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welcome to "inside politics." john king is off. bernie sanders releases his fund-raising haul as a new poll out of iowa reinforces the narrative that his campaign is struggling to maintain the buzz of his 2016 run. plus the president is touting his, quote, big fourth of july event in washington, complete with military flyovers, two fireworks displays and lots of controversy. and mayor pete buttigieg speaking last hour at the rain bow push coalition in chicago addressed whether he understands the racial issues facing his community in south bend and
across the country. >> we have a pain now that reminds us that our community lives around a chasm. a racial gulf in which black residents and white residents experience life differently. we had an emotional town hall meeting and one woman told me that her 7-year-old grandson has already learned to fear the police of the she said that's not what's supposed to happen in america, in indiana or anywhere in 2019, and she's right. and we accept responsibility. i accept responsibility for the work that is left to be done. >> we begin the hour with new fund-raising numbers and new polling. both point to giant problems for the 2016 democratic runner-up, senator bernie sanders. the sanders campaign this morning says it raised $18 million in the second quarter and pulled $6 million more from other accounts. so why did they do that?
presumably because $18 million is $6 million less than what mayor pete buttigieg reported. $18 million is still a big number, but it's still behind buttigieg and the sanders campaign wouldn't attempt to inflate its numbers if this wasn't a big setback for their campaign. sanders entered the field with the best fund-raising operation and the biggest list of donors to hit up for more cash. he also entered the 2020 cycle with a legion of supporters, some of whom are now looking elsewhere. a new iowa poll out last hour shows sanders firmly in the middle of the pack at 9% among likely caucus goers, trailing joe biden, elizabeth warren and now kamala harris as well. today's new numbers out of iowa follow a cnn national poll that showed a dramatic reordering of the field. biden's lead has shrunk by 10. sanders is now at the bottom of the tier. harris and warren have both surged. the poll shows voters don't want a biden coronation and who
voters chose in 2016 matters little in 2020. here with me to share their reporting and their insights, we've got eliana johnson, carl hulz, maeva reston and vivian salamo. what a difference a debate makes. we see it in these polls and get some fund-raising numbers. maeve, a dramatic rehadordering the field. a dramatic different field bernie sanders faced in 2016. >> we've seen it out on the campaign trail, just kind of this gradual decline, particularly as elizabeth warren, who shares so many of the same views that he has, has risen up. obviously we saw the two women, the two leading women in the field really surging in our poll, kamala harris and elizabeth warren. and, you know, there's just a group of voters out there that's looking for something fresh. and while bernie did not make it
to the nomination last time, so many of the people that i've talked to said, you know, love bernie, but i'm ready for something else. and are really drawn by warren and kamala and also pete buttigieg. >> one of the biggest differences that we saw between 2016 is that bernie at the time was a bit of a novelty. he was going for small donations and he was obviously narrowed down a much smaller field. now it's a much larger field and so many others are claiming to be anti-establishment just like bernie sanders does. suddenly he has a lot of competition he just didn't see the last time around. >> and biden, the polls tightening for him. we've got the national poll, the iowa poll as well. and harris, i was talking to her campaign, and i'm sort of surprised at the size of her bump. and then in iowa, we see her now at second. what does this tell you about the debate, about the strength of the biden -- >> i think people really watched
that debate. the numbers were big. this is the -- what happened in the debate is being reflected in the polls. i think it's bad for biden, obviously. he's taken a pretty big hit. his main task in that debate was to show that he was still with it, up to the task, he could hold people off. he failed to do that. he's been trying to recover ever since. it's sort of the same thing they're saying about bernie, people are looking for something different. she really surged into this. the two women who did the best at the debates probably have shown real improvement. >> and you see that directly in some of these polls. biden's loss appears to be harris' gain. female voters, he's down 5, she's up 4. minority voters, no change for biden, but she's up 7 points among minority voters. biden lost 14 among liberal voters, she is up 10. >> i think what this really shows is that the big numbers right out of the gate in this democratic contest, both for joe biden and for bernie sanders, were really a function of name
recognition. those were the people who a lot of democratic primary voters recognize from previous democratic contests or simply from casually following national politics. the debate was the first real exposure that primary voters had to the much larger fields and rewarded the candidates they may not have known as well previously but who performed well. i think we have to keep in mind there are going to be several more debates. >> the end of this month on cnn. >> so what i think we can take away from this is this is a really soft contest and fluid contest where past performance or fame doesn't really matter. candidates are going to have to prove themself from here on out. >> i think there's also, just quickly, there was a real threshold question that kamala harris was facing. you heard from voters all over the country that they really liked her, but after watching what happened to hillary clinton the last time around, they were
worried about a woman going up again against donald trump. what she showed on that stage was that she could demolish joe biden. and i think a lot of voters watching that were like, okay, then maybe she can do this. i think that that is part of the bump that we saw for her as opposed to elizabeth warren who was rising over a longer period of time. >> yeah. and warren, of course, gaining as well in poll numbers. one of the issues we also see gaining some traction and people trying to figure out what they do on this is health care. you saw the question there with medicare for all. interestingly enough, this poll shows that among democratic voters, 49% basically say that they should not replace private plans. then you see they favor replacing private plans at 30% and oppose a national program at 13%. harris, you talked about her, she struggled in this issue.
you had warren cornering the market on this with bernie sanders saying abolish private health care. how difficult is this going to be -- >> i think this is a dangerous territory for democrats. i think -- i look at this and say, wow, in 2018, they beat the republicans badly by running against republican resistance to covering pre-existing conditions. you know, people do not -- i've been saying this. people don't want to see the health insurance industry abolished, certainly in a lot of the areas where democrats are going to need to be competitive. i think that this is a real sorting issue and that something to really pay attention to. they basically ran previously on let's improve the affordable care act. and that's a big difference from eliminating private health insurance. >> this is where biden will try to make some gains. you heard him in that debate saying he's going to fight any democrat who wants to abolish obamacare. >> and i think the fact that this is such a tricky space for them is why you keep seeing
kamala harris go back and forth, back and forth. this is -- the flip-flopping has been going on since the beginning of this year. i think part of that is that they know that they are going to need some running room on this issue in the general election if she becomes the nominee because people don't like the idea of just immediately, you know, getting rid of their private plan and they're not sure what that's going to look like. so i think that someone like biden potentially could sort of straddle that middle ground. >> you know, it's still early, as everyone says. we flashback to a poll in 2007 at this period. clinton leading by 35%, obama in second with 23%, gore at 16%, edwards 13%. so there's still a lot of shuffling that can happen here, vivian. >> absolutely. it's like iliana was saying, it's still so early to say. and when we went into the debates last week, it was actually the front-runners who
had the most to lose in a way. they had that notoriety and their plans were sussed out. a lot of these others like kamala harris, like castro, a number of them, really had a chance to introduce themselves to america. and so as long as their performance was good, they stuck to the main points they wanted to stick to. they really only had something to gain in that. a couple of them really seized on that opportunity. castro and harris really seized on that and now they're household names as far as democratic candidates for president. >> and we'll see what kind of scrutiny goes forward with them and whether or not they can sustain the momentum. we've got some breaking news from capitol hill. a congressional committee has filed a lawsuit against the u.s. treasury department and the irs as part of democrats' ongoing efforts to get access to president trump's tax returns. we've got lauren fox who joins me live from capitol hill. lauren, what do we know about this lawsuit? >> reporter: well, this has been months in the making, nia. back in april, the house ways
and means committee chairman richard neal requested the president's tax returns. then he heard from the treasury department that they would not turn them over, so this is that filing in federal court asking for the president's tax returns. they are relying on a statute, 6103, an irs statute, little known from the 1920s-era law that essentially says that the house ways and means committee chairman and the senate finance chairman can request anyone' tax information and the treasury secretary shall furnish it. the fact that the treasury secretary, steve mnuchin, hasn't done so is the reason for this court filing. so a couple of interesting points. in the court filing, it says, quote, in refusing to comply with the statute, the defendants have mounted an extraordinary attack on the authority of congress to obtain information needed to conduct oversight of the treasury, the irs and tax laws on behalf of the american people. this court case makes is that, - you know, the president has been
arguing long that he basically is constantly under irs audit. they are arguing here that they need to look at the president's tax returns to basically understand whether or not there's a good reason for that. and i think that's sort of an interesting point within the context of this lawsuit. they're saying, trump, if you're concerned about the irs constantly auditing you, then we need to take a look at your tax returns. so a couple of very interesting points in there. we're continuing to look through this lawsuit. it was filed just a few minutes ago. but just giving you a sense, this has been months in the making. richard neal told me back in november that he thought this is eventually where the fight for the president's tax returns would go. here we are seeing it, they are going to court to get the president's tax returns. nia. >> this is sort of what we expected, always to ending up in court. lauren, thank you for that report. we'll talk more about this after the break. here's another reason to join t-mobile. unlimited data with taxes and fees included. no surprises on your bill. and here's another reason to join. bring in your discount, and we'll match it.
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a quick update. vice president mike pence has just cancelled a trip to new hampshire today. the vice president's press secretary tweeted that something came up that required the vp to remain in washington, but it's no cause for alarm. a senior official says it's not health-related, related to the president or the vice president, it's not related to national security. the vice president was planning to participate in a roundtable on the opioid crisis in manchester. his spokeswoman said the event will be rescheduled. returning now to the breaking news this hour on the congressional committee lawsuit
filed against the treasury department and the irs to pursue the president's tax returns. carl, this is something that of course was big on the campaign trail for donald trump in 2016. he sort of defied all of the norms in not releasing his tax returns. now you have democrats really making a play to get those tax returns. >> i think the reaction from a lot of democratic voters out there and even democrats on capitol hill is it's about time. they think this has taken way too long, should have been done earlier, but they are now moving forward with it. the law is pretty clear that congress has this power. this is going to be a real test. you know, it's one of those situations where it's going to take some time to fight its way through the court. the administration doesn't want to give these up, so it's going to take some time. it's also one of these situations where it depends on who the judges are who are hearing this and whether they're going to be sympathetic to an argument that this is all politics. but finally in the eyes of democrats, getting the ball rolling on this issue. >> vivian, the president has
liked this fight in some ways. he talks about the whole idea of presidential harassment and the democrats going too far in crossing this red line in terms of getting into his personal finances. >> yeah, very much so. in fact he's actually said that he believes he actually won the election based in part on the fact that he decided to withhold his taxes. he insists voters don't care about the issue. and he's not completely wrong, a lot of voters don't care about it but a lot of people do and want to see that. this is a president who based on his history has dictated so many of his business dealings with nondisclosure agreements, he's been very private. so the notion that this becomes public for him is something that has really, really distressed him over the time he's been in office so he's really fought back and had his administration fight back as a result as well. >> i expect we'll hear more from the president on this in the way that we've already heard from this president on the idea of releasing his tax returns. >> that's absolutely right. this is a conscious strategy on the part of the president and now the white house counsel's
office, which the tax returns are far from the only document that the white house has refused to release to congress in response to subpoenas. and their goal is to go to court over these things because court proceedings take a long time. they would consider it a success to litigate these things in court until the 2020 election. it doesn't get democrats very much because it takes a long time to go through the court process and they'd be lucky to get these tax returns before the 2020 election. >> there was a cnn poll from april that shows that 66% of americans think that trump should release his tax returns. can you imagine in 2020 he's going to be fighting this battle to keep his tax returns private. >> right. you think about the careful hand that nancy pelosi is trying to play on something like impeachment. these smaller fights are important for the democrats in terms of keeping that activated,
energized base happy and feeling like democrats in congress are really holding the president accountable, because to carl's point, for a long time a lot of the people out there who feel very strongly that they don't like trump are just throwing their hands in the air saying what's happening here? how can he just have his people defy subpoenas over and over again. >> there isn't any accountability. >> yeah, is there ever going to be any accountability for this president. they also want to know what's in those tax returns because there could be some good campaign issue fodder in there. >> we'll see where this goes. it's going to be a long fight. up next, it may not be the parades he dreamed of but president trump is previewing a one-of-a-kind july 4th celebration. rates are p y gonna double. but dad, you've got allstate. with accident forgiveness they guarantee your rates won't go up just because of an accident. smart kid. indeed. are you in good hands?
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president trump is tweeting today about some of his parade dreams coming true. quote, big fourth of july in d.c. the pentagon and our great military leaders are thrilled to be doing this and showing to the american people among other things the strongest and most advanced military. a small number of m-1 abram tanks and other armored vehicles will be on display on the national mall and fighter jets will fly overhead, but the president conceded yesterday that the plans are a little different than his original parade vision. >> got to be pretty careful with
the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks, so we have to put them in certain areas. but we have the brand new sherman tanks and the brand new abram tanks and we have some incredible equipment, military equipment on display. brand new. we're very proud of it. >> the president's mention of sherman tanks has caused some confusion since those haven't been used since around the 1950s. cnn's barbara starr joins us now from the pentagon. barbara, two questions for you. one of which is what are we actually going to see on thursday? and is the pentagon and military leaders really thrilled to be doing this show that we'll see on thursday as the president talked about in his tweet? >> well, what you're going to be seeing a lot of are aircraft flying overhead. look, the general public likes to see military flyovers. you're going to see, according to our sources, the b-2 bomber.
you're going to see the airplane that functions as air force one when the president is aboard. f-22s, f-35s, the air force's most capable new fighter jets. the navy flying its f-18 blue angel demonstration team. these are things that people like to see that we have not seen on july 4th in the past. as for armored vehicles, there are at least two m-1 tanks and two personnel carriers in the washington, d.c., area. i am hearing they are still trying to figure out how to get these very heavy vehicles down city streets and onto the mall and whether all of that can really be done safely without causing damage to the mall. so that is still to come. the question, perhaps the broader question is whether or not involving republican national committee inviting ticketed guests that the president wants to be there changes the fundamental tone of
the july 4th celebration here in the nation's capital. a lot of people watch it all over the country. tens of thousands of people come to see it in person. it is traditionally a real "we the people" event and the question is, is this now becoming a political event. >> thank you so much for that report. vivian, you were there when the president was sort of inspired to do this during bastille day. >> right. the idea was planted in his head in 2017. i was in the pool with the president for the bastille day celebration. i can tell you from firsthand -- my view is that he was totally -- he was completely giddy. he talked about it for weeks afterwards. every time there was a spray at the white house when we would go and meet him, he would talk about how amazing it was and the soldiers and the tanks and everything. but then sources i talked to at the pentagon within months after that were saying that he really was starting to form an inquiry into how much it would cost and what the logistics would be, so
this is something that was very serious and conceived very early on in his presidency. but obviously we've gone through many iterations to get to this point. the one that we're going to have this thursday, maybe not the grand scale that he wanted, but at least something. so he's going to be happy. again, it's all about is it going to become a political event or not. >> still no sense are how much it's actually going to cost and does the president -- is he going to have trouble drawing a crowd? some people in d.c. leave for the fourth of july. they stay home and eat hot dogs, go to see a spider-man movie as i'm going to do on july 4th. what's your sense? >> i know a lot of people are leaving. we'll see who turns out for this. the weather is often iffy too. a couple of things. i was here for the -- a parade they did after the first gulf war. they did this big flyover. it's very impressive, but that was celebrating a military victory. i think there's probably people around the country who are looking at this and go what's the big deal with the president speaking on the fourth of july? but it's not what traditionally
happens here. and it seems -- obviously in washington a lot of people are really put out by the militarization of this. this is a big unifying event usually. the president, i think, got 4% of the vote in the district of columbia. >> it showed up on those crowds on inauguration day. >> not a huge favorite here. so people are pretty worked up about this. even though people in the rest of the country it might seem natural. >> especially i think it's not going to help in terms of having a broader crowd if there are these reports out there about, you know, tickets going out to the rnc and not necessarily to the dnc, and that's something that we're still reporting out. but when you think about also just the president giving a speech, it's so hard to imagine him not moving into a political realm. >> because that's what he does. >> on a holiday. and for many democrats watching this around the country, the
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that buttigieg is running fifth in the field and a new cnn national poll shows his support has stalled out. today buttigieg is in chicago where he spoke last hour to civil rights leaders and african-american activists. support of black voters is something buttigieg does not have in his response to police shooting of a black resident has drawn intense criticism from black community leaders. minutes ago buttigieg said he and the country need to do more on racial justice. >> whatever we've done has not been nearly enough. as long as a traffic stop is a completely different experience for a black driver than it is for a white driver, we know we have not done nearly enough. we know that as long as police departments, and this is true of my own, do not reflect the community they serve in their makeup, we have not done enough. >> cnn's phil mattingly joins
our conversation as well as aaron haines wack. erin, i'm going to play some sound for you of pete buttigieg talking about black voters and how he might be able to close the gap and gain some black support. >> i am asked how i'm going to earn the black vote in the polls ten times more often than i am asked how by policies would actually benefit black americans. it's as if i'm being asked more about how to win than how to deserve to win. this is deeper than politics. this is not just a political problem and it is not just a police problem and it is not just my problem or my city's problem, and it is certainly not just a black problem. this is an american problem and it requires nationwide american solutions. >> so, erin, you've been following the folks in this campaign particularly focus on their appeals to
african-american voters. can pete buttigieg actually close this gap? our polls show that he is 0% among african-american voters, a real problem for the mayor of south bend at this point. >> right. thanks, nice to be with you today, nia. it certainly seems that mayor pete is not conceding, despite that poll showing, is not conceding his efforts to reach out to black voters and try to get them to support him in his bid to be president. he was just at the rainbow push coalition today in chicago talking about his plans specifically for black voters. he plans to be at the essence festival this weekend in new orleans. the campaign would say this work has already been under way for mayor buttigieg. we saw him in harlem meeting with reverend sharpton, attended the national action network conference to talk about his plans, rolled out a douglas plan
in south carolina ahead of congressman clyburn's fish fry last month -- this month in south carolina, has met with several faith -- african-american faith leaders, members of the black lgbtq community. what his campaign would say is that, you know, there are still a lot of voters that are not paying attention just yet. we're still obviously more than a year out from november and several months away from the primary season. so he is planning to continue to introduce himself to those black voters and says that they still need to get to know him, but he certainly has been a very high-profile candidate in this race. and so it may not be so much an issue of introduction as what their first impression is of him. >> i think that's right. there's some polling that shows he's got a high favorable rating, 48% favorable, 11%
unfavorable, 29% to your point of some folks still not knowing who he is say they never heard of pete buttigieg, despite the money haul and despite the "time" magazine cover. also dem voters want to hear more about him. you look at this poll, leading kamala harris, 30% of democratic voters want to hear more about her. he's certainly got a lot of money to spend. >> $24.8 million is ridiculous, especially for somebody nobody knew six months ago. clearly there's room to grow. when that many people wanting to know more about him or don't know about him. evening the big question now is he's hekind of in the top tier the democratic candidates. you can't ignore and he's not ignoring the african-american vote. you cannot win a democratic primary if you do not have
minority voters. those voters aren't monolithic. he's doing the things that his campaign thinks he needs to do. he's showing up, as erin is pointing out. whether it's tv, radio, events, he's been doing all of that. you can hear his frustration. people keep asking me how my poll numbers are going to go up, not whether or not my plans connect. it's a systematic plan he's put out that he's still fleshing out, whether it's on voting rights, access to capital, housing, all sorts of things. how does he connect that to the individual voters? because the reality is he's been talking about these things. >> all over the place and it hasn't worked. >> it hasn't connected yet. so what's missing. >> and part of his argument is a generational argument, that he's the young one and it's time for this new generation of loaders. >> and yet, you know, what i heard particularly at the clyburn fish fry was this isn't the time when a lot of voters are looking for a rookie.
they still see him as a rookie. the other problem is that the biggest controversy that has shadowed him throughout his time as mayor in south bend have been these officer-involved shootings. he was asked a very direct question in the debate the other night which was why is your police force still 6% black when, you know, the city's population is 26% black. and he got a lot of points from some people with a kind of courageous answer saying i couldn't get it done. but it leads you to that question why couldn't you get it done over two terms. if we're supposed to look at your record, what does that say about your plans? so i think that's the remaining question for a lot of black voters out there. >> this will be interesting to watch where he goes from here. thanks, all. up next, a group of lawmakers visits the border. they say they were appalled by what they saw. sure you do. stranger things? that's why netflix is on us. and here's another reason to join. bring in your discount, and we'll match it. that's right. t-mobile will match your discount.
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a group of democratic lawmakers share outrage after touring several border facilities housing migrants in texas. those members of congress describe squalid conditions in the overcrowded facility, saying it's worse than they imagined. >> there's abuse in these facilities. there's abuse. this is them on their best behavior. >> you would not want a law enforcement agent to treat your child the way we see those kids being treated. >> what we saw was appalling and
disgusting. one was a neglect issue, she couldn't get her medication. one woman said that the border patrol agent told her if she wanted to water just to drink from a toilet. >> these are the conditions, these are the conditions that have been created by the trump administration. >> border patrol officials say their facilities were never meant to house this many people, but the chief of operations says they have ample supplies and allegations of immigrants drinking from toilets are, quote, completely untrue. all of this comes as president trump signed a $4.6 billion funding bill intended to address the growing crisis at the border. carl, you saw democrats going down there. their outrage, emotion and passion over what they saw, where do they go from here? >> it is -- it's going to be a continuing issue and it's interesting. you know, the democrats weren't happy with the bill that passed. they thought in the house that they had given too much, but
there will be money coming down there now for this. i think when they come back, you're just going to see this continuing clash. and there's all sorts of things going on on the outside. there was this facebook group of officers with some bad posts. you know, this idea about drinking from the toilet, they were pretty enclosurclear, the s coming out of here that that happened. now the administration is denying it. >> i'll go to a cbp official on these allegations. here's what he had to say. >> if there are allegations made of misconduct, we take those incredibly seriously. we investigate those and get to the bottom of it. we've had dozens of congressional delegations and staffers come through our facilities for the last six to eight months nearly every week. and so as far as i've been made aware, this is the first time that these types of allegations have been made. >> so that's basically the
administration pushing back on these pretty terrible claims that these lawmakers have come back with about these facilities. >> and the white house specifically uses loopholes in the immigration laws to say that the democrats actually have disabled them from basically addressing this in a rapid way because of the fact that there are loopholes that they're not willing to be more flexible with some of the immigration laws. so this is something that while it's a terrible thing and it's on their watch, they're going to point to the democrats and say this is your fault, not ours. >> and made the democrats very much want to stake some ground out here on immigration. cory booker releasing his plan today, shutting down inhumane facilities, phasing out private prison facilities. they want to stake a claim in this issue as well. >> they certainly do. it's an incredibly important one. for example, you see in california and some of the western states how these policies touch so many families and people they know and
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they quit? >> oh, a combination of the two. >> i'll start by reading a tweet sent by a man sitting right at this table. carl hulse. you tweeted the senate race still beck onnoons for you. >> i think he's having a hard time breaking through. there's a lot of democrats who would prefer he run against cory gardner. the debate last week showed even if democrats win the white house, they need to win the senate. >> we're going to you, vivian. something else, the "vogue" spread of the senators running for president, five candidates and what it will take to shatter the most stubborn glass ceiling. the photo of them all high fiving and looking at the senatorial and womanly in the pages of "vogue." what did you make of this? >> almost all of the female candidates. of course mary ann williamson was not in the picture. ultimately, it was a girl power
article. a lot of these women trying again to do something no woman has managed to do, but also talking about their policies, which is really important. they're trying not to focus on gende gender and what they bring to the table. >> and beto will be out with his family today. will this make a difference for him? >> at this point it's let's try anything that could work to get his numbers back up there. with his daughter molly being the subject of his email recently, he's trying to repackage his purpose for running as being out there for the next generation. so maybe this will stick, i don't know. >> we'll see. eliana, big, big fund-raising numbers for the rnc. $105 million total. >> yeah. in 2020 as opposed to 2016, the candidate will be the same but the campaign and the fund-raising apparatus, you have to remember the president got campaigned against big donors and taking their money.
this time around will be a lot different. >> a lot of money going all around to obviously trump and a lot of these folks, so i don't think that will be a problem. we'll see. thanks for joining us on "inside politics." brianna keilar starts right now. i'm brianna keilar live from cnn's washington headquarters. under way right now we begin with some breaking news. the democratic-led house ways and means committee has filed a lawsuit against the treasury department, the irs and their respective leaders, demanding that they turn over president trump's tax returns. this is according to the federal court in washington. let's get to cnn's lauren fox who is following these developments from capitol hill. we also have elliott williams, a former federal prosecutor and former deputy assistant attorney general under president obama. i want to start with you, lauren. what exactly are democrats demanding in this lawsuit? >> reporter: well, basically they're arguing that they need six years of the president's