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. good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. in a few minutes no more secrets between us. at least in matters that deal with 1/6 of the u.s. economy. senate republicans meeting behind closed doors to find out what is in their own health care plan. they finally get to learn what is inside. then we do. first, though, a cnn exclusive. we are learning what the president asked two of the nation's top intelligence officials to say and do which it comes to the russia investigation. did it cross an ethical line? these are questions they would not answer in public hearings, but have now discussed behind closed doors with congressional investigators and the team of special counsel robert mueller. cnn's dana bash has been working sources. director of natural intelligence mike rogers. what do they say? >> reporter: john, we gathered from these sources is the first glimpse of what two top intelligence chiefs said behind closed doors, as you mentioned,
to not just special prosecutor robert mueller's team but also to members of the senate intelligence committee in separate meetings last week. multiple sources tell me and colleagues evan perez and manu raju director of intelligence dan coats and national security agency director admiral mike rogers said that president trump suggested they say publicly there was no collusion between his campaign and the russians in these closed door meetings with special prosecutors. at least the team and the senate intelligence committee both intel chiefs described these interactions with the president about the russia investigation as odd and uncomfortable, but they also said they don't believe that the president gave them orders to intervene in the investigation. you mentioned that public testimony earlier this month. both coats and rogers said at the time they never felt pressured, but it got contentious. they won offer specifics about the interaction with the
president until they went into classified settings which is what we're reporting about this morning. the fact the president had these conversations at all about the russia probe with these two gentlemen was initially reported last month by "the washington post." one of the multiple democratic and republican sources we talked to for the story told us both rogers and coats reported to members of the intelligence committee that trump wanted them to specifically say what then fbi director james comey had told the president privately. that he was not under investigation for collusion, but neither thought that the president was asking them, whether it was that or about collusion in general with the campaign. they didn't think he was asking them to do anything that was improper, that they felt it was just a suggestion and didn't act on it, also. now, ultimately it is up to robert mueller and his team to decide whether these revelations are relevant to the investigation, we should also say cnn reached out to the white house, dni, nsa and mahler's office and all declined to
comment. >> dana, you noted, both dan coats and admiral rogers reluctant to talk about this in an open setting. why? >> reporter: according to one congressional source i spoke with, coats and rogers asked before that public hearing for guidance from the white house on whether the president would claim executive privilege, which would mean they couldn't tell congress about the conversations. they didn't get an answer before their testimony. so they weren't sure what to say and it ended with that awkward and contentious hearing. we are told both men were much more forthcoming in private, with both the special prosecutor's team and with the senate. >> interesting, by not answering, maybe the administration or got want it wanted. famously documenting his conversations with the president, james comey, in memos. did either dan coats or mike rogers do the same? >> reporter: the answer is yes, when it comes to rogers. he had interaction with the president and documented it in a
memo written by his deputy at the nsa, richard lajet. one congressional source i spoke to seesaw the memo said it wasn't like the comey memos. one page and doesn't offer many details of the conversation, but the memo does document it and makes clear that rogers thought it was out of the ordinary. as for coats, they not document the conversation he had with the president as far as the people i've spoken to briefed by him, we're told. >> dana, stick around. a lot more to discuss. another big story happening right where you are in washington. minutes from now senate republicans will file into a closed-door briefing in his own health care bill. then we, the american people, get to find out. cnn's m.j. lee and the rest of the cnn political team have dug up the details what is inside that bill. m.j., what are we learning? >> reporter: john, the big question, we're awaiting the mystery bill it come out, whether the bill wouldappeal to covetives or moderates. turns out both.
look at the big points in the bill and what we know so far. on the issue of medicaid. we know that expansion is going to be phased out more slowly than the house bill. but there are going to be drastic changes to the program, and actually deeper cuts will be made to the program than the house version. when it comes to the federal subsidies, they will be tied to income, not age. really mirrors obamacare, but the eligibility threshold, lower. something meant to appeal to conservatives. when it comes to insurance regulations, insurers cannot charge more money for people with pre-existing conditions nap is a big deal, because it was such a problematic part of the house republican bill, as you remember. however, again, states are going to have more leeway to opt out of certain insurance regulation. this, again, is a concession to conservative members. one thing that is going to be a huge relief to insurance empties is that there are cost-sharing subsidies funded until 2019. remember, president trump has
not been willing to dmocommit t these payments. relief for insurance payments seeing a lot of uncertainty in the market and planned parenthood defunded one year pap big issue for senators like susan sawsesu susan collins and murkowski. the big thing to watch out for, whether the members got enough of what they wanted, enough to vote yes when there is a vote next week, or feel there are sticking points they really cannot get over so that they cannot get to a yes on this. another issue, will they feel they've had enough time to actually look through the bill? mcconnell is wanting a vote as early as next thursday. meaning that we really don't have a lot of time for the senate republicans to stud whey is in the bill. not to mention the report is not out yet. once that comes out that will give us a lot more clarity on what this were does and what the impact is. >> and does it cost more or less
and how much? key questions we won't find out until next week maybe right before the vote. thank you so much. fascinating details. joins us, a political reporter for the "post" and a political writer and dana bash dack back well. first cnn exclusive reporting on dan coats and admiral mike rogers what they've told congressional investigators and the special council. the president asked, saying publicly, no collusion, between the campaign and the russians. it seems based on these conversations, amber, he was asking these intelligence chiefs to announce a conclusion to an investigation that seems to stilling going on? >> exactly right. that's consistent with the president tweeting consistently and calling this fake news. that there is no evidence of occlusion and the trying to get allies on capitol hill to say this.
dana's reporting corroborates in broad stroke what's we're learning from comey testimony and from other reporting about what, how the president felt about this russia investigation and how he felt was, he wanted to try everything he could to get out to the world that it wasn't him under investigation. of course, ironically, now he is under investigation for potential obstruction of justice, and it shows that the special council, talking to very high-level officials are taking these charges extremely seriously. >> the fun part, talking about dana while right here. >> i'm right here! >> matt lewis, the sort of "and," "but" to this, these intelligence chiefs say they did not feel the president asked them to do anything illegal or immoral and both say according to dana the reporting, again, who is right here, they do not feel as if they were ordered to intervene in the investigation. that's important, matt. >> yeah. it is. although i would say to anybody
out there watching, if your boss suggested you do something, would you feel that that was a suggestion or an order? you know? i think -- most of us would feel like if our boss said, hey, i suggest you do such and such -- that is tantamount to an order and it's good for them they felt they had the independence to act independently. to take it as a suggestion, not as an order, but i tell you, you know, from a legal standpoint, it's a suggestion. but i'm telling you, for most people, if the president of the united states tells you, makes a suggestion to you, that's not a suggestion. >> right. and, again, perry, this points to, i think what is just a huge gray area here, which is, what is robert mueller going to do with all of this? how far is he willing to press? will he end up writing some report that lays out everything he's finding without weighing in and saying how improper or not improper it was that the
president asked this? again, i think a lot of this depends on exactly what the nature of these conversations were. it seems as if perhaps the president was asking these men to say something that wasn't in fact found out yet? i mean, the investigation is still going on. it isn't completely known whether or not there was collusion between this campaign and the russians yet? >> right. some of the initial reporting has suggested that either coats or rogers or the intel steph af were asked to tell comey not to stop the investigation. that's one thing. they'll get closer to obstruction of justice, that's one of the core questions. what we're talking about now seems to me is what trump was saying, don't talk about, say collusion didn't happen, or say collusion didn't happen with me and those are different questions. i think the details here do matter, because therapy trying to figure out on some level, was trump trying to stop an investigation or trying to change how it was talked about in public? >> again, it seems at least as
far as these two men are concerned it was the latter. sorry. he was trying to change what was said in public, not to stop it altogether. shifting to health care now. our chief political reporter covering what's happening on capitol hill. we will learn shortly what is in the top secret senate health care bill. the details that leaked are fascinating. seems mitch mcconnell, senate majority leader, has given something, tried to give something to everyone, even as he's taking it away. the question, will the ted cruz, mike lee, rand paul's of the world, will the bill be conservative enough for them and moderate nenough for the murkowskis of the world? what are you hearing? >> that is how the compromise. both sides walk ago way saying i'm not entirely happy but got some of what i want. it's an art that we're kind of not really used to seeing very much anymore. having said that, we are talking about a compromise amongst republicans. this is just trying to get this
through the senate with republican votes. so you're right. and the question is grog oing t even from people i'm talking to who have been a party to these closed-door talks, they haven't actually seen what it looks like in black in white, in legislative text, which matters. a comma, an and or a but can change the whole means of what something is supposed to do legislatively and legally. that's why even those who think that they're probably in a good place are holding their breath and not really sure. but i think you're right. that the conservatives, even though we're definitely watching the moderates, like susan callens, like lisa murkowski and even rob portman on the questions of medicaid expansion and planned parenthood banning federal funding, but the bigger question seems to be the conservatives. from ted cruz, who was in the room, to rand paul, probably a no, no matter what it is and mike lee, for example, put on a facebook video that certainly
suggested he was not that thrilled. >> right. >> those are probably the people we would be watching most closely. >> matt lewis, you have your ear to the pulse or nose to the pulse or finger is the anatomy you should have to the pulse what's going on on the conservative side. ted cruz and mike lee. from what you've seen from details does it go too far for them? meaning not enough change from obamacare? too much money going in? still too many protections offered? >> i think it's going to be interesting to see how the conservative groups come down. heritage what do they say about this? do they key vote it? do they -- that could make a difference for some of these conservative members. but i think the leverage, the only leverage mitch mcconnell has here is to say, this is it. and if you vote against this bill, you are voting to keep obamacare. ted cruz, this is your chance to change or get rid of obamacare
and i think mitch mcconnell should put it up for a vote, no matter what the whip count says, get them on the record and force people to take a stand. it you're a republican and you've campaigned the last seven years to get rid of obamacare, are you going to vote against this senate bill now? it's up to you. >> and perry, m.j. sitting next to me noting one. things mitch mcconnell has done compares ton the house bill as opposed to a comparison to obamacare making it easier for isn't senators voting? >> it appears the text critics are changed in a way to make them a little more generous. people lower income. so in that way my guess is the cbo score next week will show fewer people are uninsured and my guess what i've seen so far. i would watch for nevada senator dean hiller. he's a member who's in a state hillary clinton won. this bill is pretty unpopular in the state.
he's the one person i would argue, not necessarily a left or right on ideology grounds. someone thinking can i vote for this and still win re-election next year? that's where the political pressure letter matter. matt is right to the watch for conservative groups and other patient groups. >> they didn't like the house version. and republican members complained about the process it was done behind closed doors. i happen to think, they're not vote based on those complaints. yes, very angry but by the end of the day, most will fall in line by the end of next week? >> you might be right. i'm not so sure. because republican liede erlead this behind doors perilous in some of their members, period. ald arguably perilous to throw up the doors a week before you're going to vote for a bill that could cause some of these lawmakers and their states to have to go home and explain why
thousands of people might lose their health care, and why they only had a week to review it. i could see that being, for a couple of lawmakers, a sticking point is the process. that said, lots of other policy things they have to dislike about this as well. >> all right. just a few minutes from learning how they will feel when they are told the details. 14 minutes from now they go behind closed doors. just after that, we get to see what's inside. dana bash and perry and others, thanks so much. that bill, flints nminutes so secret. following those developments and plus, want to run the u.s. economy? hope "rich" is on your resume. the president takes on his wealthy cabinet and the funeral for the student who died days after being released from north korea is underway now. we're live in ohio.
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they've been unbelievably nasty. really nasty. i am making it a little hard to get to their support, but who cares. >> president trump talking about democrats. he knows that he hasn't made a lot of friends across the aisle. but he may need them. well, his real concern today, though, is republicans. republicans meeting behind
closed doors in just a few minutes to learn the details of the republicanhealth care bill in the senate. that bill needs 52 republican members to pass. not at all clear if it will get that number. joining me now, though is a democrat who is very involved in this discussion. ed markie, the commonwealth of massachusetts. senator, thank you so much for being with us. appreciate it. we've learned some details of the republican bill. the republicanless learn about it in a few minutes. it will phase out medicaid expansion more slowly than the house version. tie subsidies to income, not age. and we are just learning that the community rating,s that the part of it that guarantees people with pre-existing conditions the same rates, they're going to allow that to be protected in a way the house bill wasn't. my question to you -- does this senate version as you're learning tab have more heart, as the president would say, than the house version? >> this plan, if you kicked it
in the heart, you would break your toe. it's going to cut medicaid still by more than $800 billion. it is going to then, after they take a machete to medicaid, package that money as a tax break for the richest people in america. this is not a health care plan. it is a rich-care plan to take care of those people who just last night donald trump said should be running america. the rich people should be running america. the rich people should be running our economy. well, this is 1/6 of our economy, the health care system and the plan they're going to unveil today is going to slash medicaid, hurt poor people and working families and then give a huge tax break to wealthy people. what would you expect rich people to do in putting together a plan? >> two parts on this. number one, compared to the house version, has the senate made changes, do you think, that
makes it more palatable? compared to the house version. i understand you're comparing it to overall -- are they moving in the right direction? >> well, the house bill removes coverage for 2.8 million people who need treatment for addiction. opioid crisis. there would be $90 billion in the affordable care tlact fact for families. they're going to slash that perhaps in half in terms of money there, and a vision without funding is an hallucination. if they don't have funding it woen work for anyone in the health care system. >> details we have yet to learn coming up. and you brought forth the statements from the president last night talking about gary coleman from goldman sachs. listen exactly to what the president said. >> we have the legendary wall street genius wilbur ross here.
our secretary of commerce. we have gary cohen, president of goldman sachs. somebody said, why did you appoint a rich person? to be in charge of the economy? i said -- no. it's true. and wilbur's a very rich person in charge of commerce. i said, because that's the kind of thinking we want. >> i love all people. rich or poor, but in those particular positions, i just don't want a poor person. does that make sense? >> all right. you could see this -- interpret this, i'm sure the president supporters say as he wants. people who have had success in this economy, i.e., people who may be rich helping make the decisions to run this economy. and you take issue with that? >> well, being rich doesn't mean that you have wisdom. it doesn't mean that you have compassion. it doesn't mean that you understand the lives that most americans are living.
and what we know is that the plan, which is going to be released today by the republicans, put together if that's what the president is saying, by rich people, is obviously aimed towards getting a tax break for rich people. he's made that clear. he said -- he said to the american people, i'm going have the biggest tax break in the history of the united states. well, rich people put this plan together. rich people will get the tax break. what's going to happen, however is that the health care for everyone else is going to suffer. the health care system is going to be slowly but surely put into tatters. that's their plan. when rich people go into a room and don't have poor people there to explain to them what the impact on their lives will be. >> all right, senator markey, i understand you have a problem with the process and will likely have a problem with the version of the bill. one more question to you. you're in the senate now but spent a long time in the house of representatives serving alongside nancy pelosi when in fact she was speaker of the
house and the democratic leader there. some democrats in the house now saying it's time to look past nancy pelosi for leadership. including seth moltble from the commonwealth of massachusetts who says you need a new generation of leadership in the house. is it time for nancy pelosi to step aside, senator? >> nancy pelosi is the architect of this health care plan. she's the person who was able to get the votes to make it a law. the law that we're defending here today is a law which nancy pelosi put on the books. >> that's what she did -- what she did -- the question -- you know in these congressional races in georgia sixth, the republicans run against her. see her as a poent weapon they use in their elections. the question isn't what she did back in 2010. it's what she represents now. is it time for her to step aside? >> from my perspective, nancy pelosi has given leadership. especially on this health care issue and the district we're
talking about is tom price's congressional district. he's the person who is the architect of this plan. it's the district that had newt gingrich as its congressman. that can't be a referendum on health care in america. that can't be a referendum on how a cruel and inhumane the policies in our country should be, or the leadership which nancy pelosi has provided to get us to this day where we're protecting and defending. if we're successful and we stand together and we fight, the health care plan, which has dramatically changed the landscape for ordinary families and poor families in our country. >> yes or no. should she stay at leader? >> well, i am a -- nancy pelosi and i are good friends. nancy pelosi is a great leader. nancy pelosi is someone who has my support, without question. >> democratic senator ed markey from the commonwealth of massachusetts, always a pleasure to have you, sir. apprecia
appreciate. >> absolutely. turning to the economy. your road trip got cheaper. june gas prices falling to the lowest level in 12 years and just in time for summer. here to tell us why. what's going on? >> tied to falling crude prices. look at this dramatic chart, it is down about 20% year to date. look at that, john. you're talking $42 a barrel. that is quite dramatic. and, of course, this is all tied to the fact that there's just too much oil, not enough demand. simple supply-demand economics but great news for the consumer, because the consumer is saving at the pump to your point. we're looking at $2.28 per gallon across. that's a nationwide average, obviously. depends where you live. that's down 10 cents this month alone. this is incredible savings for an average family, and one analyst put this in very stark terms saying it's the first time this century gas prices might be lower over the fourth of july
weekend versus christmas and new year's when people typically don't drive as much. here's the rub, john. we don't know where the savings are going. economists think people would take the savings from the gas pump and maybe spend in other parts of the economy. we're not exactly seeing that happen. so we don't know what the overall economic benefits are for the u.s. economy, which would weigh on trump's agenda. >> give presence on the fourth in of full with extra money. >> appreciate it. senate republicans are about to meet behind closed doors to find out details of their health care plan. it will still be some days, though, before any of them learn how much it will cost. coming up, we'll talk to a man who used to judge these prices. stay with us.
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all right, sir. it's all happening now. republicans meeting lee bind closed doors on capitol hill. many learning for the first time exactly what is in their own version of the health care bill. now the room they're in is off-limits to cameras and democrats. i want to bring in cnn's phil mattingly, buzzing around capitol hill trying to get detail what's in the bill and opinions of lawmakers, but they are scarce this morning. hiding from you, phil. >> reporter: yeah. interesting element. i swung by to grab my daily coffee and ran into a top aide of one of the senators in the original working groups today. what do you know? seeing? he smiled, based what i'm reading from cnn you guys know more than we do at this point. that's true we have a good rundown from sources that have seen it over the last 12 to 15 hours. an interesting element, the
senators are finding it out now, behind closed doors. an important briefing at that. we know what's in the draft bill according to sources to this point will make some people happy on issues if you're a moderate senator caring about the medicaid expansion a longer phaseout process than in the house bile. a conservative senator with medicaid spending to slow dramatically, you'll get something for that as well. conservatives who care about obamacare regulations. what you saw from the house bill, the waiver process, will not be in this draft but they'll give another waiver process that already exists in the aca more flexibility for states to get out of certain types of regulations. will that make them happy? it's up in the air. a year of defunding for planned parenthood. abortion, a huge issue as well. they're learning that behind closed doors and crucial over the next five, six hours, once senators digest this and their staff digests it, where do they sit? happy with it, out altogether? the answers leadership is looking for and we are as well.
>> fantastic, phil. let you get back to chasing people around that meeting and back to your phone and texting with maybe news from the meeting itself. meantime, president of american action and former director of the congressional budget office. pretty important place this week. jonathan gruber, economics professor of the massachusetts institute of technology. also described as the architect of obamacare. depending which side is saying that. meant as a good thing or not so much. all right, gentlemen. we don't know every detail that's in the republican bill, but some has begun to leak out. jonathan, to you. the senate plan is going to drop the waiver. allowing states to let insurers boost premiums or some people with pre-xrifti ipre-existing cd would be covered as we know. and the end of medicaid expansion slower under the senate version. again, just compared to the house version, does this bill have more heart, as the president would say, jonathan? >> you know, i'm torn this morning. on the one hand, this is no
longer an obamacare repeal bill. that's good. on the other hand, this is just a giant cut in medicaid pap that's what this bill amounts to. that's bad. >> huh. >> because delaying -- look, we have a very long future ahead of us. if you delay three years the medicaid cuts, you have the convenient feature which doug knows well, which is cbo scores over a ten-year period. by delaying it three years you reduce the headline number how people lose health insurance. over the long run it cuts medicaid more. why? it doesn't reduce the deficit barely at all, according to previous estimates. we won't know for sure until next week. the only thing it does, finance a giant tax cut for the rich. obamacare repeal is a smoke screen. a medicaid cut to advance tax cuts for the rich. >> breaking that apart. and jonathan, when you say no longer an obamacare repeal. specifically on in a part what do you mean? >> what i mean is, if you look
at what, criticized obamacare was subsidies, regulations. other things. this law wouldn't change those according to the leaked drafts we're seeing. the changes it would make are bad and i'm opposed but not nearly at radical as the house change ps's they're weakens obamacare repeal elements, i like in some sense, and instead doing a much more dramatic long-run cut to medicaid. >> doug, in reverse order. jonathan said what it could do to medicaid. based what you've seen, when all is said and done, less money for medicaid than otherwise there and less people served by medicaid? >> no. i think the important thing to recognize about medicaid, about medicare, social security, affordable care act, all of those are entitlement programs growing at rates that are unsustainable, all contributing to the rising deficits that will
reach $1 trillion within the next eight years and face changes for that reason. we don't have a social safety net financially secure. so the senate is taking sensible steps to build a secure social safety net and doing it in a way that is very different than the affordable care act. going to rely on states. recognizing that health conditions and health delivery systems differ radically across the country. you can give the states the flexibility and the resources to use them effectively in their communities and that's the senate approach. this is just the reality of our future, and medicaid is the first of these programs that they have to do this to. >> you acknowledge if you make the changes they're talking about making. phasing in, yes, the rollback of the expansion more slowly, but if you change the indexing, it doesn't mean less money would be going to medicaid than otherwise would be. i know you think these changes are necessary, but it means less money. correct? >> there's going to be less money. one way or another, this is just the way they've chosen to do it. >> okay.
on the obamacare repeal i think it might be something from jonathan lips to rand paul's ears the notion this is not in fact a repeal of obamacare. do you agree with that statement, doug? >> i don't agree with that. if you look at the critiques of the affordable care act they come in many forms but really were a centralized one size fitsz all approach. it was a large tax increase a large expansion of entitlement programs at a time when the economy wasn't performing well and we could not afford it. this is reversal of all of those things. yes, a trillion dollar tax increase, yes, it's exactly what the economy needs. >> time for yes/no answers. gentlemen, do you appreciate or approve of the way that the senate republicans have gone about doing this the last week behind closes doors? doug, yes or no? >> yes. >> jonathan? >> this is a middle finger to representative democracy. >> all right. >> outrageous. >> last question, both of you
who watch politics closely. will it passed senate next week? jonathan, yes or no. >> i have no idea. >> doug? >> i think the answer is, yes. and this product will be judged by its merits, not the process. the process is never the problem. the problem is always the product. we'll see how good this one is. >> haven't seen it yet, because it hasn't been released. the public learning tab now and the senate gets to vote on it days after learning what's in it. thank you both. great discussion. appreciate it. today the fib sfbi is investigating the stabs at the flint, michigan airport as a possible terrorism act. new details on the horizon. that's next. garfunkel (instrumental)
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that is what ultimately led to the hung jury and mistrial. third count, only one juror believed cosby was guilty. the prosecutor plans to retry the case. new developments this morning. also, the fbi is investigating the stabbing of flint, michigan's airport as a possible of act of terror. the canadian citizen allegedly yepped allah akbar before stabbing the police officer in the neck. he was arrested at the scene and charged with violence at an international airport. the officer is in stable condition and expected to fully recover. cnn's ryan young is in flint with all of the details inside that airport. ryan? >> reporter: john, we are inside the airport. a lot of questions people are asking is where did the stabbing happen? the checkpoint is down this way. he didn't go through the checkpoint. this is the area where the stabbing happened. you see a fresh piece of carpeting is because they're trying to cover unthe blood.
he walked towards a bathroom, the suspect. left two bags. doubled back. the officer was standing in this area and he stabbed the officer in the neck. of course, he said allah akbar before stabbing him. a 12-inch knife with an 8-inch serrated blade. the officer never stopped fighting during the attack. a maintenance omp starting lending a hand to fight back against the attacker. others joined in to try to tackle him. they got him under arrest. he was making other statements during this and says, you kill people in afghanistan, iraq and syria during this attack, but, like i said you they were able to get him arrested. think about the officer still fighting after being stabbed in the neck. grateful he is still alive and of course in stable condition. >> yes. kind of his bravery to be sure. ryan young in the flint, michigan, airport. thanks so much, ryan. happening now, an ohio community is coming together to remember a college student released days after he died.
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this morning, otto warmbiers hometown is gathering to say good-bye to him. his funeral is under way right now, at his old high school. miguel marquez is there. miguel? >> reporter: yeah, john. the service is just concluded. we expect to see the casket of 22-year-old otto warmbier come through any moment now. there is a procession that is
planned 3.5 miles away. i will tell you at wyoming high school, they filled it to capacity. they were at 2500 seats and are asking people to go to the -- a simple ceremony. his brother and sister speak. it was officiated by rabbi jake ruben. ambassador joseph is the person president trump dispatched to pyongyang to bring back otto warmbier in that state over a month ago. the mystery surrounding this young man's death does continue. the family asking that an autopsy not be performed on otto warmbier. the county coroner saying they might be able to have a cause in manner of death without having a
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quite a morning. happening this morning on capitol hill, two different moments for two parties. republican senators are behind closed doors getting to see what is in their own health care bill and if they can rally behind it. as for the democrats, minutes from now, we are going to hear from house minority leader, nancy pelosi. this is the first time she will make remarks after some said she should step aside as party leader. this could be very interesting. how will she respond? a lot going on on capitol hill. we are going begin with health care. phil mattingly is following that. phil, they are behind closed doors. what did we learn? >> reporter: the element is what they are learning. senators didn't know the d direction this is heading. we are getting a sense