: well, the consequences of the president's actions are very real, extremely well, doesn't exactly match up with the realities on the ground for many.
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cnn's martin savidge has that for us tonight. >> reporter: robert readies for another day of battle. an iowa farmer, he's on the front line of america's trade war with china. a war president trump says he's winning. but ewalt says he's losing. china has stopped buying his soybeans, cutting his income by half. he still has a third of last year's crop in storage and this season it will likely cost him more to grow his soybeans than he can sell them for. >> this is survival, at this point. i mean, for a lot of operations, it is a survival thing. >> reporter: things are so bad, he's taken a second job. he drives a truck all night and farms by day. >> that's what's allowing you to survive? >> that's what's keeping this farm going. >> reporter: ewalt isn't alone. across the midwest, farm incomes are down and bankruptcies are up. >> might be the only payout. >> reporter: every morning, in thousands of farm towns like
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this one, farmers gather for coffee and to commiserate. it's not just tariffs. across the midwest and southeast, farmers are also reeling from disaster, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, even fires. it's been raining so much in iowa, farmers are nearly a month late getting into their fields and every day they delay costs them more money. how far behind are you? >> oh, there's almost nothing planted out here. >> reporter: to try and help, democrats in the house joined by 34 republicans voted for a $19 billion disaster relief package, some of which would have gone to help farmers, but president trump opposed the plan. tweeting, house republicans should not vote for the bad democrat disaster supplemental bill. now that relief is bogged down in the republican-controlled senate over how much assistance to give hurricane-devastated puerto rico. and so, back in
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republican-voting farm districts, there is a growing bumper crop of frustration. particularly with the president who brags about his negotiating skills. >> my uneducated guess is that he better hurry up and start producing a little bit, because this negotiation that i'm seeing so far has not panned out. >> reporter: you voted for this president? >> yes. >> regrets? >> uh, yes. >> reporter: larry adds up the money he expects to lose this year. >> between me and my daughter, probably $100, $150,000. >> did you vote for president trump? >> i did. i'll never vote for him again. >> so martin, what are some of the impacts besides the direct ones on these farmers? >> reporter: it's huge and it goes far beyond just putting seed in soil. you start looking at the ripple effects for, say, a tractor like that, $350,000. so the dealership that sells
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them won't be selling as many of them. the plant that makes them, think of john deere, won't be making as many of them. there are all of those employees. then you've got the seed companies, on top of that, the fertilizer companies, the banks that float the loans that help pay for everything. on and on and on. the impact goes well beyond and far away from the farm. anderson? >> martin savidge, appreciate it. thanks for being there. there's a startling update tonight to a story we first brought you in 2016 of an accused somali war criminal living and working freely near washington, d.c. coming up, a cnn exclusive on where he's ended up. enjoy your stay. thanks very much. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ find calm in over 1,000 airport lounges worldwide. it's another way we've got your back.
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. tonight, a stunning update to a story we first brought you back in the summer of 2016. then, we found an accused somali war criminal working and living freely near washington, d.c., despite a catalog of allegations
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against him. well, now a cnn investigation finds the same man driving for uber. you heard that right. cnn senior investigative correspondent, drew griffin, has the exclusive details. >> reporter: yusuf abdi ali is an accused war criminal, facing a civil trial in virginia, claiming he's responsible for atrocities and attempted murder in somalia in the '80s. while awaiting trial, he has been driving for uber. >> he's just coming now. >> reporter: undercover cnn producers last week ordered an uber in northern virginia. yusuf, listed on the app as an uber pro diamond driver with a 4.89 rating picked them up, yusuf ali also told us he drives for lyft. sir, i'm surprised to see you drive for uber and lyft. did the background checks for those companies not reveal the fact that you're accused of torture and murder and about to face a trial here for basically
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terrorizing communities? just how uber and lyft missed the accusations exposes is a possible hole in their screening processes. a simple google search brings up article after article about his time in the security >> working as a security guard at dulles international airport a job he was fired from after the report aired and a search would have revealed this. acanadian broadcasting documentary with villagers telling terrifying stories. >> and they were bent. i saw it with my own eyes. >> he caught my brother. he tied him to a military vehicle and dragged him behind. he said to us if you have enough
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power get him back. he shredded him into pieces. that's how he died. >> he is a so mall jumalian thad in 1988 he tortured him for months and shot him twice and ordered guards to bury him alive. he survived and he's turned to civil court in the u.s. to seek damages. in court filings he acknowledged he was a colonel in the somali national army but denies having attempted extrajudicial killing and torture and denies directing any such actions by his subordinates. he told us he has been an uber driver for a year and a half and that background check he said was easy. and they were able to become ride share drivers. both uber and lyft say they include criminal offenses and
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driving incidents. the company that does the screening tells cnn that they rely on public criminal records that have been ajudjudicated in court of law rather than unverified sources. he's been convicted. only accused. >> you may not wish to respond to all the allegations but the allegations are that you tortured people, murdered people. >> uber and lyfts only response is they didn't miss anything. they just rely on criminal records and driving records and not much else. does that mean he's still drivin drivi driving? >> this is what is interesting. when we pointed out what you could find out about ali online they took action today. lyft banned him permanently. uber is putting him on suspension while they do their own investigation. so whatever we found online got
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them to act. we just don't know why they don't do that in the first place. >> you pointed out how felons have been approved to drive. what is the oversight? >> there really is spotty oversight across the country. most states leave it up to uber and lyft to decide who drives and who doesn't. some states have regulations but they have written their own rules and decided what they will and will not look for in background checks and this is what we're dealing with. >> sex strike. that's what alyssa milano says. all of these heartbeat bills around the country compromising women's ability to control their own bodies and their pregnancies so we're having her on the show tonight. first time since she called for it. how serious is she about the
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>> conway is best known for the carol burnett show. he won three emmys for co-starring the show and a fourth for a member of this writing team. he once summed up his life by saying quote, i was born and then i did the carol burnett show for 11 years. what else is there to know. i want to show you a clip from one of his most famous sketches where he plays a very inexperienced dentist.
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>> his specialty was not only making the audience laugh but making all the other people he was playing with break out in laughter as well. in a statement to cnn, she is heart broken adding he was one in a million. not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being. tonight, burnett will dedicate the performance of her one woman show to conway's memory.
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i ran into him again in los angeles and he was a true gentleman every time and oh so funny. he died after a long battle with illness. he was 85 and will be missed. the news continues. i want to hand it over to chris for cuomo primetime. >> we'll pay tribute to him tonight as well. he deserves it. he will be missed but he will be remembered as well. what a legacy. thank you my friend. i am chris cuomo. welcome to primetime. don jr. cut a deal with gop senators. he's going to testify but basically on his own terms. we have the condition and the most revealing aspect which is what he had to say to the senators that helped him. guess who is here tonight? alyssa milano. what's the deal with the sex strike? laws all over this country challenging a woman's right to her own body. she