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involved in the trump transition. >> reporter: nunes dwivulged this information to the public even before he briefed his committee. >> the chairman will review some documents that he has not shared with his own committee. and it's not just he hasn't shared them with democrats on the committee. he hasn't shared with with republicans in the committee. all of us are essentially in the dark. >> reporter: the time is raising eyebrows here on capitol hill. some even suggesting nunes is providing cover for the president for his claims that he was wiretapped by the obama administration. >> and was the president also part of that incidental collection, his communications? >> yes. >> they were? >> is the president on the united states personal communications collected in -- >> it's possible.
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>> reporter: nunes shared that the intercepts took place in november, december, january, after the election, during the transition. still, despite his big announcement, nunes himself seemed unsure about all that he had been privy to. >> you said the president's communications were incidentally collected but then you said it was possible. so was it collected or is it possible? >> we don't know the answer to that. i know there was incidental collection regarding the president-elect and his team. i don't know if it was actually physically a phone call. >> you don't know if it was the president himself, his communications? >> i do not know that. >> reporter: that afternoon chairman nunes had bigger plans. i will be going to the white house this afternoon to share what kr know with the president and his team. but before nunes had a chance to brief the president white house
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press secretary sean spicer was peppered with questions about the curious type timing of it all. >> when the president said he had additional information he believed the white house or he and his representatives would present related to this investigation, what congressman nunes has is not related to that? >> i don't -- you're asking questions that he has not briefed us. he has not briefed the president. >> reporter: nunes was back in front of the cameras on wednesday afternoon when talking to the president. and when asked about those claims of wiretapping, nunes was response was you could say a bit comicated. >> does this seem to describe what the president was talking about about quote, wiretapping which they said was broader surveillance? >> what i read seems to me to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal. but i don't know if it's right and i don't know if the american
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people would be comfortable with what i've read. but let us get all the reports. >> chairman, was the president personally involved? >> the president said that president obama tapped his phone. >> no, no, no. that did not happen. >> reporter: nunes was also asked why he made the decision to brief the president. >> why is it appropriate for you to brief the president given his own associates that are part of this investigation? >> because what i saw has nothing to do with russia and nothing to do with the russian investigation. it has everything to do with possible surveillance activities. and the president needs to know these intelligence reports out there, and i have the duty to tell him that. >> reporter: later on fox news congressman nunes went even
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further. >> i felt i had a duty and obligation to tell him. >> reporter: president trump meanwhile saw an opening and took somewhat of a victory lap. >> i somewhat do. i must tell you i somewhat do. i very much appreciate the fact they fountd what they found, but i somewhat do. >> reporter: by thursday both republicans and democrats in the nation's capital were reeling. compromising his committees investigation into alleged ties between trump's team and russia. they pointed his campaign ties to the president as proof. >> in another divisionary tactic the chief created some kind of scenario where he either duped or the chairman of the committee was a willing stooge. he committed a stunt with the white house yesterday raising questions about chairman nunes
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'impartiality, especially given history as his part of the trump team. >> they really have to make a decision about whether that's his intention or that what he wants to do or whether he's still acting as a surrogate for the president. >> reporter: he explained that he wanted fbi director james comey and nsa director miej rogers to be able to speak freely. they blasted nunes calling it an attempt to choke off public info. but unlike the cancelled hearing, the controversy was very much alive. in fact eric swauld well hinted earlier to something that was just around the corner. >> from our knowledge no members of his staff or others parties
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were part of this. it sure seems like the white house after what came out on monday was scramling to do anything it could to put another smoke bomb into this investigation? >> reporter: was the white house a part of this? that's the question everyone's asking. we now know chairman nunes was at the white house the day before his bombshell announcement? was 1600 pennsylvania where he abruptly disappeared to? he did tell cnn he was not in the white house itself and no one in the white house knew he was there. it was a disclosure that put the white house on its heels today, namely who at the white house cleared him for his visit. >> you said i don't know the members of congress have to get cleared in there. who in the white house signed him in essentially?
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>> i don't know that -- i'll be glad to check on that. i'm not sure that's how that works, but i will follow up on that point. >> reporter: we floridaed up on that point, and members of congress do have to be cleared onto white house property. so it seems someone in the white house knew devin nunes was there. who that is remains a mystery, at least for now. >> randy, joins us. i mean it's fascinating to see that long time line. congressman nunes spoke out this evening. what did he say about who led him onto the white house grounds? >> he was asked directly who cleared him onto the white house grounds, and he refused to say. we do know, anderson, that he would have needed a white house staffer to actually clear him to get through that ground. even throw he's not giving out a name, that is how the process wurkz. this is not some big secret operation. he spoke to dignitaries that he
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recognized. he spoke to people. he was trying to hide and didn't want people to know, he said he couldn't have gotten to the grounds during the night. his point, he said was he was there for one reason. >> joining the conversation as well was cnn political commentator and she's the former member of the freedom caucus. is this unusual? >> yes, it's all very unusual particularly since you have this foreshadowing from the president and sean spicer. >> the president said we're going to be submitting something later on. >> and then you have devin nunes showing up on the white house grounds. and i was told today that this
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by a source who's familiar with what nunes was looking at, that the documentation was in control of the white house. so that's why he had to go there. and so, you know, you have to put one and one together and say this is an effort to divert attention, to change the subject. nunes may have very good reasons for complaining about the unmasking of names in intelligence and this intendal collection. and that's a legitimate thing to look into, but it's not what he's supposed to be looking into, which is the russia investigation. >> what it looks like is trump tweeted something that had no grounding fact. and so the white house and the white house intelligence committee had to spend days to figure out what's something that could sort of be a fig leaf to justify what he said, even though that's not really what he
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said, and that's what the process was. and they turned to intendal collection as this fig leaf. >> but even when it came out that's what he said -- >> absolutely. >> it's this whole like leading up to this vindicating, even though he wasn't vindicated. so it's short of this charade. >> the first meeting was about surveillance act tifts. and then he said it was his duty to brief the president because he was, quote, taking a lot of heat in the news media. >> for her to jump in and -- >> i guess is it the chairman's job to protect the president from taking heat in the news media? >> i think the chairman saw something and brought it forward. look, the focus right now should be on exactly what exactly he saw and what hooeft so concerned
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about he brought to the president. and, frank wrelaly i don't understand why the democrats are calling for chairman nunes to step aside. this is sodesly investigation into alleged collusion before the election. chairman nunes has said very clearly this was something after the election, had nothing to do with russia. >> but this has nothing to do with russia at all. >> but that goes to my point. it's such a political stretch. and frankly i'm glad to see the democrats really overplay their hand here. and i think it will egg on their face. >> for what it's worth, he did tell -- i think it was a far better way to handle this. because he's in this situation, i think it's actually part of his job to investigate wrongdoing if he thinks its there. but because you're doing this other investigation, you do it in the cleanest way possible. you bring forth this information and you vet it in very serious
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ways. i will say i have no chill about the idea of incidental information is kind of passed around in a fun way in any administration. i do think we give tremendous power to these entities. and i just want to say that can be a problem. >> marry catherine speak of no chill, i don't have any either because we're talking about donald trump once again throwing a story line. instead of us talking about the headache debbical we're talking about something that didn't happen that your president can't even spell. i think that the bigger issue that i have is that if this would have been under the obama administration, there would be
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no end to this. barack obama had to be the next best thing to jeess and here we are just two months into the change and there is just issue after issue. maybe it's collusion with the intel committee chair, but it's highly problematic. there are skiffs on the hill to get the information. >> he said that today. >> i think the bigger issue we have here is the intel committee chairman all of a sudden has forgotten what class of procedures he needs to undergo to study or learn to brief somebody. >> it's interesting there was somebody at the beginning of last week after this bombshell of a hearing, and there was a certain amount of momentum to that. i then chairman nunes has made several unilateral decisions to basically cancel the public hearings, which was essentially going to advance this investigation, said it was going to we be a closed door hearing
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bringing back comey and rogers. that's now been cancelled. >> the shift at nunes and after monday's hearing, nunes said wait a second, maybe i made a mistake here. these guys just killed us, killed the republicans and they're talking a criminal investigation of trump. maybe i need to put the genie back in the bottle. everything he's done since monday has been to dismiss everything in that hearing. >> we're going to take a quick break. we're going to continue this conversation ahead. schiff now calling for nunes to step aside. will congressman schiff told natalie just before we went on-air. the blame game they're playing sounds familiar. details on that.
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nancy pelosi has called him to recuse himself from -- congressman nunes is standing by his decision to go directly to president trump with information he says suggests that communications of then president-elect trump and his advisors may have been swept up in surveillance of other foreign nationals. so what did the ranking member schiff tell you? >> you know, it's really interesting, anderson. just 24 hours ago he said that he was dedicated to pushing through, even after kind of a wild week of the chairman of that committee, wanted to continue to press forward. today that changed. take a listens as to why. now, you're making a point this wasn't just because of the russia issue that was brought to light? >> i believe at this point it
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would be wise for the chairman to do the same thing, and not just the russia investigation, but if he is making claims about minimization procedures and whether they were followed wouldn't to the transition team, the chairman was a member of that team. soal i don't think he can properly oversee that element as well. so i would hope he would recuse him sf of those two facets of our oversight work. >> reporter: anderson, just some context to underscore how big a deal this actually is, this committee is traditionally a bipartisan committee. on this committee the chairman and the ranking member, tend to work together very, very closely. they try to mimic what happens. >> so if i'm hearing correctly,
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it's what congressman nunes actually discovered that rank member schiff nunes discovered disfoifz. >> yes, that's exactly wright. it's not necessarily the ideas related to the russia investigation. it was specifically the chairman's own relationship over the course of the interest transition and how that actually tize into what he saw. take a listen to what i had to say. up to this point you've been okay with him leading this investigation. was his visit to the white house that changed everything in your view? >> well, two things. first it was the dead of night meeting at the white house and then returning to the white house with whatever information he got at the white house. and then to the degree of what he's claiming now goes to whether there was intendal collection on the members of the transition team, that's a different issue than we were looking at before. particularly if he says this
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doesn't involve the russia investigation. if we are going to look at proper procedures were followed visavy the transition team, i think in those two yeas it makes sense for the chairman to recuse himself. >> reporter: what he was looking at, what he has seen, which again, nobody else has seen up to this point, has nothing to do the russia investigation. and because of that he should be able to maintain his role and continue pressing forward that investigation. what ranking member schiff is saying specifically right now is because he was on the transition team, because that was the transition team that chairman nunes were also unmasked, he's not conflicted. and that is the exactly reason why he needs to step away not just from the russia investigation from everything that has to do with what he's looking into right now,
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anderson. >> so where does the investigation go? there were supposed to have a private meeting behind closed doors. is there another meeting scheduled? >> as of now, there isn't. it's been a divisive last ten days. i think it's worth noting chairman nunes said he plans on pressing forward. i asked ranking member schiff if at this point their relationship was essentially broken. he said no. when it comes to what chairman nunes specifically found, the ranking member feels it's time for him to step away. senator chuck schumer, the top senate democrat has called for the same thing. chairman nunes has declined to comment specifically on what
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ranking member schiff has said. but he's said repeatedly he plans to press forward. i've spoken to had his spokes people that the speaker himself remains fully confident in his role as chair. so right now we're at a divide. there's no idea what's going to happen. going forward the question becomes now not only does the investigation continue to move forward but how does this committee continue to operate. anderson. >> all right, going back to panel. kee keirsten to the american people that are watching this and those that want a bipartisan, fact finding commission, they want to get to the bottom of this, should this house committee continue? >> well, i think there's a lot of reasons to be concerned. it raises some questions about
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whether congressman nunes can move forward in a way that i think makes people feel that he can be unbias wrd that he has these conflicts. and i think what phil mattingly was talking about, the fact he's already raised these questions about how he got this information, did he possibly get it through the white house, did he possibly do this to help donald trump, he said in an interview donald trump was getting a lot of heat montana media. it just raises the question of whether this person is really an unbissed arbiter in the investigation. >> and it would seem that both sides would want the investigation to be as transparent as possible. >> sure. and this is a time you say thank goodness there's a senate as well as a house because the house committee has basically collapsed. and i think what we saw schiff do very deftly just in his interview with phil is to call
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nunes's bluff. and he says okay, your interested in this investigation and unmask people you shouldn't unmask, by the way you're a member of that transition team. so you can't do it because you're conflicted out of that. so he sort of said to him you just dug your own grave here. >> it sounds like a everything nunes has done in the last week -- i don't know if this was his plan, but it's essentially blown up this committee's investigation. as you pointed out anderson he was supposed to have a big public hearing with clapper. >> now that's essentially done. now there's nothing left for them -- >> dealing with switzerland in
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this process, you look at his support for hillary clinton, it's not as though he's this neutral arbiter in this entire situation. >> we saw the divide in the first hearing when all the question, most the question from republicans were about leaks. so is this really bipartisan? is this really a fair commission? >> i think this is the way it plays out. again, i still think that the fact we're getting much more into the intrigue and the process to it. in fact you saw ranking member schiff that the supposed dead of the night -- >> but republicans already think schiff isn't lujt or that schiff clearly is not neutral, democrats clearly think republicans -- >> but i think looking up to the house to -- >> you're talking old english. >> i do think this is extremely partisan at this point, and the intrigue is taking over because there's intrigue and the trump
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surrounding circles tend to create intrigue. so the senate and the fbi seem to have helgy investigations going on, which is good because i am interested in finding out secret collusion, whether it's obama doing secret deals iran or the possibility of trump collusion with russia. >> she reaccused herself from an ongoing investigation. so if that is the around standard, and lets be very clear that loretta lynch, yes has a meeting that appears sloppy, appears terrible, hip tiptoeing, dropping down in the dead of night i'm eager to see him not only recuse himself what this investigation, i'm eager to see him recuse himself from the committee chair. >> that's what what he wanted. >> if we're going to come
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different tone today from the white house after failing to get the gop healthcare bill passed last week. president trump blamed democrats for the failure on friday and then over the weekend -- the white house said the president is serious about working with democrats to get the next agenda. and the next battle could be tax reform. i want to talk about it all with former labor secretary rice. he's now a distinguished fellow at the heritage foundation. quote democrats are spile
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smiling in d.c. that growth in heritage have saved -- your distinguished fellow at the heritage foundation. i'm wondering what your reaction to that. >> i don't think that's an accurate portrayal of what happened. i think the real story is republicans made this much more difficult. i do think they're going to get obamacare repealed. if they could rerun the last six weeks, they would have rerun the straight repeal of obamacare, make it so the insurance markets have time to adjust, people don't lose their insurance. i think this got too comicated for people. the approval rating of that republican plan was falling. i still think there's plenty of support within the republican caucus. i think you've got the two-way team votes in the house by simply outright repealing the bill entirely.
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i think that's exactly what the republicans should do at this point. >> i talked to the republicans writing the bill and they said it was the freedom caucus. and what needs to be done is keep obamacare and fix it with some democrats. >> one quick thing. if republicans keep obamacare, if they haven't repealed it by november 2018, they will lose it by the house in december. >> that's exactly ridiculous. the knowledge that republicans had who were going to be up for re-election next year, that next year alone 14 million people would have lost their health insurance according to graungressional budget if there was a repeal of the affordable care act. so republicans are not stupid. they know their ston kitsch wnts want the affordable care act. they don't want to see it gone. and other thing, anderson, is the so-called freedom caucus, i
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mean this group of people they all pledged to one another they're not going to go along with whatever trump wanted with regard to any kind of placement. i mean they wanted just straight repeal, as steve moore just said. and straight repeal would be a huge burden on americans. if there's not even an attempt to replace, i mean that is cruel and unusual. why in the world would any republicans want to do that if they are -- again, expect to be re-elected? >> the strategy behind that is pass a repeal and then down the dulles tole road, that force is pressure for everyone to get onboard with some sort of replacement knowing it's going to happen. >> thanks for correctly characterizing my position. and that was the position for a lot of republicans.
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voters thought that obamacare -- look, the problem with your argument, bob, is obamacare -- if we staid on the obamacare train, we're going to see three times as many people lose their health insurance. >> it's simply untrue. wait a minute, the congressional budget office said there was no death spiral at all. and there can be miner fixes. i mean it's not perfect, honestly. i mean you don't want the major insurance companies to merge as quickly as they are merging into three or four giant insurance companies that have extraordinary bargaining levolog to jack up prices. >> the idea that the white house could work with democrats just days after blaming them for the headache failure, do you think the democrats would work with the administration going forward? >> i think they would say if want to strengthen the
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affordable care act, we are willing to work with you. and here are the ideas we have including an example for having a medicare option that was considered in 2010. it was never put it in. you do have an option to opt into medicare. >> so, steven, how difficult is it now to move onto the tax reform, given the inability of past healthcare andologist some of the money that was supposed to be used for tax reform was supposed to come from change tuesday the headache sls. >> well, just one quick thing before i answer that because i've got to respond what he said about obamacare. i just got back a week ago from arizona. as you know, anderson, the premiums doubled in one year. they're premiums are going up -- >> you're absolutely wrong. in fact obamacare is designed so
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that payments go up -- you've got the baby boomers who are getting, who are demanding more and more headache. this is why we need a single payer system. eventually steve moore. eventually we're going to have a single payer system. >> that would dramatically increase the competition. and that's not something the democrats are for. >> the republicans did not advance that. >> i wish they had. >> why did republicans even suggest that? it was not in the bill. >> let me answer your question, anderson, about tax reform. they need a victory here. i think we are going to get tax reform done. i'd love to see a bill that even bob rice supports. we bring jobs back home. bob, i'd be in favor of what you supported a long time.
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>>, you know, steve, the problem is you just said i absolutely don't understand you said cut corporate taxes so we can be competitive again. you think they are not competitive somehow, they need a giant tax cut in order to stay -- >> how many american businesses, bob -- how many american businesses have to leave the united states -- >> that's because they want even more tax cuts. they are doing extraordinarily well. they don't need a tax subsidy from americans. >> to be continued steven moore. thank you, appreciate it. we have a new example, a new tweet he just posted moments of ago. and i'll talk to people who have steen this tactic many, many times. ys buckles up... comes to a complete stop...
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more breaking news tonight as we continue to report on the calls for house chairman devin nunes to step aside. just minutes ago president trump tweeted, quote, why isn't the house
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intelligence committee looking into the bill and hillary deal that allowed big your rain num and money to bill. trump russia story is hoax. no doubt about it president trump is coming off a bad week. last monday at the first intel public hearing comey testified there is possible collusion between russia and the trump campaign. from past experience we know that before he was president mr. trump often tried to change the story line when it was casting him in an unfavl light. two men are with us to talk about that. a cnn contributor and the author of the truth about trump. so, tim, it is a tactic that the president used a lot of his career, don't accept
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responsibility for failure. assign blame elsewhere. >> i don't even think it's a play book, anderson. i don't think he can help himself. i think he's somebody throughout his whole life has been insulated. i think it's in part because of his own bravado because of the consequences of his own mistakes. and there's been repeated examples where anything went wrong, he would simply turn the radar in a different direction and blame it on everyone around him. he went into the usfl and essentially blew the league up, blamed it on other teams, blamed it on the nfl. he goes to atlantic city and blows up a business. it's a little bit similar to the auto companies saying they had problems. last week you see all of these
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same shortcomings haunt the process around healthcare legislation. his impatient, his inability to form teams, prioritying curiz maw ahead of coalition building. and when it all comes home to roost and they have to pull the bill, he first blames the democratic party and then he blames chuck schumer and nancy pelosi. and then the next day it's the conservative wing of the republican party, and the next night it's paul ryan and on and on. >> it's interesting because one of the main selling points of drum as akened dt was his positions that people supported was the idea was he was this successful businessman who could get deals done, just make stuff happy, that he could bring the business world to the world of government. and clearly that was a massive defeat that he got on friday. >> well, it was a massive
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defeat. and i think one thing we didn't really appreciate about donald trump was that when he talks about making great deals, he was really just talking about making great deals for donald trump. these were never business arrangements where you heard lots of people come out of the room and say we did really well. we're really glad to have been in partnership with mr. trump, we're all going to make a ton of money. this was a guy who was an entrepreneur but also the head of a family business where he could call the shots himself and take the game himself or walk away. and it's much different to try to influence 247 republicans in congress, to move men and women, many of whom he's insulted along the way, toward his position. and i think the last thing that we had to appreciate is that his heart may not have been in this at all. because he didn't take the time
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to learn the details of the bill, and that was a complaint that came out of the republican caucus when they were finished meeting was he didn't know what he was talking about. >> but, you know, toor, it's still interesting this whole idea of running a family business is still different than running a company of shareholders who you're responsible for with public accounting. it's a small grouping that donald trump has always had around him, and in some ways it feels like that's how the white house is organized unlike any white house we've seen in recent memory. >> right. he's come out of this mop mom and pop shop, essentially, where all the outcomes were essentially binary. he had one person across the table where they more or less were gargening over the same thing. he's dealing with the popilation of politicians who have constituents back home, have their own set of values, and have their own reputations to think about. and none of that necessarily
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corresponds with the interest of a president who has a very outside ego. >> and by by encouraging people to watch the judge slam speaker paul ryan on fox news, it does show kind of inexperience. because it's a different world when you're a president. he said publicly he supported paul ryan and then tells people to watch a show where they're going after him. >> well, right. and as soon as they happened it seemed to me he was going to pivot toward the democrats. and what's interesting about trump, and people have said this, he is a new yorker. he's not really a small government kind of guy. i think he'd be comfortable working out a deal with chuck schumer. if schumer will talk to him,
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visited the trump national golf club in virginia. it was his 13th visit to one of his courses since he took office in january. now, playing golf is something candidate trump sharply criticized president obama for while on the campaign trail. >> obama, it was reported today, played 250 rounds of golf. he played more golf last year than tiger woods. >> this guy plays more golf than people on the pga tour. >> golf, golf, golf, golf. more, more. learning how to chip. learning how to hit the drive. learning how to putt. oh, i want more. >> i love golf. i think it's one of the greats. but i don't have time. >> i'm going to be working for you. i'm not going to have time to go play golf. >> i wouldn't leave the white house very much because you know, like little things like these little trips where they get -- they cost you a fortune. >> if i were in the white house i don't think i'd ever see turnberry again. i don't think i'd ever see doral again. i just want to stay in the white house and work my ass off, make great deals, right? who's going to leave? >> but president trump does leave. in fact, he spent the last eight weekends visiting properties bearing his name.
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it is raising new questions about potential conflicts of interest. tom foreman tonight has more. >> unbelievable! >> reporter: a key question of the transition was how far would president trump step away from all his business interests. >> you sell water and we have water. >> we have trump steaks. >> we have trump magazine. >> reporter: the answer, not very. almost every three days since taking office he's stopped by a trump building, trump hotel or trump resort. according to a breakdown by the "washington post." and he's been to golf courses so many times his press secretary is playing defense. >> so on a couple of occasions he's conducted meetings there, he's actually had phone calls. so just because he heads there doesn't mean that that's what's happening. >> reporter: but all that activity behind closed doors with no oversight is making government watchdogs nervous. democrats are pushing for legislation demanding visitor logs at places like his mar-a-lago resort. >> he's really making his business part of the government, or the government part of his
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business. >> you know, i'm a good golfer, believe it or not. >> reporter: it's also presenting a big pr problem. when barack obama was president, no one was more critical of his time spent golfing than donald trump. >> he played more golf last year than tiger woods. >> reporter: when louisiana flooded, the candidate famously went after the chief executive for going golfing before going to the flood zone. >> and honestly, obama ought to get off the golf course and get down there. >> reporter: and candidate trump insisted if he won the election he might never see his own golf courses again. >> and i love golf. but if i were in the white house i don't think i'd ever see turnberry again. i don't think i'd ever see doral again. i just want to stay in the white house and work my ass off, make great deals, right? who's going to leave? >> reporter: but while president obama did not hit the links until april after his first inauguration, and he provided a list of his playing partners, president trump has visited golf courses 13 times already.
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and while he does not reveal if he's playing or with whom, it's clearly happening enough to shred his campaign claim. >> i'm not going to have time to go play golf. believe me. >> reporter: of course the president's defenders say this is just a bunch of petty political squabbling. but once again the question is in front of us. when is donald trump acting as a public servant and when is he a private citizen? anderson? >> tom, thanks very much. we'll be right back. degeneration, amd,have ager he told me to look at this grid every day. and we came up with a plan to help reduce my risk of progression, including preservision areds 2. my doctor said preservision areds 2 has the exact nutrient formula the national eye institute recommends to help reduce the risk of progression of moderate to advanced amd after 15 years of clinical studies. preservision areds 2. because my eyes are everything.
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that's about all the time we have. thanks for watching. time to hand things over to don lemon. "cnn tonight" starts right now. breaking news. a stunning turn of events involving the house investigation into ties between the trump campaign team and russia. is it compromised? and can it move forward? this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. intelligence chief devon nunes defending his visit to the white house grounds to review classified information that he claims suggested trump team communications may have been picked up during surveillance of foreign nationals. did the white house know that nunes was on the property? and who gave him the sensitive material to review in the first place? tonight the top democrat on the committee says he has yet to see those documents and calls on nunes to recuse himself from the russia probe.