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arlington national cemetery. may he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing. thanks for watching. follow me on twitter and instagram. tweet the show at cnn sit room. erin burnett outfront starts right now. outfront next trump races for mueller's big moment. why is the president worried? we take you inside the preparations for mueller's hearing. democrats and the former special counsel gearing up. and the fight for 2020. they once felt the burn, but now some of bernie sanders biggest supporters are going with elizabeth warren. let's go outfront. and good evening outfront we have breaking news. the justice department now weighing in on robert mueller's highly anticipated hearing. we have just gotten this letter from the associate deputy
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attorney general. and he writes that bob mueller in his testimony, quote, must remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by executive privilege. well, they are doing this to do everything possible to try to make sure mueller doesn't say anything in the hearing because the reality is that the president is worried. and we don't know why, but he is bracing for mueller's testimony. just four days ago he said he wasn't going to bother watching. today you can watch that evolve within two seconds. >> i'm not going to be watching, probably, maybe i'll see a little bit of it. >> maybe a little bit of it, maybe all of it. there is no doubt the president will be watching mueller and no doubt the president knows mueller's testimony can redefine the presidency. mueller is coming out. he has a prepared statement he will give at the beginning. and now they are putting the letter out saying you better stay in your lane, buddy. the president is worried.
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this is why he has spent the day attacking mueller and his credibility. >> i know he is conflicted. there is a lot of conflicts that he's got including the fact that his best friend is comey. he has conflicts with me, too. he has big conflicts with me. as you know, he wanted the job of the fbi director. he didn't get it. we had a business relationship where i said no. >> that is just riddled with untruth. there was no business relationship where trump said no. there was just mueller canceling his golf membership. and mueller never sought the fbi director job under trump. and as for being best friends with comey, comey testified about his relationship with mueller under oath saying i admire the heck out of that man but i don't know his phone number, never been to his house. i don't know his children's names. he is hoping his words will drown out bob mueller's.
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>> we had no collusion, no obstruction. we had no nothing. we had a total no collusion finding. it said no collusion. there was no obstruction. >> of course, he can't say it so many times without reminding you about the fact that mueller did not clear trump of obstruction and is likely to say again and again and again pretty much this when he testifies. >> if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. >> they did not say so. abby philip is outfront at the white house. you now have the department of justice saying to bob mueller, you better stay in your lane and stay to the contents of the report which mueller has always said he would do, because of executive privilege. and the president, of course, is going on about this today. this certainly sounds like there is concern.
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>> reporter: well, the president certainly seems to be annoyed by the prospect. the letter from the justice department also seems to be a warning to robert mueller that they do not want surprises in this hearing in part because they know that that would prompt the president's fury about this whole situation which has been ongoing for months and months. and it has not waned even after the mueller report has been released. president trump claims he is not going to watch it or maybe not watch very much of it. this white house has many televisions almost all of which are trained to the president's favorite channel. he will be traveling. it is rare that those tvs are not on. i think we can expect him to be paying fairly close attention, but at the same time, his aides, one of his outside lawyers has said he doesn't expect there to be a war room effort. this is not exactly how the white house has gone about a lot of these key moments. they have not organized a kmuks
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team to really rebut word for word things that are happening on live television. they usually wait for president trump to do that himself. i think that's what we expect this wednesday when president trump is going to be monitoring this hearing. the white house is going to take their cues from him. at the same time, aides seem to expect that this will be for the democrats an important made for tv moment where they can get elements of the mueller report on television for the world to see how much of an impact that will have remains to be seen, but it is something they are certainly prepared for. president trump on the other hand seems to be repeating a lot of talking points he has been talking about for months reiterating how upset he is that this investigation hasn't gone away and will be making a big comeback this wednesday. >> thank you very much y. want to go to democratic congressman. he is a member of the house intelligence committee. he is going to be questioning bob mueller on wednesday y. want to give you a chance to respond to this breaking news, the letter that we have just
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received from the associate deputy attorney general. it is to bob mueller and states any testimony must remain in the boundaries of your public report. goes on to say because there is executive privilege could effect many things including decisions made during your investigation. what do you think about this message going to mueller? is this a threat or is this fair and square? >> this isn't the first witness they have attempted to intimidate. it's just the one who has the most credibility and had the most powerful position of any witness dealt with so far. let me just say, this president should be thanking mr. mueller for how he handled this investigation because in the final analysis the special counsel bent over backwards to be fair to this president. he followed d.o.j. regulations
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and didn't indict him. he refused to take a stance in the report about obstruction because he said since he won't go on trial, he has no opportunity to defend himself. he didn't indict his son because he said his son was ignorant of the law. he didn't force the president to come in and answer questions. he didn't force the president to answer all of the written questions. and the worst thing he said about all of that is the president wasn't completely straight forward in his answers. he got a break from this special counsel. >> now we have this letter. obviously, your committee, there are two volumes in the mueller report. so the judiciary focuses on obstructi obstruction. you are focussing on russian collusion. what's your top question for mr. mueller? >> i thought i knew that until last friday when the southern district of new york released
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those documents about michael cohen's case. and i guess the question that should be on the top of many people's minds, why is michael cohen the only one in jail for the election crimes he committed? why is michael cohen the only one in jail for lying to congress about trump tower moscow? he clearly had help there. and the president of the united states lied repeatedly to the american public about that deal, a deal in which he would have profited immensely. so i'm curious if the special counsel's curiosity got to him about this. and above all that, what happened to the finance aspects of this investigation? the money laundering issues and the counter intelligence investigations? >> are you getting at were those some of the ones that were handed off? is that your question? >>. >> that was part of the mandate. why was there a decision at all
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to hand those off in the first place? second of all, what happened to the people investigating? what happened to the information that they gleaned from this investigation? is it his understanding that the fbi has all this now? and what did they learn so far? and what would he say as to the risk to our country if the president or many of his associates were compromised by the russians? >> so your committee i know has been spending a lot of time preparing. you held a mock hearing to get ready for the real one. you're going to go behind closed doors tomorrow for final round of preparations to make sure you are on the same page. you all opted not to have an expert interrogator. you will each have your time. is everyone going to cooperate, build the questions on top of each other? are you sure that this is going to work? >> first of all, i can only speak for the intelligence committee. and all i can say is preparations is these are serious members who are on the democratic side treating this as
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the most important hearing that they have had so far in their lives. i believe that they'll do so in a respectful manner. what's key here is that we listen to each other. and this isn't about grand standing. no one is watching this to watch me or anyone else on the committee. they're listening and watching this hearing to get answers in the most important investigation of our lifetime. i think we'll do a good job. >> president trump repeated his old line today about bob mueller and his findings. here he is. >> we had no collusion, no obstruction. we had no nothing. we had a total no collusion finding. the democrats were devastated by it. they went crazy. they got off the deep end. they're not doing anything. >> obviously, on obstruction he is wrong. mueller said he couldn't exonerate him. but in your area on collusion or conspiracy, mueller did make a conclusion and he wrote as you know congressman, but let me
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read for everyone. in sum the investigation established multiple links between trump campaign officials. those links included russian offers of assistance to the campaign. in some instances the campaign was receptive to the offer. ultimately, the investigation did not establish that the campaign coordinated or conspired with the russian government. do you expect mueller to add to that? >> i'd like to ask him a more in depth question because the fact of the matter is there was communications directly. the president's son donald jr. with wiki leaks. mr. manafort met with a russian tied to russian intelligence to give them polling information which the russians were using to attack this country's democratic process using social media. i can go on for a long time. and the question is how is that not coordinating?
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clearly he lists many instances in which there was coordination. again, i think this is an area in which the special counsel gave the trump campaign and this president of the united states every break. i believe there was conspiracy. if the president has this catch phrase that he keeps using that you have played now a few times, i suppose we should have one, too. after wednesday's hearing, most americans should come to the conclusion that the trump campaign was filled with liars, profiteers, conmen and those willing to sell out the american democratic process to personally gain. at least three of them are in jail right now for that offense. if that's as effective a tactic as the president has, then we'll continue to use that, but i'll let the american public make up their own mind after wednesday. >> thank you very much, sir. >> thank you. and next, how is robert
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mueller spending the final hours before his testimony? we'll speak to one person who has been there in the room as he prepares for testimony. plus cnn learning that democrats are holding mock hearings. what questions are they asking, are they testing with the fake bob mueller? and president trump insisting he could end america's longest war right now, but -- my insurance rates are probably gonna double.
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the department of justice weighing in on mueller's testimony before congress. the associate attorney general writing that the testimony must remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by investigate chb privilege. the letter saying mueller asked for guidance on privilege or other bars applicable to potential testimony. jessica, this letter to mueller comes as you're learning that he has a prepared statement that he is going to be giving that he is not sharing with the justice department or the attorney general. >> that's right. so despite this page and a half where the d.o.j. is laying out what robert mueller can and can't say, we do know that the attorney general nor any other official of the justice department, none of them will get a glimpse at the first words that robert mueller will say as
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part of these back-to-back blockbuster hearings on wednesday. they will not get to see his opening statement. of course, despite the fact that bill barr was the one who framed the narrative in april. it will be the special counsel himself choosing the words that americans will hear in just two days. we do expect those words to stay within the bounds of the report. mueller's spokesman tells me that justice department officials will not see mueller's opening statement prior to its delivery and it's really something that robert mueller has been working diligently on. i'm told that mueller has been prepping with members of his team. it's a small group from the special counsel's office that he has worked closely with. they have been meeting in an office at mueller's former law firm here in washington, d.c. when i asked mueller spokesman how the former special counsel has been preparing for and how he will answer the sure to be asked if donald trump weren't president, would he be charged with obstruction of justice? the spokesman of course wouldn't
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dpoe into the content of what mueller will say and didn't give preview of what mueller's response might be to a question the democrats will likely ask again and again, but only reiterated that mueller will stick to the contents of his 448 page report. and that's exactly what we are seeing in the letter to the department of justice weempt are seeing that robert mueller is being told to stay within the report itself and saying he should not be talking about the conduct of any uncharged third parties pointing possibly to the president and any comments mueller might make about the president. so some very strict parameters set out but we know the d.o.j. will not be able to weigh in at least on his opening statement. >> i want to go now to cnn senior national security analyst who among many things was mueller's chief of staff at the fbi and our senior political analyst who served as an adviser to four american presidents. lisa, obviously, now you have
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the d.o.j. coming with this page and a half letter saying watch it. and mueller is not going to let bill barr see his prepared statement. we all remember when mueller gave his original report to barr, the 448 pages, barr took it upon himself to summarize it and a summary which mueller took issue with. what does it say that mueller is keeping prepared remarks so close to the vest? >> i would be cautious about reading too much into that. mueller is appearing as a private citizen. he is no longer employed by the department of justice. it is not surprising to me that he has not shared his opening statement with the department. i would also say there should be no secret about what is going to be in that statement or in the rest of his testimony. he made very clear and now he has additional direction from the department that he has to stay within the bounds of that report. i don't think he needed that
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direction from the department because he was very clear that was his and continues to be his intention. >> david, what is at stake for bob mueller? >> i think there is a huge amount at stake. if he were to say something that goes beyond the bound of his report, that could be very explosive and change the direction of our politics. it could change his reputation. i do agree that bob mueller made the pledge to the country and in public earlier on said he wouldn't say anything beyond the report in his future conversations or testimony. and i think he'll stick to that promise. but i think what we can see is there is a lack of trust on mueller's part and the d.o.j. and a lack of trust on the department of justice and mueller at this point. there are some sparks flying pretty early. but so far i think we should not read too much into mueller not showing his hand.
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>> so as you point out, mueller said that you know when he was leaving he didn't want to give the press conference. of course, there was the whole issue between him and barr. he gave barr the report and summarized it. that summary in some ways, mueller felt misrepresented in the report. there was that back and forth. perhaps we will learn more about that in the testimony. when it comes to the report's conclusions, as you point out, mueller was very clear at the end of may. here he is. >> i expect this will be the only time i will speak to you. my report is my testimony. >> he is making it clear he doesn't want to do this. he is doing it because he is was subpoenaed. he is respecting that. you have been a part of helping him prepare for a testimony. when he did not want to answer questions he simply didn't. he didn't, times like this. >> i hesitate to speculate. i'm reluctant to speculate. unfortunately, i don't think it
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is appropriate to speculate. i hesitate to comment on other issues. >> is he literally going to read from the report? is that how he stays within the bounds? or will he provide some color as to why he wrote a sentence, for example, if i could have exonerated him i would have, but i didn't. will he give some color? >> so i'm smiling because as you played the clip i was having flashbacks to dozens of hearings that i helped prepare him for when i served as his chief of staff. the clips you played are reminiscent of how he approached this. he will be hesitant to speculate. i'm quite confident that he will not speculate. he will not stray beyond the bounds of the report. he has been purposeful about that. that is his role. that's what he sees as his role as a prosecutor in this matter. we have to remember, this is highly unusual to have in effect a prosecutor speaking in public
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about his investigation and about what is in essence a series of declination decisions. i do not think you will see him go beyond the bounds of the report and people really should be managing their expectations about getting anything beyond the report. as to whether or not he will literally read from the report, i think you should expect him to stay very, very close to the text of that report. >> so david, jerry nadler says there is substantial evident trump is guilty of an impeachable offense. he said in part this weekend the report presents very substantial evident the president is guilty of high crimes or misdemeanors and we have to let mueller present the facts to the american people. will it move the needle on impeachment? >> the mueller report when it came out surprisingly did not really change donald trump's
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standing with the american public. his approval rating went down one percent i think. so it's not at all clear that three months later when you know the public has sort of moved on that he probably doesn't remember a lot of details of everything. it is not clear that unless there is something new that comes out that it will change very much. the democrats will maybe make using this as an opportunity to make the case publicly while he is sitting there that this could be a bridge to potential impeachment hearings. let me just say one other thing. while i do think he has some latitude. and that is on the question of whether the united states government and the country itself are taking seriously and urgently enough the question of russian hack in our elections. that's an area where i think as a private citizen he can sound the alarm in an effective way. >> thank you both so very much.
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go ahead, lisa. >> i was going to say to echo on that. we know what mueller thinks about that and we saw him say as he closed out his press conference on may 29th the american people should be focussed on the central allegations and indictments put forward. that is that there have been multiple attempts to interfere in our election. he said the american people should be focussed on that. and we know what he thinks on that score. >> thank you both. next, republicans working on their game plan to refute mueller's testimony. their strategy to protect the president. and iran claims it is executing spies who were working with americans. are they telling the truth? givs 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. and while some advisors are happy to earn commissions whether you do well or not. fisher investments fees are structured so we do better when you do better. maybe that's why most of our clients
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democrats are holding a mock hearing tomorrow afternoon complete with the person playing the role of bob mueller and the goal is to oregganize questioni as a team. former assistant u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york. so robert, let me start with you. there are so many things here. the president says the report
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concludes no collusion, no obstruction. it didn't conclude that on obstruction. on collusion, the report does not use that word. it uses the word conspiracy and mueller does say concluded no conspiracy could be established in a criminally defined sense. is there anything more to learn from his decision of when to use the word coordinate or conspire instead of clooud? >> i think that is something within the constraints of the letter that bob mueller would be able to explain that his job as a prosecutor was to determine whether criminal conduct occurred and particularly in the context of campaign finance violations that requires a fairly high standard. saying there was not sufficient proof for criminal conspiracy is not the same as no collusion. in fact, his report is full of evidence of instances where the trump organization had contact with the russians, was willing
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to work with them. it's just that he didn't find sufficient evidence to meet the threshold. >> sharing polling data over an extended period of time would be collusion by a lay person's -- >> and taking the meeting at the trump tower. >> which was specifically russian government promising you dirt whether or not it was delivered. harry, we know from the report that don jr. refused to speak to mueller, did not do so, mueller did not push it. you want to know whether anyone took the fifth or refused to cooperate. >> i think it would be interesting to know particularly to the extent -- congress is there deciding whether to have impeachment hearings for the public. did the administration cooperate fully? did people close to the president decide to exercise their constitutional rights, not criticizing the exercise of rights, but people should have an opportunity to know. i don't know whether he will
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provide that information or whether he will say it's too much in the weeds of my investigation and not in the report, i won't talk about it. >> mueller wrote that if he could exonerate the president he would when it comes to obstruction. we are left with the question of how the absence of incense is not guilt. will mueller be able to explain that? >> will he be able to explain it inprobably but not to the committee. i think he is just not geeg to go beyond what we saw in the report. the obvious question that everybody wants the answer to is if he were not president, would you have indicted him? that is the big question. and he's not going to go there. and he's not going to go beyond his report. you saw what the justice department sent out tonight at his request as the letter states. so i think he's looking for more and more reasons to say i really can't answer those questions. i'm not going to answer those
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hypothetical questions. so the congress has to be very careful about what they ask if they're going to illicit any responses beyond what's in the report. >> you have a list of questions that you hope will be asked, some of which you know would not be able to be answered within the framework of the report. what else is imperative? >> i think the most important thing for wednesday's hearing is for the congress to give bob mueller a chance to explain what he found to the american people. the vast majority of americans have not read bob mueller's 450-page report. i think what is important for them to take him through what he found with respect to russian efforts to influence the election on president trump's behalf, the contacts between the trump campaign and the russians, the president's efforts to interfere with the investigation and the differences between the criminal standards and the ordinary understanding of what the facts are. and i think if they take him
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through that and explain that it would be a tremendous public service. >> so when you look at another question is why mueller didn't pres harder to interview trump? when you read trump's written answers to mueller, it's a fair question. i was reading it. trump -- it's rr a joke. he said 35 times he didn't recall or didn't remember. it was not serious. there is no way he didn't remember a single thing being asked. that's what he wrote and i guess that's what lawyers would advise someone to say. do you think mueller will answer as to why he accepted that? >> i don't know if he will, but it's really an important question in order to assess the investigation. we know that bill clinton testified to the grand jury during the white water investigation about monica
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lewinski and other suggests. it made logical sense to seek trump's interview. it would have slowed down the investigation. the administration has suggested that mueller would have lost in court. they cited some case law that came after clinton's testimony. i was never terribly persuaded by that. it's a horse race i suppose and maybe the judge sees it their way. >> 35 times i don't recall, i don't remember other than i remember winning xxx primaries on this day. nothing pertinent to the questions being asked. not only is that kind of crazy on the face of it, it is also crazy because this is a guy who said this. >> no hesitation, one of the great memories of all times. >> i said i have a great memory. >> i have a good memory like a great memory. >> mueller, do you think he believes that trump was clearly dodging his questions with the
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lawyer like i don't recall? >> he's a lawyer. he saw those written answers that you have been talking about. of course, that's what it was. you don't think donald trump wrote those answers, do you? his attorneys wrote those answers. >> i thought he inserted the list of the primaries he won. >> in the mueller report, he did say they weighed the cost of potentially lengthy constitutional litigation which would result in the delay of their report against what they would get from donald trump that would be a benefit to their investigation. so the question you have to raise here, of course, is even if donald trump were not telling them the truth, what would they have been able to do with that information? since they weren't going to be allowed to indict him under any circumstance since he's the president. i'm sure this is going to come up at the hearing on wednesday whether he will go beyond the report, i doubt it.
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>> it's going to be very interesting to see. maybe that's part of the reason that he didn't for example it indict manafort on what happened at the trump tower meeting. if trump recalled and the answer was i was told about it that would make him guilty, as well. >> can i make one point? one important thing to remember about bob mueller is he is a marine. he is used to following orders. bob mueller is not going to answer questions that go beyond the report. there are lots of things people want to know. they are not going to learn them from bob mueller on wednesday. thank you all very much. president trump says he can wipe a country off the face of the earth, but he won't. why? >> i can win that war in a week. i just don't want to kill 10 million people. bernie sanders now seeing some of his supporters flock to elizabeth warren. what's going on? >> he tried it in 2016 and he never made it. man: i've been diagnosed with
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new tonight, iran says it plans to execute some of its own citizens, up to 17 of them, who they say are working for the united states. tehran say they have all been working with the americans and the cia. president trump denies the reports as the united states and
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iran continue to accuse each other of lying about tanker seizures. >> if they want to make a deal, it is getting harder for me to want to make a deal with iran, because they behave very badly. they're saying bad things. i'll tell you, it can go either way very easily. i'm okay either way it goes. >> i'm okay either way it goes. outfront tonight democratic presidential candidate congressman tim ryan of ohio. how concerned are you about that when the president says i'm fine with it whichever way it goes? >> well, i'm very concerned. here is a guy who dodged vietnam, never served. now he is being very reckless with our foreign policy. to say that so whimsically like he doesn't care. that's who we are dealing with here with this president. and this all gets back to, erin, we had a deal with iran.
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we haf deal. was it a perfect deal? no. but it was a deal with them that stabilized the region which is what we try to do with countries like that that we don't always agree with. we try oo find some stability so that we can focus on our domestic issues, our domestic economy, income inequal, health care, all of these things we talk about every day that we need to fix here in the united states. it becomes harder to fix when we have all this controversy and chaos abroad, much of it self-inflicted because of the president. >> he also today as he talked about iran also talked about afghanistan and said he could wipe it off the map. here he is, congressman. >> if we wanted to fight a war in afghanistan and win it, i could win that war in a week. i just don't want to kill 10 million people. afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth. it would be over in literally ten days. >> what's your reaction to that? >> you know, you think back
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through history. you think of the great presidents. they were strong, but they didn't have to have a bluster. it doesn't behoove the most powerful country in the world to go around saying we can beat you up. that's what he looks like. he is like the bully on the school yard trying to threaten people. these are complicated matters. we do need to reduce the amount of troops we have around the world. we do need to figure out how to reduce our defense budget. but just deal with the problem. stop the bluster. put the twitter account down. stop tweeting and act like a mature adult that's a president. you think about kennedy. you think about roosevelt. you think about reagan. you think about our presidents at their best. they were strong, but they had class. and they didn't -- you didn't need to say a lot when you're strong. you don't need to say a lot when you're strong. clearly, he is an insecure guy.
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he has our foreign policy in shambles right now. >> i want to ask you. you have said you support proceedings. the whole world will be watching. you have the letter from the department of justice saying you better stay within the confines of the report which mueller made clear he was going to do. do you think this will move any of your colleagues on to the side of now impeachment proceedings? or is this the one big final hooraw? >> hard to tell. it's all going to depend on what he says. if he does stay in the confines of the report, which i'm assuming he will, it may not move the needle. but it is important to hear what he has to say for him to say i could not indict president trump, if that was an auto worker in ohio or a steel worker in gary, indiana, that person would have been indicted. for mueller to say something like that i think may move some
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people. we'll see. it's just going to be very difficult. every member of congress as you know has their own ways of evaluating these kinds of situations. >> i know you are going ahead with debate prep and doing some of it in florida. you have a week until the debate. you posted a video of your son coming to visit you at the airport. there he is. i think on a human level they think of you or any of your competitors, it has to be hard, a personal toll. that moment i know meant a lot to you. how has it been so far, just the grueling nature of the campaign? >> you know, it's both exhilarating and exhausting. and the hardest part is being away from my wife and kids. i'm already away as a congressman three days a week.
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it is more than that. that weighs on you. i try to keep in perspective the people and the country that are really suffering. i mean, whether it is opiate addictions, whether it's kids in bad schools, whether it's people who are losing their job like the ones i represent outside of a general motors plant where we lost 4,000 jobs in the last couple years. those people have to move away from their families, move hours away some from ohio to texas. i keep them in mind because they inspire me as to why i'm really do this and it really helps me focus, as well. i mean, obviously, you know, it's tough to be away from your kids. if you love your kids, which everybody does, it becomes really, really hard. staying focussed on why are we doing this and thinking about what kind of world i want to leave the kids so when i really miss them i think i'm trying to make it better for them. they're growing up with the climate change and a world of
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inequality and a world changing so dramatically. so putting agenda around tim ryan for america and, that's what keeps me going. i'm doing it for them. >> i thank you for your time, congressman. >> yeah, thanks, erin. thanks for showing that again. i miss my guy already. next elizabeth warren stealing some bernie or bust voters. what's her draw? >> i always wanted her to be president. and i want to be totally behind her. [happy birthday music]
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the 2020 progressive mantle. warren and sanders are set to face-off center stage at cnn's presidential debate showdown as risen. the candidates making a similar pitch on some of the major issues in the race. >> i'm not in washington to work for billionaires. >> one of the great problems facing american society today is that we have a billionaire class. >> reporter: voters in the early states taking notice of the senators and similar appeal. >> i think they have a fair number of similar policy positions, absolutely. >> reporter: some democrats that supported sanders in the 2016 primaries say this time they are leaning towards warren. >> hoping she would run back in 2016, and i feel her ideas and plans, i always wanted her to be president and i want to be totally behind her. >> reporter: others say they are
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ready for a trefresh face. >> they are similar in the things they stand for but i definitely like senator warren better. she tried it in 2016 and never made it. >> reporter: as warren and sanders fight for the progressive base, polls show they are drawing support from distinct groups. sanders was strong support among working class, less educated voters and warren attracting college educated voters and appealing to women and the biggest difference for sanders a crowded democratic field of more than 20 candidates. this 2016 sanders supporter says he's still a fan but considering other options. >> i'm leaning towards senator sanders or maybe senators harris or warren. there are more options. there are some people that say we need more fresh face in the democratic field. >> reporter: both warren and sanders down playing their upcoming matchup on the debate stage. >> i am delighted bernie and i
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have been friends for a long, long time. >> now, just today elizabeth warren warned about a financial crisis could be coming and of course, put out a new plan saying she could prevent it. now over the past couple of months, it's been really interesting seeing how much warren has pivoted to the message of the economy just last week as you recall, she put out a plan on wall street and private equity clearly this is one of the ways she's trying to distinguish herself including from bernie sanders. >> m.j., thank you very much. next, the wedding crasher in chief at it again. moving is hard.
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attend their wedding at his club. >> reporter: imagine you're having a make america great theme wedding. complete with a gun shooting pretend $50 bills with trump's face on them and recordings of the president. >> i am with you. >> reporter: and then suddenly, he is with you. hugging the pride and posing with the bride and groom. for p.j. and nicole marie. >> it was monumental. >> reporter: they got engaged at trump national golf club in bedminster, new jersey so why not marry there. >> we're huge trump supporters. we didn't have to think twice about having it anywhere else. >> reporter: trump's daughter ivanka was married there. guests received a pair of white flip-flops with a note ivanka
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and jared, what a pair. forget here comes the bride, here comes the president. he's dropped in on weddings repeatedly at ben minudminster mar-a-lago when he was there with japan's prime minister. >> come on, let's go and say hello. >> reporter: trump is the maroon five of presidents. stunning brides and grooms, trump has been called the wedding crasher and chief. >> let's go. let's make a memory. >> reporter: maybe not as piffy as vince vaughn in the movie. but at least the president didn't shove cake in his mouth. instead, trump kissed the bride, praised the groom. >> hand some -- look at his shoulders. nobody is going to mess with him, right? >> reporter: the couple said they repeatedly sent the president invitations, instead
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of just saying i do, they can brag he did come. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> and thank you so much for joining us. anderson starts now. good evening. a day and a half from now former special counsel robert mueller will go before a pair of house committees and be asked about the russia investigation. there will be breaking news on that and a letter from the justice department that says it was sent at mueller's request reminding him not to go beyond the boundaries of his public report and we learned the former special counsel has not shown his old bosses the opening statement he'll get on wednesday, all of which serves to add more drama to the moment. no testimony in recent memory has been so widely anticipated, even though tonight's breaking news not with standing the witness has already made it clear what he will and won't say. >> any testimony


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