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trafficking organization operating on the dark web. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." thanks for being with us. i'm cabrera in new york. the united nations security council approved harsh sanctions against the regime uniting to punish it for its intercontinental ballistic missile testing. the united nations security council voted to sanctionn china, and russia voted with us. very big financial impact. it's single largest package ever on north korea, over $1 billion in costs to north korea. u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nicky hailey says it's a gut punch to north korea, and i
spoke with her a short term ago. >> is military action on the table right now? >> that's all up to north korea. at this point they really have some serious decision to make. wha we're prepared to do what it takes to defend skpoursz our alliance. the ball is in their court. they have to decide where they want to go from here. we hope they will go the route of peace and security and focusing on human rights and feeding their people. we hope they will go the route of stopping modern slavery and taking money from that situation. all this now is in north korea's court and we'll see how they respond. >> kim jong-un is orchestrating the murder of his own brother. can sanctions or diplomacy stop him? >> i think we did what we could in the u.n., and that was basically speak with one voice.
he is now on an island. north korea now has to look at the rest of the world and see that they're all telling him to stop this reckless activity and they need to respond for that and respond in a good way. we want to see peace and security on the korean peninsula. what we've seen is a rec less dictator who's been paranoid and irresponsible and continued to take his interests over his own people. but to have china stand with us along with japan and north korea and the rest of the international community telling north korea to do this, it's pretty impactful. this was a strong day in the u.n., a strong day for the united states and the international community. it was not a good day for north korea. >> now the world is reacting to these new sanctions against north korea, approved in that unanimous vote today at the u.n. security council. live in seoul, south korea now.
they can't say reaction you're seeing there to these sanctions facing south korea's neighbor to the north? >> reporter: naturally the south korean government is coming out in strong support. the statement we're seeing from officials this morning, very much echos the sentiments that the south korean government put forward last week when president donald trump signed another bill into law including u.s. sanctions against north korea. the south korean government strongly the supports idea of diplomatic efforts that would help resolve the tension on the korean peninsula. they are strong proponents of sanctions that could help denuclearization. what south korea doesn't want to see is the threat of military action or the possibility of any kind of military conflict
because they are the ones who stand to be hurt the worst in that equation. while you do have the u.s. pursuing many trajectories when it comes to trying to resolve this crisis, the purity of skpangsz dialogue, this is direction south korea would want this to move. strong proponents of sanctions on north korea. >> it was last month when where we we was not one, but two launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles my north korea. how exactly do we expect the north korean regime to respond to these new sanctions? >> look, they usually register their disketcontent quickly. north korea does see these kinds of sanctions as provocation and they are typically quick to respond to that. the regime made it clear that those two icbm tests laujd in july were a response to what they see as military pressure
and also extreme sanctions against them that is likely the position that they will take again. so that brings us to the question can sanctions be effective? you're seeing a lot of optimism about this round of sanctions, so many saying this comes with an incredible a economic heft that this will be a burden on north korea. but you've got to weigh the equation here, what we know about this regime is that they priority ties their nuclear program above all else. kim jong-un has said he will not barter. he says this as a key to the regime's survival. will it serve to stop the development of this nuclear missile program, that's yet to be seen. but all indications from this regime is they will do what they need to do in order to achieve the goal they have, which is an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the
u.s. quipped with a nuclear war head. that's the reality from them, ana. >> thank you. we have this just in to cnn. a search for three missing u.s. marines involved in a training mishap has been called o. we're told the u.s. military was carrying out these training exercises with the australian military off the country's eastern coast when a u.s. osprey aircraft went into the water near shoal water bay. officials say 26 service members were on board. 23 were rescued. crews will begin to retrieve the where he could aircraft in the coming days. the president is away for the next 17 days, but back at the white house there could be some more moving and shaking. there's talk that steven miller may get a promotion. this is what we're talking about. he is a senior policy advisor to the president, he's now under consideration for a high-level communications job, this after
his heated exchange with jim acosta during a white house briefing. watch. >> i am shocked at your statement that you think that only people from great big and australia would know english. it's reveals your "cosmopolitan" bias shocking decree dr.gree. >> sounds like you're trying to judger the ethnic flow of people in this country. >> that was one of the most affordable things you've said. >> let's bring in brian stelter. miller in the spotlight now. he's somebody who has not strayed from controversy in the past. what's the word? >> bringing in someone like miller into the communications shop means the president wants more of what we just saw, more of those combative exchanges. miller is a relatively young
staffer. rose to this position until the trump white house largely on his views on immigration, a hard line conservative policies. his pugnacious, aggressive in the media appearances. and the president appreciates that. he loved the back and forth between miller and acosta, and he wants to have folks like miller on television defending him basically no matter what. if that's what the president wants, miller might be someone to bring into the communications shop to do that. it was a hard job to fill in the first place. it's harder now that scaramouche scaramucci skpu . >> or the president could speak on his own behalf. he hasn't held a solo press conference in weeks. in fact the last time he had one
of these was when jim comey was the fbi director and the white house just introduced their health care bill. that w that was ages ago. >> we've seen presidents hold a press conference before jetting off on vacation for a while. this is another example of the president breaking with past presidential tradition. normally at this point in a person's first 200 days at president, anywhere between three and 20 press conferences. this president's only had one solo press conference. we're not hearing him answer questions from journalists in that setting. it's another example of his hostility of the media. >> i want to ask you about big news in the media world right now. fox news and a new controversy involving one of their hosts. >> one of the most pro-trump hosts on the channel, a favorite of president trump promoted boggle's new book called "the
swamp." he had a show built around him recently. fox has suspended him. they want to get the this cleared up and get him back on the air. it's not the first time we've heard of a fox star accused of harassment and improper behavior, whether that was the head of the network, roger ailes this time last year or bill o'reilly in the spring. there's another fox anchor, charles pane who was suspended because of the harassment allegations. >> are these allegations just bubbling to the surface? sounds like he's accused of doing this years ago. >> yes, according to the "huffington post," the number of women at fox news who received these inappropriate messages and
pictures from bolling, the difference now is the news outlaw fou outlet writing about it. >> before i let you go, i want tog to get your reaction to the new "newsweek" cover. the picture speaks more than the words really. he's in a lazy boy recliner. in the past six months he's passed little major legislation when it comes to his big agenda that he promised the american people. instead spending time this weekend on the golf course. and he's gone to many of his golf course on the weekends. >> "newsweek" being deliberately provocative here trying to get attention, but definitely getting attention. they make a point that a lot of americans agree with that this president hasn't accomplished as much as he promised.
the president touts his economic numbers, that is the main thing he's been promoting lately. >> to his credit, we have seen him get one million jobs added since the beginning of his presidency. economists can argue whether his policies or he himself has really been the impetus of those. >> more americans are working. "newsweek" says he's being lazy. the president tweeting i'm not on vacation on his first full day. seems like he has a messaging problem trying to say he's not on vacation. he says he's going to be having lots of meetings. the best way to know will be instagram and twitter. there will be people taking pictures of him driving around the golf resort. >> brian stelter, always good to see you. tune into his show tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. eastern on cnn.
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rallying his base at a campaign style rally. based on how the president and i see team operated his week, has john kelly changed things? >> i think he has a little bit, ana. donald trump kept tweeting this past week, but it wasn't the sort of explosive twitter that we have seen from donald trump. largely touting his accomplishments, trying to draw attention, the stock market going over 22,000, jobs report, some immigration numbers. if you're a conventional thinker, this is what donald trump should be doing with his gigantic number of twitter formals. he shouldn't put out good news for him, not necessarily talking about russia, the media, or other anchors on cable tv. people can't just walk in and
see the president, making sure john kelly is sitting in on meetings between the president and cabinet secretaries, trying to regulate how communication goes to the president. >> we learned the russia investigation is broadening, and a grand jury impaneled, the president may have held his tongue for a few days, but on thursday he proved once again he can't help but talk about russia. >> have you seen any russians in west virginia or ohio or pennsylvania? are there any russians here tonight? any russians? they can't beat us at the voting booths, so they're trying to cheat you out of the future and the future that you want. they're trying to cheat you out of the leadership you want with a fake story that is demeaning
to all of us, and demeaning to our country and demeaning to our constitution. >> we heard him at that rally making a political argument against the russia investigation. do you see this as a new strategy? >> yeah, very interesting. while he did kind of restrain himself on twitter, when in front of a largely adoring crowd and i don't think the president could resist. >> now he's on the 17-day vacation. congress is home for the august recess. tell us who had the worst week in washington? >> you mentioned it earlier and i do think we tend to forget because these weeks feel like months. but it was only on monday that anthony scaramucci was jettisoned as white house communications director by john kelly, one of the shortest
stints in that job ever, ten days filled with controversy. >> and it feels like ages ago now. >> it does. you think smuanthony scaramucci that was monday. on friday he was supposed to do a live event we heard was being produced by bill schein. he ended up cancelling that. i think anthony scaramucci will be back in our national consciousness. i don't think he's going to disappear. "saturday night live" will be back in september and he don't think they'll be able to resist a little bit of the mooch. but he was very close to donald trump a personal friend, someone brought in to sort of change the course and direction of the wlou white house, not a good moment for anthony scaramucci. and the worst -- i could say
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the investigation into possible collusion between the only trump campaign and russia just moved a lot closer to the white house. investigators have now formally asked the white house to turn over documents remitted to michael flynn. this is according to "the new york times." we are told the fbi was already investigating flynn's action during the campaign even before a special counsel was appointed. this is the first time the white house has been asked to turn over documents troemremitted to time there. robert mueller is widening his probe, including those of his family and associates. cnn's pamela brown has more on
the expansion of this investigation. >> does anyone really believe that story? >> reporter: the russia investigation continues to widen. as federal investigators explore the polish financial ties of president trump and associates to russia. sources tell cnn financial links could offer a more concrete path to any potential prosecution. investigators are delving into possible financial crimes, including some unconnected to the election. for the president, that's going too far. he's warned that delving into his businesses and a, quote, violation. trump has maintained there's no collusion, and he has no financial ties to russia. >> and i can tell you speaking for myself, i own nothing in russia. i have no loans in russia. i don't have any deals in russia. >> reporter: now, one year into this complex probe, the fbi has reviewed financial records related to the trump organization. the president himself, as well as his family members and
campaign associates. cnn is told investigators combed through the list of shell companies and trump branded process. reaching back several years. and officials familiar with the investigation tell cnn special counsel robert mueller's team has examined the becoming of russian business associates connected to trump. getting back to the 2013 miss universe pageants he hosted in moscow. >> thank you for their amazing hospitality. >> reporter: cnn couldn't determine whether the review included trump's tax returns. but even investigative leads that have nothing to do with russia but involve trump associates are being referred to the special counsel to encourage subjects of the investigation to cooperate. >> the entire thing has been a witch-hunt. >> reporter: president trump keenly aware of the increased
financial focus deannounces it. >> russia is fake news put out by the media. >> reporter: trump's team seeking to limit mueller's investigation. >> the president's point is that he doesn't want the special counsel to move beyond the scope and outside of its mission. and the presidents's been very clear as have his accountants and team that he has no financial dealings with russia. and so i think we've been extremely clear on that. >> reporter: cnn has learned new details how mueller is running his special counsel team. more than three dozen attorneys, fbi agents, and support staff, experts in investigating fraud and financial crimes. broken into groups focused entrail on collusion and obstruction of justice. cnn has learned that investigators became more suspicious of manafort when they turned up intercepted communications u.s. intelligence
agencies collected amongst suspected russian operatives, discussing their efforts to work with manafort who coordinated information that could hurt hillary clinton's bid for the white house according to u.s. officials. fly in flynn's case, the focus is now on his ties to turkish officials. >> reporter: the president's attorney said to cnn in a statement, quote, the president's outside legal counsel has not received any requests for documentation or information about this. any inquiry that goes beyond the maund we would object to. and for contacts, investigators don't have to get to go to the lawyers to get financial information. they can get records from the treasury department.
pamela brown, cnn, washington. >> let's bring in our panel. joining us, cnn legal and nationalist analyst, asia is also the associate dean of yale look like. and jennifer reuben from "the washington post." one of the big threats that mueller is asking the white house for documents on flynn, not the campaign, but the white house. what do you make of that? >> well, it tells me that they are looking for something specific. in other words, they probably homed in on a crime or some sets of crimes that they want to get more information on, and they're probably looking for any kind of communications about possible exchanges concerning payments, agreements between individuals, or possibly just evidence of knowledge that certain kinds of connections were taking place.
>> jennifer, the president has so you go to to protect flynn really from the beginning, former fbi director james comey testified that trump asked him to drop the investigation into flynn. is this likely to hit home for the president? >> i think it is. i thought it was peculiar for a presidents who would fire multiple campaign chiefs, who has let go a good number of very loyal staff, who harangued poor jeff sessions would be so concerned about the prosecution of michael flynn. you have to think that flynn knows things. flynn is in the midst of the transition. flynn did begin his very short tenure at nsa. you have to think he's a key player in this, and it may be he's a key player because as the film said, because of his connections to turkey, it may be because those conversations that he didn't reveal.
it may be because he was not forthcoming with the fbi when they questioned him. and perhaps michael flynn is sort of the hub in the middle of this and the spokes go out from there. >> asharks we also learned robert mueller is issuing grand jury subpoenas. what do you think is more consequential, the grand jury or the request of these documents from flynn from the white house? >> the grand jury subpoenas that were issued this week were coming out of a grand jury that was convened in washington. and the flynn subpoenas were for the white house were coming out of a grand jury that's in virginia. the new grand jury is an indication that this is expanding. this is probably still in the early stages. it would be normal at this point to collect more evidence. so they want possibly financial records, they want people to come in and testify under oath,
to get more information and they're going to use that to proceed. so this is going to be one stage of many as i explained to some people. if this were a tv drama, this might be episode 4. so stay tuned. there's more coming. but this is definitely an expansion because it's a separate grand jury than the one that it was convened for michael flynn. >> jennifer, do you know why there are multiple grand juries? >> there are a lot of theories about this. one is that they really are focusing on the process charges or potential charges, perjury, jau obstruction of justice. those crimes were committed in the district of columbia at the white house. that's one explanation that those crimes play a central role. another is just a convenience factor that that's where the special prosecutors are, that's
where a lot of their witnesses are, makes things go faster and more smoothly. and then there's another suggestion that perhaps there's something about being in washington that would be a more favorable venue for an eventual trial. the jury pool or other conditions, there have been a lot of political trials in washington. they often do not go well for the defendants. >> asia, do you think it's possible or likely that the president would be subpoenaed by the grand jury to testify? >> he could be. kent starr did subpoena bill clinton and got him to testify under oath. i think that would be a very later step just because of the basis that you would need to want to take that step, even if you kind of met the legal threshold, i would think even mueller would want kind of something airtight to really justify taking that step.
but it could be possible in this situation if the president has information to offer. now, we should remember that anyone who is called to testify under oath can take the fifth. in a grand jury subpoena, they can't have their lawyers present, and so sometimes a grand jury subpoena individual who's subpoenaed will negotiate with the prosecutors, mueller in this case, to do an interview separately with the lawyer present and with an fbi agent there. and the fbi agent being present still means they can't lie. it would still be a crime to lie, but they would be able to have an attorney present. there are a lot of per mewtations possible. >> thank you. coming up, it's being called a summer break, but the president is saying not so fast.
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>> i promise you i won't be taking very long vacations if i take them at all. >> now that he's in office this works president, like many before him, has embarked on an extended time away from washington, but not necessarily away from the job. >> you never escape the presidency. it travels with you everywhere you go. >> presidential summer kaiksz aren't new. teddy roosevelt would escape the capitol to ride out west. reagan went to his treat in california. >> i talked to them every morning at 5:30 and i'm not going to take any more comments. >> as for bill clinton he sometimes traveled the country with his family. while presidents received criticism for decades for their time outside the oval office. >> i recommend it. >> the scrutiny really stepped up during the george w. bush administration. >> i call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop
these terrorists killers. thank you. now watch this drive. >> according to cbs white house correspondents mark knoller, bush made 77 trips to his crawford ranch over the course of his eight years in office. bush, like many other presidents, argued getting out of the white house bubble was a good thing. >> life is a series of contrasts, and i like it here a lot. i really do. and i'm in my own here. we really like it. but i also like -- i wouldn't have run for president if i didn't like the challenge. >> president obama faced similar criticism as he embarked on annual trips to martha's ya vineyard or hawaii. >> mahalo.
>> president trump will likely be on the receiving end of the same critiques me made. >> president trump is pretty much on track with the presidents that came before him. according to mark normaler, president trump has spent 41 days on vacation up until this points in his presidency. barack obama has spents 21 at the same point. george w. bush had spent 67 days out of town. ana? >> ryan nobles, thanks. i guess it's all about how to you define vacation. >> golf was not on vladimir putin's agenda in siberia. instead kremlin pictures show a shirtless vladimir putin fishing, sunbathing. decked out in a suit.
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attendants who had been wounded and some filipino passengers. >> they were letting them out safely? >> yup. these went very well with what i had in my mind. i have to believe. i have to believe. >> then rezaq asked for fuel. no fuel was brought. he said, if you don't bring fuel, i will kill a passenger. every 15 minutes. >> my concern was that the maltese would refuel the plane. strong representations were made to the maltese government not to refuel the plane, not to let the plane leave. >> they let out a group of 10 to 20 and then they said, one israeli come to the front. exactly like they said of the others. i said to her, go. i thought they were going to release us. she said, i can't. i can't. i have a head ache and a stomach ache. you go.
someone has to go. i went out and stood on the platform. there was a hijacking standing in front of me with a mask on his face. he started raising up his hand with a pistol. it was a matter of a second or something. it was like, he's not going to release me, he's going to shoot me. >> joining me now is a member of the fbi team that brought one of the surviving terrorists to the u.s. for prosecution. former assistant special agent in charge, robert clifford. thanks for joining us, robert. >> thank you. >> so this case didn't end with this hijacking. there was this global man hunt for one of the suspects. talk to us about what happened. >> yes. he'd been -- omar rezaq was the terrorist. during the hijacking, he separated passengers by nationality and then shot them. two israelis and three americans. he was imprisoned in malta and suddenly released. so the fbi had already developed
contingency plans and embarked on a worldwide manhunt to intercept rezaq before he could get into the sedan and disappear. >> how did you do it? >> it was a very sophisticated operation. very complex legally. putting together a team of specialists and following the route of rezaq from malta to ghana, and right before he got to nigeria, launching an operation to intercept him there and bring him back to the united states to stand trial. >> do you think he would have gone on to do other horrific things had you not caught up with him? i mean, the fact he was released. >> i'm confident. omar rezaq personifies evil. when i captured him, i looked into his eyes. never before had i seen such vacant eyes or any eyes void of any emotion. i've been in the military and
fbi for 31 years. i've met a lot of very, very bad people. but never in my life have i felt i was in the presence of evil. >> that's a powerful statement. going back to the hijacking itself, did this case provide any lessons when it comes to dealing with hijackers who are holding hostages? >> it does. several lessons were learned from this very, very tragic hijacking. after the pastors were shot, egyptair commandos launched a rescue attempt. they placed a explosive device, a small breaching charge to blow open a door in the rear of the aircraft. they miscalculated. that explosion sent a fire ball through the aircraft, burning to death 58 men, women and children. >> that is just horrific. we'll learn a lot more, obviously, in tonight's special. robert clifford, thank you for joining us for a few minutes this weekend.
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the fbi says somebody threw some kind of homemade bomb into a mosque outside of minneapolis earlier today. the explosion went off at 6:00 this morning when worshippers were inside gathered for prayers. a witness told a local news station somebody broke a window, threw something inside and drove away. luckily, no one was hurt inside. the fbi continues to investig e investigate. somebody was killed today in baltimore, and this is news tonight because this is the weekend there was supposed to be a cease-fire when community activists hoped 72 hours might pass without a single homicide. this tweet from the baltimore police department says, quote, yes, there was a homicide, but
the work doesn't stop. organizers called and are in the area to continue to spread love. just an incredible upset at the world track and field championships today. american justin gatlin beat jamaica's usain bolt, the fastest man in the world, in the 100 meters today. watch. >> bolt gets a pretty good start. so does gatlin. bolt is going to chase hard. he's not going to catch him. here he comes. gatlin wins it! it's gatlin! >> chilling. what a thrilling finish. gatlin finishes his race in 9.92 seconds. fellow american, christian coleman, ended up second. bolt, the olympic legend, the world record holder, took the bronze. and this is now the first time in ten years he has been beaten in an individual race. remember, he has won eight gold medals. he is retiring now after one final relay race next weekend.
i kind of just feel for him going out with that last race, finishing third. that's going to do it for me. thanks so much for joining us. i'll see you back here tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. eastern. have a great night. terrorism has been with us since the start of time, and it will be with us long after i have left this earth. but in the '80s, it was especially prolific. >> hijackings, assassinations, bombings,taking, across the spectrum, terrorists were active and they were effective. >> attacks were more frequent. they were more deadly. if anything happened like that today, we would be absolutely in a panic. >> as a former fbi