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>> what a story. thanks very much, nick watt on the scene for us. thanks very much. >> to our viewers, thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in the situation room. erin burnett out front starts right now. out front next, president trump charging the obama white house, should have killed osama bin laden much sooner, leon panetta is out front. ivanka trump sent hundreds of e-mails about government business using her personal e-mail account. did she break federal laws. one of the senators leading the charge is out front -- let's go out front. good evening, i'm erin burnett. president trump targeting the military, doubling down after slamming the four-star admiral who was in charge of the osama
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bin laden raid. of course we should have captured osama bin laden before we did. why is the president talking about bin laden right now? >> well, the reason is, because he was asked about criticism from the man who oversaw the capture and killing of bin laden. instead of addressing the criticism that he got from admiral mcraven. the president pivoted, lobbing insults instead. william mccraven was a navy seal. he oversaw the capture of bin laden. just a couple things he did in his. years in the military. and then he said this about donald trump. >> the president said the news media is the enemy of the american people. this sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime. >> the greatest threat to
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democracy in my lifetime. he said that in 2017, it was yesterday when president trump was specifically asked about them in his interview with chris wallace, here's what he said. >> he's a hillary clinton backer. and an obama backer. and frankly -- >> he's a navy s.e.a.l. >> wouldn't it have been nice if we got osama bin laden a lot sooner than that? won the it have been nice? >> let's go to the facts as always first. mcraven said i did not back hillary clinton or anyone else. i am a fan of president obama and president george w. bush. both of whom i worked for. that's the part about his politics. now, what about the second part of president trump's slam on mcraven, when he brought in bin laden. we should have caught bin laden sooner. the former cia deputy director
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summed it up this way, saying, correction needed to potus' comment today, that mcraven should have found been been sooner. cia did the finding, mcraven's special operator the getting. they moved within days of president obama giving the order. in other words, there's no faster, mcraven could have moved. his slam of mcraven is part of a pattern. >> our military is a disaster. >> i know more about isis than the generals do. >> he's a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured. >> that last comment, of course, is about the late senator john mccain, who spent 5 1/2 years as a presidenter in of war in vietnam, repeatedly tortured and two of the years he was there were in solitary confinement. president trump did not serve in the military. in spite of the draft, he served deferments, one is about bone
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spurs. this is what we heard him say about vietnam, and his experience. >> when you say, you have to go to my personal doctor and i'm going to have you checked out. is that a tough thing to say to a woman or you just have the balls to say it. >> it's amazing, i've been so lucky in terms of that whole world. >> you've never gotten a social disease? >> it is a dangerous world out there. it's like vietnam. >> it is. it is your personal vietnam, isn't it? >> it is. like a great and very brave soldier. >> so what has president trump done for the military? he did not go to arlington national cemetery on veteran's day. he didn't honor the troops. his response when confronted about that was this. >> i should have done that, i was extremely busy on calls for the country. we did a lot of calling as you know. >> all right, at least he admits he should have done it.
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then giving his excuse. at least he admits it. trump in the meantime, has not visited troops visiting in war zones. something president obama did three months after taking office. and something president bush did on thanksgiving, eight months after the war had begun. which makes the irony all the greater. >> there's nobody -- nobody that loves the military like i do. i love the military. >> i don't think anybody's been more with the military than i have. >> pam owe brown is out front tonight at the white house. the president continuing this discussion about mcraven. he was asked yesterday and today he started his tweets. >> yeah, that's absolutely right. and we're seeing a familiar tactic at play here, erin with the president trying to divert attention away from the criticism, and hitting back hard, even if the target in this
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case is a highly respected former military leader. the president is taking direct aim at the four star admiral bill mccraven when he was asked about mccraven's criticism of him, that the president's claims of the media is the enemy of the people is the single greatest threat to democracy. and in response, as you pointed out, he stated that mcraven is a hillary clinton backer. bee moaned the fact that bin laden wasn't caught sooner, and boasted about the fact that he pulled back funding for pakistan. none of which was relevant to the central question he was asked. and it is worth emphasizing that bill mcraven wasn't responsible for finding osama bin laden, that's the cia's skroob, also, trump in the past praised then president obama for finding osama bin laden. so you're seeing the president distract away from the criticism from bill mccraven. now, in the past, the president has showered praise on the
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military about but he has drawn criticism for not doing more through his actions as you pointed out. the president saying now that he might go visit war zones. that's been one of the criticisms, he hasn't gone to any war zones since becoming president. he said in that interview with chris wallace, that could change, the plans are in the works. we'll have to wait and see what happens on that front. erin? >> thanks pamela. let's go to the former defense secretary and former cia director, leon panetta. director, secretary, great to have you with me. you were the director of the cia. at the time there were several directors on the hadn't for bin laden. you were at the helm. what's your response to president trump tonight? >> well, the response is that the president simply doesn't know what happened here with regard to the effort to find bin
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laden. this was without question the most important and courageous counter terrorism mission that was conducted in our history. the s.e.a.l.s led by admiral mccraven had to go 150 miles into pakistan at night, in order to go after that compound. that was a risky and courageous operation. the fact is that it was the cia that was responsible for the effort to find bin laden. and when we did, we didn't brief admiral mcraven until late january of 2011. and we briefed him at that time about the location and asked him to prepare an operation. within 100 days, they conducted that operation and killed bin laden. so the president is way off base by accusing admiral mcraven of
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somehow not getting bin laden earlier. he did and he did it bravely and courageously with that team of special forces. >> you know, you've known admiral mcraven for a long time. he, of course, has criticized the president, we heard what he said in 2017, which chris wallace asked about. he criticized the president after he revoked former cia director john brennan's security clearance. he took that unusual step of writing about that. has he put himself in a political spot, and made himself fair game for attacks by the president at all? >> you know, erin, i've worked with a lot of military leaders and these military leaders like bill mcraven are committed to serving the country. stay away from criticizing political leaders because they have a mission and they do their
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mission. i'm sure that admiral mcraven was concerned about the way the president was going after the director of the cia and going after others. and particularly was concerned about his criticism of the press. that's his right. he's retired. he is now somebody who continues to provide leadership in the academic community and elsewhere. so he has every right to be able to say that, and frankly, the president rather than attacking him personally with regard to that mission, obviously has the opportunity to disagree with admiral mcraven, but this is a democracy. we all enjoy free speech. that's part of what our democracy is all about. but it doesn't mean that the president ought to attack former
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heroes in a very personal way, people like john mccain and now bill mcraven, because frankly it undermines any relationship he will have with the military as commander in chief. >> and let's talk about that relationship, because he's obviously said no one loves the military more than he does. you obviously, secretary panetta made multiple trips to iraq and afghanistan as defense secretary. i went with you on one of those. here we are nearly two years in, president trump has not visiting troops in a war zone. he did not go to arlington on veteran's day. do those things bother you? >> they do bother me, because commander in chief is not just about money, and obviously, this president has provided a great deal of funds to the defense department.
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that's good, but the reality is that our men and women in uniform also look to the president of the united states for leadership and understanding the fact that every day they put their lives on the line. so they expect presidents to be able to visit the front lines to see what they're doing as every other president i know in recent history has done. to go to iraq, to go to afghanistan, to go to syria, to visit the cemeteries that celebrate the sacrifices our men and women have made. and the fact that he didn't go to the french cemetery because it was raining. the fact that he didn't go to arlington on veteran's day because somehow he was tired from his trip or too busy. those are tremendous symbols that our men and women in
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uniform take as kind of undermining the relationship that they should have with the president who really should understand the fact that they put their lives on the line every day, in order to protect this country. it's time that the president shows that respect for the sacrifices they make. >> thank you very much, secretary panetta. i appreciate your time. >> thank you. and next, the breaking news, the washington post reporting ivanka trump used a personal e-mail account to send hundreds of e-mails about government business. sound familiar? matt whitaker's appointment as accounting attorney general is unconstitutional. senator blumenthal is leading the charge. finland prevents wildfires by raking their forests. the fins say nay. >> it's mandatory in finland we
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the washington post reporting ivanka trump sent hundreds of e-mails last year using a merge eve ining a perso.
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people familiar with the white house examination of hr correspondence. her father repeatedly and viciously attacking hillary clinton on the campaign trail. ivanka claims she had no idea about the rules. while transitioning into government after she was given an official account. but until the white house provided her the same guidance, ms. trump sometimes used her personal account for logistics and scheduling regarding her family. >> what can you tell us about these e-mails and ivanka trump's e-mail use? >> our reporters learned that there were really two categories of concern regarding her personal e-mails, less than a hundred different e-mails involved substantive government
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policy. then there were more of her using her personal account to e-mail her schedule to assistants. those could be in violation of the presidential records act. >> in terms of the amount of this, and her -- she had no idea about the rules. that doesn't add up. >> the administration had acknowledged occasional use by ivanka trump of her personal e-mail account last year, we learned it actually went far beyond how it had been described. and there were hundreds of e-mails in those two categories i mentioned. when ivanka was approached by white house ethics officials about this, she said she was not aware of the e-mail rules and her spokesman said once she learned them, they followed proper procedures. >> mattea thank you very much, let me go to former obama white house communications director
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along with scott jennings, adviser to mitch mcconnell and special assistant to president george w. bush. all right, jen, is this hundreds of e-mails ivanka trump e-mail account, she's saying she wasn't aware there was any violation here. your response in. >> one of the things that is so striking to me. the rules for conducting yourself on e-mail when you're in the government are not complicated. it's intuitive, actually. she should have known, because her father ran on what about the e-mails for two years. you should do government business on government e-mail. the notion that she didn't know that she was supposed to use government e-mail, it's very hard to believe and difficult to believe. the other piece that's concerning, this was a family e-mail account accord together reporting, with jared kushner her husband, who is the point person for the trump
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administration on a number of security issues. he has access to a lot of classified information. she says there wasn't classified information on there, but we don't know yet. and there will be more investigating into that. >> finding out whether there's one or two or duplicates of classified information is relevant to this election, scott. and when it comes to use of private e-mail in anyway shape or form. ivanka trump is a smart person. and she like the rest of us heard this. >> she deleted the e-mails, she has to go to jail. >> scott? the she by the way is not ivanka, just to be clear, in case there's confusion. >> it's obviously not a great story and headline for the white house, the core question is, how do you move forward from an issue like this, what they have to show is transparency, they had to show involvement from the white house council here, what i found interesting is that her private lawyers were answering
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the questions, not the white house council, they're going to need to show engagement from the official lawyers in the white house. they're growing to have to publicly categorize the e-mails, they didn't contain any classified information. and they're going to have to show that it happened over this period of time, it was this many e-mails and here's what we did to stop it from happening even further. >> now that the democrats are in charge of the house, having lived through an e-mail investigation myself right after the democrats took control. they will clearly use this to trigger a new branch of -- or a line of investigations. now the white house council will have this headache to worry about as it relates to their relations with congress. >> have you again here, the washington post reporting i was unapair of the rules. that's what we're hearing now at the least, it appears the
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hypocrisy is rather trite. >> if it was as simple as her exchanging information about personal logistics, it's defensible. that's why they have to categorize it and lay it all out. and there was no willful intent to delete any information. that's why transparency up front in a crisis situation like this, when you're trying to manage a story like this is critical. >> a lot of the hillary clinton e-mails were just about what scott is saying. >> that's right. >> wedding planning, yoga instructor logistics, whatever it was. >> also, hillary clinton released -- or the state department released tens of thousands of her e-mails, the transparency bar is a high one. the white house is going to have to decide if they're going to release that. otherwise, how will we know what's in there. this was clearly a campaign talkings point, i'll be interested to see what donald
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trump says when she's asked about this, which he will be. i think she also -- and her lawyers do, but she doesn't know what qualifies as classified or not. i don't know that we should take her word for it on that either. >> i want to ask you one more thing. schiff is going to be the chair of that committee. he called for trump's pick for acting attorney general unconstitutional. trump responds on twitter, so funny to see adam replace the f with t's and you get an expletive. bob mueller was not approved by the senate, and wlitaker was not approved by the senate. wow! mr. president, that's a good one. >> anything that can justify
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trump calling anybody. but happens to be a senior lawmaker an expletive. >> i would like to tell that you i'm surprised, but i'm not. he has routinely given raw, if not profane nicknames to republicans and democrats. i'm not surprised to see it, it's not a good idea. now this elevates adam schiff. are you giving him morell vance, are you giving him more of a platform by launching him into the news even further this way? >> i would imagine you are saying there's no new low here in the sense of, we're at a low every single day it seems with the things the president says or does, or how he presents
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himself. >> our culture has accepted a level of coarseness that unfortunately exists. >> i think we can agree on that jen what about the point of adam schiff. why not take the high road? i'm not sure if it makes them look good when we saw in 2018, in the election just a few weeks ago, is that the democrats who ran on issues and substance, and tried to be the antedote to the darkness of donald trump, were many of the democrats who were successful so i think if we start to get mired in the muck, i'm not saying that's what adam schiff did today. hopefully democrats are not going to be mulled into the muck. because that's how we'll spend the next two years if so. >> thank you both very much. and next, democrats suing to
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tonight democrats suing to block matt whittaker from serving as attorney general. the appointment is unconstitutional. out front now, one of those three senators, richard blumenthal of connecticut, the former attorney general of the state sits on the judiciary committee. i appreciate your time. let's be blunt here, is this all about politics or do you genuinely think you can win a case? >> we can win this case, we should win this case, we will win this case. it's the highest law of the land and it provides that he very simply cannot install a person like matt whittaker, who is his lackey and lap dog when the office really requires
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qualifications. and matt whitaker lacks the key qualification. he's depriving us of doing our job, he's depriving the american people of a system of checks and balances, which is designed to protect against this kind of unqualified nominee. >> your case has been assigned to judge trevor and mcmadden. he's a trump appointee. you voted in favor of him. does this mean you will trust his ruling no matter what he do does? >> if he rules against us, we will appeal it, and i believe that we will win if this case goes to the united states supreme court. because there is no question that the highest law of the land, the united states constitution applies here, and the supreme court has an obligation to apply it, and make no mistake, what's at stake here is not just matt whittaker, but
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all of the decisions of the department of justice, the special council investigation. he's shown himself to be hostile to that investigation, he's provided a blueprint for strangling and stifling it. >> yes. >> and the stakes here are very high. >> he has, he said he thinks it's not worth anything. that he could starve it from money or someone in the role he now has, could starve it from money, it no longer exists. you're right about that, but lindsey graham tells us, whittaker has used all that harsh language. do you think graham is right? you know, you say a lots of things but then you're given a position of great power and authority, and you're going to do the right thing, is it possible that that is true? and that he's not a threat? >> that's exactly the kind of question that needs to be answered in a senate hearing. in a vote, in meetings with whitaker, that's the process
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that takes place, when the senate advises and consents. you know, alexander hamilton warned that the president might appoint people of such incision and ply ansi, they would become mere instruments of his pleasure. this man is an instrument of donald trump in doing his bidding in a slow motion saturday night massacre, cutting funds, cutting authority, and that's what we need to determine in the united states senate if there were advice and consent. >> let me ask you, we've been talking a lot about de core um, the president, you know, using an expletive to refer to adam schiff and many other things, that he has done in that vein. you and your colleagues use some derogative terms in the statement.
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you refer to whitaker as a nobody. how is that different from that of the president? >> this rhetoric is in legal papers, a complaint that we have filed in the united states district court. what matters here are not our words, but the law. >> yes. >> and -- >> but you're not worried about words like lackey and lap dog minimizing what you're saying and making it sound more personal and more like the president is rightly criticized for? >> the courts are going to decide whether or not we have been deprived of our right. it is our right of senators to do our job, and we're doing that job because we were elected to do that job. so the president's depriving the american people of that right by doing this constitutional end run. those terms, those laws are going to be critical in the courts consideration.
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not his rhetoric or even our rhetoric. >> thank you very much, i appreciate your time as always, senator blumenthal. the white house backing down, restoring jim acosta's press pass. and the white house now spinning that defeat tonight. you'll hear how, and president trump about to be briefed by the cia on the murder of jamal khashoggi. this after reports the cia has concluded the saudi crown prince, a ruler of the country ordered the killing personally. why is trump still saying this? >> i want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good. with hunger. this season you can help. now through december 29th for every o, that's good!™ pizza, soup or side you purchase we'll donate a meal to feeding america®. because o, that's good!™
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tonight the white house caves, saying it will fully restore the press credentials for jim acosta. now dropping the lawsuit against the president and the administration with the press pass in hand. and perhaps as a face saving measure, the white house also detailing widely understood practices for presidential press conferences, these including one question from each reporter. everyone asks follow up after follow-up and fights over each other, that's the way things have always been done. just to be clear, not only do these rules not get observed no one's agreed to them, and
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they're not widely understood. let me just play what i mentioned. take a look at what happened at the last presidential press conference. >> one question on the lame duck sir. and one on your cabinet. >> can i ask you one more question, mr. president. >> which loss last night surprised you the most? >> no follow-ups. okay. guess not. out front now, our chief correspondent for cnn, and white house correspondent for american urban radio networks, april ryan. >> you can ask me as many follow-ups as you want. >> brian this was a major victory for cnn tonight. >> yes, that's the headline, we've been through two really strange weeks, the white house press corps has never seen anything like this, cnn's gone ahead withdrawn the lawsuit, there's no more lawsuit, and things will hopefully get back to normal, to the extent there's
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anything normal about the trump white house. going-forward, one of cnn's lawyers said to me, the system worked. cnn had to go to court to protect acosta's rights. but the system worked. >> jim acosta gets this letter of, hey, there's these rules, april, there's no follow-ups allowed. >> yeah. >> whatever these rules are, they were only sent to him, aand as we just showed, no one else observes them or is aware of them, and yet -- >> so what happens here, right? >> this is not the way things have ever operated at this white house. everyone's like one more question, a follow, two questions. >> and that's the issue right there. it's already been done. it's documented, it's on tape for the world to see how these follow-ups happen, particularly when the people they want to engage with, this is not about jim or us, it's about the american public getting information. and erin, one thing that we have not touched upon is once you do
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a follow-up, what is a follow-up? a follow-up helps to flush out the answer or the issue just by asking what's going on. and some could question is this censorship. some could say, this is not following the mandate or the principles that the founding fathers put down. this is not the new normal. this is not normal. we talked about this robust back and forth between the press and the president of the united states. this con trains the process, if you will, especially when it's being done done over and over again. we've seen it, the question is, how will this play out? and really, will it be to the detriment of the viewership or the american taxpayer to find out really what's going on? >> you know, brian when the president hinted at the new rules, and in that he said. if i think someone's acting out of sorts, i'll leave, i'll say thank you very much.
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i'll leave, those reporters will not be too friendly to whoever it is that's acting up. i will withhold access to myself because of whomever i didn't like. and then the rest of the press will gang up on that person and take care of it for me. >> trying to drive a wedge between reporters. what's so notable, 50 news outlets did stand with cnn. did stand united. if trump wants to try to drive a wedge, can he try, i'm not sure if he'll succeed. i wonder if he'll try to come back around to try to kick other reporters out in the future. we will see if he tries it or not. he had a bad loss in court this week, today the white house gave in. maybe they won't try this again. the president's attack of the media, takes many forms. this war on the truth trying to take away acosta's press pass was one of the many examples of that war. he's going to try to delegitimize the press, to tell
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you can't believe your lying eyes. thankfully, reporters like acosta are free to ask about it. >> let me remind everyone what the president said about you in the midst of all this brouhaha. >> the same thing with april ryan, i watch her get up, i mean, you talk about somebody that's a loser, she doesn't know what the hell she's doing, she's very nasty. and she shouldn't be. she shouldn't be. you have to treat the white house and the office of the presidency with respect. >> so april, what's next? when you see these rules sent to jim acosta, you hear yourself called out in that way, what's next? >> oh, i was called out and i wasn't even there, i was on the president's mind. let me say this to you, what happened to jim acosta, i was waiting to see how it played out, because the president basically, when he was talking about jim acosta and the revoke of his press badge. i was the next person he had in
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his mind, what happens to jim affects me directly, and i'm hearing that it could have been another group of people, a small group of people that they planned to pull the press badge from. i'm not what the president called me. my mother used to always say, it's not what they call you, but what you answer to. >> i like that. thank you very much. and next -- >> i'm glad. >> -- president trump about to receive a full briefing on the killing of jamal khashoggi. will he stand by his cia. the cia of the united states of america, which concludes the saudi crown prince ordered the murder according to the washington post? >> and it was the message that launched 1,000 meals. trump's kuehl for massive wildfi wildfires, raking. i was cured and left those doubts behind. i faced reminders of my hep c every day. but in only 8 weeks with mavyret,
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with an ally. those are the words from donald trump. he is talking about saudi arabia. the briefing will include the cia's conclusion which is that the saudi crown prince personally ordered the killing of jamal khashoggi according to
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senior u.s. official. resident of the united states of america, here is the president when pressed about crown prince's role in the murder. >> what if the crown prince lied to you? >> he told me he had nothing to do with it. he told me that i would say maybe five times at different points. >> what if he is lying? >> do you just live with it because you need him? >> i want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been really good. >> will anybody really know? if that is the conclusion of the cia then somebody really knows and you are taking the side of the crown prince of saudi arabia who you really don't know from adam. there is no other way to put that. let's go to former cia operative analyst, intelligence and security analyst. that does seem to be what it
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comes down to. am i taking it too far? i talked and he told me five times he didn't do it. the cia concludes he does. the president's take away is will anybody really know, what do you make of that? >> you are right. it's just preposterous. it is like trump saying that the russians didn't hack the elections in 2016 when the evidence is there. the national security agency, the cia, everybody knows it except the president. he just doesn't like to deal with unpleasant facts that stand in his way of making a deal, a business deal basically with a country which is very brutal. i mean, what they did to khashoggi, what i have heard is the same thing that the islamic state did to american hostages. it was a horribly brutal act and this crown prince clearly was responsible for it. everybody who knows saudi arabia including the cia knows he was
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behind it. we simply can't have him sitting on the throne because he is going to do something equally irrational at some point and it will be much worse if we kick the can down the road. >> what does the cia do about it? obviously, they leaked out this conclusion before the president was formally briefed. when the cia director came back from istanbul after listening to the tapes, whatever technical term you want to use, the president is in the loop here as he should be. what does it say to the cia when he talks to vladimir putin and says he assured me he didn't do it. he assured me he didn't do it in direct contradiction to his own country's intelligence? >> the cia and other intelligence services answer to the white house. he is the boss. when the boss says i don't trust you but i trust this random person, it is completely
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demoralizing. good on gina hasple. she deals in fact. she simply put the facts on paper and told the president. that is the best she can do. at the same time the rank and file are saying what is the point? >> thank you very much. as we said, that formal briefing supposed to happen tomorrow. you heard the president coming in. he told me, you can never know for sure. president trump says finland rakes its forests. is it time to rake america great again? doctor knows nothing's more important than a good bedside manner. i don't know how to say this. it's okay, doc. give it to me straight. no, you don't understand, i don't know how to say this. i'm just a tv doctor. they also know you should get your annual check-up. it could save your life. schedule a check-up with your doctor, know your four health numbers, and start taking control of your health today.
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>> reporter: is raga the new maga? it started saturday when president trump offered this solution when touring the unprecedented fire damage in california. >> i was with the president of finland and he said we have a much different -- we are a forest nation. spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things. they don't have any problem. >> reporter: the only problem is the finish president says he never said that. he did admit he discussed the california wildfires with president trump. he says the idea of raking never came up. in fact, he told a finish newspaper he thinks raking came to trump's mind after he saw some of the firefighters do it in california. >> i was watching the fire men and they were raking areas. they were raking areas where the fire was right over there. they were raking little bushes
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that you could see are totally dry. they are raking them. they were on fire. >> reporter: he says that is not the finn's solution to keeping the forest safe and the only raking he sees is in his own yard. >> it is mandatory we have to rake two hours per day. we got the greatest rakes in the world. >> on twitter, one user wrote off to perform my civic duty. another posted not on my watch. this woman said just this afternoon i was busy meeting my quota. trump may have been trying to offer a solution after initially criticizing poor forest management for the deadly fires, but he has been raked through the internet after proposing such an idea. >> anytime you're welcome back to finland mr. trump and we can teach you how to rake.
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>> reporter: the jokes keep coming. people in finland and across the world continue to post using #raga and # rake america great again. thanks to all of you for joining us. anderson is next. john berman in here. remember the chance of lock her up? someone else has an e-mail problem and she is close to the president, as close as his own daughter. we will have that breaking news shortly. first, think about your thoughts the day after the 9/11 attacks. do you remember how you felt when george w. bush stood at ground zero and said this? >> i can hear you. the rest of the world hears you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. >> how did you feel back