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>> hello, thank you for joining me. i'm martin savidge and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i am in for fredricka whitfield. we've got breaking news. "the washington post" now reporting that a confidential white house review has uncovered hundreds of documents showing an extensive effort to come up with an after the fact justification for why president trump decided to withhold military aid to ukraine. the white house counsel's review of documents was triggered by the ongoing house impeachment inquiry. according to the "post" the documents include early email ex changes between acting chief of staff mick mulvaney and budget officials after trump already ordered the hold in july. the report says white house lawyers are expressing concern that the review has turned up some unflattering exchanges and facts that could, at minimum,
embarrass the president. joining me, jeremy diamond. any reaction? >> reporter: we do not have a reaction from the white house. we've reached out for comment from the press office as well as the office of management and budget. we do have a statement in this "washington post" report from a spokeswoman where she says there was a legal consensus at every step of the way that the money could be withheld to conduct a policy review. she also notes that the omb works closely with agencies on executing the budget. what this report reveals now which is a really interesting and crucial to better understanding the motives behind the president's decision to withhold the security aid to ukraine which of course is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry that is threatening his presidency, it shows that weeks after the white house actually announced to other agencies on that july 18 conference call that the white house was putting a temporary freeze on that nearly $400 million of security
aid to ukraine, that weeks after that actually happened, omb officials, the white house chief of staff mick mulvaney, were exchanging emails, still trying to figure out the legal rationale for that aid hold. so it suggests that this was not a typical process for an aid to be -- a package of aid to be frozen and, in fact, that it was a presidential decision to withhold this aid for whatever reason and that after the fact officials at the white house, at the office of management and budget, were essentially scrambling to come up with an explanation here, a legal rationale, and clearly in the emails that "the washington post" has either reviewed or that sources are describing to them, it indicates that, begiag there was a conversation, a debate for weeks after that aid was put on hold. very interesting new information and we'll let you know as soon as we get a reaction from the white house. >> please do. jeremy diamond at the white house, thanks very much.
joining me is lis wheel, and back with us again, shane harris, national security correspondent with "the washington post" and cnn national security analyst. thank you both for being here. shane, tell us more about these reported emails. >> it's very interesting. we see the timing that's sort of taking an interesting shape here as well. after the president decides that he wants to freeze the aid to ukraine we see this effort by mick mulvaney, the white house chief of staff acting and the omb director to come up with a rationale for doing so. what's another interesting point in the story is that mulvaney starts checking in on this after the white house has been put on notice that the cia employee has filed a whistle-blower complaint. so it seems the timeline would suggest that mulvaney now understands that there's mounting pressure to come up with some kind of legal
rationale for what the president did in freezing the aid. and remember too, this aid had been appropriated by congress and had already gone through some reviews to determine that ukraine had met all the conditions necessary for receiving it so when the president decides in july to put this freeze on, there's no clear, at least stated reason for the record, as to why he's doing it. that appears to be what's being described in those emails now. >> lis, how damaging could this be to the republicans in their case that president trump did nothing wrong? does it show that the white house is trying to hide something? >> it could be extremely damaging. the timeline is very important here because the conversation is made in july. then these emails that we've just discovered start coming out and the legality is debated behind the scenes. we're just finding out this now in july and august before of course the hold is then lifted in mid september, and the
defense is there being made behind the scenes. now, what's so important of course then is we've been hearing in the impeachment hearings where the gop's congressmen and women were saying everything was normal about this freeze, right, as they were trying to pepper the questions of the diplomats who were testifying. everything is normal. these freezes happen all the time. it's in the normal course of business, correct, correct, correct. we heard this. this was sort of the mantra during the course of the investigation. this is just a normal thing, it happens all the time. well, clearly what the lawyers were already saying, the emails that were discovered here, they're saying, no, it's not normal, we need to find a legal reason to be able to say it's normal, it's in the course of business, when they already knew that it wasn't. they were trying to mount a legal defense already at that point before the freeze was lifted in mid september. they knew it was wrong at the time. >> shane, if this aid was held
up for political purposes and the white house tried to cover it up, remind us all what kind of risk this would pose to national security. >> the national security risk has been articulated by career diplomats who testified last week pretty forcefully. we give money to the ukraine, the united states does, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, as a bulwawark against russia. that has been the policy rationale behind providing lethal aid to allow ukrainians to repel russian advances. the necessary equipment going with it is not making its way to ukraine and putting ukraine in the position of wondering whether or not they can count on the united states as a strategic partner in an ally against their fight against russia so there's a media tactical problem with the holdup but then hthere creates this larger unease and the question of what is the
president trying to get from us. these are compounding problems that you see coming from the president's decision to really stop this process that again had been approved by congress and he had authorized in law and put this freeze in place. >> human consequences, what you're describing beyond just politics. >> yes. >> other stuff also today, we learned that the chairman of the house intelligence committee, adam schiff, said that the impeachment investigation may not be over. here's what he said. >> we don't foreclose the possibility of more depositions, more hearings. we're in the process of getting more documents all the time, so that investigative work is going to go on. we're not prepared to wait months and months while the administration plays a game of rope-a-dope in order to try to stall. what's more, the evidence is already overwhelming. the remarkable thing about this, and we've done this with almost literally no documentary production from the administration, is the facts are really not contested. it's really not contested what
the president did. >> lis, i believe that schiff went on to say that this investigation is not going to end. that's actually what republicans have always said, that the investigations never end. democrats will always be coming up with something else. do you think that this really could just bog down as far as the complicated legal and political consequences? >> i don't think so. i think what's going to happen now is that a report is being drafted. it's going to be sent then and hopefully it will be a fairly concise report. it's going to be sent to the judiciary committee. the committee will come up with articles of impeachment, probably not that many, having to do with abuse of power, perjury -- well not perjury. well, maybe perjury, obstruction of justice and bribery and probably witness tampering, at least one witness tampering article of impeachment thrown in there and they'll be narrowly drown based on these facts.
now, the republicans, as schiff said, they didn't really attack the facts. what they attacked was the process. the process was the same as the process was in clinton's impeachment, so they really didn't have much to attack there. they could make great sound bites for television and that's about it. they attacked then the credibility of the witnesses. that's an old trial tactic to do. if you don't have the facts, then you attack the process. if you don't have the process, you attack the credibility of witnesses, the messengers, and we saw that play out here in a horrible way, attacking these diplomats, attacking their cred creditability. so we may see more of that. i imagine they use the president of the clinton impeachment, we may see some constitutionalists, some experts who are constitutional scholars testify about the bar for impeachment on a constitutional measure. we might see some panels like that, and who knows what other fact witnesses might testify,
but adam schiff is right. the democrats don't have that many documents to go on, although there may be some more coming forward as we're seeing today. >> lis wheel and shane harris, thank you both. appreciate it very much. we'll look forward to the new developments that are about to come even next hour. thank you. >> you go tt it. michael bloomberg has made it official, why the former new york mayor says he's jumping into the presidential race now and we'll find out what his fellow candidates think. and this developing story, ruth bader ginsburg on the road to recovery after another health scare.
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woman: save at trelegy.com. there's a new competitor in the 2020 race for president. former new york city mayor and businessman michael bloomberg made it official, announcing that he is running for president. a late entry in the crowded field of democrats to be sure, a crowded field of which number is at 18 now. he's already getting a pretty bad welcome. >> we do not believe that billionaires have the right to buy elections. that is why multi-billionaires like mr. bloomberg is not going to get very far in this election. >> watch me, watch me. the idea that i'm not in better shape than mayor bloomberg physically and otherwise? >> this election should not be for sale, not to billionaire, not to corporate executives. we need to build a grassroots movement. that's how democracy is supposed
to work. >> with me now is karen finney, a former spokesperson for hillary clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and a cnn political commentator, and maria cardona, a democratic strategist and cnn political commentator. thank you for joining me. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> bloomberg decided to get in because he believes there is not a democratic candidate in the field who can beat trump. first of all, do you agree with that sentiment, and second, what is his path to victory? >> i don't know that i agree with that, but certainly we've heard rumblings for several weeks now and concerns about biden and warren and so it's been fairly clear, particularly from our cnn polling, that voters are still feeling very unsettled and i think that's part of what he was trying to capitalize on. i'd say his path to victory, his entrance is very interesting. the first four early states represent only about 10% of the delegates needed to secure the
nomination. so, by skipping those four states he kind of changes the map for everybody because he's going to focus on those super tuesday states where you have a number of states like texas and florida that are big numbers to try to get there to get his way into the field and really rise. so we'll see how he does with that. he's got a number of both structural challenges getting in late and he's got some -- although he's apologized for example for stop and risk, i think that's going to be a real challenge for him. >> the first sort of deciphering that goes on here is if he's in, who gets knocked. bloomberg is positioning itself it seems as a moderate in the democratic party. he thinks that bernie sanders and elizabeth warren have gone too far to the left. is he wrong, maria, do you think? >> well, again, i think that remains to be seen. i think one of the things that he does here in terms of his getting into the race is he is going to make voters really think about where they are
vis-a-vis the other candidates and him. right now it doesn't seem like he has a natural base and i think that that is one of the concerns and i think it also is going to make people really think about the positions of the other candidates. one thing that i heard that i think could be true is that because now michael bloomberg is going to be one of the most moderate in the rate, he could help biden by making him seem more progressive to the rest of the democratic base and that could help biden in the end. the one thing that i don't agree with michael bloomberg on and we've seen this in the polls, is that there are many of our candidates right now that do beat donald trump and, frankly, joe biden, whether or not you look at him as a vulnerable front-runner, he is still the front-runner. if you look at his numbers, especially in the early states and in national polls, he is still at the top. yes, he's gone up, gone down.
warren has gone up, gone down, so has sanders, but he is still at the top of that race. ultimately because of all of the attacks from trump in this whole impeachment proceeding, that all could have helped biden. bloomberg's entrance into the race in a weird way could also help biden so we'll see. i think what he might do is focus on enthusiasm in the race and he's also going to spend money on voter registration, and all of that is a great thing for the whole party. >> it is indeed. karen, the winner as we know, of the democratic primary will have to face trump and kellyanne conway, the adviser to the president had this to say about bloomberg's run. >> it means that the democratic field is underwhelming, even to michael bloomberg. there are 18 democrats still running for president of the united states. probably another 10 or 12 dropped out of the race and michael bloomberg is come in
saying i don't think any of you could beat donald trump. >> she's implying that this demonstrates a weakness here. is she right? >> i think those are great talking points for kellyanne and we haven't seen her in a while but i think they're just talking points. again, polling shows people are excited about the candidates. it's just that they're sort of -- i likened this part -- it's like dating, right? people are trying on different candidates to see who they like and who they don't, particularly in states like iowa, new hampshire and south carolina where the process is open to that where candidates are coming through so often, voters really do get to go to different events and hear from different candidates. i want to pick up on something that maria said too which is some of the issues that warren has been out there talking about, universal child care and some of the conversation we're having about medicare for all and sort of, you know, the relationship between wall street and main street, those are ideas that people have been getting excited about and hearing about and questioning for several
months now. bloomberg is going to be held to a standard that says you've got to have answers for these questions, and that may end up being too moderate for some people, because remember the democratic party primary for the presidency is a lot more liberal and progressive actually even than new yorkers are. >> exactly. >> i think there will be an appetite for ideas, not just the fact he's got a lot of money. karen, thank you very much. maria, good to see you as well. >> thank you. >> thanks. up next, mike pence makes a surprise visit to iraq and weighs in on the impeachment inquiry. we'll talk with a reporter who was on the vice president's secret trip. is that ireland...1953?
vice president mike pence making an unannounced visit to troops in iraq this weekend. pence and his wife karen served an early thanksgiving lunch to service members at the air force base. there was no meeting with iraqi leaders. there was a phone call but pence did have a face-to-face with kurdish leaders in northern iraq. francesco chambers is the white house correspondent and she was
one of only 11 people to go on that trip. welcome. >> thanks for having me. >> so what was this trip all about for the vice president? >> i think it was three fold. first of all, it was to serve that turkey that you showed to the troops and to thank them on behalf of the united states government for their service over the thanksgiving holiday, but you also mentioned the meeting with the kurdish president of the semiautonomous region of kurdistan in iraq and there he also expressed gratitude for what the kurds have done, to reassure them that the united states stays with them after the united states president, president trump, said he would be pulling american troops out of syria, but of course playing in washington this week were those impeachment hearings and it certainly changed the conversation for vice president mike pence. >> i believe it did and i can understand why, because while the vice president was in iraq he took a swing at congress when he was talking about the delayed pay raise for service members
and let's listen to that first. >> we need congress to do their job. the truth is congress should have finished their work on defense appropriations months ago, but you all know that partisan politics and endless investigations have slowed things down a bit. >> while pence was making that criticism, you had ambassador gordan sondland who was testifying that he was expressing concerns to pence about aid to ukraine and he was being tied to this overarching investigation, this impeachment process in a way that we hadn't heard pence's name before. do you think it's going to have a lasting impact? >> the vice president declined to make public comments about gordan sondland's testimony and the rest of the testimony that we heard on capitol hill this week, but he did, as you showed, mention the, quote, endless investigations as he called it in that speech to the troops which was a little bit surprising that he brought the
subject up at all. he said in the speech not specifically democrats but he called on congress, his words, to do their job. he brought it up in the context of giving the troops a pay raise and said because of the impeachment process that's why there had not been the passage of defense spending. >> you were there, what was the reaction of the troops? >> the troops said usa, usa, they were shouting at him and all were very respectful and they seemed grateful to have him there. >> well, a sign of respect for the duty they serve to us. francesca chambers, thank you very much. >> thanks. coming up, she beat cancer four times. this weekend supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg was back in the hospital. new information on her illness and recovery coming up. this? your cold's gonna make you a zombie tomorrow. wrong. new mucinex nightshift fights my cold symptoms so i can sleep great and wake up human. don't eat me i taste terrible. fight your worst symptoms so you can sleep great and wake up human. new mucinex nightshift cold and flu.
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ginsburg is recovering at home after spending the past two days in the hospital. the 86-year-old was admitted to johns hop kin's hospital in baltimore friday night after she experienced chills and a fever. a spokeswoman says that ginsberg is, quote, doing well after receiving iv antibiotics and fluids. supreme court analyst joan vescupik joins me now. this is her third health scare and there are concerns that she may consider retiring from the bench. >> that's right. but she is not going to go without a fight. she has said that her work energizes her. she feels a sense of mission at the supreme court. but martin, there are two elements to your question. first of all, democrats especially are nervous about whether she might need to step down in any way, and those concerns have been around since 1999 actually when she first survived a very serious cancer
scare, but she keeps coming back and what's different this time around is where we are in america. if she were to leave, martin, president trump would have a third appointment to the supreme court, and this one would be far more consequential than the first two. in fact, i would compare it to 1991 when clarence thomas says saided thurgood marshall. and then, we're about to go into an election year so the politicking around any kind of confirmation battle would be so ratcheted up and if you recall back in 2016 when antonin scalia suddenly passed away and president obama tried to name a successor, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell blocked that nomination. this time around though, martin, he has said that if president
trump tries to put a third justice on the supreme court, he would ensure that that individual went through. >> in the meantime, we wish her good health. joan, i imagine that she is a woman -- i don't know her personally, but that she thrives on doing the job she does. >> she does. in fact, what she said is that -- first of all, she feels a real sense of mission. she's always been like that. she came up, first made a national name for herself as a woman's rights advocate. she's been on the court for 26 years and she has talked about how reading briefs, doing the work of the supreme court has helped her recover along the way. so this is her life. she lives for this, and she is not going to go willingly. she's not thinking, well, maybe it's time for me to step down. she's saying maybe it's time for me to keep fighting. she has talked about how she wants to still get out there, give speeches, travel. she's not going to hole up in
her apartment here in washington d.c. and hope she stays healthy. she's going to go out and live her life and do her work as a justice. >> work for her is the cure. thank you very much for joining us. we'll be right back after this. i'm your curious cat, and you know what they say about curiosity. it'll ruin your house. so get allstate and be better protected from mayhem, like meow.
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there are new details breaking on the white house reaction to the impeachment inquiry. "the washington post" now reporting that a confidential white house review has uncovered hundreds of documents showing an extensive effort to cover up or rather i should say come up with an after the fact justification for why president trump decided to withhold aid to ukraine, military aid. according to the post, the documents include early august email exchanges between acting chief of staff mick mulvaney and white house budget officials after trump ordered the hold in mid july. the report also says white house lawyers are expressing concern that the review has turned up some unflattering exchanges and facts that could, at a minimum, embarrass the president.
that was a quote. joining me now is democratic presidential candidate michael bennett, senator from colorado, who is on the intelligence committee in the senate. senator, first, i know it's very soon that these details have come out but i would like to see your reaction to what we're hearing about these documents. >> well, martin, obviously there's more for us to learn and there's more for the american people to learn. if history is any guide, it's the coverup that gets you and we're going to have to wait and see what comes out in the coming week but the white house can't be happy with the reports that are coming out this evening. >> do you think that you'll be able to get access to these documents rather than just read about it in an article? so far the white house has blocked any of these attempts. >> yeah, it's not helping the president's case when they, day after day after day, stonewall the legitimate oversight that the house and senate has to do. if there's nothing to hide, they
should be producing the documents and sending them over to the congress, the house and senate intelligence committees. they shouldn't be withholding -- they shouldn't be withholding testimony of course and this just makes them look guiltier and guiltier and we've seen this movie before when administrations start to stonewall and start to cover up what's happened after the actions have already been taken, it rarely leads to a good place for the white house. >> as you run as a candidate, you're also in this very unique position that you're in the senate and there will presumably be a trial in the senate i think. what does that mean as far as witnesses we might hear from? i'm talking about those that so far have not come forward or the white house has blocked, like acting chief of staff mick mulvaney. do you think that he would appear? >> these people have an obligation to appear, and if they don't appear, i wouldn't be surprised to see articles of impeachment that include the obstruction by the white house.
i'd much prefer that they did appear and if the white house doesn't believe anything wrong happened, for the life of me i don't know why they wouldn't send them to appear. i can tell you congress is not going to be happy if these witnesses that are completely legitimate witnesses to testify in front of congress are not heard by congress and i don't think the american people are going to be satisfied by that result either. >> you supported the launch of the impeachment inquiry back in september and with everything we've heard in the public hearings, do you support the removal of president trump? >> well, everything that i've heard justifies what the whistle-blower said. by the way, that whistle-blower needs to be protected from this president, but we have not heard any contrary evidence. all the evidence is pointed in the same direction, which is that president trump solicited a foreign power, ukraine, to interfere in the elections by
investigating joe biden. we're going to have to wait until the impeachment is done and the vote comes over to the senate but so far there hasn't been a shred of evidence to contradict what the president himself said about what he had done and about what the whistle-blower had said. i think this is an important moment for americans to reassert the importance of the rule of law and that nobody including president trump is above the rule of law. today i spent much of the day knocking on doors in new hampshire. my family was here, my wife and one of my daughters, and we heard from people who said we need to make sure that you guys do your job on oversight, but they also are reacting to the general chaos of the trump administration and saying that we have real concerns about an economic where we're working really hard but we can't afford housing or health care or higher education. we can't buy preschool for our kids and it's not clear to us that donald trump is helping us do any of that stuff either. i think it's both dimensions of
this, what he's done that's been unlawful that's now being investigated and the fact that he really hasn't acted for a single day in the interest of the american people since he's been president. sooner or later it's going to catch up with him. >> i can't let you go without asking your thoughts on now multi-billionaire michael bloomberg entering the race officially. what do you think? >> i appreciate it. i'm glad he's running. he's done a lot of good work over the years on education, on guns and on climate. i think the american people are looking for a new generation of leadership and i think that it's been interesting -- it's interesting to me that he's skipping the early states. we were knocking on doors as i said earlier today in a blinding rain storm in new hampshire and i think that's the way the nominee is going to earn the election beginning in these early states in new hampshire. so i wish him well but i still think i'm the best person to take on donald trump in a general election and i intend to stay in this race to demonstrate that.
>> candidate and senator michael bennett, thank you very much for joining us today. >> thank you very much for having me, martin. have a great evening. >> thank you, you too. happy thanksgiving. up next, adam schiff opens up about the president's future. >> well, i certainly think that he's committed the most grievous misconduct. >> but first, detroit remains the poorest big city in america. according to the census bureau, more than one-third of detroit's residents and nearly half of the city's children live in poverty. one of cnn's top ten heros is working to change that, a nurse who found her mission while making a house call more than 20 years ago. >> working as a nurse, i went to visit this iraqi refugee family and an infant that was dying. and there at the house they absolutely had nothing. there was no refrigerator, no
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after five days of testimony showcasing dozens of witnesses, the democrat leading the impeachment inquiry of president trump told our jake tapper this today. >> do you think president trump should resign? >> well, i certainly think that he's committed the most grievous misconduct. i would hope that there will be republicans who will be willing to step forward and say whatever the political consequences. if barack obama had done this, they would have voted to impeach him in a heartbeat with a fraction of the evidence. it shouldn't matter this is a republican president. >> it shouldn't.
but does it? douglas brinkley is cnn presidential historian, also a history professor at rice university and he's written books on presidents ford and kennedy among others. doug, good to see you. thanks for being here. >> thank you. >> there's never been an american president convicted after itch impeachmenmpeachment. so how likely is it that trump will be the first president removed from office by impeachment? >> it's extremely unlikely that donald trump will be removed. he just has to kind of bore down and endure this process in congress right now. the fact that you just need a majority, meaning nancy pelosi had a vote count. she knows she has the votes. she's working on a very quick timeline. the christmas holiday is coming fast, so there probably is going to be a vote in congress before christmas. otherwise it drags on to an election year and things could go helter skelter. as it looks now, the democrats
will impeach him in congress, we'll have a senate trial. perhaps mitt romney or several others will stray from the flock but in the end donald trump will be president and he'll be dented or even damaged in history the fact that he was impeached, joining bill clinton and andrew johnson and in some ways richard nixon, but alas, he'll still be president of the united states. >> john dean who was the star of watergate believes that if richard nixon were going through impeachment today and the inquiry, that he probably would not have resigned from the presidency. that's a marvelous sort of piece of mind candy of history to think about. do you agree with that? >> in a lot of ways i do because what happened out of watergate in the demise of nixon and it has a lot to do with the birth of the epa and clean air and water and endangered species act of the early '70s, there became a conservative movement against
federal regulation. the federal government became demonized and we heard this during the reagan years, that the government is the problem, get out of the -- get the government out of your lives. at this point in time there's a whole other alternative infrastructure going on within conservative circles including fox news, american enterprise institu institute, heritage foundation, all the social media right wing talk shows, rush limbaugh, one can go on and on. nixon didn't have that. nixon had moderate senators like howard baker who said, you lied to me, president nixon, i'm now breaking from you. >> real quick here, less than a minute, what do you make of these polls that now show that the public attitude does not increasingly seem to be in favor of impeachment but rather seems to be fading in interest. should the democrats be worried? >> i wouldn't be worried. let's be clear. nancy pelosi had no choice but
to move forward with impeachment. otherwise it would look like any president could make deals abroad, hold up foreign military aid like he did with ukraine. so there was a sense of defending the constitution by the democrats but we live in a very fast society just like i have a minute to wrap up. everything in american life is very quick so impeachment right now has to go quick. it doesn't have that wallop of the watergate era when it can drag on for two years and everybody's watching it on three mainstream tv stations. >> and how crazy is this, i got to tell you, we're out of time. doug brinkley, thank you for coming on today. >> thank you. >> this weekend cnn is taking a closer look at the presidents lives. jake tapper talks with the fact checkers, historians, pundits about trump's falsehoods on isis. >> what i have done is i've defeated isis. we have defeated isis essentially. >> isis was never really
defeated. >> when the u.s. president lies on the world stage, he is doing more than trampling the truth -- >> we captured many, many isis fighters. most of them came from europe. >> he's upending world order. >> the united states has essentially gone from what i would describe as the principal architect and the principal general contractor of the world, the preserver of the world, to now we've become the principal disrupter. >> trump's lies are a big part of that disrupting. richard haas of the council on foreign relations believes there are two kinds of trump lies. >> one is to only present one side of a story. >> such as hailing the end to the recent turkish assault on the kurds in northern syria. >> by getting that cease-fire to stick, we've done something that's very, very special. >> instead of explaining that he helped facilitate turkey's attack by withdrawing the u.s. troops who, as part of their
duties, were protecting the kurds, a u.s. ally. >> then you have situations like we saw more recently in the wake of his decision with turkey and syria where the president stands up and basically says this is a great success. >> and now people are saying, wow, what a great outcome. >> well no, that's not the case. >> i would really encourage you not to miss this special report. "all the president's lies" airing at 9:00 p.m. right here on cnn. thank you for joining me. we have much more in the newsroom with anna cabrera right after this break.
memory support brand. you can find it in the vitamin aisle in stores everywhere. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. you're live in the cnn newsroom. i'm ana cabrera in new york and we have breaking news this hour. a confidential white house review has turned up hundreds of emails showing extensive efforts to justify president trump's decision to freeze military aid to ukraine after the fact. this is new reporting from "the washington post," and of course that delay of aid is at the center of the ongoing impeachment inquiry. according to the post, the documents include early august email exchanges between acting chief of staff mick mulvaney and white house budget officials. trump ordered this hold in mid july. the report says white house lawyers are expressing concern that the review has t