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the clearest case yet of the president misusing the justice department. he tried to get doj officials to prosecute hillary clinton. you are not stepping down as charge? >> that's not the plan. >> a defiant mark zuckerberg vows to stay on the job. cnn has an exclusive sit-down with the embattled facebook chief. keep romaine lettuce off your thanksgiving table. an e. coli scare forcing a warning from health officials. and temperatures taking an epically cold turn. windchills in the single digits in new york city for thanksgiving, putting those balloons in the parade in jeopardy. should be a chilly one. good morning, everyone, welcome to "early start," i'm dave briggs. >> i'm kaylee hartung in for dave briggtw ttwo -- in for christine romans. i'm not sure i packed appropriately given the forecast. it is wednesday, november 21st, a little after 5:00 a.m. in the
east. turns out the president's calls to "lock her up" weren't reserved for campaign raerls. they were also -- rallies. they were also heard inside the white house where the president was taking steps to have the justice department prosecute hillary clinton. the source telling us that he pressed don mcghan to make it happen. >> the president had been attacking clinton for years over her emails, the clinton foundation, and other matters, "the new york times" first reporting on the president ap's push to have clinton and former fbi director james comey prosecuted. >> this is what happens in authoritarian countries. the president orders -- the president, the leader orders the investigation and prosecution of his political enemies. fortunate three are people in the white house here who understood the traditions and rules of the american legal system and said you can't do that, and did didn't -- and it didn't happen. >> mcghan fended off the
requests that he was asked to have hillary clinton prosecuted. mcghan has since left the white house after extensive cooperation with the mueller investigation according 30 hours of interviews that unnerved the president. cnn sources say the president also spoke repeatedly with deputy attorney general rod rosenstein and matthew whitaker, now the acting attorney general, then chief of staff to jeff sessions. mr. trump asked them about justice department progress investigating hillary clinton. >> and whitaker came to the meetings prepared to tell the president what justice was doing on clinton-related matters, although our source says whitaker did not seem to cross any line. more broadly, the president pressing whitaker at the time. it seems to prove he was lying this month when he said this --
>> i don't know matt whitaker. matt whitaker works for jeff sessions, and he was always extremely highly thought of. and he still is. >> so far no comment from the justice department on all of this. >> if i win i'm going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. >> it's awfully good that someone with the temperament of donald trump is not in charge of the law in our country. >> yeah because you'd be in jail. >> boy, a remarkable exchange looking back. so far no comment from the justice department on all of this. top senate republicans slamming president trump for standing behind saudi arabia and crown prince mohammed bin salman in the wake of the murder of "washington post" journalist jamal khashoggi. an official statement peppered with exclamation points. the president wrote, "it could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event. maybe he did and maybe he
didn't! "that said, "we may never know the fact surrounding the murder of mr. alcohol. in any event, our relationship is important with saudi arabia." >> the president stood by his statement speaking to reporters. >> because it's america first to me. it's all about america first. saudi arabia, if we broke with them, i think your oil prices would go through the roof. i've kept them down. they've helped me keep them down. we'll see how that works out. it's a very complex situation. it's a shame, but it's -- it is what it is. >> that drew swift, sharp rebukes from leading republicans. senate foreign relations chairman bob corker tweeted -- i never thought i'd see the day a white house would moonlight as a public relations firm for the crown prince of saudi arabia. >> ken senator rand paul -- kentucky senator rand paul wrote, "i'm pretty sure the
statement is saudi arabia first, not america first. i'm also pretty sure national security adviser john bolton wrote it." then there was this frank comment on the crown prince known as mbs from senator lindsey graham. >> saudi arabia needs us more than we need them. it's not too much to ask an ally not to butcher a guy in a consulate. this is not world war ii. so i'm not going to look away at what mbs did. i think he did it. >> the saudis at first denied any knowledge of jamal khashoggi's death then pinned the murder on a group of rogue operatives. new financial disclosures filed by acting attorney general matthew whitaker reveal more than $900,000 in payments from a conservative group he founded in 2014. the group known as f.a.c.t., received almost all of its funding from a dark money organization which got at least some of its funding from major republican donor charles koch. >> most of whitaker's income the past few years came from f.a.c.t., although cnn paid him
$15,000 as a legal commentator in 2017. the disclosures magnify concerns over whether the senate would confirm whitaker if the president nominated him as permanent attorney general. president trump has submitted his written answers to questions from special counsel robert mueller. this follows months of negotiations between the special counsel's office and trump legal team. the questions dealt with russia-related topics in the mueller investigations and not obstruction of justice. it's still not clear in that will be enough for mueller to finish his investigation. there could be additional questions. and mueller's team could still try to pursue an in-person interview. the president doesn't expect to do one, he said. after a year of apologizing for facebook's missteps, miscellaneo facebook ceo mark zuckerberg is sounding more defiant these days. last week a "new york times" report claimed facebook was not transparent enough about russian interference in the 2016 election. that report also revealed the company hired a p.r. firm to dig up dirt on its competition.
in an exclusive interview with cnn, zuckerberg dismissed questions about his own performance, and the leadership of coo sheryl sandberg. >> there are a lost questions about sheryl sandberg's role in the latest controversy. can you definitively say sheryl will stay in her same role? >> yeah, look, sheryl a really important part of this company and is leading a lot of the efforts to address a lot of the biggest efforts -- the biggest issues that we have. so when you look at a lot of the progress that we've made over the last 12 to 18 months on issues around election or content or security, sheryl is leading a lot of that work. she's been an important partner for me for ten years. you know, i'm proud of the work that we've done together. and i hope that we work together for decades more to come. >> you are ceo and chairman of facebook. that's an extraordinary amount of power given that you rule a kingdom of two billion people digitally. shouldn't your power be checked? >> yes. i think that ultimately the
issues that we're working on here, you know, things like preventing interference in elections from other countries, finding the balance between giving people a voice and keeping people safe, these are not issues that any one company can address. >> you are not stepping down as chairman? >> that's not the plan. >> terrific job by lower seigel there. zuckerberg say -- lori seigel there. zuckerberg says facebook has a different world view than some people who cover the company. global markets and u.s. futures down sharply after the dow was down 500 points wiping out all gains for the year. it's not alone. the s&p 500 also down for the year. investors are worried about the days of record profits nearing an end with tech stocks taking the biggest hit. tech companies have long been the darlings of wall street, sending stocks to record highs. but now apple faces slowing demand for iphones, facebook under scrutiny over data and privacy issues. and as the stocks fall, so, too,
does the market. in fact, these five big-tech names have lost more than $800 billion in combined market value since august. but investors have a flurry of other concerns. higher interest rates, crashing oil prices, now at a 13-month low. the u.s.-china trade war. bottom line here, after years of big profit growth, investors expect a slowdown in 2019. just shocking to read the lead story in the "wall street journal," have multiple references to a recession. though they say it's not imminent, it's just striking to hear that word. >> yeah. headline in "the new york times" today, the economy is purring, but stocks are growling. the number of people unaccounted for in the camp fire is taking another big jump. now potentially damaging rain is moving in for thousands without a home for the holiday. we'll have more when we return. did you ever notice that the very first bite of every great meal is always the potato? that's why it should always be an idaho potato. only genuine idaho potatoes have the perfect taste and texture to get your meal started right.
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getaway day for millions of thanksgiving day travelers. more than 38 million americans will get away by record. a record 30.6 million will travel on u.s. airlines during the holiday up from an estimated 29 million last year. gas prices at $2.61 on gallon on average up slightly from $2.53 one year ago. if you were on the east coast for the holiday, one suggestion -- you better bundle up. it is going to be the coldest- in new york in more than a century which could spell trouble for the thanksgiving parade. meteorologist ivan cabrera has more. >> record cold temperatures, and along with that, the wind to contend it. it is going to feel brutal. today, 20s, balmy compared to what's coming. thanksgiving morning, eight degrees is what it's going to feel like in new york, ten for black friday morning. then boston, even in the single digits, as well. look at syracuse, going to feel
like one degree, perhaps five below into friday. brutal stuff. 16 possible record lows. in fact, in new york, if we hit 19 or below, that would make it the coldest thanksgiving ever. here is the forecast for the macy's thanksgiving day parade. we are looking at temperatures in the low 20s. with the wind at 15 to 20, that's going to make if feel like single digits throughout -- make it feel like single digits throughout the parade. bundle up. this is not going to last that long. for black friday, still cold. but watch what happens. we'll get back to where we should be for this time of year. so again, just this timing. back into the 50s by the weekend. and into early next week. happy cold thanksgiving. >> thanks. the centers for disease control warning consumers not to eat romaine debt plus due to possible e. coli contamination. 32 people in 11 states have been infected with the strain. in addition, 18 in canada have
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strong wonders from a federal judge in mississippi. he blocked a mississippi abortion law after the governor signed the measure in march. judge carlton reeves calling it a sad irony that men are making decisions about a woman's reproductive rights. >> he writes the state chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decades' long campaign fueled by national interest groups. to ask the supreme court to overturn roe v. wade. the judge also called the mississippi legislature's professed concerns about women's health pure gaslighting. former michigan state university period lou anna simon has been charged with lying to police in the larry nassar case. she's accused of misleading investigators about how much she knew about sex abuse allegations against nassar, the doctor accused of abusing young women employed by the university and usa gymnastics. simon resigned after 13 years
but has been on the payroll. she faces up to 12 years in prison. her lawyer calls the charges political and untrue. let's talk a little sports now. tiger woods and phil mickelson set to square off in a match on friday in vegas. boy, the side bet action is heating up. >> love it. andy scholls has more in this morning's "bleacher report." >> buddy? >> good morning, guys. you know, this is a match-up the sports world has been waiting for for decades. and it's being treated like the heavy weight match that it is. tiger's been holding a press conference yesterday. at the end of it, they did a floyd mayweather-lake stare-down. couldn't hold it long. both cracking a smile. $9 million on the line. winners take all. there will be plenty of side bets along the way including a $200,000 bet on whether phil birdies the first hole. hines ward sat down with the two to talk about the action.
>> reporter: i love how you set the tone with the guarantee and little side bet on the first hole. does that kind of -- >> the tough thing was getting him to bite. not only did he take it, he doubled it. awesome. i can't believe it, how well that turned out. >> the challenges are going to be escalating as we go along. eventually we're trying to outdo and one up one another and try and get in each other's heads. yeah. this is the start of it. >> tiger the 2-1 favorite to win. see it on pay per view friday at 3:00 p.m. a big day for hines. not only did he interview tiger and phil, he was named one of the finalists for the pro football hall of fame. the list for 2019 down from 103 to 25. they'll narrow it to 15 in
january. michael jordan back in his hometown of wilmington yesterday giving back to those affected by hurricane florence. he was giving out thanksgiving meals to people at lowe's, then stopped at the boys and girls club that he grew up playing at to give away some jordans. >> i understand it's going to be a long battle. anything i can do to help my fellow wilmingtonians i'm here to do. it hit me. it didn't take much for me to get started. >> jordan's also donated $2 million to the relief efforts in the carolinas. i was wondering, all the kids getting the shoes there him, do you think they have any clue who he is? just some guy who owns a shoe company? >> absolutely. come on! >> it's -- >> north carolina -- >> i think it's a fair question. i think we're getting to the point that it's a fair question. >> i wish it was lebron. >> is lebron here? >> yeah. >> i think it is. fair enough. >> i think the brand logo still probably carries with it -- >> and it's north carolina. come on. all those kids are chapel hill
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clearest case yet of the president misusing the justice department. he tried to get doj officials to prosecute hillary clinton. can you state for the record, did you know anything about this? >> well, i -- like i said on the call, you know, i learned about there when i read the report. >> an exclusive, mark zuckerberg fends off criticism after reports facebook hired a p.r. hit firm. keep romaine lettuce off your thanksgiving table. an e. coli scare forcing the stern warning from health
officials. and temperatures taking an epically cold turn. windchills in the single digits in new york for thanksgiving. putting the balloons for the parade in jeopardy. welcome back to "early start." i'm kaylee hartung in for christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. we need new plans for our holiday. perhaps no day in the trump presidency over the last 24 hours gives a clearer picture of his world view and his view of presidential powers. that's where we start. turns out the president's calls to "lock her up" were heard at rallies and inside the white house. president trump was taking steps to have the justice department actually prosecute hillary clinton. the president pressing white house counsel don mcghan to make it lhappen. >> "the new york times" first reported on the push to have clinton and former fbi director james comey prosecuted.
>> this is what happens in authoritarian countries. the president, the leader orders the investigation and prosecution of his political enemies. fortunately there are people in the white house here who understood the traditions and reduce of the american legal system and said you don't do that, and it didn't happen. >> mcghan fended off the president's repeated requests to have his rivals prosecuted. the times types reports mcghan had white house lawyers write a memo warning the president about all the consequences including possible impeachment. mcghan left after 30 hours of interviews that unnerved the president. >> cnn sources say the president spoke repeatedly with deputy attorney general rod rosenstein and mat whitaker, now the acting attorney general, then chief of staff to jeff sessions. he asked about progress investigating hillary clinton.
>> whitaker came to the meetings prepared to tell the president was just was doing on clinton-related matters. the source says whitaker did not cross any kind of line. more bradley, the president -- broadly, the president pressing whitaker more proof that he was lying when he said this -- >> i don't know matt whitaker, matt whitaker works for jeff sessions. he was extremely highly thought of and still is. >> mr. trump had been clear for some time he intended to go after hillary clinton including this remark at a presidential debate. >> if i win, i am going to instruct my tirnl to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. >> it's awfully good that someone with the temperament of donald trump is not in charge of the law in our country. >> yeah. because you'd be in jail. >> startling to hear the comments from more than two years ago. no comment from the justice department on all of this. let's talk about this with
politics digital director zach wolf live in washington this morning. good to see you. a lot to get to. that exchange startling to look back on. the president told us exactly what he was going to do. look, lawyers have long held the president from making bad decisions. what does all of this mean, and what does it tell you about the president's view of presidential powers? >> well, i think what it tells us is first what he says on twitter is essentially what he's thinking. and that's what he's going to try and do. pretty -- pretty definitively. as he says, you know, things like, trying to deflect from the russia investigation. why isn't the justice department investigating hillary clinton? he actually thinks that that should be happening. he actually has pushed for that to be happening. so we should take, i think, very literally things that he says on twitter, that's what he's going to try and do. don't -- he's not joking. that's what he's -- that's what he's up to. make no mistake about it.
first. then second, the man has a view of presidential power at odds with basically the checks and balances that put the country together. he is essentially a stress test for this country's democracy, to bewithstand somebody like that being able to have the justice department investigate people because he wants to. >> as jeffrey toobin points out, trump had people in the legal system telling him you can't do that. now with don mcghan gone and matt whitaker at the top of the justice department, who can stop hi him? >> the way the framers put it together, congress should be working to stop him. theoretically. >> should, yeah. >> the career people in the justice department should be working to tamp him down, i think. the country is not supposed to work so that one person, sort of a figurehead at the top, has the four do this. we'll see if the country is up to -- has the force to do this. we'll see if the country is up to this.
>> the next story is all about his world view. the u.s. under the president's decided to stand by saudi arabia after the killing of u.s. resident, "washington post" journalist jamal khashoggi in this exclamation riddled statement from the president. maybe he did and maybe he didn't, is the key point in all of this. it ends by the president saying, our relationship with s wi-- is kingdom of saudi arabia. this starts with america first, and then it says the world is a very dangerous place. does america first mean american values are for sale, and has the president made it an even more dangerous place with his actions in the last 24 hours? >> well, i would like to say i think maybe he did or maybe he didn't is code for i don't really care. >> yeah. >> because essentially the president is saying it doesn't matter if mbs, the saudi crown prince, had anything to do with this. he doesn't care that the u.s.
intelligence community thinks that he did. he simply is interested in the business relationships with saudi arabia above everything else. to your point, america first is clearly more about economics than it is about american values. >> and listen to this statement from senator lindsey graham on sean hannity's show last night. >> saudi arabia needs us more than we need them, it's not too much to ask an ally not to butcher a guy in a consulate. this is not world war ii. so i'm not going to look away at what mbs did. i think he did it. >> so there you have it. saudi arabia needs us more than we need them. doesn't appear president trump see this that way. how do you rectify that? >> it doesn't. it's interesting to see lindsey graham, who has been trying to get so close to president trump on so many issues, break with him a little bit on this. when he was criticizing -- not really criticizing, the way he did it on twitter was by basically saying, you know, you
don't want to be like president obama and turn your -- turn your back on the middle east. the way he's trying to influence trump is by making it all about president obama. i think that's, you know, kind of an interesting way to do it. it also shows you that a lot of republicans are going to have difficulty breaking with the president on this or anything because he has so much sway with the base of the party right now. >> especially when you see guys like bob corker, chairman of the foreign relations committee, a republican, on his way out, tweeted this -- i never thought i'd see the day a white house would moonlight as a public relations firm, the crown prince of saudi arabia. this is a terrifying signal sent to auto kraatz around the world. it is by far a more dangerous place today. thanks for being with us. happy thanksgiving, my friend. >> thank you. all right. new financial disclosures filed by acting attorney general matthew whitaker reveal more than $900,000 in payments from a conservative group he founded in 2014. the group known as f.a.c.t.
received almost all of its funding from a dark money organization that got some funding from a major republican donor, charles koch. >> most of whitaker's income the past few years came from f.a.c.t., although cnn paid him $15,000 as a legal commentator in 2017. the disclosures magnify concerns over whether the senate would confirm whitaker if the president nominated him as permanent attorney general. nancy pelosi's bid to reclaim the speaker's gavel just got a big boost. congressman marcia fudge, an ohio democrat who was weighing a potential challenge, announcing she will instead endorse pelosi. she made the decision after being assured black women will have a sdooeat at the decisionmaking tables. pelosi will revive a subcommittee on election integrity and make fudge the chairwoman in the new congress. at this point pelosi has not faced a formal challenge in the speaker's race. she's encountered opposition from a small but vocal group of house democrats who want me to leadership. now to a cnnclusive.
after a year of -- cnn exclusive. after a year of apologizing for facebook's missteps, facebook ceo mark zuckerberg is sounding a lot more defiant. last week a nooi"new york times report claimed the company wasn't transparent about interference in the 2016 election. it was encourage -- it encouraged reports to look up those protesting facebook. >> can you state for the record did you know anything about thi this? >> i am responsible for everything that happens here, i don't think this is about a specific p.r. firm, it was about how we act. >> you know, the p.r. firm was founded by republican political strategists and launched a campaign linking facebook critics to george soros. this is a common tactic used by
anti-semitic and alt-right groups. that's why i think people were so shocked when they found out about this. does that strike you as stooping low? >> yeah. i wasn't particularly happy about that piece of it. and that's a big part of when i read about this made me want to look into this more deeply. the intention was never to attack an individual. there are lobbying groups and folks out there whose primary purpose is to attack the company. and i do think it's fine to push back on them. >> it's not common for tech companies to necessarily hire these types of firms. many would argue it's a way of spreading the same type of conspiracy theories that facebook has worked so hard the last couple of years to get on top of. >> yeah. look, from the review i've done so far it doesn't appear that anything that the group said was untrue. >> a great job by lori seigel there.
zuckerberg went on to say we have a different world view than some of the folks covering us. u.s. futures are up slightly. markets looking to rebound a day after the dow lost more than 500 points, wiping out all gains for the year. the s&p 500 also down for the year. investors are worried the days of record profits are nearing an end with tech stocks taking the biggest hit. tech companies have long before the darlings of wall street sending stocks to record highs. now, apple faces slowing demand for iphones, facebook under scrutiny over data and privacy issues. as stocks fall, so, too, does the market. in fact, five big-tech names have lost more than $800 billion in combined market value since august. investors have a flurry of other concerns -- high interest rates, crashing oil prices, and now at a 13-month low. also the u.s.-china trade war. bottom line, after years of big profit growth, investors expect a slowdown in 2019. amazon stock is down 26%
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precut lettuce and salad mixes. so far the fda has not been able to tie the outbreak to a specific grower. the number of people unaccounted for in california's camp fire jumping back up to 870. that's an increase of 171 from monday. according to the butte county officials. the death toll now stands at 81, that's up from 79 monday. the camp fire now 75% contained. rain could become heavy over northern california. lasting into saturday. and that will help with the air quality but could also trigger mudslides and debris flows. >> the estimated cost of fighting the camp fire and the woolsey fire which claimed three lives stands at $130 million. losses are still being tab a little, but for comparison, last year's smaller napa fire resulted in more than $13 billion in claims. you're looking here at new video from fire department helicopter flying through thick smoke from the woolsey fire to rescue three people and two dogs in the hills above malibu. the woolsey fire is nearly 100% contained after charring close
to 97,000 acres. if you're out on the east coast for the holiday, bundle up. it's going to be the coldest thanksgiving in new york city in more than a century which could spell trouble for the old thanksgiving parade. here's meteorologist ivan cabrera. >> record cold temperatures and along with that the wind to contend with. when you combine those two, it is going to feel brutal out there. today we'll be in the 20s as far as the windchill. balmy compared to what's coming. terrible timing. thanksgiving morning, eight degrees is what it's going to feel like in new york. ten for black friday morning. boston in the single digits. syracuse, one degree, five below into friday. brutal stuff here. 16 possible record lows. in fact, in new york if we hit 19 or below, that would make it the coldest thanksgiving ever. here is the forecast for the macy's thanksgiving day parade. looking at temperatures in the low 20s. with the wind at 15 to 20, that's going to make it feel
like single digits throughout the parade. bundle up. this is not going to last that long. for black friday, still cold. but watch what happens -- we'll get back to where we should be for this time of year. so again, it's just this timing. back into the 50s by the weekend. and into early next week. happy cold thanksgiving. guys? >> good day to sit inside, watch football as we plan. >> yeah or take in the balloons from the time warner center. great vantage point here if they are flying. coming up here on "early start," men making choices about women's rights? it's a sad irony, that's what a mississippi judge said as he ruled against a ban on abortions at 15 weeks.
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judge carlton reeves calling it a sad irony that men are making decision business a woman's reproductive rights. >> he wrote, the state chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decades' long campaign fueled by national interest groups to ask the supreme court to overturn roe v. wade. he called the legislature's professed concerns about women's health gas lighting. former michigan studio university president lou anna simon has been accused of lying in the larry yanassar case and w much she knew about the allegations against the doctor accused of abusing young women. simon resigned in january after 13 years but has still been on the payroll. her lawyer calls the charges political and untrue. aspiring actress morel moreli miunuti granted a
restraining order against michael avenatti claiming she hit her with pillows and drug her across the floor. avenatti, representing stormy daniels, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence laughs week. he's not been -- last week. he's not been charged. his lawyer said her behavior was irrational and she did not suffer at the hands of avenatti. christmas came early for shoppers at a walmart in derby, vermont. a secret santa picked up the tab for almost everyone last week. one of the lucky shoppers snagged a picture of the mystery man wearing the patriots coat, not bill belchick. she posted about the random act of kindness on facebook. friends and neighbors responded saying their layaway charges were also paid off. some as high as $800. >> i had a feeling that there's hope for mankind or whatever. you know, that there's still good people out there. >> guess goosebumps thinking that is the true magic of christmas. that's the christmas spirit
walking amongst us. >> the story the word needed today. the store employee confirmed the anonymous shopper's generosity. walmart would not say how many people he helped or how much he spent. generosity this time from the president as peas beat out carrots in a white house tradition. the annual turkey pardon. the president did the honors before jetting off to mar-a-lago for the thanksgiving weekend. he said the vote was decided by a, quote, fair and open election. and carrots refused to concede. he added this -- >> even though peas and carrots have received a presidential pardon, i have warned them that house democrats are likely to issue them both subpoenas. [ laughter ] >> well, peas and carrots will live out the rest of their turkey lives at virginia tech's gobblers rest exhibit. >> i love the headline in the "washington post" -- "the turkey pardon felt like a reality show met absurdist theater." sums it up well. >> yes, it does. thank you very much for
having me here on "early start." thanks to you for joining us. i'm kaylee hartung. >> i'm dave briggs. "new we are watching the president undermine the principles of our democracy. >> if i win i am going to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. >> i think richard nixon would tell this president he's going too far. >> the president put a price tag on a man's life. >> that's one of the most amoral statements any president has ev ever uttered. it's 6:00 here in new york. listen to this. nixon would tell the president