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2015 for not having a permit, sparking outrage. this week, governor greg abbott formally legalized children's lemonade stands in texas. the green sisters say they will celebrate with, you guessed it, a lemonade stand when the law officially takes effect in september. thanks for watching. i'm jake tapper. cnn continues right now. happening now. breaking news. taking it to the courts. in a party line vote, the house approves a resolution letting the judiciary committee go to court to enforce subpoenas for a former white house counsel and the attorney general. chairman jerry nadler says he wants to file lawsuits as soon as possible. in his head. joe biden gets inside the president's head with a blistering attack, calling him an existential threat to the country. president trump takes the bait, launching a furious flurry of insults. is he only reinforcing biden's status as front-runner? not ruling it out.
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house speaker nancy pelosi may not favor impeachment, but she says it's not off the table. can she withstand pressure from key democrats to open an impeachment inquiry? >> and spice like us. was kim jong-un's half brother a cia asset? and was his public assassination retribution by north korea for working with the americans. president trump isn't confirming or denying that possibility. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room". >> breaking news. house democrats flex their muscles with a resolution authorizing the judiciary committee to go to court to force trump administration officials to comply with subpoenas. and the judiciary chairman indicates he wants to use that new power quickly. also breaking, it's no-holds-barred as president trump and democratic front-runner joe biden go head to head with dueling campaign
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events in the early caucus state of iowa. biden wasted in time slamming president trump as an existential threat to america and its core values. there's no doubt biden has gotten under president trump's skin, even before leaving the white house today, the president called the former vice president a loser, who's the weakest mentality of the democratic candidates. i'll speak with congresswoman ver milla jayapal. house democrats have used their majority power in a resolution authorizing the judiciary committee to go to court to enforce subpoenas against the trump administration. let's begin with cnn congressional correspondent, sunlen serfaty. she's up on capitol hill. sunlen, what's the latest? >> well, wolf, significant move by the house just moments ago, voting to essentially give democrats who are investigating president trump, investigating the trump campaign and the trump administration way more power to
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move quicker and easier through their investigations. and in a very significant press conference going on at this hour, six chairs of the committees up here on capitol hill showing a show of force, coming out and praising this move, vowing to push forward with these new powers that have now been given to them, vowing to push forward with their subpoenas and their investigations. here's the chairman of the house judiciary committee speaking to the significance of this moment. >> we are facing a constitutional crisis. we have a president who believes he is above the law, which he is not. and refuses to be held accountable, which he will be. >> now, what this exactly does is it empowers the committee chairs to bypass the house floor. they will not have to endure a full house floor vote to go to court to enforce their subpoenas. and of course, there are many subpoenas outstanding up here on capitol hill.
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it would also immediately authorize the house judiciary committee to go to court and enforce a subpoena for don mcgahn, also seek that grand jury testimony from the mueller investigation. it would also allow the committee to go to the court for the attorney general, bill barr, that he has still a subpoena against him. now, just moments ago, the chairman of the committee speaking to reporters up here on the hill, he said he will very quickly move very quickly to likely go to court over don mcgahn. and of course, that grand jury material. he, of course, though, in recent days has indicated he will likely hold off, at least for now, going to court top compel the attorney general to comply with that subpoena. he, of course, struck a deal in the last 24 hours, the department of justice, to get some materials, some underlying evidence from the mueller investigation. and for the moment, he says, as long as the doj is cooperating with that, that he will not move
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forward and go to court to compel the testimony of the attorney general. but, of course, some reporting coming from my colleague, laura jarrett tonight, wolf, indicating that this could potentially get more complicated, that the deal might not be as buttoned up as originally thought. the white house potentially will have access and an opportunity to weigh into what exactly material they will be looking at. so could complicate many things up here on capitol hill. but in short, wolf, this gives significant new powers to democrats on capitol hill and very likely to ramp up a lot of the investigations going forward right now. wolf? >> sunlen serfaty up on capitol hill, thank you. also breaking, president trump is now in iowa after lashing out at joe biden on the white house lawn. the former vice president is also in iowa. let's go to our senior white house correspondent, pamela brown. pamela, clearly the gloves are off. >> yeah, that's absolutely right, wolf. president trump is claiming he is not worried about joe biden, but his words seem to suggest otherwise, wolf. today, he took criticisms of biden to a whole new level,
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throwing punch after punch skpeand seemingly testing out what will stick. tonight, president trump slamming his top political rival before sharing the iowa spotlight with him. >> i would rather run against i think biden than anybody. i think he's the weakest mentally. and i like running against people that are weak mentally. the president taking direct aim at front-runner joe biden's mental and physical health, as both men are making several stops across the key early voting state today. >> when a man has to mention my name 76 times in his speech, that means he's in trouble. now, i have to tell you, he's a different guy. he looks different than he used to. he acts different than he used to. he's even slower than he used to be. >> reporter: trump easily won iowa in 2016, beating hillary clinton by ten points. a big change after president barack obama won the state twice. >> joe never got more than 1%, except obama took him off the
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trash heap. and now it looks like he's failing. >> reporter: but sources say trump believes that biden poses a more serious threat to his blue collar appeal than helped him win in 2016. and he regularly phones aides and allies in the early morning hours, asking them about biden. trump even lashing out after an internal poll showed him lagging behind biden in states such as michigan, and even told some he doubted the numbers. >> i think the polling got it completely wrong in 2016. i don't think it's right now. i'm not going to get into a lot of details, but we feel incredibly good about what the president has been able to accomplish. >> reporter: and while some aides have advised the president to refrain from attacking biden by name -- >> look, but i don't bring him up. >> reporter: in reality, trump rarely holds back, and focuses much more on biden than any other democratic candidate. >> sleepy joe. >> joe biden is a low-iq individual. he probably is. >> biden deserted you. >> but i heard, his whole campaign is to hit trump.
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>> reporter: trump also recently sided with north korean leader kim jong-un over his criticism of biden. and today trump showered praise on the murderous dictator. >> i think north korea has tremendous potential. and the one that feels that more than anybody is kim jong-un. he gets it. >> reporter: telling reporters he has received another letter from the north korean leader. >> i just received a beautiful letter from kim jong-un. i can't show you the letter, obviously, but it was a very personal, very warm, very nice letter. i appreciate it. >> reporter: and again, the president pushed back on democratic criticism of his deal with mexico. >> if they were agreed to, they were agreed to long before the president made the announcement, a, but they were designed to take your attention away from the mueller report. look at the timing. >> today waving a folded piece of paper around. >> that's the agreement that everybody says i don't have. >> reporter: claiming it was the signed agreement with mexico. but refusing to show its conte t contents. instead, defending his decision
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to threaten tariffs. >> this will go into effect, and it's my option, not mexico's, but it will into effect when mexico tells me it's okay to release it. >> reporter: and a source tells me today that the president's son, don junior, will be back in front of the senate intel committee for a limited interview. he could be pressed on hold up findings in the mueller report don't line up with his previous testimony. but wolf, this comes at a time when president trump is clearly trying to make the case that the russia investigation is over and it's time to move on. wolf? >> all right, pamela, thank you. pamela brown at the white house. cnn political reporter arlette saenz is in iowa for us, as is the former vice president, joe bid biden. he's in mt. pleasant, iowa, as we speak right now. arlette, biden took direct aim at president trump, calling him a threat to the president. what's the latest? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. joe biden wasted no time when he got here to iowa, criticizing president trump at his very first stop over in ottumwa.
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biden often goes after president trump on the campaign trail. it's just not every day that you have both biden and the president in the exact same state. and take a listen to some of that criticism that he lobbed president trump's way while he was in ottumwa earlier today. >> i believe that the president is literally an existential threat to america. he found time to go after bette midler, for god's sake, in the middle of the d-day ceremonies. for real. not a joke. and instead of repairing the relationships with our allies, he's continued to damage them. four years of donald trump will be viewed as an aberration in american history. eight years -- eight years will fundamentally change who we are as a nation and how we're viewed around the world. he says, let's make america great again. let's make america america again. >> reporter: now, these criticisms show more insight into biden's campaign strategy as he tries to already frame this as a general election
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matchup against president trump. and earlier today, quinnipiac released a new poll that showed biden leading trump 53% to 04% nationwide. expect biden to continue these criticisms throughout his stops here in iowa. wolf? >> at his next speech later this evening, arlette, the former vice president is expected to launch even more attacks on the president, right? >> reporter: that's right. biden will be here in davenport and he's really going to hone in on attacking president trump when it comes to trade and those tariffs that he's implemented. i want to read you a quote from that upcoming speech. biden will say that trump thinks his tariffs are being paid by china. any beginning econ student at iowa or iowa state could tell you that the american people are paying his tariffs. he goes on to add, the cashiers at target see what's going on. they know more about economics than trump. now biden is also attacking president trump for that piece of paper he was showing earlier
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today that he claimed had a deal with mexico. biden today at his event just a short while ago in mt. pleasant saying that iowans who are affected by those tariffs want to see what that plan is. wolf? >> arlette, thank you very much. arlette saenzn iowa for us. joining us now, democratic congresswoman, ra milla jayapal of washington state. a member of the judiciary committee. congresswoman, thanks so much for joining us. >> great to be with you, wolf. >> so as you heard, the chairman of the judiciary committee, jerry nadler says he wants to file lawsuits as soon as possible to enforce subpoenas. you confident you're going to succeed? >> well, i'm confident that what we had today was a vote on the house floor that allows us to pursue all options that are on the table, as far as enforcing our subpoenas. and so far, we have seen the trump administration block us on numerous counts, you know, block the testimony of don mcgahn. we have asked hope hicks to come and testify. we have asked annie donald son to come and testify. we need to make sure that these
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folks come and testify. because we are taking, ramping up our actions, you see now the white house is distinction to give a little bit in terms of this capitulation around the mueller report and the unredacted information. and the underlying information. it's not all on the table, but at least some pieces of it are. so this was a very important vote for us to take, because it really allows the chairman and cha chairwomen of committees of jurisdiction to move quickly. to not have to wait in order to enforce their subpoenas in court zp . >> on that point, let's go to the negotiations between the judiciary committee and the justice department over granting access to more information from the mueller report. chairman nadler's agreement with the justice department might be complicated by involvement, we're told, from the white house. is the deal in jeopardy? >> well, i can't tell you that, what i know is earlier, we did have an agreement, but it wasn't
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for everything we wanted. so we were going to start with at least reviewing the underlying information. the judiciary committee was granted the authority to do that. however, there are other pieces here. and as you say, the white house can at any moment, on any deal -- listen, we had a deal for don mcgahn to come and testify, until the white house stepped in and krskand donald t said, you can't testify. and that may happen again here. and i think that we are going to see whether this president is going donate to continue to obs justice or not. now we have the authority granted by congress through this vote today to start to hold this administration accountable through lawsuits and in the courts. >> should the white house have any hand in this process? >> say the question again? >> should the white house have any hand in this process, in deciding what the justice department can share with the judiciary committee, for example? >> no, and you know, i'll tell you something. yesterday, we had a panel of prosecutors front of us,
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including, as you know, john dean, who was not only was he the former white house counsel, he was actually the republican chief counsel for the judiciary committee. and all of them said that we have to remember, the attorney general is the attorney for the people of the united states. it is not -- he is not the attorney for the president. the president should stay out of the way here. he has been continuously obstructing justice. he should learn and stay out of the way. but listen, if he doesn't, we have a big fight coming. we already have a big fight in front of us. i cannot believe that one branch of government is completely disregarding another. we have a president who's trying to act like a king and congress has to hold him accountable. >> you're one of at least 13 democrats on the house judiciary committee, congresswoman, who want to actually begin formal impeachment proceedings. that's more than half of the membership from your party on that committee. do you feel like you're being ignored by leadership? >> no win mean, i think this is
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complicated. first of all, we should be clear that what we, many of us, i think it's over 60 now in the house have called for is to begin an impeachment inquiry. what that does is it allows the judiciary committee to use all of our article i powers to investigate the abuses, the constitutional abuses of this president and this administration. that is very, very important. because our hands get tied in strange ways if we don't declare a formal impeachment inquiry. we still believe, and those of us on the judiciary committee are steeped in this. we're going through it every day, day after day, some of the details. our caucus is starting to understand what is at stake here. and frankly, by allowing the judiciary committee to start an impeachment inquiry, it also allows for the focus to be very clear that it is within the judiciary committee and we will get the facts and we will follow the facts. and let's see what happens. it does not necessarily mean there's an impeachment vote, but it does mean that we do the inquiry. and i do believe that is
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warranted. >> as you know, speaker pelosi says that impeachment certainly isn't off the table, but does say she's satisfied with the current strategy of maintaining multiple ongoing investigations into the president. why should democrats abandon that current strategy that's laid out by the speaker? >> well, i don't think it's about abandoning. i want to be very clear that democrats are completely united around the need to hold the president accountable. however, we do have a real crisis on the table. we need to have a couple of strategies here to ensure that we are getting the information that we really should get. robert mueller threw us a pass down the football field when he did that report and put in there ten potential counts of obstruction of justice and russian interference in our elections that we need to be taking action on. he was intercepted by william barr who tried to make it seem like the american people were reading a different report than
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the one that robert mueller wrote. so our inquiry has to deal not only with the obstruction of justice issues that robert mueller raised in the report, but also with the ongoing obstruction of justice and we really do need to have every tool in our tool box. and we're going to have to start using some of them. congresswoman pramila jayapal, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. up next, joe biden gets inside the president's head with a blistering attack, calling him an existential threat to the country. president trump takes the bait, launching a furious series of insults. and house democrats flex their muscles with a resolution letting the judiciary committee go to court to enforce subpoenas against the trump administration. all money managers might seem the same, but some give their clients cookie cutter portfolios. fisher investments tailors portfolios to your goals and needs. some only call when they have something to sell. fisher calls regularly so you stay informed.
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significance is now the house judiciary committee can go to court to actually attempt to force the subpoenas for people against barr and don mcgahn to actually compel that testimony. you know, this is the next step in that meticulous strategy we've heard democrats talk about. building their case, taking things one step at a time. you know, that they are actually going to force this question in court. now, democrats haven't wanted to talk about red lines. they've used the term constitutional crisis. the real constitutional crisis would come if the president of the united states was inclined to defy a court order. and so i do think that this is the house democrats' way of saying, they are going to push this into the courts. they are going to call his bluff on this. ultimately, they do think that they are going to prevail. and that they do appear to believe that the white house is still going to back down if they are actually served with a court directive. >> susan, at the same time, the judiciary committee is negotiating with the justice department to obtain more documents from the mueller report. some of the underlying evidence.
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but now we've learned that the white house is also going to have a say in this. is that going to slow things down? is that appropriate? >> i don't know if it's a question of whether it's appropriate or not. certainly, past administrations have weighed in. the white house has weighed in on these types of decisions. but i think it's an indication, though, that the president will attempt to use all of his lawful authority, you know, to prevent the information related to the mueller report from coming out. and the fact that the white house is essentially inclined to micro-manage this process, i do think is an indication that, you know, what's happening here is not an assessment of whether or not executive privilege actually applies as a constitutional or legal matter, it's that the white house is going to look at information, decide whether or not it is politically damaging to them or not, and if it is politically damaging, assert executive privilege. now, that's not what executive privilege is supposed to be about, but we've seen that this president really does view things like the law and the constitution as weapons to be wielded against his spoeopponenr to be sidestepped when it's inconvenient to him. >> phil mudd, how do you see it?
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>> i see it similarly. there are two questions here. whether you see something in the documents that's appropriate or inappropriate to release to the committees. for example, is there grand jury information that needs to be discussed? fair conversation between the department of justice and the congress. second question, when you get the white house involved. i used to see this at the cia when we were talking about how to brief the congress on sensitive stuff before the iraq war. that question is, does the white house see something that's sensitive politically that they don't want to go to the congress? if i were the department of justice, i would say, look, let us handle this. the president said that barr gets the lead on handling negotiations. i think the white house shouldn't be involved in this. >> sabrina siddiqui, what do you make of this strategy that the chairman of the judiciary committee, jerry nadler has? >> i think there is still the prospect, of course, of this agreement between nadler's committee and the justice department falling apart. and so this leaves a tool at their disposal, if, for example, democrats believe the subset of documents they are granted access to is insufficient or if they believe the white house is controlling this process to take barr to court.
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but this is also about much more than just attorney general william barr. there's also, of course, former white house counsel don mcgahn who has defied his subpoena, as well as hope hicks, the former white house communications directors, annie mcdonaldson, the white house chief of staff, both of them being instructed not to turn over documents pertaining to their time at the white house. so i think they really want to send, democrats want to send a warning sign to both current and and former trump administration officials that you either comply or we're taking you to court. >> it really takes us from a political battle to a potential legal one. and we'll see what the administration and what the president is willing to do if, in fact, they decide to defy a court order. now, on the other hand, it buys nancy pelosi time. because remember, what we're not talking about right now is impeachment. and you were seeing growing concern within the party that
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the president is still talking about impeachment. that others within the democratic party are talking about impeachment in her caucus. and yet she's saying "no." she's saying, let's rely on the courts. the courts have backed us in the past and this looks like a victory for nancy pelosi, though it could just be kicking the can down the road for future issues and future debates amongst the party as a whole. i will say this this has been something that democrats are questioning why they didn't do earlier. because it's been three months since we've seen the barr -- the mueller report. and in that three-month time span, you have seen attention really turn to other issues. and clearly, the president wanting to deflect other issues, as well. >> everybody, stand by. there's a lot more we need to discuss on all the breaking news right after this. wow! that's ensure max protein, with high protein and 1 gram sugar. it's a sit-up, banana! bend at the waist! i'm tryin'! keep it up. you'll get there. whoa-hoa-hoa! 30 grams of protein, and one gram of sugar. ensure max protein.
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>> sabrina, it didn't take very long for biden to strike back. listen to this. >> i believe that the president is literally an existential threat to america. he found time to go after bette midler, for god's sakes, in the middle of the d-day ceremonies. for real, not a joke. and instead of repairing the relationships with our allies, he's continued to damage them. four years of donald trump will be viewed as an aberration in american history. eight years, eight years will fundamentally change who we are as a nation and how we're viewed around the world. he says, let's make america great again. let's make america america again. >> what's your analysis? >> well, i think that any day that donald trump is talking about joe biden is a good day for a joe biden, because it certainly gives a preview of what could be a hypothetical general election contest. now, we know that since launching his campaign, biden has very much been squarely
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focused on the general. and what's interesting about that strategy is that unlike bernie sanders or elizabeth warren or some of the other democratic contenders, joe biden is not trying to start a movement. you've seen some of the other democrats in the race trying to galvanize what is an increasingly progressive base around issues such as health care, income inequality, climate change. it's not that biden is not talking about those issues at all, but he very much wants to make this moment a referendum on the trump presidency. and the question is or not that's going to be a winning and sustainable argument when he first has to survive what is an increasingly crowded and diverse democratic primary. >> bianna, i want you to take a look at this poll. this is a quinnipiac university poll just released today. if the presidential election were being held today, who would you vote for? 53% of the american public, according to quinnipiac, says joe biden. 40%, donald trump. i'm sure the president and his team, they're looking at these numbers, as well. >> well, from reports that we've read overnight, the president is looking at these numbers and
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trying to dismiss them as fake news, yet we know that they're eating away at him, as well. and i agree with sabrina, you couldn't ask for anything better for joe biden than for president to assume that he's going to be the one he runs against. and that being the man that he constantly talks about. joe biden is basing this on his view that president obama, on a larger scale, is an anomaly. and that isn't a fight, necessarily, even with the republican party. this is a fight against this movement, the trump movement. and thus, he is not willing, at this point, to get down into internal arguments with the other 19 candidates or 20 candidates running for the democratic nomination. that having been said, at some point, down the road, we are still very early on. he is going to have to address them. we're going to see that throughout in the debates, and we'll see that going forward. it can't be just a trump/biden issue and conversation at this point. but the longer that the president focuses on biden, i think is a plus for the former vice president.
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>> susan, what do you think? >> look, that i think biden is right to sort of clarify this as being fundamentally a question for the american people about whether or not they believe that trump's use of power and abuse of power is acceptable or not. right, all presidents have sort of tested the boundaries at the edges here and there. trump has done it on nearly every single front. so what we've seen that congress hasn't been able to meaningfully hold him accountable. the genius of our system is that the american people get the final say. so i think biden is smart to clarify the stakes here and say, if you re-elect him, if you ratify this, this isn't just about policy preferences or taxes or judges, this is about the fundamental system, separation of powers, respect for the constitution, and an embrace of values that americans have stood for, for centuries. >> everybody, stand by. there's a lot more we're covering, including investigators finding clues pant what led up to that deadly helicopter crash on top of a new york city skyscraper. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪
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building, going through that debris field. and we're told that there is no black box, per se, for this helicopter. however, they're hoping to glean some sort of information from the flight instruments. we are learning more, though, about the timeline about those moments before this crash happened. we learned from investigators that that pilot, tim mccormack, took off from a westchester airport, bringing that helicopter to here on the east side of new york city. and he waited on the ground, actually dropped off a passenger and waited on the ground for nearly two hours before he took off again. and then we're learning from sources that he started his path around the east side to the lower part of manhattan, up at the west side. and during that time, he had two communications with people here on the ground. one was to tell them that he didn't think he could make the trip. he needed to come back. and that second communication, i'm told from a law enforcement source, was the last one he had with anyone on the ground, telling him that they didn't know where he was. he was disoriented. he lost visibility.
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now, officials at this point are really just trying to learn more about the pilot, having conversations with people, including that passenger, who was last with him. we've learned from the faa that that pilot did not have an instrument rating to fly in bad weather, so that's a very important factor and sort of answers the question about why he took off. but however, there are still a lot of questions. a little bit more quickly, though, wolf about this pilot. his family released a statement to our affiliate, wabc, saying that he was a caring and compassionate man who put others first over himself. and we know he was a volunteer firefighter. he had his life for nearly 20 years. certainly a tragedy that took place here in midtown manhattan. >> brynn gingras in new york, thank you. coming up, was the assassinated older brother of the north korean leader kim jong-un a source for the cia? reporters ask president trump, you're going to hear his answer. that's next. the question is...
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president trump says he's received a, quote, beautiful letter from kim jong-un insisting the north korean leader has kept his word on last year's agreement to refrain from nuclear and long-range missile testing. the president today would not confirm or deny reports that kim's murdered half brother was a cia asset. brian todd has been looking into this for us. so, brian, what are you learning? >> wolf, we have new information
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tonight from cnn's own sources about kim's half brother, kim jong-nam, and a meeting that he had with a man who may have been an american intelligence officer, just before the brother was murdered. this comes as two new reports say that kim jong-un was, indeed, informant for the cia. >> reporter: tonight it turns out kim jong-un may have been something else. the secret american informant for the cia. >> certainly kim jong nam would have had that information. >> reporter: the stunning allegation is detailed in a new book by washington post reporter and a report in the wall street journal that suggest that the carefully murder was for a spy
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agency. two women smeared nerve agents in face of kim jong-un's half brother killing him within minutes. he was seen dying on a gurney. kim jong-nam met with a mysterious american man on a malaysian island a few days before the murder. a defense attorney says he believes the man was an intelligence officer. police did not identify the man or say he was a spy. a malaysian investigator told the court kim jong-nam was carrying $100,000 in his backpabac backpack at the time of his murder. >> these are $100 bills in bricks which suggested it could have come from an intelligence agency paying him for information. >> reporter: what kind of information would the cia have been after. kim jong-nam had been ex --
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excited from north korea. former spies say his intelligence could have been valuable. >> you have names working in the palace, advisers, who's an expert oen tn the united states. just the atmosphere in the leadership. how paranoid, how scared are these people and how do they look at the world. >> reporter: the wall street journal sources say kim jong-nam was in contact with other services as well, particularly china. could kim jong-un have known about his brothers reported contacts with them motivating his killing. >> he may well have north korean agents may have been keeping tabs on kim jong-nam so they may have seen contact between him and americans. >> reporter: today president trump was asked about kim jong-nam talking to the cia. something the president didn't
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deny. also seemed to suggest it was not appropriate. >> that would not auspices. i wouldn't let that happen. >> reporter: they are surprised the with the would suggest anything other than using sources to gather information. >> that's what intelligence services do. i do hope the cia, if it gets another defector like kim jong-nam will talk to him. that's the way you keep the country safe. >> the cia is not reporting on the reporting in the wall street journal. chinese officials have not responded to our request for comment on reporting that kim jong-nam was in contact with chinese security services. when we called north korea's service at the u.n., they hung up on us. wolf. >> before he was killed in 2017, had there been any other attempts as far as we know by the north korean regime to as
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assassinate kim's half brother? >> yes. they told south korean lawmakers that kim jong-nam had once written a letter to his younger brother pleading with kim jong-un to spare his life. kim jong-nam had written our only escape is suicide. thank you. house democrats flex their muscle letting the judiciary committee go to court to enforce subpoenas against the trump administration. joe biden gets inside the president's head calling him an existential threat to the country. president trump takes the debate launching insults. weigh you down. new infallible fresh wear foundation by l'oreal.
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that's what joe biden is calling president trump as both of them are testing the 2020 waters in iowa and trading attacks. is mr. trump stealing the threat tonight. nc testifying again. donald trump junior is heading back to capitol hill for a new closed door interview on the russia probe and more. what do senate investigators hope to get out of the president's son. russia is at it again. intercepting a u.s. spy plane just days after a near collision of kremlin and american warships. we're following the tensions and the confrontations in the air and at sea. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we're following breaking news on the democrats getting new power to enforce subpoenas and fight stone walling by president trump. the full house voting just a little while ago to authorize
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