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president trump just moments ago not responding to reporters' questions amid even more impeachment news. he was leaving the white house on the way to a rally in louisiana. follow me on facebook and instagram and twitter at jake tapper. our coverage on cnn continues right now. happening now, breaking news. public hearings. house democrats announce public testimony in the impeachment inquiry starting a week from today. key witnesses telling what they know about president trump's ukraine controversy on live television. white house braces. sources say president trump's inner circle is increasingly concerned about the impeachment probe. tonight details of new hires for the impeachment team and what testimony they fear the most. and path to 2020. democrats claim victory in elections including one where president trump's personal appeals failed to save a sitting governor in a strong red state.
what does it say about the president's chances for reelection next year. >> and a search for suspects in the brutal slaying of nine american women and children in mexico. we have new details of the investigation and chilling new accounts of how some children survived. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> the public phase of the impeachment inquiry into president trump moving forward rapidly. house intelligence committee chairman adam schiff now said the first public hearings will take place next week with a witness including the current and former top u.s. diplomats in ukraine bill taylor and marie yovanovitch. and a short time ago the impeachment committee released taylor's closed door testimony and described a quid pro quo saying it was his clear understanding that us aid to
ukraine wouldn't come until the president committed to investigating joe biden and his son. we'll speak with hakeem jeffries and our correspondents and analysts are standing by. to capitol hill. manu raju is following all of the late breaking developments for us. this is about to enter a brand-new phase for the first time. the american people will hear directly from the key witnesses who are at center of this impeachment inquiry. >> reporter: significant development as democrats try to make the case to the american public that the president deserved to be impeached and removed from the office because in their view he abused his office by seeking ukraine to announce investigations into his political rivals including vice president joe biden. at the same time as vital military aid for that country to help combat russian aggression nearly $400 million had been withheld. they'll hear witness testimony from people who came behind closed doors, kurt state
department employees who raised concerns about what they saw as a shadow campaign, a campaign led by rudy giuliani, the res's personal attorney and concerns about why the aid had not been approved and released to ukraine. now the next wednesday the first two witnesses who will appear will be bill taylor a top diplomat from the u.s. diplomat in ukraine and george kent a senior state department official. afterwards they'll hear from marie yovanovitch who is testifying on friday. she's recalled from the post amid a campaign by giuliani and his associates to target her and go after her and push her out of the way after she raised concerns to the highest level of the tate department about giuliani's efforts to pursue the investigations urged the ukrainians to announce the investigations. now republicans today are pushing back. pushing back at taylor's upcoming testimony that democrats believe will help shape the narrative that the president tried to link ukraine
aid to the investigations but republicans say bill taylor in particular doesn't have any firsthand knowledge. >> he testified that he was told there was aid withheld in exchange for announcing this investigations publicly. he testified that there was a quid pro quo. >> it was no announcement about any investigations ever took place. the ukrainians didn't know aid had been held up at the time of the phone call. so the facts are the facts and i keep telling you all that those facts will not change and have not changed. despite what some people may say, and ambassador volker backed up those four fundamental facts in his testimony. he was the first witness called but he's certainly not going to be the first guy called. >> he's referring to kurt volker who testified he did not see a quid pro quo but revised testimony from gordon sondland of the european union ambassador
revised his testimony to say he later told a top ukrainian official that the aid was contingent on the announcement of investigations by president zelensky into ukraine and the democrats are withdrawing a subpoena to push an individual to come and testify. charles kupperman, someone who served in the white house who had fought the subpoena in court. they announced they are withdrawing that subpoena in part because they want to move quickly on this impeachment inquiry because the sort set a schedule to delay it until later in a year. a statement from an official working on the impeachment inquiry said that they don't want to lead to a schedule that would delay result in only delay which is why they are withdrawing the subpoena. so, wolf, all of the indications are signed that democrats could move quickly and could lead to impeachment by the end of the year. >> they want to draft articles
of impeachment sooner rather than later. thank you very much. now more on the testimony of the current top u.s. diplomat in ukraine bill taylor. jessica schneider is working the story for us. taylor describes a quid pro quo for u.s. aid going to crane. >> that is right, wolf. and taylor was specific to say that he was told that ukraine would get no military money until the country's president zelensky announced the political investigations that the president was requesting. taylor was detailed in his testimony and even telling the committees that he took meticulous notes in a little notebook complete with quotes so he is certain about the accuracy of his recollection. >> reporter: thetop u.s. diplomat in ukraine bill taylor told lawmakers it is his clear understanding security assistance money would not come until ukrainian president zelensky committed to pursue the investigation into the 2016 election and the ukrainian company where joe biden's son served on the board burisma.
they account the how tim morrison told him president trump did insist that president zelensky go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of biden and 2016. taylor was awarmed and sent a cable to secretary of state mike pompeo describing the folly i saw and in with holding military aid to ukraine at a time hostility was active in the east and russia is watching closely to gauge the level of american support for the ukrainian government. taylor's testimony points to a quid pro quo. something the president has repeatedly denied. >> there was no quid pro quo. at all. >> i didn't do it. there was no quid pro quo. >> reporter: taylor was asked if the president ever told taylor directy why the aid was being withheld and taylor saying i didn't hear it from the president, i can't say what the president was thinking. >> and that is what republicans are seizing on. >> they said any information that they had was from whom?
ambassador sondland. none ev-- none of them talked t the president. i assure you there is no link to the president. >> reporter: and taylor criticized rudy giuliani for his rogue foreign policy on ukraine. when taylor was asked if e.u. ambassador gordon sondland was responsible for holding aid in exchange for investigations something john bolton called a drug deal, taylor said it was giuliani who was the proxy for trump. i think the origin of the idea to get president zelensky to say out loud he's going to investigate burisma and the 2016 election and i think the only -- the originator was rudy giuliani. and closed door testimony on capitol hill before the public phase begins next week. david hale is from the state department and according to the associated press intended to testify that secretary of state pompeo was reluctant to defend
ousted ambassador marie yovanovitch because it would hurt efforts to get the military aid to cra-- to ukraine release and there were concerned about how a public defense would play with rudy giuliani. and at the same time the testimony keeps pointing fingers at rudy giuliani. giuliani announcing on twitter he's hired a new team of lawyers. giuliani previously told us that he would not be seeking a new lawyer unless he felt one was needed. but in the weeks since, sources have told cnn giuliani has been approaching defense attorneys and of course giuliani isn't just being brought up in congress, wolf, federal rrks in new york are looking into his business dealings in ukraine in addition to a counter-terrorism probe. >> he's clearly hired a team of lawyers, criminal defense attorneys to help him gthrough serious investigation. thanks very much. growing concern inside of the white house over all of the really fast-moving developments. our correspondent jim acosta is
joining us. you're in louisiana where the president will hold another political rally later tonight. >> reporter: that is right, wolf. president trump is on his way to louisiana to campaign for the republican candidate for governor. the white house is very concerned about these fast-moving developments in the impeachment inquiry. the president may be campaigning down here but that didn't go so well last night as there were big losses for the republican party in contests across the country but still the white house has focus on impeachment, hiring new officials to respond to the inquiry, still republicans are getting jittery about impeachment and 2020 with one source close to the white house telling me that last fight's elections and impeachment are sizing up to be a bad omen for the president. president trump is escaping to the campaign trail with a cloud of impeachment hanging over his every move. the white house is bracing for the upcoming public hearings and the inquiry and getting more nervous about the newly-released testimony from senior officials
like the top diplomat in ukraine bill taylor and gordon sondland who resized his recollections to say there was a quid pro quo with the ukrainian president. but aides to the president still don't see a quid pro quo. >> that is the white house's position and i don't think that his latest revision has changed that. >> reporter: the white house is bring on new staffers to beef up the message despite stephanie grisham claim that mr. trump could handle that. >> he is the war room. the difference between clinton and nixon which is what people constantly compare us to, those two did something wrong and the president has done nothing wrong so at this time he feels confident with the people they have in place. >> reporter: now they are claiming the administration was too incoherent engage in a quid pro quo. >> what i could tell you about the trump policy toward the ukraine, it wassinco harnts. it depends on who you talk to. they seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo. so no, i friend the whole process to be a friend and i'm
not going to legitimatity mize it. >> that this was all hearsay. >> this seems like a political setup. it is all hearsay. >> and some no longer believe what sondland says preferring kurt volker. >> you want to make a big deal out of mr. sondland's presejs in his statement yesterday but mr. volker is in my mind defending the account. >> reporter: but hold on. the president said sornd could be trusted. >> the text message that i saw from ambassador sondland who is highly respected was there is no quid pro quo. he said that. >> reporter: the president is licking his wounds after campaigning for kentucky governor matt bevin who lost a close battle for reelection. >> if you lose, they're going to say trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. this is the greatest. you can't let that happen to me. >> reporter: under a slew of contests that swing to the democrats from kentucky to pennsylvania to virginia.
a source close to the white house told cnn the results were totally bad. kentucky and virginia signal to the gop they are underestimating voter intensity against trump and it could be terrible for them next year. a bad omen for next year. the big increasing governor's race was at least 15 points and maybe 20. will be in louisiana. the president is betting his most vocal supporters will remain lawyer no matter what he does. >> if he shot someone on fifth avenue, would you vote for him? >> you have to know why did he shoot him? >> yeah, why did he shoot him? >> reporter: now the trump campaign said the president had to drag the governor of kentucky matt bevin across the finish line but if he keeps losing the races in places like kentucky and louisiana and pennsylvania and virginia other candidates may pass up the opportunity to be dragged by the president and a few moments ago we noticed the president did not stop to talk
to reporters as he was leaving the white house for this rally down here in louisiana. something he often does when he leaves the white house in the early evening hours. that may mean he's saving things up for tonight, wolf. >> jim acosta, thank you very much. let's get more on all of this. democratic congressman hakeem jeffreys is joining us, a member of the house democratic caucus. thank you so much for joining us. and you know the house has released the transcripts from the deposition of the top u.s. diplomat bill taylor. lawmakers will question him next week during public televised impeachment hearings. how powerful do you believe ambassador taylor is as a witness. >> it is good to be with you again, wolf. and ambassador taylor is an important witness, one, because of his inherit credibility, this is somebody who served the country and incredibly well who is a vietnam war veteran,
decorated hero, west point graduate, a diplomat of impeccable credentials and his testimony will confirm that the underlying narrative which is that the president betrayed his oath of office, that he abused his power by pressuring a foreign government to target an american citizen for political and person gain by soliciting foreign interference in 2020 election. betrayed the integrity of our elections in that process and violated the constitution. >> what would you like to hear from some of the lawmakers when these televised hearings begin next wednesday and millions of people across the country will be watching? >> well, the focus, i think, is on the witnesses and communicating to the american people why trump's wrongdoing implicated and undermined our national security interest. $391 million was withheld from ukraineello kated in a
bipartisan way. ukraine is a a friend and russia is a foe. ukraine is a democracy and russia is a dictatorship and the united states may be the only thing standing between vladimir putin and ukraine being overrun by russia as part of the putin fantasy of recreating what he views as the glory days of the soviet union. right now you have russian-backed separatists at war in kraip. that is why congressional okayed this money and yet it was withheld as part of a pressure campaign to target an american citizen and try to compel this phony investigation into joe biden. >> once the hearings go public next week, republicans at the hearings, they'll be able to cross-examine some of the witnesses even use sf-- to use staff attorneys to ask questions as well. as you know, the president and allies have tried to paint witnesses like bill taylor as never trumpers and gone after them personally. do public hearings carry some level of risk potentially for
democrats? >> not at all. i believe it was justice brand iz who said that sunlight is the best disinfect ant and you have evidence of wrongdoing by donald trump hiding in plain sight. that evidence needs to be presented to the american people in a clear and comprehensive and compelling fashion and that is exactly what is going to happen. we'll continue to follow the facts and apply the law and be guided by the constitution and make sure that the truth is presented to the american people. >> what is the timeline? i understand it is not specific, but give me a sense of the time line for holding a vote for articles of impeachment? >> well speaker pelosi leading us forward in a serious and slum and sober fashion has made clear that we won't put a specific timeline on our proceedings but that we will proceed in a fashion that is expeditious and comprehensive and fair. we're guided by the facts as they exist and as they unfold
and are presented to the american people. sooner rather than later i think it is fair to say in terms of moving forward and ultimately coming to a decision that the intel committee will have to make as to whether they're going to recommend articles of impeachment to the house judiciary committee. but the intel committee has been proceeding in a way that is consistent with simply trying to uncover the entirety of the story, present that wrongdoing, engaged in by donald trump to the american people and see where it leads. >> congressman jeffries thanks as usual for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. we have more ahead on all of the breaking news. will next week's start of public televised hearings in the impeachment inquiry sway public opinion about removing the president from office. and in li. i'm very fortunate i can lean on people, and that for me is what teamwork is all about. you can't do everything yourself. you need someone to guide you
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bill taylor, the distinguished ambassador now serving in ukraine, he's laying out his understanding of what a quid pro quo was. ambassador taylor, that was my clear understanding. security assistance money was not come until the president, meaning zelensky, committed to pursue the investigation of the bidens he's referring to. the chairman, so if they don't do this, they are not going to get that? that was your understanding? ambassador taylor, yes, sir. the chairman, are you aware that quid pro quo literally means this for that. ambassador taylor, i am. so what is your analysis? >> so it is very clear evidence there was a quid pro quo as understood by ambassador taylor interacting with the ukrainians and amplified what we heard yesterday in the corrected testimony from ambassador sondland about there being a quid pro quo and that he had communicated to the ukrainians and so i think that line of defense has collapsed.
the significance, i guess i would say and give you two perspectives. number one, think about it like a former prosecutor or like that members of the house who have to bring the charges against the president, if they decide to do so, it is very compellingch it is very clear evidence and supports articles of impeachment. if you look at it from the framework of impeachment which is a unique type of activity under federal law then it will depend on how the senators examine and think about this evidence and how the public does at the end of the day. because they're the ones that the senate is focused on how they are reacting to this type of activity. >> and you need two-thirds to convict and remove, 67 senators. and republicans are pointing out that bill taylor never actually had a direct conversation, a personal conversation with president trump about this. but taylor himself in his testimony, sworn testimony, he draws a direct line to the president. let me read to you from his testimony.
this is taylor. i think the origin of the idea to get president zelensky to say out loud he's going to investigate burisma in the 2016 election, i think the originator, the person who came up with that, was mr. giuliani. representative, who was he representing and the answer is president trump. how significant is that? >> that is significant. everybody knows that rudy giuliani is and was the president's attorney and they knew it in ukraine and he was exacting on behalf of the president. exactly what he was doing, it is been confusing throughout this whole series of events and i think the actors like ambassador taylor and others were struggling to try to figure out what giuliani was doing and whether he was doing it at the president's behest. i think common sense applying common sense to this type of situation, you would think of course the president was acting through rudy giuliani. and the president has talked about his knowledge about the events in ukraine and what was
going on. so if the use of giuliani was intended to create a plausible deniable like iran contra it doesn't work and make sense. >> the president kept saying talk to giuliani to all of the people. today we learned that giuliani is now lawyering up. he's hired a trio of criminal defense attorneys to help him. we're told that he's under potential investigation by prosecutors right now. how much trouble potentially could he be in? >> potentially significant and so it is a good thing and wise move to get himself some attorneys. he needs them. they're potential -- look, we don't know all of the facts and exactly what happened. it is a very confusing set of facts here but there is a variety of federal laws that might have been violated, the election laws and conspiracy to violate the laws. i've been wondering whose money was being spent to fund the trips to ukraine and whether any public funds were used and whether that is a
misappropriation of federal funds we don't know. the president could get giuliani out of a jam if he would say, yeah, he did everything in my behest or throw him under the best. we don't know. >> he was getting money from lev parnas who was arrested and charged by the u.s. attorneys for the southern district of new york. thank you very much. we'll continue our analysis. giuliani hiring lawyers today. the white house meanwhile is bringing in new staffers as it braces for public hearings in the trump impeachment inquiry and so how messy could this fight actually turn out to be? my joints... they hurt. the pain and swelling. the psoriasis. cosentyx treats more than just the joint pain of active psoriatic arthritis. it even helps stop further joint damage. don't use if you're allergic to cosentyx. before starting, get checked for tuberculosis. an increased risk of infections and lowered ability to fight them may occur. tell your doctor about an infection or symptoms, if your inflammatory bowel disease symptoms develop or worsen, or if you've had a vaccine or plan to. serious allergic reactions may occur.
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public break we're following. public hearings in the trump impeachment inquiry begin next wednesday. first day will include u.s. diplomat bill taylor whose closed door testimony described the quid pro quo the president wanted to unblock u.s. security aid. gloria, how explosive will the public hearings beginning next wednesday be? >> well i think the public will be able to judge the credibility of the testimony for themselves. and i think that is very important. and when you look at somebody
like mr. taylor, whom the democrats think is a good witness for them, he's a career public servant and somebody who is a military veteran and who firsthand observed how foreign policy was overtaken by rogue component led by rudy giuliani and watched it kind of fall apart and here he was trying to get this aid to ukraine and he finally figured out that rudy giuliani was doing the president's bidding and trying to get the president of ukraine to dig up political dirt on joe biden and i think as he tells his story an the others and the others say we agree with that. it is going to be -- it is going to be very effective por the public. >> clearly the white house is bracing for the testimony. who do you think they're most worried about? >> probably bill taylor. he's the leadoff witness, the lead batter and he sets a nice narrative for democrats next
week along with george ken and marie yovanovitch on friday. and if you think about how the president consumes information, i think he must be worried about the televised events spectacle part of it. the last go around with mueller and i imagine he came away pleased with the way mueller prese presented himself but in the witnesses you think about bill taylor meticulously taking notes and detailing what he saw. listen, you'll have republicans try to make hey with the fact that bill taylor never really talked to the president, and make hey with the fact that these people didn't know the president and try to have some distance between the president and giuliani in this sort of quid pro quo extreme. that is going to be very difficult though. so we'll see. but i think if you're the white house, you're nervous. they're hiring folks because so far they haven't really been able to mount an effective defense. >> jeffrey, how valuable is ambassador taylor as a witness? >> well, i think he's enormously valuable because he brings great
credibility. it is difficult to define him as some sort of rabid democrat because he is simply not one and he has knowledge of the whole policy. he was involved in this from beginning to end and the problem that the president has is the facts. there is no evidence out there suggesting that there wasn't a quid pro quo. that all of the evidence that has come in and certainly the evidence that come from taylor is that the entire american policy toward ukraine was geared toward getting dirt on the president's opponents, whether in 2016 or 2020. and they can argue as they will that this is hearsay and it is not enough to impeach someone but in terms of what the actual facts are, there are almost no dispute at this point. >> and it is interesting, bianna, the president keeps saying no quid pro quo, no quid pro quo, but only in the past couple of days we've seen sworn
testimony from two key witnesses, bill taylor and gordon sondland, the u.s. ambassador to the european union describing a quid pro quo. >> yes. so you have the president saying no quid pro quo. now you have some republicans including senator kennedy saying well there is such thing as an appropriate kidd and inappropriate quid pro quo. so this is just a red herring. and what we heard from taylor today, ambassador taylor, there was specifically a quid pro quo with regards to investigating corruption on two circumstances. not corruption as a whole in ukraine when every diplomat had been impressed by zelensky attempt to get rid of corruption and really fight it. it was two specific cases and that is the bidens and the origins of the 2016 election. so none of that was pursuant of u.s. foreign policy and u.s. national security. that was all to help the president of the united states. so it is very difficult to try to convince the american public
that this was appropriate quid pro quo that was actually helping the u.s. foreign policy with regards to ukraine. also i will just say one thing that bill taylor brings next week is that he doesn't have an agenda. he even said in his testimony that he wasn't necessarily against the two channels, the regular and the irregular channel because he thought, hey, if somebody like sondland has a direct connection to the president, maybe this could be helpful. it was only when he realized there were two different objectives with regards to the regular and irregular channels that he started worrying. >> everybody hold -- hold your thought. very quickly, jeffrey go ahead. >> one thing about the spectacle, he'll be able to be examined for 45 minutes by a lawyer. someone who can bring out a full story that he's telling as opposed to these five-minute increments that we saw in the mueller testimony, corey lewandowski and michael cohen that really make it very difficult to tell a story. this will be presumably better
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from alabama. let's bring in our political director david chalian. the deadline to enter the race this week. >> that is right. friday is the deadline and according to our colleague jeff zeleny, jeff sessions will make it official tomorrow. he wants his old job back. he wants to run for the united states senate. this is the job he had before he was donald trump's attorney general and you know, wolf, that was a relationship that soured, soured quickly when he recused himself from the russia investigation. donald trump never for gave him for that. abused him verbally until he finally got rid of him. but the question here, wolf, is how is donald trump going to react to this? this is somebody ousted from the trump orbit and he's now have to run in a republican primary in alabama. is donald trump going to get his supporters on board to say don't vote for jeff sessions? or is the president going to stay out of this? this is tricky terrain for jeff
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brutal slaying of nine american women and children in new mexico. you're learning new information? >> we are. we have new information about who investigators could be looking at and the aftermath of that. three women and six children were murdered. a manhunt is under way tonight for the killers suspected to be afill yailted with organized crime and mexican officials saying they will solve it. one arrested was ruled out and relatives of the victims are frustrated. >> there needs to be justice here. >> tonight, dramatic accounts of how some surviving children carried wounded children to safety and one of the mothers, donna ray langford, saved the babies in her car before she died in a hail of bullets. >> she turned around and yelled
at all her children to duck down immediately and started grabbing the babies an putting them under the dash and trying to hide them and all of a sudden bullets reigned from above. she had saved her baby by pulling it off the seat and tucking it down and covered her baby up with a blanket. how her nursing infant stayed there for nine hours or something, is a miracle. >> a u.s. official tells cnn some of the evidence may indicate those members of an extended family of a fundamentalist mormon group were deliberately targeted. the official points to burning of evidence at the scene and accounts that the gunfire continued even after women and children got out of the cars. >> the message clearly received is no one is safe really. >> analysts say the la baron family has a history of tension with local drug cartels. >> a decade ago formed a group
that was an activist organization trying to draw government attention and pressure the government to do more to fight criminal organizations in the region and they received pushback from the cartels. >> pushback like murders of two lebaron women. still, they said the only thing those mothers were activists for was their children. tonight, a stunning admission by mexico's president that the family and other law abiding members of the region of mexico were left vulnerable by their own government. >> not enough policemen. completely abandoned, everything related to public safety, we are working on that. >> experts say the outmanned outgunned security force are up against a mail strom of violence in that northern region of mexico, brutal war of drug gangs splinters of the cartel that was
load by kingpin el chapo guzman. >> you and some related to those cartels are trying to establish their own dominance through violence and hyper violence. this family was basically caught off in the middle of that. >> mexico's president ordered a new commission to investigate the murders consisting of mexico's foreign minister and top military officials. the police are not mentioned as being part of that commission. analysts say there's still a lack of complete trust between mexico's national police and especially local police forces since they have been corrupted by those cartels for decades. >> very disturbing story. thank you for that update. more breaking news coming up next. the white house braces for public impeachment testimony next week with growing concern about one witness in particular. r there was a sports car and a family saloon car
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witnesses in the ukraine scandal just days from now. clear understanding, the top diplomat in ukraine has given lawmakers a detailed account of an obvious and brazen quid pro quo. we will tell you what we learned from his testimony. as public hearings are about to begin, who do they fear most. stone on trial, a long-time trump ally facing criminal charges, prosecutors accuse him of lying to protect the president. and plans for former trump strategist, steve bannon, to testify. we want to welcome our viewers to the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the "situation room." this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news, the case