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city that isis holds. but there is something even more, they're considering sending an additional thousand forces possibly into kuwait to be on standby to go into syria, wolf? >> all right, barbara, thank you for that information. barbara starr at the pentagon. that's it for me, i'm wolf blitzer, erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. next, breaking news, fbi director james comey and high security clearances, we'll speak to him plus a member of the intelligence committee. plus, we'll find out outstandi "outfront." and looking at a connection between a trump organization computer server and a major russian bank, those breaking details "outfront." let's go. good evening to all, i'm erin burnett, "outfront" we
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begin with breaking news, fbi director james comey on capitol hill tonight. sources say he held a secret meeting behind closed doors with eight of the top lawmakers who have access to the government's highly classified information. now the meeting comes as members of the house intelligence committee say they have not been informed of some
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right now about russia meddling in the united states elections, also the conversat n conversations between the government and the officials has been taking place for several months now into last year, that is what actually caused a lot of tension between members of the house intelligence committee and the fbi, the house intelligence committee was not informed of that investigation that was happening last year. so that was an opportunity for james comey to explain the latest in his inquiry into russia. now one other issue that certainly came up in this briefing, was the issue of what donald trump, the president of the united states, raised over the weekend. that his predecessor, barack
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obama, wiretapped him, spied on him during last year's election. now james comey we have been told separately has been concerned about those allegations. this is an opportunity for members of congress to push comey exactly on the issue. we'll see what he had to say behind closed doors. we're still talking to the lawmakers who just exited that briefing. now erin, one other point, the senate intelligence committee ramping up its investigation several members of that committee telling me they want those trump associates who did have the russian connections to come before the committee. if not, they're prepared to subpoena them to appear. >> all right, thank you very much. and look all of this happening on capitol hill at this hour comes as for the second day in a row the white house says it was not aware of president trump himself being the target of an investigation. >> that is my point, we're not aware of anything. >> reporter: the white house reiterating it knows of no
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investigation into president trump, the justice department will not comment. but "the new york times" reports that the officials had not consulted with the doj before sean spicer declared this yesterday. >> there is no reason that we have to think that the president is a target of any investigation whatsoever. >> reporter: the white house doubling down as the investigation ramps up. sources now tell cnn the two men who once occupied the center of president trump's inner circle, paul manafort, and security adviser michael flynn may be called to testify before the senate committee. both were called to step down after allegations of their ties to russia. paul manafort stepped down after his connections to russia came to light. and michael flynn stepped down after allegations about his conversations with the russian
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ambassador. >> i may have met him, possibly might have been in cleveland. >> reporter: carter's names on the list to testify. the investigation steamrolling forward this week, several lawmakers going directly to cia headquarters to dig through classified documents. many tell cnn they have not seen any evidence to point to collusion between the president and russia, but the connections to russia continue to be concern. >> we're going to make this public, and if the president makes allegations like this in the future he needs to know he will be exposed. >> and part of this investigation will include possible subpoenas for president trump's tax returns. senator diane feinstein saying it could happen as well. all of this of course is part of the probe to see if there are
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financial ties between president trump and russia. thank you for that, jessica, and we do have breaking news on that front, possible connections between the largest bank in russia and a server in the trump organization. right now we want to talk about the significance of the briefing. tom, let me start with you. so obviously here, the fbi director right now, it is unclear how many probes are going on and exactly who they involvement but clearly the top members here of the house and senate intelligence committee, those with top security clearances are demanding answers from the fbi director. >> right, erin, but we don't know especially how much detail director comey went into with these briefings with the gang of 8. so we just don't know how much was provided to them more than what they knew before the meeting, we're not sure. we're still not sure how much has gotten out and may not know
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in the short run what was said completely. >> you know when it comes to this, now we have the meetings with kislyak, and the trump associates and the ambassador, and the whole wiretap conversation itself. at this point from how this is going along with the fbi director do you think that they have more evidence, right? because some would say well, if they looked at everything and they determined that is all there is, some meetings with the ambassador, some folks who spent time with russians and did business with russians, wouldn't they say this is over? they have not said that at all. >> no, but an investigation like this gets complicated, especially with the overseas connections. the overseas leads that have to be covered and banking information that has to be subpoenaed and obtained from all over the world. it's not uncommon, this investigation could take several more months or years depending on how much detail they go into. so i would not have expected it
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to be completely wrapped up already, but you know, so far we have had indications that nothing much has been found. and then that came from former director of national intelligence clapper who back in january before the inauguration said he had been tasked the intelligence -- community had been tasked by then president obama to look into the claims of the russian involvement in the election campaign. and the election itself. and relationship with possible trump associates and that they came up -- they did not find anything at that time. >> right, they didn't find any collusion, but gloria, of course what they did find in that conclusion here i'm just reading it, we assess russian president vladimir putin ordered an investigation, they did conclude that definitively, the intelligence community, the question is linked to donald trump and his associates. what is next? how significant is it that they're now saying on the
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intelligence committee that they're going to subpoena say michael flynn and paul manafort to testify under oath. >> i think it's very significant, i think the optics of it look very terrible. and i think what they're trying to do is to find out whether in fact, and this would be the issue here, if there was any collusion between people who were in donald trump's orbit and the russians, who wanted to influence the election, in their favor. >> that is right. >> you know, this doesn't mean that donald trump did. but what they're trying to find out is were there people around him who had the same goal as the russians? and worked with them. >> that would be a problem. and tom, what would be the implication of that, all right? they haven't found it. but if they do what does it mean for donald trump himself if they can't get it at the way to him, he did not order it himself but his campaign manager did. if that is what happens, then
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what? >> well, it could be very bad for donald trump. but at this point when you talk about the possible collusion because the russians had the same aim that donald trump had you would expect that. the russians did not like -- we know of the reason that they were anti-hillary clinton. and of course trump is running against her so he will be against the clinton campaign. so yes, you do have the possibility that their two goals are the same as far as trump being elected and hillary clinton losing the election. but that is a long way from collusion that they worked together to make that happen. >> but you know -- >> and it will be very hard to prove. >> but this is not like you would be dealing with some outside political action committee or some groups that did not like hillary clinton. some business groups or whatever it is. this is a foreign government. and you know, that is the real issue here. this is a foreign government who was allegedly trying to hijack an election. and i think the question is, and i'm not a lawyer so i don't --
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you know the word collusion may not be the right word. but i think the question is how far in were the russians able to infiltrate and -- you know, we just don't know the answer to that and maybe the answer to that, tom, is not at all. >> well, that may be true. but don't forget, you know the russians hacking into the democratic national committee's e-mail system and releasing all of these documents about john podesta and other members of the cleanse campaign, even if they were in collusion, how could trump's people help in that effort? what could they do? they don't have access to hillary clinton's e-mails or john podesta's e-mails, so what would it especially be that they were asked to do. >> well if they were asked by a foreign power -- >> they would not need to be asked given the fact of how much they wanted hillary clinton to lose. no one would have to ask them for help. >> they could say what time would it work for you if we did
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this? would it be best to do it in september or october, you know timing is everything in politics, and as you get closer to election day you know they may want to get some advice. >> i want to get back to manu with another breaking part of the story which is trump's taxes, this is crucial. diane feinstein as i mentioned during the opening of the show said she wants to subpoena president trump's tax returns because that would show links to russia. from what you understand at this point do you think she would be successful in getting the returns with that subpoena? >> well, it's possible she could be successful in subpoenaing donald trump for those tax returns. and i asked her especially are you going to issue subpoenas on the intelligence committee, and she said we're not there yet but quote, it's a distinct possibility, yes. and even though the democrats are in the minority they actually have the power to issue
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subpoenas without republican support. now doing that could prompt a breakdown on this investigation which was proceeding on a bipartisan manner. so there are risks in doing that. plus there are legal protections that presumably the white house could invoke to prevent the release of his tax returns. but certainly this is an issue the democrats are looking at and even susan colins, the republican on the committee told me this week, that is something she is open to as well, but they're just not there yet. >> all right, a lot, we'll be joined by the member of the committee momentarily. we'll take a brief break now. we have more breaking news coming into cnn. as i mentioned we are learning at this moment that the fbi is examining what is called an odd computer link. and this link is between the trump organization and the largest private bank in russia. we have those breaking details next. so we'll talk to two women who have health insurance for the first time in their lives thanks to obamacare, what is their message to president trump? and more breaking news in
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breaking news, the white house pushing republican leadership to make a big change to their health care bill in order to bring more conservatives on board. here is to change, they want to roll back obama's expansion, more than what was originally called for. they were saying 2020, now
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they're saying they will do it sooner. and president trump trying to win the ones opposed to the gop health care bill. trump meeting with skeptical republican senators for a white house lunch today. one of the lawmakers at that lunch with the president will be with me in just a moment. first, though, jeff zeleny is at the white house. >> reporter: president trump made another forceful sales pitch on health care, but again today he did it behind closed doors. the white house says he is all in. but for a president who swept into office with big rallies and soaring crowds he has yet to roll out the bully pulpit on health care, limiting his comments to this tweet. despite what you hear in the press, health care is coming along great. we talked to many groups and it will end on a beautiful picture. that is a charitable assessment, considering republicans are looking at the plan. the president's virtual silence
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on the first legislative fight of his presidency, raises questions about how much skin he has in the game. with vice president mike pence already far more visible. >> as the legislative process begins the president and i are proud to lead the charge. >> the speaker paul ryan rolled up his sleeves, literally to defend a bill that has sparked a feud inside the gop. >> this is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing obamacare. the time is here. the time is now. this is the moment. and this is the closest this will ever happen. >> at the white house, press secretary sean spicer downplayed any concern among the conservatives. >> no matter where you are, especially on the conservative side you cannot possibly believe that the current health care system is an effective program.
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it is a monstrosity. >> a source said he is trying to win over the republicans saying he gets the complexity of this. today, congressman mark meadows of north carolina, and jim jordan, of ohio, two big critics, were present. a year after they campaigned, they are lining up the top items on the agenda. >> our goal is simple, bring down the cost for working families and middle class families across country. in order to do this we think you have to get rid of obamacare completely. >> so this is one of the items that came up in that meeting with the president tonight, erin, and i can tell you this is not being met very favorably with the republican leadership on capitol hill. i just talked to one top aide who said look, this could blow up the whole bill in the house and certainly in the senate. now, it's unclear if this is a bit of a negotiation here from the president. but the language that he especially said about medicaid
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certainly you know, will impact this whole bill here. that is why congressmen like jim jordan are so important to this. but right now they're trying to get sort of -- assuage some other concerns on the hill. but it's the reason the house leadership wanted the president to endorse the bill. they did not want him to change it, erin. >> all right, thank you very much. as we say, what is so important about this health care story is the human side, we are trying to bring you this story night after night because the reality of it is is that some americans are afraid about what this new plan will mean, and it is life and death for many americans, not just a series of numbers or of discussions with members of congress. one medicaid recipient who got coverage for the first time, her life under obamacare, tells us she is gravely concerned. so meg went to see her, "outfront" from kentucky where the percentage of those without
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insurance dropped 15.3% of obamacare, by more than half. only 6% last year. 24-year-old in rolling in medicaiding, the health care drama in washington, d.c. playing out right here in owensboro, kentucky. >> i felt like i was put in a position where it was either accepted or go into diplomatebt didn't want to be in debt. >> she works for a head start program and has a 3-year-old, and could get insurance through her employer. >> if i got that insurance, i would only come home with $100 a week. >> employer-based insurance just too much for this single mother. today, more than a million of people in conduct conclukentuck medicaid, if the bill becomes
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law, many would likely see their coverage vanish. >> how many people have you signed up in owensboro? >> thousands. >> thousands. >> thousands. >> susan craig signs up residents for the medicaid. she says they're hard working but poor. >> there are people who make about $32,000. >> marilyn adams says she has seen the health of her community improve, since obamacare. >> we are seeing people that did not come before with chronic decea diseases that felt like they didn't have access. >> 63-year-old paula murphy never had insurance until obamacare helped her get medicaid. >> what sort of ailments do you have right now. >> high blood pressure, diabetes, a torn cuff and a bad knee. >> 28 years ago she broke her back, it took her a decade to
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pay off the debt. her message to donald trump, follow through on your promise to make health care better. >> all i know is at the moment i'm gravely concerned. if he can do what he says he can do, i may be okay with it. now, one other thing to keep in mind, the health care industry is so big here in kentucky that the kentucky policy institute did a study that if the aca itself went to weigh, that -- went away, that means 3,000 jobs would be affected. just something else to consider when they consider the future of obamacare. >> miguel, thank you very much, now republican congressman jim jordan, the chairman of the caucus that opposes the health care plan. i know congressman you attended a lunch with the president today. i wanted to start because as i said we are trying to show what this means for individual americans, because that is after all what it is all about.
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and you just heard her story, she works but only would have $100 a week left over if she used her employer-based health care, she could lose the coverage along with nearly half a million people in kentucky alone. is that acceptable to you? >> erin, i don't define success as putting more people on government health care. i define success as bringing back affordable insurance, lowering the cost of health care so middle class families and individuals you just had the clip on can actually afford to buy the policy their need. that is what we've lost. that is what happened under obamacare, middle class families can no longer afford insurance, and if they can afford the premium, they can't afford the deductible. so our focus is bringing back affordable premiums and insurance for this country. >> so obviously you have not been a fan, at least thus far of the gop plan. i know you had lunch with the president today and he is trying
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to sell you on it. he said he is the best deal maker in the world and you talked to him. what did he say to you? >> it was a good meeting. look, we want to help the president do what we told the voters we would do, what we all told the voters we would do. we told them we would repeal obamacare. this bill that was brought forward was not that. it says we're going to keep medicaid expansion and going to extend it. it says we're going to repeal obamacare but keep tax increases, that is not what we're going to tell the voters we'll do. let's repeal it all. the bill i introduced yesterday was the same legislation that every republican voted on just a little over a year ago that we put on president obama's desk. let's pass that. that repeal, let's get rid of obamacare, which has been a dunb disaster and then focus on the individual you just highlighted earlier in your clip. >> but do you actually think that legislation would just be ready to go out the door? because look, it's easy to go ahead and pass something when
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you know that it's not going to pass, right? you knew it was president obama, it wasn't going to go anywhere, you didn't have any t crossed or i dotted. now it's the real deal. it's harder to have a piece of legislation that is ready. >> erin, that is exactly what the voters hate, they hate politicians who say one thing at election time, vote one way, and then when it's time to get the job done, say no, we can't do it now, it's different now. if we can make it better, i agree on that. but let's do what the voters we told them we would do, what we all voted on before and they expect us to do that is our plan. so let's do this, not play this game that politicians play, say one thing at election time and then when it comes time to produce results and keep promises, we have to do something different now. that is not what they sent us here to do. >> paul ryan said this is the only chance you guys have to repeal obamacare. so if you and your co-workers
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and freedom caucus are the ones who are going to go -- >> it's like say if we don't get to eat at the five-star restaurant tonight, our kids are going to starve. no, that is a false choice, let's not do the thing, let's do the right thing and put together the right kind of legislation that accomplishes what we all told the voters we would do. that is what we focus on doing and what we're pushing for. >> so the bottom line is you meet with the president but did not vote for the bill, he did not win you over, pretty loud and clear. >> you heard loud and clear of this thing from the white house, this is the start of the negotiation, the amendments on the floor, there were amendments that tried to be offer understand the committees but i think some of those amendments will be on the floor and hopefully some others that will improve this electilegislation. that is what the voters in ohio
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expect, for me to offer something that is better that is what i'm focused on. right now yeah, there are big concerns, that is why we have the process where every single member gets to weigh in, offer their amendment and that is what we need to have unfold here and then we'll make this legislation consistent with what we told the voters we are going to do. >> all right, congressman jordan, appreciate your time. next, breaking news, sources say the investigation going on between the largest organization and president trump. washington state now challenging president trump's new travel ban. breaking news this hour, the man leading the charge comes "outfront." i want someone that makes it easy to find what i want. gets it. they offer free cancellation if my plans change. visit booking.yeah.
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questions about the connection between the server and the russian bank were widely dismissed four months ago as an attempt by alpha bank to block spam, but we learned the counter-intelligence team is still examining it. one official i spoke with said the server relationship is somewhat odd and investigators are not ignoring it. but the fbi still has a lot more work to do to determine what was behind the unusual activity and whether there was any significance to it. the fbi declined to comment and the white house did not respond to our request for comment, erin. >> so with that development, pam, let me ask you, jose, what
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was so odor unusual about these communications? >> now, erin, what was so weird about his communications was that the russian bank repeatedly looked up the unique internet address of the particular server in the united states being used by the trump organization. in the computer world that is the same as repeatedly looking up somebody's phone number, doing it over and over again, while there is not usually a phone call, a particular group of computer scientists who maintained these leaked internet records, they were puzzled as to why a computer at a russian bank was doing this. was it trying to send an e-mail to the trump administration, they couldn't tell. now the russian bank looked up the address to the server over 800 times, that is more lookups than any other source. the only one was spectrum
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health, those two entities alone made up 99% of the lookups. now computer scientists we spoke to found that just plain weird. all the corporations involved said they never communicated by e-mail with the trump organization. and they have different explanations for the server activity. but they have not provided any proof and don't agree on what the reasons were. for example, the russian bank thinks that it was receiving trump hotel marketing last summer but has not provided e-mail with the information to back up that claim. meanwhile, the organization that would have been sending those trump e-mails says it was not doing so last summer. alpha bank says they have had no link with president trump or the trump administration. in a statement they said neither the bank or it's principals have or had any contact with mr. trump or the organizations. so essentially, the link simply
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remains a mystery. >> all right, thank you both very much. obviously, significant information here, the largest private bank in russia here, thanks to both. all right, on this breaking news now i want to bring tom fuentes, as we said, further assistant director to the fbi. tom, this is obviously more of the drip, drip, but this is very new in one respect. right? this is 99% of the lookups, for this server coming from alpha bank in russia, the largest private bank in all of russia and a company led by betsy devos, the secretary of education's husband. you heard that is plus plain odd, isn't it? >> you know, i really don't know, erin, it does sound unusual, but there could be a plausible explanation that none
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of us are aware of. we just don't have the facts of all the lookups and the transactions that the servers are communicating, especially if we don't have actual human beings talking to each other or engaged in a conspiracy. i think we have a lot of questions and they raise more questions, but unfortunately, not enough answers for me to be able to make any type of judgment as to what is goes on in this situation. >> i mean, david, this is the big question here, right, because as we said this is part of the drip-drip. but yet this is not just another meeting with the russian ambassador, this is a trump administration server. so it is yet another chain of possible contact here between the trump administration and those in trump's orbit and russia. >> right, i agree with tom based on this new information and area alone, there is not that much that you can make of it. but if you think about the folks investigating, the members of congress, who are getting ready to have hearings march 20th,
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about all the stories relating to potential ties between the trump administration and russia, this is one more sort of data point that they now feel like they probably have to look into very carefully. because the heat is on, right, this has been -- they're already investigating it and this has now been thrown to them by the president himself, when president trump through his administration said the president wanted congress to get to the bottom of all of this, and he sort of demerred on picking up the phone and calling the intelligence agency and getting answers himself. >> all right, thank you very much. i want to go straight to the democratic congressman from indiana, carson, congressman, thank you very much for your time. i just want to get your reaction to this breaking news, i know you were just getting to our cameras, we reported at this hour that 80% of the lookups for a trump administration server came from the largest private bank in russia, alpha bank. 99% of those lookups containment
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from alpha bank and a company led by the education secretary, betsy devos' husband. experts are saying this is just plain weird, what is your reaction? >> well, this is more calls for us to have a joint intelligence hearing on this matter to unearth necessary truths. and i think it goes along the lines of the kinds of maneuvering that we see from the trump administration, the kinds of unfortunate gamesmanship and untruths that were seen. so as we dig more deeper into this matter we'll see a lot that may shock the american people. >> so when you say a lot that will shock the american people may i ask you today, what do you know about the meetings, the fbi director comey came and briefed the members of the house and senate intelligence committees. can you tell us anything about what he said? >> i'm not at liberty to think about that matter at this point,
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but i look forward to the public hearing on the 20th. >> all right, so you think there is more, when you say things that shock the american people, are you saying that sort of as guesswork? or are you saying that because at this time you are aware of information that would not shock the american people? >> i'm saying it in terms of mr. have contact with the russian t ambassador. his blaming president obama for essentially creating -- directing a criminal act, against himself and the american people. look, laws have been created since president nixon to stop any president from issuing these types of directives, so i think that mr. trump's remarks against president obama were very unfortunate. and for me, proudly represents the congressional district and who comes from the department of
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homeland security, as a police officer i'm deeply disappointed that mr. trump is fanning the flames of disillusionment with the american people and the intelligence community. >> so on this issue of wiretapping, when you talk about what president trump has alleged that president obama said he wiretapped him, the former national intelligence representative as you are well aware said they have no knowledge of any such wiretap. can you say from your briefings that it did not happen. >> well, what i will say is andre carson, i think we can trust director clapper's word in this regard. as well as director comey's word in this regard. i think this is right out of vladimir putin's playbook. i think there are still dissensions within our law enforcement community and our
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government. so president trump is playing into the hands of the russian government by always making these disparaging remarks against not only the media but the intelligence community. >> here is what we know so far, people are justifiably confused. who knows how many investigations are going on and who is pursuing them and who knows what, right? here is what we know. we know multiple trump associates met with the ambassador in brief meetings, we know the campaign manager had professional ties to russia, we now know about this server, possible communication because we don't know the server was actually topped. we know there was attempted communication. so far there is no smoking gun pointing to donald trump, or to collusion with the russians. how long will you keep searching? are you confident that there is a smoking gun here? >> i am confident in the political process, i am confident with the ranking members and chairs with the jurisdiction, especially the house intelligence committee and
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the senate intelligence committee and that we are working in a bipartisan way to get to the bottom of this. >> so when it comes to the tax returns, i don't know if you heard but the democratic senator diana feinstein said the tax returns could be subpoenaed. and that there could be connections to russian businesses, he has visited russia several times, do you agree with her when it comes to a subpoena for the tax returns? >> i am in absolute agreement with the senator. >> and right now are you aware of an investigation into donald trump himself. we the media have asked questions about this, he has said that there is no reason to think that donald trump himself is under investigation. do you think otherwise, or have any reason to think otherwise? >> at this point, we're looking into all matters from sources
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and the information that we get. and no matter how long it takes, if it takes days or weeks or months, we hope to get to the bottom of this. you know the founding fathers, as competent as they were, were very wise in establishing three separate branches of government to act as checks and balances and also the media, to hold everyone accountable. so i think we have to hold onto these entities and not allow this administration to distract us from the mess that is happening right before our eyes. >> congressman carson, thank you for your time tonight. >> what a pleasure. and next, washington state, fought and won the battle against the original trump travel ban. and tonight they're going at it again fighting the new one, well, the man in charge, the man behind it is "outfront" next. and fake tan lovers rejoice, the tanning tax could be heading into part of the gop bill. jeanne moos on what that means for them, and someone who
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breaking news, washington state asking a federal judge to block the new travel ban, tonight, saying the new order also discriminates against muslims, washington state joining new york, massachusetts and oregon to challenge the new ban. "outfront" now, leading the charge, noah, good to see you again, you have had time to look at this new order. as you know there are changes in it, right? iraq no longer on the risk, no longer a definite ban on syrian refugees, what is it about this new order you say does not fly? >> well, our first point in the filing today is that substantial parts of the new executive order are materially identical to the parts that judge robart already
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enjoined. in particular, the suspension of the u.s. refugee program. and the list of banned countries, although it now excludes iraq. it's otherwise the same. and judge robart already held that the government cannot enforce those provisions, so in our view it's up to the federal government to move for relief from that, to argue to judge robart that they are no longer subject to that injunction before they can implement those provisions. so that is our main point in this case. >> so you fundamentally still believe that this order discriminates against muslims? >> well, the same intent that motivated the original order carries through to this one. and you can -- i mean, the statements that the president has made, that is advisers have made, they don't just go away. and in fact his advisers since the first order have emphasized that the revised order, i think the words they used, it's the
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same basic policy. they said things like the goals are the same. that sort of thing. so yes, we don't think that this cures the problems from the first order. it is an improvement in some respects. and it certainly is a step in the right direction. but -- but the president can't just unilaterally decide to implement these provisions that are the same as what the court already stopped from being in effect. >> so the last order as you know of course came out and took place pretty much at that instant and caused confusion. this order is not expected to go into effect until today. do you expect the judge to rule before that? >> well, that will be up to the judge. we certainly hope so but that will be up to the judge. >> in terms of a couple of things that changed, now you're allowed to petition. if you're on the list you're allowed to petition. as i said it took an indefinite ban on syrian refugees, the
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priority for religious minorities. those things added together, are you concerned they will weaken your case? >> well, the find that we're making today does not attack those points because as you said, those have been addressed. but i mean, at the most basic level if the court says to a defendant you can't do abc and d, the defendant cat jun't justn around and say okay, i'll do part of a, c and d, and just turn away the others, the court has said the president can't do the things he has already tried to do. so he is abandoning some aspects of the order, but that doesn't mean you can implement the parts that have been denied. >> all right, noah, thank you, the order will take in effect a weeks from today. we'll see when the judge rules on the case. tonight, president trump promising to bring a former
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hostage home. bob levinson has been held the longest in american history. here is press secretary sean spicer. >> the attempt remains to locate mr. levinson and bring him home. the family has suffered far too long and we will not rest until his case is resolved. >> i spoke to his daughter, sarah, this afternoon and she told me she hopes trump will take action to secure her father's return. she said in part, two u.s. presidents abandoned my father, a life long public servant. ten years is beyond enough, how much more agony can he withstand, to bob, stay strong, we will never, ever give up looking for you. our thoughts are with the levinson family and their long pain that they have gone through tonight. "outfront" next, the tanning salon tax could be backed by
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cue the trump jokes, the indoor tanning tax may be history. here is jeanne moos. >> reporter: remember the days when instead of a tan line, a tan that crossed the line became news. >> i have been tanning my whole life. >> and you get to be the same color as a 500-year-old ice man mummy. stop. >> reporter: we eventually put the tan mom story to bed, but the tanning bed is back in the news. where more precisely repealing the tanning tax. >> paid for on the backs of so many females. >> as part of obamacare, tanning customers have been paying a 10% tax. the idea was to deter people from risking skin cancer, and also to bring in revenue. president obama joked about it at the time. >> following individuals shall
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be excluded from the indoor tanning tax within this bill. snookie, j-woww, and house majority leader john boehner. >> in those days he was the most famous guy, but he was the man that the comedians loved to paint with a broad brush, the new republican health care bill will repeal the tax on tanning, prompting tweets like the cheeto in chief probably doesn't like the tanning tax. of course we don't know for sure if the president uses a tanning bed or maybe tanning spray. some makeup artists think he is using the wrong shade of makeup on top of a spray tan. the industry says the tax has forced half of the tanning salons in the country to close, while critics argue that fear of cancer is what is driving away customers.
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the missouri republican said that the sun causes most cancer, suggesting? >> why have they not proposed a tax on the sun? >> it used to be orange is the new tax, but now it's the new president. better a cream sickle than? >> she is burned up! >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn, new york. thank you for joining us, "ac360" starts now. good evening, thank you for joining us, tonight were computer servers and a russian bank communicating with each other? last week, the allegations were president obama was accused of tapping phones, and several other house and counter parts met today with fbi director james comey. more on that, let's turn to pamela brown, and our investigators have been