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it will take it a different direction. >> thank you so much. appreciate it. that's it for us. see you back at 10:00 eastern for an hour of newsroom. >> don't go anywhere. smerconish starts now. ♪ ♪ i am michael smerconish in philadelphia. welcome to viewers in the united states and around the world. t minus six days to donald trump's move to the produces. the honeymoon seems to have already ended. congressman john lewis says he will skip the inauguration, he does not view trump as a legitimate president, believing russia helped elect him. never one to allow an insult to pass, donald trump responded calling lewis who marched alongside mlk a typical all talk
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no action politician. then fbi director james comey, now subject of an inspector general probe. did his actions in weeks before the election effect the results? should he resign? a "the wall street journal" editorial yesterday said yes. plus, a new doj report charges chicago police with excessive use of force and lack of accountability. but if jeff sessions gets confirmed as attorney general, which seems likely, will he embrace those findings? if you had any doubt tep tensions are high about russia, nato sent these u.s. troops into poland, creating the biggest u.s. military presence in europe since the cold war. and as you can imagine, russia is not happy. yet donald trump's national security adviser, lieutenant general michael flynn called the russian ambassador to the u.s. the same day that president obama imposed sanctions against
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russia. and trump is now saying he might remove those sanctions. but first, here last saturday i commented on the then just released declassified intelligence summary regarding the presumed russian hack of our election. many of you weren't pleased. when i said i was disappointed at the lack of evidence made public, i said having a president-elect at odds with his intelligence community forces the public to have to choose sides, but we don't have enough to go on. what i didn't know then, none of us knew then, the classified version given to the president and president-elect included a two-page summary of an unsubstantiated report, series of unsigned memos which suggested that russia engaged in attempts at kompromat. compromising information on trump. cnn hasn't published that file and reported on the existence only when it became known it was
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brought to the president and president-elect's attention. two points. first, just like i said about the intel report, we lack evidence necessary to make an informed judgment on the unsubstantiated file. second, the presumed author of the dossier, respected british spy, has now gone underground. according to numerous published reports, he was last seen in his home southwest of london last wednesday after hurriedly asking a neighbor to care for his cat. his disappearance, a reminder while this story may be partisan fodder in the united states, the stakes dealing with vladimir putin and russia can be more than political sport. they can be life and death. just ask marina, wife of a former russian spy alexander who in 2016 was poisoned with
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radioactive pallone yum in a london hotel, died three weeks later. from his death bed blamed putin. a british investigation came to the same conclusion. >> the fsb operation to kill litvinenko was then the head of usb and by president putin. zblm any wonder that christopher steele is mia. joining me, the widow of alexander. you just heard the conclusion of the probe about a year ago said probably vladimir putin was responsible for your husband's murder. do you have any doubts? >> first of all, it is very
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important to remind people what happened a year ago because it was first time when an official putin was in this context. before never, ever it was approved, putin behind this crime. and it is important to know who you're going to deal with, particularly now when you have this. >> do you have any doubt that pult gave that order? >> he said from his death bed when he died, it is definitely putin behind his death. i tried to prove who killed sasha all these ten years, we have not direct evidence against putin but we know that evidence about two men who protected by putin, refused to extradite for
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trial to uk. one is a member of russian parliament, all support from vladimir putin. >> do you know whether our president-elect, president-elect trump, has been accepting of the conclusion of that uk inquiry into the murder of your husband? >> it's difficult to discuss about this subject right now because it was based on evidence of sasha's murder and fully investigated this criminal case, but how we know was based on two part, secret part we don't know the material and what was behind closing door when there was a hearing about this material. we don't -- i can't say exactly
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what was more than we heard in this public inquiry. >> i know you're paying close attention to the case of christopher steele. do you think based on what you know of this case he has reason to be fearful of his safety? >> of course it is not difficult not to be close to this, all newspaper about this case, it immediately was linked to name of my husband. i can't say and use this person, but what happened to this man, all this, he started to be frightened of his life, particularly all stories about my husband shows how dangerous when you prove serious material or cross the line, your life became in danger. >> your husband's death was a decade ago. your husband's murder was a decade ago. and you've already explained to me you believe vladimir putin
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was responsible for his poisoning. do you think that but today still has the ability to extend beyond russia's borders and carry out incidents such as the one that killed your husband? >> first of all, i need to remind, it was not a simple poisoning, it was radioactive material used to kill my husband and this material, you can't simply buy from internet to buy in a pharmacy, it is from nuclear reactor. what was important to talk about high profile people who could order this murder. now even more, it was a lot of policy and discussion. people who served for russia might make operation abroad. now we never know who would be next victim and what was this operation taken against. >> a final question. in the united states i think
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there's a tendency to regard matters concerning putin as political sport. i invited you here today because i wanted to underscore your point that these sometimes are life and death matters when you're dealing with vladimir putin. is that a fair characterization? >> not in political games, and what i try to say every time, when we investigate our case, had not any political motivation. it was a criminal case and murder of using radioactive pallone yum. when i heard comments of mr. trump about this case and mr. trump doesn't realize how serious. again, it is not a political game, it was a murder of using radioactive material. it was proved in a british court. >> what comments by donald trump are you referring to?
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>> you need to be sure who you're dealing with. president of russia for last 17 years just shown he plays the dirty game. >> marina, we wish you good things. thank you for being here. >> thank you. more on the man that prepared the dossier on trump. former british spy christopher steele worked undercover in russia and paris. joining me, retired cia agent, john stiefr, 28 year veteran, ran the cia russian program three years, and counter terrorism official, phil mud. john cypher, i know by reputation you know mr. steele. what is his reputation within the intelligence community? >> i reached out to friends who know him in british service and our service and he is a very credible person. a serious person. lived in russia, worked on
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russian issues in london. his credibility is not in doubt as far as i'm concerned, it is credibility of the source of information we can talk about is the bigger issue. >> speak to that issue because would christopher steele have been in position where he could have gleaned that intelligence firsthand or would i have been relying on others? >> in this case relying on others because he was out of power. he didn't have the resources of the intelligence community, british intelligence community behind him, looking for a private company, russians were focused on him, he couldn't travel to moscow and meet sources without full time surveillance, people paying attention to him. anybody he would meet would be in danger of being questioned or more serious danger. the report that we have seen is a report of a private company trying to collect information on sources. and the art of intelligence collection is not the intelligence report or report you see here. i don't mean to suggest it is an
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intelligence report, but the stuff that's not in that report, it is information about the sources. his report says source a says this, source b said that. without knowledge who those sources are, we just can't decide. what we would do in the intelligence community, for every one page of intelligence report that might go go to people like phil mud to read, there might be 100 pages or more on that person, on their motivation, on their access, who are their sub sources, why is this person talking. this is the type of information we would have to know, if that source really has the information access they say they have, can they be trusted, long before you put out a report. even then, put out an intelligence report, we would cross check it, reference with other information from other sources to see if it makes sense, then throw it over to folks like phil to take a look at. >> let's assume this had come your way. what then are the considerations as to whether it should rise to the level of a briefing of a
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president and president-elect? >> let's be clear, this is gossip, it is not intelligence. then the question is appropriate. why do you pass gossip onto the president of the united states. i think this is a decision that's debatable. let me give you two facts we should be considering. number one, the most significant national security issue in this country in the last couple months is russian intervention in the election. number two, we have maybe the most prominent senator in the u.s. senate, john mccain, passing this file onto the fbi. an fbi that's been attacked and sometimes ridiculed by the president-elect of the united states. so we have a decision to pass this on. let's flip the tables a moment, michael. let's say the fbi director didn't pass this on and the president-elect who has been suspicious of the fbi and other channels, that the fbi is investigating and mr. trump had relationship with the russians. i think it would be painful at best for the fbi. i think debatable decision.
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the fact it is under questioning of the united states and russian involvement and the fact mr. trump has questioned the fbi must have driven federal officials to say if we don't tell the president-elect this is swirling and he finds out elsewhere, we have a bigger problem. >> i will accept phil mud's characterization it is gossip, yet i still want to ask john cypher, does it nevertheless fit the m.o. of putin that he seems to gather this kind of data on business leaders, for example, that come to moscow? >> this is where i might disagree a little with phil. i think that information is completely invalidated, unvetted information, that the public has no way of finding out whether it is credible or not. however, the fbi and professional investigative intelligence services can look at that information, cross reference it, interview people, find out who sources are, find out what the information is. to your question, yes, those of us that lived and worked in
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russia, have been under the thumb of the russian service, one thing, this isn't just gossip. this sounds very real to people who have been there. this is exactly how the russians operate. whether that salacious stuff about mr. trump is true or not, i doubt it. there's no way of knowing without knowing who sources are. but the feel of it is real. this is how the russians operate. it is a police state, has been for hundreds of years. they're the best in the world at this kind of compromising information, potentially using blackmail, collecting information on people, when visitors come to moscow, expect to have their rooms bugged, audio, video. for those of us in the intelligence community that worked places like this, we went through a long training process to include clpsychological testg to prepare for having houses bugged with 24 hour video, followed everywhere we go. dogs coming behind we walked to check what we had done. everybody we talked to being
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interviewed. this is how the russians do it, it is how they have done it forever. so the strange details people would read in there might make them think this is crazy are not so crazy in the russian sense. >> phil mud, take the final 30 seconds. i hope you speak to the serious way putin takes these matters, thinking of the case, why i wanted that widow to be here. >> i know the wife, wonderful human being. we are talking about a russian entity that hasn't interrupted the process for a republican party or democratic party, they interrupted the americans' right to vote in a free and fair election unimpeded by a foreign security service. this is serious business led by a dictator in russia who murders opponents. let's not take this lightly, michael. in your first interview, highlighted that. this is not a political game, this is real life. >> thank you, gentlemen. appreciate you being here. up ahead, did james comey's
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later they haven't amounted to anything. there's evidence while he was doing that, the fbi was also investigating donald trump's ties to russia, but comey never made any of that public. on friday when he met behind closed doors with members of congress, he refused to answer their inquiries. joining me, former united states attorney general under president george w. bush, michael mukasey. junl, there are three areas of inquiry by the inspector general. one pertains to director comey's july press conference. let's watch the video, remind us all of what he said. >> although we did not find clear evidence that secretary clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws handling classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information. >> he said that the circumstance called for unusual transparency,
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hence he stood up and offered that explanation. did he cross a line? >> he crossed several lines. i've said it before. i think it was not his function to call to question whether she should or should not be prosecuted, that was for the attorney general or her designee, and i think he went way out of his lane. >> in the second instance it was 11 days before the election, and we know it was the whole anthony weiner e-mail cache. he wrote to congress saying there was newly developed information. was that also beyond the line, over the line for what he did? >> i think part of the problem is when he held the press conference and remember that secretary clinton's campaign billed that as a clean bill of health, he was exonerating her, he felt he had to correct the record, there might be more, had to recorrect the record. it is like watching a car gradually go out of control. i think focusing on that is
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missing the point here. this investigation i think was mismanaged from the get go. there was no grand jury empaneled. records of cheryl mills, and samuelson, their computers had to be consulted as their behest and on their conditions. one of the conditions was they wouldn't look at anything past a certain date, and that they would then destroy the computers and the fbi allowed that. there was an e-mail in march of 2015 that was leaked by wikileaks that showed that john podesta was very concerned that the president of the united states communicated with her on her illicit e-mail server, that perhaps they should claim executive privilege. that was march of 2015. a condition of turning over heather mills' computer was the fbi not look at anything past january of 2015. so investigating the press conference, investigating the
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letter is like investigating a bank robbery by focusing on whether the bank robber passed a red light on the way to the bank. that's a little off the point. this was mismanaged from the get go. >> big picture. do you agree with "the wall street journal," he should resign? >> big picture, i think probably so. bigger picture, we ought to get a complete soup to nuts account of what happened in this investigation. maybe at the end of it president trump will pardon secretary clinton which would be poetic and pro se i can justice and get onto things like the economy, russia, and iran. >> judge mukasey, thank you. appreciate your time, as always. whether fbi director comey resigns, the questions remain did his actions effect the results. joining me, former white house special counsel in her husband's administration, lan ee davis. the president-elect has been tweeting on this subject. that won't surprise you. let me put on the screen a
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recent tweet on the subject. what are hillary clinton's people complaining about with respect to the fbi? based on the information they had, she should never have been allowed to run. guilty as hell. they were very nice to her. she lost because she campaigned in the wrong states. no enthusiasm. to donald trump, this is all sour grapes. >> to donald trump, barack obama was not a citizen and created that myth and continued it after proven otherwise, to pronounce someone guilty as hell and lead cheers to lock her up without any due process is the word of a person that thinks like a fascist. you don't pronounce guilt without trial. one of the reasons i have respect for former attorney general mukasey is that he recognizes that a law
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enforcement officer has no right, it is unethical and violation, supreme violation to offer opinion on evidence. that is not james comey's role. donald trump doesn't care about the constitution and due process, but james comey was a great prosecutor, a kur ageous attorney general. i do not challenge his motives, i challenge his extremely careless judgment. and i use extremely careless ironically because he had no right or role to express an opinion. he is not allowed to as a law enforcement officer. indeed, a prosecutor is not allowed to opine on evidence before due process in a trial. >> but lanny, you have to acknowledge comey was damned if he did, damned if he didn't. if he made decision he wasn't
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going to recommend charges against secretary clinton without saying a word, people would have questioned his motives. then he stanlds up and uses verbiage extreme carelessness, everybody is on him for that, too. there was no way to play this. i want to show you something else. >> i fundamentally disagree with that, michael. >> quickly. i have ground to cover. quickly. >> quickly. there was no rock in a hard place. following ethics has nothing to do with political considerations. he acted unethically, improperly, not only when he opined on extremely careless, he has no right to do that, but he had no obligation to write a letter and you left this out in your characterization of the october 27th letter, in which he said i know nothing about the evidence. he did not have to write that letter. there was no pressure to write a letter where he knew nothing. he could have waited ten days out until he had something,
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turns out four days before the election he said i have nothing. there was no difficulty in his resisting political pressure. that's not his job. >> congressman john lewis is questioning the legitimacy of the trump presidency. donald trump tweeted this morning. put it up on the screen. let me read it allowed so lanny and everyone can see it. congressman john lewis should spend more time on fixing his district which is in horrible shape and falling apart, not to mention crime infested. rather than falsely claiming about election result, all talk talk talk, no action and results. sad. donald trump not getting the honeymoon to which president-elects are usually accustomed. >> not getting a honeymoon. donald trump inviting disrespect to the office of the presidency by attacking legendary, iconic hero of selma who whites and
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blacks remember and through today is a hero to the movement. he has a right to say when we know the intelligence community says the hacking weighed in favor of donald trump, whether that caused his opponent hillary clinton to lose is impossible to prove. but one half a percent change in pennsylvania, michigan and wisconsin, certainly there's a strong case to be made that the october 27 comey letter and russian hacking caused a half percent change in those three states. strong inference, if you go to bed at night and there's no snow on the ground, you wake up in the morning and there's snow on the ground, can i prove it snowed? no. but the strong inference is that hillary clinton would have been president, but for james comey's october 27th letter, and but for
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vladimir putin. >> i agree with the part you said we'll never know definitively. there were so many other in tangibles, hard to say she lost just because of this. lanny davis, as always, appreciate it. >> thank you, michael. >> keep tweeting me. love hearing what you think. put one on the screen. smerconish, if right wing republican was refusing to accept a clinton victory, you and the rest of cnn hacks would be going out of your minds. see, tony, here is where you're wrong. it matters not whether it is from the right wing, leftwing, from liberals, from conservatives, my thought process is evidentiary. that's my focus. and the chips can then fall where they might, harming conservatives, harming liberals, that doesn't matter to me. i want the truth. coming up, friday, department of justice slammed the chicago police with a 164 page report about use of force and lack of accountability reforms are in the works. how will that sit with incoming
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that force against blacks and latinos, according to a blistering report released by the doj friday. the report describes, quote, a culture in which officers expect to use force and not be questioned about the need for or propriety of that use. the report also confirms long time contention of black and hispaniola chicagoans that police unfairly target minorities. they signed an agreement to work with federal authorities and overseer. among the remaining questions, will the pro-police attorney general jeff sessions embrace the findings. brian warner, chair of chicago police survivors, and civil rights attorney arefleiva marti. the data relative to police stops. unquestionably what has gone down by 80% are the number of chicago police stops between august of 2015 and august of
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2016. and now look at the murder rate. the murder rate of chicago in 2016 in comparison to new york and los angeles, in fact, new york and los angeles combined from a distance, it looks like there's a choice. either let the police take the gloves off and murder rate comes down or put them in short pants and you've got an explosion of crime. respond to that logic. >> that's a completely false narrative, michael. you're making the assumption that making unconstitutional stops of african americans and latinos somehow impacts the murder rate, and you're conflating things that haven't been appropriately analyzed and should not be conflated. look, what that report did was show what chicagoans have known for decades. i was a student in chicago in the '80s. the racist reputation of chicago police department was known widely in that city, african
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americans and latinos in chicago have known for decades that they were targeted by police officers, that their rights were violated, and some of the facts in that report are too hard to imagine. taking young black men into gang territories, threatening them by saying we're going to expose you to other gang members, using the f word repeatedly, using excessive force when there was no purpose or justification for using it. now, what happens to that investigation and those findings when we have jeff sessions saying he doesn't believe the federal government should investigate police departments, nor should it file the kind of civil rights lawsuits we have seen under eric holder and loretta lynch. i am terrified for african-american men and women that live in the city of chicago because there's no guarantee their rights will be protected under this attorney general. >> i'm going to come back to jeff sessions in a moment. brian, first respond to the way
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i looked at the data, said maybe this is what happens when the police feel inclined to take it down a few notches. >> let me start by saying my worst nightmare is confirmed, we're using this report as not a tool to grow and learn from and move forward, we're using it for another example to vilify the police. if we can take this report and look at it in its entirety and implement these things that the doj is recommending, we have the best trained police department. put cameras on everyone, tasers on everyone's hip, train deescalation and crisis intervention and have the best equipped police department money can buy. great thing, right? >> i'm not vilifying the police and i don't think ariva did. to look at the data is to conclude when there are fewer encounters with the public by the police, there's a dramatic
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increase in the murder rate. >> sure. we talked about that last week, talked about the reasons. i can finish my sentence, get the best trained police department. change in practice and policy, do everything you are asking us to do. what has not changed is what's happening in the communities. you have a real epidemic, young black men killing each other at a rate of 800 a year. 4500 people shot. police involved in only 25 shootings, i say only because that's what happens on an average weekend in chicago with the crime that young black men perpetuate on one another. 25 people shot and two murdered. i'm sorry? >> go ahead. >> i am going to say black on black crime has nothing to do with the findings in that report. we can deal with black on black crime but we also have to deal with what the report tells us. it is unambiguous that the chicago police department has
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violated a pattern and practice of violating african-american and latinos' rights in the shi of chicago. that has to be dealt with and separately from the fact of what you're talking about which is african-americans killing other african americans in chicago. let's deal with the police. the police are hired to protect and serve. they act under the authority of the government. that's a very different issue than the crime you're describing happening in some communities in chicago and we can't conflate the two. >> brian, i'm going to let you respond to that. let me say to her, if i might, i hear theis criticism from radio callers. don't we spend more time evaluating police conduct than we do investigating and discussing some of the underlying problems that create the murder rate to brian's point. will you respond to that? >> yes, let's talk about the underlying problems but talk about them realistically,
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michael. the issues of unemployment, poor schools, issues of lack of jobs, lack of opportunities in those communities when pundits want to talk about black on black crime, they want to talk about thugs, they want to talk about the causes but don't want to talk about things happening in the communities that perpetuate that crime. i want to have a conversation about lack of economic opportunities, i want to have a conversation about poor school systems, the inability of african-american men, the criminalization of small crimes like marijuana. let's talk about the privatization of the prison population. there are so many things we should be and would love to talk about but we can't ignore things in that report that justify a deep dive into the violations of the rights of african americans. >> understood. brian, you have the final 30 seconds. go ahead. >> i certainly think we're being
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short sided saying these things are not all connected, that the breakdown of the family unit in the black community, the lack of positive black male role models, all these things we talked about. the 52% unemployment rate of black males between 18 and 24. these are not police issues. these are the root cause of why the hopelessness leads to senseless violence that we have on the streets today. we all need to step up, stop pointing fingers and saying you're the problem, you're the problem. we need to get together judicial system, law enforcement, politicians, most importantly, elected officials, the mayor, can't stand up and say this report and blame it all on the police, say we're going to fix the police department and everything is going to go away. that's too short sided. >> i wish i had more time. it is an important subject. i wish we had more opportunity.
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next friday at 10:30 a.m. begins a moving day like none other. one family picks up and leaves and from the other side of the driveway, the next family moves in. the entire process must be completed in six short hours. one of many abrupt transitions, including having a nonresident first lady. joining me now, kate anderson brour covered the obama white house for bloomberg news, author of two relevant books on residents in the white house and modern first ladies. if it were my house, it would be in cartons anticipating what transpires. what makes this move most unique? >> by this time in 2009 the obamas' interior decorator walked the residence with the chief usher, general manager of the white house, and got into
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details like where mattresses, headboards should go and dressers. right now, we're seeing a white house a little more undefined. there's been no social secretary named for melania, no interior designer named. it is questioned how involved the trumps are in redecorating and this aspect of it. i think because they were surprised they won. this specific issue has taken a back seat to some of the bigger parts of the administration. it is an incredible feat, it will happen friday. this five hour period around 11:00 a.m. in the morning and 5:00 in the afternoon when the six hour period when the staff has to move the new family in and the obamas out. it will be happening in some capacity on friday. >> how much control does the incoming president have over the physical space. i remember president obama
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wanted a bigger shower head. >> the obamas wanted a wall closing malia's room on the second floor. something like that that's structural, you have to get permission from the white house curators to do. president obama wanted a rainfall shower head and got one. there are little things like that, you can do some painting. you can't get in and do any of that until the family is gone, that the staff feels really loyal to the family who is there now, don't want to shove them out the door. it is not until noon friday, january 20th, the new first family has temporary ownership of this house. with the obamas, they moved a lot of things to the ground floor of the white house and kind of kept them there until the bushes were there. >> speaking of staff, something we won't get to see, one of the
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most poignant moments is a meet and greet that takes place next friday between the outgoing first family and those who have worked most closely with them. women you speak to that? >> yeah. i think it is so interesting all our eyes are trained on the capitol swearing in ceremony. something going on smercon . this meeting around 7:30 in the morning between the president, first lady and their children about the 100 maids, butlers, engineers, the people who make the residence run. these are the people who they have grown to know. their family. when butlers pass away, the first lady goes to their funeral in some cases and delivers the eulogy. it's incredible. this is when the staff says goodbye. there's usually not a dry eye in the house. they also get the president a handmade wooden box with the american flag that was flying at the white house the day he was inaugurated and the flag that is flying his last full day in
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