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they said six out of ten of their managers are female. so to all the women out there who are doing great things and those who will continue to do so, congratulations. we ale braet you. >> maybe mcdonald's should keep it that way. i like it. >> screw up the brand. time for cnn "newsroom" with john berman. we'll see you tomorrow. today the white house is juggling tariffs and porn stars, just as the framers intended. good morning, john berman here. white house officials are not sure if president trump knew his lawyer was paying off a porn star. they're also not sure if the president is signing new tariffs today. no one seems sure who gets hit by the tariffs. members of his own party are questioning both the wit dom of the trips and the voracity of the claims about the porn star, again, just as the framers intended. the president may sign the controversial new tariffs today
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or may not. one aide claims they're not really sure if the policy is even finished. very shortly the president could make his first public comments since news his lawyer got a restraining order against stormy daniels and his press secretary admitted there was some sort of agreement between president trump and the adult film actress. we learned moments ago that the president is very unhappy with how sarah sanders handled this. let's start with that and abby phillip live at the white house. abby, what have you learned? >> reporter: good morning, john. a lot going on as you mentioned. this saga with stormy daniels seems to be the one thing the white house can't dodge. president trump according to a source close to the white house who spoke to cnn's jim acosta is not very happy with how sarah sanders handled this situation during the press briefing room session yesterday. it's partly because of what she did say this time around that may have opened the flood gates for new inquiries about the president's involvement in this
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whole thing. according to this showers, sarah sanders' comments were essentially putting the stormy daniels story line on steroids yesterday. what she talked about was the issue of arbitration. she acknowledged for the first time, we believe, based on what the white house said, that the president is a party to some kind of legal agreement involving stormy daniels and that the president is directly involved in this whole thing. listen to what she had to say yesterday. >> the president has addressed these directly and made very well clear that none of these allegations are true. this case has already been won in arbitration? >> you said there's arbitration that's already been won? by whom and by when? >> by the president's personal attorneys. for details on that, i would refer you to them. >> you're aware of them. what more can you share with us? >> i can share that arbitration was won in the president's favor. >> reporter: in the president's favor is really the big part of
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that whole exchange. it's critically important because for a long time the white house had said that the president denies this, he had no knowledge of anything the lawyer was doing on his behalf when it comes to stormy daniels. now it seems very much he's at the center of a case that the white house acknowledges now exists. >> that was a very interesting if not strange acknowledgment. stick around. we need to come back to you in a moment for other news. first more on the stormy daniels situation. m.j. lee, where are we today? >> the simple question that the white house has yet to answer is what did president trump know and when. i just want to point out two things in particular that are particularly problematic for the white house, some of which abby already alluded to. the first is sarah sanders' statement yesterday that this case has already been won in arbitration. i'll return to that in a minute. the second thing she said is, when she was asked if president trump was aware of the payment
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that michael cohen made to stormy daniels. this is the $130,000 that he set up to have wired to her lawyer in october of 2016, her answer was not that i'm aware of. this was not a no. as you can imagine, stormy daniels's lawyer has a lot to say about everything sarah sanders said at the white house briefing room yesterday. first and foremost, he's rejecting the idea that michael cohen acted on his own, essentially that he didn't consult with president trump when he had this payment made to stormy daniels and that he acted essentially without trump's knowledge. take a listen to what he had to say to anderson cooper last night. >> the idea that somehow president trump didn't know anything about this and that attorney cohen was just running off and doing what he thought was best without any consultation with president trump, it is patently absurd. >> now coming back to this arbitration that sarah sanders
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says was won in trump's favor, she appears to be -- this is according to stormy daniels' lawyer, she appears to be talking about a temporary restraining ordered issued against stormy daniels last month on behalf of essential consultants. this is the private company, if you remember, john, that michael cohen set up back in october of 2016 so he could make this payment, the $130,000. and stormy's lawyer is now saying they didn't even know about this arbitration, that they weren't even given a heads up about this. this essentially, he says, is one of the many times in which michael cohen tried to silence stormy daniels. i want to play a different sound bite from last night on what he had to say about that. >> i want to be really clear about this, all in an effort to keep this matter under wraps, keep it out of public view, hide
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the facts and silence my client. there's a pattern and practice that is governed the way my client has been dealt with by mr. cohen and president trump for months. that pattern and practice, anderson, has continued up until even a few hours ago. >> john, keep in mind this lawyer is saying that they have not yet shared everything that they have with the public, meaning more information could soon be coming to light. >> all right, m.j. very interesting. thanks for laying that out for us. joining me cnn political analysts molly ball, josh dawsey and rachel bay. this story is in a different place today for three reasons. number one, the white house response right there which was strange. number two, you have the lawyer for stormy daniels who is all in. it seems like he's girding for this fight and excited for it. number three, you're beginning to see congress opine on the matter which opens up a whole different can of worms. josh, first to you. you cover the white house. i'm going to use the word wicked
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for the second time in two days. sarah sanders' response was wicked weird yesterday when she mentioned the fact that this arbitration thing was going on. do you have a sense covering the white house why she did that and what's the fallout today? >> i'm not exactly sure what sarah sanders is supposed to say. the president and his lawyer give $130,000 to an adult film star just before an election. the story cannot come straight for several weeks. at first they deny the payment, then they said they made it through the llc, now there's arbitration. the white house has dodged the questions repeatedly, have said literally nothing. we've repeatedly sought answers on what happened here. i think sarah sanders yesterday was trying to say that the president and his lawyer had won in a court in california. i'm not sure if that made it better. i don't know how else to defend this at the podium. what is a better recourse for her? >> the issue is, it appears to
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be the truth that the president is somehow involved in this lawsuit, in this legal action. the problem with the truth is it would make the president more connected to this issue than the white house has said to this point. molly ball, mark sanford, congressman from south carolina, former governor from south carolina, an interesting figure to be commenting on the scandal, yet his comment is fascinating on this. hush money is a big deal, particularly if it's not ancient history. talking about a payment in october of 2016. that's not a long time ago. talking about money exchanged in the midst of a presidential campaign. i think that's problematic and i think that needs to be viewed for what it is. again, this is mark sanford. still, a republican congressman is saying, you know what, there are legitimate questions about this. >> we'll see if any other republicans decide to take that line versus the sort of pretend this doesn't exist act that most have been doing.
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sanford has been more openly critical of trump than have many others in the republican congress, in both the house and the senate. but i think that what he's saying has some merit in that this is an issue that needs to be taken seriously, and it is going to be, in political terms, harder and harder for republicans to not deal with, not only this, but the whole host of sandals and potential scandals and issued that have insnared the president and that they've tried to stay away from. they've tried to keep their distance as much as possible and pretend they're solely focused on tax policy and that kind of thing. they just sort of don't see the fires enveloping the white house. then you have someone like mark sanford stepping forward saying, this is a real thing. this is an issue for a variety of reasons. >> look, either the president is telling the truth or stephanie clifford, aka stormy danielss are telling the truth. they're mutually exclusive. one has to be right. the other has to be wrong.
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the american people at a certain point deserve to know what's going on here. rachel, this brings me to this third point. mike avenatti working on behalf of stephanie clifford, stormy daniels, he seems to be pushing this issue. we saw him on anderson last night. he doesn't seem to be about to give this up. he's the kind of figure you can envision being a consistent thorn in the white house side here. >> yeah. looks like they're definitely in for the long haul here. there was a question posed to him at one point about, if she received more money, would this change her interest in coming forward and talking about this. he said no. the cat is out of the bag, far too gone for that. we're moving on and want the truth to get out there. i want to get back to the congressional angle you were asking about. if this were a democratic president, you know the republican congress would be scheduling hearings right now and getting pens ready to sign subpoenas and haul people in for questioning. republicans, mark sanford, he
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really is an anomaly, i was talking to a senior republican on the hill who was upset he had gone on tv to talk about tariffs and they asked him about donald trump. he said, i specifically asked the producers, i told them i didn't want to talk about there, and they asked me anyway. of course they're going to do that. republicans are going to run for the hills on this. how long they can do this, it's clear there will be more and more headlines on this. at some point democrats will be pushing them to take this up. stick around. we'll come back in a moment. first back to abby phillip at the white house. the other story today is these tariffs. what will happen with them, will they be signed today, who are they for and what are they on? what's the status, abby? >> reporter: still a lot of confusion ourt of this white house about what exactly is happening today on tariffs. we know over the last 4 hours there's been a back and forth out of the white house about whether there will be an event on whether president trump will
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sign and make the tariffs of firm. we heard from sources yesterday afternoon that they were looking at 3:30 today for the president to sign something. another aide later said it's canceled. they went back and forth throughout the night until finally this morning, president trump goes out on twitter and tweets himself and says there's something happening today at 3:30 p.m. on tariffs. it's still not clear based on the president's tweet what exactly that means. he does offer one hint about what might be holding this whole thing up. he said while we need to protect the steel and aluminum industries, we need to show great flexibility and cooperation to those that are real friends and treat us fairly on trade and the military. that's code for mexico and china. two countries who asked to be excluded from the tariffs and might be receiving some kind of waiver. there are legal technicalities about how those waivers are put into place and whether or not that can be done in time for the
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president to sign something at 3:30. the white house had already brought steel and aluminum workers to washington to be here for some kind of event. they might still hold it. but at the same time they have to work out the legalities of whether they can exclude our two allies to the north and the south from these tariffs they believe will be very damaging. it's not clear that president trump will sign anything that has legal power this afternoon. >> possible exclusions for canada and mexico. all this new information from the white house clears up exactly nothing. abby phillip, thank you very much. my panel back with me. josh, you have your own reporting, insight from lawmakers who have been trying to talk the president out of doing this. what have you heard? >> a fierce tug of war in the building over tariffs. you have lawmakers from speaker paul ryan to the freedom caucus, defense officials, jim mass tis, rex tillerson, everyone expressing consternation over the tariffs. so far the president has been unmoved. he said to lawmakers that he appreciates their concerns on tariffs, but he wants to go forward.
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in the words of the president, he thinks america is getting, quote, unquote, screwed. he thinks these countries are taking advantage of the united states. as we saw last week, the president made a declaration and his lawyers had not put together a package yet. there was flog to sign. as abby just reported from the white house, we heard the same thing over the past 24 hours. people saying there will be an event tomorrow, a formal declaration, it could be actual tariffs, it could be similar bot lick. i still am not sure what's going to happen. people ill talked to in the white house aren't exactly sure. >> i think since 8:30 it's changed six times, josh. molly, this notion of possible exemptions for canada and mexico in the 11th hour, it's not like this is a small thing. this is the whole thing. talking about exempting the largest single exporter of steel and aluminum to the united states, canada. it gives you a sense this hasn't
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been well thought out from the beginning if they're only going to remove them at the very last minute and couple them with the idea that they don't know when or if the announcement will take place. it sends signals maybe there is, that word again, some chaos. >> i'm shocked you would suggest that this president has not thought through every period and comma of the details of a policy issue. yeah, i have a piece in the new issue of "time" magazine about how the real trade war is inside the white house. more than that, it's within trump himself. he's got two competing impulses warring for his psyche right now. on the one hand he does strongly believe america has been taken advantage of. it's one of his few fixed positions he's held for decades, it was a big part of his campaign rhetoric. on the other hand he strongly wants to please the people around him and particularly keep the republican party happy. when he has been pulled between those two instincts in the past, when he has, you know, one instinct on policy that might go against what republicans
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generally want and on the other side he's got all these republicans in his ear and he wants to impress them and keep them happy, he's almost always come down on behalf of his party, the conservative republicans who managed to talk him off the ledge and get him to do what they want. he is the subject of this intense pressure campaign primarily from his own party. >> rachel, 107 republicans have signed a letter telling him not to do the things he's threatened to do. these 107 republicans, if they cared about this, could do something novel. they could pass a law. congress has the power to stop this. this tles no sign he'they'll do this, is there? >> no. you need two-thirds of both chambers, not to mention you'd need ef rev single republican to vote for something like this. mark meadows was talking in the hallway. we were asking could the house or senate potentially take away the white house's trade promotion authority which they
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gave to president obama which allows the president to do things like this, slap tariffs on things if they want to. they technically could take that away. he said republicans voting against the president, there's probably zero chance that would happen. >> this letter is the equivalent of a sad face emoji. molly ball, josh dawsey, rachel bade, thank you. a secret meeting before the inauguration between russians and people with ties to president trump, was this away to establish a back channel with russia? excuse me, are you aware of what's happening right now? we're facing 20 billion security events every day. ddos campaigns, ransomware, malware attacks...
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reporting that president trump spoke to key witnesses in the russia investigation about their conversations with special counsel robert mueller's team. jessica schneider has more from washington. >> the special counsel is aware of these conversations that the president had with these two key witnesses when he inquired about their interviews with mueller's team. that's according to "the times." in one instance, they report the president asked former chief of staff reince priebus if the special counsel's team had been, quote, nice during his interview. they're told priebus responded, was courteous and professional and didn't give anymore specifics. in another instance, the president reportedly told an aide that white house counsel don mcgahn should issue a statement denying what was a january article that reported that mcgahn told investigators that the president once asked him to fire special counsel robert mueller and mcgahn had to remind the president that he did, in fact, ask him to oust mueller, and the president
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pushed back against that account. it's not illegal for witnesses to talk about what they did tell investigators. really these inquiries by the president, they seemed to go against what his lawyers have been advising him and that's to keep a low profile here to avoid the appearance of poe tblly interfering in any of this. of course, we know mueller's team is also probing possible obstruction of justice. it's interesting that the people who learned about these inquiries from tpt, they reported them directly to the special counsel out of some concern. and also, john, as it pertains to mueller's probe, we know paul manafort, the former campaign chairman for the trump team, he will be in court in virginia today. that's where he's facing a multitude of additional counts, that's separate from the accounts he faces in washington, d.c. he was supposed to be in court last week. of course, because of weather that was postponed. we will see paul manafort back in court today in is front of a
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virginia judge. this comes a few weeks after rick gates pleaded guilty, sort of leaving paul manafort to face these charges all on his own. >> jessica schneider in washington, thanks so much. more now, very shortly former trump campaign manager corey lewandowski will testify for a second time before the house intelligence committee. cnn's manu raju live on capitol hill. >> the first time he came before the panel, he refused to answer questions about any topics after he left the trump campaign in june of 2016, questions about what he discussed with now president trump, and he would not disclose those discussions. the question today, john, is whether or not lewandowski will answer those questions on those range of topics that particularly democrats want answered. john, this could be one of the last major witnesses to come before the house intelligence committee as republicans look to wrap up this investigation and democrats say there's a lot more to look into that the
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republicans are resisting at this point, john. >> very importantly, manu, getting new details on this meeting that took place in the seychelles shortly before the inauguration. what's the deal here? >> this is a meeting that allegedly was sort of a back channel discussion between the kremlin and the incoming trump administration. the participants include erik prince, the funder of the security firm blackwater as well as uae officials and a russian banker who was there at the seychelles. we learned an additional person was at this meeting, george nader, a lebanese american businessman, has a middle eastern specialist. when erik prince came before the house intelligence committee, he didn't disclose that george nader was part of one of these two meetings that erik prince had. democrats are saying if he did meet with george nader, then perhaps he lied under oath to the house intelligence committee. at the same time we're now learning that robert mueller's team is looking into evidence
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about whether or not it was actually an effort to set up a back-channel discussion with russia, and that's something prince denied under oath. >> manu raju on capitol hill. we'll watch for corey lewandowski to arrive. in the meantime, joining me former fbi special agent asha rangappa. let's start with "the new york times." there's nothing illegal about asking a witness after the fact what you were asked as part of an investigation. people do that. lawyers often do that more than people that might be the focus of an investigation. it does happen. what gets interesting is that the president's conversation with don mcgahn, the white house special counsel where he asked don mcgahn to issue a correction about the story that the president told him to fire the
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special counsel. he said i can't do that because it's not true. does this fit into the issue of a possible pattern of obstruction? >> yes, so once again, mueller is going to have to establish a corrupt intent that the president had when he fired james comey, that he wanted this investigation, the russia investigation to go away because he's trying to hide something or cover something up, for example. so, yes, what he asked mcgahn to do does fit into a pattern. john, he had gone previously to the nsa and cia to ask them to issue a statement that he's not under investigation, and he wanted comey to do the same thing. there's this kind of public narrative that he wants to create, and it is about idea to talk to people who are having interviews, even if it's not illegal to ask them about it. if you're under investigation, it does look like you might be
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trying to figure out what's going on, maybe shape your story accordingly, and that is not good for the president. >> in jessica's reporting, the special counsel knows about this, people close to the witnesses went back and told them right away this is happening. so he knows. let's talk about the seychelles. "the washington post" version is that the special counsel is trying to establish that the trump transition team was trying to establish a back channel to the kremlin. this was a week or so before the inauguration. what exactly would be problematic with having that back channel, asha? >> john, we only have one president at a time. so even during the transition period, to be having any kind of secretive negotiations, meetings with foreign governments that might affect policy, it actually can be illegal. it's definitely not normal
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protocol. and if those negotiations, agreements, discussions included any kind of quid pro quo, that also could cross the line. so this is very problematic. and i think directly to the nader individual, this can be problematic for erik prince because, as manu mentioned, what is coming out in reporting of what nader is characterizing about that seychelles meeting contradicts what erik prince told congress. even if congress doesn't want to push him on it, that is still potentially a crime if he lied and could be leverage that mueller has over erik prince. >> it would be well within the realm of robert mueller to go after erik prince if he lied to congress. you can start to see how this might be connected. asha rangappa, thanks so much. straight ahead, the stormy daniels saga featuring significant threats, according to her lawyer, to keep the adult
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film actress quiet. we'll speak to someone who actually had a chance to talk to stormy daniels and get a sense of where her mind has been and is now. we're just moments away from the opening bell -- look at that, higher. there we go. it is opening higher as some of the concern eases now about the president's position on tariffs. we'll stay on it. let's begin. yes or no? do you want the same tools and seamless experience across web and tablet? do you want $4.95 commissions for stocks, $0.50 options contracts? $1.50 futures contracts? what about a dedicated service team of trading specialists? did you say yes? good, then it's time for power e*trade. the platform, price and service
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did you have a sexual relationship with donald trump? did you have any relationship with donald trump? >> i think it's common by looking at photos that i've met him. >> that's stephanie clifford, aka stormy daniels, sometimes now peggy peterson just weeks ago apparently complying with a non-disclosure agreement that she now calls null and void. i'm joined by the "inside edition" correspondent that conducted the interview. jim, i want to start with you. the attorney for stephanie clifford say there were significant threats to coerce her to deny a relationship with donald trump. when you interviewed her -- this wasn't that long ago -- did it seem to you that she was under a significant threat at that point? >> yes, based upon things she said to me. she said she was afraid. she said she was getting death
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threats, not from the president or anyone who knew him, but she believed from supporters because she believed that the president had engendered this kind of support in people, that they would do just about anything to protect him. she suggested there were legal threats. at first i thought, is she just being coy, why is she not talking? you can see with each breach she would be responsible for $1 million per breach. it's not just a matter of giving back the $130,000. there were significant consequences if she spoke. she was concerned. she has a 7-year-old daughter. she lives just outside of dallas. she had a somewhat normal life and it was upended by all this. >> as you have seen this play out, she wouldn't answer you. subsequently in this filing it flat-out says they had an intimate relationship. her lawyer over the last 24 hours said they had a sexual relationship. in your mind, what's changed? >> she has a new lawyer, for one thing. i'll tell you what's
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interesting. the agreement specifically said you cannot talk about anything, can't talk about the amount that was paid, couldn't even talk about an arbitration. who revealed those facts? the white house talked about an arbitration and michael cohen, the president's attorney talked about paying $130,000. if there are any breaches, i would argue they were made by the other parties, not by stormy daniels. and stormy daniels' new teesh says this is a null and void agreement and she should be allowed to talk. the president did not sign under his alias and he did so knowingly according to their argument so he could always disavow any knowledge of the agreement. the white house has admitted that the president is involved. >> that happened yesterday. sarah sanders said that out loud in the white house briefing room. our reporting moments ago, is the president is apparently upset she said that. ann, the fact that the president didn't sign it with his actual name or his pseudonym.
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some legal analysts say it doesn't matter, he didn't need to sign it because michael cohen and his llc was another party to this agreement. where do you stand on that? >> the fact that the lawyer could sign for it is maybe enough. but the fact of the matter is, it's approved as to form and there's no signature under alias or otherwise. what stormy daniels is trying to do is ask for permission from the court rather than beg for forgiveness later and say i want declaratory relief from the judge saying this is null and void, it's not valid and she can act accordingly after the fact. i think it's a smart move. new lawyer, as jim said. i think that's where she needs to go and it's appropriate. >> this lawyer clearly means business and it's also clear he knows how to use the media. let me play a little more of what he said last night. >> my client wants an opportunity to tell her story, to tell the truth about what happened and what didn't happen, to tell the truth about the
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events, not only relating to her relationship with the president, but also the conduct and what she's witnessed over the last 12 to 18 months as it relates to efforts to silence her. >> it's interesting, anne. the worst thing that the happen is she gets hit with a million dollar fine. you can see a scenario where she makes more money off of it than $1 million. can she just say, screw it, i'm talking? >> the fact is, she needs the relief from the court to let her talk and she could make a lot more money. the fact is, the only place we're equal in this country really is in court, like they said in ""to kill a mockingbird."" she can get in equal playing field and have a judge decide. and also the fact, as jim said, with these breaches she's claimed from the white house yesterday, acknowledging an arbitration, saying the white house won, and then also cohen, the lawyer saying i did make that payout, those are arguably breaches. i think that will play in her
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favor when she's in los angeles in court. >> jim, you know the law. you also know people and people who have been not in exactly this situation, but you've seen how people behave under a certain amount of duress. where do you think this is headed, jim? >> i don't think stormy daniels or her lawyer are going to give up on this. let me go back to this last point about how she could make more money. if you read this agreement, it's so in depth that stormy daniels assigned all copyrights, if she wrote a tell-all book, that money would go to president trump if it were held to be valid. i don't think she's giving up. i think she's frustrated because she feels like she's been threatened, pushed into a corner and characterized in a way she doesn't like and she wants to claim her life back. she's not a stupid woman. she seemed very rational, very smart and very calm, but concerned. so i do not think that with this new representation they are going to give up at all, and i think that the president has
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18. it would require a three-day waiting period. it would ban the sale or possession of the bump fire stocks. that's the accessory that allows the semi-automatic weapon to fire more like an automatic weapon. it allows law enforcement to seize weapons. the most controversial provision is the one you mentioned. the one that would allow some teachers to be armed, teachers and other school staff, if they undergo 144 hours of training. that is a provision florida governor rick scott said he opposes. he said repeatedly teachers should teach. he opposing the three-day waiting period. what is not clear is whether he will veto this legislation because it includes those two provisions. yesterday the governor said when he gets the legislation, he will review it line by line. he also said he'll be speaking with the families of parkland
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victims about the bill. now, one thing that's important to note here is that the governor, once he receives this legislation, has 15 days to decide whether to sign it or to veto it. if he doesn't act, it automatically goes into effect after 15 days. john? >> athena jones in tallahassee, thank you very much. very shortly we'll hear from president trump for the first time since the white house seemed to acknowledge the president's involvement in some kind of legal arrangement with adult film actress stormy daniels. stay with us. ♪ next chapter ♪
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there are a few napes as closely connected to american
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politics as kennedy, but while you know their name, you might not know the whole story. this sunday, cnn's new original series "american dynasties:the kennedys" sheds new light on the family and the way their personal relationships affected public life on a global scale. i had a chance to sit down with kit kennedy, robert kennedy's granddaughter, and she interviewed me about some of my memories of covering the kennedy family. >> thank you for coming in to talk to me today, john. >> it is great to be interviewed for once. >> so you're going to tell us a little bit about your kennedy family memories. >> excellent. >> if i'm not mistaken, you're from massachusetts, kennedy country. >> it is really kennedy country. look, i think that for generations of people who grew up in massachusetts, like i did, the kennedys were ubiquitous. my name is john with an h, which is unusual for people who are
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jewish, usually joo jews are jonathan. >> how was it covering my family? >> it is interesting. i've been in journalism since 1995, covering campaigns, you know, since 1996. and, look, senator kennedy at that point, he was the one primarily i was covering. sadly ng the thing i covered the most is when he got sick. >> doctors revealed that ted kennedy has a malignant brain tumor. i remember getting the call saying senator kennedy had an incident, he's going to the hospital. i remember standing outside the hospital and hearing the diagnosis of the brain tumors and learning how serious of a diagnosis that was. >> before you cover the mile stones toward the end of his life, you met him as a kid, didn't you? >> i did. it is a vivid memory for me.
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i must have been 10 years ole. my parents were invited to washington for some kind of business counsel meeting. as part of the trip, they were invited to the senator's office to meet with the senator. and i remember him taking us, i think, to what was his back private office and showing us pictures that his children had drawn him. and he was so proud of these pictures that his kids had drawn, especially one he was showing me from his son, ted kennedy jr., and i remember him telling me about his son who had lost a leg to cancer. it is such a wonderful memory and to bring it full circle, i covered the funeral as a journalist. i think the most moving moment at that service was when his son ted kennedy jr. told a story about his father, told a story about trying to go sledding and ted kennedy jr. with one leg had a hard time walking up the hill and told his father, you know, i can't do it. and senator kennedy said, no, you know, i know you can, i'll do it with you. i remember, like, wow, this is the then boy, the now grown man
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who drew that picture, that senator kennedy was so proud of and showing me and, yeah, just stuck with me. >> "american dine synasty: the kennedys" airs this sunday at 9:00 p.m. we're learning that president trump not at all happy with his own spokesperson as stormy daniels in the headlines. we're following it all. more light. let the sun shine in - and frame it beautifully - with fresh new window coverings. just call your neighborhood experts, and get the number one provider of custom window coverings in north america. budget blinds. right now, the more you buy, the more you save - up to fifteen percent on select window coverings.
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two big questions dominating at the white house today. will the president publicly address new claims by an adult film actress this morning and will he follow through on controversial tariffs that perhaps threaten to start a trade war? the first answer we could find out in minutes when the president gets his first chance to talk to cameras since news that his lawyer got a restraining order against stormy daniels. this morning we're also now learning the president is very unhappy with how his press secretary handled questions about this yesterday. his problem that she might have inadvertently told the truth. as for the latter issue, tariffs, the answer depends who you ask. it seems not even his aides in the white house are sure if the president plans to impose new tariffs today and if he does, which countries will be affected and perhaps exempted? let's start with cnn's abby phillip at the white housresidet particularly happy with how the stormyg at the hands of the white house. >> reporter: t


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