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. hello again, everyone. thanks for joining me. i'm fredericka whitfield. we begin with the president firing back at the first republican in congress who is raising impeachment, congressman justin amash what he called his own principled conclusions on the mueller report and one of them is this president trump engaged in impeachable conduct. he goes on to say that president trump engaged in specific actions around a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment. america's institutions depend on our constitutional system and
even when to do so is personally inconvenient or yields a politically unfavorable outcome, and now president trump is calling out amash saying never a fan of justin amash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great republican ideas and policies just for the stake of getting his name out there through controversy. so far no other republican has expressed support for amash's comment. senator mitt romney who is not shy of criticizing the president explains why he cannot get on board. >> i respect him. i think it's a courageous statement, but i -- i believe that to make a case for obstruction of justice you just don't have the elements that are evidenced to this document, and i also believe that an impeachment call is it not only something that relates to the law but also considers practicality and politics, and the american people just aren't there, and i think those that
are considering impeachment have to look also at the jury which would be the senate. the senate is certainly not there either. >> cnn's boris sanchez is live for yourself at the white house. tell us more about what the president is saying on this and what this all potentially means. >> hey, fred. president trump never afraid to back down from a twitter spat. he's going after congressman amash essentially suggesting that the congressman from michigan's third district is looking for publicity. take a look at the two tweets sent out saying if amash had actually read the mueller report that it strongly makes the case against, that's not the right tweet, but he essentially says that amash didn't really read the report. he calls him a total loser and goes on to say other things about the congressman who is essentially an outlier. he's not really a rank and file republican. he's a strong libertarian. someone frequently has criticized the president. on the other side democrats are
divided and one supporter is congressman adam schiff. he was on one of the sunday morning talk shows saying he respects justin amash as keeping ford and thinks impeachment should be pursued as a cool in order to get some of the information that they have been subpoenaing from different agencies trying to get information from this white house. listen to more what have adam schiff said. >> i respect what justin amash is doing and has said. he showed more courage than any other republican in the house or senate, but what may be pushing us in the direction of impeachment in any event has less to do with justin amash and more to do with the fact that the administration is engaging in a maximum obstructionism campaign against congress. >> now impeachment as a political reality is unlikely, fred. as you know the most powerful democrat in congress house speaker nancy pelosi has said she doesn't believe it would be prudent to pursue impeachment. she would rather have donald trump vote out of office even though she says he commits
impeachable offenses every single day. fred? >> buyers sanchez at the white house, thanks so much. two republicans joining me now to discuss this, cnn political commentator and republican strategist alice stewart and former republican congressman for pennsylvania and cnn political commentator charlie didn't. good to sigh both. >> hi, fred. >> romney says he is not on board with impeachment, so charlie, what kind of impact do you think amash's comments will make on the party? will this open up floodgates? >> actually i don't think it will open up any floodgates, fred, for a few reasons. one, i think most republicans, and i think a lot of democrats, realize what mueller has done. he's spoken, and he said there was no criminal conspiracy and was inclusive on on trucks, so i think it's going to be hard for congress to go down name people route when i think most members of congress, both many democrats and certainly republicans, think this will automobile litigated
in the 2020 election. justin amash has some guts and is libertarian and right to point out that the president behaved badly but i don't see him people scenario picking up a whole lot of momentum in light of his comments. >> the report did reveal there were step attempts at obstruction from the president and exemplified it in various ways. here's the message we've heard from house speaker nancy pelosi on impeachment. >> i think the president every day gives grounds for impeachment in terms of his obstruction of justice. you never say blanketly i'm not answering any subpoenas but on the other hand we have to exhaust every other remedy on the way and, again, use the tools at our disposal, even if that means saying one possible use of this investigation might be impeachment, even though i don't want to go to that place. >> that's the democrats' point of view by way of driskt from the house speaker. alice, does amash, i guess, risk
alienating himself from his own party? i mean, why would he take this calculus? >> simply i agree in this case with the president. he wanted some attention for some reason. look, he's a libertarian republican and about -- >> but in are other ways to get -- there are other ways to get attention. i mean, he -- he has some objective here to express himself that way. is it possible that he would get others to -- other republicans on board? >> i don't see that. look, we've had several weeks to digest and absorb what was found in the mueller report, and even many democrats as we just heard from nancy pelosi aren't looking to seek the impeachment route with regards to this. the report is conclusive in regards to saying no collusion, no conspiracy and without, that you can't move forward on trying to find obstruction of justice if there's no underlying crime. you don't have to be an attorney to figure out they are barking up the wrong tree if that's the route that they want to go, but
at end of the day, what we need to do is try and focus more on getting the democrats to look at policies, look at talking immigration, look at infrastructure and do away with the talk and the focus and the obsession with seeking impeachment and continuing this investigation because there's a lot of work that the american people would like to see get done and it doesn't involve impeaching the president and continuing these investigations. >> 2020 hopeful eric swalwell said this, justin amash is one of two house members who joined me and every house democrat after the 2016 election on fwoil have an independent commission on russia. sad lit other walter jones has passed. we need more gop courage to put country over party. charlie, what do you think about that? particularly the last line, demanding more courage. >> well, i've said that for some time, that i know a lot of my former republican colleagues in
the house are very much displeased and disgusted in some cases by the president's behavior and conduct in office, and he's made life very difficult for them. in fact, you don't need any further evidence than the 2018 mid-term election where many of my friends are now former congressmen who in many cases lost their seats largely because of the president, and i -- i'm just sitting here in pennsylvania. i mean, the suburbs of philadelphia was a killing zone for republicans in the 2018 mid-term, and i can tell you it was largely driven by the president's unpopularity, so the president's behavior is a real issue for my former colleagues, and they wish he would just behave in a more presidential manner. >> so on the -- on the issue of abortion now with states either with legislation or proposals that would, you know, outlaw it and in some cases even without exceptions president trump is now weighing in on the recently
passed abortion bans,
and he's saying i am strongly pro-life with the three exceptions, rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother, the same position taken by ronald reagan, and then he goes on to say we must stick together and win for life in 2020. if we are foolish and do not stay united as one. all of our hard fought gains for life can and will rapidly disappear. charlie, how is that being received among republicans? >> well, the alabama law, i can tell you, is not being received real well in my part of the country. again, i just talked about the suburban philadelphia being a killing zone. if you want to get shut out in the election, maybe -- i wouldn't want to be a congressman having to answer that question. do you support that alabama law? it's gone way too far and basically it's going to criminalize abortion basically at any point in a pregnancy more or less, and so i think that this is a very tough issue for republicans. it's not just about the
exceptions, and by the way, by full disclosure i was probably the last pro-choice republican left in congress along with a pro-choice republican in the house, and so i'm probably maybe out of step, but i have to think that most republicans in the northeast, mid-atlantic region, suburban areas, do not want this as an issue. alabama and mississippi and these other states, missouri and others are putting a lot of these members at great risk. we lost nearly all republican congressmen in new jersey in 2018, one left, and it can get worse. >> fred. >> go ahead, alice. >> i think there's virtually universal consensus among many republicans and social evangelicals as well that supported the president that the alabama law may have gone too far and that it didn't include those exceptions for rape and incest and what we're seeing in ten states so far including stricter abortion laws over this past year, it is because the life issue is critical for
conservatives and the republican party, and clearly the legislators in alabama were trying to make a point and a statement, and this is the first step. they understand there are going to be legal challenges against this, and they understand that the possibility of this going to the supreme court is very high, but the goal then would be to overturn "roe v. wade" which is a high goal for social evangelicals and those in the pro-life movement who support this president and that's in large part why he clarified his position on this issue out on twitter because it's an important distinction because the life issue is very divisive. and pro-choice activists in other states, in the more liberal states, have taken an opposite approach by supporting abortion in the third trimester and 66% of pro-choice people don't support that legislation, so there's extremes on both sides of the abortion issue, but in this case we're seeing many states, red states, who are taking a step -- the first steps in doing what they can to take
this to the supreme court and in turn eventually in all hopes of overturning "roe v. wade." >> all right. alice stewart, charlie didn't, we'll leave it there for now. thanks so much. >> thanks, fred. still ahead, cnn has the first look at one of jared kushner's greatest tasks as part of the trump administration, closing the biggest deal on the world stage, a middle east peace plan. woman: (on phone) discover. hi. do you have a travel card? yep. our miles card. earn unlimited 1.5 miles and we'll match it at the end of your first year. nice! i'm thinking about a scuba diving trip. woman: ooh! (gasp) or not. you okay? yeah, no, i'm good. earn miles. we'll match 'em at the end of your first year. but how do i know if i'm i'm getting a good deal? i tell truecar my zip and which car i want and truecar shows the range of prices people in my area actually paid for the same car so i know if i'm getting a great price. this is how car buying was always meant to be. this is truecar. my mom washes the dishes... ...before she puts them in the dishwasher. so what does the dishwasher do?
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as first reported by jen's jake tapper the white house say understand noing the first part of its middle east peace proposal. a the plan is led by senior white house adviser and president trump's son-in-law jared kushner and focuses on economic development to help palestinians. it has four major components, including build pentagon out infrastructure and industry. the u.s. is calling a meeting of middle east countries to be held late june in bahrain to actually discuss this proposal. the much stickier political component of the plan will be announced later in the year. cnn diplomatic editor nic robertson joins me now from abu dhabi and jamie metsel is a senior fellow at the atlantic council and was on staff at the new york security council during the clinton administration. good to see you both. nic, you first. this is furpsfully being called a workshop, not a summit. finance ministers will be invited. not foreign ministers. so what is the exactation that
could be the potential outcome? >> well, the expectation and the potential outcome are vaultingly optimistic in the language that the white house is use t.reads, you know, to galvanize support for potential economic investment initiative, to facilitate discussions on ambition and achievable vision framework for a prosper out future, et cetera, et cetera. these are very ambition. i mean, what jared kushner is saying is that people should not be stuck. the grandchildren should not be stuck by the -- by the barriers, if you will, that their grandparents put up to bringing peace, and what he's doing here is offering a vision, and it does seem predominantly apt to appeal to a younger generation that may be tired of the corrupt police, that there may be economic opportunities rather than laying out the much tougher things to achieve first, the
harder political compromises that have to be made. the carrot is here's these click benefits but ultimately you'll have to sign up for this package of tough political decisions. it does seem at the moment that this is very heavy on as operation because necessariens in a way you're asking the younger generation to push aside the older generation, and there really isn't an indication that that's an idea that can take root at the moment. >> so james, do you see this as an obvious mystic plan, an achievable one to at least start with a meeting? >> well, it's certainly optimistic, i don't know if it's very achievable. in many years people have introduced the idea of let's do economic growth first. there's so many levels and layers of dysfunction and history and distrust that it's real difficult to separate out the economic and the political issues because wherever you go, you will run into politics, and
there's so many conflict, and that's why the idea in the past has been for some kind of comprehensive peace, but this negotiation to even get to this very preliminary point has been in many ways one-sided because the palestinian leadership hasn't been involved for at least more than a year so, yes, there's this idea that you can go around the leaders and go directly to the public, but that's going to be very, very difficult if it's not in the context of something bigger. >> many of though, jamie, you know, palestinian leaders are still pretty upset for the u.s. moving its embassy so now asking them to come on board with this kind of plan. >> right. >> you know, by way of the leadership of the u.s., is, that you know, a long shot? >> certainly a long shot, and not just moving the embassy. the united states cut off its funding to the u.n. agency that was helping the palestinian refugees, and so there's enormous amount of distrust among the palestinians toward
the united states and towards the current leadership in israel, and that's natural and that's part of a process, but that's why it's very difficult to just carve off economic issues and say we'll build trust through that. i get it when you're doing a real estate deal that you can start with the little things and build to the big things, and in this case the big things are pretty big. >> so, nic, that there's a stickier political component which is a portion of the plan to be revealed later on this year. what does that mean? >> that means the idea of, you know, is there a two-state solution. what about the return of refugees that has hauls been an issue for the palestinians. what are they negotiating? >> that's like a front burner issue. >> and these are the things that -- that are the thorny issues that break this down before you begin to get going. i mean, this is very much like how president trump tried to play his meeting with kim jong-un in singapore last summer which is show him a great video
what have can be achieved and hope that that provides the inspiration for him to make the compromises, and it hasn't seemed to have worked there, and here, you know, we're hearing from the palestinian authority and ambassador to the united nations saying, look this, deal is dead on arrival and two days ago in london the palestinian authority foreign minister said president trump had called this the deal of the century, the foreign minister, palestinian authority minister said actually this is a constitution of the ordeals of a century for the palestinian people. there's no freedom oirnd pens no, sovereignty, no justice. there's a huge disposition here not to get engaged in this process and just throw it out completely from the get-go. >> jimmy, the optimism at the top of this segment is now starting to sound a whole lot less optimistic. >> there's just some hunk issue. the palestinians have a lot of distrust that the israeli peace
movement has been basically decimated because the palestinians have walked away, at least from an israeli perspective, two different comprehensive peace dheels have been offered, so from an israeli side there's not much of a hope that some kind of marginal economic plan is going to lead to comprehensive peace, and then from the u.s. side there's been massive pressure on the palestinians and the ways that you mentioned, and this idea that business interests and economic interests are going to quote, unquote, trump everything else, and when we're seeing is the seaworld a lot more complicated. >> thank you you both so much. >> thank you. up next, a major reversal for the trump administration. what the acting homeland security secretary now says they plan to do with overwhelmed border detention facilities. when you shop for your home at wayfair, you'll find just
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that involves the white house. long term they say they need immigration reform. that involves congress. the pictures of migrants waiting to get processed on the u.s. side of the southern border are difficult to watch. families, sprawled under makeshift tents, children sleeping on the ground covered in mylar blankets. the strain is not just on migrants, it's also on the officers who have apprehended a record-breaking number of migrants, more than 500,000 since october. >> i'm a father, i'm a grandfather, and somebody needs to do something about this. >> thursday officials in florida's palm beach and broward counties said they were notified that about 1,000 undocumented migrants a month could be sent to the sunshine state for processing and releasing. >> it's not a good plan. we think it's a danger to this community, and it's going to put a real strain on what the resources are. >> i personally would suggest that we brick these people over
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holds 8,000 migrants on any given day. >> we're doing everything we can in our power to ensure that they are safe. want to let them know that they are safe now. >> reporter: while agents continue to do their jobs along the border, many are asking if politicians are doing theirs in washington. the latest numbers that we're getting from customs and border protection from what is considered ground zero of this issue and the real -- in the rio grand vale of south texas is about 10,000 migrants being apprehended every week. >> wow. these are extraordinary numbers. rosa flores. >> and they are all human beings, that's one of the things that we cannot forget. >> and all ages. thank you so much. good to see you. all right. a quick cnn programming note. tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern a new cnn original series "the redemption project" with van jones. see what happens when victims and offenders of violent crimes meet face to face. it's followed by "united shades of america" with w. kamau bell
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partaking. >> yeah. this just turned out to be good timing for the sanders campaign. they have had a massive southern swing planned for his campaign for some time. started in north carolina, went to south carolina, georgia, and was always designed to end up here in alabama by the timing associated with the passage of this law has allowed sanders to seize on this issue and already had a real planned for downtown birmingham this afternoon and around the same time a group of local reproductive rights groups decided to hold their protest at the same time. he's going to hold rally and go march with the protests right around the block here and then there will be another rally that ends up back here in this same park. this is an example of how these campaigns have to adapt to the changing winds of current events, and we should point out that sanders had a number of policy rollouts on different issues related to -- different issues that democratic candidates are talking about, including of really important
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another beautiful day for golf in new york, but the pga championship is seeming by all but over with one golfer dominating the competition. andy scholles is at the course. sandy end, one guy really ran away with this tournament. >> that's right. brooks koepka record-setting week continuing here in the final round. koepka game in at 12 under, seven-shot lead. barring an epic meltdown koepka is going to win back-to-back pga championships, and in the last 30 years only two guys have won a major three years in a row, tiger woods phil mickelson and now brooks koepka. this was just one of the most dominating performances at
bethpage black, a really tough course, has ever seen, and after yesterday's round koepka explained why he's been able to dominate the recent majors that he's competed in. >> i think i'm more focused than anybody out there. i think i'm tunnel visioned. i don't need a sports psychologist. i'm pretty good at it. i know what i'm doing, i feel like. it's simpler han what guys think. guys make the mistake of trying to figure out what's going on, what's different. it's not. it's focus. grind it out, suck it up and just move on. >> reporter: the 29-year-old koepka setting all kinds of records this week. the win will be his fourth major title in eight tries and the first major player to hold back-to-back titles at two majors at the same time. you know, majority of the fans who came on thursday and friday came to see tiger out here, but they may have accidentally seen the passing of the torch. certainly seems like we're entering the brooks koepka era
of golf. now we had some drama yesterday at the preak neese stakes. >> big time. >> at the very start race. check this out. yeah. at the start body express bucks off his jockey john velazquez. and then the horse went on to run the race without a joke and at one point looked like he would challenge the frirns. an outrequired tried to come in and corral the horse but he was having none of it. he even did a victory lap, but none of it count asked. dos good did not fish and war of will ended up winning. another interesting triple crown race this year. who knows what the belmont stakes going to bring. >> all so unpredictable and exciting nonetheless all the time. andy scholles, thank you so much. appreciate it. >> up next, a rare look at royal family with never-before-seen photos of prince harry and meghan markle's wedding day and
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young age, i can resonate closely to that, you feel pain like no other pain. and you know that in your life it's going to be very difficult to come across something that's going to be even worse pain than that, but it also brings you so close to all those other people out there who have been bereaved. instantly when you talk to someone else, you can almost see it in their eyes sometimes. it's a weird thing to say, but somebody's desperate to talk about bereavement, you can pick up on it. they want to talk about it. but they want you to go first. they want you to say it's okay. they want to have your permission that in that particular conversation one on one, it's okay to talk about bereavement. i think particularly in britain as well, we are nervous about our emotions. we're a bit embarrassed sometimes. the british stiff upper lip, we need to have that occasionally when times are hard. but otherwise, we've got to relax a little bit and be able to talk about emotions because we're not robots. >> wow. cnn royal commentator joining me now. such a candid take on something so tender. he allows himself to be, you
know, very vulnerable, reveal what he felt like at a very young age when he lost his mom. what do you suppose inspired him to share like that? >> i think overall, fredricka, william has just been astounded at the statistics in the uk. these are purely for the uk. i don't know how it reflects in the u.s. but south siuicide is the bigge killer of young men in the uk. 75% of all suicides are men. so i think william, he's really trying to reduce this stigma somewhat in the same way diana reduced the stigma around hiv/a.i.d.s. in the '80s. when she shook hands with an a.i.d.s. patient, people couldn't believe what she'd don. mental health has long had a stigma. in this documentary, one of the footballers says he was diagnosed with depression, and a football club wanted to meet him just to make sure he wasn't crazy. there's this terrible association that if you con ffe
to having a mental health issue, somebody might say you're crazy. i think william is trying to start a national dialogue, particularly try and get young men to open up and say it's okay to cry. it's okay to struggle. it's okay. you are normal. i'm a prince. i struggle. so it's very candid and an important conversation. >> do you think this would be an occasion in which he'd have to get the permission from the queen, or is he taking the bull by the horns and just saying, i'm doing this, this is what i feel is right and this is how i know i can make an impact? >> he absolutely won't have asked permission. the queen is very quick to say when she feels like something hasn't gone terribly well, but she's not a dictator by any stretch. she's very keen for the family to focus on what they are most passionate about. so harry, meghan, william, and kate have led this charge on mental health. this is not a new initiative, but this is the deepest they've gone with it. i think it's going to have a dramatic impact. i think in turn, the queen will be very proud of what this
younger generation are achieving. >> all right. definitely a look into the new monarchy. that's for sure. so then speaking of new, it's hard to believe it's been almost a year now since the duke and duchess of sussex married. now we're seeing some new pictures, never before seen. tell me about them. >> this is a rare treat. today is their one-year anniversary. as you say, it's hard to believe. but they have shared on their instagram account a series of pictures. they've done it as sort of a slide show. it's some behind the scenes from the wedding. some of them are wedding pictures that have never been seen before. this is unusual for royals. they guard their privacy intensely, but harry and meghan said in the post they were keen to thank people around the world for their support and love over this year. what a great way to surprise their fans today. >> what an interesting choice, that it would be in black and white. >> yeah, very artistic. and i think that's where we're seeing sort of meghan's very keen eye for what's going to look good. >> color as well. a variation.
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talk about a graduation gift. the 2019 class of morehouse college would have left campus today with around $40 million in student debt, until this happened. >> this is my class, 2019. my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans. >> wow. so that speaker, robert f. smith, went on to encourage the 300 graduates of morehouse to pay it forward. smith is the founder of vista equity partners, and "forbes" estimates he's worth about $5 billion. he received an honorary doctorate at the ceremony. very big heart.
and west point will have its own historic graduation moment this week. 34 african-american women are expected to graduate from the military academy. the largest class of black women to graduate together in the school's history. and this year's class will also include the highest number of female hispanic graduates. and the institution's 5,000th female graduate. about 10% of undergraduate students at the school are black, and women make up about 20% of the cadets. many congrats to all of them. huge achievements. we have so much more straight ahead in the newsroom, and it all starts right now. all right. thanks again for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. we begin with the president firing back at the first republican in congress who is raising the prospect of impeachment. michigan's congressman justin amash posted what he called his
own principle conclusions on the mueller report. one of them is president trump engaged in impeachable conduct. he goes on to say, president trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment. america's institutions depend on officials to uphold both the rules and spirit of our constitutional system even when to do so is personally inconvenient or yields a politically unfavorable outcome. and now president trump is calling out amash, saying, never a fan of justin amash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy. cnn's boris sanchez is live for us at the white house. so tell us more about the president's sentiments on this and how much further he plans to take it.