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hello, again, thanks so much for joining me this saturday. i'm fredricka whitfield.
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the white house says no comment following the news first on cnn that the first charges had been filed in the problem led by special counsel robert mueller. mueller is investigating russian interference in the 2016 election, possible collusion with donald trump's campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president. a federal judge has ordered the charges remain sealed, but sources tell cnn anyone could be taken into custody as soon as monday. still unclear who could be charged or the possible charges. all of this unfolding with president trump at his golf club in virginia right now. our correspondents and expert analysts are standing by to break it all down for us. we begin with cnn's shimon propez who helped break the story. what are the expectations? >> the expectations so far from everything we know from sources that we've talked to that it will be possibly as soon as monday that we learn of these
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charges, that we learn of who exactly was indicted and what charges they face. we do expect some activity, some law enforcement activity on monday. and then at some point during the day, court activity, arraignments perhaps, these people or person that were indicted. you know, keep in mind all this is sealed. this was ordered sealed by a judge after a grand -- after the grand jury handed down the indictments here in washington, d.c. so now we're just waiting on word of who exactly these charges pertain to and what will happen in the coming days. keep in mind, we have talked to attorneys associated with some of the people who have been under investigation in this case and so far none have been notified or have been told based on the ones that we've talked to that their clients are facing charges. >> karen, no comment from the white house or the president,
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you know, i guess has not spoken any more except the white house has just said, you know, no comment. so what can be i guess revealed from what we do know about these sealed indictments? >> there's little that we can really dive into at this point of what will be in the indictments and who will be charged and what the charges will be. and what the elements of those alleged crimes are. it's not surprising the white house is declining to comment since it lacks some of the specific details of what the allegations will be. but i think we'll probably see a lot more activity on monday once it becomes clear who has been charged, what the allegations are and who may be implicated by what the charges are at that point. i think we expect these to be the first charges in this investigation, probably not the last ones. >> so shimon, when might the people involved, if it's a
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person or people who would be charged actually find out? >> some may not know until monday morning. sometimes in situations where there are surrenders, the lawyers for the individuals are told a day after or even in some cases are told as soon as their clients are indicted. they're notified, hey, you know, we would like your clients to surrounder tomorrow. you know, we did expect maybe that would happen on friday at some time that the lawyers would be called and told have your clients surrender on monday. but so far from everyone that we've talked to that has not happened. so it's kind of still a mystery to all of us who was indicted. >> all right, shimon prokupecz, thanks so much. let's go to boris sanchez for response from the white house. we know no comment, what else? >> hey there, fred, yes, no comment from the white house, no public events for the president
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today. he's now spending his 85th day as president at a property that bears the trump name. he's over at trump national golf course in sterling, virginia. expected back at the white house later this afternoon. the president is typically very active on twitter over the weekend. he has sent out some tweets today. focusing on jimmy carter and the gdp, not really talking about the mueller investigation, though he did mention russia in a tweet last night, linking to a "new york post" report that somehow hillary clinton is involved in news stories about russian interference in the election. so at least it is on his mind and it is one example of what some are saying is the president trying to muddy the waters when it comes to the national conversation about potential collusion between the trump campaign and russia. here's cnn political analyst and former "washington post"
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reporter carl bernstein making that case. >> what we've seen all week, though, is once again the president of the united states instead of encouraging this special counsel to get to the bottom of the russia investigation and what happened and what russia did and whether or not there were any members of his entourage, trump's entourage involved in encouraging the russians to interfere. the president of the united states has sought to muddy the waters by once again making hillary clinton the issue instead of the conduct of the president himself and those around him. >> and the president certainly has been zeroing in on hillary clinton this week. multiple times making references to new allegations that during her time as secretary of state, she took russian bribes in exchange for favorable uranium deals. the president demanding that an fbi informant related to the case testify, which has been approved. beyond that, he's also demanding that the state department now release any e-mails that are still unsealed remaining from
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hillary clinton's time as secretary of state. and then separately, he's also made the case that the mueller investigation is now getting too expensive for taxpayers. so though no official comment from the white house, what is on the president's mind is pretty clear, fred. >> all right, boris sanchez, at the white house, thanks so much. all right, lots to discuss. joining me, our cnn political contributo contributors. good to see you all. >> good to see you. >> all right, so brian, you know, these indictments, we don't know if it's one or if it's multiple people. but how is the white house potentially bracing itself? >> well, we'll probably see a few more tweets from the president blaming hillary for it all. i've seen soar losers. i've never seen such a sore winner. the simple fact is the president has never admitted he's done anything wrong while he's been in office. this administration muddying the waters is too kind, it
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onfuskates and that's why they call us fake news because we're giving the facts and he doesn't want to hear it. i would anticipate coming out of the white house there will be no direct comment about any of the allegations, but we will hear indirectly that it's all hillary's fault or obama's fault or someone else's fault and then if he takes on the issue of the investigation, he'll take it on, head on, by saying that it's fake news. that's what i would anticipate seeing in the future anyway. >> and then, page, the first charge or charges, how much of it will be an indicator of where the investigation overall may be going? >> i think it could tell us a lot, not just the charge but how the indictment is drafted. there's no standard form for an indictment. some prosecutors simply put in the charges and the defendant and that's it. other prosecutors want to tell a story. they want to go into the facts. this is how the crime is allegedly committed. and spell it all out in a five-page or ten-page -- i've seen 50-page indictments.
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so we don't know how long this indictment is. we don't know whether it's bare bones, here are the allegations, this is what they're charged with, or if we're going to get a flavor of the entire investigation so potentially we could learn a lot on monday. >> so collusion is not a charge. but there is circumstances that the investigators are looking into. is there a hope that these first set of charges might help unravel that mystery? >> yes, i mean, i think that's a really important point. i think as page said monday will be sort of give us the grain of understanding what the whole bag of wheat's going to look like, right? we're going to have a much better understanding of where this is going, whose connected to it. right now, we're sort of like agatha christie and we're on orient express. we can't figure out what's happening at this moment. it's sort of this big mystery. but monday, i think will this be
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great indicator as to what path mueller is taking, where he sees this going, and it will probably snowball from there. >> this follows -- at least the first charges now follows a very long string of whether it was candidate trump, president trump, people surrounding him who were all saying there's nothing to any of this. here's a reminder. >> the russia story is a total fabrication. >> did any adviser or anybody in the trump campaign have any contact with the russians who are try to meddle in the election? >> no, of course not. >> so there been absolutely no collusion. >> are there any ties between mr. trump, you or your campaign and putin and his regime? >> no, there are not, it's absurd. there was no collusion between us and russia. >> did anyone involved in the trump campaign have any contact
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with russians trying to meddle with the election? >> absolutely not. >> in the meantime, no collusion, no obstruction. >> and so, page, if the indictments reveal that any number of them were wrong or were flat-out lying, does that now redirect the investigation in any way? >> well, it could, fred. the initial focus of course was on russia's tries to the trump campaign or interference in the u.s. election. but mueller also has the authority to investigate anything that kind of arises out of that. so while they're undergoing their investigation, they're interviewing a lot of witnesses. they're listening to what we're reporting in the media. if people are making false statements to government investigators, that's a separate crime. if people are redirecting witness, trying to influence witnesses improperly, that's a separate crime. people are destroying e-mails, documents, that's a separate crime. it's not just collusion, which
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itself is not a crime, but it's the whole enterprise. whether this was done legally or illegally. and i think that's ultimately where these special counsel -- >> and how much is at stake overall for the white house and how much of that is predicated on what is revealed on monday? >> well, it's all at stake for the white house of course. and it's -- like i said, it's an old story. it's what brought nixon down. it's not the crime, it's the cover-up. it's what gave clinton trouble? it's not the crime, it's the cover- cover-up. i would anticipate what happens on monday will determine their actions and their actions are going to be if they're past action is any indication of future action, they're going to deny that they've done anything wrong. they're going to direct this in a different manner, to look at something, blue smoke and mirrors, don't look at the guy behind the curtain, don't believe your lying eyes, believe me. and they're going to continue that all the way until they fall off the cliff. i wouldn't anticipate any of
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that has changed because it hasn't already. they've been better off at the very beginning saying look, you know, there was a mistake, it was made, here it is, it's over and done with. but they haven't done with. as facts continue to show, they have a problem, a very serious problem, and they're not dealing with it other than telling us not to look at it, and that's no way to deal with your problem. >> how much of this is going to be an obstacle, whatever, you know, is unveiled on monday, how much of an obstacle will this be for this president to try to get anything legislatively done by the year's end? >> well, it all depends on how he handles it. if you look at andrew johnson in the 1860s, he was able to get nothing done after his impeachment problem. if you take a look at bill clinton, he did a very effective job with laney davis and everyday saying i'm going about the business of the american people. and he was still able to accomplish things. and it's sort of up to the
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president and how he takes this on. he can, you know, he is known to be a fighter. so he has that ability to be able to just put his head down and keep working. or he can be really angry and, you know, sort of alienate both parties and nothing gets done. >> he'll do both. >> that's the great unknown right now. >> brian. >> yes, he'll do both. you'll see him get angry. you'll see him try to -- like he says, he's the counterpuncher. he likes to walk into a deal and punch somebody and then talk with them. i think he'll try every arrow in his quiver. it depends whether or not he's actually able to talk to anyone and see if he can work with people. if there's any indication of the trouble he's going to have working with congress, you already have members of his own party be an da it's abdicating
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to speak. i don't think that's going to be very successful if these indictments come down and show there's a problem with the presidency. he'll only be successful if he is exonerated. he is going to have a tough row to hoe either way it goes. you're going to see anger. it all depends. it's going to be, you know, another circus maximus at the white house. >> we're going to leave it right there. brian, celina zeto, thanks so much. still ahead, a doomsday scenario from one of the president's leading republicans if the gop fails to pass its tax reform plan. >> well, i think all of us realize that if we fail on taxes, that's the end of the republican party's governing majority in 2018. >> and new details about the deadly ambush in niger that left four american soldiers dead. what we're learning about why they were there and how they got separated when heavily armed
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welcome back. we'll continue to follow the big story this hour. a federal grand jury approves the first charges in robert mueller's investigation of russian meddling in the 2016 election. we could see any person charged taken into custody as early as monday. let's discuss this with avery freeman, a civil rights attorney and law professor. and richard herman, a new york criminal defense attorney and law professor joining us from las vegas. good to see you both. >> good to see you, fredricka. >> so this grabbnd jury accord politico customarily meets on friday so that may explain a decision on a friday. but then, avery, why not immediately unseal or act on these indictments? >> well, they want to pick up the individuals who are indicted. and this is going to be a fast process. what's so interesting fredricka, i think it's fascinating, this
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entire week, we heard wild political rhetoric about who's responsible for opposition research and everything else. now we have five months of plotting, grinding, interviews, records and so it's the opposite. it is very serious, nonpartisan. what's going to happen is i think they have the person in custody right now. and i think we're going to see not collusion but originally we're going to see i think obstruction charges and then it's going to go from there. a start of an engine on the track. it's a big deal. >> wow. so richard, let's go through some of the sequence of events. what likely would lead up to an indictment of this caliber for at least one person? >> we don't know the caliber of the indictment, fred. it's all speculation right now. in a court of law, under the rules of evidence, speculation is objection, they don't allow it. we're going to take that road. >> but there's something there
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to elicit at least one indictment. >> you may not see it unsealed on monday. indictments are sealed all the time. and i don't know how this leaked that it was an indictment that it was sealed. the record shows sealed record. it doesn't say sealed indictment. so it may be unsealed on monday. it may be unsealed six months from now. indictments are superseded all the time. they're added, they're amended. we don't know what's coming down here. it may not even come next week. if it does come, so you want to look at the school of thought on this, manafort and the flynn grand juries have been around the longest, so you would think maybe they're the ones that are going to come down. not on collusion but probably, you know, failure to register as a federal -- as a foreign agent. that's the cleanest one. but, you know, i think there's been a lot of pressure on mueller to bring something and this looks like the easiest of them. but, again, fred, please, it may not come on monday, it may come six months from now.
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got to sit back on this. it will not be dispositive. whatever it is. an indictment is not a conviction. it's an allegation only. that's what it is, fred. >> right, it's just one door opening to the next, you know, phase. so then, avery, if it's unsealed monday, six months from now, who does the unsealing and what would happen next? >> well, if the grand jury, the court is involved, there's an order by the court that compels the sealing of. i think what happened is some reporters saw mueller staff there in the d.c. federal court, certain assumptions were made. but i think it is unsealed on monday. again, what's very important is that this isn't screwing around. these aren't wild allegations. this is grinding work. i think where i'm in agreement is that a lot of the problems that some of the campaign officials had was failing to register, failing to identify
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the dual roles of campaign official work and lobbying for a foreign government. that's where the problem is. i agree. i think that's the easiest way for a grand jury to indictment. i think that's what we're going to see up front. that's what's going to happen here. i don't think there's going to be any delay in unsealing this. >> richard, legal counsel for the white house, how clued in to any of this would they be? >> well, you know, you would think the department of justice basically approved this indictment. so to the extent there's an open channel of information and communication, they may be able to get some information about it. fred, if you're going to be indicted, usually as a defendant and defendant's counsel, you know what's coming down. and mueller's team has already told manafort they intent on indicting him, it's not a shock there. but the fact that it came down on a friday. they could have arrested people friday night. they could have arrested them
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today or over the weekend if they're going to go that route. it's not necessarily here's a phone call, bring your client in. no, they'll send agents to the house and arrest. >> because there will always be concerns about flight risk. >> that's what it is, flight risk and destruction of evidence. absolutely, fred. >> right, okay. thank you so much, gentlemen, avery, richard, appreciate it. >> honey, honey and tea, fred, honey and tea. >> i know, i'm trying. i'm nursing that right now. it doesn't seem to be working. >> you're doing great, you're powering through it. >> thanks so much, guys, appreciate it. >> have a good weekend. >> all right, you too. coming up next, new details out of niger where four u.s. soldiers were killed in an ambush. what happened in the moments leading up to the attack. plus, nikki haley speaks exclusively to cnn on the rising threat coming from the region. >> if they don't listen to the voices of their people, conflict will erupt, extremism will happen and the united states will have to deal with it.
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during a visit to africa, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations nikki haley spoke exclusively with cnn's elise labot about the deadly ambush in niger and the rising threat of terrorism in the region. >> these african countries and all countries, if they take care of their people, if they respect the voices of their people, then you get true democracy. if they don't listen to the voices of their people, conflict will erupt.
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extremism will happen. and the united states will have to deal with it. this is all about making sure we don't get to that point. >> this comes as new kdetails emerge about what exactly happened during the niger ambush that killed four u.s. soldiers. we're learning that during the firefight, the 12-member green beret led team became separated into two groups and attempted to mount a counterattack. a source tells us as the battle continued, the first group lost communication with the second group, which included at least some of the four u.s. soldiers who were killed. cnn's ryan brown has been following the details. ryan, what more are you learning? >> well, fred, we've been talking to our sources in the military. both in the region and here in washington. we're learning a little bit more exactly what happened during this chaotic firefight that took place during a mission where the u.s. forces expected to not encounter the enemy. there was no plans to engage in combat. but they found themselves in combat during this ambush.
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some 50 isis fighters immediately disabling one of their vehicles. they were split into two groups. they lost communication with one another. they were fighting a much better armed opponent. the isis fighters had rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, heavy machine guns. yet they attempted to mount a counterattack. managed to kill about 20 isis fighters during this firefight despite facing a more heavily armed force. and, again, there are still some questions that remain unanswer. this loss of communication between the two groups could be why there was some uncertainty about whether or not the soldiers were killed or missing. we're told the white house was initially told that all four soldiers were missing at one point. the military later revising that to three killed and one missing. that one missing soldier of course being sergeant la david johnson who was missing for about 48 hours before his body was recovered.
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the investigation being led by a two-star general really trying to drill down to find out exactly how he could have been missing for that amount of time. fred. >> all right, ryan brown, thank you so much. republicans eager for a win turn their attention to tax reform. but after narrowly passing a budget, is there trouble ahead for their plan to overhaul the tax code right? the might mare scenario one republican is laying out if the gop fails. that's next. honey, clive owen's in our kitchen. i'm leaving. oh never mind, he's leaving. but what if a business could turn all that thinking... thinking... endless thinking into doing? to make better decisions. make a difference. make the future. not next week while you think about it a little more. but right now. is there a company that can help you do all that? ♪ i can think of one. ♪
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and added to the bill, but we'll know more on wednesday perhaps. that's when the plan is expected to be formally unveiled. joining me right now is democratic congressman brendan boyle of pennsylvania, who voted no on the gop budget proposal. congressman, good to see you. why did you vote no? >> all right, thank you. very simply, fredricka, this is the billionaire's budget. the tax center estimated 80% of the budget goes to the richest 1%. that's the first reason. the second reason is that this is not a tax cut for everybody. 50 million americans will see a tax increase. those are mostly middle class and working class families that live in areas like mine in suburban philadelphia who take advantage of deducting state and local income tax as well as the personal exemptions for children. >> so what do you want to see? or do you even advocate a tax reform plan? >> i do.
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i favor tax reform, but it should be based off the way it happened last time in 1986 when it truly was bipartisan. you had president reagan, you had senator bradley in the senate. a solid number of both republicans and democrats voting for it. a tax reform that -- >> so what would you want in it? >> well, specifically, if you ended a few loopholes. for example, something called the patriot employer act. right now companies that ship jobs overseas are able to actually deduct the interest and deduct the expenses of shipping jobs overseas. i would like to see that deduction eliminated. i would like to see other loophole closed that would allow us to reduce the rates. this tax policy by the republican party does nothing for middle class and working families. in fact, for 50 million of them, it will increase their taxes. >> and so possibly by wednesday,
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we'll hear details because there's been a lot of vagaries on it. we saw a 3% hike in gdp last quarter. this comes as sources familiar with the matter say trump is leaning towards jerome powell as the next chairman for the federal reserve. what do you see in that? do you think janet yellen should stay or would that come with great risk if the president were to name someone new? >> you know, i've always thought the system that we've had over a century now which is largely congress and the political side stays out of the fed and the decisions that the fed makes. there have been some efforts in recent years to try to breach that wall. i think our system works best with an independent fed. so i -- my view really is to stay out of that and just hope that you have someone who recognizes that if you do raise
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interest rates too high, that will have a real effect on families that have not felt the benefit of this, now, nine-year economic expansion. >> you're a democrat but one always has to size up the competition. republican senator graham had these choice words, you know, for the future of the republican party if they were to lose the majority. just take a listen. >> well, i think all of us realize that if we fail on taxes, that's the end of the republican party's governing majority in 2018. we'll lose the house, probably lose ground in the senate. i can't imagine how he could be successful with nancy pelosi running the house. they'd try to impeach him pretty quick and it would be just one constant investigation after another. so it's important that we pass tax reform in a meaningful way. if we don't, that's probably the end of the republican party as we know it. >> do you agree with that rather do or die scenario?
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>> i hope lindsey is right. but what that comment tells me is republican members are under an enormous amount of pressure to pass anything even if it's not in the best interest of the american people i fear a plan that is unveiled wednesday will look a lot like what we've already heard is in the plan. it's a plan that does not work for most middle class families. and that they'll be a lot of political pressure on republicans to pass it just because of the reasons that lindsay outlined because they want to keep their majority. >> and then this past week, we've seen two republicans, jeff flake, bob corker, rebuke president trump. you tweeted that you hope this is a wake-up call for the gop. is it? >> well, time will tell. i have to tell you that when senator flake took to the senate floor, i was on my way to another meeting. i actually delayed that for 20
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minutes to watch his entire speech. i would encourage all americans to go on youtube and take a look at it. i thought it was pretty courageous. it's a shame, though, that there are so few republicans in congress who are willing to say in public what many of them say in private. they know that what senator flake said in his speech is right. and i hope that he will inspire many of his republican colleagues to show the same sort of courage that he exhibited. >> congressman, thanks for your time. >> all right, feel better. >> thank you. still to come, president trump declares the nation's opoid crisis a public health emergency. for many americans, this may not be enough. the unorthodox new treatment one family is turning to next.
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welcome back. every day in this country, more than 90 americans die from overdosing on opioids. this week, president trump took a long anticipated action to combat this epidemic. instead of declaring the opoid crisis a national emergency, the president declared it a public health emergency. that's an important distinction, because no extra federal funds will be automatically provided to address the issue. this comes as some addicts are turning to a little known plant called kratum. cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta talks with two sisters who use this plant to battle their addiction. >> everything hurts. you're sick.
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you're nauseous. throwing up, diarrhea. your will to live is gone. >> reporter: withdrawal from open yoit drugs. many will tell you you continue to use because after a while it's no longer getting high, it's to chase away the feeling you're about to die. for patricia it all started four years ago with abdominal pain and a prescription for d dielauded. it was the first time in her life she took an opiate. >> it was up to the point i was take a high dose of pain medicine. i had to get on pain management. >> every month, they say, how are you? i say, well, you know, it's not really helping as much. i'm still in a lot of the pain. okay, well, add this to it. this pill. then this patch. >> lisa vincent, patricia's younger sister, also had abdominal pain. over past ten years, she's had five operations, including a
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ri hysterectomy. she also had narcotics. >> i was torn between not being able to care for my family or, okay, i can take care of them if i just take some more pills. >> reporter: within months, two sisters, lisa and patricia, >> if i didn't get it, i would get six- sicxcsick-sick. >> what did you do? >> a guy i knew would sell me if i ran out. >> one day that same guy didn't have any pills and offered up a cheaper alternative -- heroin. >> rest, as they say, is history. it just went downhill from there. >> she called asking for money for more heroin. and i told her, i will not send you money for drugs, i will not.
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but i will buy you cratum. >> around the world, the herb has been used for centuries to help people manage pain. but also for the withdrawal from opium. lisa knew from personal experience. >> i reason i started taking it was because i didn't want to withdraw. i had no idea it would help with the pain like it did. >> we definitely believe that this could be a solution to or part of a solution to the opioid crisis that we're currently in. >> christopher mckurdy is a medicinal chemist and one of a handful of scientists studying the south asian plant. >> i don't see anything that rivals or even comes close to the ability for this plant to serve as a potential treatment. >> reporter: and yet, in the u.s., it is banned in six states, and the dea considers it a drug of concern over worries of potential addiction and even some reported deaths. according to mccurdy, that
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concern is because kratom is not regulated and has been mixed with other drugs. >> drefefinitely there needs to regulatory measures put in place with this plant material, but there's a huge wealth of anecdotal evidence out there and some scientific that there's medical potential for this plant. >> reporter: for something so promising, you may wonder why others including big companies haven't investigated it. part of the problem -- it is a plant. that means no one can patent it. >> there's no financial incentive for any drug company to really pursue developing this into a drug. >> reporter: how does the future look for you now, your family, all your teenage kids that you have? >> bright. it looks beautiful. i have hope. >> reporter: how con tis dent are you that you -- confident are you that you won't go back to heroin? >> never fully confident.
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never fully confident. >> reporter: why? >> it's a powerful -- it's a powerful, powerful drug. i think as long as i have kratom, as long as i can get it, me personally, i'll never go back. >> reporter: you may be asking yourself, is this too good to be true after watching that. and the answer is we don't know. we don't know enough about kratom yet. it's been used for hundreds of years in other countries. the scientific community is starting to pay more attention to it, but it has to be investigated more. as you saw, six states have outlawed it. concerns about addiction, concerns about withdrawal. basically, keep in mind that this stuff is still a supplement. it's still an herb. it's not regulated. so if you go to the store and you buy this stuff, you got to make sure it's kratom. make sure that you're getting the right dosing. and you got to make sure it's not mixed with something else. those aren't guarantees you can get right now. but again, there's buzz about this. and the idea that an herb, a plant, could help address such a
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president trump invited a group of trick-or-treaters to the oval office to celebrate halloween a little early on friday. here they are. children of white house press corps members. about a dozen of them surrounding the desk, dressed up like superheroes and princesses. and witches, too. the president handed out candy and a few questions. >> you going to grow up to be like your parents? [ laughter ] don't answer. it can only get me in trouble, that question. this is from the white house. see what that says? >> ooh --
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>> who likes this? no weight pr. that's the good news. how does the press treat you? i bet you get treated better than the press than anybody in the world, right? huh? i think so. hi. >> weight problems. you know, the press. questions you usually ask young tykes like that. apparently the media jabs and the parenting jokes, guess what, it didn't go so well. according to some media reports, one little girl actually got rather nervous and even started crying. meantime, there is more. the white house's big halloween party will be happening monday when the president and first lady welcome students from more than 20 schools from the d.c., maryland, virginia area. hopefully they will be all smiles and lots of fun. all right. on an all-new episode of "parts unknown," last time, anthony bo bourdain was in sri lanka, there
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