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he doesn't expand the base beyond the voters that are already with trump. >> shaheen has proven she's a survivor. she's had tough races. it will be a fun one to watch. thanks for joining us, see you back here tomorrow. don't go anywhere, a very busy news day. brianna keilar starts right now. have a great afternoon. i'm brianna keilar live from cnn's washington headquarters. under way right now, the president openly calling on israel to ban two american democratic lawmakers he has previously lobbed racist attacks against and israel complies. first, he blinked on tariffs. now the president appears to be softening his rhetoric toward china as the markets warn a recession could be near. plus, what jeffrey epstein's autopsy results reveal about his death behind bars. and police under siege. we're now learning the, quote, outlandish demands the suspect was making as he opened fire on officers. we start with israel's move
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to ban two american congresswomen from their planned visit to the country. minnesota's ilhan omar and michigan's rasheedida tlaib wil not be able to visit the holy land because of their belief with regards to the bds plan. tlaib has family in the west bank she will not be able to visit. here's the timeline of how this went down this morning. at about 9:00 a.m. eastern the president's press secretary told reporters that reports of the president letting the israeli prime minister know he supported banning these lawmakers were, quote, inaccurate. then around 10:00 a.m. the president tweeted this. it would show great weakness if israel allowed rep omar and rep tlaib to visit. they hate israel and all jewish people and there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. they are a disgrace. of course the congresswomen take issue of course with that characterization of their
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feelings. now, less than an hour later the israeli government made the decision to borrow mar and tlaib from entering the country. kaitlin collins is in new jersey near bedminster. this is highly unusual, so why is the president doing this? >> reporter: it's incredibly unusual. we should point out that just last month the israeli ambassador to the united states, ron dermer said that these two lawmakers were going to be allowed to visit and now they have changed their mind after the president has been urging them publicly, urging the prime minister of israel and israel overall not to let them come and visit. and then of course now they have officially done that with netanyahu issuing a statement explaining his reasoning and saying that his change of mind has to do more with their agenda than what the president has been urging publicly saying only a few days ago we received their visit plan. from it, it's clear they are planning a journey with the sole target of strengthening the boycott movement and negating the legitimaty of israel. he says, for example, they have
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defined their destination as palestine and not israel. netanyahu also said they avoided asking to meet with any israeli official, whether it be in the government or in the opposition. but of course you cannot ignore, brianna, what the president is saying pretty clearly and publicly on his twitter feed and just how unusual that is. we talk all the time about all the norms that this president has busted and disrupted since he's been in office, but this is certainly one of the most significant where he's telling another country, recommending to them that not only they not let two u.s. citizens in, but also two sitting members of congress. now, we're getting blowback from people who have even been critical of ilhan omar and rashida tlaib in the past saying they don't think this is the right decision for israel to make, that they should be allowed to go and visit israel. the question is whether or not that blowback will change the decision here. but certainly the president is very close to netanyahu and they have enjoyed that warm relationship that you've seen on display at the white house over several times and of course the president is facing a re-election, netanyahu is facing a re-election in just three
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weeks and that is something that clearly seems to be a factor at play here as the president is making his decision, though his feud with these members of congress has been clear for several weeks now. >> it has been ever since he lobbed that racist tweet at them. kaitlin collins near bedminster, thank you so much. now, before president trump publicly urged israel to ban these congresswomen, both democratic and republican congressional leaders said that israel should not. that included house republican leader kevin mccarthy and number two house democrat steny hoyer, who spoke publicly together from the king david hotel this week while leading congressional delegations on a trip to israel. then last night on fox new, mccarthy criticized the congresswomen for traveling separately instead of with their congressional delegations. >> the one thing that should have happened, they should have come with their colleagues. they should have come together where they can have a meeting with israel, with the palestinian authority, with those who were running against bebe at the same time. you would get every view that you wanted to see.
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as long as you come with an open mind, open eyes and open ears, i think you have a responsibility to come here to have an understanding. >> max boot is a senior fellow with the council on foreign relations. so, max, let's start with the israel piece of this. clearly politics are at play. what is netanyahu's calculus here? >> i think prime minister netanyahu's calculus, brianna, is as was mentioned, he has an election coming up in a month and he is counting on donald trump's support to be re-elected prime minister. of course donald trump's calculation is pretty transparent, which is that he wants to demonize and stigmatize these congresswomen of color, to paint them as being anti-american, anti-israel. he gave away the game just a few minutes ago when he said representatives omar and tlaib are the face of the democratic party and they hate israel. so that's what he's trying to do is to win his re-election campaign next year. but the cost of this, brianna, is going to be high because this is hurting israel. this is actually helping the
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anti-israel bds movement because it is calling into question israel's standing as a democracy where people of all different viewpoints are welcome. it is also undermining the bipartisan basis of american support for israel. this is unprecedented to not allow these two members of congress who have to vote on the annual appropriations, $3.3 billion of u.s. aid to israel. they're supposed to vote on that money but are not allowed to see how it's spent? that's something that is very contrary to the long-term interests of israel and the u.s./israel alliance. >> so when you hear kevin mccarthy making this argument, he says he's basically saying they should come and inform themselves, but if you read between the lines, he's saying they aren't. he's saying they didn't come with the congressional delegation. they didn't come with democrats. you had dozens of democrats who were visiting israel. he's saying they didn't come, they didn't visit, they didn't have plans to visit with israeli leaders. i mean what do you make of him
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making that distinction then? >> i think this is just another attempt by republicans to stay on donald trump's good side, no matter how awfully he behaves. in fact this decision has been denounced by all of the major jewish american organizations, including apac. it's being denounced by israel's strongest friends in the democratic caucus, including house majority leader steny hoyer. kevin mccarthy and other republicans know this is wrong. they know there's no excuse for barring sitting members of congress from visiting one of our closest allies. but you don't hear kevin mccarthy or others coming out and saying that because they are afraid of donald trump. they are cowards. they will not stand up for the american national interests here. >> do you think that israel would have done this without the president tweeting? because there has been a lot of talk they were headed in this direction. do you think that pushed them over the line or do you think that was just coincidence how it developed? >> i don't think it was a coincidence because up until a day or two ago, the israeli
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government said they were going to allow these two congresswomen to come. in fact steny hoyer said that he had a commitment from ron dermer the israeli ambassador to washington, to say they would be allowed in. apparently what happened is trump blew a gasket and thought this would interfere with his attempts to demonize these congresswomen of color. it would undercut this racist campaign he is running against democrats, claiming they're anti-american. they should go back where they come from and so forth. and so it seems pretty clear that trump pressured netanyahu and netanyahu caved because both of those leaders are putting their short-term electoral calculations ahead of the long-term interests of the state of israel, which i strongly support. >> max boot, thank you so much for your perspective. >> thank you. investors on edge around the globe. conflicting signals from the u.s. and china are giving people whiplash. after initially panicking the market with threats of retaliation for new tariffs on cell phones, laptops and toys, beijing stepped back a bit saying it is still hopeful for a
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deal with the u.s. on trade. let's check in now the activity there on the big board. up slightly right now about 86 points. this is after the worst day of the year for u.s. markets on wednesday. myron brilliant is executive vice president and head of international affairs at the u.s. chamber. myr -- chamber of commerce. myron, thanks for being with us. >> great to be here. >> the president and his advisers have been giving mixed messages when it comes to tariffs. for months he's said tariffs are good for americans, great for americans. now he's delaying this round, essentially saying merry christmas. this is good for americans that there's a delay. these cannot be mutually exclusive. so which is it? are these good for americans or bad for americans? >> well, tariffs are bad for american business, american farmers and american consumers. the reality is it was a smart
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political move this week by the president because he's fully aware the impact of higher prices on the american families at christmas time, when you're talking about toys and cell phones and computers. and so it was a smart move. however, he did not make a reversal of policy towards china this week, he made an adjustment. now the question is where do we go from here. both sides have something to gain by a deal being reached between the two governments. there's a lot of work to be done and there are a lot of risks for the global economy, our economy as well as for china. the bottom line is china needs to make some adjustments in its trade practices. it has an unfair trade relationship with the united states and frankly with the world. it does need to address intellectual property violations. it needs to address force technology issues. it needs to eliminate its subsidy practices. there's a whole range of areas that the administration is
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rightly focused on in trying to address in the trade talks with china. >> for instance, intellectual property rights, how should the administration address that? >> well, i think we have to be tough. the business community very much supports the administration in being tough with china on these issues. do we want tariffs? absolutely not. that's not the answer. but at the same time we have to bring in the multilateral community. we're not alone in having these concerns about china's behavior. the europeans agree with us, the japanese agree with us, frankly the world agrees with us. so we need to bring a multilateral approach to china, one. two, we need to recognize that we have rights within our own laws to adjust our practices when it comes to national security considerations. we should address those issues in the relationship which touch on national security considerations and we're doing that. we've seen reform in our export control laws and we're seeing reform also in how we increase investment in the united states. but this is hurting us.
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the trade war is hurting our economy, it's hurting china and it's certainly changing the outlook for the global economy. so we've got to get both sides back to the table looking at a big deal that will address the range of unfair trade practices that the administration has laid out and that the business community largely supports. what we don't want to see is an escalation and that's what we are seeing right now. so both sides have got to resume these trade talks. i'm encouraged that they are talking to each other. i'm encouraged they're talking about coming together in september. that's positive. but we've got to get something more tangible out of these talks. we're taking a delegation of ceos to beijing in september, and we're going to have a very strong message for the chinese leadership at that time. but both sides need to make compromise and both sides need to have a political willingness to get a deal done. >> all right, myron brilliant, thank you so much. next, a democratic lawmaker responding to israel banning two of his colleagues after the president urged them to.
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just in, the 2020 field shrinking again as another democratic candidate drops from the race. hear john hickenlooper in his own words. and police under siege. new information on how this stand-off unfolded and who the suspect called during it.
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it's the end of the road for john hickenlooper. the former colorado governor has officially ended his campaign for president and here's pot of his announcement for that. >> six months ago i announced by run for president. in almost every regard this journey has been more exciting and more rewarding than i ever imagined. although, of course, i did imagine a very different conclusion. today i'm ending my campaign for president, but i will never stop believing that america can only move forward when we work together. people want to know what comes next for me. i've heard from so many color o coloradoans who want me to run for the united states senate. they remind me how much is at stake. i intend to give that serious thought. >> party leaders are urging hickenlooper to launch that senate bid. i'll get some reaction from one
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of his rivals straight ahead. israel banning two democratic congresswomen from visiting the country after president trump urged the israeli government to keep them out. we have california democrat ro khanna with us in studio to talk about this. what's your reaction to this? >> it's an insult to the american people. representative tlaib and representative omar are equal members of the united states congress. the people's body for the greatest and most powerful nation in the world. no nation should deny any member of congress access to their country, especially after all that we have done for the world and the billions of dollars we give to other countries. >> kevin mccarthy was among leaders, democratic and r republican, who said they should be allowed to israel but also last night he said they should have gone with their congressional delegations and should be there with an open mind and be meeting with israeli leaders and opposition leaders
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because they weren't planning to. so that in itself is a criticism of the congresswomen even as he says israel should allow them in. what should you say to that? >> brianna, that's ridiculous and leader mccarthy knows better. he knows there are numerous different delegations that go israel. not everyone goes on steny hoyer or kevin mccarthy's trip. we have many delegations. and representative tlaib and representative omar should be allowed to go in the way they want to go, not prescribed what views they should have. and i would defend any r republican, any conservative's ability to go as well. >> does it set a precedent? >> i think what it does is really sets a horrible precedent for israel in making this decision. i mean who -- why would any country make a decision to deny a united states congressman access to their country? do they not believe the united states has done a tremendous amount for israel? do they not recognize that we are the most powerful nation in the world? do they not believe that we have made the world safer and
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stronger? it's not about representative tlaib. it's not about representative omar. it's about respecting the american people. you know, mikhail gorbachev when someone was making fun of ronald reagan, knock it off. he is the president of the united states, he's the representative of the american people. these people, representative tlaib, representative omar, were elected by 700,000 people just like i was. they deserve that basic respect. >> i want to ask you about bernie sanders now. you are a co-chair of his presidential campaign and he has been attacking the media as he is slipping in some state polls. i wonder, though, it seems like he's critical of the media, but why should he be critical of the media just for reporting how he's doing in the polls? >> well, first of all, there's a good poll in new hampshire. >> there is a good poll in new hampshire. >> so the polls have been all over the place. i still think his campaign has tremendous momentum, but i think all the democrats should focus
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on donald trump. when you run for president of the united states, it's an extraordinary privilege. being in congress is an extraordinary privilege. >> focus on donald trump over the media? >> in terms of the attacks. i think the media is right to be critical of all of us. >> so is he -- he's putting his criticism in the wrong place you think? >> i don't think there is any value in critiquing the media for being critical, that's their job. that's your job, that's the job of any journalist. what i do think is a fair critique is a systematic critique of democracy that we have to find ways to get more substantive issues discussed and that depose to campaign finance reform, that goes to creating more public forums for discussing the issues, but i don't think you lay the blame on any particular journalist or any particular media outlet. >> so why do you think he's doing that? >> i think he's frustrated that the issues aren't being discussed, that so much of presidential politics is a personality contest or a horse race or a process race and that we aren't talking about poverty, that we aren't talking about
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wage stagnation, that we aren't talking about job creation. that's a fair critique of the t democratic process. but all of us are part of it and let's work to reform the system, let's not single out a pick outlet or journalist. >> the outlet he's singling out is "the washington post" and it doesn't seem like they're singling him out because they're not talking about policy. if you read "the post" you'll see they have tremendous coverage of what these candidates are talking about and there's so much to differentiate all of them, right, or to lump them into the same category. but one of the articles that was written here in recent weeks, here is the headline. labor fight roils bernie sanders' campaign as workers demand the $15 hourly pay the candidate has proposed for employees nationwide. that was a tough story and a fair story about bernie sanders, but it seems like he has taken aim at them for coverage like this, which is fair, but it's tough. >> bernie sanders is the only
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candidate in the entire field who has unionized his campaign workers. so he is leading by example. and he has clarified that he doesn't think that "the post" has singled him out. i think "the post" is a fair publication. >> but he fund raised off this. he attacked the meade why and send out an email requesting people to sign up and get in touch with his campaign, which is a fund-raising tactic, as part of this. so he may be backing off but it's like putting your foot on the gas and on the brake. >> the point he's making is the issues he cares about, issues of poverty, issues of wage stagnation, issues of income inequality aren't getting enough attention. like people feel like climate change isn't getting enough attention. the only way to get that out is through social media, grass roots organizing and he needs the resources to do that. that's different than saying particular journalists are unfair. journalists should be critical, that's their job. i'd rather that they be critical of politicians than sympathetic
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so again, it's nothing short of a miracle that we don't have multiple officers killed today. so we're so thankful for that. >> a miracle. that was philadelphia's police commissioner after a seven-hour stand-off that left six officers wounded but fortunately there were no fatalities. the incident once again raising the questions about gun laws. now, this all began when philadelphia police arrived at this home here to serve a narcotics warrant. when they entered the premises, gunfire erupted. just listen to the police scanners that were blaring with desperate calls for help. >> use caution, please and respond. >> yes, right now.
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>> shots fired, shots fired inside. >> 180, shots still ringing out. give me s.w.a.t. asap. long guns asap. i've got officers shot, i've got officers shot, radio. all right. so i need s.w.a.t. >> six officers were shot in the crossfire, all treated at local hospitals and released. two officers who were trapped in the house were rescued and finally the suspect emerged. >> keep your hands up, keep your hands up. keep your hands up. >> cnn law enforcement analyst and former philadelphia police chief charles ramsey is joining us now. first just talk to us about the procedure of serving a warrant and all of this transpiring in this way. how unusual is this? >> well, serving a search warrant, first of all, is one of the most dangerous things you can do in policing because you never really know what's going to happen once you knock on the
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door and gain entry. this obviously turned out very violent pretty quickly. and the officers, at least one or two, sustained gunshot wounds almost immediately and were able to get some cover. there were a couple of officers who went upstairs to the other part of the house. they got trapped up there when the gunfire erupted. so it was a very, very violent situation and we were very fortunate that no one was killed, not the officers, not the suspect, innocent civilians. hundreds of shots were fired during this course. and remember, there was a child care center not far from there. 58 kids that had to shelter in place. my wife has done a lot of research on trauma with children that are exposed to violent actions. you know, i just hope they don't get lost in the shuffle because that had to be terrifying for those young kids. >> indeed. that is a very good point that you raise. this stand-off lasted so long, we're talking eight hours. the suspect during that time was
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facetiming with his girlfriend, he was calling his former attorney. he seemed desperate for an out. so what is the protocol there for officers when you know that these things are going on and yet there has been all of this shooting? how do they come to a point where they have faith in the situation to give this suspect a chance really? >> well, you always want to give them a chance. as long as he's not shooting at you, you don't shoot back, so that's number one. two, you had complications because you had two officers trapped and they had three prisoners. they're in the upstairs apartment. fortunately, snipers had good eyesight on the staircase at least to the upstairs so they would be in pretty good shape to neutralize him if he tried to go upstairs, which he did not try to do. but nevertheless, they were trapped inside so you have five people trapped. so priority one is getting them out of there. the s.w.a.t. team once night fall hit, they were able to very
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quietly get both police officers and those three people out. they were distracted. rich ross, the commissioner, did an excellent job. he talked to this guy on the phone constantly. but ultimately it was the tear gas that actually got him out. once the house was cleared, they were able to pump some tear gas in there and he surrendered shortly thereafter. >> chief charles ramsey, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> good to see you. and that shootout in philadelphia helping fuel the growing chorus for more gun control. i'm joined now by 2020 presidential hopeful and ohio congressman tim ryan whose own state was rocked by gun violence just days ago. we'll be joining him to speak in just a moment. ♪
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back to our breaking news. israel now banning congresswomen rashida tlaib and ilhan omar from entering the country on a plan trip. the move comes after president trump tweeted that it would show great weakness for israel to allow the u.s. lawmakers to visit because they, quote, hate israel and all jewish people. democratic congressman tim ryan is hoping to unseat president trump in 2020. he joins us now from his home state of ohio. congressman, what's your reaction to this ban of your two colleagues by israel, listening really to the president in doing this? >> yeah, it's a real head scratcher. i mean we know that the president of the united states is looking to divide the country
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at every turn, to hate somebody at every turn and to get others to hate people at every turn. but to see netanyahu allow this to happen, a sitting member of the united states congress, people who vote on aid to israel to help them with their defenses, to help them protect themselves, to take members of that body and to dismiss them and not let them in the country i think is a significant, significant problem and one that needs to be addressed. but i really think the issue with trump is that he's coming unhinged because this looming recession, we saw him go off the rails yesterday. now today it's this. it will be something tomorrow. the more the heat gets cranked up and the more this economy softens, the less he's going to be able to keep his stuff together. >> i want to turn now to talk about gun violence, which i know is very much on your mind. we were talking in the break about how there's a vigil in
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youngstown for the victims in the dayton mass shooting. still recovering there in ohio less than two weeks after this. your opponent, senator kirsten gillibrand, has a new gun control pitch. she's now suggesting a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons. she also says she would be open to criminally prosecuting people who don't sell their firearms back. you support a voluntary buyback program. what about a mandatory program? >> yeah, i don't think that's what we want to do. i don't think we want to move down the mandatory piece of this. look, we're having trouble getting universal background checks passed. closing the charleston loophole passed, getting money to fund the centers for disease control to really study gun violence as a public health problem in the united states. so i think going that far on some of these issues is really taking the focus off of the issues that they want. i support an assault weapons ban too. i think these weapons of war
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have no business on the streets of dayton or el paso or any other community. and it's not just the mass shootings, it's the gun violence that happens every day in communities that wreck families and ruin communities that we've got to deal with. so let's keep focused on the two bills that are sitting before the united states senate. let's continue to apply the pressure, moms demand action are doing rallies all across the country on saturday night. we have a big one here in cleveland that we're going to be participating in, me and senator sherrod brown and others. let's keep the focus on this and right now i think that's where our attention needs to be. >> you say you want an assault weapons ban. weapons like the ar-15, right? >> yeah. >> okay. so we're talking about that. you previously said you don't want to take away a hunter's rifle, you don't want to stop someone from being able to defend their home. i've spoken with people who own ar-15s or similar weapons who have said for them that is about
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defending their home. that is purposely why they have that weapon. i mean what do you say to people like that who say, look, you want us to be able to defend our home, this is how we want to do it. >> well, i mean here's the thing and the conversation we need to have. if we could get a group like the nra or someone else, let's sit down and figure something out here. i want people to be able to protect themselves in their homes. i don't think they necessarily need weapons like that, weapons that are made to kill lots of people in a very quick period of time. that needs to be balanced with what's happening in our communities where this kid in dayton could kill nine people and injure almost 30 in 30 seconds and magazine drums that hold 100 rounds. there is no need for that in the united states.
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i'm sorry. you can protect your home with other weapons. and to have these things on the street is -- it's not acceptable anymore. and we see what's happening. we're to the point now where people are in times square and a motorcycle backfires and people go running because they're on edge all across the country now. they're afraid to send their kids to school. they're afraid to go to walmart, they're afraid to go to church. what are we doing here? let's at least take some basic steps to prevent this from happening. you can protect your home in a lot of different ways. i don't think you need weapons of war. >> the there's a sense that -- congress' mind to actually act. do you think that something can really get done?
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do you think there's something different about this moment in time? >> well, i think two things. one is i do think we can apply enough pressure to congress to get something done. we are going to keep the heat up. this is not like all the other times. the groups like every town and moms demand action and sandy hook and gabby giffords' group, these groups are now well organized, well funded and providing a lot of pushback, so we are going to be able to continue to apply pressure to the republicans who are bottlenecking this like mitch mcconnell and john cornyn and others who won't let a vote come up on these things. but here's the other miss. there's going to be an election. the ground is shifting under the feet of the republican party right now. they're playing the old game. they're already seeing losses in suburban america. trump has already alienated people in the suburbs because of his behavior, his racism, his race baiting, the kind of things
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he did today with these two members of congress and israel. so it's already softening. to throw on top of that zero action on guns when these moms and dads in suburban america are really concerned about their kids and they have been voting republican, all of a sudden say this is the last straw, i'm going to have to vote for the democrats now. that's when the republicans will finally get the message, and it's going to be too late for them. so they may win in the short term if they bottleneck this thing but they will lose in the long term and i'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that every republican who is preventing these bills from coming up, i will be in their districts and in their states campaigning against them hopefullies aty as the democrat nominee so we can get the change we need in the united states. >> congressman, thank you. >> thank you. the house judiciary committee has subpoenaed former trump campaign manager corey lewandowski as it decides whether to pursue impeachment charges against the president. the white house already is responding.
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committee just subpoenaed cory luan dow ski as well as a former white house official. manu raju has the story live for us. this is coming a week after the chairman of this committee. jerry nadler said this is formal impeachment proceedings. what is going on here? >> they're ramping up their investigation as they consider whether or not to move forward with articles of impeachment in the house judiciary committee, issuing these subpoenas today to cory lewandowski, as well as rick dearborn, a former white house official demanding their appearance in a public hearing on september 17th. now, both dearborn and luan dow ski were cited in the mueller report about the allegations of obstruction of justice, namely, the president's apparent efforts to undermine the mueller investigation, in the report. it discusses how the president reached out to lewandowski, to
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try to urge him to set up a meeting with jeff sessions, who the president wanted to limit the scope of the mueller probe to not include the campaign. instead to focus on future election meddling. >> lewandowski tried to set up that meeting, it did not happen. the president followed up with him, asked him to move forward, and then lewandowski though it would be better to reach out to rick dearborn, formerly chief of staff to jeff sessions. given a typed note that was delivering the president's message to try to set up that meeting that never took place. those are the questions democrats have for these officials that were to come in before the committee, still an open question, and coming on the same day as cory lewandowski was expected to appear with the president, someone who's considering a run for the new hampshire senate race. we'll see if he answers questions the democrats have in this hearing? >> let's bring in our colleague.
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kaitlan collins on this story. you're there in bedminster. how is the white house expected to respond to this? >> well, the question in the past has been, how are they going to respond? and what beef seen before, is the white house, with aids like don mcgahn, annie donaldson, they've tried to invoke some sort of executive privilege. now we're learning about a tactic they may try to pursue when it comes to cory lewandowski, someone who has not worked in the white house ever since trump has been in office and hasn't worked for the president since the 2016 campaign. we're now being told by three sources that inside the white house there are preliminary discussions about trying to invoke executive privilege to stop or limit cory lewandowski from complying with the subpoena. now, invoking privilege before has worked, because they make this argument that the president should be able to have conversations with people that are at the highest levels of his own government without those
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officials having to go, testify or divulge what the president spoke about. what we have not seen before, is the white house try to do this with someone who's never worked in the administration like a cory lewandowski. the discussions were preliminary. they've been having these discussions, they were waiting until they had been issued for them to take any kind of action to reach out to the office of legal counsel to see if this is an argument they can make. even some officials and allies of the president are skeptical that they're going to be able to make this argument that typically they've only applied to people who have worked in the white house and tried to apply it to someone who is only informally advised the president, but that certainly is an option that they are pursuing and considering even as of today, brianna. >> kaitlyn, thank you so much. still ahead, we have much more on our breaking news. israel will bar two democratic congress women from visiting the
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you are watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. we have two big stories this afternoon. at any moment now, a news conference after an 8 hour stand-off in philadelphia. as we wait for that to begin, we get to the other headlines. israel is banning the entry of two american lawmakers from visiting this weekend. and the news of this broke minutes after president trump sent a tweet trying to shame israel, saying it would show great weakness if it did

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