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first to act to show how serious they are to release alm of the americans first. what they didn't respond to was that zarif said he asked about this six months ago and heard nothing. >> thank you. let's get the americaning home. erin burnett outfront starts right now. outfront next, president trump insisting he is the most transparent president in history. so then why is he going to war with democrats vowing to fight every subpoena? plus breaking news, hillary clinton speaking out tonight about the mueller report and warning of what she calls an urgent threat. plus why is president trump's embattled pick for the federal reserve now comparing himself to brett kavanaugh? let's go outfront. goeng, everyone i'm kate baldwin in for erin burnett outfront tonight it's war. president trump taking his fight with congressional democrats to new heights. vowing to fight every subpoena
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sent his way. >> the we're fighting all the subpoenas. look, these aren't like impartial people. the democrats are trying to win 2020. the only way they can luck out is by constantly going after me on non-sense. >> well what the president calls non-sen the democrats call oversight and tonight they gear up to make their case in court basically as the administration stone walls them at every turn. today the justice department announced it won't let the house question an official about why a citizenship question was added to the census. the white house also is fighting subpoenas related to trump's financial records. white house security clearances, and the mueller report. the chairman of the house oversight committee elijah cummings is accusing the administration of massive unprecedented obstruction now. pan house speaker nancy pelosi's office is responding this way. saying in level of secrecy should alarm all americans. at the same time the president
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adds this. >> i have been the most transparent president and administration in the history of our country by far. >> by far. the most transparent in history. this is a president who hides his tax returns, doesn't release them at least. white house visitor logs, phone calls with world leaders. and refused to sit down with bob mueller. let's not forget the fact that food is the 44th day without a press briefing from the white house. that is a record. and the president's defense department and state department are also dialing back briefings. in fact next month will be one year since a pentagon spokesperson briefed the press on camera. that is not transparency tp something the president if he doesn't care about sure talks about a lot. >> president obama is the least transparent president in the history of in country. there's never been anything like it. >> never. well, there's definitely been a
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lot of history made with in current president, being the most transparent he is so clearly not .katlyn colin live outfront at the white house tonight. katlyn, the president is digging in against democrats tonight sfl he is, kate. this is what they meant when they said power struggle. you are seeing the white house push back and grernl democrats and requests at essentially every turn that is leading us to see where the president is digging in on this fight with democrats and they say they see little downside to any of this happening. sources we spoke with say the president essentially had been waiting so long for the robert mueller investigation to end he did not fully realize just how much democrats were going to pick up right where he left off. and now white house officials said they don't see a problem with what the president is doing saying what we have been reporting behind the scenes the last self-days they are fighting back with the subpoenas. but, kate, democrats tonight are not sure. they say that with the president's latest efforts regarding their request to leave
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more members and the party toward supporting potential impeachment proceedings. something the president said today that if the democrats do try to impeach him he is going to go for the supreme court. those proceedings start and end with congress. now, one democratic member gerry connelly saying saying the block of every request to change the landscape as far as impeachment. >> we are seeing movement on this and quickly. outfront tonight democratic congressman pill pass equal members of the house waist and means committee. the tax writing committee thank you for coming in. the president said he is going to fight every subpoena coming from the house. you can assume that would regard anything regarding his taxes. if they blow through two deadlines already and the tax returns, any chance you are avoiding going to court over this? >> well, we choose not to go to court. but if the president is going to
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insist on the defying of us and the administration is going to do the same we might have to consider that obviously. we've had two letters sent directly to the commissioner of the irs, providing oversight over that, the irs is under the ways and means just as much as it's a part of the treasury department. and we're going to follow through. what is so ironic, kate, is that on april the 19th, 2014, when the republicans had the majority, they were in control of the ways and means committee, therefore, they had the chairman. a name you will remember, that name was paul ryan. and he said interestingly on the day when they were looking into 50 different individual tax returns, he said on the day of april the 19th that the separation of powers is a deeply held tradition that makes our
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government work in a way that gives confidence to the citizens of this country that they are treated fairly. and that's what this is all about. here is what i want to know, kate. i pay my fair share. i'm sure you do too. i want to know if the president does it. every one of the presidents from the five decades before us have submitted their tax returns for the american people to review. they don't put it on public television. they don't put it on the radio. there is a process. we are going through the process. >> right. >> confidentiallety will be respected under 6103 of the tax rode. >> let me ask you about in process. >> the president doesn't have the law on his zblied let me ask you about the process. >> sure. >> two deadlines gone past. >> yes. >> the treasury secretary says he is responding in some way shape or form by may 6th. why wait? i mean are you going to wait until then to make the next move as a committee? >> i believe that we have had a
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methodical approach to in. our chairman richard neil has done a great job making sure we dotted the is and cross the the ts. we have good legal counsel which we didn't have when we took over the house. it's taken a month and a half to gear up and get the people in the right places to ask questions. when you ask me why is it taking so long? this is the third letter. that's a cumbersome task. if you want and you believer in the checks and balance system you have to go through that cumbersome task. and it will be worth it. we need checks and balances. that's what we're going to have. we're following the law. the law is on our side. >> even if the law is on your side, even if the law is on your side. >> yes. >> do you think what the president is doing right now is trying to run out the clock? i mean, either slow walking it. >> yes. >> so it gets to the point where the president is either not in office. >> sure. >> or after the election? >> he wants to extend this as
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long as possible, kate. so he doesn't have to ask -- answer questions. but the day is going to come. as i said in 2017 when we started this, february 1st -- i started a review. i've asked for a review. i went on the floor of the house, went into ways and means committee. some day this is come out. wouldn't we be better off working together to do this? the republicans chose not to do this, chose not to go in a bipartisan way. >> the president said something today, congressman. he said that he assumes that the special counsel during in re investigation obtained his tax returns already during the course of the investigation. let me play for you're viewers what the president said today. >> sure. >> any checked my financials and they checked my taxes, i assume. it was the most thorough investigation probably in the history of our country. >> there is no mention. >> the mueller report has absolutely. >> that's i was going to say, in
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448 pages there is no mention of this in the mueller report that the public has seep at least. do you have any indication that happened. >> i agree. no. unlike the president, i read the report, all pages. it was brought to my home. the evening when it was made public. i read those pages. you can put on one finger maybe how much is written about the finances. we have not had a thorough review of the president's finances. and as early as 2011, long before he announced that he was going to run for president, he said that he would make them available. he said it in 2016 as well, during the campaign. chapter and verse. he has chosen not to do it. what is he hiding? i want to know what the president of the united states is hiding from the american people. >> and if nothing. >> you pay your share let's see if he does. >> if you see the tax return and he is not hiding anything, you're ready to move on? >> absolutely.
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no one accused the president. i haven't. >> yeah. >> i've been to the well 18 times. >> yeah. >> let's put the facts on the table. that's how we decide it. we don't do it for public viewing until there is an actual vote within the committee to make part of it or none of it public. >> we'll see. >> he is barking up the wrong trail. wrer we're not going away. >> sure doesn't seem like it. congressman thanks for coming in. i appreciate it. >> my harn. >> outfront next one official telling cnn it's like pulling teeth to get the white house to pay attention to russia's attempts to meddle in 2020. why? plus, the the president's embattled federal reserve pick stephen moore slamming the media for digging up his controversial comments about. >> they're pulling a kavanaugh against me. >> of course they are. >> and see really the case? and jared kushner is days away from releasing the administration's latest immigration plan. but what exactly is he preparing to unveil?
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interfere again in 2020 and possibly other adversaries such as china as north korea will as well. this is an urgent threat. this is as we are learning then homeland security secretary chris even nielsen grew frustrated with the lack of attention to election security and "new york times" is reporting when she tried to talk to trump about the election she was told not to bring it up. mulvaney saying it should be kept below his level. outfront now one of the "new york times" correspondents who broke the story david sanger and former assistant secretary for the department of homeland security under president obama. and april ryan. david, hillary clinton warns about the threat of russia to the 2020 election. why do you think that president trump and his aides are obviously appear to reluctant to address this head on? >> well, kate, i think the
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reluctance is actually the president himself. i think it's been clear since the first moments after he was elected that he is concerned that any admission of russian interference in the election, what he has periodically called the russia hoax, calls into question the legislate macy of his election. i'm not sure that's necessarily true. we didn't see any evidence or in the mueller report or anything we have seen that had the russians stayed out the results would have been any different. although there are many people who believe you can't have that many impressions on facebook. i think the mueller report says 126 million americans saw at least one of the fake ads without having effects. but it's hard to measure. but the key to this is that secretary nielsen recognizing a geel are good deal of what dhs does is work on civilian cyber-defense was trying to get
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everybody ready for 2020, to which we're already a little bit late if we're only making preparations now. >> yeah. >> and we never of course had a 9/11 style commission to figure out what lessons should be learned from 2016 and how they apply to the next presidential election. and what she was essentially told was, go do what you need to do. but just don't bring this up in front of the president, because it will result in the usual reaction. >> and that is the thing i don't get, juliette. one u.s. government official told cnn it was like pulling teeth to get the white house to pay attention to the issue. how -- how concerning is it if the white house does not think that a hostile foreign power interfering in the u.s. election does not reach the level of presidential attention? >> and the question whose level does it reach? because as noted in david's excellent article, there were structural changes made at the national security councils which also had an impact on the extent
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to which we focus on russia hacking. for one the homeland security adviser which used to be eelk to the national security adviser was demoted most of us can't name him now and the then john bolton got rid of the cybersecurity post. you had a structural change as well that catered to trump's concern. i've worked in two agencies. worked at the department of justice in the '90s and then recently at the department of homeland security. the to get something done requires white house focus. and to get it down effectively when it's a hostile foreign power not only requires but demands a white house centralized all the efforts. and while we know that the president has in sort of psychological response to mentioning anything to do with russia impact i'm saying the quiet parts out loud now because that's where i am after the mueller report. the president at the very least is acquiescing to russia influence in 2020 and at worst
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welcomes it. because everything i've seen since the mueller report, whether gulini's statements saying it's okay. or kushner saying it's only facebook ads, or trump ace insistence that it did not happen. makes me we believe we are in for a recommending party to the russians for to to 2020. >> april let me play for the viewers what jared kushner said about reallydown playing this whole thing. listen to this. >> when you look at what russia did, buying some facebook ads to sow dissent and do it. but it's terrible but i think the investigations and all of the speculation that's happened for the last two years has had a murch harsher impact on our democracy nasa couple of facebook ads process you look at what they accomplished the ensuing investigations have been way more harmful to our country. >> a couple facebook ards. estimates are on fischer there were 807,000 posts between 2015
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and 2017. as david mentioned reaching 126 million users pch i mean, is there- i do wonder if you think -- you know the white house. is there any way those comments coming from jared kushner or him shooting from the hip? or do we assume that's a prevailing view now. >> that's a prevailing view within the white house, kate. what's happening is is that in administration doesn't want to give the russians any life as it relates to their interference in the 2016 elections. as well as the mid-terms which we know and this white house knows that they were trying to sway. spo the bottom line is that jared kushner is sound being like his father-in-law, a party of one he is playing to. but at the same time you never know. he really may feel this. this is what they're trying to bring over, push over the top for everyone to see. they don't want to give the russia investigation anymore life than what it had. that's one of the reasons any
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will downplay it, particularly jared kushner, the first son-in-law. but he is singing tune of his father in la you. >> david, president trump in the past said president obama is to blame basically for this because it happened during the election, the russian interfering in 2016 happened under his wind chill. for our viewers here a reminder >> barack obama when he was president found out about in terms of if it were russia, found out about it in august. now, the election was in november. that's a lot of time. he did nothing about it. >> mulvaney echoed that in his statement he put out today. the reality is that it's more complicated than what they are trying to paint. >> it is, kate. as we were discussing earlier today, it's certainly not that the president -- president obama did nothing. he specifically met with and warned vladimir putin at a meeting in china in september of
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2016. there were other warnings sent through, including at one point the nuclear alert system which was just to get their attention. and then of course after the election the white house -- obama white house imposed sanctions, throughout 35 diplomats mo were spies closed two russian facilities. i would argue to you -- and i think some members of the obama team would argue that that was not a sufficient response. that they should have stepped in earlier when the russians had gone into the state department white house and joint chiefs of staff email systems some of them unclassified email systems, named the russians and pushed back so that vladimir putin would realize there was a price to be paid. you could have argued that they could have acted and certainly some of the president's aides argued that he could have done more in that summer in 2016. he could have exposed the
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connections to the oligarchs he could have exposed. >> regardless of all that david, it doesn't stop president trump from let's say doing better if he would like. going forward. april, david. >> absolutely right. >> david got to this. i just can't get over this one fact. why can't the president at this point accept two truths that can exist at the same time, that russia did interfere in the election -- it is reality. and also that he is the legitimately elected president of the united states. what is it? >> you know, it boggles the mind because the president at one time if you remember this president was saying, you know, that he won even the popular vote, which was not the case. so he is very concerned about the optics of how he won. and that's -- it plays into his brand ever since we have known of the name donald trump and even before we knew of the name donald trump he was working on his brand. he wants to make sure that he stands and stands clear,
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unchallenged, that he is the total winner. he doesn't like the fact that he did not receive the popular vote. he doesn't like the fact that he feels that he won by default because of russia interference. those are the things that go through his mind. you mate to say this but it's about his brand more than anything. >> guys thank you so much. >> can i say one thing on that. >> go ahead, juliette. >> quickly. trump's hand aren't clean. if you actually look at volume one about the russia entertains. >> that's true. >> it's about the contacts. and the trump campaign, whatever obama was doing was notified that the russians were trying to do this and never told the fbi. >> and still said russia if you could find her emails. we don't need to go back to that. . outfront next, the president's federal reserve picked stephen moore offering up this excuse for controversial comments he made about women in the past. >> i wrote some the politically incorrect you know columns, some
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>> i was so honored when i got the call from dsh from donald trump. and you know, it's been -- but all it's been since then is one personal assault after another. kind of character assassin nation nog to do with economicing two or three months i have to go through the senate banking committee and then the full senate. but they are pulling a kavanaugh against me. >> of course they are. >> there is that. and there is more. a seeshz of controversial riotings by moore have turned up. cnn k file found that moore was making sexist r-about women in sports from 2002. here is the rule change he broet no more women revs no women announcers no women beer surrenders no women anything. moore says back then he was joking. it was sat tire and "the new york times" found a 2000 column that he wrote this about life on college campuses. if college women were so oppressed and offended by drunken lustful frat boys why is
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it on friday nights they showed in droves in tight skirts to the keg parties? outfront now cnn political commentator. and rick santorum, the presidential candidate and republican senator. kathryn you've been outspoken how do you not think stephen moore is qualified to sit on the federal reserve board. but do you think people are pulling a kavanaugh on him regardless. >> no. no, look nobody made moore say those things. this is not he said she said. this is he said it again and again and again and again. in print. on live tv, all over the place. that said, my main concern about putting stephen moore on the fed is not the sexist remarks. it's the fact that for one he can't tell whether prices are going up or down. and that he is a long time partisan operative whose main priority placed on the fed would
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be not to do what's good for the economy but for the republican party. we have seen this in the views he expressed about monetary policy under trump versus under obama. we have seen in why he flip flopped about the gold standard, immigration, about trade, about pretty much any major economic policy. so i think for him to claim that nobody has been talking about his economic views is just poppycock. there's been plenty written about the damage he would do to the long-term credibility of the fed as a result of the economic views. >> senator, in the most recent what we are talking about here, moore did acknowledge that some of his -- acknowledged some of the past writings yesterday. listen to this. >> look, i mean, i wrote somement politically incorrect you know columns. some of them go back to the turn of the century. they were a long time aigt. i wish i hadn't written now that certainly don't reflect my views. but what it is it's a diversion. >> do you think that's a valid excuse, senator?
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>> look, i don't think you should hold someone up to a standard that you never said anything or did anything stupid. none of us would have a job if narp the case. he admits that they don't reflect hi views now. not just politically incorrect but wishes he hadn't said them. a lot of us go through this. a a lot of appointees have to riff down things 20 years ago. maybe repeatedly wrote it. but the reality is that shouldn't be the focal point of his nomination. it should be his economic views. and the reality is we're talking about a federal reserve -- i can't recall ever a controversial federal reserve nopgs. i mean they're usually very boring. but here we have someone just box i think in part because he is a bit of a public figure, but because he is tied in some way to donald trump. and trump is really the issue here. it's not stephen moore. >> no, no trump put four of the
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five sitting fed board governors in spots now. they're all republicans. they're all as far as i know lifelong republicans. any all sailed through a senate confirmation process without controversy. they all got about two-thirds of the vote within the senate meaning they got a healthy number of democratic votes. jerome powell got 84 votes total within the senate. and you know why, because they were all kpep professionals, because they knew what they were doing. yeah, they were republicans, but they knew to put the good of the country, the god of the economy above the interest of the party that they happened to vote for. and people felt confident that they would be competent. and you cannot say the same thing about stephen moore. i also want to point out that we're not only talking about comments that he made 20 years ago if we really want to focus on the sexism stuff. was it 20 years ago or was it a year and a half ago on this network. >> i actually -- it was it
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wasn't all just 20 years ago. it's also happened here he weighed in on this issue recently. listen. >> i and most americans love a woman who stands by her man. that's what a wife should do. and stand by her husband. i remember about six months ago i was on cnn and we were talking about elizabeth warren. and i described her as hillary clinton without the charm. and i was accused of being sexist for making that comment. but, no, i don't think it's sexist. >> i mean, do you think this is becoming -- this become as problem for him? >> and i would say -- i wasn't even thinking about knows remarks. i was thinking about a remark that he made in which he said that powerful men should never take a one-on-one meeting with a woman without a witness in the room because they'd be accused of sexual harassment, which, you know, he said again on this network like a year and a half ago. so do i think this is a problem for him? yeah, it is certainly not a good look.
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if i remember a woman at the fed i wouldn't want to answer to him. i would not want to be colleagues with him given what he is on the record as saying. but my greater concern is the fact that he wants to politicize the fed. he said that president trump should fire not just powell but everyone at the fed when they didn't do his bidding. in can cause really serious long-term damage to the u.s. economy. and to the global economy if in fact the fed is no longer viewed at independent. >> senator final word to you. >> yeah, it would be nice to get a word in. the reality is that stephen moore is a very well-known and well respected economist. he is a conservative. he is someone who worked for the club for growth mo was not a donald trump supporter and someone who was very critical on this network and a lot of other places of trump and his policies. he is someone who has always been progrowth. he is someone very much in the mainstream of the republican party on economic issues. i would never consider stephen moore a partisan.
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i consider stephen moore a progrowth economist who supports froh growth candidates. and that's what why the president nominated him. >> we will see. we will see soon enough. >> he did just write a book called trump nomices to say he is critical of trump. >> but he was critical of trump throughout the course of the campaign. >> and then became an adviser of his. guys thank you very much. i appreciate it outfront next, the acting homeland security says the president's failing separation policy is off the table. but that is not what one senior white house official tells cnn. who is telling the truth? do they have the same story? and presidential hopeful kamala hairs tapping women of color to run her campaign and people are taking notice. >> you shocked me. i didn't know there were that many black people in iowa. >> there aren't. finish dishwasher cleaner clean dishwasher. clean dishes.
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new tonight, jared kushner preparing to submit his swoepg plan for immigration reform to president trump within a matter of days. and a senior administration official tells cnn that kushner's plan as of now would keep the level of legal immigration into the united states at the same level but work towards a more merit based system. outfront now exactic candidate for president and former hud secretary. julian castro. >> great to be with you kate. >> cnn's reporting is that they
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would keep legal immigration if the proposal becomes reality if you will. they keep legal immigration numbers. essentially the same levels. transitioning, though, to a more merritt based system over a family migration system. could you support that? >> you know, i think it's fair to say that when it comes to immigration policy that this administration and i have very different views. this administration's policy has basically been marked by cruelty. and i released an immigration plan on april 2nd. i call a people first immigration plan that asks people to choose compassion instead of cruelty. and one of the things that -- that they have proposed in the past and they may well do now is to not allow family members to be able to immigrate in the same way they used to. they call it chain migration. i call process pro family and it
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strengthenings communities in the united states. under my plan we keep that. >> you have been critical in yut front on the trump administration's separation policy at the border of families. the acting secretary of homeland security, he is saying that's no longer of an option on the table for in administration. but a senior white house official told jim acosta basically the exact opposite, that it's being discussed. i wonder, do you think the acting secretary is being kept in the dark or not telling the truth? or what? >> well, it's clear that so many times in this administration the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing. it's completely possible that they're still trying to pursue family separation, maybe even still doing it in some cases. think about the news a few few weeks ago. family separations were happening before we knew they were happening and that there are still dozens of children in in country who are separated right now from in re parents,
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some of the paternitirents are salvador or guatemala or honduras and have no idea where their child is. this administration has been lack daysicle in trying to reunit families. i have confidence, zero confidence, in what this administration tells us or what they have done when it comes to immigration policy. and i don't think the american people should either. >> there is no fighting against efforts to get the families even identified and united in court at this moment. on the general state of the race at this moment, looking at recent polls and some of the key early primary states, have you polling at 2% or less. looking at iowa on new hampshire. it's early. i want to stress that. why do you think you're not registering though, right yet? >> well, kate, you know, i look at this apartment minskically. i was at one%. and i'm at 2. i've doubled my support. >> there you go.
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>> the truth is we have 42 weeks until february 3rd, 2020 when the iowa caucus happens, right. but who is counting except those of us running? but what i'm trying to do is not necessarily to be a flash in the pan candidate. i'm trying to build a strong campaign and build up support and momentum steadily. and i see that happening. i can tell when i'm getting out there, whether in iowa or new hampshire or other states that i'm gaining traction in front of crowds. we have seen our fund raising accelerate. we're on the threshold of getting for the 65,000 cribber level you need to to get to get into the debates. the campaign is moving in a strong, positive direction. and i believe that once the debates happen and i get on stage that i'm going to do well. and we're going to keep building in this campaign. i'm not a front runner right now. but i wasn't born a front runner and didn't grow up a front
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runner. there are a lot of people in the country who don't feel like front runners right now. and i'm talking to them about how we can make sure that their family can get good health care when they need it. kids can get a great education in this country and they can have good job opportunities. and i'm convinced that by february 3rd of 2020 that i will be a front runner. >> you spoke today at the she the people presidential forum. something funny happened. i feel like something funny happened on the way to the forum let me play this moment when you got on stage. >> the picture that y'all have in your program is of my brother jauquin. yeah, yeah you have my brother's picture. you he would say that's a good thing because he is better looking than i am. >> now, we're going to show for the viewers a photo of the program it ha had your brother's pictures next to your name and said you were a member of congress. we are adding another title to your resume. you of course are twins. you talk about in all the time
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how you guys get mixed up. people get you mixed up. but are you taking this as a bad omen if people aren't getting the picture right. >> no, people that have parents of twins if you are a twin yourself, people will know that if you're a twin like you are used to getting confused ten times a day. so it's sort of second nature for me. i thought it was funny they got the program wrong. this is not the first time by the way that somebody has gotten the program wrong like that and put my berry's picture instead of mine. but i said, golly, that picture he looks terrible. what's wrong today. he looks so bad. >> i did love -- what i loved is you called it out straight from the stage. keeping it them honest. >> i did. people didn't believe -- did i think half the people didn't believe. i think they thought i was making a joke because sometimes i joke that i'm a minute uglier than he is. they thought i was joking and i was like, no you got it wrong. fix that picture. >> yeah thanks for coming on. i appreciate it.
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>> thank you. >> outfront for us next, senator kamala harris and her secret weapon to win over a critical voting block. >> i wanted to ask you about your personal passion and trying to hire not just women but women of color throughout your campaign. >> you have to be conscious of these things. >> plus jeanne moos on the sprint to spruce up kim jong un's ride. do your asthma symptoms ever hold you back? about 50% of people with severe asthma have too many cells called eosinophils in their lungs. eosinophils are a key cause of severe asthma. fasenra is designed to target and remove these cells. fasenra is an add-on injection for people 12 and up with asthma driven by eosinophils. fasenra is not a rescue medicine
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tonight, 2020 democratic candidate kamala harris making her case to a critical demographic. >> why should women of color choose you as a nominee for president? >> because of my track record my entire life of focusing on women of color. >> and harris is assembling what she hopes is a secret weapon to secure that support. kyung lah is outfront. >> you wouldn't mind, the man in the blue jacket will direct you further. >> how's everybody?
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>> reporter: the crowd packed the hall for senator kamala harris. but the woman backstage warming up her hometown crowd is deidre dejere. >> i am super, super excited to be here. >> reporter: she's harris' iowa state director, one of 19 senior staffers on the campaign. more than half of those staffers are women of color. >> man, i'm too loud for this mic. >> so often we see people in politics in a certain front range would remember. maybe it's a white male. maybe it's a white woman. but politics isn't limited to those demographics. >> reporter: a fact that's hard to ignore at a harris rally. not just in who makes up the crowd, but the women with her. from dejear in iowa to staffers in south carolina, to her national senior advisor guiding the senator through this crowd, intentional moves from a
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biracial woman running for president. >> i wanted to ask you about your personal passion in trying to hire not just women, but women of color throughout your campaign. >> you have to be conscious of these things. we don't have enough women who are making the decisions about what public policy will be on these issues, so we need greater representation. all of america benefits from that and certainly my campaign does, which is why i've made it a focus. >> reporter: on why she chose dejear? >> she is one of the strongest state directors anybody ever had in iowa. >> you shocked me. i didn't know there were that many black people in iowa. >> there aren't. >> reporter: not a laughing matter in a democratic party more diverse and more female than ever, say harris staffers. campaign managers for julian castro, bernie sanders, cory booker and elizabeth warren are all people of color. but harris' national senior advisors say she's going a step further, purposefully leaning in on women of color for key
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decision-making roles. >> one thing i noticed about nevada, the signs in spanish. translation in spanish. >> the collective experiences of all of our staff really ensures that everyone is fought for, everyone is represented, that we are doing everything we can to ensure that those voices are heard. >> what do you say to those voices who say if you have an intentional, diverse path, you're going to leave some people out? >> justice for all is not a zero sum game. that, you know, one person doesn't have to lose in order for whole communities to win. and i think that's the leadership in my opinion that america is demanding. >> reporter: earlier today in houston harris an seven other presidential candidates did speak at that women of color forum. tomorrow former vice president joe biden is expected to make it
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official jumping into the race, but two sources at the forum tell me that he actually considered -- his campaign, that is, considered jumping in today, potentially overshadowing that forum. the optics, they were warned, would be, quote, a bad idea. >> fascinating. good stuff. outfront for us next, kim jong-un's running bodyguards, yes, they're back. this time they brought props. y ? flonase relieves your worst symptoms including nasal congestion, which most pills don't. flonase helps block 6 key inflammatory substances. most pills only block one. flonase. with retirement planning and advice for what you need today and tomorrow. because when you're with fidelity, there's nothing to stop you from moving forward.
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tonight, kim jong-un's attendants take the idea of running for the train to a whole new level. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: his last date -- >> there's a warmth that we have. >> reporter: -- with president trump in hanoi was a dud, so kim jong-un is playing the field, meeting with vladimir putin. but first he had to get to russia in his famous armored train, and that necessitated a last-minute cleaning spree. a couple of guys desperately polished the door kim would exit. even as the train pulled in, nobody does train arrivals like kim jong-un. actually nobody does train arrivals, period, except kim jong-un. but still the best-laid plans, not to mention the best-laid
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carpets can go awry. for instance, when the door kim would exit didn't line up properly with the red carpet and the men with the ramps were left holding them until the guy in charge with the white gloves directed the engineer to back up the train. the ramps were placed and repeatedly tested. no one wants to risk a collapse when kim starts to throw his weight around. it was all a bit reminiscent of "the great dictator." >> come on, you've gone too far. >> i never get out without a carpet. >> it's going back again. >> take it away. >> reporter: but when kim finally stepped out -- >> my friend. >> -- there was no unsynchronized saluting. there was sink nis tee in kim's running bodyguards, several of whom carried briefcases as they jogged. as kim stroke around he spoke a napoleonic pose.
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then there was that hat. it came off. it went back on. it came off, then on. reminds me of odd jobs, someone tweeted. but at least kim jong-un didn't decapitate any statues. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> thanks for joining us. "ac 360" starts now. good evening, there's breaking news tonight. hillary clinton has just weighed in on how congress should respond to the mueller report and whether house democrats should move quickly to impeachment proceedings. her comments relate to new reporting about the president today and the question is raises. something that no one has ever had to ask before because up until now it's simply been unthinkable. would the president of the united states leave this country vulnerable to attack by a foreign adversary to protect his own ego? would he push the country into a constitutional crisis over the investigation of those attacks just to bolster his self-esteem? i know it sounds absurd or at the very least