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that memo sent to the white house. >> this is the definition of using intelligence information for political purposes. >> the department of justice is not on any president's team. >> it's another part of the mosaic of corrupt intent to obstruct justice. >> if they were doing something nefarious, the last thing they would have done is handle it the way it was handled. >> the president lied to the country about a meeting with russians. that's a big deal. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and sal sin camerota. >> welcome to your "knew day." it's thursday. it's not february 11th. >> no, it's not. >> you're not going to trick me this time prompter. >> fraek prompter. >> a public clash between president trump and his top law enforcement officials over releasing the classified republican memo alleging surveillance abuses by the fbi. in a rare statement the fbi expressed, quote, grave concerns about the accuracy of that memo
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after the justice department said it would be, quote, extraordinarily reckless to release it. the top democrat on the house intelligence committee is accusing the republican chairman of secret altering the memo before he sent it to the white house. >> we have two cnn exclusives in the russia investigation. first cnn exclusive. sources tell us that president trump asked deputy attorney general rod rosenstein if he was, quote, on my team in a meeting that proceeded rosenstein testifying to the house about very important matters. what's the question? obvious. is this yet another attempt by the president to wrongfully influence his officials, to gain loyalty from someone investigating him. the other exclusive, sources tell cnn the fbi agent whose text messages led to bias in the mueller investigation played a key role in reopening the hillary clinton e-mail probe just before the 2016 election.
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you'll remember that gut shot when they said there are more e-mails on anthony weern's laptop. yes, they turned out to be largely duplicative and not illustrative of any criminality. the man struck as seen as a clinton friendly, wanted those reopened. joining us cnn political analysts josh green and jonathan martin. this is not easy. j. mart, we start with you. this latest headline about the president of the united states saying to rod rosenstein, are you on my team, is it a crime? absolutely not. is it inappropriate? undoubtedly yes. but what might it mean to prosecutors? is it just another wafting bit of smoke, or could it be something that suggests a pattern because of what's on the screen right now. it's not just rosenstein, not just comey. it's coates, rogers, sessions, mccabe, all consistently trump going to them saying are you
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with me or are you with -- fill in the blank. >> kudos to the graphic. >> sal sin drew it. >> thank you. >> it does capture the nature of a president who is not practiced in the morays of government where you treat the justice department with some detachment. that's not how this president operates. he doesn't understand government, frankly. so he acts like everybody around him, no matter if it's the interior secretary or the attorney general, should practice maximum loyalty to him. to your question about how that's viewed legally, you have to ask somebody with a law degree. to me politically, though, that really does underscore just how unfamiliar this president is with governance and how presidents treat the department
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of justice. they are not a political appendage of your administration. >> why not fight back with him, when he says he's not practiced in the art of governing? remember how i said that last hour. >> because it doesn't remove the suspicion. >> let's say he doesn't understand the act of governing which i think is too much cover for someone as sophisticated as the president. let's say it's true, he doesn't know how to govern. so he thinks it is october kay to apply corrupt intent to make sure state officials are on his side. >> i get your point. i was surprised you weren't taking issue with j. mart's take on it. >> it was a very weak fist bump. >> it wasn't open hand, but a little delayed. >> with chris, though -- >> the president a year into his administration or at least seven, eight months. >> should understand governing? >> yes. by now it's hard for the republicans to keep using
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that that . after you're told time and time again that's not appropriate, he should figure it out. >> it's not just a matter of ignorance at this point. it's an intentional and reckless disregard for the political norms that previously surrounded a situation like this. what we see with trump asking rosenstein are you on my team is yet another example of trump viewing this investigation through the lens of personal loyalty to trump himself. he seems to believe that the justice department is the president's equivalent of his own team of personal lawyers that he had back when he was running the trump corporation, and it fundamentally is not. >> next question. jonathan, let's talk about another cnn exclusive. peter strzok, the fbi agent who was transferred after these text messages with lisa page came out
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that showed a bias against donald trump. it turns out the profile of peter strzok is more complicated than we initially thought. it turns out peter strzok was also the fbi official who wrote the first draft of the james comey statement reopening the investigation, the e-mail investigation into hillary clinton when those e-mails were found on anthony weiner's laptop that hillary clinton believes lost the race for her. so you cannot easily put peter strzok in a partisan box. >> right, because you can't apply the sort of rules of political warfare to the fbi. they're law enforcement professionals, and especially at this level, they'll conduct themselves like law enforcement professionals and, yes, be involved in investigations that may be sticky from one side or the other on the partisan divide. so we shouldn't be surprised at this. i think what it does, alisyn, it
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underscores the folly of trying to portray individual actors at the fbi as somehow having an r or a d on their back. it's not that simple when you're talking about law enforcement. >> also, a fact that is related to one of our headlines and actually helps the proposition you were bringing up. rosenstein meets with trump before he testifies that's when he's reportedly asked are you on my team. in that testimony, josh green, what does rosenstein say when asked if he has been asked for an oath of loyalty? no. even though it's not dispositive of his intent, because an investigator is going to look at context. and if that's not how it was taken by rosenstein, assuming they believe him, that will be helpful to the president in that context. >> at least according to the reporting rosenstein replied by saying we're all on your team in the justice department here. but he said in the house --
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trying to kind of dodge the question. so plausibly i guess he could say to the house, no, it wasn't intended as an act of loyalty. i think most people in that situation would answer differently and say, yes, this did seem to be the president saying are you on my team, are you loyal to me, the same way he had said that to jim comey at one point and to other officials. >> what do you think of the bigger issue, the fact that president trump is publicly at odds with his own hand-picked officials? from christopher wray to deputy ag rod rosenstein, it goes on. these aren't clinton shills. these aren't left wingers, these aren't even democrats. >> they're his appointees. mccabe who basically got pushed out was a republican who voted in the 2016 gop primary. i have to say, alisyn, i'd be more surprised if it wasn't for the track record of, well, the last year.
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think about it, last summer you've got the president on a daily basis -- i'm not exaggerating -- basically trolling his own attorney general and shaming him in a very public manner. so am i surprised that he's at odds with his fbi director? no. he's at odds with his own ag who is one of the earliest supporters of his campaign. so it's hard to be shocked, alisyn, at this point in the trump administration. >> look, the president says 100% that memo is coming out when he's leaving the state of the union. according to sarah huckabee sanders, he hadn't even read it yet. we're journalists, we always want more information. we want it to we can read it and test the people who put it out if nothing else. they're pushing something out, josh, where almost all of them haven't seen the underlying basis for the conclusions in the memo, including the man whose name is on it, devin nunes. how is that not about political opportunism? >> i think it clearly is.
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you also add to the fact that the fbi has come out in a remarkable public statement and said they have grave concerns about the accuracy of the memo. >> and offered to come in and brief these guys on exactly how they did the fisa application in question. ask us anything you want, they don't want that. >> you take that, take the fact that nunes apparently altered the memo after the committee voted on it. it seems pretty clear the intent here is to create a misleading political framework for republicans to impugn the fbi with a larger purpose of undermining robert mueller's investigation. i don't see how you can conclude anything else based on the set of facts before us. >> also, look, the irony of republicans on the house intel committee being so worried about bias at the fbi that they want to release this. there is no one -- well, i don't know -- devin nunes appears to not be exactly an impartial person on this.
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he has shown bias. he has gone to the white house to report on sensitive information. he was investigated by the house ethics committee for this. how will the public trust the nun niece memo if and when it is released. >> viewed through a partisan prism like every other piece of news that comes out of washington these days. josh is right and we shouldn't mince words about this. this document is part of a larger political strategy to delegitimize the broader mueller investigation. this is political warfare, and that's what they're engaged in it's called muddying the waters, so u you basically confuse folks more and they go to their corners. by the way, this is not novel. in the '90s we saw this kind of thing happen when bill clinton was being elected, folks investigate the investigators. it's not a new tactic. we're seeing it here all over again, just on the other side of the aisle. >> josh? >> yeah, i agree.
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one of the things that's so remarkable to me this week was that devin nunes' hometown newspaper, "the sacramento bee" came out and in an editorial called him trump's stooge. i think that says everything about what is going on here and the kind of slapdarbelnet tour nature of the way this is put out. the goal isn't to win over everybody in the public. i think anybody can look at this objectively and say, look, there's something going on here. the point here is to win over only half the public. he needs to keep republicans on board. i've got to say, trump and republicans have been fairly successful in doing that, in undermining robert mueller's credibility and the credibility of the investigation in the eyes of both republican elected officials and fox news viewers and this whole side of the aisle who at some point we assume, if
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mueller comes out with a report is going to have to decide, do we think -- if the report is negative about trump or says he obstructed justice or whatever, do we believe these charges. part of that decision is going to be based on, do we believe the investigator was honest. by putting out memos like this and throwing out these distractions and flare, it's a way of, as john said, muddying the waters in preventing people from reaching the conclusion that, yes, this investigation -- >> usually it's left-right. we deal with that all day long here. this is who is on the side of this major institution of law enforcement in this country? ordinarily that would be the gop. but now you have basically the democrats lining up with the fbi. this is -- it's usually the democrats are going at the fbi and suggesting they have problems with their investigations. so now you have all of these big shots who have been in the business their entire lives being forced by the situation to come out and justify the
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legitimacy of the administration of justice. john brennan -- put up his tweet. one of the giants of the intelligence community. i had many fights with congressional democrats over the years on national security matters, true. but i never witnessed the type of reckless partisan behavior i'm now seeing from nunes and house republicans. absence of moral and ethical leadership in the white house is fueling this government crisis. that's john brennan. michael hague, the head of the cia and nsa said basically the same thing to me last night. he said they want ambiguity because it helps their political aims. clarity would be a problem for them. j. mart. >> to your point, this is part of the challenge republicans have. what they have to do is basically construct a narrative with the fbi is this nest of left wingers like they're doing all their recruiting at berkeley over the years and there's this
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hive of lefties. that's not what the fbi is. as you well know, they're professional law enforcement folks. they're typically not very partisan. if anything, they might lean anything to the right, sort of culturally and traditionally given the business that they're in. i think that's the challenge for the right is that you have to convince some folks -- the partisans will believe there's a conspiracy there. i think the broader public, it may have hard to get them to believe that the fbi has suddenly become the sds, it's pretty tough to do that. >> josh, final word. >> yeah, i agree. look, at the end of the day, this report is going to come out from mueller and it's going to be up to congress to decide if there are serious charges in there, whether or not he should be impeached. ultimately that's a political decision. all of this is about politics. if trump and republicans can muddy the waters enough to undermine the credibility of this decision, they're going to
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have an easier political job keeping trump in the oval office. >> before that, this memo is going to come out. people are going to read it, believe what is in it and many will never change their mind. >> josh green, jonathan martin, thank you very much. why did devin nunes change that controversial memo? we ask a republican member of the house intel committee. he'll know. that's next. david. what's going on? oh hey! ♪ that's it? yeah. ♪ everybody two seconds! ♪ "dear sebastian, after careful consideration of your application, it is with great pleasure that we offer our congratulations on your acceptance..." through the tuition assistance program, every day mcdonald's helps more people go to college. it's part of our commitment to being america's best first job. ♪ [ click, keyboard clacking ]
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another big development. the top democrat on the house intelligence committee is accusing republican chair devin nunes of secretly altering the memo before it was sent to the white house for review. president trump has five days, and if he does nothing, it's up to congress. joining us is republican congressman peter king, member of the house intelligence committee. he has seen the memo and he was one of the first calling for it to be released. congressman, always good to have you on the show? >> thank you, chris. >> did nunes change the memo, congressman? >> my understanding is, and this is agreed on before republicans, there is one small part which is in no way involves the substance of the memo, a fact publicly acknowledged by everyone, but for protocol reasons, it was taken out. in no way does it affect the
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substance of the memo. >> if there was an effort to accommodate the fbi, why does that effort fall so short of doing what they're asking you to do, which is to let them scrub this memo, to let them come in. they'll talk about the fisa app that no one has seen, why not respect their requests and their expertise if you were willing to do it on a small thing, why not on the bigger thing? >> let me correct some of what you said right there. as far as the fbi being willing to come in and about us not having access to the fisa material, that's all because of the department of justice. they stonewalled us for months and months, refused to allow the community to see any of that. they even went to the president to try to get him to infliens us to stop. one member on each side, one republican and one democrat and two staff members on each side would be authorized to look at materials. we had tray dowdy on our side,
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devin nunes intentionally took himself out of it to avoid any further controversy. trey gowdy was spent in along with two experts as far as national security legal matters. they were the ones who analyzed it, who wrote the report. that's because the department of justice putting those restrictions on us from the start. that's why it was done that way. so when people say devin nunes didn't read it, no, he authorized trey gowdy. that was at the request of the department of justice. as far as the fbi, we've been asking all along and they refused to give us the information they wanted. when the member was made available to director wray on sunday, they looked at it, they could find nothing wrong with it. the next day, to be extra cautious, we had our two top investigators sit down with two top people in the fbi to go through it word for word. we did not find one factual discrepancy, no national security risk.
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those are the facts. >> you already said there was a question of fact you needed to adjust in the memo -- >> no, no, no, no. not because the fact was wrong. the fact was true. it was a protocol reason. that is totally irrelevant to that. you're being diverted by the democrats. >> no, no. christopher wray is no democrat. he says he has grave concerns about this. >> no, chris. i'm talking about the -- >> go ahead. >> that's what he said now afterwards, now, two days later. now they say they have a problem. i'm saying he cannot find -- his problem with with the conclusion, not with the facts and certainly not at all with any national security risk. he's concerned with the conclusion. our conclusion is critical of the fbi. that's what this is all about. they've refused to cooperate with us all along. >> so his statement says material omissions of fact.
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hello. >> yes. >> so he has problems with the facts in the memo. >> i'm telling you that our -- he doesn't dispute them. anyone can say that in any report. when you're putting a report together and doing it in a way so you're not going to hurt national security, obviously not every factor is going to be in. >> if you cherry-pick facts -- why else would trump's guys. >> chris, your word is cherry-pick again. you're showing your bias. >> how is it a bias? if you don't put all -- hold on a second. i have you on because i trust you to give me the straight talk on this, congressman. if i didn't trust you, you wouldn't be here. >> i'm giving it to you straight. you're using the term cherry-pick. >> here is why. >> every relevant fact is in. every relevant fact is in. every relevant fact is in. >> that's a subjective standard. the man whose name was on the memo was investigated for
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potential ethics violations because of his deference to the white house and his collusion with the white house in the true sense of that word. >> let's stop right there. let's stop right there. he was cleared completely. a complaint was filed against him bipartisan democrats. he was fully investigated and exonerated. don't you believe in our system of justice? >> i do, but it doesn't mean it's not relevant to his position. he won't answer the question now of whether or not his staff worked with the white house. what about that? >> i'm telling you that devin nunes, to avoid controversy, he took himself out of it and gave it to trey gowdy, a seasoned federal prosecutor. >> understood. >> who 100% supports bob mueller. gowdy is not an anti mueller guy. he wrote this report primarily with the two investigators. >> understood. nunes won't answer the question of whether or not his staff worked with the white house on this memo.
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why, if he's mr. i want to avoid further controversy? >> as to what you discussed publicly, the fact is the white house never saw this memo until tuesday -- >> why won't he answer the question? >> monday night he had -- i'm answering the question for you. >> why didn't he answer it? >> again, public session, that can lead to other questions which can involve national security. i'm telling you what happened. >> go ahead. >> the first time the white house saw it, officially delivered to white house counsels and the national security lawyers on monday night at the white house. that's the first time they saw it and that's the first time the white house saw it. as far as -- if anyone is going to the white house, if the account is true that rosenstein went to the president and went to speak with the house to get them to interfere with our investigation, that to me is a
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violation. >> so christopher wray, picked by the president of the united states to be a cleansing agent. rod rosenstein, his choice to be at the doj, the man he leaned on in his case against comey. stephen boyd, another man picked by trump to be one of his own, they all come to him and say this is reckless, dangerous, the wrong thing to do. why would they all go against the man who picked them if they didn't have real concerns? >> i am aware of their concerns. i don't believe them. i think they're invalid concerns. >> how can you not believe them? >> i've been working on this. i've been following this for 18 moongtsd seen all the leaks that comes out of the justice department which nobody is investigating, criminal leaks coming out of the justice department against this president. false information that goes to
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"the new york times" that goes on the front page. none of that investigated by the justice department. i'm telling you -- i told you yesterday when i saw you on the plane, i'm not one of these people that said this is going to shake the world, this is not going to turn things upside down. >> steve king told me last night it's worse than watergate. i said if you seen the supporting information? no. have you seen the fisa application that you guys say was done wrong? no. worse than watergate? >> i'm not saying that. i'm speaking for myself and. there are two many republicans that overstate the case. i'm not doing that. i take this very seriously. i was one of two republicans that voted against bill clinton's impeachment. i've stood with your brother against the entire republican leadership as far as getting aid for new yorkers. almost got me thrown out of the party. i take this very seriously. what i've seen over the last 18
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months is wrong. >> congressman, i appreciate it. that's why i come to you in these situations, why i came to you yesterday for counsel on the situation. i, however, give you no cover for making a decision toal a line yourself with my brother. that's your problem. you deal with that on your own time. here i'm telling with this bigger issue of -- here is my last question for you on this. you know what the concern is. nobody has any interest in protecting the fbi. i'm in the media. i spent most of my career looking at the fbi and what they do with a suspicious eye. the left, as you know, is known for going at the fbi in terms of its choices and its methods. it's not about me being biased. i'm saying cherry-picked because that's what you're hearing from trump's own guys who came to him about their concerns. it's not about a bias. everybody wants the truth to come out. we want the memo. we're journalists. i want to see where you guys are going on this. here is the concern,
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congressman, in the last couple days two different republican congress people or former members say, you know what happened to me? it was politically motivated. menendez gets cleared, reaction on the right. this is that deep state stuff. what's going to happen when mueller comes out with his conclusions and all of this groundwork has been laid to give people an ability to say you can't believe him. then what happens to the administration of justice in this country? >> chris, i've said over and over again i support 99.9% of the people in the fbi, i've been a strong fbi supporter. i supported james comey for many years. when i see what's happening here, i was one of the ones that didn't want this to come out because it's in variance with standard fbi procedures. as far as things being leaked out, how many people in this country thought donald trump was under investigation himself when james comey came on national television and talking about
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this investigation of the trump campaign but refused to say what all of us on the intelligence committee knew, donald trump was never the subject of the investigation. the public thought donald trump was under investigation. i've been watching this for 18 months. i have not seen one bit of significant evidence showing obstruction or collusion. if it's there, bob mueller will come out with it. i never said a negative word about bob mueller. i'm saying there are parts of this investigation including when it began which i think raised very serious questions. and that's why i want this memo to come out. >> i understand. congressman, you're always welcome on the show to make the case to the american people. you've known me a long time. i'm not biased. i'm going on what's out there. there are grave concerns. i want the memo to come out. i'm a journalist. i want to read it. i want to see where you guys are coming from. take care. >> chris, you came from the rich part of queens. >> i came from hollis. 197th street and hillside. >> i came from sunny side.
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>> you came from where all the good looking guys came from. that head of hair would have never made it where i was from. you would have been a constant target. be well and thank you for coming on. >> you, too, chris. >> alisyn. are there only bald men from your part of town? >> everybody bald as an egg. nobody with that nice a head of hair. he's also much bigger than people would think. he would have been fine. this cnn exclusive. sources tell cnn that trump asked deputy attorney general rod rosenstein was, quote, on his team. was the president asking for loyalty? maybe rod rosenstein doesn't think so. ana navarro, next. and we're usaa members for life. the things we do rising before dawn. sweating it out. tough to do it all.
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>> is it appropria to ask an fb director to take a loyalty pledge. >> no one has asked me to take a loyalty pledge other than the oath of office. >> that was deputy attorney general rod rosenstein denying president trump demand a loyalty pledge. cnn has exclusive reporting that president trump met with rosenstein before that hearing and asked whether rosenstein was on his team. let's talk about president trump's pension for loyalty with ana navarro and former adviser to the trump campaign jason miller. great to see both of you. ana -- >> i've been called much worse.
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>> how do you explain that cnn has this reporting that seems to be at odds with what rod rosenstein said about whether he was asked for a loyalty pledge? >> i'm not sure it's at odds. if you want to be nitpicking words, he wasn't asked for a loyalty pledge. he was asked whether he was on the team which you can interpret as a loyalty pledge. here we are parsing words. weight es ooh not at odds with is what donald trump has been doing for the last year. we know in january he told comey he expected loyalty. we know in may he told andy mccabe, who did you vote for. we know in december he said to rosenstein, what team are you on. >> here are the six people asked some version of that. rod rosenstein, dan coats, nsa director mike rogers asked to publicly announce there's been no collusion. you have attorney general jeff sessions pushed to not recuse. you have then deputy director
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andrew mccabe asked who he voted for and fbi director james comey asked for his loyalty. jason, pattern of behavior. >> alisyn, good morning and happy paycheck increase day as millions of americans are getting a bump in their paychecks today. i think this is totally silly, one big effort to step of the president's state of the union speech. the fact is rod rosenstein went to capitol hill and raised his hand and said he had never been asked a loyalty pledge from the president of the united states. whether or not you like rod rosenstein which there are certain things i think he's doing well, certain things i think he's bumbling. the fact of the matter, is i don't think anyone questions his integrity. >> i understand. my only question is do you see a pattern of behavior here and are you comfortable with that from the president? >> i think the only pattern of behavior is he has playful banter and chats with folks in his administration, but as far as the way it's being set up
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here, as far as loyalty pledge, not at all. >> how do you hear are you on my team? >> neither of us, or ana were in the room. the only person in the room is rod rosenstein. >> if it did happen, how do you hear, are you on my team? >> don't know e the context, the way it was brought up. even in the story it said we had some kind of response, we're all on your team. if rosenstein had an issue with how things were asked of him or maybe not, he would have gone and said something or caused a stink about it. we haven't heard any of that. i think the fact this happened back in december and it magically comes out the day after the president's state of the union speech. monday i treated i'm hearing, i wonder what the deep state.comes. >> can you believe how the deep state has taken hold, now people
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talk about this so it's real? >> i used to think deep state was louisiana when they were referring to it. how else are you going to take are you on my team other than asking if it's a loyalty pledge? here is the problem. the problem is back a year ago when he was asking comey a version of the same question, we were saying it's playful wanter, it's donald trump being donald trump. he's a government neophyte. he knows not what he was doing. let's be real. when he's asking rosenstein that, he's not asking if they're going to play golf together at mar-a-lago. he's asking for loyalty. it's one thing to have done it a year ago when he knows nothing. it's inappropriate to do it. the fbi, the department of justice, it is not a political arm of the house. >> let's talk about the other headline today, jason. that's the devin nunes memo that was changed. after the committee voted on it, before it was sent to the white
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house, are you comfortable with that? it breaks protocol that then the committee should have seen it again. >> congressman king who was on just a moment ago stole the line, pointed out the fact that 99.9% of the folks in the country involved with law enforcement, fbi, doj, show up to work every day, clerk any political thoughts or allegiances at the door and don't get involved in this. alisyn, something happened in 2016 where we saw the leadership, not the rank and file, not the people running field offices, some of the leadership in washington, d.c., both fbi and the doj, become highly politicized. >> what do you mean? are you talking about peter strzok? what's the highly politicized thing other than james comey went after hillary clinton's e-mails and she thinks that's what lost her the election. >> loretta lynch meeting with bill clinton in that magical tarmac meeting. don't take my word for it.
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look what the democrats' criticism of director comey -- >> that's not what devin nunes is concerned about. he's not concerned that hillary clinton lost the election because of something james comey did. >> what i'm eve saying is i want all the information out there. whether it's the memo from chairman nunes, whether it be supporting information. have the democrats put their memo out, also, put all the information out and let people make their own decision. i'm very much for transparency and openness. i want it all out there so the american public can see. if there are were fisa abuses, let's see it. >> what can i tell you, alisyn, i am so old i remember when republicans used to be against adulterer presidents, against russian ol' garks and dictators and for the fbi and law enforcement. i guess things have changed nowadays. >> it is a top see tur vee world we're all living in. thank you very much jason and
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time for the five things to know. drk congressman adam schiff accusing house intelligence chairman of altering the memo before sending it to the white house. the nunes spokesperson calls them minoresque. >> fbi director christopher wray trying to stop the white house release of that controversial gop intel memo. in a rare public warning the fbi says it has, quote, grave concerns about the memo's accuracy. >> cnn exclusively reporting president trump asked deputy attorney general rod rosenstein if he was, quote, on my team, during a december meeting at the mouse. >> add trey gowdy's name to the list of republican members not seeking re-election.
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he becomes the ninth gop chair to announce he's done. by the way, he was a man who did a lot of the work on this memo coming out. former usa gymnastics doctor larry nassar back in court for thin his third and final sentencing hearing. the judge in the case reveals 265 victims have now come forward. for more on the five things to know, you can go to there you'll find the latest. we have a lot of good stuff coming up including this. president trump taking on his own fbi and justice department leaders. what will happen if the president releases the controversial memo against the wishes of the fbi? we get the bottom line next.
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it turns out he wanted to look at the e-mails on anthony weiner's laptop, wanted to reopen that investigation. >> well, the significance of that second headline you're mentioning, it upends the narrative that strzok was completely this anti trump figure. that clouds the messaging around strzok that republicans have been driving home, to help support the negotiation that the fbi is not totally something to be trusted and calling into question the mueller investigation itself. this is all part of trying to question the legitimacy of the mueller investigation. the first headline, i think it's a far more significant one. the graphic you put up, chris, is astonishing. look at how many people there are involved with the oversight of the investigation into president trump, and he's leaning on all of them. each one of these people. so this is a moment where, yes, it's a president who has no
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regard obviously for the traditional distance from the justice department or the fbi to conduct independent investigations, especially when related to investigating the white house. but use donald trump's own words. just last week he told reporters, he was in john kelly's office and on audiotape, asking mccabe who he voted for, he said i don't get involved in that. i know you don't believe that. yes, we don't believe that. because we learned a few days later you asked rod rosenstein if he's on your team. >> i want to go to the peter strzok thing you're talking about. i think it's fascinating to learn more about peter strzok because he's been so painted by the right as an anti trump partisan who was part of the deep state. if you take the text messages on their face, he was anti trump
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for sure. but at the same time he was also investigating quite aggressively hillary clinton. he helped draft that letter that james comey sent to congress, that hillary clinton blames for losing her the election. you have to keep both these things in your head at one time. there's a more complicated picture of what peter strzok was doing and other fbi officials than the way he's been depicted. >> here is the complex picture. you are right. hillary clinton calls that letter, that comey letter determinative in the election outcome. in her book that's clearly her perspective on it. you're right about the complexity, alisyn. here is someone clearly anti trump, opposed to the notion of donald trump being commander-in-chief and president. while at the same time one has to believe he believed he was doing his professional duty and seeing it through about this investigation into hillary
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clinton. is it possible that he could have political opinions but that his professional work doesn't have political motivations behind them? seems to me that may be possible. i know it's not as clean a black-and-white picture that politicians want to portray it to serve their purposes. it seems to me that might be the complexity here. >> david chalian. it may be complex, but you made it very relatable. >> thanks, guys. >> tonight we'll do a couple things. we'll take a deep dive into what these concerns are about, but also the concerns about fbi practices. we'll have joe manchin on. joe manchin reached out his hand and you celebrated him for it, and then he got a smackdown from the vp in his home district. we'll ask him how he feels now. >> always a straight shooter when he's on with us. very interested to hear how he's feeling about the vice president. first, we head to vermont. and go to our coffee shop. and meet dave. hey.
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food. i'll bring it back to you. >> get this. a woman in the same town also came to the aid of another man in need. >> it's waterproof. lady from whoever, csx jacket. it's waterproof. it's warm. best jacket. >> we do these stories for an obvious reason. alisyn and i always want to remind you, for all the ugly stuff, people are good and do good things. >> "the good stuff" is wonderful. time for cnn "newsroom" with poppy harlow and john berman. >> good morning everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm john berman. brace yourselves, folks, for what could be a cascade of developments in the standoff between the white house and the fbi, the likes of which we really have never seen. any hour, maybe any minute now the president could release the republican memo accusing the fbi of bias and malpractice in the


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